GSS votes in favor of removing undergraduate president

Graduate Student Senate called for the removal of Ohio University’s undergraduate student body President Nick Southall in an executive session at its meeting Monday night.

“Graduate Student Senate votes that we have no confidence in President Southall’s ability to represent Student Senate and the Ohio University graduate student body and support all measures to remove him from office,” according to the statement GSS unanimously passed.

An OU student asked Student Senate’s Committee on Conduct and Discipline to review Southall last week after citing an incident on social media as an example of his unprofessional behavior.

“I cannot comment on the discussion since it was in executive session; however, everyone took part in someway,” said GSS President Joel Newby, in an email to media.

Southall said he had no comment as of press time.

GSS also heard a presentation from officials with Alden Library’s Graduate Writing and Research Center who asked the body to promote its services to fellow grad students.

The center offers both one and two-hour sessions, but is also considering offering online sessions next semester. The center is testing Google Hangouts so they’ll be able to connect with students online while still able to edit their work.

While associated with the writing center on Alden’s second floor, they have their own space in Alden 309. When more funding becomes available, however, they plan on getting more space.

If the center doesn’t receive more interest, it might be at risk for losing funding, said Craig Meyer, associate coordinator for the graduate writing and research center.

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