Senate quarrel reaches repose?

Ryan Brown, Managing Editor

Possible repercussions hinted at since a Student Senate dispute in April have so far failed to materialize for President Cliff Maloney’s one-time accusers, senators said this week.

Shortly after the April election, in which Maloney and running-mate Marcus McGuire won, accusations of voter fraud and improper behavior began to surface against them.

Maloney and McGuire apparently were ultimately cleared of all charges, which they maintained were false from the outset.

As of last April, shortly before the president- and vice president-elect were cleared, they said they were weighing possible counter-charges against their accusers.

Under the student code of conduct, students filing false judicial charges are eligible for punishment.

Apparently no charges have been filed against the accusers, however.

One of the president’s accusers, election rival Carrie Law, remains a senate member and has not been censured since the dispute broke.

While Maloney would not say whether he still intends to pursue charges against accusers, he seemed upbeat about the 2011-2012 senate session.

“It’s going to be a positive year,” he said. “I love UPJ.”

Some senate members, however, said lingering resentment among those involved in the dispute may hamper decision-making.

Law, whose misconduct allegations against Maloney and McGuire were ultimately dropped, said she hoped senate relationships won’t see any changes in the new school year.

“We plan on running senate business as usual,” Law said.