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Isao Fujimoto fosters student tradition of agricultural action Agricultural paradigms move from “alternative” to “sustainable”
13 / THURSDAY BME Departmental Seminar Series 4:10 to 6 p.m. | GBSF Auditorium The Biomedical Engineering Departmental Seminar Series will continue with a talk given by Dr. Elaine Landry, professor of philosophy at UC Davis. The title of her lecture will be “If an electron spins in a forest…”
14 / FRIDAY Lovers’ Lane 5:30 to 8 p.m. | Whole Foods Market, 500 First St. Have a picnic with your sweetheart in the Arboretum Terrace Garden. The evening will have twinkle lights and live music to help set the mood. The event is free. Fourth Birthday Party 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Logos Books, 513 Second St. Celebrate Logos Books’ fourth birthday with the World Music of Xylocopa and birthday cake. The event is free. MISHA VELASQUEZ | AGGIE
Lights Low with the Afterglow 2014 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. | 123 Sciences Lecture Hall Check out this a cappella show presented by the Afterglow and featuring UC Berkeley Men’s Octet, The Hightones and The Spokes. Tickets are $7.
15 / SATURDAY Colors of Divine Love 7 to 9 p.m. | International House, 10 College Park Colors of Divine Love: A Musical Journey with Poet-Saints of India is a fundraising event for Sahaya International and International House Davis. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and music will begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided during intermission and donations are encouraged. A Night of Shorts! 8 to 10 p.m. | Lab A, Wright Hall, UC Davis Check out these short radio plays by Studio 301 Productions. The night will feature “Sure Thing’ by David Ives, ‘Lion Hunting” by Abbott and Costello and “Help me, Doctor or: Oh The Places You Won’t Go” by Jonathan Goldstein and David Rakiff. Come dressed in shorts to receive a free lollipop! A $5 donation is encouraged.
16 / SUNDAY Children’s Storytelling 2 to 3 p.m. | International House, 10 College Park Come listen to “Nelson Mandela, an African Hero” presented by Nathalie Minya. The night will include stories, songs, dance and drum-making. Entrance is free for I-House members and $2 for non-members or $5 for a family.
17 / MONDAY Pub Quiz 7 to 9 p.m. | DeVere’s Irish Pub, 217 E St. Check out Dr. Andy Quizmaster’s weekly celebration of knowledge, strategy and raucous company. Teams can have up to six players, and attendees are encouraged to arrive early to secure seats.
18 / TUESDAY Author Event: Elana K. Arnold Noon to 1 p.m. | Lounge, Memorial Union Store Come listen to Young Adult Literature author Elana K. Arnold give a talk titled “Young Adult Literature Demystified: Writing and Working in YAL.” Brown Bag Lecture: A History of KDVS 1 to 2 p.m. | Room D, Student Community Center Check out a talk by UC Davis alumus and Sacramento State University anthropology Professor Jerry Drawhorn about the history of KDVS.
UC Davis Professor Fujimoto poses for a photo.
firstname.lastname@example.org UC Davis has a history in rural agriculture, and with the large presence of “sustainability” on campus, it seems a community-centered food system was second nature. However, according to the past students of Isao Fujimoto who founded such iconic institutions as the Davis Food Co-Op and Farmers Market, the 1960s and ’70s were a time of change, and it took the organizing actions of students and faculty to establish such principles in the community. The Vietnam War, the Green Revolution and the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy had all occurred around the time when professor emeritus in Asian American Studies and Community Development, Isao Fujimoto, arrived to UC Davis in 1967.With a background in rural sociology, he said he aimed to help students integrate values of community and social justice. “It was an incredible time of energy for change,” said Ann Evans, 1975 UC Davis alum and co-founder of the Davis Food Co-Op and Farmers Market. “People who grew up in the ’50s were just finding their voice and they had a
lot to say … There was a whole movement around food for people, not for profit. It was a time where farm workers were just beginning to organize and unionize, consumers were just starting to find their voice … Isao was very much a product of that time.” According to Fujimoto, during this time former Chancellor Emil Mrak declared a four day moratorium during which discussion and proposals between students and faculty led to such institutional changes as the the establishment of ethnic, women’s and environmental studies on campus among others. Janet Mercerio, 1972 alumna and one of the first Native American Studies graduates of UC Davis, said Fujimoto fostered this energy of change at his home, at one time housing 11 student projects and organizations there. “His house was the headquarters of everything and he was the spearhead of the alternative movement here in Davis,” Mercerio said. “Networking was one of his main qualities; just getting to know people and connecting them with other people, trying to create a movement by everybody working together. ” “Alternative” was the contemporary word, much like “sustainability” is used today. One project Fujimoto worked on with his students was the Alternative Agricultural Resources Project. Fujimoto wrote in a 1976 abstract that the project was born out of a 1973 conference at UC Davis concerning the redirection of “research priorities in the college of agriculture … to better serve publics the Land Grant system had been ignoring,” which included farm workers, consumers and family farmers. During his first years at UC Davis he visited a United Farm Workers strike in Delano, Calif. where he said he was considered a Davis ally to farm workers. It was then that he noticed how juxtaposed the University was perceived to
be against the agricultural workforce. “UC Davis was seen as a place for supporting ag. research that would benefit the growers … it had an emphasis on increasing production … but the human dimension got side tracked,” Fujimoto said. “Agriculture is not just about land and production, it’s also about community and … respecting the people and environmental resources that make production possible.That was our whole approach from the beginning. [However] I had a rough time on campus because I didn’t get much support so I started doing things at home.” Evans, along with the other cofounders of the Farmers Market and Co-op, worked with Fujimoto in the Alternative Agricultural Resources Project and saw his home as a refuge through which he inspired many students with his integrated views of community and food systems. “He really provided us with a sense that the ideas that we had were okay, they were normal, they just weren’t the ‘normal’ of the University but worthy of pursuit,” Evans said. “It was helpful to hear from an adult that your natural thoughts are meaningful even though they don’t conform to the status quo.” According to Evans, Fujimoto’s social and environmental ideals trickled into the foundational principles of the Farmers Market and Co-op, which started out as a buying club made up of student housing cooperatives before spreading to 300 homes in the community. In 1976, co-founders Henry Esbenshade, Martin Barnes of Capay Organic Farms, and Annie Main of Good Humus Farms established their own farming operations, and, together with Evans, secured a storefront and marketplace for the Davis Food CoOp and Davis Farmers Market which continue to support each other today. “We were dedicated to creating a new vision of a local food system,” Evans FUJIMOTO on 9
UC Student Workers Union presents demands at bargaining session Contract negotiations continue to push for accessible public education and more NICOLE YI
Past Activism Panelist Discussion 1 to 2 p.m. | Multipurpose Room, Student Community Center Listen to executive director of the Community Resource Centers Sheri Atkinson, UC Davis alumnus and Sacramento State professor of anthropology Jerry Drawhorn, professor emeritus of Community Development and Asian American Studies Isao Fujimoto and Educational Consultant and adjunct professor/counselor at Sacramento City College Joaquin Galvan discuss past activism. Trivia 9 to 11 p.m. | Sofia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St. Find a team and head to Sofia’s to test your knowledge in subjects ranging from world geography to ’80s music to sports to The Big Lebowski. There will be prizes and entrance is free.
19 / WEDNESDAY Brown Bag Lecture: Power of Poetry, Social Media, Activism Noon to 1 p.m. | Room D, Student Community Center Listen to a talk by poet and Spanish Department lecturer Francisco X. Alarcón.
email@example.com Since the previously scheduled bargaining session was cancelled by UC Management, the UC Student Workers Union (UAW Local 2865) at Davis has anticipated having another opportunity to be heard. UAW 2865 represents over 12,000 academic student employees at the nine UC campuses and serves to defend public education and protect workers’ rights. Feb. 10 and 11 marked the official bargaining session at the University. Both days’ events included testimonies from graduate students, teaching assistants and supporters who directly shared their experiences to the UC Management Team. They expressed
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Families march into the Memorial Union to give their testimonies over increasing rent prices.
the difficulties of working and learning under current conditions in hopes of informing management the reality of student workers’ lives. “Our main goal is to provide a space where our members and students can engage in the process and have a democratic voice in the process,” said Caro-
Obama signs controversial Farm Bill into law New legislation modifies agricultural spending, food stamp administration
firstname.lastname@example.org The Farm Bill, affecting many aspects of nutritional consumerism, was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Feb. 7. This bill was previously passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 251 to 166, and by the Senate with a vote of 68 to 32. To reference its wide range of impacts, President Obama called the bill “a Swiss Army knife.”This law had waited two years for enactment and hopes to affect economic reform as well as promote research, growth, opportunity and safety. The first farm bill legislation
was initiated during the Great Depression as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. In 1933, it was passed as the Agricultural Adjustment Act, and gave financial assistance to farmers, with additional clauses regarding a nutritional program. This legislation was eventually set to be amended and updated every five years. Presently, the 2014 version of this legislation, widely known as the “Farm Bill,” may be more specifically referred to as the Agricultural Act of 2014 and will be enacted over the next five years as a product of the House-Senate Farm Bill Conference. The monetary settlement to support this
plan is about $100 billion. The organization of the text is divided into three broad parts — farm policy reform, food stamp reform and additional regulations. Roughly 15 percent of the total settlement would support the farms, while most of the remainder would go towards the food stamp programs. “I am pretty satisfied with the new Farm Bill,” said Dr. Shermain Hardesty, extension economist and director of the Small Farm Program at UC Davis, in an email. “It renews support for innovative programs that invest in the next generation of farmers, the growth of local and organic agriculture and economic oppor-
tunity in rural communities. In particular, it provides $444 million of funding directly into beginning, veteran and socially disadvantaged farmer initiatives over the next  years, representing a 154 percent increase over the previous farm bill.” According to the bill itself, the Farm Bill would provide support, training and capital access to farmers and ranchers, strengthen livestock disaster assistance and crop insurance, repeal ineffective dairy programs and fully support specialty crop industry priorities. “Our Small Farm Program may have increased access to grants to fund our efforts to support our clientele, as well as providing increased funding for programs that our clientele can apply for themselves,” Hardesty said. Staple crops, including corn, wheat and potatoes, have historically been awarded more subsi-
line McKusick, executive board member of UC Student Workers Union and a Ph.D.. student in anthropology. Undergraduates, ASUCD Senators, graduate students, teaching assistants and research assistants were present at SWU on 8
dies than specialty crops, which include fruits, vegetables and nuts. The Farm Bill promotes specialty crop farming through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as well as locally-grown and organic food production, among other programs. “The USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program strengthens the market for specialty crops like fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture,” said a USDA spokesperson. “Working with state departments of agriculture, the program helps sustain our nation’s farmers and strengthens our communities.” A minor portion of the budget will be attributed to environmental cases, including the establishment of a committee within the Environmental Protection Agency FARMBILL on 9
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Davis Pedicab expands toward big leagues Founder details local business’ origins, ambitions
email@example.com The Davis Pedicab is a human pedal-powered taxi service driven by independent contractors, and this longtrusted method of local transportation is now hoping to expand beyond Davis. The founder, Andrew Watters, started the organization with future plans of expansion in mind. Each year the Pedicab organization has progressively broadened its network, and is now beginning to move toward working for bigger places and events instead of focusing solely on Davis. “The whole concept [of] Davis Pedicab isn’t just about Davis itself, but it is the place that ultimately serves as our home-base,”Watters said. Watters has attempted to get a program involving his pedicab business going with UC Davis. However, despite making presentations to ASUCD and attempting to partner with Tipsy Taxi, this ambition was not realized. “I tried to get something going with the school formally. Davis is a good place to have this future concept of ‘people moving transportation,’” Wat-
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PadiCab: A pedicab driver helps a Davis resident into a seat.
ters said. “It’s interesting because you think that they’d be all over it, but they’re not.” For the past few years, the pedicabs, which are essentially bikes pulling attached seating areas, have provided the people of Davis with cheap, safe rides to their desired destinations. They can be seen riding around campus and downtown on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and there is no set rate for a ride as passengers and drivers negotiate a price they both agree is fair. “I have a three-and-a-half year old, and so part of the reason I’m doing all of this is to do what I can with my experience to make the world run a little bit better. It’s a pretty simple concept,” Watters said.
Students face leasing extremes Residents, management grapple with competitive housing market
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firstname.lastname@example.org One night in January, when the temperature dipped below freezing, the glow of phone screens drew attention to an apartment complex’s leasing office. There, bundled in puffy fleece jackets and scarves, were three figures, two hunched down in lawn chairs clutching steaming travel mugs and the third lying in a sleeping bag at their feet. “We were told that in the past, 200 people had lined up waiting to get an apartment [at this complex]. And that scared us a little bit,” said Jordan Stritzel, a first-year animal science major. “We got it into our heads that
we should get here early to have the pick of the litter.” Stritzel and her two friends arrived at Piñon Apartments at 10:30 p.m. with the intention of staying outside all night in order to acquire a lease when the office opened the following morning. In Davis’ competitive student housing market, their efforts are not uncommon. With leases for the following school year opening in January and entire complexes filling in a matter of hours, some may go to great lengths to secure their living situation — sleeping on sidewalks or accepting apartments passed down by friends that haven’t been refurbished in years. With the particularly competi-
Riley Sims, a first-year psychology and international relations double major, said she was playing basketball the night she twisted her ankle and needed the pedicabs to get home. “The driver picked me up and was really nice and took me back. He was also super funny — which made the ride less painful and more enjoyable. It was a great experience, however, it was really cold!” Sims said. Watters brought the organization to Davis in January 2011 with over eight years of previous experience. “Davis is a local operation, but what we mainly do and what Davis Pedicab was originally started to do was to be an PEDICAB on 13
tive apartments closer to campus, sometimes the extremes still aren’t enough. “We got discouraged by the cold and left at two in the morning — when we went back at 7 a.m. there were two other groups there. Unfortunately we didn’t get the kind of apartment we wanted — the group right in front of us did,” Stritzel said. In situations where arriving hours before the office opens doesn’t guarantee the desired apartment, students rely on friends to pass down their lease. “You literally have to start three weeks into the quarter to get at least one room at The Colleges [at La Rue]. It’s insane,” said Louise Chen, a third-year biological sciences major. “It’s hard because not a lot of people are willing to turn in their lease; the majority of the time, as the people who live there graduate, they hand down the lease to someone they know.” Passing down leases to friends is useful in that it circumvents stress — but as a result, management isn’t able to refurbish apartments. “If you pass down, you don’t have to sleep outside, but you get apartments that really need to be turned [over]. We do repairs, but turning over allows for the painting, the flooring, the deep cleaning. On one hand, pass downs are great, the faces have changed but the lease continues, but we want to make the place nice; we have a standard to uphold,” said Ray Ortiz, Sycamore Lane Apartments leasing agent. When passed continually year after year, apartments can slowly fall into disrepair, to the point where HOUSING on 13
Annual Pilipino/a Youth Conference celebrates 13th year Conference promotes higher education for high school students MELISSA DITTRICH
email@example.com The 13th Annual Pilipino/a Youth Conference (PYC) took place at UC Davis from Feb. 7 to Feb. 9. The conference was hosted and sponsored by BRIDGE, the UC Davis Pilipino/a Outreach and Recruitment Club and the Student Recruitment and Retention Center (SRRC). PYC is a three-day event that aims to promote higher education to high school students around the Bay Area. Students from areas in which higher education is not typically promoted are specifically contacted and asked to join the conference. Conference attendees came from areas such as Stockton, Vallejo and Union City. Michael Baliton, a second-year biological sciences major and intern for PYC, said that the conference is geared towards Pilipino/a students, but anyone is welcome. “The goal is to promote higher education for students who may not know what their options are,” Baliton said. The conference cost $30 to apply. Some money provided by BRIDGE was put aside for payment plans for students who could not afford the application fee. BRIDGE and the SRRC sponsored the rest of the event.The SRRC is funded through the UC Davis Facilities And Campus Enhancement (FACE) Initiative, which allocates $18 from every undergraduate student’s tuition to facilities on campus.
