Student Association : Greene rejected for the chief of staff position
Shavon Greene, Marlene Goldenberg’s appointee for chief of staff, was rejected for the position by the Student Association assembly Monday night.
Assembly members cited Greene’s inexperience within SA and her numerous other time commitments on campus as reasons why she was unfit to hold the position.
Greene struggled to identify the tasks she would have to perform while introducing herself to the assembly before the debate and vote-which assembly members later pounced on in their criticisms.
‘Look at her current positions on campus, she won’t have time,’ said assembly member Larry Seivert. ‘First off, she’s going to have to build relationships with people. I also don’t think she could clearly define what tasks she would be accomplishing.’
Greene is the special section editor for the Student Voice and has written for numerous other campus publications. She also serves as the vice president of the Black Communications Society. The assembly voted 7-5 against Greene, a junior dual major in magazine journalism and Spanish.
Those in favor of Greene highlighted the dedication she has shown to the position before she was officially appointed. Assembly member Alec Sim said Greene had already been serving office hours and already demonstrated she wanted the position.
‘I think she could really manage her time well,’ Sim said. ‘A lot of us are very involved in different things on campus. We show that people can manage their time very well. We make sure we can hold our office hours and fulfill our duties.’
The debate and subsequent vote on Greene was the second failed vote of the night, after the assembly moved to table a bill reversing SA’s budget season.
Under the current rules, student organizations must reserve a time and space for an event with Student Centers and Programming Services before applying for funding from SA. Under this system, SCPS would schedule events only to have to un-schedule them after they were denied funding from SA.
The new system is designed so SCPS would only schedule events that already received their necessary funding from SA.
Many assembly members were confused by the language of the bill, which said, ‘the current budget process should be flipped so the student organizations have funding first and then subsequently receive their space allocations.’
Some assembly members were also confused as to how long the new rules would be in effect. Comptroller Sacha Forgenie said the new rules would be a trial to see how they work and would last through the end of the current 52nd session.
Still, some assembly members were unconvinced.
‘I don’t mind (the new rules),’ Seivert said. ‘I’m always up for trying something different in trying to ease the process. I think we should add something more so it’s more specific. You’re flipping the current budget, how are you doing that?’
The assembly voted to table the bill, allowing language to be added to clarify its intent and length.
The other major moves of the meeting were adding two members to the assembly, allocating a total of $7,984 in special programming funding and appointing freshman Tim Wilke as recorder.
The new assembly members – freshmen Yafei Yan and Jennifer Cheng from the College of Arts and Sciences – were confirmed with relative ease by the assembly. The only conflict arose over Cheng’s lack of knowledge about SA and her admittance that she had not read SA’s Constitution and Codes.
Natalie Clay, SA’s parliamentarian, said not reading the Constitution or Codes is excusable because SA’s new technology director has not yet updated them on the Web site.
Cheng was voted into the assembly by an 11-1 vote, and Yan was unanimously voted in.
Sim, who interviewed both Yan and Cheng earlier Monday, said Yan displayed an acute desire to be in SA.
‘She could really be an asset,’ Sim said. ‘She seems to really want to be here.’
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