Unlike the majority of other ASUC*s and GSAs, ASUCD does not have and has never had an External Vice President, an elected person responsible for dealing with external affairs. The debate on creating this position has existed for many years, and continues to be debated within ASUCD; however, the general consensus is that an External Vice President (EVP) is not necessary. This debate came to head in 2004, when Senator Donald Cohen-Cutler proposed a constitutional amendment creating an EVP, which did not pass the Senate. In the meantime, debate has died away with the departure of Brian McInnis.

Advantages

  • Direct Representation — The electorate may not know what kind of external affairs policy the ASUCD may be setting at election time.
  • Accountability — Elections are frequently run on internal issues, such as Tapsy Ticksy, and not on external issues.
  • Power structure — one person is accountable for all of external affairs, consolidating power.

Disadvantages

  • Representation — As the current structure stands, the Unit Directors of Lobby Corps, ASUCD University Affairs, and ASUCD City/County Affairs Office are hired by a committee consisting of the President, Vice President, the outgoing Unit Director, Business Manager, and two Senators, and are then confirmed by the Senate as a whole. Since Senators are elected by Choice Voting, the entire student body is represented in this informed microcosm, and hired person must represent more than just his or her personal goals.
  • Diversity of opinion — Hired external affairs people are responsible to the entire student government — elected people are responsible only to themselves.
  • Accountability — An elected person is accountable only to a recall election, but an appointed official is accountable to the entire Senate and President, and can be removed or their funding cut.
  • Power structure — The EVP would create a new hierarchical structure, while the current ASUCD power structure is more distributed. More and different goals can be accomplished under the current system. One person can't impede everyone's progress.
  • Communication — An EVP may not be informed on what is going on in the rest of the government, and will be less likely to understand the problems in ASUCD. Therefore, an EVP may not represent students and the student government as well at organizations such as UCSA, and instead work on personal goals.

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2006-06-22 16:42:11   With more disadvantages than advantages, why do most of the other ASUCs have one? —JosephBleckman


2006-06-22 17:45:42   I'd venture to guess it depends on how you weight it. Maybe they consider the advantages are of greater benefit than the disadvantages. —ES