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:
|Current ASUCD Scandal Level|
|- - - - >||Complete Lack of Aggie Editorials|
Senators (12, elected, voting)
|Senator||E-mail address||Slate||Office Hours|
|Shehzad Lokhandwalla||<sslokhandwalla AT ucdavis DOT edu>||Independent||Unknown|
|Artem Senchev||<avsenchev AT ucdavis DOT edu>||Independent||Unknown|
|Gareth Smythe*||<grsmythe AT ucdavis DOT edu>||Independent||M 1-3, W 2-3 and F 12-1|
|Eugenia Chung||<ehchung AT ucdavis DOT edu>||NOW||Unknown|
|Janesh Gupta||<jgupta AT ucdavis DOT edu>||NOW||TR 12-2|
|Amelia Helland||<amhelland AT ucdavis DOT edu>||NOW||Unknown|
|Jonathan Mitchell||<jcmitchell AT ucdavis DOT edu>||NOW||Unknown|
|Katie Sherman||<kosherman AT ucdavis DOT edu>||NOW||MW 10-12|
|Azka Fayyaz||<afayyaz AT ucdavis DOT edu>||SMART||Unknown|
|Robyn Huey||<rfhuey AT ucdavis DOT edu>||SMART||Unknown|
|Nicholas Sanchez||<nrsanchez AT ucdavis DOT edu>||SMART||Unknown|
|Mariah Watson||<mkawatson AT ucdavis DOT edu>||SMART||M(@MU) and W(@CCC) 4-5, T(@MU) and R(@CCC) 2-3|
* 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|
|Robert Helfend||<rthelfend 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|
|Amy Ly||<adly 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)
|Lauren Ashe||Outreach Assembly Speaker||unknown|
|Eric Evans||ASUCD Controller||By appointment|
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:
With 5 NOW, 4 SMART, and 3 Independent senators, neither of the slates possess a majority. Further, for the SMART bloc to garner enough votes to pass financial legislation (2/3: 8 senators) they must see bipartisan support from NOW. In the event of a tie, Vice President Kappes, an Independent serving under a SMART President, holds the tie-breaking vote.
The ASUCD Senate has generated some interesting scandals recently. These include:
- Chad Roberts graduating and finishing his term without actually doing anything. http://theaggie.org/article/1990
- 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
- Campaigning in Dorms Controversy - Campaigning in dorms by Student Focus
- Elections Committee modifying candidates' statements.
- Rob Roy's Disqualification Controversy - Winter 2005 Senate Candidate Rob Roy was disqualified by the Elections Committee due to not turning in all receipts for his campaign.
- It is documented that members of the ASUCD Senate have been routinely invited to join the ranks of the secretive organization known as Sword and Sandals.
- It is rumored that Senators smoked marijuana during the 2004 Budget Hearings. Original Daviswiki Source Amusing ED Article
- In 2006, Commissioner Steve Ostrowski was fired, by unanimous vote, after attempting to coerce the ASUCD Recorder into editing the minutes of a meeting.
- 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*
ΘΧ: Artem Senchev
ΧΦ: Roman Rivilis, Lee Weissman
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 and Nicholas Sanchez.
DUGG / HvZ (so NERF): Maxwell Kappes
Business and Finance Commission: Ryan Meyerhoff, Artem Senchev
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
Outreach Assembly: Miles Thomas
* 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.