Rob Roy scooping free ice cream for voters at Ben & Jerry's the day Barack Obama was elected in 2008. Notice the T-shirt.SteveOstrowski, of all people, says Rob got too excited over Greg Webb being called a "young Ralph Nader."
While he did not or had not seen the Davis Wiki at the time this page was originally created, Rob Roy deserves an entry because he is, quite simply, an integral part of Davis culture and lore. He moved to South Korea to teach English in March of 2009 but during his near seven year stint in Davis he was a Substitute teacher for the Davis Joint Unified School District, manager and cake decorator at the Ben & Jerry's downtown, a DJ on KDVS, and ran for office in ASUCD Senate, ASUCD President and Davis City Council elections, and, well, he wears an impressive variety of hats. He has appeared in several infamous RobotMedia films. He also was featured in a 2008 New York Times story about people that live in college towns after they graduate, entitled "Towns They Don’t Want to Leave."
Rob Roy is the main song writer/lead singer/banjo, accordion, guitar player for Sterling Riot. They can be heard at purevolume.com/SterlingRiot or myspace.com/SterlingRiot. They have played at CoHo Live, the Tri-Coops, and rocked out to much fanfare on the patio of Sophia's Thai Kitchen in October of 2007.
Rob Roy won a bid for ASUCD Senate in Winter 2005 ASUCD Election, receiving an unprecedented 544 first round votes. Read Rob Roy's epic story of the election of that election. His biggest accomplishment as a senator was fulfilling his campaign promise of getting staplers in the computer labs. While it seems mundane now, in 2005 it was a big issue.
Rob Roy successfully lost a bid for Senate in Fall of 2006 and ASUCD President in Winter of 2007. He endorsed most of the candidates that ended up victorious in these elections.
Rob Roy has twice been a candidate for Davis City Council. In 2006 he received 1,517 votes (5.51%) and in 2008 he received 4,504 votes (12.1%). In both attempts he spent less than $250 while the winners of the election spent between $25,000 and $50,000. You can still read his platform at VoteRobRoy.org and you can also internet befriend his campaign at myspace.com/VoteRobRoy (or on facebook) because, who knows, maybe he'll run again.
Rob Roy says, "Go Ags!"
Some people hate Rob Roy so much that they want to burn his house down.
It should also be noted that Rob used to live at the Pirate Ship, 720 (the house with the Bomb Shelter), and the Turtle House. In his pirate days he was considered the Party King Of Davis but those days are over.
Rob Roy is also an accomplished and active poet. Most notably, he ran Write Club until it was shut down by the University Administration due to complaints stemming from first amendment right being expressing at an on campus poetry writing. Rob used to run the now defunct WriteClub.net.
Below is one of Rob's poems, lifted from the Write Club site.
Rob Roy also has incredible "linking abilities," as demonstrated by this page.
Rob Roy is a man made with Scotch, sweet Vermouth and bitters. He's sometimes called a Scotch Manhattan because he substitutes scotch for the bourbon used in the standard Manhattan recipe.
"UC Davis Quad in March, 2003"
(Taken from the Write Club site)
These two green rectangles fixed parallel to make a square, a fresh-air July oven, or a giant January puddle. This is the Tiananmen Square of California, hollowed ground of revolutionary ideas - framed by overflowing bike racks and blessed with immigrants that may still have air breathed in Asia not yet exhaled from their lungs. This emerald El Dorado of Atzlan, a lunch time dining spot where Tex Mex burritos that are formed and served by the children of Anglo accountants and Asian engineers are consumed as quickly as the pace of globalization by the children of Anglo engineers and Asian accountants. The Chicanos eat along, counting their French fries until there are none, and forget that the Mayans first realized the number zero. Upon human chests, a Taj Mahal of gold and blue school spirit is erected; as our pride gallops as a noble mustang through this golden state prairie of higher education. Huddles, and groups, and bunches of people gathered and placed by the arbitration of the laws of personal space, as if replicating the boundaries that form the nations of Africa. A continent of dialects within these few acres of land. Of these two separate rectangles, the west is for Israel and the east is for Palestine. This lunchtime Jerusalem separated, not by a barbed wired fence, but a four-foot wide walkway. A Gaza Strip of concrete surrounded by a Mosque of shade (pointing to Mecca), a synagogue of shade (building a kissing wall of cool air), a cathedral of shade (with tree branches casting a shadow of a crucifix), and the sunlight, glowing like eternal springtime Zen, heats the grass and the breeze so they are as warm as blood pumping in veins.
More of his poetry can be found on his Write Club page.
