This is just for laughs. The people represented here by no way reflect how the Editorial Board views the candidates running in the current campaign, or the positions they are running for. That aside, elections week is upon us! No doubt we have all seen the stenciled posters, the campaign t-shirts and the occasional free swag to get people to go out and vote. With so many choices, and with so many heated campaigns promising a dramatic and tense election season, we should step back, lighten up and think about which politicians could best fill them.
ASUCI elections occupy a liminal space between the rosy, naive popularity contests of pre-collegiate elections and the post-academic politics that some of our representatives are sure to follow after they leave UC Irvine. What we can easily forget sometimes, getting handouts on Ring Road and being told by our friends to sway votes in a certain direction, is that these aren’t simply popularity contests, and that we as a student body need to take the elections as seriously as possible. This isn’t just the job of the candidates themselves, but our duty as voters to take the political future of UCI as seriously as we can.
On Feb. 26, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was found dead in an Orlando, FL suburb. George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old self-appointed neighborhood watch captain, claims to have shot him in self-defense after a 911 call in which he reported Martin as being suspicious and was advised not to pursue the youth.
In February 2011, President Barack Obama announced that March would forever be Women’s History Month. In that speech, Obama said, “We must carry forward the work of the women who came before us and ensure our daughters have no limits on their dreams, no obstacles to their achievements, and no remaining ceilings to shatter.”
In a recent press conference, Santorum accused President Obama of being a “snob” for saying that everyone should go to college, where, apparently, people go to be “indoctrinated” by “liberal professors.” He appeared on “Fox News Sunday” and claimed that he made his comment based on his assumption that the president was referring only to a college education and not to any type of higher education including trade schools, and other types of job preparation. Santorum — what a douchenozzle.
As we approach the University of California, Irvine’s 50th anniversary, our institution is already acknowledged worldwide as equal to, or better than, many universities three or four times our age. But like a young person crossing the threshold into adulthood, this milestone marks a point in history where UC Irvine can confidently say we know who we are and what we are about.
By now, the majority of us who have a Facebook account should have already seen or heard about it. For the past few weeks, it’s been running rampant on our news feeds as our friends liked or commented on the photos. Though it has simmered down as of late, there’s no doubting the influence of “UCI Memebase” on the university’s online community.
We don’t know if you know this or not, but our school was essentially a hippie commune at one point. Yeah, UC Irvine (the land of bro tanks, $2 boba and dance crews) was full of hippies. As in there used to be a parking lot where you could park your trailer or RV and live there on the cheap. Try doing that now, and enjoy explaining yourself to the impound lot.
There was a poster, quite some time ago, that circulated around the Internet in support of marriage equality that depicted exactly how this issue should be treated. In a nutshell, it asserted that gay marriage shouldn’t be referred to as “gay” marriage — it’s just marriage. Because, you know, you park your car. You don’t gay park it.
If you have something to say about bonfires on Corona Del Mar beach, it’s best if you say it now because soon, people might not have a single idea about what you’re talking about. The Newport Beach Parks, Beaches and Recreation Committee will be discussing possible options for the future of the fire rings that we all know and emote about this Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the council chambers.