Michael Weed resigned from his elected position as student government president at the commencement of winter term, citing health and personal reasons. The announcement was made at the senate meeting Wednesday, Jan. 7 by Malisa Ratthasing, who succeeds him as president.
Weed and Ratthasing ran together in Spring of 2014 on a platform of bringing more community to the campus. “I’m going to continue the work that we started last year,” Ratthasing said.
She reiterated the three points of focus that her administration will continue to have going forward: tuition and textbook affordability, sexual assault prevention and SoJust union support.
Ratthasing joked that she had become accustomed to telling students and senators, ‘Go see Michael’ when they came to her with questions or issues, but she realizes now they will have to speak to her.
“It’s very sad that Michael had to step down,” Ratthasing said. “He was my best friend. He was a mentor and like a father figure to me. He’s a very private person. He was the president and needed to be strong.”
Treasurer Ashley Jackson will assume more duties as both vice-president and treasurer.
During the meeting, Mariana Paradones was appointed as Campus Community Director, vacating the position of president pro-tempore. Senator Felicia Dickinson was then elected president pro tempore. Dickinson will fill in for Ratthasing when she is temporarily unavailable to fulfill her presidential duties.
The position of Sustainability Coordinator was filled by the appointment of Daniel Pollock. Weed, the previous Sustainability Coordinator, will be on hand to help Pollock transition into the position.
Ratthasing said that student government is moving forward and focused on recruiting students interested in attending an upcoming rally Feb. 12 at the state capital.
Weed was contacted by The Torch for comment on his resignation, but he did not respond by press time.