At a Feb. 10 hearing of UCLA’s student government, four of nine representatives raised concerns that the Jewish background of Judicial Board candidate Rachel Beyda could present a conflict of interest and make her unfit to serve impartially as a judge in the student government’s judicial branch.
Although the council eventually unanimously approved Beyda’s appointment, the 9-0 vote came after 40 minutes of debate, an initial 4-4 vote that was later invalidated and an interjection by a faculty representative who explained that Beyda’s affiliation with the campus Jewish community does not constitute a conflict of interest. A video of the meeting can be viewed on YouTube. Beyda declined comment to the Journal, writing in an email, “As a member of the Judicial Board, I do not feel it is appropriate for me to comment on the actions of UCLA’s elected student government.”
According to UCLA’s student newspaper, the Daily Bruin, four student representatives — Fabienne Roth, Manjot Singh, Negeen Sadeghi-Movahed and Sofia Moreno Haq — voiced concerns about appointing Beyda. The four students have since publicly apologized in the Daily Bruin.
UCLA your students are beclowning themselves (claiming you have Jewish friends. Really? Ugh).