Volume 95, Issue 63

Thursday, January 24, 2002
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Hale named interim president

By Jessica Leeder
Gazette Staff

The Social Science Students' Council got a facelift last night when a new acting president was named to replace former president Duane Baxter.

Ashley Hale, the council's VP-academic, was selected by the SSSC's executive before the council's general meeting last night.

A motion put forward by VP-communications Elizabeth Berman to name Hale acting president was ratified by Owais Rafiq, the council's VP-finance.

Baxter, who submitted his resignation to the council via e-mail, was not present at the meeting when the council formally accepted his resignation, nor had he been in verbal contact with any members of the executive, Berman said.

Berman said Baxter communicated to the executive in a separate e-mail that he would like to see Hale named as his replacement.

Hale said both Baxter's resignation and her appointment came as a surprise.

"I am honoured that Duane has confidence in me to recommend that I take his place for the remainder of the year. The reason he suggested me is because I deal with the dean's office and I have a good relationship with [social science] department heads," she said.

"I think he wanted to name someone who would be able to make the transition easier," she added.

Eric Fortin, the SSSC councillor, whose attempt to impeach Baxter and Rafiq at the last SSSC meeting failed, said he was happy with the outcome of last night's meeting.

"It's fair to say I'm happy with the change in administration," he said. "Ashley has been on top of her portfolio all year long and she has done nothing but positive things for this council. She is not controversial and I think she is a person the council can stand behind," he said.

Berman said she did not have a problem with Baxter naming his replacement in this situation.

"If he had been impeached, then it would have been different," she said. "It makes sense that one of the executive was named and since I'm running for [SSSC] president [in the upcoming election], Ashley is the obvious choice," she added.

Hale said her first order of business will be to "get organized."

"It's going to be a lot of hard work and an adjustment, but I know they're behind me," she said.

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