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SGB hosts bi-annual Safety Fair

SGB hosts bi-annual Safety Fair

By Ashley Priore and Janine Faust, The Pitt News Staff

September 19, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Kevin Caruso, a fire safety specialist and emergency preparedness coordinator at Pitt, said people always get something out of the fire extinguisher training exercises, from how to properly use an extinguisher to how to react to a real fire.

SGB approves $28.5k for Black Action Society in contested allocation vote

SGB approves $28.5k for Black Action Society in contested allocation vote

By Emily Wolfe, For the Pitt News

September 12, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

After listening to Augustin, Mercer proposed amending the allocation from the Allocation Committee’s recommendation. The new allocation was passed — instead of denying the Black Action Society’s request in full, the board approved all $28,500.

Campus grocery store on the menu at SGB kickoff meeting

Campus grocery store on the menu at SGB kickoff meeting

By Brian Salvato, Staff Writer

September 5, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

Board member Albert Tanjaya made a notable announcement about his focus for the semester. Along with improving the user accessibility of Saferider, the late-night transportation service available to students in Oakland, Tanjaya is looking to help the grocery store installation to Pitt’s campus.

Pitt Board approves budgets for 2018-19 school year

Pitt Board approves budgets for 2018-19 school year

By Grant Burgman and Christian Snyder

July 16, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News, Student Government

Pitt received $4.4 million more from Pennsylvania than in 2017. “The vast majority of in-state students” will not face a tuition increase, according to Chancellor Gallagher. Out-of-state, engineering and graduate students face an increase.

Get to Know Your Government: Introducing SGB

Get to Know Your Government: Introducing SGB

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government

Most students can’t speak one-on-one with administration to discuss issues most important to them or muster up enough support from the student body to get administration’s attention. This is where the Student Government Board comes in to help. From pressuring Pennsylvania’s elected officials to pass a sta...

SGB President Maggie Kennedy is ready for the year ahead

SGB President Maggie Kennedy is ready for the year ahead

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

May 30, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government

Maggie Kennedy has hardly had a chance to relax since winning Pitt’s Student Government Board election in February. Kennedy, a senior political science and communication rhetoric double major at Pitt, has spent most of her time over the last three months meeting with University officials and Studen...

SGB bids farewell in final meeting

SGB bids farewell in final meeting

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

April 18, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Plenty of teary, emotional thank-yous and farewells occured at Tuesday night’s Student Government Board meeting — the last official meeting for the 2017-18 board. During his final report, President Max Kneis took the opportunity to thank everyone who had been with him along the way. “From my f...

SGB brings the bills, renews NYT subscription

SGB brings the bills, renews NYT subscription

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

April 11, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

It was a busy Tuesday night in Nordy’s Place as Student Government Board passed three bills and introduced four more. Of the total seven bills, six deal with internal SGB structure, adding new committees and redefining or clarifying code and procedure. The only bill introduced not about internal mat...

IFC addresses Greek life action plan at SGB meeting

IFC addresses Greek life action plan at SGB meeting

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

April 4, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

Pitt’s Interfraternity Council president, Christian Baker, spoke about a working action plan that was recently released for Greek life at Tuesday’s Student Government Board meeting. Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner released the document Monday in response to two incidents during the spring 201...

SGB reveals updated finals week policy

SGB reveals updated finals week policy

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

March 28, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Student Government Board announced changes to finals scheduling at Tuesday’s public meeting that the board hopes will reduce the stress of finals week. Currently, if a student is scheduled to take three exams on the same calendar day, that student can move one of those exams. But starting next year,...

SGB promotes March For Our Lives

SGB promotes March For Our Lives

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

March 21, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Members of Student Government Board supported the March For Our Lives rally Tuesday, with President Max Kneis supported calling it a way for young people to show civic engagement. “I think it’s a really important issue for young people to be involved with,” Kneis said at the public meeting....

SGB calls for medical amnesty extension

SGB calls for medical amnesty extension

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Student Government Board returned from spring break and unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday night urging the Pennsylvania state government to extend medical amnesty — a pardon on criminal charges for medical reasons — in the case of alcohol incidents to the underage person experiencing the crisis....

SGB calls for expansion of state medical amnesty laws

SGB calls for expansion of state medical amnesty laws

By Noah Manalo | Staff Writer

February 28, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

At Student Government Board’s final public meeting before spring break, SBG President Max Kneis introduced a resolution calling for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to expand medical amnesty laws. The resolution states that approximately 1,825 college students in the United States die each year fro...

