The ASUCD Senate consists of 22 elected and non-elected students who collectively adopt and manage the association's 12 million dollar budget, considers bills and resolutions and individually and jointly undertake various projects designed to enhance the quality of life for students on campus . Senate meetings are open to the public, and held every Thursday during the school year, in Meeting Room D (2nd floor of Student Community Center) starting at 6:10pm. Minutes of each meeting are typically available in SGAO (3rd floor Memorial Union).
As for elections, all undergraduate students at UCD can vote for anyone they want. In addition to independent candidates, there are "slates" here at UC Davis — akin to political parties. Slates with current officials are:
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Senators (12, elected, voting)
|Senator||E-mail address||Slate||Office Hours|
|Gareth Smythe||<grsmythe AT ucdavis DOT edu>||Independent||M 1-3, W 2-3 and F 12-1|
|Janesh Gupta||<jgupta AT ucdavis DOT edu>||NOW||TR 12-2|
|Mariah Watson||<mkawatson AT ucdavis DOT edu>||SMART||M(@MU) and W(@CCC) 4-5, T(@MU) and R(@CCC) 2-3|
|Pamela Nonga||<pamnonga AT ucdavis DOT edu>||NOW||T 2-4 and F 1-3 @ the SCC|
|Jonathan Mitchell||<jcmitchell AT ucdavis DOT edu>||NOW||Unknown|
|Katie Sherman||<kosherman AT ucdavis DOT edu>||NOW||MW 10-12|
|Amrit Kaur Sahota||<aksahota AT ucdavis DOT edu>||NOW||Unknown|
|Miles Thomas*||<mrthomas AT ucdavis DOT edu>||BEST||MTWRF 12 - 1 and by appointment|
|Shehzad Lokhandwalla||<sslokhandwalla AT ucdavis DOT edu>||Independent||T 3-5 CoHo; F 1-3 MU 354s|
|Reuben Torres||<unknown AT ucdavis DOT edu>||SMART||Unknown|
|Ryan Wonders||<rpwonders AT ucdavis DOT edu>||NOW||Unknown|
|Yee Xiong||<xiong AT ucdavis DOT edu>||SMART||F 1-4 @ the SRRC|
* President Pro Tempore of the Senate
Commission Chairs (7, appointed, non-voting)
Commission Chairs are ex-officio members of the senate and senators are ex-officio members of commissions.
|Commission Chair||E-mail address||Commission||Office Hours|
|Dana Sever||<dkcostello AT ucdavis DOT edu>||Academic Affairs||unknown|
|Jerome Wren||<jtwren AT ucdavis DOT edu>||Ethnic and Cultural Affairs||unknown|
|Kriti Garg||<kgarg AT ucdavis DOT edu>||Gender and Sexualities||unknown|
|Spencer McManus||<ssmcmanus AT ucdavis DOT edu>||Internal Affairs||unknown|
|Jenna Wooster||<jnwooster AT ucdavis DOT edu>||External Affairs||unknown|
|Naftali Moed||<nsmoed AT gmail DOT com>||Environmental Policy and Planning||unknown|
|Zach Griffiths||<zgriffiths AT ucdavis DOT edu>||Business and Finance||unknown|
Other Ex-Officio Members (2, appointed, non-voting)
The Senate is responsible for voting on and creating bills and orders that say how ASUCD should operate. Being a Senator is a very important job because of the sheer size of ASUCD. Also, ASUCD Senators and other executives are often invited, through the University, to various important social and political functions. An example of this is the summer 2005 function "Perspectives on Poverty", which featured Colin Powell, John Edwards, and John Ashcroft.
A past senate seems to have had a bit of an attendance problem. This led 4 past senators to write a letter to the editor in the Aggie.
Senators also hire Senate Interns, who serve as volunteer assistants. Despite the fact that these are always advertised in elections as qualifications, they are typically sinecure offices.
Fall 2013's Quarterly Reports can be found here: http://www.mediafire.com/download/b0sxmrdbxxx2ucf/Quarterly%20Reports.zip
Office Hour Auditing:
To be determined!
The ASUCD Senate has generated some interesting scandals recently. These include:
The Fall 2005 ASUCD Election/Unqualified Candidates Scandal - ineligibility of elected candidates
The ASUCD Senator Ackerman Scandal - theft of books by a senator
Lamargate - IRS investigation of illegal endorsement of political candidates
Fall 2012 ASUCD Election, the NOW Slate and the SMART Slate were involved in election complaint controversy, aptly titled Beergate by an anonymous member of the public. An outlandish assessment by the Elections Committee resulted in the disqualification of candidate Alyson Noele Sagala, who was later reinstated after all allegations against all Senator-elects were dropped before being sworn in as originally planned.
Former ASUCD Elections Committee Chair, Jonathon Leathers, provides all of the ballot data for Senate and Presidential Elections since Fall 2003 as well as a couple of programs to run the election data. With this data you can rerun as many fantasy elections as you like or simply verify the election results for yourself. The Davis College Green Party formerly provided this information on their website but Leathers consolidated the information and gave it a separate home.
Common Beginnings and Campus Affiliations
ΔΣ: Darnell Holloway#
ΣΧ: Andrew Bianchi, Danny Garrett, Lamar Heystek, Trevor Taylor, Devin Whitney*
ΦΑΔ: Lula Ahmed-Falol, Naomi Amaha, Sergio Blanco, Aarom Bloom*, [Users/StevenLee]*, Eli Yani#, Tracey Zeng
Davis Anime Club: Miles Thomas, Maxwell Kappes, and Alyson Noele Sagala
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán: Abrham Castillo-Ruiz, Beatriz Anguiano, and Armando Figueroa.
* Served as ex-officio members
# Served as both ex-officio member and elected official
See ASUCD Elections for more in-depth information on past elections.