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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...

SGB reflects on fall term

SGB reflects on fall term

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

December 9, 2015


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

With one new board member and a handful of new committee members joining Student Government Board, the Board took on projects as small as sandwiches and as big as mental illness. From food, laundry and public health to human rights, diversity and transparency, the nine members of SGB faced the semest...

SGB makes progress on two groups

SGB makes progress on two groups

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

December 2, 2015


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Looking to emulate the Resident Student Association, Pitt’s Student Government Board is forming a resource and support group for students living off campus. At SGB’s weekly public meeting Tuesday night, Board member Natalie Dall said SGB will host an open information session in Room 538 of the ...

Robert Tessier’s plan

Robert Tessier’s plan

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

November 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Before he graduates in April, Robert Tessier, Pitt Student Government Board’s newest member, plans to ignite human rights activism at Pitt through lecture and discussion. Tessier, who joined SGB more than half way through its longest term ever, has less than six months now to catch up with the other ...

Students to contribute to Pitt Plan

Students to contribute to Pitt Plan

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

November 18, 2015


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

In response to complaints about the lack of student involvement, Student Government Board selected nine students to represent the student opinion on the Plan for Pitt. Student Government Board Assembly, the lower body of the Student Government Board, announced the nomination of nine student representati...

SGB supports Rental Registry

SGB supports Rental Registry

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

November 18, 2015


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Pittsburgh City Council has been working to pass legislation that would keep a list of all landlords in the city for the past year. Now, Pitt Student Government Board has voiced its support to make the city’s bill a reality. At SGB’s weekly meeting, the Board unanimously passed a resolution detailing i...

SGB to select student representatives for Pitt Plan

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

November 17, 2015


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

Several students got one step closer to their goal of collaborating with faculty early this morning at the Student Government Board Assembly meeting. Monday night SGB President Nasreen Harun said the SGB Assembly would select between five and ten student applicants to serve on the five strategic wor...

SGB to back rental registry

SGB to back rental registry

By Lauren Wilson and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

November 11, 2015


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

Pitt students will soon get extra help dealing with landlords from the city and Student Government Board. At SGB’s weekly meeting this Tuesday, Pat Corelli, SGB Governmental Relations Committee chair, introduced a resolution to support Pittsburgh City Council’s proposed Rental Registry System. ...

SGB co-hosts forum

SGB co-hosts forum

By Annemarie Carr and Elizabeth Lepro / Pitt News Staff

November 11, 2015


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

After months of back and forth, Student Government Board and University administration offered a tangible — yet controversial — solution to including students in Pitt’s Strategic Plan. Following SGB’s weekly meeting Tuesday night, SGB and the Strategic Planning Team co-hosted a third open for...

Deans say no set date on new certificate

Deans say no set date on new certificate

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

November 6, 2015


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

Ten months into her project to launch a new undergraduate certificate program, Student Government Board member Lia Petrose said introductory courses should be tentatively ready by 2017. The University said otherwise. When Petrose was sworn into office in January, she began working to bring public heal...

Students, White House prep for Week of Action

Students, White House prep for Week of Action

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 6, 2015


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

One day after Pitt launched a sexual violence awareness month, the White House It’s On Us campaign unrolled plans for next week’s national Week of Action. During a White House press call Nov. 5, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett spoke about nationwide plans involving the It’s On Us campaign and the Week of Action, which begins Nov. 8. Next week, Jarrett said colleges will host...

Pitt announces Sexual Violence Awareness Month

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 4, 2015


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

In the wake of a national conversation about sexual assault on college campuses, Pitt announced today that November will be “Sexual Violence Awareness Month.” The University has announced the month will feature a series of six events aimed at educating the campus community on sexual violence, r...

SGB invites PPC to join Assembly

SGB invites PPC to join Assembly

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 4, 2015


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

Seeking student feedback, Pitt Student Government Board has invited an 11th student group to join its student assembly. SGB introduced a bill at its weekly public meeting Tuesday to invite Pitt Program Council to the assembly. The assembly, which meets on the first and third Monday of every month, is...

