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UC Davis Grounds Division removes student debt art exhibit, mistakes it for vandalism

TechHub relocation first of extensive UC Davis Bookstore renovations

Store to undergo further overhaul as Memorial Union renewal project approaches


The new TechHub is now located in the previous MU Station Computer Lab.



A “One Debt” banner hangs below the OneUCDavis banner on the Quad.

Exhibit plays off One World, One UC Davis campaign PIO VALENZUELA

As part of the new Memorial Union (MU) renewal project to begin in January 2015, the UC Davis Bookstore recently relocated its TechHub from behind the MU ATMs to the space previously used for the MU Station Computer Lab. According to Jason Lorgan, director of UC Davis Stores, the new TechHub has been open for several weeks in order to gauge public opinion and prepare for its grand opening on March 31. According to Lorgan, the relocation of the TechHub was made in order to provide more space for the UC Davis Bookstore renovation and increase visibility for the facility. “In order to expand the footprint of the store so that we can better accommodate the start of the quarter and the number of students we’ll have in general, we needed to try to reclaim some of the space that’s in the store now,” Lorgan said. “One of our solutions was to move the TechHub out.” Lorgan hopes that relocating the TechHub from the back corner of the bookstore will allow more students to become aware of the facility and its resources.

“We’ll often hear from students in their third or fourth year here that they’ve discovered the TechHub for the first time because it’s kind of in the back corner and they’ve never actually seen it there,” Lorgan said. “We recognize it’s kind of hidden.” While Lorgan said he still believes the new TechHub location is slightly hidden as well, he hopes to combat this by posting signage to inform people of the facility. “Where it’s at right now is kind of hidden as well, but we’re going to put a whole bunch of signage there as this project moves forward so that we hope it’s much more prominent and easy to find,” Lorgan said. Due to the increase in space, one of the primary changes to the TechHub includes expanding the product selection, specifically an increase in tablets. According to Lorgan, the Student Advisory Council advised him to do this because of the increase of tablet usage by students. “A few years ago there was a big shift from desktop to laptop, and now it’s moving to tablet. So we’re greatly expanding our tablet selection and bringing in additional accessories,” Lorgan said. Techhub on 15


Participants shave their heads outside De Vere’s Irish Pub.

Five art history students’ public exhibit consisting of posters emphasizing the issue of student debt were removed hours after they were put up the morning of March 11. The banners were put up at 5 a.m. and taken down before 10 a.m. the same day. The students involved initially thought it was due to the disapproval of the administration, especially since the exhibit contrasts the administration’s One World, UC Davis banners with One University, One Debt posters. However, the banners’ removal was an accident, caused by lack of communication between the students and the administration. One University, One Debt is an art exhibit created by a group of five art history students — Evelyn Frederick, Stacey Kotcher, Heather Wallace, Valerie Brown and Deborah Pavlovich — in Art History 401, Museum Training: Curatorial Principles. The exhibit serves to highlight the problem of student debt both on campus and across the country and hopes to create a forum for public discussion on the matter. The group hopes it will be a “catalyst for discussion for the solution,” said Brown, a fourthyear art history and design double major. There are two components to the exhibit: a website — which includes a forum — and a physical exhibit, which was placed underneath One UC Davis banners on the Quad and along Hutchison Drive. “We want to raise awareness and reach as many people as possible,” said Kotcher, a fourthyear art history major. The website is similar to the One World, One UC Davis page, showcasing pictures and posts from popular media websites such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag “#onedebt.” One Debt and One UC Davis have the same aim: to tell the stories of UC Davis students. One Debt highlights what the students believe to be an understated issue. “We want more students to look into the problem of student debt,” said Frederick, a fourth-year art history major. Because the posters highlight a negative issue onedebt on 13

De Vere’s drums up community support for childhood cancer research Keaten Raphael Memorial partners with St. Baldrick’s in Davis pub SEAN GUERRA

On March 8, the patio of de Vere’s Irish Pub (de Vere’s) was full of applause, raised glasses and hair as participants young and old shaved their heads to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Keaton Raphael Memorial (KRM). This is the third year the head shaving fundraiser has been held at de Vere’s in Davis, and is the 12th year since the Northern California non-profit KRM has partnered with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in the Sacramento region to raise funds for local and national research. With 899 shavees, the organization has raised $354,179 so far this year. With barber services provided by SuperCuts, children and businesses raised over $1,000 each with the help of

sponsors who supported community members as they stood in solidarity with cancer youth, making a “bald statement.” “It’s a very powerful day,” said Henry de Vere White, who co-owns de Vere’s. “It’s a public, physical demonstration that this battle can be won, that if you are doing it you’re not alone. People come together and they rally around [childhood cancer] but I think that when people get here and they see people [shaving their heads] it all of a sudden clicks and they see what we need to do. It’s very emotional for some people too because maybe it’s in honor of a child they’ve lost or a brother, sister, aunt; everyone’s been touched in one point in their life by cancer.” Mother and son Lesah and Josh Ross were two such participants. Josh, after having worked at de Vere’s and participating a year previous, held his mother’s hand throughout her first head shaving experience. “I was introduced to [the event] by Josh and inspired by him, but also I worked with babies for several devere's on 15

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13 / THURSDAY Earth Vibrations 7 to 9 p.m. | Nelson Art Gallery Come watch the SAS 42: Water, Science and Song class perform. Throughout the quarter, the class has been writing and composing songs on sciences topics, such as soil management and Davis water quality, just to name a few. Admission is free.

14 / FRIDAY 2nd Friday ArtAbout 5 to 11 p.m. | Downtown Davis The 2nd Friday ArtAbout is a monthly evening of art viewing and artists’ receptions at galleries and businesses in Davis. The evening is sponsored by the Davis Food Co-op, and includes refreshments, opportunities to meet artists and live music. Where are they now? 5:30 to 7 p.m. | Hunt-Boyer Mansion on Second Street Come listen to Mark Otero, CEO and co-founder of KlickNation, as he speaks about his path to success in building his company.

15 / SATURDAY Save-a-Life Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Davis Farmers Market, Central Park As part of Red Cross Month, The American Red Cross Capital Region Chapter will be at the Davis Farmers Market offering free Hands-Only CPR training sessions and AED demonstrations. In addition to CPR training, volunteers will be on site sharing information about how to plan for disasters, including how to put together a disaster kit and how to make an emergency plan with your family.

16 / SUNDAY Bloom Demo Day 2 to 5 p.m. | Pence Gallery, 212 D St. Attend this series of artist talks and floral demonstrations. The event is free. Children’s Storytelling 2 to 3 p.m. | International House, 10 College Park Check out this musical storytelling journey with performing artist and educator Francie Dillon. She will share the inspiration and humor behind some of her award-winning songs. The event is free for I-House members. For non-members, admission is $2 per person or $5 for a family.

Gov. Brown signs emergency drought legislation $687.4 million to be allocated for drought relief

SYDNEY COHEN Gov. Jerry Brown signed emergency drought legislation on March 1. The bill allocated $687.4 million to aid workers with food and housing that have been directly impacted by the drought and technologies that will assist communities in using less water. Additionally, it will fund security emergency drinking water supplies for drought-impacted communities, according to a press release from Gov. Brown’s office. Many of the proposals included in the package were proposed earlier this year in Gov. Brown’s budget proposal; however, they are now being expedited due to the dire need of California’s water situation. “These targeted responses will have tangible results, but the solution requires more than legislation and investment. Every Californian needs to be a part of the solution, and we strongly urge every person in our state to take action to conserve water,” California State Assembly Speaker John A. Perez said. One piece of the bill that California State Representative John Garamendi highlighted as particularly important was the funding for farmers in the Sacramento region to update their irrigation systems

so that they can be more conservative about their water use. “Conservation is everybody’s responsibility, for homeowners it is about saving water wherever you can,” Garamendi said. According to Brad Alexander, chief of media relations at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, this legislation is going to have far-reaching positive consequences all over the state, specifically food, water and housing relief for farm workers during these lean times when water demanding crops aren’t coming in. The bill provides $46.3 million in funding for workers and their families who have been severely impacted by this drought. “The emergency situation called for an emergency piece of legislation to address it,” Alexander said. However, according to Alexander, just because this piece of legislation has passed doesn’t mean that there isn’t more work to be done. Because California is technically still in its wet season, many of the negative consequences of the drought haven’t come to fruition yet. More specifically, all the needs of workers need to be assessed as do the statues of drinking water programs around the state and the condition of the water storage sys-

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Ombuds Office opens to students

Pub Quiz 7 to 9 p.m. | de Vere’s Irish Pub, 217 E St. Come participate as de Vere’s Quizmaster, Dr. Andy, hosts his weekly celebration of knowledge. Teams can have up to six players and participants are encouraged to arrive at 6 p.m. to secure a seat.

On March 1, the UC Davis Ombuds Office officially opened its doors to students. The office, which opened last June in Surge IV, previously only served UC Davis faculty and staff. The Ombuds Office’s purpose is to offer confidential conflict resolution and management services. According to Susan Kee-Young Park, director of the Ombuds Office, the office differs from other counseling services, such as CAPS, by not offering psychological services and by keeping all information and discussions confidential. Park said that the office reports to the Office of the Chancellor solely for administrative and budgetary purposes, and because the Ombuds Office is independent and confidential, it does not file reports of students’ issues to UC Davis. The on-campus office is the second Ombuds center in the UC Davis system — there is also an office on the UC Davis Medical Center campus in Sacramento. UC Davis is now the last UC campus to

18 / TUESDAY Poetry Reading 7:30 to 9 p.m. | Davis Public Library, 315 E St. Come listen to a poetry reading by Richard Alan Bunch. The event is free and open to all age groups. Salsa Tuesday 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. | The Graduate, 805 Russell Blvd. Check out these dance lessons with Cori from Barbara’s Dancing Tonight. Admittance is $6. Ages 18 and up.

19 / WEDNESDAY Picnic in the Park 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Central Park Picnic in the Park is back. Shop the farmers market and enjoy a picnic with live music. The event is free. Scrabble 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Crepeville, 330 Third St. Come play Scrabble with the Unofficial Davis Scrabble Club. All players are welcome and the event is free. Author Event: Conifers of the Pacific Slope 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. | The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. Join author Michael Kauffmann for an evening celebrating one of the most ancient and ecologically-diverse groups of plants on earth. The event is free.

tems. “The losses due to the drought will be in the billions of dollars and so while relief is welcome, it cannot begin to cover the serious impacts,” said Daniel Sumner, director of the UC Agricultural Issues Center, in an email. According to Sumner, the people that will feel the worst effects of this drought are Central Valley workers. These workers are in an area with some of the lowest wages and one of the highest rates of unemployment. “The more we can do to keep whatever water we have flowing is crucial for employment,” Sumner said. Although the bill provides aid in the form of state funding, it also calls upon Californians to do what they can to save water. According to Alexander, people can save gallons of water by taking shorter showers, only running dishwashers and washing machines when on a full load and sticking to the good old ‘if it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down.’ Although there is more to be done as California enters the end of its wet season, Alexander said that this legislation will make significant changes to aid those bearing the brunt of this drought. n

have an on-campus ombuds office available for students. According to Park, the Ombuds office initially worked with only UC Davis faculty and staff, handling issues such as workplace conflicts, harassment and authorship disagreements, among others. Even though the office was not officially open to students, Park said that she would not turn students away. Now that the Ombuds Office is officially accessible to students, Park said that some of the common student issues she helps with include matters regarding roommates, grades and discrimination. Since the Davis office opened nine months ago, Park has been the sole ombudsperson on campus. She said that she would eventually like to have additional staffing and that she has made this known to administration. According to Park, the office has not been utilized by students much since March 1. However, she believes that word about the office is beginning to travel around campus,


The Ombuds office, located at Surge IV, is now open to students.

and she expects more students to make use of the resource. To schedule an appointment at the Ombuds Office, students can call the office at (530) 2196750. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Scott Dresser

California authorities support relaxed ban on marijuana Legislation from state considers medical marijuana reform

SHANNON SMITH Administration for California is backing Senate Bill (SB) 1262, which would license medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivators while ensuring that healthcare providers are regulated in their medicinal marijuana recommendations.This is the first marijuana bill to be supported by police and state legislation. SB 1262 was introduced by State Senator Lou Correa on Feb. 21, and supported by the California Police Chiefs Association in a joint effort with the League of California Cities. Additionally, nine law enforcement associations and over 5,000 churches in California are amenable to passing this piece of legislation. “This bill is an example of California coming late to the game trying to marry a currently illegal marijuana industry to a changing public attitude,” said Allen St. Pierre, executive director for the National Organization for the Reform of

Marijuana Laws (NORML). “It would be presumed that California would have allowed a regulatory scheme for medical marijuana 10 years ago”. Currently, the standing laws in California regarding marijuana and medical marijuana usage are outlined in the Health and Safety Codes 11357-11362.9, the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 and SB 420 in 2003. According to Landy Black, police chief of the City of Davis Police Department, the Davis police force has dealt with regulatory chaos, piecemeal legislation and perpetual litigation since the passage of Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act. “This legislation is not an endorsement of the legalization of recreational marijuana. Rather, SB 1262 provides a much needed and long overdue framework to effectively implement Prop. 215,” Black said. “None of the aforementioned consequences serve law enforcement, local governments or patients well. I see this piece of legislation as

a more pragmatic approach adopted by Cal Chiefs when acting as an information source for legislators and the Governor, and as a legislative lobbying group.” Marijuana, also known scientifically as cannabis, is a preparation of the cannabis plant used as a psychoactive drug and for its medicinal properties. It may come in several forms including dried flower or nug, kief, hash, butter and pipe resin. Intake varies by individual, but it is frequently taken orally by either edibles or by inhaling its vaporized form through glassware or a rolled vessel. According to the United Nations, cannabis is the most-used illicit drug in the world. Earlier generations may notice that the potency of marijuana has increased over time. Since the 1980s, the average marijuana sample concentration has increased from 4 percent to 15 percent of the active ingredient, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is a result of cultivation and genetic variations.

According to Dr. Barth Wisley, a UC Davis Medical Center pain medicine specialist, medical marijuana is widely used to treat pain. This can be in the form of headaches, cancer, glaucoma, nerve disorder, HIV or Crohn’s disease among other long term medical conditions. Should a licensed physician in a state with legalized medical marijuana usage feel that marijuana would improve the health of a patient, the patient is issued an official card with which to purchase from an authorized dispensary. “This bill seems to direct attention toward the doctors themselves”, St. Pierre said. “Arguably, the fulcrum to the medical marijuana industry is the recommendation by the doctor to the patient on medical marijuana. In some respects, this bill could be thought of as progressive by putting all the responsibility on the doctor.” There is, however, much opposition to this bill on logistical grounds. “This bill addresses our primary concern that if medical marijuana

is medicine, it should be treated as medicine,” said Carla Lowe, the founder and northern chair of Citizens Against the Legalization of Marijuana (CALM). “We made a test study using a decoy patient, and found that a doctor can talk to somebody over Skype and issue a pot card after 40 seconds.” Several associations would, with greater amendments to the current bill text, support the legislation. “The restrictions on physicians will not just be an unreasonable burden for the medical community, but more pointedly for the patients who rely on them,” said Kris Hermes, the media specialist of the Americans for Safe Access (ASA). “In addition, while the bill enshrines the right of local governments to ban dispensaries, it provides no incentives for them to opt-in and adopt regulations that would enable legal access for patients in their communities.” As this bill may be seen as progressive, several see this as a possible MARIJUANA on 3

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Downtown desserts, delicacies hope to draw customers Sweet & Shavery, Bambu, Tako open

GABRIELLA HAMLETT Downtown Davis recently added Sweet & Shavery, Bambu Drinks and Desserts and Tako Korean BBQ to the restaurant scene. Sweet & Shavery, located at 210 E St., had its grand opening on March 8 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The small store specializes in sweets, its menu consisting of Italian shaved ice, frozen custard and crepes. Co-owners and UC Davis graduates Lindsay Phan and Brian Nuss, now a graduate student at UC Davis, believed the sweet treat that is more popular on the East Coast would do well in Davis. “I think it is a little different since we cater to vegans and vegetarians because we have shaved ice … my favorite flavor is the cactus cooler parfait and the fruitier [desserts],” Phan said. At the grand opening they offered free samples of the shaved-ice-parfait dessert and 50 percent off crepes to draw in new customers. Due to the unanticipated high demand, they had to close early on March 9 at 6 p.m. rather than the usual 10 p.m. and all day Monday. “The biggest challenge for the shop has been knowing how much product to have every day because we’ve been running out. The frozen custard has been

very popular … Another challenge has been that we only have three employees and they are all seniors so they will be graduating, but we have a lot of good, hardworking students,” Phan said. Danielle Torres, a third-year geology major, went to try the free dessert. “I see big things for Sweet & Shavery. I definitely think there’s a market for it here; I think the majority of the dessert places that I frequent involve semi-frozen things. And, there’s a ton of frozen yogurt places in Davis, so having another option for my frozen fix is kind of exciting,” Torres said. Sam Bhatnagar, a second-year biochemistry and molecular biology major, thinks that Sweet & Shavery has a shot at success despite the disproportionate amount of dessert places downtown. He said, however, that he has heard different opinions regarding service. “As far as the service, it was fine when I went but I’ve heard mixed reviews from people. Some of which include things like they randomly close early if they run out or they were rude or they just told people to leave because they were running out of stuff. They have a bright future ahead and I am stoked to get some more this week,” Bhatnagar said. Phan said she thinks Sweet & Shavery is a great place for ev-


Patrons receive free shaved-ice-parfaits on Sweet and Shavery’s opening day.

ery kind of customer and that they want people to enjoy it. “We try to appeal to students, kids and families. I want everyone to come … it’s bright and fun. I really like business, I like talking to people and I love desserts,” Phan said. Bambu Desserts & Drinks, located on 213 E St., opened in Davis this February. The franchised chain has replaced Zindagi Indian Bistro. It has 35 locations, including Sacramento, Rocklin, Bay Area, and even as far as Texas, Hawaii and Georgia to name a few. They serve milk teas, blended coffees, smoothies and other combination dessert drinks. They’re open Tuesdays through Thursdays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.,

Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sundays noon to 8 p.m and are closed Mondays. Torres also went to Bambu and got the Bambu Special, a frozen drink mixture containing coconut, pandan jelly, longan and basil seed. “I liked it, but it’s kind of exotic, so it might not be for everyone,” Torres said. The store could not be reached for comment. Tako Korean BBQ, a chain of Korean-Mexican fusion restaurants with locations in Sacramento, opened on March 7. It is located at the corner of Fourth and G streets downtown and replaced the popular familyowned authentic Mexican restaurant El Mariachi.

Test banks provide students additional study material Student organizations work to archive old tests

The restaurant hopes to offer late night hours and live music, but for now they are just getting their foot in the door, said manager Alex Won. He previously worked at the Midtown location in Sacramento. “UC Davis students are, I think, critical as far as food goes because there’s a lot of restaurants around here so they know what’s good or not — they’re good at critiquing. We’ve gotten a lot of good feedback. Students will have to try it for themselves and see if they like it,” Won said. He thinks it will be challenging to get the ball rolling, but he’s excited for what’s to come. “We are here to try to offer good food at a reasonable price,” Won said. n

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HANNAH KRAMER The multitude of testing procedures set in place to avoid cheating is, as we all hope, benefiting those who took the time to study materials prior to class. And while TAs scanning lecture halls in search of wandering eyes has undoubtedly led to the reduction of incidences of blatant copying, a more subverted strategy is allowing some students to come into a test already knowing what to write. Test banks are copies of exams saved by students and used as a study tool for others. Fraternities, sororities and other student organizations take pride in their extensive backlog of tests and allow members to freely use these exams for studying. “One person is in charge of organizing the tests. After rush, an email goes out asking for brothers to bring their old tests to the house to allow others to have access to them,” said Blake Hamilton, a second-year environmental science and management major and Sigma Phi Epsilon member. Sigma Phi Epsilon follows the same general procedure as the other Greek organizations. Those which have been affiliated with UC Davis for many years can have an extensive number and variety of tests. Some sororities even go as far to create incentive to turn in their tests — to gain ‘points’ toward social events. Hamilton uses his chapter’s test bank when he needs to supplement his studying. “I found that seeing how old tests are put together really helps, and there are teachers who recycle answers year after year. Looking at old tests helps me get better grades,” Hamilton said. While sharing old tests is allowed by Student Judicial Affairs (SJA), an advantage comes into play if students memorize answers. “If an instructor chooses to allow students to keep exams, the student may choose to retain them,” said SJA Director Donald Dudley in an email. “Fellow students are allowed to study from them, but may not memorize or borrow answers from those exams.” Memorization marks the point where

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an unfair advantage begins. Old tests can contain identical questions to that of current exams, which can represent a major boost in the grade of the user. Despite SJA’s stance, some, including chemistry professor Matthew Augustine, said that monitoring the difference between memorization and diligent studying proves unlikely. “It’s one thing to memorize ‘a-b-d-c’ on a scantron, and another to understand the mechanisms that are going on because they saw an old test. [On memorizing answers,] it would really come down to he said/she said. It’s a position that’s impossible to enforce,” Augustine said. Restricting the unfair advantage of those with access to past tests comes down to instructors. “An instructor can take preventative measures such as changing questions sufficiently so that a student is still required to use their own abilities to demonstrate their understanding. Changing parts of a question can also make it easier to detect if someone is recycling an answer from a previous test version,” Dudley said. Although professors are expected to add variety in their exams from year to year, a fair degree of overlap exists. “This year’s midterm was the same format as last year’s. The material warrants it,” Augustine said. “What I did this year was to go through and change all the acids to bases — overall, it was the same exam.The average was only 10 percent higher [than last year].” Augustine went on to explain that in derivational classes such as chemistry and physics, having an idea of what is on a test does not necessarily lead to a higher grade. “I think it’s irrelevant [if students utilize test banks]. It’s about putting the time in to study and understand the material.Years ago, I didn’t have time to write an exam. I went into the review session, went through every problem on a practice exam and some other stuff, went home, changed the cover on that exam and gave it the next day. The average was [only] 5 percent higher.” With such an infinitesimal change in the class average after essentially walking students through their exam, Augustine

decided to post practice exams and keys (albeit in the basement of the chemistry building, so that students would have to put in effort to see the answers). In applied classes, test banks represent nothing more than resources from which to study. In other types of courses, however, where specific concepts are targeted year after year, seeing what instructors focus on is less of a tool to study with, and more of an exclusive peek behind the curtain. “There was definitely similar questions on there that showed up again on the midterm. It was helpful to study [using the old test],” Hamilton said after viewing a previous test for his biology course. “I use it as a study tool — people do try to memorize answers, but they’re screwed if those questions aren’t on the test.” The advantages of test banks varies from course to course and from person to person — time and effort is still required, even if a student is simply trying to memorize answers. Those with access to these exams don’t see them as providing an advantage over their peers, only as an available tool at their disposal. “I don’t think it represents an unfair advantage,” Hamilton said. “I think that everyone should try to take advantage of the resources available to them — that’s part of being in college in the first place.” n

footsteps of Colorado and Washington. “If marijuana were legalized in California, I think that all my customers would turn to marijuana stores for their product instead and leave me without a clientele,” said an anony-

mous UC Davis cannabis dealer, identified as “Mighty Whitey.” “There is less risk in buying from marijuana dispensaries because it is legal, whereas selling without a license would still not be legal.” n

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The capital of Ukraine is experiencing the most violence since the former Soviet Union became independent 23 years ago.The turmoil the Ukranian government has been experiencing during the past few weeks is the product of persistent social tension and political unrest. The explicit protests and demonstrations are due to the actions of President Viktor Yanukovych rejecting a geopolitical trade deal with Europe, which sealed a $15 billion bailout from Russia. Thousands of citizens flocked to the street to demonstrate against the obvious corruption and police brutality. COLLEGE BOARD RESTRUCTURES SAT

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) that high school students must take to get into college will be overhauled and changed drastically. Criticism from parents, colleges and students saying that the exam does not focus on core academic skills urged the College Board to fundamentally restructure the test.The College Board is ending the old penalty for guessing wrongly, making the essay optional and scrapping vague and obscure vocabulary words in the reading section of the exam. David Coleman, the president of College Board, said that both the SAT and its competitor the ACT have become obsolete in testing academic knowledge. MALAYSIAN FLIGHT DISAPPEARS MID-FLIGHT

On March 7, the Malaysian Flight 370 airplane disappeared over the Southeastern Asian seas between Vietnam and Malaysia. At 12:41 a.m. March 8, the Boeing 777-200 took off from Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, and was scheduled to arrive in Beijing, China at 6:30 a.m. However, at approximately 1 a.m. Malaysian air controllers lost connection with the plane. A total of 239 people were on the plane, five of whom were under 5 years old and 12 of whom were crew members. So far, authorities have no further information regarding the issue. — Rohit Tigga

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5 / WEDNESDAY Firebolt A car was driving down Faro Drive dropping fireworks out the window into the middle of the roadway.

7 / FRIDAY Trash-talking On Anderson Road, several people were hitting the garbage cans in front of the pool yelling “F you” over and over again.

Throwing a party Several loud subjects on the balcony of the apartments above the Olive Drive Market were dropping things on people as they walked by.

8 / SATURDAY Know-it-all On Sycamore Lane, someone received a phone call and text saying,“I know where you are.”

9 / SUNDAY Cut to the chase Someone on L Street was approached by a guy who accused the reporter of stealing a bike, then stated he wanted to cut the reporter up and pulled out a knife.

10 / MONDAY Ball was in their court Someone reported two juniors at the tennis court on J Street for horsing around and making too much noise for the reporter to tolerate. Police briefs are compiled from the City of Davis daily crime bulletins. Contact EINAT GILBOA at

WEEKLY WEATHER Short-Term Forecast Very mild and above average temperatures will be the main story in the short term. A storm riding over the high pressure ridge will keep March 14 similar to or slightly cooler than March 13. High clouds on Friday should make for a spectacular sunset! Expect a huge warm up beginning on March 15. Today (3/13): High 74, Low 45, Sunny and warm Friday (3/14): High 73, Low 50, Mostly sunny with high clouds Saturday (3/15): High 77, Low 47, Sunny and warmer

Long-Term Forecast After the blustery days this week, we will be seeing some wonderful weather. Temperatures will be around the 80’s and the winds will stay fairly calm over this weekend. Good Luck on your finals and have fun during spring break! Sunday (3/16): High 80, Low 48, Sunny Monday (3/17): High 78, Low 48, Sunny Tuesday (3/18): High 72, Low 46, Partly Cloudy Wednesday (3/19): High 75, Low 47, Partly Cloudy

ASUCD Vice President Bradley Bottoms presided over the Senate meeting on March 6. The meeting was called into session at 6:14 PM. The meeting was mainly comprised of reports from ASUCD unit directors and general discussion. Bike Barn unit director Nali Weinstein and general manager Robert St. Cyr reported that they are working to increase income. The Bike Barn’s expenses are down $63,000 from last year. In order to increase income, the Bike Barn will be renting bikes on Decision Day and holding an end-of-the-year yard sale in May. The Bike Barn is also working on decreasing its environmental impact by disposing of waste properly and recycling bike tires. Lobby Corps Unit Director David Kuwabara reported on the proceedings of the unit and its hope to expand in the future. The unit is currently working on 30 higher education bills. Kuwabara said the unit wants to expand beyond the narrow set of higher education issues and to work with the new ASUCD senators and other advocacy groups on campus. Lobby Corps would like to expand to federal legislation and has conducted some preliminary research. Refrigerator Services Unit Director Kevin Vang reported on the unit’s issues. The unit has about 150 broken mini-fridges that are taking up space. Fridges cannot be dumped because the toxic substances have to be removed before they can be disposed of properly. Vang is currently working toward determining how many fridges the unit actually has. Eight new candidates were confirmed to the Gender and Sexuality Commission. Representatives from the ASUCD judicial branch reported the decision in the case of Senator Miles Thomas vs. ASUCD President Carly Sandstrom. Sandstrom was found guilty of breaking an ASUCD bylaw. The court warned the senators to do their assigned duties and to educate others about the bylaws. The representatives also commented that the court should not be used to solve personal issues and that there was “an insane amount of immaturity in the senate.” The meeting then moved into orders of the day and public discussion. The units in the Memorial Union (MU) and the Silo will be moved because the Silo will be renovated in the summer, and the first two floors of the MU will be renovated next January. There was a discussion about whether the post office in the MU should be kept as a unit after the renovation or whether it should be closed down. No decision was made. — Jordyn May

— Aggie Forecast Team

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> ASUCD Senator > Second-year Nutrition major

1. What is one skill you wish you had cultivated when you were younger? I was the third child in my family so when I was younger, I would definitely try and follow my brothers. So I think [although] I eventually learned to become a leader, if I had started earlier that would have been a great advantage. By getting involved in things and not just following my brothers, I eventually did that once they moved to college. In high school I was able to do that on my own; If I had started even earlier, it would have been so much better. 2. If you could live anywhere, where would you move to best serve your career interests? I’m not too sure what I want to do with my career yet. So that’s kind of hard, but I’m from San Diego and I love it. So for right now I’m going to stick with San Diego.There’s a lot of culture there. 3. Do you have any pet peeves? How do you deal with them? One, when people leave their blinkers on when they are not turning. I just want them to turn it off, because I don’t know what they are going to do and it really bugs me. There’s not much I can do about that but get angry in my own car. But that’s about it. My other one is when people talk with their mouths full. I understand if you just took a bite of food; chew it, swallow it and I’ll keep talking to you. 4. Is there a book or other piece of literature that you think every college student should read? I honestly can’t answer that. I’m not a huge book person. I read for classes and I read for certain topics, but I don’t really read for pleasure. 5. What trait do you find most impressive in an individual? When people can truly be honest, not just with others but also with themselves. I find that a lot times, people try and SHERMAN on 13



> Outreach Assembly Speaker > Third-year American studies with minors in professional writing and textiles and clothing

1. What’s your most embarrassing fashion mistake? I’d like to think I’ve never made any. Just to be conceited like that. I’m a textiles and clothing minor, so I’m really into clothing, I actually have an internship with a fashion website and have my own fashion blog, so fashion’s a really important part of my life, and I would like to think that I’ve never made a mistake, but I’m sure there are others who would disagree with me. 2. Favorite memory on the UC Davis campus? That’s hard. I don’t think I have a specific favorite memory, but I have a like, favorite thing about UC Davis campus, is that good? Well, I really like all the trees we have on campus. I love being in the Arboretum and going on daily walks. My friend and I do weekly walks in the Arboretum where we just catch up with each other and talk about our life, and go and pet the horses, so that’s a lot of fun. So I guess that’s like a favorite memory, but it’s an ongoing activity. 3. What skills will your major give you, and how do you plan on applying those skills? Well, I don’t know exactly what I want to do after I graduate but, I know I want to write and I guess my dream job would be a “fashion and lifestyle” blogger. American studies is a super interdisciplinary program, so you learn about a lot of different things. In my concentration, the major is actually like American fashion, with regards to women and their representation in the media, so that’s kind of what I want to do in my life. Hopefully, it will give me some good analysis and writing skills for my career, whatever I decide to do. 4. Scariest moment of your life? It was in Washington D.C. a few summers ago. I was actually with my dad in the Smithsonian, in the American ASHE on 13

Watts Legal with DANIEL WATTS

Question: Is it illegal to sneak into a political convention without a ticket and eat dinners that no one else is eating? Am I breaking any laws, or is it just frowned upon by society? The Republican convention is coming up, and I’d like to check it out, but I don’t want to buy a ticket. — J.V. Davis, CA Answer: Just

because someone leaves a door open doesn’t mean you can walk through it. Sneaking into the Republican convention would be trespassing, unless you wandered into the convention in a daze, honestly confused about whether you were in the wrong place. A minor, non-disruptive trespasser would probably not get prosecuted criminally but might still get sued in a civil court for money. If you were going to get sued by the Republicans, they would most likely sue you for common law trespass. In California, winning a lawsuit for trespass requires the Republicans to prove five things: (1) the Republicans’ ownership or control of the property; (2) your intentional, reckless or negligent entry on the property; (3) you lacked permission to enter the property, or you acted in excess of the permission; (4) actual harm to the Republicans; and (5) that your conduct was a substantial factor in causing the harm. Most of these are easy to satisfy. A party that reserves a room has control of that property. Permission isn’t a question. Actual harm is the main sticking point: the Republicans would have to prove that you harmed them in some way by walking through the convention. As you stick around longer and disrupt more activities, the probability increases of the Republicans proving they suffered actual harm caused by you. Importantly, where there is a consensual entry, there is no trespass. When a convention is in a hotel, you usually have the hotel’s implied permission to walk around the hotel’s lobby and hallways. And, of course, buying a ticket to the convention would give you the Republicans’ consent to attend the convention. You can’t exceed the consent given to you, however. According to the Restatement of Torts (a big book about the common law), “a conditional or restricted consent to enter land creates a privilege to do so only insofar as the condition or restriction is complied with.” Any privilege to enter must be exercised at a reasonable time and in a reasonable manner. In other words, when the hotel says you can go in the lobby or talk to the guy at the front desk, that does not give you the right to enter ballrooms. When the Republicans allow you to attend a speech in a ballroom, that does not give you the right to stick around for the $150 a plate dinner that follows. In a civil lawsuit, a convention trespasser is unlikely to have to pay out much money, since sneaking into a convention usually would not cost the Republicans much money. Trespassers who disrupt the convention or steal something of value (like a dinner) would have to pay out the cost of what they stole, or the estimated cost of the disruption. And if the trespasser acted really egregiously, the jury could punish him by making him pay punitive damages — extra money designed to punish. It would be up to a jury. Getting prosecuted criminally, which could result in jail time, is not up to the Republicans — it’s up to the government. The government would have to prove that the trespasser intentionally entered the property to disrupt the property owner’s rights, and failed to comply when the property owner told him to leave. That intent element is a high hurdle. For simply sneaking into a convention to listen to the next Mitt Romney, the government would probably not bother to prosecute. But Occupy-style tactics designed to disrupt the convention might catch the district attorney’s attention. Daniel Watts 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 or tweeted to @governorwatts.

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i n t e rn a tion a l rela tion s a n d econ om ics d ou ble majo r

“ I t h in k [s tu d en t res p onsi b i l i t y] i s t he b est par t o f A S U C D . We d on ’t emp lo y a t o n o f c ar eer st af f ers be c a u s e w e w a n t ev ery st udent t o b e gi ve n t hat o pp or t u n ity to p u t th eir mark o n [ t he Uni versi t y] and say y ou kn ow, I lea rn ed th e b ad way t o do i t and I l ear ne d t h e good w a y to d o it. It ’s l e avi ng t hat mark, b ut al so e d u ca tin g s tu d en ts a bout ho w t hat mark was l ef t .”

[ WINTER 2013-14 ]





po l i t i c al sci enc e and so ci o l o gy do ub l e major


b i o l o g i c al sc i e nc e s m aj o r w i th an e m p hasi s i n ne ur o l o g y, p hy si o l o g y and b e hav i o r

S A N D S T R O M & B O T T O M S ’ P L AT F O R M S :

S A H O TA’ S P L AT F O R M S :




“ On e of th e big g er th in gs t h a t w e’v e [d on e], th a t I t h i n k is more lon g term, i s t he p roces s of g oin g t h r ou g h con s tru ction o n c a m p u s . We n ow h a ve a d i r ect commu n ica tion s p l a n betw een S tu d en t A f f a irs a n d D es ig n a n d C o n stru ction Ma n a g em e n t. Es s en tia lly, in th e p a s t , th ere w a s n o d irec t f u n n ell for s tu d en t in p ut . . . I th in k th e a d m in is trat i on forg ot ov er time, and wi t h a ll th e d ifferen ces t h a t h a p p en ed , th a t w e’re t h e la rg es t s ta k eh old er i n a n y t h in g , beca u s e w e’re t h e s tu d en t a s s ocia tion .”

“Regardless of how the campus perceives senate, I think it’s very important to remember that everybody’s a student … A huge part of it is developing yourself as a student leader. I think that’s something that I’ve taken from Senate and I think, to be honest, trumps almost everything else that happened in Senate—all the projects I’ve worked on and everything like that. You’re going to go to positions outside where you’re going to make even larger impacts, and what you’ve learned in Senate will ultimately help you when you leave.”






W O R K W I T H C I T Y C O U N C I L T O C R E A T E A N E W D AV I S M O D E L L E A S E ( G O I N G T O S E N AT E O N T H U R S )




Reuben Torres



A s i a n A m erica n s tu d ies a n d d es ig n d ou ble m a j o r



X I O N G ’ S P L AT F O R M S :

m anag e r i al e c o no m i c s m aj o r and Sp ani sh m i no r

T O R R E S ’ P L AT F O R M S :






“If I could do things over, I would have loved to attend more commission meetings because it gives you a head start on the conversations you might be having at senate; a lot of important questions are already asked here so you can fully understand what the authors want.”

“Congratulations to all of the Senator-Elects! Please remember that collaboration is better than an individual working alone on a project.”

“ [ I wa s ] m o r e c o m f o r tab l e w i th num b e r b i l l s and f i nanc i al b i l l s, v e r sus a p ol i t i ca l b i l l o n so m e thi ng l i k e di v e stm e nt. I w as v e r y ne r v o us ab o ut t h a t because I ’ v e ne v e r b e e n p o l i ti c al . C ho o si ng so m e thi ng b ase d p ar tl y on s omeo ne ’s hi sto r y and b ac k g r o und and ho w i t af f e c ts the m p e r so nal l y, or t h ei r c ul tur e o r the i r r e l i g i o n, and tr y i ng to unde r stand the m and hav e emp a t h y f r o m the i r p e r sp e c ti v e , w hi l e al so hav i ng to r e sp e c t the o the r s i d e, a n d the n m ak i ng a de c i si o n b ase d o n the i r v e r y se nsi ti v e , he ate d ba t t l es , i t p uts the w e i g ht o n o ur sho ul de r s. But I e nj o y e d that, hav i ng t h a t p res s ur e and b e i ng he l d ac c o untab l e . ”

MILES THOMAS S E N AT O R ma n a g eri a l econ omi cs ma jor

T H O M A S ’ P L AT F O R M S :



“ I t h i n k t h a t y ou s h ou l d a ccomp l i s h p l a t f orms bef ore y ou ru n f or s en a t e. W h e n y o u’ r e a s en a t or, 20 h ou rs of y ou r week s h ou l d be a d voca cy. Th a t mea n s g oi n g t o s e nate meet i n g s a n d rep res en t i n g t h e i n t eres t s t h a t y ou were vot ed on . Th a t mea n s ho l di ng of f i ce h ou rs a n d l i s t en i n g t o s t u d en t s ’ voi ces . Th a t mea n s con d u ct i n g i n t ervi e w s as a s en a t or. You s h ou l d be work i n g wi t h y ou r a d op t ed u n i t s , wh i ch a re t h e me at and p ot a t oes of A S UC D. I’ ve been work i n g wi t h u n i t s s u ch a s Th e A g g i e, KDVS and Agg i eTv i n a d d i t i on t o my own u n i t s . You s h ou l d be meet i n g wi t h t h e a d mi n i s tr ati o n to a d d res s s t u d en t n eed s . Th a t i s mu ch more i mp ort a n t t h a n a n y p l a t f orm.




c o mmu n ica tion a n d p o litica l s cien ce d ou b l e majo r


S E N AT O R p o l i ti c al sc i e nc e and i nte r nati o nal r e l ati o ns do ub l e m aj o r

N O N G A’ S P L AT F O R M S : W O N D E R S ’ P L AT F O R M S : E X PA N D AG G I E R E U S E TO I N C L U D E A T E X T B O O K S U B D I V I S I O N E X PA N D N I G H T A N D W E E K E N D U N I T R A N S S E R V I C E S B R I N G S T U D E N T O R G A N I Z AT I O N L E A D E R S T O G E T H E R Q U A R T E R LY F O R A S O C I A L ( M E T I N D I V I D U A L LY )

P R E - F I N A L S W E E K W E L L N E S S FA I R O N T H E Q U A D ( S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 FA I R , B U T N OT S I N C E )


“Even though it’s been almost a year, people still come up to me and say, ‘I’m so glad you got involved with ASUCD. You really inspired us, and thank you for representing our community well.’ To me, that’s really important. I enjoyed working on the ASUCD Scholarship Committee. That was one of those times I saw the direct impact that I had of being a senator.”

“You feel like if you’re not a student first, then you’re doing it wrong. I bought into that in the beginning. I put a lot of pressure on myself. Now, I see that taking care of yourself first lets you put 100 percent into whatever you’re passionate about. We want to make sure we’re respected, but you have to realize that you can still have the respect and say that you have five midterms you have to study for. In the long run, I got closer to achieving that balance.







“ I’ m n ot the g uy o ut the r e i ntr o duc i ng b i l l s l e f t and r i g ht. I ’ v e b e e n m o r e comf ort a b l e b e hi nd the sc e ne s. I thi nk m y m o r e i m p o r tant c o ntr i b uti o ns h a ve been i n that r e g ar d. I w o ul d hav e b e e n a m o r e ac ti v e l e g i sl ato r. I recog n i z e d e ar l y o n i n m y se nate te r m that I w as no t the m o st g i f te d l e gi s l a t or i n the autho r i ng o f l e g i sl ati o n. I w as b e tte r w i th g o i ng to so m e o ne wh o cou ld autho r i t and say, ‘ H e y, w hy do n’ t w e w o r k o n so m e thi ng l i k e t h i s ? ’ a n d l e tti ng the m w o r k i ng to ar g ue the b i l l o n the tab l e w as m o r e m y s t ron g s u i t. I do r e g r e t that I di dn’ t tak e as m uc h i ni ti ati v e o n l e g i sl ati o n.

“ I d on ’ t thi nk I w as as i nv o l v e d as I c o ul d hav e b e e n, l o o k i ng b ac k . Yo u d on ’ t k n o w w hat y o u hav e unti l i t’s g o ne , and no w i t’s g o i ng aw ay. And y ou l ook b ac k and se e the l i ttl e p r o j e c ts that y o u had the o p p o r tuni ty f o r, a n d y ou sai d, “ I ’ m a l i ttl e to o b usy, w hy do n’ t y o u tak e c ar e o f that? ’ And






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UC Davis students co-curate ART as TRANSlation

March Madness March has been a slow month in the field of video game news, but that’s because people are busy actually playing games. I can’t remember a March lineup quite like this and it makes for an exciting time of the year (notwithstanding school finals). This past weekend I finished South Park: The Stick of Truth, the longawaited collaboration between the creators of South Park and developer Obsidian Entertainment. South Park video games have a long history of being absolutely terrible, but showrunners Matt Parker and Trey Stone make a concerted effort with The Stick of Truth. The game plays like a love letter to fans of the show. The game’s humor coincides directly with its success — funny video games are rare because writing video game humor can be difficult. But the biting satire, pop culture references and crude jokes that define “South Park” are also found in The Stick of Truth. In fact the entire game feels like an extended episode of the show, right down to the remarkably similar art style. Now that The Stick of Truth is in the rear-view mirror, I can look ahead to Dark Souls II, perhaps my most anticipated game of the year. I’ve already cataloged my 2013 love affair with Dark Souls — I finished it three times and put over 130 hours into the game. If Dark Souls II captures even a fraction of that obsession, I’m sure I’ll love it. Much has been said of the changes being introduced to Dark Souls II, namely the fact that players can be invaded by other players at any time. Part of me cowers in fear at the notion of losing progress because someone else wants to flex their muscles and show off their new +5 katana, but I also recognize the thrill of victory. I didn’t spend much time with the multiplayer component of Dark Souls, but when I did defeat another player, the adrenaline rush was incredibly satisfying. Also out this week is Titanfall, perhaps the biggest release of the month. Following the Infinity Ward fiasco of 2010, ex-Call of Duty designers went on to form Respawn Entertainment. The first game from the company attempts to rival other popular online shooters with its emphasis on vertical traversal and gigantic mechs. Think Call of Duty with wall-running and powerful robots. Titanfall is an Xbox One/PC release, but I don’t own the former and my computer is not capable enough to run the game. Sadly that means I’ll have to miss out on the game, but early reviews indicate fans of online multiplayer shooters will love Titanfall. Closing out the month is inFAMOUS: Second Son for the PlayStation 4. I’m happy that I purchased a PS4 because I enjoy being part of the early-release zeitgeist, but I must admit that the new console has been collecting dust in my house. I’m simply waiting for the games to come out and inFAMOUS: Second Son looks to be the first big-name release of 2014 for Sony’s latest platform. I enjoyed the first two inFAMOUS games, and early previews/ videos appear to point to another successful entry in the open-world series. If nothing else, it looks as though inFAMOUS: Second Son will emphasize the technical prowess of the PS4 with its top-notch visuals. Hopefully the game’s mechanics are just as good.

ROUSSEAU GLEITSMAN Nathan Oliveira’s work is showcased at the Nelson Gallery. Visitors can also view Albrecht Dürer and Ernst Barlach’s work during the ART as TRANSlation exhibit.

PAUL SANCHEZ ART as TRANSlation, an exhibition co-curated by Art History 401: Curatorial Principles (AHI 401) students Rachel Du and Nicole Budrovich, premiers at the Nelson Gallery March 10 and will run through March 21. The opening reception will be held March 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. The exhibition, which focuses on the “translation” of works of literature into visual forms of art, presents the artworks of Albrecht Dürer, Ernst Barlach and Nathan Oliveira, whose works were inspired by and will be featured alongside the poetry and prose of Edgar Allan Poe, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Saint John the Apostle. Budrovich, an art history graduate student, explained that she hopes the exhibition’s focus on the translation of literature into visual pieces will reshape the viewer’s understanding of the interpretive process of translation. “We look to consider how the viewer will translate these works into their own experiences,” Budrovich said. “And by highlighting three artists [Dürer, Barlach and Oliveira], the exhibition is a mediated interpretation between different mediums; part of this encourages the viewer to rethink translation — not as one to one — but as an meditative interpretive process.” Budrovich explained that the planning of the exhibition forced her and co-curator to consider the fine balance between explaining the pieces and provoking thoughts from the viewer. “We had to learn that less is more, that as much as we want to explain everything, we also wanted to allow a space of discovery for the readers to engage the text and artwork. We placed quotes from the text as a launching point for the reader to have a context to fully engage the visual works,”

Budrovich said. In the selection of the exhibition’s pieces, Budrovich explained that she and Du chose pieces that explored the diversity of translation while being thematically alike. “We had three reasons for choosing the pieces:The first being that they were available from the Nelson Gallery collection. The second reason was because they showed the diversity of ways artists translate texts, and third reason being that they thematically deal with the dark and the mysterious,” Budrovich said. Du, a fourth-year comparative literature and international relations double major, explained the creative challenges of curating a show and how AHI 401 prepared her for such challenges. “Curating can take months or even years to do successfully and we only had the last three or four weeks of the class to put [ART as TRANSlation] together,” Du said. “With all the planning and research, [AHI 401] helped us know the importance of exhibition design; I never knew how lighting or how you hang or arrange the order the pieces can change the whole of the show and how the viewer experiences it.” The exhibition will provide audio and textual accompaniments for the viewer. “We recorded the audio texts ourselves, which are a mix of recordings of the texts and our own podcast discussion. In the brochures, we transcribed interviews with comparative literature professors about the way these authors were especially pictorial in their writing,” Du said. Professor Susette Min, who instructs AHI 401, explained that ART as TRANSlation is unique in being the first exhibition planned by students from her AHI 401 class to be featured in the Nelson Gallery. Min explained that the class’ purpose serves to introduce students to curatorship. “AHI 401 offers students an introduction to understand first-hand what it means to curate, what an exhibition space is and does — historically to the present, and how an exhibition can be a site of provocation and contemplation, discussion and debate,” said Min in an email interview. Min commended the efforts of Budrovich and Du, and have presented an exhibition of varied relationships. “Nicole and Rachel have worked very hard on this exhibition in attempting to explore the relationship between art and literature, text and image, and the different modes of translation that takes place between an artist and writer, viewer and curator,” Min said.

