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The Associated Students, University of California, Davis (ASUCD) is a term describing the undergraduate student government at UCD. All undergraduate students are dues-paying members of ASUCD, grad students can also elect to join but rarely do. Unlike most other UC student governments, ASUCD is not affiliated with The University of California Student Association (UCSA). ASUCD officially disaffiliated from UCSA on November 2nd, 2006.

Most often, the phrase "ASUCD" is used to describe the governing body of ASUCD. Similar to [wikipedia]the US government, ASUCD has an Executive, a Legislative, and a Judicial branch. The association's $11.1 million dollar operational budget funds a host of student services such as Unitrans, KDVS, the Coffee House, Campus Copies and Classical Notes, the Bike Barn, and the Experimental College. A fundamental characteristic of ASUCD is that it is primarily student managed and staffed, employing upwards of 1,500 students (not to mention dishing out a few scholarships like the ASUCD Prizes). ASUCD offers opportunities to engage in leadership activities that range from student advocacy to management and finance and to event planning. Senate meetings are open to the public, and held every Thursday during the school year, in the Student Community Center, Meeting Room D, starting at 6:10pm.

ASUCD is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Their tax-exempt status got them in a bit of trouble in 2004 due to candidate endorsements (see Lamargate).

ASUCD has an [WWW]official website which includes the [WWW]ASUCD Constitution, from which some of the following information is robbed.
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  1. Executive
  2. Legislative
    1. Senate
    2. Commissions
    3. ASUCD Outreach Assembly
    4. Committees
  3. Judicial
  4. Bureaucracy - Student Services and Student Government Administrative Office
  5. ASUCD Units
  6. ASUCD Services
  7. Other ASUCD Topics
  8. History
  9. Disbanded ASUCD Units
    1. No longer part of ASUCD

Executive

The current sitting President is Armando Figueroa.

The current sitting Vice President is Maxwell Kappes.

The current sitting Controller is Rylan Schaeffer.

ASUCD has three units which deal with external issues. The director of the ASUCD City/County Affairs Office is Jeanna Gindi. The director of the ASUCD University Affairs Office is currently vacant. The director of Lobby Corps is Bihter Ozedirne. (Unlike other schools, there is no ASUCD External Vice President.)

The ASUCD President and Vice President are elected together during the 7th Week of Winter Quarter each year using Instant Runoff Voting, for a term of one year. To be eligible for the ASUCD Presidency, one must have completed 60 units (not necessarily at Davis) and have been a registered UC Davis student for at least two quarters prior to election.

The Executive Office of the ASUCD President and the ASUCD Cabinet provides assistance and counsel to the ASUCD President.

Legislative

Senate

There are 12 seats on the ASUCD Senate. They are elected six at a time during the 7th Week of Fall Quarter and the 7th Week of Winter Quarter using Choice Voting. Many of the Senators are most visible as candidates (often in slates), but spend most of the year writing and reviewing legislation. Senators may additionally tackle any kind of goal, from fighting racial discrimination to getting staplers in the computer labs — the fact that they are Senators opens many doors in the UCD Administration and the City of Davis that ordinarily would be hard to access. There is an ASUCD Senate Office that serves as a working place for Senators.

Current Fall Term Senators:

Current Winter Term Senators:

Commissions

Commissions play an integral role in the ASUCD Senate. Some are programmatic, and do outreach activities, but all of them help in crafting legislation at least occasionally. There are seven of them, vaguely described in the Constitution as follows:

  1. Academic Affairs Commission - Current Chair: Dana Sever. Recommends to ASUCD programs and policies in Academic Affairs areas. Disseminates information concerning the student development of courses and curriculum. They honor teachers that go above and beyond each year. Meeting Times: Monday at 7:10 in the Mee Room of the MU.

  2. Internal Affairs Commission - Current Chair: Spencer McManus. Investigates and recommends improvements in areas and services which affect the quality of student life. Orchestrates administrative plans for all ASUCD units and reviews legislation for anything internal, i.e. delegating campus affairs. Meeting Times: Monday at 5:10 in the Mee Room of the MU.

