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Apr 182008
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

In an utterly surprising move, just one day following student government’s Supreme Court’s dismissal of CSU student Edward Modec’s appeal of the recent student government election, we have subsequent appeal — this time from a competing hopeful from the presidential campaign.

The reasoning behind the Supreme Court’s decision was simple — Edward Modec, the student who filed the original appeal, is enrolled in only three credits after withdrawing from a class, is not technically considered a student by ASCSU, even though he has paid full time student fees.

With the new appeal, instead of avoiding the issue, as was likely the intention of Wednesday’s ruling, they have managed to raise another, possibly more controversial than those raised in the appeal itself — is a person enrolled in fewer than six credits technically a member of ASCSU?

The ASCSU Constitution, we think, makes it pretty clear that the answer is yes.

According to Article I, Section 102, “every student of Colorado State shall be a member of ASCSU and considered a full-time student for each semester that the student is enrolled with a minimum of six (6) credit hours and payment of full activity fees have been paid.”

Now, it’s easy enough to understand how the Supreme Court could misinterpret this clause as stating that in order to be a member of ASCSU, one must be enrolled in six credits and to have paid full fees. The two ideas are placed close together.

But alas, this is not the case – these are the requirements to be considered a full time student, which, if you read closely, is not a requirement to be a member of ASCSU.

According to the good ol’ Constitution, it is pretty clear that part time students are members, too.

Sorry, Supreme Court, you blew this one. We sincerely hope you’ll read more closely next time.

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