Politics

  • Student government plans for a year of action

    Audrey Dighans editor-in-chief

    As with many students, the Student Government Association (SGA) is ready for the fresh start the beginning of the academic year tends to bring.
    Student body president Kyle Hostetler and vice president Rachel Herring will lead SGA into a variety of projects, topics and legislation.
    “Overall, our main goal is to create more student involvement and participation,” Hostetler, senior in graphic communications and marketing, said. “With more participation we will be able to ensure SGA is aligned with the student body; we’ll be pushing for issues that are relevant, not just what the Senate wants.”
    Hostetler says SGA strives to make campus policies sound, give student organizations support and fulfill its duties of representing the student body.
    “Student involvement and voice is key to any accomplishments and success we will have this year,” Hostetler said.
    When the semester starts, Jaci Gilchrist, legislative affairs director and former SGA vice president, says SGA will have some housekeeping to do. Members will begin moving into the new SGA office in Overman Student Center on Thursday, July 23, and will need some time to organize and get comfortable in the newly renovated building.
    “We’ll be doing some goal setting and have a cabinet retreat, just getting things in order for the year before school starts,” Gilchrist said.
    As far as upcoming legislation, there is not much to report on, Gilchrist says.
    “Things will really be decided after retreat,” she said.
    Though there are not any definite plans set for SGA legislation, based on Hostetler and Herring’s election campaign, there may be some insight to what PSU can expect this year.
    Hostetler and Herring ran on a platform promoting an extension of Thanksgiving break to a full week, restructuring the allocations process, expanding student resources and improving SGA’s public relations.
    A key topic the political duo argued for during their election is the removal of a requirement for student organizations to send a representative to three SGA meetings or forfeit allocations.
    In a Collegio article earlier this year, Herring said, “We want to promote a positive image of SGA and we feel requiring organizations to send students to weekly meetings has created a negative image of our organization. This is time those students could spend empowering their own organizations.”
    Hostetler and Herring also stated during the election they hope to see a requirement for professors to use Canvas, as many students rely heavily on the online program to keep track of their coursework.

  • Not yet out of the woods

    | Audrey Dighans editor in chief |

    Although the state Legislature managed to pass a budget in time to avert furloughs that Pitt State and other government agencies were forced to enact, legislators say the budget bill fails to address the causes of Kansas’ financial troubles and many fear the state is not yet out of the woods.
    Kansas’ plan to balance the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, starts with raising $411 million. Sales tax will be increased from 6.15 percent to 6.5 percent and a new tax has been levied on cigarettes: 50 cents per pack. E-cigarettes are also included, with a 20-cent tax per milliliter starting in July 2016.
    Other parts of the plan include a drop on the sales tax of food next year, but the food sales tax rebate for low income, those with disabilities and the elderly will be eliminated. Income tax rates for wage-earning workers are to be frozen through 2017 and are set to decline for low-income workers in 2018. The state’s cities and counties must also hold public elections to raise property tax income by more than the rate of inflation. In 2019, if state revenues grow by more than 3 percent, automatic tax cuts will be enacted. Dec. 31, 2019 is also the date set for when most sales and property tax exemptions will expire, except those for churches, agriculture, business-to-business transactions and select health-care related purchases.
    Sen. Les Donovan, R-Wichita, was quoted in the Wichita Eagle last week as asking the Senate to pass the bill “with a strong vote, strong enough to send a message to the House that says this is the answer. Finish our work here.”
    The Senate passed the tax plan by the tightest possible margin.
    In the House, the plan was approved on Friday, June 12, and was resent to the Senate, which passed it 12 hours later.
    The House amended the plan by removing the Senate’s provision to reduce the food sales tax rate and cutting the rebate program for low income, elderly and those with disabilities. The House also eliminated income taxes for 380,000 low-income Kansans in the tax year of 2016.
    Rep. Blake Carpenter, R-Derby, cast the deciding vote and left the chamber without answering questions.
    Many in both the House and the Senate say the plan is flawed and they voted for it after being bullied by the governor and to prevent further, massive budget cuts.
    Sen. Jeff Longbine, R-Emporia, was quoted in the Kansas City Star last week accusing Gov. Sam Brownback and his administration of bullying both the Senate and the House into action, threatening to veto any plan that removes Brownback’s income tax exemption to 330,000 businesses. There is also the matter of the entire budget shortfall being caused by the income-tax cuts Brownback urged and lawmakers approved in 2012 and 2013.
    Longbine said of the state’s plan in the Star: “The fix doesn’t fix the problem.”
    He says he wants to watch the plan burn and voted for it to prevent cuts in the state’s schools, universities and other services.
    In a media release by the office of the governor, Brownback says he congratulates the House and the Senate for “coming together in a spirit of cooperation and compromise to do what is right for Kansas.”
    “This bill keeps the state on a path of economic growth,” Brownback said in the press release. “It continues our transition from taxes on productivity to consumption-based taxes and provides a mechanism for reducing income tax rates for all our citizens.”
    Kansas’ so-called “pro-growth” tax policy will leave the state with the eighth highest sales tax in the country. Moreover, the promised job gains that Brownback promised have not materialized; in fact, the state lags the rest of the country in job and economic growth.
    It is estimated that about 42 percent of the more than $400 million projected to be raised by the new budget will come from the increased sales tax. Another 10.5 percent is expected to come from the cigarette tax and 25 percent from tax deduction changes and redistribution of existing funds/other elements of the budget plan.
    In his blog, Duane Goossen, former Kansas budget director (1998-2010), posted “The Obvious Solution,” on Tuesday, June 16. In his post, Goossen says the obvious solution to the state’s financial problems has gotten little traction and as Longbine argues, has been threatened with a veto if proposed: Undoing the tax policy that created the problem, Brownback’s “fiscal experiment” in 2012.
    “If tax policy had been left alone, our state sales tax would now be 5.7 percent and the state could easily pay expenses with adequate reserves left at the end of the year,” Goossen writes. “Our state highway fund would be healthy, our bond rating up and the legislative session long over.
    “In Kansas, we currently suffer from the latter irresponsible affliction. Income tax cuts that disproportionally benefit the wealthiest Kansans have destabilized state finances.”

