President Impeached

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By Emily Martin
Senior News Reporter

A two-month long battle culminated in the removal of Student Body President Connor Clegg from office Monday night, and students who participated in the Texas State sit-in last week are breathing a small sigh of relief after their hard-fought victory.

The decision came after student senate found Clegg guilty of all six articles of impeachment. This is the second time Clegg has faced an impeachment trial, the first being in February when he went before the student government supreme court and was found not guilty of violating the articles.

That decision was reversed when Dr. Margarita Arellano, dean of students, released an opinion stating that she did not agree with the decision of the supreme court.

Originally, student government was set to meet a week ago in a joint-session for the impeachment appeals hearing. However, quorum was not met and the meeting was adjourned without holding a vote.

Students refused to allow the ruling to stand and occupied the area outside the LBJ student center teacher theater for three days while pushing the administration to meet their demands.

The needs were finally met late Friday afternoon, and the students chose to deoccupy the student center. The student government banquet was cancelled so that they could hold the joint session and vote on articles of impeachment.

For Claudia Gasponi, senator and author of the articles of impeachment, she is relieved but still feels there is a lot left to be done.

“The fight isn’t over,” said Gasponi. “I feel like the administration still needs to consistently hear student voices and student government still needs to be held accountable.”

Clegg says that he is considering appealing the decision made, but isn’t likely with only two days left.

“Well you know, we completed a whole year in office so I think it was successful year,” said Clegg. “I’m sorry that they had to remove me with two days left but it is what it is. I’m proud of the work we’ve done.”

Brooklyn Boering, president-elect, will be sworn into office at the LBJ statue on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Featured image by Marina Bustillo-Mendoza.

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  1. Rectifications... on April 19, 2018

    You should probably get some of your facts straight:
    The first hearing by the supreme court was not a “trial” but a review commission. The point was not to find him guilty or not guilty, but to find out if there was enough evidence to potentially warrant for an impeachment trial by a Joint Session of the House and the Senate. The Supreme Court found that there was not enough to move to trial, students appealed, and the Dean of Student overturned the Supreme Court decision, stating that there was enough evidence, and that a trial should be held.

    Second students did not “refused to allow the ruling to stand ” after the Joint Session was adjourned, because no ruling took place since 19 senators did not show up and no vote could happen. Students refused to see Clegg simply wait until the end of his turn and escape trial. The pressure they put led to a rescheduling of the trial.

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