Winter 2006

These are the platform issues for LEAD, an ASUCD slate.

LEAD Fall 2007 Platform

Academic Opportunity

  • Organize Science and Engineering Advising Fairs at the Silo through the ASUCD Science and Engineering Committee
    • Science and Engineering majors face many difficulties outside the classroom and labs. By expanding the current Advising Fairs to support and assist some of the hardest working majors, LEAD hopes to ease the stress of a full class schedule and long lab sessions. The ultimate goal is to retain more science and engineering students, which are desperately needed through out California.
  • Integrate professors and faculty into the UCD Undergraduate Mentorship program
    • The UCD Undergraduate Mentorship program is in the last stages of approval. This program will assist freshmen, transfer students, and international students adjust to life at UCD by providing a variety of skilled, passionate, mentors. Many undergraduates are signing up to be mentors, but faculty representation is lacking. LEAD hopes to bring professors and resource center staff on board to expand the options available to those seeking mentors.
  • Advocate for the availability of more foreign language classes
    • For such an international campus, UCD lacks an international education. One of the fundamental tools in understanding, researching and working with other cultures is language. LEAD seeks to advocate to the Academic Senate to offer more languages and to assist in assessing which languages are most in demand.
  • Work with the Academic Senate to ensure the creation of the Middle Eastern South Asian Studies major and department
    • The Middle East and South Asia are regions of importance culturally, politically, and economically. However, UCD does not offer extensive studies or research opportunities for these areas. LEAD seeks to work with the Academic Senate, Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, and the administration to expand the studies into a major and department.

Student Quality of Life

  • Coordinate with the City to hold monthly downtown art festivals featuring student art and live music, similar to Sacramento's "Second Saturdays"
    • The success of Sacramento’s “Second Saturday’s” in expanding awareness of local artists and galleries has been amazing for the area's art community. By coordinating with the city council, the downtown business association, the Experimental College, and the Art Department, LEAD hopes to bring a smaller town version to Davis. The goal is to increase the visibility of student art to the community and provide a unique entertainment option and venue.
  • Organize ASUCD Student Art Awards
    • ASUCD recognizes leadership and academic success with its Student Prizes and recognizes amazing professors through an annual Academic Affairs Commission ceremony. However, ASUCD does not recognize the wonderful work of student artists. LEAD plans to work with the Art Department and student groups to hold an art contest with awards and potential monetary prizes. The goal will be to highlight all student art while recognizing some of the most creative.
  • Assist the ASUCD Outreach Assembly in creating an online campus events calendar for student groups.
    • The Outreach Assembly has been working hard to gather information about student events all over campus from all types of organizations. However, there is no central location or means to advertise all the events. While a central physical location would be great, with such a big campus an online calendar is the best solution. By coordinating with the Outreach Assembly and MyUCdavis website, LEAD hopes to create an online, student events calendar.
  • Work with Davis Coffee Shops to have trial "24 hour" nights during finals week.
    • Believe it or not the reason there are no 24 hour coffee shops in Davis is the lack of demand. There use to be a few 24 hour businesses, but they changed their hours. Thus, many students drive to Dixon or even Sacramento to find coffee shops or other businesses that stay open late. Some even choose to live in the 24 hour room! By coordinating with local coffee shops to experiment and stay open late or even 24 hours during finals week, LEAD hopes to show local businesses that there is a demand. The goal is have a few coffee shops stay open late and LEAD will help promote the new hours.
  • Relieve student stress by purchasing coin-operated massage chairs for the MU.
    • Sore back? Aching neck? Need to relax before a test or during finals? LEAD wants to purchase quarter-operated massage chairs and initially place them in the Memorial Union. It relieves stress for students and makes ASUCD some money. Don’t forget though that The House has FREE massage chairs!
  • Create a voucher system with local cab companies to relieve Tipsy Taxi during busy hours.
    • A federal law that may this year may complicate Tipsy Taxi’s status. Thus, a voucher system with cab companies will be explored. The idea, which is actually how Tipsy Taxi began, is that during certain time periods and days, an undergraduate can call a participating cab company for a ride within Davis. The cab company will get the students Reg Card information and bill ASUCD for the ride and the student gets home safe. The goal is to maintain a high-functioning program that allows students to get home safe at night.


