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UPUA Funds Sexual Violence & Awareness Week Speaker Series

The 16th Assembly of the University Park Undergraduate Association met for the second-to-last time on Wednesday before elections on March 31.

The assembly began with a presentation from the student representative on the Board of Trustees, Janiyah Davis. She talked about her role as the student trustee and what she is trying to achieve in her position.

President Erin Boas and Vice President Najee Rodriguez both gave reports for the week before moving on to old business.

Old Business

Due to not having enough people for a vote at its last meeting, the assembly needed to discuss Policy #09-16, which focused on amending UPUA’s Constitution. The revisions reflected the current state of UPUA and were added to try to better the organization and its representatives. It passed unanimously 38-0-0.

New Business

The first piece of new business was Resolution #27-16, which supports H.R. 2377- Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2021. The act focuses on establishing procedures for federal courts to issue extreme risk protection and is currently going through Congress. The assembly brought this forward to help advocate for ways to reduce gun violence on a local level. Resolution #27-16 passed 34-4-0.

Up next was Bill #32-16, which focused on co-sponsoring funding for the Gender Equity Center’s Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention Week 2022 Speaker Series. The goal was to help pay for two speakers to come to Penn State. The featured lecturers are Cheyenne Jacobs, a spoken word artist and poetic activist, and Cameron Esposito, a stand-up comedian, actor, and writer, who “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” fans may recognize as character Rosa Diaz’s love interest. The bill passed unanimously.

The final piece of legislation was Bill #33-16, which provided funding for Lambda Theta Alpha’s Take Back the Night. The assembly would pay $100 for a weatherproof banner for the organization to carry throughout the event. Bill #33-16 passed unanimously.

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Owen Abbey was a Secondary Education major before he graduated from the wonderful institution known as Penn State. When he was not writing for the blog, he enjoyed rooting for the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens, supporting Penn State basketball and softball, dreaming of all of the ways he would win the TV show "Survivor," and yes mom, actually doing school work. All of this work prepared him to teach his own class of students, which was always his true passion. He still can be found on Twitter @theowenabbey and can be reached for questions and comments at [email protected]

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