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Across the board: Meet this year’s student government

Across the board: Meet this year’s student government

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

July 1, 2019

As a first-year student arriving at Pitt, it can be tricky figuring out exactly what SGB does, or even what it stands for. The answer to the latter is pretty easy: SGB is Pitt’s Student Government Board, the official undergraduate student government organization.

SGB announces new chairs, recaps accomplishments

SGB announces new chairs, recaps accomplishments

By Maureen Hartwell, Staff Writer

April 17, 2019

On Tuesday night at its final meeting of the academic year, Pitt Student Government Board shared memories of late nights in the office and members falling asleep during meetings.

SGB welcomes new members, announces Counseling Center changes

SGB welcomes new members, announces Counseling Center changes

By Maureen Hartwell, Staff Writer

April 10, 2019

With the academic year coming to a close, Pitt’s Student Government Board spent its Tuesday meeting passing new legislation and introducing new members for SGB 2019-20.

Campus organizations host first Pride month

Campus organizations host first Pride month

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

Pitt’s campus is home to many LGBTQ+ organizations — Rainbow Alliance, oSTEM and the Gender and Sexuality LLC, to name a few. But until this year, none of those organizations came together for a large-scale project celebrating Pitt’s LGBTQ+ community as a whole.

SGB will vote on sustainability measures

SGB will vote on sustainability measures

By Maureen Hartwell, Staff Writer

April 3, 2019

Following a 15-minute board meeting, Pitt Student Government Board held its final town hall of the academic year Tuesday night, facilitating a discussion on sustainability.

Pitt’s first big spring Pride is just around the corner

Pitt’s first big spring Pride is just around the corner

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 29, 2019

“The LGBTQIA+ community on campus is enormous,” Tabitha Barnes said. “We wanted to make sure that Pride was something everyone could take part in...kind of using the resources that we have to make that happen.”

Pitt Police offer resources at biannual Safety Fair

Pitt Police offer resources at biannual Safety Fair

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

February 28, 2019

Students walked from table to table at this semester’s biannual Safety Fair, which lasted from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday in the William Pitt Union’s Assembly Room.

SGB to hold runoff election for executive VP spot

SGB to hold runoff election for executive VP spot

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

February 26, 2019

There’s one election left before the lineup is completely decided for next year’s Student Government Board. SGB announced Monday the office of executive vice president will be decided by a runoff election between the top two candidates on March 5.

Gallery: 2019 SGB Election

Gallery: 2019 SGB Election

By Hannah Heisler and Thomas Yang

February 20, 2019

Zechariah Brown will serve as president of Pitt’s Student Government Board during the 2019-20 school year, after winning 62 percent of the vote against Albert Tanjaya Tuesday. Brown said he felt “grateful and thankful and overwhelmed” when Katie McLaughlin, chair of SGB’s Elections Committee,...

“Grateful, thankful, overwhelmed”: Brown wins SGB presidency

“Grateful, thankful, overwhelmed”: Brown wins SGB presidency

By Brian Gentry and Emily Wolfe

February 20, 2019

Zechariah Brown will serve as president of Pitt’s Student Government Board during the 2019-20 school year, after winning 62 percent of the vote against Albert Tanjaya Tuesday.

Your guide to today’s SGB election

Your guide to today’s SGB election

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

February 19, 2019

Brush up on these candidates' platforms and then head over to elections.pitt.edu to vote.

Editorial: Don’t forget to vote in SGB election

Editorial: Don’t forget to vote in SGB election

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 19, 2019

The people we vote for will influence our lives as students in numerous ways, so it’s important to vote for candidates who will best represent us.

Brown, Tanjaya debate for SGB presidency

Brown, Tanjaya debate for SGB presidency

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

February 12, 2019

On Monday night, presidential candidates Albert Tanjaya and Zechariah Brown faced off in a debate for the position. Moderated by Matt Stalford, head writer and host of the Bully PulPitt and Christian Snyder, editor-in-chief of The Pitt News, the two candidates discussed issues ranging from student facilities to administrative policies.

Op-ed: SGB inaction fails economic and environmental justice

Op-ed: SGB inaction fails economic and environmental justice

By Young Sarah Grguras

February 11, 2019

Student organizations have repeatedly approached SGB to support divestment efforts and higher wages. Despite actions by Pitt, SGB has opted not to do so.

Slates present platforms at “Meet the Candidates” event

Slates present platforms at “Meet the Candidates” event

By Stefan Bordeianu, For The Pitt News

February 8, 2019

To prepare for its Feb. 19 election, Student Government Board hosted a “Meet the Candidates” event on Thursday evening with Pitt Tonight host Andrew Dow. At the event, held in the William Pitt Union, the two presidential candidates and 10 board candidates introduced themselves and their reasons for running to the public — though most of the 30 or so people who attended were already affiliated with the board.

SGB talks race, housing, sexual health

SGB talks race, housing, sexual health

By Maureen Hartwell, Staff Writer

February 6, 2019

Jahari Mercer offered a moment of silence for the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin during his report at the Board’s weekly Tuesday meeting, the day Martin would’ve turned 24 years old.

SGB urges Pitt to cancel classes

SGB urges Pitt to cancel classes

By Maureen Hartwell, For The Pitt News

January 30, 2019

“The coming weather is going to impede staff, faculty, and even administrators from safely coming to campus,” the email to University officials said.

SGB seeks late candidates, Brown, Tanjaya declare presidential run

SGB seeks late candidates, Brown, Tanjaya declare presidential run

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

January 25, 2019

Due to a low number of sign-ups for the remaining spots on the board, SGB is pushing back the election filing deadline.

Change coming to Hillman, SGB says

Change coming to Hillman, SGB says

By Maureen Hartwell, For The Pitt News

January 23, 2019

The third floor of Hillman will be the next one to get a remodel, with renovations beginning in February, board member Albert Tanjaya said.

SGB closes in on election season

SGB closes in on election season

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

January 17, 2019

With just over a month left before Pitt students elect nine of their peers to the 2019-2020 Student Government Board, the list of candidates will soon be official. This year, candidates will be offered financial assistance to fulfill their campaign finances.

SGB beefs up workout facilities

SGB beefs up workout facilities

By Maureen Hartwell, For The Pitt News

January 16, 2019

SGB will hold two more Town Halls before the end of the year, and one will focus on sustainability.

SGB looks ahead to elections, empowerment

SGB looks ahead to elections, empowerment

By Neena Hagen, Staff Writer

January 9, 2019

At SGB’s first meeting of the semester, board members discussed upcoming and ongoing initiatives, including one to ban tobacco products on campus.

Opinion | SGB picks empty talk over data-driven solutions

Opinion | SGB picks empty talk over data-driven solutions

By Jeremy Wang, Assistant Opinions Editor

January 8, 2019

The University of Pittsburgh Student Government Board released a letter calling for stricter gun control. But an apparent failure to properly research the subject led to a list of proposals that leading experts are reluctant to place any confidence in.

SGB pushes stricter laws on firearm sales

SGB pushes stricter laws on firearm sales

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

December 5, 2018

After more than a month of trying to help Pittsburgh heal from the Tree of Life shooting, SGB has set its sights on making change in Washington.

Post-break SGB discusses Town Hall, PWLE

Post-break SGB discusses Town Hall, PWLE

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

November 28, 2018

Pitt’s Student Government Board eased back into a regular schedule with its first traditional public meeting in three weeks Tuesday evening.

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

November 5, 2018

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 31, 2018

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 17, 2018

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

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 11, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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 23, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 12, 2017

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 12, 2017

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

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

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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