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: