SHSU SGA members come to an agreement
Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2013 00:10
All is well, or so it seems, within Student Government Association.
After a public shaming by multiple Supreme Court justices, senior SGA officials dismissed their differences in a “come to Jesus” moment during Tuesday’s meeting.
In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the SGA Supreme Court voted in favor of Student Body President Ramiro Jaime Jr.
Jaime appealed to the court that the actions taken by the Senate on Oct. 1 that gave the power of the presidency to the vice president were unconstitutional.
“Bringing this action before the court with the Senate’s current numbers was not in the best interest of the student body and SHSU as a whole,” the court said. “The Senate and its officers should concentrate on working together and eliminate and compromise on the philosophical differences between them, now and in the immediate future.”
Chief Justice Frank Parker and Justice Terri Jaggers, on multiple occasions, shamed SGA and its leadership for low membership and constant bickering.
“There’s supposed to be 90 folks here in student government,” Parker said. “You barely have , and you can’t get along. Shame on you. Shame on both of you. Find common ground and work together.”
Sen. Steven Perry said that upon receiving the verdict from the court, SGA members met, hashed out their differences and came to an agreement in order to derail the self-destructing tactics used by both sides.
“We had a heart to heart, and a ‘come to Jesus’ meeting, if you will,” Perry said. “We decided that for the past couple weeks, student government hadn’t been focusing its full attention on how to best serve the students, and we sincerely apologize for that.”
As part of the agreement, Jaime’s impeachment charges will be dropped. The agreement came with certain stipulations from both sides, however. Sen. Spencer Copeland outlined the obligations for Jaime and Perry:
- Both sides must issue a public apology.
- Jaime’s personal assistant is to be used at the pleasure of the entire executive board and not just the president.
- The assistant in question will be appointed by the president, confirmed by the Senate, and will be paid for by the office of Vice President of Student Services.
- F13-02 is the budget for SGA for Fiscal Year 2014.
- The Rules and Regulation Chief, Student Affairs Chief and Freshman Council director must be appointed shortly.
The items requiring action must be fulfilled by Tuesday in order for Jaime’s charges to be dropped.
“Being president includes a lot of duties,” Jaime said. “[I am] the chief communicator, and I failed the Senate on that. I campaigned on the fact that the university can’t fix what they don’t know is broken. That’s something I need to work on. I need to communicate better, and for that, I apologize.”
Jaime appointed Perry to Rules and Regulations chief and Senator Jessica Oswald to Freshman Council director during the meeting.
Sen. Troy Ross requested $1,200 for the SGA Homecoming float and $500 for the homecoming flowers, crown, tiara and sash. Both amounts were approved by the Senate and will come from the Homecoming budget outlined in F13-02.
SGA meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the LSC 320.