PointSync issues halt budget meeting

Written By Alex Grubbs, USG Beat Writer

Not every club and organization’s budget proposal made it through PointSync for approval during Point Park student government’s first budget allocation of the semester.

Black Student Union’s Treasurer Alannah Owens voiced concern after the organization’s budget was not seen and approved by United Student Government (USG), despite submitting the proposal.

Treasurer Amedea Baldoni attributed the issue to PointSync, although USG claimed the OrgSync replacement would be easier to access at their first meeting two weeks ago.

“This has been happening to some clubs. It’s that there are apparently two portals opened when there should be one portal, and some haven’t gone through,” Baldoni said.

Baldoni added that clubs and organizations should re-submit their budgets and that those proposals will be approved at the next week’s meeting.

During the meeting, USG allocated and approved only $14,606 to 27 student clubs and organizations. $16,662 was initially proposed, according to USG’s budget report.

Of the 27, only 11 received their full budget request. USG proposed and approved a lesser amount for the remaining clubs.

While approving a lesser amount, USG denied nearly half of three student organizations’ budget proposals.

All Things Horror requested $847 for a Waterfront trip, a pumpkin palooza, Campus Activities Board’s Halloween dance and advertising. USG only approved $551.

Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management (SAEM) Club was denied $591 of its requested $930. The money was proposed to be used for a Steelers tailgate, a movie screening, a concert, a Bastille album and the club’s marketing budget. Sen. Kayla Damazo abstained from the budget approval.

USG also granted Society for Intelligence and National Security $286 of the $522 requested for a writing competition, two student trips and a pizza per screening. Sen. Mario Avila abstained from this approval.

Baldoni pointed out that any certain money denials from USG would be sent via email to the club and organizations after a public non-agenda question.

Pinnacle Productions received the largest money allocation at $1779. Following this budget was Point Park University Rugby Club with $1634 and Dance Club with $1500.

Sen. Shayna Mendez also called for a motion to officiate Not On My Campus, an organization which raises awareness on sexual assault through events, volunteer training and guest speakers, which was approved by the seven senators present.

Representing Not On My Campus, Syrah Sherwood said the organization would “create a safe and supportive environment on our campus for all of our students.”

The organization was approved $281 before being officiated.

Rainbow Club/GSSA’s Bunny Columbine mentioned the organization’s name has changed from the Rainbow Club to the Gender and Sexuality Spectrum Alliance (GSSA). Sen. Mendez said because it was not changed in the USG constitution, the name change is not official yet. However, she added that it can be approved at a later meeting.

Due to the senators not having their designated assignments for senate committees, no committee reports were produced for this meeting.

However, senator assignments will be given after the meeting, according to Vice President Bobby Bertha.