Members of the student government senate appointed former Senator Rebekah Ellis to replace Vice President Anayeli Jimenez, who hasn’t attended senate meetings since March.
Ellis was appointed to the position on April 14 and ratified unanimously by the student senate April 16.
Previously, Ellis served as president pro-tempore, a member of the senate who fills the role of vice president in the event of the vice president’s absence.
Ellis will hold her new position until a newly elected student administration takes office June 1.
Upon her ratification, Ellis said that joining student government was the best decision she had made in her college career.
“I go home at night and I’m exhausted, happy,” Ellis said.
Senator Emily Aguilera was elected to succeed Ellis as president pro-tempore.
In an interview, Associated Students of Lane Community College President Paul Zito said he was sad to see Jimenez leave after she “sort of fell off of the map” without giving a letter of resignation.
“We didn’t do our normal get-together, hash out how we go forward on projects, she just left,” Zito said.
He praised Jimenez’s work ethic and said the fact that she stepped down as vice president doesn’t mean she failed.
Jimenez attended the April 16 Senate meeting, at which she thanked her peers for the experience and endorsed Ellis as her successor.
“I’m grateful,” Jimenez said. “I’ll always cherish these memories and what we’ve done, for the rest of our lives.”
Members of the student government responded in kind.
“You’ve been a champion of cultural competency, and we thank you for heading that charge,” Senator Francisco “Kiko” Gomez said to Jiminez.
Student Multicultural Programs Coordinator Michael Weed said Jimenez is a great leader, and compared her to South American revolutionary Manuela Sáenz.
Sara Shepherd, the state affairs director for the student government, told Jimenez “I’ll miss having you around, and our one-on-ones, but I’ll get over it.”