  • Create social justice, leadership and solidarity trainings with the Cross Cultural Center
    • How do I organize students around an issue? How do I collaborate with other student groups? How do I raise money for our cause? What is the most effective ways to educate the public? These are questions LEAD seeks to answer by working with the Cross-Cultural Center, the LGBT Center, and the Women’s Center to create trainings for students and student groups.
  • Improve ASUCD K-12 Pathfinder to coordinate with the Student Recruitment and Retention Center(SRRC).
    • K-12 Pathfinder is ASUCD’s high school and middle school outreach arm. There are also many great outreach groups with the SRRC. These groups work hard to recruit students from low-income areas and ethnicities underrepresented in the UC system. Sometimes there is overlap between groups and ASUCD. LEAD wants to have K-12 Pathfinder coordinate with and support the SRRC to ensure that high schools are all being effectively outreached


University Reform

  • Work with Mondavi Center to become more student oriented in its advertising, pricing and entertainment.
    • Mondavi Center is an amazing place to see a show, but only if you know about it, can afford it, and are interested in the performer or speaker. LEAD will work with the Mondavi Center staff to create solutions to problems of pricing and advertising to the student population. We also want to have the Mondavi Center seek student input on what they want to see. The goal is to have a Mondavi Center well integrated into student life.
  • Create Freshmen Seminar on navigating the campus facilities, jobs, resources
    • Don’t you wish you could take a class and learn about academic resources, financial aid, graduation requirements, student clubs, the City of Davis, and all the other random questions that come up during your first year? LEAD wants to work with the Academic Senate to create a seminar to teach freshmen and other new students about campus life. The goal is to have a seminar where students leave confident they can find all that they need to be successful, active students.
  • Coordinate a Campus Violence Prevention ProgramStudent Housing partnership to post crime bulletins in the dorms.
    • Many freshmen come to Davis thinking the town is crime-free. The unfortunate reality is that crime happens in Davis, you may just not hear about it. LEAD hopes to increase awareness about campus crimes and ensure that freshmen have full knowledge of what is happening on campus and in the city.
  • Integrate education of the Blue Light Safety system into campus life.
    • Have you seen those white or red posts with Blue Lights on top? What are they for? Why are they not in more places on campus? The Blue Light system is an emergency system designed to be used if you are being attacked, chased or a crime is taking place. They are placed on campus so that where ever you are you should be able to see one. This is not always the case and many students are unaware of what they are. The goal is integrate the promotion of the Blue Light system all over campus, such as freshmen orientation. Furthermore, an awareness campaign will be organized to bring more attention to this important system.


  • Implement an ASUCD "Zero Waste" policy
    • The Whole Earth Festival which is funded by ASUCD does an amazing thing for its weekend long event; create ZERO WASTE. LEAD seeks to bring this policy to all of ASUCD. The student government should be doing its part to reduce the amount of waste the campus generates.
  • Switch campus lights to more energy efficient bulbs by working with campus maintenance
    • UCD has recently built the world’s first Energy Efficiency Center, to promote and research new innovations in energy conservation. Well, one of the easiest ways is to change what light you use. LEAD wants to work with campus maintenance and the administration to replace existing bulbs, with more energy efficient ones.

