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An Eye on the Penn State Administration


Pursuit of Excellence

Penn State Trustees: You Belong in Nittany Valley

The Penn State Trustees will be meeting within the next few days to go over the final business of the board for the fiscal year. The Trustees are a curious group of men and women. They’re the leaders who are charged with guiding the overall direction of our University and ensuring its long term success […]


The Future of Penn State: Unlimited Potential

As I sit here at the end of my first year at Penn State I think back as to what I have done, what I have seen, and the people whom I have met. I can say with absolute honesty that I never made a better decision than to come to Happy Valley. In a […]


To Be Competitive, Must We Be The Costliest?

At Penn State University, one of the common arguments from administrators that I’ve heard over my past two years here is that, in order to keep up with our Big Ten peers — in terms of academic performance, classroom space, recreation facilities, you pick it — we need to take on ever greater burdens in […]


Keirans: ‘Transparency’ Needed Across Penn State

Penn State Student Body President Gavin Keirans was featured in The Daily Collegian today for The UPUA Forty Day Plan, which we published here in full at Safeguard Old State over the weekend. The article is notable not only for what President Keirans has outlined in his comprehensive agenda for his first six weeks in […]


UPUA’s Strategic Goal: Centralizing Representation

Editor’s Note: The following article is in reference to the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA)’s recently passed “Resolution #7: The Five Year Strategic Plan of the Association.” (pdf) *** As a member of the Internal Affairs Committee and original author of Strategic Goals of the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA), I would like to take […]


‘We Represent The Administration’

Out of the many reactions we witnessed here at Safeguard Old State from our decision to publicly back this year’s State Patty’s Day celebration earlier this month, easily the most disconcerting was that of the Student Programming Association at Penn State. Raj Desai, head of the Student Programming Association (SPA), the group created last year […]


UPUA Enacts Key Plank of The Roadmap for Change

The University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) enacted a key plank of Safeguard Old State’s report issued last September, The Roadmap for Change in Student Affairs. I had the opportunity to present legislation for the student government to consider, to which five of the student representatives signed on before it was considered by the UPUA Assembly […]


Spending More On An Election Than For Students All Year

The University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) has made an atrocious decision in putting the elections budget at close to $6,000. Meanwhile, they have decided to cut the campaining time to just 9 total days, two of which occur during Easter weekend.


Triponey to PSU?

Vicky Triponey is applying for a job at PSU. That is, at Portland State University. It appears she has decided to put Pennsylvania in her rearview mirror and begin anew in the Pacific Northwest, and not without a little more revisionist history. Penn State blogger ha-mace has his take over at the PSU OTR, and […]


A Questionably ‘Strategic Plan’ for Penn State

Penn State announced on February 19 that they are beginning the most comprehensive strategic plan for the future that they have ever made. I will say this: on paper, and in these early stages, it does have a nice ring. They outline a few goals that sure do sound nice: – Enhance academic excellence through […]