UPUA Welcomes Florencio to Assembly
Last week, everything normal at Penn State seemed to stop, as we focused all our energy on the ongoing scandal that shows no sign of going away any time soon. The UPUA wasn’t immune from the external events–it cancelled its weekly Assembly meeting.
But last night, they didn’t exactly make up for lost time. With just one piece of legislation on the table, and an extremely uncontroversial one that didn’t spend a single dollar, UPUA finished its quickest meeting of the semester thus far, in under an hour.
The largest portion of the meeting involved the reconfirmation of Nick Grassetti. The Internal Development Chair had first earned his spot as the IFC Representative to UPUA, but his term ended this week, when the IFC held elections. Taking that seat from Grassetti was former IFC President Dan Florencio, who now holds a position in the UPUA Assembly.
Grassetti, however, interviewed with Steering for the Off-Campus Representative seat recently vacated by Malcolm Pascotti, and was reappointed by the Steering Committee to UPUA, and confirmed by a 34-1 ratio. He then recaptured his Chairmanship by a 32-1-1 vote–but like Florencio, had to be sworn back in to the student government.
The lone piece of business on the agenda involved restructuring UPUA’s Book Swap program. Although it initially had a good deal of funding allocated to it, Tonia Damiano introduced a proposal which wouldn’t spend a dollar of UPUA’s budget, with the program taking the form of a Google document. The intent of the Book Swap is to allow students to buy and sell from one another, rather than relying on the bookstores.
Although some UPUA projects haven’t quite caught on amongst the student body in the past, and Governmental Affairs Chair Adam Boyer thought that could be an issue with the program moving forward. “I think a big part of this being successful depends on a lot of people using it,” Boyer said. “I’d encourage you to encourage your constituents to use this”
However, Elias Warren didn’t see low turnout as a hindrance. “We don’t need a ton of people for this to be work,” he said. “Even if a few people use this, it’ll be successful. We can’t lose.”
Despite their seemingly contradictory comments, both voted for the legislation, which passed unanimously.
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