Public health program closer

Public health program closer

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

October 28, 2015


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

After 10 months of work, Student Government Board member Lia Petrose now has a potential starting date for a public health certificate for undergraduate students. At SGB’s weekly public meeting Tuesday, Petrose said introductory courses for the certificate will be “tentatively available for the fall 2017 sem...

SGB to mentor women

SGB to mentor women

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

October 21, 2015


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

Nasreen Harun wants more strong women leaders on campus — so, she’s set out to find them. At Pitt’s Student Government Board’s weekly meeting Tuesday, Harun, SGB president, announced applications were open for the Pitt Women’s Leadership Experience, the University’s first mentorship pro...

Bonner says change takes time

Bonner says change takes time

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

October 15, 2015


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

Students once again offered their input on Pitt’s strategic plan Wednesday night — and some of them brought very specific questions and concerns to the table. The University held its second open forum yesterday in the Connolly Ballroom of the Alumni Hall. Administration heard comments about two...

SGB committee to propose extended drop deadline

SGB committee to propose extended drop deadline

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

October 14, 2015


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

If Pitt Student Government Board’s latest proposal succeeds, students could get more time to finalize their class schedules each semester. Naomi Stoll, SGB Academic Affairs Committee chair, announced at SGB’s public meeting Tuesday that her committee was finalizing a proposal to extend the time s...

SGB swears in ninth member

SGB swears in ninth member

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

October 7, 2015


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

Four months after the position became available — and one month into the school year — Robert Tessier has filled the empty seat at Pitt Student Government Board’s table. Deferring most individual board member and committee reports for a week, SGB spent a majority of Tuesday’s weekly meeting f...

SGB pushing for public health certificate

SGB pushing for public health certificate

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

September 30, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, News, Student Government

If a current Student Government Board initiative is successful, Pitt could soon have a new public health certificate program. At its weekly public meeting Tuesday night, Board member Lia Petrose introduced a student task force that will gauge student interest in an undergraduate public health certificate. Sta...

Filling Seats

Filling Seats

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

September 23, 2015


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Three weeks into the fall semester, Pitt’s Student Government Board is in the business of filling seats — including a few spots for interns. At its weekly public meeting Tuesday, Sept. 22, SGB announced it is reopening its internship program. SGB last had interns in 2011, though President Nasre...

Students run against sexual assault

Students run against sexual assault

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

September 18, 2015


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

Forget the dress and heels. When Devin Dubos got dressed to go out Thursday night, she went straight for a T-shirt and shorts — then put her bra and panties over top. Instead of joining her friends at a South Oakland party, she lined up with more than 70 other Pitt students, also wearing their under...

SGB to add allocations alternate

SGB to add allocations alternate

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

September 16, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, City, News, Student Government

Calling in backup, Pitt’s Student Government Board said Tuesday night it will add an alternate member to its Allocations Committee in case of future resignations. In a unanimous vote at its public meeting Sept. 15, SGB approved a bill amending its governing code to add the position of alternate Allo...

Mental health: breaking the silence

Mental health: breaking the silence

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

September 10, 2015


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

In 2007, seventh grader Matthew Sykes needed guidance and found it in a friend and fellow Boy Scout — a “man of principle,” as he called him — who he could look up to. Sykes’ friend, who he referred to as “Jack” for privacy, was a 16-year-old Eagle Scout who took Sykes under his wing...

SGB votes against plastic bags

SGB votes against plastic bags

By Mark Pesto and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

September 9, 2015


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

Students can no longer receive free plastic bags from campus dining services, including Market Central’s Quick Zone, per a new Student Government Board resolution passed Tuesday. SGB voted unanimously at last evening’s meeting to approve a resolution called the “BYO[Bag] Initiative Restructure,” whic...

SGB to fill open seat

SGB to fill open seat

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

September 3, 2015


Filed under News, Student Government

Pitt’s Student Government Board is looking for a student to fill an open Board member seat by the end of September, President Nasreen Harun said. SGB currently has one empty Board member seat to fill after former President Graeme Meyer resigned from his post and former Executive Vice President Nasree...

SGB to offer lawyer

SGB to offer lawyer

By Mark Pesto and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

September 2, 2015


Filed under News, Student Government

Away from home and combatting a nefarious landlord, students might feel like they are up against the world alone. Little did they know, Pitt Student Government Board has a not-quite-secret weapon. For several years now, SGB’s lawyer Mark Galzerano has been available to students free of charge as a...

