In light of multiple letters to the editor we've received this week, I feel compelled to defend the claim made in the Feb. 24 staff editorial that "Bernard Goehle … made an ironic and hypocritical decision to further his personal interests."
To clarify: I would like to reveal some of the things that informed my own personal agreement with such an assessment. The weekly staff editorial is a collaborative effort of multiple Lamron e-board members, and this column in no way conveys an expression of any opinion other than my own.
Being news editor of The Lamron means I am often in the company of people in important positions, including the current and prospective officers of Student Association, and I am disturbed by some information that I have come across surrounding Goehle's candidacy.
First, concerning Goehle's actions prior to his resignation from Undergraduate Student Association Elections Committee chair: I have heard from multiple sources, independently of one another, that Goehle had met with his eventual opponent for the position of director of student programming, junior Heather Bristol, about what she was planning to do in her campaign while he was still the active USAEC chair.
The problem here is that he was acting as a neutral party during these conversations, and so Bristol, or any other candidate, felt free to speak with him under the assumption that he was indeed neutral. He wrote in an e-mail to the current SA candidates that he had been thinking about running for a while. If he had been thinking about it for a while, why not step down sooner? Why talk to someone he would run against under the veil of being a neutral party?
Second, concerning Goehle's resignation itself: After the resignation, the position of USAEC chair was vacant. The committee's guidelines do not have a provision for an unexpected vacancy of the chair. During the time between Goehle's resignation and the appointment of freshman Robert Terreri to fill the position, junior Stasia Monteiro, who is running for director of student affairs, had to leave campus unexpectedly and was unable to physically sign a ballot necessary to declare official candidacy. Election rules allow candidates to fill out a proxy form that needs to be signed by the USAEC chair in order to appoint a designee in such an event, but there was no chair to sign her form. Monteiro is running as a write-in candidate but has filed an appeal with the Undergraduate Student Court that may allow her to appear on the ballot.
Goehle is not the only party at fault – Terreri didn't send out a notification to the candidates until Monday. But if Goehle had not resigned so late into the election in the first place, the entire situation could have been avoided.
I hope these items clarify that the claims in last week's editorial were not baseless, arbitrary or personal.