SGA’s Election Committee unanimously votes to remove Skidmore from ballot

By on March 29, 2010

The Student Government Election Committee unanimously voted this afternoon to remove Allison Skidmore’s name from the ballot for Vice President of Programming, according to Election Committee member Matt Galo.

After receiving an e-mail from Skidmore yesterday afternoon that was addressed to various student organization leaders, Galo brought the e-mail to the attention of the Election Committee at its weekly meeting.

The e-mail was in violation of the Election Committee’s rule forbidding candidates from sending mass e-mails during their campaign, according to Galo.

Skidmore said that prior to last night’s SGA debates, Election Committee Chair Victoria Stankus approached Skidmore regarding the e-mail that was sent earlier that day. According to Skidmore, Stankus said that the e-mails were “fine.”

When reached for comment earlier tonight, Stankus would neither confirm nor deny this conversation took place.

Stankus said that the term mass e-mail is “not clearly identified” and the interpretation is up to the Election Committee.

This is in opposition to Galo’s statement that Daniel Brown, director of the student center, told the Election Committee that using the Quinnipiac network and sending a message to more than one person in a single e-mail is against the rules.

According to Skidmore, she will have the opportunity to appeal this decision on Tuesday.

Skidmore, a junior representative and public relations chair of SPB, was running against Vincent Bond, sophomore representative and special events and traditions chair of SPB, for VP of Programming. As of 11 p.m. Monday, Bond is running unopposed.

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  1. really???

    March 29, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    More than 1 person per email?? Does that strike anyone else as absurd? Seems kinda crazy to hold people to that.

    • Jacob

      March 29, 2010 at 11:29 pm

      I’m pretty sure that rule is there so we student don’t get a lot of emails during elections.

  2. QU Student

    March 29, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    “Stankus said that the term mass e-mail is “not clearly identified” and the interpretation is up to the Election Committee.”

    In other words, I didn’t know what I was talking about, so to cover myself I will say it is broad, but no matter what, I win. End of story.

  3. spb member

    March 30, 2010 at 12:24 am

    This is bs. SGA elections should not even play a role in the election of the SPB president. They have no idea what it takes to be the president of this organization and who is best qualified to have that position. Let those who actually care about spb, and are involved in the organization be the ones to decide who runs their organization not people who dont even care enough to show up to the events.

  4. who represents me?

    March 30, 2010 at 12:32 am

    The amount of greek life in SGA is overwhelming. it has gotten to the point where SGA is overtaken by greek life. I don’t believe it is coincidence that a non greek life member is the individual being victimized in this situation. Keep in mind if Scooter’s opposition wins, the entire SGA eboard will be greek life members. How does this fairly represent the entire campus? i.e. those not involved in the greek life bubble?

  5. who is going to represent me?

    March 30, 2010 at 12:35 am

    The amount of greek life in SGA is overwhelming. it has gotten to the point where SGA is overtaken by greek life. I don’t believe it is coincidence that a non greek life member is the individual being victimized in this situation. Keep in mind if Scooter’s opposition wins, the entire SGA eboard will be greek life members. How does this fairly represent the entire campus? i.e. those not involved in the greek life bubble?

    • Yes

      March 30, 2010 at 7:25 am

      I agree with you. The Greek life in SGA is absurd. There are only a handful of people in the SGA who are not in Greek Life and actually have a voice of their own. After this year, I think that is going to change.

      • Broski

        March 30, 2010 at 12:12 pm

        I said this on another story, but Greek Life and SGA don’t have any connection other than the members. Fraternities and sororities don’t receive any monetary benefits from SGA, as they are not chartered. How is anything SGA is doing ONLY benefiting Greek Life Members? They put on events open to all QU students, they planned the Big Event, they developed the Book of the Legend, and they hold open forums available to all students. Sorry that Greek Life makes up a growing percentage of this campus and has members who want to make a difference here at the school. Don’t take it as a bad thing. This just means more leaders want to step up and help the campus. Why don’t you reserve judgeship on a possibly all Greek E-Board until you see how they can help you, versus putting down people and organizations you clearly know nothing about.

  6. roller

    March 30, 2010 at 12:43 am

    she cheated. End of story.

  7. student

    March 30, 2010 at 7:50 am

    if you have a problem with greek life being over involved… get involved yourself and stop putting down the people that work hard for the student life here

    • quinnipiac student

      March 30, 2010 at 12:34 pm

      unfortunately, it’s more difficult for non-greek students to get involved because those running with the support of the greek community tend to sweep the elections. greek life provides great opportunities for those who can afford to be involved, but in terms of student government and other student organizations, there are fewer opportunities for other students to get involved because they lack the guaranteed support that comes from being greek.

      • T. James

        March 30, 2010 at 2:53 pm

        I agree with “quinnipiac student” about the fact it is difficult for non-greek students to get involved. Its hard to deny that we’ve heard people say “Oh, he has the TKE vote” or “I can get you the Delt vote”.

        If a candidate is in a fraternity or sorority, it at least appears to the general student body as though that candidate has the guaranteed support of their brothers/sisters.

        And its not just non-greeks who believe this. I was just in class with a presidential candidate for the class of 2012. When asked who was running for junior class president, the person responded “greek life” and then proceeded to list each candidate and their respective greek affiliation.

  8. Outside looking in

    March 30, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    The issue here is that SPB should be completely separate from SGA. Do most people in the campus community know that the VP of Programming is the President of SPB? The SPB elections should be conducted from within their own organization. It hinders the organization for the election to be campus wide because many people do not have anything invested in the organization. Those who know what is best for SPB and what it does for the Quinnipiac community should be the only ones who vote for the head of their Organization. The race for this position has turned solely into a popularity contest and not into a campaign to find the best leader for SPB.