Coming to the floor at tonight’s UPUA general assembly meeting will be one of the most crucial pieces of legislation the assembly will see — the budget.
Hailing from the University Park Undergraduate Association president’s platform, the $139,628.55 budget details the spending allocations that each committee and executive board member will be allotted for the 2012-13 academic year.
UPUA Vice President Katelyn Mullen said one item originally on her platform with President Courtney Lennartz (junior-health policy and administration) was a $5,000 system to include laundry automation — something that would let students know when machines were available for use in the on-campus laundry rooms.
After speaking with Penn State’s Housing and Food Services earlier this week, Mullen (sophomore-marketing and public relations) said they appreciated UPUA’s effort to fund a portion of the system, but saw it best to take the initiative into their own hands. Housing and Food Services is still doing research on the potential automation system, Mullen said, so implementation is still unclear.
The deputy director for housing will now have one subsection as a part of their budget, to account for the $6,000 downtown housing database.
Another motion the internal development made at the meeting last night was to mesh all the Centre Area Transportation Authority‘s initiatives into a $6,000 transportation discretionary fund for the facilities committee.
Other changes were due to the committee’s decision to let all promotional items be handled through the press secretary’s $6,000 budget.
After being approved by the internal development committee Tuesday night, Melissa Lourie and Tori Spallina will be presented in front of the assembly tonight in the hopes of being confirmed as the new Director of Encampment and Director of Student Conduct Advisors, respectively.
Mullen said that Lourie (senior-management information systems) has been involved with the Association of Residence Hall Students for four years and has handled several large-scale programming events.
“She had a lot of ideas to implement for encampment to make it better than it has been before,” Mullen said.
Spallina (junior-human development and family studies) said as a current student conduct advisor, she was voted through the organization to sit on UPUA’s executive board.
The assembly will also look to pass legislation for an ice cream social to promote the spring music festival Movin’ On.
The social will use funds from the previous assembly’s remaining budget and is slated for April 26 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the HUB patio, Student Life Chairman Justin Laskowski (junior-philosophy) said.