Serious Candidate. Serious Issues. Serious Hats. Maxwell Kappes was a candidate for ASUCD Senate in the Fall 2012 ASUCD Election running on the S.L.A.T.E. slate, so basically an independent. He won the sixth seat in the election in the thirteenth round because of the elimination of all other remaining candidates, being shy of threshold by a little more than one vote. Needless to say, his father could be a little more proud.

Following his Senator term and suffering from a massive case of not giving a fuck about student government Max decided to run for the ASUCD Vice Presidency with Armando Figueroa in the Winter 2014 ASUCD Election. The two ran on a fusion SMART/Independent ticket, with a goal to actually bring diverse opinions not just to ASUCD as a whole but to the executive office in particular. This time he has been endorsed by The Aggie and KDVS, making him an oddly legitimate candidate given he still hasn't taken the squid off of his head. He also won, which he found very disappointing.

Before Senate

Before Maxwell Kappes ran for ASUCD Senate he founded some clubs and did some volunteering and some other stuff.

President; Davis Urban Gaming Group

Co-Founder; Davis Cards and Games

Head Administrator; Humans vs. Zombies

Former Member; Cuarto Leadership Council

Member; Internal Affairs Commission

Volunteer; Elections Committee

Volunteer; KDVS

Intern; Justin Goss

Winter 2014 Vice President Candidate Statement

Peace Community,

I’m Armando Figueroa and I previously served as ASUCD senator, but more importantly, a student leader serving all underrepresented progressive student communities, working with various departments such EOP, Student Housing and the SRRC, as well as many student organizations on campus.

I’m Maxwell Kappes, and I previously served as your ASUCD Senator as well, representing the more than six hundred clubs on campus with my experiences from leading Davis Urban Gaming Group, Humans versus Zombies, and serving as an officer on several other groups.

Together we are running for President and Vice President of ASUCD. We are a coalition of SMART and Independent, looking to serve all students.

Make the Transition Out of the Dorms Easier When student housing finally welcomes first years and transfers into the community, it can be difficult for students to manage new parts of their lives alongside increasingly challenging schoolwork. We intend to expand Counseling and Psychology Services (CAPS) to include conflict resolution services, specifically to assist with roommate issues and dealing with the challenges of a group living dynamic that apartment dwelling frequently presents. Additionally, we want to expand the Student Farm’s relationship with the Pantry, so students new on their own know what foods to eat and how to cook them.

Advocate for More Study Spaces, 24-Hour Computer Labs As senators, both of us were involved in expanding student involvement in campus renovations and construction. Using that experience, we will serve as fierce advocates for an expansion of round-the-clock studying spaces and computer labs. By the end of our term, when someone mentions “the 24-hour room,” you’ll have to ask them to clarify which one.

Bring More Student Services to Everyone ASUCD is remarkable in that it provides more distinct services than any other UC student government. However, many of these services, such as The Pantry, a food bank for undergraduates, and Aggie Legal Services, which offers free consultation from a lawyer, and underutilized and obscured from the bureaucracy that threatens to reign over them. We want to give all of our units a better opportunity to actually serve students, as well as increase the services provided to all Aggies, including affordable senior portraits and professional audio recording.

Create SMARTer Connections with Student Organizations and Units Student organizations frame most Aggies’ UC Davis experience, but frequently, it can be difficult to find your niche. The Activities Fair, currently the easiest way to interact with the most amount of clubs, is nearly halfway into fall quarter, long after most rush events and welcome weeks. By working with student housing and the Center for Student Involvement to move this key event to week zero, first year Aggies can get a better understanding of all of the opportunities provided by their peers. We intend to involve ASUCD’s resources in club life beyond the first week of school as well, providing more collaborative opportunities for student organizations.

Active Campus, Active Aggies Campus life should not end before the buses stop running. After a midterm, or during a study break, being able to relax and interact with your fellow Aggies are among the best ways to maintain a high level of mental health. Our proposed activities range from weekly trivia nights at the on-campus pub to rentable sporting goods at the quad, with frequent open mic nights and karaoke events. We want to see UC Davis as a center of student engagement, not just the place you go to take classes.

