Too ‘Big’ for one leader? Nope, SGA says

J. Fred Fox | reporter The Student Government Association only considered one measure this week and summarily rejected it. The resolution would have formalized an assistant Big Event director position. Senators voted to table it after brief discussion. It was proposed by Jacob Letner, SGA Big Event director. He argued that it would help him “immensely” to have a permanent unpaid assistant. He also wanted this assistant to be in a position to easily replace him as Big Event director when he leaves the job at the end of the academic year. Multiple senators said that a constitutional amendment the resolution called for wasn’t necessary. Taylor Gravett, SGA president, also noted during the meeting that…

Busy, controversial week for SGA

J. Fred Fox | reporter The Student Government Association considered several measures at its meeting Wednesday night, and tabled or rejected half of them. Stick to the plan The highest-profile measure was a bill to amend SGA’s bylaws to clarify what senators are expected to lobby about during Higher Education Day, set this academic year for Feb. 11, 2014. Higher Education Day is an opportunity for SGA members to lobby the Kansas State Assembly in Topeka on policy measures that SGA officially supports. Last year, there was some dispute after some members of SGA’s delegation who disagreed with the official plank’s positions independently lobbied state legislators during the event. If the bill is voted in…

$16 million renovation to start in spring

J. Fred Fox As the walls of the new Fine and Performing Arts Center are going up on Ford Street, construction on another building project on campus is about to begin. Expansion and remodeling The Overman Student Center is set for a 30,000 square-foot addition. Some of the existing space will be remodeled. “We had three important features we wanted to include in the project,” said Jeff Steinmiller, director of Overman Student Center. “(These include) centrally locating student activities offices, adding a whole new ballroom with other meeting-room additions and adding more lounge space to the main floor and lower level.” The main floor of the addition will consist of a storefront-style space for Student…

SGA Big Event position vacated

J. Fred Fox | reporter SGA announced on Wednesday, Aug. 28, that it will hire a new director. It also considered a resolution on campus posters and addressed financial issues in this week’s meeting. Big event director appointment Rodney Kimlin was confirmed as new SGA treasurer, thus vacating the Big Event director position. Taylor Gravett, SGA president, said he plans to appoint a candidate for the position in time for next week’s meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Senators will then participate in a confirmation vote. Two-thirds of the votes must be in favor of the candidate for him or her to take office. During open forum, Sen. William Ravenstein suggested removing the Big Event director…

Scholarship money for most Pitt Points

J. Fred Fox | reporter Scholarship money is still up for grabs for any student who collects the most Pitt Points by the end of the year. “Pitt Points is an incentive program started in 2011 to encourage students to attend campus events,” said Tyler Edwards, SGA campus affairs director, and head of the Pitt Points program. $1,000, $500, and $250 scholarships and other prizes, including an iPad, are awarded to the student who has the most points. “I attended ‘iPod Man’ last night, football games, and some other events. I didn’t know I was doing so well,” said Lynzee Flores, freshman in communication and Spanish. Jacob Rudolph is currently leading the Pitt Points program…

Biking nowhere for a cause

J.Fred Fox Members of Campus Christians spent all day riding bikes in the Oval on Wednesday, April 17, except they didn’t go anywhere. The riders, who each had a bike with a pedestal attached, lifting the driving back tire off the ground and holding the bike in place, were pedaling for a cause. That cause is the third annual Tour de Hope, sponsored by Campus Christians. The riders were in the Oval to hold a fundraiser for Jordanian and Syrian refugees. The contest prizes consist of a $200 prize for teams that pay a $50 entry fee, or a $50 prize for individual entrants who pay a $5 entry fee. Teams will bike for 55…

No full ride

NCAA caps scholarship levels J. Fred Fox | reporter The vast majority of athletics spending goes toward student-athlete scholarships: A whopping $1.7 million out of the $2.3 million dollar budget. However, the NCAA caps scholarship levels for Division II. No more than the equivalent of 36 full-ride scholarships can be spent on football student-athletes. A full-ride scholarship pays all academic, housing and meal expenses and includes a $400 book stipend. However, no athlete at Pitt State receives a full ride. Also, PSU only paid out enough scholarship money to account for 32.64 of the limit last year. As a part of the process of distributing scholarships, there are transfer students, graduates and players leaving the…

Definition of marriage is important

J. Fred ox It’s time to identify what the gay-marriage issue is all about: The issue isn’t who is or isn’t able to marry, but what marriage really is. Conjugal-marriage, or marriage between a man and a woman, is an institution of our society built around its most important aspect: child-rearing. The revisionist view, or that of same-sex unions, redefines marriage as nothing more than an emotional fulfillment between any two people. The purpose of marriage law in any society is to promote the marriage-based, child-rearing family that produces mature individuals who can contribute socially to society. The revisionist view undermines this ideal culture and damages the cultural and political goods attained from conjugal-marriage and…

SGA says no

Athletics asks for $6 SGA grants half J. Fred Fox SGA finally settled on a fee increase for Athletics in the last meeting of the semester for the current administration. Athletics student fees were raised $3 to a total of $149 per semester. This brings total student fees for 2013-2014 academic year to $563 per semester. Senators spent hours trying to get to the 2/3 majority needed to pass the Athletics fee increase. Originally, the Athletics fee committee, including members from Athletics and SGA members, proposed a $6 increase. SGA voted that number down last week, and after voting on $5 and $4 increases failed in this week’s meeting, senators settled on $3. However, this…

Promoting oral tradition

J. Fred Fox | reporter Professional storytellers came to the Pittsburg Public Library and told ghost stories, joke stories, and life stories for Pittsburg’s first Storytelling Festival. “Storytelling can be for kids or senior citizens,” said Steve Otto, a Kansas City storyteller who is a member of the River and Prairie Story Weavers Guild. “This generation has been sucked into flashing screens. People need to rediscover this vital medium. The best images are created within a person’s mind; something nobody else can see.” Otto has been a full-time professional storyteller for 19 years. His favorite genre is ghost stories. Otto says he has a talent for suspense and the high anticipation he can build up,…