ASUC Senator Resigns From Post

Jay Kapp covers ASUC. E-mail him at [email protected].

Jennifer Kline is a staff writer and Jay Kapp is a contributing writer for the Daily Californian.





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Awkward silence filled senate chambers last night when a letter of resignation from Independent Senator Sunny Lu was read at the ASUC senate meeting.

In her letter, Lu pointed to petty party politics and the LSAT, which she plans to take in October, for her decision. She left a message to ASUC senators not to take themselves too seriously in the upcoming year.

Lu, who had also served as an ASUC senator last year, said her greatest accomplishment was helping push the elections bylaw reform bill forward.

Although Lu will no longer be an elected official, she said she will continue to introduce legislation to the senate.

"The political side of it was wearing me down," Lu said. "But I still love the policy side of it."

Although ASUC Executive Vice President Han Hong said she was not aware of Lu's reasons for leaving because she was absent from last night's meeting, she said she appreciates Lu's resignation early in the academic year.

Lu was one of two returning senators this year, the other senator being Defend Affirmative Action Party Senator Hoku Jeffrey.

Some former senators said the resignation of a second-term senator would be a great loss to the ASUC, which is often criticized for a lack of "institutional memory."

"It takes a bit of institutional memory that she would have had for situations down the line and removes it from the room," said former Walking Walrus Senator Anand Upadhye. "Second-year senators serve a really really important role. They serve as kind of watchdogs with more memory than other senators but perhaps less energy."

Not all senators, however, saw the resignation as a loss.

"Sometimes when you have experienced senators, they will bring old baggage with them so it can be nice to have new people," said Berkeley College Republicans senator Paul LaFata. "It is sort of a minor thing. Hopefully someone who replaces her will be serious about the task."

Other senators said they could tell she was not happy in the senate.

"She had expressed a little discontent about this year's senate in a general attitude," said APPLE senator Jengyee Liang. "I don't think the senate will be affected by her resignation at all."

Last year, two senators also resigned from the senate in the first semester.

"She'll probably find much better use of her time outside of the ASUC senate," said former Squelch! Party Senator Richard Schulman who resigned from the senate last year.

FREE WEED! Party Senate Candidate Ian Ackerman, who ranked next in line to getting a senate seat in last year's election, will replace Lu in the ASUC senate if he chooses to accept the position.

Ackerman's campaign literature states his goals as providing unbiased information about drugs and lobbying regents to oppose the Higher Education Act Drug Provision, which suspends eligibility for financial aid for students with drug-related convictions.

Hong expressed concern over the new senator having missed the orientation experience, which included several speakers.

"Something that's very important to me is the relationship that senators have with each other," Hong said. "He may feel as if he's not a part of them (in) the beginning, but I'm sure he will get to that point in time."

Hong said she plans to train Lu's replacement one-on-one.

Some ASUC senators questioned Ackerman's legitimacy as a senator.

"I still don't even know if he's serious really," Upadhye said. "He seems pretty energetic."

But others said they look forward to seeing what Ackerman will bring to the senate if he decides to take the position.

"He has definitely got an agenda behind his party," said APPLE senator Misha Leybovitch. "It will be interesting to see what bills will come up."

Ackerman was unable to be reached.

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