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UC Regents need local knowledge

Justin Azadivar
Monday September 30, 2002

To the Editor: 


Students for Justice in Palestine organizer Hoang Phan wrote a Sept. 25 letter to the editor questioning Regent David Lee’s qualifications to be a UC Regent because of his lack of knowledge on the Israel-Palestine conflict. To Mr. Phan, of course, being knowledgable means agreeing with everything on his group’s propoganda site, while being ignorant means agreeing with anyone else. Regardless of whether Lee is knowledgable or not, I fail to see why such knowledge is relevant to the role of UC Regent. Perhaps Mr. Phan was confused. UC stands for University of California. To be a Regent for the University of California, one needs to be knowledgable about the goings-on in such places as UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UCSF, but not such places as UC-Israeli Checkpoint or UC-Suicide Bus Bombing. 


Justin Azadivar