SQUELCH! Set To Run Slate of Candidates for Executive Office

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Though the SQUELCH! party has been known to run candidates for executive positions within the ASUC in a satirical manner, the party will be running a full executive slate for the 2011 ASUC General Election with at least one candidate actually intending to hold a position.

The party's slate consists of senior Emily Carlton for president, senior Max Ebert for executive vice president, senior Hayden Greif-Neill for external affairs vice president, junior Rachel Horning for academic affairs vice president and junior Sandra Cohen for student advocate.

Horning, who currently represents the party in the ASUC Senate, said the absence of an official CalSERVE executive slate encouraged her to run for executive office seriously, though party candidates typically admit they have no intention of holding the office.

"As the chair of the (Standing Comittee on Finance), I've gotten to know my fellow Cal students pretty well and believe I can speak to their needs just about better than any other student on this campus," she said.

Horning said her priorities in office would be to reach out and connect with the freshman class in more direct ways and to keep a close eye on the effects of Operational Excellence - a campus cost-cutting project aimed at saving $75 million annually - on various departments on campus.

She added that she is planning to work with other third-party candidates as well as independents as part of a "diverse collaborative" partnership.

Carlton, who served as a SQUELCH! Senator in 2009-10 and ran on the party's slate for student advocate last year, said in an e-mail that she is running for president because "the student body deserves a non-douchebag option when selecting their supreme leader."

Ebert, who was also the SQUELCH! candidate for external affairs vice president in last year's election, said in an e-mail that although he loves the idea of the ASUC and believes it has "so much potential to be a positive force on campus," he believes party politics obscure its real intention and potential.

"Every single year I see the ASUC torn apart by the absurdity of party politics, which continue well after the elections That's the main reason I run, to show how ridiculous these party elections are, and hope that people will get fed up," he said in the e-mail, adding that his goal in running a joke campaign is also to draw attention to qualified alternative candidates.

Greif-Neill said his motivation for running for executive office is the same as Ebert's.

"The politics of the campus seem to mirror that of the real world - candidates are dishonest and win however they can," he said.

Cohen, who served as a Student Action senator in 2009-10, did not respond to multiple requests for comment regarding her campaign for student advocate.

Current Student Advocate Kelly Fabian, a former employee of The Daily Californian, said being a good communicator and problem solver were the two most important qualities for the position.

"You have to be able to speak with both the administration and students effectively, as well as relay important information between them," Fabian said, adding that it is crucial to the success of the position that a candidate possess prior knowledge of the workings of the Student Advocate Office and familiarity with caseworkers.


Madeleine Key covers student government. Contact her at [email protected]

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