Senators break ranks in Topeka

Marcus Clem | copy editor Student Government Association spent the bulk of its meeting Wednesday addressing members who didn’t stick to the plan during their trip to the state capital to lobby the Kansas State Assembly. Two members of SGA were accused of violating a pledge to not express their viewpoints on the issue of conceal-and-carry on campus during Higher Education Day on Feb. 11. SGA voted last week by a margin of 22 to 16 to make opposition to conceal-and-carry on campus its official position, one that they would lobby the state legislators to adopt. Both Ethan Scott, SGA treasurer, and Sen. Austin Leake are members of the Gorillas for Concealed Carry on Campus…

SGA lobbies for students in Topeka

J. Fred Fox | reporter TOPEKA – Members of the Student Government Association traveled to the Capitol on Monday armed with an agenda to lobby. SGA spent the day at the Capitol in Topeka for Higher Education Day advocating for higher education to at least sustain current levels of funding. The most important item on the agenda is the state budget, which is currently running a $700 million deficit. Many legislators are eyeing higher education funding cuts as one of various ways to eliminate that deficit. Pittsburg State received about $35 million in state appropriations last year. Even Gov. Sam Brownback, who presented his budget to the Legislature, wasn’t too optimistic that higher education funding…