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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


Filed under News, Student Government

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...

Board selects two new members to fill vacant seats

Board selects two new members to fill vacant seats

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

April 7, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

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

Board to amend policies, seek new members

Board to amend policies, seek new members

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

April 2, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

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

Student environmentalists push for more sustainable hydration

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

March 30, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

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

Board members introduce new committees

Board members introduce new committees

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

January 22, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

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

New SGB members continue push for published OMET results

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

January 17, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

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

Board establishes new governing code

Board establishes new governing code

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

January 15, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

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

New SGB members receive wisdom at inauguration

New SGB members receive wisdom at inauguration

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

January 9, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

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

SGB President-elect to pitch travel grants for student researchers

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

January 6, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

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

Finals Edition: Board members round up campaign initiatives

Finals Edition: Board members round up campaign initiatives

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

December 8, 2013


Filed under News, Student Government

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

SGB unanimously votes to amend bylaws

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

December 4, 2013


Filed under News, Student Government

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

SGB leaders discuss structural changes

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

November 26, 2013


Filed under News, Student Government

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

SGB election sees decrease in voter turnout

SGB election sees decrease in voter turnout

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

November 22, 2013


Filed under News, Student Government

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

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