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thursday, october 18, 2012
Gov. Brown answers questions about Prop. 30, public education Approval of Prop. 30 would avert UC budget slashes By PAAYAL ZAVERI Aggie News Writer
Gov. Jerry Brown spoke to University of California (UC) student newspapers before a rally at UCLA on Oct. 16, in support of Prop. 30, the measure that would prevent further cuts to public education. He answered questions about the proposition and why he believes it is the solution to maintaining the public education system, as well as the only solution to prevent further budget cuts to the UCs. Brown explained the inception of Prop. 30 and what would happen if it doesn’t pass. He also shared his thoughts on the best way to help the economy move forward. The Aggie participated in a teleconference with Brown and the student newspapers of UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside. California Aggie: If Prop. 30 fails to pass, will any one area be more affected: K-12 education, community colleges, CSUs or UCs? Brown: The way the budget was enacted, the UCs will lose $250 million if the No vote prevails on Prop. 30. The Cal State universities will also lose $250 million and the community colleges will lose about half a billion, and the K-12 will lose about
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UC Davis Art Museum project Open Forum Students have the opportunity to participate in an open forum for the UC Davis Art Museum project today from 4 to 5 p.m. Located at the Nelson Gallery near Wyatt Pavillion, the forum allows for input on the new art museum to be built on campus next to the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts in 2016. — Elizabeth Orpina
Davis Jazz & Beat Festival begins Friday The Sixth Annual Davis Jazz & Beat Festival will be held Oct. 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Oct. 20 from noon until the end of the day. The first day of the festival will be at the John Natsoulas Gallery on 521 First Street. It will feature the Linda Blair Dance Company and American poet A.D. Winans. From 8:15 to 10 p.m., Jack Kerouac Poetry Contest winners will read, with UC Davis’ Dr. Andy Jones as emcee and the Tony Passarell Trio as accompaniment. The second day will take place at the Armadillo Records Main Stage at Davis Commons and the John Natsoulas Gallery Stage. Performance paintings will occur at the Armadillo Records Main Stage from noon to 5 p.m. The John Natsoulas Gallery stage will have a Jazz Painting Wall for children. Bands Instagon, Tim Stephenson’s Trio, Crazy 8’s, UC Davis Jazz Combo with poet Indigo Moore, Sean Lehe & Bumptet and Tha Dirt Feeling will be performing from noon to 5:45 p.m. The event will end at the gallery with musical performances and a midnight rooftop afterparty starting at 9:30 p.m. — Claire Tan
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Residents anticipating Davis business update Whole Foods opening New additions include Mr. Pickle’s, Panera, Preethi Indian Cuisine Market considered as alternative to existing organic food retailers
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Whole Foods Market will open Oct. 24 with a bread-baking ceremony at 9:45 a.m. The store will sell locally-sourced items and support local nonprofit organizations.
By MATT COSTELLO Aggie News Writer
Davis is set to welcome Whole Foods Market to Davis Commons next week, with the store’s grand opening on Oct. 24. Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza and the store’s management will take part in an inaugural bread-baking ceremony at 9:45 a.m. With Davis’ long tradition of small retailers and local sourcing, Whole Foods has pledged to offer a range of food and other items acquired from vendors less than 100 miles from the city. Marketing and communications team leader Kristen Tantarelli has also been keen to highlight the $18.3 billion chain’s efforts to integrate itself into the local community. “Whole Foods may be a large chain, but although it’s the same name everywhere, each one is a neighborhood grocery store,” Tantarelli said. “We look to do a lot of great stuff for local nonprofit organizations, including our Nickels for Non-Profit, where customers who bring their own bags receive a five-cent credit which they can donate to our selected nonprofit. From opening until January, we’re associated with Friends of UC Davis Arboretum.” Despite Davis’ long history of resis-
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tance to large chain stores, the opening of the grocery giant on the former Borders premises has been well-received by the city’s residents, according to Tantarelli. “We’ve had a positive response from the community,” Tantarelli said. Tantarelli suggested that Whole Foods would add to customers’ choices rather than take business away from local suppliers such as the Davis Food Co-op. Tarin Varughese, a Davis resident and Co-op customer, agreed that increased choice for residents would be a good thing. “I’m excited that [Whole Foods] is opening, as they have a lot of good gluten-free brands,” she said. “The people who come [to the Co-op] are very loyal.” Kyle Lockhart, another Co-op customer, echoed her opinion. “I think the Co-op has done some research on other towns which have had the big stores move in,” Lockhart said. “The people who shop here are very loyal and if feels very personal. I don’t think they’ll lose business.” Varughese added that she did not believe that the introduction of Trader
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Panera Bread opened Aug. 31. Many new businesses opened shop throughout Davis in the past few months.
By JULIE WEBB Aggie News Writer
In the past year, Davis has seen multiple businesses come and go. Driving along Cowell Boulevard, you might see a green and furiously dancing gherkin — one Mr. Pickle — a new addition to the Davis restaurant scene. Mickey Mann, manager of Mr. Pickle’s, said that Mr. Pickle’s has been looking to Davis for the last three or four years, and the reception has been beyond their expectations. “Davis was ready for a sandwich shop like this,” Mann said. Mann cites the location as a particular help to Mr. Pickle’s current success. “[Going] downtown is difficult for people over here. I think the location works,” he said. “Safeway makes sandwiches, but it’s just on a different plane.” Preethi Indian Cuisine on E Street opened just last spring, right before Spring Quarter ended. Ramya Immareddy, daughter of the owners, said that they’re still trying to get students to come out. “We have a 15 percent student and senior discount,” Immareddy said. The new restaurant features South Indian food, unique from the other Indian restaurants in Davis that primarily serve Northern dishes. Nearby, there are two more new restaurants — Zindagi, an Indian bistro, opened at the former Queen of Sheba location. Next door,
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International Cafe just opened this week. It boasts an eclectic menu with a heavy Indian and Nepalese influence. The space was formerly occupied by Luigi’s Pizza, which closed just five months after its opening. Although several private restaurants opened with mixed results last spring, the bakery chain Panera Bread opened this summer and has since been doing well. “I think we provide a unique service here,” said Jonathan Woodward, one of the managers of Davis’ Panera. October will bring a few other stores such as the new Whole Foods Market, opening Oct. 24, while a new Ace Hardware opened in North Davis. El Toro Bravo is set to replace the Baja Fresh on Second Street. El Toro is owned by the same owners of Crepeville and Burgers & Brew. Another new bar in Downtown Davis, Vini Wine Bar, opened recently. Unlike most bars, owner Jeff Day said he isn’t looking for the “college crowd” as much. “I do get student-age [customers] and I love having them,” Day said. “I don’t do happy hours or specials.” Day said that he is going to try to have a wine event each month. This month he is planning a Riesling night on Oct. 24. Although many businesses are arriving in Davis, many have closed as well. Over the past year, children’s store Alphabet Moon closed and their inventory was taken up by
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Words of wisdom for the day: Strangers are just friends waiting to happen. Go out a meet a new person every day. You never know what may happen! Amanda Nguyen
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are encouraged to arrive early to secure a seat, and to sign up for a spot on the open mic list.
The Enchanted Cellar All Day 17 Wright Visit the Enchanted Cellar for Halloween Costume Rentals at UC Davis. There is a 50 percent discount for UC Davis students, faculty, staff and affiliates. The Enchanted Cellar will be open until Oct. 31. Appointments are preferred. Call (530) 752-0740 or email rcfemling@ ucdavis.edu for an appointment. For more information, go to theatredance. ucdavis.edu.