More empty seats on SGB

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

September 1, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government

Student Government Board Allocations Chair Nick Reslink has four committee seats to fill before student groups start filing funding requests. Though SGB purposefully left two seats open in the spring to allow incoming freshmen to join the committee, two more seats opened up when senior Matthew Heiges a...

In Case You Missed It…

By The Pitt News Staff

August 30, 2015


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

May 12 - Pitt to build Iranian Nationality Room After two unsuccessful attempts dating to 1958, Pitt will transform room 352 of the Cathedral of Learning into an Iranian Nationality Room — once it secures funding.  The total cost of the room will be between $800,000 and $1 million. To fundraise f...

Student Government Board update: Fall 2015

Student Government Board update: Fall 2015

By Emily Brindley / For The Pitt News

August 30, 2015


Filed under News, Student Government

Pitt Student Government Board members have seen a lot of change this year, including welcoming a new President. Now members are talking about instituting changes of their own. Elected president Graeme Meyer resigned for undisclosed reasons in May and was succeeded by former Vice President Nasreen...

A fresh face: Harun transitions smoothly into new role as SGB President

A fresh face: Harun transitions smoothly into new role as SGB President

By Alexis Mazzeo / Staff Writer

June 9, 2015


Filed under Administration, News, Student Government

In the wake of former Student Government Board President Graeme Meyer’s resignation, Nasreen Harun has had a bittersweet rise to power. Despite the sad ending to Meyer’s presidency, Harun says she’s prepared to fill her new position.As SGB’s new president, Harun will work to continue efforts...

Graeme Meyer resigns

Graeme Meyer resigns

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

June 2, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government

Citing personal reasons, former SGB President Meyer resigns, hands reins to Harun

Citing personal reasons, former SGB President Meyer resigns, hands reins to Harun

By Dale Shoemaker, Elizabeth Lepro and Lauren Rosenblatt

June 2, 2015


Filed under Administration, News, Student Government

Graeme Meyer has resigned as Student Government Board President, but he’s chosen to keep his reasoning private.In a release Friday, May 29, SGB said that effective immediately, Meyer was resigning from his post, five months into his term. Nasreen Harun, then-executive vice president of the Board, ...

SGB President Graeme Meyer resigns

SGB President Graeme Meyer resigns

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 29, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

Less than five months into his term, Pitt’s Student Government Board President Graeme Meyer has resigned. In a release Friday, SGB said Meyer resigned, effective immediately. Executive Vice President Nasreen Harun will assume Meyer’s role and hold it until the end of the current SGB term, which ends n...

SGB

SGB

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

April 15, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

The Board discusses an upcoming referendum at their final meeting of the semester

Board debates neutrality, discusses name change

Board debates neutrality, discusses name change

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

April 15, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

Change its name, change its name — the Student Government Board will have students vote to change the Board’s name to the Student Government Association. Students can vote on the name referendum through their MyPitt portals. Voting will open on Thursday at 8 a.m. until Friday at 8 p.m. Leading u...

70 Faces

70 Faces

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

April 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, Student Government

Rainbow remembers Holocaust’s impact on LGBT+ community

Rainbow remembers Holocaust’s impact on LGBT+ community

By Elizabeth Lepro / Staff Writer

April 1, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

Kate Shindle’s triangle flag emphasized the importance of individual identity. Shindle crouched over the slice of fabric and painted the words, “All parts of you deserve respect.”  Shindle, an undeclared freshman, was one of about 25 people who gathered in the William Pitt Union on Tuesday nig...

SGB to begin referenda to change name

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

April 1, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

Starting next year, the Student Government Board will not exist as we currently know it.The Board announced at its public meeting in Nordy’s Place on Tuesday night that it intends to change its name from the Student Government Board to the Student Government Association. The Board will make the chang...

