Impeachment Roulette: An AS Council Circus

Alec Weisman, Editor-in-Chief

Streaming Live: http://www.livestream.com/californiareview

Tonight is likely to be a great deal of fun with the announcement that AS President Wafa Ben Hassine and two members of the AS Judicial Board (Arianna Peregretti and Sarmad Bokhari) are facing impeachment. The charges against the AS President rest upon the belief that she improperly used her authority and for her failure to perform her duties, while both Judicial Board impeachments rest upon violations of the Rules and Procedures of the Associated Students Judicial Board and the Constitution of the Associated Students.

Attached are the charges of impeachment for the AS council:

Wafa
Sarmad
Arianna

UPDATE: Arianna Peregretti has resigned from Judicial Board citing her graduation in Winter 2012.

After receiving information about these impeachments, our research uncovered that both Sarmad and Arianna both had ties to Students First. In addition we found that Wafa was actively campaigning for Students First in the weeks prior to the AS elections.

In addition, the charges made against Wafa have some standing, as she has repeatedly misused the AS Council Listserv for political purposes throughout the year; and questions of bias aside, she is also responsible for the AS budget fiasco during October 2010.

As for those members of the Judicial board who are facing impeachment for their refusal to recuse themselves in rulings regarding their conflict of interests, their affiliation and active support for Students First! is very evident.

Who is Sarmad Bokhari?

According to the Center for Student Involvement, he currently serves as the President of Muslim Student Association (MSA). He is also an active supporter of Students First! as referenced by his dedication of his Facebook profile picture advertising for their slate.

Who is Arianna Peregretti?

According to the Center for Student Involvement, she is a principle member of both the Student Worker Collective and Voz Fronteriza. She also supported Students First!, claiming that she supported Donald Zelaya for VP Student Life.

In addition, our research revealed that of the other five members of the Judicial Board, Tanner Smith also had ties to Students First! Tanner served as a principle member of Forward in 2009-2010 (the organization currently is not registered as an official student organization). In the 2009-2010 elections he was an active supporter of students first, and he has had very close ties with Arianna and Voz Fronteriza since 2010.

The outcome of tonights proceedings will be either live blogged or live streamed on our website.

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27 comments

  1. dorkface · ·

    if people on the Jboard had supported TF or Board the Wing, you would not be up in arms about this. That’s the whole reason that these types of things are made up with diverse representation- there’s no way to make a 100 percent unbiased Jboard unless you grab a homeless dude who’s not affiliated with our campus or candidates in any way. Please get over yourselves.

  2. dorkface · ·

    and since when is a facebook interaction a “tie” to an organization or individual? I challenge you to put together a Jboard with no mutual facebook friends of a candidate running for AS.

  3. Tanner Smith comment is from last school year, where he had no ties to AS or judicial board. Merely a student expressing his political support. And I do not appreciate how this article forgets to mention the inappropriate behavior of both the election committee and the parties involved in the 2011 AS elections

  4. TheRevolutionBegins11/5 · ·

    Guessing people thing that the current AS Board will do more harm than good in the 2 months it has left.

    Will the video of the proceedings be up tonight?

  5. @Everyone. The meeting tonight has been closed. As soon as more information comes out we will send it out to the student body.

    – Alec

  6. Really, now? · ·

    Two connections I fail to see:

    1) What relevance does Mr. Bokhari’s presidency of the MSA have to do with anything? Reporting on irrelevancies has always been a problem with the California Review.

    2) What does Mr. Smith’s connection to a slate from LAST YEAR have to do with this year’s election results? As I’m sure you know, AS elections are not affairs like Republican/Democrat elections. The massive campaign “promises” that candidates for AS make are uncannily similar to each other’s (Wing v. TF v. SF, etc.) in that particular year, not to their policies from the year before.

    Cal Review needs to get its stuff together and post quality media, not sensationalistic junk like this.

  7. actually... · ·

    @ Really, Now?

    If members of AS are up for impeachment, the California Review is doing the right thing by updating the student body about this, regardless of the reasons. It is not “sensationalistic junk” it is relevant information about the goings on inside the AS.

    While not all Facebook connections may be relevant to this year, this evidence is just an explanation as to why these members are up for impeachment.

  8. “1) What relevance does Mr. Bokhari’s presidency of the MSA have to do with anything?”

    Uh, it’s how he’s identified. It’s relevant because MSA supports Students First. He’s the president of a club that endorsed Students First. Can you tell me how it’s NOT relevant?

    “2) What does Mr. Smith’s connection to a slate from LAST YEAR have to do with this year’s election results?”

    You’re an idiot. As SF will tell you, Students First has been around in various forms since 1992, with the same platform: Give $$ to race-based clubs, hate on the average student, blame everything on racism, agitate for affirmative action. It’s a political party, not a transitory “slate” of candidates that magically crops up every spring for two weeks.

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