Graduate Assembly Elections Focus On Student Outreach, Involvement

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In one of the most efficient student government elections this year, the Graduate Assembly held elections and released the results within half an hour of last night's meeting.

ASUC Cal-SERVE Senator Jessica Quindel was voted as next year's Graduate Assembly president. Quindel, who will graduate this spring, will be a student in the School of Education next semester in the Masters and Credentials in Science and Math Education program.

Quindel said in a brief speech to the assembly she would like to be an "activist president" if elected. Quindel said she would work to get more money for the assembly from ASUC through her experience and contacts in the ASUC Senate.

"We can't change the wind, but we can adjust the sails," Quindel said. "I want to adjust the sails and make changes for the graduate students."

The overall theme of the brief election was better outreach to graduate students and ways to increase their involvement in the assembly.

Graduate student Mary Paster, who was elected Academic Affairs vice president, said she would like to develop a graduate student lounge and improve communication with committee representatives in the community.

Paster said she wants to change library hours because current hours are geared toward undergraduates.

Mo Kashmiri, a second-year student at Boalt Hall School of Law, won the external affairs vice presidential seat as the sole candidate in the field.

Kashmiri, like Quindel, said he wanted to mobilize graduate students "to be voices of progressive change in the world" and said graduate student housing was his biggest priority.

Mike Daub was re-elected as the funding committee chair, beating out his opponent Felicia Sze.

Assembly executives are elected by department delegates. Candidates gave a brief speech yesterday, and then the floor was opened to questions from the delegates. After a few questions the candidates were asked to leave the room and there was an open discussion of the candidates. Ballots were passed around and then promptly counted.


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