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Courtney Lennartz Elected UPUA President

The students have spoken, and with 44% of the vote, Courtney Lennartz was elected UPUA President tonight.

Lennartz, along with running-mate Katelyn Mullen, were seen as the natural front runners from the start. Lennartz served as UPUA Vice-President for this past assembly, and although she had her flaws, the other two tickets were unable to throw her off her game during the two week campaign.

Lennartz ran on her experience, and adopted much of her platform from the one she ran on last year with outgoing President T.J. Bard. If the 3rd UPUA President Gavin Keirans taught us anything, it’s that it’s a huge benefit for president to have two years to accomplish their ideas. Although Courtney will differentiate herself from T.J. in many ways, she has already said that many of the goals she and T.J. were working towards this past year are still ongoing, and that she plans to finish many of them during her presidency.

The vote breakdown is as follows:

Courtney Lennartz/Katelyn Mullen: 3,157 votes (43.9%)

Maggie Quinn/Gina Fegahli: 2,714 votes (37.7%)

Evan Ponter/Ryan Kristobak: 1,324 votes (18.4%)

Total vote turnout was 7,344 students this year, up from 6,934 last year.

Other candidates who won positions in the 7th UPUA Assembly:

At-Large Representatives

Spencer Malloy 2,675

Ryan Brown 2,560

Justin Laskowski 2,519

Jonathan Paul 2,476

Elias Warren 2,346

Trey Werley 2,167

Anand Ganjam 1,682

Gwangseok Lee 1,343

On-Campus Representatives

Victoria Woods 1,312

Tom George 1,158

Taj Magruder 1,059 (Disqualified)

Dray Krishnan 1,021

Alex Angstadt 1,018

Kevin Cannon 67 (Write-in)

Laurel Petrulionis 30 (Write-in)

Kelsey Burton 27 (Write-in)

Off-Campus Representatives

Benjamin Forrest 1,237

David Harrington 1,185

Daniel Heitlinger 1,139

Anthony Christina 1,119

Kerven Moon 1,114

Andrew Austin Turner 1,084

Ryan Gerst 1,072

Curtis Houck 1,037

Hannah Kengid 1,001

Dutch Markward 975

Ryan Stephens 919

Michael Kramer 917

Ryan Naylor 913

Sika Abbey 693

Academic Colleges:

Agricultural Sciences

Jillian Gordon 264

Arts and Architecture

Jeffrey Holzer 124

Smeal College of Business

Rishi Mittal 703

College of Communications

Katie Ritchie 459

Division of Undergraduate Studies

Tyler Wentz 393

College of Education

Alyssa Bloom 190

Bradley Middleton 58

Stephen Payne 28

Earth and Mineral Sciences

Dan Tauriello 225

College of Engineering

Richard Pooler 557

College of Health and Human Development

No Candidate

College of Information Sciences and Technology

No Candidate

College of the Liberal Arts

Melissa McCleery 404

John Zang 330

School of Nursing

No Candidate

Schreyer Honors College 

Katie Quinn 99 (Write-in)

Doug Dooling 44 (Write-in)

Eberly College of Science

No Candidate

About the Author

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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