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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One response to “UCMeP’s Campaign for ASUC receives UC President Mark Yudof’s Endorsement!

  1. Sorry Tale of UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Office: easily grasped by the public, lost on University of California’s President Yudoff. The UC Berkley budget gap has grown to $150 million, & still the Chancellor is spending money that isn’t there on $3,000,000 consultants. His reasons range from the need for impartiality to requiring the consultants “thinking, expertise, & new knowledge”.
    Does this mean that the faculty & management of UC Berkeley – flagship campus of the greatest public system of higher education in the world – lack the knowledge, integrity, impartiality, innovation, skills to come up with solutions? Have they been fudging their research for years? The consultants will glean their recommendations from faculty interviews & the senior management that hired them; yet $ 150 million of inefficiencies and solutions could be found internally if the Chancellor & Provost Breslauer were doing the work of their jobs (This simple point is lost on UC’s leadership).
    The victims of this folly are Faculty and Students. $ 3 million consultant fees would be far better spent on students & faculty.
    There can be only one conclusion as to why inefficiencies & solutions have not been forthcoming from faculty & staff: Chancellor Birgeneau has lost credibility & the trust of the faculty & Academic Senate leadership (C. Kutz, F. Doyle). Even if the faculty agrees with the consultants’ recommendations – disagreeing might put their jobs in jeopardy – the underlying problem of lost credibility & trust will remain. (Context: greatest recession in modern times)
    Contact your representatives in Sacramento: tell them of the hefty self-serving $’s being spent by UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau & Provost Breslauer.

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