N E WS I N B R I E F : I N T E R N AT I O N A L H O U S E TO H O ST “ S I N G I N G O U R WO R L D A L I V E ”

JOHN KESLER The International House of Davis will host “Singing Our World Alive,” a fundraiser event in which local musicians will lead the audience in a group song, on March 15. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Davis Community Men’s Talk Circle, will feature local musician Laura Sandage along with San Francisco-based musician Doug von Koss. Gregory Guss, who organizes the Davis Community Men’s Talk Circle, helped bring Sandage and von Koss together. “Doug and Laura will bring a

chant that people will not know about and they’ll teach a group how to sing it,” Guss said. “Part of what happens is that, as people stand together and start singing, they’ll unify as they work together and start feeling a connection. A community, an experience of community, will be born at that moment.” Sandage and von Koss have put the performance into two parts. “The first half will have people on their feet, with lively, energetic songs that can get the music going quickly,” Sandage said. “Then we’ll have a break where people can meet each other. The second half is more meditative. All of this will happen in a circle in a place intentionally set up for positivity, community and

raising energy via music.” Von Koss believes that potential audiences should not be frightened by the prospect of group participation. “It works in a perfection-free zone, so people should not worry about singing a wrong note or mispronouncing anything,” von Koss said. “It’s okay to make mistakes, because we’re very accepting. Within 10 minutes, we’ll be singing gloriously in three to four part harmonies.” “Singing Our World Alive” will be held at the International House, which is located at 10 College Park, on March 15 at 7 p.m. The event is free with a recommended donation of $10.

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“ E A R T H WAT E R S C I E N C E A N D SONG” COURSE BRINGS TOGETHER SCIENCE, MUSIC Science and Society 42 students to put on scientific concert


ABIGAIL ALCALA Students practice in the Nelson Gallery for their final musical performance.

MU S I C MA RRI AG E + C A N C E R / V IR GA/ N O SEC TS/P O C K E TS MA RC H 13, 9:30 P. M . , $5 T HIRD





This “pissed-pop” band out of Portland, Ore., formerly called (and intentionally misspelled) Nucular Aminals, is stopping by Davis on their Bay Area tour. Think Magnetic Fields meets Nirvana’s guitar and quintessential Portland reverb grime. Also to perform: Virga, a KDVS-frequent local band; No Sects, post-punk and also local; and Pockets, a band with “sweet dreamy tunes,” according to the Facebook event. DAV I S C HA MB E R C H O I R WIN T E R CO N C ERT MA RC H 14 , 7 P.M . , FR E E DAVIS




The theme of the Davis Chamber Choir’s winter concert is “The Development of English and German Music” and will explore the languages’ chronological musical progression. The 20-member student-run choir, founded in 2011, performs once quarterly. E A RLY M USI C AND B A R O Q U E E N SE M BL E CO N C E RT MARCH 15, 7 TO 9 P.M, $6 SUGGESTED DONATION T HE EPISCOPA L C H U RC H O F ST. MA RTIN, 640 H AW T H O R N L A NE

Both the Early Music Ensemble, directed by William Cooper, and the UC Davis Baroque Ensemble, directed by Phebe Craig and Michael Sand, will perform. The Early Music Ensemble is comprised of both vocalists and instrumentalists. The Baroque Ensemble focuses on a later time period, but both ensembles use period-authentic instruments from the UC Davis early instruments collection.

OT HE R DAV I S ROOTS S P E A K E R S E R I E S: “ W HE R E ARE THEY N OW ? ” W I T H MA R K OT E R O MA RC H 14 , 5:30 TO 7 P. M . , AG E S 18 AND OL DER, F R E E

AKIRA OLIVIA KUMAMOTO At what point does a musical composition have anything to do with water management and soil sciences? For most of us, never, but for the students in UC Davis’ academic course “Earth Water Science and Song” (Science and Society 42), they intertwine perfectly. For the past five years, UC Davis has offered this cross-disciplinary course for undergraduate students interested in understanding the connections between music and science. Science and Society 42 (SAS 42) is part of the ArtScience Fusion Program at UC Davis. The program was founded in the early 2000s by professor of entomology Diane Ullman and local artist Donna Billick in hopes of teaching students how to use creativity to spark innovation in both science and the arts. In 2009, SAS 42 was added to the roster of classes that would be a part of this unique academic venture. Professor Emeritus of land, air and water sciences, Wendy Silk, co-founded the class with a former graduate student. Silk, who said she has a passion for music and science, explained that students often view music as simplistic, when it’s really just as complex as science. She said she believed that by putting the two subjects side-by-side in the same course, students would not only see the similarities between the two, but that they would reap the benefits of mixing these disciplines. “In my decades of teaching, my greatest frustra-

tion was the anxiety and boredom that science classes seemed to trigger in the students,” Silk said. “With music and performing, I find that they’re almost always uplifted from the stress. I realized that if we could bring music into the classroom and have the students work in ensembles and bring their own creativity to the subject, then it would be a good way to get them to enjoy learning.” Students in the class attend lecture in the morning twice a week where they learn about nutrient cycles, water, carbon and nitrous cycles, resource management, pollution, global climate change and water management. The students then meet for two hours once a week for music discussion where they learn basic music concepts (i.e. harmony, melody, rhythm), lyric writing and how to perform in public. They are also taught how to deal with aspects of performing like stage fright, physical presentation and concert planning. The students are expected to either compose or adapt a song for their final project that is connected to one of the scientific focuses they’ve learned about in the course. The purpose of this is to show that music helps to cement knowledge in the students’ minds more effectively than just reading from a textbook. Second-year animal science and management major Jack Merwin said the class has helped him retain knowledge he might not have been able to remember if he were in a normal science class. “Science and music are two different worlds, but in this class they come together in a very cool and weird way,” Merwin said. “I think it’s interesting to see that by learning to play music intertwined with science facts not only allows the performers to learn this information, but allows the audience [that is listening] to learn too. When a song gets stuck in their head they’re forcing themselves to learn those lyrics, thus learning those facts.” The class is also considered unique because it brings together students from different disciplines that might not otherwise collaborate in day-to-day life. Students are encouraged to share their unique talents and skills, whether they are scientific or artistic, in order see the benefits of both academic disciplines. SAS O N PAGE 1 5

U C DAV I S S U N AT YA , V I S I O N S GLOBAL EMPOWE R M E N T PR E SE N T DAV I S D H E E M TA N A 2 0 1 4 First classical Indian dance showcase to come to the West Coast


Mark Otero received his MBA in 2007 from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. He went on to found Klicknation, a video game company whose games are played on social networks. Otero sold Klicknation to the video game magnate Electronic Arts, which funneled Klicknation to EA’s popular BioWare gaming developer. Otero is currently a general manager of BioWare Social, focusing on fantasy and science fiction games. The speaker series focuses on local companies and their founders. Refreshments will be provided.

COURTESY Classical Indian dance group, Sunatya, poses for a photo.


Davis Humanities Institute Studies in Performance and Practice Research Cluster and The Center for Science and Innovation Studies Presents: The Art of Appropriation is a one-day conference. It will bring together legal, visual media and technology scholars to examine and discuss the role of copyright and ownership in art in the 21st century. The conference will feature talks by Martine Beugnet of Université Paris Diderot (France),Tarek Elhaik of San Francisco State University, Tatiana Flessas of the London School of Economics and Politics and Madahvi Sunder, John Zibell and Mario Biagioli of UC Davis.

ZOE SHARPLES On March 29, Davis’ classical Indian dance group, Sunatya, will host their showcase titled Davis Dheem Tana 2014 alongside teams from universities around the country, including UCLA, USC, UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, University of Washington, Penn State, Tufts and Stanford. Davis Dheem Tana 2014 is made possible by a partnership with the Davis branch of Visions Global Empowerment. Since its inception in 2003, this nonprofit organization has conducted over 28 life skills training programs at universities and schools in South Asia. All proceeds from this event will be donated to youth affected by poverty

and conflict. The 11 dancers in Davis’ all-female group Sunatya are trained in Bharatanatyam, which is a dance form originating in India. Originally performed by temple dancers in ancient times, Bharatanatyam is now widely performed around the world.The team prides itself in combining the classical form of Bharatanatyam with modern influences for a contemporary audience. “It’s a very ancient dance form and it was revived relatively recently in the 20th century,” said Neha Palacherla, a fourth-year English major who has been dancing since she was five.“It has become very popular here in the D HEEM TANA O N PAGE 1 5

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SCI+tech Study tracks Yosemite black bear food consumption Bear consumption of human food decreases in response to prevention efforts EMILY SEFEROVICH

The Yosemite black bear is a curious, bold and predictable creature. Many of these bears, who have learned since infancy to fulfill their energy requirements through consumption of the vastly diverse and procurable human foods, pose an imminent nuisance to campers and hikers vacationing on the Yosemite grounds. Jack Hopkins, a research fellow at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), has composed a rigorous investigation of the changing dietary patterns of the Yosemite bear population over time. He has done so hoping to highlight successful methods in deterring food based human-bear interactions. With the help of his research, Yosemite management will continue to take successful, preventative measures in encouraging bears to return to their natural diets and to spend less time foraging in visitor areas. Through the installation of bear-resistant food-storage containers and the establishment of a “bear team,”Yosemite continues to see increased visitor compliance regarding food storage in areas that are popular spots for bears to scavenge. “Yosemite has a rich history of bearmanagement practices as a result of shift-

ing goals over the years. What we found was that the diets of bears changed dramatically after 1999, when the park got funding to implement a proactive management strategy to keep human food off the landscape,” Hopkins said. Hopkins, who once worked as a biologist for Yosemite National park, collaborated with Paul Koch, dean of UCSC’s Physical Biological Sciences to conduct an isotopic analysis of bear hair samples. To do this, Hopkins set up various baited fur-traps around Yosemite’s campgrounds. In hopes of finding a dead meal to scavenge, bears that were accustomed to entering these areas would leave a patch of hair behind on these traps. Through testing for the levels of human food-derived chemical isotopes existing in the bear hair, the samples Hopkins collected allowed the team to estimate the level of human food in the bears’ diets. In order to see how consumption patterns changed over time, Hopkins also obtained samples from deceased Yosemite black bears that reside in the park’s museum.Through obtaining data from historical bear fur and current bear fur, Hopkins was one step closer to understanding the bears’ shift in dietary composition in response to Yosemite’s changing preventative measures. From the years 1915 to 1919, roughly 13






percent of bear diets was derived from human food; from 1928 to 1939, the proportion was 27 percent; from 1975 to 1985 the proportion was 35 percent; and the proportion has slumped back down to 13 percent again for 2001 to 2007, a favorable result. “The remarkable thing is that the bears that eat human food are now back to the same level of dumpster diving as in 1915, despite the fact that there are now millions of visitors in Yosemite every year and presumably a lot more garbage,” Koch said. The study found that human foods have decreased in bears’ diets in response to Yosemite’s preventative measure, yet Yosemite management still must grapple with the bear-human conflicts arise when these bears seek out human food. Hopkins explained that this issue is ultimately a people problem— humans enter into the the bears’ territory and introduce foods like Nutella and Cheetos, and the black bears respond by using these calorie dense options for themselves. When these bears investigate a greatsmelling situation and get a high calorie reward to boot, they will probably come back. As bears become accustomed to consuming human foods in lieu of grass, berries, and meats (foods that require a significant amount of energy for the bear to obtain), bears become habituated to

human environments, and that’s where the conflict derives. “The primary concern about bears eating human food is that they may learn to recognize it as an easy way to find a tasty and calorie-rich meal with little effort … we often find humans where we find human food. As a result, it places bears in increasing contact with people. This invariably leads to conflict. Because these bears are wild animals, their behavior isn’t completely predictable. Property damage from bears breaking into cars and houses or cabins often upsets people. And on occasions when bears may be dangerous to humans, it’s the bears who lose out,” said Paul Todd, a UC Davis assistant professor of wildlife biology. According to Hopkins, if you reduce the availability of human food on the landscape, then you reduce the problems between humans and bears. The key is to prevent bears from ever becoming accustomed to consuming human foods in the first place. To do this,Yosemite visitors must store goodies in the proper food storage containers and take action to keep any human foods out of bears’ reach. Through taking these actions, the number of unwanted human-bear interactions may fall and fewer bears will need to be exterminated as a result. n

UC Riverside, Russian Academy for Science produce holographic memory New technology uses spin waves


According to researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, breast cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D in their bloodstream were twice as likely to survive than cancer patients who did not.These findings were published in Anticancer Research.When present in sufficient levels, vitamin D prevents tumors from growing. Consulting your physician is highly recommended before increasing your vitamin intake. IMPROVED CARE THROUGH SMART-EYE PHONES

Exciting new research published in the Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine from Stanford University Medical Center sheds a new path on providing ophthalmology care. The innovative technology uses smartphones to take very accurate images of the eye and immediately uploads them to patients’ electronic records. This would allow for health professionals to provide remote feedback between specialties and thus effectively diagnose and treat a patient. It also cuts down the cost of the standard equipment, which requires extensive training to use. Anyone in the health field could use this technology and increase the access individuals have to eye-care services, especially in rural areas. ALZHEIMER’S PREDICTABLE WITH BLOOD TESTING

Researchers from Georgetown University Medical found a way to predict with 90 percent accuracy the precursor of developing Alzheimer’s disease in healthy individuals. Because Alzheimer’s currently affects 35.6 million individuals worldwide — a number that’s only expected to increase over the years — the researchers developed a blood test that can determine whether or not someone will develop mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s within three years. The test identifies 10 lipids in the blood that predict the onset of Alzheimer’s. It may be clinically available in the next two years. LET THERE BE LIGHT

Researchers from University of Liege, Belgium have discovered a new photoreceptor. Melanopsin is a part of an important mechanism that relays information to particular areas of our brain. Animal studies show that without this photoreceptor, the processes involved in the mechanism become disrupted and the biological clocks of animals become deregulated. n

How to keep your laptop battery happy, healthy Some tips, tricks to improving laptop battery life ALISSA REYES

As college students, almost every Aggie has a laptop; they are a great tool due to their mobility. However, they are less effective when they are constantly plugged into a power source. There are many myths and tips on how to maximize battery life and battery health in order to get the most of your device. The way you charge your battery can affect its ability to hold a charge in the long run. Some believe that you should let your

computer drain and then charge it to 100 percent to keep the battery healthy. However, according to a Microsoft spokesperson, this might not be the best practice. “If you frequently drain a lithium-ion battery, and then recharge it, it can quickly lose its ability to hold a charge, which affects the accuracy of the battery meter … Lithium-ion batteries last longer if you charge them often, a little at a time, to maintain a minimum charge of about 40 percent capacity,” said a Microsoft spokesperson in an email interview. The practice of draining then


