In a surprise resignation, junior Brian Benton, Student Union’s vice president of public relations, stepped down from his post earlier this week, citing personal reasons for his departure.
Brian Benton, Student Union vice president of public relations, has resigned his post effective immediately, SU announced in a press release Tuesday morning. Benton, a junior, tendered his resignation in a letter on Monday, citing personal reasons. According to SU’s press release, Benton “determined that his time could be more effectively used elsewhere.”
Student Union leaders do not believe that the hacking of wustl.edu websites by a group identifying as pro-Palestinian last weekend was targeted at Washington University specifically.
Student Union’s website was hacked Saturday afternoon by AnonGhost, a hacker organization that identifies as pro-Palestinian. The hackers replaced the SU home page with a logo and a block of text that includes the phrases “Death To All Jews” and “Viva Hamas” at the top.
Student Union held a Treasury Engagement Session and Budget Allocation Discussion open to all students on Friday afternoon. Among the 22 attendees were the past and current budget committee chairs, Treasury representatives and representatives from various student groups on campus. Treasury officers discussed topics such as the 90 percent rule, newly implemented this semester, and the deregistration of SU-recognized groups, which Treasury voted on on Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Groups up for deregistration failed to meet one of several different criteria. Failing to submit a budget for two consecutive semesters, not registering a president and treasurer or misusing SU funds were among the reasons the SU website listed for a group becoming eligible for deregistration.
Election Day took on extra meaning for Washington University students this Tuesday as polls opened for Student Union Treasury, Senate, block funding and various constitutional amendments.
Student groups and their piggy banks will find themselves affected by broad-reaching changes announced at the Student Union’s first-ever Budget Open Forum on Friday.
For the second year in a row, Student Union’s leftover funds at the end of the academic year totaled over $250,000, but this time, the carry-forward funds will be distributed to various organizations and departments around campus.
The newly elected board of Student Union executive officers is a group of SU insiders hoping to cut bureaucracy where numerous exec slates before them have failed. Junior Emma Tyler, former president of Social Programming Board, was elected president and will succeed current president Matt Re on Thursday, April 3.