Looking to a new Horizon: Kennedy wins SGB presidency

Looking to a new Horizon: Kennedy wins SGB presidency

By Madeline Gavatorta and Christian Snyder | The Pitt News Staff

February 21, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Student Government

Maggie Kennedy couldn’t stop smiling Tuesday night after hearing she received 56 percent of the vote to secure the Student Government Board presidency for next year. Kennedy, a junior political science and communication major running on the Horizon slate, received 1,889 votes to defeat junior ma...

Guide to 2018 Student Government Board election

Guide to 2018 Student Government Board election

By The Pitt News Staff

February 19, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

Each Pitt student can vote Tuesday for one president and three board members to fill the nine elected positions on the 2018-2019 Student Government Board. Last year’s election saw double the voter turnout of the previous year with about 30 percent of the student body voting. SGB is responsible for allocating the $2.6 million Student Allocations...

SGB debate funding for student event

SGB debate funding for student event

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

February 14, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government

During Student Government Board’s weekly public meeting Tuesday night, the board had its first divided vote of the 2017-2018 school year. Executive Vice President Zuri Kent-Smith and board member Ami Fall opposed the funding of the Students for Liberty and Engineering Business Administration event, ...

SGB candidates debate for presidency

SGB candidates debate for presidency

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

February 13, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Student Government

Maggie Kennedy and Saket Rajprohat met Monday night to debate for one of the most influential student leadership positions on campus  — the Student Government Board presidential seat. The duo showcased their knowledge of the Pitt student community along with their qualifications for holding office. Tabitha B...

SGB updates on provost search

SGB updates on provost search

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

February 7, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

At Student Government Board’s weekly meeting Tuesday, Senior Vice Chancellor of Research Rob Rutenbar said the provost search committee involves no smoke or bunkers. “The search committee I am chairing is not decisional. And what that means is that we don’t all go retreat to the Cathedral, go...

SGB candidates meet the public

SGB candidates meet the public

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

February 1, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

The 2018 candidates for Student Government Board gathered Wednesday to discuss their platforms and answer questions presented to them by “Pitt Tonight” host Andrew Dow. UPTV broadcasted the event from William Pitt Union Dining Room A. Dow, a sophomore sociology and communication major, asked the sl...

SGB hosts Master Plan meeting for students

SGB hosts Master Plan meeting for students

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

January 31, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Nico Bernstein took issue with the Campus Master Plan presented by Owen J. Cooks Tuesday night at Student Government Board’s weekly public meeting, saying the plan emphasizes athletics and neglects the arts. “[Cooks] talked a lot about creating new spaces for athletics but not new spaces for s...

SGB round-up: board reflects on campaign promises

SGB round-up: board reflects on campaign promises

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

January 26, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

During the spring 2017 Student Government Board election season, candidate and then-Vice President Max Kneis called for transparency and higher outreach on the board. One year later, the 2017-2018 Student Government Board, headed by now-President Kneis, has made that a priority. “I think you se...

SGB prioritizes human rights, Safety Fair

SGB prioritizes human rights, Safety Fair

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

January 24, 2018


Filed under Student Government, Top Stories

Executive Vice President of Student Government Board Zuri Kent-Smith wants to educate the Pitt community about what is going on in regards to human rights and immigration around the world by organizing a human rights conference at Pitt. “I hope people get a strong foundation in human rights concern...

Peduto promotes Pittsburgh community initiatives

Peduto promotes Pittsburgh community initiatives

By Salina Pressimone | Assistant News Editor

January 19, 2018


Filed under City, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Mayor Bill Peduto prioritizes building up Pittsburgh communities, and thinks Amazon might soon be able to help with this growth at a local level, he said Thursday night. “What will make Pittsburgh competitive is talent produced locally and incredible affordability,” he said. “With those two th...

Provost to consider SGB textbook plan

Provost to consider SGB textbook plan

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

January 17, 2018


Filed under Student Government, Top Stories

After passing a resolution to help lower textbook costs, Student Government Board President Max Kneis announced Tuesday that Pitt is forming a committee to discuss implementing the ideas. SGB introduced a resolution last week calling on Pitt to expand the use of open education resources like PDF textboo...

SGB calls for textbook cost reduction

SGB calls for textbook cost reduction

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

January 10, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

At Student Government Board’s first public meeting of the semester Tuesday night, SGB President Max Kneis introduced and read a resolution calling for the University to expand the use of open educational resources, such as PDF textbooks. “[Textbooks are] just another added cost, so anything we can do ...

