Biography: Anthony J. Zarzycki is junior in both the Eberly College of Science and College of Liberal Arts. Majoring in Astronomy and Astrophysics as well as Political Science, his broad background in education parallels his local activism. He graduated high school in Brodheadsville, PA and since organized and worked with groups fighting for civil liberties and justice, from immigrant rights to LGBT equality. Currently, he is the campaign manager for Rylie Cooper’s Borough Councilmember campaign, and in the past, has worked with the Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton campaigns. As the grandson of immigrants born in German- occupied territory after World War II, he hopes to represent and serve students, just as people represented and served his grandparents over half a century ago.
Platform My platform revolves around three intersectional principles:
- Student Representation — It will be my foremost concern to better student life through creating more efficient channels for students to use on issues. I want to critically examine the structure of UPUA and its importance to the university to put the voices of students to the forefront.
- Student Equality — For any candidate to claim they will improve the lives of Penn State students without acknowledging the current political climate is irresponsible. As LGBT, migrant, environmental, and other social groups are being negatively targeted, if will be my role, and hopefully the role of all UPUA representatives, students, and faculty, to make equality not simply an accessory to education, but a facet and pillar of their education.
- Student Service — Penn State cannot be a commercial enterprise and an educational institution. It must decide who it exists to serve. I believe wholly in this university’s original intent to progress the welfare of Pennsylvania, and agree with students who consider the best way to serve the Commonwealth is to foremost serve its students. This requires prioritized perspective on UPUA spending aimed to make the best impact with the least cost in every program.
Other Involvement/Time Commitments At this time, no other time commitments or involvements exist aside from astrophysics research (maximum of 20 hours/week).