Senate Briefs

ASUCD Senate meetings are scheduled to begin Thursdays at 6:10 p.m. Times listed are according to the clock at the April 26 meeting location, the Memorial Union’s Mee Room. The ASUCD president is not required to attend senate meetings.

Meeting called to order at 6:14 p.m.

Rebecca Sterling, ASUCD president, late, left early at 8 p.m.
Yena Bae, ASUCD vice president, present
Kabir Kapur, ASUCD senator, present
Jared Crisologo-Smith, ASUCD senator, present
Bradley Bottoms, ASUCD senator, present
Justin Goss, ASUCD senator, present
Anni Kimball, ASUCD senator, present
Paul Min, ASUCD senator, present
Don Gilbert, ASUCD senator, present
Joyce Han, ASUCD senator, present
Erica Padgett, ASUCD senator, present
Beatriz Anguiano, ASUCD senator, present
Patrick Sheehan, ASUCD senator, pro tempore, present
Yara Zokaie, ASUCD senator, present

Presentations
Emily Koruin, Raka Ray, Suzanne Lewis and Ricardo Barajas were confirmed to the Gender and Sexualities Commission.

Bihter Ozedirne was confirmed as Lobby Corps Director.

Lauren Menz was confirmed as University Affairs Director.

Consideration of old legislation
Senate Bill 101, authored by Goss, co-authored by Rombi, Moosavi, Chin, to allocate $36.00 for Aggies at the Pub: Trivia Night. Padgett said she wanted the actual quote from the Entertainment Council added to the bill. Justin was unable to get the quote until after the event, which is why the bill is being seen then. Sandstrom agreed, she didn’t want to do reimbursements. Sheehan and Goss say they have reimbursed people in the past.  Bottoms thought that it doesn’t hurt adding a few sentences. The bill passed unanimously.

Senate Bill 102, authored by Cano, introduced by Kapur, to allow appointed ASUCD officials to serve on Administrative Advisory Committees. Cano said he wants more student involvement on campus. Sandstrom said she wants to hear more about debate on conflicts of interest, states that basically it is practice and feels scared of perception. Sheehan said that senators and commission chairs are still restricted and thinks they should discuss whether or not they want that as an association. Sheehan said he was scared that people can get on big committees and decide where fees go, but do not know about campus. Goss says it is better to have an undergraduate voice. Sheehan said that a lot of committees have things to do with stuff that ASUCD wants to do. The bill is unanimously passed.

Senate Bill 104 authored by Martin, co-authored by Sheehan, introduced by Sheehan, to allocate $40, 431.28 from Capital Reserves to purchase one 2011 Ford 12-passenger van for STS/ Tipsy Taxi. Sabastian Belser presented about changing wording of bill, like to change will to STS reserve from capital reserves. Sheehan stated that there may be a small deviation. Goss asked why they only last for 60,000 miles. Belser says that each of the old vans had over 75,000 miles. Padgett said that Unitrans Director Anthony Palmere agreed that is the proper place to pull money from from ASUCD specialized transportation reserve. Han wanted to know if there is a rough estimate when second vehicle will be replaced. Sheehan said that it’s around 5 to 7 years, and being replaced because vehicles are so old. Min suggested reaching out to other car companies, but Belser said Ford is the best. The bill is passed unanimously.

Status of Legislation previously passed
President Sterling vetoed Senate Bill 95, authored by Goss, to establish committee of volunteers under community of university volunteers. The president said that it is unacceptable to establish a unit. When this was written there was not a current director. She said that they need to rectify student body atmosphere before reaching out. Motion to override passed.

Public discussion
Cano said he is working on writing a Bylaw chapter about Archives.

Sabrina Diaz  said she went to a meeting about the Memorial Union (MU) renewal project, they are going to remodel the MU, and thinking about adding a Pub to the MU, but in order to fund the project one option thrown out was a student referendum.  They are looking at 2015 completion.

Public announcements
Montelongo said there will be a screening of a movie about Chicano studies and said there will be free food on Monday May 7, in the Student Community Center, meeting room E.

Min said that his Campus Lighting Walk has been postponed to May 16 due to rain.

Meeting adjourned at  9:15 p.m.

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

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