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Board goes public with student groups’ budget appeals

Board goes public with student groups’ budget appeals

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

April 13, 2014

A disagreement on money matters between the Student Government Board and Allocations Committee ultimately proved that the Board holds the power of the purse.The Board and Allocations Chair Nasreen Harun met on Saturday for a public meeting to consult with student groups about budget requests and delibe...

Board selects two new members to fill vacant seats

Board selects two new members to fill vacant seats

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

April 7, 2014

The Student Government Board has selected two new members to fill the vacancies left when former Board members Ellie Tsatsos and Brandon Benjamin resigned at the Board’s public meeting two weeks ago. After a nearly eight-hour interview process, the Board chose Ben West and Ryan Orr to fill the two pos...

Board to amend policies, seek new members

Board to amend policies, seek new members

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

April 2, 2014

After a string of resignations and accusations that the Student Government Board devotes too much time to the allocations process, SGB pledged last night to shift the focus from campus funding to campus life.Board members addressed the student body about the recent resignations and announced the application process to fill spot...

Student environmentalists push for more sustainable hydration

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

March 30, 2014

The Student Government Board has introduced another green initiative to its smattering of environmentally friendly policies this semester.Environmental Committee Chairwoman Kacy McGill has been working with Board member Mona Kazour and students from Pitt’s chapter of Take Back the Tap on the latest g...

Challah for Hunger

Challah for Hunger

March 27, 2014

Board members introduce new committees

Board members introduce new committees

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

January 22, 2014

The Student Government Board has created a new committee to focus on student health issues just in time for cold season.The Board replaced last year’s Fundraising and Advertising Committee with a Wellness Committee to assist Board members’ wellness initiatives. In addition to covering health issues, t...

New SGB members continue push for published OMET results

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

January 17, 2014

Do you have the time to take a five-minute survey?What if that survey was the OMET survey, and your participation granted you access to every instructor’s results?The OMET evaluation, which stands for the Office of Measurement and Evaluation of Teaching, is often called the “student opinion of tea...

Board establishes new governing code

Board establishes new governing code

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

January 15, 2014

Student Government Board President Mike Nites is no stranger to revisions. The 2013 Board modified documents at its last public meeting during which then-Board member Nites didn’t voice his ideas.But over winter break, Nites individually compiled an entirely new governing code into a 30-page document.The Board adopte...

New SGB members receive wisdom at inauguration

New SGB members receive wisdom at inauguration

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

January 9, 2014

Chancellor Mark Nordenberg offered warm wishes to the incoming Student Government Board members, joking about another Pitt organization’s recent success, at Thursday’s inauguration.“It would be hard to find a better way to launch a new year here at Pitt than gathering to inaugurate our new Stud...

SGB President-elect to pitch travel grants for student researchers

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

January 6, 2014

Matt Olm said he would have spent about $800 on a trip to the American Society for Microbiology meeting in Denver last summer if his research lab had not covered the expenses.Olm, a senior majoring in microbiology, attended and presented his research on bacterial DNA at the conference.But if senior Mike...

Finals Edition: Board members round up campaign initiatives

Finals Edition: Board members round up campaign initiatives

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

December 8, 2013

As the Student Government Board 2012-2013 term comes to a close, Board members have accomplished some of their projects, while others have fallen to the wayside. During each SGB campaign season, candidates run on three project initiatives, which they plan to complete if elected. Gordon Louderback, pre...

SGB unanimously votes to amend bylaws

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

December 4, 2013

Before the 2012-2013 Student Government Board leaves office in January, it will leave its mark on SGB’s rulebook. The Board voted unanimously at the final meeting of its members’ terms Tuesday night to amend its own bylaws. While the majority of the revisions are semantic, SGB President Gordon ...

SGB leaders discuss structural changes

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

November 26, 2013

The head of Pitt’s Student Government Board said Pitt’s Board is unusual compared to other universities.He added that this may not be a good thing.The Board’s president, Gordon Louderback, hosted an open forum last night in Dining Room B of the William Pitt Union. The event was attended by abo...

SGB election sees decrease in voter turnout

SGB election sees decrease in voter turnout

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

November 22, 2013

This year’s Student Government Board election proved that fewer candidates and less campaigning make for a dramatically lower voter turnout.Only 10 students competed for the eight seats on the Board. President-elect Mike Nites ran uncontested, receiving 1,965 votes. Only 2,520 students — 13.7 perce...

Pittsburgh Parking Authority keeps eye on drivers

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

November 20, 2013

Andrew Colaizzi lives in Mount Lebanon and often rides the bus to campus. But on days he drives, he said he finds it difficult to find a parking space because many of the spaces are already taken. Colaizzi, a junior accounting major, said he doesn’t think information about his vehicle movements or wh...

Rubber duck impacts local business

Rubber duck impacts local business

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

October 10, 2013

The 40-foot “Rubber Duck” floating in downtown Pittsburgh has made its splash in more than just the Allegheny River. Since its arrival last month, it seems as though everyone wants a slice of the pie, or in this case, a slice of the duck.Duck mania has befallen the city of Pittsburgh, spurring m...

Caribou coffee shop leaves Oakland, Peet’s enters

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

September 23, 2013

An Oakland coffee shop, popular among students looking to study and to get their caffeine fixes, turned off its espresso machines for the last time earlier this month.  But never fear, coffee lovers: the Caribou Coffee that closed on Sept. 9 will reopen in mid-October as Peet’s Coffee and Tea.Cari...

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