SGB reflects on meeting with administration

SGB reflects on meeting with administration

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

December 6, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

At Student Government Board’s last public meeting of the semester Tuesday night, SGB President Max Kneis discussed the board’s lunch earlier that day with Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, Senior Vice Chancellor and Provost Patricia Beeson and Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement and the Secretary of...

SGB announces new student safety measures

SGB announces new student safety measures

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

November 29, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Student Government Board member Ian Callahan announced at Tuesday’s meeting that the Rave Guardian app — an app created by Rave Mobile Safety that connects users with local security resources — is now available with features for Pitt students. Students who download the “blue light” app will be ...

SGB plans to make diversity initiative permanent

SGB plans to make diversity initiative permanent

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Student Government Board Executive Vice President Zuri Kent-Smith announced Tuesday that the SGB Diversity Committee will be making the transition from an ad hoc committee to a prospective standing committee — a permanent committee within SGB. “[The committee is] looking at new ways to make SGB m...

SGB calls Beeson “champion of student input”

SGB calls Beeson “champion of student input”

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

November 8, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

In response to Provost Patricia Beeson’s announcement that she will be stepping down from her current position, Student Government Board President Max Kneis referred to the Pitt provost as a “champion of student input” at Tuesday’s meeting. Beeson has spent eight years as provost, following 17 ye...

SGB pushes bill in honor of late Pitt student

SGB pushes bill in honor of late Pitt student

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

November 1, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government

Student Government President Max Kneis announced a resolution Tuesday night urging the passage of a Pennsylvania bill that he said could have saved the life of Alina Sheykhet, a Pitt student who was found dead Oct. 8. SB 196 says those individuals who have a protection-from-abuse order filed against them can be monitored by a GPS if a judge decides the person is likely to violate ...

SGB continues to focus on state budget impasse

SGB continues to focus on state budget impasse

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

October 18, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Pennsylvania representatives “really got an earful” last week from Pitt students, Student Government Board President Max Kneis said at Tuesday’s meeting. SGB held a phone banking event last Wednesday to Friday outside the William Pitt Union. The event gave students the opportunity to call co...

Dean speaks about student death at SGB meeting

Dean speaks about student death at SGB meeting

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

October 11, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

While it’s common at Student Government Board meetings to hear from students, Associate Dean of Students Steve Anderson took the opportunity to address the recent death of Pitt junior Alina Sheykhet at Tuesday night’s meeting. “I just wanted to obviously take a short minute here to acknowledge wha...

SGB, Rainbow partner for fundraising counter protest

SGB, Rainbow partner for fundraising counter protest

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

October 4, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

Max Kneis, president of Pitt’s Student Government Board, requested a moment of silence for those injured and killed in Las Vegas at the beginning of the SGB meeting Tuesday night. Nordy’s Place was momentarily suspended in silence — before Kneis transitioned to the topic of the “hateful...

SGB looks to improve city experience for students

SGB looks to improve city experience for students

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

September 27, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government

The Pitt Student Government Board said Tuesday night that the new Pittsburgh Student Government Council had begun convening for the 2017-18 academic year. SGB President Max Kneis said in his president’s report the Pittsburgh Student Government Council — which consists of student governments f...

SGB Commends Student Counter-protesters

SGB Commends Student Counter-protesters

By Madeline Gavatorta | For The Pitt News

September 20, 2017


Filed under Student Government

Taking the platform in Nordy’s Place Tuesday night, Student Government Board President Max Kneis started with a statement about Monday’s protest outside of Litchfield Towers. “Intolerance and bigotry have no place here at Pitt,” Kneis said. He said SGB supported and approved of the “brave students...

SGB introduces resolutions on DACA, state funding

SGB introduces resolutions on DACA, state funding

By Madeline Gavatorta | For The Pitt News

September 13, 2017


Filed under Student Government, Top Stories

Pitt Student Government Board introduced its first two resolutions of the year Tuesday, calling on elected officials to support both DACA recipients and state funding for Pitt. The first resolution was a call for the University and lawmakers to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals pr...

SGB maps out plans for the year ahead

SGB maps out plans for the year ahead

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

September 6, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Pitt’s Student Government Board held their “first real public meeting” for students Tuesday, according to President Max Kneis. “Last week was just introductory,” Kneis said. ‘“And while I know most of you are here for allocation requests, hopefully you get something else out of this....

