Todd Hendricks & BYUSA Elections
It should come as no surprise that BYUSA elections are a sham. The last three student administrations gained office by default, not the voice of the people.
What should surprise is the fallout from the most recent election. BYUSA officials responded to criticism from within by firing one of its rising stars--Todd Hendricks.
The Daily Universe published a semi-coherent Op-Ed piece decrying the stifling effect on free speech. Whistleblower rights are important, but there is more to it than that.
As part of his termination package, BYU promised to extend Hendricks insurance until the birth of his child in June. In exchange the agreement required that he keep quiet and write a retraction letter. Hendricks declined their offer deciding instead to stand by his original statement.
Hendricks didn't criticize the church or BYU at large. He simply gave articulate voice to the thoughts of any casual observer of BYUSA elections.
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