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Saturday, February 12, 2005
DAAP Offered $15,000 To Settle Lawsuit
Or, How To Extort $15,000 From Your Student Government
The little demon on the ASUC's back that has persisted in poking its head up occasionally since last May seems to be departing soon. After re-filing its case last week, DAAP will be offered approximately $15,000 to cover its attorney fees and withdraw its lawsuit.
My take in this matter can be summed up in two quotes from the Daily Cal article:
"The cost of going ahead with the suit far exceeds (the settlement). It makes economical sense." - ASUC attorney Mark Himmelstein
Yes, it's true, and not just in the economic sense. $15k is a penance for a case like this, and the association has plenty of money set aside for minor inconveniences like this. It's time to move on from the last election, and this might be done just in time for this year's election.
"Every student on this campus should be outraged at what they (DAAP) are doing." - Former JC Chair Mike Davis
The vote was unanimous as stated in the DC article, but I abstained with comment. That comment being: "Yes, this is the right decision, but I can not vote to give a penny, a dime, or $15,000 in student fees to settle. This is a travesty."
Whether or not Senator Felarca feels that her battle was one for free speech rights, the truth of the matter is that there is a right way to get things done and a wrong way. She chose the wrong way - a way that flung mud at the ASUC and took thousands of dollars in student fees away from other, more productive, causes.Email This Post!
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