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Keirans Featured In Northeast Times

The premier newspaper of Northeast Philadelphia ran a piece entitled “Welcome to College Life, Mr. President.” Below you can find the article.


History Speaks: It’s More Than Just Another Fee

Since the Student Facilities Fee was first unveiled by President Spanier & Gail Hurley, I’ve asked many, many questions. Mainly, though, at what point do the fees end?


Word Up: Penn State Theatre Success

This past Thursday I had an opportunity to see the play Word Up. The play is made up of almost entirely Penn State students. I must say that I am flat out amazed at the talent that was on that stage. Normally this is not the type of thing I blog about, but this show […]


CCSG Gets it Right: Welcome, President Khoury

I am pleased to congratulate George Khoury on being elected Council of Commonwealth Student Governments (CCSG) President. This year there were three strong tickets, but Khoury outshined them all. Now it’s time to work together. Historically, there hasn’t been a particularly impressive working relationship between the University Park student government and the CCSG. While the […]


Jerry ‘J.J.’ Livingston Runs For Office

Jerry “J.J.” Livingston, last year’s President of the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments (CCSG) has put his name in the race for Pennsylvania State Representative in the race for the 71st district. In this Johnstown race, there are a total of six Democrats running for the party’s nomination with Livingston in the mix. Regardless of […]


The Student Government’s Forty Day Plan of Action

The following is an outline of plans for my first forty days as the president of the student body at Penn State University in the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA). Some of these dates may change based on scheduling conflicts, but for the most part they will serve as a guideline for the progress to […]


I Will Keep My Promise To You, Alma Mater

Editor’s Note: The following editorial appeared in the April 4, 2008 edition of The Daily Collegian. UPUA President Gavin Keirans (formerly SOS Executive Director) will be writing “The Student Body President” blog on Safeguard Old State, keeping the entire Penn State family up-to-date on his activities as student body president. *** Through-out history, student governments […]