SGA Executive Council alters amendment approval

Leah Brown

After review the Student Government Association delared an amendment that had passed in its Tuesday meeting unconstitutional.  

The measure proposed removing the sole power of the SGA president to appoint judicial council justices. 

“The president is elected by the student body to make appointments in all of the three branches,” SGA President Keyana Boka said. 

She said this would bypass the presidential appointment and the senate. “I am very wary about the direction that this amendment is taking for the future of this organization,” Boka said. 

Chief Justice Seth Church said giving the power to appoint judicial justices to the consensus of the executive branch creates a more fair system. 

The changes to the amendment also included increasing the number of justices to seven.

 “I think the increase in justices to seven is beneficial,” Boka said. 

Church said increasing the voices on judicial council allows more people to share ideas. It also raises quorum. 

Senator Tyler Scaff rose against the amendment, questioning if the senate fully understood it.  

Cain Alvey debated Scaff, and said the senators have had two weeks to read and digest the information in the amendment.  

Alvey said the amendment is a “good, forward movement for SGA.” 

After the debate ended, Resolution 1-14-S passed. 

The Executive Council reviewed their constitution after the meeting and determined there were not enough senators in attendance to pass the legislation.  

The amendment is now still in first read and will be discussed at their meeting next week. 

The SGA office temporarily moved this week to Garrett after a flooding in Cravens. The office will remain there until their new offices and chamber are finished in DSU.   

The meetings will also move to the Garrett Conference Center room 203. 

There will be a question and answer session with Provost Gordon Emslie, open to all students at the next meeting.

He’ll be present to discuss the upcoming changes to the major delcaration process, and to answer any questions about that issue or other academic issues. The meeting is open to any.