Reasons Behind SGA Resignation

According to Senator Tim Herzog, within a closed meeting held February 19th, Joey Sclafani was forced to resign as President of the SGA because of unethical circumstances. Student Justin Wood stated that he talked to Herzog about Sclafani’s resignation. Herzog “felt cheated by Joey’s tactics and was frustrated by his lack of executive action.”

Wood, made aware of Sclafani remaining a senator, thought it “Very wrong. He’s accused of manipulating the vote and as senator he is still receiving SGA financial aid. He didn’t do anything as president and presumably won’t do anything as senator so he should be stripped of position and aid, and let him try again in the next election.”

About Sean McGrady

A fourth semeseter student in NRCC, Sean McGrady is more famously referred to as White-E or "That Guy with the Hair." That Guy with the Hair enjoys reading, writing, discussion and celebrating the invention of underwear.
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7 Responses to Reasons Behind SGA Resignation

  1. Joey Sclafani says:

    First off, I think our newspaper should stick to the facts rather than yellow journalism.

    Was I forced to resign? No. I wanted to keep my reasons personal but it seems I’m left with no choice in the matter. It is true that have been having a hard time with the whole student government thing. It takes a lot more time than I anticipated. I work a full time job at night from 5:30 until 10, 6 days a week. I go to school full time as well, I am taking 6 class which includes my lab. I’m a very busy person. You want to know why I resigned? Because it was too much! There’s no scandal to it, My Vice president at the time, Melissa, approached me and said that maybe I should consider resigning because I didn’t have the time for it and after a very long conversation. I agreed that I had too much on my back.

    As far as me manipulating the vote? I set up a table where students could vote on my laptop, and I had some flyers up for myself when I ran for president back in September. There were no slanty tactics about it. It was simple campaigning. Tim could have done it as well, anyone could have. They do it almost every November at the Polls when people are running for Congress and Senate in our US government so why can’t I in the student government. Did I do much? No, I admit that, but again it was because I was busy not because I’m corrupt individual. Anyone who knows me or is willing to approach me knows that I am an overall good person. I took on too much and I screwed up, I know I should have realized that earlier but I don’t think I deserve having slanderous articles thrown at me. I know my sins, and you have your blood, allow me to keep my dignity by allowing me to do something that I love doing by keeping my senator position.

    Oh, and Sean, please make it your life goal to become a real reporter, you seem to have a knack to put your nose where it doesn’t belong just to get a good story. Appreciate the coverage.

  2. Jenny says:

    Uh, Joey, you haven’t done anything in a semester and a half. Not REAL-ly. You haven’t adopted a project and stuck with it. Ever.

    You were paid almost 1,000 dollars last semester for it. Why? You received money you didn’t deserve. That’s corrupt. Whether you intended it or not.

    Providing competition for office with no guarantee of service, but only a desire for money? That’s corrupt. Whether you intended it or not. Taking a semester and a half to realize that you can’t handle it doesn’t say good things about you either.

    Honestly, sitting by a laptop and requesting votes? You didn’t tell anybody about any competitor’s intentions, I remember that. When we can’t get good information about the SGA or its plans, I think letting students know about a competitor’s plans is necessary for a fair vote. Because it’s an SGA election, AND NOT A REAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION (stop comparing yourself to our gov’t), that info should be made available. In my opinion anyway. Because of that, I don’t think highly of you.

    If you have such a hard time with the government thing, why bother? You say you love it, but haven’t done anything. And if you just couldn’t handle time constraints, why was a meeting closed to hide something that simple? It seems like you’re hiding something.

    Read Justin Wood’s comment from the letter article

    “Joey Sclafani was demoted in the SGA because he ran a campaign of not doing anything, and fought other better intentioned canditates to win; this isn’t information pulled out of my @#$ but a statement made by a fellow SGA member. He may no longer be president, but still senator? This is outrageous! You wouldn’t keep a member of any real office in this fashion, why should we treat our student government any differant?”

    The SGA seriously has a problem. I could see this without Sean’s articles, but I am realy happy to have his articles now. Yours and Ben’s comments have really opened my eyes to how dumb the whole thing is.

    Why, why, why are you such a jerk within your comment? You do NOT represent the SGA well. If Sean made a mistake, but judging from your reply he didn’t, let him know in a respectful manner.

    I need to edit your message for clarity.

