Forum on Prop 30 Tonight!

Dear Cal Bears,

In just seven days, our votes will decide the fate of this nation, this
state, and this University for years to come. We face important choices,
and it is integral that we vote as well informed citizens.

One of the most important choices that we as students get to make is in
regards to Prop 30, which will decide the fate of higher education in
California in the next few years. Because of the complexity of the
ballot measure and because it holds such high importance to students in
California, the ASUC, GA, and Academic Senate are hosting a nonpartisan
educational forum on Prop 30. We highly encourage you to attend, so as
to assist you in making an informed decision come election day.

The following panelists have been confirmed to attend to discuss
Prop 30’s impact on the state and on higher education: Assemblywoman
Nancy Skinner (speaking pro), UC Chief Financial Officer Peter Taylor,
and Sue Caro, the Chair of the Alameda County Republican Party,
(speaking con).

The forum will start at 6:30 PM on October 30th in Eshleman Library
(7th floor of Eshleman Hall).

As always, with your help, we can make a difference. We can make a
better Berkeley, a better UC, and a better State. But it will take
students and our families actually voting to make our voices heard
to have any meaningful impact on our future.

Have a great day, and Go Bears!

Shahryar Abbasi
ASUC External Affairs VP

Angilica Salceda
GA External Affairs VP

Connor Landgraf
ASUC President

Bahar Navab
GA President



Dear Campus,

The University has received a non-specific, anonymous bomb threat. It came via an anonymous email sent to “Caltips” reporting on an overheard conversation.  NO SPECIFIC LOCATION OR TIME was given. In fact, no verifiable information was provided.

At this time, UCPD is taking steps to determine the validity of this threat and conducting searches in the most accessible and vulnerable areas of the campus. We are conferring with campus administration on a course of action.

While the vast majority of these threats are bogus, we are treating appropriately for the safety of our campus population. If you wish to leave the building or the campus, please feel free to do so, but we ask that staff inform their supervisor first.

We will keep you informed as we investigate this situation.


Captain Margo Bennett

UCPD  510-642-1296

If you are a manager who supervises Cal employees without email access, please circulate this information to all.

Please do not reply to this message



For Immediate Release

October 29, 2012

Shahryar Abbasi, ASUC External Affairs Vice President (eavp@asuc.org925-212-4487)




In accordance with the ASUC’s “Get Out The Vote” efforts, the External Affairs Vice President’s office will host a forum to provide additional information to the students regarding California Proposition 30.
By Ada Gu, ASUC Office of the External Affairs Vice President

BERKELEY, California- The success or failure of Proposition 30 is a key determinant of the future of public higher education in the state of California. Although it will temporarily increase taxes, its passage will prevent triggered cuts that are focused primarily on universities and public schools. Should Prop 30 be rejected, the budget includes a backup plan that requires “trigger cuts” that will result in a $250 million cut to the University of California and California State University systems. Opponents of Proposition 30 have stated that this is not a long-term solution and that voters should look towards legislation that furthers fiscal sustainability.
Find out more about the impact of Prop 30 at our forum on Tuesday, October 30thPlease find additional details for the event below:

What: Prop 30
When: Tuesday, October 30th
Time: 6:30-8pm
Location: Eshleman Library

  • State Assemblymember Nancy Skinner
  • UC CFO Peter Taylor
  • Chairwoman Sue Caro, Alameda County Republican Party

Come to the Prop 30 Forum on October 30th  to FIND OUT HOW PROP 30 AFFECTS UC BERKELEY AND YOU!



The ASUC External Affairs Vice President’s office works as the official branch of UC Berkeley’s student government to advocate for students on the local, state, and national levels.

A Message about Proposition 30 from University of California Office of the President

Dear Colleague:

With the November election looming, I am writing to encourage all members of the University of California community – students, faculty, staff and alumni – to exercise your right to vote. The decisions made on Tuesday, November 6, will be of great importance for all America, with the presidency and control of Congress on the line. But here in California, the election also could prove pivotal to the University of California and its immediate future.

