SGA aims for new direction

| Marcus Clem reporter | Students can be active about causes or ideas, but in the end, about 40 of them serve as the voice for all their peers to the people in power over Pittsburg State. The senators, president and vice president of the Student Government Association are elected every April. Cabinet officers and judicial board members, appointed by the president with the Senate’s consent, help run and regulate the assembly. Its last election did not pass without incident. “It didn’t get a whole lot of attention until the very end, when everything went haywire,” said Sen. Ashton Halda, junior in accounting. “It was kind of silly and ridiculous.” Two parties of candidates, Letner/Hebrlee…

Four more years

Students react to Obama’s 2nd term Re-election divides students Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Reporter After months of gaffes, embarrassing quotes and straight-answer-dodging debates, the final curtain fell on the 2012 presid buy cialis lowest price ential campaign with the American public re-electing President Barack Obama. As the election year atmosphere begins to fade, PSU students weighed in on Tuesday night’s results. “I yelled out, ‘No!’” said Samantha Gentry, undeclared freshman. “The first clue was how close the election was that evening. When they tallied the popular vote and called Ohio, I cringed.” It seems that Gorillas are as polarized as the rest of the country when it comes to the president. Some students were…

SGA elections turnout highest in last decade

Zach Wagner | Collegio Reporter Eric Jones, SGA president, announced Wednesday that, for the first time in 10 years, SGA elections tallied votes from more than 10 percent of the student body. “The minimum number is 681 votes for elections, and we’ve surpassed 800 after today,” Jones said. “This is by far the biggest voter turnout that SGA has seen in recent years.” Austin Osborn, SGA vice president, also announced that he completed a tuition committee meeting last week, and one of the biggest concerns about tuition costs centered on the salary rate for PSU instructors. Osborn says two financial instructors in the business department have left for other universities with better pay. “The business…

Getting to know BOOM, ASAP

Lara Ismert

BOOM (Break Out of the Menagerie) Party Presidential candidate Lara Ismert Q: What does it mean for students to “Break Out of the Menagerie”? A: The cool thing about a menagerie is that it not just a cage, it’s this collection of all sorts of unique animals, something that deserves to be outside. It’s fitting with having our mascot a Gorilla. More student ideas should be out in the open, and not squashed. Q: What are some past accomplishments you’ve aimed for in SGA? A: During the past year I came up with a weekly event on the Oval on Wednesdays, as a way to encourage students to gather concerns. SGA has an expectation of…

Candidates debate campaign goals

Student Government Association presidential candidate Lara Ismert speaks during the Candidate Forum held on Tuesday, April 10, in Grubbs Hall. | Kenzi Jordan/Collegio

Zach Wagner | Collegio Reporter In a debate between the BOOM party and the ASAP party, candidates covered topics ranging from student apathy toward SGA to plans for enhancing everyday campus life, sharing their visions for PSU’s future in front of about 40 students. Eric Jones, SGA president, opened the debate by asking the candidates for their opinions on a recently published article about a possible disconnect between students and SGA. Sydney Ward, BOOM (Break Out of the Menagerie) party candidate for vice president, says that there is definitely an issue of student disconnect from SGA. “For too long we’ve had this reputation as this group of Greek elitists. I don’t think it’s the students’…

SGA fears lacks of Scantrons

Zach Wagner | Collegio Reporter SGA has managed to keep an eye on current issues within the student body despite the ongoing SGA elections. Peter Kipp, SGA treasurer, says the deadline for allocations receipts is fast approaching: April 27. “We were able to run a smooth allocations process this last year, and we hope to wrap it up successfully,” Kipp said. Emily Smith, Big Event coordinator, informed members that the Big Event is fast approaching, and all student organizations involved need to report to the Weede at 9 a.m. Saturday. Senator Thomas Gregory says elections are in full swing. Sen. Gregory says that elections started Wednesday and students will be able to vote by going…

SGA to select Kaye Lynne Webb Spirit Award winner

Gretchen Burns | Collegio Writer Danielle Geier, SGA public relations director, says the Kaye Lynne Webb Spirit Award is an annual award given to a spirited PSU student, faculty or staff member or a Pittsburg resident. “It is an award named after a wonderful woman who devoted years of service as the assistant to the president, has been an outstanding influence in the community and throughout her life has truly embodied the concept of Pitt State spirit.” said Geierm junior in communication. Geier says the Student Government Association accepted nominations for the Kaye Lynne Webb Spirit award last month and after the nominations are received, the SGA public relations committee, the public relations director and…

SGA offers course credit

Ross Schartel | Collegio Reporter Recently, the Student Government Association revived a course for its members that will allow those who participate to receive one hour of course credit for involvement per semester. “The credit is to encourage prospective students to participate in SGA,” said Austin Osborn, junior in biology and vice president of SGA. SGA isn’t the only organization that offers such a credit, but most of the others only offer it to certain members. The Student Ambassadors and Gorillas in Your Midst offer credit only to senior members while the Presidential Managing Program offers credit only to members who stick to the program’s criteria during their entire time at PSU. SGA adviser Steve…

SGA looks ahead

Jessica Sewing | Collegio Writer The Student Government Association covered a lot of business during its weekly meeting, including community service events, proposed measures for the elections in April, and updating suggestion boxes. SGA discussed its 10th annual Big Event, which will take place on Saturday, April 14. The Big Event gives PSU students the opportunity to show gratitude to the local community for the support they give the university. Volunteers do small outdoor chores for citizens in need. In 2010, over 500 volunteers lent a hand to the massive community service project. SGA also discussed the upcoming Relay for Life that will be held in Pittsburg on April 20. Relay for Life is an…

PSU students rally for Ron Paul

JEN RAINEY | Collegio Reporter The Republican presidential primaries are heating up, and students on campus have been taking notice and taking action. The Pittsburg Chapter of Youth for Ron Paul, a new organization on campus, has been busy spreading information about Ron Paul, a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination. The organization is open to all students, faculty, staff and residents. “I helped start the Pittsburg Chapter of the national Youth for Ron Paul organization because I wanted to help get people involved and to spread the message of liberty,” said Kyle Barton, junior in business management. Barton is the chapter treasurer. Other members include Bethany Wolverton, junior in communication, as chapter president, Andrew…