Yesterday, the student staff of the Rogers State University’s only student news publication voted to change its name and branding to better reflect its online medium.
“As an online news site, we feel the Hillpost reflects a certain tradition we weren’t carrying,” said Hill News Editor-in-Chief Jake Brillhart. “The Hillpost had a rich tradition in print journalism, and we wanted to respect that after receiving feedback from alumni and current readers.”
The revived Hillpost had only been publishing online for little over a month before adopting the new brand. Readers can expect a gradual change to the Hill News website. The new brand still reflects RSU Claremore’s home on College Hill and captures the purpose of the student journalism: to accurately and objectively cover the story of the college experience.
“We’ve updated most of our news site’s graphics and images as well our social media, but it’s a continuous process,” said Brillhart. Readers can still use thehillpostonline.com to reach the Hill News. However, a new domain will be announced in the coming weeks.
Moving forward, readers can expect:
- Expanded multimedia content such photo galleries, graphics, and other visual storytelling mediums
- Continued reporting on campus event and life
- Increased utilization of social media and collaboration with community partners such as moreClaremore
For more information regarding the Hill News or becoming involved, please contact Jake Brillhart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hill News: Serving more than 3,400 thousand students across three campuses, the Hill News is Roger State University’s only student news media. Established in 2020, the Hill News is a student-produced publication that independently reports on campus life, university events, and college athletics at RSU. It remains committed to accurately and objectively covering the news of the day affecting RSU students.
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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.