Category Archives: SGA

Sitting Down with the President

by Analisa Novak

 

Unlike many presidents who are found only in meetings and their office, you can find this year’s SGA president on the front lines with the rest of the student government. Setting a new standard when it comes to the word “president,” Jahmil Effend is a face that many recognize on campus because he willingly chooses to participate in each and every single event that he can. The Bristol native transferred to Central Connecticut State University from Becker College two years ago, after he chose to pursue a new dream.

“Out of high school I went to play football at Becker, it was a D3 football college. I didn’t like football so midway through freshmen year, I transferred here,” Effend said.

Just because he didn’t want to play college football doesn’t mean that the sport left Effend’s life completely. With his roommate, Effend started CCSU Club Football, one of the most active and funded clubs on the CCSU campus. His dedication to the campus grew from this club and he soon found a new outlook and goal.

“I spent the majority of my time freshman year going to the gym, eating and going to class. I did that for the first two months and I realized that, that’s just not the way to spend your time. So I got involved in football club and took the risk,” said Effend.

That risk soon paid off as Effend then became involved with Central Activities Network (CAN) after orientation his sophomore year. He later became a program director and joined the senate last year. Quickly moving up the ranks, he became the vice president of the chair committee and one year later, Effend now holds one of the most important roles on campus as President of the Student Government.

Even holding a role as significant as SGA President, Effend is incredibly grounded for such a powerful position. This is a president that puts his personal cell phone number on his business card, letting it be known that he is available to help any student, anytime they need him.

“I want to spend more time out in the community, actually doing things, meeting with professors, meeting with people on campus and just being visible and being available,” Effend said.

What is even more impressive than Effend’s commitment to his role as president is the fact that he does all of this while being a double major. Effend will be graduating this May with bachelor’s degrees in both Accounting and Human Resource Specialization.  But for Effend, it is his drive and passion that keeps him level. He enjoys going to class every day and learning more about his major. Effend finds this to be the key to balancing a busy schedule.

“You need to chose majors that you love, because ultimately if you don’t love what you are doing in class, it’s going to be difficult,” said Effend. “I found that this year has been even easier than before because now I’ve started my management and human resources specialization and I really love it.”

Effend gets to bring the skills he learns in the classroom into his student government meetings each week. His motto of “do what you love” has brought a positive energy to the SGA, which sometimes has very tough decision-making meetings.

“I’m meeting with every senator one-on-one this year to get their goals, their expectations of the executive board, so that we all can have one collective thought and I could put out the best student government possible for the students,” Effend said.

Effend’s welcoming personality is something that he wants all students on campus to feel. Effend is the main organizer for the anti-discrimination rally happening this month. He noticed the importance of the positions that student government members hold and wanted to bring the conversation to CCSU. Effend’s main goal for this event is to unite the campus and bring them together against the causes of discrimination.

“We really want to promote that CCSU cares, we are a university that is inclusive, we are a university that doesn’t discriminate and one that doesn’t want to discriminate,” said Effend.

With such a short time as president, Effend and his E-board members have been making incredible strides for the CCSU community. He helped make last year’s election the most voted election in recent years. With an impressive and record-breaking amount of 551 votes on the first day alone, Effend credits this turnout to the candidate gallery he planned last May. This candidate gallery will become a staple in SGA elections for years to come.

With his legacy already cemented, Effend hopes that his time here will be remembered as a president that helped improve the relationship between student government and the CCSU students.

“I really want people to leave my presidency saying SGA is one of the most visible organizations on campus and I know what the student government does and I know what student government is.”

You can meet President Effend and other members of student government every Wednesday at their Student Government Association Meetings at 3:05 p.m. in the Student Center, Bellin A-B room.

SGA Bullets

Motion not to exceed $70,000.00 for spring concert from SGA Reserves Y:21 N:0 .

Motion to allocate $5,600.00 for Homecoming Week with $3,500.00 for t-shirts, $500.00, $100.00 going to DJs, and $1,500.00 going to security for the Homecoming Dance. Pass: 24, Abstain-1

Motion to approve Club Soccer’s line item in full, requesting $500.00 for travel and $1,000.00 for athletic travel.   Pass: 25.

Cracks in the System: How a Sex Offender Was Able to Go Undetected

 

 

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by: Analisa Novak

Cracks in the system Central Connecticut State University uses to monitor sex offenders allows registered sex offenders to attend school undetected. The flaws came to light this past summer after it was revealed that a student on the registry had attended for a year without state police or university knowledge.