Meet your new Student Government Board

Meet your new Student Government Board

By Caroline Bourque and Janine Faust | Senior Staff Writers

May 30, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Made up of nine elected positions, 30 appointed positions and an array of committees, Student Government Board’s purpose is to advocate for the needs of the student population, according to their website. Additionally, SGB is responsible for allocating the $160 student activity fee paid by all full-time students. The Pitt...

SGB seniors bid farewell to Pitt

SGB seniors bid farewell to Pitt

By Nolan Roosa | Staff Writer

April 19, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

It didn’t take long for Natalie Dall, president of SGB, to shed tears during her report Tuesday night. “Thank you again to everyone for making this place my home,” she said. “And for one of my last times as a student and as SGB President: Hail to Pitt!” In the final SGB meeting of the...

SGB 2016-17 year in review

SGB 2016-17 year in review

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

April 17, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

After initiation this Friday, the current Student Government Board will step down to make way for its successors. Since the fall semester, the organization kept up with efforts to engage with the student body through events, such as Panthers in Politics and Women’s Empowerment Week, and outreach, but passed only...

SGB promises online NYT subscriptions, forms committees

SGB promises online NYT subscriptions, forms committees

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

April 12, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

After promising changes to the Student Government Board governing code all year, SGB introduced four bills last night that would create new committees and provide students with online New York Times memberships. Two of the new bills will add a communications committee and the First Year Council i...

SGB town hall sees low turnout

SGB town hall sees low turnout

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

March 29, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Student Government Board’s monthly town hall lasted only 15 minutes Tuesday night, a change from the typical hour-long meeting. Nordy’s Place was nearly empty while board members reminded the few attendees to apply for SGB committee positions for the upcoming year. SGB’s town-hall-style meetin...

Peduto discusses hot topics with students

Peduto discusses hot topics with students

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

March 24, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Mayor Bill Peduto spoke to representatives from the Pittsburgh Student Government Council about the issues that impact them Thursday night, addressing immigration, harassment and a changing Pittsburgh. The council’s representatives are from 10 Pittsburgh higher education institutions, including P...

SGB surveys students about good Samaritan policy

SGB surveys students about good Samaritan policy

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

March 15, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Student Government

Members of Pitt’s Student Government Board’s judicial committee have spent the last two weeks asking people around campus if they understand the University’s “good Samaritan” policy. They found that many did not. The Pitt Responsible Action Protocol, also known as the good Samaritan policy, prot...

SGB discusses plan for new matching fund program

SGB discusses plan for new matching fund program

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

February 15, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Continuing the success of past “Year of Diversity” and “Year of the Humanities” matching funds programs, SGB is working alongside a University committee to promote similar programs with an eye toward championing the humanities. According to board member Joseph Kannarkat, the humanities commi...

SGB advocates for Counseling Center services in Pitt syllabi

SGB advocates for Counseling Center services in Pitt syllabi

By Nolan Roosa and Emily Suruda / The Pitt News Staff

February 8, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

With a new initiative, Pitt’s Student Government Board is hoping to make information about Counseling Center services one of the first things students will see in their fall semester classes. Board member Justin Horowitz introduced a project Tuesday night to include Counseling Center Services in every...

SGB hosts first town hall style meeting, opens floor for student concerns

SGB hosts first town hall style meeting, opens floor for student concerns

By Grant Burgman / For The Pitt News

February 1, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Pitt Student Government Board held their first monthly town hall-style meeting Tuesday night, cutting board member reports to focus on students who wanted to voice their concerns. Other than this change, the town hall remained mostly similar to a standard SGB meeting, featuring updates from each ...

SGB applies for grant to educate students and make Pitt smoke-free

SGB applies for grant to educate students and make Pitt smoke-free

By Emily Suruda / Staff Writer

January 25, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

For the second time, Student Government Board is trying to initiate a tobacco-free and smoke-free campus through the American Cancer Society and CVS Health. The American Cancer Society and CVS Health introduced a Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative in November that grants universities $10,...

SGB introduces new scheduling app for planning semesters

SGB introduces new scheduling app for planning semesters

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

January 18, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

SGB introduced a new scheduling application at Tuesday night’s meeting that would simplify the way students register for classes and plan their semesters. Vice President and Chief of Cabinet Rohit Anand said the new tool will be available in February and will allow students to plan out an ideal ...