Joint research out of UC Riverside and the Russian Academy for Science has produced a new type of holographic memory device utilizing spin waves. Their invention has the potential to make improvements to modern technology, including the benefits of increased storage and processing capacity that has never before been attainable. The UC Riverside team is led by Professor Alexander Khitun, who has worked on spin wave-based technologies for over nine years. He, along with team member and UC Riverside graduate student Frederick Gertz, submitted their research for publication in the journal Applied Physics Letters on Jan. 21 of this year. Spin waves are magnetic waves that are caused by an alternating magnetic field. They were used in order to increase memory capabilities, lower energy consumption and meet the requirements of today’s electrical components. “If you throw two rocks into a pond at the same time, they will both create waves, and where these waves meet they will ‘interfere’ or cause the waves to change slightly. The same is true for our system. We can make two magnetic waves, whose interference pattern will change, based on the number of magnets and the direction that those magnets are facing that those waves encounter as they travel along their path,”

fully charging is not for lithiumion batteries, which most current laptops have. But if your computer has a nickel cadmium (NiCd) battery or a nickel metal hydride (NiMH) one (which are commonly found in older laptops) than this practice would work for you. There are ways to check up on your computer’s battery without having to take your device to the local computer store. Battery health is a comparison between your laptop manufacturer’s advertised capacity and the current capacity of the battery. Most laptops have a page to show the condition of the battery health and give pop-up warnings when your battery’s health is critical. For example, with most MacBooks you can hit the option key while clicking the the bat-

Gertz said. One instrumental feature of spin waves is accredited to their wavelength; shortening the wavelengths increases the number of bits that can be stored and processed. This is how the increase in memory capacity and capability is brought to life in their device. “The utilization of spin waves allows us to reduce the operating wavelength to tens of nanometers. According to the estimates, magnonic holograms may have capacity up to 1TB/cm2 due to their nanometer scale wavelength,” Khitun said. Holography is a technique which creates three-dimensional images through the use of lasers; when the laser detects an object, it records the resulting light interference pattern created. Thus, holograms are inherently greater than standard photographs in terms of pure information, as they hold all angles of an object, rather than one. “Since we are using a holographic technique it means that our spin waves can pass through several different magnets with different orientations and the output will tell us ALL of the magnet’s orientation.This allows us to build devices that can read out data very quickly, much quicker than a standard electronic design would allow,” Gertz said. Due to spin waves’ innate low energy, this research has the potential to produce technology considerably more efficient than that presently employed. Such success could

tery icon in the menu bar. This will give you a current status; if any option says anything but “Normal” then look into it. You can easily do an internet search to figure out how to check your specific laptop’s battery life. There are many apps or widgets that you can download to do this also. Bjango has created iStat Pro and iStat Menu. If you have a MacBook with Mac OS X Lion or an older version of OS X, then you can download the iStat Pro widget for free. The iStat menu app is an updated, non-free version for new OS X. The iStat products can tell you your battery health, cycle count, temperature and other information. Marc Edwards is the founder of Bjango. “We show some stats that may help diagnose the current status


of a MacBook’s battery … iStat Menus also shows the battery condition, as reported by OS X, plus volts and amps for the curious ... iStat Menus also provides configurable additional battery warnings, if you’d like an early indication that you’re running a bit low on power,” said Marc Edwards, the founder of Bjango, in an email interview. Andrew Robertson is the operations manager, buyer and lead technician at the UC Davis TechHub repair center. Robertson stresses the role charging cycles play in a battery’s health. Think of a laptop’s charging cycles the way you think of a car’s mileage. Charge cycles are incremented every time you charge from point A to point B. LAPTOP LIFE on 13

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Davis alumna writes, directs film about periods

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Sweat, blood put into menstruation cycle fundraising event

NICK FREDERICI As part of the preparation for her upcoming film currently called “The Untitled Short Film About What It’s Like to be On Your Period,” UC Davis alumna Kristine Gerolaga will get to play the part of a menstruation cycle onstage. Gerolaga, who graduated from UC Davis in 2009 with a degree in sociology, is a filmmaker and actress. Since then, she has contributed to and written her own short films, as well as acted in commercials and a web series. The writing of the film came about as an assignment from Gerolaga’s instructor at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, but the concept came from a trend she has seen in the film industry. “Gender and race inequality in the industry is still a problem, plain and simple,” Gerolaga said. “I want to make this short film to contribute to the movement of equality for women and people of color in front of and behind the camera. I hope to give opportunities to a truly diverse cast and crew to be a part of a really fun film with an important message.” In order to raise funds for her latest short film project, Gerolaga is holding a fundraiser show at the Beverly Hills Playhouse in San Francisco on March 16. “The show is called ‘Here She Comes: Periods Leak Their Personal Stories,’ and will feature a diverse cast of Bay Area actors, musicians and comediennes that celebrates women and the period,” Gerolaga said in an email interview. “Think Vagina Monologues, but from

the period’s point of view.” The event will mark the beginning of Gerolaga’s crowdfunding campaign for the film. Her friend and classmate at the Beverly Hills Playhouse in San Francisco, Jennifer Vo Le, suggested the event also be an extension of the film itself. “I suggested we create a theatrical production of her concept in order to complement her short film so that it invites and gives the audience a chance to further experience her vision,” Le said in an email interview. On top of showcasing actors in the performance aspect of the event, the theatrical extension also features other writers and designers, including Gerolaga’s cousin, Hannah Burgos. Burgos is a designer, illustrator and writer based in San Francisco and New York, and is contributing to the event as a graphic designer and helping create certain props. “I made the huge stuffed vagina that appears in the film, which will also be at ‘Here She Comes,’” Burgos said in an email interview. However, Burgos said her primary contribution is as a writer, providing one of the five monologues that are set to be performed the night of the event. “We were all assigned to write the voices of very particular ‘period personalities’ (as in, create a character out of a period), whose stories would correlate to the women they belonged [to],” Burgos said. “Our job was to creatively parallel the stereotypical external behavior, physical condition, emotional expression and introspection of a woman on her period with events concurring

ASUCD president proposes to implement “happy classes”


UC Davis alumna Kristine Gerolaga poses with a colleague on set of her new film, “The Untitled Short Film About What It’s Like to be On Your Period.”

in her body.” Gerolaga said she wrote two of the monologues for the event herself, and will be performing in at least one of them. “I will actually be playing the archenemy period of a menstruating superhero,” Gerolaga said. Gerolaga, like others involved in the event, stressed the humorous aspects of the project, but said she also hopes to address serious issues in the production of the film she plans to complete after the crowdfunding effort. “It is a comedic short film about the rough relationship between a woman and her personified period, but it is ultimately about what it means to be a woman,” Gerolaga said. “The short film also challenges the typical period stereotypes we see in films and on television by trying to cover a range of monthly experiences with various funny characters.” Gerolaga’s ability to write

and perform characters in a way that parallels her desire to support greater diversity in film comes from her time spent at UC Davis. “People think I’m wasting my sociology degree, and I’m not. Acting is about understanding the human condition,” Gerolaga said. “Sociology and social psychology have given me a wealth of knowledge on all kinds of people and backgrounds that I continue to use today when shaping the characters that I’m playing. Without those specifics, I could fall into stereotypes or caricatures instead of three-dimensional human beings and I would definitely not be doing my job very well at that point.” Gerolaga and her colleagues involved in the project have high expectations for the event and film. “The show is going to be great,” Burgos said. “So much sweat and blood has been put in this project. Pun intended.” n

ASUCD President Carly Sandstrom is working to implement a course that promotes overall happiness on the UC Davis campus. According to Sandstrom, these “happy classes” are offered at other universities, including Harvard, Yale and Stanford. Students who enroll in these seminars have the opportunity to explore the idea of happiness and find various ways to achieve happiness without the stress of a grade or an excessive amount of homework. Sandstrom explained that the class would work to “de-stigmatize” mental health. “The hope is this could be a class that allows you to explore such an idea of happiness without being bound by a grade that could potentially harm your ability to de-stress and explore,” Sandstrom said. The course would be offered as a Pass/No Pass seminar and would be available to all grade levels. Sandstrom is currently working with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) faculty to find a way to implement this course and create a class that would fit in at the UC Davis campus. In addition to the psychological and counseling services offered at CAPS, this class would offer students a different type of forum to explore

personal happiness. The arrival date for this class is still to be determined, and the class will have to first be approved by Academic Senate before being offered on campus. According to Sandstrom, this type of class would be beneficial to UC Davis students because of the competitive and stressful nature of college and the expectations placed on students by their professors, peers and themselves. “UC Davis is becoming a more and more difficult university to get into as well as stay in,” Sandstrom said. “Many students face pressure from home, classmates, themselves, etc. and struggle to identify what makes them happy and what their definition of success is.” While this class is still in the early stages of research and gathering information, Sandstrom will continue to work on the idea in the hopes of the seminar being offered to UC Davis in the near future. “My hope is that this happiness class would shed light on the pressures that students face and take a proactive approach in helping students determine how to cope with that in a pragmatic way that takes away the stigma around seeking therapy or help,” Sandstrom said. — Laura Fitzgerald

Shifa Clinic aims to overcome linguistic, cultural barriers Student-run clinic offers free healthcare, helps educate immigrant communities about Obamacare

PAAYAL ZAVERI As she sits patiently in the waiting room, Gurbachan Samra, a 56-year-old Sacramento resident, chats with an acquaintance in Punjabi, her native tongue. They sit one chair apart against the tan-tinted walls of the clinic. When a doctor approaches her, Samra looks up and continues speaking in Punjabi while she explains the reason for her checkup. When the doctor understands and responds to her in the same language, a look of relief washes over Samra’s face. Samra and her husband, Satvinderpal Samra, are patients at Shifa Community Clinic, a free health clinic located at 419 V St. in downtown Sacramento. Shifa, meaning ‘to heal’ in Arabic, is a clinic that provides basic healthcare to the uninsured South Asian and Middle Eastern population of Sacramento. Like many of the patients at the clinic, Samra and her husband recently immigrated from India. And like many of the patients, Samra and her husband are without health insurance. Samra has been a patient at Shifa since she moved to California five years ago. She comes to the clinic to get check-ups and medication for high blood pressure and cholesterol. “Other doctors take fees and don’t do the tests or give prescriptions. Here it is easier to get help,” Samra said. Due the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in October 2013, Shifa Clinic

volunteers are trying to educate their patients about signing up for health insurance under California’s health exchange, Covered California. However, it remains to be seen if this coverage can provide the same type of culturally conscious care that Shifa Clinic already provides. Shifa Clinic operates with the combined efforts of volunteer doctors, UC Davis medical students and UC Davis undergraduate volunteers. The clinic is open Sundays and three Saturdays per month. Dr. Shagufta Yasmeen, the current medical director, founded the clinic in 2000 with the help of the neighboring mosque at 411 V St. It became affiliated with the UC Davis School of Medicine in 2005. Overcoming barriers Language barriers often arise as they see patients with language difficulties, in particular patients who speak Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Arabic, Bengali and Fijian. Rachel Naik, a Shifa Clinic volunteer and a fifth-year psychology and neurobiology, physiology and behavior double major, said breaking through that barrier is the first step to earning a patient’s trust. Naik recounted one instance when a patient who only spoke Urdu opened up to her because she was able to communicate with her in her native language. “Oddly enough, we shared a very similar history,” Naik said. “At the end of her appointment she gave me a hug and blessed me, just like a family member would; she then told me that she had not seen a doctor in seven years be-

cause she did not have insurance and because of the language barrier.” Supaksh Gupta, a second-year at the UC Davis School of Medicine and Shifa Clinic volunteer, said communication barriers often arise when discussing certain types of medical conditions. “Talking to the patients about things like depression or sexual history, it doesn’t translate as well and that makes it harder to discuss,” Gupta said. Manoj Prasad, a 32-year-old U.S. army soldier, has been bringing his mother-in-law Salima to the clinic because it is the only place where language and cultural barriers are more easily overcome. “When [my mother-in-law] came from India they couldn’t figure out her health insurance and then she found out about this place,” Prasad said. “It seems like the right place for her; there are no language barriers here.” Salima needs regular check-ups to monitor her blood sugar levels and refill her medications, and it wasn’t until she came to Shifa Clinic that she fully realized the extent of her condition, Prasad said. Additionally, Shifa is a nonprofit clinic and all patients are seen free of charge. Most of the clinic’s funds come from fundraisers and donations by mosques, and UC Davis gives funding for lab work, said Narine Abgaryan, a UC Davis School of Medicine student who volunteers at Shifa Clinic. Shifa Clinic allows anyone who needs basic medical help to become a patient, and the majority are recent immigrants who may

or may not be documented, said Harman Grewal, a Shifa Clinic volunteer and a fourth-year exercise biology major. “We see anyone, we don’t ask if they are documented or not,” Grewal said. Obamacare and immigrants Currently, Shifa Clinic is in the process of teaching their patients how to get coverage under California’s health exchange, Covered California. When Covered California enrollment started in October 2013, many Californians who were previously uninsured were able to enroll in health insurance for the first time. However, for immigrants there is a slight catch; all lawfullypresent immigrants are eligible for coverage, but undocumented immigrants are not eligible for health coverage under the federal health reform. According to an Oct. 17, 2013 article in India West, the U.S. is currently home to 540,000 undocumented South Asians, and 11 million undocumented people of all nationalities. Ellen Wu, executive director of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, a health advocacy organization based in the Bay Area, said that for those immigrants who are eligible the challenge lies in helping them understand how to get coverage in their own language. “We are making sure outreach and education efforts are culturally and linguistically appropriate,” Wu said in regard to her organization. Grewal said she has seen some patients experience difficulties because they don’t have access to a

computer with internet, struggle with using the website or are not proficient enough in English to go through the process. Shifa volunteers have discussed bringing in someone from Covered California to help educate patients, but it has not been put into motion yet, Grewal said. “I did meet a patient who said that she didn’t qualify for Obamacare. From what she told me of her family situation, I thought she would qualify for Medicaid,” Grewal said. According to Wu, under the federal health reform immigrants below a certain income level can qualify for MediCal. Covered California expands the MediCal program to allow those with incomes of less than $15,000 per year to qualify for coverage under MediCal. However, lawful permanent residents with less than a $15,000 annual income will not qualify for MediCal in California or Medicaid programs throughout the country before five years of residency in the country. New immigrants with less than five years’ residence in the U.S. will qualify for subsidized care if their income is between $16,000 and $45,000. While Shifa clinic volunteers are trying to teach patients how to get health coverage, Naik said these efforts will not hinder the work they already do. “We will be educating our patients and others who call to be patients at Shifa about Obamacare and how they can be covered,” Naik said. “That being said, Shifa will always be open to help serve our community.” n

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Opinion THE CALIFORNIA AGGIE e di tori al board

