Well it’s officially here. This week your Facebook News Feed will be filled with “vote for x, y, and z” telling you to click on the link that’ll direct you to www.elections.uci.edu. And there you’ll see a list of candidates names and you’ll check the boxes, or abstain, (in my opinion a waste of a vote — I wouldn’t even bother) and then hit submit. Of course I am talking about the ASUCI Spring Elections for roughly half of the Legislative Council seats, all Executive positions, and two monumental referendums that will have huge ramifications on our school. Let’s me make one thing clear: I am not going to be talking about the candidate or any of the slates. But, if you do know me, (or head over to my Facebook) you will know I support the UNITE UCI slate… but that’s another article in itself. Rather, I’ll be writing about the referendums that will have a campus-wide effect on student life, student advocacy, student mobility, and perhaps the most important thing to students —their wallets.
I don’t want there to be any misconceptions. The people we elect to hold offices have, massive responsibilities, and their decisions have large impacts and consequences. They hold their elected positions for only a year — but by no means do I want to minimize these positions. I hold one myself and understand the stress and accountability that comes with them. But to put it in perspective, the two referendums, one known as the “ASUCI Student Life Referendum” and the “Anteater Express Referendum,” will have immediate long term consequences for the next four and three years, respectively, should they pass or not. Let’s take a look at these two referendums. I’ll explain their significance, how they affect you, and later I’ll tell you why I support both of them.