Education Abroad Info Session Noon to 1 p.m. Education Abroad Center on Third and A Street Attend this info session to learn more about the Pharmaceutical Chemistry Program in Taiwan (Spring 2013).
Shinkoskey Noon Concert 12:05 to 1 p.m. Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby, Mondavi Center Listen to this free solo performance as Tanya Tomkins plays baroque cello.
Provost’s Undergraduate Fellowship Info Session 12:10 to 1 p.m. Undergraduate Research Center, 2300 Student Community Center Learn about research funding opportunities for undergraduates through the Provost’s Undergraduate Fellowship. The fellowship provides funds for undergraduates to pursue research projects or other creative activities under faculty supervision.
SSFAAC Second Meeting 3 to 4 p.m. 61 Mrak UC Davis’ Student Services and Fees Administrative Advisory Committee is the only student-run committee mandated by The Regents of the University of California and serves as the primary agency for channeling student input into decisions regarding the level and use of Registration Fees on the Davis campus. Students are welcome to attend.
Biomedical Engineering Distinguished Seminar Series 4:10 to 5 p.m. 1005 GBSF Listen to Victor Rodgers, Ph.D., in his seminar entitled “Protein Osmotic Pressure for Diagnostics and Therapy.”
Marketing and Business Association 7:10 to 8 p.m. 106 Olson Learn about the workshops and professional development opportunities that our club has in store for members this year during our second general meeting. The guest speaker will be the Executive Program Director from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. For more information, go to www. ucdmbaclub.com.
American Red Cross Club General Meeting 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. 146 Olson The ARCC is an on-campus organization dedicated to emergency preparedness and community service. Join them at our second general meeting and become involved.
Poetry Night Reading Series 8 to 10 p.m John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First Street Attend this Poetry Night with Emily Hughes and Traci Gourdine. Attendees
FRIDAY Education Abroad Info Session Noon to 1 p.m. Education Abroad Center on Third and A Street Attend this info session to learn more about the Spanish Language & Culture Program in Madrid (Spring 2013).
Provost’s Undergraduate Fellowship Info Session 12:10 to 1 p.m. URCenter - 2300 Student Community Center Learn about research funding opportunities for undergraduates through the Provost’s Undergraduate Fellowship. The fellowship provides funds for undergraduates to pursue research projects or other creative activities under faculty supervision.
Davis Jazz Beat Festival 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. The John Natsoulas Gallery at 521 First St. The Davis Jazz Beat Festival presents acclaimed poet A. D. Winans, who will be reading at the Jazz Beat Conference.
SATURDAY UC Davis Preview Day 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Freeborn Hall The day designated for prospective students to visit UC Davis. Parking will be scarce.
Guided Public Tour: Ornamental Grasses 10 to 11:30 a.m. Arboretum West End Gardens Observe ornamental grasses in their finest season of the year, and learn more about the design and habitat contributions they make to the perennial landscape. All ages are welcome and this tour is free. Participants should meet at Nature’s Gallery Court. For more information, call (530) 752-4880 or visit arboretum. ucdavis.edu.
“Restore/Restory: A People’s History Project” Noon to 6 p.m. Cache Creek Nature Preserve, 34199 County Road 20, Woodland Attend the UC Davis Art of Regional Change and the Cache Creek Conservancy for a multimedia arts festival and celebration of the diverse and layered history of the Cache Creek Preserve. The event is free and open to the public and will also feature live music, hands-on activities for children, basket-weaving demonstrations and guest speakers. For more information, visit artofregionalchange.ucdavis.edu.
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Newly discovered star could prove or disprove theory of general relativity
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that oversees the National Science Foundation, NASA and the Department of Energy would be someone who is scientifically-inclined, or at least scientifically-informed. Such is not the case, however. “I haven’t seen anything that convinces me global warming is real, much less caused by human activity.” This alarming claim was made by Mo Brooks, a representative from Alabama. In another spine-chilling interview, he claims that “there’s some good associated with [carbon dioxide emissions], to the extent that we have higher levels. That means that plant life grows better, because it is an essential gas for all forms of plant life. I’m not familiar with any [adverse effects of carbon dioxide] on human beings.” This man sits on the House Science Committee, and he has no idea whatsoever what is going on in our environment. I will give Brooks the benefit of the doubt and say that he is merely confused as to what is happening. While Brooks may be well-intentioned but sadly misinformed, the same cannot be said for Jim Sensenbrenner, the vice chair of the House Science Committee. Sensenbrenner openly denies any and all scientific research that shows climate change is occurring. He has compared climate scientists to fascists, and supported billboards that compared people who believe in climate
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In the Oct. 8 article “My House is your House,” The Aggie stated that The House includes a “Mac Spot,” a biofeedback machine that measures skin temperature and muscle movement and that the institution began in the 1970s when many suicides occurred and led to increased concern about mental health. The Mac computers are only available for staff use, the biofeedback machine only reports breathing rate and heartbeat rate. The House came into existence during the 1970s when social changes were taking place, which encouraged volunteerism. The Aggie regrets these errors.
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ence research by essentially fies me. So god made the forcing the opposing canearth in six days … and didates to vote in favor of then the trillions of othpornography. er stars got thrown together when? On a Tuesday? Having religious zealots Mr. Broun, are you going to holding political office has Hudson propose that all unmarried become so commonplace Lofchie non-virgins should be put that the average citizen does not even consider the to death as it commands fact that many of these pol- in Deuteronomy 22:19? Are you going to propose that iticians base their actions in office on religious beliefs it should be illegal to wear clothes made of two differ— a direct violation of the constitutional church/state ent materials as it says in Leviticus 19:19? According separation mandate. to the Bible in 1 Kings 7:23, “All that stuff I was few months ago, the the value of pi is 3, not 3.14. taught about evolution science journalism and embryology and the If these are the laws you community, myself big bang theory, all that is will be following in ofincluded, and a large porlies straight from the pit of fice, then this country has tion of the nation’s popHell. I don’t believe that the a lot more to worry about ulation went justifiably Earth’s but than global apeshit over Todd Akin’s about 9,000 warming. asinine remarks on female years old. So god made the earth in six days … I must physiology. It is unsettling I believe it and then the trillions of other stars make it enough that someone so was created clear that I ignorant is a member of got thrown together when? in six days do not harthe United States House as we know bor negof Representatives (and them. That’s what the Bible ative feelings toward inhas been for 11 years), says.” dividuals with strong relibut to make the situation gious beliefs. I do, howev Paul Broun said this as even more frightening, er, feel that my rights as a part of a speech he gave at Akin also sits on the House Liberty Baptist Church in citizen are being infringed Committee on Science, upon when those individuGeorgia. It is impossible Space, and Technology. als use their political pownot to pick up on the irony And to make matters worse of spouting religious beliefs er to impose their religious still, he is not alone in his beliefs upon myself or my while sitting on the House ignorance. peers. Freedom of religion Science Committee. I Akin sits on the House would expect this ecclesias- also means freedom from Science Committee with a religion. Vice President Joe tical drivel from a religious few other individuals who fundamentalist or dogmat- Biden is an exemplary exare not only undeservample of a man who does ic preacher, but not from ing of the position, but are not let his religion influa man who is supposed to completely unqualified to ence his political actions. be responsible for shaping hold it. Sitting with Akin on the scientific future of this During his debate, he statthe affectionately-dubbed ed, “My religion defines country. “Anti-Science Committee” who I am … but I refuse to Broun continues, “And is Paul Broun, a creationimpose it on equally devout that’s the reason as your ist who believes the Earth is congressman I hold the Christians, and Muslims, 9,000 years old, Mo Brooks Holy Bible as being the ma- and Jews. I just refuse to and Jim Sensenbrenner, jor directions to me of how impose that on others.” both global-warming deI vote in Washington, D.C.” Speaking of global warmniers, and Ralph Hall, who ing, it would seem logical I hope this terrifies all blocked a bill to fund scithat the head of the panel of you as much as it terri-
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An artist representation of a black hole.
