THE CALIFORNIA AGGIE
SERVING THE UC DAVIS CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY SINCE 1915
VOLUME 133, ISSUE 3 | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013
Clery Report indicates reduced crime on UC Davis campus Recent events leave students concerned for campus, city safety
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Taylor Cunningham Aggie News Writer The recently-released annual Clery Report showed a general reduction in criminal activity on the UC Davis campus from 2011 to 2012. Some of the most notable reductions were a decrease in forcible sex offenses and a significant decrease in the number of burglaries that occurred in 2012
— two of the most common crimes on campus.The Clery Report numbers from 2012 also showed that there were no hate crimes on campus during that year. “We’re working with the community to keep the campus a safe place to work, study, visit and live,” said UC Davis Police Chief Matt Carmichael in a news release from the UC Davis news service. The reduced crime rates can be attributed in part to increased use of preventa-
tive measures by students. Simple things like keeping windows closed at night and during vacations, staying aware of surroundings and not going out alone after dark can help to decrease some types of crime. The Clery Report numbers for 2012 to 2013 have not been released yet.
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TAPS increases parking prices for 2013-14 TAPS sees decline in permit sales, raises permit prices Melissa Dittrich Aggie News Writer
ABIGAL ALCALA / AGGIE Custodians, gardeners, food service workers and facilities maintenance staff will now be required to contribute a larger part of their paycheck to the pension fund.
UC implements changes to service workers’ pay Unresolved negotiations prompt UC to make last offer Lauren Mascarenhas Aggie News Writer UC service workers are experiencing a decrease in takehome pay due to the recent implementation of UC’s latest proposal for AFSCME 3299 service workers. The AFSCME service workers include custodians, gardeners, food service workers and facilities maintenance staff. The workers are now required to contribute a larger percentage of their paycheck to the pension fund.This change follows a series of negotiations between the service workers and UC at the bargaining table, which failed to result in compromise. “The cuts amount to a 1.5 percent decrease in take-home pay for workers making an average of $35,000 per year, and up to $124,000 in higher health
costs for each worker over their lifetime,” the AFSCME press release states. UC maintains that the changes are part of pension reform, and the wages of service workers compare favorably to those in public and private sectors. Much of the outrage expressed over the pay cuts involves the fact that they were imposed on a unit comprised of over 8,000 of UC’s lowestpaid workers. According to AFSCME, 99 percent of the service workers are currently income-eligible for some form of public assistance. The high level of pay and recent raises for some of the top-earning workers and exe cutives in UC has only added fuel to the fire. “As far as executive compensation goes, it is a very small SERVICE on 12
As of July 1, UC Davis Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) increased prices for all monthly parking permits, except for the L and DSA (Disabled) permits, by $2 and increased daily parking prices from $7 to $8. The L permits are available to all UC Davis faculty, staff and students living off campus and are sold at a less expensive monthly price than the A and C permits. Parking spaces for the L permits are limited to a few remote lots meaning permit holders will have to walk farther to get to class or work. The last time parking prices increased was in 2011, when one dollar was added to both monthly permits and to daily parking passes. According to a news release made by TAPS in May, the increase in parking prices was due to a decline in the purchases of parking permits. “The 2013-14 rate increases are necessary in order to offset reduced revenues from permit sales over the past four years as well as the increased operating costs of TAPS programs and services,” the release stated. TAPS is a self-supporting campus organization. It does not receive funding from the state, and receives a limited amount of money from UC Davis. Most of TAPS’ revenue comes from selling these parking permits. Thirty-five percent of the TAPS operating budget, almost $3.4 million, goes into maintaining and renovating parking structures.
“ We attribute [the need to increase revenue] partially to the recession. When there are increased gas prices we see people drive to campus less,” said TAPS director Clifford Contreras. “We also count West Village as a factor because students living there are not allowed to buy parking permits due to the reliable shuttle service that runs through [as well as its] proximity to campus.” Contreras said that increased enrollment in the UC Davis goClub has also added to the decrease in parking permit sales. UC Davis goClub is a program run by TAPS that encourages UC Davis students and faculty who commute to the campus to choose an alternative to driving. Alternate methods include carpooling, biking, walking or taking the bus or train. Transportation Demand and Marketing Coordinator Leslie Mancebo said membership since 2011 has nearly doubled from 2,836 students in September 2011 to 5,639 students in September 2013. “As awareness and goClub membership grow, we have seen a consistent decline in parking permit purchases,” Mancebo said in an email interview. “We have found that word of mouth is the biggest source of goClub membership referrals, but we also promote the program at campus events, at TAPS, new staff orientation and other outreach programs.” The goClub is free to join for anyone associated with UC Davis, but members are not allowed to buy a monthly, quarterly or yearly parking permit during the duration of their membership. Perks include temporary free parking passes on days when biking or walking is not an option.
NE W S I N B RI E F Change of Pace Foundation’s annual Oktobrewfest race on Oct. 12 The Oktobrewfest Race, hosted by Davis-based A Change of Pace Foundation, will be taking place on Oct. 12 at Central Park, on the corner of F Street and Covell Boulevard. It will consist of a 5K and 10K course, both starting at 6 p.m. Oktoberfest has its origins in Munich and the only things capable of pausing the event in the past were wars, hyperinflation and cholera. Thankfully, somebody on our side of the Atlantic caught on and decided to marry the inspiring effects of beer with running. A Change of Pace Foundation’s Annual Oktobrewfest is given a boost by the sponsorship of local brewery, Sudwerk. While most people who enter the race are from the greater Sacramento region and the Bay Area, some entrants come from as far as New York state, Arizona and Los Angeles. Last year, UC Davis was represented in the men’s 10K, 20 to 25 age category by UC Davis alumnus Mark Pepin, who came in first with an impressive 32:41.40 time. Pepin described the event as very inclusive and welcoming of the student population. “It is not a PR [personal record] race … it’s a great course, scenery-wise, and is a fun way to stay in shape,” Pepin said. “It’s nice to get off campus.” Interested participants can register online or in person at Fleet Feet Sports, on Second St. Entry fees increase as the date approaches the race so early registration is advised. According to Trenton Yackzan and Caleb Weeks, brewers at Sudwerk, 1,500 beers were distributed at the finish line last year.That is the equivalent of 12 kegs. “[We were] pouring and handing out beers nonstop until it was all gone,” Weeks said. Yackzan and Weeks said this year, they will be serving three varieties of beers: Northern Pilsner, a light lager, Marzen Amber Lager, a traditional Oktoberfest beer and California Dry Hop Lager, their new flagship beer. All finishers who are over 21, receive a complimentary beer for participating. For those are underage, there will be other treats like free snow cones. Entry fees, registration and further information can be found online at changeofpace.com/oktobrewfest. — Valentina Nakic
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ASUCD Coffee House accepts Aggie Cash Students, sales numbers expected to increase
Melissa Dittrich Aggie News Writer As of Sept. 26, 2013 the ASUCD Coffee House (CoHo) began accepting Aggie Cash. The CoHo became the latest of UC Davis campus dining service locations
to accept Aggie Cash, making Aggie Cash accepted at every dining service location on campus. In addition to the CoHo, satellite locations The CoHo To Go and The CoHo South Cafe have also begun accepting Aggie Cash. With Aggie Cash accepted at every dining service location on campus, students have more variety to choose from for their meals according to Brenan Connolly, general manager of Resident Dining. “From a standpoint of partnering
with the Coffee House and trying to make sure we’re looking at all the different entities of food service means that our community spends their money with as much flexibility as possible. That’s definitely a benefit to the whole campus,” Connolly said. “I think it’s great for students. I know a lot of places you would think would accept Aggie Cash, but don’t. It gives students more variety,” said Regina Marion, AGGIECASH on 11
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ELIZABETH ORPINA Editor in Chief
Freedom of expression
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Among college students, the Bill of Rights has found its place in popular culture — like Second Amendment puns about arming bears and memorizations of the Miranda rights from countless episodes of crime TV shows. But this October, the First Amendment should be the one on everyone’s lips: the right to free speech. If any of you check your email as manically as we do at The Aggie, you’ll have read (or at least noticed) the Oct. 4 email from Provost Ralph Hexter titled “UC Davis Freedom of Expression Draft Policy: Open Forums and Ways to Engage.” The announcement concerns the Blue Ribbon Committee
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for Freedom of Expression, a group created in April 2013 by UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi. The group’s inception was spurred by a report from the Academic Senate’s Freedom of Expression Committee addressing “Freedom of Speech and Protest Policies.” The committee, made up of representatives from multiple groups on campus (such as the UC Davis police chief and ASUCD President Carly Sandstrom), is drafting a policy regarding freedom of expression at the university — and it needs your help. There will be four forums for discussion, as well as a call for written feedback via a web survey.
So why should you care? Consider recent incidents at other universities where free speech has been infringed upon. On Sept. 25, student activists at Modesto Junior College, Madison Area Technical College and the College of Central Florida were banned from handing out U.S. Constitutions on their campuses. Six days before that, a University of Cincinnati student was threatened by arrest and prevented from gathering signatures for an Ohio ballot initiative outside of the school’s designated “free speech zone.” He sued — and won. If you don’t want these types EDITORIAL on 3
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Plastic bag ban There’s a plastic bag ban coming to town, and we applaud the Davis City Council for its vote although we’re surprised that it’s only happening now. Starting in January for major retailers, the ban will remove single-use plastic bags from the city, with the exception of produce aisle bags for sanitation reasons. We’ll still be able to purchase paper bags for $0.10, and thicker plastic bags, like the ones handed out at Forever 21, are considered reusable and will still be around. Similar bans in other cities have generated some mixed feelings as shoppers miss the bags they previously used to line their trash cans or to pick up after their dogs. In Davis too, there
may be some compromises. Students sometimes make use of the plastic to cover their bike seats on rainy days. As this helps bikers avoid unfortunately wet pants, we think it’s a fantastic way to use them, but we don’t think it’s a strong point against the ban. In fact, the conversation seems one-sided, in part because it has already been discussed for years. Plastic bag bans are old news. Back in 2007, San Francisco became the first city to prohibit the use of plastic bags, and while others like Los Angeles may only be getting there now, we’re surprised that an environmentally conscientious like Davis wasn’t among the pioneers.
This isn’t to say that Davis has just been throwing wasted plastic into landfills. Some stores like Whole Foods and the UC Davis Stores already charge for plastic bags or have removed them completely. This is quite sensible seeing as students generally wear backpacks on campus, and while the Editorial Board acknowledges that we don’t need legislation for changes to occur, we’re still glad the city’s finally making it official. As for soggy bike seat problems, try investing in shower caps or switching to Forever 21 bags — the bright yellow might make you more visible on rainy days.
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THE LEFT NUT with ZACH MOORE
THE F WORD with MONA SUNDARA
arack Obama is a socialist. Let that sink in for a minute. Whether you agree or disagree, you have to admit that this is a pretty loaded phrase. Levying such harsh accusations against an individual has become a scathing insult of the worst kind, akin to calling someone the spawn of Satan. It has reached the point where people can hardly differentiate between socialism and communism. “That socialist Obama just wants to take my money and give it to the freeloaders,” some
Look at it this way: if America were a totally free country, should I be allowed to murder whomever I please with no ramifications? say, as if taxes on the wealthy were a sin worthy of the ninth circle of Hell. What often logically follows this is some groundless but stirring claim that he wants to take our “freedom” away. After all, America was founded on the principles of liberty, was it not? How dare anyone take our rights like that! That’s just un-American! Freedom, like socialism, is another loaded word that will always elicit a response even if it has little factual basis. It sounds nice in theory, yet freedom, like most things, must be kept in check. Look at it this way: if America were a totally free country, should I be allowed to murder whomever I please with no ramifications? The answer is no, and that is why we
have a legal system in the first place: to govern people insofar as it is necessary to do so. In order to live in a stable society, I have to compromise my right to kill people. To be clear, I’m not against freedom as an idea. I believe in freedom of expression as most people do. What I do not believe in is the type of freedom that allows billionaires to store money in offshore tax havens. Next time you hear someone campaigning on a platform of “liberty,” be wary. The same liberty that affords you your freedom of speech one day may allow a corporation to scam you out of your hard-earned money the next. So I’ll repeat: Barack Obama is a socialist.You know who else was a socialist? One of the most beloved presidents in history, Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower. Marginal tax rates on the top bracket hit their all time high of 92 percent under Eisenhower, and he undertook perhaps the most ambitious social spending program in history.Yet no one ever refers to him as a socialist, because using such an epithet in reference to him is practically blasphemy. This rhetoric is a double-edged sword. Let me play devil’s advocate for a minute. Many zealots on my own side of the political spectrum throw out the word “capitalism” as if it were Nazism. I’ve been in conversations where a single drop of the C-bomb could silence the room. As a progressive, I firmly believe well-regulated capitalism is the most efficient economic structure mankind has ever devised, and it makes me cringe MOORE on 12
n move-in weekend, I found myself at Target just like every other frazzled freshman. Even though I really had nothing much to buy, it was refreshing not to be drenched from the rain that gave us such a warm, welcoming transition into our new lives. With no focus, I sauntered around the store and I happened on the beauty aisle. If you know me, I naturally gravitate towards that area of Target (mostly for the pretty colors from the nail polish display). On my typical adventure in
...our fixation on beauty in this culture has made it impossible for us to take ourselves and our real feminine issues seriously. department store land, I noticed two sets of racks with shaving products, one for men and one for women. You could tell because most of the cream and razors on the women’s side was some shade of pink, and everything on the the men’s side was navy blue or black. But if that didn’t make it obvious enough, one had a poster with a woman on it, and the other, a man. I went on to notice that the side with the woman on the poster had the title “Body Care” next to it, while the poster with the man on it said “Grooming.” When I think of body care, I think of eating an apple a day to keep the doctor away; when I think of grooming, I think of a day at the spa.
