USG opens discussion on shuttle routes to East Liberty grocers

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Point Park’s student government has taken on the task of investigating the need and routes of special shuttles following the meeting with Chris Hill, Vice President of Operations, last week.

In years past, a shuttle would transport students from the University to the East Liberty and Shadyside sites of Trader Joe’s, Target and Whole Foods, rather than the Waterfront shuttle on Fridays and Sundays due to road construction.

To determine the need, the United Student Government (USG) decided to send the issue to the Student Concerns Committee, who would then create a survey to be distributed to the student body.

“How I imagine it, I would want [the survey] to see the routes that students want to go to,” said Davion Heron, chairman of the Student Concerns Committee and press recording secretary of USG.

On the topic of whether both shuttles have the potential to be offered, Dean Keith Paylo put financial cost into perspective.

“Anything’s possible,” Paylo said. “We just have to do a cost analysis of what that means. We have to find the cost of the shuttles and availability of the drivers.”

During the meeting, parliamentarian Charles Murria made a motion to censure freshman COPA representative Daniel Murphy on four counts of “blatant” violations of Robert’s Rules, the system of parliamentary procedure USG uses during meetings.

“Basically, [censuring] is a formal slap on the wrist saying, ‘you have violated a constitutional procedure,’” vice president Gabe Dubin said.

“It stands for 60 days, and if you get three censures in those 60 days, you are automatically impeached from USG,” Murria said.

As per USG’s constitution, the parliamentarian must step forward with the motion on behalf of the person who sought out the censure. From there, members of USG must anonymously cast a vote of whether or not to put the accused on censure.

Prior to the vote, Senator Murphy had the chance to speak to the censure movement.

“I don’t doubt that the manner in which I present myself in the meetings and as a representative may be seen as eccentric or unorthodox,” Murphy said. “I would say when asked to change the way I behave in meetings, I have simmered down… I will treat this censure movement the same way.”

By a secret ballot, USG unanimously determined the censure would not be instilled on Murphy.

USG welcomed new member Kris Chandler as a sophomore representative for the Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

“I felt there was personal need, an importance, to get more involved in the university from which I acted upon by joining USG,” Chandler said.

By joining USG, Chandler plans to lend a hand and contribute to everything the group has done so far.

“I see all the work [they do] without the school, and I hear about all the stuff, and I’d love to be a part of that,” Chandler said.

Chandler is a screenwriting major with a minor in political science.

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