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When Voting Legally, Senate Chooses Hamilton

In a stunner, Senate today changed its mind and elected Sara Hamilton as Senate President for the Summer. In an illegal, secret vote on Wednesday the Senate had purportedly elected Athan Papailiou.

So why the switch? Either the ballots were manipulated during the secret, illegal election or at least two Senators changed their votes. Additionally, why didn’t any Student Senators (including the three who were nominated for leadership positions) question then-President Stephanie Erickson when she broke the law at Wednesday’s meeting? There wasn’t a peep from the entire body– despite the fact that it was a rather brazen violation of Oregon Public Meetings Law.

Look at it this way: if the Commentator and Emerald hadn’t brought the illegal nature of the vote to light (and threatened to file a grievance), Hamilton wouldn’t be Senate President.

And in related Senate news, they’ve finally gone to the trouble of posting the minutes from the 5/24 Walk Out meeting. Good times.

  1. Ian says:

    Did I forget to mention that the vote was both illegal and secret?

  2. Niedermeyer says:

    How do you satirize this?

  3. Tyler says:

    Posting the minutes is a nice gesture, but I don’t remember the ASUO posting minutes online last year. I don’t think they have to do it; it heps with transparency, though

    I say that because I remember my own problems getting a hold of minutes last year, especially for the original PFC meeting, at which they denied our Mission Statement. It was like pulling teeth. When I finally got the minutes, it was quite obvious that they had been tampered with.

    Yeah, talk about good times.

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