High school students were supplied a hotel for two nights and three days of workshops during the conference. The conference was made up of an assortment of workshops addressing art, culture, education and activism.They were based around the Pilipino/a culture and self-identity, social and political activities to help youth get involved with the community, cultural dance and verbal expression. “The goal is to teach high school students about Fil-Am culture with an overall theme of higher education,” said Robyn Huey, the community mentorship advocacy coordinator for BRIDGE. “They come from environments that don’t promote higher education and may not have mentors who can help them. It’s awesome to see them come to UC Davis and thrive.” Creating a sense of community for students was another one of the main goals for the conference. The community can help show students that even people in their positions can make it to college. “Students are unaware of the resources available,” said Jessica Page, a recruitment coordinator for BRIDGE.“This gives them a space to talk about college and meet college students who have been through similar struggles.” Abby Saavedra, a second-year psychology major and an intern for PYC, said she is happy to be a part of the conference PYC on 13
Question: I’m quite crafty, so I’ve been making and selling ornaments and clothing accessories on a website called Etsy. One of the things I make is a clip-on bow with rabbit ears sticking out of the top. It’s really cute. I discovered that another Etsy user is mimicking my bow, copying it almost exactly and selling it on her own page. I emailed her and asked whether she came up with the idea on her own, or if she got it from me. She said she just did a Google search for “bow ideas,” found mine (which she thought was unique) and recreated it with her own supplies and started selling it. Can she do this? Can I stop her from selling a bow that looks a lot like mine, almost to the point of ripping off my idea? Doesn’t it violate my copyright?
— Melissa R., Davis, CA Answer: You
probably cannot copyright your rabbit ears because the idea is not sufficiently original. I’ll get back to this in a second, but first I need to explain the difference between an idea and the expression of that idea. Although you automatically own a copyright in any statement or creative piece of art you commit to a fixed medium, you are unlikely to own a copyright in your rabbit ears, because “rabbit ears attached to a bow” is only an idea. When you create a work of art, you cannot own a copyright in the idea, but only in a particular expression of that idea. For example, the Twilight books are about vampire love.Vampire love is the “idea.” But vampire love is also one of the primary ideas behind the Blade movies, True Blood TV series and Interview with a Vampire novels. If we elevate vampire love to an additional level of abstraction, we could even argue that “undead love” is the real idea, which encompasses AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and the weirder chapters in House of the Spirits, that old masterpiece of high school required reading. You see the problem with copyrighting an idea? None of these could ever get made if we allowed authors to copyright ideas. We would miss out on a lot of expressions of vampire love. And that’s what is copyrightable: expressions. If vampire love is the idea, then a specific Twilight book is the expression of that idea. Werewolves in Oregon feuding with superfast pale guys with twinkling skin who refuse to sleep with high school kids — it’s all this combined, not vampire love alone, that makes Twilight the cultural abomination it is. Twilight author Stephanie Meyer owns a copyright in her characters, her particular expression of the vampire love idea, but she cannot stop another author from making his/her own art based on vampire love. In your situation, you want to copyright your rabbit ears attached to a bow. “Rabbit ears on a bow” would be the idea, not the expression.Your particular execution of that idea would be the expression, the unique part that’s copyrightable. So if you scribbled a doodle on the ears, you would have a copyright in the doodle. If this other Etsy person used your doodle on her own rabbit ears, you could register your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office and then sue her. Unless she is copying your original doodle, you do not have a case. This brings me to the problem of originality, which I mentioned at the outset.You can only copyright original expressions of an idea. If you were the first person ever to join rabbit ears with a bow, it’s possible that you could try to file for a design patent in the rabbit ears, but it is also unlikely to succeed. Inventors can register a design patent to protect the non-functional, ornamental aspects of an otherwise functional object. The most recent example of a design patent lawsuit involved Apple suing Samsung for creating phones that infringed design patents on the iPhone. The functional innards of the iPhone — the microprocessor, memory, or software — were not really at issue. The lawsuit came down to Samsung’s use of a phone casing that resembled the “rounded rectangle” of the iPhone. The phone was functional, the rectangle was not, but the design patent still prevented Samsung from copying the rectangles. For your rabbit ears, you would have to argue that the rabbit ears are original and not related to the function of the object. Since the “function” of a bow/rabbit ears combination seems to be “look cute on someone’s head,” distinguishing form from function would prove difficult. A patent is probably not the way to go. Writing this other person a letter might be the easiest way to resolve the problem. Ask them to change their product, or at least give you credit for it. If they won’t, and you still think you own a copyright in your rabbit ears, you can e-mail Etsy’s legal department. Their contact information is at etsy.com/help/ article/482. Daniel is a Sacramento attorney, former Davis City Council candidate and graduate of UC Davis School of Law. He’ll answer questions sent to him at governorwatts@ gmail.com or tweeted to @governorwatts.
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news in brief
POLICE BRIEFS 4 / TUESDAY
UC Davis Wears Red Day falls short of world record
It’s all in the delivery Someone on Kestrel Place discovered three fraudulent charges on his credit card totaling $800, then inadvertently received a package addressed to the suspect.
5 / WEDNESDAY Pet peeve The reporter asked a man on Albany Street not to smoke and he became aggressive, threatening to come back later and harm the reporter’s cat.
7 / FRIDAY Creepy crawlies Someone was crawling underneath a house that is uninhabited and for sale on 11th Street.
Dog eat dog world Someone’s roommate threatened to release the person’s dog into the street so it would get run over on Fifth Street.
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Students gather at Hutchison Field to attempt to break a world record and raise awareness for heart disease.
Drive up the wall Someone on Bellows Street drove into the retaining wall of the reporter’s house and fled the scene.
9 / SUNDAY Can’t handle the truth A woman was making customers on Richards Boulevard uncomfortable by acting odd and talking about sex trafficking in Africa. Police briefs are compiled from the City of Davis daily crime bulletins. Contact EINAT GILBOA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEEKLY WEATHER Short-Term Forecast Last weekend’s storm brought a significant amount of much-needed rainfall . However, even after this past storm, the city of Sacramento has only received 4.82 inches of rain since Jan. 1st, when it typically would have received 12.48 inches. Looks like we’re going to have to keep hoping, praying, dancing - or whatever you do - for rain! This week, there is a slight chance we could be seeing some rain around Thursday and possibly again on Saturday.
On Feb. 7, UC Davis Wears Red Day took place on Hutchison Field. The event looked to raise awareness for heart disease as a leading killer of men and women in the U.S. by attempting to break the world record for the largest human heart formation. According to Andrew Crotto, event manager at UC Davis, 12,000 people were expected to attend the event to break the world record of 11,166 people for the largest heart formation. The total turnout for the event was approximately 2,386 people. Crotto said in an interview that the event was a success in the sense that a variety of student organiza-
tions and faculty members were present to raise awareness together. Although the world record was not met, the event was still a success in terms of promoting education for heart disease in the United States. “Our expectations for the event were definitely met,” Crotto said. Among the various UC Davis groups present were members of the Cal Aggie Marching Band, a variety of sorority and fraternity chapters and members of the UC Davis faculty. In the hopes of educating UC Davis students and faculty, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi spearheaded the event alongside Dr. Amparo Villablanca, director of the
Today (2/13): High 67, low 48, cool, mostly cloudy, calm winds, slight chance of rain in the evening into the night Friday (2/14): High 65, low 45, cool, partly sunny, calm winds Saturday (2/15): High 65, low 42, cool, mostly cloudy, calm winds, slight chance of rain throughout the day
Long-Term Forecast Hold your horses, more rain may be coming! While any that happens next week is good for our drought, a lot more rain is needed. Besides the chance for rain on Tuesday and Wednesday, expect a mix of clouds and sunshine next week. Sunday (2/16): High 65, low 38, cloudy early then clearing, calm winds Monday (2/17): High 65, low 44, partly cloudy, calm winds Tuesday (2/18): High 60, low 46, mostly cloudy with a chance of PM rain, breezy at night Wednesday (2/19): High 59, low 45, showers likely, calm winds
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Students show their support for UC Davis Wears Red Day.
UC Davis Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program, and Adele Zhang, curator of the UC Davis Design Museum. The planning for the event began six months ago, according to the chancellor. Katehi said that the event was created to “come together and recognize together that cardiovascular disease is really a number one killer disease among women.” Barbara Jahn, the swim coach at UC Davis, attended the event alongside other UC Davis faculty and students. Jahn teaches an aerobics dance class through the physical education program at UC Davis. “It’s all about getting a healthy heart, so I thought this was a perfect opportunity to promote a healthy heart and healthy living,” Jahn said. According to Crotto, it is undecided as to whether or not UC Davis Wears Red Day will become an annual event. An ultimate decision has not been made. Katehi stressed the importance of educating students about heart disease. “This disease can be avoided. This is a disease that kills young people between the ages of 35 and 55 primarily, so it is very important that we educate our students,” Katehi said. — Laura Fitzgerald
— Aggie Forecast Team
California to receive aid for drought Seventeen communities running out of water LUCIA RUIZ
email@example.com The California drought is causing “extremely dry conditions [that] have persisted since 2012” and is affecting both communities and wildlife, said Gov. Jerry Brown. According to state officials, 17 rural communities that span from Santa Cruz to Sonoma counties in California are in danger of running out of water within four months. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) compiled a list of the communities at risk. “As the severe drought continues, we’re working with impacted communities to identify alternative water sources and ad-
ditional resources,” said CDPH director Dr. Ron Chapman. The 17 rural drinking water systems identified serve communities that range in size from 39 to approximately 11,000 Californians. There are approximately 3,000 community water systems that provide water in California. This announcement is following Gov. Brown’s emergency drought proclamation earlier last month on Jan. 17. This proclamation identified communities that may run out of drinking water. It also “[provides] technical and financial assistance to help these communities address drinking water shortages” and “[identifies] emergency interconnections that exist among the
state’s public water systems that can help these threatened communities.” The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Natural Resources Conservation Service said that another $14 million will be distributed for water management improvements in the state, a day after Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack had already committed $20 million. This was announced as the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would temporarily stop the restoration of the San Joaquin River and allow farmers to pump delta water more freely. The drought not only affects drinking water but also local wildlife. California’s Fish and Game Commission has continued the ban on fishing in drought-afflicted state waterways. State wildlife officials said that the drought-related fishing closures are the largest that the state has ever enforced in California. The Steinberg Bill, proposed by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-
Sacramento), would set a July 1 deadline for state agencies to approve water recycling and stormwater reuse projects. Political consultants said that the Steinberg Bill would expedite aid for communities facing the drought. This bill would also redirect millions of dollars intended for climatechange relief to water conservation projects. Senator Steinberg is currently working on this legislation. The City of Davis is taking precautions to mitigate the effects of the drought. Both the city and campus fire departments “are being cautious with water use during [their] regularly scheduled training, but when it comes to fire ground operations there is no change,” Fire Chief Nathan J. Trauernicht of the City of Davis and UC Davis Fire Departments said. The dangerously low drinking supply isn’t the only thing that should be worried STEINBERG on 13
This Week In senate ASUCD Vice President Bradley Bottoms presided over the meeting on Feb. 6, 2014. The meeting was called to order at 6:17 p.m. Athletic Director Terry Tumey gave a presentation regarding undergraduate athletics. Mike Bazemore, assistant athletic director of business operations, was also present. Tumey discussed the UC Davis studentathlete model. He said that he believes student athletes need to be good students as well as good athletes, with neither identity taking precedence over the other. A new field for women’s field hockey is going to be built for about $3.7 million. Tumey also explained other capital
improvements the Athletics Department wants to make, such as installing lights on the fields so baseball and soccer players can practice at night. He cited academic and health concerns pertaining to players practicing only during the day. Sara Okholm, the unit director for Campus Copies/Classical Notes, presented the unit report.The unit is trying to sell more notes this quarter and hire more notetakers, who get paid off of commission, for next quarter. Bob Fung gave a presentation about voterprep.org, a new website that serves as an online forum for candidates in elections to publicly answer questions posed by a moderator or voters.
