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A Lesson Of Constitutional Law For The Su

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Readers might recall that last year I wrote an article entitled “A Lesson in Constitutional Law for the SU”, in which I pointed out the numerous flaws within the Student Union (SU) Constitution and the ways in which the SU, under former SU President Keiran Carpen and former Vice President Jonathan (now Ares) Aung, repeatedly violated and ignored that constitution. Subsequently, the SU Constitution became an issue in the Student Union elections as several candidates promised to amend it and to start adhering to it. The article was even quoted by SU presidential candidates during the SU debate. On September 18, the SU, with Aung as President, met behind closed doors to amend the current constitution. If anyone should be happy that the SU tried to fix our Constitution it should be me, but I’m not. In fact, I am disappointed and a little bit angry, because the only thing that the SU succeeded in doing was making the Student Union worse and doing so in the most undemocratic way possible. First and foremost the amendments to the SU Constitution do little if anything to address the numerous problems that plagued the Constitution. The largest flaw in the old Constitution was the inordinate amount of power granted to the SU President, by allowing him to singlehandedly appoint a majority of the members of the Executive Council, the SU’s chief legislative body. The fact that the SU President was and is allowed to appoint anyone to these positions without any oversight means that these
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