Spring 2005 Senate.

The ASUCD Senate consists of 22 elected and non-elected students who collectively adopt and manage the association's 13 million dollar budget, considers bills and resolutions and individually and jointly undertake various projects designed to enhance the quality of life for students on campus . Senate meetings are open to the public, and held every Thursday during the school year, in the Mee Room (3rd floor of the Memorial Union) starting at 6:10pm. Minutes of each meeting are typically available in SGAO (3rd floor Memorial Union).

As for elections, all undergraduate students at UCD can vote for anyone they want. In addition to independent candidates, there are "slates" here at UC Davis — akin to political parties. Slates with current officials are:




See Senate History for historical information, or see Slates for newly formed, inactive, or past slates that do not currently have elected officials.  If you are interested in running for Senate and don't know much about the process, this could be a decent resource.


Presiding Officer: ASUCD Vice President (1, elected, breaks affirmative/negative ties) (none)

Senators (12, elected, voting)

Senator Slate
Atanas Spasov UNITE!
Alisha Hacker* UNITE!
Noah Pearl UNITE!
Brandon Clemons UNITE!
Ricky Zapardiel UNITE!
Maya Barak UNITE!
Simranjit Kaur


Jumoke Maraiyesa BASED
Peiyuan "Tony" Chen BASED
Alexis Ramirez  BASED
Currently Vacant N/A

* President Pro Tempore of the Senate
**Ran independent

Commission Chairs (7, appointed, non-voting)

Commission Chairs are ex-officio members of the senate and senators are ex-officio members of commissions.

Commission Chair Commission
Justin Hurst Academic Affairs
Rina Singh Ethnic and Cultural Affairs
Joelle Barnard Gender and Sexualities
Jacob Ganz Internal Affairs
Nayzak Wali-Ali External Affairs
Alice Beittel Environmental Policy and Planning
Andre Spinoglio Business and Finance


Other Ex-Officio Members (2, appointed, non-voting)

Meital Machulsky ASUCD Controller

The Senate is responsible for voting on and creating bills and orders that say how ASUCD should operate. Being a Senator is a very important job because of the sheer size of ASUCD. Also, ASUCD Senators and other executives are often invited, through the University, to various important social and political functions. An example of this is the summer 2005 function "Perspectives on Poverty", which featured Colin Powell, John Edwards, and John Ashcroft.

A past senate seems to have had a bit of an attendance problem. This led 4 past senators to write a letter to the editor in the Aggie.

Senators also hire Senate Interns, who serve as volunteer assistants. Despite the fact that these are always advertised in elections as qualifications, they are typically sinecure offices.

Power Structure

With 5 UNITE! senators, 3 BASED senators, and 3 Independent senators, UNITE! possesses a majority, but requires extra support to pass financial legislation (2/3: 8 senators). In the event of a tie, Vice President Branson, under the UNITE! executive administration, holds the tie-breaking vote.


ASUCD's legislative body wasn't always so contentious.

The ASUCD Senate has generated some interesting scandals recently. These include:

Election Information

The original Scandal Meter, Fall 2005 The Elections Committee is responsible for elections matters. The Senate is elected using the Choice Voting method.

Common Beginnings and Campus Affiliations

Campus Organizations
ΔΣ: Darnell Holloway

ZBT: Atanas Spasov

KKΓ: Daniella Aloni

: Alisha Hacker

ΔΔΔ: Meital Machulsky

ΑΓΡ: Michael Gofman, Ryan Wonders

ΣΧ: Andrew Bianchi, Danny Garrett, Lamar Heystek, Trevor Taylor, Devin Whitney*
ΘΧ: Artem Senchev
ΧΦ: Roman Rivilis, Lee Weissman, Josh Dalavai,
ΦΑΔ: Lula Ahmed-Falol, Naomi Amaha, Sergio Blanco, Aarom Bloom*, [Users/StevenLee]*, Eli Yani#, Tracey Zeng
Davis Anime Club: Miles Thomas, Maxwell Kappes
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán: Ivan Carrillo, Miguel Espinoza, Abrham Castillo-Ruiz, Beatriz Anguiano, Armando Figueroa, Nicholas Sanchez and Andrea Velazquez.
DUGG / HvZ (so NERF): Maxwell Kappes

ASUCD Positions
Business and Finance Commission: Ryan Meyerhoff, Artem Senchev, Parteek Singh
Internal Affairs Commission: Maxwell Kappes, Gareth Smythe, Roman Rivilis
External Affairs Commission: Felicia Ong, Azka Fayyaz, Amelia Helland, Brendan Repicky, Erica Padgett, Anabiah Syed
Academic Affairs Commission: Liam Burke
Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission: Nicholas Sanchez, Mariah Kala Watson, Casey Nguyen, Ricardo Martinez
Outreach Assembly: Miles Thomas, Brendan ChangSofia Molodanof
Office of Advocacy and Student Representation: Georgia Savage, Josh Dalavai, Shaitaj Dhaliwal
Executive Office: Shaitaj Dhaliwal, Sam Chiang

* Served as ex-officio members # Served as both ex-officio member and elected official

See ASUCD Elections for more in-depth information on past elections.