By NICOLE NOGA Aggie Science Writer
Albert Einstein is one of the most respected scientists of all time. His ideas and theories have changed the way that physicists view the universe. Some of his ideas were so ahead of their time that there has never been a way to prove or disprove them. However, with a recent discovery of a new star near the center of our galaxy, scientists may finally be able to prove, or disprove, the famous theory of relativity. The star, named S0-102, orbits the black hole found in the center of the Milky Way galaxy every 11.5 years, five years faster than S0-2, the next closest star to the galactic core that was previously being studied by Andrea Ghez, leader of the UCLA research group that made the discovery. However, the record-break-
ing orbit is not the most exciting part of the discovery. “The [more] important thing is that we have found a second star that orbits the black hole in a human lifespan,” said Leo Meyer, a researcher in Ghez’s team. “Most of those stars take more than a hundred years to orbit around [the black hole] and this is just too long.” Ghez explained that each star on its own is not incredibly useful, but now that two stars can be observed, the interactions of these two stars will reveal how space and time warp around black holes. Since the orbit completes in a human time-frame, more accurate observations can be made because researchers can view multiple complete cycles instead of just a partial cycle of a star that orbits every hundred or so years. The information given by the orbits
WHOLE Cont. from front page Joe’s last year had had a detrimental effect on the Co-op’s business. “People were still coming here, I think they [the Co-op] put money in and expanded,” Varughese said. One area of concern for students has been the expected prices in the new store. “I’ll check the store out, but it will probably be too expensive. It’s nice to
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Mother & Baby Source. Dimple Records also closed. McDonald’s in North Davis will be closing in the next few months. None of these businesses were available for comment. However, the closure of some stores has allowed others to blossom. The Avid Reader just expanded
will help astronomers learn how much space is affected by the gravity of the supermassive black hole. “This theory is by far the least tested and so we can use this discovery to test Einstein in a fundamentally new way,” said Meyer. Using observations of this new star, astronomers at UCLA hope to test Einstein’s theory of general relativity, which predicts that mass distorts space and time in the way a bowling ball would distort a mattress. Of course, this distortion in space would be in three dimensions instead of a two-dimensional mattress. Einstein’s theory has been tested on stars and planets, but it has never been proven to work in or near a supermassive black hole. “Einstein’s theory has been very precisely tested inside of our own solar system, and so far it has passed all tests we have thought of,” said Andrew Bradshaw, a graduate student in the department of physics at UC Davis. “The strength of gravity around our Sun is weak in comparison to gravity around the black hole. By precisely measuring the orbits of stars like S0-2 and S0-102, [astronomers] will be able to test whether the measurements match the predictions made by Einstein.” The newly-found star is significant to the research because it gives astronomers valuable information about other objects that orbit near the center of the Milky Way galaxy, and it will help determine what
the mass of a black hole actually is — a question that has taunted astronomers for generations. “When an astronomer wants to figure out the mass of an object, for instance, the black hole at the center of the galaxy, we always learn what an object’s mass is by measuring its gravitational influence on other objects,” said Robert Becker, a professor in the UC Davis physics department and a member of the UC Davis Cosmology Group. With the discovery of this new star orbiting so close to the galactic core, astronomers will now be able to make far more accurate calculations about the properties of the black hole at the center of our galaxy. UCLA is currently developing new technology to increase the sensitivity of telescopes, thus revealing any more large bodies in the gravitational field of the central black hole. Ultimately, the research will lead to more information about the enigmatic properties of black holes. “[Researchers are] clearly learning to do this better, and one of the results of that is being able to see fainter stars … as you go to fainter stars, you see more stars,” Becker said. “[This] is only the tip of the iceberg as they improve their techniques to better map out the stars in the vicinity of the black hole, and better define what the state of things is at the center.” Nicole Noga can be reached at science@ theaggie.org.
have the choice, though,” said James Lee, a third-year economics major. Tantarelli responded to these concerns by noting that there will be a series of promotions offered from opening, including a $2 discount on the salad and hot bar from 7 to 9 a.m. “We are committed to using only quality, natural ingredients [in our products],” she said. She added that the firm supports Proposition 37, which would enforce the labeling of genetically modified
goods, and is an active partner in the Non-GMO Project. Tantarelli also stressed the opportunities for Davis students and members of the wider community as a result of the opening. “We have hired a hundred local people for opening, and there will be numerous more openings throughout the year through the careers section of our website,” Tantarelli said.
into a new store, previously held by Alphabet Moon. The owner of the store, Alzada Knickerbocker, said that the expansion only would have happened with the closure of Borders. “With Borders out of business, my store just increased in activity tremendously,” Knickerbocker said. “We had scaled down when Borders went out of business. Now with Borders clos[ed], we [have] kind of unwound that. As a result, the original store was
packed with books.” The second Avid Reader store has been doing well, she said. “It’s a combination of being very enthusiastic about what you’re doing and what the community is looking for, having what people want and then treating them well,” Knickerbocker said.
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Let’s hang out UC Davis admitted a record number of international students this fall, up to 680 from last year’s 344. In total, there are about 1,120 international students on campus. The rise is dramatic. Some students are frustrated because they feel too many international and out-of-state students are being admitted to the university, and since UC Davis is a public university, it should prioritize Californian applicants. While we understand this argument, we also acknowledge that the university desperately needs money. And if we’re on the subject of program cuts and fee hikes, accepting more international students is more than reasonable. International students are a financial boon for UC Davis, as they pay $12,711.82 per quarter versus California residents who pay $5,085.82, according to Budget and Institutional Analysis. And more than that, international students add diversity. We all need to be more culturally aware. We should all think beyond Davis, beyond California and beyond the U.S. We hope our new international students feel welcome and become part of our campus community. Some students hold the opinion that foreign students bunch up together and rarely socialize with locals. We’d like to see this change, as the “they don’t want to be friends with us” mentality is probably felt on both sides and unnecessari-
ly self-perpetuates year after year. There are lots of ways to cross this boundary. There’s the PAL Program, through the linguistics department, where American students pair up with international students to chat once a week. Both parties learn more about the English language as well as about other cultures. There’s also the International House, which hosts weekly meetings, foreign film screenings and other programs. It’s a great asset to the community, but if UC Davis continues to enroll more and more internationals, the university may want to expand its own programs. For example, the I-House at UC Berkeley provides housing to international students and local students in one intercultural space, and other schools have active pairing programs where local students can request foreign roommates at their off-campus residencies. UC Davis has arguably the best study-abroad programs in the UC system, with other UC students frequently choosing our offerings over their own institutions. Many UC Davis students are culturally open-minded and want to expand their horizons. For those who can’t afford to go abroad, having a greater international presence here on campus is a great asset. So, international students, welcome! We hope you enjoy our trees, bikes and cows and we hope to meet you soon.
