Ohio University Student Government Quashes SB 5 Referendum
We all know that Athen’s is liberal hotbed because of Ohio University students, so I was surprised to hear that members of the student government down there are absolutely refusing to even consider a resolution proposed on the controversial Senate Bill 5.
There appears to be plenty of support for the measure, and even the College Republicans haven’t came out in support of SB 5. The hold up seems to be the refusal of Senate President Kyle Triplett, on the grounds that SB 5 is outside the Senate’s role.
That’s where it get’s interesting.
You see, the resolution was written by State and Federal Affairs Commissioner Taylor Abbott. If such things were beyond the scope of the Student Senate, one has to ask why a position titled “State and Federal Affairs Commissioner” exists in the first place?
And then there’s this gem from The Post, a campus newspaper:
Triplett spoke with Abbott about the resolution Sunday and said he decided not to include it on tonight’s agenda for discussion or a vote because he does not believe it directly affects students.
As if the benefits and pay offered to attract and retain good teachers wasn’t important enough to students, it should be doubly important when your campus is so near the state border.
Perhaps it has more to do with political party leanings? Kyle Triplett has a public Facebook page listing his major as political science and “likes” of pages such as “John McCain”, “Mike Huckabee”, and “conservative”.
I’m not saying Mr. Triplett is putting his personal ideology above his responsibility to represent the student body, I’m just saying it really looks that way…