SQUELCH! Party Names Slate for 2010 ASUC General Election

Party Hopes to Increase Efficiency of Student Government, Plans to Make Senate 'Disappear'

Photo: <b>The SQUELCH! party</b> includes (left to right) Rebecca Power, Max Ebert, Chad Kunert, Brett Hallahan and Sarah Jeong. The party hopes to attract students that usually do not vote.
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The SQUELCH! party includes (left to right) Rebecca Power, Max Ebert, Chad Kunert, Brett Hallahan and Sarah Jeong. The party hopes to attract students that usually do not vote.

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Looking to bring efficiency and a re-evaluation of financial investments to the ASUC, the SQUELCH! party announced their executive slate on Sunday for the 2010 general election.

The slate consists of Chad Kunert for president, Brett Hallahan for executive vice president, Max Ebert for external affairs vice president, Sarah Jeong for academic affairs vice president and current ASUC Senator Emily Carlton for student advocate.

Carlton, a junior, could not be reached for comment Sunday.

In response to ongoing complications over the Bear's Lair Food Court, Kunert said SQUELCH! is calling for the reinvestment of student government funds to revitalize ASUC commercial activities.

The ASUC Store Operations Board should defer some major decisions to the full student body to better represent students, he said.

"We have a problem here at Cal," said Kunert, a senior who was an ASUC senator for 2007-08. "We need dank places to chill. Panda Express would have been a great one."

He added that the ASUC should consider splitting the senate finance committee into two groups, one for budgetary funding and one for discretionary funding, to increase efficiency by avoiding gridlock.

Hallahan, a senior who has unsuccessfully run for senator and executive vice president in the past, said magic is the solution to budget problems.

"I plan to increase transparency in the ASUC by making Eshleman invisible and increase the efficiency of the ASUC Senate by making them all disappear," Hallahan said.

Ebert, a junior, said he does not intend to win and cannot make a change.

"I'd like to note that I can't make a difference, but also because the ASUC can't make a difference," Ebert said.

Jeong, a senior who unsuccessfully ran for student advocate last year, said the ASUC should be more responsive to students.

"We want the ASUC to be a less arcane institution," she said. "We want the ASUC to do its job to represent the students more directly rather than just engaging in politics."

Kunert said the party hopes to appeal to those who normally do not vote.

"Only 31 percent of the student body votes," he said. "We want the other 70 percent."


Correction: Tuesday, March 30, 2010
A previous version of this article stated that current ASUC Senator Emily Carlton was running for academic affairs vice president and Sarah Jeong was running for student advocate. In fact, Carlton is running for student advocate and Jeong is running for academic affairs vice president.

The Daily Californian regrets the error.

Contact Bryn Jura at [email protected]

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