UPUA Confirms Internal Positions In Final Spring Meeting

In a meeting delayed an hour to accommodate the Great Debate, UPUA’s 12th Assembly confirmed six individuals to internal positions before breaking for the summer.

The meeting began with a brief special presentation from UPUA advisor Barry Bram, who discussed his role in UPUA’s operations. Bram also encouraged members of the assembly to come talk to him and seek his help and advice on any initiatives they are working on.

President Katie Jordan and Vice President Alex Shockley also kept their individual progress reports relatively short. Jordan highlighted the Student Fee Board’s inaugural fee recommendation — $258 — and said she and GPSA President Matt Krott are in the process of interviewing applicants for the 2017-2018 at-large seats on the Board.

Shockley focused on the Big Ten on the Hill Conference hosted by the Association of Big Ten Students at the beginning of the week. A contingent of UPUA leaders traveled to Washington, D.C. with current ABTS Executive Director and former UPUA Academic Affairs Chair Sammy Geisinger to advocate to legislators for the interests of students across the Big Ten Conference.

After a caucus breakout, the Assembly quickly moved through confirmations for the following positions:

  • Outreach Chair Bhavin Shah (unanimous)
  • Freshman Council Directors Maura Ellsworth and Claire Kelley (unanimous)
  • Director of Finance Dan Terek (28-1)
  • Director of Sustainability Sam Anawalt (28-1)
  • Director of Donor and Alumni Relations Kyra Rogan (unanimous)

Resolution 04-12, Increased Presence of All In during New Student Orientation, supports creating a presentation about the All In campaign to be shown at New Student Orientation programs over the summer. The resolution passed unanimously.

Resolution 05-12, Support of S.900 and H.R.2084 – Year-Round Pell Grant Restoration Act, urges congress to vote in favor of these two policies to “increase the amount of Pell Grant money for lower income students and extend the time during which students can receive this grant money.” The resolution passed unanimously.

Finally, UPUA suspended its own budgetary policy, as is customary for the summer when representatives aren’t always present on campus to complete regular procedures.

The meeting adjourned at 10:44 p.m.

Comments for the Good of the Readers: In the words of UPUA President Katie Jordan, “H.A.G.S.” Yes, this is your middle school yearbook.

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