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  • ‘I will always love SGA’

    | Taylor Gravett |

    Wow! What an incredible year it has been.
    It doesn’t seem possible that it has already been a year since I took office as Student Government Association president, and it’s time to swear in someone new.
    This entire experience has taught me so much about myself and my abilities, as well as those around me. Being able to carry the message of every single student to local leaders in Pittsburg, state leaders in Topeka, and national representatives in Washington, D.C., has truly been an honor.
    Throughout the course of the year, many people have asked me what my story was.
    My story is like that of so many other students at Pittsburg State. I am a first-generation college student, from a hard-working middle-class family.
    I am from a small town with no stoplights and my graduating class had barely more than 50 people. Never in a million years did I think that I would be the advocate for 7,400 hard-working students from all walks of life. I will be forever grateful for that.

    ‘Proud to look back’

    When I was elected last April, I saw numerous things that students wanted to see done that I felt my administration could complete in a timely manner.
    We accomplished many things that some may not know of and my cabinet deserves much of the praise for those projects.
    Some of the key projects and new initiatives that we were able to create include: extension of Axe Library hours, the first balanced SGA budget in recent memory, the introduction of the Educator of the Month initiative, the donation of $2,000 to help Gorilla Assistance Pantry off its feet, multiple new community service projects and the Sport of the Week program.
    We’ve contributed to the groundbreaking for the new Robert W. Plaster Center, intensive work on the design of the new Overman Student Center, appropriation of funds to furnish items for the new Overman, and the establishment of an improved conversation with our elected leaders about support for higher education.
    These are just a few of the things that we were able to accomplish in the short time we had. We all worked very hard and took our jobs very seriously. I am so proud to look back and reflect on these projects and how they will all move Pitt State forward.

    ‘Excellence’ in Senate

    Being in SGA for three years, I have learned so much as a senator, academic affairs director and president. I have seen this organization encounter rough patches, but also its fair share of excellence.
    SGA will only thrive if people take the job seriously and realize at the end of the day who elected them. I will always love SGA, and I will cherish each and every person I have come to know because of my involvement in it.
    In conclusion, I have so many people to give thanks.
    First, to God, for allowing me this amazing opportunity; to my loving parents, and friends who have supported me along the way, I thank you so very much.
    To Steve Scott, university president, I cannot thank you enough for your leadership and your willingness to listen to the issues facing students at all levels. Thank you for being my role model, and showing me through your actions and words what it means to be a true leader.
    Lastly, I thank the students. There will never be the words to say just how humbled and enriched I am because of this experience and I know I would never have had it if it weren’t for you. Thank you for always working hard and for your love of Pitt State. I know I will see you all around. Go Gorillas.

    Taylor Gravett has served as SGA president for the 2013-2014 academic year. His term concluded on Wednesday, April 16. He is a junior in political science, economics and justice studies.

    | Rodney Kimlin |

    Student Government Association is a name that has come to be known for numerous things for the many students around Pittsburg State.
    To some, it is a chance to make a difference for the campus and community in which we have come to love. For others, it is a chance to build a résumé, and possibly even receive some money along the way, if you are lucky enough to be selected for a cabinet position.
    Unfortunately for the general student body, it seems that SGA has become a joke, a travesty and an all-around dysfunctional organization that people should avoid.
    My time in SGA over the past year and a-half has been one mixed with positives and negatives.
    I have been able to help students understand allocations so they can get their organizations hard-earned money, but I have also been accused of helping to rig an entire election.

    ‘Needs a fresh approach’

    In the end, I love the organization.
    That’s not because of what it is or what it does, but because of the friendships I have made along the way. I’ll admit that it feels great to make recommendations on student fees and “fight” for the student body, but at the close of the day, the friendships I have forged trump it all.
    Student government is clearly an organization in distress, exemplified by the blow-ups associated with the 2014 SGA campaign. It needs a fresh approach.
    It needs new senators who are coming in without preconceived notions and feelings about the past and new cabinet members, who are hired upon qualifications and ideas instead of knowing the right people. It needs a new outlook geared toward the future.
    Pitt State is at a vital point in its existence: Continual growth, together with the addition of numerous structures around campus, have presented our university with the chance to set itself apart fully from other schools in the region.
    An active SGA can be a pivotal part in educating the students in general about the great things Pitt State is working toward: the bigger picture and why they should be a part of it.
    I believe many entered SGA this past year with the idea that they were going to make a difference and be the change we all picture we are going to be. Because of some agitators and a series of missteps along the way, communication broke down.

