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SGA president steps down from position for 'personal reasons'


Student Government Association president Ian Elliott resigned due to “personal reasons and opportunities” during the organization’s Dec. 5 meeting in the Bovee University Center.

Jazmin Biernat, SGA vice president, announced to the house and senate that Elliott privately relinquished his position on Dec. 1.

Biernat did not comment further on Elliott’s reasons for leaving. She will replace Elliott in the role of president for the spring semester.

Elliott could not be reached for comment regarding the reason for his stepping down.

Senate Leader Anna Owens will be Biernat’s vice president. Owens is expected to be sworn into position within the next week. Biernat said Owens was chosen for her leadership abilities and her tenure in the organization.

“I truly feel that her past experiences and commitment to SGA, has made her the most qualified for this position,” she said.

Senate elections for the spring semester will take place Jan. 9 to replace those who have graduated or stepped down from their positions. A new senate leader will also be voted on during the same meeting to replace Owens.

“(Owens and I) are still developing our entire plan as of now, but our number one goal remains to be the Gender and Sexuality Center,” Biernat said. “We want funding secured for it this (spring semester) and then for it to be started up in fall 2017.”

In addition to replacing Elliott, “A Resolution to Replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Central Michigan University’s Calendars” was passed in both the house and senate. This resolution hopes to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day on all university calendars.

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