Muslim student: UC opposition not unexpected


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A University of California, Berkeley student confirmed as the first practicing Muslim student member of the University of California's governing board says the opposition to her nomination was not unexpected.

UC regents unanimously approved 21-year-old Sadia Saifuddin's nomination to the board of regents on Wednesday, with one abstention.

Some Jewish groups had opposed the move, citing Saifuddin's political activities as a student government leader and a member of the Muslim Students Association at Berkeley. Those activities included the co-sponsoring of a bill calling for the divestment of university funds from companies with economic ties to the Israeli military or Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Saifuddin said after the vote that she hopes people will look beyond some of her political activity to other things she has done.