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‘No bigger elephant in the room’: SGB addresses recent spike in COVID-19 cases

SGB president Eric Macadangdang addressed the most recent round of COVID-19 case numbers published by the University on Monday, showing 74 new confirmed cases over the weekend, at Tuesday night’s meeting.
November 11, 2020
Aside from its COVID-19 discussion, SGB introduced a new bill and a new resolution. Board members also discussed initiatives to improve student worker compensation and dining services on campus.

More than $300K in student activities fund likely to go unused this semester

Student Government Board during an October meeting.
November 11, 2020
More than $300,000 in the student activities fee fund — which is financed through students’ tuition — will likely go unused this semester, as clubs continue online programming during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SGB remembers Tree of Life massacre

At SGB Tuesday night, President Eric Macadangdang remembered Pitt’s “Stronger than Hate” vigil on the Cathedral lawn in response to the Tree of Life massacre.
October 28, 2020
Student Government Board held a moment of silence for the Tree of Life massacre at its Tuesday night meeting, acknowledging the victims who lost their lives at the nearby synagogue two years ago.

Pitt police town hall addresses transparency, communication with students

A Pitt police town hall was held Thursday via Zoom.
October 19, 2020
Pitt police Chief James Loftus and Commander Eric Holmes, the chief of staff of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, participated in the event along with University administration and Pitt security subcontractor Allied Security. The Student Government Board, Student Affairs and the Black Senate organized the town hall.

SGB introduces resolution supporting mandatory Black studies class

Pitt’s Student Government Board introduced a resolution demanding the creation of a mandatory three-credit Black studies at Tuesday night’s virtual meeting.
October 14, 2020
SGB will post the resolution on its website this week for public comment and review and will vote on it at next Tuesday's meeting. Along with announcing the new resolution, SGB also discussed new COVID-19 updates, future meetings with Pitt police, constitutional revisions and upcoming SGB elections.

Pitt police, SGB work to enforce COVID safety protocols, form new student advisory committee

Eric Macadangdang, president of the Student Government Board, said SGB plays an active role in redirecting the “enforcement responsibility” for COVID-19 rules from police to other outlets.
October 14, 2020
Instead of heavy enforcement of COVID-19 protocols by Pitt police, Pitt has taken on a student-led approach through SGB and University collaborative programs to implement strategies to ensure campus safety.

‘A difficult time for us all’: Panel discusses mental health during COVID-19 pandemic, racial justice movement

Pitt and Student Government Board held the roundtable event “COVID-19, Intersectionality and Mental Health” on Tuesday.
October 8, 2020
Camille Interligi, lead clinician for multicultural outreach from the University Counseling Center, said at a Monday roundtable that the concept of mental health itself — especially in regards to mental illness — is a racist and patriarchal construct.

SGB addresses Tower B quarantine, dining concerns

Student Government Board met Tuesday night via Zoom.
October 7, 2020
Besides discussing the state of the pandemic on campus, SGB also talked about its meeting with Compass Group, the ongoing Mental Health Awareness Month and the kickoff of SGB’s new civic advising program.

Mental Health Awareness Month focuses on helping students through pandemic

Pitt’s Mental Health Awareness Month officially started on Oct. 1.
October 7, 2020
Pitt’s Mental Health Awareness Month officially began on Oct. 1 and will last throughout the month of October. MHAM consists of various virtual events — such as open mic nights, webinars and art exhibits — that aim to raise awareness for mental health, change the stigmas surrounding mental illnesses and remind students of resources around campus that can help them in their mental health journey.

Frustrations mount as Pitt police delay meeting with SGB members again

Student Government Board met Tuesday night via Zoom.
September 30, 2020
In addition to the update about meeting with Pitt police, the board also swore in 17 new members to various committees and discussed plans for Civic Engagement Week and Mental Health Awareness month at its Tuesday night meeting.
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