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Freshman class VP resigns Monday

Nov. 30, 2004

By KATE MCCLENDON, reporter

Freshman Class Vice President Chris Williams submitted a letter of resignation Monday morning. Williams, an Alexandria, La., freshman, was asked to resign by Student Body President Jeff Leach due to poor attendance.

"He's a really busy guy and some attendance requirements were missed," Leach said. "It was totally his decision to resign."

This decision was made before Thanksgiving break, but Williams was not asked to resign until Monday.

"I don't have any hard feelings toward anyone," Williams said.

The decision came from Leach, Chief-of-Staff Jaclyn Lewis and senior class president Matt Richards.

"It's a decision I know Jeff seriously thought about for a while," Freshman Class President Gary Guadagnolo, an Arlington freshman, said. "I support his decision."

Student Congress bylaws do not have a mechanism that describes how congress should find a replacement for the position. Leach, External Vice President Kristin Kan, and Internal Vice President Brandon Anderson are working with Guadagnolo and Freshman Secretary and Treasurer Amanda Mitchell to create a plan for replacement and create a process in case this situation occurs again.

Right now, the group is arranging for Guadagnolo and Mitchell to create a list of candidates they'd like to see in this position. After the list is made, Leach will pick his candidate and present this person before Student Congress. Congress will then vote on the candidate and he or she will be elected freshman class vice president.

"We're still ironing out the details with Jeff, Brandon and Kristin," Guadagnolo said.

Leach said he would like to have someone chosen before the end of this semester. If someone is chosen by that time, this person could start serving in the position by the beginning of next semester.

Each class has a group of three officers who act as a cabinet for the student body president. Every class must have the adequate help they need and the other officers need assistance, so this position is crucial, Leach said.

"I'm just looking forward to Amanda Mitchell and I leading the class as best as possible," Guadagnolo said.