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UPUA Swears In Three New Members, Funds Name Change Vouchers

The 17th Assembly of the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) met Wednesday night and swore in a new associate justice, judicial clerk, and Liberal Arts representative. It also passed several pieces of legislation, including providing financial support for name change vouchers.

The assembly didn’t have a special presentation, so President Sydney Gibbard and Vice President Carter Gangl gave their reports. Then, it moved on to business from last week.

Old Business

The first bill brought to the floor was Bill #40-17, which would provide funding for the re-establishment of the Student Council Roundtable. The money would go to Raising Cane’s’ catering and other food supplies that would work with the roundtable itself. Bill #40-17 passed unanimously.

The next resolution discussed was Resolution #14-17. It focused on supporting State College Mayor Ezra Nanes in making September Chronic Pain Awareness Month. The resolution passed unanimously.

New Business

The first new order of business was the confirmation of Hunter Steach as an associate justice. He talked about how he got involved with UPUA as a first-year student and his experience as a clerk on the judicial board. He was unanimously confirmed. Afterward, Steach, new judicial clerk Eva Pavloska, and the new Liberal Arts representative, Joshua Ross, were sworn into their respective positions.

Next, Bill #46-17 was brought up for discussion. The bill was meant to provide financial support for name change vouchers. These name change vouchers are meant to support transgender students since it costs $145.75 for any reason other than divorce. The bill would fund 12 vouchers for $3,000. Bill #46-17 passed unanimously.

Finally, Resolution #15-17 was discussed. The resolution showed support for the HUB CopyCentral, which is being closed at the end of the semester. The university is consolidating all printing and copying services to the Multimedia Print Center in the Hostetter Business Services Building, which is located on Park Avenue. The resolution is advocating for the HUB CopyCentral to remain in its central location for the benefit of all students. The resolution 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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