Review Category : ASUCD

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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Aggie Reuse Store proves to be viable new unit

Since its grand opening in January 2012, the Aggie Reuse Store has been functioning successfully as a new unit on campus by exceeding projected sales and meeting the necessary sales quota to remain open to the student community. Formerly known as Aggie ReStore, the Aggie Reuse Store is located in Room 163 in the east wing of the Memorial Union, across from Classical Notes and Campus Copies. The store sells donated, used items at a low cost as a means of keeping reusable items out of landfills. Through the low-price items they offer, the store is also a helpful resource for low-income students. According to design professor Ann Savageau, who assisted in the unit’s development, the Aggie Reuse Store is the first of its kind in California and perhaps in the nation in terms of being a reuse boutique, with attractive merchandising and educational endeavors. According to unit staff, Aggie Reuse, though still young, is functioning successfully. “You have to remember that the store is completely outside the usual bureaucratic... ...

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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 4 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  Plans for MU renovations were discussed. The two-phase plan involves a renewal of the bookstore as well as the rest of the Memorial Union.  The renovation will all take place within the current space. There will be study spaces as well as retail areas. The MU Station will become a new tech... ...

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ASUCD executive officers say farewell

Rebecca Sterling, Yena Bae and Melanie Maemura were honored on Thursday evening as the former ASUCD president, vice president and controller gave thanks in a crowded Gunrock Pub. The event began with Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Rich Shintaku, Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor and Mayor Joe Krovoza, who all praised student leadership. “These are not future leaders, these are grand leaders today,” Saylor said. Sterling, Bae and Maemura all spoke fondly of their time in office, both in terms of accomplishments as well as individual growing experiences. They thanked those involved and gave awards to their staff. ASUCD Business Manager Brett Burns was presented with an award for his year of work in the association. Later on during the ASUCD Senate Meeting, it was announced that Anne Myler, director of the Center for Student Involvement, will take over the post once Burns leaves for his new position at the UC Davis School of Law. Mark Champagne, who was the business manager for over 30 years, will also return... ...

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News in Brief: Snapshot Photo Campaign organized for Picnic Day 2013

The Picnic Day 2013 team is organizing the Snapshot Photo Campaign for Picnic Day 2013 and asking for submissions of photos of the “perfect” Picnic Day. Selected photos will be compiled into a collage that is to be displayed at the MU, ARC and SCC during Picnic Day, according to the online event page. The contest is open to students, staff, faculty and community members. Participants can submit photos to specialevents@picnicday.ucdavis.edu or turn in a 4×6 hard copy to the Picnic Day office at 349 MU. The submission deadline is tomorrow. — Muna Sadek ...

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Senate briefs

ASUCD Senate meetings are scheduled to begin Thursdays at 6:10 p.m. Times listed are according to the clock at the March 7 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. Meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m. to support the school at the nationally televised basketball game. Meeting called back to order at 9:39 p.m. Rebecca Sterling, ASUCD president, absent Yena Bae, ASUCD vice president, present Liam Burke, ASUCD senator, pro tempore, present Armando Figueroa, ASUCD senator, absent Maxwell Kappes, ASUCD senator, present Pamela Nonga, ASUCD senator, present Felicia Ong, ASUCD senator, present Alyson Sagala, ASUCD senator, present Amrit Sahota, ASUCD senator, absent 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 Presentation Representatives of the ASUCD Court discussed a question presented to them by the Senate several weeks ago; namely, a question asking for specification on its original question... ...

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UC Davis to host first-ever 5K Stride for Aggie Pride

Students can start Spring Quarter off on the right foot by participating in the first annual 5K Stride for Aggie Pride, to take place on campus on April 7. All proceeds of the event will go toward the ASUCD Awards Endowment, which provides tuition support for outstanding students, and We Are Aggie Pride, which provides emergency funding to students in need. The route will begin and end on the Quad and will highlight many notable features of the UC Davis campus, including the Arboretum. “The race will allow students to participate in a fun event and raise money for a good cause,” said Artem Trotsyuk, a fourth-year biological sciences major, race director and student assistant to the Chancellor. “We want to promote student health and wellness. Plus, we don’t really have events like this at UC Davis.” ASUCD Senator Felicia Ong, a second-year political science and communication double major, agreed. “UC San Diego has a 5K run and I noticed that UC Davis hasn’t really incorporated a race like this,”... ...

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ASUCD senators reflect on campaign platforms

Six ASUCD senators said their farewells during last Thursday’s Senate meeting as six new senators took their place. We asked former senators Beatriz Anguiano, Bradley Bottoms, Don Gilbert, Joyce Han, Kabir Kapur and Paul Min to provide statements reflecting on their terms. Senators who did respond admitted to accomplishing few, if any, of their platforms. However, they still feel that they were successful leaders overall. Beatriz Anguiano Platforms Create more student financial aid advisors to help students Create a resource guide on appealing dismissal decisions Establish a textbook reserve in the Student Community Center Grant funds to community-specific graduations Accomplished? Anguiano could not be reached to receive feedback on her term in office. More grants for community-specific graduations were secured, though. Bradley Bottoms Platforms Fight tuition hikes Create a safer environment for bicyclists. Accomplished? “For my advocacy platform I said that I would engage leaders by bringing UC Davis students to the Capitol as well as bring leaders back to campus for direct conversations with students and to see the... ...

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