Petition to Censure Liston Is Shot Down

After Signatory Removes His Name, U.C. Voids Move to Reprimand Its President

At last night's meeting the Undergraduate Council voted not to discuss the allegations of misconduct levied against council President Joshua D. Liston '95 for his role in organizing a protest against the administrations's stand on Gina Grant.

A petition to censure Liston was introduced on Thursday. It indicated that Liston implied that he was speaking for the council when he protested the Grant decision.

The petition said Liston misrepresented his authority because the council never took a stand on the issue.

According to council bylaws, a petition to censure must have at least 10 signers and be introduced to the vice president of the council three days before it can be debated and voted on.

Council Vice President Justin C. Label '97 said he received the petition late Thursday night and immediately informed Liston.


On Saturday morning, however, one of the petitions's signers, Macro B. Simons '97, asked to remove his name from the petition. Later that evening another signature was added.

Simons said he removed his name because he was worried about the motivations behind the petition.

"It is difficult for me to escape the impression that on the part of some, the primary motivation was political and not ethical," Simons said. "But on the whole, I think that council members were under the impression that Josh had used his name to gain media attention and had perhaps misrepresented the council."

Label said the council's rules are ambiguous to deal with signers wanting to remove their names, and some questions remained about whether or not names could be removed.

Label ruled that since the petition was in order when it was introduced, it was admissible as council business.

However, council member Philip R. Kaufman '98 introduced a motion to overrule Label's decision and terminate the debate on the petition.

"I want to get this over with as fast as I can so that we can get back to the real business of the U.C.," Kaufman said.

The council voted for Kaufman's resolution 30 to 15, deciding that if a petition for censure ever drops below ten signatures--as this one did for five hours on Saturday--it becomes void.

In a surprise move, the council voted not to allow Liston to give his presidential remarks about the issue after the debate.

Kaufman said he thought the censure movementdetracted from what the council is trying to dothis semester.

"Most of the council has been doing a reallygood job of keeping on track this semester,"Kaufman said. "I think this was political thingand just really getting away from what we want todo."

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