Student referendum election creates stir on campus


Following the announcement of Schumock’s win, Haydary sent an email to the Campus Student Election Commission informing the commission he would be contesting the election results due to endorsements Schumock received.

Haydary said Student Body President Mitch Dickey’s endorsement of Schumock AGviolated section 4.01 ofAG the election rules because Dickey leads the student senate and Schumock serves as the Chairman of the senate’s Academic Affairs Committee. As a result, Haydary said, votes Schumock obtained because of Dickey’s endorsement should be void.

Dickey said despite his involvement with the student senate, he is guaranteed First Amendment rights just as any other individual. The student senate constitution allows for individuals to voice their opinion, Dickey said.

“I think Mr. Haydary is being a sore sport,” Dickey said. “I think this is a poor reflection of his character.”

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    Dickey said Haydary’s reaction only reaffirmed his decision to endorse Schumock.

    The CSEC will hold meetings to determine whether the votes should be considered void on Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. in the ISS Complex.

    Students also recommended the renewal of the Media Fee, the Student Organization Resource Fee and the Study Abroad and Travel Scholarship Fee.AG

    Each of the three referendums — all of which regarded reapproving student fees — was passed with at least 76 percent of students whoAG voted approving of the measures.

    The three student fees will be up for election again in spring 2021.AG

    Students also voted to select representatives to the Illinois Student Senate and the Student Organization Resource Fee Board.

    Eleven percent of the student population voted in the elections, casting a total of 4,681 votes.AG

    Haydary could not be reached for immediate comment. 

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    Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Shumock is a student senator. Shumock is not a senator but serves as the chair of the student senate’s Committee on Academic Affairs. The Daily Illini regrets the error.