PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



UPUA Joins Pennsylvania Association of State-Related Students To Combat Budget Stalemate

The University Park Undergraduate Association is teaming up with schools around the Commonwealth to re-establish the Pennsylvania Association of State-Related Students (PASS).

“The purpose of PASS was to represent more than 100,000 students at state-related institutions to the legislature through advocacy and legislative outreach,” the resolution at Wednesday’s meeting read. The resolution, which will re-establish PASS in light of recent state budget issues, passed unanimously.

The assembly also passed a resolution, which was a call to action for students to take including a social media campaign and by writing letters. “This is something that has the potential to be really big so when you vote on this I encourage you to think of that,” President Emily McDonald said.

UPUA wasted no time getting down to business Thursday morning, and they mailed a letter (see below) to Governor Tom Wolf and state representatives. Later they launched their social media campaign using the hashtag #PassIt.

Penn State hosted the student governments from Pitt, Temple, and Lincoln to re-establish PASS last Saturday.
“We began with reforming our bylaws in order to serve a greater purpose beyond its original intentions — looking at how to effectively advocate for students at all levels of government together and collaborating to better student life at all our institutions,” Chairman Ryan Valencia said. A large focus of the conference was the budget impasse in Harrisburg.
“Together, we put out action steps to how we are going to approach the situation, specifically calling on Governor Wolf and the legislature to pass any budget that would mean students across Pennsylvania getting their PHEAA grants,” Valencia said. “At the moment, the lack of PHEAA state-aid going out to students means that many are without the proper funds to be at their universities. In fact, at some institutions, students are dropping out. In the coming weeks, every student government of PASS will be sending out joint-letters to those responsible and will be conducting an active campaign to advocate for a budget that gives higher education funding.”
For the unfamiliar, PHEAA loans and aid are absolutely impacting students at Penn State, Valencia explained. Many Penn State students rely on PHEAA to fund major pieces of their education. “Many students here at Penn State can probably find a friend that has recently received an email saying they won’t be receiving their aid,” he said. “I personally know some.”
If you want your voice to be heard in Harrisburg retweet this tweet. And visit the PASS website for more information.

About the Author


More by Megan

Wilkes-Barre Campus Closed Due To Bomb Threat

A threatening message was discovered on a bathroom door in the campus’ Science Center that warned a bomb was in the building, and it would detonate some time before noon on Friday, March 4.

Graduate School Revokes Doctorate For Plagiarism

Penn State Professor Receives Presidential Honor


Penn State Women’s Soccer Poised For Strong 2018 Season

Erica Dambach’s Nittany Lions return a solid combination of experience and young talent. They’re ranked No. 4 to start the season.

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Penn State Hockey’s Evan Barratt, Aarne Talvitie Participate In World Junior Summer Showcase

Student Life

Start The Semester Off Right With These Welcome Week Activities

Don your brightly-colored college shirt and officially begin your Penn State career with these Welcome Week activities.

Nike Releases New Penn State Sneakers

Penn State Parking Office Runs Into Student Permit Purchase Issues

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Start The Semester Off Right With These Welcome Week Activities

Don your brightly-colored college shirt and officially begin your Penn State career with these Welcome Week activities.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Assessing Penn State’s Front Seven Following Tuesday’s Medical Retirements

Penn State’s defensive line rotation will be shaken up following Ryan Buchholz’s medical retirement from football, while the coaching staff is letting the linebackers duel it out during camp.

Send this to a friend