Students Deserve a Qualified Academic VP

Wally Adeyemo is an ASUC senator. Respond at [email protected]

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Students deserve better than an Academic Affairs vice president who is forced through the ASUC Senate, based on the whims of The Daily Californian ("VP Post: Trust The Committee, End the Politics," Dec. 5). Senators owe it to students to make sure that the recommendation forwarded to them, based on a close committee vote, is the best candidate for the job.

The Daily Cal tells its readers to trust the decision of the committee that was appointed to select the next Academic Affairs vice president despite the fact that the committee's recommendation was nowhere near unanimous. In fact, almost half of the committee voted against Jose Luis Lopez's candidacy for the job. Still the Daily Cal tells senators to push Lopez through without question.

The Daily Cal assumes that Student Action senators will vote to block Lopez from assuming the position based on some desire to see interim Vice President Meredith Packer hold that office instead. The Daily Cal never raises the point that senators might vote against Lopez because they do not believe that he is the best candidate for the position. In writing its opinion the Daily Cal did not contact any Student Action senators, nor did they speak with any party officials. Rather, the Daily Cal assumed that Student Action would take a blind stand against Lopez.

If we as senators do not question Lopez vigorously and make sure that we are appointing avice president we can trust, we are doing a disservice to students. As senators we are obligated to make sure that the Academic Affairs vice president placed in charge will represent the wishes of the entire student body, not just the wishes of a faction within a committee or the wishes of the Daily Cal.

Student Action is a party devoted to increasing and improving student services. We as Student Action senators do not plan to block any one candidate based on partisan bickering; rather, we plan to stick by our party's philosophy that "action speaks louder than words." We must put aside all the partisanship and rhetoric and take action for the students we serve by selecting the best replacement.

Despite unfounded accusations of Student Action's intentions, the next Academic Affairs vice president will be chosen with nothing but the students's, university's and office's interests in mind.


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