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UPUA Passes Resolution To Fund Emergency Contraceptive Vending Machine

The 18th Assembly of the University Park Undergraduate Association met for the second time this academic year Wednesday evening.

The assembly began the evening by listening to an assortment of special presentations. University Police Officer Shelly Stevick informed the members about the various resources that the University Police offer. Lion Caucus president Mitch Scordo then spoke about the mission of Lion Caucus, focusing on its advocacy for increased funding for Penn State.

Before moving into new business, the UPUA leadership swore in the 18th assembly’s new Black Caucus representative Alexis Ware. The assembly then held an election for the Movin’ On Liaison. At-Large Representative Fletcher Port expressed his love of music and Movin’ On. Port emphasized that he arrived at Movin’ On eight hours early last spring and shared his most recent streaming statistics that displayed that he had streamed over 110,000 minutes of music in 2022.

International Student Council Representative Roman Bahadursingh took a different approach, explaining that he had experience collaborating with Billboard artists before he arrived at Penn State. He discussed how he retains those connections with artists and record labels, which would prove useful in bringing artists to Penn State. Bahadursingh also expressed a desire to bring in more local artists to support the Movin’ On lineup.

Representative Bahadursingh was chosen for the liaison position with a vote of 26-8-0.

The only piece of new business on Wednesday evening was Resolution #01-18: Support for the Implementation of an Emergency Contraceptive Vending Machine. The resolution states that UPUA and the Graduate and Professional Student Association are interested in and committed to providing funding for the initial cost, which would be between $1,500 to $3,000.

The vending machine would make emergency contraceptives available to students at a much lower cost than if purchased in stores. It also ensures that students seeking emergency contraception are not limited to the operating hours of local pharmacies or UHS. The vending machine will also carry community safety items.

Resolution #01-18 passed with a vote of 37-1.

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