This page is to list the history of the ASUCD Senate, and everyone who participated in this "quagmire of democracy."

Winter 2013 - Fall 2013

Senator
E-mail address
Slate
Office Hours
Liam Burke*
[email protected]
Independent; BEST friend
MW 4-6 pm
Armando Figueroa
[email protected]
SMART
Unknown
Maxwell Kappes
[email protected]
F.U.C.K., formerly S.L.A.T.E., & Independent; BEST friend
Unknown
Pamela Nonga
[email protected]
NOW
Unknown
Felicia Ong
[email protected]
NOW
Unknown
Alyson Noele Sagala
[email protected]
SMART
Unknown
Amrit Kaur Sahota
[email protected]
NOW
Unknown
Miles Thomas
[email protected]
BEST
MWF 1-4pm
Tal Topf
[email protected]
NOW
Unknown
Reuben Torres
[email protected]
SMART
Unknown
Ryan Wonders
[email protected]
NOW
Unknown
Yee Xiong
[email protected]
SMART
Unknown

Power Structure Disclaimer: This was written by Maxwell Kappes. He takes pride in being a special snowflake with his votes and is known in senate for either being a joke or hating everyone depending on how the person feels about him at any given point. As such this may or may not be an ego stroke for him more than a quality power structure. But then again, do you see any other political scientists in senate?

There are currently three slates at the senate table: NOW, BEST, and SMART. There are also two independents. NOW has 5 seats, BEST has 1, and SMART has 4. Unlike the Fall 2012 senators, who are more "ideologically pure" to their respective slates, the new senators are not so. NOW suffered in the Fall election, only gaining 2 seats. In the election, by not forcing their ideology as much they managed to win a third seat. SMART as well only elected one pure SMART senator. This means that while there are more senators aligned with parties in this table than the last there are many who seem to not feel story ties to their parties or ideology.

The Fall senators have sat through 21 contentious votes. Some votes are dividing the house, some are for pro-temp, some are for vetoes, and some are on bills. 10 with the Winter 2012 senators and 11 with the Winter 2013 senators. At the first table much of the disagreement as on party lines, making it difficult to vote against both parties simultaneously. On the second table less votes have been forced by parties than by senators Maxwell Kappes and Miles Thomas, making many of the votes more-or-less bipartisan. Because of this the Winter senators aggregate votes are generally more in line with the bipartisanship than the Fall senators.

And then there is this handy graph. The percentages indicate now often each senator votes with each party. 3 NOW senators are highly partisan, voting with their party at least 90% of the time (Felicia Ong (35,96), Tal Topf (43,96), and Ryan Wonders (55,100)). Likewise, all SMART senators vote with their party at least 90% of the time(Armando Figueroa (91,26), Alyson Noele Sagala (96,35), Reuben Torres (91,64), and Yee Xiong (91,45)). This creates a fast 3-4 split in the senate in favor of SMART. From there Pamela Nonga (82,55) lies closer to the SMART party center (92,43) and Amrit Kaur Sahota (64,73) lies closer to the NOW party center (56, 84), meaning both parties can sway their senators to their side. This creates the 4-5 split. From there Liam Burke (74,65) lies closest to the table center (68,56) and is not particularly close to either side, making him a swing vote. On the other side Maxwell Kappes (43,9) is more of a contrarian who votes with SMART more than NOW but can not be relied upon. Miles Thomas (45,9) is similarly contrarian but is also a former member of SMART and has consistently voted with them on NOW v SMART votes, allowing SMART to count on him in deciding votes. This brings the table to a 4-6 split in favor of SMART with Kappes and Burke running the center on partisan votes.

Fall 2012 - Winter 2013

Senator
E-mail address
Slate
Office Hours
Bradley Bottoms
[email protected]
Independent
Monday/Wednesday 10-12
Alyson Noele Sagala
[email protected]
SMART
unknown
Joyce Han
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Armando Figueroa
[email protected]
SMART
unknown
Maxwell Kappes
[email protected]
FUCK, formally S.L.A.T.E. and probably actually an Independent
unknown
Don Gilbert
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Liam Burke
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Felicia Ong
[email protected]
NOW
unknown
Tal Topf
[email protected]
NOW
unknown
Beatriz Anguiano
[email protected]
SMART
unknown
Paul Min
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Kabir Kapur*
[email protected]
Independent
unknown

