Student government swears in new vice president, senators-at-large

Written By Hannah Walden, USG Beat Writer

United Student Government (USG) President Bobby Bertha appointed Senator Kaylee Kearns as vice president.

According to a USG press release announcing her nomination Friday, Kearns is a sophomore sports, arts and entertainment management major representing the Rowland School of Business. She has been an “avid member” since her freshman year and has been a part of the finance, rules and student concerns committees.

“It is an honor to be nominated and recognized for the work and dedication that I have been putting forward,” Kearns said in the press release. “I know it is a big jump from Senator to Vice President, but I am ready to take on that challenge.”

Library Director Liz Evans was scheduled to speak at the start of the meeting this week, as mentioned in the USG agenda and in the most recent press release. However, she did not attend and the meeting moved forward without any mention of her absence or when or if it would be rescheduled.

The meeting continued with the treasurer’s report and committee reports.

“We are encouraged by the events that we are seeing going on campus, that are funded by USG,” Treasurer Josh Croup said during the treasurer’s report. “I encourage all senators to go and attend these events to put your face out there and talk to your constituents about how we can better serve them.”

NextGen Rising sent in a revised mission statement within their constitution to USG rules committee.

The revised mission statement read: “The purpose of this organization shall be to improve our local communities, as well as the country as a whole socially and ethically by promoting campus votership among students and engaging them on the issues that are of greatest concern to them. This effort ranges from meeting for pizza dinners to discuss personal political concerns, to providing shuttles to our local place of voting, to organizing students to take part in activist efforts in the larger Pittsburgh community.”

After conducting a roll call vote, the motion to recognize the club passes.

There will be another Student Concerns table on Wednesday, Nov. 15 in front of the Point Cafe from 12-3 p.m.

President Pro-Tempore Daniel Murphy brought up the USG dress code before the senators, reminding them what qualifies as appropriate attire.

“As far as wearing jackets, I am fine with that seeing that it is getting colder. I am just asking that the USG logo be visible,” President Pro-Tempore Murphy said.

President Bertha swore in Carlin Diachun and Justin Stocklas as a Senator-at-Large. This position is for students who want to be involved in USG, but are unable to attend every meeting. The position is also offered when the organization approaches or surpasses the representative count.

“I was a club leader, and working with USG for club funding has sparked an interest in joining,” Diachun said. “I want to fulfill the gaps and holes in USG and help wherever I can.”

The meeting ended with President Bertha announcing to senators that the university wants USG’s participation in a food drive Dec. 5.

Club leaders have been contacted via email to resend their club constitutions and an updated list of members by Nov. 27. If club leaders do not respond, the club will be considered inactive.

Disclosure: USG Treasurer Josh Croup is co-sports editor for the Globe.

Correction: A previous version of this article stated the roll call vote was to accept NextGen’s revised mission statement. The motion was to recognize the club.