Accusations of personal biases shake SSFC
SSFC Reps Max Goldfarb and Jordan Madden had a heated disagreement over funding for the Muslim Student Association Monday night.Image By: Jon Yoon
Two finance committee representatives accused each other of bringing personal politics into a decision on funding for the Muslim Student Association this week.
Since a dispute last week between Reps. Jordan Madden and Max Goldfarb, where each accused the other of bringing personal politics into a decision on funding for MSA, the two have resolved their differences through what Goldfarb called a “productive discussion.”
Goldfarb told The Daily Cardinal he is not pursuing a Student Judiciary case against Madden after he called for Madden’s resignation earlier in the week.
On Monday night, Madden and Goldfarb engaged in a heated debate when Goldfarb proposed eliminating MSA’s budget, on the grounds that the group was no longer upholding the eligibility requirements for student fee funding.
But Madden was skeptical of Goldfarb’s stance.
“I do start to question what the viewpoint neutrality is of this committee when we have someone here with a Trump sticker on their laptop and then people here who have been funded by a conservative student PAC to get on this committee,” Madden said at the meeting.
He was referring to fellow committee members Goldfarb and Rep. Dylan Resch. When running for SSFC last spring, both representatives received funding from the PAC Turning Point USA, a national conservative organization with chapters on campuses across the country.
“I vehemently reject these [viewpoint neutrality] allegations,” Goldfarb said in a public statement on his Facebook page. “All of my previous statements and motions are available via open records request for anyone that may doubt this assertion. What is more disturbing is the fact that the student that leveled these charges against me was himself in violation of viewpoint neutrality.”
In a statement released Wednesday, SSFC Chair Jordan Gaal said comments from Monday’s meeting potentially violated viewpoint neutrality. He also said ASM’s Student Election Commission does not restrict candidates from accepting PAC funds.
In response to Madden's support of MSA, Goldfarb argued that granting a budget to someone because you don't want to appear racist is biased.
Goldfarb’s arguments for denying MSA funding were as follows:
- MSA did not originally include their mentorship program in their budget presentation, which led Goldfarb to believe that the group did not have a program available to students on request
- He believed the group emphasized their supportive programming over their core programming, which would violate SSFC’s eligibility rules
“Rep. Madden is on the record stating that SSFC did not have the authority to zero fund MSA because it would be perceived as racist,” Goldfarb said in his post. “I harbor no such bias and my motion to
Goldfarb also called for Madden’s resignation, but Madden stood by his vote.
“As Goldfarb said in the very last line of his [post], the way you leave a lasting impact is by never giving up and standing up for what you believe in,” Madden said. “So in Max Goldfarb’s words, I think I stood up for what I believed in and I didn’t back down and I’m proud of that.”
Goldfarb also alleged that Rep. Zaakir Abdul-
Each representative can ultimately decide if they are informed enough to vote, but prior to the
“When representatives are trying much too hard to make the shoe fit on a zero fund, it’s very, very unsettling for people,” Abdul-
Since the dispute, Goldfarb said that representatives needed to set aside their differences so that the body could continue to make decisions.
“Especially on my end — and I think also Rep. Madden would agree with this sentiment — it really distracts the committee from the work that we have ahead of us and there is a lot of important funding decisions to be made for the rest of the year and we don’t want to be a distraction for the rest of the committee,” Goldfarb told The Daily Cardinal.
“We are able to work together and kind of see progress on [some issues we work on], but I think we’ve reached a point where we can agree to disagree about groups like Turning Point USA on the committee,” Madden said.
UPDATE Oct.23, 2017 at 1:06 a.m.: This story has been updated to include information about represetatives actions following the meeting.Subscribe to The Daily Cardinal Newsletter