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NHAJ Student Rep. removed for part-time status
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists recently voted to remove Jacqueline Guzmán-García from her position as student representative.
García was removed on the grounds that she did not meet the requirements for her position as she was a part time student. Article VII Section three of the NAHJ bylaws say the student representative is required to be a full time student.
After García was dismissed she sent an e-mail to the members of the NAHJ explaining her side of the situation. García’s statement said that the staff and elections committee never informed her that she was ineligible to run. Garcia also expressed displeasure with how the board handled her dismissal saying, “I was constantly accused of being dishonest, liar, disrespectful, ignorant and other derogatory words by board members, just because I decided to stand for myself.”
Michele Salcedo, the president of the NAHJ released a statement addressing the García situation regarding the necessity of her dismissal.
”We take bylaws very seriously at NAHJ…We also take elections very seriously, and our bylaws spell out who is eligible to hold which offices,” Salcedo wrote.
Salcedo also extended apologies to all involved.
“On behalf of the NAHJ board, I want to extend my most sincere apology to Jackie and to the other two student rep candidates: José Antonio Acevedo, 21, of the University of Puerto Rico and Alejandra Matos, 20, of the University of Texas at El Paso… I apologize as well to our student members, especially those who took the time to cast a ballot,” she wrote. ”
Georgia Dawkins, the student representative for the National Association of Black Journalists, was aware of García’s situation and believes it was unfair.
“We have a different situation, we have to work. I get that. I have to work two jobs on a full schedule it’s hard. I don’t think it’s fair,” said Dawkins.
Nick Orban, a sophomore government and politics major, believed both sides had valid points.
“I think a better representative would come from a full time student but at the same time a part time student might be able to give more devotion and more time,” said Orban.
Garcia said her plans for the future include taking graphic and web design classes, working on perfecting her third language—French—and continuing her roles as a freelance journalist and student.
Garcia also stressed that while she is upset with how the board handled her situation she harbors no hard feelings toward the association itself.
“This problem was not with the entire organization. It is only with the current board. I’m very grateful with all the help I received in the past from NAHJ and I hope I can continue contributing from a different level. I’m also very grateful that during this unique experience, I had the support of NAHJ board members, lifetime members and a big majority of the student members.”
After allegations surfaced that Reggie Bush received thousands of dollars in gifts from two California based marketing agents during his time as a running back at the University of Southern California Bush made the decision to return his Heisman trophy. Bush is the first recipient of the Heisman to give it back. The surrender of the trophy is the latest in a long line of sanctions that have marred Bush’s career at USC. In addition to Bush’s Heisman, the sanctions against USC have forced them to vacate 14 wins, two Pacific-10 titles, and one BCS National Championship.
Bush’s decision to return his trophy has opened a debate over the ethics of both Bush and the Heisman committee. Senior Kevin Hannigan, a communication and member of WMUCsports.com’s football crew, believes Bush’s decision to return the Heisman was the right thing to do, saying, “I think so. I think it was pretty fair.” Sophomore journalism major Brittany Waters also supports Bush’s decision, saying, “I believe he simply wanted to put an end to the drama, protect the reputations of him and the trophy, and go back to the positive limelight a reigning super bowl champ should have.” However, she does not necessarily agree with his decision, saying, “The Heisman it represents much more than winning. I think him and everyone that supported him during that time in his career earned it whether they were receiving gifts or not.”
The controversy surrounding Bush and his Heisman once again opens up the never-ending debate over whether college athletes should be paid. Those in favor of athletes being paid cite that schools make millions of dollars of athletics while the athletes see none of it. Some college coaches have publicly said college athletes should receive some form of compensation, including Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams and Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. Those against point out the fact that these athletes are receiving a college education, something that still holds a lot of value, for free. Waters is in the former camp. “They deserve these scholarships and opportunities, but any payment beyond that seems unnecessary.“ Hannigan shares the same mindset, saying, “It’s ridiculous, they’re here to go to school.”
That said, Bush’s case is just another reminder that backroom deals occur far to frequently in college sports. Hannigian is well aware of these rumored occurrences. “I think it happens all the time. Sometimes people aren’t too discrete and they get caught.”
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