The senators expressed mixed reactions to introducing the website to UC Davis. “It’s an avenue for transparency,” said ASUCD Senator Ryan Wonders. According to Fung, voterprep.org plans to support the local Davis elections. Senate Resolution #7, which sought to end actions intended to ostracize or disenfranchise segments of the UC Davis community, was passed. Senate Bill #20, which proposed implementation of a revised Long-Range Plan for the Campus Center for the Environment, was passed. Senate Bill #22, centered around clarifying the role of the Network Administration Team in ASUCD elections, was
passed. Senate Bill #24, which sought to establish violation points for SmartSite listservs in ASUCD elections, was passed. Senate Bill #35, which aimed to amend The California Aggie budget to accommodate a change of payroll weeks for its employees, was passed. Senate Bill #37 which will amend the FY 2013-14 Bike Barn Budget to hire a consultant, was passed. Senate Bill #38, which proposed a change in the AggieTV budget to accommodate a change of payroll of its employees, was passed. — Lauren Mascarenhas
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UC Davis Veterinary Center to expand on dog socialization program
Asian American Association gets ready for 10th Anniversary Film Festival
Students, SPCA weigh in on pros, cons of pet ownership
Association encourages students to attend, participate
For the past year, the UC Davis Veterinary Center has been holding puppy socialization classes coined “Yappy Hour” for dogs eight to 14 weeks old. The program began expanding in January. The class, at one time free and just twice a month, now costs $80 for a package of four classes. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Center for Companion Animal Health Lobby from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. New puppies and their owners can drop in on the first and third Tuesday of any given month. The class covers topics such as car safety, “novel substrate” socialization, riding in elevators and a training method called “nothing in life is free,” among other lessons. Clinical assistant professor of Yappy Hour Tami Pierce explains that it is absolutely vital that puppies get socialized between three weeks to 14 weeks old — a critical socialization period. “Dogs that aren’t socialized are prone to behavior problems such as fear, biting and anxiety. Dogs down the line will tend to not be as social and this is a huge problem … we give [clients] skills to go out on the rest of their days to teach the puppies to be socialized to people, places, sounds and substrates,” Pierce said. In general, veterinarians recommend that puppies don’t interact with other dogs until they’ve received all vaccinations. To attend Yappy Hour, however, they only require one examination with the veterinarian and documentation of being dewormed and having received their first DAP vaccine. These regulations have met with some criticism, but according to Pierce, research shows that the importance of socialization outweighs the risk of contracting disease. “A study came out of UC Davis published by Meredith Stepita that looked at puppies that go to socialization class and risk of parvo. It basically showed that dogs that go to socialization have no more risk than dogs that don’t go. We feel that it’s really an important part of raising a healthy puppy,” Pierce said. The leading problem of premature death in dogs is not disease but actually social behavioral problems.The goal of the program is to give clients the skills and encouragement to train and socialize their puppies before the critical period has passed. Additionally, as UC Davis is one of the leading veterinary schools in the nation, the program serves as a teaching tool for resident veterinarians. “Part of the impetus in having the program was expanding to train veterinarians in the importance of puppy socialization. We want veterinarians to offer basic information on behavior and stop behavior problems before they start. It’s the preventative method in the field to teach clients how to address these problems before they start,” Pierce said. Additionally, one of the biggest problems with not socializing puppies is that it increases the likelihood of an owner surrendering their dog. The Yolo County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) anticipates this common problem by taking surrendered dogs from the Yolo County Animal Shelter and putting adoptable animals in foster homes. Kimberly Kinnee, executive director of the Yolo County SPCA, explains that as a foster home based program, the majority of their animals come from people that didn’t have the time or the money to care for the animal, from new litters of animals or more rarely as strays. “It can be a 10 to 20 year commitment. You have to be ready to have this animal be dependent on you emotionally and financially.You need to be able to provide for the animal for the course of its life,” Kinnee said.
Emily Nguyen, a fourth-year economics major, is the co-director for the Asian American Association (AAA) Film Festival, and in her film festival folder she has images of buttons featuring statements that directly deny popular Asian American stereotypes. The buttons read: “I don’t get red when I drink,” “I am not your translator,” “My eyes are open,” “I’m not a science major,” “I’m well endowed” and “I was born here.” The AAA Film Festival is an event held for two weeks in May every year at UC Davis. Wesley Kan, a second-year neurobiology, physiology and behavior major and the publicity coordinator for the festival, said that each year the group comes up with a general theme and finds movies that follow that theme in ways that relate to the Asian American community. “It’s a way for people who don’t really know much about Asian Americans to see
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Eva Freel with her two dogs, Buddy and Skyler.
This is a huge problem, Pierce explains, because when an animal is abandoned because someone cannot care for them, it is impossible to resocialize the animal. “Dogs can’t be resocialized but they can be desensitized and counter conditioned … We have ways of decreasing their fear and anxiety but it’s not as effective,” Pierce said. What foster animals need, Kinnee explains, is to feel part of the pack and loved. Eva Freel, a fourth-year pharmaceutical chemistry major, adopted her first dog at the SPCA and has been fostering dogs ever since. Freel has fostered dogs since she got her first dog. Though the job is unpaid, she sees it as a “win-win” situation — the foster dog relearns that it can live in a safe environment, her dog has a companion and she gets to live with as many as four dogs at a time. “It’s pretty common to see college students adopt an animal, and then give it away within a year or two. The foster system is really easy to get involved in, and it provides a great resource to learn how much work an animal is, and to determine whether having one fits your lifestyle,” Freel said. Bowen Noack, a second-year biotechnology major, realized how much work taking care of a dog was. He got his German Shepherd-Siberian Husky, Reagan, when it was just eight weeks old; after two months, he realized he had to return the dog to its first owner because it wasn’t the right fit for either of them. “Caring for another life and being fully responsible for it is a really demanding task … my advice to someone getting a dog in college comes in a series of questions — why do you want a dog? who can you depend on to take care of it when you need to? Is your living environment suitable for the breed?” Noack said. This situation is a common one, Pierce said. She said she believes to be successful in owning a dog as a college student, it’s important to research the breed that best matches one’s lifestyle and actually talk to a vet who can give a good recommendation. “We are a resource for people to pick the right breed. Once they have the puppy, take it to the vet, have it examined, then sign them up for a socialization class, [they can] get some basic socialization training in that critical period,” Pierce said. And though owning a dog as a college student can be a challenge, Freel believes it can be a good learning experience. “Adopting is a lifelong commitment to that animal, which I think some people forget. It is not just a furry stuffed animal— you are agreeing to love and care for something for the rest of its life,” Freel said. “However, if adopting is the right thing for you, it is such a beneficial and educational experience. n
news in brief On Feb. 11, the Elections Committee and The Aggie hosted the ASUCD 2014 Election debate at the ASUCD Coffee House. The senate candidates were on stage from noon to 1:10 p.m. and the executive candidates were on stage from 1:20 to 2:30 p.m. Chairperson of Elections Eric Renslo and Campus Editor Scott Dresser moderated the debates. Dresser asked the prospective senators how they believed they would accomplish their platforms through senate, elaboration on their platforms and how involved they are in senate. He asked the executive candidates a series of questions such as their opinion on the
different sides. You know there’s all these stereotypes about Asian Americans, so this film festival is a way to show that they’re [not true],” Kan said. Nguyen said that this particular film festival has been put on for the past 10 years. “This year is going to be our 11th film fest which means it’s our 10th anniversary. Basically our theme this year is celebrating the history of [the film festival] and the things that we’ve done,” Nguyen said. Part of that celebration will be the return of student films. Nguyen said that the AAA Film Festival is currently taking submissions of five-minute short films either made by or starring UC Davis students. The films will be judged, with the winner receiving a $100 cash reward. However, all the films submitted will be shown in the last day of the festival. The contest is open to students of any ethnicity, but each should have either an ASIAN on 13
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WarnMe Alert system to be updated New updates to inform students of crimes on campus JORDYN MAY
firstname.lastname@example.org The WarnMe system, which sends emails to notify students of emergencies happening on campus, is currently being updated to also inform students of crimes on campus. Matt Carmichael, chief of the UC Davis Police Department, said the difference between a WarnMe alert and a timely notification is that a WarnMe is sent out to the community in emergencies to notify people to do something. “When an incident occurs on campus we are required under the Clery Act to send out a timely warning,” Carmichael said. “A timely warning is sent out for limited events that are not expected to continue.” Nick Crossley, the emergency manager of the UC Davis Safety Services, makes sure the WarnMe system is working and is coordinating the new updates. “I work with students and faculty to coordinate disaster relief, responses and preparedness,” Crossley said. “The WarnMe system falls under that.” According to Carmichael, the new updates will send timely warnings of crimes that happen on campus to students by email instead of through paper bulletins. “We expect that sending crime bulletins via email will help solve crimes,” Carmichael said. “We already get several tips off our paper bulletins, but by reaching a wider audience, we expect to receive more tips.” According to Crossley and Carmichael, the WarnMe alerts are sent to everyone
with an @ucdavis.edu email, and the new notifications will be sent similarly. “Everyone with an @ucdavis.edu address is sent WarnMe alerts which includes alumni and retired faculty members,” Carmichael said.“We can isolate the addresses to send emails only to people on campus.” Students can sign into their profiles at warnme.ucdavis.edu and add other personal email addresses and cell phone numbers to be notified. “We want 100 percent of people to add their cell phone numbers to their profiles,” Crossley said. “Right now, we are at 55 percent. Phone is the quickest way to be notified and we would only use a student’s number for emergency purposes.” “We strongly recommend that students add their phone numbers to their WarnMe profile to make sure they are alerted,” Carmichael said. Students Annette Miramontez, a firstyear design major and Kimberly Mitchell, a first-year English major said the new updates will be helpful to the student body. “It would be good to know because we would be more aware of what’s going on,” said Miramontez. “I have my phone on me all the time just about so if I get an alert I can just check it right then and there.” Mitchell stressed the importance of getting timely notifications. “I think knowing things on time or right after it happens is good. It’s good to know,” said Mitchell. “Even if it is a crime that seems isolated, it could still affect the campus because we don’t necessarily know everything about the crime. It’s better to have an idea about what’s going on.” n
ASUCD Elections Committee holds election debate at CoHo relationship between the administration and ASUCD, issues they believe should be addressed at ASUCD and how they plan on carrying out their term. Renslo asked both the senate and executive candidates their thoughts on ASUCD Ballot Measure #1. AggieTV livestreamed the event, which can be viewed at elections.ucdavis.edu and YouTube. Voting can be done at elections.ucdavis. edu, and begins on Feb. 18 at 8 a.m. and closes on Feb. 21 at 8 a.m. — Claire Tan
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MUSE BRIAN NGUYEN | AGGIE Soloist Justin Nool gets raised up by his fellow singers during a performance by the Afterglow.
All-male a cappella group puts on annual “Lights Low” concert
AKIRA OLIVIA KUMAMOTO email@example.com Looking for something new to do with your date this Valentine’s Day? How about getting serenaded with your favorite love songs? If so, then UC Davis’ all-male a cappella group, The Afterglow, has just the event for you. On Feb. 14, The Afterglow is hosting their third annual “Lights Low” concert, a romantic-themed annual show that is always done as close to Valentine’s Day as possible. The group of 14 UC Davis students will be performing new songs they’ve been working on as well as some old pieces. All of the songs are performed a cappella, meaning only vocals will be used to present the songs. Alongside The Afterglow, the concert is set to feature UC Davis’ The Spokes, UC Santa Cruz’s The Hightones and the UC Davis band Jadoo. The only group that is not performing a cappella is Jadoo. The Spokes and The Hightones are all-female groups while the Men’s Octet is an all-male group. “The premise behind the groups we invited is that they’re single-sex groups,” said Justin Nool, a fourth-year human development major and Afterglow music director. “All-male-all-female concerts are one of our traditions.”
Jadoo was added after UC Berkeley’s Men’s Octet had to drop out. Jadoo is a five-person band that fuses Middle Eastern and Western musical perspectives, and Jadoo means “magic” in Farsi. The Spokes and The Afterglow have worked together many times throughout the years. They expressed excitement about performing a new repertoire that will feature some new soloists from their groups. Their set list will include “Bones” by Ginny Blackmore, “I Need Your Love” by Ellie Goulding and a “Kiss Mix” mashup featuring pieces of “Kiss the Girl” by Katy Perry, “Kiss the Girl” from Disney’s The Little Mermaid and “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer. Fourth-year English major and Spokes’ President Rachel Riley expressed her excitement about performing this set list at “Lights Low” in an email. “We’ve chosen songs that revolve around love, though each song features a different kind of love,” Riley said. “We’re stoked to perform our ‘Kiss Mix’ medley at a show for the first time! It’s a cool fusion of a Disney song and a ‘90s classic.” The UC Berkeley Men’s Octet and UC Santa Cruz’s The Hightones have worked with The Afterglow on past occasions and said that they will likely draw some fans to
the concert. The Men’s Octet is a world-renowned allmale group that performs everything from current popular hits to classic Sinatra pieces. The Hightones are known for their fun high-energy performances and repertoire. The Afterglow has decided not to release their set list for the show as they wish to surprise their audience with what they have to offer. The group is planning on adding a unique intimate touch to the show. Fourth-year technocultural studies major and Afterglow member Otelo Contreras explained the atmosphere the group hopes to create at the concert. “There’s a different energy we sort of bring [to a concert] than other groups,” Contreras said. “We’re all really good friends and we all interact with each other on stage. I feel like that draws people in a little more. It’s more of a show when you get to know the characters in the group.” Whether you have a valentine or are riding solo,The Afterglow encourages anyone who enjoys a cappella music to attend the concert. Fourth-year environmental science and managerial economics double major Kevin Pelstring is the president of The Afterglow and wants everyone to know the concert is a welcoming environment for all. “If you don’t have a date, come to our concert and you’ll have at least 14,” Pelstring said. Tickets for “Lights Low” can be purchased $7 presale through the UC Davis Ticket Office or at the door for $12. The show will be at 123 Sciences Lecture Hall and doors open at 8 p.m.
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Organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, with guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg and drummer Jamire Williams, will be playing sets for three straight days this week. Smith played with guitarist George Benson in the 1960s before embarking on a solo recording career. The Jazz Journalist Association gave him “Organ Keyboardist of the Year” on five different occasions. SAN F RA N C I SCO SY M P HON Y FEB. 13, 8 P.M., $50 TO $94 M ONDAVI CENT E R
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Conductor of the Year Jaap van Zweden, will play two works: the Violin Concerto in D Minor by Sibelius, which will feature a solo by Simone Lamsma, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. There will be a preperformance talk with Boston Conservatory Music History Coordinator Elizabeth Seitz an hour before the show. “ L IGH TS LOW” W IT H T H E AF T E R GLOW
Covers and Mashups One of the great things about music is that it builds off of itself. As artists come and go, musicians’ influence upon each other occurs naturally.
What we hear develops our understanding of how music works, and then we build off of that understanding.
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Come spend Valentine’s Day with some a cappella groups. The concert will feature performances from two UC Davis groups: The Afterglow, a male group, and The Spokes, a female group. Also performing are The UC Men’s Octet from UC Berkeley and The Hightones from UC Santa Cruz. A R TSW EEK O N PAG E 1 2
There is no question that modern music would be entirely different had it not been for classics from the ’90s, ’80s, ’70s and ’60s; even 18th-century classical music played a crucial part in paving the way for modern music’s growth. Sometimes this influence is very indirect and hard to trace; for example, the Beatles’ influence on a band like Nirvana.The two may not sound anything alike, but I am willing to bet that among the large variety of bands directly influenced by the Beatles, at least a few found their way into a young Kurt Cobain’s headphones. From that point on, I could imagine how his understanding of music might have been slightly altered; enlightened, you could say.
