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VOLUME 133, ISSUE 18 | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014
SERVING THE UC DAVIS CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY SINCE 1915
City of Davis proposes sales tax increase Effort to alleviate $5.1 million structural imbalance to be on June 2014 ballot 5
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The City of Davis has found itself facing a daunting revenue problem, and is proposing to solve the problem with spending cuts and a sales tax increase. “The increased funding, should the measure pass, would generate approximately $3.7 million annually and would be used to help address a structural deficit in the city’s budget,” said Kelly Stachowicz, the deputy city manager of the City of Davis. This $5.1 million deficit has been caused by Davis Waste Removal franchise fees, increases in other resource expenditures, personnel-related fee increases and several paid benefits outside of the city administration’s control. Several internal attempts have been made to decrease
this structural imbalance without creating any drawbacks to the wallets of the public. Over the past several years, the City of Davis has made $11 million in spending cuts, and has reduced 22 percent of its workforce since 2008. However, these efforts have not raised sufficient revenue. The City Council, Council Subcommittee and a more specific Revenue Focus Group have been considering options, hoping to represent the Davis community as a whole. These factions have come to a general understanding that the City of Davis requires greater revenue. According to the City of Davis 2014-15 Budget Presentation, an increased revenue would be part of a larger economic development effort working towards the goals of the city. This would include an improved administrative TAX on 9
Dining commons hold vegetarian cooking competition Fennelicious Frittata wins Green Chef Challenge CHAD DAVIS firstname.lastname@example.org
On Feb. 24, the UC Davis Dining Commons hosted the Green Chef Challenge. Teams of students, each representing one of the three dining commons — Cuarto, Segundo and Tercero — competed to craft a vegetarian dish using produce from the Student Farm. At 6 p.m., the secret ingredient was revealed: fennel. The teams had an hour and a half to craft their dish before they were whisked away to Segundo for judgment. On March 18, the winning dish will be featured as an entrée in the dining commons. “I’m really competitive,” said Amanda Nieh, a fourth-year clinical nutrition major. “As soon as I heard ‘cooking competition,’ I knew I wanted to do this.” Nieh, a contestant on Segundo’s team, said she has plenty of experience cooking — she also holds a job as a teaching kitchen assistant at the Student Wellness Center. Nieh said she saw an advertisement for the event during one of her visits to the dining commons. “They said you don’t have to be a chef, you can just sign up,” Nieh said. “No experience required.” To help level the playing field, each team received guidance from a sous chef (kitchen under-chef). According to Ben Thomas, sustainability manager of UC Davis Dining Services, the sous chefs were present only to offer techniques and advice. “We really try to make it equal and fair,” Thomas said. “We want to let the students lead the development of the dishes.” Around 6:30 p.m., students flooding into Segundo stopped to watch the contestants chopping vegetables behind the tables cluttered with cutting boards and bowls, while Thomas stood by to inform the curious onlookers. Thomas said the Green Chef Challenge started in 2011. He explained how a group of students involved with various sustainable food projects wanted to put on a fun event to call attention to their efforts. Following the success of the television show “Iron Chef,” he said they came up with the Green Chef Challenge. In this case, the competition specifically uses seasonal produce. The Green Chef Challenge also makes an effort to use only local
foods, according to Nicole Lesnett, a fifth-year international relations major and ground coordinator for the campus’ dining services. “The Student Farm is as local as you could possibly get for food,” Lesnett said. She said the Student Farm has been around since 1977, but only grew large enough to supply the dining commons as early as 2011. As ground coordinator, her job includes transporting produce from the Student Farm to the dining services. She explained that this closer source of food means significantly less emissions and lower costs for transportation. However, she said the Student Farm still only has six marketable acres of year-round produce. “When the winning dish is featured in a month from now, it isn’t guaranteed that it’s all coming from this student farm,” Lesnett said. “The sheer volume [of the order] might require more than the farm grows.” Despite this limitation, she said an effort will still be made to order produce from local sources. However, she said each dining common has different standards. “Everything in the Cuarto salad bar, usually, is food that’s in season,” Lesnett said. “That’s part of being sustainable.” Even during winter, she said, Cuarto provides vegetables appropriate for the season, whereas Segundo and Tercero will use out of season vegetables like cherry tomatoes and corn. Therefore, she said the dishes made at the Green Chef Challenge might encourage a greater percentage of local food use. Joanna Wirkus, a fourth-year clinical nutrition major, nutrition intern with dining services and one of the event’s judges, said she was excited to see how teams would combine the Student Farm ingredients. Wirkus, Jianna Robertson, a student programmer for sustainability in student housing, and Raoul Adamchak, Market Garden and CSA coordinator of the Student Farm, were this quarter’s judges, and just before 7:30 p.m., the Cuarto and Tercero teams arrived to present their dishes. DCGREENCHEF on 8
C I E R A PA S TU R E L / AG G I E First-year design major Rachel Ho and fourth-year clinical nutrition major Amanda Nieh from Team Segundo plate their dish in the Green Chef Challenge.
UC Student Association pushes for reform of Master Plan for Higher Education
Increased tuition, low retention rates among UCSA concerns TAYLOR CUNNINGHAM
The Master Plan for Higher Education, developed in 1960 by the UC Regents and the State Board of Education, intended to make higher education accessible to all proficient students. Since then, increased competition among students, increased tuition, financial divestment from education, low retention rates and the changing roles of the various collegiate systems have kept the plan from being upheld. Across California, student leaders are trying to raise awareness among legislatures of the plan’s deficiencies in order to get a reformation on the table. “It’s very clear that however wellintentioned the Master Plan is, 53 years have passed since it was written, and a lot of circumstances have changed,” said Dillan Horton, the ASUCD director of Student Affairs. “We need to update the Master Plan under the current circumstances.” The UC Student Associations of Davis, Santa Barbara and San Diego
have passed resolutions in support of the reform. The graduate association of UC Santa Cruz has also passed the resolution. On Feb. 24, Henry Y. Tang, the chancellor of UC Santa Barbara, came out in support of reforming the Master Plan, according to Kareem Aref, the statewide president of the University of California Student Association (UCSA). There have been pushes for reform in the past, but many of them have resulted in reviews of the Master Plan, which were largely ineffective, according to Harley Litzelman, the external director of Lobby Corps at UC Davis and a first-year sociology and communications double major. “I would like to see some executive professionals within higher education, at the administrative level recognize that this 50-year-old plan doesn’t just need revision or reassignment,” Litzelman said. “We need a redrafted master plan. A plan that is both preservative of the original virtues, but also confronts many of the new challenges in higher education.” HIGHER on 14
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New legislation aims to improve response, prevention measures for sexual violence on campuses SB 967 to apply to all California college campuses
27 / THURSDAY BME Distinguished Speaker Seminar 4:10 to 6 p.m. | GBSF Auditorium Come listen to Dr. Davis Kaplan of Tufts University talk about “Silk Protein Matrices for Stabilization and Delivery of Biologics.”
28 / FRIDAY SF Guitar Quartet 8 to 10 p.m. | Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Attend the DAC Classical Guitar Concert Series featuring the musical stylings of Matthew Grasso. Admission is from $5 to $15.
1 / SATURDAY Davis Farmers Market 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Central Park Support your local farmers and buy seasonal produce, baked goods, hot food to-go and more. All Things Acacia 2 to 3 p.m. | Putah Creek Lodge, UC Davis Enjoy an early spring display of yellow blossoms on this guided tour of the Eric E. Conn Acacia Grove. The grove features more than 50 different acacias from around the world. The event is free.
2 / SUNDAY Storytime Through the Seasons: Expedition to Africa 1 to 3 p.m. | Arboretum Headquarters, UC Davis Take a safari to Africa with this free, outdoor reading program for children and families. Explore the stories and nature of Africa in the Acacia Grove. All ages are welcome and the event is free.
3 / MONDAY Prized Writing Student Author Reading and Discussion 4 to 5:30 p.m. | 126 Voorhies Check out this public reading and discussion featuring UC Davis student authors whose work has been published in the 2012-13 edition of Prized Writing.
4 / TUESDAY Trivia 9 to 11 p.m. | Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St. Gather a team and test your knowledge in subjects ranging from world geography to ’80s music to sports to The Big Lebowski. There will be prizes! Ages 21 and up. Salsa Tuesday 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. | The Graduate, 805 Russell Blvd. Check out Salsa Tuesday with DJ Miguel. Dance lessons will begin at 9:30 p.m. with Cori from Barbara’s Dancing Tonight. Entrance is $6. Ages 18 and up.
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firstname.lastname@example.org New legislation that would require colleges and universities to adopt “victim-centered” response and prevention measures for sexual violence on campuses in California was announced in a press conference presented by Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) on Feb. 10. SB 967, co-authored by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, (D-Santa Barbara) and State Rep. Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), would develop policies to encourage greater protection and services for victims, as well as education and intervention in the broader campus society. SB 967 will apply to all higher education institutions in California. The bill would establish “affirmative consent” as the standard for deciding whether or not consent had been given by the given by the complaint in a campus investigation. The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) is in support of this legislation and the policies that it will enforce for higher education institutions in California. Public Affairs and Communications Associate for CALCASA Shaina Brown said the victimcentered approach will serve California students, ensuring that they receive adequate resources. She said CALCASA is “enthusiastic for [the] legislation and working with
them closely to get the language informed by organizations.” Young women from advocacy programs on college campuses surrounded legislators at the Feb. 10 press conference. Sarah Yang, copresident of the Women’s Health Initiative and a fifth-year neurobiology, physiology and behavior major, presented a speech at the press conference following de Leon. According to Yang, this bill encompasses the things her organization wants to do and she feels this is what the campus needs for awareness. The Women’s Health Initiative’s primary goal is to “support women in terms of gaining health resources and dealing with projects that have to do with awareness of campus.” de Leon said that the current campus culture in higher education “stigmatizes survivors, not the perpetrators [and] sexual assaults are just too common and we need to fundamentally change that.” Sofie Karasek, a student at UC Berkeley who said that she was sexually assaulted two years ago, was present at the press conference and emphasized the need for a “victim-centered” approach. Karasek was one of nine students in higher education to file a federal complaint last year alleging that Berkeley had mishandled student reports of sexual assault on campus. According to the victim advocate for the UC Davis Campus
Violence Prevention Program (CVPP), Jacquelynn Lira, it is difficult to determine how SB 967 will affect the UC Davis community specifically. “The federal legislation called Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that was passed echoes many of the provisions of SB 967 stated in VAWA, including provisions to expand requirements from a focus on sexual assault on campus to more include domestic/ dating violence and stalking,” Lira said. New requirements are currently being implemented at UC Davis, and include calculating the incidence of domestic/dating violence and stalking in the Annual Clery report, requiring that campuses make available education on these topics for new staff and students, and requiring the University’s Title IX office to investigate instances of domestic/ dating violence and stalking the same way they do to sexual assault, according to Lira. “CVPP looks forward to the opportunity to expand on the current education and prevention programs [they] have, and continue to work one-on-one with student dealing with issues around sexual assault, domestic/ dating violence and stalking,” Lira said. “CVPP appreciates the attention that SB 967 as well as other legislation that has come before it brings to this important issue.” n
UC Davis beer brewing documentary wins award in Hollywood Documentary stars Professor Bamforth on the art, science of beer
Davis Farmers Market 2 to 6 p.m. | Central Park Support your local farmers and buy seasonal produce, baked goods, hot food-to-go and more.
news in brief Davis City Council votes to place water rate initiative on June 2014 ballot Davis City Council members unanimously voted on Feb. 11 to place an initiative on the June 2014 ballot that will ask voters to decide if they think the city’s water rates are fair and legal. Water rates are scheduled to increase over the next five years to help pay for Davis’ $106 million share of the Woodland-Davis surface water project.The first of the rate increases became effective on May 1, 2013, and the most recent increase was Jan. 1. Three options were presented to City Council at the Feb. 11 meeting by City Attorney Harriet Steiner. They could refer the initiative to staff for analysis of impacts on the city, adopt the initiative without change, which would repeal the rate increases or put the initiative on the June 2014 ballot for voters to decide on. Supporters of the surface water project urged City Council members to put the initiative on the ballot, seeing that as the most effective option. “The most important thing is to move forward quickly. Delays will cost citizens millions of dollars,” said Jane Runquist, water project supporter. Robb Davis, a candidate for City Council, said putting this on the ballot would help clear up a lot of confusion surrounding the water rates issue. “You have to put this on the ballot, some members of the community are trying to roll back what was a decision of the whole community,” Davis said. Nancy Price, a member of the group that wrote the initiative said putting it on the June ballot is the most most efficient option because it goes to the ratepayers immediately. Price added that only those who pay water bills were allowed to vote on Measure 1 in March 2013; renters did not get to vote. Putting the initiative on the June ballot allows for a citywide vote and renters, many of whom are students, will have a voice in whether or not they approve the rates. Under the new rates renters are being billed directly for the water rates, when before it was typically not a separate charge. “Students who live in Davis have a right to vote on the rates. The rate structure still needs to be examined for fairness and affordability,” Price said. “If this passes the city has the opportunity to revisit the rate structure.” — Paayal Zaveri
email@example.com This year’s winner of the TASTE award for Best MiniFilm or Documentary is “The Art and Science of Beer” starring UC Davis’ own, Professor Charles Bamforth. Bamforth said the award-winning film was one of two short documentaries on beer brewing at UC Davis, both commissioned by the University of California Office of the President. “The Office of the President was commissioning some films to illustrate what goes on in the University of California as a whole.They selected two topics from Davis and we were one of them,” Bamforth said. He also said that he was not able to attend the awards ceremony in Hollywood because he was busy teaching, which he mentioned was his favorite aspect of his career. “It never gets old, there’s always a new angle on it,” Bamforth said. “There’s always the joy of seeing the smile on people’s faces as they get it, and the realization that some of these people are going to go on and be successful brewers.” Bamforth is a professor of malting and brewing sciences at UC Davis. He said he has been dubbed by his students “the pope of foam,” a name by which he is addressed in the documentary. He pointed to his research focus on beer foam as the inspiration for his nickname. “I’ve been working on bubbles for a long time and we’ve probably done more research on the head on beer than anybody else,” Bamforth said. Foam is one aspect that Bamforth said emphasizes beer as an art on top of being a science. “We’ve done a lot of work to confirm absolutely that people drink with their eyes,” Bamforth said. “Most beer drinkers, most civilized beer drinkers, will put their beer in a glass, and if the beer’s got a foam on it they say it looks good. And if the beer’s not got a foam on it they say ‘what the hell is wrong with the beer?’” But the art of beer does not begin and end with foam. Bamforth speaks of an entire culture surrounding beer, and points out that everything from the appearance to the actual drinking contributes to its consideration as an art. “It’s an art form as far as it speaks to a quality of life. It’s not just the science of making the beer, it’s the imagery of that beer, it’s the presentation of the beer [and] it’s the circumstances of which you drink it,” Bamforth said. Nor is the art simply part of the finished product. Ted Kizor graduated from UC Davis in 2013 with a degree in viticulture and enology, and he is a former student of Bamforth, completing both lower and upper division brewing classes under the professor. He noted that the art starts in the very beginning of the brewing process. “Writing beer recipes is an endless art. Whether you’re playing with adjuncts, or differing the ratios of various hops or even deciding which water chemistry is going to help you make the best beer — it is an art,” Kizor said. Kizor went on to say that the features of beer that can be considered art rely heavily on the science behind brewing. “Most people don’t drink a beer at a bar and wonder if it has an invisible haze or what the oxidation level was at bottling, but you do notice how it smells, looks, tastes and
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UC Davis professor Charles Bamforth stands in front of a brew kettle.