SGB talks 2017 election, student involvement for future

SGB talks 2017 election, student involvement for future

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

January 11, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

With more publicity and more communication, this year’s Student Government Board wants to break the three-year streak of candidates running unopposed. To encourage more students to run for positions in the election in February, SGB will host the first elections mixer on Jan. 20. The mixer, which will be hel...

SGB proposes gender neutral elections code

SGB proposes gender neutral elections code

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

December 7, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government

Student Government Board ended 2016 with an eye toward future projects in January:  introducing the new First Year Council and proposing a new bill that makes the elections code clearer and more progressive. Board Bill 41 proposes revisions to the student elections code to use only gender neutral pronouns and make the d...

SGB says changes coming to SafeRider

SGB says changes coming to SafeRider

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

November 30, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

After two years of discussion and drafting policy, Pitt’s Student Government Board submitted a proposal to SafeRider on Tuesday suggesting several major edits to the program to streamline the service for students, overhaul the dispatch system and use real-time GPS, among other changes. SGB submitted...

SGB hints at opioid initiative, few details available

SGB hints at opioid initiative, few details available

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

November 16, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Along with a slate of other initiatives, Student Government Board announced Tuesday night that Pitt is planning to launch an opioid abuse recovery program for students. Wellness Chair Malcolm Juring made the announcement at SGB’s weekly meeting that Marian Vanek, the director of the Wellness Center,...

SGB proposes change to funding policy

SGB proposes change to funding policy

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

November 2, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Pitt’s Student Government Board took the first steps on Tuesday to ensure that Allocations Committee members can’t take advantage of a policy loophole to get their own funding requests approved. At last night’s meeting, judicial chair Jad Hilal presented Bill B 040, which would prevent SGB members ...

Students talk suicide prevention

Students talk suicide prevention

By Welsey Hood / Staff Writer

October 26, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

When Jennifer Sikora’s younger sister Christine stopped taking her depression medications, skipped appointments with her therapist and started partying, Sikora didn’t recognize the warning signs. But Christine, who was 26 at the time, committed suicide in 2001. “It was the hardest thing I...

SGB brings back Panther of the Month

SGB brings back Panther of the Month

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

October 26, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

With two projects, Pitt Student Government Board is aiming to highlight student achievement and diversity, Board members said Tuesday. The first project, Panther of the Month, is a program SGB is reintroducing to recognize and reward students who embody “Pitt pride.” Pitt Voices, SGB’s s...

Clinton, Kaine campaign in Pittsburgh

Clinton, Kaine campaign in Pittsburgh

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Staff Writer

October 23, 2016


Filed under City, News, Student Government, Top Stories

With 17 days left until the election, a crowd of nearly 1,800 warmed up from the freezing rain in Taylor Allderdice High School’s packed auditorium Saturday to hear Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speak. While Clinton, in her first Pittsburgh appearance since July, attacked her R...

SGB pens letter in response to petition

SGB pens letter in response to petition

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

October 19, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Joining more than 500 other students who signed and circulated an online petition over the weekend, Pitt’s Student Government Board weighed in on the vacant psychiatrist positions at the University Counseling Center. With one position empty from a psychiatrist who retired over the summer and the se...

Students talk mental health at SGB Candlelight Vigil

By Emily Baranik / Staff Writer

October 14, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

After battling depression in high school, sophomore Rachel Stolzer said her mental health had been improving until a week ago. While sitting in class this past Tuesday, Stolzer received a text from an old friend reading, “Did you hear about Derek?” A friend of Stolzer’s, who she called D...

SGB starts t-shirt initiative for “It’s On Us” campaign

SGB starts t-shirt initiative for “It’s On Us” campaign

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

October 12, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

From the lofty heights of last year’s It’s On Us paper chain signed by 4,200 Pitt students and faculty, Student Government Board member Arlind Karpuzi wants to take the campaign to a more intimate level this fall. This year, the campaign to decrease sexaul assault on campus will involve T-shi...

SGB starts planning to improve South Oakland

SGB starts planning to improve South Oakland

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

October 5, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Looking to clean up their neighborhood — affectionately described by some as “trashy, not classy” — Pitt’s Student Government Board is planning to look first-hand at the issues that earned South Oakland that nickname. At Tuesday night’s meeting, Board members Rohit Anand and Sam Jank...

SGB proposes publicizing OMET surveys

SGB proposes publicizing OMET surveys

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

September 28, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Pitt’s Student Government Board on Tuesday said it wants to make its own version of RateMyProfessor that won’t let any faculty member miss out on being reviewed. SGB member Joseph Kannarkat announced at last night’s meeting that he plans to propose making the OMET results public and imagines s...

