Student Government Resignations

Six members of Ohio University Student Senate resign

Letters of resignation have since been removed from The Post Athens website. All that I could find was the following article.

September 16, 2015

Originally Posted http://www.thepostathens.com/article/2015/09/six-members-of-ohio-university-student-senate-resign

Six members of Ohio University’s Student Senate resigned during Wednesday night’s meeting.

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OU Student Union member Daniel Kington pushes back against the resolution to use Robert’s Rules of Order at the first Student Senate meeting of the year. The resolution eventually passed and Kington resigned as a result.

Student Senate is short six members after Wednesday night’s meeting.

Casi Arnold, the LGBTQA senator, Daniel Kington, the Honors Tutorial College senator, Hayley Oliver, the College of Arts and Sciences senator, Keelan O’Sullivan, an off-campus senator, Kim Oswald, another off-campus senator and Grant Stover, environmental affairs commissioner resigned from their positions following a resignation speech delivered by Kington.

All six members resigned because a resolution to have students vote on a direct democracy model for senate failed to pass in the general body meeting last week.

“We feel it is more valuable to focus our time outside of this room since this room has shown itself unwilling even to pursue the reality we desire,” Kington, a Post columnist, said. 

The members resigned during the student speakOUt portion, which occurs at the beginning of the meeting and allows students to voice their concerns to the general body.

“Creating a directly democratic senate was an attempt to create a structure capable of such movement building,” Kington said. “It was an attempt to institutionalize an honor collective bargaining power for the student body, and more directly combat larger issues than Blue Books.”

Kington invited Student Senate members to attend the Student Union’s first general assembly Thursday.

“The Student Union has power on this campus and is gaining ground and growing, meanwhile, we feel this body is regressing,” Kington said. “For those of you remaining on this body, we wish you the best of luck in accomplishing all of your goals. However, we hope you will consider helping the six of us as we continue striving for greater change. “

All six resigning members left the meeting immediately following the speech.

Because of Oliver’s resignation, Senate’s budget committee no longer has enough members and can’t pass a budget or spend any senate money. The budget committee requires five to seven active members to function. It now has four.

Earlier in the semester, two other members, Leanne Ketchum and Sasha Estrella-Jones resigned from the budget committee for unrelated reasons. Oliver was the third member to resign from the committee.

“For us to use any money, we have to have five people,” Jacob Haskins, residence life commissioner, said. “Next week we need to fill hopefully all three seats.”

Senate President Gabby Bacha said it will be easy to find students to fill the vacancies.

“We’ve had a lot of people come in and talk to us and want to get behind what we’re doing,” Bacha said. “We won’t have trouble filling vacancies, we just want to make sure we get a good sample from everywhere.”

Students must complete an application and interview process before being appointed.

Bacha and Vice President Jared Ohnsman agree all of the positions should be filled in two weeks.

Kington officially resigned last week and his position was filled during Wednesday’s meeting by Jack Davies, who ran for the HTC position on the Phoenix ticket in the spring and is a Post columnist.

“There are a lot of forms of advocacy on this campus and avenues that people think work and would like to take,” Bacha said to the body. “This might not be someone’s avenue and that’s totally fine. But I want you all to realize that what you do is important work and we do more than just have Blue Books.”

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Original Ohio Student Union Resignation letter

“During the summer, I worked on a committee with two other students from the Ohio University Student Union, three students from Graduate Student Senate and three students from the SOS senate ticket, who are now serving on the Student Senate. We worked tirelessly to create a proposal for a new, directly democratic structure for Student Senate.

There were holes in the proposal, to be sure. However, the current senate’s procedures are also far from perfect. Most serving senators were elected with only slightly more than one-third of the popular vote, and senate recently adopted Robert’s Rules, which, in their rigidity and formality, may seem intimidating to students unfamiliar with the operations of the body.

The failures of the current mode were not, however, heavily debated during the discussion. Instead, most of the debate centered on minor issues with the direct democracy proposal — issues that could have easily been changed later.

From the beginning I knew the proposal was almost certain to fail in a senate that ran in opposition to the initial proposal for a directly democratic body. However, it was still important to me to try to bridge the gap between the union and the students on the SOS ticket. This is because I believe that a better world is possible — a world in which everyone is involved in making the decisions that affect them. And because I believe this, it is important for me that I am consciously striving to create that world, doing whatever I can in whatever way seems most strategic, even when the chances are slim.

