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Zion Sykes Elected UPUA Student Body President

The official results of the 2024 University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) elections are in, and Zion Sykes was elected as Penn State’s new student body president.

Sykes’ running mate, Rasha Elwakil, was also elected as part of the executive ticket, which was opposed by the Roman Bahadursingh/Jackson Carmichael ticket. Sykes and Elwakil will serve as the UPUA president and vice president for the upcoming 19th Assembly.

Sykes and Elwakil earned 63.8% of votes on Wednesday, while Bahadursingh and Carmichael earned 34.46% of the vote. A total of 3,938 students voted in this year’s election, which was 1,275 more than last year’s election.

Sykes is a junior double majoring in political science and global and international politics and hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sykes has experience as the chair of the governmental and community relations committee within the 18th Assembly. He has also served as the Borough Liaison and sits on the University Park Student Fee Board and the Academic Integrity Board for the College of Liberal Arts.

Elwakil is a sophomore majoring in earth science and policy. Elwakil is the chair of the justice and equity committee in the 18th Assembly and is heavily involved outside of UPUA. She is in Delta Phi Epsilon, the Millennium Scholars Program, the Presidential Leadership Academy, and many sustainability efforts across campus.

The following at-large and academic college representatives were also elected on Wednesday and will serve in the 19th Assembly.

At-Large Representatives

  • Roman Bahadursingh
  • Grace Rothenberg
  • Cecilia Gonzalez
  • Emily Milton
  • Emma Smorgonsky
  • Tori Munn
  • Litzy Sandoval
  • Max Gibbard
  • Reyna Gowie
  • Fletcher Port
  • Maguire Younes
  • Akito Hatch
  • Henry Wagner
  • Wyatt Corbin
  • Mark Brown
  • Vel Shan
  • Sam Conway
  • Erik Bolang
  • Dawson Glogau
  • Joshua Meert

Academic College Representatives

College of Agricultural Sciences

Sarah Beaver

College of Arts and Architecture

Cameron Barber

Smeal College of Business

McKenna Schrenk

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Katarina Hogan

Eberly College of Science

Andrew Aziz

College of Education

Bryce Berger

College of Engineering

Amaad Rafi Zaidi

College of Health and Human Development

Carley LaRosa

College of Information Sciences and Technology

Noah Youcheff

College of the Liberal Arts

Barbara Price

Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing

Grace Ryan

Schreyer Honors College

Christopher Goodrich

Division of Undergraduate Students

Ben Koleno

Division of Undergraduate Studies

Ben Koleno

Faculty Senate Representatives

College of Agricultural Sciences

Sarah Beaver

Smeal College of Business

McKenna Schrenk

Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications

Chet Irvin

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Katarina Hogan

Eberly College of Science

Andrew Aziz

College of Education

Bryce Berger

College of Engineering

Amaad Rafi Zaidi

College of Health and Human Development

Carley LaRosa

College of Information Sciences and Technology

Noah Youcheff

College of the Liberal Arts

Barbara Price

Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing

Andrew Aziz

Schreyer Honors College

Christopher Goodrich

Eberly College of Science

Luc Schrauf

Division of Undergraduate Studies

Ben Koleno

The Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications did not have any registered candidates.

$15 Minimum Wage Referendum Question

A total of 3,410 students voted in favor of a universal campus minimum wage of $15. This will not immediately go into effect but will provide UPUA with important information to present when discussing the matter with university administration.

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