SA Senate suspends two members for lack of participation

This post was written by Hatchet Staff Writer Madeleine Morgenstern

The Student Association Senate suspended two senators on Friday for failing to attend three consecutive SA Senate committee meetings. These two senators will be unable to participate in the initial allocations meeting Tuesday night, arguably the most important meeting the SA Senate holds all year.

SA Sens. Brandon Feldman, SoB-U, and Anthony Marenna, CCAS-U, were suspended after they each missed three consecutive Academic Affairs committee meetings, said SA Sen. Erik Ashida, CCAS-U, chair of Academic Affairs.

SA Sen. Jamie Baker, CPS-G, chair of the Rules Committee, said that Feldman and Marenna must each serve out a two-week suspension, after which they may petition for reinstatement. If they do not petition for their reinstatement, but do not resign, the rules committee chair may circulate petitions for their impeachment.

In an e-mail to the Senate, Feldman said that he missed one meeting due to a scheduling conflict with his fraternity, and missed another one to return home for a Jewish holiday.

“I take my obligations and responsibilities as a senator very seriously. It means a great deal to me and I would never want to disappoint the students, the school, or my fellow senators,” Feldman wrote.

Marenna said he is considering challenging his suspension in the SA Student Court.

“I take my responsibility to the student body and to Columbian College undergrads very seriously, and if that means contesting my suspension in court so that I can represent them during allocations, then I will do that,” Marenna said.

Marenna said that he has been in the process of trying to change his committee assignment this year, and that Ashida verbally excused him from two of the meetings he missed. He said he missed the third meeting due to another obligation.

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