Spring 2005 Senate.

The ASUCD Senate consists of 22 elected and non-elected students who collectively adopt and manage the association's 13 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 the Mee Room (3rd floor of the Memorial Union) starting at 6:10pm. Minutes of each meeting are typically available in SGAO (3rd floor Memorial Union).

Winter 2019 Senate  From left to right, Top Row: Jacob Ganz (IAC Chair), Atanas Spasov (Senator), Joelle Judeh (GASC Chair), Andre Spignolio (B&F Chair), Peiyuan Chen (Senator), Ko Ser Lu  Htoo (Senator), Jumoke Maraiyesa (Senator), Alexis Ramarize (Senator), Meital Machulsky (Controller), Noah Pearl (Senator), Maya Barak (Senator). Bottom Row: Shaniah Branson (VP), Sean Kumar (Senator), Alisha Hacker (Senator), Simranjit Kaur (Senator), Rina Singh (ECAC Chair), Ricky Zapardiel (Senator), Justin Hurst (AAC Chair), Alice Beitel (EPPC Chair), Nayzak Wali-Ali (EAC Chair).

 

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:

BASED

UNITE!

Independent

See Senate History for historical information, or see Slates for newly formed, inactive, or past slates that do not currently have elected officials.  If you are interested in running for Senate and don't know much about the process, this could be a decent resource.

Composition

Presiding Officer: ASUCD Vice President (1, elected, breaks affirmative/negative ties) (none)

Senators (12, elected, voting)

Senator Slate
Shondreya Landrum  BASED
Anna Estrada BASED
Noah Pearl UNITE!
Victoria Choi UNITE!
Ricky Zapardiel UNITE!
Maya Barak UNITE!
Sean Kumar UNITE!

Andre Spignolio*

UNITE!
Sahiba Kaur

BASED

Rebecca Gonzales BASED
Peiyuan "Tony" Chen BASED
Alexis Ramirez  BASED

* President Pro Tempore of the Senate
**Ran independent

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 Commission
Naomi Reeley (acting) Academic Affairs
Rina Singh Ethnic and Cultural Affairs
Joelle Judeh Gender and Sexualities
Jacob Ganz Internal Affairs
Nayzak Wali-Ali External Affairs
Alice Beittel Environmental Policy and Planning
Vacant - awaiting interim appointment Business and Finance

 

Other Ex-Officio Members (2, appointed, non-voting)

Meital Machulsky ASUCD Controller

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.

Power Structure

With 6 UNITE! senators, 6 BASED senators, and no Independent senators, neither party possesses a majority, requiring extra support to pass financial legislation (2/3: 8 senators). In the event of a tie, Vice President Deshpande, under the BASED executive administration, holds the tie-breaking vote.

Scandals/Corruption

ASUCD's legislative body wasn't always so contentious.

The ASUCD Senate has generated some interesting scandals recently. These include:

Election Information

The original Scandal Meter, Fall 2005 The Elections Committee is responsible for elections matters. The Senate is elected using the Choice Voting method.

Common Beginnings and Campus Affiliations

Campus Organizations
ΔΣ: Darnell Holloway

ZBT: Atanas Spasov

KKΓ: Daniella Aloni

: Alisha Hacker

ΔΔΔ: Meital Machulsky

ΑΓΡ: Michael Gofman, Ryan Wonders

Model United Nations: Mohammad Qayum, Alisha Hacker, Alexis Ramirez, Edgar Masias Malagon


ΣΧ: Andrew Bianchi, Danny Garrett, Lamar Heystek, Trevor Taylor, Devin Whitney*
ΘΧ: Artem Senchev
ΧΦ: Roman Rivilis, Lee Weissman, Josh Dalavai,
ΦΑΔ: Lula Ahmed-Falol, Naomi Amaha, Sergio Blanco, Aarom Bloom*, [Users/StevenLee]*, Eli Yani#, Tracey Zeng
Davis Anime Club: Miles Thomas, Maxwell Kappes
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán: Ivan Carrillo, Miguel Espinoza, Abrham Castillo-Ruiz, Beatriz Anguiano, Armando Figueroa, Nicholas Sanchez and Andrea Velazquez.
DUGG / HvZ (so NERF): Maxwell Kappes

ASUCD Positions
Business and Finance Commission: Ryan Meyerhoff, Artem Senchev, Parteek Singh
Internal Affairs Commission: Maxwell Kappes, Gareth Smythe, Roman Rivilis
External Affairs Commission: Felicia Ong, Azka Fayyaz, Amelia Helland, Brendan Repicky, Erica Padgett, Anabiah Syed
Academic Affairs Commission: Liam Burke
Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission: Nicholas Sanchez, Mariah Kala Watson, Casey Nguyen, Ricardo Martinez
Office of the External Affairs Vice President : Edgar Masias Malagon, Francois Kaepplin, Adam Hatefi
Executive Office:

* 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.