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UPUA Funds ‘Know Your Rights While Traveling’ Campaign

The 18th assembly of the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) met once again on Wednesday to pass several pieces of legislation.

The meeting began with various special presentations. Andrea Dowhower, interim vice president of student affairs, was the first to speak. Dowhower explained how Student Affairs collaborates with UPUA and why this partnership ensures overall student success.

Next up was Michalie Mazurkivich, the president of Lion Ambassadors. Mazurkivich encouraged others to apply and touched on the organization’s involvement, such as community service, private tours, and DEI events.

Following Mazurkivich was the Executive Director of Finance for UPUA Sanjana Devarakonda. Devarakonda spoke about Giving Tuesday, which takes place on November 28 and asked that the assembly aid in fundraising for the event.

After reports from President Nora O’Toole and Vice President Giselle Concepcion, the assembly moved into new business.

New Business

First on the agenda was Resolution #07-18: Reconsideration of the 19-Credit Tuition Surcharge beginning Fall 2023. This resolution aims to make the university aware of how the 19-credit tuition surcharge implemented this semester impacts students. It highlights how certain majors have suggested academic plans larger than 19 credit hours and how the change can more heavily impact low-income students. The resolution urges Penn State to make exceptions for students whose academic careers are negatively impacted by the increase in price.

Resolution #07-18 was passed unanimously.

Next up was Resolution #08-18: Establishment of Climate Crossover Week Fall 2023. In response to the global issue of climate change, UPUA hopes to hold “Climate Crossover Week” starting on November 27. This event would allow instructors to share a pre-made presentation with students in an effort to educate them on the direct impacts of climate change.

Resolution #08-18 passed unanimously.

The last piece of legislation discussed was Bill #26-18: Funding for Know Your Rights While Traveling. This bill aims to educate students on the issues they may encounter when traveling, specifically for holiday breaks. It enables UPUA to develop and distribute an infographic on Instagram to inform students of their rights when traveling.

Bill #26-18 passed unanimously.

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