Update, 11:28 p.m.: After some questions, I’d like to elaborate on why I fact-checked what I did. As far as I’m aware, there’s no written or recorded proof that Essaw is saying that she continued to work on extending dining hours after this legislation passed. Therefore, it’s impossible to prove that she is campaigning thusly. What Essaw has said on the record (through her platform) is that she had success in legislation, meaning that she got it passed.
On Thursday, we posted a note on our Facebook page asking for our readers to help us monitor campaigns. We also asked if anyone wanted us to fact-check a particular detail.
That yielded one request: to look into SBVP candidate Roza Essaw’s campaigning that she had worked to extend dining hours on campus.
Because I was not present during any of Roza’s campaigning and we don’t have a recording of it (audio or video), I decided to fact-check Roza’s campaign platform, which states:
•Success in Legislation: 2009-2011
o Resolution encouraging extension of on-campus dining hours
Did Essaw tell the truth in her campaign platform? Let’s examine:
A record of the legislation cannot be found in Student Senate’s public information files. The PIFs normally include passed legislation, although some years are known for being incomplete.
An April 14, 2010 Daily Campus article lists Essaw as one of the authors of a bill concerning dining hours on campus. However, an August 24, 2010 Daily Campus article only lists Sens. Alex Mace and David Archer as the bill authors.
The whole fact-checking process looked to be a toss-up, until two things: I read over the April 20 meeting minutes and got a copy of the bill from now-Chief of Staff Alex Mace, one of the bill’s authors (and someone listed in that August 24 story as a definite bill author).
Luke Friedman is quoted in the April 20 minutes as saying “I also am here to support Roza’s legislation. If you have thesemeals paid for, it is pointless to pay money for an additional meal,” implying that Roza was a perceived part of the legislation.
Secondly, Essaw’s name is listed as an author on the legislation given to me by Mace.
The verdict? Essaw’s “success in legislation” platform claim is true. She was listed as a bill author on this resolution, which passed unanimously.
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