In a heated debate, former Student Government Attorney General Daniel Miller told WBUL listeners Thursday the student body president acted unethically in his decision to allow his band to open for a March 22 Less than Jake concert.
Miller said Victor had known his band Classified was being considered to play in the concert well before the senate’s decision to fund the concert.
But Victor said the involvement of Classified was not part of an agenda and his band was needed as an R&B/hip-hop group to make the acts in the Greek Week concert more diverse and appealing to all students.
“It was never ever my agenda for my band to play and be a part of this concert,” Victor said. “(The Greek Week Committee) asked if my group would perform, and I was not going to deny my group this opportunity to perform.”
Miller resigned from his SG position two days before the concert and submitted accusations to the SG senate claiming Victor had acted unethically in regard to the concert. SG senator Randy Holm investigated the accusations and determined Victor had not overstepped his bounds as student body president.
Miller said Victor previously told him he would not perform with Classified.
“I quit because I did not want to work with someone who was going to tell me something that I can’t believe,” Miller said.
In between snickers and shouts from a gallery of about 20 of Victor’s supporters, Miller said Victor’s involvement in the concert was a conflict of interests and that Victor had benefited from the publicity his band received.
“The problem here is that you (Victor) are the president, you pushed for the concert that you ended up playing in,” Miller said.
Victor said he had told members of his band they were not getting paid and could not fundraise or sell CDs at the concert.
“I have been honest with you all year,” Victor said. “I’m letting you know that this is not something I sought out as a personal opportunity to gain for Classified.”
But Victor later acknowledged that his group did benefit from the concert appearance with free publicity, but was concerned he and Miller did not discuss the concert up front.
“I don’t see how you communicated with me appropriately,” Victor said. “Why is it now you felt to resign and then try to impeach me?”
As the crowd applauded Victor’s retort, Miller said he had spoken to Victor about there being a conflict of interest prior to the concert.
“I brought it to your attention. I said, ‘Look, this entire thing is shady. Do you have any benefit that you were going to gain from this?’ and you looked at me and said, ‘No,’ so when you change your mind, that creates a problem for me,” Miller said.
The debate ended with Victor discounting Miller’s claim that the two had spoken at length about the concert.
“I don’t see where in that there was a discussion or assistance to help me make the right decisions, Victor said. “There was just action without consultation.”
The debate was part of WBUL’s attempt to encourage student debate about on-campus events as part of the station’s news and current events segment.