Student Action Sweeps Executive Office Slate





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Student Action's executive slate swept the ASUC elections, making Jesse Gabriel the fourth straight member of the party to be elected student body president.

As election results were tabulated yesterday, nearly a month after the polls closed, candidates and party supporters crowded the ASUC Senate chambers and waited with bated breath for the much-anticipated results to be released.

Though maintaining a stronghold on the ASUC's top posts, Student Action had a poorer showing in the senate race, garnering only four seats. Cal-SERVE won five seats, Apple got three and independent parties rounded out the remaining eight seats. Goatmilk and Berkeley College Republicans retained a seat apiece.

The races for executive offices were close with fewer than 300 votes separating first and second place.

Gabriel won the presidency with 3,027 votes, beating Aloha Independence Presidential Candidate Kris Cuaresma-Primm by just 150 votes-making this year one of the closest ASUC presidential races in recent memory.

"Regardless of how the races came down, what really makes me happy is that we got more people out to vote this year," said ASUC President-elect Gabriel. "I'm excited, pumped up and ready to go."

Gabriel said he we would start working on his three campaign promises during the summer. They are bringing entertainment to campus, improving safety and removing barriers to academic excellence.

Current Student Action Senator Han Hong defeated fellow APPLE Senator and Wonder Woman Executive Vice Presidential Candidate Sunny Lu by approximately 210 votes.

ASUC newcomer Jimmy Bryant defeated Cal-SERVE Senator and External Affairs Vice Presidential Candidate Evan Holland by 218 votes, and Student Action Senator Tony Falcone defeated Cal-SERVE candidate Peter Gee for Academic Affairs Vice President.

Some present in the senate chambers were disappointed by the sweep.

"This is a sad day for the students-except for the 150 students Student Action really serves," said Co-op Senator Michael Olin.

Others said Student Action's sweep of partisan executive offices shows the party represents what students want.

"All four candidates being elected shows that students really agreed with Student Action's vision for the university," Gabriel said. "When we made those campaign promises, we weren't just saying them. Those are things we're passionate about and things we are going to work on."

The race for the office of student advocate followed tradition in electing a member of the office to its top post. Salam Rafeedie beat out Squelch! Candidate Romie Litrell.

"(My victory) reflects (that) people are aware of the fact that it takes a lot of experience to be student advocate," Rafeedie said.

Voters approved proposition A, which excuses senators from ASUC meetings for religious reasons. They also approved proposition H, which amends the ASUC Constitution to establish a policy of environmental consciousness in purchases.

Voters also approved the two student advocate propositions C and D, which dealt with attorney client privilege and education events.

Proposition E, which requests the university makes conscious efforts to hire more females and underrepresented minorities, was approved.

A significant majority of voters said no when asked if they read the ASUC monthly in proposition F.

Proposition G, which asked if UC Berkeley should reduce the number of animals used for research, failed.

Voters also voted down Proposition B, which asked for students' support in providing housing for more fall extension students.

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