SGA OK’s funding for student center tables

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | A resolution to allocate $4,000 of Campus Capital Improvement (CCI) funds for new tables at the soon-to- be-constructed outdoor terrace at Overman Student Center met with some debate at the Student Government Association meeting Wednesday night. Sen. Larry Overman questioned the amount to be granted during the resolution’s debate. “$4,000 seems to be out of hand,” Overman said. “As it sits now, the student center won’t be paid off for another 29 years. I feel this money could be put to better use elsewhere.” But legislative affairs director Lindsay Ong and Jaci Gilchrist, SGA vice president, explained to the Senate that the previous year’s SGA administration had made a…

SGA allocates $5,500 for tables, Gorilla Radio

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | | Jon Botts guest writer | Call to order First order of business for the Student Government Association (SGA) on Wednesday night, Oct. 1, was the reading and passing of new resolutions to the SGA constitution. The most debated of these involved a change in handling senators whose grade point average falls below the current requirement of 2.50 cumulative. Jaci Gilchrist, vice president, was one of the members on the committee that wrote the resolution that would allow the Senate to call a closed-session meeting and vote on whether a senator will be allowed to retain his or her status should their grade point average fall below the requirement….

SGA tackling several projects

| Jordan Schaper guest writer | Hello, Gorillas, I hope everything’s going well with you all as we get closer to the halfway point of the semester. It’s been a pretty hectic couple of weeks in SGA as we’ve been trying to tackle a variety of issues. We are still looking for feedback on the parking situation via our transportation survey in the SGA office. We are actively searching for solutions that students can get behind and working with the administration to make those a reality. It’s only going to be available for a little bit longer, so make sure you have your voice heard. We will also be in the Oval the rest of…

SGA discusses stopping sex-assault

| Marcus Clem guest writer | About 800 colleges and universities joined a conference call with representatives from the White House earlier this week, and Pitt State SGA was part of it. The call is part of an ongoing national effort to raise awareness of college campus sexual assault and to pressure institutions to be more proactive about protecting students. Elle Walker, SGA campus affairs director, said that she is working on a project inspired by a viral video called “Demand a Plan” on the issue of gun control. “Demand a Plan” involved several actors, politicians, musicians and other celebrities who spoke on their campaign to enact some kind of reform following a national outbreak…

SGA President

| Jordan Schaper Guest Writer | Hello, Gorillas, I hope everything’s going well for you all as this year starts to pick up. It’s crazy to think we’re already a month into the semester! In the student government realm, we’re starting to find our stride as the last couple weeks have been extremely busy. We have filled all of our open positions, and all 15 new senators were briefed on their duties this past weekend at our retreat and are ready to dive right in. We are also actively trying to find solutions to the parking situation that seems to be a growing concern all across campus. The transportation work group, led by Sen. Bryce…

Hotel SGA: no vacancy

| Marcus Clem guest writer | Student government now has a full roster of senators after their approval and swearing-in at SGA’s meeting on Sept. 10. A group of 15 students were sworn in following the completion of the vacancy process: Calle Callaway, Michael Spiller, Kenna Bideau and Denna Thompson of the College of Arts and Sciences; Grace Geiger and Zachary Green of the Kelce College of Business; Riegen Anderson and Katherine Gray of the College of Education; Josh Bosley and Larry Overman of the College of Technology; and Hank Cloninger, Haley Northcutt, Maya Dandu, Justin Stone and Ryan Magee representing the university at large. Jordan Schaper, SGA president, said he will be filling vacancies…

SGA needs your ideas

| Jordan Schaper SGA President | Hello, Gorillas. I hope you’re as excited as I am as we kick off the school year. It has been a busy first couple of weeks here in Student Government, and we’re just getting started. As some of you may know, we have the Collegiate Readership Program in three locations now across campus: in Grubbs Hall, the Kelce College of Business, and the Kansas Technology Center where you can pick up free newspapers with your ID card. We have experienced a few bumps in the road early on, but we should have everything ironed out. Additionally this year, this opportunity will again be open to faculty members. We have…

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…