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Tuesday April 13th

Student Congress


	Student Body President Mary Cooper received 62 percent of the runoff election vote.

Year in Review: Cooper wins SBP in venomous election

Student body president Mary Cooper was able to pull away in a sweeping victory in the spring election, but the unprecedented level of controversy that plagued the contest is not easily forgotten. “It’s sad that this story became about the candidates and not the issues that students are going to be facing,” said Ian Lee, then the student body secretary and runner-up to Cooper, after the results were announced. “Mary was able to stay out of the negativity that surrounded this election, and students connected with that.” Cooper collected 62 percent in the runoff election, while Lee got 38 percent. The controversy began early, and first surrounded Lee, whose candidacy violated the Student Code, opponents said, because he held onto his position in the executive branch while running. It later evolved into several complaints against Rick Ingram, who collected the most campaign support signatures from students in recent memory — 2,945. Cooper and Lee said Ingram engaged in “malicious and harmful” behavior against them and their campaign staffs. The candidates provided evidence against Ingram to Andrew Phillips, chairman of the Board of Elections, who called a hearing of disqualification for Ingram. The nearly three-hour hearing, which wavered from tense to comedic, resulted in the board deciding not to disqualify the junior, instead fining his campaign $25. “You chose to try and embarrass me,” Ingram said to Cooper and Lee in the hearing.

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Student Congress rejects Dakota Williams as BOE chairman

Student Congress’ final meeting of the academic year was burdened with the task of external appointments. All were approved — except one. Without debate, the body denied former Student Congress speaker and student body treasurer Dakota Williams the appointment for Board of Elections chairman in a vote that was not immediately upsetting, he said. “The nice thing about not being (Board of Elections chairman) is that there is no moral obligation keeping me from suing anyone I want,” he said.

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Williams tapped for student elections board chairman

Dakota Williams, former student body treasurer, accepted an offer to become chairman of the Board of Elections on Tuesday night. Student body president Mary Cooper chose Williams, who has also served as speaker of Student Congress, to take over a body that oversaw a particularly venomous election season this year.

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Oversight committee passes bill to regulate student fees

A bill that passed through a Student Congress committee Tuesday night would give the full body the power to regulate changes to eight major student fees. In its inaugural meeting, the oversight committee passed the bill, which would give the body the task of regulating certain fees that are first considered by the student fee audit committee. Adam Horowitz, chairman of the oversight committee and the bill’s sponsor, said Student Congress has the right to regulate certain fees, including the student activities fee and the safety and security fee. Article I, Section 4 of Title I of the Student Code gives Student Congress the power to regulate these fees.

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Cooper’s executive picks to appear at Student Congress

Student Body President-elect Mary Cooper’s appointees for executive branch officers will appear before Student Congress tonight for confirmation. Cooper’s picks for student body vice president, student body secretary and student body treasurer — Zealan Hoover, Adam Jutha and Zach Dexter, respectively — will answer questions from members of the body. Hoover, who is in Cambodia, will appear via Skype.

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Finance committee passes revision to funding bill

Dakota Williams wants to use his last few days as student body treasurer to make a portion of the Student Code easier to read. Williams presented a bill to revise Title V of the Student Code to the final meeting of the finance committee of Student Congress. The committee voted to pass the bill to the rules and judiciary committee, which will meet later this week.

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Secretary no longer in charge of Student Code

The Student Code outlines only one job for the student body secretary. Tuesday night, that job was stripped from the role. After approving a budget of more than $135,000 to be dispersed among 53 student organizations with few objections, Student Congress passed a bill Tuesday that not only transferred the student body secretary’s duty of updating the Student Code to the clerk of Student Congress, but also repealed the $1,500 stipend allotted to the position. Congress also passed a bill that addressed a messy topic in the past student election.

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In aftermath of elections, Student Code may be altered

A bill that will arise in the rules and judiciary committee of Student Congress today could make this year’s student election the last to be riddled by conflicting interpretations of election rules. The proposal would specifically require that select student government members resign from their high-level offices before campaigning for another position.

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	Rules and judiciary committee chairman Zach De La Rosa has been praised for overseeing the Student Code.

Student Congress needs new speaker

With little more than a month remaining in its 92nd session, Student Congress is looking to fill the speaker position vacated Feb. 7 by Deanna Santoro. Though speaker nominations and the internal election will not come until Tuesday, representatives said the decision will likely come down to Alex Mills, speaker pro tempore, and Zach De La Rosa, chairman of the rules and judiciary committee.

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Dismissal could lead to SBP results

The road leading up to tonight’s pre-trial hearing that could result in the release of student body president election results has featured more than just the filing of legal briefs. Accusations have surfaced against the conduct of both former Speaker of Student Congress Deanna Santoro and Student Body Secretary Ian Lee.

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SBP results may come out Tuesday

The results of the student body president election won’t be released until Tuesday at the earliest, said Jessica Womack, chief justice of the Student Supreme Court. The court will hold a pre-trial hearing Tuesday at 8 p.m. to hear arguments on the issue of whether or not to dismiss a complaint levied by Deanna Santoro, former speaker of Student Congress.

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Deanna Santoro

SBP election results delayed due to Student Supreme Court injunction

The student body president election ground to a halt Tuesday when the Student Supreme Court issued an injunction that prevented the release and certification of the election’s results. The injunction to the Board of Elections to delay the release of results comes in response to a complaint filed by Deanna Santoro, the former speaker of Student Congress who resigned her position Monday.

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