SGA Website and Blog

If you’re looking for the SGA website and blog, you’ll find them both at http://www.ysu.edu/sga. For historical purposes, this blog website will be preserved with all previous posts for the foreseeable future.



Elections Results for the Student Government Association for the 2009-2010 academic school year.
The results are listed below:

President and Vice President
Zachary Brown- President
Abbie Twyford- Executive Vice President

Representatives of  the College of Science, Technology, Engineering,
and Mathematics (STEM)
Anthony Berdis
Marissa Cullen
Madeline D’Orio
Derek DeMaiolo
Lindsay Lipp
Brittany Sujka

Rep. of Graduate Studies
Cassandra Doinoff

Rep. of The Bitonte College of Health and Human Services
Phillip Rauscher

Rep of the Williamson College of Business
Nicholas Meditz
Ken Oyler
Sarah Stafford
Tara Thomas

Rep of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
Jack Daugherty
Joni Koneval
William Macomber
Donovan O’Neil
Justin McIntyre

Senator of the Beeghly College of Education
Jacob Rafidi

Senator of CLASS
Gary Davenport

Sorry so late…

10 months into my term, i have finally figured out how to use this blog. I will be updating this weekly… I think. I will be posting my thoughts, SGA’s thoughts (collectively), any news and updates that we feel you should know.

Please take the email that we have sent to you, concerning elections, into consideration. I would encourage any student who has a desire and will to improve his/her campus, playground, home, and school… (that is what i hope YSU means to you). It is my hope that who ever sits in my seat next year can take everything that I and my predicessors have worked for, see it through completion and truely make the difference that SGA has set out to make.

Thanks for reading,

Michael McGiffin, President

The Sea of Red, YSU Red Zone!

In cooperation with the Apple Computer’s Representative and Student Activities red t-shirts bearing a “YSU Red Zone” logo were handed out at YSU’s first home game of the season.  Each person that received a shirt was asked to begin wearing it immediately.

The result was one impressive wall of red on the east-gate bleachers at the South Dakota game and one very impressed University President.

The Red Zone t-shirt idea went stunningly well and I want to thank all the students that came out to support the Penguins as well as those students that wore the shirt. I’m told, unofficially, that we sold out the East-side bleachers–that is quite the accomplishment–especially when the entire bleacher is wearing red.


SGA Retreat

After some minor revisions to the Agenda (cutting the ice breakers, activities, members remarks, etc.) we had a great meeting.  Lunch was really good and our speakers Dr. Anderson and Dr. Sweet did a great job.

We debated four issues and ended up passing a budget for the year.  The Legislative assembly also tabled 3 bills/resolutions and sent one bill to the Financial Appropriations Committee for further discussion.

The amount of debate offered at the retreat was wonderful and I believe it is indicative of a good year ahead.

Thanks to those of you that came!


Ms. Raib, Mr. Detwiler, and Myself attended the ‘public information meeting’ held Monday at 3:00 p.m. in City Hall.  The plans the city had developed were discussed and the community attendance of the meeting was overwhelming.  I was able to spot other concerned students as well as faculty, staff, and administrators intermingled into the crowd.  It pleased me very much to see such interest and involvement from YSU as we begin to solidify our University commitment to make campus a part of what is considered downtown Youngstown.

The plan that was presented was well described and logistically adds two more trees than would have previously been in the area.  Many community members took issue with the creation or lack of parking spaces in West Federal specific to their needs or the needs of their businesses, these people were voicing their opinions somewhat adamantly.  Certain design issues were brought up by many of those that attended affecting a variety of the design aspects.  These included flaws in the diameter of the tree planters versus the damaging effects of salt-infused soil from snow management in the winter.

It is my belief that the overwhelming community response will table the plans to move forward temporarily while the opinions of the community are considered. While I cannot foresee much deviation from the plan as it stands now this is a resounding victory for the Youngstown community.  The City now knows that the Youngstown community desires a more transparent local government that seeks to represent the interests and opinions of its constituents.  This shows the true power of community action to bring citizen’s, businesses, and city officials together in the planning processes for the future of the downtown area.

Lastly, I’d like to thank the City of Youngstown, Mayor Williams, and  Carmen Conglose for bringing the community of Youngstown a very effective, respectful, and informative meeting that sought public opinion in a very well though-out manner.  It is my hope that the quality of this meeting is integrated into future efforts of the city.


As many of you now know, Dr. Robert K. Herbert, YSU’s Provost and V.P. for Academic Affairs, passed away over the weekend due to a tragic accident in Costa Rica.  He was vacationing with his family.

SGA offers its sympathies and greatest regrets to the family of Dr. Herbert.  This is a tragic turn of events, one that deeply saddens us.  Dr. Herbert was truly a respectful man and cared deeply for the students of YSU.  He will be sorely missed.