SGA Senate Votes to End Resolution Supporting Greek System Integration

Mark Hammontree, Crimson White, March 21, 2014

At the final session of the 2013-14 SGA Senate, a proposed resolution in support for full integration of the University of Alabama Greek system was sent to committee instead of receiving a vote. As a result, the resolution died with the end of the Senate’s term.

Katie Smith, the lead sponsor and author of Resolution #R-XX-14, introduced the resolution to the floor, but per Senate rules, a period of technical questions followed, Chisholm Allenlundy, another sponsor of the resolution, said.

Allenlundy said that following the technical questions period, a senator moved for the resolution to be sent to committee. At the beginning of the meeting, Speaker of the Senate Cole Adams informed the senators that any legislation or resolutions that were not voted on would die because the next meeting of the Senate would be of the 2014-15 Senate.

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Of the senators in attendance, 27 senators voted yes to keep the bill from being voted on, 5 no, and 2 voted present.

Allenlundy said he thinks the resolution failed to pass because some of the Greek senators may have felt the wording was unfairly critical of the Greek system.

“I think ultimately the reason that it failed to pass was it gave the impression, I think maybe, that–to a lot of the senators–that maybe we were attempting to disparage the Greek community, you know, which wasn’t the case,” Allenlundy said. “Ultimately, the resolution was to just encourage further integration based on diversity, specifically racial diversity on our campus, which I think a lot of people would agree with.”

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The resolution can be rewritten and reintroduced during the next Senate’s term, which will begin after spring break, but the resolution that Smith introduced died with the vote to send it to committee.

“I think that this reflects our SGA poorly but also accurately,” Smith said. “I am not surprised. I don’t believe that I put anyone in a catch-22. They chose to vote on it and they chose to vote it down.”

[Editor’s Note: For more on Greek segregation at the University of Alabama, see our feature story here.]

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  • Pro_Whitey

    Whites have given up everywhere else, so we might as well start the defense with the fraternities/sororities. As George Wallace said (or so I think), “Segregation forever!”

    • Anglo

      “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever.”
      Governor George Wallace – 1963
      I’m from Alabama and remember it well, and all the civil rights unrest in my state.

      • benvad

        Goddamn was he right! We aren’t meant to be integrated.

      • Katherine McChesney

        In later years when he in a wheelchair he claimed his black manservant was his best friend.

        • Anglo

          He did have Black care givers. I think one-third of his life spent in pain and in a wheelchair had its affect on his mind and view of life. He had been a brilliant politician and could have been president. He should not and need not have ever apologized for his beliefs or fight against integration.

  • LovelyNordicHeidi

    Segregation might be the beginning. Separation is next.

  • Triarius

    The people have spoken. Don’t worry, liberals are easily startled, but they will soon be back, in greater numbers and screaming “racism”.

    • sbuffalonative

      Too true. It will keep coming back until it passes.

      For ‘progressives’ no doesn’t mean no.

  • D.B. Cooper

    I would’ve commented earlier, but I feel my messages are better received on the original article, and “The Raw Story” dot com. Apparently there are many people just puzzled why Alabama doesn’t want to get into the 21st Century. I suggest you guys spread the message. I’m only one guy, and I can already feel the thumbs downs coming.

    • 1stworlder

      I linked the JBHE article link that says there would be no black medical doctors without AA, for their cognitive dissonance

  • dd121

    Fraternities and Sororities are on the conservative side so most probably don’t want to integrate. Did they suddenly give up their constitutional right of free association when they went to uni?

    • WR_the_realist

      Your constitutional right of free association ended in 1964.

  • sbuffalonative

    I think maybe, that–to a lot of the senators–that maybe we were
    attempting to disparage the Greek community, you know, which wasn’t the
    case,”

    Maybe it failed because they knew you were trying to dismantle the Greek community.

  • IstvanIN

    Whites are not allowed to have anything. Not even their own living space within a single structure.

  • JackKrak

    Well, now that’s out of the way they can get to the serious business of ensuring that every comically inept “historically black” school is fully funded until the end of the next millennium.

  • Moooochelle

    I’m sure they would make an exception for black sororities/fraternities, however. Blacks get to have whatever they want.