Quick UPUA Update: Facebook, Legal Affairs, Etc.

The University Park Undergraduate Association went about its usual business last night after successfully electing their first student representative for the State College Borough Council.

The Assembly passed three policies. The first clarified the operations of UPUA Legal Affairs, the second clarified the role of Executive staff and services, and the third created an official Facebook page for the UPUA.

Legal Affairs has gone through some turbulence lately, specifically regarding “reports of financial improprieties,” as the legislation states. Thus, the policy passed transfers for Legal Affairs’ budget to come under the heading of the Assembly, rather than Executive Board Initiatives. On-Campus Representative Mark Cannon added an amendment by which the Internal Development committee will conduct an audit of Legal Affairs. The Assembly confirmed sophomore Genevieve Farrell as Legal Affairs Director by a vote of 32-2-2.

The Executive staff legislation comes as a response to the Dustin Dove chief of staff incident. Under the new policy, which defines and clarifies some executive roles, the President can appoint a chief of staff without confirmation by the Assembly as long as the chief of staff does not have the power to act on behalf of the UPUA. In that case, confirmation would be required.

And keep your eyes peeled for a new UPUA fan page on Facebook, which, being converted to a legislative policy (vs. resolution), has been institutionalized into the Association’s makeup.

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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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