    ‘No one person to blame’

    The typical “he said, she said” mentality overtook us and overwhelmed an organization to the point to where it seemed like it was a game of Clue; no one knew whom they could really trust.
    There is no one person to blame, as we all played a part in the breakdown, but now it is up to the incoming administration and senators to piece it back together.
    I have hope that the mistakes made this past year will not be repeated and the fresh faces chosen in the election will help to get SGA back on track.
    I have spoken with many of the new individuals and I am faithful that SGA will be primed to regain its footing and once again aspire to be a vital part of Pitt State and the community.
    SGA is more than just one person, it is a collective effort with the goal of bettering our campus, and I implore the general student body to keep that in mind.
    Do not let this past year leave a lasting impression or drive preconceived notions of SGA.
    A new year brings new ideas, and a chance for a fresh start. I believe I can honestly say that all of us from this past year only wish the best for the group, and hope that the student body does as well.

    Rodney Kimlin is a graduate student in business administration. He served as SGA treasurer for the 2013-2014 academic year, resigning on April 9 amid controversy related to the assembly’s election.

  • 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 happened has been a festering problem behind the scenes for several years.
    If that’s true, and we have no direct evidence of it, we hope that this summer will cool SGA members down and help them put the past behind them. Future senators should let bygones be bygones.
    We don’t doubt that this year’s election board, headed by Sen. Lindsay Ong and Sen. James Saltat, meant well by attempting to head off any negative campaigns by banning them outright.
    It would seem, however, that this only added gasoline to the fire, at least on social media. Insults, character attacks and outrage flowed freely there during the campaign, and feelings were hurt. This won’t work going forward.
    Instead, a regulated climate of politics-as-usual needs to be a goal. A fairly moderated and productive debate needs to be held for all contested elections. Attacks on policies or ideas, to test their strength, should be permitted.
    If the election board can argue that it has allowed a legitimate and spirited campaign, it will have gained more credibility when it brings down the hammer on those who step out of line.

    Balance of power

    We have already advocated for a serious look to be taken at SGA’s role in its partnership with Pittsburg State’s administration, and it’s important to reiterate that.
    Only under emergency circumstances should anyone outside of SGA take action in its election process, and exactly what such a case would be was not clear this year.
    Ultimately, the choice by Steve Erwin, associate vice president of campus life and auxiliary services, to overrule SGA’s election and judicial board may be justifiable.
    However, that choice happened amid a confusing and heated environment. That needs to be avoided going forward. SGA should have the primary responsibility to decide when outside intervention is needed.

    Room for big reform?

    There’s also room for broader change here. Today, SGA has the power to participate in student-fee allocations and offer recommendations to the administration. This gives students an important say in their cost of education.
    This is a mostly functional system, but student senators have at times raised issue with the occasional choice by Steve Scott, university president, and the President’s Council to override SGA and independently pass through fee increases.
    For most student-fee decisions at the University of Kansas, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has power to veto a KU Student Senate recommendation and send it back to the Senate for revisions.
    Such an idea would take hard work by all parties to implement and to function, yet there is a sound path forward in stepping up senators’ involvement in the process while preserving Scott’s final say.