These are two very different things: one is something that is essential to your health, the other sounds like something you choose to do to pamper yourself. But if I don’t shave am I not taking good care of my body’s health? I know men shave too but has any guy ever gotten the stinkeye for having a little fuzz on his armpit? This wild pursuit of physical perfection has been around since Shakespearian times, where the trait most valued in a woman was sprezzatura: “effortless grace.” It’s kind of sad that we haven’t progressed much since the Medieval ages, where cleanliness and body care really meant having the “decency” to never be caught off guard at our most human moments. We still have to be insanely beautiful without ever revealing the amount of effort we put into it. It’s absurd that even our natural body functions are socialized to be hidden, such as satirized in the viral YouTube commercial “Hot Girls Don’t Poop.” I feel like our fixation on beauty in this culture has made it impossible for us to take ourselves and our real feminine issues seriously. How many people watched that “Dove Real Beauty Sketches” video and thought it was beautiful and profound? In the video, a few women are asked to describe themselves to a forensic artist, who draws two pictures: one based on the women’s self-perception, and the second based on descriptions made by a sample group of friendly strangers. The faces in the first set of pictures were noticeably less attractive (by conventional standards) than the second set SUNDARA on 12
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STAY TUNED with ELLY OLTERSDORF
COSMIC RELEVANCE with DANIEL HERMAN
ur generation, in my opinion, has the most convoluted ideas about meeting people. We congregate in the most pungent bars, scour internet chat rooms, spend hours in dark coffee shops reading a clever book conspicuously held up to our faces for passersby to inspect. Love though, does not conform to meticulously crafted schemes, and instead rides the ebb and flow of chance. It is the same with music. Inspiration itself seems elusive enough, and finding your musical inspiration in the form of another musician can feel impossible. To be clear, this is not a story of boy
I used to think this was about finding someone with great talent or similar music tastes. meets girl. This is a story of melody meets harmony, of strings meet percussion. I am not interested in the story of John and Yoko. I am interested in the story of John and Paul. My quest for a musical soul mate started around the time I had begun to branch out from my background in classical guitar. I had grown up listening to those who stood solidly on their own: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez. But I wanted to find the Simon to my Garfunkel. I used to think this was about finding someone with great talent or similar music tastes. But really, it’s all about chemistry, as I learned from playing with some incredibly talented and driven musicians, who I have zero interest in playing with again. When I was a freshman in high school, a boy who knew I played guitar asked if I wanted to come over after school and “jam.” Maybe this was it, maybe the combination of our skills would produce something unique and inspiring. I had never been propositioned to “jam” before, but to my socially awkward 14-year-old self, it had that same cool ring to it as “chillin’ out” or “hanging” (two things I never did), and I enthusiastically accepted. On the bus ride to his house, he explained to me why the Rolling Stones were completely overrated and
I agreed because opinions are a scary thing to have during puberty. When we arrived it was straight to business. He passed me a guitar and sat down at his impressive piano. “Ready?” he said, as if we were about to take off. He looked over his shoulder as if to check if I was wearing a seat belt. “Ready?” He asked again. I nodded because “no” didn’t sound like the appropriate answer here. He began to play, his hands a blur as he busted into a tune that to my anxious ears sounded like a mix of jazz and ragtime. I wasn’t sure when to go, what to play. I felt like I was in second grade watching the jump rope swing by at an alarming speed while my friends waited for me to jump in. I looked at my fingers, clasped tightly to the fret board. Do something I willed them, but they remained stubbornly clamped in the shape of a G chord, one of the five chords I knew. Eventually the rush of piano slowed and then stopped. “Why didn’t you play?” This felt like a trick question. “I play mostly classical … and some chords” “Oh … do you play any blues? Jazz?” No. “Not really” He stared at me for a while before deciding that we should take his dog for a walk. It felt like hours before my dad picked me up. Needless to say, I wasn’t invited over for round two. My most wonderful music connections all came from chance and friendship. Also in my freshman year of high school, a girl with classical training was in my homeroom period. The teacher kept a guitar in the closet, and after about a week we shyly asked if we could use it. It became routine. Every homeroom we would grab the guitar, sit outside, and for 20 glorious minutes we played and sang without restraint (or skill, for that matter). We would disturb the entire hallway as we painstakingly plucked the four chords of whatever pop or folk song we’d printed out the night before. We began to work on harmonizing, OLTERSDORF on 12
hile browsing my Facebook mini-feed on a typical day, I stumbled upon an article titled, “Foods that will fight the Fukushima Radiation.” I asked myself, what radiation am I supposed to be fighting? Clicking on the link, I was reminded of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown in Japan in 2011. But this was old news, wasn’t it? Unsure, I decided to investigate. Apparently, the situation is ongoing. As recently as Oct. 5, the New York Times reported that Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority openly scolded the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEP-
...it’s disconcerting that radioactive waters are still finding their way into the ocean. CO) in a public hearing for its failure in the cleanup process. This week alone, TEPCO announced that 114 gallons of contaminated water spilled from an overflowing tank of radioactive material. Unfortunately these mistakes aren’t uncommon, as “one of the biggest recent spills came in August, when TEPCO discovered that 80,000 gallons of water laced with radioactive strontium and cesium had leaked out of one of the huge tanks, with some reaching the Pacific,” according to the Times. The meltdown occurred two years ago, and containment is still an issue. So should we panic? Officially, our government says no. In the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) September 2013 update on the Fukushima radiation, they’ve announced, “To date, FDA has no evidence that radionuclides from the Fukushima incident are present in the U.S. food supply at levels that would pose a public health concern.” But somehow, this doesn’t seem satisfying. Why isn’t our government worried? For instance, South Korea is concerned. It has banned all fish imports from Japan’s northeastern coast due to the lack of information surrounding the radiation’s effects. Fox News reports that scientists already believe that the ocean has been exposed to hazardous material, from increasing levels of radioactive
cesium found in deep water fish. So if radiation is clearly in our ocean, should we be concerned? Thankfully, many experts say there is no need to freak out. In an article by Alicia Chang for the Huffington Post, she writes that we eat radioactive food all the time. Low levels of naturally occurring radiation are a part of many popular foods, like bananas, red meat and beer. “Once you understand that we swim in this low-level sea of radiation, then it’s just a numbers game,” said Mike Payne, of UC Davis’ Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, in an interview with Chang. Also, agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and FDA frequently test radiation levels. OK, it is true that milk in California and Washington state were found to have traces of radioactive iodine. Indeed, Fukushima radiation has reached California soil. Luckily, “the amount detected was 5,000 times below the federal recommended limit for exposure.” Chang also quotes Christine Bruhn, a food safety student of UC Davis, as saying that “people shouldn’t be afraid to continue eating dairy products, vegetables, fish and other nutritious foods.” On one hand, it’s fantastic that there is little need to fear radiation poisoning. On the other hand, it’s disconcerting that radioactive waters are still finding their way into the ocean. In this sense, it drives home the fact that national decisions truly affect the entire world. Nation states hold powerful and dangerous technologies; a radiated ocean would certainly cause catastrophe for all humanity. Thus, ongoing leakage is a global concern. So what should we do now? How many more Chernobyls and Fukushimas should happen before the international community decides that an individual’s decision to play with fire isn’t worth burning us all? In the words of documentary filmmaker Sam Hyde, “We are all world citizens.” It is up to us, as world citizens, to be aware of these universally important issues. We only have one planet, and we have to keep each other in check. To prepare for other apocalyptic crises, you can contact DANIEL HERMAN at dsherman@ ucdavis.edu.
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YOU should run for Senate! GUEST OPINION with ERIC RENSLO
ey everybody, this is Eric Renslo, your ASUCD Elections chair for the 2013-14 school year. If you are reading this, then it is not too late for you to run for Senate; in fact, you’re ahead of the schedule! Petitions come out at 10:00 a.m. next Tuesday, Oct. 15.You will have until 4 p.m. the following Tuesday, Oct. 22, to collect 125 signatures from other undergraduate students. Be sure to collect a few extra signatures in case there are duplicates or some of the entries are illegible. Once you collect 125 signatures and agree to abide by our election codes, you will appear on the ballot for ASUCD Senate. It’s that easy! And no, you don’t have to be a political science major. ASUCD loves political science majors; however, students from other majors greatly increase our diversity of thought. Engineering, science and music majors are just as encouraged to run for Senate as any other student. There are many great reasons to run for Senate. First, our student gov-
ernment has an $11.8 million budget. Senators approve the budget yearly and influence where our money is allocated. Second, senators see important legislation that affects other students. Senate meetings are frequently filled with many people voicing opinions to their student representatives. By running for Senate,YOU have the opportunity to be that student representative! Lastly, it is a great work experience to talk about with future employers. Being a senator signals that you are a leader, an advocate for students, and able to communicate well with others. This may be the final time you have such an incredible opportunity to demonstrate all of these traits at once, unless, of course, you become a politician. A reason that people conjure up for not running is that the pay is low. To be fair, $49/week won’t allow you to be “poppin’ bottles.” But that money can pay for your weekday lunch the entire time you are on Senate. Being a student representative is not
about the money. It’s about standing up for issues you believe in, accomplishing things you would not have done otherwise, and having fun at your weekly Thursday night Senate meetings. The money is just a bonus. You should really consider taking out a petition and running for Senate if you made it this far. Any undergraduate student, first-years included, can run for Senate (unless you are on academic probation). Browse through daviswiki.org/ ASUCD to view the craziness that is our student government. Check out elections.ucdavis.edu to get an idea of where you could be in just a few weeks. And after you are convinced to run for Senate, take out a petition from SGAO on the third floor of the Memorial Union, room 348, starting at 10:00 AM on Oct.15. Give it a shot! ERIC RENSLO is a senior political science major currently applying to law school.When he is not furiously refreshing his LSAT score report page, he can be reached for questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
of transgressions on your rights at UC Davis, speak up. Show up to the forums and take the opportunity to try and change any policies you feel doubtful about — perhaps from “Section III: Time, Place, and Manner Regulations,” which establishes that expression can only be exercised if it doesn’t interfere with “University operations.” (We know some student activists might especially take interest in point D5: “No person on University property or at official University functions may use university properties for overnight camping”). The first forum is from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 14 in the Student Community Center Multipurpose Room, with three others following it in the subsequent weeks. If you can’t make it to the meetings, fill out the online survey, which can be accessed through the Provost’s email. Rather than complaining retroactively, take the chance to make a change right now. Make your voice heard, be proactive and take advantage of your rights. If you don’t speak up for yourself, someone else will. And you might not like what they have to say.
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Conversations with Writers: Sam Freedman 4 to 6 p.m. | Voorhies 126 Attend the first lecture of this year’s Conversations With Writers Series, hosted by the UC Davis University Writing Program. Author, journalist and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism professor Sam Freedman will speak about his new book. The event is free.
