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Breaking News: Littleford wins SGA presidency

Candidates for the other three offices were unopposed

By Brian Christiana

Knightly News Reporter

The Student Government Association (SGA) last week had its 2018 elections. The student body decided who they wanted to see them represent their voice.

Morgan Littleford, Central Penn's SGA president-elect. She will assume office, with the new vice president, secretary and online delegate, at the end of the fall term. Photo courtesy Central Penn SGA

Morgan Littleford, Central Penn’s SGA president-elect. She will assume office, with the new vice president, secretary and online delegate, at the end of the fall term. Photo courtesy Central Penn SGA

The students voted for president, vice president, secretary and online delegate.

The president nominees were Morgan Littleford and Johnathan Noss.

The other three positions were for only a single contestant each.

Vice president was Isaiah Scott, secretary was Christine Donaghy and online delegate was Angelina Stillman.

Littleford and Noss were looking to replace 2017 President Yuliani Sutedjo. Sutedjo had done many great activities during the 2017 school year. She brought many great ideas, and was really involved on and off campus. She will be dearly missed at the school, and we all appreciate the service she has done.

 SGA speech panel

The students had an opportunity to meet the candidates on Nov. 7 in the Capital BlueCross Theatre. The candidates were trying to persuade the audience about why they deserve votes.

Littleford brought up how she has a lot of experience with being the 2017 vice president and being involved in SGA since she has been on campus.

Noss talked about how he has been devoted and committed to many organizations, which include: Christian church groups, grocery store manager and construction.

They both talked about how they are for the on and off campus students, and how the candidates want to make the school better.

“I think the SGA kickoff went exceptionally well,” Littleford said. “Each candidate articulated what they can do for the campus. This school would be lucky to have any of us represent them.”

Noss thought that the panel was a very good experience for not just the students, but for the candidates as well.

Noss said, “We all have unique stories of successes and failures, and for me, it was inspiring to hear those stories being told today.”

They both said that they are committed to work with future and current faculty, and they want to find a way to make the students happier with the cafeteria.

“One of the main things I would do as president is to make sure the quality of food is better in the Knight & Day Café,” said Littleford.

Littleford added that she will work closely with Sutedjo to make sure she picks up where the outgoing president left off.

Results

The voting started on Nov. 7, and ended on Nov. 10, at midnight.

Littleford defeated Noss to become president.

Scott, Donaghy and Stillman each won the positions they ran for – vice president, secretary and online delegate.

According to SGA adviser Adrienne Thoman, Littleford got 63 percent of 43 votes cast for president, for a total of 27, leaving 16 for Noss.

Scott received 41, and Donaghy and Stillman each received 42 votes.

Thoman said the candidates will have a formal inauguration by the end of the term, and assume office then.


To comment on this story or to suggest one, contact TheKnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.Edu.  Edited by media club co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.

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Upcoming SGA Election Main Focus of Podcast Episode #41

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-adviser

On episode #41 of the Knightly News Podcast, we are pleased to welcome Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman and the Student Government Association Officers to the show, discussing several upcoming events in November, especially the SGA election.

During Thoman’s segment, we discuss the successes of fall harvest, the college’s largest event related to community outreach and alumni relations.

Thoman also takes time to discuss the upcoming SGA election kickoff on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 12:10 p.m. in the Capital BlueCross Theatre, featuring the nominees discussing their plans for the office should they be elected.

The show is also joined by Darren Greene of the Knightly News.  Greene provides a student perspective to the events on campus and also has started his own podcast, the Greene Room, which can be found at the link below as part of the Knightly News Presents.

https://soundcloud.com/thegreeneroom

On our second segment of the show, we welcome SGA President Yuli Sutedjo, SGA Vice President Morgan Littleford, and SGA Secretary Isaiah Scott to talk about what the 2017 SGA officers have accomplished during their time in the positions.

Sutedjo noted that the main initiatives for the year have been a better line of communication with the management of the Knight and Day Cafe and trying new ways to engage with current students to promote involvement in campus activities and clubs.

The group noted that they were pleased with their efforts, but also noted that there was still work to be done.

The SGA election will take place each day in the ATEC Lobby Nov. 7 – 9 between noon and 6 p.m.  Students will also receive a web link to a survey that can be accessed at any time during those three days to vote.

