Limited student engagement continues to persist in local politics

Derek Remsburg/Senior Staff
Shawn Lewis, former Berkeley College Republicans president, debates with Caitlin Quinn, political director of Cal Berkeley Democrats, at the Daily Cal 2012 Election Forum.

While UC Berkeley has a reputation for student activism, political involvement in local campaigns for the upcoming elections has been been limited in comparison to state and national races.
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Study finds lack of students, ethnic diversity on city commissions

UC Berkeley students, Berkeley City Council members and commissioners met on the steps of City Hall Monday evening to discuss the findings of the Student Diversity Study conducted by members of the ASUC. The study, conducted by ASUC Senator Sydney Fang and members of her staff, outlines the disproportionate ratio
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2012 ASUC election endorsements

Taking a Stand

Click here to read the Senior Editorial Board’s full endorsements. In the past academic year, UC Berkeley students have met history head-on, continually shouting for our rights and ideals — whatever those may be. Instances including the Berkeley College Republicans’ intentionally racist bake sale, police violence at Occupy Cal, Louis
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External Affairs VP candidates explain higher education goals

Candidates for ASUC external affairs vice president this year intend to advocate for students’ voice at the state and local levels of government, but the candidates differ in where they intend to focus and how they plan to achieve their goals. The external affairs vice president focuses on matters outside
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Former Student Action senate candidate says he plans to run as an independent

But the ASUC attorney general says Andrew Kooker will remain a Student Action candidate on the ballot

UC Berkeley freshman Andrew Kooker said in a statement on Friday that he still plans to run for ASUC Senate as an independent candidate, despite being dropped from the Student Action slate last Saturday. Student Action removed Kooker as one of the party’s senate candidates following controversy that arose over
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ASUC Senate passes bill supporting student supermajority district

The ASUC Senate voted Wednesday to support the creation of a student supermajority district in Berkeley, despite concerns that a student city council member might not be able to adequately represent all students. The bill endorsed the idea of altering the city charter to eliminate its current restrictions against a
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Student Action party announces executive slate for upcoming elections

Following a sweep of four executive seats last year, the Student Action party announced its executive candidates Sunday for the upcoming 2012 ASUC general election. Current Student Action Senators Connor Landgraf, Justin Sayarath and Shahryar Abbasi will run for the offices of president, executive vice president and external affairs vice
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CalSERVE announces executive candidates

After not running an executive slate in last year’s ASUC election, the CalSERVE party announced its four executive candidates Monday for the upcoming general election. Current CalSERVE Senators Andrew Albright, Anthony Galace and Sydney Fang will run for the offices of president, executive vice president and external affairs vice president,
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