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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

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...

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 ...

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. 

Board looks to change club sports’ allocations funding

Board looks to change club sports’ allocations funding

By Abbey Reighard and Emily Ahlin / The Pitt News Staff

November 19, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

Pitt students gave feedback last night on an upcoming Student Government bill that would change the Board allocations funding to club sports..The Board introduced a bill in its next-to-last public meeting on Tuesday in Nordy’s Place that would establish a ratio of SGB funds in proportion to the money t...

Moving Plans

Moving Plans

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

November 12, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

President Mike Nites proposed to reallocate space on the fourth floor of the William Pitt Union.

SGB aims to reallocate student group offices

SGB aims to reallocate student group offices

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

November 12, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

The Student Government Board voted last night to approve grammatical changes to its governing code.  Board President Mike Nites said the changes involved fixing a “couple of missed prepositions.” The governing code contains SGB’s bylaws, allocations manual and other governing documents such as...

Meyer wins presidency

Meyer wins presidency

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 11, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

Graeme Meyer celebrated after winning the SGB presidential election.

Graeme Meyer wins SGB presidential election

Graeme Meyer wins SGB presidential election

By Abbey Reighard, Danielle Fox, Emily Ahlin and Cristina Holtzer / The Pitt News Staff

November 11, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

Talk about a drum roll. Pitt’s African Music and Dance Ensemble heightened the drama last night in Nordy’s Place before Elections Committee Chair Lauren Barney announced the results of the 2015 Student Government Board election. Pitt students elected Graeme Meyer as the new Student Government Boa...

SGB presidential candidates talk platforms, accountability and plans for restructuring

By Cristina Holtzer and Harrison Kaminsky / The Pitt News Staff

November 10, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

SGB Presidential candidates on: their main platforms, how to hold Board members responsible for their duties and their plans to restructure Pitt’s Student Government.Andrew StefanikMain platforms: Bring a level of professionalism to SGB “that it completely lacks right now,” restructure the Board and i...

Meyer, Nites

Meyer, Nites

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 10, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

Under Review: Inconsistencies cloud SGB’s constitutional referenda

Under Review: Inconsistencies cloud SGB’s constitutional referenda

By Abbey Reighard and Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

November 10, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

The expectations are clear. The rules are not. During the public Student Government Board meeting on Nov. 4, the Board voted to place two referenda that would change the Student Government Constitution on Tuesday’s ballot. While the Board voted yes straight down the line, the events preceding, followi...

Barney’s Back: Judicial Committee resinstates Elections Chair

Barney’s Back: Judicial Committee resinstates Elections Chair

By Harrison Kaminsky, Cristina Holtzer and Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

November 7, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

The Student Government Board Elections Committee Chair will reclaim her job, effective immediately, following the Judicial Committee’s ruling on her reinstatement. According to a release sent by Andrew Van Treeck, Judicial Committee vice chair, who heard the case Thursday night, the Committee delibera...

Appeals hearing

Appeals hearing

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

November 7, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

Barney watches SGB President Mike Nites as he makes his case.

War of Words: Ousted Elections Committee Chair pleads case

War of Words: Ousted Elections Committee Chair pleads case

By Harrison Kaminsky, Cristina Holtzer & Mahita Gajanan / The Pitt News Staff

November 7, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

After more than two hours of debate lasting until after midnight on Friday, the Student Government Board former Elections Committee Chair will find out her fate in 24 to 48 hours. The SGB Judicial Committee oversaw former Elections Committee Chair Lauren Barney’s appeal of the Board’s dec...

SGB candidates debate responsibilities

SGB candidates debate responsibilities

By Abbey Reighard / Senior Staff Writer

November 5, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

The presidential candidates told stories about throwing sea stars and building bridges during last night’s presidential debate. Andrew Stefanick, Graeme Meyer and Wasi Mohamed discussed their plans for the future of Student Government Board in a roughly one-hour debate on Tuesday in Nordy’s Place....

Board to put SGB changes to student vote

By Danielle Fox / Assistant News Editor

November 5, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

The Student Government Board approved putting a series of constitutional changes up for student vote in next Tuesday’s election. Board member Graeme Meyer said the changes aim to help students better understand SGB’s operations and functions. Students will vote on the changes through referenda on...

No further decisions made on ousted Elections Committee Chair

By Natalie Daher / Editor-in-Chief

November 4, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

It’s unclear whether Student Government Board’s recently ousted Elections Chair will oversee next week’s election. Former Elections Committee Chair Lauren Barney will appeal the Board’s decision to dismiss her in an open hearing slated tentatively for Wednesday or Thursday, according to Jud...

Let me be your leader: SGB candidates talk campaign plans

Let me be your leader: SGB candidates talk campaign plans

By Abbey Reighard / Senior Staff Writer

November 4, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

The three candidates running for Student Government Board president agree on one thing: SGB needs change. Andrew Stefanick, Graeme Meyer and Wasi Mohamed are running for Student Government Board president, a term the president will serve for about a year and a half after a referendum introduced by the c...

Barney dismissed from her role as Elections Chair

Barney dismissed from her role as Elections Chair

By Pitt News File Photo

November 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

The Board voted to remove Elections Chair Lauren Barney from her position on Friday.

Board boots elections chair

Board boots elections chair

By Cristina Holtzer and Harrison Kaminsky / The Pitt News Staff

November 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

While the candidates are clamoring for seats on the Student Government Board, the Elections Committee Chair has lost hers in a way she deems unjust.The SGB dismissed Elections Chair Lauren Barney from her position on Friday, stating concerns over her conduct. Barney will appeal the decision with the ...

