Impeachment of Cunningham is For Real This Time!
Written by Bwog Staff
Despite (former!) GSSC President Niko Cunningham’s cries of unconstitutionality and some Maps of Injustice™ pointing to a lack of quorum, Dean of Students and Associate Dean of Faculty/GS Mary McGee has ruled that Tuesday’s vote to impeach Cunningham is, in fact, legitimate. This makes President Cunningham president no longer. In fact, GSSC VP of Policy Nancy Saunders has already assumed (been sworn into?) the position.
McGee’s full email after the jump.
At the Tuesday, April 8th meeting of the General Studies Student Council, a motion was made to impeach the GSSC president, Niko Cunningham. The GS Constitution requires a quorum for such a vote, and a two-thirds majority is needed for the motion to pass. Fifteen members constitute a quorum of this 22-member voting body, and it was reported to me that twelve people voted in favor of impeachment and three against. By this vote, Mr. Cunningham was impeached. After this happened, Mr. Cunningham asked Dean Stellini, advisor to the GSSC, and me to review the procedures of the meeting and to investigate the validity of the vote. We took Mr. Cunningham’s concerns seriously. Based on our review of the matter and the information we gathered, we found no evidence that there was a violation of the constitution or the rules, and I communicated this to Mr. Cunningham. The GSSC Constitution provides for the Vice President for Policy to assume the position of the president in such an instance. Therefore, Nancy Saunders is now serving as President of the GSSC and I have met with her to discuss the remaining work to be done by the GSSC as this academic year winds down.
As you may be aware, the election process for next academic year’s GSSC is now underway. I urge you to attend the debates and read the profiles of the candidates for the various GSSC positions. The GSSC represents the GS student body and your concerns in many capacities in working not only with the GS administration, but with other offices and student groups across campus. Your participation in the voting process can make a difference in selecting the student leaders who will advocate on behalf of the GS undergraduate student body.
Dean of Students and Associate Dean of Faculty/GS
11 April 2008