Review Category : ASUCD

ASUCD Fall 2014 Senate Election Results

On Nov. 21 at 4 p.m, ASUCD Elections Committee Chair, John Wu, announced the results of the ASUCD Fall 2014 Senate Elections. The winners are as follows, in order of highest voter turnout: Alex Lee, Casey Nguyen, Reem Fatayerji, Roman Rivilis, Anabiah Syed and Andrea Velazquez. “I don’t know how I feel yet, it’s going to be a really long year,” said fourth-year political science and economics double major and senate-elect Roman Rivilis. “ We have a lot on our table and a lot of obstacles we need to overcome, especially with the coming tuition hikes and the climate of student activism that we need to foster in ASUCD.” 2,896 voters turned out for this quarter’s elections. This was significantly lower than the Winter 2014 Senate Elections, whose voter turnout was 27.11 percent — the second highest in recorded ASUCD history. “I do have to say that I am disappointed in the voter turnout,” said current ASUCD Senator Gareth Smythe. “ASUCD controls a lot of resources. This is one of... ...

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UC Regents approve tuition hike

The University of California (UC) Board of Regents approved a tuition plan Thursday morning that will increase UC tuition by up to five percent annually over the next five years. The decision came at the Board of Regents meeting held at the UCSF Mission Bay Campus, where hundreds of students protested. UC tuition is currently $12,192 and will rise to approximately $12,800 next fall. If the UC increases tuition by the maximum five percent each year, students in 2019 will pay about $15,560 — $3,369 more than they pay today — which would be a 28 percent increase from the current tuition.   ...

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UC Board of Regents passes tuition plan

This morning, a committee of the University of California (UC) Board of Regents approved UC President Janet Napolitano’s tuition plan, which would increase UC tuition by up to five percent annually over the next five years. The board voted 7-2 in favor of the plan at its meeting held at the UCSF Mission Bay campus. California Gov. Jerry Brown voted against the plan, as did Student Regent Sadia Saifuddin. Hundreds of students from different UC campuses protested outside the event, and the San Francisco Chronicle reported that demonstrators “burst through metal barricades and police security lines and broke a large glass entry door.” UC Davis students who protested the regents meeting will continue their protest on the UC Davis campus this afternoon beginning at 3:30 p.m. They plan to occupy Mrak Hall — the main office building of UC Davis administrators — where many protesters spent the night of Nov. 18. The full Board of Regents will review the plan tomorrow, Nov. 20. ...

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Students lead protest in response to impending tuition hikes

Update (11/19/14, 1:30 p.m.): The UC Board of Regents passed Napolitano’s tuition plan this morning, Nov. 19, 7-2.    Three years to the day of the infamous pepper spray incident involving campus police and student demonstrators, UC Davis students once again filled the Quad this afternoon to protest, this time in response to impending tuition hikes. An estimated 500-600 students, faculty and community members convened in the center of the Quad at noon, Nov. 18, to make speeches, develop signs and mobilize the crowd to march across campus in protest of University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano’s proposed UC tuition plan, which would increase UC tuition by up to five percent annually over the next five years. The UC Board of Regents will vote tomorrow, Nov. 19, at its meeting on the UCSF Mission Bay campus, on whether or not to implement the tuition plan. UC officials hope that the plan will pressure California state legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown to increase UC funding. Protesters marched through campus, chanting “Whose... ...

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This week in Senate: May 29, 2014

Vice President Maxwell Kappes presided over the weekly senate meeting on May 29 in the Mee Room. The meeting was called to order at 6:24 p.m. In the appointments and confirmation section of the meeting, senate approved candidates for Academic Affairs Commission, Picnic Day and Aggie Reuse. During public announcements, Senator Gareth Smythe announced that the Champagne Committee met to recognize hourly employees and that Budget Hearings would be taking place the next weekend in the Mee Room. Senator Mariah Watson mentioned her petition to start mid-quarter evaluations. Senator Azka Fayyaz announced the Canned Food Castle Competition taking place at the Quad on May 30 to support The Pantry. Meeting attendees then went to the Candlelight Vigil on the Quad to honor the victims of the UC Santa Barbara shooting. According to Smythe, it is important that UC Davis gives its response to the tragedy that happened. “I think it’s wonderful that people have given up their Thursday night to stand in solidarity with our sister UC school,” Smythe said.... ...