Education Abroad Information Sessions 1 to 4 p.m. | Felder Room, Memorial Union Three information sessions will be held to address affordable study abroad, financial aid for study abroad and the opportunities for interning abroad.
11 / FRIDAY Pajamarino Davis Amtrak Station, 840 Second St. | 5:15 to 8 p.m. Kickoff Homecoming Weekend by greeting alumni at the train station in your pajamas. There will be a pajama parade starting at 5:15 p.m. from Central Park to the station, as well as games and free food.
Prelude to a Kiss 8 to 10 p.m. | Wyatt Deck Common House Productions and the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum present this slightly dark but touching comedy featuring a whirlwind romance. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students.
12 / SATURDAY Bike Auction 8 to 10 a.m. | Pavilion Parking Structure on Hutchinson Drive Check out over 400 bikes. The bike preview begins at 8 a.m. and the auction begins at 9 a.m.
Cool Davis Festival 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Central Park Attend the fourth annual festival for entertainment and information about reducing your carbon footprint. The event is free.
International Festival 12 to 6 p.m. | Veterans Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. Attend this event and celebrate unity in diversity. The festival incorporates music, dance, food and educational presentations about cultures around the world.
Homecoming Game 4 to 7 p.m. | Aggie Stadium Attend the Homecoming Game against Montana.
Prelude to a Kiss 8 to 10 p.m. | Wyatt Deck Common House Productions and the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum present this slightly dark but touching comedy featuring a whirlwind romance. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students.
13 / SUNDAY Prelude to a Kiss 8 to 10 p.m. | Wyatt Deck Common House Productions and the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum present this slightly dark but touching comedy featuring a whirlwind romance. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students.
14 / MONDAY Pub Quiz 7 to 9 p.m. | DeVere’s Irish Pub, 217 E St. Attend Doctor Andy Quizmaster’s weekly celebration of knowledge, strategy and raucous company. Teams can have up to six players and are encouraged to arrive by 6 p.m.
15 / TUESDAY Salsa Tuesday The Graduate, 805 Russell Blvd. | 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Learn to dance salsa with lessons at the Grad. The event is $6 and 18+.
16 / WEDNESDAY Fraud Awareness Fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | City Hall Galleria, 1110 West Capitol Ave., West Sacramento Attend the fair and learn about how to recognize and avoid getting tricked out of your money.
Museum Career Talk 12 to 1 p.m. | Everson 157 Dr. Rachel Teagle, director of the new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, will meet with students to discuss museum careers and her own career path as a curator and museum director. Students are encourage to bring their own lunches.
Jazz and Poetry Night 6 to 8 p.m. | Multifaith Living Community, 433 Russell Blvd. Come enjoy an evening of jazz, poetry and other activities with the residents of the Multifaith Living Community (MLC). Dinner will be served. Everyone is welcome.
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Tammy Lee Aggie News Writer On Oct. 7, an internet outage in East Davis involving Comcast’s Xfinity services affected many students. Comcast attributed the problem to an area-wide outage beyond their control. This problem is a common occurrence throughout the City of Davis. A wide array of students from all over Davis have reported problems with slow or no internet connection within their apartment complexes. Common internet providers include Comcast Xfinity, AT&T and UC Davis Wi-Fi. Whether these providers are the cause of the internet and Wi-Fi problems depends on the situation. But many students do agree that getting a good, solid connection is often very difficult, especially during midterms or finals. “When I have internet problems it’s usually because of the wireless connection or my laptop,” said Elizabeth Chun, a third-year biological systems engineering major who uses Comcast’s Xfinity service. “It’s probably due to a bad modem connection, so my computer is to blame as well.” Issues stem from internet provider When asked where they think the problems are coming from, students agree that the separate internet providers are to blame rather than their apartment complexes. “It has to be coming from the providers’ end because our apartment management [cannot] do anything about it,” Chun said. Several management offices in Davis apartment complexes have received complaints from their tenants about the Wi-Fi lagging repeatedly. “Usually when students come in with complaints about their internet, we try to help them figure out the problem by establishing whether it’s our issue or the provider’s issue,” said Thomas Chang, the community manager of the Avalon, Sorrento and Brisa Apartments located in South Davis. “We get a few instances where it actually is a maintenance issue with the pole-wiring system. If that’s the case, we step in and file a contract for a rewiring system.” According to the Davis Wiki page on
internet providers and usage, the quality of the cable reception and internet speed is based partly on how far one’s house is from a hub. If the home is farther than 300 feet or so, then there can be some problems with signal quality and channel reception. “AT&T might be faster, but it shares a central hub with its users, whereas Comcast uses a single hub for each household. Everyone is wired to their own internet,” Chang said. Student housing Some apartments use the UC Davis network for their internet services, in which the campus provides the Wi-Fi for the residents. One example is The Colleges at La Rue. “The internet is provided by the campus which is extremely convenient because we get lightning-fast internet without having to pay monthly network bills,” said Daniel Choi, a fourthyear aerospace engineering student who lives at The Colleges. “Even when [my housemates] are using it at the same time, the ping time is almost always a single digit number, and the test results on speedtest.net always show a network speed of 90-95 megabits per second.” Apartments that come with campus Wi-Fi seem to have a solid internet connection, although there have been problems due to the routers. In those cases, the problems can be quickly solved by connecting an Ethernet cable from one’s computer to the wall modem socket. “If the connection were to suddenly slow down or get dropped, I would say that something would’ve happened to the campus servers,” Choi said. “Maybe the school received a major bug or virus attack, or maybe IT accidentally pressed a button that shut the servers down, or maybe even someone like a Davis’ own ‘Mark Zuckerberg’ was hosting a huge website on the campus servers, causing an exponential increase in the campus’ web traffic and overloading the systems. But it definitely would be a problem with the campus servers.” West Village Apartments in West Village are also presumed to use the campus Wi-Fi, but according to Julia Ann Easley, senior public information representative of public affairs for UC Davis, they do not.
“The campus network services are not extended into the West Village residences,” Easley said in an email. “However, UC Davis does provide data, voice and wireless services in West Village office spaces where campus units are housed. UC Davis also provides some Wi-Fi services in some outdoor and common areas at West Village.” Many students living in West Village have complained about the frequent and long internet outages in their apartments.The Facebook page for The Ramble has numerous comments from students about internet outages and low connectivity issues with Wi-Fi. West Village uses a company called Korcett to provide network services to their student apartment complexes: Ramble, Solstice and Viridian. However, the issues with internet connection are recurring, and students claim that it takes several days to fix the problem and that they have to keep calling Korcett for help. When asked about the internet issues, the management office of West Village declined to comment. Finding solutions Although the cause of the problems could be the routers, some students do not think that bad routers seem to be the issue. Due to the fact that everyone has different routers under their respective internet providers, the company could be to blame rather than the routers. “It’s never the router’s fault, it’s always the service,” said Selah Shine, a thirdyear international relations student, who lives in Sorrento Apartments. “When I go on my MacBook, the Airport Utility tells me my router is working fine and that there is a disconnection problem.” In terms of finding solutions for lagging Wi-Fi, the only options are visiting the local offices of their internet providers or calling the main 1-800 number to assist and teach them how to use their service and equipment in an efficient manner. “I would expect them to send a person from the company to either help us on the phone or come and give us a new modem in order to do whatever they can to help us out,” Chun said.
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THIS WEEK IN SENATE Jordyn May Aggie News Writer Senator Ryan Wonders was absent from the Senate meeting held on Oct. 3. Bradley Bottoms, ASUCD Vice President, presided over the meeting. The highlight of the meeting was the passing of a bill that gave Lobby Corps the money needed to start their work. Lobby Corps is a group of politically ambitious students that lobbies the University officials and the California State Government in Sacramento to promote student views on issues affecting students.The director of Lobby Corps, David Kuwabara, spoke at the meeting, urging the Senate to pass the bill. The bill was discussed in detail as there were concerns since the Business and Finance Commission had not reviewed the contract.
The bill was named urgent and passed, giving Lobby Corps the funds it needs to start its work for the year. Olivia Brown was sworn in as the new Senator, replacing Alyson Sagala. Three new members, Helena Wong, Amy Leong and Hong Chung were confirmed to the Elections Committee. A new member, Harfateh Singh Grewal, was confirmed to the Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission. The Senate appointed two senators to the Marketing Committee, one to the Student Health and Wellness Committee and one to the Committee on Committees. A bill was passed that changed the name of ASUCD City and County Affairs to City and Community Relations. Another bill that would require the members of the Senate to sing the Aggie Fight song before each meeting
failed. A bill to clarify the exact due dates for ASUCD scholarships was passed. A Senate Resolution was created to thank Anne Myler and Mark Champagne for their work with ASUCD. During the first Senate meeting of the year, held on Sept. 26, the Senate overrode the ASUCD President Carly Sandstrom’s veto of a bill that gave $1,500 to community-specific graduations. The Senate also uncovered that it had lost $128,000. The deficit was mainly due to the Bike Barn. Bike Barn had made poor investments such as buying more than 200 rental bikes and overstaffing, and hid it from ASUCD, according to Maxwell Kappes, an ASUCD Senator. JORDYN MAY can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WEEKLY WEATHER firstname.lastname@example.org Short Term Forecast For the next couple of days the weather will be rather nice, daily highs will range between 75 and 80, a few clouds in the area and a light breeze. Today 10/10: High 75, Low 50, Light winds (5-10 MPH), partly cloudy Friday 10/11: High 75, Low 52, Light winds (5-10 MPH), sunny Saturday 10/12: High 79, Low 53, Light winds (5-10 MPH), sunny
Long Term Forecast I hope you enjoyed Cheesemas and Leif Erickson Day yesterday, but as for today there are no such festivities. For the long term we don’t have much fun weather to come. Lighter winds, nice temperatures, some clouds rolling through and maybe some rain next Thursday. Sunday 10/13: High 80, Low 50, light winds, mostly clear Monday 10/14: High 82, Low 51, Light winds, mostly clear Tuesday 10/15: high 78, Low 50, Light winds, some clouds rolling through Wednesday 10/16: High 79, Low 50, Moderate winds, mostly clear.
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Weather Story As you may know there is a government shutdown going on right now, and since the main goal of the National Weather Service is to “Protect Life and Property” they are considered an emergency service. They are still in the office doing their normal duties, but since the shutdown they haven’t been paid for their hours due to the lack of a budget.
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Central Park hosts Cool Davis Festival Festival aims to educate community about reducing carbon footprint By SHANNON SMITH Aggie News Writer Cool Davis’ third annual Cool Davis Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12 in Central Park, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. According to Lynne Nittler, co-chair of Cool Davis, the Cool Davis Initiative has almost 60 partner organizations from the Davis community who focus on reducing transportation-induced carbon footprints and hosting zero waste events in the workplace. “Changing our behavior will be an all-out effort, and we need the support of schools, churches, businesses and every other group and individuals if we are to succeed. We especially love working with UC Davis students. They have helped with projects, volunteered at our various events and offered their research skills,” Nittler said in an email. The festival will be open to everyone
of all ages, and feature live entertainment and music, exhibits, games and information about carbon footprint reduction. These varied exhibitions are centered around the idea of a greener Davis. “The theme is actually supposed to be ‘Getting Cooler All the Time,’” said Kerry Daane Loux, Cool Davis Festival chair, in an email. Davis was named the “Coolest City” in California this past year, but Cool Davis wants the City of Davis to keep getting cooler, keep up the progress to minimize the carbon footprint and encourage other cities to do the same. “In July, City Council adopted the 2013 Integrated Waste Management Plan, which is a road map to achieving 75 percent waste diversion. Our recycling program received a statewide award last year as well,” said Jennifer Gilbert, conservation coordinator for City of Davis Public Works Department, in an email. “Next year, the city will be
celebrating its 40th anniversary of having a curbside recycling program. There are so many different ways that Davis is green and becoming greener every day.” The idea of global warming has been highly debated, but the correlation between climate changes or at least atmospheric fluctuations and human-influenced carbon output has been scientifically proven. “I suspect more and more people are aware that the climate situation is serious, and each of us has to take more than just small steps toward changing our lifestyles that depend on the luxury of fossil fuels,” Nittler said. Cool Davis aims to show Davis residents the ways in which they can minimize their waste and lead to a greener community. “I believe that Davis is the sort of city that could model the kind of transition we need away from fossil fuels to a low carbon, clean-energy future,” said Nick Buxton, communications consultant for Cool Da-
vis, in an email. Cool Davis has enlisted Unitrans to give free bus rides to Central Park, as a way of encouraging public transportation. “The most important thing we can do for the environment is educate each other,” said Libby Wolf, a City of Davis employee. “But not just education, we need to follow up with action and be a part of it.” Additionally,Third Street between B and C streets will be closed to make way for cyclists and pedestrians traveling to the festival.Third Street will be the site of exciting cycling activities including the Bike Circus, Davis Bike Polo exhibition game and the Elected Officials Cycle Race. “Our message is in some ways simple: start on the path of self- examination and keep going. Consider your transportation (the largest part of our collective footprint in Davis despite all the bike paths and the COOL DAVIS on 11
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MUSE THE STYLE THERE IS VERY MOUNTAIN HIPSTER, AND I LOVE IT.
