Kennedy elected new VP

Emma Kennedy, SGA Chair of the Committee on Diversity, Equity and Environmental Ethics, was appointed SGA vice president on Tuesday. After initially refusing to re?sign, former Vice President Josh Miller left office on Oct. 8. In the SGA meeting on Tuesday Oct. 14, President Jay Taylor nominated Kennedy as the new vice president. In the meeting, Taylor gave a brief presentation, declaring Kennedy as his nominee for vice president. Taylor said that according to the constitution, anyone could be vice president, however, the SGA was in need of someone who could start immediately. “[At this point] we can’t afford to bring in anyone outside of the SGA,” Taylor said.Taylor said the best way for the SGA to improve is by electing somebody already a part of the Senate, who is both familiar with the current problems and also has ideas on how to fix them. “There is a serious learning curve that needs to happen,” Taylor said.Taylor said that he picked Kennedy because she has a lot of experience, both with people and various organizations. “I believe this is the best per?son, not only for us [in the SGA], but all those students on campus,” said Taylor. Some were shocked that Taylor nominated Kennedy rather than Chair of Student Activities Drew Sander, however, Sander has no doubts in Taylor’s decision. “Emma is a good friend and an incredibly capable individual,” Sander said, “and I have no doubts that she will do an incredible job.” Kennedy, currently a fifth-year student at UVM, said she was surprised at her nomination, but feels she can handle the job. “I am fully prepared for the role and am enthusiastic about jumping into it in the middle of the semester,” Kennedy said. When asked about her ambitions for her new position, Kennedy said, “I’m not looking for a title; it’s more about fulfilling the role I see is needed.””Emma is perfect for the role,” Taylor said, “She is level-headed, has lots of experience working with administrators and various groups on campus. She is going to do great things for student representation on this campus.” “I am passionate about working towards social justice at UVM and I intend to continue bringing motivated people together to create change,” Kennedy said.