The Student Government Association released information about the justices who will serve on the student judicial court on Feb. 2.
This is the first time that the SGA vice president will not serve as chief justice due to legislation that was passed to increase the separation of powers between the executive and judicial branches.
The court will deal with constitutionality of legislation and by-laws of the SGA senate, press secretary Sophie Gordon said. The court will also handle infractions committed during elections and will hear cases pertaining to violations of the student code of conduct.
Here are the bios of the new justices:
Jaren Wilt, Chief Justice
Minor: Digital Media
Campus Involvement: Lambda Chi Alpha (Standards Chair); SGA (former Deputy Chief of Staff)
Interest: Wilt has served before on the University Review Board and the Interfraternity Council’s Judicial Board giving him prior judicial experience. He views the student aspect as extremely important because it creates unique perspectives for possible solutions.
Jake Butz, Justice
Major: Health Science
Campus Involvement: Debate Team; currently works with Jo Ann Gora Student Recreation and Wellness Center.
Interest: Butz believes his experience on campus as a student and employee, combined with his inherent and objective, yet resolute code of ethics, will bring a voice of reason and humanity to the Student Government Association’s Judicial Court.
Lindsay Grant, Justice
Major: Public Relations
Minor: Communication Studies
Campus Involvement: Public Relations Student Society of America; Cardinal Metric
Interest: Academic honesty and fair play is very important to Grant, and she would love to help reaffirm those morals by being a part of the Student Judicial Court.
Bailey Frecker, Justice
Major: Accounting, Business Administration
Campus Involvement: Red Cross Cardinals; Air Jam Committee; Women in Business; University Governance (Financial and Budgetary Affairs Committee)
Interest: Frecker feels that the judicial court is a great fit for her because it is still a part of the government, but it is removed from the politics.
Michael Mares, Justice
Major: Psychology, Philosophy
Minor: Interpersonal Relations
Campus Involvement: Call to Action (vice president); Content Editor for Stance; Philosophy Club
Interest: Mares believes the purpose of the Student Judicial Court is to weigh in on and subsequently settle matters and issues of the understanding of SGA’s documents and violations of those documents.
Arlesha Moore, Justice
Major: Criminal Justice
Campus Involvement: Debate Team; NAACP; Alpha Phi Sigma; Lambda Alpha Epsilon; Pre-Law Interest Group
Interest: Moore sees the Student Judicial Court as important because, just like an actual court, it operates best with a diverse panel of people whom anyone can relate to or have something in common with.
Ashley Remmel, Justice
Major: Political Science, Legal Studies
Campus Involvement: LSSA; Accounting Club; ATJ CASA & A Better Way volunteering
Interest: Remmel sees the Student Judicial Court as vital in settling SGA disputes accordingly and representing the student body on the University Review Board.
Samantha Coppedge, Justice
Major: Public Relations
Campus Involvement: Sigma Kappa; Panhellenic Council; Office of Orientation; Welcome Week Leaders; Cardinal Corps; Fraternal Values Society; Kappa Tau Alpha
Interest: Coppedge is looking forward to serving on the Student Judicial Court because she loves having the opportunity to uphold the values of the Ball State community and serve as a leader. She is very proud of Ball State and encourages others to live up to the standards, expectations and values of the community.
Mitchell Dudley, Justice
Year: Graduate student
Campus Involvement: Graduate Education Committee; MBA Association; Dean’s Student Advisory Council; Beta Gamma Sigma
Interest: Dudley views serving on the Student Judicial Court as important because the purpose of the SJC is to deal with SGA. It wouldn’t seem right for non-students to pass judgement on issues concerning students.