SGB announces public support for Holocaust remembrance event

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

October 29, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

The Student Government Board introduced a resolution Tuesday night that will voice their public support for an interactive art display hosted by Pitt’s Hillel Jewish Student Union.The display, which will be part of Hillel’s event, Kristallnacht: The Night of Broken Glass, will serve as a Holocaust...

Allocations member resigns, will not be replaced

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

October 27, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

A member of the Student Government Board Allocations Committee announced her resignation Sunday night, leaving the Board with 11 Allocations Committee members until the end of the term in January.Allocations Committee member Alexandra Kajari resigned “effective immediately,” according to a Sunday re...

Board helps distribute student publications

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

The Student Government Board will soon install racks to hold student publications, including the Pittiful News and The Original Magazine, at seven locations on campus.Board President Mike Nites and Board member Benjamin West introduced a bill tonight to amend the current SGB by-laws to fund student pub...

SGB election candidates announced

By Abbey Reighard / Senior Staff Writer

October 21, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

For the second consecutive year, the candidates running for Student Government Board member positions have an easy election season ahead of them. There are only nine candidates running for the eight Board member positions and three candidates running for president in this year’s election. The low ...

Students vote to change Board term lengths, Saturday finals

By Danielle Fox / Assistant News Editor

October 13, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

Two Student Government Board referenda passed last week, aligning the Board’s term with the academic year and supporting a proposal to eliminate Saturday finals.Out of 1,348 students who voted on the first referendum, 1,132 students — 84 percent of voters — supported basing SGB’s term on the academic...

Student Government Board awaits student vote

Student Government Board awaits student vote

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

October 8, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

All students can vote through the MyPittPortal at midnight on Wednesday to express their opinions on Saturday final exams.

Board looks to eliminate Saturday finals with student vote

Board looks to eliminate Saturday finals with student vote

By Abbey Reighard and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

October 8, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

A Student Government Board referendum may eliminate Saturday finals if the Board can show student interest and negotiate with adminstrators. Students can vote on the referenda, which went live at midnight, through the MyPitt portal until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, according to Board President Mike Nites. T...

SGB takes pledge to fight sexual assault on campus

SGB takes pledge to fight sexual assault on campus

By Abbey Reighard & Dale Shoemaker / Pitt News Staff

September 30, 2014


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The Student Government Board took the “It’s On Us” pledge to raise awareness and help prevent sexual assault on campus. All eight Board members and President Mike Nites took the pledge at public meeting Tuesday. The pledge is part of the “It’s On Us” White House campaign to stop sexual assaul...

Board proposes elections code revisions

By Abbey Reighard / Senior Staff Writer

September 10, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

While some students contemplate the idea of running for Student Government Board, the current members of Student Government are changing the rules. At last night’s public meeting, Elections Committee Chair Lauren Barney proposed changes to the Elections Code, which is the governing code for SGB campai...

Board selects two new allocations members

By Abbey Reighard / Senior Staff Writer

September 8, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

The Student Government selected two students to fill the empty seats left on the Allocations Committee.Student Government Board President Mike Nites, Allocations Committee Chair Nasreen Harun and Allocations Committee Vice Chair Robyn Weiner appointed two freshmen, Max Kneis and Seth Erlanger, to fill two vacant po...

Second SGB Allocations Committee member resigns

By Abbey Reighard / Senior Staff Writer

September 4, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

Another member of the student government said goodbye yesterday.Ashley McCray, a senior majoring in chemical engineering, resigned from the Allocations Committee because of her class schedule, which conflicted with the committee meetings.McCray notified Allocations Committee Chair Nasreen Harun Tuesday m...

Board test drives travel grant program

By Abbey Reighard / Senior Staff Writer

September 3, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

After a false start, the wheels are now in motion for the Student Travel Grant program. The program is the brainchild of Student Government Board President, Mike Nites, and will create a fund for individual students conducting research to receive up to $250 to travel to conferences to present their wor...

Meaghan Murphy

Meaghan Murphy

By Sheldon Satenstein / Assistant Visual Editor

August 27, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

The Board selected Meaghan Murphy to fill the vacancy left my Ryan Orr. 

Board welcomes new semester, new member

Board welcomes new semester, new member

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

August 27, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

With less than half the fiscal year remaining, time is not on the side of the newest Student Government Board member. The Board met in Nordy’s Place for its first public meeting of the semester and announced its new member, Meghan Murphy, to about 40 students. The Board selected Murphy, a junior maj...

Four out the door: Board member to fill another vacant seat

By Danielle Fox | Assistant News Editor

August 25, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

Pitt’s Student Government Board suffered a bit of summertime sadness this break after Board member Ryan Orr became the fourth member to resign in the 2014 term.The Board announced on Aug. 21 that Orr resigned from his position because he transferred to University of Virginia this semester and is no lon...

Board plants idea to grow environmental office

Board plants idea to grow environmental office

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

April 16, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

According to Pitt’s Student Government Board, the University is slow to bloom when it comes to establishing an office to handle green initiatives.One of three bills that the Board introduced at its public meeting last night advocated for the creation of an Office of Sustainability. Pitt is one of the few ...

Board goes public with student groups’ budget appeals

Board goes public with student groups’ budget appeals

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

April 13, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

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

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