The ideals of the Open People's Party exist in the honest and absolute representation of each and every student of UC Santa Barbara. This is our campus. This is our mutual goal. You are the Open People's Party.
The Open People's Party believes that Associated Students was created to act as a bridge between the students and the University itself; establishing a persistent contact with the often confusing bureaucratic operations of the University of California. Our goal is to use this influential pathway to involve each and every student in the operation and guidance of UCSB. We believe that Associated Students is a place for everyone.
We continue to pay more for our education, yet see less. Why are student services being cut? Why is class availability decreasing? We are expected to follow MCP, but don't have the resources to satisfy our educational requirements. The Open People's Party will continue to support efforts to keep the power of education in student hands. By demanding a reassessment of the financial situation, we will fight to protect the voice of students in such influential decision-making processes.
The Open People's Party believes in diligent work at home and in our local community. We stand strong in our commitment to preserve tenant rights and improving relations with property managers. While acknowledging the importance of safety in Isla Vista, we see the Social Host Ordinance in violation of student privacy and as an abuse of police authority. Police are meant to protect and serve, not belittle and aggravate.
The Open People's Party represents all UCSB students. We pull student leaders from all facets of our community to encourage the diversity of our opinion. We are a party that embraces the free exchange of different thoughts and ideas. We advocate for the holistic student perspective and to enhance the quality of life for all UCSB students.
O.P.P. wants you to be involved. From bringing diversity and financial honesty back to our university, to managing that which is our local home, the Open People's Party will continue to fight for and represent, you, the students.
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If so, Student Voice! is THE party for you!
Student Voice! is a coalition of student leaders from UCSB that has historically advocated for putting power in the hands of YOU, the students. As a coalition, we want to represent all facets of our community. We recognize the wide range of campus issues, and maintain a passionate commitment to strengthening relationships with students, our local communities, and the administration, in order to increase the quality of the UCSB experience.
Student Voice! wants to take action on issues that are important to you!
Everyone is feeling the impact of the state budget crisis. The University is cutting your classes and vital services, including CLAS, EOP, Student Health, and Rec Sports, while asking you to pay more. Students are increasingly being forced to work additional hours to cover these costs, and as a result, are being denied essential college experiences. Student Voice! is committed to reducing the financial burden on students, and making the most of your time at UCSB.
UCSB and IV should be places free from violence, hate crimes, and police harassment. Student Voice! is devoted to making sure that EVERYONE feels safe, welcome, and a part of our community, regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnicity, ability, or sexual orientation.
Student Voice! will continue to work with IV Tenants' Union to make sure students are not taken advantage of by exploitative landlords.
This is a very exciting time for UCSB and Isla Vista as plans for the future of our community are made. Student Voice! will ensure that students have a say in development projects such as the IV Master Plan and Vision 2025.
As a coalition, we are dedicated to maintaining our campus' reputation of being at the forefront of environmental innovation. Student Voice! will carry on the history of preserving our coast, conserving energy, promoting recycling, and keeping Isla Vista CLEAN.
It goes without saying, Santa Barbara knows how to have a good time. But these good times are being threatened by excessive policing and invasive policies, such as the Social Host Ordinance. As vital residents of the community, students are entitled to our fun and Student Voice! will be sure to defend that right.
So why not vote GREEN for LESS worries?!
We are not a party, we are a movement. Our mission is altruistic. The goal is not simply to win. It is to view elections as an opportunity to educate UCSB students on issues facing our campus, and to create dialogue aimed at reviewing all assumptions made about the student association at UCSB.
In this sense there is no platform or hidden agenda. We all share faith in our ability to succeed in elected positions because we are already working on issues facing our community. Here are our respective plans:
Armando: make college affordable for us, and an option for future generations
Cori: Fight to make sure you're involved in off-campus organizations
KT: Protect student services & rights through communication and action
Omid: Direct focus and funds towards counseling and anti-depression programs
Alex: Support student investment in Associated Students (A.S.) and create awareness of services available
Ashley: Work with students to fight for their rights in their communities through education and action
Daniel: Seek solutions to budget cuts that protect student services and avoid fee hikes
Janelle: Money talks and so will I. I'll be a strong voice for students.
The beauty of our plan lies in its individuality. Instead of standing for A-Z issues we recognize that each member of SWAP has unique talents. We are individuals, and Students With a Plan. We are a group of character. A group of education. A group of action. This statement does not define us; What we do defines us.
See you on the streets.