I refer to Proposition 30, one of 11 statewide initiatives on the California ballot. This initiative, advanced by Governor Brown, would increase income and sales taxes on a temporary basis and thus avoid an assortment of prospective “trigger cuts” that were written into the current State budget, pending the election outcome.

As you probably recall, The Regents last summer took the extraordinary step of endorsing Proposition 30, noting that should it fail our budget will be reduced by $250 million. In addition, $125 million currently in the budget to ensure no increases in tuition through fiscal year 2012-13 will be forfeited.

Sadly, it’s not news that public higher education in California has been battered by declining State support. With an additional blow of this magnitude, The Regents’ resolution stated, “the ability of the University of California to ensure the high-quality education that Californians have come to expect will be jeopardized….”

Let me be clear that it is neither my official place, nor my personal predilection, to suggest how others should vote. You need to look at the facts and make your own informed decisions. In that vein, please allow me to point you to a good starting place:

The above link will take you to a variety of Proposition 30 informational and campaign materials from sources on all sides of the ballot issue. This includes material from those who oppose the measure, arguing that it will increase taxes unnecessarily and burden small businesses.

I also want to take this opportunity to invite all UC faculty and staff to a “web-chat” on Friday, November 2, from noon to 1 p.m. During that hour, I’ll be happy to take any questions on matters that concern the University, including those that relate to the coming election. The following link provides details about how to join in:

Thank you for your time and consideration.

With best wishes, I am,


Sincerely yours,


Mark G. Yudof


University of California

Take this Student Survey to help out your elected officials, and win a prize!

The ASUC, in collaboration with the Graduate Assembly (GA), and
Committee on Student Fees (CSF) is launching an important survey to
obtain feedback on various aspects of student life at Berkeley in order
to provide better programming and services for all students. And
students can win great prizes, including an iPad, Kindle Fire, and gift

Click the following link to start:

The survey asks about your experience with your academic program,
funding and fees, student services, and health services. It should take
you 15-20 minutes to complete. The survey results will also inform our
budget recommendations to the Chancellor.

Thank you for your time and your thoughtful responses.


Connor Landgraf – ASUC President
Bahar Navab – GA President
Deanna Alawafi and Rachel Tenney – CSF Co-Chairs

Getting bCal on your Phone


Set up your Android for Google Apps

There are separate instructions for older (2.X) and newer (3/4.X) versions of the Android OS. To see what version you are on, go to your settings screen (this may be accessed differently on different devices) and choose ‘About Phone’ and then look for the ‘Android Version’ or ‘Firmware.’

Android 2.X

Open the Gmail application and choose to add a new account. Choose next and when you are given the option to create a new or use an existing account, press the menu button, which should give you an option for ‘Browser Sign-in.’

Hit next on the next screen and you should see a Google web sign in. At the bottom of the page is a link to ‘Sign in with a Google Apps Account.’ Click there and enter your address. Click ‘go’ and you will be prompted for your Calnet password. When you try to sign in it will be rejected but you will see a yellow box with an ‘About signing in’ link. Click there and you will be taken to a Google Accounts page with a a button at the bottom labeled ‘Sign in at’ Click there to be taken to our Calnet authentication page. Sign in here with your Calnet ID and you will be asked to ‘Grant Access’ to the application. After this the account should finish adding and you should see a number of Sync options. Unselect ‘Picasa’ and any options other than Mail, Contacts, and Calendar. Then choose to finish setup. Your calendar events should now be displayed in the Calendar app.

Android 3.0+

First, you will need to log into bCal via the web to accept the Terms and Conditions and set the correct Time Zone. If this is not done prior to attempting to sync your mobile device, you will receive an error message. Please go to:

You will need to log in using your CalNet ID and passphrase. When you first log in, you will see Welcome to your new account. Click “I accept. Continue to my account”. You will now see Welcome to Google Calendar! If the time zone is correct for you (should show Pacific Time), click “Set time zone”.

Now you will need to create a new Google key, which you will store on your iPhone. To create a key, please see the KB article

Add your Google Apps account to your device

To use the native Google Apps mail, contacts, and calendar apps on your Android, you need to sign in to your Google Apps account. You only have to do this once:
1. Open the Accounts & sync Settings screen on your device. You can do this in Contacts by pressing Menu and pressing Accounts, or directly in the Settings application.