In rejecting the proposal for direct democracy, senate has shown itself to be democratically illegitimate and incapable of fostering an environment conducive to movement building. This is why I, along with the other five Student Union members previously serving on the senate, have chosen to resign. We never wanted to represent students. We wanted to empower students by institutionalizing a union, one capable of building collective power to challenge the university’s current administration and structure.

And we aren’t giving up just because this proposal failed. We are going to continue striving to create the university and world that we want to see. Student Senate is simply no longer a part of the plan, due to the limits of its current structure. For the remainder of the year, I anticipate that Student Senate will remain irrelevant to most students, aside from the occasional free blue book or interesting program. What I hope, however, is that something else emerges, something capable of challenging the structures that exist with a show of force like that which emerged in Quebec three years ago, that which emerged in Paris in 1968, that which emerged here on this campus in 1970. And maybe this time, we will have the tools to win. Maybe this time we will spark a long-term and widespread movement capable of achieving free, democratic and liberatory education — maybe even a free, democratic and liberatory society.

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the unionization of student workers. Last week, I wrote about the general assemblies that the Student Union is about to begin hosting, the first of which is Thursday, Sept. 17 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Schoonover 145. These are the tools and strategies to which we now turn, away from the useless bureaucracy of student government and toward the power that we share when we sit in a room together, planning for change.”

Daniel Kington is a sophomore studying English and a Student Union organizer. He is also an officer of the Sierra Student Coalition. Do you think Student Union will create change? Email him at dk982513@ohio.edu.

 

LATTC Seven Officers of the Student Council Resign: Zaakiyah Brisker, Former Secretary & President 2013-2014

Originally posted on the ASLATTC official page but was later taken down.

May 6, 2015

Treasurer, Parliamentarian, Secretary, Historian, Commissioner of Student Advocacy, Commissioner of Student Services and Commissioner of Social Activities #1 resigned at today’s Student Council meeting. All reported that it was due to “lack of support from college adminstration.” Below is the letter of resignation from the former Secretary:

Dear Student Body of LATTC,

It is with a heavy heart and much consternation that I must resign from my duties as Secretary. I have grown immensely during my experience in the Associated Student Organization and for that this organization will always have a stake in my personality. As a student advocate, it would be a disservice to leave without addressing key issues on why the Associated Student Organization continues to fail. ASO will continue to fail due to lack of support by the administration of Los Angeles Trade Technical College.
Since 2013, when I started ASO as Commissioner of Public Relations there has never been a formal training or orientation for any ASO officers. The only advice offered by advisors was to “remember you’re students first.” When I encountered the innumerable amount of ASO tasks, I did not feel as if I was just a student. Giving way to the conundrum of the ASO officer: trying to hold on to the dichotomy of being a pupil and an advocate. The support needed to balance the two has never been offered.
Because we are students and are taught to be subservient at the expense of receiving good grades, the goal of the student leader is to try to maintain a level of self-respect while being cautious of the administrators who preside over you. This attitude discourages the student leader from truly advocating in fear of sacrificing their own academic career. This boils the student leader down to an aspiring event planner, creating the illusion that ASO is only in charge of campus activities. And this illusion rings true throughout the district i.e. the student activities. Administrators as well as students perpetuate that belief. The fact is that the Associated Student Organization by law is charged to participate in the shared governance process of LATTC. That makes the ASO essential to the campus climate. Yet, in my experience I have been patronized and invalidated. I do not understand why.
There is a vicious cycle within this organization. The student becomes appointed and is ignorant of the task. The student becomes consumed with this new responsibility. The student is chastised when their academics or student leader duties begin to suffer. Most importantly the student leader is preyed upon for the agendas of administrators. The grades, finances and mental health of myself have suffered severely and I am not alone in this matter.
I cannot recommend that any student should participate in the ASO until there is a complete restructure to the way the student leader is treated. I joined the ASO with the intentions of promoting students success. I was a wide eyed Puentista, inspired. I wanted to give back to the campus that made me see how amazing I really am. I fear for the future student leaders who want to help make this campus better. My integrity is at stake and I cannot pretend that I can be affective in an environment that does not support student success.

I wish the best for my school.