  • ‘Scheming group’ backing Letner/Hebrlee

    | Elle Walker guest writer |

    As a former senator, Big Event director and presidential candidate for the Student Government Association, it has been disheartening for me to watch this year’s SGA elections process unfold.
    To me, student government was the cream of the crop when it came to campus organizations. They were a body of students who wanted to serve this campus and leave it a better place than when they arrived.
    However, if this past year has taught me anything, it’s that reality is never really that pristine.
    Taylor Gravett, SGA president, Kiki Eigenmann, vice president, and Tadd Lucian, legislative affairs director, have broken SGA’s rules constantly throughout their term, eventually leading to a resolution to remove them from office.
    It is not hard to imagine why the party they chose to back also found itself in the public eye, and not for good reasons. The Letner/Hebrlee party has, in my eyes, been a disgrace to the honor of running for office.
    The fact that they managed to get back on this year’s ballot – following an SGA election board decision to expel them from the race after Letner/Hebrlee received enough infractions to remove them three times over – makes my stomach sink.
    I understand the university administration’s position in this matter, and I understand they want to ensure that every person has a fair shot, but I think by reinstating Letner/Hebrlee, they forgot to give the Gorilla Alliance its fair shot.
    Student government has an election board for a reason: to monitor election proceedings. The Senate votes this election board into office before its members assume their positions.
    Clearly, that means those who voted for them believed them to be capable of conducting fair and honest decisions.
    When Gravett stepped in and removed four of them from office, ostensibly to give “both sides… a fair shot,” he made his agenda extremely evident.
    Not only did he remove three members who voted to dismiss Letner/Hebrlee, but he also removed the only member who voted in that party’s favor. That shows that he was only looking for an excuse to remove Ong and appoint Eigenmann to the head of the board, an avid supporter of the Letner/Hebrlee party.
    I fail to see how that is giving the Gorilla Alliance a fair shot. Rodney Kimlin, who recently resigned from the election board, said it best when he said, “I wholeheartedly believe that Taylor is manipulating the system for (the Letner/Hebrlee party’s) gain.”
    It is my personal hope that Pitt State’s student body sees through this scheming group of individuals and votes for the Gorilla Alliance, so that SGA can once again be a symbol of moving forward, and away from being the laughing stock of campus.

  • First timer’s perspective on SGA

    Student Government Association stands as one of the most interesting organizations on campus. The campaign period for elections is almost over and I’m truly curious about what students have learned about what each side is trying to do to better Pittsburg State.
    Although I haven’t been elected yet, nor have I sat in on a meeting, I am all too familiar already with the political games being played on both sides.
    It’s all about who you know, what organizations you talk to and when you talk to them, who your family knows, and this idea of people being campus celebrities.
    SGA shouldn’t be about any of that and it certainly shouldn’t dictate how people vote. This kind of pseudo-political strategizing gets in the way of truly understanding what those running for positions are trying to do for the school.
    I wish people would objectively look at the issues and make a decision based solely on the goals of each side. Let’s leave all of that other stuff to the professionals.

    Cole Cattaneo is a sophomore in computer information systems and a senator candidate for the Gorilla Alliance party in the 2014-2015 election. SGA elections are set for 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8, to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 10. All students can vote during this time on GUS.

  • Absent debate, voting is what matters

    | Staff Editorial |

    Election season for Pittsburg State’s Student Government Association is coming to a close. Unfortunately, The Collegio is unable to perform its usual role and endorse one of the contending parties.
    Both parties – Letner/Hebrlee, led by Jake Letner for president and Jaecy Hebrlee for vice president, and Gorilla Alliance, led by Jordan Schaper for president and Jaci Gilchrist for vice president – will, if elected, be well suited for office.
    Letner, Schaper and Gilchrist are all SGA veterans who have each played an important role in the assembly.
    Letner has devoted the last year to planning for the Big Event, establishing ties to the community and bearing the weight of coordinating the single largest student project at Pittsburg State.
    He’s shown himself to be an adept organizer and politician, building a powerful support base that will prove useful if he is elected. Hebrlee is a newcomer to SGA, but there’s an argument to be made for a fresh perspective.
    Their opponents, Schaper and Gilchrist, have pushed for significant SGA reforms that will boost the assembly’s efficiency, expand student benefits and improve each senator’s connection to his or her constituents.
    They seem best at articulating their message and, as keen students of the political process, have an advantage in the functional side of SGA. It seems unlikely that a Gorilla Alliance administration will have much of a problem with idle hands.
    Ultimately, it’s hard to say which side edges the other because all these points are theoretical. Unlike previous years, no debate will be held.
    Trying to keep the campaign friendly, SGA’s election board has mandated that both parties avoid negative messaging.
    The board later confirmed that its members decided not to sponsor a debate because, they fear, it would foster “personal attack campaigning.” This is a laudable goal, to be sure, but the board overlooked key advantages of having a debate.
    Without a closer understanding of how each party can defend its positions under pressure, students will have less cause to be engaged in what those parties want to do.
    There should be no question that more ought to be done to engage students in SGA. Participation in past SGA elections has been distressingly low: 10 percent of the student body is considered a good turnout.
    When the cost of education is growing steadily higher every year and important political issues are being decided, SGA has key responsibilities. Meeting these challenges is a lot harder if most students aren’t involved.
    We are disappointed in our inability to make a single recommendation this year, but under the circumstances, it wouldn’t be fair to either side if we did.
    The best advice to be offered, indeed the best thing any student can do for our campus right now is vote. All students may seize their chance to have a say on campus through GUS, starting at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8, until 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 10.

