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ASUC Passes Resolution Critical of City Council Vote

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The ASUC Senate passed a resolution Wednesday night opposing the Berkeley City Council's stance on the Downtown Marine recruitment center.

The resolution, which states that the campus and the city are separate entities, aims to ensure that funding is not taken from programs that affect UC Berkeley students.

The council had voted to call the Marine recruiters "uninvited and unwelcome intruders." The council later rescinded the phrase, but has not offered any apology.

As a result of the council's original vote, Senator Jim DeMint, R-S.C., proposed legislation to pull funding from both the city and the campus.

The senate's resolution was amended during Monday's University and External Affairs Committee meeting to respond to the council's lack of apology.

City Councilmember Kriss Worthington, who voted against the City Council's original wording, expressed his support for the resolution.

"(The City Council's decision) loses the credibility of the peace movement," he said. "(It is) more progressive not to insult people with crude language."

Berkeley College Republicans Senator Chad Kunert said he was satisfied with the outcome of the vote.

"There's never going to be unanimous public opinion for any issue, but in this case, the majority of elected officials did what was morally right," Kunert said.

The resolution will now be sent to the council and to federal lawmakers threatening to remove funds.


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