UPUA Prepares for Round 2: Tuition and Bikes
After a productive fall semester, the University Park Undergraduate Association is gearing up for a repeat performance this spring. Here’s what we can look forward to this semester.
UPUA President Christian Ragland has made progress on many of the issues he raised last spring in his campaign platform. One issue we can expect to hear a lot more about this spring is tuition. Look for the UPUA to spend a lot of energy on raising awareness, especially with a new administration in Harrisburg. The tuition rally planned for this month is just part of what we can expect to see coming up.
The bike share initiative got a lot of press this, and it has continued to make progress. On-Campus Representative Lienard Chang has been working with Ryan Rzepecki, CEO of Social Bicycles, and meeting with Penn State’s Office of Sustainability. “Right now, my project has sort of combined with PSU Bike Share in that we are starting to pool resources together,” said Chang. “We have come up with a lot of fun ideas to help promote bike sharing! But first we have to bring it here.”
I’m sure this is just a taste of what the UPUA has in store for the upcoming semester. The assembly brought a wide array of legislation to the table in the fall. Keeping tuition in mind, it’ll be interesting how the dynamic between the student government, the administration, and the state government evolves this spring as Penn State faces the possibility of a drastic reduction in its state appropriations.
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