UPUA Swears in Pan-Hellenic Council Representative and Addresses Key Legislation

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Sept. 28, 2016 – The University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) met Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. in 302 HUB.

Malachi Burden was officially sworn in as the National Pan-Hellenic Council Representative by President Ford.

UPUA Facilities Chair Brent Rice brought Policy #01-11: “Revision to Judicial Board Powers” to the floor. The revision codifies the undergraduate seat on the Parking Appeals Board as a member of the UPUA Judicial Board, as these members are specially trained and prepared to give fair and consistent rulings while managing potential biases. The revision passed unanimously.

Chair Rice also brought Bill 10-11: “Funding for WhatToFix Week” to the floor. The Assembly will partner with the Association of Residence Hall Students to host WhatToFix (WTF) week Oct. 11 – 13 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m in Redifer, Pollock and Findlay dining commons. The week provides students the opportunity to engage with UPUA representatives and express changes they wish to see at Penn State.  Students are encouraged to look out for more on the Week, follow @wtfPSU on Twitter and to share their WhatToFix week experiences using the hashtag #wtfPSU. With an amendment, the bill passed unanimously.

Resolution #11-11: “Support for the “We’re A Culture Not A Costume” Poster Campaign was brought to the floor At-Large Representative Jorge Zurita-Coronado. The resolution seeks to educates students on costumes that may or may not be culturally insensitive as the Halloween is around the corner. The campaign features people of different cultures and races holding up pictures of costumes that insult their heritage or background. The resolution commissions the Assembly with disseminating the posters in locations on-campus and the surrounding State College area. The resolution passed unanimously.

Finally, At-Large Representative Kyra Rogan brought Resolution #12-11: “UPUA Support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.” in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October, there will be several events hosted by the Center for Women Students, the Office for Sexual Violence Prevention and Response, the Women’s Resource Center, and various other groups in an effort to promote domestic violence awareness. The resolution charges the Assembly with promoting National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and supporting such events held on campus. The resolution passed unanimously.

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