USG grants more than $1,000 in appeals, discusses election

Written By Alexander Popichak, USG Beat Writer

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United Student Government (USG) spent its Monday meeting discussing club appeals and Wednesday’s debate.

In all, six clubs were allocated additional funds after petitioning the Finance Committee: Advertising Federation/Public Relations Student Society of America, All Things Horror, Her Campus, Phi Beta Lambda and Table Top Tirade all received additional funds.

All funding measures passed unanimously with the exception of the funding recommendation for Phi Beta Lambda. That measure passed 6-2 with President Pro-Tempore Hayley Hoffman and Senator Megan Ortego voting “no.”

Phi Beta Lambda was initially not allocated any funds at last week’s funding meeting. The business fraternity overspent its allocation at the end of the fall semester resulting in the restriction.

“So Phi Beta Lambda requested for a spring banquet and the amount requested for that was $622,” USG Treasurer Justin Stocklas said Monday. “After speaking with President Bertha, Vice President Kearns as well as the Finance Committee, we decided that Phi Beta Lambda would no longer have anything held against them for what happened the previous semester.”

In all, the legislative body granted an additional $1,090 to the six student organizations that requested appeals.

USG members also discussed Wednesday’s USG Debate. The debate will be held in the Center for Media Innovation at 8 p.m. and the student body is welcome to attend a watch party or to live stream the event via U-View Television’s YouTube page.

The candidates for USG elections were announced Tuesday. Vice President Kaylee Kearns and President Pro-Tempore Hayley Hoffman are running for President and Senator Brittany Arp is running for Vice President. Kearns and Hoffman are sophomores in their second year of USG and Arp is a freshman serving in her first.

The broadcast will be hosted by former U-View Daybreak anchors and current producers Alex Grubbs and Jess Paterchak. The student body is invited to submit questions via social media using the #USGDebate. Elections will be held electronically using PointSync from March 26 to 30.

Legislative body members also discussed the upcoming Pioneer Community Day event. The annual event, slated for April 7 this year, offers students the opportunity to volunteer for various organizations across the Pittsburgh area and includes a celebration in the afternoon.

According to event chairman and USG Parliamentarian Matt Bauman, the goal is to get at least 100 students, faculty and staff signed up to volunteer. The signup form is available on PointSync at bit.ly/PCD2018. The volunteer portion will take place in the morning and the celebration will be held afterward.

The student concerns committee is actively addressing several concerns brought to them via their email account. USG is working with the Office of Student Life to address a backlog of laundry on the 8th floor of Lawrence. Additionally, the committee is meeting this coming Saturday with representatives from food service provider CulinArt to address hours of the Point Cafe.

USG’s next meeting will be held on the first day of elections, March 26.

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