Promote Student Advocacy to Administration, not the other way around Over the last decade, communications between high level administration and the student body has decreased to the point that only the executive office has frequent contact with those in positions that can enact real change. As your executives, we want to open these communications up to all students, as well as serving as the loudest voice in the room. With us, administration won’t be able to try to raise tuition or cut more sports because there will too many students at the table.

Vote for a better, SMARTer future. VOTE FIGUEROA/KAPPES for ASUCD President and Vice President and VOTE S.M.A.R.T. OR Independent for ASUCD Senate.


Fall 2012 Senate Platforms

Taking ASUCD Senate as seriously as it deserves.


We have over 400 registered student organizations on campus, but right now, with only a few exceptions, it takes a culture week for them to band together for the benefit of the campus. With each student organization so isolated from one another, we have situations like that with Davis College Democrats and Davis College Republicans, where a proposed debate has been in contention for over two years. I’m working with Miles Thomas, President of the League of Campus Organizations, and the Center for Student Involvement to create a committee where every student organization can send a representative to an ASUCD body to organize large, multi-club events, work closer with student government, and promote themselves more effectively to the student body.


As a head administrator of Humans v Zombies game on campus I have a lot of experience organizing campus-wide entertainment events. I believe that students are empowered by taking control of their college experience and creating their own events. Entertainment Council should be funding and/or promoting high-energy events such as the Davis Dance Marathon, Campus-Wide Capture-the-Flag, and Battle at the Quad. The current model for Entertainment Council is great, but too narrow in focus. In broadening Entertainment Council’s scope to campus events that make Davis stand out among the UC’s, Davis can be a richer campus.



Said nobody ever The best part is nobody looks like they're treating this like anything unusual. Maxwell Kappes has tried to take ASUCD Senate as seriously as it deserves to be taken, and because of it is not taken very seriously. He tries to uphold his values through actions like giving joke speeches for committee positions, sarcastic quips in his arguments and filling his weekly reports with non-sequiturs.

Because Max doesn't like slates and doesn't take the idea of them serious he will jump affiliation from time to time. While elected as a member of S.L.A.T.E. he officially disaffiliated himself from the organization on January 17th, 2013 following accusations of not having developed a drinking problem, and aligned himself with the very defunct FUCK (and was accepted, read comments below).  In the Winter 2013 ASUCD Election, he was a campaign manager for the BEST Slate.

His accomplishments included gutting the ASUCD budget into a shell of its former self (and wishing he could do more), creating campus open-mic nights, saving the ICEE machine in the CoHo, pretending to get drunk during a divestment meeting, various failed reforms, telling Berkeley to be less pretentious .



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2013-01-21 12:23:41   As a campaign manager of the Friends Urging Campus Kindness, I'm happy to designate you as an Official Candidate of our slate. Despite the fact that you were elected. And because essentially anyone who asked could be a member of our slate, and all members of our slate are Official Candidates by tradition.

Besides, you have the perfect pedigree to join the Friends anyway: gamer, IAC, Elections Committee, KDVS. —BrentLaabs

2013-03-17 15:53:47   You WISH you were any where NEAR as cool as I am! —DylanSchaefer

2013-03-18 20:43:01   No Dylan, you wish you were half the cool I am. —MaxwellKappes

2013-03-18 23:34:36   Max is a pretty cool guy. he represents students and doesnt afraid of anything —RyanMeyerhoff

2013-08-09 03:09:38   two thumbs up !!! —JeffersonChau

2013-08-09 09:48:26   fight the good fight —StevenDaubert

2013-09-27 17:16:58   Keep the good fuck, Maxwell. —RobRoy

2013-09-30 01:26:02   re: the piece of shit speech he gave.

lol nothing changes —RyanMeyerhoff

2013-11-17 14:48:39   I can't wait for you to apply to med school in 5 years and then realize the monster you have created —StevenDaubert