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Your 2014 UPUA Election Day Guide

The day you’ve all been waiting for is finally here. After a little more than two weeks of campaigning, the UPUA elections will be held today. Headlined by three executive tickets, this year’s ballot presents plenty of choices to make when you vote for the 9th Assembly of our student government.

Here’s a guide with everything you need to know about the candidates and today’s election:

The three executive tickets include Anand Ganjam and Emily McDonald, Melissa McCleery and Tim Rinehart, and Meeten Doshi and Kate Taylor. We have profiled Ganjam, McCleery, and Doshi in a series leading up to today’s election.  You can also read our recaps of both the first and second presidential debates. All three candidates also have campaign websites, which include their platforms, endorsements, and more. You can find those here.

While you should make an educated decision before choosing who you’d like to be the next student body president, we endorsed the Ganjam-McDonald ticket. You can read why our staff believes that the duo is the best on the ballot to lead UPUA here.

As far as the actual voting goes, you can either do it online at or make a trip to campus where UPUA will have an official booth set up on the first floor of the HUB. Other polling locations will be spread throughout campus as candidates campaign all day. The polls open at 6 a.m. sharp and will close at 10 p.m., followed shortly by the announcement of the winning candidates once ballots are tallied. You can stay tuned to our Twitter account and site for all coverage tonight.

Here are the rest of the candidates on the ballot today. Keep in mind that you will only have the option to vote for a representative of the college you are enrolled in. You may also only vote for 10 at-large seats, although the top 20 in votes will receive seats. The double-asterisk next to McCleery and Rinehart’s names indicates that they are cross-listed for both an executive ticket and a representative seat.

At Large (20 Seats):

  1. Divy Agnihotri
  2. Majed Alheraiqi
  3. Nicholas Azinge III
  4. Steffen Blanco
  5. Aaron Budd
  6. Alex Calderaro
  7. Malik Cooper
  8. Terry Ford
  9. Jon Garfield
  10. Denis Harp
  11. Nicole Keller
  12. Anjali Krishnan
  13. John Lombardo
  14. Zach Longstreth
  15. Yanni Mai
  16. Bradley Marks
  17. Melissa McCleery**
  18. Meghan O’Brien
  19. Steven Parr
  20. Stephen Payne
  21. Shannon Rafferty
  22. Ted Ritsick
  23. Nick Rockwell
  24. Eyad Saifaddin
  25. Greg Schlosser
  26. Ebony Turner 
  27. Garrett Warmbein
  28. John Wortman

Agricultural Science (1 seat)

Arts and Architecture (1 seat)

Communications (1 seat):

  1. Ryan Belz
  2. Chris Bizzell

Division of Undergraduate Studies (1 seat):

  1. Bennett Samuel

Earth and Mineral Sciences (1 seat)

Eberly-Science (1 seat):

  1. Tim Rinehart**

Education (1 seat):

  1. Emily Miller

Engineering (1 seat):

  1. Mohamed Alzarooni (Withdrawn)
  2. Hadi Al Lawati
  3. Aakash Sondhi

Health & Human Development (1 seat):

  1. Danny Murphy

Information Sciences & Technology (1 seat)

Liberal Arts (1 seat):

  1. Victoria Woods

Nursing (1 seat):

  1. Brigid Colligan

Schreyer Honors (1 seat):

  1. Mike Mancini
  2. Anthony Mitchell

Smeal-Business (1 seat):

  1. Noel Purcell
  2. Manisha Yarlagadda

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Zach Berger is a reporter and Onward State's Managing Editor Emeritus. You can find him at the Phyrst more nights than not. If he had to pick a last meal, Zach would go for a medium-rare New York strip steak with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and a cold BrewDog Punk IPA. You can reach him via e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at @theZachBerger.

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