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Boas, McKay Face Off In First Contested Race For Student Body President Since 2017

The University Park Undergraduate Association announced the names of the candidates running for the 15th Assembly on Monday, including two executive tickets for president and vice president. After Cody Heaton and Laura McKinney both ran unopposed the last two years, this is the first contested race on the executive ticket since 2017.

The two executive tickets are composed of Erin Boas (president) and Kyle Larson (vice president), as well as Zachary McKay (president) and Lexy Pathickal (vice president). Boas is a sophomore majoring in international politics and economics and has been involved with UPUA as a freshman council member and at-large representative. McKay is a junior majoring in economics and has served as the College of Arts and Architecture representative, an at-large representative, and the Governmental Affairs committee chair within UPUA.

There are 19 students running for the 20 at-large representative seats. There are also seats open for each academic college — although the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Arts and Architecture, and the College of Nursing both currently have no candidates running for those open seats. Because of the shortage of candidates, you can still run a write-in campaign if you register with the elections commission. In previous years, an application has opened mid-year to fill vacant at-large rep seats, which could be a potential course of action if there remain any open positions after elections.

You’ll have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the students running to represent you at Meet the Candidates on Thursday, March 26 in 121 HUB Noontime Lounge and the Executive Debate on Thursday, March 19 in HUB 233A. Both events will take place from 7 to 9 p.m.

The 2020 UPUA elections will be held on Wednesday, April 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

At-Large Representatives

  • Aarathi Kallur
  • Adeline Mishler
  • Annmarie Rounds-Sorenson
  • Cam McColgan
  • Daniel Risser
  • Erin Boas
  • Jacob Klipstein
  • Joshua Reynolds
  • Kara Dolusio
  • Keri Eiben
  • Mati McIntyre
  • Megan Dalo
  • Noah Robertson
  • Samantha Browne
  • Sarah Jordan
  • Steven Zhang
  • Tim Tierney
  • Tom Dougherty
  • Yoo Jin Jeon

Academic Representatives

College of Agricultural Sciences

College of Arts and Architecture

Smeal College of Business

  • Rainer Foley-DeFiore
  • Rodney Burgwin

Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications

  • Lakyn Meeder

College of Earth & Mineral Sciences

  • Amanda Byrd

College of Education

  • Amy Garry
  • Ethan Benjamin

College of Engineering

  • Subohi Agarwal
  • Sydney Gibbard

College of Health & Human Development

  • Patricia Birungi

College of Information Sciences & Technology

  • Brian Schultz
  • Matt Peterson

College of the Liberal Arts

  • Najee Rodriguez

College of Nursing

Division of Undergraduate Studies

  • Manny Almonte

Eberly College of Science

  • Alex Jena
  • Cara Fliegel

Schreyer Honors College

  • Lewis Richardson

This year, candidates are allowed to cross-file and run for both an executive ticket and a legislative ticket. However, if a candidate is elected to both positions, he or she will be disqualified from the legislative position. The person with the next highest number of votes is given the seat.

Candidates can begin campaigning on Monday, March 16 at 8 a.m.

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Ryen Gailey

Ryen is a senior early childhood education major from "right outside of Philly" - or in exact words, from 23.0 miles outside of Philly. She loves all things Penn State and has been a huge Penn State gal since before she could walk. Send her pictures of puppies, or hate mail at [email protected]

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