Student Senate showed commendable efforts
I would like to take a minute to respond to the article in last week’s Tartan which criticized the Student Senate for not “commit[ting] to reforming itself,” citing the impeachment of the student body president as the only supporting evidence. For The Tartan to say, “The situation shows how Student Senate has been unable to follow through on initiatives that would benefit the student body,” its editorial board is undermining every other initiative Senate has completed with great success this year.
Examples include: an unprecedented $14,000 allocation from the senate operating reserve to AB Concerts, which made this year’s artist selection (Passion Pit) possible; substantial changes to 76-101 (Interpretation and Argument) that will be seen next year; a new sound system in Kirr Commons; and the overhaul of the University Center game room that is currently under way. For more information, come to a regular meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in Margaret Morrison 103 for committee reports. They typically last until 5:20 p.m.
As for the impeachment, if the Graduate Student Assembly had maintained quorum and the vote had been legal, the end result would still have been that Senate voted by a slight margin not to remove Jake from office.
Regardless of my views, I support the independent thinking of my peers, and the open discourse that led to that decision.
So instead of criticizing Senate for not blindly rubber-stamping the removal of an executive officer without considering his/her defense, I think The Tartan should be commending every elected official who took the time to attend the hearing, listen to the facts, and reach the decision they felt was best. That is the job of an elected official, and I applaud every Senator for fulfilling their duty to this process with aplomb.
Student government has spent enough time focusing on this impeachment. It is time to focus our efforts back on other important issues, and work with the executive branch to end the year on a positive note. I look forward to seeing what else Jake and Sangita will do with the remaining weeks of the semester.