SGA discusses flurry of bills

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | While the semester tends to “wind down” during dead and finals week, that was not the case for Student Government Association’s (SGA) final meeting of the semester on Wednesday, Dec. 3, as the Senate had more than 14 resolutions and bills to read, debate, table, adopt and pass or reject. With one of the largest in attendance Senates, the debates ranged from a minute to half an hour with the first order of the evening passing a funding request for the upcoming American Student Government Association conference in New Orleans, to which four Pitt State SGA members will attend. The conference is projected to cost $4,000 with transportation to…

Working through busy times

| Jordan Schaper SGA President | Hello, Gorillas! Finals are looming and we have a huge playoff game on Saturday, so it is officially the busy part of the semester – and busy is an understatement for what we’ve been doing in the Student Government Association (SGA) the past couple of weeks. We had our “It’s on Us” day on Oct. 30 and it was quite the success. The day centered on changing the culture of sexual violence on college campuses by aiming to eliminate the bystander effect and stepping in to stop a bad situation before it gets worse. We had two hopefuls who were running in the midterm election, gave out $500 in…

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,…

Senators query PSU official; grants ensemble $15,000

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Student Government Association (SGA) had a busy night Wednesday, Nov. 12, as the organization’s meeting was postponed until after the Presidential Q&A, in which all Senate members were required to attend. Questions? Questions? Sen. Elle Walker hosted this semester’s Presidential Q&A in which Steve Scott, university president, and a panel of 10 other university officials were available to the student body to answer questions. A combination of written-in questions, read by Walker, and in-attendance questions were asked of the panel. Q: Why is there no check-in system for guests in the residence halls? Answered by Steve Erwin, associate vice president of campus life and auxiliary services Pitt State…

SGA discusses $15,000 grant for wind ensemble

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Student Government Association on Wednesday night gave first-round approval to grant $15,000 to the PSU Wind Ensemble. The $15,000 would come out of a Fee Council reserve account, which currently holds more than $200,000. The money would help finance the Wind Ensemble’s trip to New York City, where the group has been granted the opportunity to perform at the Lincoln Center. “The trip is estimated to cost a total of $90,000,” said Jaci Gilchrist, vice president. “It will cost roughly $1,688 per student and the students themselves will pay $300 of their own money toward the trip.” Steve Erwin, associate vice president of campus life and auxiliary services…

SGA debates several issues

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Game two of the World Series may be on, but student senators of the Student Government Association had to turn off the TV’s and turn on the decorum during their meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 22. Senators spent most of the meeting debating the legality of adopting Bill 14-01, which would require a two-thirds vote before issues can be lobbied for at Higher Education Day in the state Capitol. When the bill was initially read, a roll call resulted in 14 yes votes, 12 no votes and one abstention. However, later in the meeting it was brought to SGA’s attention that two-thirds of the Senate did not pass the bill,…

It’s a busy semester for SGA, campus

Hello, Gorillas, I hope everybody had a good and restful fall break. I know I sure did. But as we now enter the second half of what seems like a very fast semester, we just wanted to let you know what’s been going on and what we have coming up in the world of SGA. We have finished collecting our parking surveys and are working alongside administration to come up with some solutions. Your surveys showed overwhelmingly that you would be interested in us exploring a bus system that would go from the lots out by the softball fields to Kelce and everything in between. We will keep you updated on the progress of this…

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…