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Courses cut costs as OERs come to Pitt

Courses cut costs as OERs come to Pitt

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Uncategorized

Thousands of students flock to Oakland every August to attend one of the most costly public schools in the United States. These students will either go The University Store on Fifth to buy their textbooks at full price or go to sites like Amazon, praying for a better deal and two-day free shipping. Either ...

Get to Know Your Government: Introducing SGB

Get to Know Your Government: Introducing SGB

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government

Most students can’t speak one-on-one with administration to discuss issues most important to them or muster up enough support from the student body to get administration’s attention. This is where the Student Government Board comes in to help. From pressuring Pennsylvania’s elected officials to pass a sta...

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...

IFC addresses Greek life action plan at SGB meeting

IFC addresses Greek life action plan at SGB meeting

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

April 4, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

Pitt’s Interfraternity Council president, Christian Baker, spoke about a working action plan that was recently released for Greek life at Tuesday’s Student Government Board meeting. Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner released the document Monday in response to two incidents during the spring 201...

SGB reveals updated finals week policy

SGB reveals updated finals week policy

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

March 28, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Student Government Board announced changes to finals scheduling at Tuesday’s public meeting that the board hopes will reduce the stress of finals week. Currently, if a student is scheduled to take three exams on the same calendar day, that student can move one of those exams. But starting next year,...

University Senate discusses teaching innovations

University Senate discusses teaching innovations

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

March 28, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt faculty, staff and administrators gathered Tuesday afternoon to discuss innovation in teaching and making higher education more accessible to all. About 50 Pitt faculty, staff and administrators attended the University Senate’s 2018 plenary meeting — an annual event held to discuss a pressing to...

SGB promotes March For Our Lives

SGB promotes March For Our Lives

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

March 21, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Members of Student Government Board supported the March For Our Lives rally Tuesday, with President Max Kneis supported calling it a way for young people to show civic engagement. “I think it’s a really important issue for young people to be involved with,” Kneis said at the public meeting....

SGB calls for medical amnesty extension

SGB calls for medical amnesty extension

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Student Government Board returned from spring break and unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday night urging the Pennsylvania state government to extend medical amnesty — a pardon on criminal charges for medical reasons — in the case of alcohol incidents to the underage person experiencing the crisis....

Looking to a new Horizon: Kennedy wins SGB presidency

Looking to a new Horizon: Kennedy wins SGB presidency

By Madeline Gavatorta and Christian Snyder | The Pitt News Staff

February 21, 2018


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

Maggie Kennedy couldn’t stop smiling Tuesday night after hearing she received 56 percent of the vote to secure the Student Government Board presidency for next year. Kennedy, a junior political science and communication major running on the Horizon slate, received 1,889 votes to defeat junior ma...

Guide to 2018 Student Government Board election

Guide to 2018 Student Government Board election

By The Pitt News Staff

February 19, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

Each Pitt student can vote Tuesday for one president and three board members to fill the nine elected positions on the 2018-2019 Student Government Board. Last year’s election saw double the voter turnout of the previous year with about 30 percent of the student body voting. SGB is responsible for allocating the $2.6 million Student Allocations...

SGB candidates debate for presidency

SGB candidates debate for presidency

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

February 13, 2018


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

Maggie Kennedy and Saket Rajprohat met Monday night to debate for one of the most influential student leadership positions on campus  — the Student Government Board presidential seat. The duo showcased their knowledge of the Pitt student community along with their qualifications for holding office. Tabitha B...

SGB updates on provost search

SGB updates on provost search

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

February 7, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

At Student Government Board’s weekly meeting Tuesday, Senior Vice Chancellor of Research Rob Rutenbar said the provost search committee involves no smoke or bunkers. “The search committee I am chairing is not decisional. And what that means is that we don’t all go retreat to the Cathedral, go...

SGB hosts Master Plan meeting for students

SGB hosts Master Plan meeting for students

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

January 31, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Nico Bernstein took issue with the Campus Master Plan presented by Owen J. Cooks Tuesday night at Student Government Board’s weekly public meeting, saying the plan emphasizes athletics and neglects the arts. “[Cooks] talked a lot about creating new spaces for athletics but not new spaces for s...

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 calls for textbook cost reduction

SGB calls for textbook cost reduction

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

January 10, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

At Student Government Board’s first public meeting of the semester Tuesday night, SGB President Max Kneis introduced and read a resolution calling for the University to expand the use of open educational resources, such as PDF textbooks. “[Textbooks are] just another added cost, so anything we can do ...

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, 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 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 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....

SGB promises online NYT subscriptions, forms committees

SGB promises online NYT subscriptions, forms committees

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

April 12, 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 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...

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...

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