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UPUA Passes One Piece Of Legislation, Sings A Lot

UPUA’s eleventh assembly met Wednesday night back in 233B HUB (finally!) to sing “Hail to the Lion” before passing just one piece of legislation.

The meeting began with a special presentation from Homecoming Executive Director Katie Gasior, who discussed this week’s events and encouraged UPUA representatives to participate.

“I think Homecoming to me really mirrors all of the different opportunities that Penn State gives to students across all categories,” Gasior said.

Moving into his weekly report, President Terry Ford discussed that he met with Damon Sims and representatives from the State College Borough, something he hopes will continue to create more open communication between students and the Borough.

“We want to make sure that everybody’s on the same page and aware when major votes are being taken by the Borough Council,” he said.

Ford also discussed Fox News featuring UPUA’s “We Are A Culture, Not A Costume” campaign in their coverage Monday night in a segment called “Campus Craziness.”

“Fortunately, it wasn’t as harsh as it could have been, but it was on Fox News. So there’s that,” Ford said.

He also discussed initiatives to make students more aware of budgeting and tuition, including state appropriation information.

“I didn’t promise it would be a short report,” Ford joked.

Vice President Katie Jordan’s report was relatively short but updated on projects in conjunction with UHS and CAPS like restorative yoga and stress management workshops.

PASS liaison Isaac Will discussed the PASS conference held last weekend at Pitt, where Governmental Affairs Chair Shawn Bengali was named PASS Associate Director.

“We toured the Pittsburgh campus just long enough to realize that Cathy is overrated,” Will said, referring to Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning building.

After a five-minute caucus breakout, Facilities Chair Brent Rice presented Resolution 13-11, Recognition of Increased Transparency in OPP Construction Projects. This legislation commends OPP for “their openness to work with students to increase transparency of construction projects throughout campus” and recommends OPP also implement physical signage to alert students before each construction project begins. The resolution passed unanimously.

UPUA will hold What To Fix Week next week with tabling in the HUB and in various residence hall commons.

As the meeting came to a close, Ford encouraged the assembly to support two of their own — Misha Demchuk and Tim Farley, who are both on the Student Homecoming Court.

“I have a very important comment to make,” Ford said at the end of the meeting. “Representative Kreider said it. You should vote for Misha, you should vote for Tim, and you should really vote for Misha today because it’s her birthday!”

The assembly proceeded to sing Happy Birthday to Demchuk, as 233 HUB was particularly musical tonight. The meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

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