Arguments broke out in the Undergraduate Senate’s full meeting Tuesday as senators criticized the process that led to the failed bid of a nominee to the Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor.
This year brought the Undergraduate Senate's first opportunity to appoint a member to the committee, which advises Chancellor Carol Folt on issues concerning the student body. Following a failed bid for Senator Sosa Evbuomwan, the committee continues to meet despite being short a member.
There is no current replacement.
Speaker Kennith Echeverria said Evbuomwan passed the Rules and Judiciary Committee favorably and was put on the fast track for approval. However, concerns voiced by unnamed senators meant that Evbuomwan was instead put in front of the full Senate for questioning.
“Two senators reached out to me, and they said, ‘Hey, I want this resolution off the consent calendar,' and so I followed order, and I put them on the general orders calendar," Echeverria said. "Now, that means the entire Senate will have to discuss this nominee."
Evbuomwan was questioned by the full Senate on Oct. 2. After the questioning, the Senate voted. Evbuomwan failed to reach the required two-thirds majority by one vote. All but one member of the Rules and Judiciary Committee voted against her.
At Tuesday’s full Senate meeting, Evbuomwan read a statement addressing what she called an inefficient vetting process by the Rules and Judiciary Committee, overseen by Chairperson Tanner Henson.
“I was not asked any questions (in the committee meeting) despite being ready for them and recall the chair of said committee stating, ‘I can’t think of anybody more qualified,’” she said. “Everything that happened last full Senate could have been stopped at full committees.”
In a text, Henson said he did not praise the senator's qualifications during the Rules and Judiciary Committee meeting. But during this same meeting, he said he told her the committee would not ask too many questions because they know her level of competency.