DRESS HOW YOU WANT THE WORLD TO SEE YOU. P H OTOGR A P H Y BY BR IA N N GUYEN
CAMPUS CHIC fashion without a little fun? When layering, get creative but just be careful to not over-design your outfit with clashing patterns and colors that will make your overall look messy and disoriented. Statement pieces work best on their own accompanied with neutrals, solids and a monochromatic palette. My advice is to use your statement pieces as the source of inspiration for your head-to-toe look. Design your outfit around one core item to maintain a sense of simplicity and cohesion while giving that extra edge and spark of indi-
By JAMES KIM Art Director This fall, it’s all about tartan plaids and leather boots for our muse of the week, Megan Rynott. Megan absolutely loves to mix and match her clothes so, in this week’s edition of Campus Chic, let’s talk layering. The season’s latest trends feature architectural, streamlined and minimal pieces with a pop of color, so never be afraid of going for a bold print or a statement color, because what’s
viduality to your look. James’ Notes: It’s only getting chillier in Davis so my suggestion is to invest in a quality neutral-toned and well-tailored coat (black, grey, camel, etc.) that can be layered with a louder print or color. A simple and welltailored coat will dress down your statement piece to give a clean, sophisticated and modern edge to your look and it’s totally worth the money because it can be worn with anything. Cheers! SEE CAM PUS CHI C O N PAGE 1 3 .
F E S T I VA L O N T H E G R E E N Concert to benefit local schools By JOHN KESLER Aggie Arts Writer On Oct. 12, Central Park will rock. The Festival on the Green, a concert sponsored by Music Only Makes Sense (MOMS) and the Davis High School Blue and White Foundation, features nine bands performing on two stages from 2 to 10 p.m. The bands include Midi Matilda from San Francisco, Radiation City from Portland, Cherry Royale from Atlanta and Oakland and Be Calm Honcho, a band with two Davis alumni, including vocalist Shannon Harney. “The bassist and I both went to Davis, so we have an attachment to playing for our friends and community,” Harney said. “It’s always cool to come through and support the local public schools. Everyone in our band participated in art programs when we were kids, so we hope that Davis will come out.” The concert, which costs $18 in advance and $20 at the door, will benefit two programs that support public schools in Davis. The profits will be split between the sponsors. The vice president of the DHS Blue and White Foundation, Karen Mattis, said that her organization’s share of the profits will go to their Student Activity Grant Program, which aims to provide grants for students who want to participate in curricular and extracurricular activities. “It gives financial support to students who otherwise may not receive it,” Mattis said. “They can apply for a grant for any extracurricular. This goes from a student who needs track shoes to somebody wanting to go to engineering camp for four or five days. We try to give anyone who applies something.” MOMS, who previously organized the Da-
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vis Music Festival, will use their share of the profits to support an art grants program for public schools in Davis, according to MOMS president Danny Tomasello. The collaboration between the Blue and White Foundation and MOMS came up during a previous charity concert. “A former president of the Black and White Foundation, Marty Morris, brought Danny Tomasello in to help select the bands for a concert we were organizing at Wild Horse Golf Course,” Mattis said. “This year we decided to bring the concert away from the golf course and into downtown.” Mattis feels as though her partnership with Danny is effective. “We both have our own niche,” Mattis said. “I can do organizational work and keep things in the background going, while Danny can connect with the bands and give them what they need.” Tomasello selected bands for the Davis Music Festival that he thought were talented and would receive positive feedback from audiences. S E E G R E E N F E ST O N PAG E 13 .
By ANTHONY LABELLA Aggie Arts Writer Full Steam Ahead I've spent quite a bit of time writing about the impending release of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this holiday season, but now we have yet another upcoming platform to discuss: the Steam Machine. Video game company Valve made headlines a couple of weeks ago when it revealed the Steam Machines, a series of consoles designed to bring PC gaming to the living room. In addition, Valve announced its own Linux-based operating SEE AGGI E ARCAD E O N PAGE 1 3 .
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Performance to express Latino experiences through dance By AKIRA KUMAMOTO Aggie Arts Writer New York-based dance company Ballet Hispanico will perform at the Mondavi Center on Oct. 11. Through modern dance, the dance company explores the Latino voice, experience and tradition. Ballet Hispanico was founded in 1970 by dancer, choreographer and National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez. The company became committed to exploring, preserving and celebrating Latino culture
through dance. Since their small, grassroots beginnings, they have grown to become internationally recognized for their work. The organization has performed for over two million people around the world and has worked with over 45 choreographers to commission 80 original dance pieces. The pieces tend to be inspired by either a specific Latino identity or a fusion of many Latino identities. UC Davis professor and contemporary Latina/o and Chicana/o theatre scholar Jon D. Rossini is set to moderate Ballet
Hispanico’s Mondavi visit. Rossini believes dance is one of the many ways people can communicate their cultural uniqueness and that it helps the audience to see the differences in each culture’s experiences. “There are a wide range of bodies that are being represented and some of the choreographers and artists are coming from outside the U.S. and think more broadly about Hispanic identity,” Rossini said. “Others think of dance in less specific terms, especially artists from the US. The experiences of Latinos in the US can be very different than those in other countries.” In 2009, founder Ramirez retired from her post as the artistic director and
was replaced by company dancer Eduardo Vilaro. Vilaro, founder of the Luna Negra Dance Theatre in Chicago, has choreographed multiple dance pieces and has been widely recognized and honored for his work. Jeremy Ganter, director of programming at the Mondavi Center, experienced Vilaro’s work firsthand when he sat in on one of the company’s New York rehearsals. “I was taken byVilaro’s energy and blown away by the pieces I saw. They are looking at the past, present and future of Latino dance. Vilaro takes great joy in his work and it shows through their performance,” SEE B ALLET O N PAGE 1 2.
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The Pence Gallery showcases ‘Reality2,’ one of the three exhibits on display during Davis’ ARTober festival.
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PENCE GALLERY OPENS NEW EXHIBITS Opening reception, curator talk for new ARTober exhibits
By LARISSA MURRAY Aggie Arts Writer As a part of the ARTober festival, a month-long celebration of the arts and humanities in October, Pence Gallery opened three new exhibits. The exhibits’ opening reception will take place this weekend and will include a curator talk with a San Francisco guest curator. Since 1975, the Pence Gallery’s mission has been to educate and inspire the community by offering high caliber art exhibits by local and regional artists and providing education programs for all ages. Every year, they offer 14,000 visitors free admission to encounter quality exhibits that cater to all ages. The nonprofit gallery organizes several different exhibitions and events for the community throughout the year. The Pence has planned for three different exhibitions to be on display for the public for this month: “Reality2,” “Magic Lands” and “The Tiny
Show.” “Reality2” will be the largest exhibit this season, presenting an exhibition of Bay Area figurative painters, selected by San Francisco artist and art critic DeWitt Cheng, on view from Oct. 1 through Nov. 10. On Oct. 11 from 5 to 6 p.m., the gallery will host a curator talk, where guest curator Cheng will give an overview of the “Reality2” exhibit. The free admission includes free wine and food provided by Holly’s Hill Winery. The talk will also be accompanied by a performance of “Dracula,” by the Acme theater company. This particular exhibit will show the works of six Bay Area figurative painters, Arthur Bell, Mark Bryan, William Harsh, Chris Leib, Pierre Merkl and Michael Kerbow. Their works all display a modern take on pictorial realism, illustrated with imagination and humor in different naturalistic styles. Natalie Nelson, curator and director of the Pence Gallery, usually chooses the artists for the exhibitions. This time, she invited Cheng to do so, since he is known for his expertise relating to California artists. “I believe the Pence Gallery’s mission is to highlight local California art. We try to represent really good art that may not have had a lot of exposure. We like what is a little off the mainstream and what shows a different side of the art world. I think ARTober is the perfect time to display Cheng’s picks for S E E P E N C E G A L L E RY O N PAG E 1 3.
By DANIEL STAECHELIN Aggie Arts Writer To celebrate cultural diversity, the International House Davis, also known as the I-House, will be hosting the third annual International Festival Davis (IFD) on Oct. 12 in association with The Culture C.O.-O.P., UC Davis and the City of Davis. Nearly 30 countries will be represented in order to share a deeper understanding of their world views, aesthetics and cultural heritage in order to bridge the gaps that result from cultural differences. With “Unity in Diversity” as its motto, the free event will include live music, dance, food, art, fashion, vendors of diverse cultural themes, along with informational booths and a guest speaker. Many of the performers are highly acclaimed in their fields, taking part in national and international events. Starr Garrison, volunteer coordinator of I-House, created this event in hopes of offering an informal opportunity for people to learn about similarities and differences between themselves and people of other cultures. “It’s a way of being in a kind of community with somebody who you would never think you would be communal with,” Garrison said. The first International Festival, which was held in 2011, was a large success. Garrison and Sandy Holman, event coordinator and director of the Culture C.O.-O.P., had only expected a turnout of roughly one thousand people, but it turned out to be three thousand. Indian, Native Americans, Aztec, Colombian and SEE I NT ERNAT I O NAL FEST O N PAGE 1 3 .
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SCIENCE New mothers continue to face social stigma against breast-feeding Stigma arises from lack of learning opportunities Aggie Science Writer
Breasts. They’re pretty important. Do you know why? If Sports Illustrated comes to mind, you may need to rethink how you view these masses of adipose tissue. Don’t worry — you aren’t the only hominid to have forgotten that mammals (with our root meaning breast; see: mammogram) evolved to use the organs on our chests. This is causing a crisis among women who are new to parenting. In fact, Laurie A. Nommsen-Rivers and colleagues from UC Davis recently reported that breastfeeding problems are very common among first-time mothers, leading these women to add formula or abandon breastfeeding overall. The study, which involved women in different stages of pregnancy and childbearing, revealed a myriad of problems associated with breastfeeding. Among these issues were breast pain after feeding, perception of insufficient breast milk and concerns infants were not feeding well enough at the breast.The survey revealed that while 75 percent of American mothers initiate breastfeeding, less than 13 percent follow through with the six months recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In an email correspondence, Nommsen-Rivers spoke on behalf of the UC Davis research team about this issue. She believes that women certainly have access to information on breastfeeding in the classroom
and online, but the problem stems from a lack of vicarious learning. This means that women do not usually observe others breastfeeding. The research team correlates this with societal attitudes against breastfeeding. They write, “As a society, we can help to ensure that all expectant mothers have … learning opportunities by being a more breastfeeding friendly culture. For example, it is important that mothers feel welcomed to breastfeed wherever they may go with their baby — whether it be at a restaurant, the park, the mall, etc.” This fear of mammary glands is both new and alarming. Breastfeeding has been a part of the human life cycle since we evolved, as seen in our animal relatives. It is very important for making healthy humans. One of the biggest benefits of breastfeeding stems from the immune system boost mothers pass to their children. A woman can pass up to half a gram per day of Immunoglobulin A antibodies via her milk.These end up in the intestines of the infants and help LACTATION on 13
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Lightsabers may no longer be a figment of George Lucas’ imagination. Harvard physics professor Mikhail Lukin and MIT physics professor Vladan Vuletic are the closest yet to making the Lightsaber — a laser beam-bladed sword and every Star Wars fan’s weapon of choice — a reality. If the research produces tangible results, they will look and feel nothing like the light-up plastic versions sold nationally in toy sections; Lukin and Vuletić are working on the real deal. Within the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms, Lukin and Vuletić have been conducting a highly isolated experiment in which they’ve bombarded supercooled clouds of matter with a photon stream, causing the photons to bind together in a molecular manner. For those of you that don’t know, photons have traditionally been defined as the basic, elementary mass-less particles of light that exist independently of each other. They curiously behave as both waves and particles, a concept proposed by Albert Einstein in his Quantum Theory of Light.The key point to the experiment is that photons have the capacity to enter into what is called a “photonic-bound state,” a rarely observed theoretical condition upon which Lukin and Vuletićbased their research. “Photons have long been described as
mass-less particles that don’t interact with each other. Shine two laser beams at each other and they simply pass through one another,” said Dr. Lukin. The Harvard Crimson website mentioned that researchers found that the photon light elements could be “manipulated into acting as if they had mass” after they had been subject to the super-cooled cloud of matter. It would appear that the photons entered the bound state upon encountering their target. The result? A malleable aggregation of light quanta-trapped within the designated particle cloud. The research team headed by Lukin and Vuletić continue to capitalize on the photonic ability to enter into a bound state and are attempting to create units of “colliding beams of light,” similar to those employed by the Jedi and Sith (members of the dark force) in the Star Wars Saga. Though the development of a real-life lightsaber is still in the distant future, Star Wars fanatics can rest assured that these fantastical physical properties of photons aren’t limited to our favorite galaxy far, far away.