Chancellor Gallagher at SGB

Chancellor Gallagher at SGB

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

March 25, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Student Government

Nutrition Event

Nutrition Event

By Alyson Derrick / Staff Photographer

March 25, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Student Government

SGB, Chancellor push for real food

SGB, Chancellor push for real food

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

March 25, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Student Government

The Student Government Board traded in its usual free fare of popcorn and slushies for some “real food” at its Tuesday night meeting.Before the Board started its weekly public meeting, members of the Real Food Challenge presented Chancellor Patrick Gallagher with a pledge outlining Pitt’s comm...

Board’s Travel Grant Program picks up speed

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

March 24, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

Student Government Board’s chief of staff will this week review applications for the Undergraduate Conference Travel Grant Program.SGB’s chief of staff, who Student Government Board President Graeme Meyer said he will announce at tonight’s public meeting, will review travel grants each Thursday, ...

SGB works to strengthen neighborhood relations

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 19, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News, Student Government

Pitt’s Student Government Board wants students to be good neighbors. In light of a recent city initiative against overcrowding in Pittsburgh housing, Pitt’s Student Government Board is developing an off-campus student association to serve as a bridge between students, their neighbors and commun...

Board members plan mental health initiative

Board members plan mental health initiative

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

March 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

Two Student Government Board members are preparing a mental health partnership with the Jed and Clinton Health Matter Campus Program.Board members Meghan Murphy and Matt Sykes said once Pitt administrators approve the partnership, the Board will contact the Program and collaborate to survey Pitt stude...

Pitt Sailing Club

Pitt Sailing Club

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

February 26, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government

Post-Ferguson, expert discusses race in Pittsburgh

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 26, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

With a projector, Professor David Harris displayed images on a projection screen from the 1960s Civil Rights protests. Then, he displayed images from the Ferguson, Mo. protests last year. To Harris, the images were nearly identical. “This was American policing [back then],” Harris said. “So I have ...

Club sports respond to allocations changes

Club sports respond to allocations changes

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

February 26, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government

When family members of the Pitt women’s club soccer team open up their mailboxes this semester, they’re going to find more than just bills and catalogs. Because of a significant change in club sports funding, the team has implemented a letter-writing campaign asking team members’ family and fr...

SGB Public Meeting

SGB Public Meeting

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

February 25, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

Board discussed reestablishing old committees. 

Board members propose to reestablish disbanded committees

Board members propose to reestablish disbanded committees

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

February 25, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

Two retired Student Government committees may make a comeback under the new Board. At last night’s Student Government Board public meeting, Board members Jacky Chen and Natalie Dall discussed reintroducing the Multicultural Committee and the Traditions Committee, which the last Board did not rein...

Pitt launches crowdfunding platform

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 24, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News, Student Government

Pitt’s Global Public Health Brigades has turned to crowdfunding and selling dates with its members to raise money for a trip to Honduras this summer.“We’re still relatively unknown,” said Alex LaMonaca, a molecular biology and neuroscience double major. “Crowdfunding is definitely more profitable...

Board makes progress on new website, students react

By Abbey Reighard and Marjorie Tolsdorf / The Pitt News Staff

February 19, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government, Tech Science

The Student Government Board is rolling out its new website, which it says will have less virtual clutter and more room for comment.  SGB President Graeme Meyer said he expects to finish the new website this weekend. Meyer started thinking about many of the ideas for the new site when he was a Board m...

Graeme Meyer

Graeme Meyer

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

February 18, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

Board increases planning sessions

Board increases planning sessions

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

February 18, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

The Student Government Board members are trading in weekend time for more of the office grind.Board President Graeme Meyer announced at the SGB public meeting on Tuesday in Nordy’s Place that the Board will hold additional planning sessions every Sunday afternoon.. The Board typically holds plann...

Board adds two student groups to assembly

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

February 11, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, Student Government

The Student Government Board is increasing student representation behind closed doors.At Tuesday’s public meeting in Nordy’s Place, the Board introduced Bill 027, inducting to its Student Assembly two additional groups, Rainbow Alliance and Campus Women’s Organization.Student Government Board P...

Students to have a say in next dean of students

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government

This summer, Pitt students can voice their opinions on a to-be-decided dean of students.The University’s search to replace former Dean of Students Kathy Humphrey will begin this summer, according to Ken Service, vice chancellor for communications. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher appointed Humphrey as senior vice chancellor for eng...

