Will Smelko

Fighting for Israel and Remembering the Holocaust

A controversial vote at the University of California, Berkeley, and Holocaust commemorations around the country are keeping Jewish students active in the days between Holocaust Memorial Day and Israel Independence Day.

04/16/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Berkeley Student Senate Uphold Veto of Divestment Measure

After nearly eight hours of debate that ended at 7:30 this morning, the Associated Students of the University of California, Berkeley (ASUC) Senate upheld a veto by President Will Smelko of a bill passed in support of divestment from companies with ties to Israel’s military.

Passover, March Madness and More

04/01/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

 “March Madness” is much, much more than a basketball tournament.  As Jewish students on campuses across the country were exhilarated – or disappointed -- by one of the most exciting NCAA college basketball post-seasons in recent memory, they’ve also been involved in exciting developments at home and abroad, from Passover celebrations to fighting an anti-Israel divestment vote at the UC-Berkeley campus. 

Passover on Campus Celebrations

Divestment Bill Vetoed at Berkeley

Student government measure condemned by Jewish groups on campus

03/25/2010

NEW YORK (JTA) -- The student government president at the University of California vetoed a bill calling for divestment from two companies doing business with Israel.

Will Smelko, the president of the Associated Students of the University of California, Berkeley, shot down the bill Wednesday, the Daily Californian reported. The association's Senate had passed the bill last week by a 16-4 margin.

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