    “Oh, and Sean, I’m making it my life goal to become George Bush. I seem to have a knack for failure. Appreciate the coverage!”

  3. Joe Rogers says:

    Who decides whether someone’s nose belongs or not? Sclafani, that comment represented a lot of what is wrong with America today. There is an entire generation of people who grew up, got greedy, and took everything they could for themselves. They’re called flower children and they’re in charge of things today.

    The reporter’s job is to uncover scandal, controversy, and trouble everywhere. The American people have a right and a duty to know and understand what is occurring in the world, something that has been forgotten.

    McGrady, hat’s off to ya.

  4. Joey says:

    If I can’t compare our SGA to real government then this newspaper shouldn’t compare itself to a real newspaper, spouting off all this 1st amendment prose.

    A good government knows that you can’t keep all citizens happy, and thus the same principle works here. We are doing more than ever for the student body, read the board that was just recently posted up in the hallway in Martin lounge, all those events, all those things, that came from us. This SGA we have now has done more for this campus than was done by any previous SGA I was involved in. I spent 2 terms prior to my own as president as a Senator, I would know.

    I haven’t ever stuck with a project ever huh? I put together a percussion ensemble, Spring of 2008, it just so happened that initially I had 4 people but 2 of them had to quit because they didn’t have time, and one had to quit because she couldn’t get the music. I was determined to finish that project, so I went up on that stage at Spring Fling, and I performed a 3 part percussion piece all by myself. I’m assuming that you are not a musician and don’t know how idiotic that feels but I did it because I told students there would be a percussion piece performed at spring fling.

    Jenny, a little detail your missing too, under each of our names on the ballot there was a paragraph stating what we wanted to do. The information was there, I put flyers for myself because that’s campaigning. ALSO, I wasn’t doing anything wrong to sway the vote. After the student logged in with his or her ID, I took them to the SGA website since it’s kind of tricky to find if you don’t have it in your side bar. I then stepped aside and allowed the student to read the paragraphs and vote accordingly. The reason people voted for me is psychological, a person is better than a paragraph. Tim could have done the same thing, in fact I didn’t actually meet the guy until the day of election after I had done the table there. I had tried to track him down that week but he was never on campus.

    The meeting was closed because I wanted to maintain my dignity. I knew the paper would be like sharks on a bleeding tuna if I allowed reporters to be there. It was embarrassing, SGA president steps down because he is too busy to do his job. but like a real newspaper, even though the meeting was closed, and my reasons for resignation were supposed to remain confidential it ended up splattered all over the front page. Jenny, I work a 32 hour week on top of 17 credit hours at school, I stretched myself too thin, after I saw my semester grades were slipping down a letter grade after the first semester I finally decided that I couldn’t handle it. You can’t tell me that you’ve never stretched yourself too thin, and were unable to realize it until you finally “snapped”

    As far as Justin’s comment, he’s dreaming, we have over 435 congressmen and you think everyone of them is there hard at work, thinking about his or her district all the time. It’s an illusion Justin, you’re dreaming.

    PS. Thanks for your George Bush comment. As far as I’m concerned that’s a complement he’s a very successful man, I wish I could retire on a 100,000 dollar a year pension with access to Air Force One whenever I want.

    oh and I didn’t even know how much I was getting in the reimbursement until I had already won the election, I actually thought we all got the same amount. See, it’s the little things about me you don’t know. In fact, you probably don’t me at all, this article above is probably the only time you’ve ever heard of me, have you bothered to come to me? have you bothered to come to my fellow SGA members asking them hey guys what’s going on? No. We’ve had a public forum meeting, open SGA meetings, but the only people who ever come are the newspaper and that’s it. These students whine how we don’t serve the students but you never step up. We’re not mind readers, the only sensory tools we have are the occasional lounge walk abouts where we find out what students want. This just in too, on that form, a lot of them don’t have anything to say. Student Apathy, that’s the problem

  5. Maybe it’s just because I’m tired, and pissy from running around working, taking classes, and trying to maintain a facade of normalcy for my family, or maybe it’s because you’re being sort of crappy about the whole thing, Joey, but I’m gonna put my two cents in, and you’re not gonna like it.

    George W. Bush is an idiot. He’s always been, and always will be. Successful, you say? I don’t want the kind of success that allows me to torture various individuals of a different and allegedly “bad” ideology. I have no interest in wondering if our current administration, and/or previous admin’s have operated in a manner that I consider ethical.

