Letter to the editor
Insulted student calls out Student Senate president
October 28, 2011
This past Monday on Oct. 24, in our very own University Center, I was called a name. Now, I’ve been insulted and called names more than I can remember, and usually they really don’t bother me, as I learned in elementary school to just ignore, or not pay any attention to bullies. But this one time really bothered me because of the name, and the individual who uttered it. I was referred to as a “tea bagger.” Yes. A “tea bagger.” A pejorative term used for members of the Tea Party, and some individuals rather fond of sexual assault against an unsuspecting mark.
I find it incredible that such a term implying such a deplorable act in a University that prides itself on its diversity and tolerance. But the most jarring thing about the entire incident is who said it. An individual I thought was a respected member of our University. Our Student Senate president, Tyler Halverson.
I was under the impression that as Senate president, one must possess a certain amount of respect for all of his constituents and fellow students, and maintain a level of civility and perhaps some type of discretion or filter in what you say. Apparently this is no longer in vogue as our president seems to enjoy running his rather large mouth, and doing whatever he likes, regardless of his actions.
Tyler Halverson is not the person we want for this job, as he has demonstrated that he is indeed an arrogant, obnoxious bully. I call on Halverson, if he has any class at all, to resign as president of the Senate. His actions and words are incredibly disrespectful and in complete defiance of our University’s values. If he refuses, I call on the Senate and the student body to impeach him.
Editor’s note: Tyler Halverson confirmed an incident at the University Center in which he told two acquaintances at the College Republican vendor table to “take the tea bagging elsewhere.” Halverson stated the comment was received with laughter.