ASUC senate

In order to discuss the controversy surrounding the Berkeley College Republican’s upcoming bake sale, the ASUC Senate called a special meeting for this evening. You probably were busy doing just about anything else, but the Clog headed to the Senate Chambers and took some serious notes for anyone who wishes they had been in attendance …

6:00 p.m. We’re here — let’s get started. Oh wait, Berkeley time.

6:10 p.m. Berkeley time … meeting still not started.

6:15 p.m. Meeting called to order (it’s about time). Roll CALLLL.

6:16 p.m. Oh god, they’re talking about the Bill of Rights. Also, “and whereas” has been used at least four times already. Excessive? We think so.

6:18 p.m. ASUC Executive Vice President Christopher Alabastro reads: “the ASUC condemns the use of discrimination whether it is in satire or in seriousness of any student group … ”

6:19 p.m. SQUELCH! Senator Noah Ickowitz: “Ultimately …  all we can do is recommend.”

6:21 p.m. Senator Brisa Diaz, “We do encourage conversation about this … this is something that should be discussed.”

6:21 p.m. Time for public comments — 30 seconds apiece.

6:22 p.m. First up, President of the Berkeley College Republicans (BCR) Shawn Lewis stumbles through 30 seconds of defending the bake sale.

6:23 p.m. Andy Nevis (Executive Director, BCR): “We will not actually be charging the prices we have listed … Furthermore, we believe that any attempt to defund the BCR would be unconstitutional.”

6:24 p.m. Derek Zhou (Internal Vice President, BCR) encourages everyone to “do the right thing, to look past race” and to “eliminate all restrictions on race … ” BRRRRING. Out of time.

6:25 p.m. Speakers’ time amended to 45 seconds apiece … Woohoo, freedom!

6:25 p.m. Francisco Loayza (Treasurer, BCR): “I don’t wanna be judged by my skin color …  Look beyond the prices; look at what we’re trying to do and don’t limit our free speech!” Thid dude deserves a prize — he finishes his spiel with five whole seconds to spare!

6:26 p.m. Salih Muhammad (chair of the campus Black Student Union) starts speaking. Snaps abound. “Although this was not intended to be offensive, the fact that it was offensive” is the problem.

6:27 p.m. Marilyn Singleton (a Stanford grad, Boalt alumna and Oakland citizen) “you don’t take the same pride in being accepted to a top-tier university when you know it was a result of being treated differently.”

6:29 p.m. Ben Goldblatt (former secretary, BCR): “I implore you not to seek out and persue a witch hunt against the BCR.” Concludes by quoting JFK. Classic.

6:31 p.m. Devonte Jackson (author of the initial call-in day event): “it is inappropriate to make a political statement while directly attacking my language that I used in the initial call-in day event.”

6:32 p.m. No more public comments.

6:33 p.m. Senator Shahryar Abbasi: “We all, as an ASUC, support student groups’ right to free speech and a right to voice their opinions.”

6:35 p.m. Voting on the “Bill in Support of Respectful ASUC Student Group Conduct” as it stands: Aye, aye, aye, aye, aye, aye, aye, aye, aye, aye, aye, aye, aye, aye, aye, aye, aye, aye, aye. That’s 19 ayes, in case you didn’t want to count ‘em all out.

6:35 p.m. Senator Diaz: “This affected me personally; I identify as a Chicana.”

6:36 p.m. Things are getting a bit self-congratulatory. One senator even goes so far as to thank the ASUC for how they’ve dealt with the matter.

6:37 p.m. SQUELCH! Senator Noah Ickowitz thanks everyone for coming. Also makes a point of saying that “we would never want to silence any political voice.” Well that’s a relief.

6:39 p.m. Now they’re talking about the ASUC’s weekly ad that runs in the Daily Cal. Boooring.

6:40 p.m. Pretty much all the peeps who came for the bake sale conversation are leaving, Alabastro looks confused.

6:41 p.m. Motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned. Clog OUT!

Image source: Kevin Foote, Daily Cal

Anonymous said:
Sep 26, 2011 at 10:53 am

The senator at 6:36 PM was Aviv Gilboa (Student Action), FYI