CCSU is the only Connecticut State University that does not list the names of sex offenders on the campus website.

Federal law only requires the school to make the information accessible for those on campus.

CCSU does this by providing a link to the Connecticut Sex Offender Registry, the minimum to comply with the Campus Sex Crime Prevention Act.

“It’s a judgment call,” said Mark McLaughlin, Associate Vice President, Marketing & Communications.

That’s the same federal law that Southern, Eastern and Western Connecticut state universities also have to follow.

The three schools, like CCSU, also provide that generic link but they go further and provide the names of the student sex offender and registry numbers on their website.

“We do this because the CT sex offender list is always changing, there are some offenders that still list SCSUs address on the official registry, that don’t go here. By making sure our campus list is accurate and up to date, we can better provide the information,” SCSU Campus Detective Cynthia Torres said.

The state also provides the CSUs with a list of sexual offenders on the database so they can cross-reference applicants and existing students as well.

This secondary check, if done, could also catch any offenders who are failing to disclose. This is done at the request of the university.

“They check our list (statewide registry list) against their list (campus list), to see if there is anyone going to school who is on the registry. If they notice that there is someone on there, who they have questions about, and contact us and ask if a particular student is listed being at the university on the registry and we say no, now we know there’s a violation and that’s a felony,” CT State Police Sergeant Matthew Garcia said.

The CT state registry list states that seven offenders use CCSU as their school address.

According to the most up-to-date list, which only the CCSU police have, only four offenders currently attend CCSU.

CCSU Police has listed a student who is a registered offender by the wrong name. His first and last name were mixed up on their hardcopy list and if students were to search for him on the state registry, using the name provided by the CCSU police, the name wouldn’t appear

“I think it’s important for the safety of our campus that the sex offender list is easily accessible by students and the more transparency on issues around sexual violence, the better,” said Sarah Dodd, CCSU Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention Specialist.

According to Gregory Sneed, CCSU Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety, there is an interview process that registered sex offenders go through before they become a student on campus.

“Sex offenders are required to register where they reside and where they are going to school. So by virtue of that, they notify the state, the state then notifies us. We then call them in and to just have a conversation with them.”

Prospective students choose to do the Common Application or the CCSU College Net application.

Both these applications ask prospective students to disclose any misdemeanors or felonies.

Applicants cannot go forward with the online application without selecting either yes or no.

If yes is selected, admissions forward the information to campus police, who will then speak to the applicant if needed.

Campus police are not responsible for selecting who gets admitted into CCSU even if they are sex offenders.

 

Sex Offenders are required by federal law to select yes and to not only inform the university, but also the state police.

“Failure to notify would then constitute a class D felony which is punishable up to five years (CGS § 54-256),” according to Sergeant Garcia.

The campus police cannot issue this particular felony violation, only the state police can.

Nathan George Cheatham, 28, failed to inform the university or the state police of his enrollment at CCSU.

By doing so he went undetected among students and faculty for an entire school year.

Cheatham was required to register to the police under CT 54-253, which deals with individuals who have been convicted out of state and are now living in Connecticut.

Cheatham was 18 when he was arrested in Michigan in 2005 for a sexual act with a 14-year-old girl.

 “It should be noted that it is believed that she was actually 13 years of age when this (act) had transpired,” according to police reports obtained by The Recorder through a Freedom of Information request with the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office.

Another incident with an additional 14-year-old girl was also investigated.

Cheatham later admitted to the two separate sexual encounters with the minors, according to the police transcripts.

Cheatham was charged with Gross Indecency Between Male And Female (Michigan statue 750.338b). He has been listed a sex offender since 2006.

Out- of- state sexual offenders are required to notify police whenever they want to attend any Connecticut State University or college.

“If they’re moving into Connecticut they have to let us know where they are going to school. If they committed a sexual assault in (i.e.) MA and now they are coming here and going to CCSU, they have to notify us without undo or delay, “said Sergeant Garcia .

Cheatham’s sex offender status was not known to the university or police until after the CCSU Society of Professional Journalists received an anonymous tip.

CCSU SPJ is a chapter of the national SPJ professional organization for students and working journalists and protects journalism by fighting for ethics, training and their First Amendment.

Cheatham was to be the president for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The group was preparing for a trip to the national SPJ convention in New Orleans when members got the tip.

