Spring 2005 Senate Meeting

The ASUCD Senate consists of 22 elected and non-elected students who collectively adopt and manage the association's 14 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 usually held every Thursday during the school year, in the Mee Room (3rd floor of the Memorial Union) starting at 6:10pm. Minutes and agendas of each meeting are typically available in SGAO (3rd floor Memorial Union) and online on the documents section on the ASUCD website.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, ASUCD Senate meetings are held as Zoom Webinars, information of which can also be found on the ASUCD website.

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

Thrive

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 Internal Vice President: Juliana Hernandez Martinez

(1, elected, breaks affirmative/negative ties)

Senators (12, elected, voting)

Senator Slate

Maahum Shahab 

BASED
Rashita Chauhan BASED
Owen Krauss Thrive
Mallika Hari Thrive
Aidan Kato** Independent
Sergio Bocardo-Aguilar  BASED
Kristin Mifsud Thrive

Lauren Smith

Thrive
Harris Razaqi 

BASED

Ambar Mishra BASED
Kabir Sahni* BASED
Michael C. Navarro Independent

* President Pro Tempore of the Senate
**Interim Senator

Commission Chairs (6, appointed, non-voting)

Commission Chairs are ex-officio members of the senate and senators are ex-officio members of commissions.

Commission Chair Commission
Gabriela Tsudik Academic Affairs
Jared Lopez Ethnic and Cultural Affairs
Ashley Chan Gender and Sexualities
Radhika Gadwe Internal Affairs
Natalia Waid External Affairs
Sydney Cliff Environmental Policy and Planning
   

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

Ryan Manriquez  ASUCD President
Isabelle Poux 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.

In the 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 staff, who serve as volunteers to understand the workings of the Senate table and skill-build. Despite the fact that these are always advertised in elections as qualifications, they are typically sinecure offices.

Power Structure

With 4 Thrive senators, 6 BASED senators, and 2 Independent senators, neither slate possesses a majority, requiring extra support to pass financial legislation (2/3: 8 senators). In the event of a tie, Vice President Martinez, 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

Greek Life:

ΔΣ: Darnell Holloway

ZBT: Atanas Spasov

KKΓ: Daniella Aloni

: Alisha Hacker

ΔΔΔ: Meital Machulsky

ΑΓΡ: Michael Gofman, Ryan Wonders

AXΩLauren Smith, Mallika Hari, Kristin Mifsud

AΣΦ: Michael C. Navarro 

ΣΧ: Andrew Bianchi, Danny Garrett, Lamar Heystek, Trevor Taylor, Devin Whitney, Mahan Curduny, Lucas Fong, Alec Pitts

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

Campus Organizations:

Model United Nations at UC Davis: Mohammad Qayum, Alisha Hacker, Alexis Ramirez, Edgar Masias Malagon, Maria Martinez, Camille Randolph, Lauren Smith, Kristin Mifsud

Mock Trial at UC Davis: Maria Martinez, Ashley Lo

Davis Anime Club: Miles Thomas, Maxwell Kappes

Davis College Democrats: Kevin Rotenkolber, Khalil Malik

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:

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, Rashita Chauhan
Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission: Nicholas Sanchez, Mariah Kala Watson, Casey Nguyen, Ricardo Martinez, Shreya Deshpande
Office of the External Affairs Vice President : Edgar Masias Malagon, Francois Kaepplin, Adam Hatefi

 

See ASUCD Elections for more in-depth information on past elections.