May 7, 2011

EXCLUSIVE: Sienna Speaks About Resignation

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Since news hit of Sienna Brown '13's resignation as president-elect of Main House, commenters on this blog have expressed their confusion of why she resigned and if it had anything to do with her going abroad next Spring. Here is Sienna's response:

"I did not resign because I was planning on going JYA, my JYA plans were certain before I decided for running for president and then when I won, I was decided I would stay here. I resigned because I was not comfortable with the way that I was being treated by the VSA and with the plans that council is making for next year. If you would like to talk to me about it as opposed to hiding behind the anonymity of the internet, please feel free to."

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ummm...so, instead of just stepping down b/c you don't like what Council is planning to do next year, shouldn't you use your position to advocate for your views?

Seems like you're taking the Palin way out, but worse, since you didn't serve at all.

Anonymous said...

I'd like more details. What exactly did the VSA do? Wouldn't remaining on the VSA provide an opportunity to change the very problems that apparently arose?

Anonymous said...

yall need to mind your business and pop off her dick.

Anonymous said...

everyone needs to back off of her. we clearly don't have all the details of what happened and bashing someone anonymously over the internet is both disrespectful and unproductive.

Anonymous said...

i just kind of want to know why mads keeps writing posts that rise more questions than they answer. seriously, is this journalism? it's not really an "EXCLUSIVE" if she doesn't offer any real explanation.

Anonymous said...

why are people always hating on Mads journalistic merit? this is a news and gossip blog for a small liberal arts school! not the NY times.

and regardless, Mads still does better than a lot of major media sources. so quit complaining and make your own pretentious little objective news blog if you're so inclined.

88d6fd1a-6578-11e0-aa62-000bcdcb5194 said...

No, it's not journalism, it's a blog, a student blog: to entertain us and keep us informed about campus events. And it does a great job at that, but if you really really want to know what happened, do what Ms. Brown says and talk to her! Come on, you're vassar kid, right? Do your own research!

Anonymous said...

Girl, do you need a refresher on the difference between period and comma usage?

Anonymous said...

^ Thank You

Anonymous said...

This is bullshit. Don't blame the VSA because you ran for something you shouldn't have. Think things through next time. Oh and trade rooms with whoever the new president is. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

OMG she get's to keep her room!? That's just plain messed up. For all we know she ran just for the room. Geez, people these days.

Anonymous said...

Let's all get over ourselves. The room she chose wasn't even one of the biggest rooms in Main and her draw number wasn't bad at all. Please find a better pastime than sitting at home complaining about things that we know nothing about. Also, if it was about the room she would not have ran for president but instead another less important position on house team because she still would have been able to pick towards the top of her class. Come on people, I'm sure this makes you feel good about yourselves but in reality you still don't know the whole story and I doubt any of you have the balls to approach her and ask her yourself.

Anonymous said...

^ Agreed

But, what exactly could the VSA do/Plan to do to make someone step down? Something smells fishy!

Anonymous said...

There was no discussion of an agenda for the year prior to Sienna's resignation. Just because you don't like the VSA doesn't make all criticism of it suddenly valid. Unless Sienna had a problem with the resolution supporting worker's rights, the VSA agenda is not why she resigned. And even if it was, she was elected to be Main's representative to the VSA. Speak up. Quitting accomplishes nothing. Sienna is allowed to resign and have that be personal but once she starts blaming her resignation on the VSA it is no longer a private matter.

Nick said...

Regardless of Sienna's personal reasons for leaving, the VSA Constitution prohibits her from holding her position, given that she's going JYA. Article X, Section 2, Subsection G: "No student may hold office if s/he has been granted a leave of absence by the
College for any part of the office term."

In Ask Banner, you're listed as "away" when you go JYA, just like when you're granted a leave of absence... same thing.

Anonymous said...

Did you or did you not read the article?
She said that when she won president she decided that she would stay here for the year.

Zack said...

Ah, anonymous commenting... what a nice way for cowards to talk shit without facing any consequences.

Anonymous said...

at least we aren't the ones lying :*

Anonymous said...

Sienna's reasons for resigning are her's and her's alone. What gives any of you the right to judge her or her reasoning for resigning when none of you were seeing what she was seeing, hearing what she was hearing, or feeling what she was feeling?!?! Why should she have had to put up with being treated poorly by any part or whole of the VSA because she won the election and not one of the other VSA "hand-picked" candidates. And just because there was no official agenda discussed or put forth by the new VSA, doesn't mean there weren't unofficial or informal conversations that may have alluded to a particular direction the council would be going in. So instead of tearing someone down behind the veil of anonymity because you don't like what she said, grow a back bone and ask her directly about her reasoning.

Anonymous said...

I'd be all for leaving her alone if she hadn't made cryptic insinuations in a public forum about the VSA mistreating her. She should either not say anything or fully explain. This way of handling it is childish and unproductive.

Natalie Allen said...

I assume she didn't like the way she was treated when the VSA heard she was going abroad and started looking into it.
And she owes it to the people that voted for her the EXACT reason she decided to resign. None of this "come ask me bullshit," Main has a huge constituency and when she decided to run for President she decided to become somewhat of a public figure in the house at least.

Anonymous said...

thank you Natalie! Couldn't have said it better myself! Own up to your decisions!

Anonymous said...

If Sienna told the VSA that she was absolutely not going abroad next year, there is no reason that they would have violated her rights. If she was not clear on the fact, the VSA has the right and responsibility to determine if one of its members is in direct violation of the bylaws. Sienna did not make known to the VSA general body that any members were acting in an inappropriate manner, and there is no kind of agenda set for next year. Sienna is clearly scapegoating her poor decision to run on a completely new and innocent body. She is making broad, general, and unfounded claims that she refuses to give any merit to, hiding behind the fact that few people will actually take the time to track her down and argue with her.

Anonymous said...

How am I expected to ask Ms. Brown about her resignation when she is not approachable and willing to discuss the subject matter? I have tried to discuss it with her but she refuses, so how is anyone supposed to get the facts here?

Mads, please run an ACTUAL EXCLUSIVE on instead of merely a statement from Sienna Brown on her resignation.

I expected her to stand up for Main House and represent our opinions in the VSA, but instead she backed down. I have faith that Jeremy will do just that, but Ms. Brown's defeat before even having served causes me to question my own judgement in having voted for her as leader of Main House.

It also causes me to question how much she actually BELIEVED in her statement during the elections and makes me wonder if she was just trying to WIN the election instead of making a real change on campus.