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Record low turnout in SGA officer election

The Student Government Association (SGA) wrapped up its spring 2024 executive leadership committee election March 1. Of a student population numbering more than 4,000, only 49 ballots were submitted, according to SGA administrative assistant Lisa Laughlin. This equates to roughly 1% voter turnout from the student body. Only one name was on the ballot for five open officer positions. Several candidates did, however, run successful write-in campaigns. 

Pennsylvania governor’s vision for higher education

Higher education is on track to receive a massive overhaul. Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro introduced in January his vision for a new system of higher education that unites Pennsylvania’s community colleges with PASSHE under a new umbrella.  The Slate sat down with Shapiro and Shippensburg University President Charles Patterson in recent weeks to discuss the proposed changes and what they would mean for Shippensburg’s campus community.

McCormick takes aim at Bob Casey at CPAC

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey was labeled a “man of inaction” by Republican Senate candidate Dave McCormick Friday as McCormick spoke during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). 

Select Diner closing, but will return

The Select Diner, located in downtown Shippensburg, closed its doors on Jan. 14. The diner, which until recently was open 24 hours a day, is temporarily shuttering its doors for renovations. That process is expected to take 3–5 weeks according to Anita Peters, a manager who spoke to The Slate on Jan. 14. The restaurant will reopen with a new name, refurbished interior design and an updated menu. 

Trump takes lead in Shippensburg University Caucus

Shippensburg students, staff and faculty gathered in Stewart Hall last Tuesday evening to participate in the fifth Ship Caucus. Attendees huddled in groups to support their favored candidates in the 2024 presidential election.  Former President Donald Trump received the most support, with 41% of the vote. Cornel West took second place with 38%, beating out President Joe Biden’s 21%. Twenty-three of the caucus’ 56 delegates were awarded to Trump, with West receiving 21 and Biden the remaining 12. 

SGA holds last meeting of fall 2023 semester

The final Shippensburg Student Government Association meeting of the semester was held Thursday, Dec. 12. The fall 2023 semester was a time of rebuilding for SGA, as it strived to fill its senator positions and return to being a functional body.  SGA President Harun Pacavar addressed the coming end of the semester. “A lot of people have addressed how this semester particularly has been very hard for whatever reason. So please, take the time to find time for yourself. Enjoy the time you have for yourself,” Pacavar said. 

University Forum November Meeting

The Shippensburg University Forum held its November meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 21.  Forum is a governing body through which recommendations concerning curriculum, academic policies, co-curricular and student life matters are routed to the university president.

SGA swears in new VP of Finance

Katie Huston was sworn in as the Student Government Association’s next Vice President of Finance at SGA’s Nov. 30 public meeting.  Huston is a junior English major with a mathematics minor who has served as The Slate’s business manager since May 2022. 

Ridley Scott and bad history

 The year is 1815. Napoleon Bonaparte, returned from exile on the island of Elba, once again declares dominion over Europe. Four months later, blinded with overconfidence and faith in his own success, Napoleon was soundly defeated at Waterloo.