MEETING RECAP: Assembly Passes Four Pieces of Legislation

By Dylan Shaffer

The University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) held its second meeting of the year on Wednesday, January 21st at 8:00 p.m. in 302 HUB-Robeson Center. Academic Affairs Chair Emily Miller proposed adding Resolution #21-09, Support for the General Education Taskforce Proposal, to the agenda and was added successfully.

Vice President for Administration Tom Poole was first to speak and presented on his role within Penn State University. Subsequently, President Anand Ganjam and Vice President Emily McDonald gave their weekly reports to the assembly. Both President Ganjam and Vice President McDonald, along with other members of the assembly, attended the Association of Big 10 Schools (ABTS) last weekend at Northwestern University. With the conversations had last weekend, the administration and members of the assembly hope to implement at Penn State the great ideas they learned at Northwestern.

After a ten-minute caucus breakout, the assembly resumed with new business and voted on four pieces of legislation. First up, Policy #09-09, passed with a vote of 34-1. Through this policy, a commission of students will research and analyze fee creation processes at peer institutions, identify areas of improvement for the current fee structures at Penn State, and provide a recommendation for a fee creation and removal process to the administration. The commission’s students will be comprised of UPUA members, representatives of the Council of Commonwealth Campuses (CCSG), and members of the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA), as deemed fit by the UPUA, CCSG, and GPSA.

In addition, the UPUA voted 31-4 in favor of a $2 increase to the student activity fee. This resolution does not solidify the student activity fee increase but rather represents the collective undergraduate student body’s voice. In addition, the resolution forms a subcommittee to review the usage of the fee and to identify ways to prevent the need for future increases beyond the rate of the Consumer Price Index.

The next piece of legislation on the original agenda was Resolution #19-09. This resolution passed with a vote of 28-7 and urges the Facilities Fee Advisory Committee to explore the option of investing funds towards foot-operated door-opener products.

Resolution #21-09: Support of the General Education Taskforce Proposal passed with a vote of 34-1. The resolution recommends that the Pennsylvania State University Faculty Senate vote in favor of the General Education Planning and Oversight Task Force’s proposal, “Revision to Goal Statement and Learning Objectives for General Education” and “Institutional Support and Resources for General Education”.

The meeting ended at 9:55 p.m. The UPUA will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, January 28th at 8:00 p.m. in 302 HUB-Robeson Center.