Don’t get me wrong, though. Kurt Cobain is a musical genius with many, many independent ideas. I am just saying that influence is unavoidable among musical artists and listeners. What we hear develops our understanding of how music works, and then we build off of that understanding. Sometimes, however, this influence is much more noticeable and direct. Case in point: musical artists covering or sampling each other’s songs. Sometimes the cover of a song is better than the original, according to some, and sometimes it murders the original, according to others. Often, we go long periods of time without even realizing that a song is a cover. Sometimes artists (especially rappers) sample parts of other songs, allowing a type of music to appeal to a whole new audience. Every cover serves a different function. And with every cover or mashup comes debate. Here is my one-sided debate on a few covers: 1. “Landslide” (Original by Fleetwood Mac; covers by Smashing Pumpkins and Dixie Chicks) One of the reasons that the original Fleetwood version of this song is so good is its simplicity. It features nothing but Stevie Nicks’ voice and an acoustic guitar. I find it perfectly made the way it is. I suppose Smashing Pumpkins and The Dixie Chicks felt so too, because both of their covers T UNE I N O N PAGE 9
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STUDIO 301 PRESENTS...
“A NIGHT OF SHORTS!” Student-run theater group to put on one-acts, radio plays INEZ KAMINSKI firstname.lastname@example.org On Feb. 15, student-run theater group Studio 301 Productions will present “A Night of Shorts!” The program consists of two radio plays, Help Me, Doctor and Lion Hunting, and a one-act piece, Sure Thing, all of which are directed by undergraduates. Studio 301 is now in its 10th season, having started in 2004. It is an entirely student-run undergraduate club, and they put on one show per quarter. Past productions have included RENT, Cabaret,The Last Five Years, Beyond Therapy and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “Studio 301 is known for putting on bigger productions in the past,” said Audrey Shih, a fourth-year English major and director of Sure Thing in an email.“In an effort to switch things up a bit and try new things, Kevin Adamski, one of the other directors for the show, and a few of the Studio 301 officers came up with the idea of putting together something much more free form with low time commitment.” A radio play is a purely acoustic theater piece, usually performed by a panel of performers. The medium has seen a resurgence due to podcasting and online radio streaming. Lion Hunting is originally by Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, while Help Me, Doctor premiered on WireTap with Jonathan Goldstein. “Usually our productions are a play or musical, so this is the first time we have ever pre-
sented a ‘festival’ of shorter pieces,” said Marissa Saravis, a fourth-year dramatic art major and president of Studio 301 in an email. Shih said to expect a more relaxed and freeform showcase in “A Night of Shorts!” due to the less formally produced nature of the acts. “Originally, [Adamski] expressed interest in directing a radio play and then Studio 301 felt it was a great opportunity to turn it into a ‘Night of Shorts’ to feature a few short theater pieces… [I] wanted to direct ‘Sure Thing’ for a long time, and felt this was the perfect opportunity to showcase it, [so] I accepted,” Shih said. Sure Thing’s plot watches a happenstance meeting of two characters, whose conversation is repeatedly reset by the use of a bell, the conversation correcting itself whenever one of them responds negatively to the other. Kevin Adamski, who majored in dramatic art and graduated last year, has been sporadically involved in Studio 301 since 2009. He is directing the radio play Help Me Doctor, which is also called Oh! The Places You Won’t Go. It is based on a correspondence between Franz Kafka’s Gregor Samsa and Dr. Seuss. “The story addresses themes of hope and despair in a unique way using recognizable characters. I really wanted a way to share this story, but due to its short length I knew it wouldn’t necessarily stand on its own as a performance,” Adamski said in an email.
Four bands to perform at community art space
On Feb 14., Valentine’s Day, KDVS is holding an event featuring the bands Farallons, Taughtme, Pablo and Big Buff at the music, art and retail venue Third Space. In a collaboration between KDVS and Third Space, DJ Drew Evans, host of the KDVS Monday morning radio show “Apartment 5,” and Chandler Lavin, director of materials at Third Space, worked together in scheduling the bands, who all hail from Northern California. Both Evans and Lavin expressed excitement toward this event’s showcase of lesser known local talents whose sounds fall within the indie-rock spectrum. “We look to exhibit and promote art that’s not already accepted or common in the community,” Lavin said.“Davis, as much as it’s diverse, is very homogenous in the [arts] culture. We’re trying to be an alternative venue, whether it’s music, theatre or performance art.” Farallons, a band recently discovered by Evans, released their first EP Outer Sun Sets in 2013 and will be performing for the first time in Davis.They offer a hypnotizing blend of surf-rock coupled with vocal harmonies and synthesizer sounds. Andrew Brennan, who performs vocals and guitar for the band, described his settling in the Ocean Beach neighborhood of San Francisco from the East Coast as a seminal and vital point in his musical career, whether through learning to surf or how to collaborate more seamlessly with other musicians. “NorCal is instrumental to our music. Between the entire environment here [Northern California] and the place where we live [Ocean Beach], it’s an inspiring natural environment. It’s been really informative and eye opening, revealing a new mu-
Some of the cast of Studio 301 rehearses for their upcoming performance of “A Night of Shorts!”.
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sic sensibility and a lifestyle I didn’t know growing up on the east coast,” Brennan saidj. Brennan expressed the value of community arts venues and college radio stations because they are invaluable resources for the preservation of authentic talent in community art and music. “They [community venues and college radio stations] are a springboard for everything music. Third Space seems like a really neat place to play … I love college radio; I think it’s the most relevant and enjoyable radio to listen to. Whether I’m on the east coast or here [Northern California], I seek out a college station for music.The DJs care about what they put out,” Brennan said. Third Space, which recently reached nonprofit status in January, seeks to provide a venue for all artists, regardless of financial constraints or skill level. According to Lavin, their do-it-yourself, resourceful ethos has attracted a lot of enthusiasm amongst the Davis community, especially as the venue has offered an increasing amount of music and arts events, along with the availability of workshops and studio space. “We get a lot of enthusiasm about what we’re doing here.There’s a lot of popularity for music events, of which we hold about five a month, and we’re getting art shows back on track and those have been pretty popular as well,” Lavin said. Evans said this event is a testament to the strength of KDVS’s presence in the art community. “KDVS is going strong — we’re holding a bunch of events,” Evans said in a phone interview.“We have DJs that hand pick music; there’s a human touch that’s very integral to our community. We’re hoping to be doing a lot more stuff with Third Space in the future.” Third Space is located at 946 Olive Drive. The suggested donation for the event is $5.
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SCI+tech Social media can impact future employment How Important Is It to Clean Up Your Online Profile Before Job Searching?
Employers investigate online profiles for hiring, firing purposes
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Today, almost everyone has an internet presence. Social media has grown to be a great resource for Aggies to connect with friends; however, it can be a double-edged sword. At this moment, is there something on your Facebook that you wouldn’t want a current or future employer to see? Or even a potential grad school or professional school? Mary Ellen Slayter is a career expert with Monster.com, the official name of the company.
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“Every recruiter that I know, every HR person that I know are all using tools that integrate social media into the way that companies filter through applicants for jobs. This is accelerating,” Slayter said. It is becoming more and more common for a social media presence to be looked at to judge an applicant’s suitability. Social media has given companies a window beyond your resume into your life. Employers use it to see if you would be a good image for their company. “Part of what companies do when they [search] for you on social media is to see how you conduct yourself. They want to know
how you’ll interact with your coworkers and more importantly their customers or potential customers,” said Marcie Kirk Holland, a project manager at the UC Davis Internship & Career Center. Putting forward the polished and honest side online can help snag that job; however, pictures of underage drinking, complaints about past jobs or anything of the sort can be enough to cause even a perfect resume to be tossed aside. Matt Tarpey is a career advisor at CareerBuilder. In an email interview, he emphasized that social media is a great place to show off your positive qualities and your fun
personality. However, he warned Aggies from oversharing as it can come back to haunt you. On the other hand, if they can’t find anything at all, you might be worse off. “If I google a college student and I find nothing that is a turn-off. I am less likely to call that person,” Slayter said. Being off the radar will add nothing to your resume. For Aggies about to enter the professional world, cleaning up that Facebook and Twitter account and removing some embarrassing photos or that very public argument will be a step in the right direction. If you’re going to share your life with the internet, you have to manage it. Also, manage what others have posted on your profile. There are settings that make it so you have to approve a tagged picture before it shows on your Facebook wall. Don’t let your friends compromise your goals. Keep in mind that a lot can be deciphered about you based on what you post. “If you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all; especially on social media,” Kirk Holland said. Try posting with a purpose. “You want to make sure that you’re posting good things that present the professional, academic side of you … Post professionally-related things. Post things that show that you have interests in the work you’re
UC Davis study finds lovers’ heartbeats synchronize
come to the lab once, and during the experiment, a series of tests were conducted. Each participant was asked to sit across from his or her significant other and to refrain from touching or speaking. Their heart rates and respiration were measured. Statistical analysis of the physiological variables indicated significant synchronicity between romantic partners for both heart rate and respiration. Alternatively, when the couples were randomly matched, their heart rates and respiration did not synchronize significantly. “Our sample size is small and the results should be considered preliminary, but they are indeed provocative in showing the degree of physiological interdependence on the quality of the relationship across a series of laboratory tasks,” responded Sbarra in an email. Since these results were only empirically measured in heterosexual couples,
the question remains whether or not these findings can be extended to homosexual couples as well. “There is no reason to believe that these findings wouldn’t extend to homosexual partners. I hypothesize that physiological synchrony would also manifest within homosexual relationships, but at this point it is an empirical question,” said Helm in an email. However, the main findings of this paper indicate that people in more highly-satisfied relationships demonstrate greater physiological interdependence which is associated with good health. This study illuminates one plausible mechanism involved in cardiac function, called “co-regulation,” that may explain these health benefits. As research has confirmed, the more satisfied couples are, the greater health benefits they receive. So before this lovefest holiday passes you by, take some time in cultivating a high-quality relationship with your loved one. n
“We’re in a position to go into debt for our own research for the very thing that the University offered full funding to do, to go into debt and also to work a job that the University relies upon itself,” Marino said. A Children’s March into the bargaining room also took place on Feb. 10 for student-families demanding support for parents and affordable housing. Many are soon to be displaced after the demolition of Solano and Orchard Park, two campus apartments available to student-parents. Zeke Baker, a third-year Ph.D. student in sociology and a married father of a seven-and-a-half month old son, testified particularly for childcare funding. “I should be allowed to be a good parent, good partner, good researcher, worker and good TA for my students and this year it’s not possible to do all those things,” Baker said. Baker claims that the full funding he already receives of $900 per quarter ($300 of whiprovided for childcare) is insufficient coverage. Duane Wright, a third-year sociology graduate student and UC Student Workers Union board member, spoke at the bargaining session after noticing a common theme of underpayment and debt from other testimonies. He expressed his frustration of not being able to meet the cost of living as well as the conflict of interest of the UC Management administrators who also serve on boards of banks.
“It’s not that the money is not there,” Wright said. “There’s new construction projects, they can put money into things they care about and it’s just about priorities.” A Student-Worker Solidarity Rally was held on Feb. 11 outside the Memorial Union in addition to these events. McKusick anticipates another bargaining session after not being able to come to an agreement within the week’s events. Some common ground was established with UC Management, but a negotiation has not yet been made from either side’s proposals, according to McKusick. The union recently filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge against University of California in late January for refusal to bargain class size and grad student instructor term limit.The California Public Employment Relations Board is still in the process of evaluating the charge. “The University has been negotiating with UAW in good faith for months and continued to do so this week,” said Shelly Meron, media relations specialist at the University of California, Office of the President. “We are listening to what the union has to say, have offered wage increases for these workers and share their desire to maintain academic quality at UC.” Another bargaining session has been discussed to take place in the last week of February, but a location has not been confirmed. n
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As the love slowly spreads itself in the air for Valentine’s Day this week, it might be important to discover the deepness of one’s romantic relationship.We might be closer to our loved ones than we actually think. A UC Davis study finds that over time, a couple’s heartbeats begin to synchronize. Dr. Jonathan Helm, a post-doctoral researcher, in collaboration with Dr. Emilio Ferrer (professor in the psychology department) and Dr. David Sbarra (professor of psychology and director of clinical training at University of Arizona), recruited 32 couples to assess their physiological responses to one another. “We recruited participants from Davis,Woodland and the Sacramento area,” said Ferrer in an email. The 64 participants were asked to
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the session to address contract demands, fighting for gender-neutral restrooms, affordable housing, higher wages, reduced class sizes, childcare, GSHIP (Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan), improved leaves, job security and equal opportunity for immigrant student workers. Amongst those who testified, Hannah Kagan-Moore, a first-year art history graduate student, expressed her concerns of having to compromise quality of education to avoid violating union rules. While working two jobs in addition to her teacher’s assistant role and being a full time student herself, rising class sizes make it more difficult to schedule hours with her students. “When I’m grading a class of 50 students, I cannot give them sufficient feedback without automatically going over my hours,” Kagan-Moore said. “Not only is this a problem for TAs; this really negatively impacts the quality of education for undergraduates here.” Annie Marino, a second-year Ph.D. student in history, pushed for October pay to allow TA compensation before the current Nov. 1 pay date. Living monthto-month has prevented her as well as many other TAs from being able to put away savings, often forcing them to borrow loans until the first pay.
hoping to pursue,” Slayter said. Some companies are interested in your social media abilities. If you are reaching for a marketing position and dealing with a company’s social media they might ask for an in-depth look at yours. “One of the things they want to do, in addition to checking out [the applicant’s] Facebook, companies ask for access beyond their privacy settings. They like people to ‘friend’ them so they have better access to their full page,” Kirk Holland said. They might ask about how often you Tweet or Instagram to get a feel for your abilities. Already have a job? Still be cautious, because according to Tarpey, data shows that 22 percent of employers have fired someone for using the internet for a non-work related activity, and 11 percent say they’ve fired an employee for something they posted on social media. So be a social media expert. Conduct yourself in a respectable manner while being yourself. If you are applying to a job or grad school be sure to clean up your profiles because their eyes might move directly from your application to your Facebook wall. Looking for a professional social media? Try Linkedin, it can be a great resource especially if you have a portfolio to share. Being online is a personal choice, so whether you are or not, remember that you are seen. “Online privacy is an oxymoron,” Slayter said. n
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You can help these lost souls and maybe quote some Salinger (because it’s true that, as much as we think our time at UC Davis might sometimes be a waste, learning teaches us about our own minds, and that is never a futile effort): “If you go along with it any considerable distance, [an academic education will] begin to give you an idea what [kind of] mind you have.” Or, you could troll them. I recommend a solid troll by commenting #catcherintherye. To come up with hashtags with EREN KAVVAS, you should email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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UC Davis Formula Electric builds all-electric racecar Engineering students to enter SAE Formula Electric competition
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Last year’s Formula Hybrid team poses for a photo. This year they have switched to working on an all-electric vehicle.
email@example.com Every week, a group of UC Davis mechanical and electrical engineering majors gather in Bainer Hall. There, they integrate knowledge from electrical circuits, dynamics, material properties and many other engineering disciplines. Their goal? To build the fastest electric racecar they can under the guidelines of the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) Formula Electric competition. You might know them as the former Formula Hybrid team. This year, they have switched focus to electrical vehicles.According to several Formula Electric members, electric vehicles are the way of the future.
