SGA is moving forward; students’ voices are heard

Jonathan Trauner
Staff Writer

Over the course of the past several weeks, Goucher’s Student Government Association (SGA) has undergone major transformations. First, Hayim Wolf ‘14 and Todd Troester ‘15 reached an agreement that instituted the Goucher Student Assembly, which will allow all students to voice impending SGA concerns and participate in SGA’s constitutional revision.
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Impeachment process stalls as Senate becomes Student Assembly

Samuel Kessler
News Editor

In a sudden reversal, Todd Troester ’15 and his peers who requested the impeachment SGA President Hayim Wolf ’14 withdrew their letter of impeachment  and called

Todd Troester with SGA President Hayim Wolf presenting their new plan for SGA . (Photo: Christopher Riley)

Todd Troester with SGA President Hayim Wolf presenting their new plan for SGA . (Photo: Christopher Riley)

for support of Wolf at the Sunday, September 29 student government meeting.
Rumors that the impeachment process had stalled circulated campus most of the preceding week, but until the meeting of the reformed senate began, it was unclear what conditions led to the change. The confusion heightened when an email reminding the student body of senate announcing that “the meeting will look past the impeachment process.”
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Student calls to impeach SGA President

Jaclyn Peiser
Editor-in-Chief

Samuel Kessler
News Editor

In the Executive Board meeting on Monday, September 23, Todd Troester ‘15 presented a letter calling for the impeachment of Student Government Association

SGA President Hayim Wolf at executive board meeting regarding senate logistics [Photo: Christopher Riley]

SGA President Hayim Wolf at executive board meeting regarding senate logistics [Photo: Christopher Riley]

President Hayim Wolf ‘14. As a result, SGA Executive Board voted to reconvene senate for this upcoming Sunday at 8 p.m. to call a vote for Wolf’s impeachment.
Troester’s proposal addresses the executive board’s decision to suspend senate and the constitution. The letter was initially sent to Executive Board in addition to the Dean of Students, Assistant Dean of Students, Special Assistant to the President, College Chaplain, Director of Student Engagement, Assistant Director for Programming and Orientation, Program Coordinator at OSE, Associate Director for Community-Based Learning and Community Service Programs, and the Assistant Vice President for Student Life.
“The current SGA president, as the Chair of the Executive Board, has the duty to uphold the SGA Constitution and was elected to uphold the very Constitution he has suspended,” the letter reads. “The current SGA president has failed to take responsibility for his unconstitutional acts.”
Troester had an opportunity to present his proposition to approximately one-hundred students who attended the meeting.
“I have nothing to gain and nothing to lose from this,” Troester stated. “I do not intend on being on Exec Board. I do not intend to run for president.”
Rather, Troester’s frustration stemmed from the lack of communication, representation, and adherence to the Constitution by the president and Executive Board. Troester intended for the letter to serve as a warning to the rest of Executive Board, noting in a private meeting that according to the constitution all members of the Board are impeachable. The constitution does not give Executive Board the power to dissolve senate or to suspend the constitution.
Wolf responded to the letter of impeachment openly.
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SGA: Update

Missy Ballinghoff
Co-Editor-in-Chief

Each Wednesday afternoon the Student Government Association (SGA) Senate meeting is held in Van Meter B10. Different Goucher Community members may come present issues, questions or ideas to the student body as represented in SGA Senate.  Similarly, any student, club, or student organization may attend senate and address issues, questions, or ideas they may have for the student body. The Quindecim will run a regular update of these SGA Senate meetings. The next senate meeting is Wednesday, December 5 at 3:30pm in Van Meter B10.

November 28, 2012:

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