The past president and vice president of the Undergraduate Council called on Saturday for the resignation of Vice President John A. Burton '01, citing his alleged theft of campaign resources from a student group office.
The Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Supporters' Alliance (BGLTSA) has accused Burton of taking, without permission, upwards of 100 pin-on buttons from its office to use for his campaign and that of his running mate Fentrice D. Driskell '01.
Former council President Noah Z. Seton '00, whose term ended January 10, said he stayed out of the controversy until now out of fear that he would handicap Driskell and Burton's nascent administration.
"I have been careful not to interfere because I wanted Fentrice and John to get off to a great start without getting in the way," he said. "However, as the unfortunate incidents have multiplied, I have come to the conclusion that John should resign the vice-presidency for the good of the council and the student body."
Seton endorsed one of Burton's opponents, Nehal S. Patel '02, in this year's vice-presidential elections.
But former Vice President Kamil E. Redmond '00, who endorsed Burton in the vice-presidential elections, is joining Seton, her former running mate, in calling for Burton's resignation.
Redmond said she felt the continuing scandals that have surrounded Burton are eroding the council's legitimacy.
"I think it's ridiculous that the vice president-elect should already have had such a negative interaction with a student group," she said. "What I've heard of his actions is just unbelievable."
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