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Seriously UC Davis has an undergraduate population of about 25,000 and a total population of 33,000, so bike accidents on campus are a statistical certainty. However, there are many measures you can take to reduce your risk of becoming road kill. As we are only in week three of instruction, it’s important to be considerate of students who have not fully acclimated to the chaos. But freshmen alone cannot be blamed for traffic. Many bike accidents are caused by the failure to follow “bike etiquette” — a combination of actual rules and psychic understandings between established Davis bikers. Though it is possible to reach this awareness after months of trial and error, we would like to catalyze the process by providing some guidelines that might keep you intact. Even if you are not a friend of physics, familiarize yourself with constant velocity. It is essential on roundabouts and can prevent collisions wherever bikers and pedestrians interact. In roundabouts, remember to yield to those already in the roundabout, bike counterclockwise at a steady speed and perhaps circle more than once before exiting safely. Suddenly stopping or speeding up is unwise because bikers in the proximity will be estimating their paths based on your current speed and would need to recalculate, which may result in panic and/or disaster. Similarly, pedestrians should take straight paths across roads when crossing, and should avoid moving back and forth to adjust for bikers. Bikers travel faster than pedestrians, so a pedestrian who backtracks may occupy the space that a biker intends to occupy. Seconds before contact, there’s not much a biker can do but brake or blindly turn away, which is still likely to cause an accident. So keep in
mind that it is usually easier for bikers to move around pedestrians. As a biker, it is crucial to convey both left and right turns in advance so that people coming from behind can adjust accordingly. It also helps to signal and check behind you before turning; pretend you are beginning a turn or lane change in a car. Extend the arm that is closest to the direction you are turning. Left turn, left arm. Right turn, right arm. If one of your arms is busy, use the opposite arm with forearm bent vertically upwards or downwards to signify your turn. The rules may be overwhelming, but it is up to you to understand them to keep yourself, and the people around you, safe. While some complain that construction on bikeways constricts space for bikers and pedestrians, we believe it will enable safer and more comfortable biking. The renovation of roads near the Sciences Lecture Hall has increased congestion, but is well worth the improvement. Hutchison Drive, especially near the Peter J. Shields Library and Olson Hall, is another rough patch we hope to see smoothed in the future. More information about proposed bikeway improvements and their priorities can be accessed in Appendix I of the UC Davis Bicycle Plan, a PDF available for download at taps.ucdavis.edu. If you are still prone to nightmares about collisions on campus, please refer to our previous editorial, “Hassle-free tips for new bikers,” for more advice. The ASUCD Bike Barn also offers a Biking 101 brochure. Further, both new and returning bikers can benefit from the information provided by Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS), whose office behind the West Entry Parking Structure is open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Happy biking!
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ll my life I’ve been labeled. “Male.” “Hispanic.” “21.” After those, well, you know the rest. Or maybe Einstein put it best when he said that “common sense is [simply] the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.” Listening to that, I am taken to the moment where truth contradicts itself and leaves me abandoned in limbo; where everything I think I know is suddenly useless as I’ve been reminded once again that I am still ignorant, and where in turn, at the end of the day in essence I am still nothing. Nothing; like so much of the rest of this mess. “Heterosexual.” “First-generation.” “Proletariat...” Or what I call ideas whose application I had no say in — attempts at categorization that, even when meant well, are still trying to frame me, trying to simplify me. But I’ll pass on simplicity and instead I’ll tell a story, an untitled one. I don’t identify as a Democrat, a Republican, a Marxist, or anything. I’ve heard and learned interesting things from all of them, but
was in Berkeley last weekend and my somewhat douchey friend (a biochemistry major) started talking shit to the people in his study group. “At least we’re learning something useful. What do English majors do? Write compare-and-contrast essays on Shakespeare? How’s that supposed to help the world?” The study group guffawed appreciatively, but I kept silent, out of respect for my friend’s manhood. In any case, I had to catch the shuttle back to Davis. Another time, I was sitting in a barbershop, chatting with an elderly Asian man. The man asked me what I was studying, and I said “English.” His smile went 180, and he simply said, “That’s weird. You seemed like a smart kid.” As evinced by those interactions, being an English major is difficult in its own right. I brace myself whenever people ask me what my major is, not because I’m ashamed of my chosen field, but because people make snap judgments and betray condescension strong enough to make my Smug Alert go haywire. English majors are stereotyped as lazy and intellectually inferior, willing to trade a viable future for a four-year collegiate cruise. English is seen as simple, useless and a complete joke when stacked up against a “real major.”
that’s it. The same goes for Atheists, names people want to give me preChristians, the Queer alliance, the cisely for these things. It’s a comproChicana/o Studies department and mise unrestrained by absolution. everything in between and beyond. Or, as I like to say, it’s a kaleidoscope. I’m not a part of any of it, but I try I am a kaleidoscope. my best to listen and if that’s done And I think you’re one too. for me, I’ll do my best to explain. We are at a point in our lives I often marvel at the fact that I am that is absolutely gifted with a galaxy of thought, where knowlliving in the most globalized time edge is showered upon us like a civilization has ever known, in an mighty waterfall, every last drop age where the word can travel the making our minds into more evworld in a matter of seconds and ery day. where uprising in I say this should Cairo means ‘’oc... the labels and people who want challenge cupation’’ in L.A. identity. Where language to label me don’t go away, but I say let it be has never been only grow in numbers complex and more boundless, let yourself take nor convention challenged, and where as one of the time in figuring out how it’s meant first new citizens of this new century to be termed, or, if you’re more certain about who you are than considerate of these things, I might that, then at least just listen to even be in a chapter of revolution. those who aren’t. When I think about that, I am humbled by the day and I do not But if you’re lost like I am and want to be labeled along with it. I if you’ll pass on being labeled, let do not want to be placed in what is yourself be free to choose whichinevitably a time of displacement, ever ones you want whenever you because the world is moving forwant for whatever reason you find ward, I believe, but it cannot be led them helpful. by the terminology of yesterday. Be untitled and enjoy it. As I enter adulthood, howev Name yourself when you feel it. er, much like the onslaught of ads While it might be true that we and coupons that are piling up can’t escape labels, I think we defion my table no matter how hard I nitely have a choice over what they thrust them into the trash, the la- don’t say about us; I believe that if bels and people who want to label we can tell our stories and listen me don’t go away, but only grow to them as the young people of toin numbers. day and the leaders of tomorrow, we might not just learn something, This is understandable, as labels but we might create even more — help toward definition, but I dea world of new names, written by cline for the most part, even with its new citizens, in the new day, the comprehension that in accepthe untitled one. tance of some of these labels at times there lie scholarships, a friend The choice is yours. or two and maybe even an understanding. Correspondingly, someJIMMY RECINOS is considering a name-change; you times I identify with some of the can send him suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org. To an extent, I can empathize with leading and easily rendered obthat stereotype. Fewer people pursue solete. Statistics attempt to catea degree in English, and consequent- gorize people as individual units, without considering external varily, the field’s not as competitive as it ables or distinct personality traits. could be. The nature of the English curriculum is also more conducive to On your UC application, you strong academic performance, as the had the chance to write a persongrading scale is more subjective. In al statement. It wouldn’t have been an English class, you can make mul- fair if admissions boards had detiple equally valid arguments. In sci- cided to evaluate you solely on staence and mathematics, your answer tistics. Maybe you were watchis concretely categorized as right or ing Titanic with your girlfriend wrong and the gray the night before area for open interthe SAT and she English is seen as simple, useless dumped you afpretation is minimal to nonexistent. and a complete joke when stacked ter you told her that Jack could’ve However, the up against a “real major” lived by making problems with a raft of cadavers the prevailing steand stealing their residual warmth. reotype are legion, to say the least. People claim that English has no In a similar vein, it’s not fair to real-world applications and that it’ll judge an English major on the sole be impossible for English majors to basis of what they study. Yes, there find a job once they finish college. are stupid and lazy people in the major and maybe one day they’ll As an English major, you’re enformally recognize me as their gaged nonstop in critical analysis and making connections. To quote king, but that’s beside the point. novelist James Wood, literature I don’t take a critical stance makes us better noticers of life. It against science majors by saying also makes us better writers, think- their field is predicated on nothing ers and communicators. Analyzing but rote memorization and mindliterature helps us understand the less regurgitation, because thinkmotivations of real-world interac- ing critically is also an important tions, as well as the importance of aspect of being a science major. what’s said or not said. If you’re smart and capable, After studying English for two you’ll succeed regardless of what you study. years, I’ve become better at lying and shaping conversations But that doesn’t mean you through subtle differences in word should shy away from judgment. choice and nonverbal cues. The Judgment draws the line between ability to manipulate interactions who sucks and who doesn’t, and it and words is like having a second is therefore indispensable. But if cock. Anytime you unleash your you judge someone, judge them by linguistic load, it’s the best. who they are as an individual, not just by what they study. You can’t tell me that my field is useless. Studying English isn’t lazy and And you also can’t tell me that intellectually inferior. Making a blanket judgment against it is. I’m doomed for entrenchment in the unemployment line because of my major. Statistics paint a lackBEN CHANG will engage you in awkward conversation luster picture, but they are misat email@example.com.
