Friday, April 04, 2008
Endorsement Forum After Action Report
So, some notes from the Daily Cal Endorsement Forum.
I sort of blew off and bombed my speech, because by the time it rolled around, I was far more interested in my own theatrical projects, and everything to be said about the SUPERB fee has long been said. The Daily Cal has already come out against it, but if they base their decision on the endorsement forum alone, they may very well endorse the fee.
Student Action EVP candidate Grace Shen does not know what a closed session is. In response to a question about when the ASUC Senate should go into closed session, she argued that it should strike a balance between efficiency and letting students get their voices heard. And then, after the closed session, the Senate should explain exactly what was said there.
I can only assume she thought the reference to "closed session" was actually a reference to "committee of the whole." Because a closed session seems kind of pointless if you then say what was said there. The correct answer to the question was "whenever the Constitution says so."
DAAP presidential candidate Ronald Cruz wanted to increase funding for the Office of the President at the cost of student groups, because student groups don't accomplish real change. We need a strongman like Ronald Cruz. This came after one of the joke candidates said "No, don't cut the President's budget, I want to spend that money on my own goals."
I hesitate to talk about BEARS-United candidate John Kim, since I do have my fingerprints on his candidacy and I don't like talking about what I do, but Kim came up with his platform and comments on his own, so I think I'm okay talking about it.
After several of his joke platforms, real candidates got up and gave almost identical answers, which was sort of disturbing. However, his best comment came during the Student Advocate statements, when he said something to the effect of:
"Since there is no CalSERVE or Student Action candidate up here, you can be pretty sure that this is the only important office."
I thought it went well for my parties, though I'm hardly a fair judge.
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