May 2007 Archives

May 1, 2007

By Stefan Keiser


INDIANA -- Craig Faish, vice-president of Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Student Government Association, ran unopposed in the April 11-12 SGA presidential election.  What kind of leader will he be? He offered a glimpse during what was billed as a presidential debate in the HUB Susquehanna Room on April 2.


"I know things need changed, and how to change them," Faish said wearing a black suit and standing alone at the podium. "I have been part of the SGA for three years."


Faish said he knows the campus.

May 1, 2007

By Lenny Anderson  


A post-election survey of IUP students has found that 14 percent said they voted in April 11-12 student-government elections. Actual student-voter turnout was 1 percent, election officials reported.


The survey also found that 16 percent said they voted in the SGA elections a year ago. Actual 2006 turnout was about 1 percent as well.

May 1, 2007

By: Jennifer Clark                   


INDIANA-- For the second year in a row, electronic voting in IUP student-government elections suffered a technical glitch.


Balloting was scheduled to begin at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, and end Thursday, April 12, at 11:59 p.m. But election officials said Wednesday morning that an unexplained technical error delayed the start of balloting until 9 a.m. The nine-hour delay prompted the officials to extend the voting period until 9 a.m. Friday, April 13, said Brandon Marree, chairman of the Student Government Association elections committee.

May 1, 2007

By Jade Peterson and Sheena Hornbaker


Black enrollment at IUP grew faster in the 2005-2006 academic year than in any of the preceding 13 years, according to the IUP Trendbook, an online university data base. In that most recent year for which data are available, the number of graduate and undergraduate African-American students reached 963, a record high during the period and 23 percent more than the 786 enrolled during the preceding 2004-2005 academic year.

May 1, 2007

By Diana Alcorn


The April 16-20 online survey of attitudes about IUP student government was sent to a sample of the university's total enrollment. Of the 2,000 recipients of the seven-question survey, 95 answered, a 4.8 percent response rate.


Two previous surveys emailed in fall 2005 and in spring 2006 had similar response rates, although those were sent to all 14,000 IUP students. The fall 2005 survey more than 800 responses, a response rate of 5.7 percent. The spring 2006 survey had 741 responses, a rate of 5.3 percent.



May 1, 2007

By Matt Carroll


IUP's Student Government Association is taking a new tack to fix persistent problems with low membership, poor attendance and lack of diversity. It is turning to the Internet for help.


The SGA Web site ( has been updated for the first time since 2003, giving prospective members a chance to check out the organization from their own living rooms, officials said.

May 1, 2007

By Harley D. Schultz

IUP's Council of Trustees has decided that campus police need to be armed. But the number of reported crimes on campus has gone down in the past 17 years.


And an analysis of reported crimes on campuses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education suggests that campuses without armed police have lower rates of reported crime. Campuses with armed police have higher crime rates, the data suggest.

In 1989 IUP campus police reported 577 crimes on campus. In 2005 police recorded 535, a reduction of 7 percent, according to IUP's online repository of statistical data, the IUP Trendbook.

May 1, 2007

By Emily Boots


After adding several new members this fall, IUP's Student Government Association is composing a Retention and Advancement Report to boost attendance.


The report comes halfway through the administration of SGA President Patrick Barnacle, who pledged reforms in student government when he took office in April. The report will guide SGA leaders as they try to fill the vacant seats that have plagued the student legislature for years, Barnacle said.

May 1, 2007

By Elizabeth Gaffron


When a trio of students became pessimistic about student and federal government, they looked no further than the past for an answer. They formed a local chapter of Students for a Democratic Society this semester to battle what the group considers the enemies of democracy.

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