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to review hazards. Additionally, it includes clarification to the forest industries that the Clean Water Act prohibits forest road pollution. The majority of the bill funding will go into food stamp reform, which has been highly debated, and subject to criticism. The Farm Bill hopes to increase assistance to food banks, prevent abuses such as water dumping to exchange empty bottles for cash, pursue retailer fraud and boost employment by engaging able-bodied adults in mandatory work programs. “We don’t really know how the Farm Bill will affect the Yolo Food Bank, but when I hear other food banks express concern over how they will be impacted and will not be able to serve all who call upon them, I don’t share that same sense of helplessness,” said Kevin Sanchez, the executive director of the Yolo County Food Bank. “If a reduction in CalFresh benefits means that more people will need the services of the Food Bank, then the Food Bank will respond to this need to the fullest of its abilities.” Other highly controversial segments of the Farm Bill include the prohibition of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients from receiving benefits in multiple states, and in utilizing benefits for medical marijuana. In addition, undocumented immigrants, traditional college students and the de-
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said. “It wasn’t just a food co-op … In our minds we were working on changing the world … and Isao really had an environmental influence on this region because a lot of people who studied with him became pioneering California organic farmers.” Though Fujimoto advocated the importance of place and mobilizing efforts from the community-up structure he saw the importance of top-down institutional change as well. Mercerio remembered one such moment in which Fujimoto actively questioned the the contemporary academic thought concerning marginalized communities in agriculture. “[Isao] once took me to a conference on food scarcity but it was held at this ritzy conference center; it seemed so incongruous,” Mercerio said.“Isao was the only one who got up and talked about how [scarcity] wasn’t a matter of producing more food but a matter of distribution. I really appreciated Isao’s continuous
“You can do more with a bigger electric motor. With a hybrid, you are constrained by the chassis and how much power you can put out,” said Jeff Bouchard, a fourth-year electrical engineering major. The general overview of how electric vehicles work starts with the motor. The motor turns electrical energy into mechanical energy, propelling the vehicle into motion. The motor receives commands from a computer called the motor controller. A person may input different commands to the motor controller, such as throttling. The battery supplies energy to the entire car. Formula Electric’s racecar consists mainly of the chassis (the frame) and the power train (motor and motor controller), which is also a senior design project for some memceased will not be allowed to receive benefits. UC Davis is located in the third congressional district of California, and is primarily known to be an agriculturally-focused university. According to the QS World University Rankings, UC Davis is the number one school in research and teaching for agriculture forestry. Because of these merits and related credentials, UC Davis receives more funding from the USDA than any other university. “The UC Davis faculty, students and staff have a remarkable passion and dedication to academic excellence, and their agriculture program is the best in the world,” said Congressman John Garamendi in a press release. “Farmers in the Third District and across America will finally have a Farm Bill that meets the needs of agriculture.” The City of Davis and the surrounding community is greatly influenced by an agricultural industry and environment as well as involved in service and alleviating unfortunate conditions, both of which are impacted by the Farm Bill. “We are blessed to be located in an agrarian community, one that is deeply supportive of the Food Bank and of its programs. The community of Yolo County is tremendously empathetic and responsive to these types of situations,” Sanchez said. The community and economy of UC Davis will be affected by the Farm Bill. Specifically, individuals partaking in financial assistance and day-to-day grocery purchases will be subject to changing food administration and supply. n
pushing from the inside since he was a professor and … expert on these issues. But he was sometimes a lone voice speaking up for rectifying the inequalities in our food system.” According to Fujimoto, his understanding of rural and agricultural issues stems from his experience in Japanese Internment camps as a child in the 1940s and his family’s subsequent sharecropping of strawberries in the Santa Clara Valley, which has influenced some of his current work with organizations like the Central Valley Partnership for Citizenship. “When you’re share farming … you may do all the work but you have no say in how you market the [produce] … and if you’re not in control or have the power of decision making you’re always going to be poor,” Fujimoto said. “There’s a real imbalance in rural California because in the one hand the Central Valley … is the richest agricultural region in the history of the world and yet the poorest cities in California are in the Central Valley. So you have on the one hand wealth and you have poverty in the same place. Yet Davis is the main university in
bers. The work is divided among teams. The chassis team cuts and reshapes steel tubes for the frame, the electrical team does the circuitry and programming for the actual controls and the ergonomics people work on steering, seats, the acceleration pedal, brake pedal and gas pedal. “[There are] a lot of different parts, there [are] different deadlines. We’re aiming for finishing in March, since our competition is in June,” said Kimberley Carr, a third-year mechanical engineering major. Formula Electric is using a motor from Zero Motorcycles, an electric motorcycle company based in Santa Cruz. In January 2012, Pike’s Research, a market research and consulting firm, ranked Zero Motorcycles the highest among electric motorcycle
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retain the simplicity by excluding bass, electric guitar, drums or any other yip yap, just like Fleetwood Mac did. The Dixie Chicks added their country twang by using a banjo, and Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan’s rough, whiny voice gives their version its own unique spin. These covers exemplify a case in which the coverers leave the song pretty much untouched, only altering it slightly. Paying homage to the artistic style of the original is certainly a respectable way to go about covering a song. 2. “Hallelujah” (Original by Leonard Cohen; covers by Rufus Wainwright, Jeff Buckley and others) When Leonard Cohen originally wrote this song, it was not set to music — it was spoken poetry. In his recorded version, you can tell that his singing skills are lacking, but the lyrics and melody he creates are beautiful. Jeff Buckley decided to create his own rendition featuring his awesome electric guitar. He keeps the lyrics and melody, but his guitar tone and style are amazing, and in my opinion, create a better sound than the original. Then Rufus Wainwright took the song into his hands, creating what is possibly the most famous version of the three (you may have heard it in Shrek). He plays it on
the Central Valley … we have a real contribution to make.” Though social inequalities still exist in the food system Evans observes that the paradigm concerning “sustainability” has shifted and become the norm after decades of effort. “Now the campus has incorporated many of the values that Isao was talking about with his students at that time in the seventies and UC Davis … has many [programs around sustainability,” Evans said. “But really Isao, and a few other lecturers and professors like him, [are the ones] who shed the light years ago on that path … That’s what people like Isao do.They are prophets, they are ahead of their time, they are never popular during their time because they’re not saying things that people want to hear … They’re calling for change because they see a better world and they think it’s possible.” In 1986, California Legislature established the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP) as a push to increase research in agricultural practices concerning the environment, health of rural communities and
manufacturers. “Battery technology is now getting to a point where it is really viable.The more you can put into this new battery technology, the better performance you can expect from them. You cannot just fit more, you can fit better,” Bouchard said. Even among electric vehicles, UC Davis Formula Electric’s car is trying innovative technology. A new direction with electric vehicles that has taken the spotlight is torque vectoring. A traditional electric car like a Tesla uses one giant battery with one giant motor that goes all to the back wheels. In the Formula Electric car, there are two motors for each of the back wheels. “There’s [also] a sensor network and a control module on our car, which determines what the sensors are telling, and this is what should be done with the motors,” said Lucas Bolster, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student. The sensors look at dynamic data such as wheel speed, tire temperature, shock displacement, steering angle and throttle and brake position. The control module takes that data and dynamically allocates power to each wheel. The varied allocation of power increases efficiency so the car can get through corners with high speed while using less energy. Currently, they project that the car can go 0-60 mph in about three seconds. The top speed is expected to be around 70-90 mph, but according to Boucharvd, the team is focusing more on acceleration than topspeed. The driver will likely be a member of the team. “I think it’s pretty cool to work on the racecar. There’s always room to apply what you learn in class to what you do physically. There’s application like in ENG 104, you learn all about stresses and strain and heat deformation.You have to think about when you’re welding. Maybe you’re good at test taking, but you need to be able to retain the knowledge in a way that you can practically apply it,” Carr said. n piano, accompanied by his strong voice. It sounds the cleanest and purest of the three, but I would still say that Jeff Buckley’s version is my favorite due to the flawless guitar playing. These three versions demonstrate how a single set of lyrics and melody can shine through in many different musical styles, while retaining the spirit of the original. 3. “Thank You” (Original by Dido; sampled in “Stan” by Eminem) The original version of this song is relaxing, and Dido’s voice is very peaceful. It has a ’90s pop beat and a totally lightrock feel. When Eminem made “Stan,” he kept the baseline and chorus of the original, slapped on a rap drum kit, and delivered a dark, distorted and lyrical rap. He twists Dido’s relaxing version into something much more ominous and disturbing. However, by doing so, he creates a song that appeals to an entirely new audience: rap fans. It’s amazing, and in my opinion Eminem’s song does complete justice to the original. Covers exemplify how much artists are truly influenced by each other. Artists can pay homage to the brilliance and creativity of others, while displaying their own. The variety offered in covers, like the ones above, also allow songs the opportunity to reach a wider audience. Next time you listen to a great song, consider how it could be “enlightening” your overall understanding of music. n
economics of family farms. Previously, the UC Davis Student Farm was established in the 1977 due to another student effort for organic agriculture with the appropriation of 20 acres of land and approval from former dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Charlie Hess. And in 2007 these two institutions combined with the experimental 300 acre Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility to form the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI). According to Tom Tomich, 1979 UC Davis alumnus and founding director of ASI, the UC as a landgrant university must have credibility in science, usefulness to society and legitimacy in research agendas. These three issues apply to work on sustainability at all public universities and ASI’s national Inter-Institutional Network for Food, Agriculture and Sustainability (INFAS) is a collaboration with 25 other academic partners across the U.S. to build this capacity. “[ASI] has decided that the biggest single purpose of that [INFAS] is to figure out how to bring in the
voices of people who have been marginalized due to race, gender or socioeconomic status,” Tomich said. “We’re in the middle of a yearlong design process of how to build relationships so the whole spectrum of society feels they have a voice in setting [research] agendas because a lot of the communities we are talking about are victims of structural racism and discrimination.” Furthermore, according to Tomich, the present state of “sustainability” still has room for improvement and agrees that changes in the status quo will always be a constant. “There’s a tendency to think of sustainability as a checklist … and you hear this when people say [something] is ‘sustainable’ or this is ‘unsustainable,’” Tomich said. “To tell you the truth I don’t think anything we’re doing right now is sustainable and to get to a better place … we have to have a conversation as a society about what our priorities and values are … it’s as much about citizenship as it is about individual choices about production and consumption.” n
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ASUCD Winter Elections On Feb. 18, voting will begin for the 2014 Winter Quarter ASUCD elections, which will determine six new senators as well as a new ASUCD President and Vice President.The Aggie Editorial Board interviewed and evaluated each of the 15 senate candidates and three executive tickets. Normally, we would select six senate candidates to endorse. Unfortunately, we were underwhelmed with the majority of prospective senators, most of whom are running on unfeasible and unoriginal platforms. We hereby endorse the following candidates: Executive:
Armando Figueroa (President — SMART) & Maxwell Kappes (Vice President — Independent) Figueroa and Kappes are on the only executive ticket that boasts two former senators. Kappes is the only vice presidential candidate with senate experience, a crucial component for a position that presides over senate. Because Figueroa and Kappes are on different slates, we believe that they will bring more ideas and a more diverse
opinion to ASUCD as a fusion ticket. Their platforms goals are all well-researched, specific and feasible. Additionally, Figueroa and Kappes stressed the importance of promoting transparency within the UC Davis administration and of standing up to and questioning the administration.We appreciate and value their intent to promote transparency within ASUCD and to question the administration. Senate:
No. 1 — Robyn Huey (SMART) Huey possesses relevant ASUCD experience and represents a wide variety of UC Davis students.We believe that Huey will be effective in advocating for her causes, communities and platforms, as she appears knowledgeable of UC Davis operations and steadfast to her opinions. No. 2 — Amelia Helland (NOW) Helland’s charisma was evident during the interview — she came off as personable and relatable.We were impressed with her first platform, which involves collaborating with the Davis Honors Challenge program to cre-
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he immigrant experience is difficult to sum up in a way that would be apt for the reader. It might very well be a failure on my part, in my own narrative skills, that keeps me from communicating the thoughts and emotions that have seen me through the years. It’s hard to describe the experience of living and growing in a country which did not see my birth, and yet has seen fit to grant me the privilege of permanent resident status (a bit of a scary proposi-
Only this time the number of irregular immigrants stands at 11 million, and wouldn’t you know it, some among us are making their voices heard loud and clear. tion — permanency is not something I take kindly to). It is because of this that I’ve opted for a general survey of the issue rather than a personal narrative, but with the steadfast belief that our stories are what make us, and what we make of the world. The politics of immigration are by their very nature transitory, beholden to social moods and the overall national atmosphere. Some years back in 1986 the United States underwent its last major immigration reform known — fittingly enough — as the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. The run up to its passage prompted a national reaction which bordered on the obscene, with critics of the Reagan amnesty (not something you would think to associate “the Gipper” with right?) lamenting its immediate failure to stem the tide of Aliens (I think I would have been a great Martian in a different life and dimension) beaming across the border. Communities across the U.S. were socialized in a way that, for many, didn’t seem possible until the instant it happened. Overnight, millions were given the proverbial key to the so-called American dream, or so it seemed. The tangible benefits were apparent, namely a recognition of basic social existence for those who qualified for the legalization program (the requirements were a
presence in the country prior to 1982, among others), and a dispelling of the once constant fear of deportation and familial breakdown. But the legislation’s passage did little to address the primary drivers of immigration and the ongoing plight of entire U.S. communities living in fear. Of course there was the Control bit of the act which also ran its course — a general maligning of the immigrant population as something to be controlled and maneuvered any which way as long as it stayed within its boundaries and served its purpose as an economically viable source of cheap labor and political scapegoating. All in all, the country got what it wanted: some three million hereto un-American lawbreakers (as some are so quick to paint us as) were on their way to legal status, its politicians allowed themselves a pat on the back and the issue of immigration was once again shelved and forgotten as it had been before. And now we find ourselves in 2014 mulling over the exact same problems as before. Only this time the number of irregular immigrants stands at 11 million, and wouldn’t you know it, some among us are making their voices heard loud and clear. The battles being waged by activists across the country for the passage of legislation like the DREAM Act and an immediate end to mass deportations is something that should make any civic-minded United Statesian (if you’ll indulge me and my language crusade) proud of what can be accomplished in our much touted system of democracy and citizen action. However the question ultimately rests not solely on political maneuvering in Congress, or the much desired process of comprehensive reform (with a path towards legalization as a core policy) and through it a hoped-for legitimization. It is a question which will find its true answer in the social realm in a process that goes beyond the traditionally-assumed paradigm of the melting pot narrative or government provided legitimacy, to the critical openings of societal acceptance and cultural understanding.
