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SGA President suspended indefinitely

January 18, 2014 10:09 pm by: Category: News, On Campus 3 Comments A+ / A-

David Arreola

By Alexa Epitropoulos | gargoyle@flagler.edu

The president of the Flagler College Student Government Association has been suspended, according to Director of Student Activities Carly James.

David Arreola, who was inducted as president in April 2013, was suspended by Student Services on Jan. 14 after evidence of a December arrest came to light. His suspension presents a unique problem for SGA and Student Services, which haven’t faced a similar situation in recent years.

Arreola was charged with a DUI in the early morning of Dec. 24, court records obtained from Alachua County reveal. The case is currently open and a pre-trial conference is scheduled to take place in February.

Arreola’s future with the SGA could remain in question for weeks. Because it occurred so recently, James says it is difficult to know how long the review of Arreola’s suspension will take.

“Right now it’s only been a few days,” James said. “We don’t operate on rumors.”

Until the decision is made, SGA Vice President Eddie Oinonen will step in as acting president. If Arreola is removed from office, Oinonen will take on the position permanently. Oinonen declined to comment on Arreola’s suspension or the Office of Student Services’ pending review.

“SGA will continue on its agenda and we will address any and all circumstances as they take place,” Oinonen said, “We will refrain from speculation as to any future events.”

Arreola’s suspension comes as a first for many currently involved in SGA. The last president to be removed from office was Brandon Collins in 2007.

Although reached out to by the Gargoyle, Arreola did not respond to requests for a comment.

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Comments (3)

  • Jackie

    Wow Flagler, really? Way to create a scandal.

  • cool guy #1

    drinking is cool if you dont agree you are lame and not cool. he was just having fun, jesus

  • BlindMonk244

    If history has taught us anything, it is that we all make mistakes. In an article written by an independent news source, the “Youthful Indisctretions” of our former Secratery of defense Robert Cheney also surfaced. They wrote:

    “Vice President Dick Cheney, on the other hand, could actually argue that his two DWIs came when he was young and reckless.

    Court and police records obtained […] that Cheney was convicted of drunk driving twice during an eight-month period in the early 1960s in his home state of Wyoming. The two convictions came when Cheney was 21 and 22 and resulted in fines and a brief suspension of his driver’s license.

    On November 2, in the wake of the Bush DWI discovery, a Cheney spokesperson told reporters that the vice presidential candidate also had a rap sheet.”

    Double Jeopordy is illegal in the court system under the moral principle that it would be wrong to punish someone twice for the same action. If-infact this young man is guilty (which only the court can determine) is it morally just to administratively over ride the democratic process for the sake of gratifying some social superiority complex? If a real world education is a part of the legacy of Flagler, I say we put it to a recall.

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