After party defeated, electees opt to leave SGA

| Marcus Clem editor in chief | At least four of the 12 students who were elected as part of the Letner/Hebrlee slate to serve in the Student Government Association for the 2014-2015 academic year have pledged not to take their seats. Viet Nguyen, Kiki Eigenmann and Jakey Dobbs have confirmed to The Collegio that they will not swear in as senators. Sydney Lemos has opted to officially resign. Some members of Letner/Hebrlee who have chosen to stay on say that they believe more of their colleagues will depart in the near future. However, no additional commitments to leave have been announced. Jaci Gilchrist, newly elected SGA vicepresident, says that the assembly’s policy allows for…

‘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…

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…

SGA president fires 4 election judges

2 dismissed election-board members say action motivated by politics | Marcus Clem editor in chief | Pittsburg State’s Student Government Association is embroiled in controversy after Taylor Gravett, SGA president, sacked several of the assembly’s student election monitors after they voted to disqualify the Letner/Hebrlee party from this year’s ballot. On the morning of Friday, April 4, Gravett informed Sen. Lindsay Ong, SGA co-chair of elections, that she had been removed from her position. Also removed were Joshua Packard, SGA public relations director; Sen. James Saltat, Ong’s co-chair; and Sen. Audrey Gilbreath. Gravett then announced that Kiki Eigenmann, SGA vice president, would assume a new role as chair of the elections board. Gravett and Eigenmann…

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….

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…

Race begins

Left, Jake Letner, junior in history, talks with Taylor Gravett, junior in political science, about his campaign for presidency election for SGA.

Gorilla Alliance adopts campus populism | Marcus Clem editor in chief | The signs are up, the money and time is invested, and Jordan Schaper and Jaci Gilchrist are ready to see if they can win the confidence of Pittsburg State’s student body. Schaper, junior in politicial science, and Gilchrist, sophomore in political science, are already an established presence in student government. They freely admit their addiction to the day-to-day details of running a public office. “I would say I am a politics junkie,” Gilchrist said. “But that’s not the reason I’m getting into this … although I do watch a lot of C-SPAN. “I just find what most people find to be boring and…

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…

Too many guys, too many fees, some senators say

| Robin Siteneski reporter | The Student Government Association decided to reject a $2 parking fee increase at its meeting on March 5. The parking fee vote of 11 ayes and 16 nays defeated the resolution without much debate. The assembly also started to discuss changes to its constitution. Major proposals include a change to the way members are voted out of office, and potentially a decrease in the number of senators to 36, from 50. SGA almost did not vote on anything because they were two members short of a quorum when the meeting began. The exact number of missing people required later showed up; Taylor Gravett, SGA president, noted that people 15 minutes…