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Your Guide To UPUA Election Day 2022

Election Day is almost here! Starting at 7 a.m. on Thursday, March 31, Penn State students can head online to vote for their next student government leaders.

For the second year in a row, only one executive ticket for the role of student body president and vice president is on this year’s UPUA ballot. Other candidates are vying for spots as at-large representatives or delegates for their academic colleges.

To find out more information about the candidates and the voting process, check out vote.psu.edu. Keep reading to see our breakdown of the ballot ahead of tomorrow’s election.

Executive Ticket

Najee Rodriguez & Sydney Gibbard

Rodriguez and Sydney are the only executive ticket in this year’s election. Rodriguez previously served as UPUA’s vice president for the 16th assembly, while Gibbard served as speaker of the assembly.

The duo’s platform aims to address important issues at Penn State, including student poverty, sexual misconduct, and administrative transparency.

At-Large Candidates

To read about any of the at-large representative candidates’ platforms, click on their names below.

Giselle Concepcion

Elliot Copeland

Kayla Davidson

Carter Gangl

Marissa Gillespie

Isabel Graham

Simran Kakar

Conor Kelley

David Morgan

Elijah Neal

Nora O’ Toole

Zachary Perrin

Vikram Raj

Joshua Reynolds

Daniel Rodgers III

Lev Rotkin

Siddharth Shah

Zion Sykes

Write-In: Chase Wilson

Write-In: Ansh Matta

Write-In: Jordan Deibler

Write-In: Andrew Jackson

Write-In: Mitchell Scordo

Academic College Representatives

Academic college representative candidates also provided information about themselves, which can be accessed by clicking their respective names.

College of Education

Giani Clarke

College of Engineering

Kyle Quinn

College of the Liberal Arts

Haley Parker

Isaiah Johnson

Smeal College of Business

Michael Diehl

Ryan Setzenfand

College of Agricultural Sciences

Brandon Bixler

Bellisario College of Communications

Owen Haddad

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Matthew Roy

Eberly College of Science

Vincent Smedile

Division of Undergraduate Studies

Ava Phillips

Write-In: Jada Okundaye

College of Arts and Architecture

Write-in: Xander Popko

Write-in: Ky McKenna

Schreyer Honors College

Write-in: Tori Kovalchick

Write-in: Max Wittenberg

Write-in: Abby Wincott

College of Informational Sciences and Technology

Write-in: Aidan Heery

Write-in: Chris Virostek

College of Health and Human Development

Write-in: Jenna Angel


Editor’s note: Vikram Raj is an Onward State contributor. He was not, in any way, involved in the creation, development, or publication of Onward State’s elections coverage.

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