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Monday, April 04, 2005
While everyone anxiously holds their betting slips awaiting the Daily Cal endorsement, the GreekVoterGuide.doc and Cal Patriot have come out with slightly new spins on the same flavor - read: a fellating of Student Action. (Note: Believe it or not, the GVG actually has endorsed a fairly diverse Senate slate, including Yours Truly and Ronald Cruz of DAAP, and is worth a look.)
That being said, CalStuff is ready to present its endorsements. These are selections put together by myself, Alex, and Andy, and we are unanimous in our decisions. For the record, we never had a questionnaire, or a forum - we are just going by track records. Actions speak louder than words, and we won't waste paper/get a room reservation. So, here goes:
President: Manuel Buenrostro - SA
Honorable Mention: **TROOPER AWARD** Zach Liberman - BU
This field is surprisingly weak. Rebecca C. Brown of SQUELCH! is DQed for being a graduating senior, and Ronald Cruz from DAAP is DQed for having mentioned his "nine and a half years" serving college movements for the New Civil Rights Movement, or something like that. That leaves us with the uninspiring (Manny), unproven (Justine), unstable (Liberman), and unknown (Alfred Twu). With these choices, we'll take the uninspiring. Manny just has the potential for the least amount of damage, it seems. Look for a surprisingly low output, good or bad, from the office of one of the more uncharismatic ASUC Presidents in some time.
Zach Liberman gets our "Little Trooper" Award for physically showing up to the Daily Cal Forum and giving a so-so speech after the week he's had - you know, after having mental breakdowns and the like.
EVP: Ben Narodick - SQUELCH!
Honorable Mention: Tie - Billy Wang (BU)/Anil Daryani (SA)
How do you write your own endorsement? Step 1: Shed remaining shreds of dignity and ability to bluff out of a conflict-of-interest situation. Step 2: List accomplishments.
- Over 30 bills written this year, most of them requesting resources for student groups ranging from the Belly Dancers at Cal to Greek Queer Straight Alliance
- Two suits filed in front of the Judicial Council. This doesn’t sound like much until someone else explains it. From Jon Pennington: “…it's the only time I can remember somebody filing an election lawsuit that promoted small-d [sic] democratic values rather than for petty partisan gain.”
- An exceptional record as a senator, with near-perfect attendance, plenty of questions asked, many debates entered, and very few games of Solitare played on the laptop (I prefer Minesweeper).
- A reasonable platform, striving for a small shift in philosophy towards students and student groups in order to increase student pride and identity formation at Cal.
- Independent of party affiliation, but respected by other parties.
Daryani and Wang tie for second. Daryani has completed more projects this year, but Wang has a much more comprehensive knowledge of the By-Laws and of ASUC procedure. Camille Pannu, while a person I have much respect for, seems to be in the wrong position for her strenths here. Her speech at the Daily Cal forum fell well short of her potential.
EAVP: Linda Salinas - CalSERVE
The only one really qualified and relatively sane. Mark Thomas is DQed for being a graduating senior (though he had an excellent interview via phone at the Daily Cal Forum) and Jordan Mikes is DQed for being relatively invisible this campaign season. Sharon Han is the quintissential "identity politics" posterchild - an Asian Democratic Christian - and, once again, is simply uninspiring. The same goes for the DAAP candidate, Alejandra Cruz. CalSERVE, over the last couple of years, has shown that it can fulfill this executive position fairly well, and this trend has potential of continuing through this year.
Honorable Mention: Jason Dixson - SA
In Russian elections, if you vote "NO", another election is held with new candidates. This selection re-ignites the common theme: do we choose established patterns of mediocre progress (Dixson) or the untested (Matt Werner), unreliable (Ratto), or insanely militant (Josie Hyman)?
I left Brandon Smith from CalSERVE out of that paragraph, as he honestly has as much experience with administrators as Jason, and is also a better speaker. However, Smith's platform leaves him, like Camille Pannu, seemingly in the wrong position to do the most. Jason Dixson, meanwhile, has worked with this office for three years, and has a clear agenda about how to build off of progress made in previous years.
SAO: Vikram Aiyer
Eh, a no brainer. Let's hope he doesn't get DQed.Email This Post!
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