By Campus Reform. The University of Illinois Student Government voted Wednesday to impeach a conservative student based primarily on his political activity.
Andrew Minik, president of Turning Point USA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was impeached from his position as Chair of the Committee of Diversity and Inclusion (CoDI) after enduring a hearing that included accusations of using his own minority status to marginalize other minorities.
The articles of impeachment specifically cited Minik’s role in organizing a memorial wall for victims of illegal immigration among his offenses, alongside accusations that he has been delinquent in some of the paperwork required of the CoDI Chair.
The complaints against Minik, brought forth to the student assembly by President-elect Walter Lindwall and Vice President-elect Alice Zheng, accuse him of failing to “maintain a respectful decorum of fellow members of the campus community, maintain a welcoming environment for any individual regardless of opinion or background, and work consistently for the betterment of the organization, the student body, and the campus as a whole,” according to the ISG agenda docket for articles of impeachment.
The document further alleges that Minik “has, on multiple occasions, failed to distribute packets, notify the cancellation of committees, and has acted with bias in his role as chair in several instances,” as well as that he “failed to submit a statistical report of the diversity of the government by the February deadline.” (Read more from “Student Government Impeaches Student for Conservative Views” HERE)
Protesters Converge on UI Quad as Student Conservatives Build ‘Wall’
By The News-Gazette. Joel Valdez, coordinator for the UI chapter of Turning Point USA, said the goal of the wall was to start a conversation.
“We’re here to highlight the people that have been killed by illegal immigrants,” said Valdez, 19. “These victims are often overlooked and ignored. We’re here to tell people their story.”
Since their protest is a silent one, protesters were hesitant to speak with The News-Gazette.
Just next to the wall, the Latina sorority Kappa Delta Chi held a fundraising event, selling nachos, horchata and Flaming Hot Cheetos.
Jessica Diaz, a Kappa Delta Chi sister and UI sophomore, said she admired the protesters’ commitment. She added that she was happy to see non-Hispanics joining the ranks of protesters. (Read more from “Protesters Converge on UI Quad as Student Conservatives Build ‘Wall'” HERE)