Last week, a petition was submitted to impeach the MSU Vice President of Administrative Affairs, Diana Di Iorio. The petition has been submitted and is being considered by the student government. In light of these events, our publication has decided to reach out to the student body for opinion pieces on this initiative. Here is what we assembled, awaiting the results of the petition.
THE IMPORTANCE OF VICE-PRESIDENTIAL IMPEACHMENT FOR DIANA DI IORIO
On Thursday morning (October 6th), I was sitting at a table in the cafeteria with my friend and at the other end of the table, three girls were talking about impeaching the Vice-President. It was so surprising that an impeachment was even in the works.
Naturally, asking around to learn more about this was the best course of action. Most people at school really don’t know who the Vice-President is, which of course in itself is curious.
People know Anthony Koch, MSU President, because he led Congress to getting the student union accredited, thus fulfilling one of his campaign promises. People know the coordinator of Charities and Volunteering from her recent fundraising initiatives. After much thought, the VP does not seem to have been an active member of Congress ever since her acquiring her position last Spring. It’s true, she is currently implicated in no projects. Her small-scale promises still remain fictional, and her actions so far have had absolutely no impact on our lives.
So she isn’t doing her job. Fine. Does that mean that an impeachment is necessary? How can we know she truly is not doing anything? So many questions are currently circulating around within the student body.
Usually, the Constitution is the reference document for this type of issue. An impeachment is possible if a Congress member is not fulfilling their mandate.
What is the VP’s mandate? The mandate consists of taking care of Congress logistics, being the Chief Electoral Officer, and performing the liaison between clubs and Congress. The only aspect of her mandate that the VP has done this year has been to present some seemingly unclear information during the Club Planning Session. It is probably important to know that a mandate should take place over the course of a full school year. People have argued that she has not had enough time to start working on her promises.
However, we are already at the halfway point of the fall 2016 semester. Her mandate is not supposed to begin at the half of the first semester, indicating a potentially dangerous lack of initiative.
As obvious as her lack of involvement is, it is only fair to get some sort of “official proof”, and only Congress members would know the situation better than us students. It seems that a number of Congress members, who have asked to remain anonymous, have voiced concern over the VP’s lack of activity. Some even went as far as to say that she is not contributing to Congress’ mission or keeping her electoral promises.
Morally speaking, when you make a promise, you keep that promise. It is immoral to not keep promises. She assured the student body that she would work very hard for us. However, thus far, her word has not been kept. It now seems almost selfish to me and to the students responsible for this petition going around for her to occupy such position, making no changes and not triggering the beginning of any initiatives.
As of now, 200 signatures were obtained towards the end of last week, and were handed over to a Review Board, chaired by Congress member Ramiz A. Razzak and composed of five randomly selected students. That’s crazy! I have a hard time imagining how many more people would have signed this if more time was taken to gather signatures. However, the power of recommendation is now at the hands of the Review Board, and the final decision is to be made by Congress as a whole.
After considering all of these arguments, an impeachment is the best course of action for all, in my opinion.
Written by an anonymous guest writer for the MWR
WHY IMPEACHMENT IS AN INEFFECTIVE AND UNECESSARY COURSE OF ACTION FOR CONGRESS’ VICE-PRESIDENT, DIANA DI IORIO
Last week, a few members of the Student Union voiced their opinions on their perceived lack of activity of our Student Vice-President, Diana Di Iorio through a fairly harsh initiative: a petition to impeach said Vice-President. The MWR has reached out to many students to try and find individuals who wanted to voice their opinions on this initiative. I, for one, was appalled when hearing about this, and for multiple reasons.
Indeed, the petition in itself makes a few dangerous assumptions about Di Iorio’s work on Congress. The Vice-President’s mandate lies in working as a link between the student government and student clubs, playing a central role in election procedures, voicing their opinion in meetings regarding other members’ initiatives and following through with campaign promises.
Diana Di Iorio ran on a basis of fairly small promises, whether you see that as a good thing or a bad thing. It is also important to note that she won the election with those promises, such as more ponderation activities, a MariAMAZING Race, Inter-Program competitions and Free Food Fridays. Furthermore, her platform consisted very heavily in a promise to deliver and cater to the students’ demands.
While that could be an argument used in favor of the petition, it is undeniable that concerns over inactivity of the VP have not arisen before, and especially not in such an extreme manner. Therefore, a strong argument could be made that this measure is both unnecessarily extreme, premature and does not allow Diana Di Iorio to correct or explain the perceived mistakes.
Additionally, some thought has to be allocated to the procedures the student government has been involved with over the course of the past 2 months, namely the accreditation of the student union. While Di Iorio did not include this initiative in her platform, she did try her best at helping Congress follow through. While that may seem as a passive action, a strong emphasis was also put on the accreditation process over all other Congress activity until the referendum results were published. An example of that would be the first party organized by this year’s Coordinator of Social Activities, Mike Tadayon, who even advertised the party to some extent as a celebration of the referendum for accreditation. Hence, all Congress activity was focused on accreditation, which surely had an impact on the extent to which other initiatives were as heavily encouraged as they are now that the student union has been recognized as an independent legal entity.
On a important note, the VP’s mandates also tend to extend to initiatives within the administration of Congress, such as elections or communication with clubs. These are all aspects of student life at the college that are not experienced by all Marianopolis students, but only by a select pool of individuals (club executives and electoral candidates). Therefore, we must question the authority of the source of the petition and ask ourselves if this individual’s perspective truly allowed it to see in full-view Di Iorio’s actions and tasks on Congress.
Lastly, it is important for the student body to realize that impeachment of the Vice-President would result in a new election for the position, something that would take away from all of the themed weeks, activities and initiatives currently run and planned by Congress for the coming weeks.
In light of these arguments, I truly believe impeachment is inappropriate, unnecessary, and that the simple fact that such a petition came to be will be enough to get any stalling plans put into action for Congress’ Vice-President.
In conclusion, I encourage all Marianopolis students to take things into consideration and to voice their opinions to Congress over the coming week, as the Review Board created to deal with this petition deliberates on the issue. You can drop by the office at any point during the week, or send an online message to the members of Congress to do so!
Written by an anonymous guest writer for the MWR