April 14, 2014

Cornellians Question Student Assembly Procedures in Tabling of Resolution

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Following the Student Assembly’s decision to table a resolution that urged the University to divest from pro-Israeli companies Thursday, Cornellians said they are still questioning the decision to table the resolution before it was fully presented before the assembly.

Resolution 72 — which was brought to the S.A. by Students for Justice in Palestine — proposed that the University divest from companies that “profit from the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territories” and was tabled indefinitely by a 15-8-1 vote.

According to Vice President of Finance Geoffrey Block ’14, when the resolution was brought forward by co-sponsor Nicholas Vasko ’14, Block immediately motioned to table the resolution. S.A. President Ulysses Smith ’14 vetoed the motion, but in another motion that passed, the assembly overturned Smith’s veto 14-10 and then subsequently tabled the resolution indefinitely.

The Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room reaches maximum occupancy Thursday during a Student Assembly meeting. (Rula Saeed / Sun Staff Photographer)