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Op-ed: Former SGB Presidents voice support for Sodexo, Abdou Cole

November 5, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Abdou Cole is more than the food service manager to most students. He is a mentor, big brother, uncle and life coach. We are grateful for his encouragement and advice during our time with him on campus.

SGB stands behind Jewish community

SGB stands behind Jewish community

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Kathryn Fleisher wants to make sure last weekend’s massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue won’t be forgotten. “Our community is still mourning,” Fleisher, a sophomore majoring in GSWS and politics and philosophy double major, said. “We’re still attending funerals, we’re still doing ...

SGB puts focus on financial education

SGB puts focus on financial education

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 16, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Friday will bring the third annual Financial Literacy Conference at Pitt, presented by business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi and Pitt’s business school.

Students bring mental health to light with spoken poetry

Students bring mental health to light with spoken poetry

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

October 12, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News

Eight speakers shared spoken poetry at SGB’s “Stay Spoke Poetry Night” event Thursday evening in the William Pitt Union. The event was hosted as a part of Mental Health Awareness Month.

‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ back on after meeting with SGB

‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ back on after meeting with SGB

By Christian Snyder, Editor in Chief

October 10, 2018


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

After a confusing last few days, those involved are confident “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will see the stage this year despite a surprise cancellation announced on Monday. The show, hosted annually by the Engineering Student Council, encountered funding dilemmas — which some interpreted as a ma...

SGB goes green for mental health awareness

SGB goes green for mental health awareness

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

SGB curated an October calendar of events for mental health awareness, aiming to create safe spaces for students to discuss ways to promote self-care.

SGB unveils Town Hall to reach students

SGB unveils Town Hall to reach students

By Sid Lingala, Staff Writer

September 26, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

The Student Government Board announced the creation of a Town Hall at Tuesday night’s meeting, aimed at bringing more students into the conversation about various campus issues.

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

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

By Emily Wolfe, For the Pitt News

September 12, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

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

SGB opens year with open house

SGB opens year with open house

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

August 29, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News

Over snacks and refreshments at the Student Government Board open house Tuesday night, first-year student Nina Duong approached SGB President Maggie Kennedy to see how she could be more involved on campus. “I knew I wanted to do student government,” Duong said. “But I don’t know where to g...

SGB President Maggie Kennedy is ready for the year ahead

SGB President Maggie Kennedy is ready for the year ahead

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

May 30, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government

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

SGB reflects, looks ahead

SGB reflects, looks ahead

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

April 22, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

As Student Government Board’s incoming president last year, Max Kneis said he wanted to improve collaboration and engagement with SGB. Now as outgoing president one year later, Kneis said the number of applications for SGB positions shows how he’s achieved this. “I think we continue to have more students...

SGB bids farewell in final meeting

SGB bids farewell in final meeting

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

April 18, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

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

SGB brings the bills, renews NYT subscription

SGB brings the bills, renews NYT subscription

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

April 11, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

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

Students share global empowerment stories

Students share global empowerment stories

By Zane Crowell | Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

As the doors of the William Pitt Union lower lounge opened at 8 p.m., about 150 students poured in to learn about the experiences of women in other countries. The event, Who Run the World?, was part of Pitt’s annual Women’s Empowerment Week hosted by Student Government Board. The week will see several event...

SGB calls for expansion of state medical amnesty laws

SGB calls for expansion of state medical amnesty laws

By Noah Manalo | Staff Writer

February 28, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

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

Maggie Kennedy wins SGB presidency in close election

Maggie Kennedy wins SGB presidency in close election

By Christian Snyder | Multimedia Editor

February 20, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News

Maggie Kennedy will be the 2018-2019 Student Government Board president, winning 56 percent of the vote. Watch the live announcement here: 2 p.m. Polls opened at 8 a.m. today for the 2018 Student Government Board election, in which students can vote for one president and three board members to fill nine election positions on next year’...

Student election interest starts with SGB slates

Student election interest starts with SGB slates

By Anne Marie Yurik | Columnist

February 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It wasn’t until Monday of last week that I realized it was election season for Student Government Board. I, along with all 19,325 of my peers, are responsible today for voting in a new student body president who will be a voice for all undergraduates on campus. Although I thought the reason I d...

