GSSC VP of Student Life is in a State of Perpetual Resignation
Written by Bwog Staff
Bwog received the following email a few minutes ago from Richard Adams, the (outgoing!) GSSC VP for Student Life. “I believe [the letter] stands on its own merits,” he wrote somewhat ominously. Except the letter is nearly incomprehensible, and Adams seems to be simultaneously resigning and calling for a vote to determine whether he should resign.
According to Adams, he learned of his own resignation in an email sent to him last Friday from GSSC President Brody Berg. This “alarmed” his colleagues because… what?
Anyway, he takes the opportunity to lambast the GSSC, calling it “a body that is increasing out-of-touch with and irrelevant to the needs and concerns of the GS student body. It has become almost obsessively concerned with the needs of the Council rather than the constituency it needs to serve.”
And then he resigns! And might do so again tomorrow!
Full letter after the jump.
September 22, 2008
Dear Friends and/or Colleagues:
I learned that I had resigned from the General Studies Student Council by way of an e-mail from the GSSC President on Friday afternoon, and that another Councilperson was in place to assume my duties. In reaction to that e-mail, I have placed an item on the agenda of the September 23, 2008 Council meeting which asks that there be a vote to decide whether or not I should continue in my position as Vice President for Student Life of the GSSC, a position I was elected to by vote of the student body. While I had discussed my stepping down earlier on Friday with the President, I had not yet submitted my resignation. When fellow Councilmembers contacted me, alarmed by the President’s communication, I was taken aback by this bizarre (and possibly unconstitutional) action.
I believe that this situation – more than likely caused by mis-communication rather than any attempt by the President to treat me unfairly – is indicative of a troubling tendency within the GSSC. It is a body that is increasing out-of-touch with and irrelevant to the needs and concerns of the GS student body. It has become almost obsessively concerned with the needs of the Council rather than the constituency it needs to serve. It diverts energies away from initiatives that could tangibly improve the lives of GS students and channels these energies into resolving internal political and personal conflicts within the Council. In short, GSSC has marginalized itself into irrelevance.
Given all the above, and considering the fact that my working relationship with the President of the GSSC has been irreparably damaged, I resign from my current position on the GSSC, and will decline to accept any future role on Council. I wish all of you success in pursuing the goals that caused you to seek a position on Council, and, in particular success to the new Vice President of Student Life as (s)he strives to bring quality and relevant programming which served the needs of the students of the School of General Studies.
Richard L. Adams