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2004-11-15 16:06:42 In class today I found out that rob roy has antifungal properties! Just looking at him, sitting there with a petri dish full of nothing but bacteria, nearly drove the class to tears. Tears of searing pure joy. So pure. - DanMasiel
2005-01-03 22:39:08 i am voting for Rob Roy —RaynatoCastro
2005-02-25 15:36:40 Congrats on your UCD Senate win! —SummerSong
2005-02-25 20:41:06 Congratulations, Senator. —JaimeRaba
2005-04-29 01:30:33 Rob Roy is my personal hero. I only joined the Davis Wiki because a friend of mine did, and honestly didn't really care that much about it. But then I checked it tonight, and to my utter amazement my page looked beautiful. And it's all because Rob Roy is a computer genius. Many thanks, oh high mucky muck of Davis Wiki formatting knowledge. —StephanieRoss
2005-05-25 19:35:06 Hey, I made a stencil T-Shirt for RocWiki, and while searching around DavisWiki site, I saw your stencil shirt design. I guess great minds think alike —FarMcKon
2005-05-28 19:07:30 i loved the aggie article on you. It was a real feel good story...and it didnt need any kinda strange spin (i.e- a puppy dog) to make the people smile. —GeorgejAndrews
2005-08-15 14:57:54 You're the answer to # 9 down in today's AOL daily crossword. Just thought I'd share. —SummerSong
2005-10-04 16:32:02 if it weren't for rob, i would have never known of jason webley, thank you rob —MichelleAccurso
2005-10-26 18:26:39 for changing the featured page after its near month of stagnancy i am awarding you the INTERNET MEDAL OF FREEDOM —TravisGrathwell
2005-11-04 22:21:58 Rob TOTALLY ROCKS for reasons too numerous to mention. Thank you, that will be all. —BigDave
2005-12-08 10:42:29 I finished reading the epic novel of your ASUCD election. It would make a great movie. Too bad nobody had the foresight to follow you around with a camera to document your campaign as it unfolded. The art/poetry police expulsion incident is unbelievable. RE photo: The Abe-Roy is SO much better than the "clean cut" Roy. —SteveDavison
dude, i totally wanted to follow him around with a camera. and i actually have it on my list of films to make "rob roy election video" -the worst film major EVER
2005-12-13 21:31:19 Your set at the Delta last night showed swift improvement from last time I heard you. I found myself saying lines from the "Once you've got love in your blood" song to myself today, in particular the "catching my breath" refrain. The wordplay is refreshing. The chords are very abrasive to my tastes, but there definitely is something to be said for being uncompromising. —BrianAng
2006-01-27 00:36:31 Cool campaign website Rob! Good luck! Contact the Davis Enterprise and announce your candidacy, gather some friends together and hold a press conference. —SharlaDaly
2006-02-13 21:50:46 rob roy is really cool. we should all vote for him. —DanXie
2006-02-13 22:02:54 I'd really like to be able to vote for you in the upcoming election. I hope you will place as much emphasis on encouraging students to be good citizens and neighbors as on defending student rights. —KenjiYamada
2006-02-21 11:07:19 My Mom on Rob Roy: I'm voting for your cronie if he gets some of these republicans out of Davis. —JoshFernandez
2006-03-08 20:57:12 yeah, now i just need to see Sterling Riot actually play live! —JoannaSwan
2006-04-07 15:47:24 Thanks for the defense, Rob. Though I really sort of liked being referred to as "an inquisitive young lady." —SharlaDaly
2006-04-20 20:40:16 Rob, Ill try and come see you at Roma tomorrow for a short time. I have work at 4.30, but I really want to see you perform live. —JulienBiewerElstob
2006-07-11 18:52:31 Hey Rob, did you know you were one of the writers for the year I was on the Literary Review? I only noticed today. —SS
2006-07-13 01:05:07 Interesting tidbit: I've met Wayne Huizenga several times via a couple different routes and attended the wedding of his personal assistant (really cool woman I worked with for awhile). He's got one heck of a reputation in South Florida, either good or bad depending on who you talk to, but few people (at least those who care about such things) have less than strong feelings about him. He's got his fingers in more local pies down there than the Maloof family does in Sacramento (and just like the Maloofs, is primarily known to the public just for the sports team he owns). —JabberWokky
2006-07-27 13:44:17 Rob, when can we pick up the cone certificates from you? —PhilipNeustrom
2006-07-30 17:04:46 My friends and I listened to the wiki mix after the fundraiser yesterday, it was great —BrianAng
2006-09-05 07:46:36 There is really no reason to make all pages involving ASUCD politics subpages of the ASUCD page. —WilliamLewis
