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Your Guide to UPUA: At Large Representatives

There are 6 ‘At Large Representative’ positions open to full-time undergraduate students who attend University Park and live on-campus. This year, 12 students are competing. Remember to vote today!

Anthony Christina (sophomore-history and political science)
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What is the single biggest problem UPUA faces?
Effectively and responsibly managing UPUA’s budget of over $150,000 which comes from the Student Activity Fee. I plan to fix this through education and outreach of the student body, so that there is more accountability on the part of the Executive and the Assembly, and that we are held responsible to the student body at large!

Why are you running for UPUA?
I decided to run for reelection for an At-Large Representative position in UPUA because I am called to service. I have always been a *giver, not a taker, and UPUA provides an outlet to help unite the student body and effectively change the way the game is played.

Ben Snyder-Kamen (junior-political science and economics)
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What is the single biggest problem UPUA faces?
Undoubtedly, UPUA’s biggest challenge is rising tuition and costs. We must make everyday life for the students more affordable to offset those rising costs, while at the same time making it known that the situation now is unacceptable.

Why are you running for UPUA?
I recognize that being a part of UPUA is the best way of creating a beneficial link between the students and Penn State.

Brenden Dooley (freshman-political science and economics)
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What is the single biggest problem UPUA faces?
Lack of knowledge and understanding seem to be the biggest issue facing UPUA. It may be our University’s student government but many students lack the awareness of its existence. An organization that governs the daily dealings of 44,000 people needs acknowledgment as well as supervision from its constituents. Better accessibility, more organized elections, and an improvement in communication are all ways I want to change UPUA for the better.

Why are you running for UPUA?
I chose to run for a position because being an intern for the entire year let me have an outsider’s perspective from the interior. I gained valuable information on the organization as a whole and now believe that I can make it a more legitimate and beneficial assembly.

Curtis Houck (freshman-political science)
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What is the single biggest problem UPUA faces?
It’s the constant bickering and dragging debate that persists too often. This image is not acceptable for Penn State’s student government that’s already in need of increased outreach. I would solve this by working with fellow representatives to respect the laws but refuse to become consumed by “red tape”. A student government that advocates for students and “gets things done” is a far more enticing image that students would be receptive to.

Why are you running for UPUA?
Serving as President Ragland’s intern and attending nearly every assembly meeting this year has instilled in me a passionate drive to serve. I love seeing the good UPUA does do for students and want to be a part of furthering that.

Derek Fehnel

Justin Laskowski (sophomore-philosophy)
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What is the single biggest problem UPUA faces?
I believe the single biggest problem UPUA faces is the efficiency in time and money spent on legislation, and I plan to fix that by integrating better organization and productivity within the UPUA to make sure that every resource available is apportioned to things that matter most to students.

Why are you running for UPUA?
Leaders are those who step forward to lead. I decided to run for a position in the UPUA because of my prior involvement in student government and my passion to help others through leadership.

Katia Esarey (freshman-DUS)
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What is the single biggest problem UPUA faces?
The biggest problem is a lack of communication between the student body. I plan on getting diverse groups to work together by increasing communication with roundtables, townhalls and much, much more.

Why are you running for UPUA?
Being part of the 5th Assembly as a Freshmen Rep., I learned a lot and want to continue serving students!

Kelly Terefenko

Kyle Lorenz (junior-political science and media studies)
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What is the single biggest problem UPUA faces?
“The single biggest problem UPUA faces is having a unified and efficient voice for the student body. This means having an Executive Branch that actually listens to the Assembly, and an Assembly that likewise takes the Executive into account. As a UPUA At-Large Assembly member, I look forward to working with TJ Bard and Courtney Lennartz to resolve this issue and get back to work FOR THE STUDENTS!”

Why are you running for UPUA?
I would like to be your At-Large Representative for UPUA’s 6th Assembly to continue to help resolve issues and inconveniences we, as Penn State students, deal with every day. As a student who has lived both on and off campus, I sympathize with all students in their various day to day struggles and nuisances. If elected, I promise to do everything in my power to help further the interests of students living both on and off campus to make our school a better place.

Rebecca Alt (sophomore-communication arts and sciences)
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What is the single biggest problem UPUA faces?
UPUA is not in the “baby” stages anymore. The next Assembly (hopefully I am in it!) is going to face the challenge of seriously proving to the student body that UPUA is legitimate. High quality legislation needs to be produced, passed, and executed in order for this to happen.

Why are you running for UPUA?
My experience on Ragland’s Executive Board of UPUA this past year has led me to desire a legislative seat in the Assembly. Working with the Assembly was a great learning experience and I am ready to assume that role!

Taylor Mendel

Tyler Doppelheuer (sophomore-community, environment and development)
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What is the single biggest problem UPUA faces?
The biggest problem that the UPUA faces is efficiency. I plan on addressing it by increasing communication, involvement, and support with/of other student organizations.

Why are you running for UPUA?
I decided to run for the UPUA because I have always had a heavy desire to advocate for students.

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