Volume 95, Issue 63

Thursday, January 24, 2002
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SSSC president Duane Baxter resigns

In late night e-mail "Du" announces his demise

By Erin Conway-Smith
Gazette Staff

With less than two months left in a tumultuous term as Social Science Students' Council president, Duane Baxter has resigned, citing "personal reasons."

Baxter said he would not comment on the nature of the personal matters, but added they were unrelated to the SSSC. "It's not something that I would like published," he said.

Notice of his resignation was communicated to SSSC members in an e-mail sent Tuesday night. In the e-mail, Baxter said he intends to continue helping council and will assist his successor throughout the transition process.

SSSC councillor Eric Fortin, who failed in an attempt to impeach Baxter earlier this month, said he had no idea Baxter was planning on resigning from his position.

"I think this is the best thing that could have happened," he said.

Fortin said his reaction to the resignation is two-fold. He said it is upsetting because it does not confer the same accountability on Baxter as an impeachment would, however, it is also means council will be able to move on and begin work again.

Baxter's resignation has come as a shock, said SSSC councillor Paul Yeoman.

"Duane had valid reasons for it," he said. The reasons were completely separate from what has happened with the SSSC this year, he added.

Baxter's successor will have to sit down with the SSSC and chart out a course for the rest of the year, Yeomen said.

"We're going to be fine – things are still going to run smoothly," he said. "It should be a good rest of the year for social science."

Ashley Hale, VP-academic and new acting SSSC president, said she is aware Baxter resigned for personal reasons.

Hale said that when she knows more about the situation she will not hesitate to inform council, however, what they are officially told will be up to Baxter.

"He may not want to release intimate details about what is going on, but he may want to ease [councillors'] minds," she said.

Liz Berman, VP-communications, said she would like an explanation.

"I would like an explanation and will ask for one personally, but if he doesn't want to make it public, I will understand," she said.

Last week, Baxter said he felt it was still possible for the SSSC to get back on track, despite a series of heated e-mails circulating among councillors, including one demanding his resignation.

–with files from

Jessica Leeder

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