March 2011 Archives

March 23, 2011

By Elyse Shirley


INDIANA -- During spirited debate Monday night, members of IUP's student council voted to amend -- and apparently ignore -- their bylaws and extend by a half year the terms of their two top leaders.


The change was adopted on an 11-7 voice vote during a meeting in Eberly 409 that was attended by about 20 Student Government Association members, a faculty adviser and a reporter. No roll call was taken.


The new bylaw provision was not spelled out. But it means SGA President David C. Bivens and Vice President Andrew S. Longacre -- both elected to one year terms in April 2010 -- will retain their leadership positions until December.

Under old student-government bylaws, their terms would end April 18, the last SGA meeting of the semester, following April 4 elections.

March 23, 2011


IUP Student Government Association Vice President Andrew S. Longacre, left, and President David C. Bivens, right, supported a March 17 measure to cut the student newspaper's budget and to review its business operations. Photo by David Loomis.

By David Loomis and Dustin Mendus

INDIANA -- The panel that funds more than a hundred IUP student activities ranging from food to fitness last week denied funding for The Penn, the campus newspaper once advertised as "the student voice since 1927."

The Student Cooperative Association board of directors on Thursday voted down a supplemental budget request for the twice-weekly tabloid. Only one of the nine board members opposed the cut on a voice vote.  

March 1, 2011

The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association announced  Feb. 21 that it will award its top collegiate prize for investigative reporting to two IUP Journalism Department students.

The winners of the 2011 college Keystone Press Award for Public Service/Enterprise - seniors Megan Guza, of Bentleyville, and Andrew Wojcik, of Altoona -- wrote a story about former IUP President Tony Atwater's personal spending at taxpayer expense. Their reporting was based on a Pennsylvania Right to Know Law  request that prompted the university to release 2,686 pages of documents chronicling Atwater's spending over five years.

The story appeared April 23, 2010, in the online newspaper The HawkEye was part of The Civic Project, a community-focused watchdog-journalism initiative rooted in News Reporting classes taught by IUP journalism professor David Loomis, Ph.D. The winning entry was one of a dozen 2010 Civic Project stories submitted to contest judges. 

On June 9, Atwater announced that he would leave his position by the end of the month.

The HawkEye story generated considerable reader comment and media interest. For example, KDKA-AM, the CBS radio network affiliate in Pittsburgh, devoted its June 17 morning talk show to the story and credited Guza's and Wojcik's reporting.

Their editor, professor Loomis, praised the reporters' work.

"To report the story, Megan and Andrew had to plow through thousands of pages of expense  reports," Loomis said Feb. 28. "To write the story, they had to make sense of all the numbers and make it understandable to readers. The readers appreciated it, and the Keystone judges did, too, apparently."

The PNA, a trade organization serving the state's newspaper industry, will award its annual Keystone prizes at a luncheon in Hershey on March 16.

For more information, contact Dr. Loomis at or phone (724) 357-4411.

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