    Sam Brownback

    Sam Brownback

  • SGA discusses allocations for student organizations

    | Audrey Dighans copy editor |

    The Student Government Association (SGA) will vote on approving $27,500 for fall 2014 allocations during the organization’s meeting on Dec. 3.
    More than $37,000 was requested by Pitt State’s various student clubs and organizations for this semester’s allocations period.
    Treasurer Austin Bailey said that many groups who applied for allocation funds received close to the regular amount requested and less money was allocated overall for this semester because several organizations failed to meet allocation requirements.
    The Senate will also vote on whether to grant $71,555 to the Educational Opportunity Fund from student fee dollars during the meeting on Dec. 3.
    The Educational Opportunity Fund provides financial support for tutors, scholarships, Pitt Points, labs and some student employee salaries.
    “We usually give between $70,000-$72,000 for this fund,” said Jordan Schaper, SGA president. “We have run the numbers and the amount proposed to withdraw from student fees is reasonable.”
    All Senate members have been provided with documents detailing which organizations will receive funds and the amount of those funds for both upcoming votes.
    Further debate and any amendments will be made during the meeting on Dec. 3.
    In other news, Sen. John Botts was named the new chairman for SGA’s transportation committee and Sen. Brendan Finley updated the Senate on the campus’ shifting tobacco policy.
    “Many people are asking how the soft policy will work, how the policy will be enforced and the focus is really to ‘kill them with kindness’ during this soft policy era,” Finley said. “We will hold a survey during the spring semester assessing the situation of stopping tobacco use on campus and what enforcement policies need to be changed.”
    Finley added that the university’s tobacco task force, Gorillas in Your Midst, campus police and the SGA committee will focus on education to ensure all students know the campus is tobacco free.
    “The website is also up and running,” Finley said. “FAQs are listed there as well.”
    For more information on the tobacco policy, log onto www.pittstate.edu/tobaccofree.

  • 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 and Gorilla Alliance, squared off for weeks in a campaign that saw heated arguments in person and bickering on social media and other domains.
    Eventually, Gorilla Alliance, led by Jordan Schaper and Jaci Gilchrist, won a majority of the Senate and the presidency. Their new governing cabinet now aims for reconciliation and a reformed SGA.
    “That was just what I’d call a phase,” said Kyle Hostetler, SGA public relations director and junior in graphic design and marketing. “It’s all done. The only place to go from here is up. Both parties recognize that any beefs will be addressed, but nobody really has one.”
    Consensus will be necessary for key decisions that will come in this next year. That includes allocations to student clubs, which will compensate clubs that demonstrate the need for their expenses.
    Various organizations and petitions for SGA’s support, mainly through funding allocations, will be considered.
    The big decisions come in spring with student fee recommendations. Fierce debate over the financial burden on students in a time of ever-increasing education costs is to be expected.
    “The past few years, people have seen SGA as a big joke,” said Sen. Kristina Adams, junior in family and consumer sciences. “There has been some controversy within the organization. Our goal is to not let that happen, because it is a serious organization.”
    Cabinet officer and committees of senators will have their own projects, and Schaper has primary responsibility as a liaison between the university and the students, as well as the students and the state government in Topeka.
    Key to all of these things, Hostetler says, is student participation. SGA’s weekly meetings have a dedicated student-opinion time, allowing any student to speak on the floor about their concerns.
    It is rarely used, and he says SGA is sometimes challenged to get any feedback at all. Raising awareness and bumping up involvement will be a key goal for him.
    “People have plenty of other concerns or distractions,” Hostetler said. “Even though students don’t participate as much as they could, I feel that SGA is an asset to our university.”