Surface Power Structure

The power make-up of this ASUCD Senate was divided between numerous factions after the dissolution of BOLD. 3 seats were held by independents elected in the Winter 2012 election: Bradley Bottoms, Joyce Han, and Don Gilbert. These three senators often formed a bloc with the two members of the NOW Slate, Tal Topf and Felicia Ong, both elected in the Fall 2012 election. The SMART slate had three senators: Beatriz Anguiano, who was elected in the winter of 2012, and Alyson Noele Sagala and Armando Figueroa who were both elected in the Fall 2012 election. Senators Paul Min and Kabir Kapur, both independents elected in the Winter 2012 election, have maintained a large degree of independence, along with fellow independent Maxwell Kappes, who was elected in the Fall 2012 election; however, these independents and SMART often formed a separate bloc. Senator Liam Burke was elected in Fall 2012 as an independent and had the honor of running the gauntlet between the larger factions.

Any piece of legislation requesting a financial allocation that comes before the ASUCD Senate must have a two thirds (2/3) majority vote. No group had a 2/3 bloc, which would allow them to pass any legislation, including the ASUCD Budget.

Statistical Analysis of Power Structure

A statistical analysis of bills that did not have unanimous support (Senate Bills 29, 35, 36, 42, 54 and Senate Resolutions 3 and 6) shows a more in-depth analysis of the voting blocs (Note: Abstentions are changed to 'no' for the sake of data calculations). Unfortunately, the actual statistics are left as exercise to the reader, and only a few results are elaborated here.

The two major voting factions seem to focus around Maxwell Kappes on one end and Felicia Ong on the other. Because these are the only two senators to have not voted with each other on any of the previously listed bills they easily mark the two sides of the table. Beatriz Anguiano, Armando Figueroa, Alyson Noele Sagala and Kabir Kapur have voted with Kappes on six of the seven listed bills and thus only voted with Ong on one of those bills each. Senators who reliably vote with Ong (again defined as voting with Ong on six of the seven listed bills and therefore voting with Kappes on only one bill each) are Bradley Bottoms and Tal Topf. At the edge of the Kappes faction is Paul Min, who has voted reliably with Figueroa, Anguiano, Kapur, and Sagala. At the center of the table, showing no strong leanings to either side is Liam Burke, Don Gilbert, and Joyce Han. These three senators have voted with Ong slightly more than with Kappes (4-3 Ong's favor) but have voted more consistently with Min than they have with Bottoms and Topf. If these trends continue then the normal vote would reason to be Anguiano/Figuroa/Kappes/Kapur/Min/Sagala on one end and Bottoms/Ong/Topf on the other with Burke/Gilbert/Han casting votes between both factions.

This graph displays partisan votes for the table through their quarter together. A party vote is defined as a vote where the majority of a slate votes in that way. In the case of ties, the "leader" of each slate breaks the tie (in this case Bradley Bottoms for NOW and Alyson Sagala for SMART). In the seven bills used for this set four had support from only one slate and opposition from the other while three were supported by the majority of both slates. Senators with low aggregate X and Y values are the ones to oppose the bills supported by both slates, while those with high aggregate X and Y scores supported such bills. Ultimately that means that the lower the aggregate X and Y score for a senator the bigger of a dissident they were and the higher the aggregate score the bigger of a majoritarian they were. Ininstances on the graph were several markers are nearby they are all actually the same, but spread out for better readability.

Winter 2012 - Fall 2012

Senator
E-mail address
Slate
Office Hours
Bradley Bottoms
[email protected]
Independent
Monday/Wednesday 10-12
Patrick Sheehan
[email protected]
BOLD
unknown
Joyce Han
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Erica Padgett
[email protected]
BOLD
unknown
Kabir Kapur
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Don Gilbert
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Yara Zokaie
@ucdavis.edu
Independent
unknown
Anni Kimball
@ucdavis.edu
BOLD
unknown
Justin Goss
[email protected]
Indepedent
unknown
Beatriz Anguiano
[email protected]
SMART
unknown
Paul Min
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Jared Crisologo-Smith
@ucdavis.edu
SMART
unknown