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6, number 4
thursday , october
the california aggie ’ s arts and entertainment magazine
An inside look at KDVS
UC Davis’ own freeform radio network
Being a Wallflower
uring my weekly date with two of my top bitches, I had the pleasure of watching Perks of Being a Wallflower at The Varsity theatre downtown. With essentially no expectations as I didn’t really enjoy the novel, I was just ready to watch Emma Watson struggle to deliver an American accent while still remaining the most beautiful person on the planet. Fast forward an hour into the movie and the first tear forms in the corner of my eye. This develops into a streaming river of salty water that continues to run down my cheeks for the remaining 45 minutes of the movie. I’m here to officially rescind any negative comments I’ve let escape from my mouth or my fingers on a computer in the past year about The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I’d like to blame the film for this change of heart. If you have no idea what book I’m referring to, just realize that the growing group of people with trendy infinity symbol tattoos was formed from a mutual obsession with a specific line in Perks: “In this moment, I swear we were infinite.” Trendy tattoos are a whole other pet peeve I’ll attack some other column. But I’ll just address my confusion for that popular line right now. What does it even mean? I guess it can mean feeling alive or that anything is possible, but did it have to be said like that? There were so many other things in that novel to think about that adding a confusing line really pissed me off. But that’s just me. It was the same thing for the epilogue of Deathly Hallows. But back to the movie. I’m going to attempt to make you not hate me right now if you were absolutely moved by the book. Of course there was more than one reason why I paid 10 dollars to see the movie. Sarcasm is my shield from real emotions, people. I wanted to see a mediocre book about an important issue (being a wallflower) be translated onto screen. And because the author, Stephen Chbosky, directed the film as well, I feel comfortable saying that perhaps he should just write movie scripts. And I was even moved enough by the film to state that I’m going to purchase the DVD. I’m going to purchase my second DVD ever when it’s released. The first movie I ever bought was Peter Pan about 10 years ago due to my obsession with Jeremy Sumpter and the story, if you were wondering. Not only did this film speak to some pretty deep and dark truths that I hold, but it essentially opened up those truths that a unique group of us hold to the rest of the world. (Disclaimer: if you’ve read the book or seen the movie, no, what happened to the main character did not happen to me.) I walked away from this film shaken to my core. For the rest of the evening, I longed to hug my body pillow and sob into it as I listened to my sad playlist. This movie doesn’t really depress you unless you can relate to the subject matter, but it leaves you with a different perspective on mental illness or even those who don’t seem to speak up that much in everyday life. I guess the idea of this column would be movies that affect your life in such ways that you feel changed in almost every way possible. If you want to know what it’s like to live life through wallflower-tinted glasses, please spend an evening or two or three watching this beautiful film. If you want to discuss the film’s hidden meanings and how it affected you, contact ELIZABETH ORPINA at email@example.com. Yeah, how weird — a non-sarcastic ending to a column for the first and only time she’s been at the Arts desk.
Rachel Du / Aggie
KDVS has one of the largest record collections in California. It is on the air 24/7 with a multitude of DJs and volunteers staffing the office.
By CRISTINA FRIES Aggie Arts Writer
As many students know, KDVS 90.3 FM is UC Davis’ freeform radio network, which broadcasts an eclectic mix of music genres along with news, free speech and radio theater shows throughout Davis and Sacramento. Although many are aware that our campus has this resource, many unique aspects and facts of this radio station are left unknown to those who aren’t involved with the station. Renner Burkle, fourth-year biochemical engineering major and general manager of KDVS, explains what “freeform radio” actually means. “We play anything and everything from every genre of music, along with talk shows that discuss any topic, as long as what we play falls within FCC and University guidelines,” Burkle said. “KDVS does not cater its programming to any particular demographic, as it offers a vast range of music – from hip-hop to reggae to spoken word.” KDVS offers a large range of music in the studio library for the DJs to choose from. “The studio’s vinyl collection is unofficially regarded as the second largest collection this side of the Mississippi,” Burkle said. “There is so much obscure, awesome music in there and you can’t find it anywhere else.” However, DJs are not limited to selecting music from the vinyl collection for their shows. “Every week, the radio hosts can create their music lineup from their own computers, CDs, grandparents’ secret stash, or internet websites,” Burkle said. Eve Wanetick, third-year design major and a former radio DJ, expresses her positive experience hosting a radio show. “It was a great experience as a student to
share my passion for music with the rest of the community in an accepting environment,” Wanetick said. “As a person with eclectic music taste, I felt like I could broaden my knowledge with the extensive music library. So many independent radio stations are under threat of being shut down, so Davis is really lucky to have KDVS. It’s such a unique and strongly-supported community radio station.” In addition to radio programming, KDVS also has its own record label. KDVS Recordings is the only university-funded non-profit record label in the U.S. Currently under the KDVS Recordings, local artists release music in the Tape of the Month club. “Members pay to receive a tape by local Davis musicians every month,” Burkle said. “It is a unique way for local musicians to gain exposure and for listeners to acquire new, diverse music. “We no longer have a recording studio, so we have scaled back to small releases. But we are hoping to get a recording studio again, in which case we will be able to release a lot more music.” Live in-studio performances are broadcasted every Thursday evening. On average, KDVS will host two bands per week, each playing for half an hour in the studio. Local artists can contact KDVS to perform live on the air. Additionally, KDVS hosts at least one or two live shows per week at different venues around Davis. Mostly the bands perform at house shows. “The bands that perform are always exciting and unique, and it is always fun to watch them perform while you sit in someone’s living room,” Wanetick said. KDVationS is the station’s quarterly magazine and program guide that features interviews, reviews, articles, creative writing, orig-