The Accounts & sync settings screen displays your current sync settings and a list of your current accounts.

2. Touch Add account.

3.Touch Google to add your Google Apps account.
4.Touch Sign in when prompted for your Google Account.
5. Enter your full Google Apps email address as your username (, and then enter your Key.
6. Select which services you’d like to sync.

That’s it! You can now use Google Apps from your Android. Just launch Gmail, Google Calendar, or whichever app you want to use, from your device’s home or applications screen.



First, you will need to log into bCal via the web to accept the Terms and Conditions and set the correct Time Zone. If this is not done prior to attempting to sync your mobile device, you will receive an error message. Please go to:

You will need to log in using your CalNet ID and passphrase. When you first log in, you will see Welcome to your new account. Click “I accept. Continue to my account”. You will now see Welcome to Google Calendar! If the time zone is correct for you (should show Pacific Time), click “Set time zone”.

Now you will need to create a new Google key, which you will store on your iPhone. To create a key, please see the KB article

Lets set up an iPhone with our new key.

*NOTE: Please disable all other personal Google calendars before engaging in these steps.

1. Open the Settings application on your device’s home screen.

2. Open Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

3. Press Add Account….

4. Select Microsoft Exchange. iOS 4.0+ allows multiple Exchange accounts. However, if you’re on a device that doesn’t let you add a second account, you could also use CalDAVto sync Google Calendar and IMAP to sync Gmail.

Enter Account Info

5. In the Email field, enter your full Google Account email address.

6. Leave the Domain field blank.

7. Enter your full Google Account email address as the Username (

8. Enter your Google Account password as the Password (your newly-created Key).

9. Tap Next at the top of your screen.

9a. Choose Cancel if the Unable to Verify Certificate dialog appears.

10. When the new Server field appears, enter

11. Press Next at the top of your screen again.

Enable Mail and Calendar

12. Select the Google services (Mail, Calendar, and Contacts) you want to sync. To receive and respond to meeting requests on your device, both Mail and Calendar need to be turned on, and New events needs to be enabled in your Google Calendar settings.

To enable ‘New events’, sign in to your Google Calendar using the web browser on your phone or computer. Go to Calendar Settings > Calendars > Click on the Notifications for the calendar you want to sync. Under Email check ‘New events’ (and any of the other Invitation settiSave.

13. Unless you want to delete all the existing Contacts and Calendars on your phone, select the Keep on my iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) option when prompted. This will also allow you to keep syncing with your computer via iTunes.

If you want to sync only the My Contacts group, you must choose to Delete Existing Contacts during the Google Sync install when prompted. If you choose to keep existing contacts, it will sync the contents of the All Contacts group instead. If there are no contacts on your phone, the latter will happen — the contents of your All Contacts group will be synced.

You’ve set up Google Sync! Synchronization will begin automatically if you have Push enabled on your device. You can also open the Mail, Calendar, or Contacts app and wait a few seconds to start a sync.

Using Google Calendar on your iOS (iPhone and iPad) device
With Google Sync enabled, you can do the following actions in Google Calendar using your iOS Calendar app:
-Create events and edit event details.
-Respond to meeting requests and update your attendee status.
-Change your Alert Reminder Time, e.g. “30 minutes before”.
-See your list of pending invitations.
-When you?re invited to an event, it shows up as a ghosted entry in your calendar. If you choose Accept or Maybe, it changes to solid, and if you Decline, the event is removed.

Additional features:
-A popup appears on your device when you?re invited to a meeting. Pressing View Event allows you to see the event details and respond to the invitation.
To turn off this popup, go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar > New Invitations Alert and turn off the popup.

-When viewing meeting invitations in your iOS Mail app, the calendar icon at the bottom lets you view the event and update your attendee status.
-The badge on the Calendar app icon on your home screen updates with the number of pending invitations.