2006-11-01 22:04:22 I saw you yesterday, you were scooping ice cream in a top hat! Do you remeber when JP introduced me to you at the city council meeting just after election time? —StevenDaubert
2006-11-13 23:48:15 Rob! If I could vote for you, I would (you until graduation would be better than some I've been seeing). What's with the Wiki making me a Republican? Given my last ballot, I'd have to be one of the worst Republicans they've known... Can't you regulate over these kids?!? Please!? —ThomasLloyd
2006-11-16 22:15:36 You don't know me, but I know that if I ever see you I would like to buy you a drink. —RobiPochapin
2006-11-29 15:09:36 I think one of my edits long long ago was taken horribly wrong and I missed the ensuing debate. Here's a comment on it. Many apologies if you thought I was implying you were racist; I had intended the opposite. —JabberWokky
2007-01-19 15:50:20 I resized everything on the Pub Live page. Thanks for the input. —AnneJuliaBaluyot
2007-01-21 22:43:52 What up Rob?! Have you seen JP lately? —StevenDaubert
2007-02-02 15:46:19 Thanks for helping Prytanean out! And for the ice cream. I find it most delicious, especially with added flare. :D :D —ChristyMarsden
2007-02-04 22:02:19 Yeah, I wasn't so sure about Ostrowski's changing it to "Independent" because that seems to imply all independents are running together on a slate, which is most definitely not the case. —MaxMikalonis
2007-02-07 01:12:27 Rob is en eclectic man. His multi-faceted personality shows in his many interests and endeavors. I highly recommend him for your program. —AliceChoe
2007-02-15 02:08:43 I think I saw you downtown today, maybe I was mistaken. Want to hear a decent argument against choice voting at the city level? —StevenDaubert
2007-02-15 02:15:55 Pretty sure it doesn't —StevenDaubert
2007-02-22 00:17:03 None of your flyers were harmed by me in anyway, what are you saying? —SteveOstrowski
2007-03-01 14:20:48 Hey, Rob, hope all is well. I know Phil left my two BBQs at your house for a party... a while back, and a variety of problems kept me from just swinging by right away to get them. (I honestly never realized I'd have to get them back myself until afterward, since I wasn't the one who brought them over.) But anyway, do they still exist and can I get them back? —JaimeRaba
2007-03-07 19:14:19 Thanks, Rob. Once I pick my truck up from the repair shop (where it's spent a near-eternity), my first act will be to get my BBQs back. I honestly, could live without both of them— would it be useful to you and your housemates to keep one? —JaimeRaba
2007-05-04 08:47:45 ni hao! the page looks awesome!!! go mab seum nee da (ku mab seum ni ta). —JessicaRockwell
2007-07-21 01:03:19 Rob Roy served me some "New York Super Fudge Chunk" and "Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl" tonight. It was fabulous! Thanks Rob! —TedBuehler
2007-08-06 23:24:17 Rob do you know who works at Ben and Jerrys on Friday nights later in the night? Would they be able to furnish a vermonster? —StevenDaubert
2007-08-08 17:23:43 hey Rob, regarding Indira Ghandi: wikipedia says "In her years in continental Europe and the UK, she met Feroze Gandhi, a young Parsee Congress activist, whom she married in 1942, just before the beginning of the Quit India Movement". so no relation to mahatma gandhi.
here's a related article about how she suspended elections and basically became a dictator: Indian Emergency. enjoy! —JessicaRockwell
2007-09-20 02:32:17 Hey Rob, thanks for your comment. I've been meaning to call you, there's been a TON of mail for you at the house, including a bunch of magazines. I hope you got them (I noticed some missing), I can keep them in my room if you want to come pick it up sometime. let me know! —AmyLee
2007-10-25 02:20:58 rob roy is like the condom upon the skin of humanity, and is also a good housemate. he's really as genuine as his belt X33 to the 3rd power —AyseG
Which reminds me. I know (ish) his older sister through an old gaming friend. Boy, do I have dirt on Rob. :) —JabberWokky
2007-12-07 11:29:20 Thanks for the suggestion Rob, I've mean meaning to try Tommy J's forever. Menu certainly looks good. Until then, I'm sticking with Ali Baba as my choice of top burger. Boo on Habit Burger. —EdWins
2007-12-21 00:25:17 Rob, we ought to talk sometime. I haven't heard from you in a while. I'll buy you a beer. Don't pee in it. ~ David —gdnystrom
2008-04-01 21:14:06 YAAA ROB ROY!!!!! —StevenDaubert
2008-04-08 02:05:38 omfg rob roy you edited your public page
you gonna get b& —StevenDaubert
2008-05-04 10:05:23 Rob your running this year amirite? —StevenDaubert
- my parents came out the cuts and were like, rob, sue, and cecilia FTW, my face looked like this O_O cause that was the "ticket" that I wanted to vote for...