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A New Way to Connect: Single Sign-On Student e-Portal

After logging onto a computer, students can access Blackboard, email and other areas

 By Morgan Littleford

Special to the Knightly News

In spring 2017 term, Central Penn College changed the way students get into their online service portals, by putting all student services accessible online in one place.

As of early April, student log-in is easier, with Blackboard, student email and the main sign-on portal in the same place, so students and faculty can type in one set of credentials – after logging onto a computer – and find everything they need in one spot, instead of signing into different areas of the portal separately.

Single sign-on for student services accessible through the Central Penn student-services portal has eased students' access to services and tools they need.

Single sign-on for student services accessible through the Central Penn student-services portal has eased students’ access to services and tools they need.

“The portal was made for security reasons,” Information Technology Administrator Valeri Hartman said.

Of course, certain students on campus didn’t like the change. They did not see a reason for a switch to the new portal. In their opinion, why fix something that’s not broken?

Well, security is a significant reason, according to Hartman.

Because of the change, Blackboard went down on several occasions, which rarely happened before when Blackboard stood alone, but was most likely because of “bugs” that had to be worked out, Hartman said. The system was working smoothly by the middle of the term.

The change also inconvenienced some students who had to change passwords to access the new service, and some couldn’t remember the new password – but that is something that happens when passwords must be changed, for routine security updates. If someone does forget his or her password, then the person has five opportunities to sign in with the correct password before the system locks.

Some students didn’t mind the change.  They found it convenient for everything to be in one place. They don’t have many passwords or log ins – it’s one sign-in username and password, and then they have access to everything they need. Students have said that they enjoy the new portal because it is quicker and easier to get into their email, classes and other tools.

“Overall, the new system is great and extremely helpful,” student Eliz Milanes said.

Students will always have different views on change at the college, but they can count on the administration to make things better and easier for students in the college.


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Edited by media club co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.

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A Sit Down with Jasmine Harvey, New SGA President

A New Year Presents New Adventures as Students Select New Class President to Lead the Way Forward

By Sarayuth Pinthong

Knightly News Reporter

Nov. 8, 2016, marked another change in our nation. That was the day Donald J. Trump was elected the new President of the United States.

Central Penn College also elected a new representative of the student body. That person was Jasmine Harvey. Knightly News reporter Sarayuth Pinthong had the opportunity to sit down with Harvey as she shared some details about herself and her new position as Student Government Association (SGA) president.

KN: Central Penn College is a very diverse institution. Where are you from and how did you become a student of Central Penn?

JH: I’m from Philadelphia. I became a student because I received a letter in the mail about the school. I just took a chance and got accepted. I decided to come here to see how the campus was. I didn’t know that my cousin was attending (at) the time.  We did a tour and I liked it. I enjoyed that it was a small campus and everything was so close.

KN: How long have you been a student at Central Penn and what do you enjoy about the college?

JH: This is my sixth term here. What I like most about this school is that they give their students opportunities to do what they like to do. If you really want something to be done on campus all you have to do is email somebody and they’ll get right back to you. For example, we have a cheerleading club on campus. We didn’t have that before. That was something (students) really wanted to happen and they did their best to do it.

Jasmine Harvey, student government association president at Central Penn College, poses for a photo in the ATEC building, February 8, 2017. Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong

Jasmine Harvey, student government association president at Central Penn College, poses for a photo in the ATEC building, Feb. 8.  Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong

KN: Central Penn College offers a variety of academic programs. What is your major and why?

JH: I’m a corporate communications major. I selected it as my major because I love writing. I know that in the communications field there’s a lot to do. There’s always an opportunity for you in any field with the major and that’s what I love the most. I like doing and trying new things. I didn’t want to be stuck doing one specific thing for the rest of my life. I want to branch out and learn.

KN: What would be your dream job?

JH: I probably would go more to the public relations side, like marketing. Recently, I’ve found that it’s interesting to me once I took my advertising class. Afterwards, I’ve learned to enjoy the process on marketing a product, how to get it out there and how to sell it.

KN: What does “SGA” stand for and how long have you been affiliated with SGA? What roles did you hold prior to being elected as the new SGA president?

JH: SGA stands for the Student Government Association. I’ve been a part of it for about a year now. Before I became president, I was the vice president.