When originally questioned by the E-Board of SPJ, Cheatham was defiant and refused to speak on the issue.

Later he met with the vice president of the group. In an interview last week, she said, Cheatham told her that he is on the registry for “fooling around” with a then- sixteen-year-old girlfriend.

Cheatham also told her that it was optional for him to inform on his status.

Upon further investigation by the group, it was discovered that both of these statements were false. Cheatham was then asked to resign as president.

“As a student leader he should be compliant with the school. If he’s not following the rules of the school he shouldn’t be in the office”, said CCSU SPJ Vice President Lisa Massicotte.

After Cheatham’s offender status was discovered, the CCSU campus police were notified and the CT state police temporarily listed him as a non-compliant sex offender on the registry. Cheatham was also a Student Government Association Senator. He was elected earlier this year and was set to be involved in the finance committee. He had participated on a retreat with SGA members during the time where it was not known of his offender status.

Student Activities was made aware of Cheatham’s failing to notify the police and the university of his sex offender status around the time the information came to light.

But even as they were aware of this information, administrators in student activities continued to allow Cheatham to be an SGA Senator.

Although what Cheatham did is considered a felony in Connecticut, CCSU did not see it necessary to remove him from SGA.

According to the CCSU student handbook, any full-time student “in good academic standing and not under disciplinary sanction may participate in clubs and other co-curricular activities.”

When Director of Student Activities Scott Hazan was asked for comment, he forwarded all interview questions to Mark McLaughlin.

When McLaughlin was asked why CCSU allowed Cheatham to continue to be on SGA even after officials knew he was a non-compliant sex offender, McLaughlin said that federal Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) prevents him from responding directly to any question. He did say, “When we (CCSU) become aware of students or employees on the sexual offense registry our normal procedure is to conduct a thorough review.”

Cheatham was never suspended or expelled.  He was never put on any sort of a probation period by the university. Due to FERPA no information of a conduct review was given. It is not known if the school will ever seek any disciplinary actions.

At no time was any student member of student government informed by the university of Chatham’s non-compliance status.

When asked for comment, SGA president Jahmil Effend said, “We have to trust the university as we do with everything else.”

Cheatham never responded to multiple requests for an interview. As of now he is not registered in any classes for the fall semester.

Had Cheatham notified the CT state police of his status, the New Britain police would then have been notified.

“This whole thing comes down to the offender even notifying the state in the first place. You get on the registry because you’ve been convicted of a sex offense, you did time and you are being released into the community, you have to register. You do not have a choice. You are in the system. It is their responsibility to physically register with us and keep us informed,” Sgt. Garcia said.

The majority of sex offenders are compliant with the registry and the terms that come with their release, according to Sergeant Garcia.

“If they are going to be attending a university it is incumbent on them to tell us; if they don’t then now they are facing felonies,” Sergeant Garcia said.

If any students know of any offenders who are choosing to not disclose and meet the requirements of their sentence, police advise them to search the offender on the database, select submit a tip (located at the bottom of the offenders photo), and let the CT police know.

Informants remain anonymous

The Office of Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention provides services to assist and support individuals affiliated with Central Connecticut State University who have been impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence, and/or stalking. Students who need these services should contact Sarah Dodd at the office of Victim Advocacy and Violence, located in Carroll Hall, Room 248.

Editor’s Note: The Recorder strives to provide the university with the most accurate information possible. It is for this reason that no individual whether faculty or student found guilty of any offense against the state, university or any student, will be shielded or protected through anonymity. There were no aliases used in this story. The only names that will ever be protected in The Recorder are those of anonymous sources and victims of any crimes.

Contract Negotiations Stalling Amid State Budget Woes

by Nicholas Leahey

The arbitration deadline for the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Connecticut State University American Association of University Professors (CSU-AAUP) and the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Board of Regents (BOR) has been pushed back again – until June – as the state’s legislators continue to deal with the state’s ongoing fiscal crisis.

As a result, the current collective bargaining agreement has been extended.

According to CSU-AAUP representatives, negotiations are still ongoing over several key issues, as both sides pay close attention to the events which are occurring in Hartford over the State’s budget. Both parties have until August, when the current contract expires, to finalize a new one, with the state’s fiscal deadline on July first.

“The CSU-AAUP/BOR contract negotiations continue on non-economic issues,” said Dr. Elena Tapia, President and Chief Negotiator of CSU-AAUP,  in a statement.