2008-05-15 06:54:42 If this weekend's sighting of a lawn sign is any indication, you're receiving clear support from guys who play beer pong shirtless on Mother's Day. Nice work. —EdHenn
2008-05-15 21:12:17 I saw another RR lawn sign out, and I also cast my vote for him in this election! —StevenDaubert
2008-05-27 22:11:30 Hi Rob! How is James Walker worse than Judge Fall? I'm aware that both are conservative, but James Walker is characterized as "conservative" whereas Judge Fall is described as "moderate". But both are far right-wingers. I'm interested in your assessment. —CurlyGirl26
2008-05-28 00:39:29 Hi there, another person asked me if I was Rob Roy the other day at the seven eleven. About a month ago Rob was substitute teaching at my kid's school and one of the teachers thought he was me. Does anyone else think we look alike? —DagonJones
2008-05-28 02:20:02 I could see it —StevenDaubert
2008-06-05 11:29:03 I'm disappointed Rob didn't get more votes. He would have been a really good addition to the council. At the very least he really should try to get on a commission or two and get involved in some community service organizations. That is really the way to win in this town. —PeteWillits
2008-06-05 14:28:55 While I agree with Pete that the way to get elected is to get on commissions and whatnot, that also leads to more Davis Politics as Usual. Rob has been a refreshing breeze of independent thinking, living one's values, and NOT being part of the establishment that is putting the city at long term financial risk. Go Rob! —RocksandDirt
2008-06-05 18:16:02 Don't worry guys, third time is the charm —StevenDaubert
2008-06-05 23:01:16 I for one am glad you ran — you had my vote — and hope to see you run again. Keep fighting the good fight. —CovertProfessor
2008-06-08 16:06:11 Ok so here is my take on the Roy campaign, I hope this doesn't come off too negative because I really like the guy. I think Rob Roy had a great stance on the issues and ran a very clean campaign (in terms of money). In fact, originally, after reading information on all the candidates, he was my second or third choice (behind Greenwald, and tied with Cecilia) and hence I was going to vote for him. However, after listening to him in the debates I changed my mind. I felt he came unprepared and fumbled around and didn't really state any of his ideas clearly. Before I never even considered his lack of experience (I even voted for him the previous year), but after the debates I saw his lack of experience as a major minus; I was no longer confident in how he would handle being a council member. (I have talked to several people after the election and asked them who they voted for and why, and kept hearing similar statements to mine about the debates). I really hope he serves on a commission or two before his next run. I think he would make a great council member with some more experience. I DONT think that if he serves on commissions he will become a politics as usual candidate. In gaining experience he will be able to fight for his good causes more effectively. I wish Roy the best, and hope he wins some time in the future. —MattHh
2009-03-21 13:44:15 I like your poem about the UCD Quad. Aren't you taking off pretty soon? Happy trails to you! —TimMatthiessen
2010-05-21 16:33:15 Rob, if by chance you see this please contact me so I can give you a phone number so we can talk in person and not text, I would like to ask you a few questions —StevenDaubert
2010-06-27 01:17:04 Thanks! —StevenDaubert
2010-10-21 09:53:16 Cool song! —JabberWokky
2010-11-30 06:48:49 I think you mistyped "Broadway & Demonbreun" as "Broadway & Demonbruen" on Soundcloud. I live on 21st, which is Broadway when it bends about a mile north of me (and is roughly where Demonbreun starts). Great mix, by the way! —JabberWokky
2010-12-15 23:40:43 sighting =/= citing. Or you could doing something sort of clever and say "site-ing" like citing but referring to a web*site* but most people wouldn't get it.... —OliviaY
2011-02-14 23:55:11 It wasn't just the coupon. —WilliamLewis
2011-03-28 18:31:02 The first time I ever met Rob Roy sometime in 2004, he was drunk-dancing naked on top of a table outside Delta Venus. That about sums up the "Party King of Davis" days. —Chronoz
2011-05-11 11:42:14 YaAAAAAAAAAAAAAa
sweet update —StevenDaubert
2011-11-26 07:03:30 I wasn't sure either what was a good place when I put the survey from Users/EdgarWai in the The Issue of Resignation... section. Please let me know if you think of something. I'll think about it later. —BruceHansen
2013-10-04 14:19:19 Rob Roy is a hell of a guy. He has fantastic taste in many things. I remember when he and a few mad dreamers tried to clean up ASUCD and did pretty well. We need more people like Rob Roy. We need people who say enough is enough. We need more people with brains, and heart and courage. And a sense of humor. —gdnystrom