ASUC Senate approves Hedy Chen to serve on Store Operations Board

Photo: Hedy Chen was approved by the ASUC Senate to serve as the replacement to Store Operations Board chair Yishi Zuo.
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Hedy Chen was approved by the ASUC Senate to serve as the replacement to Store Operations Board chair Yishi Zuo.

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Hedy Chen, a sophomore majoring in business administration and political science, was unanimously approved by members of the ASUC Senate Wednesday night to replace current board chair Yishi Zuo as one of two undergraduate representatives on the ASUC Store Operations Board.

Chen was first nominated by ASUC President Noah Stern, Executive Vice President Nanxi Liu, Student Action Senator Joey Freeman, Independent Senator Waseem Salahi, Zuo and undergraduate representative Ryan Landis Tuesday night and will begin her two-year term after Zuo graduates this May.

As part of a May 2009 agreement between the board and The Daily Californian, the chair of Store Operations Board, currently Zuo, sits on The Daily Californian's Board of Operations, which has no control over editorial content. The Store Operations Board will vote on a new chair after Zuo graduates.

The Store Operations Board is made up of 11 members - the ASUC president and executive vice president, two undergraduate student representatives, two graduate student representatives, three administrators and two faculty members - and oversees all income-generating operations of ASUC commercial activities.

Chen said that during her tenure, she would like to increase student involvement with the board by holding info and outreach sessions and by letting students come to board meetings when the board is making a decision about which vendors to allow in the student union.

"I want to increase the diversity of restaurants around campus and the number of food collectives," Chen said. "I want to make sure that the vendors reflect the Berkeley culture of sustainability and community."

Zuo said Chen will bring a great amount of dedication to the board because of her background as chief of staff to Liu, the outgoing executive vice president.

"She's a great appointment," Zuo said. "She stood far and above the other candidates in terms of experience."

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