Tuesday, October 27, 2020

SGA issues bill to handle controversial speakers on campus

In its final meeting of the spring semester, the Student Government Association showed its support of a proposed bill issued by SGA President Justice Horn regarding protests that occurred at Michael Knowles’ on-campus event last month.

The bill would review future guest speakers based on how problematic or unproblematic their past speaking events have been. It would then be decided how to utilize security during said events.

The bill initially quoted Chancellor Mauli Agrawal, stating that UMKC has an “absolute commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and the equal rights of members of the LGBTQ community.”

Not all SGA members were on board with this verbiage, however, and the bill was altered to be more inclusive to all UMKC students.

“My opinion is to stand for all students,” said now former SGA president Abdulmajeed Baba Ahmed.

The newly-elected members of the SGA were also sworn in.

Ahmed passed down the throne to Horn and gave him advice, saying he should speak last, represent students, be unbiased, make SGA known to UMKC students and commit to the SGA code of ethics.

Miriam Maqsood took up her position as the new executive vice president, Zane Heflin took his position as the SGA comptroller and treasurer and Kyle Liggins had his position as administrative vice president renewed.

Director of Student Involvement and SGA Advisor Todd Wells expressed his appreciation for all the hard work the officers have accomplished in the 2018-2019 school year.

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