Walker County candidate forum postponed for SHSU students
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013 00:10
After a controversially called special session, Student Government Association postponed its little-known city council candidate open forum that was to happen on Wednesday.
According to External Affairs Chief Cristan Shamburger, SGA hosts a debate for candidates running for city council every year and the event goes on without hindrance. Student Body President Ramiro Jaime Jr. challenged this year’s forum, not out of opposition but strictly because he believed Shamburger needed approval to host the event with SGA’s name.
“I just think that if you’re going to use student government’s name, everybody [in SGA] needs to know about it [beforehand],” Jaime said. “I’m the president… and I had no clue about this. I don’t know of any senators who knew about this unless they were in external affairs.”
Shamburger said that since it was technically an event hosted by the University Affairs Committee, there was no need for senate approval.
“We’ve had a proven record hosting forums and debates like this,” Shamburger said. “Committee events do not need to be approved. We’re not spending any money. Vice President Kolby Flowers approved the room reservation, so it doesn’t actually have to be approved by the senate since it’s a committee event.”
Dean of Students John Yarabeck said that he wasn’t against the forum but thought that it’d be in the best interest of the students to move it to a later date to provide more publicity.
“My concern is that there’s no real advertising,” Yarabeck said. “My concern is that you’re going to have this and very few students are going to show up.”
After consulting with the University Affairs Committee, Shamburger said that she was willing to negotiate when the forum would happen but was worried whether or not the candidates are able to reschedule.
According to Shamburger, councilwoman Tish Humphrey (incumbent ward 2), Kendall Scudder (challenger ward 2), Joe Rodriquez (challenger ward 1), Andy Brauninger (challenger at-large position 1) and Mayor Mac Woodward all agreed to attend the original forum yesterday.
Jaime called for a special session to take care of the city council debate issue but was told by Rules and Regulations Chief Steven Perry that he didn’t have the power to do so. After the senate meeting adjourned, it was pointed out to Perry that under rule 2 section B of the SGA Rules and Procedures, the president did have the power to call a special meeting. Perry realized his mistake and informed Jaime who then called a non-mandatory special meeting.
During the meeting, the senate unanimously decided to hold the city council debate during the regular meeting time on Oct. 29. So far, only Woodward, Scudder and Joe Emmett (incumbent ward 1) have confirmed with Shamburger that they will be attending the event next week.
The city council debate will be held in the Lowman Student Center Theatre on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m., followed by a regular senate meeting at 7 p.m.
- Student Body President Ramiro Jaime Jr. called for a more constitutionally following senate and called for any legislation that is to be brought before the senate be sent to every senator 24 hours prior to the meeting
- University Affairs Chief Spencer Copeland withdrew his call for the resending of the personal Executive Student Assistant
- F13-09, removing the Freshman Council program, creating a new introductory council, and giving all senate rights except that to vote to councilmembers, was tabled until next meeting