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Maggie Kennedy for Student Government Board President

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Maggie Kennedy for Student Government Board President

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 19, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Top Stories

Candidates for the position of Student Government Board president run campaigns every year, requiring them to sit down with any number of student organizations, clubs and social groups and explain their case. With election day right around the corner, this year’s two candidates met with one more gr...

SGB candidates meet the public

SGB candidates meet the public

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

February 1, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

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

SGB round-up: board reflects on campaign promises

SGB round-up: board reflects on campaign promises

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

January 26, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

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

SGB prioritizes human rights, Safety Fair

SGB prioritizes human rights, Safety Fair

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

January 24, 2018


Filed under Student Government, Top Stories

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

Provost to consider SGB textbook plan

Provost to consider SGB textbook plan

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

January 17, 2018


Filed under Student Government, Top Stories

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

SGB reflects on meeting with administration

SGB reflects on meeting with administration

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

December 6, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

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

SGB announces new student safety measures

SGB announces new student safety measures

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

November 29, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

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

SGB plans to make diversity initiative permanent

SGB plans to make diversity initiative permanent

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

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

SGB calls Beeson “champion of student input”

SGB calls Beeson “champion of student input”

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

November 8, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

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

SGB pushes bill in honor of late Pitt student

SGB pushes bill in honor of late Pitt student

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

November 1, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government

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

SGB continues to focus on state budget impasse

SGB continues to focus on state budget impasse

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

October 18, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

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

Dean speaks about student death at SGB meeting

Dean speaks about student death at SGB meeting

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

October 11, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

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

SGB, Rainbow partner for fundraising counter protest

SGB, Rainbow partner for fundraising counter protest

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

October 4, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

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

Pitt, Rainbow prep for Westboro protest

Pitt, Rainbow prep for Westboro protest

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

October 4, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

With the Westboro Baptist Church planning to protest on Pitt’s campus Thursday, the University and campus organizations are preparing. The WBC is known for its hateful speech against the LGBTQ+ community, Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Muslims, Jews and American soldiers. According to its onlin...

SGB looks to improve city experience for students

SGB looks to improve city experience for students

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

September 27, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government

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

Pitt talks tobacco-free at Healthy U Fair

Pitt talks tobacco-free at Healthy U Fair

By Madeline Gavatorta and Janine Faust | News Staff

September 26, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Standing among students petting therapy dogs and getting flu shots, Student Government President Max Kneis thanked the CVS Health Foundation and the American Cancer Society for giving the University of Pittsburgh a $20,000 check for one of the University’s health initiatives — curbing tobacco use at Pitt...

SGB Commends Student Counter-protesters

SGB Commends Student Counter-protesters

By Madeline Gavatorta | For The Pitt News

September 20, 2017


Filed under Student Government

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

SGB introduces resolutions on DACA, state funding

SGB introduces resolutions on DACA, state funding

By Madeline Gavatorta | For The Pitt News

September 13, 2017


Filed under Student Government, Top Stories

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

SGB maps out plans for the year ahead

SGB maps out plans for the year ahead

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

September 6, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

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

Pitt extends winter break for upcoming school year

Pitt extends winter break for upcoming school year

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

July 11, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Student Government Board announced Saturday that University administrators will be extending winter break by several days for the 2017-2018 academic year. The announcement, which SGB made in a post on its Facebook page, was accompanied by an academic calendar showing a break between semesters lasting from Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, to Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Last year...

SGB promises online NYT subscriptions, forms committees

SGB promises online NYT subscriptions, forms committees

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

April 11, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

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

SGB pushes reading day initiative

SGB pushes reading day initiative

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

April 5, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

With only two meetings left in the semester, SGB made strides on Tuesday night to institute changes for the next academic school year, outlining future changes to the governing code and pushing their reading day proposal. Board member Rohit Anand proposed adding an extra reading day to give students...

SGB town hall sees low turnout

SGB town hall sees low turnout

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

March 29, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

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

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