External Advocacy

  • Coordinate with ASUCD Lobby Corps to train student groups and resource centers on capitol advocacy.
    • UC Davis is a 15 minute drive away from California’s capitol. Policy that effects students, parents and our future job market are made in our backyard. Yet, no more than a dozen Aggies a year actively advocate at the capitol. LEAD wants to coordinate with ASUCD Lobby Corps to train students to advocate effectively. The goal is to increase the student presence at the capitol and influence policy.
  • Increase Aggie Pack funding for outreach to local K-12 schools
    • Aggie Pack has an amazing program that reaches out to underrepresented communities and brings them to UCD to experience our campus and our sports. LEAD wants to increase funding to this important program that motivates students to go to college who do not necessarily receive that message from their high school.
  • Coordinate with and assist CalPIRG's "What's Your Plan?" campaign to register students to vote.
    • Between November 2007 and November 2008 there will be 4 elections, with the last one deciding the next US President. LEAD will work with CalPIRG to promote student vote education & registration and give students a voice in the state an nation.
  • Assist the Grad Student Association in advertising the Early Voting Station in the Memorial Union
    • The early voter program is important in giving students the flexibility to vote on more than one day. The program has been successful in the past at increasing student voter turnout. This year the Graduate Student Association is hosting early voting in the Memorial Union’s East Conference room. LEAD wants to work with the GSA to promote and staff the early voting station.


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2007-10-22 22:43:55 It's good that I was reminded by this page of some of the things the LEAD candidates have been telling me about. Coin-operated massage chairs for example. Profitable and beneficial. In all I really like this platform and LEADers that I've spoken with are already working to achieve it so I know it will all get done elected or not.

And I'm very pleased to see that LEAD has taken on Joseph Bleckman's calendar idea, it is much needed. —GregWebb

2007-10-25 20:02:54   massage chairs would be nice i'd pay for them. —AlexJohnson

2007-10-26 01:47:48   I'm pretty sure the talk of an online calendar has been in the ASUCD Senate air for a while. I specifically remember it being part of the COOO's plans as well as something Ravi Deepak tried to work on during his term. Interesting platform overall. —AndrewBianchi

2007-10-26 09:04:32   The calendar has been floated around. I remember Adam Barr getting frustrated with the tech people for not helping him enough to get it started. When they were student assistants to the chanc, Eric and Ang tried to help the COOO get it going, but there was a lot of red tape. Its an easy idea that's hard to implement. —JamesSchwab

Fall 2005

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More Support for the Student Music and Art Scene

  • ASUCD - City of Davis co-sponsorship of events geared towards under 21 year-old students.
    • The City is very interested in helping to reduce high-risk drinking through the sponsoring of student organized events.
  • Create more entertainment venues closer to on-campus student housing.
  • Lobbying the UC Administration to end discriminatory practices towards student events.

$tudent Money for the $tudent$

  • Researching new sources of funding for the Club Finance Council.

Help Student Groups Help Themselves

  • Creation of Club Leadership Summits through the ASUCD Campus Outreach and Organizing Office.
    • The goal of the quarterly summits will be to train new student leaders as well as introduce groups to funding and venue options; how to collaborate with other groups; how to cut through administrative red tape; and empower registered student groups to work towards a campus climate more conducive to student groups.

Bringing ASUCD into the 21st Century

  • Installing walk-up internet-only computers for quick use in the breeze ways of the Memorial Union
  • Installing wireless Internet on certain Unitrans buses; the Berkeley Shuttle and the UCMC shuttle.

Educate not Dictate

  • Encourage the organization of educational forums on non-consensus issues. ASUCD should not dictate the position of a diverse undergraduate population, but should strive to educate the student population on important issues.

Protecting Student Rights

  • Supporting more accountability and democracy in the Davis Police Department though the creation of an Independent Review Board. The board which has been proposed by the Davis Human Relations Commission would reform the complaint process in the DPD. Instead of officers investigating officers, appointed citizens would handle the complaints. Support democracy, support an Independent Police Review Board.
  • Allocating funding to educating students on their rights.
    • Hold more Know Your Rights Forums where a student can learn how to respect law enforcement as well as exercise their rights.

