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Volume 47, Issue 24 N EW U NIVERSITY zot vote ASUCI Spring Elections 2014 V Presidential Candidates UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IR VINE www.newuniversity.org /thenewuniversity @newuniversity T H E zo zot z ot o t vote te @NewUniversity Tuesday, April 15, 2014 ote now: ELECTIONS.UCI.EDU Polls close on Friday, April 18th at 4pm includes Executive Vice President candidate Sanaa Khan and Student Services Vice President candidate Thomas Doan. “The ACT NOW campaign stands for Advocacy, Community, and Transparency. As president I would proactively seek to uphold these ideals,” Hayes said on the slate’s website. If she is elected, Hayes feels it is important to bridge the gap be-tween ASUCI and the student body by increasing ASUCI’s visibility we can stand by their side and help them meet their goals,” the slate’s website says. Some of the topics Zomorrodian lists on his platform include cam-pus climate, student life, Greek life, and voter registration. Reza has laid out his platform for his presidency with the topic of campus climate being his top priority. “The big thing with campus climate is that people don’t under-stand what people mean by campus climate, when you talk about it in a general consensus in the student New U Election Guide Faye Hayes ACT Now Faye Hayes, a third-year po-litical science major running with the “ACT Now” slate, is one of the three candidates for ASUCI president. Faye currently works at Mesa Court, serves as the high school outreach coordinator for the ASUCI Executive Vice Presi-dent (EVP), and acts as a liaison between the Cross Cultural Center and its umbrella organizations. She coordinates with administrators at high schools and members in the EVP office to create a successful The former At-Large Repre-sentative for ASUCI Legislative Council and Speaker, Reza Zomor-rodian, has entered the presidential race hoping to use his past leader-ship positions in ASUCI to con-vince voters on campus that he is the best bet for the future of UCI. Zomorrodian, a third-year political science major, first joined ASUCI as a freshman on legislative coun-cil, where he served until fall 2013, authoring a number of bills on his campaign website. Additionally, Reza has since gone on to become a bridge from high school to college for students. Faye believes that her experience as a coordinator with EVP, and her time as a liaison for the Cross put her in a place where she can create an administration with the needs of the student body in mind. As a collaborator with the Cross and the umbrella organizations that operate for students, Faye feels that those skills will be the foundation for her deliberations on and off campus. Haye’s slate, “ACT Now,” also SPOP staffer and Resident Advisor at Mesa Court. Reza is running on the “Action Pact” slate, which includes Admin-istrative Affairs candidate, John Delshadi, Academic Affairs Vice President candidate Nikki Kathuria, and Student Services Vice Presi-dent candidate Joshua Ngyuen. “All of us at Action Pact believe in the ability of students to organize and build movements to help facili-tate major impacts on campus. We want to help insure that when stu-dents meet their call to action, that on campus with boothing, person-ally visiting different organizations on campus, and hosting more open forums. She wants to be available to students so that they can use ASUCI resources to advocate for issues they care about and utilize all that the school has to offer students. Both Hayes and her opponent list campus climate as the top prior-ity with both providing very similar responses on what is deemed im-See FAYE, page 4 body, I feel like people are confused about what we mean when we say campus climate,” Zomorrodian said. “Campus climate is the notion that students feel safe campus and there have been plenty of incidents on campus that show that these [in-cidents] are not just isolated occur-rences and that students don’t feel safe,” Zomorrodian said. Reza does not want to duplicate the already existing council of stu-See REZA, page 4 Reza Zomorrodian Action Pact Referendums SOAR COMPILED BY SARAH S. MENENDEZ AND GABRIEL SANCHEZ Effective 2016 Club Sports Effective 2014 Because the Student Outreach and Retention Center is currently operating on temporary funding provided by the Office of Student Affairs, this particular fee initiative would implement a $6.50 fee each quarter for the next 25 years. Without this fee, the Center will only be able to provide services until spring 2016. The percentage of the student body that are club sports athletes doubles that of NCAA athletes, but this group receives absolutely no university funding. This fee iniatitive seeks to raise money for these athletes. The fee would start at $2 a quarter, increasing 50 cents a quarter for 10 years until it reaches $7 in 2024. Common Comes Conversations on Identities and Culture.” Prompted by racial inci-dents that occurred last year, New Narratives is a series that seeks to spread cultural knowledge to stu-dents and help them acquire skills in intergroup communications. The conversation was hosted by Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Thomas A. Parham, who regarded Common as one of “hip-hop’s most innovative and positive voices.” When the idea for the New Narratives series was first con-ceived, Common was the first rap-per to come to mind for Dr. Parham, who commended the artist’s body of work for providing “penetrating insights into what it is that we are all struggling with as part of the human family.” Sporting a light blue jacket and snapback, the 42-year-old hip-hop artist and actor took the stage as those in attendance gave him a tre-mendous standing ovation. A multi-Grammy Award winner, the socially To conscious rapper spent the next hour engaging with Dr. Parham in a talk that covered a myriad of topics, from his musical origins and spiri-tuality with God to the feud he had with fellow artist Drake back in 2012. Born in the Southside of Chicago, Common’s ambition came from watching those around him have an impact on the world, and realizing that he also want-ed to make something of himself and be acknowledged by others. Citing his early musical influences as Michael Jackson, KRS-One and Run D.M.C., it wasn’t long until Common ventured into the hip-hop genre for himself. “Through hip-hop I felt a true connection and a way to express myself. That was the first time I really felt like I could express the passion in some of the things that I never expressed to anybody through hip-hop. It was just something that I loved to do, [something] that I was UCI passionate about, [a] natural way for me to be who I was,” Common said. A devout follower and man of faith, Common has no reservations about his strong spiritual beliefs evi-dent in his music and other endeav-ors. “I don’t feel like it’s inappropri-ate to say that I believe in God and to express what God means to me,” he said. “I’m not trying to be politically correct, but I’m like, man, that’s what I believe in, that’s my faith.” Aside from his relationship with God, Common’s core set of values include the principles of love, trust and respect. “I believe that love is like the greatest gift we have, because if you love the Creator and you love yourself, that start right there, is amazing. Because if you really truly love yourself you’re actually going to be able to love others. When you See COMMON, page 5 Musical artist and actor, Common, visited UCI last Thursday as a part of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Office’s New Narratives series. By Brendan Yu Staff Writer Despite being a little under half-way full, the energy in the Bren Events Center last Thursday was palpable as audience members PATRICK HERRIN | Staff Photographer excitedly awaited the arrival of guest speaker Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known by his stage name Common. The event, dubbed “Common Conversations,” was the latest installment of the “New Narratives:

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