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UPUA Supports New Movin’ On, Library Committee

It was a busy evening for the University Park Undergraduate Association, which passed two resolutions and one policy, all by substantial margins.

The major issues called to votes were the formation of a student advisory group for the University Libraries, support for a unified spring concert through Movin’ On, and clarifying a policy concerning the role of a student representative from UPUA on the Facilities Fee Advisory Committee.

After a special presentation from Gary White, Acting Head of Reference Collections and Research of the University Libraries, the Assembly voted unanimously to form an Undergraduate Student Advisory Group to provide student feedback to the Libraries. The group will be comprised of eight to 10 University Park and Commonwealth students, and will meet one to two times per semester.

By far the most debated issue was about the concert. To prevent music festivals out the wazoo from happening again, Movin’ On has now been recognized as an independent organization with liaisons from an eventual total of six major Penn State Organizations, UPUA being one. The Assembly voted to pass a resolution showing support for and to be a part of the new Movin’ On effort by a vote of 28 to 3 (8 abstained). UPUA Programming Chair Ali Cook will serve as the Assembly’s liaison to Movin’ On.

Much of the heavy debate was centered around a provision that would allocate $5,000 to the concert, with many expressing concerns about not knowing where exactly the money was going. They rightly amended the resolution to strike the allocation—as Representative T.J. Bard said, “It’s the student body’s money; it’s not our money to throw around.” So early in the planning, it’s hard to know what exactly might be needed; Movin’ On could need a drastically different amount, and it’s always better to have a handle on where your money’s going when you balance a checkbook, anyway.

UPUA President Christian Ragland and Tim Haynes, President of the new Movin’ On, both approved of the measure, saying they were only looking for general support. Ragland didn’t want the Assembly “to get caught up in the financial aspect of it.” Regardless, the ball is rolling, and cautiously so.

UPUA also confirmed and swore in freshman webmaster Rishi Mattal and junior secretary Jasmine Rushum.

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Dan is a senior and has been writing for Onward State since January 2010. Did you miss him? Nah, neither did we. He's returning after a semester abroad in England and will be serving as Arts Editor. Favorite things in life include references to The Big Lebowski.

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