USG makes judicial recommendation to administration

Original in the Globe April 23, 2014

The United Student Government (USG) voted to recommend the University administration reform the judicial affairs appeals process by creating a judiciary board.

 “I’m glad I’m starting my administration with something that will effect change,” said USG’s new President Julian Singleton Monday in the Student and Convocation Center. “We created a recommendation to change the way the appeal process works in some sense to the way it was before, but the administration makes the final decision.”

USG President Emeritus Dillon Kunkle proposed the alteration in response to student claims that the structure of the judicial process was unjust.

“It had to be done,” said Kunkle in a telephone interview Monday. “We heard and read enough testimonials to see that the system was fundamentally flawed.  For someone who feels that the judicial system treated them unjustly, what are you gaining by appealing to a single individual?”

The proposition Kunkle presented states the students’ feelings of injustice stem from being judged by only one individual, and having appeals heard by a board comprised of peers and administration would reduce bias and balance opinion.

 “It was an overwhelmingly obvious fundamental flaw, and I feel we can fix this bias by opening it up to a board,” Kunkle said.

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USG adds new requirements for clubs on campus

Originally published in the Globe April 16, 2014

The United Student Government (USG) is working to put legislation in place to address common issues clubs have been facing.

Among these legislations are the requirement of executive officers and a funding outline. Next week, the legislative body will vote on requiring a Rollover Report for predecessors.

Clubs will be required to have 12 members plus a chief officer and a treasurer as well as an advisor and a constitution in order to be officially recognized and qualify for funding.

“We see a lot of clubs with an eccentric form of executive committees, and some without any,” said USG President DillonKunkle Monday in the Student and Convocation Center. “Communication is becoming an ever larger problem, trying to assuage issues that are rising.”

Communication remains a large problem with clubs, according toKunkle. With the required chief officer and treasurer, “we have a contact and [Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership (SAIL)] has a contact.” He also said it would “bring cohesiveness to the organization.”

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Students give back at Pioneer Community Day

Photo by Tyrone Smith Jeff McCauley, stewardship coordinator of Friends of the Riverfront, speaks to students April 12 about the task they will be completing as a part of their volunteer work for Pioneer Community Day.

Photo by Tyrone Smith
Jeff McCauley, stewardship coordinator of Friends of the Riverfront, speaks to students April 12 about the task they will be completing as a part of their volunteer work for Pioneer Community Day.

Originally published in the Globe April 16, 2014

Nearly 160 Point Park students, faculty and staff gave back to the Pittsburgh and Downtown community after volunteering to be a part of the fourth annual Pioneer Community Day (PCD).

The United Student Government (USG) sponsored PCD as a way for students to thank Pittsburgh, according to Julian Singleton, USG member and PCD co-chair.

“Point Park is an urban campus,” Singleton said Saturday outside of the Student and Convocation Center. “The city of Pittsburgh does so much for us. Today is a day for students to give back to the city that gives us so much.”

Students volunteered with organizations including the Humane Society, Hosanna House, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and Friends of the Riverfront.

Jeffrey McCauley, stewardship coordinator for Friends of the Riverfront, was impressed by the volunteers’ work ethic. About 100 volunteers were sent to work with organization.

“Point Park students are highly motivated,” McCauley said Saturday on the North Shore Three Rivers Heritage Trail. “I think this went really well.”

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