USG addresses invalid censure from prior meeting

first_imgOn Tuesday, the Undergraduate Student Government Senate discussed and clarified an invalid motion made to indefinitely censure Vice President Blake Ackerman last week.Ackerman was censured by senators after they received screenshots of online comments Ackerman made allegedly condoning hazing. He promptly left his chair for the remainder of the meeting once the censure was passed.Parliamentarian Emily Donahue said the censure was incorrectly deemed “indefinite” and was reported as such in the Daily Trojan. Since a censure is not the same as removal or suspension, Donahue said the action voted on last week was invalid since censures cannot be indefinite. Unlike what happened during last Tuesday’s meeting, a censure does not require a member of USG to leave their seat since there are no direct consequences associated with it, according to USG bylaws, Donahue further explained. A valid censure would result in Ackerman temporarily yielding his chair to the speaker pro tempore, who would assume the vice president’s ability to censure. The vice president would then resume responsibilities immediately after the censure was issued. “Because that language was used, the censure was invalid and [Ackerman] should have been returned to his seat,” Donahue said regarding the term “indefinite.” The Senate addressed the mistakes made in last week’s meeting amid confusion from the audience, one of whom called the censure “petty politics.”“All of us are trying to do our job as senators being a check for executive members and making sure that we’re all upholding the standards of integrity that we agreed to,” Sen. Meagan Lane said. Due to the confusion, Ackerman explained that USC Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards and USG are not conducting investigations into the allegations against him. USG only has authority over its own Bylaws, Constitution, Code of Ethics and Elections Code, and its authority does not include the ability to independently investigate a member of USG, according to Donahue.“Hazing and other issues that potentially were brought up [against Ackerman] are outside of our realm, so those shouldn’t and will not be discussed in this area,” Donahue said. “We’re all students and we don’t have authority over those [issues].”According to USG’s bylaws, a formal complaint must be hand delivered to the speaker pro tempore indicating a violation of one of the realms of USG jurisdiction stated above for any kind of action within USG to be taken against Ackerman.No official action or investigation against Ackerman was announced by time of publication.last_img read more


Gabby Cooper grows into her role ahead late in the season

first_img Published on March 7, 2017 at 12:10 am Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edu Gabby Cooper spoke with Brittney Sykes and Alexis Peterson the night before the biggest game of her life. The team was out for dinner and the next day it was set to match up with then-No. 7 Notre Dame in a game that would eventually shatter the attendance record.The discussion wasn’t about Cooper’s 10-percent shooting performance from 3 against North Carolina six days prior. It wasn’t about whether the freshman had the confidence to perform against a Top 10 team. Those were conversations of the past.Instead, the three discussed the antics that they would be pulling when they hit shots and run the score up on the Fighting Irish. Peterson and Sykes — the top two scorers in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the leaders of this year’s teams — told the freshman shooter that they needed her.“I felt like I had to step it up even more,” Cooper said, clapping her hands together as she recounted the interaction between the three teammates. “I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to come out here tomorrow and shoot all the 3s and make them.’ We were hype.”Some nights, Cooper thrives. Other nights, she doesn’t. Her role as 3-point specialist for No. 21 Syracuse (21-10, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) hasn’t changed — she’s started in every game she’s played in — but her performances have. She’s learned through 30 games that to succeed beyond the arc, she has to put bad performances behind her. It’s led to four of her five best scoring performances coming since the start of February.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCooper said she wasn’t expecting as a big role as she ended up getting to start the year. Through her first seven games, she shot 72 3-pointers, notching 61 points, but she made just 23.6 percent of her shots from 3.SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said Cooper’s struggles were part of her growth process as a freshman. But then he gave her only 20 minutes of playing time in a Nov. 27 loss to DePaul, after Cooper had shot only 4-of-15 from 3 the night before. She rediscovered her stroke at the Florida Sunshine Classic, shooting 5-of-12 from 3 against Old Dominion for a season-high 19 points. But she remained largely inconsistent.The UNC game on Feb. 12 marked the second time in a month that she had shot 1-of-10 from downtown. After her already-shaky start to the season, Cooper’s role as 3-point specialist looked unstable.Then, “the game happened,” Cooper said. Cooper torched the Fighting Irish defense, scoring 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting, nearly leading the Orange to a momentous upset in front of a record 11,021 fans. When Cooper walked off the court, the UNC game was a blip in her distant memory. The debate regarding her ability to perform beyond the arc in a big game ended.The good games stick in your memory, and the bad games leave quickly, Cooper said.“When she’s struggling, she remains aggressive,” Hillsman said. “And that’s important for us. She adds a dimension to our game.”Last Friday against No. 13 Duke, the Blue Devils’ defense swallowed up Peterson and Sykes, holding the All-ACC duo to only 22 combined points. The ball thrust into Cooper’s hands most of the night and the freshman threw up 16 shots from 3, six of which fell for 18 points to pace the Orange. On her fourth 3-pointer of the game, Cooper became SU’s all-time freshman leader in 3-pointers made, with 68.It didn’t matter that Cooper had been on a two-game cold streak entering Friday. What mattered was Cooper found her stroke again.“It’s easy to be confident when you’re playing great, but how confident can you be when you’re struggling some?” Hillsman said. “I always thought she was confident no matter what, and that’s what we need her to do.”Cooper is now 878 minutes into her collegiate career. She said matter-of-factly she’s comfortable in her role and is used to being a mainstay on the court. She averages 29.3 minutes per game for SU and has taken 263 3-pointers on the season, averaging 8.8 points per game – the fourth-best mark on the team.Cooper didn’t expect to play nearly three-quarters of games and make more 3-pointers than any freshman in the ACC. But she’s not complaining, because the same freshman who once carried doubt is poised to help lead the Orange into the NCAA tournament.She’ll be stationed where she always is. Behind the thickly painted semi-circle that sits 20-feet-9-inches from the hoop. Behind the line that has been both make and break for Cooper dozens of times in her first season at SU. Behind the line that has been her best friend, and worst enemy, since November. It’s the one place Cooper has come to know best and the only place from which she sees herself fit.“That’s my spot,” Cooper said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more