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UPUA Confirms Judicial Board, ‘Roasts’ Onward State

The University Park Undergraduate Association met Wednesday night in 233 HUB to provide an update to the Tobacco-free university recommendation, confirm Judicial Board members, and vote on a collaboration for Breast Cancer awareness.

In Vice President Alex Shockley’s report, he said the Tobacco-free recommendation passed unanimously at Faculty Senate. UPUA also passed a resolution a few weeks ago to support the recommendation to transition Penn State to a tobacco-free university by fall 2018, which was put forth by a university-implemented task force Shockley sat on.

“That was one of the biggest barriers,” Shockley said of the Faculty Senate’s approval. The next step in this process is to bring the recommendation to President Barron.

Following the caucus breakout, four potential returning members of the Judicial Board and four new candidates were called to plead their cases to be part of this year’s judicial board before a secret ballot vote from the assembly.

Alexa Ain, Nicholas Capri, Sangeetha Kannan, and Nick Pazuchanics, who are the four returning to the board, were all confirmed unanimously. O’Neill Kennedy, Daniel Zahn, Johnna Purcell, and Jonathan Kinney, the new members, were also confirmed unanimously.

“Everyone that applied was extremely qualified,” Chief Justice Reilly Ebbs said. “The ones that we selected really bring unique perspectives to the table.”

The assembly also unanimously passed Resolution 15-12, Collaboration with “Unite for Her” for Breast Cancer Awareness, as the only piece of legislation for the night.

As part of the resolution, UPUA will sponsor a table with “United for Her” in the HUB on October 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, handing out information and carcinogenic-free facial scrubs.

To close the meeting, Governmental Affairs Chair Isaac Will knocked our Drunk, Sober, High post published Wednesday after the State College mayoral debate hosted by The Daily Collegian and Centre Daily Times. Will suggested posts like this can negatively influence the borough’s perception of students and we as an outlet should be aware of that impact.

While we appreciate the characterization as an influential outlet, we pride ourselves on irreverent analysis of Penn State news and will continue to publish engaging content like our Drunk, Sober, High series. Oh, and if you’re feeling nostalgic, check out our Drunk, Sober, High UPUA Meeting post.

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Steve Connelly

Steve Connelly is a senior majoring in PR and an editor for Onward State. He is a proud native of the state of New Jersey, and yes, he is literal trash. He is a soccer fan, nap enthusiast, and chicken tender connoisseur. He tries to be a photographer sometimes despite one of his photos inspiring the name of his future sports bar, the Blurry Zamboni. You can follow him on Twitter @slc2o (feel free to slide), email him at [email protected], or come say hi to him in his office, the Irving's basement.

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