The following is the document sent to Sen. Lauren Zavrel, chair of the Personnel Committee, by Derek Nix about the confrontations between Nix and Sen. Nate Gulley, which led to Nix resigning from his post as Senate Administrative Assistant.
I contacted Gulley to verify the facts, but have not received a response about the facts. Zavrel said that Gulley admitted to her over the phone that he confronted Nix. This document has circulated around the ASUO, and to many candidates in the upcoming election. Nix asked Zavrel to not release this to the public. It is, however, a public document and cannot be withheld.
Events leading up to 3/6/2008 (5:15pm)
A letter of events for Senator Lauren Zavrel, Personnel Committee Chair respectfully submitted by Derek Nix, Administrative Assistant upon Sen. Zavrel’s request.
1. Tuesday, 3/4 12:51am
A letter was sent to a campaign running in the upcoming ASUO elections as well as Senator Sarah Oaks regarding the Take Back Campus event hosted by the ASUO Executive and the Survival Center. Sen. Sarah Oaks received this email because she was originally advising the said campaign and was assisting the campaign through t-shirt design. This email was not intended for the eyes of the Senate and was intentionally sent to the Senate listserv via the Senate email by Sen. Sarah Oaks.
2. Wednesday, 3/5 2:26pm
The email mentioned above was sent to the Senate listserv via the Senate email account with no name attached as the sender all though there is only one possible sender who is named in the previous event’s statement.
3. Wednesday, 3/5 about 6:45pm
Sen. Nate Gulley approached Derek Nix, Administrative Assistant in the bottom floor of the EMU in the restrooms located across the hall from the computer lab. Sen. Gulley asked Derek Nix whether the email had originally been sent by him to the said campaign. Derek Nix replied in the positive and asked Sen. Gulley if he knew who the original sender of the “cut fat from PFC budget” was. Sen. Gulley said that he knew who had sent the first “phantom” email and upon being asked who it was said “It’s none of your f**king business.” For a witness of both parties being present in this location at this time, please contact Senator Samantha Brodey who visibly saw both parties at this time entering and exiting the restroom, being present in the said location at the same time.
4. Wednesday, 3/5 about 10:50pm
Sen. Nate Gulley spoke about the email in Senate during committee updates. Anyone that this account would be forwarded to was present at the said meeting therefore there is no need to explain this event in detail.
5. Thursday, 3/6 about 4:20pm to 4:40pm
Derek Nix left the Buzz in the EMU and began walking up the amphitheatre and upon running into Sen. Nate Gulley and Kari Herinckx, ignored all comments made by Sen. Gulley while continuing to walk to the bus stop in order to return home from campus. Sen. Gulley decided to walk with Derek Nix and began conversing with Derek Nix until they reached 13th between Lillis and Allen. Sen. Nate Gulley sat on the stone wall and continued to speak. Statements that Sen. Gulley said during the conversation were as follows; “I do not accept your apology, I don’t need it”, “the respect and professionalism are out the window now”, “I am going to make sure that I get you fired”, “If I were on your campaign I would disassociate myself from you in order to save the campaign”, “you are not an LGBTQA volunteer”, “you do not support ethnic studies, back off ethnic studies, you have never been to any meetings or events”, “If you threaten my friends then I will come after you”. While trying to converse with Sen. Gulley, Derek Nix attempted to apologize for the above events and asked if it were possible to remain professional while conversing. Sen. Gulley refused to remain professional and went as far as to threaten Derek Nix on more than one account at this time, one of which included a hand gesture implying physical damage. Sen. Gulley snapped his finger near Derek Nix’s ear in order to confirm that Derek Nix was listening to what he was saying on another account of physical aggression. To confirm the time, date and peoples of this conversation please contact Kari Herinckx who was present at confrontation and contact Sen. Kate Jones and Sen. Diego Hernandez who were present at the conclusion of this conversation.
6. Thursday, 3/6 4:59pm
Derek Nix called Sen. Lauren Zavrel and inquired about the possibility of his extermination from the position of Administrative Assistant. Sen. Lauren Zavrel said that it would be up to the personnel committee and continued on to say that all conversations should be held in a professional location and on a professional basis. She then set up a meeting time for Friday, 3/7 with Derek Nix and requested that he bring this letter of events for which I, Derek Nix, submit to Sen. Lauren Zavrel and anyone thereafter that may need it as an account for recent events in the ASUO to be sent to them from Sen. Laruen Zavrel herself and no one else. This letter will be invalid if received by anyone other than Sen. Lauren Zavrel after the original submission by Derek Nix.
7. Personal Attachment
I respectfully remind the Personnel Committee and Chair (and any others that this letter may be sent to by Sen. Lauren Zavrel) that what I do with my own time is not directly related to my position of Administrative Assistant. The accusations and basis of my possible extermination is not related to my duties and the requirements of the position I hold therefore there is no basis for my extermination from the ASUO Student Senate. If I am removed from my position I will be requesting written documentation of reason for my extermination and upon being given no solid reasons, the matter will become one of a legal court. Once again, I remind the body that my minutes have been detailed beyond any other past Administrative Assistant’s work. The scores given by the Personnel Committee last term reflect the work that I do for the Senate and should be taken into consideration when hearing this case. My personal life and my work as the Administrative Assistant are not the same and should not be considered so by anyone involved with the ASUO or by anyone who is not involved in the ASUO. The accusations against me are not as serious as the actions taken by the Senate body considering that my physical health has now been threatened by a member of the Senate and I no longer feel safe in such an unprofessional environment. Thank you.