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Your Guide to UPUA: On-Campus Representatives

There are 7 ‘On-Campus Representative’ positions open to full-time undergraduate students who attend University Park and live on-campus. This year, 10 students are competing. Remember to vote today!

Ali Fogarty (freshman-political science)
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What is the single biggest problem UPUA faces?
I believe one of UPUA’s largest problems is connecting with its constituents. UPUA is a young organization and with the size of Penn State’s student body, it is difficult to reach everyone. However, people just not knowing what UPUA is and who is representing them is just unfortunate. Students need to be aware of who we are and what we do so they can be adequately represented. If elected, I will attempt to conquer this problem through outreach and transparency. As a potential On Campus Representative, I think one possible way to reach my constituents would be through the Stall Stories. If you live in a residence hall, chances are by the end of the week you know pretty much everything on that paper. I would like to see UPUA have permanent spot on this newsletter to recap policies and initiatives, advertise events and just make what UPUA does more widely spread.

Why are you running for UPUA?
I’m running for a position in UPUA because while not all students know what it is or what it does, it really has done some good things for students that are frequently utilized. I would like to help advance what UPUA does for student and continue to make the voice of Penn State students known to administration and government, especially follow the drastic cut to our appropriations.

Ali Cook (sophomore-finance and economics)
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What is the single biggest problem UPUA faces?
The biggest issue facing UPUA is a lack of communication with Penn State students. UPUA works tirelessly to bring projects to fruition that have the potential to make a very big impact on the student body, but unfortunately many students aren’t even aware that they exist.

Why are you running for UPUA?
UPUA has provided me with the opportunity to work with my peers in order to enhance the student experience at Penn State, and I can’t think of a better way to spend my time here.

Candace Fox

Colleen Cannon (sophomore-accounting and economics)
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What is the single biggest problem UPUA faces?
It is crucial that UPUA continues to strengthen relationships with other student leaders and organizations. Collaboration among all students is necessary to facilitate and accomplish any goals we have.

Why are you running for UPUA?
I have been involved in UPUA since my freshman year and I love being able to make changes in order to better student life at Penn State.

Donte Ford (freshman-music education)
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What is the single biggest problem UPUA faces?
The true representation of the “student voice” is essentially one the biggest problems. The fact that only a small number of students vote poses a problem for equal representation. It can be argued that the ones who vote are truly the only ones be represented. I believe this problem heavily stems from the lack of diversity and publicity/outreach. With that, I will attempt to fix that by using a diversity outreach initiative that will hopefully compel more students to become involved.

Why are you running for UPUA?
My decision to run for UPUA was prompted by a desire to edify the Penn State experience. No matter who you are or where you are, change is always needed and starts with a single person. Change does not mean that “what is” is wrong it simply means that it could be cultivated further to become something better.

Katie Quinn (freshman-political science)
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What is the single biggest problem UPUA faces?
I think lack of student input is one of the biggest problems that UPUA faces. Some students still do not know that UPUA is their student government, and those that do, do not know that we are ready to listen to them. To change this I would like to publicize student initiatives that were accomplished by UPUA on campus and encourage more students to talk to and get to know their student representatives by holding office hours in prominent areas such as first floor HUB.

Why are you running for UPUA?
I decided to run for a position in UPUA because I want to listen to the concerns and ideas of Penn State students and represent them in UPUA to effectively bring student sponsored change to our university.

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Rachel Franceschino (freshman-political science)
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What is the single biggest problem UPUA faces?
The greatest problem is the lack of student knowledge of the activities and decisions that UPUA participates in; I would work to fix this problem by going directly to students to keep them informed.

Why are you running for UPUA?
I am running because I would like to be able to represent the typical on campus student and increase people’s awareness of the influence UPUA can have.

Tom Bremer (freshman-mechanical engineering)
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What is the single biggest problem UPUA faces?
The single biggest problem UPUA faces is the friction between the executive and legislative bodies while the largest problem facing Penn State is the recently proposed budget cuts. The best we can do is keep open avenues of communication between all parties involved.

Why are you running for UPUA?
After serving as an intern under TJ Bard for the year, i feel that i have a good understanding of UPUA and would be a positive addition to the assembly.

Yingxi Sophia Wu

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