ASCSU VP controversy mounts

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Sep 282010
 
Authors: Jordyn Dahl

Student government President Cooper Anderson and Vice President Jennifer Babos are addressing the Senate tonight during an open forum to discuss Babos’s decision to not running Senate, a precedent put in place by past vice presidents.

Babos has been absent from Senate as both speaker and participant for the past four weeks, and some Senate members have expressed anger and concern over Babos’s decision.

“I have to question her decision,” said Sen. Keegan Schulz in an interview with the Collegian last week. “I believe that the vice president’s job is to run Senate.”

The Associated Students of Colorado State University constitution names the vice president as speaker of the body and states, in the absence of the speaker, the speaker pro tempore steps in.

Student fees fund ASCSU and pay the salaries of its staff. Babos gets paid $7,250 annually while the speaker pro tempore, who has been standing in for Babos, receives $1,000.

Babos is the first vice president to not step into that role. She said that she is using that time to do more with her role.

“I’m doing more historically than vice presidents have done in the past,” Babos said last week.

Some senators do not seem to agree.

“If I as a senator decided to reach out to a student organization on Wednesday nights instead of going to Senate, I would be impeached,” said Sen. Ben Weiner.

Babos and Anderson will explain her decision to the Senate in the hopes of resolving the conflict. Senate meetings, held in ASCSU’s Senate chambers on the first floor of the Lory Student Center, start at 6:30 p.m. and are open to the public.

Anderson believes the meeting will be a success.

“I see tomorrow going pretty well,” Anderson said. “I just want it to be resolved politically.”

ASCSU Beat Reporter Jordyn Dahl can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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