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Sunday, July 12, 2020

College is about learning (to do your job)

By Monique Merrill

There’s some excitement on campus: The Associated Students Board is holding a recall election regarding AS VP for Business and Operations, Genaro Meza-Roa, upon a unanimous recommendation for impeachment by the AS Student Senate and a majority vote in favor of impeachment from the board themselves.

The complaints cited by fellow AS employees include missing his office hours, missing job trainings, leaving a meeting to drink wine, refusing to use peoples’ pronouns correctly and generally not fulfilling job responsibilities.

Listen, we’re all busy. It’s college, afterall. And we would all prefer to drink wine over attending a meeting. Again, it’s college.

College is, in many ways, about making mistakes, learning from them and growing. Sometimes those mistakes are failing a final because you stayed up all night watching the seventh season of Gilmore Girls again, even though you know it’s the worst one but you just have to finish it so you can watch the revival in good conscience, and sometimes those mistakes are drinking instead of attending a meeting you are paid to be at.

Both of those situations waste tuition money. The difference is that the first wastes your own tuition money, and the second wastes ours.

Elected representatives have a responsibility to the campus community, and the bylaws of AS allow recall elections for this very reason.

Now, in the next couple weeks there will be an opportunity to fill the position again, either with a new student or Meza-Roa, who, to his credit, is not going down without a fight. Partially because, as he said in an interview with the AS Review, “to see a unanimous decision from a senate is, for me, a cause of great suspicion.”

Meza-Roa was invited to attend the Student Senate meeting, but was not able to attend. It’s possible that attending the meeting could have de-mystified some of that suspicion.

Again, college is a time in life when many make mistakes and learn from them. Countless young men learn to accept the fact that they cannot and should not try to grow a beard; students learn that trying to balance 18 credits, two nannying gigs and playing in a band is logistically and physically impossible; many come to understand that neither coffee nor Redbull are suitable replacements for water; and some people learn that they must show up to, and participate in, their job in order to keep it.


The Western Front Editorial Board is composed of Dante Koplowitz-Fleming, Monique Merrill and Laura Place.

3 COMMENTS

  1. (☞゚ヮ゚)☞ “Countless young men learn to accept the fact that they cannot and should not try to grow a beard; students learn that trying to balance 18 credits, two nannying gigs and playing in a band is logistically and physically impossible; many come to understand that neither coffee nor Redbull are suitable replacements for water”

  2. This is a poorly done editorial. Your headline prejudges the situation. From my readings of previous editions of your paper, his first offense was related to using the word “retard” in a literally appropriate (but politically inappropriate) manner, an offense for which he was roundly chastised by the more politically sensitive of his peers. Then he was denounced as a sexist because he didn’t vote for a person just because of their sex. Then he refused to play the pronoun usage game. THEN, after he offended a number of his peers for the above infractions we began to see questions about him missing meetings (one, I believe) and leaving a meeting early.

    I’ve been working for a liberal, forward thinking company for many years and none of this would have been an issue in the real world. I hope the Senate members true up their expectations before they leave campus for their first job.

    This sounds much more like an execution for political correctness than a problem with his work. Your headline attempts to obscure the real issues here. I expect more from a newspaper.

    If you’re looking for a story, what’s all this about the Senate being to vote out members who have been elected by the Student Body? I’ve never heard of that process existing anywhere else in the real world.

    • I mean, if you’re working at a job that allows you to leave work requirements to go drinking, then more power to you.

      “Then he was denounced as a sexist because he didn’t vote for a person just because of their sex.” I mean. Looking into reports of the incident at hand I was willing to consider his side but when you boil it down like that, this seems pretty sexist?

      Also, do you know what an editorial is?

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