You can’t dance with us

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Student Government Association senator Marcus Clem is investigating claims that the Crimson and Gold Dance team tryouts were biased and based on looks, not talent. “These girls came to me as a member of student government and indicated to me that they felt the process of choosing members for their team was unfair,” Clem said. In the name of responsibility Clem says the situation is within SGA’s interest if the complaints brought to his attention turn out to be true. “We are partly responsible for regulating the Athletic Department’s funding,” Clem said. “As such, it is appropriate for us to step in and express our opinion on the situation should…

One firm handshake and a bro-hug

2015-2016 Senate takes charge | Audrey Dighans copy editor | As outgoing vice president, Jaci Gilchrist called the Student Government Association (SGA) to order for the last time on Wednesday, April 15. Gilchrist asked for all graduating Senate members as well as outgoing cabinet members to stand and give a few words of advice to the new Senate. David Schlee Senator from the College of Education I have enjoyed my past two years in this organization. My advice is to try and find something in this organization that you are passionate about, that will be your driving force. I’ve spent the better part of a decade on this campus and I’m really going to miss…

Banana Party to lead SGA

Kyle Hostetler, junior in graphic communications, and Rachel Herring, sophmore in Spanish and political science, pose for a photo with President Steve Scott after being annouced as the SGA President and Vice President for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Hostetler, Herring new president and vp | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Students, faculty and staff gathered at the foot of the marble staircase in Russ Hall at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 10, for the announcement of the new student body president, vice president and Senate members. Steve Scott, university president, began the announcement with congratulations to the Student Government Association for “a tremendous year.” “It has been a great year of moving things forward,” Scott said. “I want to congratulate all of SGA for a wonderful year, a great campaign season. You all did a great job, ran a high-level campaign and stuck to the issues.” And the winners are… Scott began by…

Pitt Briefs

Holi rescheduled The Indian Student Association has rescheduled its annual Holi celebration for Saturday, April 4. The event will be held at 1 p.m. at the Bicknell Sports Complex. For more information, call 650-825-0941. International gathering Pittsburg State University’s International Gatherings will continue at 6 p.m. Friday, April 3, with Malaysia in the Grubbs Hall lobby. This event is free and open to the public. It will feature a taste of Malaysian cuisine, made by PSU’s Malaysian students as well as a presentation on the country. For more information, call 235-4607. Poetry reading Sally Keith will read from her works at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in the Governors Room of Overman Student Center, as…

SGA passes final fee proposals

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Student Government Association’s (SGA) weekly meeting on Wednesday night, March 11, started off with a report from the Axe Library, which will be extending its hours during Dead and Finals weeks this semester. “We will be open until 1 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday,” said Jorge Leon, learning outreach librarian. “We are still organizing programming for the extended hours, but we will have them.” Leon also says that the wireless printing service is due to be up and running when students return from spring break. Sen. Britnee Pond, who currently works as a student employee at Axe Library, added to Leon’s announcements that temporary employees will be hired to…

Students to know where their $s go

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Student Government Association (SGA) unanimously passed vice president Jaci Gilchrist’s Fee Publication resolution during the organization’s meeting on Wednesday, March 4. The resolution will require SGA to publish and update all the information pertaining to student fees on a variety of media, such as display cases, social media, etc., every semester so that students have easy access to the figures. “It’s pretty impossible to find out where student fee dollars go right now,” Gilchrist said. “I think it should be easier for students to find this information. They should know where their money is going and this will also help us to gauge student opinion should we ever…

SGA takes action on full agenda

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | It was a busy night for the Student Government Association (SGA) on Wednesday, Feb. 25, during the organization’s weekly meeting with more than 10 resolutions to read, discuss and vote on. Two new proposals for fee increases were submitted and advocated for; the first by Gerard Attoun on behalf of Student Publications and the second by Rita Girth on behalf of the Bryant Student Health Center. Student Publications asked for SGA to dip into the Fee Council Reserves for a one-time withdrawal of $5,000 to purchase camera lenses, computers and access to an online website template service to improve the PSU Collegio’s online newspaper. “I can confirm that it…

SGA considers fee hike for parking improvements

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Student Government Association (SGA) has so far voted to increase student fees by $11. During the organization’s meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 17, a fourth fee proposal was also presented to the Senate, which could result in another $3 fee increase. Jordan Schaper, SGA president, yielded time to Steve Erwin at the beginning of the meeting to discuss the newest fee increase proposal: parking. “We have calculated that every fee dollar raised yields $11,500,” said Erwin, vice president of auxiliary services and SGA adviser. “We would like to increase parking fees from $33 to $36.” He said $2 would go toward maintenance and expansion while $1 would go toward the…

Freedom of speech speaks back

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Though feedback has been mostly positive to Student Government Association’s (SGA) requirement that student representatives from campus groups attend at least three SGA meetings a semester, that was not the case during the meeting Wednesday, Feb. 11. Jake Yankovich, junior in finance and economics, was the first non-SGA student to speak up about the requirement. “It is a waste of our time to be here,” he said. “I think it is ridiculous to require us to be here. I’ve done allocations in the past and it is not that difficult of a process. We could be making a lot more use of our time if we weren’t required to…

Club presidents react to new allocation process

Students representatives sign in during SGA to ask for allocation money on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

| Tyler Koester | Effective this semester, clubs and organizations across campus have had to accept a twist on the group allocations process. For any campus group to receive its piece of the $60,000 up for allocations this year, it must send a delegate to no fewer than three Student Government Association (SGA) meetings. This new requirement came about last semester when SGA’s former campus affairs director Elle Walker met with student organization presidents. At this meeting a suggestion was made to require that organizations begin attending SGA meetings. “The original idea presented to her (Walker) was to have student organizations attend every SGA meeting,” said Austin Bailey, SGA treasurer. “However, we did not feel…