ition $2,400 beginning in the new year and the reason is the state has been reducing state Cont. from front page support for years; that’s why tu$4.5 billion. As a matter of fact, ition has doubled. the UCs may even lose more money because there’s a cer- Brown stated that services such tain tuition buyout that might be as prisons, health and human serlost, so there’s big stakes in the vices have been steadily growProposition 30 election. ing and need sufficient funding as well. Additionally, these servicCalifornia Aggie: A competing tax es are partially federally funded initiative, Prop. 38, will also be on and in order to receive this fundthe ballot. What are your thoughts ing, the state has to provide their on Prop. 38 and do you believe share of the funds. it will affect the outcome of the passing of Prop. 30? Brown: These all are important Brown: Actually, I don’t; Prop. 38 but these are expenditures that is a separate measure that aims didn’t exist on the level they do to achieve slightly different re- now, back when tuition was virsults. I prefer Prop. 30 because it tually nonexistent. We’ve made has been drafted with a view to major cuts; it just so happens that the budget architecture and how education is such a huge part of new taxes can work together with the budget and it is less protectthe rest of general fund spending. ed by federal law, and so when It also, and perhaps most impor- you have a shortfall, people look tantly, prevents the cuts this year. to the UC and Cal State, K-12 and The trigger cuts only go into ef- the community colleges because fect if Prop. 30 gets a No. So the that’s totally within the control of most important thing, regardless state authority. of what people do on any other measure, is to vote Yes on 30. That The Daily Nexus, UC Santa stops the cuts and it provides rev- Barbara: If Prop. 30 fails in enue going forward. November, will you insist that the trigger cuts in the 2012-13 budNew University, UC Irvine: How get go into effect — veto any othimportant is a relationship be- er legislative alternative — and intween the state and higher educa- sist on a cuts-only solution to the tion in California, and how could budget deficit, or will you continthis potentially change if Prop. 30 ue to pursue a tax increase? failed? Brown: I’d like to think there was Brown: The state has already an alternative in case Proposition said they are going to raise tu- 30 fails, but there isn’t. The state
inal artwork and photos from KDVS events, all assembled by volunteers and DJs. It is an eclectic resource that informs the public about upcoming shows and events, while also expressing diverse ideas and showcasing artwork by students and community members. Everyone is welcome to submit original work. Copies can be found all over campus, in downtown Davis, Woodland, Sacramento and into the Bay Area. Nicole Lesnett, fourth-year international relations major and KDVS office coordinator, encourages students to get involved. “There are a variety of roles to get involved in, including hosting your own radio show as a DJ, working with public affairs, news, sports or KDVationS,” Lesnett said. In order for students to get their own radio show, they must volunteer for 50 hours during the quarter. “It sounds like a lot, but volunteering is easy and fun. You can get hours by helping out at house shows, listening to new music, distributing KDVationS, submitting art for KDVationS and making buttons,” Lesnett said. “If you have a co-host, you only need to volunteer 25 hours.” KDVS is located in 14 Lower Freeborn. The walls are covered in posters, event flyers and album covers, making the environment feel fun and dynamic. “It is a really nurturing environment and when new people join everyone gets very excited,” Burkle said. Tune in to 90.3 FM to listen to KDVS, stop by 14 Lower Freeborn if you are interested in getting involved and pick up a copy of KDVationS on campus. CRISTINA FRIES can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
only has so much money. We have the worst credit rating of all 50 states. When I became governor, the deficit was $26 billion. We have cut away at that and we’re getting close to balanced, which I believe will happen if Prop. 30 passes. If Prop. 30 doesn’t pass, I can’t conjure money out of thin air, and the gimmicks of the past are not acceptable for going forward. So yes, the trigger cuts will go into effect and it’s automatic, so there’s nothing the legislature can do because the trigger cuts are already enacted, [but] subject to not go into effect if Prop. 30 passes.
ucation in the future? And should schools be looking more into these sources of funding? Brown: I know the university has taken the path of more and more funding because of the decline in state support; also because of the increasing needs that the university finds for itself. It’s even become a practice that when you interview a possible dean or chancellor, the first question is how much money can you raise? Now that really has little to do with the intellectual depth or leadership or creativity virtues that I would identify with university leadership. But there is this need for fundraising. UC: Let’s say Prop. 30 passes. What All of that needs to be very careneeds to happen in the future to fully looked at because it can alcreate a more sustainable higher ter the character of the university education system? negatively. Brown: Number one, I believe that the coordination between Brown recognized that money community colleges, high school is needed and said if the econoadvanced placements and UCs my grows, that would provide a has to be intensified. Number tremendous amount of revenue two, I believe online learning has for the state. California would to be looked to wherever it can then be in a better position to be usefully and creatively used. fund education. Thirdly, I think the UC leader- “Our public colleges and uniship have got to find ways of re- versities are a pathway to the ducing expenditures that are less California Dream, and ensure that valuable than the core mission of we have the creative talent to sucthe university, which is to edu- ceed in an increasingly complex cate students. world. Join me in saying yes to Prop. 30 so we can stop the cuts, The Daily Californian, UC stop the tuition hikes and invest Berkeley: As public funding de- in a strong economy for the next clines, schools are depending generation,” Brown later said at more on private and research the rally. funding. How does that align with your vision of the state’s role in ed- PAAYAL ZAVERI can be reached at email@example.com.
thursday , october
An interview with Rita Hosking A feature of an acclaimed musician and Davis resident By BRETT BUNGE Aggie Arts Writer
It’s been said that Davis boasts a lot of hidden talent in terms of the arts. Davis resident Rita Hosking has been acclaimed for her “story and sense of place,” according to her website. Her website also states that her performances are praised for capturing the audience. Some of her accomplishments include being part of the 2008 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival as well as being a finalist in the 2009 Telluride Music Festival Troubadour Contest. Hosking is currently on tour, with her next show on Saturday in Santa Rosa. MUSE: Would you give us a brief introduction? Hosking: I’m a country, folk and Americana singer-songwriter. I write most of my own material. I was a teacher in Davis for about 12 years, and I graduated from UC Davis. Tell us a bit about your career. I got started songwriting on a guitar when I was going to college. My friends and roommates got together and bought me an old Gibson guitar. They had me singing and they decided to get me a guitar. I learned three chords and popped a song out. I was doing open-mics around Davis. From there, there were several years where I was going to grad school. Around 2004, I started writing more songs. I started playing around at parties. In 2005, my first record came out. I tour around the Netherlands, England, every year and tour around the
U.S. I want to keep making records; I have released four albums and a live EP that was made down inside a gold mine. I love writing songs and singing for folks, and I want to keep doing that as long as I can. When did you decide that you wanted to become a musician? It was a gradual set of steps — of realizations — that this was all I could think about. However, I probably realized I wanted to do it before I could do it. I didn’t stop my day job until I was confident I could support myself with my music income. How did you find your voice? That has a lot to do with the music that I listened to as a child. I listened to a lot of country music. I grew up between Lassen and Shasta, on Hatchet. Some people hear me and think [of ] the Appalachians. I think I write a lot about issues relating to home, and that brings out that side of me. How has living in the Davis area inspired your music? The region that has most inspired my music is where I grew up. But I grew up in Davis, too, during college. The humanities courses taught me that music is the meeting of the conscious and the subconscious. I was looking for ways to express myself that wouldn’t necessarily embarrass me at the same time. It took a lot of feedback and maturity for me to feel that I was expressing myself intelligently. What do you like most about Davis?
