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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.

-Dave

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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.

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Below is the finalized report on the Rock Garden:

During the 2006-2007 academic year at Youngstown State University, the Student Government Association turned its attention to the dilapidated state of the Rock Gardens at the Wick-Pollack Inn. A former student brought the garden to the attention of SGA’s former Executive Committee, which investigated the means by which the garden could be reactivated.

The final reactivation plan, created by the Grounds Department, a consultant from Kridler Gardens, and the SGA Executive Committee was finalized in the 2007 spring semester. The reactivation of the garden required cleaning, mulching, and planting the entire garden, and took place over a few weeks. Volunteers from SGA, the student body, the YSU classified staff, and the community participated in the project. The Student Government Association funded the purchase of the annuals, the Kridler garden consultant, and two benches handmade from recycled wood. Support for this project was provided through discounts on both the annuals and the consultant services, which were sold to SGA at half their regular price.

Throughout the duration of this project, volunteers have invested over 100 hours into the reactivation of the garden. The response to Student Government’s work from the campus and the community has been largely positive. Continued restorative work may include reactivating the fountain and repairing the original fence that surrounded the garden. Perennials may be planted this fall semester, as only annuals have been planted in the reactivated garden. Research on the history of the garden is ongoing, and any information or pictures are welcome.

This was penned by Eri Raib and was later edited/added to by Chad Miller.  At the time of this posting the Rock Garden is completely finished in terms of the restoration Chad’s SGA set out to do.  We will be investing in some signs for the garden sometime in the near future as well as looking into coordinating new florals for the Garden come next spring.

-Dave

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Physical Therapy DPT

Thursday night WKBN’s 10 p.m. News covered a story about a problem within the Physical Therapy department regarding their DPT program accreditation. After watching the story I became curious and investigated a bit more.

Students unfamiliar with this story can see the initial news report transcript here [via WKBN.com].

I phoned the Provost office first and was forwarded. After being forwarded I was able to discuss the issue, at-length, with Ron Cole–who was interviewed for the segment that aired Thursday night. After this discussion I was sufficiently satisfied with the efforts of the University concerning this issue. It is an unfortunate turn of events, but I don’t think Student Government Association has a bona fide place in resolving further problems regarding the DPT accreditation delay.

Students who want to know more about what was discussed or things that I might have overlooked in my investigation can contact SGA to setup a meeting with me.

-Dave

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Reposted below is a news article found on the Vindicator website:

Tuition Freeze Proposed at YSU

VINDICATOR EDUCATION WRITER

YOUNGSTOWN — For the first time in nine years, undergraduate students who live in Ohio and attend Youngstown State University won’t be facing a tuition increase with the start of fall classes.

Nonresident undergraduate and graduate students will be in a different situation, based on a proposal before the YSU Board of Trustees. Both are facing some cost increases.

The university has raised the undergraduate cost of going to class nine consecutive times, but a promise of additional state funding in exchange for no tuition increase for two years for resident undergrads has the board of trustees looking at no tuition increase for 2007-08 for that group, which represents about 90 percent of the student enrollment.

What will happen

There is a proposed $12 per semester increase for all full-time students in the “general fees” category to cover rising costs of operating the Andrews Wellness Center on campus.

About 90 percent of the employees there are students and a recent state increase in the minimum wage raised their salaries, said Neal McNally, director of budget planning and resource analysis. Part of the general fees go toward maintaining that facility, he said, adding that such fees, which cover certain noninstructional costs, are exempt from the tuition cap.

Although the state budget isn’t final yet and the numbers could change somewhat, YSU is relying on the Senate version of the state spending plan, which will provide YSU with about $2.9 million in additional funds next year in exchange for a promise not to raise tuition for two years for Ohio undergrads.

The tuition and mandatory fee totals for full-time Ohio undergraduates will rise a total of $24 a year from $6,697 to $6,721.

For nonresident, full-time undergrads, a 3 percent increase in their tuition surcharge is being proposed, raising that cost from $2,753 to $2,836 per semester.

Graduate costs

Resident graduate students will see a $516 annual increase in tuition and mandatory fees, from $8,212 to $8,728.

Nonresident graduate students will get a break on their tuition surcharge, which is being lowered by more than $2,800 a year for regional students and some $5,600 a year for nonregional students in an effort to attract more graduate students to campus.

“Regional” covers an area along the Pennsylvania border from New York to West Virginia.

The 1,000 students living on campus will also see a $250 increase in room and board, based on a proposal before the trustees. The annual cost would rise from $6,490 to $6,740 a year.

The proposed 2007-08 general fund budget stands at $140.8 million, up $3.3 million from the modified version of this year’s spending plan. The bulk of that increase will come from the anticipated $2.9 million jump in state subsidies.

The trustees are scheduled to vote on the tuition and budget issues at a June 29 meeting.

gwin@vindy.com

There are differences between the Senate and House bills and they will be rectified by a conference committee which consists of members of the House and Senate. Depending on its outcome the amount of money we receive from the state changes too. This will not be an easy decision for the Trustee’s without a finalized version of the bill, but I think all students are in support of a tuition freeze.

-Dave

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On July 18th in the Chestnut Rm. there will be a Red Cross Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This blood drive is open to the community, so you don’t necessarily need to be YSU affiliated.  As well, a recent release from the Red Cross states that people with tattoos and recent body piercings are eligible to donate blood.

If you’ve got any questions call 1-866-426-0922, use option #3 if it is related to your eligibility to donate.

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Many people have asked me this question as of late. Because its easier to just pull up google maps then to repeatedly try to describe its location, I’ve constructed a map in google maps that will better enable people to see where the rock garden is actually located.

Wick Pollock Small Map Image
Click to get a Closer Look

The revitalization process is (I believe) done at this point and time, and it looks wonderful! I’ll have a full write up on the Rock Garden here sometime in the next few weeks. Pictures of the project and the revitalization process can be found on the side bar.

-Dave

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