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Vasquez Resigns As Vice President of UA

By Beckett W. Sterner


Undergraduate Association Vice President Phillip A. Vasquez ’06 resigned Thursday night citing personal problems that interfered with his responsibilities.

“Unavoidable personal issues have arisen in my life that have affected my ability to fulfill my responsibilities to the student body,” he wrote in an e-mail to the undergraduate student body. “At this point, I can no longer avoid these issues and need to address them in an effective way.”

“Phil was putting a tremendous amount of time and energy into making this place better,” said UA President Harel M. Williams, and his energy and enthusiasm would be missed.

Williams said that he would now seek to appoint a new Vice President, subject to confirmation by a two-thirds vote in the UA Senate, ideally at the upcoming Senate meeting on Monday. He said he had not yet decided who he would appoint.

Vasquez returns home

Vasquez has returned to his home in Chicago for the rest of the term, said UA Senate Speaker Rose A. Grabowski.

Williams said that Vasquez’s recent punishment of having to move out of Simmons after being involved with an unsafe party was just “one of a number of issues he was dealing with.”

“I do not believe [Vasquez’s] decision was based solely on those events,” Grabowski said, but “things started to be difficult for him in the last few weeks.”

Vasquez did not reply to requests for comment.

“He’s my friend, and knowing him in that capacity as well, [resigning] was the right decision for him,” Grabowski said.

“I support Phil’s decision and also believe it was the best for him as well as in the best interests of the student body,” Williams said.

“This situation has made things a bit harder, but I’m confident that the UA will continue... to fulfill its responsibility to the student body.” he said.