USG members make international news


Photo by Nikole Kost

Executive Cabinet members of USG Robert Bertha, Amedea Baldoni and Blaine King attend the Presidential Debate screening party at the Center for Media Innovation on October 10.

Written By Alex Grubbs, USG Beat Writer

Three student government executive board members made headline news around the world following Sunday night’s presidential debate.

The New York Post, VTM Nieuws (a Belgian outlet) and local WTAE-TV featured United Student Government (USG) President Blaine King, Vice President Bobby Bertha and Treasurer Amedea Baldoni, King said at the meeting.

This comes after the second presidential debate viewing party in the Center for Media Innovation between nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

The outlets asked the members their opinions of this election. King echoed the interviews and told The Globe the importance to vote on Nov. 8.

“We can control where our country can go,” King said.

During the meeting, two representatives from Alumni Relations reached out to USG in efforts to reach out to over 27,000 past graduates and the eventual postgraduates.

Miranda Fagley, annual fund coordinator, asked USG for help with student engagement. Fagley is responsible for reaching out to postgraduates for university funding.

“As we are getting more involved with students, we want you to see our office as a way to get extra funding through your clubs,” Fagley said.

Fagley said that does not mean funding will be directly given to clubs but that help with fundraising is available.

This past February, the university’s Board of Trustees committed $23,000 of 200 gifts, or donations, given by postgraduates. She hopes this can happen again in February 2017 and wants organization to submit proposals for money not funded through USG.

“I’ve got a team of faculty and staff who will be reading through organization’s proposals for fundraising,” Fagley said.

Guidelines for this school year’s February challenge will be sent to club and organization contacts with a proposal submission deadline in November.

Addressing student concerns, laundry and elevator usage became a big issue, according to Sen. Daniel Murphy.

Murphy said students told him of washing machine malfunctions and that one of the four Lawrence Hall elevators has also been out of service since early this semester.

“Is there a way for an individual student to contact [someone] about a university service by themselves?” Murphy asked.

Recording Secretary Davion Heron suggested to the senators to tell constituents to put in multiple work orders to fix the issue, claiming that the more work orders, the more likely the problem will be fixed.

Dining hall and café hours also came up as the senators discussed student concerns.

Students have been posting their food service concerns to school-sponsored Facebook pages regarding the gap hours between lunch and dinner in the dining hall and the café’s hours, according to Sen. KacieJo Brown.

Saturday dining hall hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for dinner. The dining hall also does not have breakfast on the weekends. The café is closed on Saturdays and closes early on Fridays.

Murphy attributed the problem to hours not being publicly documented as well as they could be.

Vice Pres. Bertha said the issue was “something to look into.”

Pres. King also appointed freshman Sarah Campbell as a senator to USG’s legislative body.

Treasurer Baldoni announced the next USG funding window will open on Monday, Oct. 31. All questions can be directed to her.