Alec Weisman, Editor-in-Chief, with assistance from the California Review Editorial Board
I recorded several portions of the AS meeting held yesterday. The Guardian does a good job covering what went on in two articles. However, for those of you who want to watch the debate, just continue reading.
The first section I recorded was a debate between AS members whether they should table the budget for SPACES for one week. SPACES (Student Promoted Access Center for Education and Service) is an organization at UCSD designed to “act as an empowering dynamic on campus where UCSD students collaborate to achieve greater educational equity. This encompasses equal access to higher education, undergraduate retention and graduation, and matriculation to graduate and professional schools.”
Below is the discussion and debate over whether AS should table the SPACES budget for another week so that all their questions could be answered.
At 8:00 you hear this shocking line by AVP Diversity Affairs, Alyssa Pierce, “You can really do nothing more than ask questions. So why not just approve it now, and ask your questions and get your answers later?” Now I can see why you are a member of Student Government.
Right at the beginning of this clip, you hear another outrageous remark by AVP Academic Affairs, Desiree Prevo, who says “I understand that you want to know what SPACES is doing with their money. My concern is, if we get those answers is, A) Do you think you’re going to like them? And if you like them what is going to happen next? And B) Something that really concerned me is what the VP Finance just mentioned. He was like ‘Oh well if we feel as an AS Council that there needs to be less than what they’re getting paid and more in this program,’ who are we to say this if you can’t even name a program that SPACES does?”
The SPACES Budget
The remaining footage comes from the AS debate over instating media funding caps of $450, which eventually passed on a vote of voted 11-8-2. Once again, we would like to issue a word of thanks to AS President Wafa Ben Hassine, Campuswide Senator Elizabeth Elman, Sixth AS Senator Parminder Sandhu, and A.S. Graphic Artist Brian Ng for fighting for media organizations. Although we at the California Review do not always agree on most issues with these members of council, we sincerely appreciate their passion and willingness to stand up for media organizations on campus. Although other AS members voted against the caps, these four individuals were the most outspoken against these caps.