ELIZABETH ORPINA Editor in Chief CLAIRE TAN Managing Editor SCOTT DRESSER Campus News Editor PAAYAL ZAVERI City News Editor NAOMI NISHIHARA Features Editor TANYA AZARI Opinion Editor KYLE SCROGGINS Science Editor KENNETH LING Sports Editor CRISTINA FRIES Arts Editor BIJAN AGAHI Photography Editor EMMA LUK Copy Chief JANICE PANG Design Director JAMES KIM Art Director BRIAN NGUYEN New Media Manager RYAN HANSEN-MAFFET Business Manager TALIA MOYAL Advertisting Manager

letter from the editor Twelve months ago, former Editor in Chief Janelle Bitker published a Letter from the Editor that began with: “There will be no issue of The California Aggie outside your lecture the first day of Spring Quarter. Or the next day. Or the next day.” I never thought I’d be saying the same thing. The California Aggie is suspending its print edition and staff pay for Spring Quarter. As of today, everyone who works for The Aggie is a volunteer for a digital newspaper. We’ll still be publishing news online and updating our social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) as if we had a printed edition of our paper. Yes, the fee referendum passed — thanks to you. Yes, after a couple of weeks, the Office of the President finally has the Vice Chancellor and Chancellorapproved referendum. But guess

what: Spring Quarter tuition and fees have already been issued. In the language of the bill, it is explicitly stated that the funds would have come into play in the spring. The Aggie does not have enough money to continue printing or to pay its staff without going into a larger debt than anticipated. We fought the good fight during the campaign and got our referendum passed by the student population in the name of journalism. After a debilitating political quarter for The Aggie, we know that with the (hopefully) incoming fee, we have to prepare. And by eliminating expenses, we now have the time to reorganize the staff, approach projects we never had time for and have the conversations that need to happen with regard to the future of the paper. For the first time, The Aggie

will be able to train its incoming managing staff effectively, including an Editor in Chief that will hopefully be selected before the final week of this quarter. During this time, Campus Media Board will also be recruiting the professional business staff member we anticipate hiring with the incoming fee. It’s an extremely frustrating situation, but we’re not going to spend our time defeated and disappointed. It’s a bittersweet decision, and we hope we have your support. No newspaper should ever have to go through the political wringer that we went through and continue to experience. We hope that this situation never repeats itself within ASUCD or the UC Davis Administration. ELIZABETH ORPINA is open to questions and concerns at editor@

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he life of an opinion writer is not what you might expect. Sure there are the initial dreams of print-fame and glory (not really) coupled with the undying adoration that is to be expected from faithful and attentive readers (I remain hopeful). But these well-intending illusions of grandeur quickly give way to the more unassuming reality that is student journalism at a place like

The difficult part came in finding an adequate link to the Davis community in a column devoted almost exclusively to Latin American issue while fronting the aptly-named title of Latin Americanisms. UC Davis. It’s a job that is done for the love of journalism itself. When all is said and done, we columnists have it fairly easy. We write our thoughts (for better or worse), go through the editing process, and then wait patiently for that most glorious of days, print Thursday. Editors and non-Opinion writers (read: actual journalists — or anyone outside of the wondrous twilight zone that is the Opinion section) on the other hand tend to do the important work while allowing us to further indulge in our navel-gazing. For that, we thank you. Any column that deals with culture or its interweaving fabrics, be it art, sports, religion or crime — as this column has done — will have to inevitably broach questions of identity and belonging. This was something I fully expected when I signed up for the job. Partially because they are questions which have mediated my own college experience — along with informing issues I take interest in and would presumably write on — but also because they are questions which are universal. Anyone and everyone reaches a point in life where the issue of being an outsider in a strange land presents itself at once

as an insurmountable obstacle, and also as a mythical demon to be defeated (this one’s for you Joseph Campbell, wherever you are). Some might point to the trauma of the first day of school as a point where the divide between people first manifests (I’ve met some pretty insightful toddlers). Others might see leaving behind their homeland in search of a better future as the ultimate test in their lives. No matter the finer details, everyone can find common humanity in difference. This is the heart of community. While a place like Davis might not be as readily-identified with difference or cultural diversity as say, a city only a few miles away like Sacramento, as students of the world and as wide-eyed scholars it is our task (you’re not going to leave the crazed columnist shouting by himself are you) to invite discussion on cultural diversity and to work towards creating and maintaining the respect which it is owed. What I didn’t expect in this journey was the difficulty that came in exploring such issues. Recounting my thoughts on such and matter was not difficult. The difficult part came in finding an adequate link to the Davis community in a column devoted almost exclusively to Latin American issue while fronting the aptly-named title of Latin Americanisms. But this anxiety in topicality yielded something of a greater truth for me both as a writer and as an immigrant from Latin America. These are questions which millions of other immigrants from around the world have struggled to come to terms with in their own lives, and will undoubtedly continue to come to terms with as long as we continue living in an imperfect world (which seems to be for the foreseeable future). If after a quarter of columns you’ve yet to be convinced of a trip to Latin America, please contact JORGE JUAREZ at to let him know what he did wrong. Too much of a focus on drug violence? Too little focus on the poetics of Gucci Mane?



t’s officially the last week of Winter Quarter, which means that I only have one quarter left here at UC Davis — and only one quarter left of college. That’s terrifying. As difficult as this journey has been, it truly has been some of the best years of my life. And with that, please let me introduce you to my alter ego, Sappy Sarah. She’s spent some time reminiscing and here’s what she has to say: Being a transfer student is weird. I’ve

Combining my CCC and UC experiences has redefined the type of student I am. It has taught me that education truly does extend beyond the classroom. already graduated from college once, but I still can’t believe my time at UC Davis is almost up. As I think about my college experience coming to a close, I consider myself lucky to have had two very different college experiences. Each one taught me different, but irreplaceable, life lessons; lessons that I hope will bear influence on the rest of my life. As I prepare to graduate, I can’t help but think back to my community college graduation and reflect on my experiences at my CCC. Attending community college completely opened my eyes to my own prejudices, incorrect assumptions and limited scope. I entered community college thinking that I would be taking mind-numbingly easy classes, filled with high school dropouts, a dim future and a lonely experience. But what actually happened was quite different. My classes were filled with students who were on the cusp of resuscitating their lives. I met students who were transitioning from stay-at-home roles to bread-winners, teenagers who had finally been freed from the annoyingly clichéd constraints of high school and students who were avidly returning to school after losing their jobs and reorganizing their lives. I met people who were in transition and utilizing it to the best of their abilities. I truly was surrounded by a community of people just like me. Albeit, at times it was incredibly frustrat-

ing. Seemingly useless assignments and ineffective teachers annoyed me to my core as I balanced 15 units of classes and 30 hours of work per week. Feeling like I was attending a one-stepabove-high-school institution, I didn’t get it. How could I have both the best and worst of it? Now that I’m at a UC, I get it. I can also see that being a community college student and a UC student aren’t actually all that that different. In addition to still having really cool professors and a plethora of unnecessary assignments, the UC life has taught me the true meaning of “cram,” “prioritize” and “ambition.” UC Davis has taught me how to use my time in the most efficient way possible. 10 weeks feels like nothing, but somehow we manage to fill it with the seemingly most insane standards possible — standards that reinforce the diligent work ethic my CCC taught me. UC Davis has taught me that I don’t need to do every single reading or assignment in a given class (please don’t tell my professors!) — a far cry from the type-A community college student I had been. Combining my CCC and UC experiences has redefined the type of student I am. It has taught me that education truly does extend beyond the classroom. I never thought I’d see the day that I found Shakespeare’s work pertinent to my life, but here I am finding my life filled with chiasmuses and soliloquies — well, really, just me babbling on and on about my life. So, ultimately, college has taught me 5 things: 1. I should never walk into anything with a limited scope of possibilities. 2. I will almost always be surprised by the people that surround me; with their potential, determination and accomplishments. 3.There will always be unnecessary assignments of sorts in life. It’s not about being exact, it’s about being efficient; not focusing too much on the scope of any one thing, but applying it to every aspect of my life and absorbing as much of it as I can. 4. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl, but all play and no work makes Sarah a dumb girl. Balancing work and fun is key. 5. I can always manage to one-up previous Sappy Sarahs. If you want add to Sappy SARAH MARSHALL’s list of college life lessons, email her at! You can also follow her writing at

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Stimulating Reading

Food Solutions




here are lots of ways of understanding the universe. I always see Life & Style magazines everywhere, and I realize that those are pictures of how I am supposed to comprehend life. I make this hypothesis based on supply and demand. American society will be given the type of philosophy it craves, much in the same way a mother might feed her developing preschooler boxed macaroni and cheese, Doritos, and ice cream every night. Clearly, these glossy pages of gossip are how people want to think about humanity, and they are so provided.

I want to hear about cheating wives, murder and self-indulgent complaining. I admittedly enjoy stories about those things. However, for the sake of everything that isn’t social media and supermodels, I would like to propose an alternative. I proposition that we understand the universe not in the way that only satisfies our simulation-hungary id. I suggest a thing called reading. I can watch Girls and get a solid look at bourgeois, white, indie kids who live in New York City. I receive this with a grain of nudity, well-placed clothing shout-outs and background music. Then again, I could also read Catcher in the Rye and stay on the same theme of melancholy, hedonistic griping about privilege. In that case, I would have a small book that smelt of cigarettes for which I paid $1 from the local SPCA thrift store. However, in watching the Catcher In the Rye movie that played in my mind while I was reading, I was the director, philosopher and general decision maker. I decided if the characters had big or small noses, what their accents were, how the houses looked. I was basically Lena Dunham. I can watch Nas rap about colonialism on YouTube and see cute little kids sing along to a track about a history of oppression with “Für Elise” playing shyly for four and a half minutes. I could also pick up a copy of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. It would take me about a week to experience an insignificantly small portion of the horror that went on in Nigeria and I could feel culture, passion, rage, confusion and em-

pathy for something that I can’t even really understand. I can’t even be personally connected to these experiences, but the book can make me feel emotions to such an extent that I get frustrated with my own skin color. It makes me think to myself, should I feel guilty? I can flip go through the pictures of what people wore at the Oscars and be amazed at the ornateness of the dresses, how regal money can make people look and how different I look from the units of perfection I see before me. On the other hand, I could read The Great Gatsby and get to go to incredible parties myself, albeit in my head, and have love affairs with the characters I read before me. Instead of comparing myself to a picture without context of character, morality or circumstance, I get to experience the tumultuous situation of love, isolation and money. In comparison, staring at pictures of expensive dresses might make me feel vapid and empty. I can turn on any “Real Housewives” episode and be entrenched in gossip and betrayal fed to me through the bodies of unsophisticated pseudo-actors on the fame train. They will no doubt be beautiful and rich, probably dependent on their husbands with so little work experience that they are uncomfortably intrigued by their maids. Instead, however, I could hear a maid tell a heart wrenching tale of love, loss, fortune and magic in Wuthering Heights. I can imagine my own version of what a beautiful, rich, dependent person looks like. Moreover, I don’t have to forcibly forget that everything I see on my TV screen is actually scripted. No, my delightfully deceitful characters have an acknowledged team of screenwriters, that being Emily Brontë and I. What I mean to conclude is simply that there exist ways of getting our animalistic fixes. I want to hear about cheating wives, murder and self-indulgent complaining. I admittedly enjoy stories about those things. That being said, these stories can be sold in much less simple ways. Reading is one of the few ways that humans can both learn about the universe and create their own universe using their minds. There is a time and a place for everything, I would just encourage everyone to make sure that picking up a book is one of them. Thank you to everyone who read my column this quarter, to The Aggie for giving me this incredible opportunity and to all past, present and future authors. To read with EREN KAVVAS, you can email her at or read along at her blog, atlas4wanderingminds.


f you gaze into the depths of the food system too long, you might begin feeling dizzy. It can make a person uneasy to learn about and recognize the inequality and privilege related to the ways we get (or are unable to get) our food. While the maze-like relationships between all the actors within the food system usually serve to confuse, disenchant or even perturb us, they also offer opportunity. Untangling this mess requires innovative and creative ideas that address the root cause of problems. One opportunity we have is to learn how to grow food, again. Only 100

Gardening can be as easy as potting your favorite herb or watering a tomato start. For those looking for ways to dirty their fingernails and soil-stain their knees. years ago, 90 percent of folks in the U.S. farmed. Only four generations later, and less than 2 percent of us do. Such a shift has essentially eliminated the knowledge and connection we have with our food. Cultivation is an activity that can bring us back to not only our own roots, but to humanity’s roots. Cultivation, the act of caring for the land, can reveal more than just knowledge of plants. It can help bring food politics into perspective. By planting and harvesting food, we are contextualizing what and how we eat. Understanding California’s current drought is easier when you see your own garden shriveled and wilted.You can grow on your apartment balcony, in your backyard or on campus. Gardening can be as easy as potting your favorite herb or watering a tomato start. For those looking for ways to dirty their fingernails and soil-stain their knees, try tending a plot at the Experimental College gardens or volunteering at the Student Farm on campus. Both will provide the opportunity to experiment, make mistakes and look at our food differently. We can also gain perspective by actively working to remove the blindfold that obscures need and hunger within the food system. For some, this blindfold never existed or was removed long ago. For others, removing the blindfold starts with realizing we are wearing one to begin with. The number one cause of hunger in our own country, and worldwide,

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found. The other officers put C’s companion, an African Muslim student (whom we shall refer to as “P”), in the back of the second squad car and came over to help search C. They forced him onto the ground with his hands cuffed behind his back. He was shouting in pain, and they tasered him. He had five officers on top of him as they tried to remove his backpack, go through his pockets, and take his shoes. When he got up there was blood on the sidewalk from the police beating him to submission. They put him in the squad car, and waited until the fire department and an ambulance arrived. Another passerby saw the incident and asked what was going on. He tried to talk to P but one of the cops said “It’s against the law to talk to prisoners,” and told him to leave. This is a lie and an abuse of police power to intimidate the public. A medical examination was performed on C. The paramedics gave him a neck brace and put him on a stretcher; they moved him to the

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An Incident of Hate Linda P.B. Katehi recently mentioned via email that she would like to hear about hate crimes occurring on our campus. To stop further hate crimes, I demand that she disband police patrols, stop student surveillance and fire Officer S.R. Terry. The following occurred Thursday, March 6 between 7:15 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Orchard Park Road. I heard shouting outside on the street. I went outside and saw two police cars and a police bicycle; five cops total. A Hispanic male student (whom we shall refer to as “C”) was being held in front of the nearest car with two police officers trying to question him. He was not cooperating and was shouting that his rights were being violated. He was demanding to speak to a lawyer, shouting for help. I later found out that he and his companion had been stopped because they were smoking Swisher Sweets, and Officer S.R. Terry allegedly smelled marijuana. Though even after a thorough search of both victims and the premises, it was not evident that any was actually

is inequality. A popular phrase within the food movement is “food deserts,” or places where folks lack adequate physical access to healthy food. Some critics retorted that “food deserts” are more akin to “money deserts.” Food that is physically accessible is not always financially accessible. To address this issue on campus, students formed The Pantry, which serves as a resource to fight against the rising costs of education by providing highprotein, non-perishable foods to any UC Davis student in need. Clubs, sororities, fraternities and other student groups can volunteer to “Adopt-a-week” by volunteering staffing hours. The Pantry isn’t the only food bank creatively reaching out to communities in need. The Food Bank of Yolo County is addressing hunger through youth programs. They offer the Kids Farmers Market, an after-school program that not only educates children about nutrition but provides them a minimum of 10 pounds of free produce to take home once a week. The program treats children as partners in addressing food access, education and nutrition in a meaningful way. Varied perspectives can influence large-scale laws and regulations that support a just food system. Recently, Michelle Obama announced a revamped nutritional label for all packaged foods that accurately conveys health information to consumers. The proposed changes correct the cunning ways food corporations have manipulated information for decades. The new label would require differentiating between naturally occurring sugars (such as those derived from fruits) and added sugars (such as high fructose corn syrup). Serving sizes would also change to reflect actual consumption and container size. For example, a 12-ounce and 20-ounce soda are both considered one serving size, because the entire bottle is usually drunk in one sitting. Labels would also be required to list nutrition information for “one serving” as well as “servings in this container.” Large, powerful companies like PepsiCo and Coca-Cola are obviously unhappy with the changes — and they should be. They profit off of misinformation. Thankfully, large scale changes are beginning to reflect the increased awareness and concern around food system issues.

ambulance and drove away escorted by the first police car. The paramedics also wiped up the blood from the sidewalk. The second car stayed behind and the officers searched the area. While P was in the car, I heard the bike cop S. R. Terry make several racial slurs including “He’s shouting jihad” (in reference to P speaking in Arabic). Eventually they let P out of the squad car and had him sign a citation for marijuana possession, even though he had none. Two police officers approached me separately to ask if I had witnessed anything; I refused to speak to them. The second car and the bike cop left with no sign of the injustice that had been committed except a small drop of blood that the paramedics missed. With the law on their side, it seems like the police are entitled to do whatever they want. I feel powerless, I’m scared, and I don’t feel safe around the people who are supposedly here to protect and serve. n

