Senate President Pro Tempore addressed the uncontested spring 2022 election at the May 5 meeting

During the quarterly town hall, ASUCD presidential candidate Radhika Gawde was asked whether she would withdraw from the race so that a special election could be called.


On Thursday, May 5 at 6:17 p.m., Vice President Juliana Martinez Hernandez called the Senate meeting to order and recited the recognition of the land of UC Davis.

The quarterly town hall began and the public posed questions to the senators. Senators were asked what projects they were working on.

Senator Pro Tempore President Radhika Gawde, who is running for ASUCD President in the Spring 2022 elections, was asked about her candidacy without contest. A member of the public asked Gawde if she would be willing to drop out of the race so the Senate could call a special election.

“I would like the Elections Committee to take whatever action they deem necessary,” Gawde said. “Whatever the Elections Committee wants to do, I’m all for it. I’m going to defer to their judgment on that, because it’s inappropriate of me to intervene, because I have a very strong conflict of interest since I became a candidate.

Gawde also addressed the number of candidates running for the Senate in the election.

“It’s unfortunate that we’re in a situation where there’s an uncontested election and only seven people are running for six Senate seats, but I think it’s less because of petition signings, and I think it’s is a marketing and engagement failure of ASUCD and also a structural issue with the Elections Committee that needs to be rectified for the future,” Gawde said.

The senators were then released to speak to the individuals one-on-one.

Then Kabir Sahni was confirmed as President of the Judicial Council, Trévon Mims was confirmed as Acting Senator and Sasha A’Hearn was confirmed as a member of the Donation Collection Committee, all without objection.

Afterwards, Amanda Portier and Jesse Goodman, respectively president and vice-president of the Picnic Day Board, presented a quarterly report. They approached the most recent 108th picnic day as a safe in-person return with record attendance at exhibits and venues. The council exceeded its sponsorship goal of $15,200 and sold most of the merchandise, exceeding the projected revenue of $2,000. For the 109th day of the picnic, the council plans to make data-driven decisions based on customer feedback.

Managing Director Jaidyn Alvarez-Brigance presented KDVS’ quarterly report and shared that they had a successful fundraising week in which they earned over $27,000. KDVS has also held a music festival in Sacramento, which has been an annual event since 2005. Alvarez-Brigance also said KDVS has been stationed in Lower Freeborn Hall since 1966 and expressed the difficulties of unit relocation.

This report was followed by another from the Aggie Reuse Store in which they reiterated their goals of fostering sustainability and community, providing affordable and accessible resources and volunteer opportunities. The unit is also moving out of the EcoHub in the summer of 2022 and is focusing on rebranding and marketing the store with the move.

Aggie Studios and Creative Media presented their quarterly report, evoking Housing Week, in which they focused on humanizing the housing process through reels and stories and alumni interviews. Creative Media is currently working on promoting the ASUCD Elections with graphics and posters, producing merchandise for Bike Barn’s 50th anniversary May 16-20 as well as promoting Lawntopia, the annual concert of the spring term of ASUCD, which is scheduled to take place on May 19.

Unit Manager Ashley Hicks presented the quarterly report to the Entertainment Council, detailing past events that have been held, such as open mic and movie nights showing films such as ‘Midsommar’ and ‘Lady Bird’. Additionally, the Entertainment Council held a paint-on-vinyl event with over 200 people in attendance, and there are plans to hold a second one towards the end of the quarter. The council is also working on Lawntopia, and Hicks mentioned the difficulties of having to leave Lower Freeborn.

All previous laws were signed according to Martinez Hernandez.

Then the senators introduced emergency legislation from SB No. 83, which authorizes a transfer of $10,000 from the Petrichor line (59550) to the Mid-size & Miscellaneous Shows line (59500) and CA No. 76, which is a constitutional amendment. improve the recall process to allow voting on a candidate to replace an elected official in the event of a successful recall. Both have been moved to be considered normal legislation.

SB #77 allocates $3,767.52 from Senate reserves to the ASUCD pantry for the purpose of purchasing menstrual products passed unanimously.

SB #80, which seeks to expand the scope of initiatives and potential responsibilities that may be undertaken by the ASUCD Board of Directors on Engagement and Outreach, passed unanimously.

SB #81 and #82 passed unanimously, including minor grammatical changes to SB #68 and SB #69.

SR#31, a resolution urging UC Davis to recognize Eid al-Fitr as a holiday celebrated by many UC Davis students and to implement a campus-wide accommodation system for students observing religious events that occur during the academic year, was adopted unanimously.

The senators approved the minutes of previous meetings and Martinez Hernandez adjourned the meeting at 12:16 a.m.

Written by: Kaya Do-Khanh —