UPUA Passes Revised Elections Code

By Dylan Shaffer

The University Park Undergraduate Association assembled at its weekly meeting on Wednesday, February 11th at 8:00 p.m. in room 302 HUB-Robeson Center.

After a brief overview of State of State during open student forum, Vice President and General Counsel Stephen Dunham presented to the assembly. Dunham talked about some of the general legal issues facing any university, and how his office handles these issues specific to Penn State.

President Anand Ganjam gave his report after Vice President Dunham’s presentation. Ganjam mentioned that he was happy with the current progress of the Diversity Report, and that the final schedule of events for THAW should be finalized soon.

First up under new business was the Facilities Chair election. Rep. John Garfield was the only nomination, and was passed with a vote of 35-3. Garfield previous served two years on the Facilities Fee committee.

The swearing-in of National Panhellenic Council Representative Anthony Mitchell followed.

Next on the agenda was Bill 10-09, State of State Funding. State of State’s entire purpose is to bring together the Penn State community through innovative speakers, community leaders, and student discussion. Bill 10-09 passed unanimously and funds State of State $1,000 to bring in trained “World of Conversation Facilitators” so that the content presented translates into valuable discussion.

Policy 13-09, a revision to the current Elections Code, led to robust discourse among the assembly. Some of the most notable changes to the code were a return to the stamping policies of the 7th Assembly and a removal of the redundant voters Bill of Rights. Eventually, the assembly passed the revised Elections Code with a vote of 33-4.

The meeting ended at 10:43 p.m. Next week’s meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 18th at 8:00 p.m. in room 302 HUB-Robeson Center.