Third-year ethnomusicology graduate student and SAS 42 teaching assistant, Sarah Messbauer, said she also has a passion for science and that she wants to encourage students to venture outside of their comfort zone with this course. “It’s really important to work across disciplines and learn how to think outside of the box no matter what field you’re in,” Messbauer said. “Life isn’t in these neat little categories, life is all mixed up, so the more that you’re able to make connections across fields, the better off you’ll be in life.” The course will have its final project showcase on March 14 in the Nelson Gallery. The show will consist of students’ original and adapted compositions and will cover the scientific topics they’ve discussed during the quarter. The show starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free. n



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UC Davis ranks first in the world for agriculture, forestry Students, faculty, staff take pride in recognition

ALYSSA VANDENBERG QS World University Rankings, an organization that annually ranks universities in 30 subject areas, recently ranked UC Davis No. 1 in the world for teaching and research in agriculture and forestry for the second consecutive year. UC Davis was also ranked in the top 15 for environmental sciences and in the top 35 for civil and structural engineering. UC Davis’ College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has more than 6,200 undergraduate students in 27 majors, as well as more than 1,000 graduate students. Additionally, more than 3,000 acres of the UC Davis campus are dedicated to agricultural research. “I think we received the ranking because of a combination of things,” said Helene Dillard, dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “The research and the teaching is top-notch, and that was very well-recognized in the ranking.” QS World University Rankings looks at a multitude of sources to determine the rankings, including the universities’ academic reputation, studentto-faculty ratio and research output. Daniel A. Sumner, the UC Davis director of the University of California (UC) Agricultural Issues Center, believes that UC Davis’ extensive programs make the University stand out in these fields. “We have breadth … whether you go to the plant sciences or animal or agricultural departments you would find premiere fields,” Sumner said. “Across the board we are

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strong, from everything to food science to plant science to environmental science.” Sumner credits the ranking to UC Davis’ high-quality work in a range of fields within the department and the participation in projects worldwide, including places like China, Africa and Latin America. Though appreciative of the recognition, professors and staff are already looking towards future plans for the department. “We’re doing a lot on the environment,” Dillard said. “Where we’re going to be heading is, how do we grow and prepare that food in an environmentally sustainable way? How can we leave the smallest footprint possible on the environment? I see us as being the leaders in that in the future.”

Dillard also said that there is going to be increasing levels of multi-disciplinary works and collaborations with other colleges within the UC Davis system, such as the medical center, veterinary school and engineering school. “Issues of enormous importance [to focus on] include how to ensure there is sufficient nutritious food for the next two billion people in the coming 40 years, how to adapt to climatic changes causing both droughts and floods, as well as how to change our dependency on fossil fuels and how to manage and conserve water,” said Jan Hopmans, an associate dean in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and also a professor in the Department of Land, Air

and Water Resources. According to Hopmans, the recognition will have positive effects on UC Davis. “To have this ranking brings more international students to our campus,” Hopmans said. “This brings more diversity to our campus, and could encourage our California students to study abroad as well.” Some students also agree that the rankings provide them with a sense of pride for UC Davis. “It gives me confidence that I am in good hands here at UC Davis because I am part of a strong program that will continue to thrive in the coming years,” said first-year Melinda Wang, an environmental policy, analysis and planning major. “I know that there are numerous resources pertaining to my field

of study that I may utilize and contribute to during my time here.” According to Dillard, the rankings reaffirm the success UC Davis students and staff have reached through their focus and research and serve as a benchmark from which to improve. “We’re really happy that we have the rankings, not so much from being a number one school, but because it gives us a feel of how we’re doing,” Dillard said. “It feels good because it recognizes all the hard work of our faculty, students and staff. It recognizes the hard work people are doing every day in outreach and extension. It’s a real proud moment that our school and college are being recognized.” n

Online courses expand opportunities for students UC Online, UC Davis online classes give more options to undergrads

MELISSA DITTRICH Options for online classes are increasing both on the UC Davis campus and within the UC system. One of these options is UC Online, a system that allows professors from all seven of the UC schools to teach the classes they specialize in over the internet. According to Shelly Meron, a UC Online spokesperson, the UC Online classes are developed for UC students to enhance their undergraduate education. Meron said that the feedback received from students has been very positive. Some students have been able to take online courses that they would not have been able to fit into their schedules otherwise. “These classes are primarily for UC undergraduate students,” Meron said via email. “This program aims to give more flexibility in terms of student learning, expand access to high-demand and gateway courses and help our students progress toward getting their degrees.” Although the classes are aimed to teach UC students, students from other colleges and from high schools can also

take the classes. The cost is free for UC enrolled students but costs a certain amount per unit for any students outside of the UC system. The classes range from writing courses and computer science classes to those on global climate change. The platform allows students to watch the lectures at their leisure and only leave the online format when they have to take an inperson test. Anthony Tromba and Frank Bauerle, two UCSC professors teaching Math 19A: Calculus for Science, Engineering and Mathematics, said they have had an enjoyable time teaching the course online. They said that during their time teaching the course in-person, they have only seen a small handful of students come to physical office hours. However, communication through the online chat rooms has shown to be a success. “Students can talk and comment anonymously through the chat room,” Tromba said. “It’s led to a dramatic increase in communication between faculty and students.” Tromba and Bauerle said that with classes getting larger, online courses are a good alternative. In the online course,

the students and professors still have a chance to interact over the internet as if it was a one-on-one situation. “Given the fact that we do not have 30 to 40-student classes anymore, this is an appropriate solution,” Bauerle said. Nutrition 10: Discoveries and Concepts in Nutrition (NUT 10), a popular general education course for the UC Davis campus, is a class that has gained more acclaim since it was put into an online format for Winter Quarter 2014. Dr. Elizabeth Applegate, who teaches NUT 10 both in-person and online, said that teaching the course on both mediums has allowed more students to enroll. Applegate said that one advantage to the online course is that students are able to watch the lectures when they want for a week after they come out. She also said that the technology has worked well and there have not been any problems with the equipment: one main camera and two backups. “Working with the online format has been really positive,” Applegate said. According to Applegate, the scores on midterms have been better by about one point for the online students than the inperson students.

Krista Sowell, a TA for NUT 10, said she has seen an increase in communication between herself and students through online forums. “Some students may feel like they can’t come up to a TA in person,” Sowell said. “I feel like I’ve had more contact with students through virtual methods.” Sowell said that students have perceived the online course very positively. She said she is glad that NUT 10 has been able to reach more students because of the higher enrollment that the online course allows. “I just hope they’re still getting the NUT 10 experience,” Sowell said. Applegate said she spoke with California Governor Jerry Brown and student regents about making NUT 10 an online-only and UC Online course. The hope is to get the course up and running for the UC Online system sometime next year. “I want to get it right first at UC Davis,” Applegate said. Registration for most UC Online courses began on March 3 and will end on March 30. NUT 10 will be offered online again for Spring Quarter and is currently open for registration. n



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moment of my life.

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history side of it, and there was an earthquake in D.C. It was the first earthquake I’ve ever been in — strange, having been born and raised in California — and it was really scary because we thought it was a terrorist attack.You wouldn’t think there would be an earthquake in Washington D.C. and the ground started to shake, [and] because we were at the National Mall, all the guards started freaking out, and all these automatic gates were closing, and they had to hold them open and we were being forced to run out of the building. So that was probably the scariest

5. Favorite aspect of yourself? That’s so hard. I think it’s so easy at 20 to hate everything about yourself, and not love yourself enough. Probably I guess my tenacity. I think when I’m stuck in a really bad situation, and everything seems to be going wrong, I’m good about fighting and going on. 6. What does YOLO mean to you personally? I guess the meaning of YOLO is just to embrace every day and live it to its fullest — but, I don’t know. I think a lot of people are gonna start dying whenever they say YOLO, because I know whenever I make a really risky driving move

6. What is your favorite movie, and why it is your favorite? My favorite movie for a very odd reason is Spy Kids, the really young kid movie, because my cousins were in it. So I was able to go to the red carpet.You have to love a movie that you were on the red carpet for.

from high school to college? Did you face any challenges? I faced a huge challenge. My graduating class was 37 kids, so to go from 37 to 5,000 in my grade alone was a huge transition. It took me a little bit; it took me a quarter to get on my feet. I found a core group of friends and we’ve kind of stuck together and that became my little family, from like high school almost.Then from there I webbed out and I expanded.The transition took at least a quarter to about the whole freshman year. I figured it out and we’re doing well now.

7. How was your transition

8. If you got to invite three

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cover who they are because they want to fit a certain norm.

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lower the energies of a wide range of technologies and provide a solution to lower the costly price of cooling large scale datacenters. Professor Charles Fadley, a member of the UC Davis Physics Department, has recently worked with holographic imaging of atoms using a technique called photoelectron holography in his research. “The research is very interesting, and the arguments they make for the possibility of future developments beyond the simple 2-bit device they have demonstrated are reasonable.

I say YOLO. I could see people being like “YOLO, gonna drop off this dangerous height” and then dying from it, which is pretty ironic. 7. What is your favorite social media network? I’m on a lot of different social media things, just to promote my blog because I’m nerdy like that, but I like Facebook because it’s interacting with people and forming new relationships. I also like Twitter. I think people use Twitter like a diary, and they share a lot of intimate things — I definitely do this myself — and people forget that other people are reading their Twitters. So you can learn a lot about them just from looking at their tweets. people (dead or alive) over for dinner, whom would you choose? It changes on a daily basis, which is the hard part.Today it would probably be Alton Brown, he is a TV show host. He was on a show called “Good Eats,” and I’m really into baking. I want to make my own bakery one day; it’s kind of my goal, so to sit and talk to him about his career [and any] tips he could give me would be amazing. I’d probably want to talk to Abraham Lincoln. Just because there are so many stories and rumors about him and that time period. I’d really like to know what he was thinking

But it’s difficult to say at this point whether real technological applications to data storage will result,” Fadley said. The team’s research and improvements to their prototype are ongoing. Future developments include finding a superior material suitable for spin wave use, minimizing the size and energy in exciting spin waves and continued research of the potential of their device. “The main objective of our work is to demonstrate a holographic co-processor, which can be integrated within the conventional digital processors … We also need to scale down the operating wavelength and make these devices smaller in order to build a practical device,” Khitun said. n

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You can also follow celebrities, which I’m really into doing. 8. Historically speaking, which era of history is most appealing to you? Probably the American Revolution, just because my parents are originally from New England, so growing up we went into Boston a lot.We did a lot of the Freedom Trail things where like “Oh, this is the church where Paul Revere rang the bell to say ‘the British are coming.’”You can see where Sam Adams is buried and cool things like that, so I think it was really impressionable growing up. My mom is from a small town in Massachusetts and they have a colonial part of the town, where you pay from his point of view.The third one … I’m going to say my mother. If I were having this experience, I’d want to share it with her. 9. How would you like to be remembered? A tangible thing would be my bakery. I already have my name for it and I already have recipes. They’re all in my head and they’re not written down anywhere. I do a lot of baking in the kitchen with cakes, cupcakes and cookies. My brother does cake decorating, so we kind of want to do a family business where I bake it and he decorates it. It would be really cute,

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Just as a car is only built to last a certain amount of miles, a battery is only built to last a certain amount of charge cycles. For example, charging from 70 percent to 100 percent is one cycle. “Most people, when they have battery issues, it will be because it was left charging for much longer than it should be at a single time period,” Robertson said. According to Robertson, if you leave your laptop charging for too long your battery will get to full charge, which is one cycle, then use a bit then charge it back up again. Depending on how long you keep it plugged in, this will result in more cycles than you should have.

to go in, and all these people are dressed up in colonial New England [outfits], and they’re churning butter and living in these small houses and stuff. So that’s probably the most interesting time period for me. 9. Which Hogwarts house would you be sorted into? I’ve actually never read Harry Potter. I watched all the movies, but they don’t really explain the houses that in-depth in the movies. I’ve taken a few of the quizzes online just because all your friends do it, so I have the fear of being left out, but it always says, I think, Hufflepuff? But I have no idea why I’d be in it because I’ve never read Harry Potter. n and he’d be a barista. If I could make that a franchise and make it really yummy — and make a healthier version of dessert — if that went on for years, I wouldn’t complain. People don’t understand the science behind baking. If you put one ingredient before another, it completely changes the taste. Nobody really gets that. If the eggs are room temperature or if they are refrigerated, it can change the entire thing. It’s detailed enough where you can always change it, but it’s also simplistic enough where anyone can really do it. I’ve wanted to do it since I was five years old. n

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States and all over the world, even outside of India. There are a lot of classically trained dancers.” Bharatanatyam involves a lot of skill and endless practice. Many group members have been dancing since they were children and each brings a slightly different style to the team. “The thing with the dance form that we do is that it requires a certain amount of training beforehand. All the girls on the team have been trained for a couple of years. Most of them have at least 10 years’ experience,” Palacherla said. The group name “Sunatya”

means “graceful dance.” The team have been promoting the showcase through their Facebook page, website and also in the community. They will be tabling on the Quad this week. “There are a lot of Indian community organizations so we’ll be reaching out to them. We’re all from different dance schools so we’ve been asking our teachers to tell their students to come [to the show],” Palacherla said. Anisha Rajavel, a third-year biochemistry major, captains Sunatya with fellow UC Davis student Ahalya Prakash. Rajavel has been dancing for 13 years. “[The captains] are in charge of choreographing all the dance moves. Our modern influence is primarily the music. We gen-

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Another change to the facility will be an increase in technology training sessions. While the previous TechHub held a few technology training sessions, Lorgan predicts the increase in visibility of the new facility would allow more students to be aware of these programs. “We had technology training before, but we just hope to expand that program. Sometimes that involves bringing the vendors in,“ Lorgan said. “So maybe Apple comes in and does demonstrations on how to maximize the use of the iPad, or it could be that Adobe comes in to demonstrate how their software works. That kind of thing.” In addition to an increase in product selection and technology training sessions, Lorgan wants students to become more aware that the TechHub covers computer repairs as well. Lorgan chose to hold the grand opening of the TechHub strategically on the first day of Spring Quarter. “Our grand opening will be March 31, which is the first day of Spring Quarter and it’s the busiest time in the bookstore,” Lorgan said. “There’ll be more people in the vicinity, more people than normal, so they’ll actually get to see the store because it’s a very high traffic period.” Early student reaction to the new TechHub has been positive. “I actually do like that it’s bigger. It’s good that there are more products there,” said Ahalya Prakash, a third-year microbiology major. “It’s a lot better than having a smaller one inside the bookstore.” For Song Kim, a third-year civil en-

