The UNC student body vice president’s position will remain open to all students — regardless of financial means.
Student Congress tried to sustain Student Body President Will Leimenstoll’s veto of a bill that would have eliminated the vice president’s $2400 annual stipend at a meeting Tuesday.
The vote was 17-14 with three abstaining, meaning that members failed to gather the two-thirds majority needed to override the veto.
The Student Congress bill that would eliminate the student body vice president’s annual $2,400 stipend has had a contentious history:
- The bill passed Student Congress with a two-thirds majority vote on Nov. 13. Student Body President Will Leimenstoll vetoed the bill five days later.
- An attempt to override Leimenstoll’s veto narrowly failed Tuesday.
Leimenstoll spearheaded the veto’s opposition movement by contacting members of Student Congress to discuss the bill.
He said he was grateful for the two-week period before the vote, which allowed him time to get to know members on a more personal level.