My name is Ori Herschmann and I am running for ASUC Senate at UC Berkeley.
Grant Fineman, ASUC Senator*
Liza Raffi, ASUC Senator*
Adam Sefchovich, President of Alpha Epsilon Pi-UC Berkeley*
Adam Shapiro, President of the Jewish Student Union-UC Berkeley*
Rebbeca Moll, President of The Jewish Student Business Association*
Avi Levine, President of Tikvah Students for Israel*
Desiree Robedeaux, Co President of the Disabled Students Union*
Adam Remba, TAMID Investment Group*
Joshua Simmons, President of Delta Chi- UC Berkeley*
Eric Michael, Iota Phi Theta-UC Berkeley*
Nathan Jalazo, Music Manager of Kol Hadov Jewish A Cappella*
Rabbi Gil Yosef Leeds, Berkeley Chabad*
Nikhita Iyar, Captain of Dil Se A Cappella*
Benjamin Turconi, President of Acacia --UC Berkeley*
Ariel Prince, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity*
Matt Ha, Cal Mic Man*
*Titles For Identification Purposes Only
1. Greek Community
Greek Community: In the Greek Community, the conversation should now boil down to 3 words: dialogue, accountability, and trust. As a junior and a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, I want to help fix the misconceptions of the Greek Community. The community has accomplished many tasks from philanthropy to shaping future leaders; however, we are unfairly being punished with law enforcement. I think this issue arises from a lack of transparency. When a Greek house emplaces security measures, they should be praised for putting safety as a priority. I want to hold roundtable meetings with key members of Pan-Hellenic, IFC, MCGC, and NPHC including members from different houses in leadership roles. The community should be more aware of what is going on within the community and I want to mandate a monthly public report of positive aspects occurring in the Greek Community. We should further establish a strong dialogue between our community, the general CAL community, UCPD, Berkeley police department, and other elected city officials. We should be proud of the merits of the Greek System and publically share them in order to propel our community to the next level. It is time to be proud of what we do as a collective and move the Greek community forward by creating a system of dialogue, trust, public relations, and accountability with others across campus and the local city.
Healthiness is not a party issue; rather, it is a student's fundamental right. As a student at Cal, I believe we all have the right to demand from our university resources that represent our needs to live happy and healthy lives. Since coming to Cal, I have lost over 100 pounds. I often accredit this weight loss to a team of support that I believe would help Cal's overall atmosphere. Because obesity is a predominant struggle in our society and campus, my main goal is to set up free clinic sessions with both dietitians throughout the city of Berkeley and our Cal athletic department. I truly believe that with guidance and motivation any individual can shape their lives. A healthy life is a happy life so offering more resources on campus can augment mental health support. As healthy eating is fundamental in weight loss, I will strive to work with Cal Dining to achieve organic foods and increase the amount of student input in the amount of options on campus.
I believe students should have a say in what they eat, know where it comes from, and know what is in it. We should establish a system where Cal Dining lists calories in addition to ingredients. I want us all to be a healthier, happier Cal community.
3. Jewish Community
The Jewish community has always been my second home. Throughout my years at Cal, I have been welcomed with open arms into a community that enriches hundreds of lives each year. My passion for the community stems from my involvement in its vast opportunities. I have been connected with Challah for Hunger, AEPi, Tamid, Hillel's Freshman Fellows, Kol Hadov, Tikvah, and many others. Within the next year, I hope to represent the community that I love through outreach and engagement with other cultural communities. Our campus community is diverse and vibrant so we ought to play an active role in it. A Jewish leader translates to being accountable to all Jewish students on campus and to bridge the gap between our community and Cal. I want to continue helping a community through active participation and involvement throughout the next year. As a senator, I will listen to your concerns and present them to the ASUC and Cal community.
Directed, Shot, and Edited by Joshua Cahn
Script by Alex Dubin