JORGE JUAREZ, jnjuarez@ucdavis. edu, would like to share some truth from the poet Beau Sia: “If there’s one thing I’ve learned from the immigrant experience, is that a silenced heart is one that never loves.” So speak always.
ate a study of student needs, habits and expectations of ASUCD and its units. We appreciate her dedication to Senator Amrit Sahota’s platform to raise awareness of sexual assault. No. 3 — Azka Fayyaz (SMART) Fayyaz has shown her desire to be involved as a representative for students, having served on ASUCD’s External Affairs Commission and as the head of logistics for this year’s Muslim Student Association’s West Coast Conference. Her platforms reflect her desire to fulfill her role as a senator in representing and informing students. No. 4 — Arya Shirani (NOW) Shirani impressed us with his willingness to get involved with ASUCD immediately after transferring to UC Davis. Although his platforms reflect his unfamiliarity with campus we believe that he is capable of tackling the learning curve that is associated with ASUCD. Voting is completed online at the ASUCD elections website, elections.ucdavis.edu, from Feb. 18 at 8 a.m. to Feb. 21 at 8 a.m.
with SARAH MARSHALL
UC Davis Life Hacks.” Now there’s an article I would have really appreciated reading as a CCC student. Before I transferred here, I had a lot of fears, anticipations and ultimately false ideas of what UC Davis was like and what life as a UC student would entail. Before transferring, I always felt like there were these tidbits of information that were completely inaccessible to me. I didn’t have a lot of friends attending UCs that I could turn to for advice,
In the winter, all of the seats will be wet from the rain and in the summer, your thighs will literally stick to them. I knew no one at my CCC would be able to guide me and I didn’t place a lot of confidence in anything I’d read online about student life or the perils of the UC system. Now that I’ve been here for over a year, almost all of my questions, concerns and anxieties have been remedied. As comforting as that is, I still really would have appreciated a heads up on some of those things. So here it is. Dear 2012 Transfer Student Sarah, Hi there. I know you’ve been working very hard at your CCC and that you have some concerns about your upcoming transition into UC life. I also know that you’re probably too intimidated to talk about these issues because they seem rather silly. But don’t worry, I’ve got all the answers for you! The first one being, yes, some of your concerns about UC life are hilariously dopey. So let’s all take a second to laugh at you. Ha ha ha. Ok, moving on. 1. Not all of your UC classes will be filled with hundreds of students in gigantic lecture halls.The majority of your classes will only have 30 to 40 people in them and you’ll all sit in these really uncomfortable desk things. In the winter, all of the seats will be wet from the rain and in the summer, your thighs will literally stick to them. Enjoy. 2. Not every UC student is smart.You don’t need to be intimidated. Every class, every discussion and every lecture will always produce that one student who
can’t comprehend the fact that a syllabus lists the date, the topic of discussion and then the homework assignment due before the next class. Yes this is a true story and yes this will happen more than once. Also, the UCs employ this cool thing called “discussion.” It’s a mode of teaching that catalyzes students to take control of the direction of a class. It’s cool and it’ll show you that, just like at your CCC, there are a lot of students who are smarter than you and some that are dumber. 3.You are going to be required to do some work outside of class, but no one will really explain this to you. Obviously, you’ll have homework assignments to do — but you’re also going to have to spend some time catching up. There will be a bit of a gap in your education that you’ll need to bridge — on your own time.Your CCC didn’t teach you everything you need to know and your UC assumes you have a certain foundation of knowledge.That disparity is going to require some outside work. Sorry. 4. It won’t be that hard to get into contact with the important people. Because your classes only have 30 to 40 students in them, your professors will know who you are and will want to talk to you in office hours. There are also these neat people called “TAs” that you haven’t experienced before.They’re great. Your academic advisors also aren’t that difficult to get into contact with. Even cooler, they’re actually helpful here.They won’t just hand you a piece of paper with a list of required classes.They have advice, guidance and knowledge. Ugh, and good luck finding the Letters & Science advising office. Again, we’ll take a moment to laugh at you. 5. Don’t freak out and yes you can do this.This can be a terribly intimidating process. But this can also be the best experience of your life. And I think it will be. I hope this helps you a bit. Sincerely, Future Spring 2014 Graduate Sarah If you have any other nuggets of advice for either 2012 Future Transfer student, or 2014 Future Graduate SARAH MARSHALL, email her at smmarshall@ ucdavis.edu.
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very common favorite book is J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. Although I don’t think that taste is something one can objectively judge when it comes to the art of literature or music, I still make snide internal remarks when someone tells me Salinger’s acclaimed masterpiece was the book they keep closest to their hearts. I acknowledge that there are many interpretations of this book, one of which is a young man struggling with depression. If that’s you, don’t ever let anyone hate on you for loving this
So to bourgeois guys whingeing about fake people: step back, contextualize your problems. book. You do you booboo. However, you may be familiar with that one guy who’s always talking about how everyone is fake, and is constantly complaining about the minutia of his pretty nice life. He’s in that group of people that say Catcher is their favorite book, but for less admirable and more superficial reasons. For those readers, I ascertain two crucial facts about them: 1. They are privileged. 2. They like to whine. Salinger is an incredible writer and he can really tell the story of an unmotivated, affluent white kid struggling with a normal existential teenage crisis in a way that makes it sounds less, well, stupid. Basically, a climactic dilemma in the book is, “I don’t want to tell my parents I got kicked out of school, so instead of spending the night in our fancy New York City apartment, I’m going to spend a couple hours on a park bench.” To make matters worse, this moment of monumental difficulty then makes no reference to all the people who sleep on park benches regularly, or how his privilege has affected his understanding of the cold, etc. The next time something not quite awful happens to you, but you want to make an internet hyperbole about it, in lieu of #firstworldproblems, just follow it with #catcherintherye. That way, not only will your enigmatic blanket statement get the usual slews of “What happened?” and “OMG are you okay?” but people will also
think you are smart and maybe judge you less when you never clarify why you’re feeling so terrible … even though you wanted everyone to know in the first place. Examples of this include, “Everything is melting around me” when your dishwasher malfunctions, and “I just don’t understand life anymore” when your cat pees on the carpet. Just like Salinger was within his right to soliloquize about the intense struggle of being extremely wealthy, you are within your right to sulk about a B+ and then write about it on the internet. I must give a certain amount of credit to Catcher, in that it is very germane to the lives of many college students, most of whom are in the group that reference the book as their fave read. Although there exist plenty of people on campus who have had seriously tough lives, there also exists a sizable group whose biggest dayto-day problems include not getting their mustaches to curl up well enough at the ends, or getting their Uggs dirty. For those people, Salinger is like a god who can project their struggle with prosperity in a melancholic novel filled with exaggerated woe. I heard someone once say that “just because something more terrible happened to someone else, does not mean you cannot feel sad about the bad things that happen to you.” I wholeheartedly agree with this — sometimes it’s completely legitimate to get caught up with the small, shitty things in life (especially, as previously mentioned, if due to extraneous circumstances like depression). All I’m trying to say is that I expect a little more from someone’s favorite book than a dramatic account of a week in the life of a privileged young man. So to bourgeois guys whingeing about fake people: step back, contextualize your problems. I ended up being assigned Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart right in the middle of reading Catcher In the Rye. That’s heavy. These days, it’s midterm season, and I’m sure that there will be plenty of dramatic posts about the fragility of our existence and the pointlessness of this thing we call academia. “Why even bother?” some may ask their plethora of Facebook friends … and then never follow up on the answer. KAVVAS on 8
he GMO debate is like a dark stormy ocean. It is vast and deep, and most people are unsure as to whether GMOs are the monstrous waves or the boat delivering us to safety. A significant amount of literature has been published on the impacts of GMOs, and this column is only a couple hundred words. I will not attempt to address every single argument for or against GMOs but will instead discuss the socioeconomic impacts of GMOs on the hungry people they are supposedly trying to feed — an argument rarely heard.
Genetically modified (GM) crops are the antithesis of food sovereignty. The argument is largely unheard, because it is made by people with less power and voice.These people lack the volume and political clout that seed companies, such as Monsanto, have.These people — the rural producers, the small land holders, the subsistence farmers — are battling for fundamental food sovereignty. The food movement has made a considerable amount of noise surrounding the concept of food security without understanding food sovereignty. Food security is about having access to food. It is a bandage for hunger, not a cure. Access to food alone neither ensures the economic standing to purchase it nor does it ensure long-term, dependable access. Food sovereignty, on the other hand, is about autonomy within the food system. It means having actual power to ensure that communities have resources enough to feed themselves. It involves breaking the chains of dependency of corporate and commodified food systems. Genetically modified (GM) crops are the antithesis of food sovereignty. For thousands of years, farmers have retained the autonomy to save their own seed — until now. Farmers who used to save their own, free, open-pollinated varieties now plant GM crops that must be purchased annually. A Guatemalan peasant farmer cannot be sovereign while their sustenance is entirely dependent on an seed and pesticide company from the United States. Some argue that small farmers prefer GM seed without considering the political coercion that broke the seed sav-
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tudents are known for their brazen disregard for convention.Their skeptical approach to the status quo. Over the years, universities like UC Davis have been at the forefront of progress in civilization, from the apartheid boycotts to protests against increasing student fees and growing income inequality to a dichotomy unseen since the Gilded Age. I’m not saying that student media enabled these stands against injustice, but student media helped document these movements and give them a voice, unfiltered by malignant administration bureaucrats and their sanctioned publications or corporaterun media outlets looking to stoke an emotional response from their audiences in place of educating them. The Aggie was there to document the infamous pepper spraying incident of 2011 and their photographers were launched into the international spotlight with the work they did. Al Jazeera plagiarized Aggie TV’s interview with Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, putting their watermark over AGTV’s. Maybe student activism isn’t your thing, and in that case take a look at the educational value of student media. Both of the above incidents resulted in teachable moments about fair use, copyright laws and gave student journalists a glimpse of cover-
ing crisis. Yes, it’s also no secret that student media is prone to making mistakes, but those mistakes are also teachable moments — not just for student journalists, but the UC Davis community as a whole.Those mistakes can be painful and divisive, much like the Jungle Fever column that resulted in one of the most intense Media Board meetings in recent history. These teachable moments are unique to student-run media and cannot be taught in the lecture hall. All of us are better on the other side of them and that is exactly what should happen in atmosphere of experimentation and exploration that the University fosters. Please save student media and open the door for future generations to benefit from the same, sometimes painful, teachable moments that can give a student their first steps in their journey to becoming a professional. As students, you are not just beneficiaries of the institutions you inhabit, but stewards of an increasingly endangered resource. $9.30 is a minuscule price to pay for invaluable experiences vital to the development of tomorrow’s media professionals. Even better, if you really want to improve these institutions firsthand, I encourage you to attend volunteer meetings for RUUD on 13
ggies taking the initiative to vote in ASUCD’s winter elections face a serious dilemma: to save The Aggie or to not save The Aggie. Yes, UC Davis’ paper of record is perilously close to reaching the final destination of a seven-year financial slog that burned through a $500,000 reserve fund. That’s the bad news. Here’s the worse news: Now, the paper is looking to students to approve a $9.30 fee hike to keep the paper going. If it fails,The Aggie is history, proponents say.We’ve seen this before: Gov. Jerry Brown pulled the same stunt with Prop. 30 — pass a tax hike, or else. I have both respect and dislike for UC Davis’ newspaper — as it is the only effective forum for students to express their views and an ineffective watchdog of UC Davis organizations. Part of the problem is that The Aggie is reliant on institutional support from the student government (ASUCD) and the University through the Campus Media Board — an organization more flawed than The Aggie itself. Having served on it in the 2012-13 school year, I can say that it caused more problems for the newspaper (including not being able to approve The Aggie’s budget or provide any financial advice) than aided it.
ing ethic in the first place. Let’s consider small holding maize farmers in Mexico as an example. There are essentially two types of GM corn on the market. The first is Bt corn, which is engineered to be resistant to a pest called the corn borer. The other is corn that is engineered to be resistant to herbicides, such as RoundUp. One might wonder why the Mexican government or Mexican farmers would plant Bt corn when they learn that corn borers are not a pest in Mexico. Additionally, Mexican farmers plant at a small scale where all the work is done by hand. GM corn resistant to herbicides is designed for large scale, fuel intensive agriculture using tractor implements. In Mexico, herbicides are applied and mixed by hand in ways that even GMO proponents recognize as unsafe. Now, consider that GM corn does not store as long as traditional varieties. Farmers used to be able to store their traditional varieties for an entire year until the next harvest. With GM corn, small farmers must process and sell immediately or risk the entire crop succumbing to spoilage, producing enough for sustenance but worsening the quality. Thus, in the months preceding harvest, corn supplies dwindle and farmers must actually buy back corn they sold earlier in the year. Their food sovereignty has been co-opted by GM corporate interest. Because the market in the United States for GM corn is completely saturated and the European Union has banned GM crops entirely, seed and pesticide companies are aggressively marketing to Central and South America — despite the fact that GM crops provide little benefit for those farmers. Bt crops are useless; pesticides are sold to people without adequate infrastructure to apply them safely; and in many cases, GM crops actually lead to hunger. From the perspective of the average person in the United States, GM crops may seem like a boon for the developing world, but they aren’t. People in Central and South America may be hungry, but it’s not because they lack the knowledge of how to feed themselves. It is because seed and pesticide companies with the help of corrupt governments have systematically devalued their worth and stripped them of their ability to be autonomous. To share seeds and increase your own food sovereignty with ELLEN PEARSON, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have three primary concerns with the fee hike that I believe my peers may share: 1. $9.30 is a big fee. If the fee hike is approved,The California Aggie would garner the second-highest fee for a student-run organization.The only organization that earns more through student fees is Unitrans (garnering just shy of $32 per year per student) which is earned via the ASUCD fee and a separate Unitrans fee. At the other end,The Aggie will pocket slightly more than $300,000 every year. If other student publications such as The Davis Beat or Davis Political Review had 10 percent of that budget their leaders would probably faint. 2. This is a blank check in perpetuity. This fee hike has no expiration date and a vote for this fee commits incoming students for an unknown number of years to paying a fee that they may not approve of.To them,The Aggie may well represent a nice stack of dead trees next to campus buildings and nothing more. UC Berkeley’s The Daily Californian recently received a liferaft when Cal students approved a $4 annual fee that expired after five years.Yet, the difference between The Daily Cal’s fee plan and The California Aggie’s plan is that The Daily Cal commitTAVLIAN on 13
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JAMES KIM Muse of the Week: Vivien LewisMcKenney, third-year wildlife, fish and conservation biology major: 1. Describe your personal style in three words. Contemporary, fun and laid-back. 2. Where did you get your outfit? Shirt: Forever 21 Earrings: Aldo Shoes: Steve Madden Leggings: Nordstrom Rack Jacket: It’s actually my mom’s GUESS leather jacket that I stole from her closet before I went off to college. 3. Who is your style icon? Definitely Michael Kors. I love how he puts a twist on classic looks because I like to be fashion-forward and he incorporates new styles into traditional items. I love all of his nauticalinspired lines too and I have one of his watches; it’s my favorite thing ever. [Michael Kors] is still upscale and chic, but college budget-friendly at the same time. 4. What are your three must-have items? Leggings, animal prints and a cute pair of gladiator sandals. I wear leggings as pants all the time. I have leopard, zebra, snake, peacock, everything; I’m a wildlife major. I’m from Seattle, so coming to California, I was like,“Yay, sun! I get to wear sandals all the time!”Well, okay maybe not today, but this feels like home weather to me. Everyone’s wearing rainboots and I’m like, “This isn’t rain you guys, calm down.”
