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UPUA Holds Inaugural Town Hall Meeting In 302 HUB-Robeson

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.


Today marked the first ever town-hall style meeting held by the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA). the meeting, which took place from 1:30pm and lasted until about 3:15pm, marked the first meeting of the organization specifically meant for the student constituency to speak and offer input or lay out concerns about student life.

Unfortunately, few students took the opportunity to attend the meeting. The only speakers were Shawn Gordon and the head of the Off-Campus Student Union (OCSU). Gordon, a senior who has been extremely active in USG and student affairs at Penn State, offered praise for the representatives but counseled us to also engage in more active debate and for each representative to speak up and make his or her individual voice heard at the meetings.

The meeting itself was marked by frequent interjections by On-Campus Representative Kate Holmes, with Ricardo Torres and others interjecting to correct UPUA Vice President Mitch Belding on procedural mistakes over the course of the meeting.

The majority of the meeting was spent discussing and confirming students to chairmanship positions for individual committees such as Government Relations and Internal Development.

UPUA advisor Felicia McGinty off-handedly remarked at the conclusion of the meeting that future meetings need to be more well run and that as a result of representatives lacking knowledge of basic parliamentary procedure, the meeting itself tended to be sloppy.

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i was there, it was a sad scene. maybe next townhall meeting i’ll fall to my knees and beg the members to resign their positions and throw their support behind usg. students need one representative organization, the confusion that two creates hurts us so much. we are so much stronger together.

[…] In its official editorial piece today, the editors at The Daily Collegian criticize the lack of process at last Sunday’s UPUA Town Hall meeting in 302 HUB-Robeson Center. The meeting, already covered here at PSU STOP, was not an orderly one as few members made much of an effort to follow parliamentary procedure. […]

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