Zaakiyah Brisker, Former Secretary & President 2013-2014

 

Rosemary Sterling ASO President Emeritus, 2013-2014 LATTC

May 6, 2015

TO: President Frank

FROM: Rosemary Sterling

It is with deep regret that I share with you that I am no longer going to engage in ASO activities, which means that I will be resigning from my student worker position. My rationale for this decision is based upon the fact that the work environment in ASO is unhealthy. I have repeatedly experienced the intentional infliction of emotional duress, undue stress, intimidation, workplace bullying, and inappropriate behavior from my supervising Dean. I am a student worker who is an employee of the LA Community College District and therefore, I am entitled to the rights of all employees, which include a safe environment to work in. I have researched my rights and I understand that I can file a grievance with the HR department of the district and I am considering pursuing this action.

Some of the issues that I have faced include:

1. Retaliation

2. Racial and Ethnic Bias

3. Negligence of addressing Gender Discrimination

4. Differential Treatment

5. Acts of Coercion

6. Intimidation

7. Harassment

CA Ed Code Section 200-201(c) states that “Harassment on school grounds directed at an individual on the basis of personal characteristics or status creates a hostile environment and jeopardizes equal educational opportunity as guaranteed by the California Constitution and the United States Constitution.” I am citing this regulation because I have been struggling with my decision to resign from my student worker position due to these conditions; but I feel that I must resign in order to preserve my motivation to complete my degree at LATTC, which is the definition of student success on our campus. If I do resign, it will definitely “jeopardize my educational opportunities” because I will experience financial burden.

Respectfully,

Rosemary Sterling ASO President Emeritus, 2013-2014

 

Jennifer Winfield Former ASO Historian 2014-2015 LATTC

May 6, 2015

To: Students of Los Angeles Trade Technical College
CC: President Frank, VP of Student Services Kaneesha Tarrant

This letter is to hereby inform you of the resignation of I, Jennifer Winfield, ASO Historian. Through many trials and judgment- some of which to be considered harassment and ridicule- I have pushed through for as long as I could stand in order to complete my duties. I have endured uncomfortable work environments for the several months that I have held this position. It is truly a job that only one in the position would know. The undermining that this organization has undergone by it’s administrators in the duration of my board is truly appalling. The negligence and forceful hand of our “rulers” has created nothing short of a totalitarianism within a community college. Anything that this board strives for that isn’t agreed upon by the administration is voided, unnoted, or meetings are canceled to prevent action.

As Historian, none of my check requests have ever been signed by the necessary administrators. I was discouraged to plan events during the last few months of my term. I couldn’t even see a check for a projector or camera. The clubs receive different treatment, simply because they are the masses. With so few on our side who comprehend the legality of our documents and processes, we lack the support needed to fight back. Not to mention, the condescending way we are confronted with such topics by our higher ups can be very off-putting.

Furthermore, I wish the future ASO board the best. I simply wish that the students of Los Angeles Trade Technical College would get more involved with the people in the office, instead of listening to hearsay from people outside. So much corruption goes on in this blanketed world of student government that isn’t always documented. My first impression of this school and this world has changed greatly. Upon entering this world, you find that your heroes are villains, and you must be willing to let go of your sanity to enforce change.

May this corrupted place serve as an asylum to the strong, and may my letter, along with my colleagues’ letters serve as the match to ignite a fire to guide them.

Best Regards,
Jennifer Winfield
Former ASO Historian 2014-2015

San Jose State ASI President Resigns

Originally posted https://castudentunion.org/2015/02/27/san-jose-state-asi-president-resigns/
February 27th, 2015
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It is with a heavy heart that I must announce my resignation from Associated Students. While this may come as a great surprise to many, please know that this was the best outcome possible.

This past semester saw a flurry of controversy. I am proud to say that the A.S. board handled the termination of the Executive Director exceptionally well. The Associated Students Controller showed great courage in making the original discovery, as well as the Interim Executive Director who provided much-needed leadership and stability.

Unfortunately, the termination of the Executive Director was the only situation in which we provided true leadership. When it was revealed that the campus administration misspent $28 million dollars on a botched technology upgrade, we were noticeably silent. When allegations of racism from a major University donor arose, we condemned no one and made no statements in support of a diverse, inclusive campus. When we were told that everything was on the table in regards to SSETF except cutting it entirely, we readily accepted that ultimatum even though this student fee was created undemocratically and without a student referendum.