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According to the American Cancer Society, one out of every three people you know will face cancer at some point in their life. Luckily, a recent study performed at UC Berkeley and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows some promise of a possible cure. Daniel Nomura, a professor of the Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology Department and the main investigator of the study, sheds new light on the importance of lipids in the development of cancer. Although previous research studies have helped scientists to understand that lipids metabolize differently in cancer cells than in normal cells, the degree of such variation and its ramifications were unexplored. “While it’s been known since the 1950s that a particular class of lipids called ‘ether lipids’ were heightened in levels in human tumors, it wasn’t known whether these ether lipids were just associated with, or were drivers of cancer aggressiveness,” Nomura said in an email. The study focused on AGPS, the major enzyme involved in making ether lipids. Nomura and his team injected two groups of mice with cancerous cells. In one group, the AGPS enzyme remained active and in the other, the enzyme was inactivated. In the group with the active enzyme, cancer cells remained aggressive, while in the inactive group tumors were practically non-existent. In doing so, it helped to prove that lipid membranes can be responsible for signaling and fueling cancer growth in other cells. Daniel Benjamin, a fourth-year graduate student in Nomura’s lab, is responsible for designing and implementing projects for studies such as this one. “What I found to
be extremely challenging was trying to fully understand the extent to which one small change to a cancer cell (in this case, disabling an enzyme (AGPS) that synthesizes ether lipids) could have such extensive and widespread effects on many different aspects of cancer cell metabolism,” Benjamin said. “As an analogy, you can think of the metabolism of a cancer cell as an unimaginably complex chain of dominoes. What we essentially did in this study was remove one of those dominoes,” Benjamin said. The results of the study confirmed that when AGPS levels were high in the mice, the cells turned cancerous. They also found that the inactivation of the AGPS made the cancer cells less viable. It is no secret that cancer continues to impact the lives of many individuals. When discussing her father’s brain cancer diagnosis, Stephanie Bonham, a second-year political science major at UC Davis, gave the following statement. “Watching my dad die of cancer forced me to come to terms with mortality at a young age. His death also caused my family members to distance themselves from one another. It wasn’t until our family bonded with my stepdad, who had experienced the same tragedy, that we finally came together again.”
Research like this promises to help make such tragedies a thing of the past. Unfortunately, according to Benjamin, AGPS inhibitors are not a magic bullet to cure all types of cancer, but when used in combination with chemotherapy, they represent a significant step forward in the battle with this disease.
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Most of ASUCD’s funding comes from the above dues and any profit made from their Units (for definition of “units,” see: ASUCD budget)
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Makeup of ASUCD: mostly undergraduate UC Davis students. T h e r e a r e a f e w U C D a v i s a l u m n i w h o h a v e b e e n i n v o l v e d w i t h A S U C D p r e v i o u s l y. There are many roles to occupy so any major is welcome to apply ( v i e w j o b l i s t i n g s a t v a c a n c y. u c d a v i s . e d u ) .
UC Davis student body elects officers to two of the three branches of ASUCD: executive and legislative.
ASUCD has three branches:
L E G I S L AT I V E
PR ES I DE NT: Oversees all operations.
1 2 SE NATORS elected by student body based on the “platforms” — ideas they propose for UCD — that they represent.
Elected by the President, approved by Senate.
VI CE P RE SIDE NT: Works with Senators to enact their platforms (for “platforms,” see: Legislative Branch). CO N T R OL L E R: Appointed by President, and serves as the primary financial advisor to the ASUCD President and Senate.
*All have 1-year terms. 6 elected during Fall Quarter, remaining 6 elected Winter Quarter.
*Term = until graduation or resignation. Only elected when there is a vacancy.
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*All have 1-year terms.
Interpret wording of ASUCD Constitution and wording of bylaws, when terms of either are violated. W H AT ’ S T H E P U R P O S E ?
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Create, vote on, enact and amend bills. There are spending, policy and resolution bills. Spending bills allocate ASUCD resources to fund Senate projects. Policy bills add to or reform the rules/regulations (bylaws) pertaining to the operation of ASUCD. Resolutions are official statements made by Senate. They also work with the V.P. to produce the ideas (platforms) on which they were elected.
M EE TINGS ON THUR SDAYS: members of public are admitted. Includes presentations by various clubs, groups related to UCD.
Any student can write a bill, though a Senator must present it at a Senate meeting. 7 Co m m issio n s: specialized groups that advise the Senate when it comes to their specialty. Similar to advisory boards. 7 Per m an en t Co mmitte e s: groups that divide Senator roles into smaller, more manageable ones. 1 O u t reac h Asse m bly: Bridges the gap between campus clubs and ASUCD.
ASUC D h a s a n annual operating budget of $11.8 MI LLI O N.
With this budget, ASUCD creates “units,” which 3rd-year communications and political science double major and 2012-13 Senator, Felicia Ong, describes as “the major forefront of the association.”
Units are the major services that ASUCD provides for students. Most operate on a break-even scale, and some are subsidized.
Examples are: Unitrans, AS Dining Services (the CoHo, the CoHo South Café and the CoHo To Go), the Bike Barn, the Pantry and the Experimental College.
The California Aggie and FM Radio Station KDVS are units of ASUCD but are maintained by The Campus Media Board, which is run out of the Office of the Chancellor. This is to maintain objectivity in campus media.
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Davis’ new Institute of Transportation studies installs new electric vehicle charging stations in West Village as part of their goal to reduce carbon emissions.
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S U S TA I N A B L E T R A N S P O R TAT I O N Consortium attempts to reduce carbon emissions, energy use
Sean Guerra Aggie Features Writer UC Davis’ Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis) was chosen by the U.S. Department of Transportation to lead the two year, $11.2 million research consortium. The center will aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from passenger and freight transportation on the state and federal levels. They will approach this through fuel and vehicle alternatives, environmental and energy policy and community development and outreach. In a world largely dependent on fossil fuels, vehicular mobility and profit margins, institutional change in the transportation system will be the overarching goal of the National Center for Sustainable Transportation (Transportation Center) now based here at UC Davis. Operating since 1991, ITS-Davis began as an interdisciplinary approach to “sustainable transportation” between faculty and students even before the term was widely used. This was a major reason they were chosen to lead the consortium, according to Daniel Sperling, founding director of ITS-Davis and executive director of the Transportation Center.
“From the beginning, we emphasized the environmental, energy and livability aspects of transportation,” Sperling said. “We were one of the first to do that in the U.S. and we have grown and developed that reputation from experience.” Made up of transportation institutes from the University of Southern California, CSU Long Beach, UC Riverside, University of Vermont and Georgia Institute of Technology, the consortium will attempt to facilitate cooperative change by partnering with influential stakeholders like car and oil companies, local governments and public interest groups. “Our primary focus is mitigation by reducing carbon emissions and energy use,” Sperling said. “We’re trying to help cities and states develop a more sustainable transportation system and we will provide them with information and assistance to find what the best way forward is.” Secondary to mitigation, another objective for the center concerns land use and travel behavior for extreme weather patterns that climate change is expected to produce. “Our research will analyze vehicles, fuels and technological fixes to the problem, but we will also be looking at the infrastructure itself,” said Susan Handy, professor of environmental policy and
director of the Transportation Center. “We will examine how we build roads, how we can operate them in a way that reduces emissions and how we can get people to drive less through how we design our communities.” The Transportation Center’s plans include mobilizing findings by creating a model curriculum for sustainable transportation students nationwide, hosting weekly online seminars and holding a National Summit on Transportation and Climate Change to discuss the translation between research and policy. This is often the most difficult step in the process, according to Anthony Eggert, executive director of the UC Davis Policy Institute and partner of ITSDavis. “Today people are bombarded from advocates, concerned citizens and industry groups,” Eggert said. “Our primary mission is to penetrate that noisy system by taking technical information and distilling it into a form that is accessible to policy makers to better inform policy and benefit the community.” According to Eggert, the transfer from academia to application in the private sector will require economic sustainability in terms of affordability and profitability in a market economy. They
will be dealing with large vehicle and fuel industries which bring in nearly $1 trillion every year in the U.S. alone. “Any time you’re trying to change an industry of that size you have to recognize that the only way to make an impact is through scale,” Eggert said. “We can’t just sell a few efficient cars and a few gallons of low carbon fuel. It has to be millions of cars and billions of gallons.” However, as automakers introduce more efficient, electric and renewable energy models to the market, increased production will likely drive down prices for consumer accessibility. Eggert also noted that the interdisciplinary approach of the Transportation Center is important for addressing concerns for both private and public sectors. “What we find in the research is that you cannot change the transportation system with one particular technology or strategy,” Eggert said. “You need a portfolio of strategies which includes fuels, vehicles and land use to reach energy and environmental goals, making sure policies are scientifically, legally, socially and economically sound.”
SEAN GUERRA can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MLA elects Davis professor as president Professor Margaret Ferguson works on more than just MLAstyle guide
Nick Frederici Aggie Features Writer UC Davis Department of English Professor Margaret Ferguson plans to bridge the gap between college and high school language education as the Modern Language Association’s (MLA) new president. The MLA is best known for its guidebook to citation style, which is used by almost everyone at UC Davis. When most students start college, they’ve already known about the style guide. It is the standard for citation in high school as well as college. Since not many manage to memorize it, it’s a safe bet that few students know anything about the MLA beyond it. “The rules are constantly updated. That takes a lot of thought and also feedback from people who are using them, including students. We get interesting feedback from students who say,‘this just isn’t clear,’“ Ferguson said. Ferguson is best known to students for teaching a range of English courses at UC Davis, including English 3, the course that introduces many to higher education literature. This stage of college education is very important to Ferguson, as it offers the most variety in students. English 3 is generally a class taken by those who are not pursuing English as a major. It is also one of the first steps to transitioning from high school to college level courses, an area which Ferguson has shown a lot of interest in with her work in the MLA. As president, Ferguson plans to look at and help with the implementation of new core standards for K-12 curriculum. What does a style guide for citation have to do with K-12 core curriculum? Overall, not much. However, this is much closer to the heart of what the MLA was created for. “It started in 1883 as an organization for professors of modern languages, to help them gain a place in university and college curricula — different from the very big place that classical languages and literature then held,” Ferguson said. MLA stands for “Modern Language Association.” Modern refers to the type of language it draws attention to, not how recent the association was formed. “It is the biggest organization for language and literature teachers in the world,” Ferguson said.
COURTESY Professor Margaret Ferguson was elected as the new MLA President.