  • 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

    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 lamenting four more years of the administration and others, like Darrell Chism, were relieved at the president’s re-election.
    “It was really dead-even for a minute,” said Chism, sophomore in business management. “I was really nervous because it was so close. But I was happy overall.”
    Chism says he and his watch party were almost certain which way the election would go, but the numbers earlier in the evening made him and his friends uneasy. Chism says his response was more emotional because he got to vote for the first time. This rang true for students on the other side, like Aaron Dean.
    “I was just kind of pissed off and didn’t want anyone to talk about it,” said Dean, sophomore in biology. “It stung a little more because I voted.”
    Dean says President Obama needs to work harder on improving the job market, lowering the unemployment rate and keep away from what he says is an unfair taxation on the wealthy.
    “I’d be really happy if he didn’t try to take money away from high-paying jobs, like doctors,” Dean said. “They work really hard for their education and shouldn’t have their money taken away.”
    Due to the divisive nature of American politics, students like Micah Black stress the importance of research and being informed when stepping into the political discussion.
    “I try to make an effort to be as informed as I can,” said Black, junior in political science and French. “I think it’s important as an American to know who you’re voting for, not just as a political science major. Today’s culture is interesting and extremely polarized politically. It’s important to really know the candidates and make a concerted effort to inform yourself, since political advertising can get so heated and negative.”
    Black says the new generation has the power to challenge the trademark polarization of American politics. She says young people could possibly bridge the gap between the many different ideologies that make up the country by the politicians that they don’t want to be divided as a nation.
    “Perhaps it sounds cliche, but young voters truly do shape the future of the political culture,” she said. “If we can show them that we want to see cooperation across ideological lines, then that is what we will begin to see.”


    What happens now?

    Marcus Clem | Collegio Reporter

    President Barack Obama earned another term on Nov. 6 by a sizable, if not quite landslide, margin. He received a little more than 50 percent of the popular vote and 303 electoral votes, as of Wednesday, Nov. 7 (270 were needed to win).
    Now, the nation proceeds to the business of governing.
    “Like a lot of Americans, I am relieved that it is over,” said Steve Scott, university president. “I think we all suffered some from campaign fatigue. The discourse and dialogue was not very positive, across the board.”
    Scott says he is hopeful the intense partisanship of the election year will be set aside to confront the host of challenges facing the nation’s government. The national debt continues to climb from the current level of $16 trillion; this poses a long-term problem. Set within it is a potential short-term crisis: the sequestered provisions of the Budget Control Act of 2011.
    Without action by the end of January, taxes at all income levels will go up and all sectors of government spending will be slashed by margins that will likely trigger a renewed economic recession.
    “This is a serious issue that is going to take some serious problem solving,” Scott said.
    With 55 Democrats in the 100-seat Senate, and 193 in the 435-seat House of Representatives, the president’s party cannot pass what is needed alone, even with the political capital gained by Tuesday’s vote.
    “There was no big single impact from the election,” said Michael Giffin, sophomore in chemistry and physics. “It is the same status quo. You still have a Republican majority in the House, a Democratic majority in the Senate. Obama will still be president. He still will not pass much legislation through. The problem is taxes are about to go up and Congress is going to have a hard time doing something with a divided House.”
    Some Republicans, like Aaron Heidebrecht, senior in political science, say the outcome is disappointing, and the future could be uncertain for students.
    “Everything that Obama has done prior to this has just been leading up to re-election,” he said. “Now that he is in his last four years of his presidency, he can basically do everything he has been planning on that he couldn’t do before. It’s kind of up in the air as to how it is going to affect us.”
    Mike Zuniga says that as a Democrat, he celebrates Obama’s re-election, but retains some worry about what the government can and will do.
    “I don’t have any loans, so I’m very fortunate,” said Zuniga, senior in graphic communications management. “I would love to see what the government is going to do about the loan problem. We don’t have any specifics.”
    Zuniga says the political gridlock confronting the new Congress, though a few seats changed hands it remains at relatively the same levels of representation, will make any major changes tough to come by.
    “Honestly, it is hard to come up with what you want to see happening without sounding like an idealist,” Zuniga said.
    Giffin says he is a Libertarian who voted for his party’s candidate, former governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson. While Johnson had no chance at victory, Giffin backed him as a protest vote against legislation like the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011, supported by both parties.
    That law, among other provisions, empowers federal agencies to indefinitely detain American citizens suspected of terrorism, and Giffin says this is an unconstitutional provision that outweighs all economic concerns.
    “We have trillions of dollars in debt, and it keeps going up,” he said. “No one seems to be talking about it. Unfortunately, people think that voting Libertarian is a waste of your vote, and it is not wasting your vote if it is something you believe in.”
    More commonly known problems like student loan debt are something that students, families and the government need to carefully examine, he says.
    “Students need to be fiscally responsible on their own and not take out quite so much loan money unless they have to. A lot of the student debt is not entirely necessary,” Giffin said. “This is not to say it is not still a problem, but students need to try to minimize it.”

