Poll finds students want change in shuttles

Written By Sabrina Bodon

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Point Park’s student government discovered a large majority of the student body desire special shuttles to Trader Joe’s with surveys distributed online.

About 90 percent of the 304 students who completed the survey said they would still opt for the longer ride to the East Liberty and Shadyside sites of Trader Joe’s, Target and Whole Foods rather than the Waterfront shuttle on Fridays and Sundays. 

United Student Government (USG) president pro tempore Shayna Mendez took to creating the survey following a presentation made a few weeks ago by Chris Hill, vice president of transportation.

Last year, Sunday shuttles drove students to East Liberty and Shadyside. After construction began on the route to East Liberty and Shadyside, it was decided both Sunday shuttles would go to the Waterfront in Homestead.

With this information, the next step Mendez will take is placing the gathered data into a spreadsheet to be sent off to the SAIL Office, which is in charge of the shuttles’ destinations.

The Criminal Justice Club (CJC) appeared before the legislative body to state its case for reactivation, for which it was approved.

In years past, CJC was a thriving, recognized organization. However, in recent years, the club’s momentum slowly whittled away.

“It just wasn’t active before because of previous students not really having an interest,” CJC president Nic Merrick said. “We’ve had a pretty steady [number] of at least 10 members coming.” 

Throughout the current school year, CJC has met every other week to discuss jobs and internships with special guests joining the organization each meeting. Members of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE) have also joined the club to discuss active shooter training, Merrick said.

In the future, CJC will be holding a CPR and First Aid training session open to all students.

USG treasurer Amber Mole said clubs and organizations have spent about $9,200 of the $22,750 allocated during the second to last funding period.

This number is up from two weeks prior where only about $5,900 was spent between USG and clubs around campus. However, this number still results in a more than $10,000 rollback into the next funding period.

As discussed last meeting, the Rules Committee brought the legislative body the finalized version of a resolution discussed last meeting pertaining to supplemental funding. 

From this point forward, USG will establish a fund of a $200 minimum to a $1,500 maximum per funding period to be used for emergency situations as determined by the legislative body.

“It is up to the discretion of the legislative body to deem a situation an emergency and in need of supplemental funding,” senator Bobby Bertha of the Rules Committee read from the resolution.

Last meeting, the legislative body work shopped the major points of this resolution, which the Rules Committee took into consideration. One major change from last meeting was the budget of the emergency fund had decreased from a $700 minimum to a $200 minimum. As outlined in the resolution, the amount held in the fund will be determined largely by the Activity Fund, which fluctuates each year.

The final budget meeting of the school year for clubs and organizations will be held Monday, March 14.

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