The Aggie Arcade Your weekly dose of video games By ANTHONY LABELLA Aggie Arts Writer
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In honor of the recent season three premiere of “The Walking Dead” TV series, it's time to take a look at this year's episodic PC adaptation, The Walking Dead. The latest installment came out last week, but that doesn't mean gamers won't be enjoying the emotionally exhausting zombie adventure this week. Episode four, aptly titled “Around Every Corner,” finds protagonist Lee and his rundown companions searching a brand-new town, only to discover more hidden secrets, a mysterious figure who may pose a threat to the entire group, and plenty of zombies. With the final episode just a month away, there's a certain by-the-numbers feel to “Around Every Corner” that impedes the game's character development. In addition, there's a stronger emphasis on shooting this time around, which has never been The Walking Dead's strong suit. But what makes this adventure game experience so special is the way the player molds the story with his/her decisions, and there's no shortage of tough calls to be made in “Around Every Corner.” Add in a doozy of
Let's be honest, video game consoles can be quite expensive, and college students aren't exactly made of money. But anyone holding out on an Xbox 360 or Wii purchase may want to finally pull the trigger. Both Microsoft and Nintendo have announced price drops for their respective systems heading into the holiday season. The Wii will now cost $129.99, with the new price drop going into effect by Oct. 28. The Xbox 360 price cut only applies to certain bundles and retailers, though. GameStop, Best Buy, Amazon and WalMart have reduced the price of the $299 bundles to $249, and the upcoming Halo 4 bundle will be sold for $349 instead of $399. The Wii price drop appears to be permanent, but the same can't be said for the 360. No official word has been given by Microsoft on the matter, so only time will tell whether the price cuts are for holiday promotional purposes only. ANTHONY LABELLA can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
campus judicial report: Annual statistics The office of Student Judicial Affairs (SJA) is a department of the university that promotes and maintains the principles of UC Davis through educating students in academic integrity. SJA maintains an environment of integrity by administering student discipline and fielding student grievances. Last year, over 300 faculty members and parties referred 977 cases of academic and social misconduct. Students referred for supposed cheating on an exam made up 26 percent, while possible plagiarism cases were 25 percent. Many do not know that SJA also handles social misconduct on and off campus, and so 10 percent of students were referred for alcohol-related incidents. The sanctions imposed by SJA are meant to be educational for the student and are based on the prior record of the student as
well as the circumstances of each particular case. Thus, students that are suspended or dismissed are those who refused to take responsibility for their actions or have a record of misconduct. For academic cases, 67 percent of students received some form of probation, while six percent (39 students) were suspended for some period of time and one percent (10 students) were dismissed from the university. In social cases, 36 percent received probation, while two percent (seven students) were suspended and less than one percent (two students) were dismissed. In addition, many students receive other forms of sanctions. Last year, 4,568 hours of community service were logged by students assigned to community service and many continued on after the manda-
tory period of time. Also, 150 students were referred to on-campus programs for assistance such as the Student Academic Success Center (SASC), Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs Intervention Services (ATOD) and other organizations to get the help they need. SJA also fields grievances from students about the faculty and campus policies. Last year there were 33 grievances filed, which can be about arbitrary treatment, discrimination, grading problems and other issues. Although SJA is a small department, they handle hundreds of cases every year to ensure student growth and development. For further information about SJA go to sja.ucdavis. edu or visit the SJA office at 3000 Dutton Hall.
I travel a lot now, and I like coming back to Davis. It feels friendly. What I like a lot about Davis now that it’s in an excellent location for travel. It’s a very central spot, and I really appreciate that. It’s been a good spot for my husband, too. What has been the most exciting moment of your career? I can’t come up with one moment, but I can tell you what type of moment gets me. It’s when people approach me and tell me that my songs or my music touch them in a meaningful way. There was a man who told me that this one song of mine helped him get over his wife’s death. That’s very memorable to me, and it makes me feel that what I’m doing has some use beyond entertainment. Do your teaching and music ever mix? Yes. I definitely sang to my kids, to my students, when I was working at the junior high. It would take them off guard. Also, I used music for history. I definitely use other people’s music and old songs to use as a source for a history lesson. I’m not teaching anymore, but I’m asked to do workshops at festivals. I’ve done some songwriting classes. I just felt totally in my element. I was blissed out, because I was doing the two things that I loved at the same time. Finally, any words to share with us? I would say, based on my experience, studying what you’re really attracted to will help you on your journey. It will help you on those steps. I definitely don’t think I could be doing what I do now without my experience at college.
Yash Nagda / Aggie
To check out Rita Hosking’s music, visit ritahosking.com. BRETT BUNGE can be reached at email@example.com.
ASUCD Entertainment Council gears up for eventful year Collaboration with entertainment firm means more shows, fun opportunities By ANDREW RUSSELL Aggie Arts Writer
In recent years, UC Davis’ very own Entertainment Council, commonly referred to as EC, has brought myriad shows, buzzworthy names (Snoop Dogg, The Shins, Bon Iver) and everpopular film screenings to our campus. In this respect, we can be rest assured that the 2012-13 year will be no different. Nevertheless, the coming months will see several positive changes in EC’s overall strategy, which involve more regular entertainment events on campus, promotional giveaways for shows in the region and increased networking to help bring more great experiences to our students. One of the major factors in this expansion is EC’s relatively new collaboration with Bay Area entertainment firm Another Planet, whose long list of credentials includes San Francisco’s Outside Lands music festival. Together, the two have been promoting Jane’s Addiction and Morrissey, along with other upcoming performances at UC Davis. “The mission of the EC is to connect students with entertainment, so we have tried to work with Another Planet to help promote the shows they bring to Davis and hook students up with
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discounts and free tickets,” said EC Director Henry Chatfield. This teaming up represents an exciting time for the group and campus life in general. Even though the quarter is young, we’ve already begun to reap the rewards of these new plans. As soon as the year started, EC began giving away tickets for the famed Treasure Island music festival in inventive ways, raffling them off during campus events such as The Buzz and even arranging scavenger hunts with clues leading to tickets at various locations on campus. There have also been other ticket giveaways for Wiz Khalifa at the Power Balance Pavilion and the newly created Mfalme Fest, which showcased a collection of the country’s most forwardthinking independent rap acts (Wale, Curren$y, Dom Kennedy and more). EC reintroduced live music to the school week with free afternoon music performances on the Quad. Last Monday marked the first of the series, with blues-rock group Tumbleweed Wanderers providing the CoHo crowd with an hour-long set of music. “I really enjoyed their smaller shows at the Oddfellows Lodge in past years – Best Coast, Geographer– and I’m glad they’re bringing back more
low-key shows of that kind along with the larger ones,” said Megan Nguyen, a fourth-year art studio and design double major. According to EC Cinema Director Andrea Hasson, there is even more good news on the entertainment front this year in the form of on-campus film screenings. Last night’s screening (The Dark Knight Rises) was perhaps one of the largest-profile movies to be shown on campus after being released earlier in the year. “This year I’m looking forward to showing more movies that make people feel like a kid again,” Hasson said. “Seeing a movie on a big screen in a room full of your peers makes an already-great movie so much better.” Students hoping to get involved with EC have much to look forward to. “We have a ton of volunteer opportunities from promoting upcoming shows to working with artists and helping to set up day-of-show,” Chatfield said. Curious students and potential volunteers can check out Entertainment Council’spageonFacebook, where they can keep up-todate on all the latest developments, or they can follow the group’s Twitter for regular news on events and volunteer meetings.
even begin to describe this man. He is the antithesis to what the Committee should be standing for. The House Science Committee should be for science. Shocking, I know. The Committee should house men and women who hold education and science to a higher standard than the people who sit there now. The committee should house people who know that rain-
bows are not god’s promise, but a manifestation of light refraction — people who know that the first humans were not Adam and Eve, but the australopithecines. How can the United States expect to remain a competitive scientific player if we are constantly being sabotaged from within?
