9/27 GPSA Meeting Recap: Blood drive bill passes, response to hate speech

GPSA met on Wednesday, September 27 at 6 p.m. in room 134 HUB.

The meeting opened with a special presentation from the Canvas Project Team. The Canvas Project Team requests feedback from students and faculty in hopes of making Canvas as fully functional and student-friendly as possible. GPSA will soon be appointing a new Liaison to the Canvas Project Team, since the current liaison will be graduating this year.

GPSA President Matt Krott gave his executive officer report, within which he addressed the recent issues on campus with hate speech from certain groups. He conveyed that while Penn State legally has difficulty stopping this rhetoric because of the First Amendment, there is a responsibility for student leaders on campus to help ensure everyone feels safe and included within the Penn State community. He also showed his gratitude for President Barron’s recent words against racist and white supremacist comments.

Krott again implored that everyone write to their state representatives, in hopes of getting the budget approved, so that Penn State can receive their appropriation from the state. Letters to representatives can easily be submitted through this link, or a phone number can be found on this link.

Bill 67–15, “Co-Sponsorship of PSU-MSU Blood Drive,” was passed by a unanimous vote. The GPSA sponsored blood drive is part of the Penn State vs. Michigan State blood drive challenge. The blood drive will be on November 1st in the HUB with more details to follow. More information about donating blood and schedule of blood drives can be located here.


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