  • 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 dean, Paul Grimes, came to us during our meeting and brought these salary issues to light for us,” Osborn said. “If you look at the numbers in comparison with other universities, PSU has to increase the salary rate at least 2 percent in tuition costs.”
    The Scantron scare is no more. Lara Ismert, SGA academic affairs director, says she ordered 4,000 Scantrons last week.
    SGA election results will be announced by 8:30 a.m. Friday.

  • Getting to know BOOM, ASAP

    BOOM (Break Out of the Menagerie) Party

    Lara Ismert

    Lara Ismert

    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 students coming straight to their organization. It’s important to notify our constituents about what’s going on around campus.

    Q: What has your campaign already implemented around PSU’s campus?

    A: We’ve used recyclable materials to make all of our posters and all of our signs around campus. We’ve started Sure Happy It’s Tuesday, essentially a preview of what next year’s weekly event will be like. We’re going to string all the answers to gathered students’ concerns, and post it on a Facebook page.”

    ASAP (All Students Advocacy Party)

    Kafui Alomenu

    Kafui Alomenu

    Presidential candidate Kafui Alomenu

    Q: What results would you like to see from an “All Students Advocacy Party”?

    A: Our keyword is advocacy, to seek students’ concerns and opinions. Address these in a timely fashion as much as we can. We want to work on initiatives that will make SGA not depend entirely on student fee dollars and dig into SGA savings. We wish to develop student leadership, starting from freshman level, because this is a group most likely to stay committed on campus.

    Q: What are some major ongoing issues PSU is currently dealing with?

    A: The major issue is the ever-increasing tuition and general college attendance cost. Besides that, there is a lack of involvement and participation in events besides football or basketball. We’d like to see other events in a form of intellectual or leadership-oriented that are not paid attention to. We therefore wish to put up motivating measures to psych student involvement in this. We wish to help students find a balance.

    Q: What are some future ideas that, if elected, you would seek to implement around PSU’s campus?

    A: We aim at making the entire student populace more aware of SGA, and its foundations by organizing opinion times outside of formal meeting hours. We intend to periodically meet constituents informally by ensuring senators and executives collectively approach all groups and students generally in a way that is not intimidating, seeking the other views and concerns and making them contribute to student government because every student is an automatic member of SGA and needs to be heard.”

    2012 SGA ELECTION CANDIDATES

    President
    Alomenu Kafui | ASAPIsmert Lara BOOM | Vice-President

    Stremel Edwin | ASAP

    Ward Sydney | BOOM

     College of Arts & Sciences

    Bell Clinton | BOOM

    Botkin Zachary | BOOM

    Foster Sierra | BOOM

    Gilbreath Audrey | BOOM

    Miller Jourdan | BOOM

    Osborn Austin | BOOM

    Saladino Elisa | INDY

    Woodruff Ryan | BOOM

    Wormington Joshua | BOOM

    York Alyssa | INDY

    Zoglman Jason | INDY

    College of Business

    Horvath Alex | BOOM

    Hulls Megan | BOOM

    Simoncic Jordan | BOOM

    College of Education

    Kunshek Jeanine | BOOM

    Reed Joshua | BOOM

    College of Technology

    Chastain Steve | INDY

    Martinez Rene | BOOM

    Saltat James | BOOM

    Schwenker Kyle | BOOM

    Tener Kerra | BOOM

    Senator At Large

    Bailey Cierra | ASAP

    Baldwin John | INDY

    Bonzo Dustin | BOOM

    Briski Eugene | BOOM

    Bui Minh | BOOM

    Casaert Kaitlynn | INDY

    Contreras Jose | ASAP

    Cruz Christain | BOOM

    Eigenmann Natasha | BOOM

    Giffin Michael | BOOM

    Gravett Taylor | BOOM

    Letner | Jake BOOM

    Mallatt Dakotah | INDY

    Mika Emily | BOOM

    Ong Lindsay | BOOM

    Pester Samuel | BOOM

    Spears Tim | BOOM

    Tucker Sarah | INDY

    Walker Elle | BOOM

    Warlop Heidi | BOOM

    Graduate Senator

    Adams Evan | INDY

  • Candidates debate campaign goals

    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.