5. What is your all-time favorite accessory? Shoes! I have so many heels, it’s starting to take over my room a little bit.The higher, the better. Even though I’m already tall, it turns me into a giant and I don’t care, especially for going out. I feel like whenever I dress up on campus, it’s funny because I think a lot of people don’t do that normally and ask, “Oh, what is she doing?” or “Where is she going?” And I’m just like,“I’m going to class.” If I go out in public, I try to look a bit more polished and presentable. 6. Can you give any beauty tips to our readers for the upcoming spring season? BB Cream. It has sunscreen, vitamins and it comes in different shades. I think it’s really important to have sunscreen in either your lotion or foundation — whatever you’re going to put on your face. Lather yourself in sunscreen because you want to prevent any wrinkles or sun spots from showing up. For makeup tips, I like doing really subtle smokey eyes. Use a three-color neutral palette; I really like nudes and golds together because I think that’s really pretty. I’ve been starting to do a really skinny liquid eyeliner on my top eyelid. I used to do the whole winged-out cat-eye, but I think for spring, you can tone it down a little bit. I think winter is the time to bring out darker lipsticks and the cat-eye, but for spring, you can be more natural, pretty, pink-y and pastel-y. For my foundation and bronzer, I use MAC and MAC skin finish. Even if you’re going out, you can use it on your shoulders, neck and chest. But bronzer is my best friend in the
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The Chieftains Feb. 19, 8 p.m., $35 to $68 Mondavi Center Acclaimed group The Chieftains has been performing traditional Irish music for over 50 years. During this time, they’ve played a concert for Pope John Paul II, won six Grammys and appeared on the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick’s film Barry Lyndon.
UC Davis Symphony Orchestra Feb. 16, 7 p.m., $8 students and children, $12 to $17 adults Mondavi Center The UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christian Baldini, will perform four works by Schumann, Berio, Sibelius and Ravel. Artist-in-residence Lucy Shelton, a soprano singer, will perform on the
whole world. I just bought the Naked3 palette and now I finally have all three. They say it’s the perfect threesome and it totally is! The new one is pink-based and all the eyeshadows are pink-y and really pretty. For my lips, I’m using cream blush from MAC, and I like to even use it as eyeshadow sometimes. You can use it as blush, but I just like to take a brush and use it as lipstick. It stays on pretty well and I put chapstick on underneath. It’s kind of pasty and you have to work it a little bit, but it stays on all throughout the day. I have a bunch of different MAC lipsticks, but I found that that works better than the normal lipstick itself. 7. Where do you love to shop and why? I love Nordstrom Rack! It’s like my guilty pleasure.You can find amazing deals if you search for them.You can find a $200 pair of shoes for $20 and you can find Michael Kors and Steve Madden for shoes and purses. If you need a cute going-out outfit, I just go there instead of Forever 21 because you can find something that’s much better quality, it’s going to look nicer when you go out and take pictures and it’s going to be the same price too. I also love Piperlime.com. You can find clearance stuff that’s super cheap and it’s free shipping both ways.There’s Tobi.com and ASOS.com; online shopping is my vice, I will tell you that! 8. How has your style changed since high school? I was a cheerleader in high school so I dressed super preppy and whatever I thought was super trendy at the time. It’s funny because I think I wore heels to school more often in high school than I do now. I was that girl, dressing up and trying to outdo everyone else and some of that definitely carried over into col-
2nd Friday HeArtAbout Feb. 14, 5 p.m., free Downtown Davis Another monthly installment of an art-themed event in which several art receptions and events happen throughout the downtown area.This month features a romantic theme. You can find a guide to the events in this month’s ArtAbout in the Davis Dirt. Classic Film Festival — The Apartment (1960)
lege. I care about what I look like and I think people should honestly care a little bit more. And when I see UGGs, it’s like,“Okay girl, go to class.” The only pair of UGGs that I wear stay in the house. I honestly don’t leave my house in my UGGs because I won’t succumb to that level. In high school, I think I was trying to fit in more and be the cool popular girl, but now I don’t care and dress however I want. I still care, but I dress more in what I think is appropriate, sophisticated and mature. I’m so over the A&F, Hollister days. 9. What does fashion mean to you? I think fashion is the best way to express yourself in either how you’re feeling or what you stand for. You can also have your personality come across, and if you’re a really confident person and dress a certain way, you will come across as that, especially if you’re in something like an interview, it’s really important to be aware of how you’re dressed. I think on a college campus that’s super laid-back like Davis, it’s kind of hard to find people that dress how they want others to see them as. [Fashion] is nonverbal too.You don’t have to have a conversation with somebody to see what their personality is like if they’re dressed in a particular way. And some people don’t even think about it like that, but I do. I’ll realize,“Oh my gosh, she is wearing a really nice outfit so she must be put-together in her life, or at least for the day.” But if you see someone with a hoodie, leggings and slippers, you’re like, “Okay, you need some coffee. Like, wake up!” I think you can really tell when someone has got their stuff together.That’s the way I try to come across, like being polished and having my stuff figured out. That’s how I want others to view me as and how I want my first impressions of other people to be.
Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m., donations encouraged Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. The three-week long Classic Film Festival concludes with this 1960 Billy Wilder Best Picture winner. The film tells the story of C.C. Baxter, played by Jack Lemmon, a man who lets his bosses use his apartment for their affairs as well as his relationship with Fran Kubelik, played by Shirley MacLaine. DRAMA
A Night of Shorts Feb. 15, 8 p.m., admission by donation ($5 to $10) Wright Hall, Lab A Studio 301 Productions, a student-run theatre group, will present a one-act play along with two radio plays. Featured productions include “Lion Hunting” by Abbott and Costello,“Sure Thing” by David Ives and “Help Me, Doctor or: Oh The Place You Won’t Go” by Jonathan Goldstein and David Rakiff.
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major repairs are in order. “Our apartment is trashed — okay, maybe not trashed, it’s just that we kept resigning and resigning the lease year after year, and they never got time to hire anyone to clean up all the mess or repair all the damages. Some of our bathroom doors aren’t working, and our plumbing is kind of bad,” Chen said. If done correctly, a passed down apartment can maintain the same lease agreement for years, leaving management with a diminishing product. “We closed for one year to renovate. I have a four bedroom that’s been going since we reopened. Which was around eight leases ago. Now, we’ve offered to come in and paint, spruce up the place, and they’ve been great, but it’s like please, let us fix this place up for you! We offered to switch them to another apartment, but with that comes the increased rent.They renew at a lower rate than our market rate.” Despite less than pristine living conditions, proximity to campus and downright competition keep students vying for passed down apartments. “The passing down is a problem. It’s
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event-based Pedicab business that travels in and out of California doing music festivals and concerts and such,” Watters said. “So imagine 20 pedicabs at a music festival, like 30 or 40 drivers driving all day and night — that’s what we do and are going to be doing throughout the state.” In 2011, the organization was solely in Davis, only testing out a few events.The following two years, however, they began expanding within California, and have now begun operations on the East Coast.
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about though. “The drought brings an increased risk statewide for wildfire and fire in the wildland-urban interface. That translates to an elevated fire threat in the interface locally and a higher likelihood that firefighters from both agencies will be called out as part of the statewide mutual aid system for fires in other parts of California,” Trauernicht said. The City of Davis is discussing making a drought update to the City Water Conservation Plan. “[The] item is going to City Council [Feb. 11 regarding] drought update and conservation,” said Diana Jensen, principal civil engineer for the City of Davis. “Everything that it is recommending is voluntary.” Some recommendations will include receiving an update on the declared California State Drought and approving a resolution proclaiming water use reduction. The meeting will also discuss considering the addition of a Water Conservation Specialist during
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to a plan that would ensure the paper reorganized and stabilized after the well ran dry. The Aggie hasn’t committed to a similar plan — something you would expect when preparing to receive an annual $300,000 windfall. 3. There is no apparent game plan for The Aggie’s future In the event that the fee hike is passed by voters, there’s very little information being provided to the voters as to what The Aggie plans to do to avoid another financial meltdown and continue operations efficiently. Printing the newspaper is not a viable option nor should it be pursued in the short-term future. Our generation of readers are looking for better news not found on paper. If The Aggie’s doomsday scenario is realized, I believe that the
changing the rules completely. I had people sleeping outside to get on the waitlist, and I couldn’t accommodate them. I got down there at 7 a.m. and opened the office, just to start getting them out of the cold. I was full at 9 a.m., I just didn’t have contracts. That’s really the fact,” Ortiz said. While the students were able to get out of the cold, many were not able to get into a lease for the following year. “I had 24 four bedroom [units this year], 18 of them renewed; some of them were passed down and the six I had left were taken by in-house residents (residents already in the complex). Passing down is great, but we also want to get new people in as well.” Ultimately, when trying to move close to campus, the options come down to networking or braving the elements. Though Ortiz said that he’d be happy to sign leases in April, with friendlier weather, the market itself prevents this. “Part of it is that students push it, they start working on passing down early, otherwise it’s just market — you have a product to sell,” Ortiz said. “Where it began? I don’t know, it’s been that way for a long time.We jump off early, there’s no doubt about it, and we tried to push to start later. All it did was increase the line.” n
“Now, 2014 is about capitalizing on our experiences and basically bringing it to the big leagues,” Watters said. During the weekend of Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 the pedicabs worked a private event in San Francisco. They are working other large events inside California, such as the Sierra Nevada Music Festival, Lightning in a Bottle and the Bloomsville Beer Festival, as well as big East Coast music festivals. The Pedicab business is split into two separate organizations, one serving Davis and one serving places elsewhere. When the Pedicabs are running in Davis, they are officially called the Davis Pedicab. The busithe budget cycle for the 2014-15 fiscal year. According to the agenda for the meeting, “this staff person would not only be the lead for education and public outreach, but also have knowledge of drought tolerant landscapes and irrigation demands of all types of landscape.” Jason Emmons, president of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute Student Chapter at UC Davis, said that adaptation of a culture of conservation is necessary. “Students must be conscious about the problem,” Emmons said. “[I’m] drafting a resolution that will be [submitted] [before] the ASUCD to review for the committee. Students agree that we need actions taken quickly and [we will do] as much as we can do to preserve water. It’s just informing people.” Nathan Wright, a Davis resident, said that he is practicing good water conservation habits by shutting off the water when he showers and watering his lawn less. “[I] wasn’t aware that the drought was this bad,” Wright said. Sexcessful Additional (Winter) information and reAggie AdB&Wthe current drought sources about 2 column x 5 inches state may be found at CDPH. CA.gov or droughtmonitor.unl. <filename: sexcomm.pdf> edu. n
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because she wants to be able to pass on the knowledge she has gained since starting college. “PYC is a way for us, as established college leaders, to give back to the community and high schoolers,” Saavedra said. “We’ve been there before and now it’s our turn to help them.” Jonathan Abel, another recruitment coordinator for BRIDGE, thanked PYC for being what first brought him to Davis and leading to him apply later on. “I got dragged to PYC. I really didn’t want to go,” Abel said. “But it gave me a voice and helped me find my own path. The community atmosphere also empowered me to think of things other than myself.” Although this is the 13th year for PYC, Huey said that high school recruitment through the Pilipino/a clubs on campus has been going on since 1987. It was originally done through Mga Kapatid (MK), which is still a club on campus today.
ness outside of Davis, which is called Pedicab People Movers, was more recently created to further the expansion of the Pedicab system. Even with the growth of the organization, however, the Pedicabs will still provide rides to the students and community members of Davis. “For the next year or two we probably won’t have solid, consistent local operations on a day-to-day basis where people can call and we’ll be there all the time.We’ll be out some weekends and we won’t be out other weekends,”Watters said. The transition from a local focus to a broader focus is now more evident, and Watters said the cabs
haven’t been getting as many calls for rides in Davis in the recent years. “I had no idea that they existed! But one night I was walking back from my friend’s dorm and this guy just showed up and asked if I needed a ride,” said first-year psychology major Zsofia Burdsall. Watters maintained that the Pedicabs will stay in Davis, but that they will be decreasing the local service in order to satisfy the larger events that are now on the table. “I wish I had more time to spend locally on it — it’s ironic because I actually just moved to Davis from San Francisco, after having lived there for five years,”Watters said.
