Internal Politics of APPLE Party May Incite Changes Prior To ASUC Elections

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An ASUC political party may undergo sweeping changes before the upcoming elections, according to party documents.

The documents, obtained by The Daily Californian, include an e-mail from former APPLE Senator Matteen Mokalla to party members, calling the party "too serious and dramatic" and outlining eight "keys to success" for the party's senators.

While many senators support ASUC reform, the e-mail recommended they disregard reform.

"Fuck internal reform ... it is a B.S. idea and all of you know it. Even if you do succeed in 'reforming' the ASUC what then," Mokalla wrote.

But APPLE Senator Daniel Frankenstein, who announced last Wednesday that he would not be running for ASUC president despite rumors claiming otherwise, said internal ASUC reform is an important part of APPLE.

"Under the current structure of the ASUC, so much of what is done is about self-indulgence and self-perpetuation," Frankenstein said. "Until there is more checks and balances in the system, the only students that are going to be served are the ones in the student government."

Mokalla's e-mail also suggested APPLE "Pass every bill unless it is really, really stupid."

Berkeley College Republicans Senator James Gallagher's bill proposing a voluntary pledge of allegiance preceding ASUC meetings, which was introduced and rejected last year, was an issue the party should not have debated for a year but instead should have simply approved, Mokalla's e-mail said.

He cited ASUC President Wally Adeyemo's tentative bill to sponsor Jimmy Carter to speak on campus among "things that are stupid."

APPLE Senator Sunny Lu, however, said the party will not "pass every bill" like the e-mail recommended.

"We look very critically at all the bills. We never do block voting," she said.

The e-mail also advocated voting for independent senators' bills to garner future support for the party's own agendas.

"If you don't give other senators shit about their bills they will vote for your bills in the future," the e-mail stated.

In another e-mail sent to party members last month, APPLE Signatory Kenny Kamrin detailed a list of possible candidates for APPLE to support in the upcoming ASUC elections. He listed several current independent senators as those APPLE should back if they decide to run for executive office.

Walking Walrus Senator Anand Upadhye said he felt APPLE courted the independent senators far more than Student Action.

"I think APPLE has been a lot more receptive towards independents and the ideas of independents," Upadhye said. "They tend to help you out more for reasons that could be devious."

APPLE Senator Noah Kagan said there was no pattern in his party's voting and that it would "vote in the way that would best represent our constituencies."

Although APPLE ran with Cal-SERVE last year, such co-slating was not evident in Kamrin's e-mail.

Cal-SERVE Senator Evan Holland emphasized that APPLE's possible co-slating with independents did not reflect a falling-out between the two parties.

"Cal-SERVE is not slating with APPLE this year. It wasn't over bad blood. It was just something different from last year," Holland said.


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