  3. Business and Finance Commission - Current Chair: Zach Griffiths. Formally advises Senate on fiscal concerns and financial allocations. Meeting Times: Tuesday at 7:10 in the Mee Room of the MU

  4. External Affairs Commission - Current Chair: Amy Ly. Acts as liaison with off-campus bodies which affect students. Works with Executive office and Senate to recommend action for city, county and national affairs. Meeting Times: Tuesday at 5:10 in the Mee Room of the MU.

  5. Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission - Current Chair: Kriti Garg. Programmatic commission that holds Diversity Days every Fall. Acts as Liaison with off-campus bodies affecting ethnic groups. Investigates and recommends policies regarding ethnic community issues. Meeting Times: Monday at 6:10 in the Cross Cultural Center in the Student Community Center.

  6. Environmental Policy and Planning Commission - Current Chair: Naftali Moed. Researches environmental issues and recommends improvements regarding them. Performs environmental assessment of ASUCD units. Meeting Times: Tuesdays at 7:30 in the AMC Room of the MU.

  7. Gender and Sexuality Commission - Current Chair: Robert Helfend. Programmatic commission that promotes awareness of issues regarding gender, sexuality, sex and sexual assault through educational workshops, panels and keynote speakers. Plans Generation Sex Week and the Western Regional LGBT Conference with the LGBTRC. Meeting Times: Tuesday at 46:30 in the LGBTRC in the Student Community Center.

Internal Affairs, Academic Affairs, Business and Finance, and External Affairs have been parts of ASUCD since at least 1981 (detailed in the ASUCD Constitution, as amended January 1981). Interestingly enough, IAC at that time was ASUCD's most programmatic commission.

ASUCD Outreach Assembly

The ASUCD Outreach Assembly's goal is to foster collaborative student activities, as well as inform the student body of ASUCD and student organization activities. The Outreach Assembly will also plan quarterly leadership summits. The Assembly consists of 12 unpaid positions, all of which outreach to every aspect of student life including clubs and fraternities/sororities.
Big projects they initiate are the Safe Boats event and the Night of Charity.

The current Speaker is Lauren Ashe.
"Meeting Times: Wednesday at 7:10 in the DeCarli Room of the MU."

Committees

Committees are similar to commissions, but are smaller and fulfill specialized roles. The real legislative distinction is that they make informal recommendations to Senate, as opposed to the official recommendation of the commissions.
asucd org chart.gifAn organizational chart of ASUCD may help you understand the system. Or not. General Purpose Committees — seeking student participation:

Internal Committees — these are committees of ASUCD officers that only meet for specific reasons:

The ASUCD Senate may from time to time make Special Committees, which only last a year or less. Some of the successful ones may also become permanent committees. Current Special Committees:

Judicial

The Court of the Associated Students of the University of California, Davis is legally one of three coequal branches of the Associated Students, University of California, Davis. Charged with the ultimate authority to interpret the wording of the ASUCD Constitution and that of legislation enacted pursuant to the Constitution, it has the power to review previously enacted legislation made by the Senate following a written request by any ASUCD member(s), and review complaints regarding the Elections Committee or any other office or body of ASUCD. This power is derived from Article VII of the ASUCD Constitution.

The Court consists of nine members, nominated by the ASUCD President and confirmed by the ASUCD Senate. The Chief Justice is chosen from among these by the same process. Justices serve until they graduate, resign, or are indicted and impeached. Justices may be permanently removed by a two-thirds vote of the ASUCD Senate only after an indictment hearing conducted by the Internal Affairs Commission. Operating on an annual budget of $99 American Dollars, all members of the courts and their staffs are unpaid volunteers.