    Why should you vote for Letner/Hebrlee

    In the last two and a half years I’ve spent as a student ambassador, I have learned a lot about the university.
    My thirst for knowledge only increased as I became a member of the Crimson Club. My work with alumni constituents at Pittsburg State events and my professional working relationships with Steve Scott, university president, and his staff have empowered and inspired me, as a regular student, to take a more active role on my campus.
    I have spent a lot of time in leadership roles, particularly in Greek life, and now I’m looking forward to a new experience. One of the keys to Jake and I being a successful team is our desire to talk with and poll students.
    Among the goals we will work tirelessly to accomplish once elected is to hold our elected representatives in Topeka and Washington accountable for their actions and bring all university professors on board with the Canvas system.
    This fall, the race for the governor of Kansas will be on.
    We want the candidates for the highest office in our state to know that residents of southeast Kansas and students of Pittsburg State care about the issues, many of which directly affect our lives as college students. That’s why we will bring the candidates to campus and host a debate.
    The Canvas system represents the future of learning: classroom instruction fully mediated with technology. I am sure you will agree with me that I find it irritating when instructors fail to upload grades to Canvas or use it at all.
    As a member of Crimson Club, I know specifically the administrators that I can speak to who can implement a university-wide standard for Canvas usage, which would include mandating that all professors upload grades to the system.
    It was Mahatma Gandhi who said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” This is my moment to make a change and be a part of something far greater than myself.
    Vote for me because you see me as a capable leader with a genuine interest in what is best for the students here at Pittsburg State.
    When Jake asked me what we should call our party, it was my idea that we just stick with our names. I don’t vote for parties, I vote for leaders. And now I’m asking you to do the same. Vote for leaders: Vote for Letner/Hebrlee.

    Jaecy Hebrlee is a senior in general studies and the vice-presidential candidate for the Letner/Hebrlee party in the 2014-2015 SGA election. SGA elections are set for 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8, to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 10. All students can vote during this time on GUS.

  • Letter to the Editor

    ‘We are chronically underfunding public ed.

    Schools for Fair Funding, a coalition of 48 school districts, won a partial victory in the courts for Kansas public school children.
    On March 7, the Kansas Supreme Court upheld the Kansas Constitution and ordered the state to pay about $129 million to the schools by July 1. The balance of requested funding will be determined after a lower court redefines the meaning of “adequate” education.
    It’s a good ruling for Kansas public school children and we are grateful. We are hopeful policy makers will not restore funding so we can do the best job possible of preparing our students to live in a complex and challenging world.
    More than 20 judges over the past 20 years have consistently ruled that the state is shortchanging the kids of Kansas. It is again time for the legislature to do what the constitution requires and restore funding to the schools.
    Kansas students have a constitutional right to a suitable education. The Kansas Supreme Court has just confirmed what the business community, students, parents and educators in Kansas all know – we are chronically underfunding public education in Kansas.
    Our schoolchildren are not getting the education they deserve. The legislature needs to live up to its constitutional responsibilities before we lose any more kids to an inadequate education. Enough is enough.

    Justin Henry is the president of Schools for Fair Funding (SFFF) and superintendent of Goddard Public Schools, USD 265. Also contributing are John Robb, SFFF general counsel and Alan Rupe, SFFF trial counsel. For more information, email SFFKS@gmail.com.

