UPUA Passes Revised 2016-2017 Elections Code & Two Additional Legislations

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Jan. 25, 2017​ – The University Park Undergraduate Association
(UPUA) met Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. in 302 HUB.

The meeting began with President Ford presenting the Director of LGBTQA Resource Center, Allison
Subasic with the Assembly’s official commendation for her dedicated service to Penn State and its
LGBTQ community.

President Ford then swore in the newly confirmed College of Communications Representative, Laura
McKinney.

Policy #04-11: “Revised Elections Code 2016-2017” was brought to the floor. Speaker Shockley then
went through the revised election code. Notable changes include:

● The addition of two new justices to the Elections Commision: Deputy Commissioner of Finances
and Deputy Commissioner for Records
● Lowering the number of signatures needed for candidates seeking an At-Large Representative
position from 250 to 100 signatures.
● Any student with the intent to run as a write-in candidate must register with the Elections
Commission 24 hours prior to the start of elections.
● Campaigning shall now be limited in duration from 5:00 a.m. to now 8:00 a.m. EST/EDT, twelve
academic days prior to Election Day until the close of the polls on Election Day.
● The Elections Commission will establish the maximum point total for disqualification.
● Candidates are required to register endorsements by Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs)
with the Commission prior to gaining selective benefits from that organization.

The policy passed unanimously. Registration for 2017 Elections begins Feb. 20 and Elections Day will be
held on March 29.

Next, At-Large Representative Ben Cutler brought Bill #23-11: “Funding for Dollar Operated Massage
Chairs in the HUB Break Zone” to the floor. A “What To Fix (WTF)” proposal, the bill seeks to fund the
purchase of two massage chairs in the HUB-Robeson Center Break Zone, at the cost of $3,790.00, for the
purpose of “relaxation, stress relief and mental awareness.” Students will be able to use the chairs for a
cost between $1 – $5. The bill passed unanimously.

Finally, Student Life Chair Kyra Rogan brought Bill #24-11: “Funding of Sheryl WuDunn” to the floor.
The bill would fund the expenses for Sheryl WuDunn to speak March 20, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in Freeman
Auditorium during sexual Violence Prevention and Awareness Week in the amount of $2,200.00. Sheryl
WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a business executive and best
selling author. Her books often address how to bring about change in society and highlight the challenges
facing women around the world. The bill passed unanimously.

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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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