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This week in senate: May 8, 2014

ASUCD Vice President Maxwell Kappes presided over the senate meeting held on May 8 at Freeborn Hall. The meeting was called to order at 6:42 p.m. Prior to the meeting being called to order, Associate Executive Vice Chancellor Rahim Reed reminded the crowd, which filled the facility, to consider UC Davis’ principles of community when addressing Senate Resolution (SR) #20 later that night. The first order of business was the consideration of Senate Bill (SB) #67 which sought to re-establish the Sexual Assault Awareness and Advocacy Committee (SAAAC). Senator Amelia Helland authored the bill. Senator Mariah Watson motioned to add Eddie Truong, the first founder of the SAAAC, as a co-author on the bill. The motion was seconded, and the bill was passed unanimously 12-0-0. The meeting then moved into the introduction of new legislation. The legislation consisted of three senate resolutions, which discussed the use of more efficient lighting by administration and ASUCD and also the ban on fracking. The rest of the meeting was spent on SR #20,... ...

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This week in senate

ASUCD Vice President Maxwell Kappes presided over the senate meeting held on May 1 in the Mee Room on the third floor of the Memorial Union. The meeting was called to order at 6:22 p.m. The first order of business was presentations, during which Senator Gareth Smythe announced that the ASUCD Marketing Committee had its first meeting that week and that it went well. Smythe said that senators who assisted ASUCD units should remind their unit directors to work with the marketing committee to enhance social media presence. After presentations, the senate moved into committee reports. Smythe announced that students should participate in the Champagne Award, which involved nominating an ASUCD hourly employee to receive the award for outstanding customer service. Senator Eugenia Chung said that the ASUCD Scholarship application had been put up and that senators should try to advertise for the scholarship. Senator Mariah Watson announced during public announcements that she had brought cake for three senators’ birthdays taking place that week. The senate then moved into public... ...

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This Week in Senate: April 17, 2014

ASUCD Vice President Maxwell Kappes presided over the senate meeting held on April 17 in the Mee Room on the third floor of the MU. The meeting was called to order at 6:15 p.m. Senate began with presentations by Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Adela de la Torre and Associate Vice C hancellor Milton Lang. Janice Corbett, ASUCD business manager, and Tracy Bennett, Student Affairs controller, were also included. They each discussed the preferred ways for ASUCD members to contact them. During the committee reports, Ben Marchman, the Student-Police Relations chairperson, updated senate on the open letter for Assembly Bill 540 undocumented students to allow engagement between these students and both campus police and City of Davis police without negative repercussions. The letter intends to encourage victims of crime to turn to the police unafraid. Next, Senator Azka Fayyaz announced that the “Each Aggie Matters” movement to raise mental health awareness began a grant system. Grants will be available to students, faculty and staff. Senate then motioned to move to... ...

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Senate bill passes to transform operation of student advocacy

On March 13, ASUCD Senate passed a bill to consolidate advocacy sectors into one single unit, as the Office of Advocacy and Student Representation (OASR). Prior to Senate Bill (SB) #53, student advocacy was represented by three separate units: University Affairs, Lobby Corps and City and Community Relations. To establish a more cohesive and efficient unit, ASUCD and the directors of each unit agreed that grouping together would best utilize their capabilities. “We’ve had issues in the past where we felt that having the three be separate from each other causes disconnect, an inefficient expense of resources and it causes all our limbs to move in different directions,” said Gareth Smythe, president pro tempore of ASUCD Senate. Certain advocacy issues are handled by officials according to their concerns but often overlap. “The main problem was that while we operated as separate units, the issues our students face have no regard for those borders,” said Dillan Horton, director of University Affairs and author of the bill. According to Horton, UC Davis... ...

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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 May 23 meeting location, the Memorial Union’s Mee Room. The ASUCD president is not required to attend senate meetings.   Meeting called to order at 6:23 p.m.   Carly Sandstrom, ASUCD president, present Bradley Bottoms, ASUCD vice president, present Liam Burke, ASUCD senator, present Armando Figueroa, ASUCD senator, present Maxwell Kappes, ASUCD senator, present Pamela Nonga, ASUCD senator, present Felicia Ong, ASUCD senator, present Alyson Sagala, ASUCD senator, present Amrit Sahota, ASUCD senator, present Miles Thomas, ASUCD senator, present Tal Topf, ASUCD senator, present Reuben Torres, ASUCD senator, present Ryan Wonders, ASUCD senator, present Yee Xiong, ASUCD senator, present   Appointments and Confirmations:   Jacquelyn Kong was appointed as a Picnic Day director.   Ex Officio Reports:   Desirae Costello, chair of the Academic Affairs Commissioner reported on the Excellence in Education awards ceremony that was held on Monday, May 20. Attendance was said to have been low, but turnout... ...