  • 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.
    As part of the legislation that is commonly called the farm bill, Congress decided this year to cut food stamps by $85 billion nationwide.
    The law mandates that a poor family of four will lose about $36 per month in food aid. However, families that receive at least $20 per month in aid for heating from their state are not affected.
    This loophole is already being widely exploited, as states left and right are electing to just raise their heating aid payouts to at least $20 for all families. Most of them don’t even have to pay for it, as money for heating aid comes from federal block grants.
    As of now, Connecticut, Montana, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New York and Vermont have enacted some way to use the loophole. Officials in California, Washington, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey and Wisconsin are reviewing their options to join the pack.
    If Kansas, meaning Gov. Sam Brownback, finds the willpower to defy the outrage of national Republican leadership, a lot of people are going to benefit.
    Southeast Kansas remains one of the state’s poorest regions, and the need for aid to our poor was highlighted when state budget cuts have caused the imminent closure of Pittsburg’s only public homeless shelter.
    Gov. Brownback, it’s time to show a little bit of courage and help your people, the people who you want to vote you in to a second term this year.
    Your administration talks a big game about doing what’s best of Kansas, regardless of what the federal government says. Put some meaning into that. Show your residents that you’re worthy of your office and join your bipartisan peers nationwide in putting the welfare of Kansas first.

  • SGA: Diverse Ideas Welcome

    | Michael Griffin guest writer |

    As with all politics, there is a tendency to draw towards the dramatic, and SGA is no different.
    There are plenty of times that I would honestly like to quit the organization because of the trouble it can be, but I think it is worth it.
    Our job as senators is to represent PSU student interests as best we can to the university administration as well as state legislature. If senators relinquish their seats due to the friction in senate it only allows for someone else to take their place; this may be someone who is more apt to fall into a group mentality, as can be the case in legislative bodies.
    One of the most important things in any governing body is the variety of opinions. Although a unified senate is important for passing legislation, it discourages discussion. On several different occasions I have been in a small minority of senators voting for or against resolutions. I am running for Student Government Association for my third term as a senator because I feel I bring a piece of that different opinion to the table.
    As tuition continues to increase it is SGA’s responsibility to see that any student fee dollars being distributed go to causes that are important to students. This is a major responsibility of the organization and it is my goal to keep student fees as low as possible. All of us have had to take out more loans or work more as tuition rises, but SGA has a say in the fees. Essentially, I’m saying that students shouldn’t be the only ones having to re-work their budgets.
    I encourage any student to apply for vacancies in the fall or run next spring for office, as there is no profile a senator has to fit. In order to best represent the students of PSU there should be representation from all majors and ideologies. I gladly welcome anyone who wants to make a differing opinion heard.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Rulings ‘right thing to do’

    A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows a record-high 59 percent of Americans support marriage for same-sex couples, with only 34 percent opposed.
    The Post poll was conducted after a series of recent high-profile marriage wins with landmark rulings in Kentucky, Texas, Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma. Over the past few weeks, the climate has been very favorable for the freedom to marry.
    The deep support reaches into every region of the country and extends across party lines: 40 percent of Republicans back the freedom for all couples to marry.
    Bipartisan momentum is overwhelmingly on our side. A supermajority of Americans believe in freedom and fairness, and support is growing at an unprecedented speed.
    Overwhelmingly, Americans – no matter where they live, how old they are, or what party they belong to – believe in treating their gay and lesbian family members and friends with dignity and respect by supporting their freedom to marry.
    It’s the right thing to do on both moral and constitutional grounds.

    Marc Solomon is the national campaign director for Freedom to Marry, a national gay-marriage activist organization. He lives in Boston.

