Union Director of Outreach Kendal Chapman ’22 is the sole candidate running for Student Union vice president in the upcoming special election. She said in an interview with the Justice on Thursday that she hopes to change the Union’s direction by creating more lines of communication and making the responsibilities of Union officers more clear.
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Student Union President Simran Tatuskar ’21 is the subject of an open formal Judiciary complaint regarding the duties of the Executive Senator and alleged violations of multiple parts of the Union Constitution, Bylaws and Code of Conduct concerning communications with other Union members, according to multiple sources familiar with the complaint.
The second round of Student Union elections took place on April 18, with 18 positions filled by a number of Union veterans and fresh faces. The Justice reached out to the newly-elected representatives to get their first takes on their new jobs and how they plan to serve the student body.
On Sunday evening, former International Student Senator Linfei Yang ’20 sent an email to members of the student body announcing his intention to continue serving in his position until the end of the semester, an unconstitutional action.
After a tumultuous fall semester, the Student Union began the spring by electing new members to the Executive Board, Allocations Board and Senate. Students could vote electronically in the 2019 winter elections from 11:59 p.m. Tuesday to 11:59 pm. Wednesday, and the results were announced in an email to the Brandeis community last Thursday.
Vice President Aaron Finkel ’20 swore in the semester’s newest members, while Class of 2022 Senator Alex Chang resigned his office in the last minutes of Sunday’s senate meeting.
At the Feb. 3 Senate meeting, Class of 2022 Senator Alex Chang resigned. This is the unabridged text of Chang’s remarks, which he has since sent out to members of the MyDeis2022 Facebook page. Justice editors fact-checked the speech and added clarifications and context in italics and brackets throughout.
The Senate renamed the Campus Operations Working Group and the Bylaws committees in addition to approving an amendment to the Bylaws concerning the impeachment or recall of a Senator.
The Student Union announced that Vice President Benedikt Reynolds ’19 and Treasurer Jerry Miller ’18 will resign at the end of the semester. Their seats will be filled in a special election to be held on Dec. 10.
After weeks of debate, frustration and disagreement, Sunday’s Senate meeting was comparatively mild.
Class of 2022 Senator Alex Chang and Senator for International Students Linfei Yang ’20 sent out successive emails last Tuesday to the first-year class criticizing Vice President Benedikt Reynolds ’19 and the Executive Board of the Student Union.
After more than two months of discussion, the Senate approved a resolution by a one-vote majority on Sunday that would purchase public pianos. The pianos will be housed in each of the two first-year residence quads, Massell and North.
Representatives from the Brandeis chapter of Active Minds presented to the Senate on Sunday to request club status. Active Minds is a national organization designed to raise awareness for mental health and wellness, the presenters explained.
After a round of of committee reports on Sunday, the Senate voted to allocate funds for an upcoming interfaith event next month.
The Student Union celebrated the implementation of a campus bike share program on Sunday, the result of a joint initiative by the Senate Services and Outreach Committee and the Senate Sustainability Committee.
This week’s Senate meeting continued discussions on purchasing pianos for both first-year residence quads.
The president of the Brandeis Conservatives Club, Brandon Musto ’20, appeared before the Senate to propose changing the club’s name to the Young Americans for Liberty Club. Brandeis had hosted a club also called the Young Americans for Liberty Club until last year, when the club disintegrated due to leadership problems. Musto said the current club name “pigeonholes” its members as exclusively conservative, when many of them are more interested in personal liberties, like free speech. The BCC currently has Republican, Democratic and Libertarian members, he said. Musto said changing the name would “expand membership” and that associating with the YALC would provide them resources and connections with Young Americans for Liberty clubs at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.