CalSERVE announced Monday night that ASUC Senator Nolan Pack will be its nominee for executive vice president in this year’s ASUC elections.
Pack, a senior studying rhetoric and legal studies, will be running on CalSERVE’s executive slate with Valerie Jameson and Spencer Pritchard, candidates for academic affairs vice president and external affairs vice president, respectively.
As senator, Pack has authored a number of controversial bills, including one requesting that the university divest from fossil fuel companies and another encouraging the removal of all Salvation Army boxes from campus.
Currently, he is the vice chair of the ASUC Constitutional and Procedural Review Committee and co-chair of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability.
He will be running on a three-part platform that includes overseeing the completion of the Lower Sproul remodel, maintaining transparency in the ASUC and promoting energy efficiency on campus.
CalSERVE released a statement highlighting Pack’s knowledge of ASUC bylaws and his dedication to transparency.
“(Pack) will overhaul and expand public access to ASUC resources and information about Senate proceedings,” the statement reads. “He will oversee continuing progress on the Lower Sproul Redevelopment Project to keep it accountable to the student body, who are the ones paying for it.”
Pack said his time on the SURGE Advisory Committee — the committee overseeing the transition of businesses and student groups out of Lower Sproul — makes him ideal for the position of EVP.
“(The Lower Sproul remodel is) a huge part of what any EVP will be doing for the next several years, so it’s really critical that we have someone who is well versed in those issues and who’s working with the people who are working on SURGE,” Pack said.
Additionally, Pack said he will continue to promote transparency in the ASUC by providing students with a better connection to campus resources. He said he hopes to create a comprehensive online guide for scholarships, campus opportunities and student groups.
Pack said he wants to digitize this information in a Wikipedia-style webpage where students can easily access related articles through links.
“(We should have) information that’s accessible to students in a way that’s realistic for them to access,” Pack said. “The problem now is that those resources are split between the ASUC website and the private blogs of the officers.”
Pack also said he will focus on creating a plan for a regenerative and sustainable campus.
“The EVP is responsible for making the ASUC a proponent for sustainability, and part of what the ASUC can do is initiate and spearhead this dialogue,” Pack said. “We’re UC Berkeley — we have some of the most cutting-edge environmental research going on in this campus, and in a lot of ways, our campus is not embodying that.”
Additionally Pack plans to promote greener labs and help the campus become “grid-neutral.”
CalSERVE, which historically represents underrepresented groups on campus, has not had a candidate win the position of EVP since 2008.
ASUC elections will be held on April 9, 10 and 11.