Dear BSU general body,
I know many of you have been wondering about the results of the
BSU election. This email will clarify what happened and
how we arrived at the current e-board.
Because of the lack of committee meetings last year, last year's
e-board decided on qualifications for running and/or voting
which included attending at least 3 GBMs and participating in at
least one community service activity during the academic year.
All candidates were vetted against these qualifications.
Brooke-Logan did not meet the attendance criterion, did not submit
community service, and never informed the Recording Secretary
of her intention to run. As Parliamentarian, I drew up the ballots
according to the agreed upon requirements. At the election, ballots
were only given to qualified voting members. Some of last year's
e-board insisted that Brooke-Logan, despite the fact that she was not
qualified and had not declared her intention to run, be put on the
ballot. Some members decided to write in her name on the ballot.
Thus, the results the presidential election were: 6 abstain, 5 for
Tierra, and 4 for Brooke-Logan.
This created a problem. Under the BSU Constitution, a candidate
must receive 50% plus one of the vote to win, but since we were not
following the Constitutions exactly it became unclear how to resolve
the election. In the absence of an elected President, I became acting
President and consulted with OMA and BSU's advisor, Dr. McDonald,
for advice in resolving the issue. In the meantime, a survey monkey poll
was sent out by the former President. As Chantel was no longer the
President, she had no authority to send that email. Additionally, the poll
contained no statement from the candidates and was sent to the entire
GBM and many people who voted were not eligible to vote. After consulting
with OMA and our advisor, it was decided that since Tierra was a
qualified candidate who had essentially run unopposed she could either have the
Presidential position she ran for or she could have the Vice-Presidential
position and I would continue as President. Because she had other
commitments to SEED, she chose to take up the Vice-Presidency.
So, the 2014 - 2015 Black Student Union Executive Board is:
President - Phillip Montgomery
Vice-President - Tierra Langley
Treasurer - Asha Liverpool
Secretary - Zaire Julion
Publicity - Tiffany Onyejiaka;
Research, History, and Education Chairperson - James Keiler
Community Relations Chairperson - Matthew Brown
Events Chairperson - Bitseti Hagos
If you have any other questions or concerns, I would be happy to
We look forward to having a great year with you.