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Student leader ousted

Former Eastern New Mexico University student-body president Bob Cornelius said he was stripped of his title Saturday as the president of the Associated Students of New Mexico.

Cornelius was ENMU’s student body president last year and now attends the University of New Mexico.

Cornelius was defeated in his re-election bid by Brett Trembly last spring. As the lame-duck president at Eastern, he was re-elected as president of ASNM in the spring, much to the dismay of Trembly and a group of his supporters at Eastern.

On Saturday, Cornelius said ASNM members voted to relieve him of his duties. He said he immediately left the meeting being held in Las Vegas, N.M.

Since Cornelius left ENMU and is not serving in a student-leadership role at UNM, it required a two-thirds vote of ASNM members to keep Cornelius as the association’s president, Trembly said in October.

ASNM is a lobbying group representing students in higher education.

Associated Students of ENMU cast a vote of no confidence in Cornelius on Oct. 2 at an ASNM meeting in Silver City. The issue was discussed among members of ASNM, then tabled for Saturday’s meeting.

Cornelius told the Clovis News Journal last week he believed the reason for the issue equated to personal differences between he and Trembly, who were both members of the Kappa Sigma fraternity at ENMU.

Cornelius said he ran for student-body president at Eastern two years ago, against the wishes of Trembly, and won.

Soon after Cornelius’ victory — he said he defeated another Kappa Sigma with whom Trembly supported — he decided to disassociate himself from the fraternity because the bad blood had begun to boil between the two.

Cornelius could not be reached for further comment on the matter. Trembly did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.