UPUA Approves Four Major Pieces of Legislation

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. – Nov. 2, 2016The University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) met Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. in 302 HUB.

The meeting began with a special presentation from Alan Janesch, Director of the Grassroots Network. Volunteers with the network work to address issues important to Penn State such as keeping tuition increases as low as possible, raising the quality of a Penn State education, keeping its Commonwealth Campuses strong and preserving the value of a Penn State degree.

Following the special presentation, Vansh Prabhu, Vice Chair of Academic Affairs brought Bill #13-11: “UPUA Funding for Fall Break Airport Shuttle” to the floor. With 38 percent of undergraduate students on campus being out-of-state and few transportation options in State College, making plans to go home and return to campus can be difficult. The resolution calls for the creation of the UPUA Fall Break Airport Shuttle Program using Zimride, a ride sharing service. The bill passed unanimously.

Shawn Bengali, Chair of Governmental Affairs brought Resolution  #19-11: “Support of Removal of Section 404.9 from the Centre County Property Maintenance Code” to the floor. Section 404.9 would require maximum occupancies of fenced in areas to be enforced. This would affect single family houses and rental houses, including apartments and fraternities. This resolution urges the State College Borough Council to remove section 404.9 from the Property Maintenance Code. The resolution passed unanimously.

At-Large Representative Michael Straw brought Resolution #20-11: “Call for U.S. Food and Drug Administration to End MSM Blood Ban” to the floor. The resolution, supported by nine other representatives, calls on the UPUA to write a letter to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration calling for an end to the ban on LGBTQ individuals donating blood, and a letter to Congress calling for a hearing on the issue. Additionally, the resolution calls on UPUA to sponsor a trip to Washington D.C. in January for selected representatives to speak with Congressional and Administration leaders. The resolution passed by a unanimous roll call vote.

At-Large Representative Kyra Rogan brought Resolution #21-11: “Support of 2017 Senior Class Gift” to the floor. The resolution commends the Class of 2017 for their decision to endow the Lion’s Pantry. The Pantry was founded in 2014 to address the issue of student hunger at Penn State. The endowment will provide a permanent, annual source of funding for the Pantry. The resolution passed unanimously.

Finally, UPUA President Terry Ford led the Assembly through a “Committee of the Whole” session which addressed specifics regarding the Student Fee Board.

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The University Park Undergraduate Association works to provide students representation at the highest levels of administration and build programs to the benefit of undergraduates at University Park.

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