Fall 2011- Winter 2012

Senator
E-mail address
Slate
Office Hours
Yena Bae
[email protected]
BOLD
unknown
Justin Goss
@ucdavis.edu
Independent
unknown
Miguel Espinoza
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Erica Padgett
@ucdavis.edu
BOLD
unknown
Amy Martin
[email protected]
BOLD
unknown'
Yara Zokaie
@ucdavis.edu
BOLD
unknown
Patrick Sheehan
[email protected]
BOLD
unknown
Ryan Meyerhoff
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Jared Crisologo-Smith
@ucdavis.edu
BOLD
unknown
Brendan Repicky
[email protected]
BOLD
unknown
Anni Kimball
@ucdavis.edu
BOLD
unknown
Mayra Martín
[email protected]
BOLD
unknown

Winter 2011-Fall 2011

Senator
E-mail address
Slate
Office Hours
Yena Bae
[email protected]
BOLD
unknown
Tatiana Bush
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Emmanuel Diaz-Ordaz
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Miguel Espinoza
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Andre Lee
[email protected]
BOLD
unknown
Amy Martin
[email protected]
BOLD
unknown
Mayra Martín
[email protected]
BOLD
unknown
Darwin Moosavi
[email protected]
BOLD
unknown
Ryan Meyerhoff/Eli Yani
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Matt Provencher
[email protected]
BOLD
unknown
Brendan Repicky
[email protected]
BOLD
unknown
Rebecca Sterling
[email protected]
BOLD
unknown

Fall 2010- Winter 2011

Senator
E-mail address
Slate
Office Hours
Tatiana Bush
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Emmanuel Diaz-Ordaz
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Andre Lee
[email protected]
BOLD
unknown
Adam Thongsavat
@ucdavis.edu
BOLD
unknown'
Alison Tanner
@ucdavis.edu
BOLD
unknown
Darwin Moosavi
[email protected]
BOLD
unknown
Ozzy Arce
@ucdavis.edu
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Osahon Ekhator
@ucdavis.edu
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Liz Walz
@ucdavis.edu
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Matt Provencher
[email protected]
BOLD
unknown
Selisa Romero
@ucdavis.edu
JAM
unknown
Rebecca Sterling
[email protected]
BOLD
unknown

Winter 2010- Fall 2010

Senator
E-mail address
Slate
Office Hours
Abrham Castillo-Ruiz
[email protected]
JAM
unknown
Alison Tanner
@ucdavis.edu
JAM
unknown
Selisa Romero
@ucdavis.edu
JAM
unknown
Don Ho
dq[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Joel Juarez
[email protected]
JAM
unknown
Andre Lee
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Adam Thongsavat
@ucdavis.edu
Independent
unknown
Levi Menovske
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Bree Rombi
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Ozzy Arce
@ucdavis.edu
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Osahon Ekhator
@ucdavis.edu
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Liz Walz
@ucdavis.edu
L.E.A.D.
unknown

Fall 2009 - Winter 2010

Senator
E-mail address
Slate
Office Hours
Abrham Castillo-Ruiz
[email protected]
JAM
unknown
Joemar Clemente
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Justin Gold
[email protected]
ACT
unknown
Don Ho
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Joel Juarez
[email protected]
JAM
unknown
Andre Lee
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Kevin Massoudi
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Levi Menovske
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Bree Rombi
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Shawdee Rouhafza
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Trevor Taylor
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Previn Witana
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown

Winter 2009 - Fall 2009

Senator
E-mail address
Slate
Office Hours
Joemar Clemente
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Danny Garrett
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Justin Gold
[email protected]
ACT
unknown
Justin Patrizio
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Erin Lebe
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Kevin Massoudi
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Laura Pulido
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Shawdee Rouhafza
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Trevor Taylor
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Mo Torres
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Previn Witana
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Jack Zwald*
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown

Fall 2008 - Winter 2009

Senator
E-mail address
Slate
Office Hours
Danny Garrett
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Andrew Bianchi
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
T 1-3p 354 MU, R 1-3p Silo Patio
Sergio Blanco
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Justin Patrizio
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Chris Dietrich
[email protected]
Independent
T 1-3 at Co-ho, R 1-13 354 MU
Erin Lebe
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Erica Oropeza
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Laura Pulido
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Jack Zwald*
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Ramneek Saini
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Rebecca Schwartz
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Mo Torres
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown

