GBM Meeting Minutes

The UA has a meeting every Sunday starting at 9pm. These meetings are open to the public and comprise all of the UA’s decision-making. The meetings follow a basic format:

  1. Roll call

  2. Open Forum – An opportunity for guests & members alike to share their thoughts on anything they believe requires the UA’s attention.

  3. Reports – The President, VP, Treasurer and Speaker all have an opportunity to report on any new developments.

  4. Project Updates – Each committee presents updates on any projects that Representatives or Associate Members have been working on.

  5. New Business – New items which require the UA’s attention, including discussion papers, resolutions and any special elections.

  6. Old Business – Business that had been tabled from the prior meeting.

  7. Communications – The final part of the meeting, closed to public, in which members share personal updates from the week.

The UA encourages members of the public to attend our meetings – especially the ones that involve pieces of legislation which will personally affect the student.
The meetings are held every Sunday at 9pm in the Benjamin Franklin Room in Houston Hall.


Minutes from the 46th Session (2018-2019)


Cabinet Announcement, the possibility of making first semester classes pass/fail, and including contact information for important groups on campus on Penn Mobile


Budget Committee Election Results, a resolution concerning UA endorsement of removing endowment funds from the coal and tar sand industries passes, and the discussion paper about new Huntsman Hall hours produces a lot of great feedback and project ideas


The possibility of publishing average GPA information, defining "Midterm" and updating the policies surrounding them, and National Voter Registration Day information 


APSC Contingency Request and Penn Leads Voter Registration Kickoff Event


During Open Forum, guest Brian Schmitt lead a discussion about the new housing policy and members revealed upcoming steps for the UA, including a report that will be presented to the Provost; Welcome activities for new members coming up include Committee Shopping week followed by Welcome Week, which will feature Associate Members as well. See the minutes for more specific information about each of the five committees; GAPSA is heading a new initiative called Fall Festival which will include a lot of small events promoting mental and physical health at Penn. They are hoping to partner with the UA on this initiative.


In a discussion paper by Elena Hoffman, we discussed the possibility of giving non-Wharton students access to Huntsman printers. A lot of interesting potential short-term solutions were offered by the UA body and perspectives from both Wharton and non-Wharton students were provided. John Casey presented a discussion paper about the possibility of an online Club Recruitment resource. Among the aspects discussed were how this resource would be implemented (app, website, or a huge word document), what would be included in each club’s “profile”, and the logistical feasibility of the project overall.


Jen Ahn led a discussion about access to syllabi, Elena Hoffman and Charles Curtis-Thomas discussed the potential creation of Wharton minors, and Charles also discussed the planning of an exciting new Sophomore year tradition!


Kayla Prezelski presented a discussion paper on the topic of virtual Kite and Key tours, which could make Penn more accessible to students who are unable to travel to campus, and Regan Mizrahi & Ryan Bush presented a discussion paper about reforming pre-major advising to make it more effective. Simon Chen is leading an initiative to create a guide for freshmen and sophomore students to better understand the culture of living off-campus, including what resources are available and what to look out for.


Michael Krone urges us all to attend the Campus Conversation from 6:30-8pm, to VOTE on Tuesday, and to attend Penn Palooza on Saturday, Sravya and the Communications Team are in the process of organizing the UA tabling series, which begins with AI this Wednesday, and Charles Curtis-Thomas presents a new project that could potentially make learning real, practical life skills more available to Penn students! 


The UA Body voted to pass a resolution authored by Maria Curry and Michael Krone regarding the advanced OCR timeline on Penn’s campus, the December 5th University Council meeting will be an Open Forum meeting. If you would like to submit a topic, please do so here before November 26th, and Kristen Ukeomah presented a discussion paper focused on informing freshmen Penn students about learning and performance disabilities so that they are able to recognize these disorders, get tested, and receive the appropriate help before their grades suffer.


Airport Shuttles begin tomorrow! Purchase tickets at shuttles.pennua.org, and remember to advertise. Dante Diggs presented a discussion paper about the revival of Pennvolvement and overall civic engagement at Penn. 


Simon Chen presented a discussion paper about a UA x GAPSA mentorship program. He received a lot of great feedback on potential implementation styles for a pilot program. Anthony Scarpone-Lambert presented a discussion paper focused on the reevaluation of the GPA requirement associated with internal transfer and dual degree applicants. He argued that everyone deserves a chance to explain their circumstance before being denied. Sravya Alla’s lobbying efforts have paid off as the pilot of a CIS Advisory Board is set to take place at the end of January. Andrew Gegios has been working with administration to strengthen the support for students returning from leave of absence. He has been able to establish a strong relationship between Penn Wellness and Returning Student Orientation.


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