SGA President-elect Katie Sisco has selected the directors for her administration.

Sisco, who will be elected this Friday at the SGA banquet, has selected her Directors of Student Relations, Communications and Finances. She has taken it upon herself to bring both new and old faces to those offices in the Student Government.

“I’m really excited about the new directors,” Sisco said, “I’m feeling pretty positive on the selections I’ve made.”

She has selected Mike Hollander as her new director of Finance. Hollander is unknown to SGA and has no prior experience, which is what Sisco was looking for in the position. She said that eight individuals applied for the position, but believes Hollander brought something fresh to the office.

“He has the experience in finance,” Sisco said. “He’s an accounting and finance double major and I felt that is what I needed, and I wanted a fresh face.”

The directors of Student Affairs and Communications will have familiar faces, which Sisco wanted. She chose Monterio Seewood, senator of SGA, as her new director of Student Relations. She said he had a great interview and believed his ties with students would be beneficial for the position.

“I think he’s a great mediator for SGA and other organizations,” Sisco said.

Seewood sees this as a golden opportunity to get students and organizations involved. As the new director of Student Relations he wants to work with Student Affairs to restructure the PLC. He said he’s spoken to Shana Meyers, vice president of Student Affairs, and they are heading into the process of restricting the PLC.

“A lot of the problems we’ve had this year has steamed towards communication,” Seewood said, “I know that’s a big issue on Katie’s list and I want students and organizations to know they can come to me.”

Ashley Stegall, director of Communications, will be returning to her position after having 10 applicants apply for her position. Sisco said Stegall has the overall experience for the office of director of Communications, and she knows the ins and outs of SGA.

“Honestly, Dillon and I didn’t want to train someone new to come into the position,” Sisco said. “Everyone knows that Dillon and I are new to SGA, so bringing someone in who has experience is just better.”

Stegall said she is excited to return to SGA next year. After serving under SGA President Jacob Scott, she said that her experience would be beneficial for Sisco’s agenda for next year.

“I really enjoy doing this position,” Stegall said. “I think the most important thing is listening to the students, and we’ve done a good job doing that this semester and we want to continue that.”

Sisco will be inaugurated on Friday, April 19 at the SGA Awards Banquet.


“This 5K run really hit home for our chapter,” Alex Atkinson, Phi Delta Theta member, said.


Phi Delta Theta will end the school year with a 5K run on Western’s campus. The proceeds will benefit the victims of Lou Gehrig’s disease and their local Phi Delta chapter. Atkinson said the event is very beneficial for students and members of the community to attend.


The event will take place on April 27, 2013 at 11:00a.m., and the group advises those who plan to participate to check in from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. before the event begins. The run will begin at the Missouri Western State University in the Looney Complex.


The prices for registration are $16 for college and high school students, and for others, the price is $26 to be able to participate in the event.


“This is really something we wanted to bring forth to ALS for the victims, families and the community to show how much Missouri Western wants to give back to the community,” Atkinson said.


The members of Phi Delta Theta expect a turn out of around 150 people from Missouri Western students as well as members of the St. Joseph Community. Jacob Dowell, member of Phi Delta Theta, said the event profits would go 50 percent for Lateral Sclerosis Association to benefit the victims of Lou Gehrig’s disease. He said the chapter will cover t-shirts and all other costs.


The other 50 percent of the gross proceeds will go to our local Phi Delta Theta chapter, which will be used for their philanthropy and fundraising events in the future. He believes the event will bring in more students since it’s on campus this year.


“5Ks are a pretty big thing around here,” Dowell said. “We’ve had a lot of people come up and talk to us about getting involved on campus for this walk.”


Ethan Kelly, president of Phi Delta Theta, said it’s very important to get people from the community out and involved in events like this one. He said Greek organizations can always throw an event together and bring other Greek organizations together, but to get a whole community involved in something like this is a big step for them.


“I’m hoping to get a lot of people on campus to come,” Kelley said. “We are trying to get other organizations involved and having it on campus is a central location for this event.”


If a business would rather donate products or gift cards, the group would appreciate it. There will be a raffle for donated products and top runners will receive prizes. If there are any questions, the group has asked others to contact Jonathan Hund, treasurer of Phi Delta Theta at (816)341-3430 or jhund@missouriwestern.edu.


It’s now been well over 24 hours since the tragic terror act in Boston.

The media has covered the hell out of this, probably more than the Presidential election night and morning after. They are repeating the same video of the accident over and over again. It’s a good thing to keep the people of America and around the world informed, however once they start reporting false or inaccurate information on the death toll, suspects or if the child was a boy or girl. It’s a tragedy once they start doing that, they are misinforming the general public, which makes them not reliable. The reasonable solution would be for them to take a step back, think things through and report the right information.

Reporting 24/7 is great, but you can only do it for so long. CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, National newspapers and online blogs need to report new information besides the same video, death toll or misinformed information.

As a journalist, I would’ve stopped my printer and waited for the information, or keep a running death toll on our social media outlets and websites. They run numerous posts with different numbers, which confuses the general public and they start to blame the news network.

So, take a step back, reanalyze your information and report the news that the people want to see and hear.


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