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Ratification sparks discussion - The Torch
Ratification sparks discussion

Ratification sparks discussion


Nicole Rund

It was tense at the student government meeting on April 22. Over an hour was devoted to questioning senatorial candidate Charles Stewart. The 38-year-old Lane student expressed his concern over Lane’s high default rate and said senate should be making sure every one of the college’s students graduates.

Stewart expressed concern about his 18 year old daughter who wants to enter the Medical Office Assistant program. The program is potentially on the administration’s chopping block as there are plans to suspend it next year.

When asked about his grade point average, he readily admitted that it is 2.1. A senatorial candidate needs a 2.5 GPA to hold office.

Senators discussed Stewart’s contribution on campus to date. Senator Robert Kirkpatrick spoke on his behalf: “No one in this room is more qualified than Charles.”

Senator Anastasia Vail admitted that her current GPA has dropped to 2.1 and she would not qualify to be a senator if she had not been ratified already. Vail recommended suspending the minimum GPA requirement for Stewart.

Senator James Wessgert expressed concern about suspending the GPA requirement for Stewart. “Are we going to drop the bar for everyone in the future?” Wessgert asked fellow senators.

After further discussion, senators successfully voted to suspend the GPA requirement and Stewart’s appointment was ratified, 5-0-0. Vice president Ashley Jackson declared a short recess to “clear the air.”

On May 13-14, a trash audit will be led by sustainability coordinator Daniel Pollock to assess what kinds of things LCC throws away in one day.

Seth Joyce spoke about potentially holding a fundraiser for the students whose cars were damaged during the freak tornado on campus last week. None of the students’ car insurance will cover the damages sustained due to the tornado being “an act of God.” Three cars were severely damaged and one car was mildly damaged during the brief storm.