(Mark Ciavola) – Following UNLV President Neal Smatresk’s decision to forward complaint calls to the cell phone of UNLV College Republican President Mark Ciavola, the organization is calling on Smatresk to take responsibility for his role in the debate on education budget cuts.
Last week, the UNLVCRs began calling voters in Southern Nevada to inform them about irresponsible spending at UNLV relating to Dina Titus’ radio show, for which she earns one third of her salary. Voters are encouraged to call Smatresk’s office to discuss the issue further. On Friday morning, Smatresk’s office forwarded these calls to Ciavola’s cell phone.
“Clearly President Smatresk has no desire to explain to Southern Nevadans how he spends their tax dollars,” said Mark Ciavola, president of the UNLVCRs and State Chairman of the College Republican Federation of Nevada.
A total of nine calls were forwarded to Ciavola’s cell phone during the first hour of the Board of Regents meeting on Friday morning, where both Ciavola and Smatresk were in attendance. During public comment, Ciavola spoke out against education cuts. Informing the room about the forwarded calls, he told President Smatresk, “stand up and do your job.”
“President Smatresk decides how money is spent at UNLV, and he ought to be willing to discuss those decisions with concerned members of the community, instead of shirking his responsibility,” Ciavola concluded.