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

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


    “For too long we’ve had this reputation as this group of Greek elitists. I don’t think it’s the students’ fault, though,” said Ward, junior in communication. “It’s up to us, SGA, to make known that we want to make a difference and encourage student organizations to come to us for support.”
    Ward cited a recent event implemented by BOOM, titled “Sure Happy It’s Tuesday,” where members of PSU’s campus can notify SGA about their ongoing issues.
    Edwin Stremel, ASAP (All Students Advocacy Party) candidate for vice president, says he wishes to see a greater representation for organizations around PSU in the future.
    “What we really want to do is make sure we have a campus where everyone wants to be involved,” said Stremel, senior in automotive technology. “I think some organizations feel like they are disconnected from it all, therefore they feel disconnected. I don’t think that should happen.”
    Sen. Thomas Gregory asked the candidates for their stance on the proposed conceal and carry bill in the Kansas Legislature.
    Stremel says he sees no harm in the responsible carrying of a concealed firearm around campus.
    “If you look at the history, not a single massacre has taken place at schools with concealed and carry weapons rights,” Stremel said. “As is, you have to admit it doesn’t make it any less safe to allow it.”
    Ward says she wants to see a campus free of any weaponry, citing research that has shown the benefits of being firearm free.
    “In past years, SGA continued to be against allowing firearms on campus,” Ward said. “Police officers are put in more danger around campus if this were to be carried out and allowed.”
    The focus then shifted to the plans for making PSU a tobacco-free campus.
    Kafui Alomenu, presidential candidate for ASAP, says that the amount of time it takes to make the campus tobacco-free depends on how much students know about the plan.
    “’When is it going to happen?’ is a regular question,” said Alomenu, graduate student. “I think what we really need to do is get some more student attention for it. It’s for the better health of everyone.”
    Lara Ismert, presidential candidate for BOOM, says that making PSU a tobacco-free campus can be achieved in the near future.
    “I think that we’ll see less opposition for a future tobacco-free campus,” said Ismert, senior in English and math. “It’s definitely something that I’m excited to see happen in the coming years.”
    At the end of the debate, both candidates were asked what some of their top initiatives would be if they were elected.
    Alomenu says he hopes to increase student connectivity around PSU.
    “A big problem is just students not knowing what all is going on around the university,” Alomenu said. “When students aren’t able to be informed about what’s happening around campus, they won’t be able to get out in the open with their ideas. That is a big problem for those organizations wanting to gain attention and publicity.”
    Ismert says she hopes to make the university a “greener” campus, and improve student connectivity.
    “We need to partake in receptacles for recyclable materials,” Ismert said. “SGA should work to provide those for students, and they should make sure students know what’s going on during meetings.”
    Online voting for the next SGA leaders opened on April 11 and will close on April 19.

  • 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 to their GUS accounts. Gregory also says that SGA is facing a shortage of Scantrons.
    “The big problem here is that we have finals week approaching, and it’s looking like we won’t have enough by the time that rolls around,” Gregory said. “We should possibly look into SGA’s budget in order to try and subsidize a deal.”
    Elections are set to continue throughout the week, ending April 19. Students may vote for candidates from the BOOM or ASAP party.

  • 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 senators meet to select the recipient based on the nomination forms.
    “Each nomination form is read out loud, and each committee member ranks the information based on the criteria needed to exemplify the Kaye Lynne Webb spirit” Geier said.
    Geier says that the committee looks for qualities such as outstanding Pitt State spirit, involvement on campus and in the community, a passion for academics and work ethic and the actual recommendation from the nominator.
    Geier says they received five nominations that qualified for the Kaye Lynne Webb Spirit award this year. She says the recipient will be recognized at the annual SGA Old/New Senate Banquet on May 2. The winner will have his or her name displayed on the Kaye Lynne Webb Spirit Award plaque in the Overman Student Center and be listed with all previous recipients.
    After the banquet, the name of the winner of the Kaye Lynne Webb Spirit Award will be made known to the public.

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