Wachinovia - a hidden agenda on someone's part on SGA? Really? I had the honor of serving the student body as last year's SGA Executive Vice President, and I helped author the proposal that was presented to the board. I can assure that I would not put my name on something that I didn't wholeheartedly feel was in the best interests of the students. Read it for yourself. http://www.ysu.edu/sga/wp-content/upl...We want to be able to fund as many student organizations as we can every year, but its impossible to help everyone who applies when our budget is only 1/5 of the average total of funds requested. For several years, our budget ran out sometime in mid-March or April, prohibiting us from helping out organizations with events towards the end of the year. For the 2009-2010 year, however, we able to stay within the budget (barely), but this only gave organizations requesting funds the bare minimum.We wrote the proposal in full knowledge that it would more than likely have to be reworked, so maybe instead of $1 per credit, it would be maybe 50 cents a credit. Currently, there is no provision in our financial path that allows us to fund individual students who wish to represent YSU at academic-related conferences to present papers, attend lectures, etc, leaving them to seek funding from their deans and departments, which are also poorly funded. There have been several occasions where professors have paid out of pocket for their students to attend academic functions. However, I'd still love to know what you think our hidden agenda was in drafting this proposal.
July 13, 2010 at 1:49 p.m.
As a YSU Success Story herself, Dr. Anderson is what we need for this university to change the "You Screwed Up" attitude of students coming from the immediate area. She's absolutely correct in her assessment that the academic division needs to be "driving the bus" for the students on their journey through college. We don't need pet projects and glass staircases; these attempts at curb appeal are only skin deep and have no affect on the actual substance of our campus community. What we *do* need is someone who isn't afraid to go out and meet the students and who sees this university for all that it can be.
January 27, 2010 at 9:21 a.m.
You must not have read the proposal completely, either.
Student Government plans to take $12 (or less!) out of the 3.5% state-mandated tuition hike that will occur last year and put it somewhere that it will be available for student use. Either way, students are going to have to pay a tuition increase, regardless of any action Student Government takes. This is just giving the students back some of their money.
November 23, 2009 at 12:32 p.m.
Are these new estimates on the costs of demolishing or renovating? Because they surely weren’t what the Student Government was presented with last spring, and it seems peculiar that the estimates would go down instead of increase, especially in this economy. It is truly irresponsible for the administration to get rid of nearly 1,300 parking places and only plan to replace about 2/3 of those spaces when you consider how great the parking crisis is on campus. Parking isn’t a problem for them, since they have reserved lots with adequate spaces next to their building, but ask any student and they’ll tell you something completely different. YSU has yet to show itself to be truly dedicated to creating alternative transportation, which could help alleviate this issue; you can have hundreds of committees with all the best intentions, but they’ll never make progress unless they seriously meet. All of this is only underscored by the increase in enrollment the university has been bragging about since the beginning of the semester. YSU is a commuter school, and the Western Pennsylvania Advantage initiative helped boost these numbers, and I bet these new students aren't on-campus residents. What happens when we have to start turning students away because there is no suitable or reasonable place for them to park?
A. TwyfordExecutive Vice PresidentStudent Government Association
October 8, 2009 at 5:36 p.m.