President: First Choice Misha Leybovich
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
ASUC politics have been dominated by in-fighting and controversy for the past year. This has created a
need for a president who is capable of getting things done even in a chaotic environment. Misha Leybovich
of the Student Action party has distinguished himself as a leader who is not only capable of formulating
plans but also of following through with them. For this he has earned the endorsement of The Daily
Californian for ASUC president.
Leybovich has set reducing the cost of attending UC Berkeley as a goal and followed through with it by
trying to lower the cost of textbooks. Creating the ASUC bookswap has offered an alternative for students
used to paying exorbitant prices at local bookstores. Unlike other candidates' grandiose abstractions about
community-building, Leybovich's bookswap allows students to connect with one another and does so in a
way that empowers students to solve their own problems.
As a two-term ASUC senator, he has a lengthy track record of bringing ASUC resources directly to
student groups, and has also stood as a prominent advocate for reform. He also makes a concerted effort
to include a multitude of campus communities in his proposals.
Leybovich has also gained a wealth of understanding in dealing with the ASUC bookstore and its need for
better publicity. This is invaluable experience when considering the poor performance of the bookstore in
recent years. Lagging revenue from the bookstore has led to budget cuts for student groups and projects.
If there is to be a tangible improvement in the quality of services provided by the ASUC in the upcoming
year, they can be fueled by a rejuvenated bookstore.
Nor has Leybovich given up on the university administration. Instead of viewing university administrators
in an antagonistic light, he sees the incoming chancellor as a prime opportunity to remake the ASUC's
often troubled relationship with campus leaders.
While Misha Leybovich is our first-choice candidate for ASUC president, we also recommend that students
cast a second-choice vote for newcomer Jake Kloberdanz of the BEARS-United party. Kloberdanz has
emerged as the candidate who best expresses the frustrations many students feel toward the ASUC. His
tough-love platform seeks to reform the ASUC by forming a watchdog committee that will report directly
to the president and by conducting a full audit of ASUC operations. While his ideas are commendable, he
may lack the experience to implement them successfully.
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