Senate re-elects treasurer who resigned post
Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
In an odd turn of events, the University of Florida Student Senate unanimously re-elected Lindsay Cosimi as Student Body treasurer Tuesday night.
Cosimi, who was elected as treasurer in 2005, unexpectedly resigned her position last week, but nominated herself and two of her assistants, Freya Birdie and Gabrielle Leon, as the replacement treasurer to be elected by the Senate.
Senate statutes require a resigning treasurer to submit names of three nominees to succeed to the position. Cosimi was forced to resign last week by the UF administration after receiving an "incomplete" grade, which violated the conditions of her position.
Leon declined her nomination through a letter to Senate President John Boyles. She felt the office of treasurer would require more time and energy than she was able to offer, according to her letter. Leon's letter arrived around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, when it was too late to find another nominee, Cosimi said.
Boyles said senators could still vote for Leon, as statutes clearly required three named nominees. Birdie showed up at the Senate meeting and said she was honored to be nominated, although she hesitated before saying she would take the position if elected.
Given time to speak as a nominee, Cosimi said that she should be re-elected because of "the vast learning curve that's there as Student Body treasurer."
The newly elected treasurer only carries out Cosimi's original term, which ends in May. Cosimi said she had spoken to both Birdie and Leon before they were nominated, and both had said they would be willing to serve as treasurer.
Cosimi said she was forced to resign initially because she was in violation of Student Government statutes after receiving an "incomplete" grade in one of her classes. "It was just terrible time management on my part," Cosimi said. She spent the entire Winter Break fixing the grade, she said. Her classes are important to her, she said. She has a 3.6 grade-point average.
After being elected, she said, "It's great to be back, and I'm very happy."
The Senate vote came after a flood of support for Cosimi, as senator after senator rose to explain why Cosimi should continue to hold the position she won in student elections last year.
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