feels,” Kizor said. “How are you going to measure those changes? How are you going to be sure that you have a consistent product? What are your standards of quality? That’s where the science comes in.” Even speaking of beer as an art form, Bamforth does not want people to underestimate the contributions of beer to the scientific community. “I know full well over the years what brewing has done for society, in terms of science,” Bamforth said.“A lot of the fundamental work that is applied in day-to-day life came out of the brewing industry.” The documentary comments on both the art and science, which Bamforth said come together in complicated ways to form a finished product. “It was basically me talking about the process from the mill to the finished product, and hopefully convincing people just how complex this production is, this production of beer,” Bamforth said.“A lot of people seem to think that brewing is somehow simple and straightforward, but it isn’t. It’s a whole bunch of different sciences that come together, and anyone that’s taken the upper division brewing classes pretty much knows that brewing ain’t simple.” Jason Porter is a graduate student in food science at UC Davis and can be seen brewing in the background of the documentary. He said that brewing is a mix of all subjects from biology and engineering to history and law. He mentioned Bamforth as an inspiration for joining the business of brewing and that he’s glad to be working with beer. “It’s something fun; it’s something you can enjoy,” Porter said. Bamforth said that he is glad to have been a part of the documentary and emphasized his goal of exposing people to the message of beer, and its usefulness in teaching. “I’m pleased that it actually does allow us to point out to people that this is a serious topic but it is [also] a fun thing and a great way to learn science,” Bamforth said. n
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Vagina: OurStories to discuss gendered violence in UC Davis community Student narratives express personal experiences for charity
firstname.lastname@example.org With bold voices on a stage, Vagina: OurStories will unveil personal narratives about the gendered violence experiences of UC Davis students. Sponsored by the Women’s Resources and Research Center (WRRC) and inspired by Eve Ensler’s famous 1996 play The Vagina Monologues, this year’s event will be the third incarnation of the play to raise awareness of gender issues in the Davis community, and raise funds to benefit local organizations against gendered violence. It will take place from March 1 to March 2 at the Davis Veterans Memorial Theatre. “It’s important to talk about how gender violence isn’t just something you see on the news, it’s happening in Davis, and to the people around you and even closest to you,” said Lamia Hajani, producer of Vagina: OurStories, second-year political science and women and gender studies double major. “In places like Davis, we have a tendency to un-localize things and make them outside of us, but the point of V-Stories is to bring that uncomfortability in and make us realize that these marginalized people should be given a voice so they are not silenced and their experiences don’t go unheard.” Students of the WRRC planning committee first hosted the original Vagina Monologues play in 2011, performed by an allwomen-of-color cast. They then changed the theme in 2012 to be called Vagina: HerStories to express the social stigma of the word ‘vagina’ and localize the issues to the Davis community. Since 2013, the theme has been shifted to Vagina: OurStories to encapsulate a range of gender issues and ‘vagina’ as an identity and metaphor. Proceeds from the event will go to Justice Now, an Oakland, Calif. teaching law clinic devoted to addressing the needs of women prisoners by offering legal assistance, counseling, training and campaigning strategies. “The way that V-Stories has been set up is that it’s not just a performance, but it’s also a benefit,” Hajani said. “For Justice Now, the sterilization of women in prison [is] one thing people might not know about, but it is a local cause. We want people to feel empowered to go for a cause, take part in the discussion and at the same time help end gendered violence in some format.” The narratives to be expressed range from traumatic experiences such as sexual, psychological and physical abuse to critiques of social binaries between femininity and masculinity, inclusion and exclusion, self-identification and the social construct of beauty. According to second-year communication and psychology double major and a co-director of Vagina: OurStories Holly Ryborz, the development of community within the group has fostered a welcoming environment, given
that such topics are not widely discussed. “We try to make a space with V-Stories that is very supportive and very open,” Ryborz said. “We check in and check out at every rehearsal because a lot of these pieces are very heavy and emotionally take their toll. It’s very important to be able to talk about how you feel, what’s going on and it’s an awesome space to have for the cast members who are performing emotionally heavy pieces.” Fourth-year community and regional development major and Vagina: OurStories actor Christina Nguyen said being involved in the event has been challenging but communal, and has inspired her to want a welcoming environment for all people. “I truly appreciate the space [provided by the cast] as one of the people who are performing and being able to unpack a lot of the emotion that goes with performing,” Nguyen said. “But, it shouldn’t be confined to just these spaces where we feel safe. We need to have this out where everyone can have that and not just a select few who are part of this show. That’s something I hope we can move towards on campus and beyond.” Third-year psychology major and a Vagina: OurStories writer Tiffany Shem also sees the importance of comfort when expressing these issues. “I think the reason people feel hesitant to speak about [these issues] in the first place is that they don’t feel safe or comfortable doing so,” Shem said. “By having Vagina: OurStories and the support of other people, [it] is really comforting to know we aren’t alone in this.” Hajani said the purpose of Vagina: OurStories is overall awareness and understanding from the community, which she admits could be difficult to engage given many pervading stereotypes in popular discourse. “It’s a matter of being able to inform and educate people, so if someone walks by [our posters] and starts making fun of Vagina: OurStories for having the word ‘vagina,’ we can talk about it and tell them what it’s about,” Hajani said. “‘Vagina’ isn’t a funny word and to us it’s a metaphor, it’s about resistance and being aware of these resilient people who are facing gendered violence.” Shem also said that as a writer, she wanted to challenge the spheres of dialogue she had encountered in the past, and though she and a few other writers will not be performing their own piece she felt connected with the performers’ representation of her story. “I have heard a lot of discussions from people about how we don’t need feminism, how we have already reached gender equity and how gender violence is a thing of the past or it’s really rare, but [that’s because] those voices are silenced,” Shem said. “As a writer, it was empowering knowing I can make a difference and change the way people view gender violence.” n
news in brief Davis Dance Marathon raises $4,000 for UC Davis Children’s Hospital The Davis Dance Marathon was held on Feb. 22 in the ARC Ballroom from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.The event raised more than $4,000, which will be donated to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital in Sacramento. Although the benefit did not reach its fundraising goal of $10,000, Davis Dance Marathon Committee member Alagu Chidambaram said she and her fellow committee members hope to raise more in the next month. “The Donor Drive page is still open for a month so people can still collect donations,” Chidambaram said. “All of that still goes towards our total, so we definitely want to see [the total] increase.” According to Michelle Thompson, associate director of development for the Children’s Miracle Network at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital, donations are still being accepted until March 24 at 6 p.m. Thompson said the money raised will go towards therapy and equipment to help the children. “It helps support life-changing research, child life programs such as art and music therapy and much needed equipment for the hospital to save and improve as many lives as possible,” Thompson said. Although attendance at the marathon was lower than last year, committee member Emily Summerlin was pleased with the outcome of the event. “We put on a great event, we just didn’t have as great a turnout as we would have wanted,” Summerlin said. “We had a solid group of dedicated dancers who stayed until the end.” Chidambaram echoed Summerlin’s thoughts and said event logistics had no real complications. “Everything ran smoothly as far as the organization side of it,” Chi-
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Solano Park, Orchard Park Apartments to close for redevelopment
news in brief City Manager Steve Pinkerton to leave position, recruitment for new city manager begins
Graduate student-parents advocate for continuation of affordable housing
email@example.com On Feb. 12, City of Davis City Manager Steve Pinkerton announced that he would be leaving his post to accept a position as the general manager of the InclineVillage General Improvement District. Pinkerton has held the position of city manager of the City of Davis since 2011. Pinkerton’s last day will be April 25, according to a press release from the City of Davis. City Council will begin the search for a replacement as well as an interim city manager to fill the position from the end of April until a permanent replacement is appointed. According to City Council member Dan Wolk, the appointment of both the interim city manager and the new city manager will be done by the City Council.The City Council plans to employ Ralph Anderson and Associates, the recruitment firm that was used in the employment of Pinkerton. However, no contract has been proposed yet. Wolk said that it is the City Council’s preference to engage an interim city manager that is not a current employee of the City of Davis. “The hiring of the city manager is arguably the most important decision a City Council has to make,”Wolk said. When it comes to the criteria the council is looking for,Wolk said that it is essential that whomever they pick must be knowledgeable, work well with the council, city employees
dambaram said. “It all ran really well. About 150 people attended, which is not as much as last year, but it was probably due to conflicting schedules.” There were performances from several campus groups and items were raffled throughout the night. “All the entertainment went really well,” Chidambaram said. “All the bands were incredible and it was really nice to see all the different talent that is on campus.We gave away WalMart gift cards, a toaster oven, hospital related T-shirts and bags. Ubisoft gave away two gift baskets — one was “Assassins’ Creed,” and the other was “Just Dance.” According to Chidambaram, the marathon had overwhelming volunteer support. “We had a lot of volunteers,” Chidambaram said. “The main organizations that volunteered were Operation Smile, Delta Epsilon Mu and Delta Sigma Pi. They were incredible; they were amazing.” Summerlin appreciated the help of the marathon’s sponsors. “We have a lot of food, entertainment and music sponsors backing us and we are so thankful for all of them,” Summerlin said. The Davis Dance Marathon Committee will start planning for next year’s event during Spring Quarter. It is looking for event volunteers and for people to join the committee itself, for several committee members are graduating, according to Chidambaram and Summerlin. “We are so proud of our fundraiser and we can’t wait to welcome new Aggies to the DDM family for next year’s planning,” Summerlin said. The website to donate is helpmakemiracles.org/event/DavisDM/.
and community and they have to have a clear vision for the city. According to a statement released by the City of Davis, the recruitment for a new city manager will begin as soon as possible. However, the final decision will not be made until after the June 2014 elections. This means the current City Council will not be making the final decision. “We have a lot of these challenges that we are faced with as a community, certainly Steve’s leaving makes it even more challenging, but of course whoever comes in will be capable of handling those challenges. I have no doubt that we will find someone good,” Wolk said. In working with the City Council, Pinkerton has navigated budgetary shortfalls as well as implemented projects for economic development in the City of Davis. “I have enjoyed living and working in the dynamic environment of the Davis community over the past two and a half years. Despite unrelenting budget challenges, I believe we have made significant inroads toward ensuring that residents can continue to enjoy a high quality of life. I know the City Council and city staff will continue to build on these efforts of the past few years,” Pinkerton said. — Sydney Cohen
Solano Park and Orchard Park Apartments are set to close for redevelopment because of their antiquity. The many structural replacements required for both buildings make renovation too costly. Orchard Park, located in the northwest corner of UC Davis, is to close July 31, while the demolition of Solano Park, in southeast Davis, is scheduled for July 31, 2016. The complexes have been known to provide affordable housing with spacious grass areas and community environments for full-time student families and their children since the 1960s. Current plans for the redevelopment of Orchard Park, which will be completed by fall 2016, include student family and single graduate apartments for 500 students, as well as additional units for transitioning faculty and staff. A Graduate Student Assistant Association member and the Graduate Student Assistant to the Chancellor were asked to join the project committee. Costs for the Orchard Park project are still unknown. “There isn’t a published cost for the replacement of Orchard Park, as these costs are still is determined as we continue negotiations with University Student
Living,” said Ramona Hernandez, director of Financial and Business Services of Student Housing. “The project is subject to UC Board of Regents’ approval in May, and at that time the projected cost will be publicized.” To maintain affordability for studentfamilies and graduate students, Student Housing is working with Real Estate Services to negotiate with third-party developers including University Student Living and Yackzan Group. With the goal of keeping rent below market prices, rent prices will still be higher than the current apartment complexes. According to the Student Housing website, however, costs would be much higher if the properties were to be built and operated by the University of California as opposed to a third party. Chantelise Pells, a Ph.D. candidate in geography and Solano Park resident, expressed her concerns about the community’s closure. “It’s not going to have the same open green space; it’s going to be more condensed with basically just buildings and parking,” Pells said. “It’s not quite the same atmosphere, environment or community vibe as we presently have.” Solano residents met three weeks ago with the new developers and were told DEMOLITION on 15
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19 / WEDNESDAY Tough (fortune) cookie Someone on Arthur Street called 911 to say, “There will be violence.”
Wishy-washy An unknown subject is continually putting up someone’s windshield wipers during the day on Wintun Place.
22 / WEDNESDAY Press charges On Vassar Drive, someone’s roommate invited three people into the residence who claimed to be selling magazines but kept asking questions about how many people lived in the residence and how much things cost.
Tricks are for kids A group of kids kept prank-calling a business on L Street, making threats to come and kill everyone.
Up to scratch Someone was trying to park on Third Street and accidentally scratched someone’s car. When he went to get a pen and paper to leave a note the vehicle was gone, so he wanted to leave his information.
