UPUA Election Season To Kick Off With First Debate Tonight


With just more than two weeks remaining before Election Day, this year’s three UPUA presidential candidates will make their first public appearance tonight at the always entertaining presidential debates. Hosted by the Election Commission, the first of two presidential debates is set to take place tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Heritage Hall.

The three candidates in this year’s election for UPUA’s top spot are Anand Ganjam, Melissa McCleery, and Meeten Doshi. The former two are currently in the UPUA assembly while Doshi has no experience in student government, although his credentials as the President of the Blue & White Society certainly make him an interesting candidate.









Ganjam is running along with Emily McDonald. He is the current UPUA Smeal Representative position and chairs the Student Life committee. McDonald is UPUA’s Diversity Chair. Ganjam was previously the student government’s Deputy Director of Subsidized Test Preparation. You can check out his campaign site here along with his campaign’s Twitter page here.










McCleery, who’s running along with Eberly Representative Tim Rinehart, is currently UPUA’s Academic Affair Chair along with her title of Liberal Arts Representative. She also has her campaign site up and running, accompanied by a McCleery/Rinehart Twitter profile.

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Doshi has countered his lack of UPUA experience by adding Kate Taylor as his running mate. Taylor is currently a UPUA on-campus representative. Doshi has sat on a number of Penn State committees, including his time as treasurer of the East Halls Residence Association and a spot on the Student Alcohol Advisory Committee. As of publishing time, Doshi’s Twitter account is deactivated (maybe something to do with the unintended pronunciation of @votedoshitaylor), though he and Taylor do have a website.

The second debate will take place on Monday, March 31, in the HUB Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. (hosted by your two favorite student media orgs, yours truly and the Phroth…errr…Daily Collegian), followed by Election Day on April 2. You can find more information on the UPUA election at its website.

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