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ASUC Pres.: A New Approach to the World Craig Fenech, ASUC President, described his job as keeping his finger on as many things going on connected with the ASUC as possible. This often meant spending as much as 50 hours a week in his office in Eshleman and over hours in related activities. As president, Fenech viewed his primary objective as the develop- ment of effective mechanisms for ongoing student input. " One of our problems is the weight of tradition—students have been left out so long that it ' s hard to get in, " he said. Another goal Fenech worked toward was to have students begin to act as and be viewed as a constituency. " This is the only way students can be effective in the community. They have to have ways and channels to change society so that violence will be an abberation rather than a norm, " he explained. To a ccomplish this Fenech tried to set up a student lobby in Sacramento and cam- paigned for the eighteen-year-old-vote. Election reforms and making the housing administration more responsive to the needs of the students were also problems Fenech worked toward solving. Fenech was concerned with the ASUC " pulling itself together internally and presenting a coherent and effective approach to the outside world. In some senses we are a liaison between the students and the outside world, " he said. One of the problems involved with this was divisiveness among the students. " Most of the students have common interests and goals, but the different degrees to which they are willing to go on an issue leads to friction, " he said. Fenech was elected on the Coalition for Student Action party ticket in the fall quarter. Elections are usually held in May, but after Kent state they were indefinitely postponed. At the end of the academic year there was a summer caretaker election, marked by the resignation of two presidents, Leigh Steinberg and Jeff Bostic. Steinberg, who ran on the Non-Violent Action party ticket, was forced to resign in September as the result of an earlier cheating scandal. Bostic resigned three days before the October elections of ASUC executives and half of the 30 senators. He did so " to dramatize that the ASUC was structurally incapable of self- improvement and that there was a tremendous need for a con- stitutional convention. " According to Steinberg, the immediate effect of his resignation was the dissolution of the NAP as an organization at Berkeley and no work was done on their programs. " We were trying to direct student energies in a non-violent constructive manner to show that we could use the system to accomplish meaningful social change. " Bostic was trying to create greater opportunities for dis- advantaged minorities, but, as he put it, " nobody was ready for it. " In retrospect, Bostic believes he did the right thing for himself and " ridded the camp us of the NAP which was right-wing. They obscured the issues of social discontent with non-violence, " he said. 78
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ASUC Executive Officers The ASUC Executive Officers who were elected in the fall quarter elections were Eric Wollman and Bob Famulener, Executive Vice-Presidents; John Lamb, Administrative Affairs Vice-President; John Sugiyama and Steve Block, Academic Vice-Presidents; and Buzz Barber, Student Advocate. All ran on the Coalition for Student Action party ticket. As one of the Executive V.P.s, Wollman was chairman of the Senate and saw his major duty as getting the Senate to function properly and effectively. His office coordinated ASUC activities and attempted to establish a permanent internal structure to deal with its own business. Famulener, who is also Exec V.P., was the operations commissioner and headed up all negotiations with the Administration. His goal for the year was setting up a registration fee and increasing student input by having a student majority on committees determining the allocation of the fee. " Sooner or later I want to investigate the Regents and prepare a dossier of their scandals, " he said. As Administrative Affairs V.P., John Lamb helped place 60 students on about 25 Chancellor ' s Advisory Committees. Lamb tried to recruit freshmen and sophomores in an effort to get new people involved. " The professional Eshlemaners have had enough to do, " he said. Sugiyama and Block, the Academic Affairs V.P. ' s, had previously worked closely together on their goal this year—increasing education. They also acted as the ASUC liaison to the faculty and all the academic administrators on campus. " We are trying to gear toward allowing students to determine for themselves the direction of their own education and what they feel is important, " said Sugiyama. Student Advocate Buss Barber helped those students charged with breaches of the rules and regulations who had to go before the Student Conduct Committee. Because his position was as an adversary to the University there was nothing extraordinary about running into problems with the Administration. " I don ' t consider this a political office, and I retain independence from the internal goings-on. This is the most service-oriented of all the offices, " he explained. One important position which is not elected by the Students but appointed is that of Finance Officer, held by Tim Schroepfer. He oversees the financial dealings of the ASUC and is responsible for the budget, watches cash flow problems, makes premiums on the insurance, and looks for the cheapest place to buy things. " The biggest hassle is keeping our financial ties with the Administration straight, " he said. Schropher modified the system of checks on the budget, had a running total of the accounts, and completed negotiations with the University for subsidizing certain groups, such as the Cal Band, that rendered a service to the University. The general function of the ASUC officers is to be involved with the internal structures and projects of the ASUC. Some of the goals this year included negotiating with the Administration on the lettuce boycott, setting up a campus-wide recycling program, and the Berkeley Institute of Political Studies, electing a student to the Berkeley City Council, researching the status of ROTC on campus, and working toward ASUC autonomy. opposite left: Craig French, ASUC President. upper left: Tim Schroepfer, Finance Officer. middle left: Eric Wollman, Executive Vice-President. lower left: Steve Block, Academic Vice-President. 79
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