Reynolds School of Journalism senator Spenser Blank resigned today due to a racist tweet he sent out last weekend, prompting ASUN officials to immediately apologize and host a public forum next week to hear from students.
Blank’s resignation comes directly on the heels of its appearance in the semesterly Coffin and Keys newsletter, which published a screenshot of the tweet (See the tweet here). At the time of writing, Blank appears to have deleted his Twitter feed, and has not announced anything on his senate Facebook page (Editor’s Note: It appears that Blank deleted his facebook page as well)
In a statement released today, ASUN President Huili Weinstock announced a public forum will be held Monday at 2 p.m. for students to hear concerns from students, and that ASUN’s mandatory sexual harassment training will be bumped to the government’s general retreat over summer.
“I would like to apologize directly to anyone who may have been offended by the content of the tweet,” Weinstock said. “Students have come forward and expressed their concerns. I would like to say ASUN does not support this kind of speech.”
Blank was elected to his position by about a 4 to 1 ratio during the ASUN elections in March, and the process to appoint a replacement senator should begin in the upcoming fall semester. In a statement released today, Blank apologized for his actions and pledged to atone for his mistake in his future actions
“Words cannot express enough how sincerely sorry I am for the actions I’ve taken that hurt my constituents in the Reynolds School of Journalism and every other student who was offended by what I said,” he said in the statement. “I am taking full responsibility for my actions and I plan to personally apologize to the groups of people who have approached me.”
This isn’t the first social media controversy ASUN has faced: several years ago, Inkblot employee Nicole Dion was fired after tweeting about a University police incident.