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UPUA Approves New Elections Commission Advisor & Budget

The 16th Assembly of the University Park Undergraduate Association met yet again Wednesday night, mostly to focus on nitty-gritty details for its upcoming elections.

The night began with reports from the president and vice president. In her report, President Erin Boas talked about UPUA’s partnership with Days for Girls on the Flow2Go project, plus the Association of Big Ten Students (ABTS) conference that several representatives recently attended in Wisconsin.

Vice President Najee Rodriguez separately spoke about the ABTS conference, as well as the progress of UPUA’s equity fund and the Student Advisory Board on Student Poverty’s student focus group.

The focus group will meet from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Monday, February 14. There, students can give feedback to Damon Sims, Penn State’s vice president for Student Affairs, on the services in place to assist students experiencing food, housing, and other financial insecurities.

Following a few other liaison and affiliate reports, the 16th Assembly moved on to new business.

New Business

The first matter of business was to confirm At-Large Representative Ashnaa Bhide. Following questions and discussion, Bhide was confirmed.

Along with Representative Bhide, National Panhellenic Council Representative Cassie Charlien was officially sworn in.

Next, the 16th Assembly voted to approve the Elections Commission Advisor, Steve Burns. Burns was nominated by President Boas as the UPUA constitution allows.

The only piece of legislation addressed Wednesday was Bill #25-16: Elections Commission Budget 2022. A combination of candidate spending, election day funds, events, and discretionary spending makes up a budget of $3,999. The bill passed unanimously.

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