24 / MONDAY Face the consequences On Denison Drive, a known subject has been hacking the reporter’s Facebook account, posting and altering things without the reporter’s permission. 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 The rain is back! After a series of spectacular sunny days, the rain hit us hard overnight. The sun won’t be seen much for the next few days; it will hardly get a chance to shine through the mass of clouds passing over. While Thursday won’t be too rainy, the rain should pick up again into Friday, but Saturday it will ease up again. Today (2/27): High 63, low 47, chance of showers especially evening, mostly cloudy, breezy Friday (2/28): High 57, low 45, mostly cloudy with periods of rain, breezy Saturday (3/1): High 63, low 44, mostly cloudy, slight chance of rain, breezy
Long-Term Forecast After a nice soaking this weekend, we will probably see pleasant weather return early next week. However, this doesn’t rule out the possibility of showers—especially on Wednesday. Stay tuned! Sunday (3/2): High 66, low 44, partly cloudy, calm winds Monday (3/3): High 65, low 48, mostly cloudy, calm winds Tuesday (3/4): High 66, low 50, mostly cloudy, calm winds Wednesday (3/5): High 64, low 49, mostly cloudy with possible showers, breezy
Vice President Bradley Bottoms presided over the weekly senate meeting on Feb. 20. The meeting was called to order at 6:14 p.m. Senator Ryan Wonders was absent. The senate confirmed the new Gender and Sexuality Commission Chair, Robert Helfend. The meeting moved into public discussion. Senate directed multiple questions to Eric Renslo, chair of the Elections Committee. Renslo spoke of issues that occurred in the first few hours of elections with voters accidentally abstaining on the Measure One vote. Associate Vice Chancellor Milton Lang presented on the campus climate talks and the rollout of a new system for reporting hate or bias incidents and crimes, which are criminal acts resulting in physical or verbal injury. He spoke of a marketing campaign to make the protocol more widely recognized. Lang emphasized that making UC Davis a safer place is “a working project.” He expressed the need for the student body to keep providing input and said that he will hold “dialogues on a consistent basis.” Lang said that over the next few quarters, there will be action to train and educate staff and faculty on how to deal with hate or bias incidents. Afterward, Lang and ASUCD Business Manager Janice Corbett presented on future training for ASUCD leaders, such as senators and unit directors. “We want to help them be the professionals they want to become,” Lang said. Corbett said that students will be trained in human resource practices and professional interpersonal skills. Senator Pamela Nonga expressed a desire to train students not studying economics in financial literacy to make them better understand budgets and finances. After a 10 minute break, the meeting moved to unit director reports. Senator Jonathan Mitchell did not return. AggieTV Director Anna Oh reported that the AggieTV staff is working to establish live streaming capabilities to live stream events such as senate meetings. Oh said that she established a creative department and it will start making more short films. She also gave an update on the status of the new cameras AggieTV purchased last quarter, as well as a revenue update.With new cameras,AggieTV can start to increase prices for its services to clients to match the higher quality of its work. The meeting then moved into committee reports; senators reported the status of various committees and their projects. After committee reports, the meeting moved into consideration of old legislation. Senate reviewed various pieces of legislation: Senate Resolution (SR) 14, which condemns “harmful group-targeted responses to the 2014-15 UC calendar changes and future calendar changes,” passed
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Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission Chair Third-year double major in community and regional development and international relations 1. What did you want to be when you were a child? I wanted to be a teacher for forever. For the longest time, I also wanted to be a National Geographic Magazine photographer because I wanted to travel and I like to take photos and I didn’t want to have to write. And for a while I wanted to write children’s books and illustrate them. I also wanted to be a journalist at one point. Overall, the theme of everything that I’ve ever wanted to do growing up has been telling people stories. 2. What is one of the biggest lessons you’ve learned throughout your life? One of the many big things that I’ve learned is that everyone has a story and everyone’s own story is being written. It shapes the way that they think and the way that they interact with the world. 3. If you could be one character from a book, who would it be? I think I would want to be Ramona Quimby. Pretty much every book I was into when I was little had a really strong woman or girl as the main character. Ramona Quimby just kind of stood out to me because she was just really caring and loving and spunky and a go-getter. Even though I’m not going to clomp on cans like she did, I go out there and I will ask the tough questions, I am not afraid to do the hard work, I will not stand down to anyone. KRITI on 15
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ASUCD Senator Third-year computer science major 1. What did you want to be when you were a child? I wanted to be a UN secretary general and followed the UN a lot when I was little because my sister was studying international law. She was very obsessed with the UN and I shared the same passion as her. 2. What is one of the biggest lessons you’ve learned throughout your life? I have learned that whenever you have a doubt the answer is always no. 3. If you could be one character from a book, who would it be? Snowball, the pig from Animal Farm. Snowball is my favorite character. He is very evil and very sly, but he’s very smart too and he gets everything done. I’m not that evil, but I like his character. 4. What is your favorite holiday and why? There are a lot of great holidays I can think of, but I would say India’s Independence Day on Aug. 15. Back in India we have a lot of salvation and it means so much to India because we were under the queen’s rule for so many years. It means so much to me to be independent and free. I value that a lot. 5. If you could offer one piece of advice to UC Davis students, what would it be? I can’t remember the movie, but if you want something go get it — I think it’s by Will Smith. SHEHZAD on 15
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got a professor who says a bunch of crazy things in class. It’s super offensive, not to mention borderline racist, and I wanted to record him. I haven’t decided what I’d do with the video, but I’ve seen a lot of hidden camera footage on YouTube, so I’m wondering if it’s legal to record him. I’ve heard that I can’t record someone without their permission because of wiretapping laws. Can I record a professor and put him on YouTube if he’s saying racist stuff? — Anonymous Davis, CA Answer: By filming your professor, you would run into more copyright problems than privacy problems. First, some background on the right to record. As you hopefully know, free speech is protected by the California and U.S. Constitutions. The Constitution’s First Amendment — or as I like to call it, the Best Amendment — protects your freedom to speak by restricting the government’s ability to impose limits on speech. Part of our ability to speak comes from our ability to gather information. No one disputes that there’s a free speech right to report on a war protest or publishing an article about a city council meeting. But it’s hard for NBC to report on a war protest if they can’t attend the protest or film the protesters. It’s equally difficult for the Davis Enterprise to accurately quote City Council members if its reporters are banned from recording council meetings. Or as the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals said in ACLU v. Alvarez, “The right to publish or broadcast an audio or audiovisual recording would be insecure, or largely ineffective, if the antecedent act of making the recording is wholly unprotected.” Filming a protest and recording a council meeting are protected by the First Amendment. Let’s turn to the professor example. On a public university campus, most places are public, and filming would be fine as long as it does not interfere with the purpose of the forum. Think of the Quad, the eating areas of the CoHo or a student lounge. In those areas, you’re mostly free to film, just like you are free to pass out flyers or speak to people. People speaking in public areas have very little expectation of privacy, so most privacy laws are irrelevant. And the government interest in restricting speech in a public area is dwarfed by the public’s interest in maintaining the right to free speech. But in a classroom, there is a strong government interest in making sure class is not interrupted. The University’s powers to limit speech become stronger, although the privacy considerations are still irrelevant, since the professor is making statements to a large audience. And even in classrooms, restrictions on free speech must comply with the First Amendment, which means those restrictions must be clearly defined. As the Supreme Court said in Grayned v. City of Rockford, a rule complies with the First Amendment only if it provides “fair notice to those to whom (it) is directed.” Your professor might have some rule in the syllabus that says no one can film his lecture. That would be a clear cut example of a “clearly defined” rule. Vaguer rules, like universitywide bans on “harassment” or “intimidation,” which a sensitive professor might try to use against you, would probably not ban videorecording. There’s actually a case on appeal right now, O’Brien v. Welty, that will decide whether a law banning “harassment” and “intimidation” can be used to stop students from recording professors. Putting aside any restrictions in the student conduct code or the professor’s syllabus, there is still a possible copyright problem. The University might argue that it owns the copyrights to lectures delivered by professors in the scope of their regular teaching duties. They could try to sue you just as if you had been caught bootlegging a Broadway production of Cats or Wicked. But unlike pirating Cats and Wicked, there’s a fair use argument here — and fair use is a defense to claims of copyright infringement. You are attempting to record something newsworthy and use it for commentary. You are not trying to compete with the professor, and you are not using his entire lecture — both of which make it more likely that this would qualify as fair use. For the same reasons Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert can broadcast brief clips of the “O’Reilly Factor” without the permission of Fox News, you could argue that you used only as much of the lecture as you needed in order to make your point. In the end, it’s a close call, and it depends in part on what rules, if any, your professor put in the syllabus.
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 email@example.com or tweeted to @governorwatts.
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Editor’s note: Elizabeth has requested The Aggie to withhold her last name. Two students sit in the same lecture. One is worried about his upcoming fraternity event, the other about where her next meal will come from. Elizabeth, a fourth-year psychology major, recalled instances in which she had gone without food for a couple of days, and how heavily it impacted her school performance. Students typically come to college to create a better future for themselves through education; however, while some students have the ability to work or come from families that are able and willing to support them, other students risk hunger just to make ends meet. Elizabeth is a veteran transfer student who will be graduating this year, but she is also a single mom with two kids, ages six and eight. She commutes every day to UC Davis from Woodland while her kids are at school, and said she has gone hungry to feed them in times of extreme trouble. “When I first transferred, my benefits, financial aid and my GI Bill were lagging, and I didn’t have enough money to buy food for a month. I did things like buy bread from the dollar store and when I needed to, I went hungry for a few days,” Elizabeth said. According to Elizabeth, the stresses of wondering if she could feed herself and her children had been anxiety-inducing, but she still doesn’t like asking for help. When things were especially bad, she got food from The Pantry, the UC Davis student-run food bank, but has yet to go on CalFresh, the food stamp program. “There’s a very strong negative attitude towards asking for and needing help. It’s as if you think that you must have done something to deserve being in this type of situation,” Elizabeth said. “There’s an emotional reaction.” Elizabeth said she takes every opportunity to save money. She receives about $4,000 from financial aid a quarter, minus her fees from UC SHIP (UC Davis health insurance). From her GI bill, she gets about $2,100 a month. “My neighbor is really good about sharing the food that she gets with me, so I typically spend about $50 a week on groceries for the three of us, because I usually buy stuff like milk and cheese,” Elizabeth said. Until recently, CalFresh benefits were given out in the form of actual coupons, and could be embarrassing to pull out in a grocery store. “It took a long time to pull the right ones out, and the cashier had to stand there trying to figure out which coupons were the right ones for what you were buying,” Elizabeth said. “It felt like everyone in the store was staring at you, and you were holding up the line.” Now, however, CalFresh benefits
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On Feb. 20, The Aggie ran information regarding the architectural firms with the winning design for the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Museum in the article titled “Update on Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Museum.” However, one of the winning architectural firms was not credited. In addition to the architectural firm SO - IL,
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson was also responsible for the winning design. Additionally, The Aggie miscredited SO - IL for some of the projects by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. The following quote provides the correct information: “Among Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s most notable projects are the Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville,
Calif., and Apple Stores worldwide, including the iconic all-glass cube in New York City. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson is also known for their exceptionally-designed and executed academic buildings, and have worked on several other UC campuses.” The Aggie regrets these errors. They have been corrected in our online edition.
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ASUCD’s External Affairs Commission is organizing “Art in the Air,” an event that will bring painting to the Quad on March 6. The event will have students create paintings for local businesses who have sponsored the event. All proceeds will go toward the Cal Aggie Camp, which benefits underprivileged children. The event was borrowed from Pastels on the Plaza, a similar event that has been held in Arcata, Calif. since 1987. Amelia Helland, a member of the External Affairs Commission and a fourth-year statistics major, is one of the main organizers of the event. “We ask downtown businesses to donate their money,” Helland said. “In exchange we’ll hook them up with design and art students who will volunteer time and talent to work with the business to design an ad that they’ll paint on the Quad on the day of the event.” Azka Fayyaz, a second-year economics major, is also organizing the event with Helland. “The purpose of ‘Art in the Air’ is for students to be able to see that they are part of a larger community at UC Da-
vis, which is the goal of the External Affairs Commission,” Fayyaz said. The event was initially planned for Fall Quarter but ended up being rained out. “That was the only real challenge we faced,” Fayyaz said. “It was really a blessing in disguise because it allowed us to plan more and tell more people about it. Except for the rain, everything has been in our favor.” Helland hoped that several local businesses would sponsor the event. “I just started getting the signups on Friday,” Helland said. “Hopefully we’ll get Delta of Venus, Pluto’s and Whole Foods. We’re asking really all of the local businesses. We’re going to go crazy next week.” Fayyaz was proud of the work the External Affairs Commission has put into the event. “We were able to put more groundwork into this campaign because we had more time and more commissioners helping us plan the event,” Fayyaz said. “The experience has really allowed the commission to bond over this and fulfill our duty.” — John Kesler
Addressing all types of music Katy Perry vs.Taylor Swift Charming female pop artists are always coming and going, always redefining what “pop” is and always duking it out with each other not only to top
They both have released at least three albums in the past four years, they are both currently in their 20s and, most importantly, they both have sold millions of album copies during their young careers. the charts, but also to gain the admiration of fans. In the ’60s, Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand went head to head. In the ’80s, Madonna took on Whitney Houston as things began sounding a little funkier and more dance-influenced. By the time the early 2000s rolled around, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera were in a deadlocked battle over who would become the greater teen pop star. Whenever I hang out with my nine and 13-year-old cousins, the two girls make a point to inform me which artists they’re into. Usually these artists are female, and usually my cousins’ tastes reflect what is trending in American popular culture. I can discern from their opinions that two female artists in particular have been dominating modern female pop music lately. The artists: Taylor Swift and Katy Perry.
ways.They both have released at least three albums in the past four years, they are both currently in their 20s and, most importantly, they both have sold millions of album copies during their young careers. But which of these two women has made a bigger impression? Who “wins” the battle? Let’s look at their differences before we answer that. For one, Katy seems to incorporate sexuality in her song topics and music video outfits more than Taylor does. Several of her albums also contain the infamous “Parental Advisory, Explicit Content” sticker. The song “I Kissed a Girl” is a good example of her positive and proud attitude towards her sexual identity. In songs like “California Gurls,” she sings about “sex on the beach” and “freaking in a jeep,” while the music video depicts her lying nude on a candy cloud — she depicts sexual behavior in a fun and lighthearted way. Katy Perry could certainly be considered not only a musical icon, but a behavioral icon as well. I, unlike many, personally don’t find a problem with her singing about sex or kissing other girls because, above sexuality, she promotes the idea of being yourself.You can tell from her smile and the joyful energy in her voice that she is having a good time and enjoying herself. In comparison, Taylor Swift represents the more traditional “good girl” image in the pop industry. Right around Katy’s release of “I Kissed a Girl,” Taylor released songs like “Fifteen,” which tells the story of an innocent high school freshman dealing with best friends and heartbreak, and “The Best Day,” the story of a young girl tormented by her friends, who finds peace in spending the day
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ABBY ALCALA | AGGIE The Cast of The Grapes of Wrath.
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THE GRAPES OF Play to commemorate 75th anniversary of Steinbeck novel PAUL SANCHEZ email@example.com With performances beginning March 6 and going on through March 16, the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance will be presenting Frank Galati’s ad-
aptation of John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath. Directed by Granada Artistin-Residence Miles Anderson, the play’s plot of a farmer family escaping the Dust Bowl to California is dramatized by both original and traditional American
folk music of the time. Anderson, whose previous acting and directing experience includes the Old Globe Shakespeare Festival in San Diego and the Royal Shakespeare Company, explained that his interest in directing The Grapes of Wrath
comes from Davis’ proximity to the setting of the novel and his passion for American theater and folk music. “I thought not only is it the 75th anniversary of the novel, but it’s also a tale of a family that migrates to this part of California, 150 miles south in Salinas, where Steinbeck lived,” Anderson said. “The Frank Galati play has
plenty of country music which I really enjoy, and [directing The Grapes of Wrath] is something I’ve wanted to do — direct Americans in a classic American play.” Anderson expressed that his own upbringing and mother’s struggle with poverty in Southern Rhodesia (now known as GRAPES O F WRAT H O N 1 5
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COURTESY Members of the band, Mother Falcon.
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INEZ KAMINSKI firstname.lastname@example.org On Feb. 28, Mother Falcon and Tom Brosseau will perform at the City of Davis Veterans Memorial Theater, presented by the Davis Live Music Collective (DLMC). At first glance, Mother Falcon is less of an indie pop/rock band and more of a chamber orchestra. Their numbers seem overwhelming — ranging flexibly from 12 to 18 or more members — but every instrument expertly intertwines to form complex and modern melodies accentuated with strong lyricism. Opener Tom Brosseau is a folk singer/ songwriter on tour for his seventh studio LP Grass Punks, released under the Davisbased label Crossbill Records. The past year has been good to Mother Falcon; their sophomore album You Knew was released last August, with critical acclaim from the Washington Post and National Public Radio (NPR). They subsequently toured and performed for the fourth time at South by Southwest Music
Festival (SXSW), their popular show garnering Mother Falcon a spot on NPR Music’s “Bob Boilen’s 15 Essential Moments From SXSW 2013.” They will be performing at SXSW again on March 15. Tamir Kalifa, a multi-instrumentalist, plays the accordion for Mother Falcon. He is a photojournalist by day. “South by [Southwest] is always a whirlwind rush of madness and silliness,” Kalifa said. “Once we’re back in Austin, we’re also going to be the backup band for Kelly Pratt for his project Bright Moments. That’s a really exciting project on the horizon.” Mother Falcon’s newest release, to be available on March 18, is a cover album of Radiohead’s 1997 OK Computer. Mother Falcon’s version, MF Computer, consists of classically-rooted reconstructions of the iconic record. “I like how different [MF Computer] is from the original recording,” Kalifa said. “Radiohead is one of my favorite bands. We’re very influenced by Thom Yorke’s [frontman of Radiohead] vocals and melo-
dies. It was fun to get a chance to digest it more, on a very subtle and nuanced level.” Aside from touring, Mother Falcon also hosts Music Laboratory, a summer camp for middle and high school orchestra students. Next summer will mark Music Laboratory’s third year. “It’s truly the highlight of our career as musicians,” Kalifa said. “We split the kids up into different bands, and the objective is to come up with a song by the end of the week. Over that week, we encourage them to be as bold and creative and collaborative as possible.” The Davis Live Music Collective, who will be presenting the show, is a nonprofit organization founded in 2011. Run by volunteers, the collective focuses on expanding the live music scene in Davis. “It’s a great model to encourage bands to stop in between Portland and San Francisco,” said Danny Tomasello, member of DLMC and director of the Davis Music Festival. “It’s got a house show feel in regular venues. We put on four shows a year, one of those being the Davis Music
ABBY ALCALA | AGGIE Actors from The Art of Theatre of Davis rehearse for the upcoming production of Three Sisters.