KN: Individuals in positions such as yours research the actions and qualities of past members so they can develop a plan of action of what works and doesn’t work toward the future. With that in mind, who was your predecessor and any reason why he/she is no longer the SGA president?

JH: Sebastine (Virella) was our SGA president of 2016 and was supposed to be for 2017. Unfortunately, he had to take some time off from school to deal with some other matters in his life. Before I stepped up to the role to take this position, we were very good friends. We had a conversation about how to move forward with SGA, like the plans he wanted to fulfill before he left the school. He has my back 100 percent and I have his. He still helps me out with meetings and event planning. I always go to him to ask questions.

KN: How were you selected as the SGA president? Was there an election of some type held for the student body?

JH: We had Morgan Littleford, our secretary, and Yuli (Sutedjo), our treasurer. Our bylaws state that if our president, or anybody, resigns, the next person up will take control. Since I was vice president, the control was assigned to me. In the fall term we had an election where the students decided who they wanted as class president.

KN: What experiences do have that can help you as the next SGA president?

JH: Being around Sebastine provided the opportunity for him to take me under his wing. I feel like just being around him and seeing how he does everything, from planning to budgeting, gave me the chance to learn how to take on the role.

KN: Can you explain the roles and responsibilities of the SGA president?

JH: If the student body has any concerns, they can come to us with the problem. During our meetings we talk about issues that were brought up to us to find solutions on how to fix them for our students as fast as possible. Recently, we had an issue about the cafeteria. We decided to go and give out comment sheets for the students to fill out which provided us with suggestions on what food and style they wanted the cafeteria to have. We took that and went to the president of Central Penn for a meeting just to discuss issues about the cafeteria and what the students wanted to see. Just from that meeting the cafeteria did change.

KN: What is your view of the Central Penn student body and are their voices being heard?

JH: I would say that the voices of our students are being heard. I feel like the staff here does care about the students. They want things to change for the better. The staff is willing to help out any way they can, as long as you bring the problem to them by stating the problem and what you want to see changed. We have comment boxes that we put out during our events. During that time, we communicate with students by asking if they have any suggestions or comments they want us to present. We have an email address on our Blackboard page as well.  You can even come directly to me if anything is bothering you.

KN: Last term involved some negative incidents that attracted the attention of the staff of Central Penn along with the student body. Would you comment on that?

JH: As far as the past incidents, it just seemed like a bunch of miscommunication and not stating the problems or exactly what you wanted to see changed. It was a lot of stating opinions. When you want to see something changed, instead of opinions, state the facts … and have a plan to implement campus procedures accordingly, and in a better way.

KN: The whole picture of what’s going on isn’t always visible during certain situations. When negative situations develop, how can the SGA positively assist both the students and the staff of Central Penn?

JH: For SGA, we just take action as soon as we can. We go directly to students and staff to see what they want, and talk with both sides to come together to see what we feel needs to be brought up to the president during a meeting. If we handle the situation as soon as it happens, rather than waiting, the outcome could be better.

KN: What are your goals toward the future as SGA president and how can students get involved?

JH: My goals are for SGA to get more involved with all the clubs on campus. We do have a few plans to attend more club meetings to see how we can help other clubs, like trying to get them a budget, help with fundraisers or just be more successful. When it comes to students being involved with us, hopefully, when we go to other clubs they would see that we’re trying to help them out. Other than being the voice of the students, we also help out with community service hours. We do fundraisers to help out with the Education Foundation that gives scholarships to students.

KN: What would you like to say directly to the students of Central Penn College to help them better understand the roles of their SGA?

JH: SGA is here to help you guys out. If you don’t want to address a problem yourself, you can come to us so we can help. If you just want to start a club on campus and you need help, you can come to us. Whatever you need help with, we can help you out with it. That’s what we’re mainly here for – to help the students out in any way possible. We’re here to make your college experience the best one you have. I know that a lot of students want to do similar things that other colleges do. That’s what we’re here for. We’re here to make sure that whatever you want done on this campus, if possible, can be done so you can have that great college experience to share with your kids later in life – making good memories.

More information, inquiries or concerns can be submitted to SGA at sga@centralpenn.edu

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Edited by Media Club President Sherri Long and club co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.

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