Three members step down from Student Council positions

The Vice President for Administration and Financial Accessibility Committee Chair positions were filled last Tuesday, while the Graduate Affairs Committee Chair position remains vacant

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Three members of Student Council have resigned due to personal reasons.

Sam Spreen | Cavalier Daily

Third-year College student Ellen Yates and fourth-year College student Rachael Hazlett were appointed to the position of Vice President for Administration and Chair of the Financial Accessibility Committee, respectively, last Tuesday, filling the positions left vacant by fourth-year Batten student Taylor Overton and third-year Curry student Nia Augustine. 

Architecture graduate student Matthew Slaats also resigned from his role as Chair of the Graduate Affairs Committee. Student Council is still looking to fill the position. Ellie Brasacchio, fourth-year College student and president of Student Council, said that Overon, Augustine and Slaats resigned over the summer due to personal reasons. Overton had assumed the role in the previous administration after fourth-year College student Sydney Bradley resigned from the position in April 2018. He was reelected in February, having run unopposed.

Yates was appointed to the VPA position by Brasacchio and the appointment was subject to approval by the legislative body. The appointment was approved with 16 members in favor and one opposed during Student Council’s first general body meeting of the semester last Tuesday.

“I have never seen Ellen do anything less than exceptional in all she does, and she will be a great VPA,” Brasacchio said. “We also appointed a new Chair of Financial Accessibility, Rachael Hazlett, who is deeply committed to the goals of the committee.”

Student Council’s Constitution states that the elected VPA position is to be filled by an approved appointment made by the president, rather than through a special election by the student body. During the vote, fourth-year Architecture student Harley Robertson brought up the idea that the organization’s constitution and bylaws not allowing for a special election restricts the student body from choice via a popular vote. Robertson was the only member to vote against the appointment.

Matthew Foreman, a third-year College student and Director of University Relations for Student Council, wrote in support of Yates stepping into the role in an email statement to The Cavalier Daily.

“We're confident she'll do an outstanding job based on her hard work and dedication to Student Council as demonstrated previously in her role as Chair of Student Life and Chief of Cabinet,” Foreman said.

Hazlett’s appointment to the cabinet position was approved unanimously.

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