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ASUC Candidates Forum Liveblog

Posted By Valerie Woolard On Apr 1, 2011 @ 3:32 pm In News | Comments Disabled

buttonsHere we are at the ASUC candidates forum in 101 Morgan, a little cheesed that we got stood up by Student Action at the last minute [1], but there will be plenty of time to discuss that later.

6:25 p.m. And we’re out!

6:24 p.m. Ballard wishes we asked about Operational Excellence and the new admissions policy.

6:23 p.m. “It’s a shame that the Student Action candidates didn’t show up to the only open forum before the students that we have before the election.”-Montouth

6:22 p.m. “I believe in freedom, and America. I love America. So … you should vote for me.”-Carlton

6:20 p.m. “The fact of the matter is ASUC is broke.” -Montouth. Wants to hire an ASUC grants writer, put out a midyear report.

6:19 p.m. “I honestly don’t know too much of what he’s done, and I’m in the senate.”-Stefan Montouth on Noah Stern.

6:18 p.m. “He cheated so much and got away with it, that’s amazing.” -Carlton on Noah Stern’s accomplishments.

6:16 p.m. Ballard calls Stern completely irrelevant.

6:15 p.m. Carlton is really excited about the question on Noah Stern’s successes and failures.

6:14 p.m. “Subway kind of sucks.” -Carlton, advocating bringing a Taco Bell to campus.

6:11 p.m. Montouth wants to increase student representation on the Store Operations Board.

6:10 p.m. “I really want to work on educational forums where we, as students, can educate ourselves” – Ballard

6:09 p.m. I feel really self-conscious about my typing speed right now.

6:05 p.m. “I think that if students were heard and the administration was listening to students, then there would be less need for protest.”-Montouth

6:04 p.m. “I take every person on this campus seriously, and that’s why I’m running for this position.” -Ballard

6:03 p.m. “If they don’t take you seriously, then they have so many ways of keeping you quiet.” -Carlton on administrators.

6:02 p.m. “I think it’s naive to believe that the student activists are the ones who have the power.” -Carlton, on balancing interaction with administration and students.

6:01 p.m. I see someone with a Student Action t-shirt sitting outside.

6:00 p.m. “People on this campus don’t acknowledge that it’s a joke to them, but it is.”-Carlton

5:58 p.m. Carlton says her crowning moment is the number of votes she got last year, despite how unqualified she was.

5:57 p.m. Lauren Ballard (DAAP) wants to inspire leadership within the student body. Emily Carlton is making eyes at someone.

5:56 p.m. Montouth wants to focus on publicity, make sure people know what’s going on on campus.

5:54 p.m. Stefan Montouth (independent) created the ASUC newsletter.

5:53 p.m. Just kidding. She just walked in with the inflatable doll.

5:53 p.m. It would appear as if Emily Carlton (SQUELCH!) is also a no-show.

5:52 p.m. And finally, the presidential candidates.

5:51 p.m. “I think the ASUC can really be a relevant body on campus.” -Goldstein. Controversial statement.

5:50 p.m. Gilmore wants to double minority student enrollment.

5:48 p.m. “We should not suspend the by-laws when it’s for partisan gain… We add more to them than we subtract what isn’t working.” – Goldstein

5:47 p.m. The by-laws should only be suspended when they interfere with free speech, Gilmore says.

5:46 p.m. Question about suspending the by-laws. Dun dun dun.

5:44 p.m. Katie Gilmore (DAAP)- “The ASUC is neglecting their leadership role.” Advocates lobbying Sacramento and working to defend public education.

5:42 p.m. Goldstein says he has a unique position as a third-party candidate to not get bogged down by political issues.

5:39 p.m. Katie Gilmore recommends getting rid of Robert’s Rules of order.

5:38 p.m. “The ASUC isn’t really accurately representing the student body as a whole.” – Katie Gilmore (DAAP)

5:37 p.m. “Students have to fight for their own space.” – Elliot Goldstein (Cooperative Movement)

5:35 p.m. We’re kind of missing Viola Tang’s accent already.

5:33 p.m. Representative of Max “God Save the Queen” Ebert (SQUELCH!) just unfurled a scroll. Something about a keen skill at Scottish Country Dancing.

5:30 p.m. Moving on to Executive Vice President.

5:29 p.m. “If we can cut the crap in the ASUC, then we will actually be able to get something done.” – Gambrell.

5:26 p.m. Ratha Lai (independent) wants to focus on the Southside Plan, getting lighting on Northside and coordinating with the Berkeley Police.

5:24 p.m. James Gambrell (DAAP) says the local issue he would focus on is financial aid for AB 540 students. Not sure how local that is…

5:23 p.m. SQUELCH candidate: “No real man can do the job of God.”

5:22 p.m. I don’t have my sheet of names for this part, sadness.

5:18 p.m. Question on what the candidates would do differently from Ricardo Gomez, someone from the audience yelled, “Get arrested less!”

5:17 p.m. On to External Affairs Vice President!

5:16 p.m. “They’ve confused effective leadership and pursuing personal ambitions … the only legitimate candidates are the ones here and the ones shouting ‘penis’ on Sproul” – Horning on Student Action

5:14 p.m. Getting the feeling this is going to descend into anarchy at any moment.

5:13 p.m. I’ve been spelling Mosley’s name wrong. My bad. It’s fixed now.

5:12 p.m. “Who actually does surveys?” -Mosley (DAAP)

5:10 p.m. Horning points out that Julia Joung’s idea of increasing outdoor study space is kind of silly.

5:09 p.m. “I’d like to rip my competition to shreds. No you, Student Action.” -Horning (SQUELCH!)

5:08 p.m. Mosley (DAAP) says the biggest issue facing the AAVP is privitization. “We have to stand together.”

5:07 p.m. Brian Mosley (DAAP): “People are gonna be hella pissed.”

5:06 p.m. Opinion editor Matt Putzulu keeps telling people to hold their applause. What a killjoy.

5:05 p.m. Part of Horning’s (SQUELCH!) campaign is free booze and free adderall. Sometimes we get the strange feeling that people don’t take this seriously.

5:03 p.m. Starting with Academic Affairs Vice President. Rachel Horning (SQUELCH!) brought a blowup doll with a Four Loko bottle taped to it.

5:00 p.m. Some folks came in with a blowup doll. Got to be SQUELCH!

4:59 p.m. Shah says student conduct code reform is one of his major issues.

4:57 p.m. Going back and adding party affiliations at the end of people’s names. Will try to keep this up for the rest of the liveblog.

4:56 p.m. Sanchez (DAAP) says he wants to set up workshops for undocumented students.

4:55 p.m. Samar Shah (Independent): “People don’t actually care about (the Student Advocate Office) until they actually get in trouble”

4:54 p.m. Asking people to hold their applause never works.

4:53 p.m. Raul Sanchez (DAAP): “No one is coming to this office”

4:52 p.m. How should the student advocate’s office inform students of what the office does?

4:50 p.m. We’re on to Student Advocate.

4:49 p.m. The hydration stations are just a psychological thing, according to pro-referendum speaker Rose Whitson. Tap water is just as potable.

4:47 p.m. He says he supports increasing recycling rather than reducing sales.

4:46 p.m. Pro-bottled water person speaking now. He says he’s against the referendum, not environmentalism or the idea of phasing out of bottled water.


4:44 p.m. Strange dinging noise every ten seconds. Awesome.

4:43 p.m. We’re starting with speakers on the end bottled water on campus initiative.

4:41 p.m. We’re getting started now.

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