U. Florida Student President Faces Impeachment for Supporting Ben Sasse as New School President
“received a no confidence resolution by the student body senate”
Merely supporting Republicans is heresy in higher education. This needs to change.
University of Florida Student President Faces Impeachment After Supporting Senator Ben Sasse to Become College’s Next President
A University of Florida Student Body President is facing calls to step down after she publicly supported Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska to become the college’s next president.
Lauren Lemasters received a no confidence resolution by the student body senate after she moved forward with approving Sasse as the 13th president of the University of Florida.
On Tuesday, the Senator was unanimously approved by the University’s board of trustees. However, he had been facing sharp criticism and even protests from some of the student body over his stance on LGBTQ rights and same-sex marriage.
More than 10 speakers voiced their concerns over Sasse’s political beliefs before the board’s vote.
In the end however, Lemasters approved the board’s decision to elect Sasse, thus now leading to calls for her job as well.
“I want to start by thanking you for, throughout this process, your candor and just your willingness to listen to not only me but to the concerns and the desires of the students for the next president,” she told Sasse during a hearing before the vote. She added that he would have to climb a “hill of trust,” with the University’s students.
Florida’s student senate issued a formal resolution arguing that Lemasters’ vote constituted malfeasance. Florida’s Student Body Vice President Daniel Badell condemned Lemasters, posting a statement on his Instagram saying that he could not “stand idly by” regarding Sasse’s confirmation.
One of the author’s of the resolution said they did so because Lemasters was acting selfish by approving Sasse. “She saw it from a perspective that I feel like happened behind closed doors,” Faith Corbett said. “Yes, it is hard to take account for 60,000 students, but I think when you have an active body of students protesting, the least you can do for the student body is abstain.”
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Welcome to the world of liberal lawfare, where freedom of conscience and freedom of speech are considered crimes against … whoever it’s popular for crimes to be against this week.
To abstain has the practical effect of voting NO
Oh the poor little babies!! Who put them in charge? Aren’t they there to learn, not teach?
UMASS had the ultra Dem, brother of a FBI most wanted criminal, Billy Bulger as president. Nothing happened. University presidents don’t really do much except show up at donor parties.
Count your blessings.
Before that, he was the frikkin’ State Senate President.
Half Billy, half Whitey…..
It has also been my experience that a president that the faculty hates is probably the right choice for the school.
As I recall the John Silber years at BU (before AOC).
Sasse would do well to abolish the student government if they go through with this nonsense. It’s one thing to issue a recall proposal and vote; it’s quite another to call this an impeachment.
I’m not familiar with the US university system; in what way does the UFL student body senate have any authority whatsoever over who the university hires as president?
I can see the approval of the student body senate being some kind of symbolic gesture, but does the student body senate actually have any meaningful input?
No real authority, but perhaps some courtesy opinion input.
The Student Body President is a trustee. The person in that role has a vote on matters before the board.
In other words, the inmates get to vote on which warden they want. Glad I got out years ago.
The irony is that Ben Sasse isn’t even a Republican.
Ben Sasse deserves UFL students.
They deserve him.
Maybe if he’d lead the students in hanging Trump in effigy they would see how he’s really one of them
They are so f—ing tolerant. The current generation of students’ dedication to free speech is touching. Back in the days of the Florida I remember (my brother went there), this student body vice president would have been tarred and feathered, or worse. It seems they’ve gone from redneck authoritarian to Red Army authoritarian in two generations.
At most schools, the SBVP is the runner-up, not a running mate of the SBP.
It’s not surprising that they would backstab the SBP. That said, if anyone is to be run off in any era, I don’t think that’s any better.
We should have tolerance for bad ideas, if only to be quite obvious and laid entirely in the light when they are bad.