SGB to provide racks for student publications

By Emily Ahlin / Staff Writers

February 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

The Student Government Board will soon begin racking up student publications at Pitt.Student publication groups, including The Pittiful News and The Original Magazine, will soon be able to display and distribute their wares on publication racks for the first time, according to Student Government Boa...

Student Government Board public meeting

Student Government Board public meeting

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

February 4, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

Board appoints Judicial Committee

Board appoints Judicial Committee

By Emily Ahlin and Abbey Reighard / The Pitt News Staff

February 4, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

Former Student Government Board President Mike Nites’ power still lingers over the current Board’s decisions. The Board voted to approve nine, including one alternative, Judicial Committee member nominations at its public meeting on Tuesday in Nordy’s Place.A Nominating Task Force selected nine out of...

Student Government Board

Student Government Board

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

January 28, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government

SGB revamps website, announces new adviser

SGB revamps website, announces new adviser

By Emily Ahlin / Staff Writer

January 28, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government

Pitt’s Student Government Board unveiled a new website and a new adviser at last night’s public meeting.In its third public meeting of the semester, SGB announced Associate Dean and Director of Residence Life Steve Anderson as the new SGB adviser, as well as an overhaul of the Board’s previous...

Graeme Meyer

Graeme Meyer

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

January 21, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

President Meyer explained the Board's allocation decisions Tuesday night.

Board exceeds Allocation Committee caps

Board exceeds Allocation Committee caps

By Emily Ahlin / Staff Writer

January 21, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

When it comes to matters of money, the Allocations Committee has caps the Board can brush off. At last night’s public meeting, the second of the new Board’s term, the Board allocated more money than the Allocations Committee recommended in two of the six allocations requests. In both requests, the...

In it for the long haul: Incoming Board holds first public meeting

In it for the long haul: Incoming Board holds first public meeting

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

January 14, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government

At their first meeting together,  the Student Government Board worked quickly and appointed two Board members to new positions during the Board’s 20-minute debut. In two separate unanimous votes, the Board appointed Board member Matt Sykes as vice president and chief of finance, and Natalie Dall...

SGB Inauguration

SGB Inauguration

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

January 14, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government

Student Government Board sworn in at inauguration

Student Government Board sworn in at inauguration

By Emily Ahlin / Staff Writer

January 14, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government

At Pitt’s Student Government Board inauguration last night, both Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and newly inaugurated Board President Graeme Meyer prioritized partnerships for this upcoming year.In the William Pitt Union’s Lower Lounge, Pitt’s SGB president and eight Board members began ...

Incoming and Outgoing

Incoming and Outgoing

December 8, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

End of the road: Board reflects on initiatives

End of the road: Board reflects on initiatives

By Abbey Reighard and Emily Ahlin / The Pitt News Staff

December 8, 2014


Filed under News, Specials / Fallfinals2014, Student Government

While the majority of the Board spent their terms trying to pass campaign initiatives, almost half the members passed in their resignation letters. During the SGB term, which began Jan. 6, 2014, and ends Jan. 5, 2015, four of the nine Board members resigned. With only five of the original elected me...

Good Nite Mr. President: Board says goodbye, amends club sports policy

Good Nite Mr. President: Board says goodbye, amends club sports policy

By Emily Ahlin / Staff Writer

December 3, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

Amidst tears and goodbyes from the outgoing Board, committee chairs and Dean Humphrey, the 2014 Student Government Board implemented changes to club sports’ funding in its final meeting. The Board introduced Bill 025 at the public meeting on Nov. 18 and proposed and approved additional changes to the bi...

Board appoints Allocations Chair for upcoming term

By Emily Ahlin / Staff Writer

November 20, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

Nick Reslink will serve Pitt’s student body as the SGB Allocations Committee Chair for 2015.A nominating task force consisting of Board President Mike Nites, Board member Abby Zurschmit, Nasreen Harun, current allocations chair and executive vice president-elect, Board member and President-elect G...

SGB allocations change for club sports

SGB allocations change for club sports

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer - facebook.com/MeghanSunnersPhotography

November 19, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

SGB President Mike Nites said he met with 20-30 members of club sports yesterday to discuss the new bill. 

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