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Kearns administration swears in as USG holds final meeting

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The final United Student Government (USG) meeting of the semester had several new members sworn in for the upcoming term, including Kaylee Kearns as USG president, followed by Kearns swearing in Vice President Brittany Arp.

Kearns was sworn in by former President Robert Bertha, who passed the torch as he prepares to graduate and make his bid to represent Pennsylvania’s 54th district.

Kearns then took over to swear in a slew of new senators: Kris Chandler and Emily Cofer were sworn in as senators to the Conservatory of Performing Arts, Shelby Fink, Sam Weber and Kooper Sheely were sworn in as senators to the Rowland School of Business and Kayla Snyder was sworn in as senator to the School of Communication.

President Kearns’ cabinet was also set in place, with Hannah Steiner taking up the role of recording secretary, Allison Schubert assuming the duty of press secretary, Kortney Lampel as treasurer and Alexander Popichak as parliamentarian.

Before the new members were sworn in, the former administration recognized the student organization formerly known as the Body Christian Fellowship under their new name: the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) at Point Park University. Dean of Student Life Michael Gieseke stated that the organization believed the new name “better represents who they are today.”

The meeting began without then-President Bertha, who was at a faculty assembly speaking on behalf of the student body in which the assembly was assessing a vote to keep student-related committees.

Bertha rushed into the meeting seven minutes later, and began the final USG meeting of his administration citing a number of USG successes this year such as bringing milk to the meal exchange in the Point Café and putting an FAQ sheet on the library’s website.

“I would like to remind you that the work is never over,” Bertha said.

Before Bertha swore in President Kearns, former Press Secretary Josh Croup introduced a video message from Blaine King, who served as USG president for both the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years.

“I just wanted to drop by and congratulate you all,” King said in the video message, singling out Bertha, Kearns and Arp. He then addressed Bertha directly, “You did an excellent job, my friend. Congratulations on a successful term.”

The Kearns administration will be in full swing when the fall semester begins on Aug. 27.

Disclosure: Kayla Snyder serves as the Globe’s co-copy desk chief, Allison Schubert serves as a co-features editor, Alexander Popichak formerly served this semester as the USG beat writer, and Josh Croup serves as co-sports editor.

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