SGB gets more funding flexibility

SGB gets more funding flexibility

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

September 21, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

With a new classification, Pitt’s Student Government Board will now have more funding and more flexibility with the funding it receives each year. Previously, SGB was categorized as a Student Affairs Affiliated Group, which included seven other groups campus-wide, including Resident Student Association...

SGB Food Committee announces themes, BYO[MUG] at first meeting

By Emily Baranik / For the Pitt News

September 19, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Sodexo employees and Pitt students discussed recent dining changes and updates over a Pittsburgh-inspired meal at the first food committee meeting of the semester.    The Student Government Board food committee, where Sodexo updates students on its initiatives and students make suggestions for ...

SGB, business school plans conference to teach students finance

SGB, business school plans conference to teach students finance

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

September 14, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Student Government Board member Max Kneis is teaming up with students from the business school to bring financial literacy to Pitt students. Kneis has been working for several weeks with Evan Turman, president of Alpha Kappa Psi, the business fraternity, and other organizations within the busines...

SGB ready to take action with plans for research database

SGB ready to take action with plans for research database

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

September 7, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Pitt’s Student Government Board members are prepared to turn their ideas into action this year by outlining plans for a research database as well as a weeklong event to promote female empowerment. On Tuesday night, SGB member Rohit Anand proposed launching a database that would allow students to...

SGB starts year with full agenda

SGB starts year with full agenda

By Emily Brindley and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

August 31, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

In its first meeting of the new school year, Pitt’s Student Government Board picked up where it left off on the most pressing projects from the spring. Chief among those were its efforts to improve relations between Oakland’s student majority and the neighborhood’s permanent residents. On ...

Quick Zone to stay open 24/7

Quick Zone to stay open 24/7

By Lauren Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

April 20, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

  This fall, Quick Zone’s hours will accommodate late-night study sessions, early risers and everything in between. At Student Government Board’s last public meeting this semester, Food Committee liaison and SGB member Jacky Chen announced Tuesday that starting this fall, Quick Zone will stay...

SGB drops resolution to support tobacco ban on campus

SGB drops resolution to support tobacco ban on campus

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

April 13, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

After gauging student feedback, Student Government Board has extinguished a resolution to support a tobacco-free campus. At its weekly public meeting Wednesday night, SGB member Jack Heidecker made a motion to remove his tobacco-ban bill, a resolution that said SGB would support University efforts to m...

SGB considers resolution to make campus smoke free

SGB considers resolution to make campus smoke free

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

April 6, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Pitt Student Government Board member Jack Heidecker wants Pitt’s campus to breathe easy. At SGB’s weekly public meeting Tuesday, Heidecker introduced a resolution supporting the ban of tobacco use on Pitt’s campus. If the board passes the resolution next week, SGB will formally support any futur...

Students critique Biden event

Students critique Biden event

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

April 6, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Though about 1,000 students cheered for the vice president on Tuesday, hundreds were turned away and others complained about the event's tone.  After waiting in line for more than an hour to hear Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday, Megan Boyle left before Biden ever stepped foot on stage. “I’ve never seen something more disorganized or poorly executed than this #ItsOnUs ...

SGB amends allocations manual

SGB amends allocations manual

By Lauren Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

March 30, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

By amending its manual, the Allocations Committee of Pitt’s Student Government Board is working to give a competitive edge to non-athletic clubs. Nick Reslink, chair of the Allocations Committee, proposed a bill on March 1 to amend the Allocations Manual, which dictates how the group doles out money t...

Gallagher and students petition Wolf to sign budget, bill that would fund Pitt

Gallagher and students petition Wolf to sign budget, bill that would fund Pitt

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

March 23, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, National News, News, Student Government

HARRISBURG, PA — Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s message is clear: With Pitt, Pennsylvania wins. That was his mantra Tuesday as he and about 200 faculty, staff and students met with lawmakers during the annual Pitt Day in Harrisburg, according to Kenny Donaldson, the director of the regional clubs ...

Pitt’s budget woes continue

Pitt’s budget woes continue

By Dale Shoemaker and Saskia Berrios-Thomas / The Pitt News Staff

March 18, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, National News, News, Student Government

Pitt has gone eight months without state funding. Now state lawmaker's latest proposal, and a bill that would fund Pitt, are in jeopardy.  Pennsylvania legislators have passed a budget and four bills that would restore funding to Pennsylvania’s state-related schools, but it’s unlikely Pitt will s...

