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OC Election Interview Series: Senate Seat 15: Noor Rajabzadeh

This is the third in our series of online interviews with candidates for ASUO office. Noor Rajabzadeh is running for Senate Seat 15 (Academic: Social Science), and today we feature her answers to our stock questions. On a quick editorial note, our obsession with the drinking habits of candidates does not prejudice us against Muslims, or anyone else who abstains from alcohol for personal or religious reasons. We’re just a bunch of raging drunks, thats all.

OC: What made you decide to run?

Rajabzadeh: My major is Political Science and I wish to make a stronger connection between myself and student politics as I have realized how important it is to become involved in student government.


OC: What would you most like to accomplish, if elected?

Rajabzadeh: Among many ideas I wish to accomplish, specifically, I would like to bring a change to the incidental fee system. Since the amount of fees we pay have been rising, my wish is to find ways to reduce them. My mission is to find alternative sources of revenue to support student groups and help campus life flourish and develop.


OC: Are you a part of a slate?

Rajabzadeh: Yes, I am part of Sara and Athan’s Campaign for Change. I wish to stress the fact that our slate is an open slate meaning that any student from the university at large could apply for the candidate positions and are not nominated by friends. This means that our slate represents the whole student body, not a select group of special interests.


OC: What makes you stand out as a candidate?

Rajabzadeh: As a Muslim woman and an Iranian-American, I’m familiar with the concerns of students not traditionally represented in the ASUO.


OC: What do you see as the most pressing problems with the ASUO?

Rajabzadeh: Members of the ASUO must take student government seriously and need to be held to higher standards. The leaders of ASUO must represent all students at the university as a whole and not just special interest groups. They must be held accountable to the consequences of their decisions


OC: What do the Academic seats (in your case, Social Science) bring to the ASUO?

Rajabzadeh: The seats will bring representation of the academic departments to the ASUO. In my case, if elected, I will be representing the Social Science departments (i.e. Economics, International Studies, philosophy etc.) in senate at the ASUO. Academic seats should represent the average student and his/her concern. Often this hasn’t been the case.


In this section we ask candidates to pick one from each of the following pairs, and provide a brief justification for their choice.


OC: Budweiser/Labatts

Rajabzadeh: As a Muslim, I don’t drink alcohol. The only thing I can do is drink massive amounts of tea. So if there was a choice between coffee and tea I would definitely chose tea


OC: Elvis/Beatles

Rajabzadeh: Beatles, they created a new wave in popular culture that has been timeless.


OC: Chow Main/Fried Rice

Chow Main, I love my vegetables!!


OC: Football/Basketball

Football, if it is European Football (soccer).


OC: Shia/Sunni

Please…Shia of course, just kidding! If I really have to choose I would choose both, being a Muslim myself I don’t want to separate Muslims from each other and contribute to the ongoing conflict between the sects.


OC: Whiskey and Coke/Rum and Coke

I just don’t like Coke…


OC: Beerpong/Flipcup



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  1. Danimal says:


  2. Olly says:

    If we’re already off topic – for the love of God, people: HEMINGWAY. One M. Not two. (Unless you’re talking about someone other than the famous novelist or the marginally-less-famous OC alum, that is.)

  3. Eric says:

    No the real issue here is that Sakuria quit with the happy hour pricing. I will never drink budwiser for more than $3 a pitch. Yes I drink Labatt’s now.

  4. Niedermeyer says:

    I gotta go with the Beatles on thi one… hopefully these aren’t the make-or-break issues though.

  5. Jacque says:

    While both are iconic in nature I would have to say that between the Beattles and Elvis there is no question… Elvis wins… SORRY Noor. But I liked the rest of your responses… so I’ll still vote for you! 😀

  6. Doomscheissah says:

    What about Ringo?

    I personally think he’s “Faboo”

  7. Eric says:

    “Rajabzadeh: Beatles, they created a new wave in popular culture that has been timeless.”

    Please…John Lennon openly ripped off Elvis and if you are not willing to give the King his dues I cannot give you my vote. It is also worth noting that Paul McCartney is a pompas Ass.

  8. Betz says:

    How come there is no answer provided for the issue of Beerpong vs. FlipCup? The people have a right to know!

  9. Timothy says:

    What’s with all the non-drinkers this year? “My religion forbids it”, “My auntie died”, get the hell over it you pussies.

  10. Jacque says:

    But Noor… If you DID drink: Budwieser or Labatts? Wiskey and Coke/Rum and Coke? curious minds want to know… 😀

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