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Your Guide To UPUA Election Day 2016

It’s UPUA Election Day, Penn State!

Voting begins at 6 a.m. and runs until 10 p.m. You can vote on or go to the HUB, where UPUA has a polling station set up.

After the disqualification of one ticket, there is one “official” ticket left running for the UPUA presidency. Terry Ford and Katie Jordan will be the only options printed on the ballot, but one dark horse ticket has emerged as a write-in option. Patrick Cines and Michael Straw have started a grassroots write-in campaign to compete against the Ford/Jordan campaign. There are also 23 candidates for 20 at-large spots, 16 candidates for 11 college-specific spots (3 colleges don’t have representatives running), and 15 candidates running for 5 spots representing each area of residence halls (East Halls does not have a representative running).

Onward State has chosen not to endorse any candidates this year. You can read our disclaimer regarding the elections here.

Below are all the candidates and their UPUA profiles, which contain their platforms and bios.

Executive Tickets

Terry Ford and Katie Jordan

Patrick Cines and Michael Straw (Write-in campaign, our profile of the campaign announcement is linked)

At-Large Representatives (20 seats)

Kyra Rogan

Nathaniel Pentz

Aaron Kreider

Anthony J. Zarzycki

Brent Rice

Michael D. Straw

Andrew Uhring 

Bhavin Shah

Chrishani Boothe

Nicholas Karafilis

Jorge Zurita-Coronado

Zach Robinson

Brandon Benner

Rachel Harrison

Reagan McCarthy

Kyleigh Higie

Shawn Bengali

Brooke Jin

Andrew “Drew” Geller

Isaac Will

Sis-obed Torres

Sarah Tarczewski

Academic Representatives (1 seat per college)

College of Agricultural Sciences

Bradley Garrett 

College of Arts and Architecture

No Candidates

Smeal College of Business

Timothy Farley

Abdullah Almutlaq

College of Communications

Zachary Jones

Morgon Goranson

Division of Undergraduate Studies

Maura Ellsworth

College of Education

Claire Kelley

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Lydia Scheel 

College of Engineering

Grant Worley

Vansh Prabhu

College of Health and Human Development

Alexander Shockley 

College of Information Science and Technology

No Candidates

College of Liberal Arts

Erik Zavala

Alexandra Leventis

College of Nursing

No Candidates

Schreyer Honors College

Jack Shean

Eberly College of Science

Jasmine Michele Hall

Samantha Geisinger

Association of Residence Hall Students

North Halls

TIm Roehm

Thomas O’Donnell

Frank Seltzer

East Halls

No Candidates

South Halls

Kay Rinkers

Maria Hudock

Kelly Xiang

West Halls

Laura Daly

Johnathan Lockwood

Tucker Antico

Cameron Francis

Julia Bollinger

Pollock Halls

David Carcamo

Jaden Rankin Wahlers

Varsha Balasubramanian

Eastview Nittany Residence Halls

Jessica Mingle

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Alex Robinson

Alex Robinson was Onward State's Acting Managing Editor/Resident Old Man. He lived in Harrisburg almost his whole life, but he says he's from California -- where he was born -- because that's more fun. He loves cats and Chinese food, but only separately. He met both Ben Affleck and Kanye West within a half hour, so the three of them are basically best friends. If you want to hear his #scorching #hot #takes, you can follow him at @ARobinsonPSU or email him at [email protected]


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