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Candidates for ASUC external affairs vice president all intend to use the office to advocate for institutional reform in the UC system but vastly differ on the means by which to achieve their respective goals.

With the notable exception of UC Movement for Efficient Privatization candidate Brandon Woolf, candidates for the office-which is responsible for speaking on behalf of the ASUC and organizing its lobbying efforts-emphasized the importance of raising student awareness in order to address what each said were the most pressing issues facing the student body.

CalSERVE party candidate Ricardo Gomez said that he wants the office to serve as a strong nexus for organizing students on issues that directly affect them. He said altering the "flawed UC admissions policy" is a priority.

Gomez said he intends to make the same effective use of new media that he pursued while organizing with Berkeley Students Against the Cuts and the Cal Vote Coalition to make information available so students can make their own judgments on the issues. He cited his experience organizing dozens of lobby visits to the state Legislature as a qualification for the executive office.

"Although I have a lot of legislative experience, I'd rather be defined by the grassroots organizing I've done," Gomez said.

The Defend Affirmative Action Party candidate Maria Belman said that her top priorities would be to lobby for increased minority student enrollment and institutional financial aid for undocumented students.

"I want to connect with students, staff and faculty at all of the UC campuses to mobilize for the defense of public education," she said.

Student Action candidate Bundit Kertbundit did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

SQUELCH! party candidate Max "Max Ebert Sucks" Ebert and Woolf have differing views on the effectiveness of the student government.

Woolf said that his main goals would be to work with top administrators to make UC Berkeley a completely private institution and advance UCMeP's philanthropic programs, such as the "Adopt-a-Regent" and "Help Buy Mark Yudof a Plane" campaigns.

"As the external affairs vice president, I really see it as my duty and job to forge cordial, productive and profitable relationships with the various administrators across the state of California," Woolf said.

Independent candidate Rebecca "Max Ebert Sucks" Power said in an e-mail that her platform was not relevant to this story.

Ebert said he believed that internal reform was key to making the student government relevant. He added that it would be very difficult for whoever is elected to carry out the duties of the office in an effective manner.

"I'm grossly unqualified, to be honest," Ebert said. "I think Ricardo is more than qualified for the job, but I don't think even he'd be able to make a difference."


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