by Sue Britt|
Students voted to pass the constitution for the Student Government Association in a landslide, a 96 to 4 percent vote, that was held on UM-St. Louis campus, Thursday, Apr. 29.
Current SGA president, Jim Avery, said that some changes were made to the constitution to take out the ambiguities that had existed.
Darwin Butler, SGA president-elect, said the constitution is still too vague. He said the job descriptions for the officers are not clear.
"The power is kind of divided up in so many different parts, you can't tell where the power lies," Butler said. "[There are] so many people, and it doesn't have any structure."
Butler said the SGA constitution should reflect the U.S. Constitution.
"[In the U.S. Constitution] the president nominates the Supreme Court justices, and it's not like that in [the new SGA constitution]," Butler said. "[It only reads] the assembly approves [the student court]."
Avery said he felt Butler did not research the issue before he complained about it and that Butler had an opportunity to suggest changes to the constitution at the last SGA meeting but did not.
"If Darwin was so concerned or wasn't satisfied with the constitution, he should have been at the assembly," Avery said. "He chose not to be there, so it shows the SGA what kind of interest he has."
Graduate School Representative Steven Wolfe has filed a grievance regarding the election. In his grievance, he states that the lack of time between the Assembly's passage of the constitution and the election for students was inadequate. He also states the lack of publicity, the lateness in the year of the election, and the fact that the the election was only held for one day are sufficient reasons to make the election invalid.
Butler agreed with the grievance.
"I'm behind Steve on that," Butler said. "There should have been a full page ad in The Current, so the students could get a good look at it."