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Emergency fund has granted more than $250k to students

Students have received more than $250,000 from the Student Emergency Assistance Fund, as of Thursday.

By Anushay Chaudhry, Staff Writer

May 28, 2020

As of Thursday, the Student Emergency Assistance Fund has granted a total of $254,326 to 457 students, out of more than 700 students who have applied for money.

Editorial | Pitt reopening task forces in need of better student representation

Pitt has formed three task forces to investigate many different aspects of what life at the University could look like in the fall.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

May 12, 2020

The task force’s executive committee is missing any representation from the group most impacted by its decisions — students at Pitt.

SGB approves 2020-21 board and committee members at final meeting of semester

The 2019-20 Student Government Board confirmed next year’s board members via Zoom in their last meeting of the academic year.

By Anushay Chaudhry, Staff Writer

April 15, 2020

Brown included a tribute to the current seniors who are a part of SGB, stating that although this moment may not have been their ideal version of the end of the year, it was still a meaningful experience.

SGB announces approval of new allocations chair Aboli Kesbhat

Aboli Kesbhat will serve as SGB allocations committee chair for the 2020-21 academic year.

By Anushay Chaudhry, Staff Writer

April 7, 2020

Student Government Board President Zechariah Brown kicked off the Tuesday night public meeting by announcing the newly appointed SGB allocations committee chair for the 2020-21 academic year, Aboli Kesbhat.

Student emergency fund to begin notifying applicants

The Student Emergency Assistance Fund was created in a joint effort between the Office of Philanthropic and Alumni Engagement and the Division of Student Affairs and allows students in need of emergency financial assistance to apply for a grant from the fund to cover expenses.

By Benjamin Nigrosh, Assistant News Editor

April 3, 2020

The Student Emergency Assistance Fund allows undergraduate, graduate and professional students in need of emergency financial assistance to apply for a grant from the fund to cover such expenses.

SGB announces Student Emergency Assistance Fund

Zechariah Brown announced the launch of the Student Emergency Assistance Fund at a Tuesday night Zoom meeting.

By Benjamin Nigrosh, Assistant News Editor

March 31, 2020

Student Government Board President Zechariah Brown announced the launch of the Student Emergency Assistance Fund at the board’s Tuesday night online meeting.

SGB takes public meetings home

SGB will hold its weekly meetings online for the remainder of the semester.

By Anushay Chaudhry, Staff Writer

March 24, 2020

Brown, along with the rest of the board, hosted a test-run of SGB’s new system for public meetings — group calls over Zoom.

Student leaders hopeful about raising future student wages

The Student Government Board currently supports enacting a $15 minimum wage for student workers.

By Ashton Crawley, Staff Writer

March 24, 2020

Senior Anaïs Peterson’s referendum question asked students if Pitt should raise the minimum wage for student workers to $15 per hour.

Black Action Society addresses letter to Bonner, SGB

SGB denied in full the Black Action Society’s allocations request for $15,000 to host actress Dominique Jackson at an event.

By Anushay Chaudhry and Benjamin Nigrosh

March 6, 2020

Black Action Society President Jenea Lyles said in a letter addressed to Dean Kenyon Bonner and Student Government Board President Zechariah Brown that recent SGB decisions have created “intentional barriers that questions ‘sense of belonging’ for People of Color” at Pitt.

SGB approves new Diversity and Inclusion chair

SGB president Zechariah Brown discusses the appointment of Varsha Suresh as SGB’s new diversity and inclusion committee chair at Tuesday’s weekly meeting.

By Anushay Chaudhry, Staff Writer

March 4, 2020

Student Government Board kicked off their weekly meeting Tuesday night with an announcement from President Zechariah Brown approving the newly appointed SGB Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair Varsha Suresh.

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