News in Brief: Student Advocate-Elect Abdicates Position On Counts of Illegitimacy



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After being elected ASUC Student Advocate last week, Matt Holohan will step down from the position, according to a statement released Sunday.

Running as an independent, Holohan called his victory "hollow" and said he gave his decision to step down much consideration. He said the partisan politics that have affected the office played a major role in his decision.

Holohan won the election after his only competitor, Student Advocate chief of staff Johnny Sircar, dropped out of the election.

"My election was far from legitimate, and there are numerous other individuals who are more equipped to keep the office running," he said in a statement. "Accordingly, I will not serve in the ASUC as the Student Advocate."

Holohan said he has faith that the student government will confirm a candidate qualified for the job.

"If this comes as a disappointment to anyone, I apologize," he said in his official statement. "I wish the continuing and incoming staff of the (office) the best of luck, and will make myself available for help in the transition period on the off chance that such help is needed."

ASUC Attorney General Nathan Quigley said President-elect Wally Adeyemo would probably appoint an interim Student Advocate over the summer. In the fall, the ASUC Senate is expected to form a selection committee to appoint a permanent Student Advocate.

Adeyemo said he plans to meet with departing Student Advocate Kevin Hammon to ask for a recommendation for an interim advocate. He said, however, that he will make the final decision over an appointee.

Sircar said he will apply for the Student Advocate position. He dropped out of the election before he testified in a politically controversial ASUC Judicial Council case last month.

Sircar's testimony came under fire when he presented evidence that implicated a Judicial Council member with illegally divulging confidential information to party members. Party officials, including Adeyemo, criticized him for giving the testimony, saying it violated the confidential "advocate-client" privilege. Sircar said he had a moral responsibility to testify against judicial improprieties.

While Sircar was endorsed by both major political parties in the election, Sircar said his testimony may hurt his chances for his appointment.

Sircar has worked in the Student Advocate Office for three years and has helped in representing the ASUC in revising the UC student code of conduct.

Rong-Gong Lin, II

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