Winter 2008 - Fall 2008

Lula Ahmed-Falol
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
T 11a-1p at SRC, R 11a-1p
Andrew Bianchi
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Sergio Blanco
[email protected]
L.E.A.D
unknown
Joe Chatham
[email protected]
Independent
T-R 12-2p 354 Memorial Union
Chris Dietrich
[email protected]
GO
T 10-12 at Co-ho, R 10-12 354 MU
Rebecca Lovell
[email protected]
GO
W/F 10a-12p 354 MU
Erica Oropeza
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Chad Roberts
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
TR 12p-2p 354 MU
Jesse Rosales
[email protected]
GO
W 10a-2p 354 MU
Ramneek Saini
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Rebecca Schwartz
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Tracey Zeng
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
M/W 12p-2p 354 MU

Shortly before the Fall 2008 Election the GO slate was disbanded by Chair Chris Dietrich which made both Dietrich and Jesse Rosales independents. Rebecca Lovell had disaffiliated with the slate in May of 2008.

Fall 2007 - Winter 2008

Senator
E-mail address
Slate
Office Hours
Ivan Carrillo
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Lula Ahmed-Falol
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Jesse Rosales
[email protected]
Go
Rebecca Lovell
[email protected]
Go
unknown
Joe Chatham
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Michael Lay*
[email protected]
LEAD
unknown
Fazila Malik
[email protected]
LEAD
unknown
Albert Parnell
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Chad Roberts
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Molly Sundstrom
[email protected]
Go
unknown
Cem Turhal
[email protected]
Go
unknown
Tracey Zeng
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.

Winter 2007 - Fall 2007

Senator
E-mail address
Slate
Office Hours
Ivan Carrillo
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Molly Fluet
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Alexandra Frick
[email protected]
Go
TR 12:30-2:30
Eric Friedman
[email protected]
Go
unknown
Mara Harris
[email protected]
Go
unknown
Michael Lay*
[email protected]
LEAD
unknown
Fazila Malik
[email protected]
LEAD
unknown
Albert Parnell
[email protected]
Independent
unknown
Andrew Peake
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Molly Sundstrom
[email protected]
Go
unknown
Cem Turhal
[email protected]
Go
unknown
Dan Xie
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
W 10am - 12pm, F 10am - 12pm

* Senate President pro tempore

Fall 2006-Winter 2007

Senator
E-mail address
Slate
Office Hours
George Ajlouny
[email protected]
Student Focus
unknown
Naomi Amaha
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Ravi Deepak
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Molly Fluet*
Unknown
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Alexandra Frick
Unknown
Student Focus
unknown
Eric Friedman
[email protected]
Student Focus
unknown
Mara Harris
Unkown
Student Focus
unknown
Michael A. Molnar
[email protected]
unknown
Andrew Peake
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Dwaimy Rosas-Romero
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Dan Xie
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
W 10am - 12pm, F 10am - 12pm
Marvin Zamora
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown

* Senate President pro tempore

Winter 2006 - Fall 2006

Senator
E-mail address
Slate
Office Hours
George Ajlouny
[email protected]
Student Focus
unknown
Naomi Amaha
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Ravi Deepak
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Natalia Farhad Motamed
[email protected]
Student Focus
unknown
Spencer Higgins
[email protected]
Student Focus
unknown
Michael A. Molnar
[email protected]
Ignite
unknown
Avni Patel
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Christine Rogers
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Dwaimy Rosas-Romero
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Kareem Salem* (Winter 2006)
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Tiny Sanders* (Fall 2006)
[email protected]
Independent fomerly LEAD
unknown
Marvin Zamora
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown

* Senate President pro tempore

Past Senate Composition

Fall 2005 - Winter 2006

Senator
E-mail address
Slate
Office Hours
Kristen Birdsall
[email protected]
Independent (formerly Friends Urging Campus Kindness)
M,W 12-1, TR 11-12
Natalia Farhad Motamed
[email protected]
Student Focus
unknown
Spencer Higgins
[email protected]
Student Focus
unknown
Ari Kalfayan
[email protected]
Independent (formerly Student Focus)
TR 11-1
Kyle Keene
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
MT 12-2
Avni Patel
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Christine Rogers
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Rob Roy
[email protected]
Independent (formerly Friends Urging Campus Kindness)
M 11-1, R 1-3
Kareem Salem
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Tiny Sanders
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Avi Singh
[email protected]
Independent (DCD)
TW 12-2
Cindy Yu
[email protected]
Student Focus
M 11-12, TR 10:30-12

Accomplishments:

  • Rob Roy finally got his staplers in the Computer Labs
  • Dealt with the loss of the AS PAPERs archive with the creation of the Special Committee on Miscommunication within the Association
  • The Special Committee on Bylaw Consolidation got underway, working to combine the Standing Rules and Government Codes into one document.