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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 May 2 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.   Carly Sandstrom, ASUCD president, present Bradley Bottoms, ASUCD vice president, present Liam Burke, ASUCD senator, present Armando Figueroa, ASUCD senator, present Maxwell Kappes, ASUCD senator, present Pamela Nonga, ASUCD senator, present Felicia Ong, ASUCD senator, present Alyson Sagala, ASUCD senator, present Amrit Sahota, ASUCD senator, present Miles Thomas, ASUCD senator, present Tal Topf, ASUCD senator, present Reuben Torres, ASUCD senator, present Ryan Wonders, ASUCD senator, present Yee Xiong, ASUCD senator, present   Appointments and Confirmations Sean Guerra and Amanda Trieu were confirmed as members of Aggie Public Arts Committee (APAC). Tanzi Jackson was confirmed as a member of Campus Center for the Environment. Noelle Patterson was confirmed as a director for Project Compost.   Unit Director Reports   Experimental College Director of... ...

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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 May 16 meeting location, the Memorial Union’s Mee Room. The ASUCD president is not required to attend senate meetings.   Meeting called to order at 6:16 p.m.   Carly Sandstrom, ASUCD president, present Bradley Bottoms, ASUCD vice president, present Liam Burke, ASUCD senator, present Armando Figueroa, ASUCD senator, present Maxwell Kappes, ASUCD senator, present Pamela Nonga, ASUCD senator, present Felicia Ong, ASUCD senator, present Alyson Sagala, ASUCD senator, present Amrit Sahota, ASUCD senator, present Miles Thomas, ASUCD senator, present Tal Topf, ASUCD senator, present Reuben Torres, ASUCD senator, present Ryan Wonders, ASUCD senator, present Yee Xiong, ASUCD senator, arrived late, 7:50 p.m.     Appointments and confirmations   Kristie Wu was confirmed as the director of the Aggie Reuse store and this will be her second year in the position.   Susan Alkadri and Danielle Mae-Santiago were confirmed to the Sexual Assault Awareness Advocacy Committee (SAAAC).   Unit director reports... ...

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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 April 24 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.   Carly Sandstrom, ASUCD president, present Bradley Bottoms, ASUCD vice president, present Liam Burke, ASUCD senator, present Armando Figueroa, ASUCD senator, present Maxwell Kappes, ASUCD senator, present Pamela Nonga, ASUCD senator, present Felicia Ong, ASUCD senator, present Alyson Sagala, ASUCD senator, present Amrit Sahota, ASUCD senator, present Miles Thomas, ASUCD senator, present Tal Topf, ASUCD senator, present Reuben Torres, ASUCD senator, present Ryan Wonders, ASUCD senator, present Yee Xiong, ASUCD senator, present   Presentations Unitrans spoke about changes they are attempting to make for the approaching academic year, such as increased summer hours, more bus times for certain bus lines that only run once per hour.   Aggie TV director Anna Oh provided an update on Aggie TV.  She stated that she wants... ...

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New MU venue expected in summer 2015

The Memorial Union (MU) is scheduled to receive a new venue in July 2015. During the renewal project of the MU, the space that is currently occupied by the post office will feature an entertainment venue which will also function as a pub. The addition of this venue to the MU will be a component of the $19 million east wing renewal project. The east wing renewal project consists of renovating the outdoor spaces on the Quad, the first two floors of the MU and the bookstore. The money for the renewal will also go toward renovations of the Bike Barn, third floor of the Memorial Union and South Silo. The east wing renewal project will begin in January 2014 with the first phase being the renovation of the bookstore, according to John Campbell, executive director for Campus Recreations and Unions. The east wing renewal project is scheduled to be completed in July of 2015, as well. According to ASUCD president Carly Sandstrom, since the venue will be located where the post office... ...

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AggieTV grows student interest, ASUCD segments

ASUCD unit AggieTV is aiming to keep up with what students are interested in, and is introducing new segments to its lineup. “Our main audience is students. We’ve done that in the past with large projects, such as the UC Davis LipDub, or the Harlem Shake video. We’re always about the students, and we hope that this message is apparent in the content that we produce,” said AggieTV’s Executive Director Anna Oh. Presided over by ASUCD, AggieTV has a total income of $1,000 annually, as well as an ASUCD subsidy of $14,461 for their total expenses for the 2012-13 academic year. Income stems from promotional videos, equipment rental fees, business contracts, content licensing, and products and services, according to an ASUCD budget summary. New shows AggieTV is currently producing several different video series, including “Word On The Street,” or WOTS, in which reporters move around campus and ask students to talk about relevant events coming up or interesting topics. The unit also began producing “How To” videos in the fall.... ...

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