SGB goes green with zero waste events

SGB goes green with zero waste events

By Zoe Hannah and Albert Giovanazzi / The Pitt News Staff

March 17, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

The one-year anniversary celebration for University of Thriftsburgh, Pitt’s on-campus thrift shop, produced no waste, thanks to the Student Government Board’s environmental committee. Wednesday, Thriftsburgh took over the first floor of the O’Hara Student Center for dollar sales, music, snacks and...

Natalie Dall wins SGB Presidency

Natalie Dall wins SGB Presidency

By Annemarie Carr and Dale Shoemaker / Pitt News Staff

March 2, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

Running late into the night, the Student Government Board meeting that preceded this year’s election nearly overshadowed the results’ unveiling. Following a mostly open-floor meeting in which Pitt’s SGB allowed students to publicly respond to controversial conservative speaker Milo Yiannopoulos...

Students speak out against Yiannopoulos

Students speak out against Yiannopoulos

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

March 2, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

In the spirit of free speech, Pitt’s Student Government Board passed the microphone Tuesday to a line of students speaking out about a controversial speaker whose visit SGB partially funded. At its public meeting in Nordy’s Place, students packed the William Pitt Union’s multipurpose room to ...

Presidential snapshot: Natalie Dall

Presidential snapshot: Natalie Dall

By Saskia Berrios-Thomas / Staff Writer

March 1, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Natalie Dall has never been idle on campus — and she doesn’t want to be. A month and a half after she joined the Resident Student Association in her first year of college, Dall ran for the group’s presidency — and won. But Dall’s leadership didn’t stop there. She went on to become a Stud...

SGB polls open today: What you need to know

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 1, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, News, Student Government

The polls are officially open for the 2016 Student Government Board election. It’s the first SGB election since the fall of 2014, when the Board passed a referendum to align its terms with the academic year rather than the calendar year. Students elected today will serve from the end of this school year unt...

Presidential snapshot: Matt Sykes

Presidential snapshot: Matt Sykes

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

March 1, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

With five semesters of Student Government Board under his belt, Matthew Sykes has his eyes on the President’s gavel. Starting in his first year of college, the senior industrial engineering major first helped his Resident Assistant run for a Board seat and later ran for a seat on the Allocations C...

Candidate count: As the number of SGB candidates dwindles, students are left without a choice

Candidate count: As the number of SGB candidates dwindles, students are left without a choice

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 29, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Student Government

For the third year in a row, Student Government Board elections aren’t much of a competition. Tuesday’s ballot will show only eight candidates running for eight Board seats and two candidates vying for the presidential seat. The last year more than 10 candidates ran for Board positions was 2012, ...

SGB proposes changes to constiution

SGB proposes changes to constiution

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 24, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Students may get to make Student Government Board’s constitution gender-neutral in next week’s election, the Board announced Tuesday night in the William Pitt Union. President Nasreen Harun announced at SGB’s weekly meeting that the Board would establish a review committee to propose changes to...

Dall, Sykes debate for presidency

Dall, Sykes debate for presidency

By Saskia Berrios-Thomas / Staff Writer

February 23, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Student Government

With only one chance to face their competitors head-on, Student Government Board presidential candidates Matt Sykes and Natalie Dall faced off during the election debate in Nordy’s Place Monday night. With eight candidates running for eight open Board seats, current Board members Sykes and Dall de...

University Senate talks diversity, assaults and budget impasse

University Senate talks diversity, assaults and budget impasse

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

February 18, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News, Student Government

Pitt’s graduate and undergraduate student governments, along with other members of a working group, have called on the University Senate Council to commit to focusing on diversity and inclusion in the 2016-2017 school year. At Wednesday’s monthly Senate Council meeting, council members listened and re...

SGB offers mental health training

SGB offers mental health training

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 17, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

Student Government Board member Matt Sykes announced Tuesday night that SGB will partner with the Counseling Center to host mental health training sessions this semester. At the Board’s weekly public meeting, Sykes said the training sessions — a three-part series — will take place from 1 to 2...

SGB officially launches call for state budget

SGB officially launches call for state budget

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 10, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, National News, News, Student Government

Using pen, paper and Twitter, Pitt’s Student Government Board is appealing to Pennsylvania legislators to please — after seven months — pass a state budget. At SGB’s weekly meeting, Board members approved a resolution to officially insist that lawmakers pass a budget through letters and a so...

