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Erin Boas Elected Student Body President

It’s official, folks. Erin Boas is Penn State’s next student body president.

Boas was officially elected alongside vice president-elect and running mate Najee Rodriguez in an uncontested race for the executive positions. This year, 3,307 students total cast their votes.

For the second straight year, both voting and campaigning for UPUA’s election cycle were done remotely.

Last year marked the first contested election for the executive ticket positions since 2017. After a close race, Zach McKay and Lexy Pathickal defeated Erin Boas and Kyle Larson to become UPUA’s president and vice president, respectively. This year was Boas’ second year vying for the presidency.

Boas, a junior from West Chester, Pennsylvania, is majoring in international political economy with minors in business and liberal arts, as well as entrepreneurship and innovation. She previously served in UPUA as an at-large representative, federal-state liaison, UPUA faculty senator, and Board of Trustees liaison.

Rodriguez, a sophomore from Orlando, Florida, is majoring in national security and history. He’s been involved in UPUA as a College of the Liberal Arts representative, a member of the President’s Commission on LGBTQ+ Equity, and the Justice & Equity committee chair.

Additionally, the following at-large and academic representatives were elected to serve in UPUA’s 16th Assembly.

At-Large Representatives

  • Samantha Browne (1,241)
  • Hope Steger (1,224)
  • Cara Fliegel (1,214)
  • Steven Zhang (1,190)
  • Annmarie Rounds-Sorensen (1,161)
  • Rayna Alexander (1,138)
  • Sean Terrey (1,109)
  • Lakyn Meeder (1,082)
  • Samuel Ajah (1,059)
  • Kyle Quinn (1,020)
  • Carter Gangl (1,014)
  • Joshua Reynolds (1,000)
  • Marie Misener (997)
  • Matthew DeAngelis (980)
  • Emmanuel Almonte (940)
  • Brandon Walker (891)
  • David Morgan (887)
  • Seth Constein (879)
  • George Durango Espin (842)
  • Jordan Deibler (819)

Academic Colleges

College of Education

  • Marissa Gillepsie (171)

College of Engineering

  • Sydney Gibbard (390)

College of Health and Human Development

  • Patricia Birungi (322)

College of the Liberal Arts

  • Noah Robertson (539)

Schreyers Honor College

  • Lewis Richardson (326)

Smeal College of Business

  • Cathy Zhou (388)

College of Agricultural Sciences

  • Katelyn Farrar (25)

Bellisario College of Communication

  • Michael de Botton (16)

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

  • Michael Jablonski (25)

College of Informational Sciences and Technology

  • Donald Impavido (21)

Eberly College of Science

  • Jasmine Bolduc (13)

Division of Undergraduate Studies

  • Holden Ingalls (14)

Divestment Referendum

This year, the elections ballot featured a referendum question about whether Penn State should divest from fossil fuels.

The question that appealed on the ballot read, “Penn State should (1) commit to divestment from its long-term holdings in fossil fuel asset classes as quickly as possible; (2) release information about its current holdings in fossil fuels; and (3) publicly comment on the proposed divestiture.”

  • 2,961 students voted yes
  • 288 students voted no

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Ryen Gailey

Ryen is a junior 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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