(If I recall correctly almost all of these were established or had happened while I was still in office. So that begs the question, to which senate does it really belong? - Eric)

Eric, my memory is a little faulty. Anything you specifically remember voting on, you should move over to the other Senate, though much of the work of the special committees is being done now. Up to you. - Brent

I know I voted on the Miscommunication Special Committee, since I was the pro-temp that meeting and I know I voted on the Consolidation Committee. But, as you pointed out, most of the work has been done after my time. So I don't know to whom the credit really belongs to. - Eric

Winter 2005 to Fall 2005

Senator
E-mail address
Slate
Office Hours
Kristen Birdsall
[email protected]
Friends Urging Campus Kindness
M,W 12-1, TR 11-12
Janine Fiel
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
TR 11-12:30, W 11-12
Eric Fox
[email protected]
Independent (DCR)
MW 12-2
Brianna Haag
[email protected]
Student Focus
TR 10-12
Ari Kalfayan
[email protected]
Student Focus
TR 11-1
Kyle Keene
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
MT 12-2
Thomas Lloyd
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
TR 12-2
Rob Roy
[email protected]
Friends Urging Campus Kindness
T 11-12, W 11-1, R 12-1
Keith Shively
[email protected]
Independent (DCR)
TR 10-12
Avi Singh
[email protected]
Independent (DCD)
TW 12-2
Nadeah Vali
[email protected]
L.E.A.D.
unknown
Cindy Yu
[email protected]
Student Focus
M 11-12, TR 10:30-12

Achievements

The Spring 2005 Senate table.

Other achievements are detailed on the Friends Urging Campus Kindness Platform.

2004-2005 Commission Chairs

Commission Chair
E-mail address
Commission
Jenni Beeman
[email protected]
Academic Affairs
Brenda Mora
[email protected]
Ethnic and Cultural Affairs
Jenn de la Vega
 
Gender and Sexuality
Marvin Zamora
[email protected]
Internal Affairs
Jeremy Gimbel
[email protected]
External Affairs
Karly Kaufman
[email protected]
Environmental Policy and Planning
Alan Pang
[email protected]
Business and Finance
Resigned:
Kahliah Laney
[email protected]
Internal Affairs

Fall to Winter 2005

Senator
E-mail address
Slate
Office Hours
Gabriel Bang
[email protected]
Student Focus
M - Th 12-1
Donald Cohen-Cutler
[email protected]
Independent
MW 1-2, TR 4-5
Jessica Engel
[email protected]
Student Focus
unknown
Janine Fiel
[email protected]
LEAD
MW 2-4
Adam Gerber
[email protected]
Independent (Appointed, Interim)
unknown
Brianna Haag
[email protected]
Student Focus
TR 10-12
Cari Ham
[email protected]
Student Focus (Appointed, Interim)
unknown
Darnell Holloway
[email protected]
LEAD
M 2-4, W 4-5, R 12-1
Thomas Lloyd
[email protected]
LEAD
TR 2-4
Parisa Manteghi
[email protected]
Student Focus (Appointed, Interim)
unknown
Sapana Shende
[email protected]
Student Focus
MW 1-2, TR 10:30-11:30
Keith Shively
[email protected]
Independent (DCR)
TR 10-12, F 11-12

Resignations during this term

Senator
E-mail address
Slate
Reason for Resignation
Adam Barr
[email protected]
LEAD
Lack of Money, Frustration
Nafeh Malik
[email protected]
Student Focus
Personal Reasons, Scandal
Sean Ruel
[email protected]
Student Focus
Academics, Scandal

Accomplishments

The winter 2005 ASUCD Senate table.

General information

Composition of the Winter 2005 Senate.

