UPUA Adds New Representatives, Talks New Committee

The University Park Undergraduate Association rarely holds meetings without any legislation hitting the floor, but last night was an exception to the rule. Without any bills or policies to review, the UPUA instead voted on two new additions to the assembly to replace Garrett Warmbein and Ted Ritsick, who both resigned as a result of time constraints.

Alexander Stough was the first up for confirmation. He explained to the assembly that he believes “collaboration is the key to success” and pledged to work with representatives to help better the organization and Penn State as a whole.

“I believe there is a place for me in the UPUA to make Penn State a better place,” he said. Stough was confirmed with a vote of 27-6 and filled the first open seat in the assembly.

Alex Terragnoli was up next for a second at-large representative seat that the organization needed to fill. The former Penn State Behrend campus student rattled off a large résumé that included work with CCSG and GSA, making him a qualified veteran of student government within the university. He impressed the assembly with his knowledge of the UPUA and passed by a vote of 33-1, topping off the openings.

That might not be the case for long, as Internal Development Chair Ryan Belz announced on Wednesday night that representative Nicole Keller has been removed from the assembly and will be up for reinstatement next week, presumably for failure to comply with the assembly’s attendance policy. This same policy saw Malik Cooper removed from the UPUA a few weeks back as he was replaced with Ryan Valencia.

The UPUA also added James Ianaconi to the Board of Arbitrations as a justice, confirming him with a vote of 26-10. Ianaconi cited his experience working with the justice board of his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, as a qualification for the position.

The assembly moved into a Committee of the Whole meeting to discuss the possibility of tacking on a University Development committee to the organization. The committee would handle issues pertaining to the Board of Trustees, long-term planning, university development, campus renovations, and most related situations that don’t fall under the jurisdiction of the current core committees as it is currently proposed.

The assembly debated the potential new committee with mixed opinions and legislation will likely hit the floor in the coming weeks.

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