UPUA Elects Movin’ On Liaison, Confirms Associate Justice

The 17th Assembly of the University Park Undergraduate Association met once again Wednesday night.

There were three guest speakers to kick off the meeting. The first was Lawrence Miller of the Student Fee Board. He talked about the role the Student Fee Board plays and what the fee goes toward. Miller’s goal is to expand the general public’s knowledge about the board.

Then, Cydney Brown of the National Pan-Hellenic Council spoke to the assembly. She talked about the NPHC’s mission and actions it has taken over the course of its history at Penn State. The NPHC is governing board of the Divine Nine, nine historically Black fraternities and sororities.

She said her goals include connecting more with the other Greek councils and getting a plot, which is a landmark on campus that can increase the visibility of the Divine Nine. These landmarks can be as big as monuments or as small as a tree, but what is important is there is a landmark where the community is visible.

Finally, the International Student Council’s Siddhant Rajoriya addressed the group. He explained the role of the council and what the council is trying to improve on, including being more social by hosting World Cup watch parties and having a date auction.

He also talked about goals the organization has working with UPUA, including bringing back bus services for international students to make it easier for transportation to their home countries over breaks. The bus services would connect to New York and Washington DC in order to connect State College to international airports.

After Sydney Gibbard’s presidential report, the assembly moved into new business for the evening.

New Business

The first item for the assembly was the election of the Movin’ On liaison. The assembly nominated senior Patrick Kridaratikorn, and he talked about his experience as a local DJ and how that will help him as the liaison for the end-of-the-year music festival. He was elected unanimously.

The last item was the confirmation of sophomore Ryan Klein as an associate justice. He talked about his prior experience, his opinion on the election code, and how he would try to fix the code. He was confirmed and then immediately sworn in.

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