After taking a decade-long break, the Hillpost is returning to the campus of Rogers State University. The Hillpost began as a monthly newspaper that was published with the Claremore Progress. Now, the Hillpost has gone digital with TheHillpostOnline.com.
“This is meeting our students where they’re at,” said Jake Brillhart, the Hillpost’s student editor. Brillhart is a junior studying public affairs and has experience leading student media and producing journalism
“Going to an online news publication means we can reduce our overhead costs and give our student staff a hands-on classroom in digital content management,” explained Brillhart.
“Whether you’ve had some experience with a high school newspaper or yearbook or you’re just looking to get involved on campus, we’re looking for students who can write a short story, take a photograph, or design a graphic. We have a tremendous untapped talent with our students, and we want to give them an opportunity to showcase their skills,” said Brillhart.
Students interested in joining the Hillpost for the summer of 2020 or fall semester of 2020 should contact contact Jake Brillhart at email@example.com or visit thehillpostonline.com/join-our-staff.
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Student Government Holds First Meeting: Recognizes Black Student Association
In their first meeting of the academic year, 36 students attended the Student Government Association Congress meeting. “We’re excited to have you hear, especially in person,” said student government vice president Darci Johnson.
Beginning at 1:21 p.m., the SGA called the meeting to order. All officers of the student government gave reports on their offices. SGA Public Relations Director Caden Coleman announced a freshman council and shared his social media account as a source of information. SGA President Madison McLaughlin and SGA Director of Diversity and Inclusion Yleana Esparza also shared their social media accounts.
Currently, the SGA Congress has not approved appropriations or formally established a freshman student government council. New business included recognizing two student organizations at RSU.
“We hope we get this student organization back on track,” said RSU student Giovanni Wahome. He represented the International Student Association and spoke about the perspective of international students at RSU. The International Student Association has previously been recognized as a registered student organization at RSU but fell into bad-standing with the SGA.
Wahome described disparities in international student services offered at RSU compared to other institutions under the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents. Vice President Johnson objected to further questions by the Hill News regarding the association’s experience attempting to be recognized as a registered student organization again.
The International Student Association was officially recognized by the SGA Congress and passed unanimously. RSU student Kira Carter then presented Brothers and Sisters for Excellence, a proposed black student association, to the SGA Congress.
“It’s going to allow students to make connections,” said Carter. RSU has not had a recognized black student organization since being accredited as a four year, regional university.
“We can spread diversity across campus,” explained Carter. She described that Brothers and Sisters for Excellence as an inclusive student organization for RSU students. The proposed student organization was recognized and passed unanimously.
SGA President McLaughlin recognized incoming RSU Student Activities Coordinator Katie Warnick to share announcements. Warnick began working on August 25, 2020, and oversees campus events, student organization support services, and other university recreational activities.
Warnick announced that student organizations at RSU will be expected to adhere to COVID-19 activity guidelines. Warnick also announced that the SGA will be hosting the Student Organization Leadership Retreat on September 11, 2020. This annual event is traditionally required for student organizations in the spring semester but was not held to COVID-19.
RSU Libraries shared information about upcoming campus events, and President McLaughlin adjourned the meeting at 2:02 p.m.