SGB Election 2016: A Student’s Guide

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 9, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Pitt’s Student Government Board elections this March will mark the end of the longest SGB term in recent history. After passing a referendum in October 2014 to align its term with the academic year rather than the calendar year, the current Board took office in January 2015 and will serve until May. ...

SGB calls on state to pass budget

SGB calls on state to pass budget

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 3, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

More than seven months after Pennsylvania legislators missed their deadline to pass a budget, Pitt Student Government is saying the University has waited long enough. At its public meeting Tuesday, Board Member Jack Heidecker and Governmental Relations Chair Pat Corelli introduced a resolution urging...

Pitt, SGB to rent compost dumpster

Pitt, SGB to rent compost dumpster

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

January 27, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

This week, Pitt will install its first long-term composting dumpster outside Posvar Hall, Student Government Board environmental chair Joe Streets announced Tuesday. At its weekly public meeting Tuesday night, Streets announced that Facilities Management, along with PittServes and his committee, would place ...

Filmmaker, students talk poverty

Filmmaker, students talk poverty

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

January 25, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Student Government, Top Stories

.After watching “Poverty, Inc.,” a group of Pitt students learned their charitable efforts may not be as helpful as presented. More than 150 students gathered in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium for a screening of “Poverty, Inc.,” a film that critiques aid initiatives that neglect the complexities of i...

Food Committee announces new snacks for spring

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

January 25, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Students and Sodexo employees celebrated new installments in Pitt’s dining experience — a new Market Central executive chef and Starbucks vending machines — at the first Food Committee meeting of the semester. The Student Government Board’s Food Committee met in the William Pitt Union Lower ...

Police, students focus of Oakwatch

Police, students focus of Oakwatch

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

January 21, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

At this month’s Oakwatch meeting, Oakland residents reviewed the neighborhood’s improvements in community policing and frustrations with transparency over the fall semester. Oakwatch members, who identify and attempt to resolve code violations in Oakland, held their monthly meeting 3 p.m. Wednesday ...

SGB passes new travel grant rules

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

January 20, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Looking to get away and get scholarly in April? Student Government Board voted Tuesday to revise its travel grant program to allow for undergraduate researchers to receive grants regardless of their conference date. The unanimous vote will limit the number of travel grants, which SGB accepts on a r...

SGB Traditions Committee: Rundown

SGB Traditions Committee: Rundown

By Taylor Mulcahey / For The Pitt News

January 18, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

The Student Government Board Traditions Committee held its first meeting of the semester Sunday night in the William Pitt Union. The Traditions Committee, a subgroup of SGB, works to strengthen and preserve Pitt’s most cherished traditions. After a two-year absence, the committee reemerged as a pa...

SGB amends travel grant rules

SGB amends travel grant rules

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

January 13, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Pitt Student Government Board has proposed new limits on the way it grants money to student researchers traveling to conferences. Board Member Lia Petrose introduced a new bill at SGB’s public meeting Tuesday night to place a cap on the number of students the Board will send to a single conferenc...

Allocations Committee loses two members, replaces one

Allocations Committee loses two members, replaces one

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

January 10, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Student Government Board announced Friday, Jan. 8, that two Allocations Committee members resigned. Allocations Committee member John Garry resigned to study abroad and Allocations Committee member Joelle Smith stepped down to pursue an internship with KDKA. Allocations Committee alternate member...

SGB: What to look for in the spring

SGB: What to look for in the spring

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

January 6, 2016


Filed under News, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015, Student Government, Top Stories

With a semester of reorganization behind them, the nine members of Student Government Board are revamping their previous goals to increase education and accessibility for Pitt students this semester. From lecture series to expanded online resources to improved dorm access, the Board hopes this spring wi...

The Pitt News’ 2015 Year in Review

The Pitt News’ 2015 Year in Review

By The Pitt News Staff

December 31, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, Health, National News, News, Student Government, Tech Science

A crackdown on overcrowding, the Student Government Board president's resignation, and pushes for bike lanes and a professors union — it's been a busy year for Pitt, and The Pitt News has been there for it all. While we have been making our New Year's resolutions to make your student newspaper even...

City offers hope for rental registry

City offers hope for rental registry

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

December 10, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News, Student Government

After delaying voting on its rental registry for months, Pittsburgh City Council gave a preliminary OK to the bill Wednesday, with plans to vote again next week. The City Council, which has been debating the bill since Mayor Bill Peduto introduced it in November 2014, voted to preliminarily approve...

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