As the head of the organization, I should have set the tone for a stronger, more firm student voice. Where I once found myself loudly condemning things I felt strongly about, I soon became part of the machine, where my primary job was to maintain the status quo and defend the respectability of our institution even when it was wrong. For this I owe everyone an apology, for this is not what I was elected to do.

To those students who are concerned about rising fees, lack of add codes and class sections, poor facilities, and poor teachers, the only thing you can do is organize. If you truly want change you must organize in mass numbers and direct action in order to force those in power to face critical issues in ways that they would not have otherwise. If you don’t, they will always worry more about maintaining their jobs and maintaining the status quo than doing what’s truly right.

Finally, we need justice for Antonio Lopez Guzman, Gregory Johnson, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Mike Brown, and Ezell Ford. If you think militarized police doesn’t affect you when UPD can shoot an innocent man in the back with no accountability on our own campus, please rest assured that it can happen to you too.

I do intend to make up for my lack of leadership as a student activist, and to continue fighting for the things that truly matter on campus and off. I challenge you to do the same. #JusticeForJosiah. #BlackANDBrownLivesMattergary-daniels-sjsu-president

Yours truly,

Gary Daniels

 

 

Letter of resignation from UCLA Student Body President Devin Murphy

Originally Posted: https://www.facebook.com/devin.murphy.90/posts/10205229688771210

November 14, 2014

To the UCLA undergraduate student body –

Serving as your undergraduate student body President these last six months has been a wildly exciting and dauntingly challenging ride, to say the least. The love and support that you all have surrounded me with has been unremarkable, and I surely would not have been able to complete what I have without all of you.

Unfortunately, it is with a heavy heart that I must resign as the Undergraduate Student Association President. After numerous conversations with friends, family, and administration, I feel this to be the most responsible, necessary step for both my personal well-being and the success of the USAC Office of the President.

Firstly, this institution and all others like it around the country were not made for people like me. As an Afro-Cuban, Black Queer male, the toll that the stresses of this campus has had on my mental, physical, and emotional health is nothing any student should ever have to go through – but this is unfortunately something with which many students of color deal. My advocacy for the betterment of our policies and conversations dealing with mental health has been rooted in a deeply personal experience with my own inner-self. UCLA needs to do more to address the climate for students of color on campus. Otherwise, it continues to applaud the tradition that this institution was not made for students of color, students like myself.

Serving in USAC the last four years, I have egregiously ignored my priorities as a student, a friend, a brother, and a son. My work as President – which I will never regret or wish had been done differently – has overwhelmingly consumed the energies I should have been balancing. At this time, I must remember why I came to this campus – to be a Bruin. To utilize the tools and knowledge gained within the classroom that my ancestors have died fighting for. To turn the information garnered through lectures and readings into power, and to subsequently use that power to better the world that we live in. In honor of my ancestors, my family, and myself, I must critically reevaluate the energies that I expend on this campus.

I know this may seem puzzling and abstruse to many, and I know that many may not understand. Please accept my assurance that this is a decision that I have carefully mapped out and a result of engaging with my closest support systems around campus to determine the appropriate actions to take. But in the end, this is a decision that I have to make by myself, for myself.

To my OP (#OnPoint) staff – you all are the greatest, most amazing group of people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Your undying conviction for social justice and your diligent work ethics serve as an example for all student leaders to follow. My only hope is to see all of you carry on the work we have undertaken, utilize the tools of grassroots organizing, and win concrete victories that better the lives of people across this city, state, country, and world.

To my LET’S ACT! family – continue the progressive vision that progressive leaders before us have started. We should never stop the work that our ancestors and communities have started as it is for us to continue and win the concrete victories. Divestment is inevitable. Justice and freedom has never been granted by appeasing the oppressor. As students, we have a moral responsibility to ensure that our tuition is not funding the oppression of Palestinians, let alone any historically underrepresented communities. We’ve been here before; let’s do it again. As one of my past statements noted, “Until we engage in critical discussion, and until we remove ourselves from stances of passive neutrality, we will always be complicit in injustice.” Continue the needed advocacy on campus that builds a movement around divestment, against fee increases, surrounding mental health, and dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. Social justice issues are student issues, so do not let the privileges of others define the activism that is extremely needed on- and off-campus.