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years as a physical therapist. [There were] a lot of babies who didn’t grow up to be adults and [I] watched families go through that,” Lesah said. “I love to see the kids doing it because the kids that are giving up their hair are normalizing for those who are going through chemotherapy that there are many reasons you would be walking around with a bald head.” They were both personally affected by cancer as March 8 marked the 25th anniversary of Josh’s grandmother’s death from cancer. “A good portion of our family on [my mom’s] side didn’t make it to meet me and my brother,” Josh said. “[Shaving your head] is something that takes very little and gives a whole lot.” KRM, which manages head shaving fundraisers at the Westfield Galleria in Roseville and also at both de Vere’s Irish Pubs in Sacramento and Davis, among other events, seeks to not only raise funds but also to raise awareness about childhood cancer, according to Dana Pearson, development coordinator of KRM. According to St. Baldrick’s, every three minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer and only four percent of federal funding is allocated to childhood cancer research. “Our mission is to focus on the family as a whole and we provide them with emotional, educational and financial support from the moment their child is diagnosed and referred to us [by local hospitals] and then from there we have a family navigator who stays with them through their cancer journey,” Pearson said. “About 96 percent of our families are low-income so they can’t afford to do [certain leisure activities] on a normal day, and when their child turns up with childhood cancer it knocks their income in half or even more than that

erally keep the choreography traditional,” Rajavel said. Classical Indian dancing is already popular on the East Coast, and there are several large competitions such as Laasya. Rajavel and Prakash first decided to put on the show last Spring Quarter. Davis Dheem Tana 2014 is the first showcase to be held on the West Coast and will see several competitive college dance teams come together to raise cultural awareness in the Davis community. “Two of the teams that are coming [to dance in the show] placed second and third at one of the biggest competitions on the East Coast. I’m really excited to dance at the same show as them,” Rajavel said. Ritika Johal, a fourth-year neurobiology major, has been

gineering major, the TechHub has improved greatly by adopting a more modern design. “It looks a lot like the Apple store when you go in. You get a sense of that environment. It’s more of a tech hub now,” Kim said. “It feels a little more fancy, a little more luxurious, that kind of feeling.” However, Jonas Viernes, a first-year biochemistry and molecular biology major, does not see a huge difference between the new and old facility. “I don’t really feel that it’s that much bigger than the old one,” Viernes said. “I’m kind of indifferent to moving the location. It doesn’t really matter to me. As long as they’re selling the same stuff at least and they don’t have to downsize on the products they have, I’m fine.” In addition to relocating the TechHub, the bookstore will undergo other significant changes during the MU renovations. According to Lorgan, additional space will be recovered from the store through removing 16 offices currently located in the bookstore and turning them into retail space. Those offices will be moved to the fourth floor in the MU, which is currently undergoing renovations to create space for additional employees. One of the major changes to the bookstore will include changing the entrances to abide to the current fire code. Because the current entrance of the bookstore is both the emergency exit of the store and the MU, Lorgan said the bookstore exit had to be changed in order to divide the number of people going through that single exit. According to Lorgan, the current entrance will be closed off, and a window and two new exits will be created. One sometimes. So it’s really important for us to be there. For financial assistance, providing $500 to someone who’s lost both their jobs is vital and can help them out immensely for the time being.” Based in Roseville, KRM’s creation in 1998 was inspired by the loss of 5-year-old Keaton Raphael to neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system. After noticing the lack of resources available to those in their situation, parents Robyn and Kyle Raphael founded KRM to specifically aid families through cancer battles. According to White, Robyn Raphael was instrumental in starting the St. Baldrick’s events in the area, initially reaching out to his father, who works at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, to coordinate a fundraising event. “If your kid came down with cancer and you had a mortgage payment [Raphael] would find you a mortgage payment,” White said. “If you couldn’t read the insurance paperwork she’d help you navigate the system. If your kid needed a teddy bear a teddy bear was brought to the hospital.” After seeing the success of his father and Raphael’s fundraising initiative at the UC Davis Cancer Center, White recalled that though St. Baldrick’s was established in 2005 as an independent foundation, it originally began as a head shaving challenge among colleagues in a Jim Brady’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Manhattan in 2000. Twelve years later, St. Baldrick’s had reached its $100 million mark in research grant funding. White asked his father to move the event to the pub, and he agreed under one stipulation: out-fundraise his previous effort. “As my dad will admit, people like going to the pub and they like having a beer while they do it and they like rooting their friends and family on,” White said. “Obviously, I’m bald so [I can’t shave]. But this year we did a toy drive and instead I dressed up like an Oompa Loompa, so that

a part of the Davis branch of Visions Global Empowerment since 2011. “My role as president basically includes coming up with new fundraising ideas. We have a Visions member, Ahalya [on the dance team]. She has been with us for two years, so we thought it would be perfect to partner up,” Johal said in a phone interview. The partnership with the Davis branch of Visions Global Empowerment has worked well. “We are completely nonprofit and we want to do our part for the community. Visions tends to [help people in] the place where Bharatanatyam comes from. [Visions] also have lots of events experience,” Rajavel said. The dancers wear traditional

will be created by the corner near the new TechHub and ATMs and the other will be in the middle facing Freeborn Hall. Both exits require students to enter from outside the MU. Additionally, the lockers at the front of the bookstore will be removed, and two fitting rooms will be added to the retail area. According to Lorgan, this is the first time the bookstore has been remodeled since 1989. “A lot of people ask us for fitting rooms so they can try something on and we don’t have any,” Lorgan said. So we’re excited that we’re going to have two fitting rooms.” During the nine months before bookstore renovations actually begin, Lorgan said the bookstore will expand its clothing selection into the TechHub’s old space. Before the TechHub moved to its current location, that space was previously used for the MU Station Computer Lab, which was relocated to Wellman Hall in November. Another major change to the bookstore includes its recent partnership with Amazon. According to Lorgan, UC Davis is the only university in the nation with this unique relationship. As part of the partnership, Amazon recently installed two Amazon Locker systems at the MU and the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) for students to order items and have them safely delivered and securely stored at these locations when ready for pick-up. According to Lorgan, ordering packages via the Amazon Locker system will ensure students’ packages will not be stolen if students are unavailable during the time of delivery. There are currently 66 lockers beway I could show I’ll do anything for kids, I’ll do anything to help.” However, behind the lighthearted socializing and fundraising is a serious cause. Pearson said that the St. Baldrick’s events are where the fundraised research dollars come in.Those dollars go to research locally at Raman Project Center for Biophotonics, the Pediatric Clinical Trials Program and the Novel Targeted Therapy for Childhood Cancers, all here at UC Davis. Nationally, all of these organizations work toward finding a cure. “My mom is a breast cancer survivor and my good friend passed away last year from breast cancer. This job [with KRM] came around that same time, so it was like a calling for me,” Pearson said. “I was in sales before this so it was just, get the sale and move on, but with this it’s passionate and for a great cause and it’s wonderful to know we come to work every day to make a difference in these childrens’ lives and their families.” White had similar experiences and sentiments about the issue. “People have a way of associating [cancer] as an old person thing and [think] they will never get it,”White said,“but when my friend who I went to high school with passed away on her




tween the two buildings — 44 at the MU and 22 at the ARC. Lorgan anticipates expanding the lockers into other buildings as the program moves forward. In order to pick up a package, students will enter their order number into the system, which will unlock the corresponding locker number holding the package. After delivery, students have 72 hours to pick up their package before it is returned back to Amazon for a refund. According to Lorgan, when students enter their Davis zip code, Amazon will immediately alert the customer that there is an Amazon Locker near them and if they wish for their package to be delivered there. If ordered through the system, Amazon will also immediately recognize the customer as an Amazon Student, giving the benefit of free twoday shipping. An Amazon Locker launch party was held on March 11 and 12 at the MU to showcase the new system and give away free items to those who experimented with it. “We’re the only university in the country that has the pilot with Amazon right now. They chose us for a variety of reasons that we’re very proud about,” Lorgan said. After working closely with the Student Advisory Council on the conception of the TechHub, Lorgan urges students to provide their feedback on the new facility on their website before its grand opening on March 31. “We welcome student comments because this is a work in progress,” Lorgan said. We would love to hear advice. We built that for students. We want to hear from students. It’s not our idea; it’s the students’ ideas.”  35th birthday when she beat cancer [previously] then it came back and it decimated her, it was really hard to look at your friend who’s extremely healthy and watch them go through that. And if you’re a parent, which I am, and you have to look at your 7-year-old and explain to them why they’re hurting or why they might not get better or why they might not see their next birthday, everyone can agree that that shouldn’t happen.That’s not fair.” White further said that the participation for his Davis event has not been half the size of his Sacramento event, which he has hosted for six years. However, with the community vibe of Davis, he sees lots of potential to further support this cause. “Out here [in Davis] it hasn’t really picked up the way that it has in Sacramento,” White said. “My challenge for next year is [finding] who at UC Davis can help me recruit people to do this, who can help drum up more teams and help me find ways to engage the community to participate. We’re just a couple bartenders who opened up a pub that people have embraced, and since we have access to people and have a venue where they can meet at, it’s the least we could do for our father’s dream to cure cancer. This is our mission every year.” n




costumes which are adjusted to make them easier to dance in. Each team will have eight minutes to perform, and each dance follows a storyline. The showcase will appeal to all audiences and no previous knowledge of Bharatanatyam is necessary. “You don’t have to be Indian [to watch the show]. Each team has a video to introduce their stories so you don’t have to know anything about the dance before coming,” Rajavel said. Davis Dheem Tana 2014 will begin at 5 p.m. at the Richard Brunelle Performance Hall on March 29. Tickets bought in advance are $10 for students and $15 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased online at davisdheemtana2014. n


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RYAN REED The UC Davis men’s basketball squad started off their season with high hopes, winning three of their first five contests. Since that point, they struggled with injuries, absences and a general lack of size and will now be sitting out of the Big West Conference Tournament. The Aggies took their first hit before the season even started, losing junior forward J.T. Adenrele to a season-ending knee injury. Adenrele averaged 12.6

points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in the 2012-13 season, while giving UC Davis a consistent big defensive presence. With Adenrele out for the season and forward Ryan Howley graduated, the Aggies were already missing their top two rebounders from a year ago. When senior forward Josh Ritchart was lost for the year after nine games, they were left with too little size to compete in the Big West. Ritchart was nothing short of dominant in his nine games with the Aggies, scoring 17.3 points per game on 63.2 percent shoot-

ing, while also averaging 6.6 rebounds per game. His absence left a significant hole both on offense and on the boards, one that coach Les struggled to fill. Much of the offensive pressure fell to junior guard Corey Hawkins, who performed admirably given the situation. He scored 18 points per game on 44 percent shooting, while dealing with much more significant defensive pressure on him every game. Senior guard Ryan Sypkens also averaged double-figure points, with 11.4 per game, while

shooting 41.5 percent from beyond the arc. Defense proved to be the bigger problem, as the Aggies were left with only three forwards after junior forward Iggy Nujic left the team for personal reasons. Sophomore forward Justin Dueck, who did not play in 11 out of the first 18 games of the season, played double-digit minutes in the last 13 games of the season. Likewise, the team relied more heavily on junior forward Clint Bozner who continued to improve throughout the year. The good news for the Ag-

gies is that they will only lose one player, Sypkens, to graduation and will get back both Adenrele and Ritchart.They also saw consistent production from two freshmen, guard Brynton Lemar and forward Georgi Funtarov, who were starting games late in the season. This pair should be even better for UC Davis next season with a year of Division I basketball under their belt. The Aggies should have the size and experience to compete in the Big West in the 2014-15 season after an injury-plagued rebuilding year. n






SCOTT DRESSER Conference championships aren’t usually associated with UC Davis. However, members of the UC Davis swimming and diving team would argue otherwise. On Feb. 22, the Aggies won their third Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) championship in four years, earning the honor of The California Aggie’s female team of the quarter. The team, led by senior breast-

stroker Liliana Alvarez and freshman butterflier Hilvy Cheung, outscored seven other schools to win the MPSF title. On the second day of the meet, all 20 Aggies —16 swimmers and four divers— scored. Alvarez collected two MPSF individual titles, winning the 200 Breast in a pool-record 2:12:84 and also the 100 Breast in 1:00.89. Alvarez, who owns the 100 Breast meet record (1:00.47), became the first swimmer in the history of the MPSF to win one

event four times, achieving the feat in the 100 Breast. She is also the first Aggie to qualify for nationals all four years. “She has gotten better every year,” head coach Barbara Jahn said about Alvarez. “And I think it’s a testament to the amount of hard work and dedication that she’s put forth to our team. She’s a great role model and a fierce competitor.” Cheung, named MPSF Freshman of the Year, placed second at the MPSF meet in the 200 Fly with a time of 1:56:14. Senior

Haley Porter also earned a second-place finish in the 100 Free with a time of 50:02 — the third fastest 100 Free swim in UC Davis history. Jahn credited the work of assistant coach Pete Motekaitis, the former coach of the men’s team before it was cut, in the development of Cheung. She also said that Cheung reminds her of a younger Alvarez. “She’s getting faster and faster,” Jahn said. “She’s going to be like Lily. I’m going to predict

she’s going to qualify for nationals all four years. She’s going to go to nationals and set new records.” Both Alvarez and Cheung will represent UC Davis at the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s’ Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis on March 20-22. On the diving side, sophomore Lucy Lafranchise will represent UC Davis at the NCAA Zone E qualifying meet from March 13 to 15 in Colorado Springs, Colo. n

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After winning Male Athlete of the Year in the 2012-13 school year, Hawkins once again returns, this time as the Male Athlete of the Quarter. Though he has not had nearly the same year as in his 2012-13 season, Hawkins has much to be happy about, including recently earning a spot on the All-Big West second team. With his 18.0 points per game average, Hawkins is once again leading the team in scoring. His 4.5 rebounds per game is third on the team, which is impressive considering he is a 6’3” guard. Despite having a down year, Hawkins still scored at an elite level. His scoring average was good enough for second in the Big West, and many teams have devised defenses in order to stop his scoring. However, these defenses have not always worked as evidenced by Hawkins’ 29-point outburst against Hawai’i this season. But possibly more impressive is that Hawkins has carried the Aggies on his back. With the season-ending injury to junior forward J.T. Adenrele, the redshirting of senior forward Josh Ritchart and the inexperience of the new role players such as freshman Georgi Funtarov, Hawkins

has really been the player carrying the majority of the scoring burden for the Aggies. Thus, when Hawkins broke the 1,000 career point mark earlier in the season against Cal State Northridge, it was a sight to behold. In only his second season playing for the Aggies, Hawkins joined 19 other Aggies as the only players to reach this mark. “It is an honor to reach this milestone, but I must admit that I was unaware of my situation entering this game,” Hawkins said after the game. “All credit goes to my teammates, it is their aggressive play that creates a lot of open looks for everyone on the court.” Hawkins’ willingness to thank his teammates and focus on the team’s goals rather than his own personal accolades was one of the bright spots in this otherwise difficult season for the Aggies. The Aggies have come as far as they have this season due to the grit and determination of Hawkins. His dedication to the team, despite the tough losses this season, is why Hawkins is the Male Athlete of the Quarter. n


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Senior Megan Heneghan Megan Heneghan. also returns service with a ball.

VIC ANDERSON “She’s probably the best player I’ve ever coached, and I’ve been here 19 years,” women’s tennis head coach Bill Maze said. Senior Megan Heneghan’s 7-4 match record in singles matches this quarter, not including an unfinished match that she was leading by a set, seems to match the statement made by her coach. All of her matches have all come at the number one position, meaning that she faced the top player from the opposing team every time she stepped on the court in singles, making her record all the more impressive. Heneghan backed her strong singles play up with impressive doubles results as well. Partnering mainly with senior Melissa Kobayakawa, Heneghan boasts a 9-3 doubles record for the quarter, giving her team a chance to win the crucial doubles point virtually every time she took the court. The women’s tennis team now has a 6-6 dual match record through this quarter, and Heneghan’s impact is clear to see. Besides the positive statistical results, the rest of the team

Megan Heneghan receives a mental boost knowing that their star player can be counted on to give them a win at the number one position as well as a doubles win. Heneghan’s play has not only led the Aggies to victory, but has also impressed opponents. Heneghan received the Big West Tennis Athlete of the Week honors this season, the third time in her career which she has received this reward. “Her greatest strength is her competitiveness,” coach Maze said. “She gives [her opponents] nothing. She plays phenomenal defense and has become much more offensive.” Heneghan was also recently awarded one of the two Big West Scholar-Athlete awards given to UC Davis for the 2013 season. She is one of only 18 athletes from the Big West Conference to receive the award. The former Big West Freshman of the Year has really put together a stellar career here at UC Davis. From winning matches to winning accolades, she has really done it all. Her senior year has really been no different, Heneghan has been a key cog in the UC Davis women’s tennis team. Heneghan’s combination of oncourt success and leadership, as well as her off-court achievements, make her the Female Athlete of the Quarter. n






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