July 14, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Election Resolution

By Phillip Montgomery

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 answer them.
We look forward to having a great year with you.
Phil Montgomery



July 14, 2014 at 11:35 AM

BSU Textbook Scholarship

By JHU BSU

Hello All,
We have secured a $250 scholarship which can be used to purchase textbooks. We have decided to split the money in two and award $125 to two students. 
The scholarships will be awarded to the winners of an essay contest. All rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to participate.
Each essay should be no longer than 500 word. Candidates may choose to answer either of the following questions:
  • How do you think the BSU can improve the life of Black Hopkins students? Feel free to use your personal experiences to support your argument.
  • Write a creative piece that illustrates your life as a black student on the Homewood campus.
Essays should be submitted to jhubsu@gmail.com with subject "BSU essay contest". All essays are due August 15, so we can announce the winners
before classes begin. The winning essays will also be featured in the fall edition of Perspectives.
 
Thank you and we look forward to reading your essays.
Sincerely,
BSU executive board



April 29, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Elections and Blackademies

By JHU BSU

Hi All,

This is a remainder that this upcoming Sunday at 7pm in Nolan's, we will be having the Blackademies!!! The Blackademies gives the general body the opportunity to recognize members of the BSU community for their contributions. Food will be served so please stop by.

In addition to food being served, we will be having our elections for E-board. Listed below are the nominees:

President: 
Tierra Langley and Brooke-Logann Williams

Vice President: 
Phil Montgomery

Treasurer: 
Asha Liverpool

Secretary: 
Zaire Julion

Research and Education Chair: 
Jonathan Brown, Matthew Brown, James Keiler and Tierra Langley

Community Service Chair: 
Jonathan Brown, Allison Watts and  Darius Thompson

Events Chair: 
Ope Olukorede and Bitsiti Hagos

Publicity Chair: 
Sinmidele Badero

For all those who were nominated and interested in running, please email this account informing the current e-board of your participation. Also, have a speech prepared for Sunday. It should not be longer than five minutes, if even. However, make your platform clear and have an idea of what you plan to bring to the e-board next year. If you were not listed above, but are still interested in running email the account also. Good Luck!

Best,
BSU E-Board