ASUCD Accountability

  • Extend training for commissioners, senators and the executive office to encourage more leadership and activism on consensus student issues.

Institutionalize Voter Registration

  • Increasing student power and democratic involvement by making voter registration part of existing campus activities and processes: Aggie Pack, Resident Advisor Programming, Entertainment Council.

Improving Campus-Community Relations

  • Facilitate joint ASUCD Senate and Davis City Council Meetings
  • Creation of local High School Shadow Days. Work with ASUCD Pathfinder and the SRRC to bring local high school student leaders to campus to shadow campus student leaders.

Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

  • Advocating that all "UCD wear" sold on campus be Sweatshop Free.
  • Advocating for post-consumer composting.

Winter 2005

City and State Issues

  • Organize A March/Rally for Student Fee "Termination" to mobilize California students against the increased costs and inaccessibility of higher education in California
  • Advocate for Choice Voting In The City of Davis to increase the power of student voters
  • Hold Voter Registration Drives to increase student voter turnout in local elections

ASUCD Governmental Issues

  • Bring ASUC's Government Codes and Constitution in Line With State and Federal Law
  • LEAD is Committed to Minimizing Student Fee Increases With A Constitutional Amendment Requiring A 60% Vote To Pass Any Fee Based Initiative
  • LEAD Supports A Constitutional Amendment Requiring Any Fee Based Initiative To Explicitly State All Projected Student Financial Obligations
  • LEAD Supports A Constitutional Amendment to Increase the Power of The ASUCD Court in ASUCD Elections
  • Increase The Accountability Of Elected Officials
  • Foster collaboration within student government to make ASUCD more effective
  • Expand ASUC's Lobby Corps

Campus Social Issues

  • Create the ASUCD Campus Outreach and Organizing Office To Promote and Increase Collaboration Amongst Student Organizations and ASUCD
  • Create the ASUCD office of Environmental Affairs
  • Make AGTV (Aggie Television) accessible in the dorms

Academic Issues

  • Provide Printing Service In The Cyber Lounge At The ARC
  • Provide Printing Services At Campus Copies and Classical Notes
  • Advocate For An Increase In the Number of Women among Faculty And Staff
  • Advocate for Lower Textbook Prices Through A Senate Committee

Editorials & Articles

Fall 2005 Platform Discussion

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More Support for the Student Music and Art Scene

  • what, the coffee house isn't close enough to the dorms? - arlen
  • The coffee house is a great close venue, however student could use more of these. JimSchwab
    • Supporting the renovation of the Varsity Theater into a multi-use music and movie venue.
  • Why could students use more venues? This sounds like more construction in a school nicknamed "Under Construction Daily". If you guys are looking to spend money, why can't it be on more practical uses of land, like parking lots? - jesse
  • We wish to continue in the great UCD tradition of construction....actually we would achieve this by; turning existing buildings into new venues(the Old Firehouse, which in its self is a cool name for a venue), as well as making current venues cheaper for student organized activities (ARC, Freeborn)JimSchwab

$tudent Money for the $tudent$

  • I don't buy this. Money doesn't "float around" here, it gets spent. I'm pretty sure all of TAPS "profits" go to pay TAPS employees, help run the unit, etc. Also it's not money for the students, its money for the students in clubs. What if I don't want to join any clubs? What percentage of students are in clubs? - arlen
    • There are 400+ registered student groups on campus, with each group having anywhere from 5 to 80 students. You don't have to join a club and may utilize your ASUCD fees through many places; KDVS, the CoHo, Unitrans, Bike Barn, etc.JimSchwab

