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Cheerleading proposal to be reviewed by athletics

Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 10:09

Point Park’s United Student Government (USG) is no longer able to fully support its university’s cheerleading club, according to a written proclamation issued by USG executive cabinet leaders during a meeting on Monday.

The executive cabinet, headed by President Dillon Kunkle, asked its senate to approve of a written proclamation asking the university’s athletics department to recognize and adopt cheerleading as a sport. 

“The idea is that we ask for your approval for you to send this along, if this is something you would like to pursue,” said Kunkle to his senate, urging its approval.

The statement simply stated that the cheerleading club is rapidly growing in dedication and size.  As the size of the club expands, so is the list of other clubs USG is being asked to support.  Combine the two with a notoriously inconsistent budget and a strict funding policy, and USG is left with little money to send cheerleaders to practices, various sporting events and out of state competitions with up-to-date gear.  The only realistic shot the club has in gaining the extra dollar it needs is to receive a promotion from the university.

“With proper funds,” read the proclamation, “they will be able to [attend more competition and events] and become more of a powerful presence on our beautiful campus.”

It is a goal of the cheerleading club to “better represent the university” and it would need at least $7,000 of outside funding per semester to do so, a number out of question for USG.

The senate approved the proclamation several minutes after it was read aloud, and the statement will now be sent to Point Park’s Athletic department for further review. 

Following discussion of the cheerleading club, USG President Pro-Tempore A.J. D’Alfonso took center stage. 

He was happy to announce a vague itinerary for the university’s annual Pioneer Community Day, which is set to take place Apr. 15, 2013. 

Final amendments are currently being made to the Pioneer Community Day schedule of events, which include a 5k race, and other interaction-based socials, all of which will benefit the Center for Theater Arts special needs program. 

“[The schedule of events] will be released to the students sometime early next week,” said D’Alfonso.

Weather did not coincide with last year’s daylong celebration, as some activities were moved inside because of rain at Village Park, the primary site of the event. 

Incase of inclement weather, D’Alfonso has many indoor campus locations booked as backup, including the Lawrence Hall Lobby, where last year’s event was temporarily held.

In preparation of the Pioneer Community Day, USG is set to hold an open meeting in the Lawrence Hall lobby on March 18.

“The meeting will get word of the Pioneer Community Day out there,” D’Alfonso said.

Possible guest speakers could also be in attendance for the open meeting.  USG has yet to decide on potential invitees.

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