Impeachments become private?

Vice President Ryan Fulton presided over the SGA meeting April 12 instead of President Keith Kaseke, who was absent due to a dental appointment.

The body cast ballots to determine who would be named as outstanding senator of the year. The winner will be announced at the April 26 meeting along with swearing in the newly-elected body.

Also announced at this meeting was that nine applications had been submitted for the Anne Braden scholarship. Dustin Robinson, chair of the Finance Committee hoped that the winners would be announced at next week’s meeting.

The Student Concerns Committee received its first four complaints: two of the complaints regarded over-priced food at the university, one about traffic flow in the mornings and one expressing the desire for SGA to have more publicity so that students are better aware of elections.

Leigha Phelps presented the second reading of her committee’s Campus Recreation Center resolution, which passed. The resolution called for an increase in money to improve the CRC facilities, create jobs for students and to implement an equipment replacement fund.

The body also finished reading over proposed amendments to the SGA constitution. The topic of impeachment was heavily debated, with proponents for and against the proceedings being held in private.

Phelps brought a point to the table that there are many reasons that constitutes impeachment of a member-some of which could be very personal. Phelps proposed that impeachments should be public unless the broadcasting of personal issues might impact the student’s reputation on campus. SGA passed a non-committal vote 13-3-3, effectively voicing their desire to the incoming administration to keep impeachment proceedings private.

SGA has decided not to make final approval on the amendments until next semester-citing they did not wish to rush the matter. Members believe that by allowing the administration to work on the constitution over the summer, they will be able to iron out all the problems that may arise. SGA hopes to have the new constitution on the ballot for the fall elections for student approval.

Story by Vern Hockney