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Day: March 29, 2010

Collegian [Probably] Endorses Ragland


The Collegian posted a copy of its Tuesday March 30 opinion page tonight. Gavin Keirans spotted it first and let the Penn State Twitterati know-- thanks @StudentBodyPrez. We read it and downloaded a copy before the Collegian removed the PDF from its server. Here it is in all its glory. No promises that this won't be changed before tomorrow, but I doubt it.

Point is, it looks like the Daily Collegian has chosen its horse in this presidential election. Take a gander and let us know what you think.

Tangible Results Matter: UPUA Debate #2

The second University Park Undergraduate Association presidential debate was held tonight in the HUB. Tensions were high, resulting at one point in David Adewumi unveiling a set of Burger King crowns that he brought for Christian Ragland and Colleen Smith in reference to both their campaign shirt logos and their recent endorsement by current UPUA President Gavin Keirans.

The full scoop after the jump.

Adewumi and Ragland Campaigns Face Violations

It appears that the University Park Undergraduate Association presidential campaigns of both David Adewumi and Christian Ragland have been accused of violating the UPUA's elections code. While both candidates are pleading not guilty, they will find out their fate at the board meeting later tonight.

If found guilty, Adewumi faces his second violation of the campaign and could incur a 10% decrease in campaign financing because of a student wearing an unstamped "Adewumi For President" flag. This would be in addition to his previous 4% decrease. Ragland, however, faces a possible 16% decrease in campaign funding, due to two incidents involving Ragland campaigners ripping down Adewumi posters.

We'll have the full details later tonight after the hearings.

Faculty, Staff Talk EduTech at TLT Symposium

What I saw on Saturday at the Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium made it clear that Onward State's success at Penn State has been no anomaly. Whether it's for THON, the football team, or even Penn State itself, social media is being used across the university to connect and inform in ways that are truly innovative.

Hundreds of faculty and staff gathered this weekend at the Penn Stater Conference Center to talk about how technology can help the university educate students more effectively. Over the next week, we will be writing about some of the cooler initiatives discussed at Saturday's event. Until then, you can read our recap and join the ongoing conversation by using #psutlt on Twitter.

Does this tickle your fancy? Read more after the jump!

UPUA Legal Clinic to Open Today

After two years of hard work, the University Park Undergraduate Association Office of Student Legal Services is set to open in 135 Boucke Building today. UPUA President Gavin Keirans said, "Last year, we went through a year long process with the student activity fee board to establish funding for this service. This year I have co-chaired the search committee for the selection of the director."

Under the guidance of Attorney Carolyn M. Larrabee, the office will be able to mount a legal defense for students on a variety of issues, including landlord-tenant complaints and minor criminal offenses. Interestingly enough, the office will not be able to represent students in cases against other students or against the University.

When asked about the best part of the new office, Keirans noted, "The great thing about legal services is that it will not just be advice, but rather actual legal representation. You are going to have an advocate and attorney in your corner."

After the jump: Thoughts on the Office of Legal Services from the UPUA presidential candidates.

UPUA Election: Youtube Debates

In case you haven't heard, UPUA is holding its presidential elections this week. Debates were held last week between the two presidential candidates, Ragland and Adewumi, which UPUA taped and posted to Youtube. This is a far cry from last year, when the debates were streamed live. This change is actually quite beneficial, as now interested voters may watch the debates at their leisure to learn more about the candidates and their platforms.

More on the fusion of UPUA and YouTube after the jump.

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