If any ASUCD member feels that an ASUCD officer is not conducting their job correctly, or ASUCD legislation is not consistent with ASUCD Constitution and/or ASUCD Bylaws, they may file a complaint with Student Government Administrative Office through a complaint form. Following which SGAO will notify the Court and you'll hear from the Court with further instructions when they've decided whether or not to take the case.

Further, Preemptive Writs and Injunctions have been instituted as of the 2012-2013 term to aid the Jurisdiction of the Court. It allows ASUCD members to petition the court to issue writs to prevent imminent illegal actions contravening to the ASUCD Constitution and legislation enacted pursuant to it. If the Bench deems the evidence accompanied to be sufficient proof of imminent illegal actions, then the Court may issue a writ described within chapter ten of the ASUCD Judicial Codes, those writs shall be legally binding until such time as it is challenged, following which the issue will be escalated into a full hearing. Petitions forms for the issuance of writs are available again in the Student Government Administrative Office.

The current sitting Chief Justice is the Honorable Wooju Kim

The Court currently consists of (in order of seniority):

Position Justice Appointed By Date Seated Year
Chief Justice Hon. Wooju Kim Carly Sandstrom December 2013 Class of 2015
Vice Chief Justice Hon. Jefferson Chau* Rebecca Sterling June 2012 Class of 2014
Associate Justice Hon. Jason Trinidad* Rebecca Sterling October 2012 Class of 2014
Associate Justice Hon. Abel Wang Rebecca Sterling October 2012 Class of 2014
Associate Justice Hon. Shayda Rashidi Rebecca Sterling October 2012 Class of 2016
Associate Justice Hon. April Johnson Rebecca Sterling October 2012 Class of 2014
Associate Justice Vacant - - -
Associate Justice Vacant - - -
Associate Justice Vacant - - -

*Served as Vice Chief Justice

Bureaucracy - Student Services and Student Government Administrative Office

  • Upon Brett Burns' move to the UC Davis law school, Anne Myler, the director of the Center for Student Involvement became interim Business Manager. Mark Champagne, who retired in June 2011 after 32 years of service to ASUCD, is currently acting as a consultant for the administration in this transitional period as President Sandstrom searches for a permanent replacement to Burns. The Business Manager is the top of the University (unionized) employee hierarchy within ASUCD.

  • Student Services is best known as the source of paychecks for Coffee House and other ASUCD employees. They do all the human resources and other office work for the "commercial units".

  • The most recent Student Government Advisor was Michael Tucker (formerly Eric Sanchez, Vicki Swett). The position was cut during the 2008 budget hearings.

  • Student Gov't Administrative Office (SGAO, though invariably pronounced as "SJAO") is the civil service of the ASUCD government - they perform government bureaucratic necessities

    • Government Documents are available at the Student Government Administrative Office (SGAO), or (in a probably outdated and incomplete form) [WWW]online

ASUCD Units

Blue rows are self-sufficient units. Red rows are subsidized units. See the ASUCD Budget for more information.

