Food for thought for SGA

| Staff Editorial | The reactions among the crowd gathered to hear the winner of this year’s Student Government Association election told it all: Jordan Schaper and Jaci Gilchrist’s relief and satisfaction, contrasted with Jake Letner and Jaecy Hebrlee’s resolution to press on amid an air of disappointment. We offer congratulations to Schaper and Gilchrist, but now it is time to get to work, and problems face SGA that go beyond the vision offered by either of the party platforms. Election culture Schaper has pledged to do what he can to heal the scars that this nasty campaign has left behind, but The Collegio has spoken to sources within SGA who indicate that what has…

It’s SGA’s mess to fix

Staff Editorial On Monday, April 7, Steve Erwin, associate vice president of campus life and auxiliary services, apparently couldn’t stand to watch it anymore, and that’s partly understandable. Stepping in to this year’s entirely disrupted student government campaign, he sat Gorilla Alliance down with previously disqualified Letner/Hebrlee and dictated terms. As we’ve said before, SGA elections, which remain open until 5 p.m. Thursday, April 10, are an important chance for students to choose their leadership. Key word there: students. The circumstances of the vote on the part of SGA’s election board to disqualify Jake Letner and Jaecy Hebrlee’s party remain grounds for energetic debate. However, students took that vote – students who are mostly elected…

Opportunity

Staff Editorial John Boehner, speaker of the U.S. House Representatives, is spitting mad. This time, he says, his opponents nationwide have gone too far. To hear him tell it, it’s as if they’ve violated the sanctity of federal law. “States have found ways to cheat, once again, on signing people up for food stamps,” Boehner said in a press conference on March 13. “And so I would hope the House would try to stop this cheating and this fraud from continuing.” Wait a minute, food stamps? Of course, Boehner is so fundamentally tone-deaf as to describe a helping hand to the poor as “fraud,” but as things stand, he can’t do a thing about it….

SGA deals with fee-increase brouhaha

| Staff Editorial | All levels of politics get more active when an election looms, and the Student Government Association is no different as we approach its April ballot. This time of year, SGA also has to pass through its annual schedule of recommendations to the President’s Council and Steve Scott, Pittsburg State’s president, for student fee adjustments. This is the most consequential slate of decisions the body will make. These fees, along with tuition, have seen a steady rise in recent years. For its part, SGA has made a concerted effort to control that increase, and its leadership should be commended for trying to look out for students’ wallets in a time when the…

Gay Valentine’s Day

Same-sex marriage ruling welcome sign of future Staff Editorial In this season of love, it’s about time that the government got out of regulating it. Legalized same-sex marriage in Kansas is on the horizon after a federal judge recently decided that marriage ought to be left to the judgment of the people who want to get married, mystifying logic indeed. Bigots and nitwits nationwide reacted with panic at the ruling on Jan. 14 that Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage is discriminatory and unconstitutional. “Homosexuality is not a civil right, it’s a human wrong,” said Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, in an interview with the local News on 6 channel. On Feb. 11, Kern’s contemporaries in…

Regents endanger rights on social media

Staff Editorial The state’s governing body of higher education has used one professor’s words to justify action that is an ill-advised overreach, at best. Why did they do this? The move to adopt a policy that allows Kansas Board of Regents universities to regulate their employees’ expression on social media came after David Guth, associate professor of journalism at the University of Kansas (KU), posted a controversial message on Twitter in September 2013. Guth might have been a little extreme, but the Regents are completely out of line. With the appointment of officials on Jan. 17 from Pittsburg State and its five sister institutions, steps have been taken toward what we hope will be a…

Letters to the Editor

MLL situation imporving In September, students were handed a letter stating that the Spanish and French majors were being cut from Pittsburg State’s curriculum. Since then, students have been able to have a Q&A session with Karl Kunkel, dean of arts and sciences. Now that students are properly informed of the situation, how shall it be addressed? This letter is to let the student body know that Student Government Association (SGA) has taken action to help in the development of the Department of Modern Languages and Literature (MLL). SGA has formed an outside committee of five MLL students to be the voices of campus, who will work with Kunkel’s administrative task force that he convened…

SEK’s poor will suffer

Outrageous inaction tightens needed food aid Staff Editorial Who can live on $1.40 per meal? Sadly, Southeast Kansas is about to find out. On Nov. 1, decreases in federal funding for food-stamp benefits to the tune of $5 billion in 2014 and a projected $6 billion for 2015 took effect. The decreases are a broken promise, because in 2009, recognizing that the nation’s poor are in particular need of help in an era of recession, Congress raised food assistance. That raise, part of a broader law, should have been continued. It was meant to be, if needed. Anyone who questions that need in this community, or who would suggest that others are capable of filling…

Look to tomorrow for answers

Staff Editorial As Taylor Gravett, SGA president, put in a letter to the editor we published last week, the announcement that nobody may declare Spanish or French as a major anymore doesn’t quite connect all the dots. Give them time Karl Kunkel, dean of arts and sciences, has explained that this decision came after an extended program-review process. The review aimed to remedy an indeed poor graduation rate for students in the Spanish and French majors. That was before the decision came to cut the majors as they currently exist, only after the remedy failed. Kunkel finds himself saddled now with a lot of angry students and a lot of questions to answer. We don’t…

Election system creates disillusionment

Jeffrey Tangney | Copy Editor I am something of an oddity. I was lucky enough to vote two weeks after my 18th birthday, and have voted in every election save one, primary and general, since then. However, I have felt for some time, and will continue to feel, that the election process in America is outdated and contributing to the problems we are facing. My biggest problem is the winner-take-all Electoral College system. Not only has it led to people being elected despite receiving less than 50 percent of the popular vote, it has created a system where only two candidates are viable, in that they are the only ones who will receive electoral votes,…