Monday, September 17, 2007
Counting is fun!
Resign faster! The Judicial Council continues to bleed justices like a hemophiliac. This time, Rachel Smith is stepping out, with an unusual comment:
"My idealistic notions regarding the appropriate resolution of some of the cases that have come before us caused me to reconsider whether I could justify continuing to be part of this body," Smith said in the letter.Ouch. A departure from the traditional "It's been a great time here" approach. The two notable Judicial Council cases during her tenure (speculate!):
The Judicial Council agreeing to extend the referendum deadline because the Senate wasn't competent enough to meet the one it set, in which Smith dissented, noting "Merely missing a deadline does not, in fact, make for an 'urgent situation'."
The Judicial Council having to deal with a pissed off DAAP with lawyers in tow (again) on its own, with ASUC Attorney Mark Himelstein running away like a little girl because he was terrified of the scary black man. The Judicial Council ended up doing some pretty embarrassing acrobatics to give up.
Now that she's resigned, though, she can say whatever she wants. It's not like she signed a contract to stay silent or anything. And I always have space. (hint hint)
The Judicial Council, which rules on cases within the ASUC, has nine seats, three of which are reserved for graduate students and six of which are open to both undergraduates and graduate students, said Kate Feng, chair of the council.I hope Feng didn't really say that. None of those seats are reserved for anyone in particular. Three seats are chosen by the GA and six by the ASUC President. Still, since no one bothered to actually update the ASUC Constitution to reflect this, I suppose the error is understandable.
ASUC President Van Nguyen said that while the ASUC has been actively searching for new justices, they have had little luck in filling the openings, possibly due to the justices' two-year terms.Oooh, oooh, I have a question! What makes a person "qualified" for the Judicial Council seat? As far as I can tell, all you need are literacy and patience. I don't even think being around for two years even matters, since no one else seems to stick around that long. Maybe we should hear about these qualifications from Van, so applicants can filter themselves. And remember, kids... beggars can't be choosers.
"Only three people have applied already, and they're not three which are qualified to take the seat," Nguyen said.
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