PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

UPUA Backs New Campus Recreation System, Confirms Freshman Council

The University Park Undergraduate Association met Wednesday night to swear in its freshman council and reaffirm its support for the new Campus Recreation policies implemented this semester.

Resolution 08-12, Support for a Student-Focused Approach to Campus Recreation, recognizes the Student Fee Board’s decision to fund universal fitness memberships and commends Campus Recreation for expanding hours and programming. Facilities Chair Cody Heaton quickly amended the resolution as he presented it, most notably adding a course of action for UPUA to present details on the changes to the University Faculty Senate.

After some confusion and multiple amendments to the resolution, At-Large Representative Zach Robinson moved to recommit the legislation to the Facilities Committee so it could be further revised to a cleaner cut that everyone in the assembly could agree on.

Vice President Alex Shockley explained not voting on the resolution during Wednesday’s meeting would delay the presentation to Faculty Senate by a month because the Senate’s agendas are created a month in advance — or, for the next meeting, by this Friday. Shockley and President Katie Jordan clarified the confusion with faculty, and the resolution ultimately passed unanimously.

“It’s been thought that this was decided by Campus Rec that faculty isn’t allowed to use the facilities on campus, but it was totally a student decision,” Heaton said after the meeting, “Really we’re just trying to back Campus Rec in the programming that they’re offering because it does aligns with a lot of the platform initiatives that we do have for the 12th Assembly.”

Freshmen Troi Pryor and Quinn O’Neill were confirmed unanimously as UPUA’s Freshman Representatives for this year, and the duo was sworn in by Jordan along with the rest of the Freshman Council.

The assembly also heard a special presentation from the Penn State Performing Arts Council’s Vice President for Community Relations, Eleanor King. She explained a new initiative the Council is working on to create a mobile app, which will house calendar and scheduling information for various arts events happening around campus. PAC has been working with UPUA Representative Anthony Stem to make the app a reality and hopes to roll it out for Apple and Android during the spring semester.

The meeting ended with a quick discussion on the current state budget impasse and the importance of advocating for Penn State’s funding, specifically on social media.

“It is not glamorous to be retweeting things about the budget for months and months and months,” UPUA President Katie Jordan said. “We know it’s not fun.”

Both Jordan and Governmental Affairs Chair Isaac Will reiterated how important the state budget is to Penn State’s funding, especially with comments some representatives have made about cutting funding for state-related institutions (like Penn State) altogether.

“There’s about a $2.2 Billion gap [in the state budget],” Will said. “Funding to state-related institutions…are up in the air.”


Editor’s Note: In the interest of transparency, it’s relevant to note Elissa Hill is also president of the Performing Arts Council.

About the Author

Elissa Hill

Elissa is a junior public relations major and the managing editor of Onward State. She is from Punxsutawney, PA [insert corny Bill Murray joke here] and considers herself an expert on all things ice cream. Send questions and comments via e-mail ([email protected]) and follow her on Twitter (@ElissaKHill) for more corny jokes.

Comments

More by Elissa

‘Paterno’ Nominated For Two Emmy Awards

Tune in for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards September 17 to see how “Paterno” fares against the competition.

Skeller Replacement Best We Could’ve Hoped For

Recent Graduates Highlight Alumni Council Appointees

Athletics

Reports: Tony Carr To Begin Professional Career In Italy

Tony Carr might have to wait a little longer than he had hoped to make his NBA debut.

Penn State Hockey’s Aarne Talvitie Showcases At Devils Development Camp

Penn State Hoops Releases 2018-19 Non-Conference Schedule

Forward Abdou Tsimbila Commits To Penn State Hoops

Penn State Volleyball Trio Representing U.S. At Pan-American Cup

Student Life

Penn State Student Dies Of Allergic Reaction To Peanuts

Max McGlinchey had just finished his freshman year studying finance.

Freshman 101: On-Campus Life

Student Farm To Commemorate Summer Solstice With Second Annual Celebration

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.

Indigo Closes, Future Plans For Nightclub Space Await

Indigo Nightclub announced that it would be closing following Arts Fest, but it doesn’t sound like the Hotel State College bar space would be empty for long

Playa Bowls To Open State College Location

Famous on the Jersey Shore for its brightly colored bowls and smoothies, Playa Bowls’ menu includes everything from açai and pitaya bowls to fresh juices.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Doggie’s Rathskeller And Garden Opens With Hopes Of Returning To Its Roots

The All-American Rathskeller is no more and Doggie’s Rathskeller and Garden is officially in business — opening with its “sneak peak” at the new bar Thursday afternoon in time for Arts Fest.

Send this to a friend