Language, she feels, plays a big role in what the MLA should be focused on. Although recent years have apparently seen a shift of the “L” from Language to Literature, literature is merely a branch of the larger language focus in the MLA. MLA presidents are expected to write and act as a spokesperson for the organization. Ferguson has already decided one of the things she wants to talk about. “I want to talk about the ways in which teachers of writing, teachers of foreign languages, teachers of literature, can pool their resources through the MLA to address
some major issues in colleges which are losing funding for some of their language departments,“ Ferguson said. MLA was organized around modern language, which goes beyond classical language. This includes English, but not necessarily only literature. The interests of the MLA stretch beyond college because they involve language education, which starts at the K-12 level. One of Ferguson’s major focuses as president is to begin and continue education effectively. “I’m hoping to bring some high school teachers in to talk to MLA members, who
are mostly but not always employed as college teachers, about how we can better bridge the social and educational gaps between six to 18-year-olds and 18-year-olds through graduate students,” Ferguson said. Her colleague at UC Davis and the current English Department chair, Elizabeth Miller, recognizes the importance of Ferguson’s focus and efforts. “We, as professors, need a better sense of how our students are being prepared for college, and high school teachers likewise need a better sense of what is expected of students when they come to university,” Miller said. Ferguson’s efforts in the MLA are not even isolated to merely educational problems in kindergarten through graduate school, but extend to aiding in the continued success of graduating students. Another colleague from the English Department, Gina Bloom, expressed interest in Ferguson’s current project with the MLA. Ferguson has been working on a document to set standards for letters of recommendations done by professors. The hope is that it will help professors to more easily write adequate letters. “I'm especially excited about the work she has already begun doing to address the problem of inflation in letters of recommendation. More than ever before, faculty are expected to write more and longer letters of recommendation that do not necessarily have any greater of an impact on students' success securing positions at graduate schools or in jobs,” Bloom said. In her one-year term as president, Ferguson hopes to continue the success of the MLA and aid in the improvements she feels are already happening in the organization. One of her roles as president is to inform people of what the MLA is and emphasize its advocacy of helpful educational policies and academic freedom. “I hope that the MLA will continue to advocate on behalf of lecturers and other non-tenure-track faculty, to support graduate students facing a difficult academic job market and to be a national voice for academic freedom. I know that Margie shares all these goals,” Miller said. NICK FREDERICI can be reached at email@example.com.
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into the CoHo and sales numbers to increase further over time. “Up until now, we have some freshmen that come over, but not as much as they’re probably going to come over now just because they can use their Aggie Cash here. We’re tapping into a freshman group of 5,000 or so that are now able to utilize their Aggie Cash here that wouldn’t probably normally come here,” Schluep said. Although a ten percent discount is given to those who use Aggie Cash at a majority of participating locations, the CoHo will not provide a discount for using Aggie Cash at this time. Schluep claims the reasoning behind this decision is that prices at the CoHo are competitive already. However, he also claims that the door for an Aggie Cash discount remains open if the program goes well for the Fall Quarter trial period. “If down the road, we see that there’s a benefit to offering a discount, we do have the door open to do that if we so choose. Our prices are discounted already. That’s how we look at it. We have some great prices, we hold up well against anybody else,” Schluep said. As of now, Aggie Cash is accepted at every location in the CoHo except the two outside registers at the Marketplace. According to Schluep, if one wants to use Aggie Cash at the Marketplace they have to go to the middle three registers. There are also signs to direct people to which registers accept Aggie Cash. Schluep claims that it was a business decision to save money on installation costs as these registers are only open a couple of hours a day during the CoHo’s peak period. A business’ startup cost for Aggie Cash includes running wires, purchasing readers, a monthly charge for the readers in case one fails and a monthly charge cost that goes to the service by Sodexo. According to Kyle Privette, Dining Services marketing manager, UC Davis dining services look for unique businesses to partner with in terms of Aggie Cash. Privette claims what’s unique about the CoHo is that it’s on campus. “We’re always looking for a variety of vendors that offer something unique. We don’t want 25 pizza places,” Privette said. “I am glad that everything fell into place this year so that residence hall students can engage the MU community even more than before,” said Branden Pettit, Director of Student Development in an email interview.
a third-year nutrition science major. Along with providing variety and flexibility to campus meal plans, Connolly also hopes that the Aggie Cash will grow beyond just a first-year market. According to Connolly, the ASUCD Coffee House partnering with Sodexo and Aggie Cash will grow both business for the Aggie Cash program and the CoHo as well. “As freshmen, the students are starting their patterns. Eating at the Silo, eating at the Coffee House. And then, after their freshman year, the fact that they live without that Aggie Cash, each year it’s kind of like, ‘Okay I need to buy that Aggie Cash next year to keep that money on and for off campus locations,” Connolly said. According to Connolly, Aggie Cash partnering with the CoHo has been in discussion for at least six years. He claims that there are various reasons why the partnership didn’t work out. However, Connolly also claims that Darin Schluep, the most recent ASUCD Coffee House Food Service Director, saw the deal as a viable option and was one of the major reasons for why the partnership happened. “I’m relatively new to my position; I’ve been here about a year. So I thought it’d be a great opportunity to recheck it out and see what was available out there and if we could partner with them. Really for us, the reason why we want to do it is it’s a service to the students. So it was in our best interest to make it happen,” Schluep said. According to Chris Rzenut, Aggie Cash Program Controller, technical issues also played a part in the delay of Aggie Cash partnering with the CoHo. He claims with the advancement of technology over the years, cost for it has been brought down enough to possibly sway the other party’s decision. “As technology grows it gets easier and I think the price came down enough that it made sense. Maybe five years ago the technology would’ve been more expensive and wouldn’t have been worth their while to do it,” Rzenut said. According to Schluep, the CoHo accepting Aggie Cash allows the CoHo to tap into the freshmen market, a much smaller market than other classes. Having already seen an increase in the first week of business, Schluep expects both the number of everyday students that come JASON PHAM can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. CMLaw13_Fowler_Ads_CMFLaw13 UCDavis 10/2/13 9:28 AM Page 1
“I had a permit my sophomore year but now it’s too expensive, and I live closer to campus. I feel like there aren’t enough parking spaces and there are too many unused A spots,” said Shayline Loanzon, a fourth-year English major. A permits are available for UC Davis faculty and staff, while C permits are available for faculty, staff and students not living on campus. Monthly A permits are currently priced at $51, which is $9 more than monthly C permits, and they give access to higher quality parking spaces. On this subject, Contreras said that parking rate structures are based on convenience and access. Because A permit spots are located at the front of the parking lots, they are the first spots drivers see. They may also see that less of these
spots are being parked in, while many more of the C permit spots are being used. “We have never in history seen the utilization of every C permit spot,” Contreras said. Contreras said internal cuts were made before parking rate increases were decided on. “We always take a look at the entire budget first,” Contreras said. “In the last five years we were able to eliminate three and a half full-time positions, lower our hours of operation, retrofit parking facility lights to cut $55,000 a year and make cuts in marketing and supplies.” In order to manage TAPS funds, Contreras said there will likely be another increase in parking prices next year, although it is currently unknown what or how much the increase will be. MELISSA DITTRICH can be reached at email@example.com.
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excellent busing system), your home energy efficiency and your consumption (including waste and food print),” Nittler said. Nittler added that every one of their film screenings, workshops, forums, newspaper articles and competitions revolves around one or more of these three areas. The Cool Davis Initiative aims to make Davis a healthier and happier community that works together toward prac-
tical solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Davis was named the “Coolest City” in California by the state because of its pride in increased environmental consciousness. Additionally, UC Davis was named Sierra Magazine’s “#4 Coolest School” this year. “I believe many people have begun the transformation, but I know we have a steep climb ahead if we are to avoid the worst consequences of global warming,” Nittler said. SHANNON SMITH can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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percentage of the overall budget that UC has,” said Shelly Meron, a media specialist in the UC Office of the President. “The compensation package that we give service workers is very competitive.” Some service workers disagree with UC’s insistence that they are providing the unit with reasonable compensation. “Working at UC Davis, as a father of two, I can’t even afford to live in Davis,” said Ruben Santos, a senior custodian in the UC Davis Facilities Management Department. “If the pay was competitive we wouldn’t be living paycheck to paycheck.” Santos also expressed his concern that he will be unable to pay for his children to someday attend the institution that he works for. “This is not what a public university is supposed to stand for.They are supposed to build ladders to the middle class, and right now they are destroying those ladders,” said Todd Stenhouse, Communications Director with AFSCME 3229. Other service workers are also struggling to support their families on their current income. Eugene Stokes, a senior building maintenance worker at UC Berkeley, spoke about the difficult financial choices he has
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of pictures. I was surprised that so many people thought this was an enlightening study, because personally I was distressed with the whole premise of it. One of the women in the study remarked, “I should be more grateful of my natural beauty. It impacts the choices and friends that we make, the jobs we apply for, how we treat our children. It impacts everything. It couldn’t be more critical to your happiness.” Although, I fully support embracing your natural beauty I can’t help but disagree that our impression of our own beauty is the most powerful force behind every single decision we make in our lives. It’s disturbing to think that our quality of life depends on how beauti-
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Ganter said. Though the company puts great emphasis on their performance, they also offer a lot of opportunities for community involvement, especially with young people. In Manhattan, the studio holds dance classes for ages two to 18. Classes are offered for those who dance as a hobby and for others with pre-professional outlooks. Along with the Manhattan classes, the company also holds workshops and master classes in schools around the country as they tour. Unlike many dance companies, Ballet Hispanico holds beginner classes for students who may be interested in the art, but have never had the chance to partake. “We are interested in exposing students to working artists. We’re used to groups mostly teaching master classes for already highly-trained students, so it’s great the
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been faced with recently. “Yesterday, I had to choose between paying the mortgage or helping my daughter with her tuition. On other days, that choice is between medicine and food,” Stokes said. The changes were implemented one week before new UC President Janet Napolitano began. Many are looking to her for resolution on this issue. Ten California state representatives recently signed an open letter to Napolitano addressing their concerns about UC’s treatment of the service workers. “Whatever the reason, whatever the recent history, singling out the University’s largest population of minority workers for the harshest treatment at the bargaining table sends a deeply disturbing message. Nothing could be less consistent with the values that you have embodied throughout your career,” the letter states. AFSCME and the service workers are currently deciding what steps to take next. “What workers are worried about right now is our families and our futures.We love working for UC. We love the students and the faculty. All we’re asking for is to make a fair wage and be respected,” Santos said. “We are ready to fight until we get something that’s fair.” LAUREN MASCARENHAS can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ful society deems us to be; what’s more troubling is that a lot women are fully convinced that our beauty is the most important element of our identity. I’m tired of girls tearing themselves apart over this. I’m tired of my friends saying they refuse to be in a picture because they are going to look ugly in it. I want more women to embrace their valuable personality traits such as being smart, funny and compassionate. At the same time, I want woman to not feel ashamed for their interests in fashion and makeup and Seventeen magazine. The same society that forces us to obsess over our appearance shouldn’t shame us if we take a genuine interest in it. If you’re sexy and you know it, and want to talk about it, email MONA SUNDARA at email@example.com
company is willing to work with beginners,”Arts Engagement Coordinator of the Mondavi Center Ruth Rosenberg said. The company will be holding a class at a high school in Dixon as well as Natomas Charter School in Sacramento. As for UC Davis students interested in learning more about Ballet Hispanico, there will be a Q&A session onstage immediately following the show on Oct. 11. Ganter believes the experience will be one-of-a-kind and is excited for Davis to welcome them. “They show what modern dance can do all while expressing their culture and that deserves to be seen in this community,” Ganter said. For ticket information, visit the Mondavi Center Box Office or tickets.mondaviarts.org.