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THREE SISTERS Davis’ newest theatre group performs modern classics AKIRA OLIVIA KUMAMOTO email@example.com The Art Theatre of Davis is set to present their production of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters on Feb. 28. This up-and-coming theater company’s first play ever will be held at Third Space on Olive Drive. The Art Theatre of Davis (ATD) was founded by SUNY Purchase College and Antioch College graduate and Davis native Timothy Nutter in fall 2013. The idea for the group sprouted when Nutter decided he wanted to bring his passion for acting and dance to Davis. Upon discovering Third Space, Nutter realized the venue was an optimal space for theatrical creation. After deciding to found ATD, Nutter chose to focus the group’s work on a genre he considers “modern classics.” This means the group’s aim is to perform work from 19th and 20th-century playwrights of the western writing tradition. Ania Mieszkowska, assistant director for ATD’s production of Three Sisters, noticed the lack of modern classics in the Yolo County/Sacra-
mento regions, and hopes to fill this theatrical gap. “You can see Shakespeare, musical theatre, ballet and opera, but there’s a lot of writers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries — people like Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Anton Chekhov, etc. — whose work doesn’t seem to get performed terribly often [in Yolo County/Sacramento],” Mieszkowska said. The company has received a lot of talent and outreach from the Yolo County/Sacramento community. ATD is currently making last-minute touches to their production of Chekhov’s Three Sisters and are attempting to keep it true to the author’s original intentions. Nutter, along with the help of a local Russian interpreter, has translated the script to keep it as close to its original meaning as possible. The cast of Three Sisters is made up of local talents including UC Davis history professor Baki Tezcan, UC Davis Shields Library employee Adam Siegel and local award-winning actress Scarlet O’Connor. ATD has received over $3,000 in donations for their upcoming production as well as numerous props and
Festival.” The Davis Music Festival will be held on June 21. Few details have been released as of yet, but many new ideas are in the works for the festival’s fourth year. “We’re scaling back from last year, we’re shooting for around 40 bands,” said Sara Eley, Davis Music Festival’s second-incommand. “We will still be doing the typical downtown Davis takeover, just like in past years. Something new we’re going to do this year is a Friday Night Kickoff Show series, and on Sunday we’ll be doing a hangover brunch at Delta of Venus.” DLMC have presented many other independent artists, including Richard Buckner and Elephant Revival. “I’ve seen a lot of shows,” Eley said. “Mother Falcon has such an impressive presence and sound. It’s really beautiful and overwhelming, at times.” The concert is open to all ages. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $12.50 and can be purchased at Armadillo Music or online at davislivemusic.com. Admission is $15 at the door.
costume donations from theater-loving citizens in the Davis community. ATD also faces the task of molding Third Space into a believable theater stage. The owner of the venue has granted the company permission to make whatever changes (permanent or temporary) they’d like to the space in order to help their play come to life. Matthew Harral, ATD’s technical director, is looking to build a permanent stage that will be versatile enough to host many forms of art. The changes he makes to the venue are meant to cater to Nutter’s interpretation of Three Sisters but be vague enough to benefit Third Space as a whole. “I’ve been trying to stay fairly faithful to the idea that the changes I make are not theater-specific,” Harral said. “If I leave any improvements behind, I want to make sure they are beneficial for other kinds of events at Third Space.” All of the work being put into the production is for the purpose of staying true to, perhaps, Chekhov’s most famous play. The story follows three sisters at the turn of the 19th century in Russia. The sisters are of aristocratic class, but suffer from existential crises. The play ultimately questions the meaning of life, the purpose of love and family and the slow destruction of the upper class in 19th and 20th-century Russian society. Nutter and Mieszkowska said that they believe that modern classic playwrights speak to current modern society more so than Shakespeare and other pre-modernist era writers. Nutter said Three Sisters speaks to the philosophies of our lives today and hopes those who attend the production connect to the play. “This is a play full of love and people struggling to find a way to live their lives successfully. It’s about people finding the [many and complex] obstacles they run into [as they lead their lives], and for that reason they don’t know why life isn’t working out. They can’t understand everything, which is a beautiful question for everyone to think about and learn from,” Nutter said. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, children and seniors. To purchase tickets and for other ATD inquiries, you can send an email to art.theatre. firstname.lastname@example.org. The play will run from Feb. 28 to March 16 from Thursday to Sunday. Friday and Thursday shows will start at 7 p.m. while Saturday and Sunday shows vary. You can contact Third Space at (530) 341-0540 for show time specifics.
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SCI+tech Mandatory kill switch technology bill enters California State Senate Bill allows smartphone, tablet owners to disable stolen devices
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Californians may be seeing some extra security on their phones if San Francisco District Attorney (DA) George Gascón’s bill passes. Cell phone theft has risen to become a global pandemic and Senate Bill (SB) 962 intends to address that. Due to rising smartphone thefts, a mandatory kill switch may be put on every device by 2015. “SB 962 will require any smartphone or tablet in California to include a technological solution that renders the essential features of the phone inoperable when stolen,” said Max Szabo, legislative affairs and policy manager at the office of DA Gascón. Those behind the bill hope that the ability to turn stolen smartphones into bricks may deter thieves from stealing them in the first place. The idea is to get rid of the incentive (the resellability) to greatly reduce theft, therefore saving people from being victimized. The specific technology be-
hind the kill switch would be up to the companies. By not having one universal kill switch technology, there is hope that it will be even more difficult for people to infiltrate. A current roadblock for this bill is the mobile carriers. As it turns out, they have a lot to lose if it passes. “We’ve seen estimates as high at $7.8 billion that the big four carriers are making every year through the sale of smartphone insurance … I tend to not believe that corporations are inherently evil, but I do believe that that they seem to lack motivation in this case,” Szabo said. According to Szabo, consumer reports estimated 1.6 million Americans had their smartphones stolen in 2012. Despite the amount of victims, the carriers are still hesitant to give in to a bill that would take away a huge chunk of their profit. Back in September, when Apple released iOS 7, they included the software for Activation Lock. It is a part of the Find My iPhone technology which allows you to secure your device remotely and keep any-
one from erasing or reactivating it without your Apple ID and password. It can used for iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches and can be turned on by going to iCloud. This is very similar to what a kill switch might look like. However, Apple’s Activation Lock is not on every Apple device nor is it on every smartphone. With the probability that only a few devices have this technology, people may still try to steal. Why is this necessary if a similar app already exists? According to Martyn Williams, a senior correspondent with IDG News Service, if a sophisticated criminal gets hold of your current phone, they can wipe it themselves and reinstall the operating system. In doing this, they will remove the ability to render your device useless. The bill would put this technology on a deeper level than software, on the firmware level, so it can’t be undone in the same way as the app. “If all phones have it, the idea is that the incidence of theft should go down because crimi-
UC Davis experts weigh in on global warming Small fixes, geoengineering not viable options STEVEN COLLINS firstname.lastname@example.org
We have all heard about the foreboding effects of global warming. Global warming is happening, and its ramifications affect everything from increased natural disaster probabilities to food decline and shortage. The facts are all around us: California’s drought, rising sea water and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report stating scientists are 95 percent certain that mankind is the “dominant cause.” So how can we fix our planet? Dr. Anthony Wexler, who is the director of the UC Davis Air Quality Research Center and a member of three departments at UC Davis (mechanical and aerospace engineering, civil and environmental engineering and land, air and water resources) offered his opinion on the crisis. “The reality is we aren’t doing nearly enough. One of the best ways we could reduce global warming is by imposing taxes on carbon emissions which would stay until there was a noticeable decrease. Such a tax would have to be extended to both imported and exported goods, based on how much greenhouse gas emission was associated. Taxing imports in this way would be necessary to enact some degree of global contribution,” Wexler said. Reduction methods often target different options for lowering carbon emissions, though more drastic reversal techniques have been discussed. Geoengineering — basically engineering the planet — is one option that encompasses climate engineering, which could, in theory, reverse the effects of global warming. Dr. Bryan Weare, a professor for the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at UC Davis whose research interests include global climate change, weighed in on the option of geoengineering. “The proposed changes that could reverse global warming, like adding reflecting material to the stratosphere, are very questionable and potentially dangerous,” Weare said. Many scientists and researchers are wary of the geoengineering option for good reason, as there is a high degree of uncertainty. Both Wexler and Weare agree on the potential risks of geoengi-
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Before the competition, Nieh said she isn’t the type to use a recipe — she’d prefer to use what’s there and throw it together. Her team’s dish, “Veggie Bao,” reflected that style: she said they sautéed all their vegetables and stuffed them into balls of pizza dough baked with egg wash. They topped the dumplings with tahini sauce and added a side of pickled fennel. Tercero presented their “Curry Potato Pancakes,”
neering options. “Mankind has had lifetimes of experience with bridge building, for example. We have learned how to build bridges by physics, engineering and architecture; but we have also learned through trial and error, we learn through our mistakes. We do not have any experience with planet fixing, and if we mess up our planet there will not be a second chance,” Wexler said. Simpler strategies have been suggested, and have proven to be effective reduction plans. Green belts are, in essence, reserved land for wildlife, never to be developed. Such land use provides a variety of purposes, including the preservation of natural landscape in urban areas, cleaner air quality and the assurance of habitats for plants and animals. Dr. Bruce Burdick, a UC Davis Medical School graduate and environmental enthusiast, elaborated on what should be done. “We should implement a green belt around every city with more than two million people. This will make cities more like London, which has such a low per capita greenhouse gas emission and lower water consumption in comparison to Sacramento’s urban sprawl,” Burdick said. What can we, as students, do to inspire world policy and opinion change? There is nothing wrong with starting small; spreading awareness can begin anywhere to any audience. One particular solution that applies particularly to our UC Davis campus was suggested by Dr. Wexler. “Work with campus to draw an aesthetically pleasing blue line on all campus buildings. This line will represent where the water level could be when the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets melt,” Wexler said. In the past, such melting of the Antarctic ice sheets added 65 feet of water to sea level. Davis, at 52 feet above sea level, would be covered in approximately 13 feet of water. Global warming is present in our lives today, and we must change the way we live to ensure both the future integrity of our own lives and the lives of future generations. Researchers, legislators and citizens of the world all need to work together to help the earth.There is no “right” way to go about fixing global warming, but whatever the plan is, it needs to be implemented and supported worldwide. Whether it is by decreasing carbon emissions, geoengineering or simply spreading awareness, everyone has their place in this fight. n featuring a vegetable curry, marinated tofu and a garnish of pickled fennel with onions. Cuarto’s “Fennelicious Frittata” sat upon grilled flatbread topped with a carrot and dill salad, with a side of roasted beet chutney. After the judge’s scores were added up, Cuarto’s dish won first place, with just a few points more than Segundo’s. Thomas said to look out for the next Green Chef Challenge, planned for Spring Quarter. He said the sous chefs will work with new teams to keep things fresh and, of course, there will be a new secret ingredient. n
nals will know that while they steal the phone it will probably be switched off, and in that case it is less than useless,” Williams said. Another reason is that it would be switched on by default on every phone. Many existing devices have similar technology, but it is off by default and you have to request your carrier to have it turned on. Not many people know that this technology exists so they don’t use it. With this bill it will be the consumer’s choice whether they wish to turn off the ability to use the kill switch, but it is important that they have the choice. By having the kill switch on by default, thieves will be less likely to steal phones that can receive the kill signal. They won’t be able to resell these phones on the black market so the bill makers hope they will simply stop stealing phones. However, there are some fears that this technology will be misused. “A lot of people are very upset about the idea that the government will be able to switch
off [their] phone. The bill wouldn’t allow the U.S. government to switch off people’s cell phones,” Williams said. Though some are uncomfortable, the choice of whether to use this technology or not may give the bill some support even from the wary. Even if the bill passes, some Aggies don’t think it will change anything. “I don’t think this will make a difference. Once they steal the phone, they could put something in the phone to make it resistant to [the kill signal],” said Sartaj Sangha, a second-year biomedical engineering major. However, the bill makers think they will see a drastic fall in smartphone theft and also see this trend extending across the country and even worldwide. “A strong possibility with this bill is that cell phone companies are not going to want to do one phone for California and one phone for every other state, so if the California bill actually gets through it could bring this technology into phones that are sold across the United States,” Williams said. n
UC Davis study finds antibacterial soaps may have health risks Triclosan impairs muscle, skeletal function
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A student washes their hands with antibacterial soap.
