Tuesday, January 22

USAC Endorsement: Jessica Kim for Campus Events Commissioner


The Daily Bruin Editorial Board endorsed candidates for all 13 offices in this week’s undergraduate student government elections.

The editorial board represents the stance of the Daily Bruin, and is composed of four standing members – the editor-in-chief, managing editor, news editor and opinion editor – in addition to five staff representatives.

The endorsement process took place the week before voting began. Endorsements were primarily based on a 20-minute interview that three to four members of the editorial board conducted with each candidate. During these interviews, candidates were able to discuss their platforms, knowledge of the Undergraduate Students Association Council and prior experience.

The board selected endorsements for each office after discussing each candidate and taking a vote. All endorsed candidates received a majority vote from the board.

We encourage students to use our endorsements as a starting point for their own research – and to vote in the elections.

See who the board endorsed:

The original version of this article contained an error and has been changed. See the bottom of the article for additional information.

This board endorses Jessica Kim for Campus Events commissioner because she possesses a deep knowledge of her office, experience and innovative ideas.

Kim’s platforms encompass the needs of diverse students and groups on campus. In addition to continuing to co-program with other offices and student groups, Kim wants to teach other groups how to put on programs themselves.

She plans to do this by holding office hours, during which students can come in and inquire how to best go about putting on their own events. Becoming a resource for holding events, rather than just co-programming, is an inventive platform.

But we encourage Kim to consider reaching out to students herself rather than expecting them to come to her. She can do so by hosting workshops and providing online resources to help students learn more event planning.

Another of her platforms is to include more events for international students, including screening of Academy Award-nominated foreign films in the fall. The board thinks this is a good opportunity to diversify CEC’s range of events.

Kim also has extensive experience on CEC, including being this year’s external affairs coordinator and director of film festivals.

In addition to running the Campus Events Commission, Kim will be a sitting member of council. Kim’s work on USAC has not extended much beyond CEC, and she knows that she has much to learn about voting on important campus issues. But she has already put thought into how she would use her assets as commissioner to make informed decisions.

Kim not only knows how to continue the commission’s already successful programs, but she has devised original platforms that will make them even better.

Correction: The name of the Campus Events Commission was incorrect in one instance.

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    IT IS CAMPUS EVENTS COMMISSION. This is twice that the Daily Bruin has put down Cultural Events . . . get it right please