Unit Established Director Services
Aggie ReStore 2012 by Senator Darwin Moosavi (2011 budget) Loni Coelho Small store promoting resale of student supplies, clothes, etc.
Aggie Student Store <2004? Vacant during renovation Sells Junk food (Operated by CoHo, former independent unit)
AggieTV 2002 Anna Oh The premiere student video and media production studio.
Bike Barn2 1971 Robert St. Cyr Fixes Bikes
California Aggie 1915 Jason Alpert Campus Newspaper
Cal Aggie Camp 1980 Wendy Wang Helps underprivileged children
Campus Center for the Environment 2005 Tessa Artale Resource center for all things environmental
Classical Notes/Campus Copies 1976 Ryan Hagens Offers readers and professionally put togther lecture notes
Coffee House 1967-1968 by ASUCD President Bob Black Sharon Coulson Food, lots of it
Creative Media 2003 Alex Park Does graphics, design, and IT work for all ASUCD-supported organizations
Entertainment Council 1979 Henry Chatfield Puts on music shows
Experimental College 1966 Gaurev Kumar Offers an incredible variety of classes as well as teaching opportunities for students.
ASUCD University Affairs 2007-2008 by ASUCD President Kareem Salem and its first director & former SNAO assistant director Matt Shannon Vacant Represents ASUCD to University committees, attends UC Regent Meetings, voter registration drives.
ASUCD Lobby Corps 2002-2003 Bihter Ozedirne Coordinates ASUCD's lobbying activities.
ASUCD City/County Affairs Office3 1973 Jeanna Gindi Acts as liaison to local government.
KDVS 1967 Neil Ruud Campus and Community Radio Station
Picnic Day 1909 Charlie Colato New Student Open House, SPAC Forum, wiener dog race, and parade
The Pantry 2010 Rosa Gonzales Juarez Food bank for students in need
Memorial Union Post Office 1993 Robert Hunt Mail
Project Compost 2001 Alexa Sommers Miller Composts
Refrigerator Services 1969 Eddie Truong Rents "microfridges" (includes microwave) to freshmen
STS/Tipsy Taxi 2003/1985 Sabastian Belser Chartering busses; Tipsy Taxi
Unitrans4 1968 by ASUCD President Bob Black Geoff Straw University Transit System
Whole Earth Festival 1971 Arianna Reisman Three day community event featuring live music performances, earth conscience vendors, solar power, and lots of recycling and composting
1. The Bike Barn is considered a break-even unit although they do not have their own reserves so they are occasionally subsidized by the senate (such as with the [WWW]Bike Barn's computer system). In FY2006-07 they were the most profitable ASUCD unit.
2. Although nominally an advocacy unit, City/County puts on Housing day, and the profits from the event pay for all the expenses of the unit.
3. Unitrans is considered to have a break-even budget because it is subsidized by Undergraduate Student Fees and TAPS. It is as if all ASUCD members bought bus passes.

ASUCD Services

Other ASUCD Topics

History

Logo.pngThe old ASUCD logo, 2009 and prior

ASUCD was originally established on December 10, 1910 as the Associated Students of the University Farm (A.S.U.F.) to provide more activities for students on campus. Through 1909 and 1910, the only student organization had been an athletic association; A.S.U.F. took on the role of athletics and managed all other student activities, such as Picnic Day and fraternities. On January 12, 1914, ASUF opened the Student's Co-Operative Store, later known as the Coop Store, which evolved into the UCD Bookstore. Around 1925, the ASUF was renamed the Associated Student of the College of Agriculture (A.S.C.A.). The leadership body of A.S.C.A. (and A.S.U.F. before it) was the Executive Committee. Students had to buy A.S.C.A. cards to become a member — membership included privileges such as free admission to athletic games, a discount at the Coop, and a subscription to The California Aggie. The first mandatory fee was introduced in Spring semester of 1935; now all students were represented by the A.S.C.A. When Davis was designated as a general campus the association became known as ASUCD. ASUCD has gone through several leadership bodies, including: the Executive Committee, the Legislative Assembly, Senate, Executive Council, and finally a Senate today in its current incarnation.

From 1960 to 2000 there was a committee for ASUCD Student Forums.

Disbanded ASUCD Units

These portions of the student government no longer exist, but are preserved for posterity. The institutional memory in student governments can be far too short, so learn about the old days here.

No longer part of ASUCD

  • UCD Bookstore — signed over to the University during the Chancellor Mrak era by ASUCD President Bob Black in 1966. By the early 80's, when ASUCD sued to regain management rights, the administration had firm control over the Bookstore. ASUCD was pressured to not only drop the lawsuit but sign a Memorandum of Understanding stating that ASUCD would never again make a claim to Bookstore ownership.

  • Black Repertory

  • Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh! in the early 1980's.

  • Ballet Folklorico, now known as Danzantes del Alma

  • Homecoming (run by Aggie Pack)

  • The House was partially funded by ASUCD

There's also some good information on Senate History.


Portions adopted/info from [WWW]official ASUCD site.

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