SGA Treasurer candidate disqualified
By AUDREY COCKRUM
Published: May 2nd, 2013
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This past Sunday, April 28 the SGA Judiciary unanimously ruled to uphold the CSE’s decision to disqualify Schaefer Whiteaker from the SGA Executive Elections. Whiteaker, who currently holds a position as SGA Chief Justice, was running for Executive Treasurer.

Whiteaker was disqualified due to campaigning violations.

“I was elected by the students of JHU as their treasurer, but have been disqualified due to some emails that were sent out without my knowledge by a couple of students at JHU asking others for their support of me in this campaign,” Whiteaker wrote in an email to The News-Letter.  “Affidavits were signed by these individuals that I had no awareness of their actions.”

Exactly a week earlier, a decision was made for Whiteaker’s appeal in which the Judiciary decided to overturn the CSE’s ruling; however, the Judiciary later elected to reevaluate their decision after realizing that evidence used in the CSE’s decision was not considered in their own.

“To ensure that we were given all the information used in the CSE’s decision, we convened with a CSE representative on Wed., April 24 to clarify what evidence was available to them,” sophomore Jonathan Ung, another Justice on the SGA Judiciary, was quoted in an email from the University.

After receiving this additional information, the Judiciary held a re-vote, at which time they chose to uphold the CSE’s decision.

The final results confirmed that the SGA 2013-2014 Executive Council will consist of Alex Schupper as President, Janice Bonsu as Vice President, Dylan Gorman as Treasurer and Kyra Toomre as Secretary.

Due to Whiteaker’s disqualification, Gorman, as the runner-up, automatically assumed the position of Executive Treasurer.

“It’s unfortunate that things had to happen this way, but that is why we have rules — to protect the integrity of a fair election. If there are no consequences for breaking the rules, then following them becomes a disadvantage,” Gorman wrote in an email to The News-Letter. “I think the violations had a significant impact on the election, as suggested by the unanimous rulings by both the CSE and Judiciary.”

A letter sent by Whiteaker to the News-Letter on May 10th is provided below:

Many students have been asking for the reason of my disqualification at the conclusion of the SGA
election, it basically revolves around four individuals that sent out emails encouraging their friends and
fellow students to vote for me. This occurred during a campaign time where candidates cannot request
any of their supporters to campaign for them. In their sworn affidavits to the justices reviewing this
appeal, these four admit they exercised their own freedom of speech and not through any request or
encouragement from me

Even though the JHU students elected me as Treasurer, I accept this ruling with regret and under
resonant advisement that the rules need to be updated so there are no hidden interpretations to
prevent this from occurring in the future.

Respectfully Yours,

Schaefer Whiteaker


5 Responses to “SGA Treasurer candidate disqualified”

  1. anonymous says:

    It is rude to write an article mentioning a person’s disqualification. People make mistakes, however they should not be penalized so openly by making it public on a college newsletter. He is disqualified from SGA elections, thats a punishment enough in itself. There is no need to tarnish his reputation in a public newspaper. Last, I recall the JHU Newsletter wrote about lacrosse players and their violations without even mentioning names. This is a rude article and honestly, should not have been published. Yes, we have freedom of speech, but no need to make the entire campus known about someone’s disqualification. Did he do something unethical? Maybe, i don’t know as the reader because from this article, it looks like he did something really bad. Of course, this may be a distortion of what actually happened and how I would perceive it if I knew the facts. The rest of campus will perceive this article the same way unless they truly know the situation. Did he hurt anybody? No, it doesn’t seem that way. It just seems that he participated in the elections and violated a rule associated with it, not killed someone or performed an atrocious act to have his name in the college paper.

  2. w.d. williams says:

    It would seem to me that Mr. Whiteaker could benefit by “reviewing PROVERBS” ?? !!!

    W.D. Williams

  3. Jordan Mandel says:

    I wish this article rehashed in the details of his offences and how it was ensured that the student judiciary remained neutral in a case germane to its leader.

  4. Seeker of truth says:

    From my understanding of the situation Mr. Whiteaker did nothing illegal. He was disqualified for the actions of 4 individuals that sent emails campaigning for him outside the campaigning period. In those 4 individuals signed affidavits they admitted they sent those emails without Mr. Whiteaker’s permission and he had no knowledge of their actions. Those four students were exercising their own freedom of speech and Mr. Whiteaker was penalized for actions that were unknown to him. The News-Letter seems to not want to report on the facts but instead write a rude article unjustly hurting the character and reputation of Mr. Whiteaker. This is why the News-Letter is losing credibility in the student’s eyes. I posted this link in another article but I felt like it also belonged on this page as well. It would appear that the school or the News-Letter made Mr. Whiteaker write a response letter regarding the article and the election. Here is the link: http://www.jhunewsletter.com/2013/05/10/letter-response-to-sga-disqualification-56901/

  5. Anonymous007 says:

    Mr. Whiteaker didn’t do anything that warrants this bash on his reputation. This article is extremely distasteful and would never be permitted to be published in a legitimate newspaper. It is completely bias and puts the JHU Newsletter in bad light.
    It’s interesting that Schaefer’s response has not been as publicized as this article has been. See Below:
    http://www.jhunewsletter.com/2013/05/10/letter-response-to-sga-disqualification-56901/

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