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…

Scholarships for five, prizes for two

$2,500 to benefit students | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Michael Haynes, campus affairs director for the Student Government Association (SGA), caught the Senate’s attention during the organization’s meeting Wednesday, Feb. 4, when he proposed a resolution that would allow him as campus affairs director to disperse the Educational Opportunity Fund in the form of five scholarships for Pittsburg State students. “The Educational Opportunity Fund is funded by various sources and not at all by student fees,” Haynes said. “I also did not have to put my idea for the fund up as a resolution but I did not feel morally right about handing out $2,500 without consulting you guys (the Senate).” Haynes then explained…

SGA brainstorms ideas on what to do with $12,000

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The open forum portion of Student Government Association’s (SGA) meeting Wednesday, Jan. 21, turned into a brainstorm session for ideas on how to spend the Campus Capital Improvement (CCI) fund. The fund currently holds $22,000 and is set up specifically for SGA for a variety of projects to benefit the campus and student body. To keep in line with the Senate’s constitution, at least $12,000 from the CCI fund must be spent by the end of the semester. With a reminder from Steve Erwin, associate vice president of Campus Life and Auxiliary Services and SGA adviser, that CCI funds should be used for a “permanent” installation of something, Senate…

Pitt Briefs

Stalking awareness January is National Stalking Awareness month and Pitt State’s Students for Violence Prevention will host a stalking awareness event at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, in Grubbs Hall, room 107. Sarah Bahr, stalking survivor, will share her personal story of domestic violence and the steps she took to prosecute the offender. A roundtable discussion and Q&A session will follow, where attendees have the option to anonymously text in their questions. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 231-6892. SGA senators needed Student Government Association (SGA) is in search of senators from the College of Education and the College of Technology. Students interested in being a voice for…

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,…