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Germs, bacteria, microbes, parasites and viruses — we all want to stay away from them, especially during the dreaded flu season.To do so, we often rely on antibacterial soaps to give us peace of mind that our hands are squeaky clean. However, a UC Davis study in collaboration with University of Colorado found that triclosan, a chemical found in antibacterial soaps like Dial, may impair muscle function. Because triclosan has been a concern for both human and environmental health, the researchers evaluated the effects of this common household item on muscle activity in a series of experiments with mice and fish. “Triclosan weakens skeletal and cardiac muscle contraction by interfering with molecular signals that link the electrical impulses at the surface of the muscle cell to the release of calcium from inside the muscle cell. Interfering with the release of calcium inside muscle cells is absolutely essential for contraction,” said Dr. Isaac Pessah, professor and chair of the Department of Molecular Biosciences at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the principal investigator of the study. Through test tube experiments the researchers discovered that the effects triclosan had on mice and fish were alarming. Within the first 20 minutes of exposure to the chemical, the mice had a 25 percent reduction in heart function. Within 60 minutes of exposure, mice also had an 18 percent reduction in grip strength, which is commonly meas-
ured to observe the effects of drugs and neuromuscular disorders. The fathead minnows — small fish that were exposed to the chemical in the water for seven days — had reduced swimming activity compared to the control groups. “We do not know the extent to which this [skeletal and muscle impairment] happens in humans exposed to triclosan,” said Dr. Kurt Beam, professor of physiology and biology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Although triclosan was originally used to prevent bacterial infections from spreading in hospitals, it is now also commonly found in trash bags, toys, clothes, carpets, bedding, deodorants, mouthwashes and toothpastes. The chemical has also become detectable in waterways, aquatic organisms, human blood, urine and breast milk. When asked how and why triclosan became readily available for household use, Pessah postulated that the chemical added a value to consumer products. “[There is] the mindset that antibacterials like triclosan ‘protect your health’ more than plain soap and water and good hygiene,” Pessah said. According to Dr. Nipavan Chiamvimonvat, professor of cardiovascular medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine, this study has helped to raise awareness of the widespread use of triclosan. “Additional studies are urgently required to further assess the short and long-term effects of the compound in human health,” Chiamvimonvat said. n
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UC Davis Motorsports Club shoots for Nationals
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Club campaigns for money to prepare racecar
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firstname.lastname@example.org For the first time since their 2007 installation, UC Davis’ Motorsports Club (DMC) is shooting to get a race car to the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Nationals. The club was founded with the intention of building a community at UC Davis around automobile and motorsport interests, and hopes to make known the opportunities that various autocross events present. Autocross is a type of motorsport where drivers attempt to maneuver their car through a structured course in a timed competition. Nationals, which is the biggest motorsport event in the U.S., is run by the SCCA, and racers must compete in local, district and divisional competition events. After participating in a certain amount of races, the competitor can then qualify for nationals. This year, DMC is attempting to raise enough money in order to race a car of their own. DMC’s president, fourth-year genetics major Lori Rothmuller, has been involved in autocross since she was 16. “I do race cars. I think it’s awesome!” Rothmuller said. “Part of our project is to get as many people involved in racing as possible because it’s one of those things that people might not hear about, but I mean, I’d love to drive a car fast where it’s completely legal. I think, at least, even to do it just once is pretty cool.” DMC holds its meetings every other Friday at Lamppost Pizza, where they dis-
cuss all things autocross and have occasional special get-togethers such as movie nights. “We do get-togethers for “Top Gear” — their new season just aired so we have a viewing party for that,” Rothmuller said. “It’s a smaller club right now and that’s also part of why we want to do this — to get more interest.” Vice president and second-year aerospace engineering major Ivan Pandev discovered DMC as a freshman. “I was just walking back to my dorm, and I see a car drive by with a Davis Motorsports sticker on the window and I was like, ‘that sounds like something I want to be a part of,’” Pandev said. Pandev said that while growing up, he had a difficult time finding a group of people who shared his intense passion for motorsports, like those at DMC do. “Everybody has a really deep passion for it. Motorsports, by its nature is very expensive and time-consuming and involves a lot of equipment, so our goal with this project car is to make the sport accessible to a lot of people,” Pandev said. Although DMC has been around for about seven years now, Rothmuller admits this is the first attempt at such a large-scale endeavor. “The club has had that lingering teamcar idea for a while,” Pandev said. “We started talking at one of our club meets, and we started thinking about how cool it would be if we had a project car. Again, I wasn’t expecting us to go to Nationals with it; I was just thinking it would be a car we could bond over, a symbol of the DMC. Lori brought that competitive as-
pect; she’s super ambitious with it. She and founding member Alex Kang — they sort of have like a fire in them. They got together and thought, let’s shoot for the moon with this.” Kang started racing at the age of 17 and was a big initiating factor in this campaign. “Going to nationals and competing at the highest level is first an incredible experience, but it is also a way to improve your own skills by seeing and experiencing the highest level of competition,” Kang said. “Competing at a national level is something that all groups, professors, students and staff are trying to do daily for the campus. By increasing our profile in all aspects, even in the realm of amateur and club motorsports, we increase the profile of UC Davis and the values of our degrees.” “The campaign is featured on the fundraising site “Crowdtilt”, and Rothmuller said she’s doing everything she can to counteract the “buy us a car” impression that some people might mistakenly perceive their efforts to be.” Back during founding member Kang’s presidentship, DMC had acquired a race car which participated in two Picnic Day parades. However, lack of funding forced them to give it away. Despite this, the current campaign is aiming even higher. “Part of it is I want to see what’s the biggest thing we can pull off,” Rothmuller said. “This is a pretty big thing obviously. It’s really beneficial for me and the other members, and if you’re involved, I think it’s a really great thing that we’ve all been working on together. It’s just this kind of: let’s see what college kids can do!” n
news in brief ASUCD Post Office closes temporarily From Feb. 5 to Feb. 17, the ASUCD Post Office temporarily closed in order to attempt to install new computers.While the ASUCD Post Office Student Director Soua Moua only predicted the unit to be closed for three days, complications with the installations led Moua to extend the post office’s closure for two and a half weeks. Moua said that the main issue the post office faced dealt with the unknown money source for its meter machines. Meters are postages placed onto packages, and in order to print meters, there must be money available in the meter machines. According to Moua, this money
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must be transferred in from an outside source, usually from the mother company that owns the computers. According to Janice Corbett, the ASUCD business manager, the post office director orders the money for the meter machines from an account funded by the Davis Main Post Office. Because the ASUCD Post Office is changing its computer system, Moua said that in order to print meters through the new computers, the source must be alerted of the switch so that the money can be transferred into the newer system. “Our unit understands how frustrating it is for customers to come by the office and see a sign that does not specify a reason for the close and an exact date when the office will reopen,” Moua said. “It is also frustrating on our end when we do not know exactly when we will get these computers installed.The computers are so close, yet so far.” After trying to identify the money source for the meter machines, Moua was advised by the postmaster for the Davis Main Post Office to open the facility with the old computers because of the demand from customers. “We didn’t know we were missing a critical piece of information until we got into the process,” Corbett said.“We thought we had all our ducks in a row; we called everybody and then as we got into it, everybody learned there was a lot more detail into it than anybody knew.” Moua said that she is trying to reach out to former post office directors, including the original director, in order to remedy the situation. “All of us are unfamiliar with the new system and did not know this would happen,” Moua said.“The parties who did know about the system are retired or out of reach, and we are currently trying to communicate with these individuals to help us set up this system.” — Jason Pham
framework, long-term city financial planning and eliminating the need to ask citizens for money in the near future. “Consistent with the presentation, the funds will be used toward longterm city obligations as well as utility and infrastructure costs. In concert with this effort, the city is working on a focused economic development strategy compatible with Davis values,” said Yvonne Quiring, assistant city manager and administrative services director for the City of Davis. The current sales tax in the City of Davis is 8 percent, which is lower than the sales tax rate in Woodland and Sacramento. The goal of the June 2014 measure is to raise the sales tax in oneeighth cent increments, leading up to an eventual 8.5 or 8.75 percent. The UC Davis on-campus sales tax functions under a different sales tax value, 7.5 percent. Because of this, oncampus stores would not be affected by the City of Davis sales tax increase. “The impact of the proposed sales tax increase on students would be dependent on the extent to which they make purchases in the City of Davis,” said Julia Ann Easley, senior public relations representative for strategic communications at UC Davis. “UC Davis Stores charges the sales tax applicable for each of its locations. The downtown Davis store charges 8 percent. The campus stores charge 7.5 percent. The Sacramento store has yet another rate.” According to the California Board of Equalization (BOE), the government sector for tax administration, California sales tax is imposed on all California retailers and applies to all sales of tangible personal property in the state. The sales tax is then paid directly to the BOE by the retailer. To sell for a profit, a retailer is required to have a sales permit. Even though consumers at the Davis Farmers Market or Flea Market may not pay sales tax for their purchases, the retailers are still obligated to pay the government for the sales tax that the customer would have paid. There are certain exceptions to sales tax, including food products, medical oxygen delivery systems, aircraft fuel for immediate consumption, feed analysis tags, wheelchairs, deep sea-fishing watercrafts, nonreturnable containers and foliar land fertilizer. “Taxes based on percentage of retail prices are, economically speaking, a relatively low-impact way for governments to raise money,” said Spence Petersen, a fourth-year managerial economics major. “Now, 8.75 percent is a relatively high number compared to 8.5 percent in Sacramento and 8.25 percent in Woodland. Undoubtedly, this will draw some business outside Davis borders, but I don’t see it being any significant amount.” The sales tax increase would pass with an electorate majority vote, and would become effective Oct. 1. The funding would cover public facilities, pools, park maintenance and further community outreach. Additionally, it could be expanded to include repair, rehabilitation and replacement of city and public property. “If the measure does not pass, the city will need to determine what cuts to make to address the budget shortfall. If spread evenly across departments, those cuts approximate 12.5 percent of each budget; if public safety is excluded from cuts, the percentage rises to about 25 percent,” Stachowicz said. In the event of too much money being generated, the excess revenue could result in building up General Fund reserves, or an early termination of the sales tax increase. There are multiple options for the inclusion of a Parks Tax increase within the long-term plan for sales tax increase, as well as continued City of Davis reductions and operational changes. The main goal of the sales tax increase is to alleviate the strain of the monetary deficit on the City of Davis, in the hopes that the more cooperative and supportive the community, the more they will benefit. All students and community members of age are encouraged to vote. n
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On March 1 at the Pavilion, ESPN2 will televise the UC Davis vs. UC Santa Barbara men’s basketball game. Aggies, it’s time to put your game face, or rather, your pre-game face, on. At noon, an “ASUCD-sponsored tailgate” competition will take place at a designated area in front of the ARC parking lot. According to the competition’s Facebook event, student organizations will compete in throwing the best tailgate, with a $200 gift card to a local grocery store on the line. The event organizers “recommend 30 racks” and “shotgunning IS encouraged,” all the while being as “discrete [sic]” as possible. What better way to show school spirit than by going YOLO with the Solo (red cups)? Interestingly, ASUCD is explicitly sponsoring an event that touts for the consumption of alcohol on campus, as well as “working with the police so they are more lenient.” Bear in mind that UC Davis is
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a “dry” campus (minus Gunrock Pub and the classes we have on beer brewing and viticulture). We don’t want to be buzzkills and we do love to have a drink or two or three; however, we don’t believe ASUCD should be advertising and supporting such an event while asking for other public events, such as Picnic Day, to be drug and alcohol-free. Yes, Picnic Day is known as a family-friendly event. But historically, it is also known as a time to get friendly — very friendly — with the attendees. While there have been occasions when Picnic Day was almost canceled, the University and City of Davis have continued working together to advocate safe celebrating. So, how exactly do the organizers plan on coordinating with UC Davis Police to promote a safe environment while tailgating, when football games are typically the only times tailgating is permitted? Do the organizers have permission from the University to host the
LATIN AMERICANISMS with JORGE JUAREZ
hirteen years have gone by since Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman managed to escape from a maximum security prison in the city of Guadalajara — rumor holds of a daytime escape in the smelly depths of a laundry cart with the aid of prison employees. In that time we have seen a troubling, but favorable, détente among the Cartels and the federal government eschewed in favor of all-out violence and a near constant state of war in several regions of Mexico.
This only magnifies the Robin Hood appeal that some hold of him when you account for the fact that at his height Forbes magazine ranked him as No. 701 on their list of richest billionaires. El Chapo (as he is known for his lowness in height — equivalent to “Shorty” in English), one of the primary actors in this Narco-Tragedy, met his fate this past Saturday as he was captured overnight in a hotel in the beach city of Mazatlán, in his home state of Sinaloa. Having been one of the world’s most wanted criminals, he rose to near legendary status as the head of the Sinaloa Cartel — one of the most profitable and equally ruthless drug operations the world had ever seen. He had been on the run (I use this term loosely since staying in multimillion dollar mansions and cavorting with beauty queens isn’t exactly my idea of “on the run”) since his escape from prison in 2001. The next 13 years were dominated by the nagging suspicions and conspiracy theories that such true crime tales provide. The dominant belief being that anyone with that kind of money could be hiding in any country, in any place on the face of the earth. Rumors circulated of a fortified compound in the Netherlands; DEA cases were financed almost exclusively on the belief that they would yield El Chapo’s hideaways in the United States. As it turned out, he was apprehended some 140 miles from the city of Culiacan, the headquarters of the Sinaloa drug cartel. El Chapo gained, amid his growing infamy, a reverential following in certain
circles of Mexican society. Among the poorest and those most attached to his humble rags to criminal riches story, a corrupted Robin Hood narrative took hold. It coupled itself with the merciless Tony Montana persona that he had taken on as the leader of the feared Sinaloa Cartel. Stories abound of his routine “generosity,” such as the ones wherein he picked up entire restaurant tabs as diners looked on at the small man who commanded such power. The cynic — a figure so ever-present in Mexican society, out of necessity — would see this for what it was: a de facto bribe among the many he doled out in his life — “I’ll pay for your dinner, as long as you acknowledge I was never here.” Growing up, Guzman experienced firsthand the dispiriting poverty that millions of other Mexicans face in their lives. Selling oranges just to scrape enough money together for a family meal drove him to seek a way out of that life. But what might have been the story of a Sinaloan immigrant searching for a better life in the U.S. (among the millions of others) took a criminal turn and became the story of El Chapo. This only magnifies the Robin Hood appeal that some hold of him when you account for the fact that at his height Forbes magazine ranked him as No. 701 on their list of richest billionaires among a star studded cast of tech CEOs and energy tycoons. Mexico is a country deeply bound to a historical pessimism that mediates most everything that happens in the country. The most wanted man in Mexico finally being re-captured will not serve to change that. If anything it has heightened the prominent status of the handmaiden to such a pessimism: a national skepticism. The fact that El Chapo’s capture has come about only a few days prior to a visit from President Obama is not something to be ignored in the eyes of many. As is the popular belief that his years as a successful fugitive from the law — eluding “close encounters” from federal forces dozens of times over the years — can’t be chalked up entirely to his cunning hide-and-seek technique. There’s more to this story than meets the media eye. That much is for certain. If you hold any interest in the intersection of society and art as it relates to the drug trade, JORGE JUAREZ at jnjuarez@ucdavis. edu will be writing on the fascinating world of Narcocorridos in his next column.
competition at the ARC parking lot? How do they plan on preventing underage drinking? And who is giving the $200 away? According to the UC Davis Policy and Procedure Manual (Section 21, Sales, Service and Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages), the approval for service of alcoholic beverages will not be granted in open areas, unless the event is deemed out of public view (the front of the ARC parking lot is quite public). Additionally, an event cannot have the consumption of alcohol as its primary focus (did we forget to mention that it’s a tailgate competition?). We understand — we live in Yolo County and might as well live up to its name. But having ASUCD actively sponsor an event that involves alcohol consumption on campus is hypocritical and quite frankly, stupid. ESPN2 is already doing UC Davis a favor by televising the game. We may as well do everyone a favor and play it safe. n
with SARAH MARSHALL
emember the day you found out you had been accepted into UC Davis? I do — it was a Friday afternoon and I was at work. I got the email and immediately freaked out. I couldn’t believe it had actually happened! I decided to wait about a week to tell my parents.They had decided I needed to go to community college for a few years, so the least I could do was punish them with the old “I didn’t pass my last
This may be the pot calling the kettle black, as I was the girl who planned to major in dance and English and minor in writing and take textiles and exercise bio classes — but still. semester of community college classes — just kidding I actually got into UC Davis” fake-out. Anyway, once they had both gotten over their “near heart attacks,” time felt like it flew by. I was packing, moving, taking classes, studying for finals and now I’m filing to graduate. It’s been a wonderful whirlwind and has given me a lot to say. Just like Grandpa at every Thanksgiving dinner, let me tell you some stories and give you some advice — here are some things you should and shouldn’t do once you’ve officially become part of a university system (whether it’s undergraduate or graduate). 1. Do come up with a really cool way to tell your parents you’ve been accepted, but also anticipate that telling them you’ve “failed some classes this semester or whatever” will lead to a pretty intense, and loud, lecture — even if you’re in a restaurant. And yes, that’s from personal experience. 2. Do join some clubs and find ways to get involved on campus. I was never particularly “school-spirited” in high school — though I do have some particularly horrifying high school Dance Team memories that may make me appear so — and I never assumed that would change once I got to college. But it did. As soon as I found out I was accepted into UC Davis, I immediately tracked down a list of all the
on-campus organizations and clubs. I was so excited to actually have something school-related to be excited about. Even as a senior, I love having that opportunity. UC Davis students are lucky to have access to tons of interest groups, intramural and club athletics and a huge Greek life.Take advantage of what’s around … which brings me to say, 3. Do utilize on-campus resources. Take a day to check out the Student Academic Success Center in the SCC, or the Student Health and Counseling Services website. Go to your professor’s office hours. Join the various Facebook groups.Why not? You’ve got nothing to lose by going, and if your CCC was anything like mine, then surely you’ve already wasted time with stuff like this — except now, the difference is that it will actually help. So don’t let those old CCC flashbacks stop you. Following on, 4. Don’t just think of UC Davis as a more difficult version of your CCC. Your CCC wasn’t just an improved version of your high school, or an extended version of your high school experience, so this won’t be like that. 5. Don’t waste too much of your time dabbling in different subjects.This may be the pot calling the kettle black, as I was the girl who planned to major in dance and English and minor in writing and take textiles and exercise bio classes — but still.You only have about two years here, and you don’t want to be cramming in the last few classes you need in your final quarters. 6. Don’t be all work and no play.Yes, UC Davis classes are incredibly difficult, and yes every student should get their money’s worth out of their education by putting in 100 percent effort all the time, but the experience is also part of the education. Follow me for just a second … I’m not suggesting that you go out and party every night. BUT, if you’ve never ridden the (hungover) struggle bus (or in my case, the 8 a.m. Unitrans V Line) to class the day of a midterm or had a nervous breakdown because of a caffeine high, then you’re just not prepared for the real world. To be more like SARAH MARSHALL’s grandfather by lending her some advice or telling her funny stories, email her at email@example.com.
