News in Brief

Partial Results Released for ASUCI Election

The spring quarter 2011 ASUCI election results are in, albeit with a number of contested races, appeals and various political muckraking.

The President, Executive Vice President, Administrative Affairs Vice President, Academic Affairs Vice President, Student Services Vice President and At-Large Representative positions have all been contested. The results for each of these races will be posted at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, in the case that there are no appeals. The ASUCI Elections Commission handed out a total of six decisions for the contested races.

In the case of Bidwell vs. Le, Nicholas Bidwell claimed a violation of Election Code Section XX, Subsection B, and of Election Code Section XXI, Subsection A of the ASUCI Elections Code.

“Mr. Le has been abusing his position in the Mesa Housing Community in order to gain votes there … The residents of Mesa Court are being pressed too hard by Mr. Le and cannot make an informed, unbiased decision due to his aggressive actions,” Bidwell said in his complaint. “Many freshmen feel that they cannot say no to him of out of fear of what may happen to their living situation for the rest of the year.”

The Elections Commission concluded that Le acted in accordance with all stated election regulations and cleared him of all accusations of wrongdoing.

“It was proven to the Commission beyond a reasonable doubt … that Mr. Le only sought assistance for his campaign within his designated resident hall and asked the inhabitants in a respectful, amicable manner,” stated the commission’s decision. “An insufficient amount of evidence was presented during the hearing that would validate that Mr. Le was forcefully and despotically recruiting the support of his hallmates.”

In the case of Bidwell vs. Tong, Bidwell claimed a violation of Article XXI, Section B-5, which outlines the regulations for posting flyers. The commission found Rachel Tong guilty of this violation, and decided, “After further review and deliberation, the Elections Commission has unanimously decided that this violation is not grounds for disqualification.” The commission stated that because the complaint was filed after elections ended, it was not eligible for censure or removal. The commission will refer the violation to the Office of Student Conduct for further review.

In the case of Bondi v. Klauschie et. al., the commission ruled that Kamrin Klauschie is guilty of charges in violation of one out of four the ASUCI Elections Code violations: Article XX, Section G, “The use of ASUCI and/or University equipment, and/or telephones (except in a manner available to the entire student population) for campaigning is prohibited.” All “et. al.” candidates, Jon Shubin, Jun Wang, Genevieve Galman and Rachel Tong were cleared of all charges. In addition, the commission unanimously voted to disqualify Klauschie from the spring 2011 elections.

In the case of Catig v. Torres & Seto, the commission found Sydney Torres and Jacqueline Seto not guilty from the charges submitted in violation of Article XX, Section G.

In the case of Ip v. Nayudu, the commission found no claim in support of the petitioner’s Article XV, Section G, Article XX, Section H and Article XXI, Section B, Subsection 3; however, they found Vikram Nayudu guilty of Article XX, Section G, and decided to disqualify Nayudu from the elections.

“Mr. Nayudu, a candidate for ASUCI President, used an old ‘Peter the Anteater’ suit during his election campaign,” the commission’s decision stated. “After speaking with Mr. Nayudu and the witnesses he had brought in, there was no contest on whether or not he used the suit to campaign. Additionally, a former president of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity supported the claim that the suit was borrowed to Mr. Nayudu for campaigning purposes. Although Mr. Nayudu and his witnesses claim that this suit belongs to the aforementioned fraternity, the Elections Commission has found this to be untrue.”

In the case of Reynoso v. Nayudu, the commission found Nayudu not guilty of violating Section XXI clause 4.

The announced election results include: Janelle Pham for Biological Sciences Representative, Janelle Song for Engineering Representative, Omeid Heidari for Health Sciences Representative, Neil Bautista for Humanities Representative, Benjamin Pan for ICS Representative, Jessica Do for Social Ecology Representative and Evelyn Chan and Albert Liao for Social Science Representatives.

The SOAR Referendum did not meet a quorum.

Twelve representative candidates from various schools were disqualified from the election.

The final tallies and further information can be read at http://www.asuci.uci.edu/elections/spring11/results.php.

UCI Professor Receives $3.2-Million Grant

UC Irvine cognitive neuroscientist and Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience Greg Hickok is studying conduction aphasia, a disorder which produces lesions in the brain that interfere with the process of forming words from thoughts.

Hickok received a five-year, $3.2-million renewal grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support his research on how these lesions affect speech and language production in stroke victims. The award comes on the heels of a previous $6.1-million grant for research on the brain’s role in speech and how neural abnormalities can interfere with the process.

Through his research, Hickok has narrowed down the area where he believes the interference occurs to the Sylvian fissure, which divides the brain’s parietal and temporal lobes. He believes that further study of this fissure could reveal why some people stutter and how schizophrenics interpret their thoughts as external voices.

Hickok’s research stems from his observations on the relationship between the brain’s auditory and motor functions, which he first noticed about 10 years ago during fMRI studies of brain function related to speech production. He suspected that a word’s sound guides speech much like the brain uses information about an object’s shape and location to guide the process of reaching.

With his renewed funding, Hickok will study the Sylvian parietal-temporal region and speech production as a whole. Although the relationship between auditory and motor functions is well accepted in the cognitive neuroscience community, the details of how this relationship works are not well understood.

The recent NIH grant has been helping Hickok to close this gap. In addition to publishing a paper in the journal “Neuron” on Feb. 10, 2011, Hickok also has created a multi-university consortium for aphasia research.

Bren Events Center Hosts Easter Worship

Over 5,000 participants attended “Easter at the Bren,” a morning of Easter services held at the UCI Bren Events Center by Compass Bible Church on April 24.

This year’s sermon is titled: “Did it really happen? Why We Believe in Resurrection.”