Monthly Archives: March 2010

Last Minute Changes to UCMeP’s Campaign Fundraising Gala

There has been some concern about the proposed location of UCMeP’s Campaign Fundraising Gala which will take place this Thursday, April 1 at 8:00PM.

Originally the glamorous affair was to be held on the front lawn of the University House (approx. 37.8745°N 122.2621°W). Since making these plans, however, members of UC Berkeley’s administration and UCPD have made clear to UCMeP that the front lawn of the University House is off-limits to any form of public expression (and we assume fundraising galas as well — sorry Dick Blum!). Similarly, we were also informed that we were not granted permission to have amplified sound at the event.

Far be it from UCMeP to violate any of the strictly imposed regulations that the UC Berkeley administration has so generously placed on free speech at UC Berkeley, home of the Free Speech Movement.

With this said, we here at UCMeP will be going out our way to abide by the limits of protest 110%.

UCMeP has decided to change the location of our Campaign Fundraising Gala from the front lawn of the University House to the following coordinates: 37.8742°N 122.2626°W (a modest distance from the University House). While UCPD has approved these coordinates, you can be certain that UCMeP will be taking “special” precautions to ensure that our guests show reverence for the spatial limits of protest.

And for all of you concerned about what the ban on amplified sound means for the planned Campaign Ball, please do not fret. You will still have the opportunity to dance the night away with UCMeP — but please make sure to bring your own iPod. We suggest preparing a personal play-list that includes such UCMeP favorites as Billy Joel’s “We didn’t Start the Fire” and anything by Lady Gaga.

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UCMeP’s Academic Affairs Presidential Candidate is Draconianly Awesome!

For the second day in a row, a UCMeP candidate for the ASUC exec board has separated themselves from the pack. Check out the coverage in the Daily Cal about UCMeP’s Academic Affairs Vice Presidential candidate:

Jessica Smith, UC Movement for Efficient Privatization candidate, said in an e-mail that she hopes to compensate for the campus budget shortfall by eliminating academic programs such as social sciences and humanities, which are less profitable to the university.

She said in the e-mail other candidates should support the administration rather than campaigning.

“The level of accountability that faculty, staff, and students have expected from the UC admins over the last year is truly appalling,” she said in the e-mail.

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UCMeP’s External Affairs Vice Presidential Candidate Shines!

Brandon Woolf, ASUC's next External Affairs Vice President

This morning the Daily Cal ran a feature on the candidates running for External Affairs Vice President. As always, UCMeP stood out against the competition:

With the notable exception of UC Movement for Efficient Privatization candidate Brandon Woolf, candidates for the office-which is responsible for speaking on behalf of the ASUC and organizing its lobbying efforts-emphasized the importance of raising student awareness in order to address what each said were the most pressing issues facing the student body.

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Woolf said that his main goals would be to work with top administrators to make UC Berkeley a completely private institution and advance UCMeP’s philanthropic programs, such as the “Adopt-a-Regent” and “Help Buy Mark Yudof a Plane” campaigns.

“As the external affairs vice president, I really see it as my duty and job to forge cordial, productive and profitable relationships with the various administrators across the state of California,” Woolf said.

You can read the full article here, but trust us, those were the highlights.

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New Coordinates for UCMeP’s Campaign Fundraising Gala

There has been some concern about the proposed location of UCMeP’s Campaign Fundraising Gala.

Originally the glamorous affair was to be held on the front lawn of the University House (approx. 37.8745°N 122.2621°W). Since making these plans, UCMeP has learned that following the dastardly December terrorist attacks on Chancellor Birgeneau’s flower pots, the University of California decided to deem the building and its environs off-limits to any forms of public expression (as well as fundraising galas — sorry Dick Blum!).

You can actually see the literal limits of protest in the following picture of the University House property:

Far be it from UCMeP to violate any of the strictly imposed regulations that the UC Berkeley administration has so generously placed on free speech at UC Berkeley, home of the Free Speech Movement.

As a result, UCMeP has decided to change the location of our Campaign Fundraising Gala. The new coordinates are:

37.8742°N 122.2626°W

We do hope UCPD finds this change of venue (by 10 feet) suitable.

And here is information on the rain location.

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Invitation to UCMeP’s Campaign Fundraising Gala!!

We do hope you can join us for the social event of this election season — it’s sure to be a riot!

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UCMeP’s Campaign for ASUC receives UC President Mark Yudof’s Endorsement!

Since throwing our hat into the ASUC election race, UCMeP has been as busy collecting campaign endorsements as students are collecting misdemeanors for their on-campus activism.

As a testament to the strength of our campaign to take over the Ponzi-Scheme that is Berkeley student government, UCMeP has even been busy rounding up choice endorsements during Spring Break (although we certainly aren’t as busy as current ASUC President Will Smelko, who — in a brave display of dictatorial decisionism — vetoed the ASUC’s divestment from Israel bill on Wednesday which originally passed in the senate with a vote of 16-4. yay!).

UCMeP picked up its most coveted endorsement on Tuesday, March 23 when none other than UC President Mark Yudof gave us his golden seal of approval. Word of the endorsement came while a core group of UCMePers attended the highly fortified meeting of the UC Commission on the Future at UCSF.

As hordes of armed police kept valiant watch over the loudmouthed demonstrators loitering outside, UCMeP representatives sat inside and watched a wise coterie of rich old white men put forward a laundry list of solvent education proposals that were definitely in the interests of all students: things like raising student fees by over 100% (to $20,000) and cutting the time to a bachelors degree to 3 years (who cares about making sincere efforts to increase funding from the state when it takes far less effort to gore your student constituents, right?).

We must say, we got a little bored during the fifteen minute public comment period (which was mercifully cut down from a tortuous 45 minutes!!). It mostly consisted of a bunch of selfish people whining about the over-compensation of administrators and how the Regents were out of touch with students and workers of color. Come on, Regent Dick Blum paid to have an anti-poverty center named after him. Doesn’t that show he can totally empathize with the life experiences of people who aren’t married to senators?

As if the meeting weren’t excitement enough, during a quick lunchtime break, UCMeP received the ultimate thrill: a generous five-minute audience with UC President Mark Yudof himself in which the portly autocrat offered UCMeP’s campaign his full endorsement!

If you don’t believe us, well, the proof is in the pudding. Check out the picture President Mark Yudof agreed to take with UCMeP’s Executive Vice Presidential Candidate, Shane “Higher Fees Please” Boyle:

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A Cop In Every Classroom

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