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LITERARY LESSONS with EREN KAVVAS
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE with ELLEN PEARSON
would love to be an artist. I would go to a pond with my easel and beret and I would oil paint still-lifes of the ladybugs and water lilies. I would also have to learn French and dye my hair jet black with short bangs. It would be the classiest version of myself that I could possibly attain. Unfortunately, I can neither draw nor pull off jet-black hair without looking surprisingly similar to a vampire, so my dreams of being absolutely and utterly cultured are out the window. And in terms of art, because stick figures are about as good as it gets for me, I have
Her exciting leggings are an ironic metaphor for the banality of regular existence: in a world void of imagination, her leggings with intergalactic kittens contrast the sea of jeans and white T-shirts. found that fashion is a good middle point for my artistic endeavors. Someone else makes the art, and I get to piece it together and put it on display. I have to admit I put a lot of value on what other people do and do not wear. Every morning, a person makes a decision on how the vast majority of people are going to perceive them. I personally know about 0.1 percent of people at UC Davis. That means that when I’m piddle-paddling around campus, 99.9 percent of people only know me based on what I’m wearing and how I present myself. What we put on tells others a surprising amount about our values, what we find important, what kind of a phase we are going through and our general aesthetic of life. Whether it’s actively choosing not to get nicely dressed up in the morning, needing to wake up at 5 a.m. to get everything in order or somewhere in between, the way we look is a big part of the impression we give to others. I also think that certain outfits are drawn to certain books. When I see what someone wears, I often categorize them under a genre of literature. Not that I have done anything close to an experiment on this; it’s just that I often bring up the topic of books during conversations, so I’ve had plenty of opportunities to associate fashion with genre choices. So, for everyone who wants to make assumptions about other people without
getting to know them, here is my list of literary genres according to people’s fashion choices. Exciting leggings: This person likes confusing books. She last read Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom and was one of the few people who knew what was happening the whole time. Her exciting leggings are an ironic metaphor for the banality of regular existence: in a world void of imagination, her leggings with intergalactic kittens contrast the sea of jeans and white T-shirts. Just like the twisted tale of a civil war patriarch, her leggings — and her outlook on life — are intense. Clothes with holes/stains: Dude, he just finished Hesse’s Siddhartha and he’s realizing that his old attachment to early objects is really ruining, like, his vibe, you know? Everything is just so contrived and he wants to move past materialism and place greater importance on the real issues — like how to keep his kombucha from dying. Real talk. Uggs with shorts: Whatever books these people read must not have any seasonal settings, because it seems as if they’ve never run across an explanation of winter, and how that’s different from a thing called summer. Or maybe they just have really cold feet and then really warm legs. I heard humans lose heat from their extremities, but I’m still pretty skeptical on the mismatched combination. Super expensive clothes: This person just finished Tina Fey’s Bossypants and found it super relatable. She also just bought Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?. She’s really smart, but for whatever reason she just refuses to read substantive books. Not saying that Tina Fey isn’t substantive, it’s just that this person is selling herself short. She would probably like Bronte’s Wuthering Heights if she gave it a chance, but she won’t because the copy you gave her was from a thrift store and smells like old cigarettes. Interesting glasses: After finishing Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions, this guy couldn’t trust his girlfriend anymore because he was almost convinced she was a robot. Like his glasses, he’s a little strange, and he reads sci-fi because it fills his need for weirdness. I hope that instead of relying on my very comprehensive list, you go and actually talk to these people before deciding a bunch of things about them. On the other hand, if during this conversation they tell you their favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye, let the judgment commence. To make clothes out of books with EREN KAVVAS, you should email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
like to think of myself as more than just human. It’s not that I have super powers or robotic limbs, but rather that my body can be considered an ecosystem in itself. New research on the microscopic organisms living inside and on our bodies has painted humans as human/bacteria/fungi superorganisms. Such a shift in self-identity has made me reconsider the sterile, Western lifestyle that I was raised with. From hand sanitizer to antibiotics to processed foods — I find myself asking why have I been enlisted in this invisible war against germs, and when can peace accords begin?
The junk food diet feeds a select population of gut bacteria that thrive on those foods while essentially starving out other bacteria that thrive on food sources like fiber. Such questions were first borne by the Human Genome Project, an international, collaborative, biological experiment started in 1990 that aimed to sequence the entire human genome. When the project was imagined in the 1980s, researchers hypothesized that the human genome would be made of nearly 100,000 genes. The hypothesis reflected our own anthropocentric ideas of ourselves as magnificently complex organisms. The results of the project actually found that the human genome consists of about 20,000 protein-coding genes, which researchers have remarked is not too different from a fruit fly. If our genomes are not as intricately complex as we once thought, then what accounts for the differences between humans and the creatures circling above our week-old trash bins? This question then spawned a research project called the Human Microbiome Project that is examining the organisms that exist within our body — sometimes called our “secondary biome” — that may be responsible for the complexity of our species. Microbiologists around the world are beginning to sample and sequence the bacterial communities within our bodies to determine what a robust and balanced microbiota looks like. Because research and analysis in this field has just begun, scientists are wary to raise any definitive flags on the links between the human microbiota and health, environmental toxicology, medi-
cine or food. However, some overall trends are becoming clear that make us revalue conventional wisdom. The adage “you are what you eat” might soon be reworded to “you are what eats what you eat” when you consider that much of our diet is only beneficial if the bacteria inside our gut prefer it. Researchers in Brussels have succeeded in reproducing inflammation in mice fed “junk food” similar to that of inflammation in obese individuals. The junk food diet feeds a select population of gut bacteria that thrive on those foods while essentially starving out other bacteria that thrive on food sources like fiber. The bacteria that are starved out in our junk food binges are often the ones that help maintain balance within our guts and digestive systems. Additionally, researchers from Washington State University have evidence that supports that plants grown in soil with a rich microbiota will produce food that has more antioxidants and phytonutrients than their conventional counterparts. The controversy over the link between soil health and nutritional quality is well-placed, because it would support the argument that organic practices are not only better for the environment, but they are better for our health, too. What if we extended the logic that “quality ingredients produce quality end products” to soil? Soil is unmistakably an ingredient in the production of our food. It is not merely a container or holding space from which the food bursts forth, but rather a vital component. The work of the Human Microbiome Project and associated inquiries is pushing us to redefine the limits of ourselves. If the soil becomes part of the plant, and the plant becomes part of the microbes in our gut, then through the transitive property of equality, soil is a part of us. It helps me to imagine my gut fauna as a social network. When I eat processed foods that lack a diversity of microbes, the bacterial party inside my body turns into one of those awkward gatherings with only a handful of attendees. But when I garden outside, interact with animals or eat fermented foods like yogurt and miso, I am essentially enlivening that same bacterial party with a diverse guest list and bumpin’ tunes. To be invited to one of ELLEN PEARSON’s bacterial gut parties, email her at email@example.com.
Playing by the Rules GUEST OPINION with PAUL MEDVED
What is the real value of sports? For me, above all, sports are about respect. Respect for one’s self, one’s teammates, coaches, fans and, yes, one’s opponents. But also respect for the rules. You can change them, but no one gets to simply ignore them. Did you know that as an undergraduate you pay $650/year extra to fund the Intercollegiate Athletics Department (ICA)? All tolled that comes to $18 million each and every year. It’s the cash flow equivalent of a $400 million endowment. At no other D-1 institution is a self-imposed contribution by students as high. If UC Davis distinguishes itself from the usual approach to D-1, then in my opinion that investment is worth every penny. But it does so only to the extent it complies with the conditions of the 1994 Student Activities and Services Initiative (SASI) and 2003 Campus Expansion Initiative (CEI) ballot initiatives. Yet since 2010 this administration has not seen fit to respect those conditions. In fact, when mentioned at all they are characterized as being somehow vague, open to interpretation or merely nice sounding goals. They are none of those things. Consider the following: Per the CEI they were not to cut entire teams, but they did anyway in spite of AS-
UCD’s objections. Per the CEI they were not to value one sport above another, but the guaranteed salaries, incentive bonuses and perks of the new athletic director (AD), football and men’s basketball coaches are a dead giveaway. Per the SASI they were not to reduce support of the teacher/coach model (the PE program), but in 2010 they slipped away and left you to pick up the tab. Per the CEI they were not to put undue pressure on coaches and student-athletes to win and fundraise, but they do so anyway. Coaches of so called “non-revenue” sports can be readily dismissed for any such reason under the “at will” clauses in their annual contracts. Per the CEI they were not to lower academic standards, but they have. In 2007-08 the number of athletes admitted by exception (ABE) was exactly one. By 2011-12 the number had risen to 23. Despite all this, students continue to pay and Aggie student-athletes continue to do their utterly amazing best, balancing top-flight academics and terrific athletic performance. But the stage is set to get even worse. The obvious intent of the administration’s actions is to raise the profile of certain sports so that donations will pour in. This ignores the clear
warnings of the Knight Commission on College Sports and the vast body of data which show that most D-1 institutions lose money. Sure enough, since 2010 program expenses are up and donations are down. To add to the irony, the very teams that were cut, including women’s rowing, men’s swimming and wrestling, were among the most successful on campus. They featured conference champions, national champions, even a U.S. Olympian. We’re told no more sports will be cut, but they’ve already broken that promise. Fool me once, right? Before anyone can afford to believe them again the teams already cut must be reinstated and paid for by reducing excessive ICA admin spending, which at nearly $5 million/year is more than that of rivals Cal Poly and Sac State combined. Call it what you will, the students of UC Davis voted to pay for one type of program and this administration now delivers another. It’s like buying a ticket for one destination and being taken somewhere else — with no apology, no refund and no way back. Fellow Aggies, this is about much more than just sports. It’s about playing by the rules. Paul Medved 1978 Alumnus
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MY HAIR IS MY FAVORITE ACCESSORY...DON’T UNDERESTIMATE ITS POWER. BRIAN NGUYEN | AGGIE
I FEEL LIKE A BADASS WHEN I WEAR THEM, BUT CUTE AT THE SAME TIME. YOUR OPINION IS THE ONLY ONE THAT MATTERS. JAMES KIM A New York State of Mind Hailing from the Bronx, Palmira Muniz, a third-year English and film studies double major, tells MUSE how she combines her lived experiences both in New York and Los Angeles to create her own unique personal style and how to DIY (do it yourself)! As I was strolling through the Memorial Union bookstore on a semi-relaxed Thursday afternoon, I came across a full head of curly locks paired with a bold, red lip and thought to myself, “I think I’ve just found my next Muse of the Week.” Something that struck me about Palmira was not only the hair, but also a grungey and urban-chic, yet very much sophisticated look that I normally don’t see too often around campus. She thrifted her denim jacket at Goodwill for a mere $2 and appliqued a part of a tank top that she found on a rack at a local church in Manhattan to create an edgy, original and Bronx streetwear-inspired outerwear piece. To complete her outfit, she paired her jacket with a spiked-toed boot to give another dimension and some tomboy attitude to her head-to-toe look. James’ Notes: Like Palmira, instead of purchasing entirely new clothing, why not try repurposing your old clothes and incorporate thrifted pieces from second-hand stores to create your own original look? Not only can you give a personal touch to your clothing, but you can also tell a story and inspire discussion through these DIY pieces that you create for yourself, by yourself. Cheers! Interview with Palmira Muniz: 1. If you could describe your personal style in three words, what would they be? “Tomboy-chic,” artistic and eccentric — very much similar to my personality to be honest. 2. Who or what is your style icon?
firstname.lastname@example.org I get a lot of my inspirations from different music scenes and the attire that is associated with parts of these music cultures. Specifically, I look up to Kat Von D and how DIY she is with her clothing, Michelle Obama when I want to look sophisticated and oddly enough all the cast members from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air when I want an outfit to stand out. 3. What are your three must-have items in your wardrobe? Denim jackets or denim men’s shirts: super comfy and you can literally throw it on top of anything: dresses,T-shirts and leggings, etc. Band T-shirts: My style is really influenced by music, so sporting my favorite bands is always fun, especially on a lazy day. It’s also a great conversation starter with people who dig the same band as you. White V-necks: The best article of clothing to wear when you just want to throw things together, but because there won’t be any color clashing, the outfit will work 99 percent of the time if the white V-neck is used properly. 4. What is your favorite accessory and why? As weird as it sounds, my hair is my favorite accessory. I know many people don’t consider “hair” as having the ability to complement an outfit, but don’t underestimate its power. Since my hair is so big and curly, it’s the first thing people see when I walk into a room or when I’m strolling on campus, so if my hair is on point, my outfit will follow suit. I like to use Garnier Fructis leave-in conditioner and a Revlon blow dryer to create this humongous look, which I like a lot. Washing it takes out the curls, so I don’t wash it as often because curlier hair tends to be a lot drier than straight hair. Besides my hair, rings, earrings and scarves are always a subtle way to liven up a neutral-colored outfit and are always fun to mix and match. 5. Where do you love to shop and why? I love thrift shopping and bargain hunting,
especially because I make and alter a lot of my own clothing. I like to tear pieces apart and put them together or make something awesome, and of course since it’s custom made, no one else will have it. I do enjoy the Forever 21, H&M, Torrid, TJ Maxx and the like, but my favorite places are the random boutiques in LA or New York that are privately owned because the clothes they carry are so interesting and different. 6. What is your most treasured item in your wardrobe? I would have to say my brown spiked boots my best friend got for me a couple of birthdays ago. One of the reasons, of course, is because my best friend, who is like my sister soulmate, got them for me and I love anything she gets me, but they just represent my style all together. The huge spikes to represent my “tomboy/tough girl” look, but the brown leather boot to go with any kind of style. I feel like a badass when I wear them, but cute at the same time. 7. How has your style changed since high school? I learned to not care what other people think or other’s people’s opinions on my outfits. I figured, “If they’re not spending money on my wardrobe, why let them have any say as to what I wear?” I learned to take chances and risks with my wardrobe and have fun, and nine out of 10 times I get A LOT of compliments, even with just particular pieces of clothing. I also learned to incorporate makeup into helping create a look I’m going for, I was kind of a late bloomer when it came to makeup in high school. 8. What does fashion mean to you? Fashion is a way to express yourself, but not just superficially.Your style can depend on your mood, it can be inspired by a film you saw or song you heard, any number of things. A person’s fashion sense changes just like a person changes, and can be used to represent different dimensions in a person’s personality. Fashion doesn’t define you, it simply is what you choose to portray yourself as to the rest of the world. As a full-figured female, I know fashion has not always been kind, but I use it as a tool to
feel awesome through what I’m wearing. Feeling good about what you’re wearing is the primary goal, looking good will come secondary. 9. What items would you recommend our readers to incorporate into their wardrobes for the upcoming spring season? I do recommend some white, off-white, cream or eggshell-colored lace articles of clothing. Some of the pieces have the lace patterns in the shape of flowers — very spring-friendly but without the overwhelming actual flower patterned print. Lace dresses are just so adorable, and lace tops can be thrown over any color tank top and a cardigan to top it off. For spring, I do favor the light wash denim jeans, jackets, shorts, vests, etc. (denim that is medium to light blue). The light blues tend to pair better with pastels and other light colors, normally worn in the season. Makeup: Nude lipsticks during the daytime, wine-colored or dark red (blue-red) for night time. Sometimes the bright red (orange-red or fire engine red) is not flattering to everyone, but the darker red is a little more forgiving. 10. What final tips can you give to our fashion-forward readers? TRY TO STAY AWAY FROM WEARING ALL OF THE SAME COLOR IN ONE OUTFIT. Black is usually my go-to color for pretty much any occasion, but I religiously break the black up with different colors, textures and fabrics. Same goes for all colors; have a wide range of a color palette! Makeup: Less is more. If you are wearing a dark lipstick, wear light eye makeup and vise versa. Dress with comfort in mind: In the morning, think, “Will I still be happy in this outfit eight hours from now?” And if the answer is no, go back to the drawing board. And above all, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t pull something off because you don’t look a certain way. If you dress yourself in the morning,YOUR opinion is the only one that matters.
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Violence Intervention & Prevention orientation presentation to move online “Sexcessful” to be mandatory online program
email@example.com The UC Davis Summer Orientation program will experience changes in summer 2014. One such change is a shift of the popular Violence Interpretation & Prevention (VIP) presentation from in-person to online. The VIP presentation, which includes the popular “How to Be Sexcessful” handbook, is a mandatory workshop that educates students on topics regarding sexual assault, dating, domestic violence, stalking, reporting options and campus and community resources for support.The presentation has been offered at summer orientations and throughout the year for students unable to attend orientation since 2011. It is presented by Sarah Meredith, Campus Violence Prevention Program Education and Outreach coordinator. According to Meredith, the VIP presentation is part of a mandatory requirement by the AB 1088 Law and a Department of Justice grant received by the UC system in 2010. AB 1088 requires college campuses in California to educate students and staff about violent crimes and information regarding sexual assault, either in written form or in-person.