This ASUCD Senate term was subject to a wave of resignations, and because the ASUCD President was given the authority to appoint replacement Senators, this resulted in the proposition of new replacement strategies. The most prominent was the Countback system. Additionally, Senate candidate Kai Savaree-Ruess proposed that there be an alternative Senator who is elected during the normal election and takes any vacancy in the ASUCD Senate.

Because of this appointment process, and the 3 resignations that occured, the Student Focus slate controlled 50% of the ASUCD Senate, along with the ASUCD President/ASUCD Vice President positions. Because the ASUCD Vice President (who was then Paloma Perez) acts as the tie-breaking vote, Focus had tremendous power over the way ASUCD was run.

Power structure analysis

Six of the twelve seats were held by Student Focus senators, with LEAD controlling three seats and three seats belonging to independents (Donald Cohen-Cutler, Adam Gerber, Keith Shively. This yielded a Banzhaf index of 60% for Student Focus, and 20% each for both Cohen-Cutler and LEAD, which may suggest that the power distribution in the Senate was out of tune with the preferences of the student body. Of course, this depends on one accepting Banzhaf's quantification of voting power.

After the newly elected Fall 2004 senators took their seats and vacancies were filled by Presidential appointments, LEAD's share of seats dropped to three, with the leftover seats being occupied by independents. Ironically, far from diversifying the range of interests represented on the Senate, the replacement of a LEAD seat with an independent increases Student Focus' power index to 66.67%, while reducing that of the others to a mere 11.11%.

If you were wondering, yes, this meant that each independent has as much power as the entire LEAD block.

Spring to Fall 2004

Senator
E-mail address
Party
Christopher Goren
[email protected]
Student Focus
Dyanna Quizon
[email protected]
LEAD
Gabriel Bang
[email protected]
Student Focus
Adam Barr
[email protected]
LEAD
Sapana Shende
[email protected]
Student Focus
Darnell Holloway
[email protected]
LEAD
Donald Cohen-Cutler
[email protected]
Independent
Jessica Engel
[email protected]
Student Focus
Juan Carlos Sanchez
[email protected]
LEAD
Juinn-Yu "Tony" Yu
[email protected]
Student Focus
Robert Gill
[email protected]
Student Focus
Caliph Assagai
[email protected]
LEAD

Accomplishments:

  • This Senate was primarily responsible for resolving the Lamargate controversy.
  • They bought a $5,000 fire truck for Aggie Pack, thus ensuring that tube socks may be launched upon crowds for generations.

Other Senators from Prior Years

Past slates

  • The Elections Committee Slate was a fake slate in Winter 2006 consisting of the members of the Elections Committee, mostly as satire of the way the Senate handled the Unqualified Candidates Scandal. "Vote for us; we're going to win anyway!"
  • B.E.E.R. - Better Education, Entertainment, and Representation was another jab at everyone else's use of silly acronyms. It was the name that Senator Ari Kalfayan was going to run for the exec office in 2006, but when James Schwab pulled out of the race, so did BEER.
  • United Student Alliance attempted to turn patriotism into humor with its two candidates in Fall 2005, but it fell far short of a Senate seat. Candidate Joe Harney took a seat on the ASUCD Court.
  • Friends Urging Campus Kindness was very successful in its first and only election and occupied two Senate seats, but essentially fell apart when both of those senators decided to leave the slate — neither believed in a permanent party, as the slate was originally a backlash against the slate system. It lasted from Winter 2005 to Fall 2005.
  • People's Collective
  • SOSSS - Official website. Came into existence during Spring quarter 2004 and dissolved in Winter quarter 2005 into the newly-formed Friends Urging Campus Kindness slate.
  • UNITE - Formed in the November 2001 election by Lee Weissman* and Sara Henry**. That fall they won 5 out of 6 available seats on the ASUCD Senate, winning 83% of the available seats with only 41% support of the voting population. This was one of the landmark factors for the introduction of Choice Voting. The slate dissolved into Student Focus
    • Having run against the slate at the time, I think its safe to say that Weissman founded it. Additionally I'm sure he would take credit for having done so, and nearly every member of the slate would thank Weissman specifically for getting them involved, during their farewell statements later. -KrisFricke
      • Having run ON the slate at the same time, Lee and Sara created together. It was outside Wellmann Hall. Trust me playa, I've heard the story a million times. By the way Lee's name is spelled with 2 n's <3 KG
  • Student Action Ticket - This slate only existed for 1-2 elections before it was replaced by Student Focus and L.E.A.D. Lamar Heystek was on Senate during the time of these elections according to his column.
  • Aggie Centrist Team

Before the Senate

Believe it or not, ASUCD did not always have a Senate. During the 1980s, the executive and legislative branches weren't so divided, as the chief body of the student government was known as the ASUCD Executive Council. Council was the legislative branch of the ASUCD, as I have seen old bills passed as "Council Bill #5" instead of the modern "Senate Bill #23".