The movement of the arbitration deadline comes after the Gov. Dannel Malloy asked legislators to reject a contract for the University of Connecticut Professional Employees Association (UCPEA), a union for non-teaching professional employees there, back in March. According to the Hartford Courant, he called the proposal too tough for economic times, and said, “Agreements negotiated between labor and management must reflect our new economic reality.” The UCPEA is currently re-negotiating their contract.

The new June first arbitration deadline also marks the third time the deadline has been moved. Both sides have openly said they wish to avoid  arbitration, especially in the state’s current fiscal atmosphere. Both parties, however, have yet to reach an agreement and are weary to discuss any economic-related issues with the state’s budget still pending.

According to official CSU-AAUP ‘Table Talk’ reports, a periodic report on the progress of contract negotiations from the CSU-AAUP to its members, has shown progress has been made on some issues, while others still remain in contention.

Specifically, in a March 14 report, both CSU-AAUP and BOR negotiators came to an agreement on a proposal which would enable multi-semester contracts to part-time faculty who have taught for six or more semesters. According to the report, eligible members and department chairs would be able to request such contracts.

In a most recent report released on April 6th, members of the CSU-AAUP, in a meeting on March 31st, asked about the status of a series of tentative agreements which they made with BOR negotiators on March 9, inquiring if whether or not the BOR had signed off on them. Members of the BOR negotiating team stated they were not done yet and that it was “a lot of tedious work.”

The same report also outlined justification for movement of the arbitration deadline to June first. It said, “This extension of the deadline represents a prudent adjustment in support of our aim to reach a fair resolution to several outstanding issues at the negotiating table.”

Calls and messages left for the BOR were not immediately answered or returned.

As negotiations continue, members of the CSU-AAUP and BOR remain tight-lipped regarding what is currently being discussed in meetings. Both parties have made it clear, however, they still hope to reach a deal in a timely manner.

SGA Meeting Bullet Points

by Analisa Novak

  • The Spring Concert sold out for the first time in a couple of years. An estimated $50,000 will be coming back from that.
  • There was an open forum for the upcoming presidential search for members of the college community to discuss the characteristics and backgrounds they would like to see in a president. A meeting just occurred to discuss the search for the new president. A new president should be chosen by mid September.
  • President Caroline Fox said she wanted to plan an event for President Jack Miller and his retirement to commemorate the years.
  • President Fox held her last meeting, thanking all those involved this year.

SGA Meeting Bullets

by Analisa Novak

  • Even with the hiring freeze, Student Affairs reported to SGA that 34 positions have been approved. Positions to be filled include a director of student disabilities services, hall directors, RN search, among other positions. An estimated 20 positions are still waiting to be approved.
  • Finance Committee reported that clubs requested a total of $923,009.80, they authorized to give $453,299.83. The total cuts being $469,709.07. The committee funded 49.1 percent of requested funds. There are eight campus clubs that are getting $10,000 or more in their base budget. Three clubs that the Finance Committee approved to give everything requested. One campus club will receive nothing.
  • Motion to approve the Chinese American Students Association line item for $400 was denied. They will not be able to purchase goodbye gifts for their foreign exchange students departing back home at the end of the semester.

SGA April 6, 2016 Meeting Bullet Points

by Nicholas Leahey 

  • A motion to approve a co-sponsorship with Natural Helpers in the amount of $2,500.00 was passed after a long debate and a recess. The SGA approved the money in a 19-1 vote, with two abstentions, that will help fund an alcohol awareness event put on every year by the Natural Helpers. They requested the money after money from a grant for the event ran out.
  • Motions were also unanimously approved for Theatre Unlimited and South Asian Students Association. Theatre Unlimited had their line item request approved to move $500 from entertainment purposes to recognition purposes, and $100 from entertainment purposes to refreshment purposes. Meanwhile, South Asian Student Organization had their line item request approved, moving $600 from their student center fees to money for supplies.
  • Senator Jahmil Effend brought up the possibility of adding more seats to the senate in the form of Transfer Student seats, and discussed bringing up a motion on the matter. After some discussion, a motion was made, and passed unanimously, to refer section five of the SGA constitution to the Internal Affairs committee for further review. The issue is intended to be brought up to the Senate again before the year is over.
  • Treasurer Brendan Kruh brought up discrepancies in the media board’s budget, according to his calculation, when discussing student activity fee increase. He questioned where some of the money goes to, in order to better understand their finances, and discuss the fee increase. Student Activities and Leadership Development (SA/LD) Director Scott Hazan pointed out that some numbers he received pertaining to the operations budget for the radio station may not be correct, and instructed him to speak with Assistant Director Susan Sweeney in SA/LD.
  • Upcoming CSU Day at the capital on April 19 was discussed. Students are encouraged to attend individually or as a club, and discuss why the state and local colleges should continue to be funded. A bus will be provided for transportation, and those interested should contact members of the SGA, or Senator Wyatt Bosworth.

