[This letter was published in the UCSD Guardian available here: http://www.ucsdguardian.org/component/k2/item/25349-inconsistent-d1-drafts-must-be-addressed]
On Thursday February 9th, the Muir College Council failed to pass a resolution against the D-I referendum. Alyssa Wing and Mac Zilber made an appearance to critique the text of their resolution.
Wing repeated a statement which appeared in the Guardian on January 30th, 2012. She said that the concerns in a letter from the Student Fees Advisory Committee (SFAC) had referred to an out-dated draft of the referendum, and that “All of the issues were addressed in the final draft,” as she was quoted in the Guardian.
However, the copy of the SFAC letter I have quotes the referendum as follows: “According to Statement 6 in the Statement of Conditions, ‘The ASUCSD Council must annually review and approve the ICA budget.’ In the same statement, ‘[ASUCSD] shall comply with UC and UCSD policies, NCAA policies and regulations, and contractual obligations of ICA.’”
The text of the referendum currently available to students on the as.ucsd.edu website reads as follows: “The ASUCSD Council must annually review and approve the ICA budget and shall comply with UC and UCSD policies, NCAA policies and regulations, and the contractual commitments of ICA.”
The only change was from contractual ‘obligations’ to contractual ‘commitments.’ One can only assume that contracts are legally binding regardless of the words used to describe them.
With that assumption, it is clear that the same text which the SFAC said is “misleading and suggests falsehoods that appear to encourage voter approval” is still what students are now reading as they consider the referendum.
It is possible that the letter I have is inauthentic, and I strongly recommend that the SFAC publish the original letter as an ‘open letter’ as a public service.
But if the letter is accurate, and if the concerns contained in the letter are legitimate then either one of two things is the case. Either AS Council has failed to make the final draft of the referendum available to the public, or the the concerns of the Student Fees Advisory Committee have not been addressed.
I urge the Guardian to fact-check statements made by public figures, rather than take them at face value. I invite students, faculty and staff, to help reclaim public education on Mondays at 7pm at CLICS or email MarchforMarch2012@gmail.com to get involved in mobilizing for the March 1st international day of action and walkout and March 5th reclamation of the capitol in Sacramento.
Fourth Year, Economics, Marshal College
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