Election Section

Press Release: Student Co-op Sponsors District 8 Forum Next Wednesday

From the Berkeley Student Cooperative
Friday October 22, 2010 - 12:52:00 PM

The Berkeley Student Cooperative (BSC) is hosting a second City Council Candidates Forum—this time for Berkeley’s 8th district race— at Andres Castro Arms, 2310 Prospect St., on October 27 at 7:00 p.m. The event is open to the public.  

The BSC 8th District City Council Candidates Forum will feature incumbent Gordon Wozniak, along with challengers Stewart Jones and Jacquelyn McCormick. The District 8 Forum comes on the heels of a successful event for the 7th District candidates, hosted by the BSC’s Cloyne Court.  

“Our goal is to educate students and other District 8 residents about their choices in this race,” said Alex Ghenis, Vice President of External Affairs and Castro resident. “District 8 has a unique makeup of students and long-term community members, and students often don't get a voice. We encourage everybody— from members of the Greek community, students in houses and apartments, and long-term city residents—to come find out what these candidates are about so they can make the best decision on November 2.”  

The venue for the event, Andres Castro Arms, is home to 56 students. The house was originally designed by Julia Morgan in the 1900s, was a sorority in the 1930s, and was purchased by the BSC in the 1950s. House members cook their own meals, have cleaning shifts, and form a strong community.  

The mission of the Berkeley Student Cooperative is to provide low-cost, quality student housing to its 1,275 members. The BSC operates 20 student-run, housing cooperatives in the neighborhoods that surround the UC Berkeley campus. Seven of the organization’s 20 properties are located in the 8th District.