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Updated: UGBC Withdraws Nomination For Marchese Reinstatement

Updated Jan. 18, 12:32 p.m.: Chris Marchese, A&S ’15, will no longer be eligible for reinstatement to the position of executive vice president of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC), with the Executive Council announcing Friday that it is withdrawing its nomination for him to return.

“Based on new information that has come to our attention, we have decided to withdraw our nomination of Christopher Marchese as the Executive Vice President of UGBC,” Nanci Fiore-Chettiar, UGBC president and A&S ’15, said in an email Friday night. “We believe that this decision will best allow us to move forward as an organization and effectively represent the needs and interests of students.”

The Student Assembly was set to vote on Marchese’s reinstatement as executive vice president Sunday night. According to Fiore-Chettiar, Connor Bourff, A&S ’15, will remain as executive vice president, having replaced Marchese in November when Marchese stepped down from the position following conduct violations that moved him from good standing with the University.

Fiore-Chettiar said that Sloan Renfro, campus awareness coordinator and A&S ’16, will be nominated to fill Bourff’s prior role as vice president of student initiatives. The Student Assembly will vote to officially confirm both Bourff and Renfro in their new positions Sunday afternoon.

“Part of me is extremely sad that my vice presidency is, in many respects, incomplete,” Marchese said Saturday. “But another part of me is excited to see what Nanci and Connor will be able to do with UGBC over the next few months. I think that Nanci and I made a really great team, but I also think that Connor and his perspective will reenergize the organization, and in the second semester UGBC does need reenergization.”

Marchese said that he does not anticipate having any role in UGBC this semester, though it has not been formally discussed.

“When Nanci and I were elected last year, one of the things that I heard was that it was a privilege to serve the student body,” Marchese said. “I knew that I was extremely fortunate to have such a role, and to play such an important part in helping move this campus forward. But I don’t think it really sunk in, the power of a position, until my resignation. I really wish, in retrospect, that I had been more intentional in what I said and did when I was vice president.”

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January 18, 2015