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Bike theft, burglary on campus UC Davis has more bikes registered through TAPS than it does full time students, and bike theft is a big issue for everyone from students to professors. “Bike theft is the biggest crime that we see on campus,” said Andy Fell of the UC Davis Police Department. Bike theft could certainly account for a large amount of the burglary charges shown in the 2012 Clery Report. Campus safety Contrasting the improved crime rates on the UC Davis campus is the explosion that took place on the UC Berkeley campus on Sept. 30. According to UC Berkeley spokesperson Dan Mogulof, who spoke about the incident to the LA Times, the explosion was most likely caused by a burglary that occurred earlier in the week when copper wire was stolen from an offcampus electrical system. The explosion took place near California Hall, and at least four people sustained mild injuries such as burns. “[We] weren’t sure what to do in the emergency,” said Karin Olivia, a fourth-year UC Davis animal science major who was visiting friends at UC Berkeley when the explosion went off. “It was mass hysteria at first.” All students were evacuated from the UC Berkeley campus at the time of the disaster while fire, police and ambulance crews contained the explosion and made sure that everyone was safe. About 20 people were trapped in the elevators but were eventually rescued, and temporary generators were brought into the campus to power buildings while repairs were being made. According to Fell, the UC Davis campus has well developed disaster preparedness plans for such emergencies. A full time emergency planner is in charge of the program, and an emergency operations center coordinates responses. Fell also advises students and faculty to sign up for WarnMe text alerts to receive info about
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when people assume capitalism is terrible without having studied basic economics.The fact is that we live in a mixed economy; that is, capitalism and socialism coexist. So few people realize this, however, that they continue to tear apart these economic systems — even when these systems are working successfully right under their noses. Buzzwords have made their way into other realms of politics, too. Perhaps the most notable example is the ongoing “pro-life” vs. “pro-choice” debate.Those against abortion artfully word their stance in a way that implies their opponents are anti-life, and those in favor of abortion suggest that their opponents are anti-choice. Of course, neither of these accusations is true, but the phrasing is so powerful that it instantly demonizes the other side. If you believe
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and slowly our voices became in tune with each other, to the point where I’d sing a new song and she’d pick up harmonies after a couple tries. We never took ourselves too seriously, so it was easy for either of us to point out when the other was off-key. To this day, she is my closest musical counterpart, and one of my clos-
Homicides in City of Davis The City of Davis is considered to be a relatively “crime-free” city, Fell said. However, two cases of homicide occurred in the City of Davis this past year. The first was the double homicide of elderly Davis couple Oliver “Chip” Northrup and Claudia Maupin, whose bodies were discovered on April 14, 2013. Daniel Marsh, 16, has been accused of killing Northup and Maupin. Marsh is ineligible for the death penalty because of his age, and has pled not guilty to the charges of murder and torture. However, he is being tried as an adult and faces life in prison if convicted. Most recently, a five-year-old girl was found in the trunk of her mother’s car in Sacramento and pronounced dead on the way to the hospital on Sept. 30. While the mother and daughter were found in Sacramento, the crime is suspected to have happened in the City of Davis, within a mile of the area where Northrup and Maupin were killed in April. The homicides from the past year have definitely shaken up some Davis residents. The prime suspect for the death of the five-year-old is her mother, 29-year-old Aquelin Talamantes. Northrup and Maupin’s murder shocked residents because a teenager was found to be responsible for the horrible tragedy. “I worry about kids [being] out at night,” said Michael Plonsk, a citizen of the City of Davis. The Clery Report may indicate a lowered crime rate, but the recent events show that serious crimes do still occur, and members of the UC Davis and City of Davis communities have reason to be cautious. Students that are at any time worried about their safety when they are out and about are encouraged to call the campus escort service or campus security and to always report any suspicious behavior. TAYLOR CUNNINGHAM can be reached at city@ theaggie.org.
a fetus is a human being, then great.That does not entitle you to call your opponents babykillers. Conversely, if you believe in a woman’s right to an abortion, that’s awesome.That still doesn’t mean you can refer to your opponents as woman-haters. America has enjoyed success for hundreds of years because of the ideals upon which it was founded: life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, freedom to choose, general welfare of the people, you name it. Republicans and Democrats alike believe in these principles, we just happen to interpret them differently. So, next time you want to use what seems like a harsh word against a political opponent, remember: we live in a free, well-governed, capitalist, socialist, pro-life, pro-choice, country. And a great country it is. If you still think ZACH MOORE is dirty communist scum, you can tell him so at zcmoore@ ucdavis.edu.
est friends. Some of my favorite songs to sing are the ones we’ve written together. All it took was four simple chords to ignite what became a four-year-long adventure. It is chance. Serendipity. All those cliché and overused rom com themes. To find someone who is in tune with you both mentally and literally is not an easy task, but it is certainly a worthy one. To help ELLY OLTERSDORF find her Davis musical soulmate, contact her at email@example.com.
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INTERNATIONAL FEST Cont. from page 7 Indonesian dance troupes, among many others, will be giving lively demonstrations of their heritages. Galena Street East Productions (GSEP), one of the headlining performers of the event, is a world-renowned dance production that was not only chosen by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to represent California in the Festival of States in Washington, D.C., but also opened for the pre-Olympics in Beijing in 2008. The GSEP performers, who range from elementary students to young adults, focus on developing their gifts and talents to be able to share them with many nations and communities. “One of my main focuses is to have different nationalities singing and dancing songs from around the world instead of just one culture doing their own heritage. I feel this creates an interest and eventually an understanding and love of all cultures,” said Jeri Clinger, director of GSEP, in a statement. Cori Grimsam, public show coordinator of GSEP, expressed that since most people view music and dance as a way to experience the traditions of different cultures, it remains important to GSEP to achieve authenticity in
GREENFEST Cont. from page 6 “We really wanted Cherry Royale and Rita Hosking, but they were not available in June, so we booked them for this show,” Tomasello said.“Be Calm Honcho and Extra Classic were really well-received, so we invited them back.We also have Kingfisher and Sea Train to show young talent, and Midi Matilda was a request from Karen, who saw them open at a concert.”
AGGIE ARCADE Cont. from page 7 system — SteamOS — and a unique controller that features trackpads instead of analog sticks and uses haptic feedback technology. It all sounds a little unusual and perhaps Valve will fall flat on its face, but I found myself surprisingly optimistic following the news. I’ve been playing PC games regularly for just a few short years due to past limitations, and though I enjoy the experience, part of me still prefers sitting on the couch with a controller in my hands. Valve already tried to cater to audiences like myself with Steam’s Big Picture mode, which allows players to use the TV and controller to play games. But that involves me plugging a HDMI cord from my computer to the TV, and let’s just say that’s not entirely doable in my current setup. But if I had a dedicated console for Steam games in the living room … now that’s a different story. The Steam controller also plays a pivotal role with its trackpads, which appear to mimic analog sticks, mice and buttons
LACTATION Cont. from page 8
This fear of mammary glands is both new and alarming. Breastfeeding has been a part of the human life cycle since we evolved, as seen in our animal relatives. It is very important for making healthy humans. One of the biggest benefits of breastfeeding stems from the immune system boost mothers pass to their children. A woman can pass up to half a gram per day of Immunoglobulin A antibodies via her milk. These end up in the intestines of the infants and help fight infection. Over the last few hundred years, breasts have become centers of attention for different reasons. Why this occurred is hard to say, but the researchers recommend help for the concerned, new mothers. The scholars suggest plans to evaluate breast-
performances. “You have to be careful when you’re doing a performance that you’re representing it correctly,” Grimsman said. But music and dance will not be the only forms of entertainment at the IFD. There will be a fashion show showcasing traditional and modern fashions from around the world. Nathalie Minya, whose designs have appeared on “Oprah,” designed many of the outfits that will be exhibited on the runway. In past years, the fashion shows in the IFD have always been a highlight of the event. Holman described this aspect of the event as “culture in motion.” Also attending will be international guest speaker Dr. Tererei Trent, a fellow with the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the Department of Medicine, UC San Francisco. Trent, who has been involved in HIV prevention research in sub-Saharan Africa, will be sharing her story about growing up in rural Zimbabwe, lacking access to education and rising up to the challenges of the unequal distribution of access to resources and education. The festival will be held at the Veterans Memorial Center from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, visit internationalfestivaldavis.org. DANIEL STAECHELIN can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomasello said that he hopes people would come out to see the concert in order to see the exciting things Davis is doing. “As far as students go, they might only think of Davis as the university, but this fundraiser will let those students see what we’re really doing,” Tomasello said. “Also, there is a cool music scene in Davis and this will help people pay attention to that.” For more information on Festival on the Green, visit davismusicfest.org.
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Q&A with Megan Rynott, a fourth-year communication and political science double major 1. If you could describe your personal style in three words, what would they be? Edgy, nerdy, hippie. 2. Who is your style icon? I really like Demi Levato’s street style, like when you see pictures of her in day-to-day clothes. She wears layers, and has a rockstar/ hippie vibe that I really like. 3.What are your three musthave items in your wardrobe? Skinny jeans, maxidress and a cardigan. 4. What is your favorite accessory and why? I like a cute pair of earrings, small hoops/studs in interesting shapes. Also, BOOTS. 5. Where do you love to shop and why?
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simultaneously. I’ll admit the design looks a bit silly, but if it can successfully transition mouse/keyboard games to the big screen, then Valve may be on to something truly special. All of this is a bit presumptuous, and some gamers even think Steam Machines will rival the PS4 and Xbox One. I find that a bit preposterous — first off,Valve’s console won’t be out until next year. Secondly, not all audiences are the same — people interested in the PS4/Xbox One may not be interested in a Steam Machine, and vice versa. Not even Valve has garnered enough goodwill to top mega-giants like Sony and Microsoft. Nevertheless,Valve has a chance to capture the hearts and minds of a large gaming audience, something the company has already done in the past. Just look at the popularity of Steam now — believe it or not, but people used to hate the platform (trust me, I was there in the beginning and it was … not good). Valve ultimately convinced the skeptics over the course of a few years, and I would not be surprised if it does the same thing with the release of the Steam Machines in the next year. ANTHONY LABELLA can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
feeding and make mothers more comfortable with their role in childbearing. Perhaps the lactation rooms on our very own campus can help set this in action. Amy Chyan, a second-year NPB major at UC Davis, simply says, “I’ve seen [the lactation rooms] around, but I’ve never seen them in use.” While not many of the younger student population may take advantage of these rooms, Lonna Hampton, the lactation specialist at WorkLife on campus, knows the true importance of the lactation rooms. In an email, she pointed out, “The rooms benefit students, staff and faculty who are separated from their infants during their time on campus, as they provide excellent quality breast pumps and a private place in which to pump.”
I like Forever 21 for staple pieces, they’re cute and cheap. Also, I really like Old Navy this season. They have great simple pieces that are perfect for layering, which is like my number one favorite thing. That’s why fall is the best season: layers and boots. Also, for one-of-a-kind pieces, I love thrift stores. The dress I’m wearing came from a thrift store outing in Woodland. It’s fun to find things that may not be “in style” and give them new life by wearing them in new ways. 6. What is your most treasured item in your wardrobe? My grandfather’s jacket is definitely the most sentimental item
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‘Reality2,’ as all the pieces are very different, quirky and thought-provoking,” Nelson said. DeWitt Cheng is a well-known sedulous art critic and artist from San Francisco, known as a kind of “ombudsman” for Bay Area visual art. He acts somewhat as a catalyst for curators, suggesting names of artists, or helping to put artists’ work in perspective for the art audience. “I had run across the work of these artists in various places over the years, from Open Studio to the internet, and believed that their work deserved more exposure. ‘Reality2’ focuses on surreally imaginative figurative painting as a vehicle for social and political satire, but there are others, of course, whose work would be perfect for other themes,” Cheng said. For example, artist Michael Kerbow chooses to depict modern landscapes, like in his painting “Means to an End,” which shows an everyday landscape view, of a freeway running through a busy city, but with an ominous tone.
7. How has your style changed since high school? Leaps and bounds! I basically didn’t have a style in high school. I lived in jeans, T-shirts and flip flops. 8. How did living in SoCal and Portland influence your personal style? I think I’ve rebelled against SoCal in my style. Portland definitely had a huge influence on me fashion-wise.The style there is very mountain hipster, and I love it. Boots, flannels and lots of layers, but everyone still looks super cool. 9. What items would you recommend our readers to incorporate into their wardrobes for this season? What is fall without a great pair of boots? Seriously. Also, I’d say cardigans are the perfect fall staple.They’re great for layering, they’re super easy, and they look great with practically anything: dresses, jeans, skirts, whatever! 10. What final tips can you give to our fashionable readers? Be yourself. It’s fun to follow trends, but make sure you wear things that you like and you feel will represent you the best. Dress how you want the world to see you. JAMES KIM can be reached at email@example.com.
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backstop COURESTY Senior Ashley Edwards shields the ball against a Sac State defender.