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Asian American actor, director or theme. “A lot of people think, since we’re the AAA film fest, it has to be about the Asian community, but it actually doesn’t. It could be anything,” Nguyen said. Although each year the festival has a different, specific theme, Nguyen said it is always under the overarching theme of defying stereotypes. The films are chosen with the goal that they will showcase the unique circumstances of the Asian American community as well as how they relate to other communities. This year’s theme will follow that same pattern. “We just want to show that we are not just a stereotype, that we can break out of that,” said Catherine Chiang, a first-year economics major and liaison for the AAA Film Fest. “A lot of the films that we’re picking right now show that we can think for ourselves.” The film festival is currently in the planning stages, which began Fall Quarter and include advertising, theme and film selections,
University ought to provide grant funding to The Aggie in addition to its free rent. The grants should act as a fuel to maintain The Aggie as a laboratory of journalism that trains reporters to report for an audience demanding multimedia news — not a press release rewriting machine. For those considering voting for The Aggie’s fee hike, ask yourselves this one question: are you willing to pay $9.30 a year for a lightly-read newspaper or do you want something more from The California Aggie? Alex E.Tavlian Fourth-year political science major
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ASUCD media outlets — The Aggie, Aggie TV and KDVS. It might change your life. Careers have been made, spouses have met and educations have been augmented beyond what the classroom can provide. Plus, it’s fun as hell. Neil Ruud Former KDVS 90.3fm General Manager UC Davis Class of 2012
“Outreaches give students a chance to explore campus and talk to people who come from the same places as them,” Huey said. BRIDGE received help from many groups within the UC Davis Filipino-American community in the workshops that were put on for the conference. Roles for PYC included volunteers and interns who helped with outreach and paperwork, organizers for the event, chaperones for high school students and speakers for workshops. Michael Bolos, the gender and sexuality coordinator for BRIDGE, worked with PYC coordinators and counselors to ensure an equal and fair treatment for everyone attending the conference. “I help educate people on marginal identities, different intersectionalities and how to be inclusive for all identities,” Bolos said. “I personally come from a disadvantaged background, and I’m glad that there are people to put on these conferences. I think it would have been very important for me if I had had the
fundraising and collecting student films for the contest. A theme has not been finalized yet, but the selection process has boiled it down to two words. “We start brainstorming the first week of Winter Quarter, and we just jot down words,” Nguyen said. “We’ll have a bunch of lists of words like ‘food,’ ‘science,’ ‘stereotypes,’ ‘respect.’ We go through it and try to think more about the words that are listed. For this year, the words that came to us were ‘dreams’ and ‘expectations.’ Our theme is going to revolve around that.” The theme is not the only criteria for choosing films. Chiang said they prioritize independent films in order to showcase those that have been viewed less. Many of the chosen are adopted from other film festivals not affiliated with UC Davis. Kan said that they are often diverse in themselves, with a range of different but relatable topics. “For picking the set of films we want to balance out drama and comedy,” Chiang said. Of the films Nguyen said were currently being considered, there is at least one drama, one comedy
chance to go.” Abel said that this year’s PYC was a great success. About 145 high school students were accepted to the conference, but 50 dropped out due to the rain.Abel said that the drop in numbers was fortunate, because there may not have been enough resources to supply for all 145 of the students. “I couldn’t have asked for it to turn out any better,” Abel said. “The rain was actually a blessing.” Huey said that a mural representing PYC went missing from Olson Hall on the Saturday morning of the conference. “Since the conference is over, we aren’t as intent to find it, but we still want to try since one of our counselors spent a lot of time and effort painting it,” Huey said. Upcoming events with BRIDGE include a benefit concert that will supply scholarships to Pilipino/a UC Davis applicants and a picnic with high school students. “We have a lot of chances for high school students to come back and get exposed to college,” Abel said.“PYC is not just a onetime thing.” n
Despite this, Watters said that he did have plenty of memories from the past few years in Davis, though admittedly none as absurd as the ones from San Francisco. “I could tell you all sorts of crazy stories, but none of them G-rated. We’re basically just dealing with the night-life and the bar scene — you deal with other people’s drama and you deal with drunk people and get them home. People puke on the side of the cab sometimes, people try and jump off it, people holler at everybody and everything,” Watters said. “I’ve had crazier stuff happen in San Francisco; Davis is pretty tame.” n and one documentary. Each of them are concerned with the conflict between parental or societal expectations and following your dreams, a problem that Nguyen said she has personally experienced. “I want to be a photographer, but look at me, I’m at UC Davis doing an econ major. But that’s mostly because I have parents that are like ‘you have to go to a good university and do an academic major, you can’t just do an art major,’” Nguyen said. According to Nguyen, the cost of showing each film ranges from $100 to $500, depending on the production company. Kan, however, emphasized that the coordinators do a lot of work to make the movies free to the viewers. “We fundraise for the films, because the films that we bring here are not free. We want the films to be free for all students, so we raise money so people can just come and watch them for those two weeks,” Kan said. Nguyen said they are having continuous fundraisers from now up to the date of the festival, every Thursday at the Memorial Union. The deadline for student film submissions is April 17. n
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BACKSTOP Men’s basketball heads south to clash with the Titans Teams
UC Davis at Cal State Fullerton ReCORDS
Aggies 8-16 (3-6); Titans 7-15 (2-6) WHERE
Titan Gym — Fullerton, Calif. When
Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. Who to watch
Junior guard Avery Johnson may not fill up the stat sheet every night, but he continues to define the Aggies on the defensive end. Despite averaging only 3.6 points per game, Johnson has been a significant part of the recent resurgence of the UC Davis defense. He has played over 30 minutes in five of the last seven games and has begun to add more to the Aggies offensively. Most importantly, he brings a stifling defensive presence and a willingness to crash the boards, something that the vertically-challenged Aggies desperately need. Preview
The Aggies are embarking on a one-game road trip, visiting Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 13.
UC Davis has seen the Titans already this season, beating them 69-61 in the Pavilion. In that game, the Aggies flashed their sometimes stingy defense, holding Fullerton to 37.9 percent shooting from the field, including 14.3 percent from beyond the arc. UC Davis was outrebounded by 13 on the night, but managed to get the win thanks to 22 points by junior guard Corey Hawkins. As a team, the Titans are led by senior guard Michael Williams who averages 16.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Junior guard Alex Harris has also played a significant role and is coming off of a 27-point outing against Cal State Northridge. The good news for UC Davis is that the Titans do not hold a significant size advantage. No player on the squad who averages over 15 minutes per game is taller than 6’7”, and The Titans are led in rebounds by junior forward Steve McClellan with 6.3 per game. This should come as a relief to the Aggies who are fresh off of a game against 7’6” center Mamadou Ndiaye and the UC Irvine Anteaters. It should also be an ample opportunity to capitalize on the skills of rangy forwards freshman Georgi Funtarov and junior Iggy Nujic, the latter of whom has seen a significant decrease in minutes over the last five games. The game also gives the Aggies the chance to continue the great defense that they have been playing lately. They held the high-powered Anteaters offense to 61 points and kept the Cal State Northridge team to 32 points in the first half, before giving up 49 in the second. “I think our defense is remarkably better, the players are doing everything that we, as a staff, are asking them to do,” said head coach Jim Les after the close loss against UC Irvine. As a team, Cal State Fullerton shoots a bumbling 42.2 percent from the floor, including 31.8 percent from three-point range. Their two leading scorers, Williams and Harris, make 43 percent and 38 percent of their shots respectively, while only two players playing consistent minutes have made over 45 percent of their shots. To get the win, the Aggies will have to play slightly better on the boards than they did in their last meeting. More importantly, UC Davis must keep up with its recent defensive resurgence and force the Titans into a poor shooting night, something they seem to have grown accustomed to.
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Aggies hope for fresh start against Seattle
UC Davis looks to get 2014 off on right foot in season-opening series
UC Davis vs. Seattle University ReCORDS
Aggies, 0-0 (0-0); Redhawks, 0-0 (0-0) WHERE
Dobbins Baseball Complex — Davis, Calif. When
Friday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. Who to watch
Steven Patterson hit .324 last year, and he was the seventh-hardest player to strike out
in the NCAA based on strikeouts per plate appearance. According to head coach Matt Vaughn, the Aggies have high expectations for their star second baseman, who was a second-team All-Big West member last year. “We’re lucky to have him back,” Vaughn said. “He should have gotten drafted last year.” Preview
The UC Davis baseball team will look to bounce back from a disappointing 2013 campaign when it opens its 2014 season with a four-game series against Seattle University beginning Feb. 14. The Aggies went 19-37 last year, including 5-22 in conference play, and head coach Matt Vaughn attributes some of the team’s struggles to inexperience. “We were replacing eight starters, and we were young,” Vaughn said. “We were new at a lot of positions, and we played bad defense at a lot of those positions and that really hurt us.” With more experience this time around, Vaughn has noticed a higher focus level among the players. “I think they’re more focused, attentive
group, and we’re going to play the game better,” he said.“We will be better.” Vaughn also said that he has high expectations for sophomore pitcher Spencer Henderson and junior first baseman Nick Lynch, who both played and succeeded in the Cape Cod league this summer. This year’s captains are seniors Patterson, Harry Stanwick and Eric Wolf. For their season opening series, the Aggies take on the Seattle Redhawks, who went 21-33 last year (10-16 in the WAC). The opening series is important not only for the players to get off on the right foot, but also for the coaches to gauge their offseason practices and preparations. “You’re always anxious at this time of year,” Vaughn said. “You’ve been playing each other all fall.We, as a program, look at practice as our time as coaches to prepare a guy and get them ready. And that first weekend, you find out, ‘Are they ready?’ ‘Have we practiced this enough?’ I look for us to be ready to play. We’re a year older, and I think that experience will show throughout the season.”
Zoë Samborski, a fourth-year dramatic art major and publicity coordinator for Studio 301, said audiences can expect an evening full of laughs and quick-paced stories. Studio 301 will be producing a large-scale performance in the spring, and auditions will take place on March 31 and April 1. “Studio 301 will be presenting Seussical the Musical, opening May 9 in the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre, running both that weekend and the next. It’s sure to be a fun, colorful, over-thetop production,” Saravis said. Doors for “A Night of Shorts!” will open at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 in Lab A of Wright Hall. Admission is free, but it is suggested that attendees donate $5 to $10.
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Competitive fire fuels UC Davis women’s tennis star both on, off the court VIC ANDERSON
Senior Megan Heneghan returns service from an opponent.
AGGIES HOPE TO REBOUND FROM TOUGH OVERTIME LOSS Teams UC Davis vs. Cal State Fullerton ReCORDS Aggies 10-12 (5-4); Titans 8-13 (4-4) WHERE The Pavilion — Davis, Calif. When Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. Who to watch: Sophomore guard Molly Greubel had a school-record 14 assists on Feb. 8, in a tough 79-73 overtime loss to UC Irvine. She also added four points and four rebounds in the valiant effort. The continual progression of Greubel’s play has been evident. Last year as a freshman, Greubel played a considerable role off the bench, as she contributed 6.3 points per game, 2.1 assists per game and 1.6 assists per game. This year, she has been a key fixture in the Aggies’ starting lineup, starting 18 of the 22 games. While Greubel’s point production still remains similar to last year’s, at six points per game, her playmaking abilities have been on showcase. As the assist leader of the Aggies, with three assists per game, the team has looked for her to create open looks. The Aggies have really been playing effective offensive basketball, led by junior Sydnee Fipps. In the Feb. 6 win over Cal State Northridge, Fipps once again broke the 20-point mark with a game-high 21 points. The scoring clinic put on by Fipps in combination with the four UC Davis players who scored in double digits — sophomore forward Alyson Doherty, sophomore forward Celia Marfone, sophomore forward Heidi Johnson and junior guard Kelsey Harris — spurred the Aggies on to victory. “When you look down the line,
we’ve got five players in double figures and we’re getting contributions from our up and down roster,” said head coach Jennifer Gross. “That’s what makes me the most pleased about this win. I can rely on so many different people.” Preview: The Aggies have had inconsistent results in Big West play, which has resulted in the plummet from first in the conference to their current fifth-place standing. Despite the lack of consistency in results, UC Davis has found a groove on offense this season. In the loss to UC Irvine on Feb. 8, UC Davis shot 45.2 percent from the field and had three players in double digits and six players with seven or more points. UC Davis currently holds a 41.9 field goal percentage and a 32.3 three-point percentage this season, both of which are the secondhighest percentages in the Big West. This is in large part a team effort, with six players shooting better than 40 percent from the field. Though Sydnee Fipps has gotten much of the praise for the Aggies’ success and scoring efficiency, Alyson Doherty has really stepped up this season in her starter role. Last year, as a freshman, Doherty averaged a respectable 5.3 points, on 35.6 percent shooting, and 4.9 rebounds per game playing 20.8 minutes per game. This year, she has blossomed into a real threat on both ends of the court, averaging 12.2 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game and 1.2 blocks per game. Doherty is second on the team in points per game and is first in both rebounds and blocks per game. Doherty will definitely need to play well in order to help Fipps lead the Aggies to victories in the rest of the regular season and beyond.
Take a peek at the UC Davis women’s tennis lineup card for each match, and you will invariably find Megan Heneghan slotted at the number one singles position. She has held that post for the majority of her career since midway through her freshman year here at UC Davis. Now a senior, Heneghan has garnered accolades that include the Big West freshman of the year in 2010-11 season, All-Big West singles first team in her freshman and sophomore years, and All-Big West singles second team honors for her junior season. “She’s probably the best player I’ve ever coached and I’ve been here 19 years,” women’s tennis head coach Bill Maze said. During Heneghan’s junior year, she scored singles victories during team wins against two nationally-ranked opponents in Sacramento State and San Jose State. She defeated Klaudia Boczova of the Spartans, who was ranked 40th in the nation at that point. “Her greatest strength is her competitiveness,” coach Maze said. “She gives [her opponents] nothing. She plays phenomenal defense and has become much more offensive.” So why did such a talented player, who surely garnered interest from bigger sports schools, decide to come to UC Davis? “I chose UC Davis because I fell in love with the town,” Heneghan said in an email interview. “The people, the atmosphere, and just the positive energy that Davis has is incomparable. As an Orange County native, I needed to get away and experience a completely different community. I loved that Davis was a true college town, and that everyone biked around campus.” Davis has a relaxed atmosphere that makes it easy for people to lose themselves in, but student athletes cannot afford that luxury, particularly when they are expected to lead their team in nearly every match. Heneghan though, remains undaunted. “I love being out on the court, playing for my school, my coach and my team. There is a certain amount of added pressure to playing number one singles,” Heneghan said. “Every opponent you face is going to be really good, no matter where they are from. But I use that pressure to motivate, not discourage me. I give 110 percent in my matches, win or lose.” Much of college athletics involves team interaction, and that becomes the cornerstone
for most student-athletes’ college lives. The women’s tennis team is no different, and in fact was one of the deciding factors in bringing Heneghan to UC Davis. “The team was friendly, welcoming, but most of all they were just as passionate about tennis as I was.They worked extremely hard and still had a blast,” Heneghan said. “We practice every day for at least two and a half hours, with weight lifting after practice on Tuesday and Thursday for one hour. If we don’t have matches on the weekend, I will go out and hit with one of my teammates or a hitting partner for at least two hours.” Through putting in so many hours on the court, the team has banded together in good times and bad to support and encourage one another on the court as well as off. “Being on a team is like gaining new siblings. Every single day you have amazing people by your side to support you, give you advice and even give you a nice reality check when you need it,” Heneghan said.“You can be a total fool around your teammates. And you always have someone to talk to about problems in your life. I went through a pretty serious issue during my junior year where I needed a lot of help and support from others. My team and my coach helped pull me through it, and I cannot imagine where I would be today if I didn’t have them. We have an incredible team this year. We support each other on and off the court, and I am so grateful for that.” Looking ahead to the future Heneghan is certain of two things that she wants to continue doing after graduation and they both involve sports. “I really want to play some Women’s Open tournaments and Qualifiers after I graduate. I can’t be done with tennis after this year. I just love it too much,” she said. “After the tournaments I hope to continue working in sports media or marketing. My absolute dream is to work with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. I would love to be a sports broadcaster like Erin Andrews.” Being an athlete has helped mold Heneghan into the confident and positive person she is today, and she knows it. “[Athletics] has helped me stay focused on my goals, and kept me motivated in all aspects of my life,” Heneghan said. “No matter what the future holds, tennis will always be a part of my life. A piece of me will forever belong to this sport.”
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