CCSU To Host First Annual CONNCOSGA

by Nicholas Leahey

Central Connecticut will soon be the hub for college student leaders across the state, as members of the CCSU Student Government Association (SGA) get ready to meet with members of other Student Government Associations from schools across the state for the first annual Connecticut Conference of Student Government Associations (CONNCOSGA).

The one-day event taking place on Monday, March 14, to discuss the theme of higher education, will feature SGA’s from schools including University of Saint Joseph, Trinity College, Eastern Connecticut State University, Manchester Community College and other members of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU).  The University of Connecticut will not be in attendance as the conference takes place during their spring break.

“The whole point of the conference is to be a learning experience for the student leaders on SGA. We are having this conference to learn from student leaders across the state and have them learn from us as well,” said Senator Eric Ott, Chairman of the SGA Public Affairs Committee – the committee where the notion for the conference originally started.

The event will take place from 8:00 – 4:00 p.m. and feature a wide array of activities including presentations from all attending SGA’s, a “swap shop” for each school to showcase their apparel and a keynote address from State Senator Beth Bye, Chair of the Appropriations committee of the Connecticut General Assembly.

“We are excited to have Senator Bye come and speak,” said Senator Brian Nwafor, Chair of the CONNCOSGA and part of the committee created to oversee the making of the conference.

The conference will be modeled after the national Conference of Student Government Associations (COSGA) put on every year at Texas A & M University at College Station, Texas, and possess many similar features including individual breakout sessions in which members from other organizations will be able to share the inner-workings of their respective SGA’s. Members in attendance of that conference hail from various SGA’s nationally, as well as internationally, from countries such as Canada and Mexico.

“The conference itself was something we decided on doing after talking to other schools at COSGA,” said Senator Ott.

Members of the CCSU SGA hope to make the event an annual gathering, similar to COSGA, and hope to expand it in the future, making it more professional.

“We hope to make this a permanent thing,” said Senator Nwafor. He hoped to leave the event behind for future members of the SGA as a legacy, he added.

“Basically the whole goal is to learn from each other and bounce ideas off so that we may improve our ability to serve campus,” said Senator Ott. He believes the conference will benefit all students indirectly.

Registration for CONNCONSGA closes Friday, March 4, for all SGA delegates. After that date, the event will be open to all students, who will be able to register. Prices for students have not yet been outlined.

Communications Department Causes Film Club To Run Afoul SGA

by Nathan Cheatham

Few students know what is required to lead a student club at Central Connecticut. In order to use funds, club leaders fill out large amounts of paperwork and gain approval to satisfy state requirements to spend student money. Sometimes an inexperienced club leader can slip through the cracks and cause inadvertent hardship for their club.

This seems to be the unfortunate case for the Film Club, who was put on probation last semester after a deal with the communications department went foul. In last Wednesday’s Student Government Association (SGA) meeting, the Film Club came up after submitting a partially filled request to reallocate money that was previously given for a different purpose.

Their request was denied and sent back to the club. The SGA was hopeful to resolve the means in which the club was put on probation and get more information on their recent request.

CCSU student Dustin Luangkhot went from active club member to club president at the beginning of last semester. According to Luangkhot, he was approached by the former club president Gabe Hernandez, to take over.

“I accepted the position right away because I have been an active member and wished to see the club continue,” said Luangkhot. “It was fun. There were very casual meeting of cinema fans and amateur filmmakers.”

According to Luangkhot, the club was running effectively until he was approached by the Department of Communications. He was asked if the Film Club would spend $797 to host a trip for communication students to New York, to attend a live taping of the Meredith Viera Show.

“This was a great opportunity for production students to see the filming of a television program first hand,” said Luangkhot. “So I agreed since I believed we had enough money in the budget that could be spent on transportation to New York.” He went on to explain there was money in their budget that had been advocated for during a previous semester.

