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Faculty Senate 101: An Introduction

The Penn State Faculty Senate held its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, August 31. Unfortunately, this statement doesn't mean much to the large majority of Penn State students--mainly because most students are too busy with classes, friends, and clubs to pay too much attention.

UPUA Looking for New Members

The University Park Undergraduate Association is currently seeking a Secretary, Parliamentarian, At Large Representative, Off Campus Representative, and two Freshmen Representatives for the coming year. President Christian Ragland commented that the resignations that prompted these openings are "nothing new, [since] UPUA has open positions at the beginning of every year." He continued that although it is unfortunate that people had to resign, these new spots will "hopefully open doors for interested and qualified people to become part of UPUA."


If you're interested in applying, contact Jess Pelliciotta at [email protected]

The Future of Penn State Tuition

Onward State recently sat down with University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) President Christian Ragland, Council of Commonwealth Student Governments (CCSG) President Mohamed Raouda, and Graduate Student Association (GSA) President Jon Lozano to discuss the University's acceptance of the proposal to have students sit on the University Budget Committee. This step will allow Penn Staters to play a more active role in deciding how Penn State funds are should be spent.


Read Onward State's interview with Ragland, Raouza and Lozano after the jump, and find out what this change will mean for you.

Penn State Bike Share Efforts Continue

Last May, Onward State reported that a Bike Share Program, an eco-friendly initiative to provide free bikes at the swipe of an ID to Penn Staters, had been vetoed by UPUA due to concerns that the expensive piece of legislation would be implemented too quickly without proper research or planning.

Read more after the jump!

UPUA Kicks Off New Year

The University Park Undergraduate Association's first meeting of the 2010-2011 school year welcomed exciting new initiatives and a focus on working with the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments (CCSG) to better represent the Penn State undergraduate community to the Penn State Administration. The UPUA welcomed a new Programming Chair, Ali Cook, who was elected to her new position at last night's meeting. A former member of the Programming Committee, Cook's new position focuses on student affairs, events that encourage student interaction with the State College community, and University-wide celebrations like Homecoming.


More details after the jump.

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