Help Student Groups Help Themselves

Bringing ASUCD into the 21st Century

  • Good idea, but you'll need some way to protect the computers without a CRC there watching them. Locking stuff down discourages theft, but not vandalism. - arlen
    • We made it past the first hurdle, Alex Park, who is willing to work with us.JimSchwab
  • As far as I can tell, there are two ways to do this: 1) get a junxion box for $700 ea, retrofit the bus to power the box, get a verizon or cingular GPRS card for $99 ea and then pay $60/mo ea for 135kbs service. This isn't really fast enough for more than 5 or so people. 2) Get Cingular or Verizon (probably the former because we have a contract with them) to do the WAN for us. I have no idea how much this costs, but I would guess it would be expensive. Buses would still have to be outfited with wireless devices. - arlen
  • You should also talk to my roommate about this, RyanCastellucci. I believe his company has a high gain antenna that can receive wireless internet throughout Davis. —BrentLaabs
  • We approched Unitrans about doing this on the P/Q line for free and were turned down. The plan was to serve WiFi out with a small web cache and cellular internet service with some a custom setup. The hardware is around $300-$350 per unit, plus data service from a celular provider. We also wanted to test out a GPS feed on that hardware to allow the busses to be tracked. —RyanCastellucci

Educate not Dictate

  • I'm sure lots of people will come to these... Give it a try, just don't spend my money on it. - arlen
    • Many people outside of ASUCD have requested these, so there appears to be a demand. The costs are minimal, basically the costs of the flyers. We will try to keep costs low however but using the wiki, lj, myspace, facebook, listservs, and class presentations.JimSchwab

Protecting Student Rights

  • This seems like something that is out of the scope of ASUCD. It would be a good thing for the Liason to work on, but doesn't strike me as a platform issue. - arlen
    • Advocating for student rights, especially on a local level is definitely within the scope of ASUCD. The liaison can work on general issues, but the Senate must take a stance in order for the liaison to officially work on a specific tape.JimSchwab
  • Hold more Know Your Rights Forums where a student can learn how to respect law enforcement as well as exercise their rights.
    • Good idea, but again, I'm not sure people have time to attend forms. Perhaps make little "if you get arrested, or get a noise violation, or searched, or stoped by the police cards," cards. - arlen
      • At past forums cards were handed out. Students have time to attend these events when they are coupled with regular group meeting times as well as held in the evening. Past forums have been successful and feedback was positive. Cards are helpful but videos and question and answer sessions work even better.JimSchwab

ASUCD Accountability

Institutionalize Voter Registration

  • Do you know how many students aren't registered to vote? It seems like everyone i know is, but if there are indeed large numbers of non-registerd students, this is a good idea. I think a more important task is getting people to actually vote (and do so in an educated manner), but this is significantly more difficult - arlen
    • I will look up the exact data from Davis, but on average only 18%-24% of 18 to 26 year-olds are registered to vote. Of those registered to vote, less than 50% actually vote. An exception to this was the November 2004 election where 70% of registered 18-26 year old UCD students voted, in part because of the election hype and the availability of early voting.-JimSchwab

Improving Campus-Community Relations

  • Isn't this the liason's job? Both the ASUCD meetings and the City Council meetings are public. If lots of senators want to discuss something with the City Council, I'm sure they could get a spot on the agenda. It seems to me that you're going to have a hard time finding when 17 people can meet. - arlen
    • They have been held in the past. The council members who attended these had very positive things to say.JimSchwab
  • Creation of local High School Shadow Days. Work with ASUCD Pathfinder and the SRRC to bring local high school student leaders to campus to shadow campus student leaders.

Other Comments

  • This page used to be much clearer, when it was part of L.E.A.D. and had the discussion mixed in with the platform items. Moving the discussion comments out of context makes it confusing. —SteveDavison
    • My apologies, but I think the consensus complaint I was hearing about the page was that people were not easily following what the platform was. I have had a lot of people ask me about the LEAD platform and I have sent them to the Wiki to find out. I would be really disappointed if I have to start sending people to another website where the information can be clearly presented. I am not arguing that discussion should not continue, I am just saying that a page on the platform has to clearly present the platform (as Wiki is designed to be the "definitive information source of Davis"). -TL