Election Endorsements: Naasir Lakhani — VP Finance & Resources

    The A.S. vice president of finance and resources candidate helped two student groups to bring about “The Writing’s on the Wall,” an event featuring the pictured artists performing political spoken word. Lakhani pushed the event through debates, funding it over the amount usually allotted by the council. (Courtesy of Naasir Lakhani)

    Running unopposed, Naasir Lakhani is likely to be next
    year’s A.S. vice president of finance and resources. But while the current
    all-campus senator and A.S. Finance Office chief of staff will have big shoes
    to fill — Vice President of Finance and Resources Sarah Chang is the first to
    hold her office after a massive constitutional restructuring and helped lead
    the council efficiently despite the transitional year — and unfortunately his
    history on the council this year doesn’t necessarily prove he’s ready to meet
    the high-set bar.

    His council experience is undeniable and when asked about
    double dipping — a practice of double-funding organizations that the council is
    continually working to avoid — Lakhani said the funding process is completely
    objective and the council’s checks and balances stop this from happening.

    But Lakhani is guilty of attempting this very offense. “The
    Writing’s on the Wall,” a recent event hosted by Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano
    de Aztlan and the Muslim Student Association, had already received funding when
    Lakhani attempted to provide more money for the event under the guise of his
    senator’s project. After some debate the council allotted the organizations
    further funding from a different area of the budget. Lakhani defended his actions
    by saying he was only trying to bring greater council attention to the
    important event, but this situation is inherently subjective. Would another
    organization’s event have received this second-consideration funding? No. Does
    that mean other events aren’t as important? Certainly not.

    Students need someone they can trust handling their fees.
    Still, his understanding of the position’s responsibilities and the council’s
    inner workings is clear. The election is full of new faces and it will serve
    the incoming council well to have a few veterans leading the pack. This board
    just hopes Lakhani is ready to leave his past behind and serve his constituents
    in the most efficient and fair way possible.

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