Our Endorsements
Top row, from left to right: Jake “the First” Fineman, President, SQUELCH!; Yordanos Dejen, President, CalSERVE; Pranay Chaurasia, President, BASED.; Milad Razavi, President, Student Action; Nicolas Jaber, President, Independent; Michael Cortez-Mejia, President, DAAP; Lavanya Jawaharlal, Executive Vice President, CalSERVE; Paul Lee, Executive Vice President, Student Action.
Bottom row, from left to right: Tom “Silent Majority” Yang, Executive Vice President, SQUELCH!; Sam “Actual Hermit Crab” Heinz, External Affairs Vice President, SQUELCH!; Vinay Ramesh, External Affairs Vice President, Student Action; Marium Navid, External Affairs Vice President, CalSERVE; Yevgeniya “BobbyRPartyR” Sosnovskaya, Academic Affairs Vice President, SQUELCH!; Melissa Hsu, Academic Affairs Vice President, CalSERVE; Leah Romm, Student Advocate, Independent; Bianca Huntley, Student Advocate, DAAP.

With the culmination of two years of construction, Lower Sproul Plaza will reopen this fall, epitomizing the colossal goals the ASUC can achieve when its members work together collaboratively to realize a vision. We hope this next class of ASUC executives and senators, the first to move back into Lower Sproul, continues to work to enact long-term and productive change that will better the campus community.

With all positions contested — some satirically — in this year’s election, we have seen a broad diversity of approaches to solving some of the most pressing issues facing students today: improving campus climate, addressing mental health and the student experience, and dealing with the increasing costs of attending UC Berkeley.

In contrast to the fruitful discourse surrounding the candidates, not a single person or organization filed in opposition to any of the five propositions, three of which plan to increase student fees. We wish students had been given the opportunity to critically hear the pros and cons of the propositions throughout the campaign period, similarly to how they were exposed to candidates’ varying ideas.

In discussing our endorsements, we considered both the candidates’ platforms and how successful they have been in effecting change in the past. The Daily Californian held an election forum open to all students, and its Senior Editorial Board interviewed candidates for the offices of president, executive vice president, external affairs vice president, academic affairs vice president and student advocate, as well as students speaking on behalf of the referendums and the amendment to the ASUC Constitution.

What the ASUC addresses next year is ultimately up to you, the students. Now is your chance to make your voices heard and move the campus forward.

Chloe Hunt
Editor in Chief and President
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Megan Messerly
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Kimberly Veklerov
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Night Editor
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