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Student senator under scrutiny

March 26
04:46 2014

By Allyssa Schoonover
Reporter

San Antonio sophomore Chase Hardy, a student senator, will still run in the Student Body President election after facing a possible impeachment this past week.

Hardy said an impeachment could have affected student elections this spring.

“It is also unfortunate that if the impeachment went through, the Student Body President election would have been won by default,” Hardy said.

Arlington junior Dominic Edwards said the executive council brought up the impeachment due to discrepancies in his lack of attendance and involvement.

According to the constitution of the Baylor Student Body, three-fourths of the senators present must vote to approve the impeachment, which did not happen Thursday when the vote took place.

Before the meeting, the senate executive council ordered Hardy’s resignation. When he declined, he went before the Senate for possible impeachment.

Hardy said he felt the charges against him were trivial. He said the absences in question boiled down to a lack of recorded senate service hours.

“I believe that I have whole-heartedly fulfilled my obligations as a senator and that the charges against me were an error,” said Hardy.

Edwards said he did not feel that the senate executive council’s decision to bring up this issue was tied to upcoming student government elections in any way.

At the end of the meeting Student Body President Wesley Hodges made a closing statement.

“Value integrity and try to understand your neighbor,” Hodges said.

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