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SGA Senator Shewit Abai makes her case as speaker of the senate. Despite earning 11 senators approval, Abai lost the position to Senator Brett Boyer by two votes.

SGA had its final meeting of the year: Here’s what happened

Claire Powell, Staff Writer
April 27, 2023

  This past Monday marks the final meeting for the 2022-2023 Student Government Association. The student senators completed their last two agenda items April 24 in the Student Union Chambers.   Here’s what SGA discussed:   Supreme Court Chief Justice Confirmation  UMKC...

With colorful sharpies, students, staff and others passing by signed their names in support of transgender individuals on campus.

UMKC Students Raise Their Voice Against Missouri ‘Anti-Trans’ Legislation

Claire Powell, Staff Writer
April 19, 2023
Students and staff bring awareness to Missouri’s first-of-its-kind rulings against transgender children and adults
SGA met this week for the first time since senators voted to impeach Tim Nguyen March 6. The student government meets every two weeks during the school year.

SGA had its first meeting with new interim president: Here’s what happened

Claire Powell, Staff Writer
March 22, 2023

  Hayley Prins met with UMKC student senators on March 20 for the first time as SGA interim president in the Student Union Chambers.   Prins’ confirmation resulted from the student senate’s vote to impeach Tim Nguyen from presidential office.   Here’s what SGA...

Ripped pieces of document with the UMKC SGA logo centered.

SGA impeaches president, selects interim figurehead

Claire Powell, Staff Writer
March 7, 2023

  Tim Nguyen was removed as UMKC SGA president, a historical decision rendered for a “failure to carry out the duties of student body president,” according to the article of impeachment passed during the Monday student organization meeting.   Eight senators, including...

Red sign that reads, FOR HIRE.

SGA rejects president’s hand-picked VP nominee

Claire Powell, Staff Writer
February 23, 2023

  UMKC’s Student Government Association voted “no” to its president’s nominee for second-in-command on Feb. 20 at the Student Union Chambers.   SGA President Tim Nguyen nominated second-year undergraduate Samuel Kim for vice president. Nguyen did not consult with...

Drywall and flooring need replacing in both residential halls, according to UMKC Director of Strategic Communications Stacy Downs. “We also are taking further action in heating more pipes and doing some redesign as needed,” Downs said.

Oak Street, Johnson Halls Face Water Damage From Winter Break Pipe Bursts

Claire Powell, Staff Writer
February 2, 2023

LAST UPDATE 2/2   Two water pipes froze and broke on Dec. 24 at the Oak Street residential hall. The next day, a fire-suppression sprinkler pipe broke at the Johnson location.    The flood waters hit residential rooms and hallways at both student housing buildings. A...

American Idol season 20 runner-up HunterGirl sings to the crowd of fans in Uptown Theatre.
|Photo Courtesy of Industrial Media

Strumming to Success

Claire Powell and Ellen Beshuk
November 3, 2022

  Sitting in her band’s practice session at 14 years old, she never dreamed of appearing on television. At the beginning of 2022, 5.6 million people watched as HunterGirl sang her original song on "American Idol’"s season finale.   The 20th season runner-up began her...

Matthew McDowell is a UMKC alumni who now performs at Jazz clubs around KC. (Photo provided by Matthew McDowell)

UMKC Alumni’s Experience in KC’s Jazz Community

Claire Powell, News Editor
September 13, 2022

With the voices of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin echoing from his grandparents’ record player, UMKC alum and singer Matthew McDowell’s love for jazz music began to form.   As he grew up, McDowell's passion for the art form flourished as he participated in the different...

UPDATE: UMKC librarians confirm connection between recent library closure and UM System

UPDATE: UMKC librarians confirm connection between recent library closure and UM System

Claire Powell, News Editor
September 8, 2022

A day after all UMKC libraries unexpectedly closed early, a group of employees confirm that the absence was caused by several members disfavor with the UM System’s recent approval of the Modernized Leave Program. While the group has chosen to remain anonymous for the...

Union demands included the creation of a lease agreement between students and UMKC.

UMKC residents form tenant union, demand better conditions and transparency from university

Claire Powell
April 19, 2022

Following a meeting with UMKC officials Thursday night, the newly-formed UMKC Tenant Union publicly released their demands regarding university housing. Signed by over 100 students living on-campus, the statement outlined demands that included revising the terms of UMKC’s...

SGA considers new legal service proposal

SGA considers new legal service proposal

Claire Powell
April 5, 2022

The Student Government Association (SGA) conducted their first reading of the Legal Service for Students resolution at the end of March. The resolution asks for a clinic to provide legal services to UMKC students for issues such as misdemeanors, taxes and immigration, as...

UMKC SGA considers tuition change proposal

UMKC SGA considers tuition change proposal

Claire Powell
February 15, 2022

The Student Government Association (SGA) discussed possible reforms to UMKC’s tuition payments in its Feb. 7 meeting. Dr. Jennifer Lundgren, the executive vice chancellor of the College of Arts and Sciences, presented a differential tuition project which would substitute...

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