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UPUA Approves Blue And White Brigade, Two Resolutions

In another short meeting, mostly absent of last week’s banter, UPUA’s tenth assembly made quick work of two resolutions and a bill in its fourth meeting of the school year. The meeting lasted little more than an hour and provided updates on projects the assembly has been working on the past few weeks.

In her weekly report, President Emily McDonald noted the September Board of Trustees meeting that is taking place at the Penn Stater Thursday and Friday. McDonald encouraged members of the assembly to attend both the committee meetings today (of which she will be at the committee on academic affairs and student life) as well as the full board meeting on Friday. McDonald also touched on the progress being made on both the mental health and sexual assault fronts, as well as the fact that it’s time to start thinking about “the great weekend of THAW,” (which evoked a chuckle from the assembly).

The liaison reports offered some of the more interesting updates before the caucus breakout, including the fact there have been complaints in regards to everyone who desires to get their food “to-go” in Redifer must use the Green To-Go program, and that UPUA was granted permission to have a mental health video be shown at football and volleyball games.

After the caucus breakout, Asad Karamally was confirmed as the Director of Legislative Outreach by a vote of 30-1 and Rachel Harrison was confirmed as an At-Large Representative by a vote of 29-3. Karamally and Harrison, along with new NHCP Representative James Lorissaint, were sworn in.

An addition to the agenda, Bill 02-10 (which was later moved to be renamed Bill 03-10), introduced the reinstatement of the Blue and White Brigade to offer transportation for students to away games for the 2015-16, namely the Ohio State game on October 17. The bill, which was passed unanimously, will provide two 55-person Fullington buses for students, available at a first-come, first serve basis. Tickets will be available outside of the Bryce Jordan Center.

The assembly then saw two resolutions pass. The first, Resolution 05-10 “Call for the Reevaluation of the Safety of Atherton Street,” was inspired by the three fatal car accidents that occurred at the intersection of Park Avenue and Atherton Street in the last 14 months. The resolution, which asks that the safety of all intersections involving Atherton Street near campus be reevaluated, passed unanimously.

The second resolution, Resolution 06-10, “Support for Campus Accountability and Safety Act,” asks for an imposition of “new regulations on all institutions of higher education in order to improve transparency and accountability,” when it comes to the handling of sexual assault cases. The resolution, which is technically a support for federal legislation, passed 32-0-2.

During her report, Speaker Emily Miller said UPUA is advocating to remove the 16-credit late-drop limit. Though discussion is on-going and nothing will be coming to the floor just yet, this could mean that students are able to drop a class without having to strategically plan their credit load, even if they are in risk of failing. Miller did note that a student would not be able to attempt to drop a class more than three times, but of course extenuating circumstances may be considered.

The remainder of the reports were relatively straightforward, and the meeting was adjourned at 9:08 p.m.

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Lexi Shimkonis

Lexi is an editor-turned-staff writer who can often be found at either Irving's or the Phyrst (with the chances she'll have her backpack being the same). Lexi is a senior hailing from Spring City, PA (kind of) and studying Civil Engineering. Please email questions and/or pleas for an Instagram caption to [email protected], or for a more intimate bond, follow her on Twitter @lexshimko.

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