Students Attending SOCC 2012: Become a Common Ground Facilitator

Students of Color Conference 2012 at UCR: Common Ground Facilitator (updated)


PURPOSE: The purpose of these Common Ground Clinics is to bring students together that will foster good dialogue about SOC issues at the Student of Color Conference 2012 at UC Riverside. Through undergraduate, graduate, and staff mentor input, facilitators will engage conference participants in conversation and establishment of community guidelines, important intersectional terminology, and promotion of a safe and courageous space throughout the rest of the conference. This clinic will be split into two parts: Saturday: What are we About? (10-11.30am) Sunday: What’s Next? (10 -11.00am) APPLICATION: We are looking for 60 strong facilitators from various campuses to help guide discussion for these two sessions on Saturday and Sunday morning. All SOCC members will be going through these workshops, each person will have about 30 community members in the room. Each person must fill out the application which will be reviewed by the various campus compacts. The chosen facilitators will be emailed and called by the third day after applications are due. The facilitators will have to attend mandatory phone trainings and be responsible in reviewing the SOCC facilitator manual, and the detailed agenda for the day’s’ discussions. The role of a common ground facilitator is to mediate the group: keep the individuals involved and focused, encourage and allow enough time for participation/feedback, make sure everyone gets an opportunity to open up and participate in the conversation. Facilitators must exert positive reinforcement to ensure that the individuals feel safe enough to take risks and be courageous while also educating folks about intersectional topics that will be discussed throughout the conference. Facilitators will need to be present for both parts of the workshop (on Saturday from 10-11.30am and Sunday from 10-11am) and make the training beforehand. FACILITATION TOPICS will include: – Dialogue Guidelines – History and Purpose of SOCC – Purpose of Caucuses – Introducing Intersectionality and Terms – Community Accountability – Action (Our role as SOCC Delegate) APPLICATION DUE DATE: October 26th, 2012 (date changed from Oct. 19th, 2012) MANDATORY Training: November 2nd, 2012: 12-2pm (conference call or in person) NEXT STEPS: 1. Turn in Online Application (this one) 2. UCR Connects: after being accepted, we will schedule phone meeting to review process and next steps 3. Facilitator Guidebook sent out to all facilitators during training week 5. Facilitator Training: November 2nd, 2012: 12-2pm CONTACT: – Please contact Eli.Tizcareno ( for more information. – For general SOCC 2012 information, please contact

Click Here for Application

Interested in becoming the ASUC Elections Council Chair?!


2.6 Duties of the Elections Council Chair

1. To take the complete administrative charge for all details of ASUC elections and the Elections Council;

2. To nominate additional members of the Council as may be necessary for the efficient administration of the election with the consent of the Senate;

3. To make Temporary Rules as necessary as outlined in Article XII;

4. To advise the Senate on the financial and practical impact of any legislation which may affect the Elections Council or the election;

5. To be in possession of one of the two keys to the ballot boxes as described in Article XVII;

6. To be in charge of issuing warnings for violations of the Election by-laws;

7. To give an Elections Council report, oral or written, at every regular meeting of the Senate;

8. To give an Elections Council report, oral or written, at every regular meeting of the Graduate Assembly and/or its Executive Committee;

9. To coordinate the Mandatory Clean-Up Day, in which all candidates or their designated proxy, are required to attend to clean-up the Campus and Community following the Election, on the Saturday following the Election;

10. To assist the other members of the Elections Council when necessary;

11. To carry out such other functions and duties as required under the ASUC Constitution and by-laws.

Note: this is a partial list of other duties found in the ASUC By-Laws. For a full list of Elections Council Chair responsibilities, please see the By-Laws and Constitution.


Please fill out this application here and the selection committee will get back to you:

Lower Sproul Surge: Final Phone and Fax Spreadsheet

Hello all,

Please review the following spreadsheet if you are a student organization in Hearst. It has taken months of work to finally settle this with campus’ IST and get all of our voice and fax needs finished. Red and bolded means the lines are disconnected. Any black font signifies groups that will be paying for voice or fax out of their CalLink accounts. It is deducted automatically. Who knew that moving over a few telephones and faxes would be such a headache for all of us involved?

Please let me know if you wish to cancel your lines or if you need voice or fax services (I can’t promise anything for the latter, it is subject to our allocations).


Justin Sayarath

ASUC Executive VP