New faces, new plans

Senators prepare trip to state capitol in Feb. to lobby on university behalf Marcus Clem | Copy Editor Ethan Scott and Alyssa Marsh got their share of on-the-job training last week. Scott, the new treasurer of Student Government Association (SGA), along with Alyssa Marsh, the new community affairs director, were appointed before winter break. At SGA’s first meeting of the Spring 2013 semester on Jan. 16, a wide range of issues built up during the month-long recess waited for SGA’s consideration. SGA decided to interrupt the meeting after Larry Overman, junior in construction safety, spoke during student opinion time. Overman accused SGA members of sponsoring drug use and underage drinking at a private party before…

SGA President says no

Ismert uses first veto in 30 years Marcus Clem | Collegio Reporter Lara Ismert, Student Government Association president, struck down an adopted Senate resolution for the first time in decades before SGA’s last meeting of buy cialis online the semester. The resolution had allocated about $1,000 from the carryover fund of the previous SGA fiscal year for the Pitt Points scholarship program, and had been approved by a unanimous vote on Nov. 14. The Pitt Points program rewards students who are active participants in university-sponsored events by giving out an academic scholarship and other prizes. Ismert says she decided to use her veto power after the question of fundraising had been raised at SGA’s previous…

Student government tightens wallet

Marcus Clem | Collegio Reporter Student senators voted a resolution down after a rare extended debate about SGA’s internal finances at their meeting on Nov. 14. “We had a very open and honest discussion where people really stood up viagra generic for what they believed,” said Sydney Ward, SGA vice president. There were 15 “no” votes, enough to reject SGA Resolution 12-21 by denying it the required two-thirds majority vote. This is a rare event, as the majority of all SGA Resolutions pass the Senate at-large unanimously. Senators carefully construct resolutions at the committee level and discuss the details outside of the official meetings. However, when the resolution, allocating $2,200 for SGA office expenses from…

SGA gives Safe Ride $8,300

Marcus Clem | Collegio Reporter Student senators endorsed the tailgating change and voted to help students caught without a ride, during their weekly meeting Wednesday, Sept. 26. Student Government Association (SGA) vice president Sydney Ward presided over the meeting. The Senate first completed a vote on a resolution to endorse the Pitt State administration decision to ban alcohol consumption after kickoff at home football games. The resolution was passed by voice vote with no objections. This was a noted change from the previous week, when senators expressed concern as to the measure’s popularity. “We as students decided that it is not good to drink going into the game,” said SGA director of legislative affairs Christian…

SGA considers tailgate changes

Marcus Clem | Collegio Writer At the weekly Student Government Association (SGA) meeting last night, Steve Erwin, SGA adviser, pledged for a greater law enforcement presence and warned of possible rules restricting alcohol consumption at tailgating events. Sydney Ward, SGA vice president, directed the meeting, which featured presentations from Jim Johnson, athletics director and Erwin. Erwin spoke about the altercations that took place during tailgating events at the first home football game on Saturday, Sept. 8, in the parking lot of Carnie Smith Stadium. He discussed how law enforcement will increase ID checking, intoxication screening and overall presence to prevent a repeat of such disorder during the next home football game on Sept. 22. “If…

SGA renews collegiate readership program

SGA Senators listen to individual inputs on Collegiate Readership Program.

Zach Wagner | Collegio Reporter After an hour-long discussion between senators of Pitt State’s Student Government Association, the members voted in favor of renewing the USA Today Collegiate Readership Program. Without the program, Pitt State would have gotten rid of the box dispensaries on campus that provide three different newspapers for students. Lara Ismert, SGA President, had some opening words for the organization before final votes were taken. “Regardless of how the voting goes, if it’s voted in or out, I won’t be disappointed either way,” Ismert said. During the discussion period for the bill, Senator Steve Chastain was the first to voice his opinion. “I like the program, I’ve used it since my freshman…

A war over words

Voting on Wednesday Sep. 5 will decide if we keep The Morning Sun, The Joplin Globe, and USA Today free for students at PSU.

Program needs more publicity Steve Chastain | Guest Columnist The Collegiate Readership Program is a great program that I believe the Student Government Association should keep. I am a member of SGA and I have been fighting for this program to stay on campus. The empty boxes around campus need to be filled with newspapers. Most students don’t know that the papers are free. Maybe we as a student government have failed our students, because I have never seen a sign that said free to students. We may have been told, but you don’t remember everything you are told when you are coming in as a freshman. We had a visitor come last Wednesday and…

SGA involvement provides students a voice

Val Vita | Managing Editor Lara Ismert says she feels that many PSU students aren’t satisfied with changes around campus. “And even those who don’t have an opinion about it are affected by the decisions, like the tuition increase, for example,” said Ismert, president of the Student Government Association (SGA). “If something is affecting you, I believe you should be able to voice your opinion about it.” Ismert says many students think that going to college only means getting a degree. “But It’s also important to make an impact on campus,” Ismert said. “That way, your college experience will be much more rewarding.” Participating in SGA, Ismert says, is one way to get involved with…

SGA swears in new cabinet

Zach Wagner | Collegio Reporter Back for another year, the Pittsburg State Student Government Association held their first meeting of the semester Wednesday evening in the governor’s room, where the inducted new officers, and touched up old business. Lara Ismert, SGA president, kicked off the meeting by clearing misconceptions students had regarding last year’s tobacco-free campus proposal. “Campus is not tobacco free, through the online referendum we gathered student opinion,” Ismert said. “We don’t have the capability to enforce the plan, so there is no currently no ban.” According to Ismert, PSU president Steve Scott has talked about organizing a task force on campus in order to implement the ban. Mark Hinshaw, an official from…