WO ME N'S S OCC ER BEGINS CONFE RE NCE TITLE Q U E ST Teams UC Davis at Long Beach State; UC Davis UC Irvine Records Aggies, 3-5-2 (0-0-0); 49ers, 7-5-0 (1-1-0); Anteaters, 6-5-0 (1-1-0) Where George Allen Field – Long Beach, Calif.; Anteater Stadium – Irvine, Calif. When Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. Who To Watch Senior Ashley Edwards scored the gamewinning goal in a 1-0 victory over the Pacific in the Aggies’ last game on Sept. 27. She has two goals on the season now and will look to make an even bigger impact as the Aggies move into their conference schedule. Edwards started all 19 games last season and finished with
FOOTBALL PREVIEW Teams UC Davis vs. University of Montana Records Aggies, 2-4 (2-0); Grizzlies, 4-1 (1-1) Where Aggie Stadium — Davis, Calif. When Saturday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. Who to watch? The Aggies finally have the ball rolling after pocketing their second win of the season Oct. 5 against Southern Utah University (SUU), 21-3. UC Davis, still undefeated in Big Sky Conference play, are hungry for another victory and will get the chance to feast when they take on the University of Montana Grizzlies at home Oct. 12 for UC Davis’ homecoming. An Aggie to look for in the Homecoming game is junior linebacker Steven Pitts. Although Pitts has been a reliable force on defense all season, he stood out among the rest with his exceptional play all game against SUU. The 6’1” El Cajon, Calif. na-
a team-high 16 points which included seven goals and two assists. She was selected as one of three team captains on this year's squad. "Edwards possesses an excellent work rate,” said head coach Maryclaire Robinson of her star forward. Junior goalkeeper Taylor Jern recorded a shutout in the win against Pacific for the third Aggie shutout of the year. Jern started all 19 games last year as well and finished with a 1.09 goal against average and 84 saves. She is on a hot streak right now, not having conceded a goal in two consecutive games. She seems primed to lead the Aggies into their conference matchups starting on Oct. 10. Did You Know Head coach Maryclaire Robinson is only three wins shy of 200 for her remarkable career at UC Davis. If all goes well and the Aggies win their next two games at Long Beach State and at UC Irvine, then coach Robinson could possibly vic-
tive finished the game with seven tackles and, a sack against Thunderbird quarterback Aaron Cantu and even knocked down a pass. The talented linebacker was nominated for Big Sky Player of the Week for his performance against SUU. Did you know The last time UC Davis matched up against the Montana Grizzlies wats at Aggies Stadium four years ago on Sept. 12, 2009. Unfortunately, the Aggies lost to the Grizzlies, 10-17. This time around, however, the Aggies are coming off of a two-game winning streak and don’t appear to be letting up anytime soon. The Aggies will have the opportunity to prevent history from repeating itself this Saturday. Preview The Aggies return to Davis, Calif. for their Homecoming game this weekend after leaving Cedar City, Utah with their second straight win of the season against SUU. UC Davis remains undefeated in the Big Sky Conference as they prepare to take on the Montana Grizzlies on the Aggies’ home turf. After winning their first game of the season as well as their first win in Big Sky Conference play, UC Davis utilized the
tory her 200th win at home on Oct. 17 against Hawai’i. Regardless of when she passes the milestone, Robinson is very much looking forward to winning her 200th game, but probably not for the reason you'd think. "I'd like to reach that milestone this year, but because it means that the team is winning," coach Robinson said. The win will have to come in conference play which is always harder, as the intensity and desire to win spikes, but the victory will be that much more rewarding. Preview The Aggies head into this critical two game stretch in desperate need of a couple wins. Their non-conference schedule was difficult with some very good teams, but they just couldn't get the victories. There is reason to hope though. Besides the shutout win against Pacific, the Aggies played very well against top competition, going 1-1-1 against Pac-12 teams. Nevertheless, UC Davis is prob-
momentum and took it on the road in order to defeat the Thunderbirds 21-3 on Oct. 5. The Aggies prevented Utah’s high altitude from serving as an advantage for the Thunderbirds because UC Davis did not even consider it an aspect of the game. “We didn’t even talk about the altitude — that wasn’t a factor,” said coach Gould. “We talked about preparation all week, and working hard day-in and day-out.” One aspect of the game that did in fact greatly influence the Aggies play and success was the coverage unit and freshman punter Colby Wadman. The rookie demonstrated impressive skill having kept SUU within their four yard line three out of his seven punts, making their average starting point their 13-yard line. The Aggies played their best game in terms of offense and defense according to coach Gould. The Aggies’ running game was led by junior running back Gabe Manzanares. Manzanares, having run for a career-high 208 yards against Idaho State two weeks ago, excelled against a Thunderbirds defense that had been only been giving up 98 rushing yards per game. Manzanares rushed for 175 yards on 33 carries, including two second-quarter touchdown runs. The Aggies’ defense remains the backbone of the team’s success, as senior cor-
ably going to need to win the Big West in order to make the postseason this year. The journey starts with games at Long Beach State and UC Irvine. Long Beach State is 7-5-0 so far this year and one of the top teams in the Big West. They earned a spot in the NCAA tournament last year, so they have a postseason pedigree to give the Aggies trouble. UC Irvine is 6-5-0 this season but is only 1-3-0 at home, giving hope that the Aggies can continue trend when they visit on Sunday. The key for the Aggies is to make the most of their opportunities. Many times this season, the Aggies have gotten into winning positions but have just failed to convert. "We can compete with anybody,” coach Robinson said. “Every day is an opportunity to be our best.” The Aggies will certainly get their chance to prove this against two good sides in Long Beach State and UC Irvine. — Vic Anderson
nerback Jonathan Perkins set the tone for the game with a field-goal block on SUU’s first possession. “That was a definite momentum changer for us,” coach Gould said. The Aggies’ tallied a season-high four sacks, with contributions from seniors Nick King, Colin Kelly and sophomore Kyle DeVaughn. Aggie defensive backs senior Dre Allen and sophomore Shamawn Wright both picked off passes from SUU. As the 4-1 Grizzlies head to Davis, the Aggies must not get too caught up in their recent victories. Montana is coming off the weekend with a 55-27 victory over Portland State. Montana’s quarterback Jordan Johnson had a four-touchdown game supported by Travon Van and Jordan Canada, each of whom ran for more than 100 yards to contribute to the Grizzlies’ 378 total rushing yards. The Aggies’ offense will have to plot against the National and Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week, Anthony Goodwin. The senior cornerback had two interceptions and seven pass deflections in the Grizzlies’ Homecoming win against Portland. Let’s hope UC Davis football continues to improve and impress Gould and Aggies fans with a Homecoming game victory this Saturday. — Jordanna Baddeley
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COURTESY Freshman Kendall Frisoli serves in a game earlier this season.
Being a standout in both basketball and volleyball during high school, what made you pursue volleyball heading into college?
I have been a multiple-sport athlete for my entire life and choosing to play one sport was one of the hardest decisions for me. I had a separate passion for both basketball and volleyball, but both complimented each other — the aggressiveness in basketball and the jumping and agility of volleyball. But by the summer of my senior year in high school, I decided to start focusing on the one sport that I was taking seriously going into college — volleyball. As a follow up, what was the appeal of the UC Davis volleyball program?
Besides the school itself, I knew I wanted to go to the UC system. Coming up north from Southern California, the environ-
MEN’S SOCCER PREVIEW Teams UC Davis at Cal State Fullerton; at UC Riverside Records Aggies, 5-5-1 (1-1-0); Titans, 4-6-0 (1-1-0); Highlanders, 0-2-0 (5-4-2) Where Titan Stadium — Fullerton, Calif.; UC Riverside Soccer Stadium — Riverside, Calif. When Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. A tough loss to sixth-ranked Cal State Northridge may have ended the weekend on a sour note for the UC Davis men’s soccer team, but the Aggies started the weekend series on a high note with a victory against another nationally ranked
ment here was laid back, the people were nice and I am close to family. Volleyballwise, while participating at Libero Camp the summer before my junior year, that is where I was offered a spot to come play at Davis. Being able to interact with the Aggie players and coaches drew me in. It felt like a family and felt like a home. You received so many accolades and achieved great success in high school. How has the transition been from high school play to now playing at a collegiate level?
It is an entirely new level, and that is what pushes you to limits and levels that you never thought were possible. So few people are able to play collegiately and while you know it is going to be harder, until you get here and experience it for yourself, it is definitely different. The girls are bigger, serve
team, UC Irvine. Redshirt freshman forward Dashiell MacNamara struck first, 28 minutes into the Oct. 4 afternoon matchup against the Anteaters. MacNamara’s first goal as an Aggie came at a crucial time. “I knew Ryan Gross [could] make that long throw-in, he’s been making that pass all season and can get [the ball] in the penalty area,” MacNamara said. “Matt Sheldon cut in front of me and went in for the header, I just drifted behind him and flicked it in.” The goal gave MacNamara his first goal of the season and earned sophomore midfielder Ryan Gross his first assist of the year with his on-point throw-in. Later in the match the Aggies would strike again, with a goal coming from the foot of junior forward Matt Wiesenfarth in the last three minutes of the game. After breaking past defenders, Wisenfarth beat Anteater goalie Michael Breslin for a goal at the near post. The goal doubled the Aggies’ lead and guaranteed an upset victory for UC Davis.
better; everything is at a new level. Currently in the midst of Big West Conference play, from your perspective, how would you describe the season thus far?
We have had our ups and downs, but we are becoming a consistent team, and that is our goal. We want to find out who we are and play with that mentality. Although tied for fifth place, we know there is a lot ahead of us. We must focus on every team individually. The Big West conference is so stacked and anyone can be beaten on any given day. What many people may not know about you is that you play and compose for the guitar. How important has music been in your life?
Music is my expressive outlet. Being in college and balancing it with sports, even if I
Not to be ignored on the other end of the pitch, senior goalkeeper Omar Zeenni also continued his dominance in the match against UC Irvine, earning his fourth clean sheet of the season, giving him a program-high 17 career clean sheets, tying him with alumni Nic Platter for the all-time record. Although Zeenni gave up two goals on the Oct. 6 match-up against the mighty Cal State Northridge, he still holds a solid 0.98 goals allowed per game average this season. After a tough 0-2 defeat at the hands of Cal State Northridge in their Oct. 6 matchup, some might think that the Aggies have lost their mojo. However, with their 2-0 victory against the 25th-ranked UC Irvine on Oct. 4 and their 2-1 win over nationally-ranked New Mexico, the men still have plenty of confidence heading into this weekend’s games against Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 11 and UC Riverside on Oct. 13. The Aggies will square off against the Titans under the lights in Fullerton, then travel to UC Riverside on Sunday. With the Titans holding a current overall record of 4-6, UC Davis should
In just her first year on the UC Davis women’s volleyball team, Kendall Frisoli looks to have a promising future. Currently averaging 1.5 digs per set, Frisoli will have many more years to flourish and develop her game as an Aggie. A Southern California native who was already known as a basketball stand-out at Thousand Oaks High School, Frisoli was recognized more for her volleyball talents. Posting 307 kills and averaging .335 kills per game in 2012, Frisoli helped her team to three consecutive 14-0 league records. As a result, Frisoli never lost a league match and earned three consecutive All-Marmonte League Championships. Frisoli luckily had time to meet with Aggie Sports Writer Shaun Moncada to discuss UC Davis volleyball, the transition from high school to college and her musical talents. CONTINUED BELOW
have no time for playing music, I force myself to do it because it is such a release for me. Writing music and expressing my feelings allows me to be me. I love performing for and with people. Music just brings people together. Finally, with school now a couple weeks into the quarter, how does it feel to be a student-athlete at UC Davis?
I feel proud. It is a very special thing to call yourself a student-athlete. The work put in, going to class, practicing, even going to get food is a chore now. Then coming home to do homework and going to bed, it is literally eat, sleep, play. This experience, having this team, it is like a family, and it makes for an easier transition into college. I am proud to be a UC Davis student-athlete. — Shaun Moncada
feel good about their chances of coming out of Fullerton with a win in their first away game of the weekend. Having to play in such a high-pressure position, senior goalkeeper Omar Zeenni maintains that level-headed persona on and off the pitch. “I feel confident about our chances,” Zeenni said. “We definitely shouldn’t be worried about them.” Going on to describe what the team needs to do to come out 2-0 this upcoming weekend, Zeenni stressed focusing on their game, and not worrying about the Titans or the Highlanders. “If we just come out and play our game we’ll come out 2-0 this weekend,” Zeeni said. “Continuing to have trust in the system and exploiting their weaknesses will be key.” The Aggies hope to continue their impressive play in this weekend’s matchup against Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside. A good road trip would help UC Davis’ standings in the Big West.
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