To my family in the Afrikan Student Union – You all have been the primary reason of my continuation as President. I am humbled by your love and support, and I have made it my goal to serve Afrikan/Black students on campus with the utmost sincerity. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you throughout these past years. Black students are the utmost under-resourced and under-served students on- and off-campus, so let us continue to build community and gain access to the resources we need to build the rest of our community.

And finally, to the undergraduate student body – may you always remember to pay homage to and advocate on behalf of the people who have passed through these halls before you. May you always remember that those that come from underrepresented and under-resourced communities are the ones that need you the most. Our privilege to attend this university is unparalleled. However, please remember to use this institution as a means to an end. Our two, three, or four years on this campus are but a stepping-stone towards the greatness we are all destined for.

Thank you for putting your trust in me to serve as your President, and please accept my endless apologies. I understand that many of you have unanswered questions, but I would appreciate the respect for peace at this time.

In struggle and solidarity,

Devin Murphy

 

Official Statement of Jacinto’s and Urrutia’s Resignation CSULA

Originally posted: http://csulauniversitytimes.com/772/news/official-statement-of-jacintos-and-urrutias-resignation/

csula-student-government-jacinto-resignsApril 16th, 2014

On April 15th, 2014, an official statement by A.S.I.’s Executive Director,Intef Weser, was released stating that A.S.I.’s, Hector Jacinto resigned from his position as A.S.I. President as well as Steven Urrutia who was formerly A.S.I.’s Vice President of Administration.  Jacinto has been the A.S.I president since July 2013. From the official report it states that Jacinto and Urrutia both resigned from their positions as of April 14th, 2014.

At A.S.I.’s Board of Directors Meeting on Thursday April 17th, Jacinto announced his resignation prior to official business began and shared, “I have to step down because I was told to step down.”  He acknowledged A.S.I.’s support over the past year and thanked everyone for their constant support saying, “I just want to thank everyone who supported me and I wanna say A.S.I. has pointed me toward the right direction.”

An interview was scheduled with Jacinto on Friday, April 18th regarding his resignation but he did not comply. During the schedule interview time, Jacinto refused to be recorded and discontinued the interview.

Bylaws of A.S.I., Article V, Section 1, Clause 3 attest, “Should the office of the President be vacated, and should the office of the Vice President for Administration be vacated or should the Vice President for Administration be unable to serve as President, the Vice President of Academic Governance shall become President.”  Currently, Luis Antezana, former Vice President for Academic Governance has taken position as A.S.I. President for the remainder of the 2013-2014 term.

At the Board of Director’s Meeting, Antezana commended Jacinto on all the work he contributed to A.S.I.  during his term including Board of Directors Meetings saying, “Hector definitely brought energy at these meetings.”

So far, there is no official word yet on the reasons regarding Jacinto’s and Urrutia’s abrupt resignations.

Humboldt State ASI President Resigns

December 3rd, 2013

Beating Rollin to the Punch, Student Body President Resigns
Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
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Effective immediately, I, Jacob Bloom, hereby resign from my position of Associated Students President, December 2, 2013. It was not an easy choice, but an obvious one that I have put a lot of thought into. I work hard for students. I think long term. I practice what I preach. I maintained my integrity, and my integrity brought me here. Don’t worry, there is a plan. I am very strategic with my work, and it has only just begun.

I would like to urge members of the Associated Students organization to quit running in the hamster wheel. Please avoid an agenda set by a tunnel vision stricken administration leading us directly off the edge of a cliff. Band aids won’t do when you need surgery, stitches, and drugs. The Associated Students organization, much like our universities administration, is set up to: breed complacency, haphazardly perform administrative functions, fail at addressing genuine issues, save face, build resumes, and then party and/or mindlessly volunteer away the woes that occur from selling your soul.

In the A.S. constitution, according to Article II, Section C, 2., “Should a vacancy occur in the Presidency, the Administrative Vice President shall succeed to the office.” Forust Ercole, the Administrative Vice President, now President, will do great. He needs the opportunity, and is a pleasure to work with. Also, with Rollin Richmond’s retirement on the way, I figured I had to beat him to the punch. Who wants to make my retirement party bigger than Rollins? Or maybe we can combine them…

Please stay tuned for more details.

In solidarity with R.O.S.A., the Revolutionary Organization of Students for Action,

Jacob Bloom
Jab181@humboldt.edu

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