Editorial: The Daily Californian Endorsements



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The editorial board of The Daily Californian encourages all students to vote in this week's ASUC elections.

We endorse the following candidates in the hope they will learn to work together constructively for the

benefit of all UC Berkeley students.

President: First Choice-Misha Leybovich, Student Action. During his two terms in the ASUC

Senate, Misha Leybovich has distinguished himself as a person who can get things done despite the chaos

that usually dominates the student government. His background as a two-term senator gives him the best

chance to solve the revenue problems plaguing the ASUC bookstore and return it to profitability. His

experience also gives him an edge in dealing with the often contentious ASUC Senate and with the

university's administration.

Second Choice-Jake Kloberdanz, BEARS-United. The ASUC newcomer has vowed to wage a

reform campaign if elected by establishing a watchdog committee to oversee senate proceedings and by

vetoing any bill that does not serve student interests. As an outsider, with few if any allies in the student

government, it is uncertain whether he would be able to enact his ambitious plans. Throughout the

campaign, he has managed to raise the level of debate about the effectiveness of student government.

Executive Vice President-Alfred Twu, Independent. Twu approaches problems from a very

pragmatic point of view. Refreshingly, Twu is more concerned with solving problems than posturing for

political gain. He has worked with both major political parties in the executive vice president's office, which

will go a long way in mediating disputes during senate meetings. He has extensive experience in student

groups and is the founder of Bezerk, a new cartoon magazine.

Second Choice-Rebecca C. Brown, SQUELCH!. Despite her party, this candidate is no joke.

While her campaign has been based on humor she has expressed a strong understanding of the problems

surrounding the ASUC. She brings a tough-talking style, which will keep senators in line even as meetings

drag on into the wee hours of the morning.

External Affairs Vice President-Liz Hall, CalSERVE. Liz Hall has an extraordinary background in

organizing lobbying efforts on behalf of students. She also has a firm grasp of the vital issues concerning

students locally. Her plan to start a city affairs office will help students who live outside the city of Berkeley

by providing them with information on tenants' rights in neighboring municipalities. With her talents and

background, she will make the office an effective tool for students to voice their concerns to both local and

state governments.

Academic Affairs Vice President-No Endorsement. No candidate has stepped forward and

clearly articulated a coherent vision of what the role of this office should be. Whoever is elected to the

position must make the recruitment and training of student representatives to the Academic Senate a top

priority.

Student Advocate-Dave Madan, Independent. Since taking over the office last fall, he has

taken great strides to improve morale and retention, which had suffered under previous administrators.

Madan has managed to make his office effective while steering clear of the politics of the ASUC. However,

Madan must improve student awareness of his office in the coming year by making better use of the

Internet and establishing a more prominent presence in student life at UC Berkeley.

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