    The statement in which you blame the problems the SGA is having on student apathy, or whatever you tried to do there is crap, Joey. As a person with a position of responsibility, you have an obligation to protect those under your care, not point fingers. All things aside, that paragraph there was the most damning in my eyes.

    Respectfully,

    Joseph L. Rogers

  6. Jenny says:

    “If I can’t compare our SGA to real government then this newspaper shouldn’t compare itself to a real newspaper, spouting off all this 1st amendment prose.”

    Wrong. Unlike the SGA, the Knight Rider, as a form of amateur press, has legal protection.

    “This SGA we have now has done more for this campus than was done by any previous SGA I was involved in. I spent 2 terms prior to my own as president as a Senator, I would know.”

    Okay? A professional burglar does more than a local pickpocket. That doesn’t make him right.

    “We are doing more than ever for the student body, read the board that was just recently posted up in the hallway in Martin lounge, all those events, all those things, that came from us.”

    I’ve seen the board. There are some really nice things up there. Nice charity-ish type of stuff. But it’s not quite charity if you’re paid for it. The SGA is guaranteed $6,500 for doing THOSE things? Ew. Some of them are worthy, like the KR and VA21. But, uh, when you guys recognize meetings and interviews and costume contests as projects, you’re not earning your payment. In order to fully earn that money, you should be obeying the constitution to the letter AND performing projects, not confusing projects WITH the constitution. In other words, charity-ish stuff AND projects AND obeying the constitution (which suggests those charity-ish things).

    “The meeting was closed because I wanted to maintain my dignity. I knew the paper would be like sharks on a bleeding tuna if I allowed reporters to be there. It was embarrassing, SGA president steps down because he is too busy to do his job. but like a real newspaper, even though the meeting was closed, and my reasons for resignation were supposed to remain confidential it ended up splattered all over the front page.”

    Uh, Joey, if your reasons for resigning were as simple as overcommitment, the meeting should NOT have been closed. You are a STUDENT Government Association. We are supposed to know about you guys. We don’t need to know specifics, just telling us you’re overcommited is okay. Are we going to be angry? Possibly. But when you close a meeting, you’re suggesting something underhanded.

    And Sean? From what I know about the guy, I doubt he’s out to eat you like a fish. If you weren’t so paranoid and more connectable, I’d bet money his articles would be friendlier. By holding a closed meeting, you’re only making things more difficult for the SGA. Your dignity, as of now, must be sore.

    “PS. Thanks for your George Bush comment. As far as I’m concerned that’s a complement he’s a very successful man, I wish I could retire on a 100,000 dollar a year pension with access to Air Force One whenever I want.”

    Let me get this straight. You consider success by how much money you earn? Goodness, though you yourself accomplished little fall semester, you were paid a lot of money, roughly 1k. I suppose you’re 1/100,000th of the man Bush is, financially AND politically, which is quite shameful.

    “As far as Justin’s comment, he’s dreaming, we have over 435 congressmen and you think everyone of them is there hard at work, thinking about his or her district all the time. It’s an illusion Justin, you’re dreaming.”

    Is that an admission? Are you confessing that some members of the SGA don’t think about students at all? This statement is eye-opening.

    Joey, I’ve had a class with you. Two in fact. Did I know you were a musician? No, never heard you were a percussionist. Do I care? No, I only care what you’re going to do with your position in a psuedo government. Why? You’re getting paid. No amount of friendship or empathy could change my opinion, especially seeing your progress board.

    Honestly, if it weren’t for Sean, the SGA would not have had so many changes. I doubt they would have, anyway. If it weren’t for Sean, there would be nobody truly questioning the SGA. At all. You’d have an easy ride, an easy grab at money.

    Sean, regardless of whether this article is accurate, you have shown us something important. You have, through your commentary as well as the SGA’s comments, revealed what level of maturity runs our SGA.

    Thank you.

  7. Joe Rogers says:

    Wow. Just WOW.

    Miss Jenny, I think I like you. You are concise, clear, and SCATHING in your indignity…yet you don’t go over the top. You’ve stayed on point the whole time, refuted statements with an eloquence that few can achieve, and done so with aplomb. Bravo!

    I’d like to speak with you further, if you don’t mind. My email is jlr27888@email.vccs.edu

    Respectfully,

    Joseph L. Rogers