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‘Slipped through the cracks’: Joint StuGov, Ames City Council meeting canceled

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Jacob Rice
Ames City Council Ex-Officio and City Council Liaison for Student Government Jeffery Clark at the Ames City Council meeting at Ames City Hall on Feb. 27, 2024.

For the first time in 12 consecutive semesters, a joint meeting between the Iowa State Student Government and the Ames City Council will not happen after it was scheduled to occur before the Senate meeting March 27 but was canceled.

“It slipped through the cracks on both Student Government as well as [the] City Council,” Ames Mayor John Haila said.

According to Susan Gwiasda, the city’s public relations officer, the meeting was briefly discussed and a date was suggested, but “there was no follow-up or commitment” to having the meeting.

Ames City Council Ex-Officio and City Council Liaison for Student Government Jeffery Clark, a junior in accounting and finance, who is responsible for coordinating the meeting, did not respond to several emails and a phone call requesting comment for this article. Student Government President Jennifer Holliday, a senior in agricultural studies, declined to comment.

“Vice President [Quinn] Margrett and I agree that it’s vitally important Student Government hosts joint city council meetings. Getting our next joint meeting on the Senate schedule will be one of our first topics of conversation with the new Chief Officers,” Student Government President-elect Martin Hursh, a sophomore in economics, said in a statement sent to the Daily on Tuesday.

Hursh, who is set to be inaugurated April 9, currently serves in the executive cabinet alongside Clark as finance director.

“It’s really disappointing because we thoroughly enjoy engaging with Student Government and hearing and dialoguing around issues that are important to the student body and also issues that are important to the city,” Haila said. “We will endeavor to make it happen in the fall.”

Resolution to censure Holliday, Margrett, multiple cabinet members

In light of the cancellation, the Student Government Senate introduced a resolution to censure Holliday, Margrett, former Chief of Staff Stacia Drey and Clark for the alleged communication oversight which caused the joint meeting not to occur.

It censures Clark for “not fulfilling their duties to help organize a joint meeting between the Iowa State Student Government and the Ames City Council.”

The resolution censures Holliday, Margrett and Drey due to “failure to ensure to maintain a functioning and valuable cabinet to best assist all students on campus.”

The bill passed the first read and is slated to be on the agenda for Wednesday’s Student Government meeting, the last of the Holliday administration.

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    Bob Smith | Apr 3, 2024 at 10:29 am

    Bill won’t pass. Obvious that Jeff dropped the ball. Definitely should have just given up the position but when students get the chance to play politician and draft a bill instead of use their words for resolving, they’re already foaming at the mouth for the chance to waste time at meetings. Senate needs to pull it together.

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