On February 22nd, 1995, the student body passed the "Democracy in Davis Act" (I) by an overwhelming margin, completely reshaping ASUCD into three branches modeled after the federal government from the former executive council model. We have ASUCD President Nguyen and ASUCD Vice President Aaron Bloom to thank for adamantly pushing for these reforms.

Before this, we have the record of the most recent1 ASUCD Admin Plan to shed some light on the early history of ASUCD:

In 1915 [which is false — it's actually 1910-12-10], students at the University Farm created a student association known as the Associated Students of the University Farm to enhance the quality of student life on campus by providing social and entertainment functions and some student services. In 1933, members of the Association voted in favor of non-voluntary membership fees to finance the activities promoted by the Association. After the Second World War, with returning veterans enrolling under the GI Bill at various institutions across the nation, Davis experienced a greater increase in student population which was met with the promotion of more academic programs.

In 1955, the first floor of the Memorial Union was constructed. And in 1959, the Regents of the University of California designated Davis as a general campus; the student association amended its constitution and by-laws, and the Associated Students of the University of California at Davis (ASUCD) came into existence. During this time, an Executive Committee composed of students, alumni, faculty members, and staff directed the various activities of ASUCD. While under this structure, ASUCD began operating the campus bookstore, the soda fountain, a student store, and began funding Intercollegiate Athletics and campus publications.

In the early 1960's, the Memorial Union developed student-oriented programs, and with the increase in student fees, the University began to provide some services relinquished by ASUCD such as the bookstore and other commercial services. By 1965, significant changes in the the operations of ASUCD had occurred. A change in the constitution reorganized the old Executive Committee into the all-student Legislative Assembly. With campus expansion, completion of the Memorial Union, and the growth of the student body, ASUCD began to create new activities and services to meet the needs of students.

In 1971, the constitution was again changed, the government restructured to parallel the federal system of government with the Senate (legislative), President and Vice President (executive), and the Student Relations Council (judicial). The career staff was reorganized to report only to ASUCD executive officers. Within the next year, the UC System wide Administration recognized all ASUC's as official campus units. ASUCD shared the dual roles of constituent organizations and a campus unit.

With the increase in the ASUCD budget, a career staff position was developed to assist services, especially the programming and commercial services, and to provide continuity from year to year. Late in 1977, ASUCD entered into an agreement with the Graduate Student Association (GSA) to offer some services to graduate students which the GSA could not easily provide. The government changed again in 1978, establishing a modified city-council style government which also provided for advisory commission and an elected president who sits as a member of the Council.

In The Associated Students at the University of California, Davis, an Unincorporated Association, vs. Regents of the University of California (1983), ASUCD actually sued the Regents to regain control over various campus businesses which had been entrusted to the administration (under Chancellor Mrak) in 1966.

  • Does someone have a case number for this? I just poked around Lexis-Nexis using every combination of contractions of those plaintiff & defendant names and couldn't find the case. -KrisFricke )=
  • Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Yolo, No. 47218.
    • Funny story about that, I was thinking about this while I was making an index of old cases, and then I was like "wait, you know.. the case would be in this Courthouse .. waitaminute, it would be in THIS index!" Flipped about two pages from where I was and found it. Haven't found the actual case though, I'm not sure where cases previous to 1987 are hiding out. What is your source on all this anyway? -KrisFricke
    • Come to the third floor and see the source for yourself.
    • Boo: cases previous to 1987 are at McClellen Air Force Base! WTF. )= -KrisFricke
    • ASUCD Attorney was Thomas H. Frankel (102 E Street, Davis). He seems to still be around...

Footnotes

1. "Council Bill #8, Passed November 6, 1986 :)"