According to Sue Sweeney in the Student Activities and Leadership Development (SA/LD), who helps advise the club, she spoke to Luangkhot before the New York trip. Luangkhot explained the communication department would fund the trip and the Film Club would request the SGA to move the money into their account to reimburse the department at a later date.

She warned against taking this route to plan the trip, “You cannot presume to know that the SGA will reimburse you after an event.” She advised Luangkhot to not go forward accepting the communication department’s money and take time to plan the trip differently.

Sweeney also said the speed of event was abnormal. Stating Luangkhot came to her office to purchase tickets the day before he was expecting to go on the trip, having not filed any of the paperwork with the SGA or SA/LD. Most trips take at least one month to plan and get approval.

“In the days leading up to the trip, I was asked about the money by the communication department,” said Luangkhot. “Clearly, there was a miscommunication. I went to SA/LD to discuss using the money in our club account. However, I was unaware of the process and procedures of spending SGA money.”

Luangkhot noted he never received training or guidance on the club’s financial matters. Also he felt thrown into the deep end of the pool. Luangkhot explained he tried to cancel the trip, but was dissuaded from doing so by the communication department.

Department of Communications Chair Chris Pudlinski denied to comment.

Pudlinski has been in communication with Sweeney, looking for the $797 spent for this trip.

“Pudlinski just asked [Monday] if we would transfer the funds over,” said Sweeny. “And we said no.” She added, “Student Activities completely support the [decision of] the Senate.”

She explained there is usually communication between departments and the SA/LD before departments spend money expected to be repaid through student funds.

For the Film Club to come out of probation, the SGA is requiring their leaders to be retrained in the processes and procedures of the SGA. Luangkhot stepped down as the Film Club president, referencing not having enough free time to participate.

Hernandez retook his position as club president and Sweeney has recommended he cooperate with the SGA to get the club back on it’s feet.

Potential Lawsuit Against SGA Prompts Vote Over First Amendment

by Christopher Marinelli

After much political controversy regarding concerns of hate speech within the Student Government Association (SGA), The SGA approved a $541 allocation for the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) in order to bring in Bruce Fein in a 20-9 vote.

Members of SGA had concerned of bringing in Fein due to his involvement with the Turkish government, of which members of the SGA had claimed he denied the Armenian Genocide of happening.

President of YAL Brian Pyor discredited this assumption stating, “He’s an expert with foreign policy on ending over seas aggression, as a really high profile lawyer he had done some work representing the Turkish government. As a lawyer on international law, on regular law, individual words carry different repercussions legally. He was arguing the term ‘genocide,’ does not apply in this case.”

Pyor affirmed Fein’s knowledge of the matter and continued, “It absolutely happened, he knows there was a mass killing.”

Fein wrote in an article published in The Huffington Post, “Not a single one of those deaths necessarily falls within the definition of genocide in the authoritative Genocide Convention of 1948. It requires proof that the accused was responsible for the physical destruction of a group in whole or in substantial part specifically because of their race, nationality, religion or ethnicity.”

“Armenians have a genuine tale of woe. It largely overlaps with the tale of tragedy and suffering that can be told by Ottoman Muslims during the war years,” added Pyor.

Ed Corey spoke against bringing Fein to campus saying, “We did not want to allocate funds to that speaker due to concerns that he is known to make notes on certain things. He discounts it as a serious political event.”

The University Attorney Carolyn Magnan came to the SGA meeting in order to supply legal console after YAL threatened to sue the school if SGA chose to deny Fein. “There is no such constitutional misnomer of hate speech. Just because something is offensive to you, does not mean that it is not protected speech,” said Magnan.

Senator Stephen Dew also commented on the allocation after asserting his own disagreement with bringing the speaker, but emphasized on the importance of free speech on campus.

“When we start to limit that, in the sense of safety or if students would be offended, it doesn’t allow us to be the full adult we’re supposed to be,” said Dew. “It’s about trying to have that debate and have that discussion. Students can protest that speaker and not go to that speaker.”

SGA also voted to freeze the Paranormal Research Societies funds after not having club money accounted for with a 18-5 vote.

Senator Eric Ott spoke against this vote due to issues not being with the club, but rather with their president.

“I don’t like to freeze clubs accounts, but with paranormal club from what I hear things have not been going good for this club,” said Ott. “Apparently the president has not been talking to his club whatsoever; there’s really a lot of chaos in the leadership of this club right now. I don’t think it’s right to freeze paranormal club when it’s clearly the issue with the president.”