Help Put the Yo(U) Back in UPUA

Are you a wanna-be politician? Does the idea of playing around with $120,000 excite you? Do you have a wrinkly suit or a collection of repulsive ties? Are you a registered student at Penn State – University Park and free on Wednesday nights from 8-10 p.m.?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, perhaps you should consider running for a position in your student government, the University Park Undergraduate Association.

The UPUA General Assembly consists of a President/Vice-President, 12 off-campus representatives, 7 on-campus representatives, 6 at-large representatives, and 1 representative from each respective academic college. These positions are voted on every year by (17% of) the students.

Registration to run for these positions started yesterday, and will be open from 1-4 p.m. every weekday until Friday, March 2nd. in room 332 HUB. Students who are interested in running for President/Vice-President will need to collect 250 signatures after they pick up their packet, and other positions require 100 signatures to get on the ballot. The election code (which I spent ten minutes reading — don’t do it — worst ten minutes of my life) states that students must also have at least a 2.5 GPA to register and attend one of two mandatory information sessions.

So put that $6,900 election spending legislation to use and hit that campaign trail! (Note: Don’t actually hit the campaign trail until 7 a.m. on March 12. That’s when campaigning starts. The UPUA elections people take that shit seriously and WILL find you.)

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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