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UPUA Referendum Results Are A Strong Mixed Message

Editor’s Note: This blog post originally appeared on the website of “Safeguarding Traditions Of Penn State,” which was the precursor to Safeguard Old State. It appears here for posterity.

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At 6pm, I received the following results of the referendum from Andrew Reeve, the President of “Students for Real Advocacy.”

On the question of replacing USG with UPUA:
Yes: 2593 – 60.85%
No: 1668 – 39.15%
Total Votes: 4,261

Approximately 10 percent of the Undergraduate student body voted, and of those, about 4 in 10 voted to retain the traditions of the last 40 years. This turnout mark fell far short of the 25% required to enact a change via USG referendum, as predicted. Students for Real Advocacy failed to motivate more than 40% of the turnout they needed to enact a change as they would have through USG.

Simply stated, the fact that STOP in one week educated students and got about a thousand more students than last week to support USG demonstrates that the more people learn about this proposal and become aware of administrative intervention into student governance, the more likely they are to reject it. I just wonder what STOP would have been able to do with a $3000 budget raised through Student Affairs.

Although he’s likely disappointed by such a mixed message, Mr. Foulke will probably attempt to spin this as a mandate for his radical proposal. Instead, he should enter into a real dialogue with students of all kinds of beliefs, and attempt to save the history and traditions of Penn State students and their student government.

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