    ‘Quality care will be a thing of the past’

    On Feb. 27, I introduced a bill, the Four Rationers Repeal Act of 2014, to protect the doctor-patient relationship and to end health-care rationing by the federal government as authorized in Obamacare.
    In the absence of a full repeal of Obamacare, we need to fight the further intrusion of the federal government into the relationship between doctors and patients. This intrusion through four unaccountable government agencies is hidden under the cloak of innovation and prevention and is one of the most damaging threats to the quality of health care in America.
    My bill repeals the four rationing bodies that seek to limit options for care under the misconception that health care is one size-fits-all. I’ve been talking about the four rationers for a long time and what it means to patients.
    What really scares me, as I watch all the other warnings and broken promises come true, is what is going to happen to Kansans back home when the warnings about the four rationers come true. Access to quality care will be a thing of the past for Americans.
    U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) resides in Dodge City. He is campaigning for re-election this year. He may be contacted by phone at 202-224-4774.

  • Letters to the Editor

    ‘A lot of people are upset’ at bill

    House Bill 2453 is way too broad. Not only would it discriminate against same-sex couples, it could be interpreted to target interracial couples.
    Now that it has been voted out of the Kansas House of Representatives, it is now in the Senate, and it will probably take them a couple of weeks to reword things. They are taking their time and revising the things in the bill that are discrimination.
    It’s about politics. I expect that the fact that it is an election year will have an effect. Gov. Sam Brownback doesn’t want to totally ostracize the LGBT community, because he wants to be re-elected.
    A lot of people are upset at how discriminatory this bill is. We’ve been fighting against this bill, sending testimony against it and soliciting businesses that are really upset about this.
    I think the Senate is going to take a step back on the discrimination. We’re not going to know anything specific until the Senate releases a revised bill. We’re still fighting it every day.
    It’s still a very hot topic; we’ve made The New York Times, we’ve made Time magazine. People are aware of what’s going on here.

    Julie Ellen Gelpke is diversity coordinator for the Kansas National Organization for Women. She lives in Pittsburg.

    ‘Homosexual activity is immoral’

    Those opposed to House Bill 2453, which aims at keeping individuals, groups and businesses in Kansas from being compelled to help with same-sex weddings, evidently haven’t learned from the past.
    In a way, weren’t we here a couple thousand years ago?
    The ancient and primitive Greeks and Romans crassly valued homosexual relations. Eventually, the people wised up and realized that was a mistake and homosexual activity was again logically deemed unethical and was basically driven underground.
    Now, misguided “progressives” are trying to take us back thousands of years to more primitive and decadent times, despite the fact that thinking people have known for centuries that homosexual activity is immoral and a bad legal precedent.
    He who has eyes to see, let them see. The “logic” of hetero-phobic homosexuals is rapidly leading this society down a slippery slope to a more and more aberrant, disordered and irrational society.
    Polygamy is coming soon. Maybe, down the line, we’ll see “marriage” between straight and homosexual consenting-adult incestuous people.
    Anyone who thinks this is progress is deluding themselves. Rome didn’t fall in a day, but it did fall. Let’s not join the race to the bottom.

    Wayne Lela is a “pro-family activist” who founded the group Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment. He has lobbied the Kansas State Assembly for House Bill 2453, aka the Religious Freedom Act. The bill is currently under review by the Committee on Judiciary of the Kansas Senate after it was passed on Feb. 12, 72-49, by the Kansas House of Representatives. Lela lives in Downers Grove, Ill.

    Accessibility task force created

    Student Government Association is always looking into new ways to help improve campus.
    SGA recently created a Campus Accessibility Task Force to research and critique the level of accessibility that Pittsburg State’s campus offers its handicapped students.
    Types of accessibility features include sidewalk ramps up to building doors, automatic opening doors and handicapped parking spots, among other options.
    For the task force, the hope is to bring the possible strengths of Pitt State’s accessibility to the attention of all students.
    Further research into this matter could result in a recommendation to the administration of improvements that could be made on campus.
    Please contact SGA if you would like to express an opinion or critique of Pitt State’s level of campus accessibility.

    Student Government Association is an assembly of student senators led by Taylor Gravett and Kiki Eigenmann.
    The president, vice president and senators are elected every April by the student body. The president, with the approval of the senators, then appoints various cabinet and other officers.
    The assembly meets at 7 p.m. every Wednesday during the fall and spring semesters in Russ 409. The meetings are open to the public.
    SGA’s office is located in the lower level of Overman Student Center, room 121M. It may be contacted at 620-235-4810 or by email, sga@pittstate.edu.

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