Jazer Mauricio stepped down as vice president of MCTC student government on Monday, Feb. 11 after the general assembly passed a bylaw aiming to remove him.
The bylaw outlined vacancies and replacements in student senate and allowed the removal of a member of the executive board with a 3/4 vote from the executive board. It passed 22-4 in general assembly.
Mauricio stepped down before the executive board voted him out.
Lauren Feiersinger of the African American Education Empowerment Program was appointed to vice president on Feb. 11.
Mauricio, according to student senate President Charles Karter, failed his duties as VP, from attending Student Legislative Budget Committee, managing senators, not fulfilling campaign promises, and lack of communication.
“I’ve had complaints from, frankly, every [executive] board member,” Karter said. “I’ve had complaints from clubs. I’ve had complaints from other senates, in terms of conduct at LeadMN events. So, I’m kind of fed up.”
Mauricio had been absent from several meetings and assemblies because he had been campaigning for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative in Washington D.C. Mauricio is a DACA recipient himself.
“I never saw going to D.C. as not being part of the senate,” Mauricio said. “I saw it as an extension of it. We have more than 200 students that are DREAMers. I was lobbying on behalf of MCTC to let them know that it is affecting the students.”
Mauricio said that communication between himself and the other senators was not the greatest.
“I have to tell you, I didn’t do everything right,” Mauricio said. “For example, I did miss a few meetings of SLBC. It did make it difficult to make quorum. It put a lot of stress on the team… I take responsibility.”
Karter aimed to oust Mauricio sooner, but was waiting for a replacement before the bylaw was proposed to general assembly.
Karter and other members of the executive board expressed frustrations with Mauricio because he had not fulfilled his duties, such as club attendance and registration forms.
Mauricio said he had felt alienated from the rest of the executive board and disagreed with their decision.
“[The bylaw] gives so much power,” he said. “You’re creating a monoculture. You’re creating a culture of people that think like me, look like me, act like me. If I have to decide between going to fight for DREAMers, which effects our students, and 800,000 people, and myself, and to be present at one meeting, I’m going to choose the first one.”