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Davis, California

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Senate Briefs

ASUCD Senate Meetings are scheduled to begin Thursdays at 6:10 p.m. Times listed are according to the Sept. 24 meeting location, the Memorial Union’s Art Lounge.

Meeting called to order at 6:16 p.m.

Jack Zwald, ASUCD president, left early

Previn Witana, ASUCD vice president, present

Ozzy Arce, ASUCD senator, present

Abrham Castillo-Ruiz, ASUCD senator, absent

Osahon Ekhator, ASUCD senator, present

Don Ho, ASUCD senator, present

Joel Juarez, ASUCD senator, arrived late

Andre Lee, ASUCD senator, present

Levi Menovske, ASUCD senator, present

Bree Rombi, ASUCD senator, present

Selisa Romero, ASUCD senator, present

Alison Tanner, ASUCD senator, present

Adam Thongsavat, ASUCD senator, present

Liz Walz, ASUCD senator, arrived late from a break scheduled to end at 8 p.m.

Appointments and confirmations

Andre Lee was confirmed as the president pro tempore.

Lauren Jabusch was confirmed director of the Campus Center for the Environment.

Aaron Giampietro was confirmed director of Lobby Corps.

Amaan Shaikh was appointed chair of the Academic Affairs Commission.

Will Quinn was appointed chair of the Environmental Policy and Planning Commission.

Caitlin Alday was appointed chair of the Gender and Sexuality Commission.

Marissa Corona was confirmed to the Outreach Assembly.

Thomas Adams-Falconer was confirmed to the Outreach Assembly as an alternate.

Ryan Meyerhoff was appointed chair of the Elections Committee.


ASUCD Coffee House Director Sharon Coulson gave an update on the status of the CoHo. The kitchen in the new CoHo has been approved, but there is still work to be done. Coulson hopes the CoHo will be open in mid-October.

Unitrans General Manager Geoff Straw and Zwald requested to donate an old double-decker Unitrans bus to a museum in London. Some students suggested making it a monument on campus or creating a statue to commemorate the Davis symbol. The senate voted 11-0-1 to allow the bus to be donated.

Student Assistant to the Chancellor Justin Gold shared some projects being explored, such as a food pantry for UC Davis students and a web site where the Davis community can share and recycle goods. Dole wants to work more closely with ASUCD.

Lee introduced a bike safety video produced by AGTV, in association with ASUCD, the Bike Barn, Student Housing and TAPS, geared toward first-year students. It is also meant to promote the Bike Barn as a resource for first-year students.

Student Housing intern Dominick Carlson explained his job – to bridge the gap between ASUCD and first-year students in the dorms.

Other Business

The senate reopened the Picnic Day budget and divided up the cash donations and the goods and services donations.

Thongsavat and Walz were confirmed as Senate designees for the Unit Relocation and Space Allocation Committee.

Menovske was confirmed as the Senate designee to the Aggie Pack.

Rombi was confirmed as the Senate designee to the Media Board.

Lee was confirmed as the Senate designee to the Internet and Networking Committee.

Public Discussion

Tanner passed around a letter from Senator John McCain in response to ASUCD senate’s resolution against Arizona SB 1070.

Ho and Ekhator discussed the possibility of utilizing Aggie Stadium for concerts in collaboration with Entertainment Council.

Menovske brought up the new rental program at the Bookstore, where students have the option of renting certain textbooks.

Public Announcements

Menovske encouraged all to come to the Gubernatorial Debate on Sept. 28, as well as the rally outside the Mondavi Center.

Witana reminded the table to change their passphrases and to obtain their new AggieCards. He also announced the Davis Democrat Club’s rally and screening at Bistro 33, where gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown will be visiting after the debate.

Meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

JANELLE BITKER compiles the senate briefs. She can be reached at campus@theaggie.org.


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