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EC Votes Not to Remove President

By Benjamin P. Gleitzman

An East Campus House Committee vote was held Wednesday evening to determine if Estevan “Milo” Martinez ’08 would be removed from office as EC dormitory president. A majority of EC hall chairs, 7-3, voted not to remove Martinez from office, according to the HouseComm meeting minutes.

One week prior, a special closed meeting of EC HouseComm, convened by the EC hall chairs, met to discuss complaints against Martinez.

When there is consideration of removing any committee member from office, that member must be informed in writing one week before any voting can actually occur, the EC constitution states. During an open forum for EC residents held Sunday night to allow Martinez to defend himself, EC residents raised issues including Martinez’s absence during dormitory rush and hall party registration procedures.

“I do not believe the role of president is disciplinarian,” Martinez said during Sunday’s meeting. “I think the greatest responsibility is to represent EC to all of campus … as a mediator I am here for people to talk to without taking sides.”

Following Sunday’s meeting, a concrete set of suggestions for Martinez was compiled. Suggestions included improving communication with hall residents and being more informed of hall sentiments. “Milo has made and acknowledged some past missteps, but is looking to address the concerns [of] East Campus residents,” said EC Vice President Laura C. Martini ’08 in an e-mail.

Martinez did not respond to numerous telephone and e-mail requests for information.

The vote for removal from office was the first item on the agenda at Wednesday’s meeting of HouseComm. According to the EC constitution, “Any member may be removed from office for failure to perform his/her duties by a seven-out-of-ten paper ballot of the hall chairs.”

Priya Ramaswamy contributed to the reporting of this article.