PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Democratic State: The Logistics

head_twitterThe elections for the 2009-10 UPUA body will take place on April 1. No joke. So, to make sure that yall are ready for the big day, we are going to be walking you through all things UPUA related: what the UPUA does, how the election will work, what the positions are, and what the candidates want to do if elected.

An 18-page document, provided by the UPUA, details the election process. Since no one but the most wonkish Penn Staters want to read through that kind of logistical leviathan, Onward State has parsed it for your pleasure (or pain?). The election is run by the UPUA Election Commission, which is composed of six members. The positions and their current occupants are listed below.

Head Elections Commissioner (Alex Goldstein)

Deputy Commissioner for Candidacy (Jasmine Rushun)

Deputy Commissioner for Campaigning (Richard Shermanski)

Deputy Commissioner for Election Publicity (Michael Pipe)

Deputy Commissioner for Information Technology (Jacob Budin)

Deputy Commissioner for Administration and Enforcement (Matt Lachman)

The commissioner positions are selected, not elected, and each commissioner is paid $200 for his or her involvement with the election.

The Deputy Commissioner for Candidacy is responsible for ensuring that all candidates qualify as such according to the prescribed stipulations. The requirements are pretty lenient. The President and Vice President must have been students at University Park for two semesters, while one semester suffices for every other position. And, obviously, the Representative for the College of Liberal Arts must be in the College of Liberal Arts, the Representative for the Eberly College of Science must be in the Eberly College of Science, etc.

The rest of the positions are pretty self explanatory. For example, the Deputy Commissioner for IT manages the website; the Deputy Commissioner for Publicity publicizes the election; etc.

Here’s the schedule for the next two weeks:

Monday March 16: Campaigning began at 5:00 am today.

Wednesday March 18: The first presidential debate will be held in the HUB Auditorium at 7:30 pm. The debate will be streamed online here. Students can also submit questions for the debate here.

Friday March 27: The ‘Meet the Candidates’ event will be going on all day on the ground floor of the HUB.

Monday March 30: The second presidential debate will be held in the HUB auditorium at 7:30 pm. The debate will be streamed online here. Students can also submit questions for the debate here.

Wednesday April 1: Election day! Voting occurs online at the election website.

The UPUA Election Commission has set up a Twitter account and a Facebook event if you are looking for more information.

One last thing… Alex Goldstein posted this video last night updating yall about how the election is proceeding. It’s good to see the Commision is making such a strong effort at publicizing and executing the process.

About the Author


Creator of @OnwardState. Big fan of sweaters.


More by Davis

Penn State and the Process of Life

To paraphrase Mark Twain: The reports of higher education’s death have been an exaggeration. American universities produce more research and relevant knowledge for the world at large than any other institutions I know of. Tuition may be too damn high, but over the long-run, undergraduate degrees are definitely worth the cost. But Penn State could be so much more. It used to be, I think.

Bonded in Blue, White, and Worry

43 Simmons


Penn State Hockey Releases 2018-19 Roster

Brett Murray is no longer on the team after an uneventful tenure in Happy Valley that saw him score just one goal in 33 games.

Penn State Women’s Soccer Sophomores Start Season Strong

Penn State Women’s Soccer Beats Duquesne 6-0

Shea Moyer Lifts Penn State Women’s Soccer Past West Virginia 1-0

Penn State Women’s Soccer Poised For Strong 2018 Season

Student Life

Your Fall 2018 Sylly Week Playlist

Whether this is your first semester or last, welcome to Sylly Week.

While You Were Gone…

Involvement Fair Returns To HUB Lawn Syllabus Week

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

While You Were Gone…

Here’s a roundup of what went on around Penn State during summer break.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

What Changed In State College While You Were Away

With another summer in the books, here are all the changes to State College that happened while you were gone.

Send this to a friend