“The curriculum for VIP was designed by Campus Violence Prevention Program (CVPP) staff, with input from UC Davis students and campus and community partners,” Meredith said in an email interview. “In 2010, the format for delivering the VIP workshop to all incoming undergraduate students, first-year and transfer students, was to offer several in-person sessions during the first week of school.” The workshops then changed to be included at new student orientations in 2011. Undeclared life sciences major and first-year Kendall Frisoli said that she enjoyed the VIP presentation when she went to orientation during summer 2013. “I think it livened up the monotonous talks,” Frisoli said. “It added variety and I also saw a positive response from other kids. It’s good to assure that everyone will get the information online, but I think that in-person interactions are more beneficial.” Meredith said registration holds were issued to students who did not complete the orientation program, thus also not completing the mandatory VIP workshop. The decision to go online was made because of the difficulty of gathering students and requiring them to attend the workshop if they had not attend-
ed orientation. “While I can say that I really like having the opportunity to present the workshop in-person, and interact with students face-to-face, I do not have any evidence that the in-person workshop is more effective in its educational goals than an online format,” Meredith said. “I also know that there are significant challenges in the way of tracking students’ attendance [at orientation], as well as barriers with regards to student access to the in-person program.” Meredith said that the change from in-person to online format will not affect the content of the presentation. The goal is to continue the presentation as being both interactive and informative, and the presentation will continue to be mandatory for all students. “Currently, there is a team of very talented design staff working to make the online VIP program highly interactive and informative on the topics of sexual assault, consent, intimate partner violence, stalking, resources, UC Davis policies, reporting options [and] bystander intervention,” Meredith said. “In addition to the mandatory VIP program, various campus resources currently offer comprehensive education on these topics.” Since 2011, the presentation
has included a booklet illustrating “How to be Sexcessful” and a campus resource crisis card for every student. “The ‘Sexcessful’ booklet was created by a group of students participating in the Davis Honors Challenge under the guidance of the Health Education & Promotion (HEP) sexual health educator,” Meredith said. “There was also significant student and campus partner input on the development of this resource.” Teaching students how to be “sexcessful” is currently a campaign that is part of the HEP services on campus. The campaign is utilized by the VIP staff but is run separately by HEP during the rest of the year. Being “sexcessful” can be defined subjectively by anyone who uses the term, but it has a basis around maintaining healthy and consensual sexual relationships. “Having a healthy sexual relationship and good foundation in a relationship is what being ‘sexcessful’ is to me,” said Sammy Lee, an HEP intern. “College is a time for new experiences, specifically exploring new sexual experiences. I think it’s important to teach incoming students about this topic and to respect themselves and others.” The VIP presentation is not the only one that will be changing to
an online format for upcoming and future orientations. Catrina Wagner, director for New Student Academic Services, said that other presentations are changing to an online format, including ones on Financial Aid, Student Accounting and Student Health and Counseling Services. Unlike the VIP presentation, these programs are not required by law and will not be mandatory. “The goal is to allow students to watch these presentations online and think of questions to bring to orientation,” Wagner said. “This will also allow family members to think of more focused questions to ask in-person.” Wagner said that the decision to change these presentations to an online format was made after looking at responses from surveys given to students and family members who attended orientation. Because this is the first time that the orientation program is trying the new format, the orientation staff is waiting to look at upcoming surveys to decide how the procedure will happen in future orientations. According to Wagner, the now-online presentations will remain in the in-person family program schedule and will allow for students “more time for advising, class scheduling and social activities.” n
Outreach Assembly holds Funding and Resource Program for clubs Forum informs student organizations of availability for grants, leadership development
firstname.lastname@example.org On Feb. 19, the ASUCD Outreach Assembly held its Funding and Resource Program to facilitate club funding on campus in MU II. A panel of representatives from various ASUCD units presented to show club members options for club funding as well as other aspects of club organization for student groups. ASUCD Outreach Assembly aims to work with clubs on the UC Davis campus to minimize the gap between student clubs and student government.The assembly also works to inform students of the resources available for organizations on campus through ASUCD. Representatives from Campus Copies, Picnic Day, the Center for Student Involvement, the Cross Cultural Center, the Student Recruitment and Retention Center, the Student Assistant to the Chancellor, the Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission and the External Affairs Commission were present at the resource program. Sara Okholm, the unit director for Campus Copies and Classical Notes, mentioned the various resources that both offer students. These resources include printing, faxing, laminating, scanning and copying. She mentioned that they are an excellent resource for clubs in regards to printing flyers or other materials in large quantities. Maddie Lai, the volunteer director for Picnic Day, described the various volunteer and leadership opportunities that Picnic
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Students raise their hands at Outreach Assembly’s Funding and Resource program.
Day has for students in clubs. According to Lai, students can volunteer through their respective clubs at the Student Organization Fair on Picnic Day, in which volunteers lead food booths on the Quad during Picnic Day. Heather Prandini from the Center for Student Involvement described her office’s role of helping student organizations on campus with fundraising, reservations on campus, advising and leadership workshops. The office also offers a funding source called Beyond Tolerance grant funding where students can earn up to $200 for hosting an event that supports the Hate Free Initiative on campus. The Center for Student Involvement also registers clubs on campus. The Cross Cultural Center presented to inform students about its leadership conferences that focus on social and political identity as well as awareness. The Cross Cultural Center allocates funds for grants, and these grants are given to student groups that host cultural events and also to sponsor various groups on campus. The Student Recruitment and Retention Center (SRRC) also provides various resources for student organizations on campus. According to the representative present on the panel, the Student Recruitment and Retention Center holds study hours on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. for students to study and get testing materials, including scantrons and blue books. Student organizations can also apply for grants worth up to $1,000 through the
SRRC. One of the student assistants to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi presented to emphasize his role as a voice for students to the administration. He also mentioned that the student assistants to the chancellor have a $5,000 budget, meaning that they are able to provide grant money to organizations that do not fit the requirements for other grants that contain more specific requirements. A representative from the Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission (ECAC) presented regarding its role as a voice for minorities on campus and working to combat discrimination and racism on campus. ECAC also offers grants for student groups. The chair of the External Affairs Commission (EAC) also presented to describe EAC’s role of bridging the gap between UC Davis students and the Davis community to the overall community of Yolo County. The commission works to create events that foster the relationship between students and the Yolo community in general. The EAC helps student organizations get involved in events and causes outside of the immediate circle of UC Davis. The Environmental Policy and Planning Commission also provides grant money for organizations putting on events related to the well-being of the environment of sustainability. Ritu Parekh, a second-year mechanical engineering major, attended the Funding and Resource Program on behalf of Design for America.
Design for America is a nationwide organization that started up on the UC Davis campus during Fall Quarter. The organization works to tackle problems in each chapter’s community, in this case Yolo County. According to Parekh, members have six local focuses: working to assess food security, safety and transportation, workers on small farms, Alzheimers, disaster relief and water conservation. Parekh mentioned that Design for America is still trying to establish itself at UC Davis. According to Parekh, she attended the Resource and Funding Program because, “in order to work on our projects, we need a little bit more money, so just to see what there is on campus for us to get that.” Lauren Ashe, the speaker of the ASUCD Outreach Assembly, said she organized the Funding and Resource Program in the hopes of informing clubs on the variety of funding options that are available to them through ASUCD. “Many clubs don’t know that there are hidden pockets of funds within ASUCD and just from other places on campus,” Ashe said. According to Ashe, the Outreach Assembly hopes to be able to meet with more student clubs, for it is currently difficult to promote its available resources. The Funding and Resource Program was part of Outreach Assembly’s efforts to close the gap between student groups and both organization and funding resources on campus. n
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If the plan were to be redrafted, it could provide a basis for real legislative action and command a lot of attention from the regents which could require implementation of the recommendations, according to Litzelman. While the intentions of the plan have been to provide higher education for all, cuts in government funding from universities have resulted in increased student fees and tuition, Litzelman said. The UCSA is currently campaigning for an oil severance pact and divestment from prisons, either of which could allow some funds to be allocated back into education through the Master Plan for Higher Education, Aref said. Litzelman said that due to the increasing competitiveness of California universities, seats will probably continue to be filled, but that the result will be a decreasingly diverse student
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population. “You’re antagonizing the minorities in order to fill these classrooms,” Litzelman said. “How can you call yourself a public service if that’s the case?” The plan divides California’s institutions for higher education into three specific categories: UCs (University of California), CSUs (California State University) and CCCs (California Community College). UCs were meant mostly for research, CSUs for direct application to the working world and CCCs as feeders for students to get some lower level work done before moving into either a UC or CSU. But according to Horton, there are students falling through the cracks in these systems. “Students aren’t as able as they used to be to move through that process and have access to an affordable education,” Horton said. “With the cost changes in the UC system over the years, there are certain groups of students who aren’t able to benefit.”
While there is some funding provided to low-income students, the middle chunk of students is largely unsupported, according to Horton. Retention rates are also a big issue, according to Litzelman. There is a school of thought that believes that low retention rates are evidence of high standards, but Litzelman said that doesn’t promote higher public education. In the past, there have been two authorities on higher education, the Coordinating Council for Higher Education (CCHE) and the California Postsecondary Education Committee (CPEC). Since the plan’s initiation in 1960, both of these groups have been disbanded, according to David Kuwabara, ASUCD Lobby Corps director and a third-year managerial economics major. “They weren’t able to make accurate policy recommendations. It’s as if you were writing your own grades on your report card,” Kuwabara said. “But now, the institutions are …
stepping on each others’ toes as they try to navigate a changing system.” CPEC was defunded by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011 as a line item budget veto, with no recommendations for a different administrative body given, according to Litzelman. “While the agency wasn’t totally effective, it was an abrasive move to eliminate an agency without intent to replace,” Litzelman said. According to Litzelman, it seemed like Gov. Brown wanted the different segments (UC, CSU, CCC) to take responsibility for themselves, in an attempt to “reduce the size of government.” While the exact principles of the reformed Master Plan are still to be debated, change needs to happen, according to Aref. “Our real focus is centered around the state refocusing on higher education and reprioritizing [higher education],” Aref said. “I’d like to believe that one day we’ll be able to reach a point where higher education is completely accessible.” n
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“[Director Miles Anderson] was insistent that music be an important part from the get-go for a lot of different reasons, [ ... including] to express the ambience of the ’30s through music because there’s such a strong musical aesthetic to the time,” Stalarow said. The play features the instrumentation of three musicians. Stalarow notes that they play a diegetic role in the play, as they are involved in and telling stories of the plot. Members of the company sing throughout the play, primarily spiritual hymns. Stalarow said he feels confident that the music’s powerful and seamless presence in the play will move the audience. “The aesthetic we’re going for is certainly an earnest sound coming from the characters rather than all trained vocalists … [The music is] really well integrated into the rhythm of the play and woven into the transitions nicely. In some of the more dramatic moments we’ve used music
GRAPES OF WRATH Cont. from page 6
Zimbabwe) informed his directing of the play, and he considers his parents and his own life events to be influential in his directorial vision. “I think [my mother’s stories of poverty] are bound to certainly subconsciously influence my vision of the play, [such as in] the parting of a son leaving his mother off to the wide world,” Anderson said. “I [also] can relate to a man losing his job and his dignity … [The Joad family in the play] knows hard times but they owned 80 acres and kept themselves fed and had respectability … and overnight they lose everything.” Musical director and doctoral candidate Alex Stalarow collaborated with Anderson in selecting songs from the public domain and creating original songs with lyrics lifted from the Steinbeck novel itself.
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4. What is your favorite holiday and why? One celebration that is particularly meaningful to me is Diwali. It’s a Hindu festival and it is loosely translated as “Festival of Lights,” and different people celebrate in different ways. My experience with the holiday is that it is very family oriented and it is a way to connect back to my culture and my family’s religion. It is so centered around family. Being here in the United States, we don’t really have extended family in the area. Our family friends that we have known for a decade or 25 years make up our family. It is really nice to get together over this holiday and appreciate them. My mom makes a whole bunch of fabulous food and tons of sweets and we light candles all over the house. We go to the temple, which is something I don’t do regularly, and call family in India. 5. If you could change anything about yourself what would it be?
