Marci Luton on Senate resignation

Dear Editor:

Following the Senate meeting of Jan. 19, I was informed that Senate President Dillon Spies had planned to appoint Coy Clark as Chief Justice and to appoint a Constitutional Court as well. Following this, I was also informed that this plan had been in the work for months and the spot had been promised to Coy as soon as former Chief Justice, Jon Lordino, resigned his position. As soon as I was made aware of this I was distraught because of the planning of Senate’s President behind Senate’s back.

While President Spies is acting within his presidential power bestowed upon him in Senate’s Constitution, the planning of Coy being appointed as well as a constitutional court was done in shadows without Senate’s opinion being taken into consideration. The lack of transparency being the exact opposite of what Spies said that he would strive for as President.

Several Senators expressed their disagreement to what Spies had planned to do. During the meeting I along with several senators expressed our discontent with Spies’s decision especially with his choice to go outside of Senate to find a new chief justice.

While his explanation of finding someone without a bias to things going on within senate was a valid reason, in the end, it was an excuse because when taking the oath of Chief Justice, the new chief justice swears to uphold their office without bias; therefore, Spies’s reason would be invalid. I pointed out at the meeting and questioned Spies on his choice to appoint a constitutional court.

For the previous months Spies has reminded the senate (as well as The Eagle) that we needed more senators in order to obtain a full senate. With the appointments made to the constitutional court, Spies made the executive decision that those three students were more important on the Constitutional Court than making them Student Senators. I personally felt that having voting senators who have a say were more important than a constitutional court that had no voting rights.

Overall with everything that happened in that meeting, along with the conduct and execution of countless other things (which includes the Senate Conference) I believed my best choice as a senator was to resign my position and no longer be a part of a Senate. Dillon Spies and Taylor Strong make decisions and choices that I strongly disagree with. My hope is that my resignation will show Dillon and Taylor that they need to change how they are running things. But I fear that without any transparency as to what Spies and Strong are doing, everyone will be left in the fog and the senate will continue to disintegrate.

Marci Luton

Junior of Grand Island

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