Correction appended: Nov. 16, 2012.
During a report given at Wednesday evening’s University Park Undergraduate Association meeting, UPUA President Courtney Lennartz announced that bars in downtown State College will stay open for State Patty’s Day this year, but Tavern Association President Jennifer Zangrilli said the Tavern Association has not taken a formal stance on plans for this year's event.
During State Patty’s Day 2012, which took place on Feb. 25, over 10 downtown bars and establishments closed their doors early and some closed entirely based on the efforts of the State Patty’s Day Task Force.
The State Patty’s Day Task Force was formed last year in order to curb the negative effects of the event.
“[A person associated with the State College Tavern Association] said that the bar scene on State Patty’s Day isn’t much different than how it is on football weekends,” Lennartz (senior-health policy and administration) said. “They also have the ability to decline people to enter if they appear to be too intoxicated.”
Lennartz said the decision to leave bars open would be a setback for the State Patty’s Day Task Force, but they are looking to find other ways to help ensure safety this year.
“We made big strides last year and we will continue meeting to come up with innovative ideas,” Lennartz said.
Also during the meeting, a resolution was passed regarding the expansion of the UPUA i>clicker program that was launched last spring semester.
The program started in order to give students a more affordable option instead of having to buy the i>clickers that some professors require students to use in class.
Through the program, all 215 i>clickers were rented out to students at the beginning of the semester for a $40 deposit that will be refunded later in the semester once they are returned.
The resolution that was passed Wednesday approved $6,484.65 to be taken from the Academic Affairs budget to be used for the purchase of an additional 215 i>clickers.
“I am quite thrilled that we are taking proper steps to make this a better program for the students,” At-Large Representative Elias Warren said. “Student opinions and their demand have been overwhelming positive.”
Also, legislation was passed to fund Encampment, which is a two-day event for Penn State student leaders to gather and discuss challenges facing student organizations and answer any other questions student leaders may have.
The assembly voted to allocate $8,981 to go toward the funding of the weekend-long event which includes expenses such as dinner, brunch, hall rentals, custom pens and notepads, invitations and name tags.
“I am really excited to see this legislation and I really like the shift we are making,” Chairman of the Assembly Spencer Malloy (senior-philosophy and agroecology) said. “I think this is a good opportunity to make this a bigger event.”
An earlier version of this article stated incorrect information regarding the State College Tavern Association’s plans for State Patty’s Day 2013. Though University Park Undergraduate Association President Courtney Lennartz said at Wednesday’s UPUA meeting that the Tavern Association decided to stay open during the event this year, Tavern Association President Jennifer Zangrilli said the Tavern Association has not met since February and has not made a formal decision regarding next year’s State Patty’s Day. The above article reflects the correct information. The Daily Collegian apologizes for this error.