I feel like I was going to say impulsivity. But, impulsivity is a part of who I am and how I interact with the world and it has done me some great things. I was going to say not be so rambly, but it helps me to get my thoughts out. I don’t know, I feel like I’m not perfect, but I like who I am. 6. What about UC Davis has changed you or helped you the most? The students I’ve met here and my peers have opened my eyes to things that I didn’t even know they needed to be open to. You know how there’s that whole thing about how people will go to the new yoga class at the gym and they’ll be like, “My muscles hurt where I didn’t even know I had muscles?” I feel like my mind has done that and I feel like with all the mentorship and friendships, I mean honestly I’ve met lifelong friends here and people who I would never imagined would be part of my life and their thoughts and ways of thinking and life experiences have all impacted me, so it’s kind of like that whole gym thing. My mind has been exposed to change in ways that I didn’t even know were there to change. n
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the projected rent cost was $1,400 a month, up from the current monthly rate of $906. This significant increase in rent has caused further worry for graduate student-mothers, who said that the projected rent cost would be 95 percent of their salaries as grad student employees. Jamiella Brooks, a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the French Department, said her experience at Solano has been drastically different than that at her previous home in North Davis. “The fact that they have open spaces, they have community events every month and a space that really lives itself to having neighbors and having a feel of what we do as a community has become such an integral part of my life that I think I would have definitely left Davis a long time ago if I didn’t find my place here,” Brooks said. Its close location to campus and familyfriendly environment have also contributed
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6. If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go? I have been a lot places around the world, I’ve traveled a lot, but the only thing I can think of is home. So I would want to go back home. I’ve been to almost every continent, I’ve been to 41 countries. The one thing that comes to mind right now is home, I miss home. So I would go home. Home is back in India, not back in The Colleges. 7. If you could ask your future self one question, what would it be? Why did you run for senate? Big mistake. 8. What about UC Davis has changed you or helped you the most? It has empowered me a lot. In India, not a lot of students are empowered. When I came to the U.S., I felt like I had a lot of freedom and power to do a lot of things. I feel very powerful and I feel I [can] bring any change I want to campus; obviously if that change is achievable, I can bring any change I want.The feeling of empowerment is amazing. n
cinematically to really push the emotions, and I think it will render those moments even more powerfully. And yeah, it’s going to make you cry,” Stalarow said. Actor and doctoral candidate John Zibell plays the lead role of Tom Joad. He notes that the powerful tone of the play feels epic and even operatic in its grand depiction of simple, common events. “[The play is] sung in such an epic, operatic way. Acting in [The Grapes of Wrath] is a mix between huge emotions and plain simple everyday actions — peeling potatoes, fetching some water, fixing the truck — but the consequences of these things are huge, as it considers the oppression of other humans,” Zibell said. Zibell said he finds certain aspects of his role to be challenging, acting as the introverted, quiet Tom Joad. “The biggest challenge is that Tom Joad is extremely different from me. I’m extremely expressive and he’s quiet, so trying to find that quiet spirit as an introverted
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unanimously (with the abstention of senators Wonders and Mitchell, who were absent). The resolution demands more transparency from the UC Regents regarding system-wide changes and calls on the University to communicate with students more and to clarify the UC Policy for Addressing Religious Holiday Conflicts with Residence Hall “Move-In” Days. Senator Gareth Smythe introduced SR X and motioned to make it “urgent” because it had not gone through the proper legislative process. SR X calls on UC Davis and its student body to implement a drought action plan in addition to an ad campaign to encourage students to take action. It passed with nine votes in favor and three abstentions. Senate Bill (SB) 44 passed unanimously. This bill makes the International Undergraduate Student Committee a permanent committee within the ASUCD Senate. SB 40 was then considered and passed unanimously. SB 40 changes the ASUCD Bylaws so that a senator’s compensation is not affected by his or her attendance to senate meetings. Prior to this, the Bylaws implied that senators could miss senate
to the success of being a full-time student and mother. “I was able to nurse my baby every three hours and be at the playground with the other moms also nursing their children in between classes, and I know this is something that would be entirely lost if this environment is demolished,” said Solano resident Sara Petrosillo, a fourth-year English Ph.D. candidate. Both Orchard Park and Solano Park serve integral roles in the lives of UC Davis students. “The community that Solano and Orchard Park build have extended out to the community of Davis itself and there are people who have decided to stay in Davis, pretty much because of the precedent that they’ve experienced in Solano Park,” said Sarah Haughn, a fifth-year creative writing graduate student. Student Housing encourages Orchard Park residents to move to Solano Park before Orchard’s summer closing and to email email@example.com with the subject line “ATTN: Pat Rott” for alternative housing options. n
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allowing Cal Poly to get eight steals. The Mustangs have proven to be a poor offensive team, with just two players scoring in double figures on the season. As a team, they shoot a bumbling 41.2 percent from the field and 33.9 percent from beyond the arc, something that should be an exploitable advantage for UC Davis. The Aggies, meanwhile, have continued to play efficiently offensively, shooting 44.3 percent from the field. While they have alsofound success from beyond the arc, the team has recently seen a significant drop-off in three-point shooting. Despite a strong performance against Hawai’i by junior guard Corey Hawkins, the team has endured a mini slump over the previous few games.This includes a night against Long Beach State in which the team made only three of their 22 attempts. Against Hawai’i, UC Davis was able to get surprisingly strong production out of its big men, including a season-
kind of character has been different. Another thing is trying to be intimate and vulnerable when 20 others are building a migrant camp on stage,” Zibell said. Anderson explained how he allows the actors freedom to develop into their roles, which he feels has produced great results. “More and more I like them to bring me something and mold into something that’s acceptable to me, and I’m blessed with a wonderful company; they’re thinskinned, people who [bring] emotions to the forefront — those are [the people] who I want to work with. Also, they seem to be enjoying themselves, and that’s what it’s all about,” Anderson said. The Grapes of Wrath will be performed in the Main Theater in Wright Hall. Tickets are $17/$19 for general admission, $12/$14 for students, children and seniors and can be purchased online at tickets. mondaviarts.org or by phone at (530) 754-2787. For more information, please visit theaterdance.ucdavis.edu. n meetings without consequence. SB 46, which would have required the ASUCD president to provide reasoning for each bill he or she signs, failed with four votes in favor, five against and three abstentions. SB 47, the center of much debate in the meeting, neither failed nor passed. Senator Miles Thomas authored SB 47, and it would have called for greater transparency within the ASUCD Senate by holding a special town-hall type senate meeting once a quarter. It will be rewritten and reintroduced to senate in the future. At the meeting’s end, Thomas called for a censure of Senator Ryan Wonders, who was absent. A censure “states the ASUCD Senate’s disapproval of the general behavior of an individual,” and a censured official or senator is “encouraged to resign from their [sic] position.” No one seconded the motion. Thomas said he will go through the proper process to file his censure. After debating, Senator Mariah Watson asked if a censure of every current ASUCD senator would be possible, to which Internal Affairs Commission Chair Spencer McManus answered yes. The meeting was adjourned at 1:25 a.m. — Pio Valenzuela
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with her mother. It’s easy to be charmed by Taylor Swift’s sweet, innocent-sounding voice and the laugh she includes in many of her songs (“Hey Stephen”). She, like Katy Perry, has an energy and joy that is infectious, and certainly makes her young listeners happy. She simply does so in a more conservative way than Katy. Evidently, the themes and lyrical content featured in Taylor Swift and Katy Perry’s songs differ between the two artists. And the instrumentals in their music are no different; the two artists’ musical sound totally reflects their independent styles and personas. Katy Perry’s music is far more electronic and typically sounds like something one could hear at a club. Songs like “Wide Awake” and
high 16 points for junior forward Clint Bozner. “I just wanted to run our offense and score whenever I saw Hawai’i send the wrong player to guard me,” Bozner said. The team has been missing the play of rangy junior forward Iggy Nujic, who was not present for the game against Long Beach State and did not travel to Hawai’i for unknown reasons. UC Davis seems to be the superior team in this game, which they must win if they want to make the Big West tournament. The second game of the week against UC Santa Barbara will prove to be a much harder test. The last time the two teams met, the Aggies were unable to contain junior forward Alan Williams, who has been outstanding all year. He totaled 27 points and a ridiculous 20 rebounds in the game, only seven fewer than the entire UC Davis squad. On the season, Williams is averaging 22.5 points, 12 rebounds and 2.5 blocks while shooting 54.3 percent from the field and solidifying himself
“E.T.” feature techno-like beats and certainly facilitate a party type of atmosphere. Her songs also contain a faster-paced energy than Taylor’s, and are no doubt catchy. But that’s not to say that Taylor’s aren’t; she just has a more acoustic and folk-like sound. “Enchanted” is a slow, romantic song that exemplifies this — I couldn’t imagine a song that would sound weirder in a club. Taylor’s songs are ideal for a nice bike ride, Sunday drive or walk through a garden. So … who is the dominant female pop artist? I would argue Katy Perry because her instrumental sound contains more variety. They both make great music though, just music with different types of energy. In some situations I prefer T-Swift, in some I prefer Katy Perry. But that’s one of the great things about music; you don’t need to have a number one — you can have it all. n
as a pro prospect. The Gauchos have also been efficient from the three-point range, making 37.5 percent of their attempts from that range on the season. They have been led in this category by senior guard Kyle Boswell, who makes 2.5 threes per game on 43.4 percent shooting. To score a win, a few things will have to happen for the Aggies. First, they are going to have to come out with a ton of energy, which should be no problem in the likely sold-out Pavilion. More importantly, they will have to force the rest of the Gauchos, beyond Williams, to have bad shooting nights. When UC Santa Barbara lost to Cal Poly, Williams scored 33 points on 57 percent shooting. It was the rest of his teammates shooting 30 percent from the field that sunk the Gauchos. The strategy of keying in on the supplemental parts of the Gaucho’s squad is the Aggies’ best hope, especially given their season-long struggles against post players. — Ryan Reed
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BACKSTOP AGGIES HEAD SOUTH to face
MUSTANGS, GAUCHOS Teams
UC Davis vs. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; vs. UC Santa Barbara ReCORDS
Aggies, 11-14 (6-6); Mustangs, 15-11 (9-4); Gauchos, 8-17 (39) WHERE
Mott Athletics Center — San Luis Obispo, Calif.; The Thunderdome — Santa Barbara, Calif. When
Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. did you know?
Sophomore forward Alyson Doherty and Cal Poly’s Molly Schlemer lead the Big West in field goal percentage, 56.2 and 55.3, respectively. Junior forward Sydnee Fipps is second in the Big West in points per game. After scoring 22 points against Hawai’i, she is now averaging 18.0 points per game. who to watch
Sydnee Fipps has been on a scoring frenzy. She leads UC Davis in points and rebounds per game, with 18 points and six rebounds, and has scored 20-plus points in four of the last five games. Fipps has been dominant in February, and looks to lead the Aggies to victory this week. Junior guard Kelsey Harris has been shooting 47.3 percent behind the arc in the month of February. After struggling
against Hawai’i, Harris hopes to finish the season on a high note. After sitting out last season due to the NCAA transfer rules, Harris has been the third scoring option for the Aggies this season.
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Junior Sydnee Fipps shoots a layup against Long Beach State.
Currently sixth in the Big West Conference, UC Davis looks to improve their conference standing when they face No. 1 Cal Poly on Feb. 27 and No. 8 UC Santa Barbara on March 1, as they head into the home stretch of the season. The Aggies face a tough opponent against Cal Poly.The Mustangs currently average 76.8 points per game, while the Aggies only average 66.9.The Aggies’ frontcourt must limit Cal Poly’s leading scorer, Molly Schlemer, offensively, and not allow her to get to the basket. The 6’5” center is averaging a double-double with 17.8 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game. The Aggies should force themselves into the paint, and get Schlemer into foul trouble. The matchup against Schlemer will be imperative, and confining her will lead the Aggies to victory. UC Davis must protect the ball. The Aggies have the highest turnovers per game in the Big West with 19. Limiting their turnovers will allow the Aggies to create more opportunities offensively. UC Davis must rely on its top scorers, sophomore forward Alyson Doherty, junior guard Kelsey Harris and junior forward Sydnee Fipps to keep them in the game. Against UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis must take advantage of the lowly Gauchos. UC Santa Barbara has been struggling all season long and UC Davis defeated UC Santa Barbara earlier this month, 82-70. Limiting UC Santa Barbara’s guards is key, especially Melissa Zornig, a streaky shooter who is able to score from anywhere behind the arc. Zornig is shooting 39.3 percent from behind the arc. UC Santa Barbara is the best three-point shooting team in the Big West with a 35.2 three-point shooting percentage. The Aggies must capitalize on the advantage of their bigger and stronger forwards. The UC Davis frontcourt must dominate the Gauchos in rebounds and work their way in the paint. If the Aggies control the points in the paint, they will win. This will be a great chance for the Aggies to gain some ground in the Big West standings. Expect Fipps and Doherty to have huge games. — Oscar Dueñas
AGGIES BREAK OUT THE BATS, BEAT DOWN COMPETITION IN MORAGA UC Davis back to .500 after winning three of four at Gael Invitational
UC Davis vs. University of Washington ReCORDS
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Cheney Stadium — Tacoma,Wash. When
Friday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.; Saturday, Mar. 1 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Sunday, Mar. 2 at 1 p.m. WHO TO WATCH
Junior Nick Lynch had a monster weekend for the Aggies. After a rough season-opening first weekend last week, the junior third-baseman bounced back in style, hitting .419 and clobbering four home runs, two more than he hit all of last season, in the four-game Gael Invitational from Feb.
20 to Feb. 23. Lynch, who drove in seven runs and scored six himself over the weekend, was named Big West Conference Player of the Week. PREVIEW
After winning just one of its first five games, the UC Davis baseball team is now on a roll, winning three straight. The Aggies (4-4) traveled to Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif. on Feb. 20 for the three-day, four-team Gael Invitational. After falling to host Saint Mary’s in the opener, the Aggies finished out the tournament with wins over Portland and Kansas State. UC Davis beat Portland (3-4) on both Feb. 21 and Feb. 23 by scores of 8-7 and 11-2, respectively. In between, the Aggies knocked over Kansas State (1-7), ranked No. 18 in the country during the preseason, 10-5 on Feb. 22. UC Davis was led by Lynch, who overcame a slow start to the 2014 season by hitting a scorching .419 (9 for 19) over the weekend, raising his season average to .321. Lynch hit four home runs in Moraga, two more than he hit in all of 2013, including two against Kansas State, and he drove in seven RBI and scored six runs. Up next, the Aggies look to continue their offensive onslaught against the University of Washington, traveling north for a four-game series against the Huskies (3-4-1) from Feb. 28 to March 2. The series will be played at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash., which is the home of the Seattle Mariners’ AAA affiliate, the Tacoma Rangers. The Huskies’ on-campus ballpark, Husky Baseball Park, is set to be finished with renovations and open for use in March. — Scott Dresser
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Men’s basketball game to be televised on ESPN2 on March 1 The UC Davis men’s basketball team will host UC Santa Barbara, the top team in the Big West Conference, on March 1. The Aggies are 8-19 overall, with a 3-9 conference record at the publishing of this brief. The Gauchos are 18-7 overall, with a 9-3 conference record. Junior guard Corey Hawkins has been on a tear lately, leading the Aggies in scoring in the past five games, scoring 19 or more points per game in each. The matchup between the Aggies and Gauchos will be a real-life showdown between David and Goliath. Tip-off is at 5 p.m. at the Pavilion, doors open at 3:30 p.m. The game will be aired on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. — Kenneth Ling
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Due to time conflict and the Aggies’ trip to Hawai’i for a road game, Assistant Director Eric Bankston asked the questions for The Aggie. How has the experience been transitioning to college life?
In the beginning it was really different. I went to high school here in America, but college is totally different. Classes are different, it is lectures and school is a little different. Basketball-wise, the game is faster and more athletic. It took me awhile, but now I feel more adjusted and comfortable.
if you are home or away. At home, you have to deal more with school.You have to go to classes and think about that. Once you go to pre-game meal, which you have right before the game, you only think about the game. [You have to] read [scouting reports] and making sure you remember everything.
What is the difference between the
When you are away, it is a little different. You don’t necessarily need to do homework if you don’t want to.You [get] to mainly focus on the game, so you have more time to prepare for the game. Do you have a favorite pre-game
What are the differences between
the college game and the high school
Not necessarily, I know that as a team we usually eat a lot of pasta and stuff like that to give us carbs, so we can have energy for the game. But me personally, nothing special.
In high school, you might have two or three guys who might be D-1 prospects. I went to prep school, we had six or seven. But in college, you have all 12 guys — everyone is on a high level and can play fast. Everyone has game. But as a freshman, I feel like I have adjusted pretty [well]. How have you managed to balance school work and athletics?
It’s probably one of the areas I struggled the most to balance everything, especially in a school like UC Davis, school is not easy.You have to be able to do your homework on the plane or on the road and still focus on the game. It is something that I have to work on, but I think I will be doing better.
Do you manage to regularly interact with people who are not on the basketball team or part of UC Davis athletics?
Yeah, definitely. Especially when I get to go to class, it’s pretty much like a regular day, we’re regular students, like everyone else. In class you get to see your friends and talk to the people you sit next to. It’s a regular day for us on [home] game days too. Have there been any valuable lessons which you have gained from playing in Bulgaria’s U-16 and U-18 teams? Has playing internationally helped you prepare for Jim Les’ demands of you
What are your pre-game routines, if
on the basketball court?
you have any?
When I was on the national team I had the chance to play against a lot of older
It is definitely different depending [on]
guys. So for me that was a good experience. The competition was really competitive and I got to learn how to play physically with the older guys who were stronger and bigger than me. So it was definitely a good experience.
college game and the international game?
When you COURTESY | WAYNE TILCOCK play for the national As one of the Aggies’ top recruits team there this season, freshman Georgi Funis a [larger] factor of tarov has been given quite a lot of pride.You responsibility. Averaging 24 minwant to [play] utes per game, 8.4 points per game for your country and not yourself.You and leading the team with 4.6 want to show that you can rebounds per game, Funplay, but it is more [about] winning for your country and putting tarov has delivered your country on the map. for UC Davis this season.
Heading forward, what are your goals for the rest of the season and next year?
My main personal goal is to get as good as I can and to reach my highest ceiling. [My goal] is to be the best player I can be. My other goal is to win as many championships as I can here. When next season comes, I want to get as many wins as I can and get UC Davis on the map. I want people to know who UC Davis is and respect us every time. — Kenneth Ling
What to watch for
GRACES ESPN2 AGAINST TOP-RANKED GAUCHOS Teams
UC Davis vs. Cal Poly; vs. UC Santa Barbara ReCORDS
Aggies 8-19 (3-9); Mustangs 10-16 (6-7); Gauchos 18-7 (9-3) WHERE
The Pavilion — Davis, Calif. When
Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 1 at 5 p.m.
CIERA PASTUREL | AGGIE
UC Davis men’s basketball is back on the national stage, with their game against the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos being broadcasted nationally on ESPN2. The Aggies were featured on ESPN a season ago and played a thriller, losing to Big West Conference No. 1 Long Beach State after a gamewinning jump shot circled the rim and fell out with time expiring. Watch UC Davis bring energy in front of what will likely be another sold out crowd as they hope to upset the now top-ranked Gauchos. Preview
The last time that UC Davis and Cal Poly met, the Aggies came away with their lone conference road win. UC Davis came out ahead due to an outstanding shooting night, making 48.9 percent of their shots and 45.5 percent of their threepoint attempts. The Aggies held the Mustangs to 30 percent shooting from beyond the arc and managed to win despite being outrebounded by five and BBALL PREVIEW on 15
Junior Avery Johnson dribbles the ball on a fastbreak against UC Irvine.
GRADUATE PROGRAMS AT
UC Davis wins third MPSF Championship in four years On Feb. 22, the UC Davis swimming and diving team won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, Calif. — the team’s third championship in four years. The Aggies finished first in a field of eight schools with 712.5 points, 74.5 more than second-place UC Santa Barbara. Senior Liliana Alvarez won her second career individual MPSF title, winning the 200-meter breaststroke in a pool-record 2:12:84. She previously won the 100 breaststroke in last year’s meet. Freshman Hilvy Cheung was named MPSF Freshman of the Year, and she finished second in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1:56:14. Senior Haley Porter also earned a second place finish in the 100-meter free with a time of 50:02 — the third-fastest 100-meter free swim in UC Davis history. — Scott Dresser
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