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Sunday, April 21, 2024

ASUCD Senate Briefs

ASUCD Senate meetings are scheduled to begin Thursdays at 6:10 p.m. Times listed are according to the clock at the Oct. 20 meeting location, the Memorial Union’s Mee Room. The ASUCD president is not required to attend senate meetings.

Meeting called to order at 6:10 p.m.

Adam Thongsavat, ASUCD president, present

Bree Rombi, ASUCD vice president, present

Yena Bae, ASUCD senator, present

Miguel Espinoza, ASUCD senator, present, arrived late at 9:05 p.m.

Emmanuel Diaz-Ordaz, ASUCD senator, present, left early at 8:32 p.m.

Andre Lee, ASUCD senator, present

Amy Martin, ASUCD senator, present

Mayra Martín, ASUCD senator, present

Tatiana Moana Bush, ASUCD senator, present

Darwin Moosavi, ASUCD senator, absent

Matthew Provencher, ASUCD senator, present

Brendan Repicky, ASUCD senator, present

Rebecca Sterling, ASUCD senator, present

Ryan Meyerhoff, ASUCD senator, absent


UC Davis Police Chief Annette Spicuzza and Cliff Contreas presented the new Bike Education and Enforcement Program. Students will now receive citations, and then have two weeks to complete a $70 online Transportation and Parking Services Traffic School. The $70 fee comes back to campus to support and grow the program, and hopefully fund more bike officers.

Appointments and confirmations

Viktor Avita, Jodie Lisenbee, Ellison Ma and Trang Tran were confirmed to the Gender and Sexuality Commission (GASC).

Ashleigh Crocker, Elizabeth Mathews, Tracy Kwatani, Julia Oether-KAst, Annie Patel and Brenna Jones were confirmed to the Aggie Public Arts Committee (APAC).

Izzy Bronstein, Melissa Coy and Adam Coe were confirmed to the External Affairs Commission (EAC).

Desirae Costello was confirmed to the Academic Affairs Commission (AAC).

Adam Reese Godfrey was confirmed as the Student Police Relations Chair.

Consideration of Old Legislation

Senate Bill 12, authored by Sterling, co-authored by Jen Urrutia, to allocate $202.48 from Senate Reserves to ASUCD Basement Gallery, passed unanimously. The table agreed that it would like to see more collaboration between the Basement Gallery and ASUCD, if it is funding them. The bill passed unanimously.

Senate Bill 13, authored by Lee, co-authored by Margaret Badish, Shell Sumerel and Robert St. Cyr, to allocate $8,555.88 from Capital Reserves to fund capital costs for a new Bike Barn retail location in the Memorial Union called the ASUCD Bike Hub; and to make amendments to the Bike Barn annual operating budget to reflect new income and expenses. Lee said he likes the bill a lot because it will provide new positions for students. The bill was tabled until the location of the new store could be confirmed.

Senate Bill 16, authored by Lee, co-authored by Badish, Sumerel, St. Cyr, to allocate $12,634.16 from Capital Reserves and $1,598.78 from Bike Barn Equipment reserves to fund equipment replacement, equipment upgrades and service expansions for the Bike Barn and Bike Garage. The table discussed what kind of camera the Bike Barn really needed, and ultimately lowered the amount from around $800 to around $650. The bill passed unanimously.

Senate Bill 15, authored by Lee, co-authored by Martin and Don Ho, to eliminate the position of Webmaster from the ASUCD Bylaws and ASUCD 2011-12 Annual Operating Budget, passed unanimously.

Senate Bill 17 authored by Martin, co-authored by Ho and Lee, to implement procedures for making requests to Creative Media. Ho said that this would help Creative Media prioritize website projects. Repicky said that he thought it gave Internet and Networking Committee (INC) a lot of power. The bill passed unanimously.

Senate Bill 10, authored by Lee, co-authored by Kabir Kapur, Maggie Mei, Erica Padgett and Patrick Sheehan, to put software and virtual application purchases and development under the jurisdiction of Capital Reserves, passed unanimously.

Senate Bill 11, authored by Lee, co-authored by Bae, Schrimmer and Sterling, to nullify pending permanent status for the Aggie Public Arts Committee and continue special committee status for the 2011-12 year. Lee said he thinks they need to get more things done and that they need more time before they become a permanent committee. The bill passed unanimously.

Senate Bill 14, authored by Lee, co-authored by Ho, to transfer the Club Finance Committee Fund allocation in the ASUCD Annual Operating Budget to the Club Finance Council line item. Sterling and Espinoza agreed that there should not be money accessible for students. Thongsavat said he was going to veto the bill. The bill passed unanimously.

Unit Director Reports

Jason Alpert, editor in chief of The Aggie, announced its new website, which will be more user friendly, have more graphic options and be a better money maker. The new website will affect how an article gets from the writer to the paper. The planned launch date is Oct. 31.

The unit director of Refrigerator Services, Eddie Truong, said that the unit has been a major success. He said he would like to repair broken refrigerators, and that he wants the unit to develop more realistic budget and an effective marketing strategy. He would like to rent out extra refrigerator units to students living in apartments. Truong also said that institutional memory has been a problem, and he wants to update director’s report so there is more current info that future directors can benefit from. Furthermore, he said that unit has always gone over budget, and they need to address it. Lee said that it was the best unit director report that he has heard.

Public Announcements

Lee announced that the ASUCD Blood Drive is on Nov. 1 and 2.

Espinoza said early registration applications for the Students of Color Conference (S.O.C.C.) are due Friday.

Public discussion

Rudy Ornelas, chief court justice, announced a court decision regarding an Internal Affairs Commission vacancy posting. Martin said that she doesn’t understand why there was an official court deliberation. Lee said that ASUCD senators don’t have a way of resigning, they usually just put up a vacancy posting. After a long conversation between the table and Ornelas, the table decided the deliberation was void because a senator had not requested the deliberation. Cano said he wanted a closed session meeting. Lee motioned for a closed session next meeting.

President Thongsavat vetoed Senate Bill 3 last week. There was some controversy about whether or not he vetoed the bill in the right amount of time. About the bill, Thongsavat said that he felt some of the clauses went too far and he thought it was a little bit “too much.” Carly Sandstrom said that she felt it was unnecessary. After a long conversation, the table overrode the veto in an 8-1-3 vote.

Ho said that he is working with Campus Copies/Classical Notes to start a t-shirt printing business.

Meeting adjourned at 11: 13 p.m.

Open positions within ASUCD can be found at vacancy.ucdavis.edu. HANNAH STRUMWASSER compiles the senate briefs. She can be reached at campus@theaggie.org.


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