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Nov. 17, 2009

SGA vice president Mady Nadje steps down

by Ava Wallace, Online Editor-in-Chief
This morning, the Student Government Association (SGA) announced that senior Mady Nadje will no longer be Blair's vice president. Blair's chief of staff, junior Adam Biru, was announced as the acting vice president. The SGA distributed a notice that informed Blazers of the situation to all second period classes.

Seniors Mady Nadje and Sam Zuckerman host the many events planned for the pep rally. Wylie Conlon
Seniors Mady Nadje and Sam Zuckerman host the many events planned for the pep rally.
Nadje said that he stepped down because of MBHS policy. "I didn't do anything illegal or break any rules, but something in the [school's] policy prevents me from being vice president at this time," he said. Nadje refused to elaborate on the policy infringement.

The change in the SGA is temporary, according to Nadje. "It's not permanent," he said. "I could potentially resume being vice president again next quarter." Principal Darryl Williams originally informed Nadje of the situation. "I talked to all key players when making the decision," Williams said. He declined further comment.

Nadje said that he conferred with Williams before the decision was made, and stressed the importance of his "stepping down," rather than "resigning." "Mr. Williams brought this situation to my attention," Nadje said. "I agreed to step down. To say I resigned implies I had more choice in this matter, when I really did not."

SGA sponsor Claudette Smith said that promoting Biru as Nadje's replacement was the obvious course of action. "Mady stepped down, it was natural progression to chose Adam because he's the chief of staff." SGA president senior Alex Bae said that despite the now vacant position in the SGA, there will not be a new chief of staff appointed.

Nonetheless, both Williams and Bae were confident that Blazers will feel no effect from the SGA changes. "Everybody involved in SGA is committed to their good work and continuing the plans that were laid out this year," said Williams. Bae added, "We're one person short, but we'll all just pull a little more weight."

Biru's duties in the SGA will not change significantly either, he said. "From chief of staff to vice president isn't too different," Biru said. Bae added, "Mainly [Biru] will be making more public appearances at student, teacher and parent addresses, he'll basically be getting more face time."

Editor's note: This story was updated at 7:15 p.m. on Nov. 19.

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  • NOMAD on November 18, 2009 at 10:19 AM
  • asd on November 18, 2009 at 7:21 PM
  • Lisa on November 18, 2009 at 8:14 PM
    What?! I like Mady! Adam's great too, but Maddyyyyyy!!!
  • Anonymous on November 18, 2009 at 9:20 PM
    Good question. Mady clearly implied his reluctance to step down and said he had little choice. Maybe Mr. Williams had some other reason to want Mady to step down. After all, how could a school policy be overlooked for so long?

    I wonder why so little information was provided. Perhaps the school's policy is clearly ridiculous or someone doesn't want students to see it for some other reason.
  • Anon on November 18, 2009 at 9:29 PM
    "I didn't do anything illegal or break any rules, but something in the [school's] policy permits me from being vice president at this time,"

    Don't you mean prohibits?
  • Black Panther on November 18, 2009 at 10:14 PM
    dats messed up, how williams gonna do mady like dat? thats just not right
  • Staff Employee on November 20, 2009 at 1:29 PM
    Lmao! its all obama's fault! lol
  • jngirl on November 20, 2009 at 1:45 PM
    why he was so nice and am a freshman but really WY
  • Senior on November 21, 2009 at 9:19 PM
    It wasn't a school policy but a county policy. If it were a school policy then I guess Mady would have challenged or appealed to Mr. Williams. Clearly, Mr. Williams had to make a decision and Maddy had to agree to step down. I hope Mady returns soon but I know Adam will be great.
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