UC Davis Associated Students passes BDS bill

Associated Students at UC Davis (ASUCD) passed a bill on Feb. 16 that prevents any of the ASUCD budget from funding companies that profit off human rights violations in Gaza, as specified by the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement. 

“From McDonald’s to Sabra to Chevron, none of our student fees that fund ASUCD operations will be used to financially support 30+ companies that are complicit in Zionist violence,” a statement from Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) UC Davis read.

The divestment bill passed 12-2, locking its $20 million budget from companies such as Starbucks and Puma. In 2021, ASUCD passed a resolution in support of the BDS movement but only fully divested its funds last week.

Over 30+ organizations including (Most prominent orgs) co-sponsored the bill, and hundreds showed up to the Senate meeting in support, according to the statement.

Son of former YouTube CEO found dead at UC Berkeley dorm

Marco Troper, the son of former YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, died in his dorm at UC Berkeley on Feb. 13 due to unknown causes, USA Today reported. 

The Berkeley Police Department attempted “life-saving measures” on Troper when he was found unresponsive in his dorm room at Clark Kerr Campus, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, USA Today reported. Foul play is not suspected, and his death remains under investigation.

Troper was 19 and a member of the fraternity Zeta Psi, his grandmother Esther Wojcicki said in a social media post.

“Marco was the most kind, loving, smart, fun and beautiful human being. He was just getting start[ed] on his second semester of his freshman year at UC Berkeley majoring in math and was truly loving it,” Wojcicki’s post read.

“Marco’s life was cut too short. And we are all devastated, thinking about all the opportunities and life experiences that he will miss and we will miss together. Marco, we all love you and miss you more than you will ever know.”

A version of this article appeared on p. 2 of the Feb. 22, 2024, print edition of the Daily Nexus.


Sindhu Ananthavel
Sindhu Ananthavel (she/they) is the Lead News Editor for the 2023-24 school year. Previously, Ananthavel was the Deputy News Editor for the 2022-23 school year, the Community Outreach News Editor for the 2021-22 school year and an assistant news editor for the 2021-22 school year. She can be reached at news@dailynexus.com.