Originally published in the Los Angeles Loyolan. For original, please refer to: ASLMU Senator Dilekoglu resigns – Los Angeles Loyolan.
Former ASLMU senator Roy Dilekoglu has resigned his position, Director of Student Leadership and Development Andrea Niemi confirmed today.
A sophomore finance major who once told the Loyolan that ASLMU was “what made me like LMU,” Dilekoglu was the only returning senator this year besides sophomore psychology major and Speaker of the Senate Ceci Rangel-Garcia.
Dilekoglu’s resignation comes on the heels of last night’s announcement from ASLMU that senior marketing major Bryan Ruiz would not be continuing as president.
“There are a lot of different elements that come into it,” Dilekoglu explained of his decision to resign. “The main thing is … the way they treated my friend and president, Bryan Ruiz.”
Dilekoglu described the University’s treatment of Ruiz as leaving a “bad taste” in his mouth.
“My goal was always to be president,” he said. “Since freshman year, that was my goal: to be president of ASLMU. … If that’s my goal and that’s where I want to be, why would I want to do that? Why would I want to continue [after seeing that]?”
Though Dilekoglu is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE), the same off-campus fraternity of which Ruiz is a member and was president of last semester, he said that his resignation has nothing to do with his personal relationship with Ruiz.
“It could have been anyone,” he said. “It was the way that person was treated, after doing everything for the University, but they treated him like a criminal.”
He is the second senator to resign this year, after junior finance major Michael Curran left his post in January.