Take chance to be part of student politics

Staff Editorial Student government is important. As we begin a new academic year, we urge all Pittsburg State students, whether they’ve just begun their collegiate career or already imagine themselves in commencement robes, to keep this fact in mind. Few things concern all college students more than money, and this organization has the original responsibility for deciding how much each student pays for everything from parking to today’s constant pace of campus construction. Steve Scott as university president is reliably true to his responsibility to talk to students should the need arise, but SGA works with him regularly to emphasize all student concerns. SGA’s president, Jordan Schaper, represents Pitt State to the state government on…

SGA talks money

| Marcus Clem guest writer | Student clubs that want SGA to pay their costs may soon be bound to the Senate’s mission to go paperless. Austin Bailey, SGA treasurer, said at the meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 27, that a grace period will exist for the fall semester. By spring 2015, all organizations will be required to scan in their receipts for email or for delivery on a USB device. “This will reduce paper waste,” Bailey said. “Sometimes I’ve found receipts that are still in the office [after] all summer.” The Senate adopted Bailey’s resolution on the idea unanimously and will vote on final passage next week. Clubs may fill out their expense information by…

SGA’s start features learning curve

| Marcus Clem reporter | Following spring elections there are a lot of new faces in the Student Government Association as shown at the body’s first meeting of the semester on Wednesday, Aug. 20. Basic questions like where this Senate will meet and what committee roles each senator will hold are yet to be determined. Senate members addressed recent changes to the Collegiate Readership Program, an issue that SGA has spent a great deal of time on in the past. Only three newspaper bins remain active on campus. They are located in Grubbs Hall, the Kelce School of Business and the Kansas Technology Center. About $21,000 remains in a fund provided by previous student fees to…

Get involved with student government

| Jaci Gilchrist SGA Vice President | Student Government Association serves as the governing entity for all students at Pittsburg State. We are composed of senators representing each of the four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Technology. As a hybrid organization, student government acts as the middleman between the student body and the administration. Representing the interests of all students at both the state and local levels lies at the heart of SGA. Throughout the year, SGA continuously works to involve the student body. The campus is constantly growing and changing. We task ourselves with not only informing students of changes, but of gauging opinion and appropriately expressing it. Allocations are one of…

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….