The John Carroll University Student Union voted down a proposed amendment to its constitution Tuesday that was designed to modify the prerequisites for presidential candidates.
The current rule states that, along with full-time student status and a 2.5 grade point average, “a year of experience is required” for a student to run for president.
These terms were considered too broad by some Student Union members.
Senior Greg Lucsko, vice president for programming, proposed the bill.
He requested that a student must have served on the executive board or any of the four divisions of the Student Union in order to run for the position of president.
This proposal was tabled for two weeks, and denied by a 16 to 1 vote among the Student Union senators present at Tuesday’s weekly meeting.
Doug Walton, class of 2009 senator, said that the proposed amendment is designed to ensure a well-qualified president.
“It significantly decreases the pool of candidates and the ability of new voices to be heard in the Student Union,” Walton said.
He added, “Even well-qualified people would not be able to run for president under this amendment.”
Fellow junior class senator Alex Lendrum agreed, saying, “I do not think it is right to tell anyone that he or she cannot run for president. We should ensure quality, but also fairness.”
Justin Joseph, class of 2008 senator, proposed a separate amendment on Tuesday to clarify the one year of experience requirement.
His suggestion called for the presidential candidate to have completed at least two semesters of course work at JCU.
This bill will sit on the table for one week.
According to the bylaws of the Student Union, all proposed amendments to the constitution must be tabled for at least one week in order to ensure proper discussion about the bill.
President Andy Costigan reminded the senators that all amendments regarding the qualifications for Student Union president must be voted on by next Tuesday, October 16.
Presidential nominations will begin the following Tuesday.
All students are always invited to voice their opinions at student union meetings. The meetings are held every Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Rodman Hall A conference room.