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The Globe’s Point – USG elections — have your voice heard

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The United Student Government (USG) is something we cover every week on our front page. We even took the time this semester to profile the vice presidential and presidential candidates in our news section. This week we bring you a ‘visual ballot’ of everyone running for office. Why this much coverage? It’s because USG is your
government as a Point Park student and they directly seek to bridge the gap between us students and the administration, and we value this professional relationship.

When we have questions about the food service, the Wi-Fi, events happening on campus or club funding — USG should be our go-to resource. This election is our chance to hand select the members of our student body we want to speak on our behalf.

According to Charlene Cusick, the Executive Assistant in the Office of Student Affairs, only 56 people
voted in the USG election last year. Why are we, deemed by many as the activist generation, choosing to stay silent?

Around 4,000 students attend our university. That means about 1.4 percent of our student body voted for the student leaders that arguably have the most impact on our college experience.

56 people spoke up to select the student leaders among 4,000. Just think about that.

Voting in this election couldn’t be any simpler. Every Point Park student received an email with a link for the PointSync form. Additionally, you can go to bit.ly/VoteUSG2017 directly to cast your ballot. A few clicks later and you’ve exercised your rights. You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your bed.

The students running for these offices want to work with you. They have all taken time to debate and answer your questions and we should acknowledge that. Want to be more informed? Read our profiles in previous editions and on ppuglobe.com.

It is our opinion at the Globe that the candidates running are well-qualified to serve you. It is not our purpose to tell you who to vote for, which is why we did not endorse candidates, but we can tell you that it matters that you cast a vote.

It is our hope that through our efforts, the student body is as well informed possible on their choices. Now it’s up to you, the student, to have your voice heard.

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