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FOOTBALL PREVIEW Teams: UC Davis vs. Northern Arizona Records: Aggies, 3-4 (2-2); Lumberjacks, 3-0 (5-1) Where: Walkup Skydome — Flagstaff, Arizona When: Saturday at 4:05 p.m. Who to Watch: Junior quarterback Randy Wright is coming off a huge performance against fellow Big Sky opponent Idaho State and will look to continue his success this week. Last week the Aggie quarterback threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns while spreading the ball to 10 different receivers. His huge game led to him being named the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week. This made Wright the first player in Aggie history to receive hardware from the Big Sky. Did you know? This will be the second week in a row that the Aggies will travel on the road to play their opponents in an indoor stadium. There are currently only nine Division I teams who play their home games indoors. This includes the Idaho State Bengals and the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, both of which are in the Big Sky Conference. Preview: This week the UC Davis football team will head to the road again to play the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, who are on a five-game winning streak. The Lumberjacks are currently ranked second in the Big Sky behind Montana State as well as No. 15 in the FCS poll. The Aggies are coming off a strong offensive out-
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put last week against Idaho ends with junior running State, amassing 52 points back Zach Bauman who and over 600 total yards on currently leads the Big Sky offense, and seek to contin- in rushing yards. Bauman ue their success into this is currently averaging 173.7 week. rushing yards per game, “We’ve been playing well with the closest competitor these past few weeks on of- averaging 115.2. fense. We scored 36 against “We have to focus on Weber State, 40 against tackling this running back. Montana State He is very elusive and 52 last week and probably one so we’re gelling of the best runand hopefully can ning backs we’ve keep the momenseen so far,” said tum going into senior linebacker this week,” Wright Jordan Glass. said. The Aggie deWright and the fense is coming off offense will face a week where they a much harder allowed 45 points task against the Randy Wright and allowed the Northern Arizona Junior opposing quardefense that is terback to throw ranked second for over 300 yards in the Big Sky in yards al- with five touchdowns. lowed and pass defense “[Idaho State] put up way efficiency. too many points on us, so “Their defense looks very as a defense, we are a little good on film. Our coach- irritated this week, and it es do very well in giving us gave us extra focus to pregood game plans,” Wright pare for Northern Arizona said. “They run a lot of sin- because we know they have gle safety stuff that plays a great offense,” Glass said. into our offense so I’m sure Northern Arizona is one you will see it on Saturday.” of the three teams that The Aggie ground game boast an undefeated record will also seek to continue at home this year in the Big their success on the ground Sky. The Lumberjacks play after running for over 300 in an indoor stadium which yards last week. UC Davis will make this the second had two running backs run week in a row the Aggies will for over 100 yards apiece — travel to play in a dome. sophomore Colton Silveria “It throws your depth and senior Marquis Nicolis perception off a bit, the — with redshirt freshman lighting is different for the Courtney Williams tacking receivers and it gets really on another 84. loud when the crowd gets UC Davis will have to into it, so we have to do siswitch gears to face a strong lent cadences. Mentally, evrunning attack in Northern eryone has to be dialed in Arizona after playing a pass at domes, but it’s still footheavy Idaho State. ball,” Wright said. The Northern Arizona ground game starts and — Jason Min
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW Teams: UC Davis at Hawai’i; at Cal State Northridge Records: Aggies, 10-10 (4-3); Warriors, 15-2 (8-0); 49ers, 13-7 (4-4) Where: Honolulu, Hawaii; Northridge, Calif. When: Thursday at 10 p.m.; Saturday at 7 p.m. Who to Watch: Keep a close eye on the Aggies’ young guns this coming road trip. Sophomore middle blockers Victoria Lee and Katie Quinn have emerged as key components to UC Davis’ success this year. These two may not be your team leaders in many statistical categories, but just their presence alone can be enough to help their team win. Both players have the ability to block and smash a heavy ball at any point in the game. Once they have put that first ball down, opponent blockers have no choice but to pay attention to them. With the defense keeping a close eye on Lee and Quinn, the rest of the UC Davis offense will have more opportunities to put away points of their own. If UC Davis is to have success on the road, it won’t be without the stellar play of Lee and Quinn. Did you know? The Aggies faced Cal State Northridge twice last season, winning the first in a sweep of three
games 25-19, 26-25, 25-23. The Matadors came back with a vengeance less than a month later and returned the favor with a 25-23, 25-16, 25-17 sweep of their own. Because of the history of close scores and drastic swings in momentum, the Aggies will have to put a big emphasis on the small details to curb Northridge point streaks. Preview: Aloha Aggies fans. Prepare yourself for the UC Davis Women’s volleyball team’s first ever trip to the University of Hawai'i this Victoria Lee Thursday. Sophomore Yet, the Aggies don’t expect to be greeted with lustrous leis or fashionable muumuus. Hawai’i’s team will undoubtedly show up ready to play. In fact, the Warriors’ record of 8-0 in the Big West Conference is enough to make any volleyball team shudder. Both of their starting middle blockers, Jade Vorster and Kalei Adolpho, are ranked one and two, respectively, in Big West kill percentage. If that doesn’t scare you enough, their outside hitter—Emily Hartong—leads
the conference in kills per game and was last week’s Big West “Athlete of the Week.” However, being a veteran of the sport, coach Jamie Holmes knows the mysterious ways in which the volleyball gods can work. With the right attitude and work ethic, anyone can beat anyone on any given night. “It’s not a vacation. We’re not going to go to a luau,” Holmes said. “We’re there for business. Our mindset has to be a mindset that we are in it to win it.” When the Aggies are passing and serving well, their offense is hard for anyone to manage. But, if they allow Hawai’i to take them out of rhythm, it could end up being a long night in a not so friendly paradise. UC Davis will also play Northridge just two days later—yet another tough opponent on the road. “Everything starts with the serve and pass game,” Holmes said. “And for us, we need to cover our hitters. We need to enjoy the atmosphere and not cower to it, but embrace it.” — PK Hattis
Teams: UC Davis at Hawai’i: at Cal State Northridge Records: Aggies, 7-6-2 (2-2-1); Rainbow Wahine 6-8-2 (1-4-0); Matadors 6-5-4 (3-1-1) Where: Waipi'o Peninsula Soccer Stadium— Honolulu; Matador Soccer Field—Northridge, Calif. When: Friday at 10 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. Who to watch: UC Davis was plagued by late game let downs this past weekend. In order to earn some wins this weekend they will need top-notch leadership. Head Coach MaryClaire Robinson has heralded the efforts of junior Mary Beth Mazurak this season. “She’s been tough for us and it’s been great,” Robinson said. The Ventura, Calif. native needs to keep the squad focused because they have a lot of miles to travel this weekend. The Aggies need to stay sharp in spite of the time changes and Mazurak’s determination will set a perfect example. Did you know? UC Davis will travel over 5,000 miles and play two Big
West conference matches is ranked fifth. On paper, this weekend. the Aggies should be able Preview: The Aggies are to claim both victories, but facing Hawai’i, Cal State Robinson knows it is never Northridge and a lot of that simple. traveling this weekend. “It’s all about who finThere are only four games ishes their chances,” left to decide UC Davis’ fi- Robinson said. nal conference ranking. The Friday night kick-off The Aggies are current- will be one of the Rainbow ly ranked sixth, Wahine’s last home but two wins games this season. this weekend Hawai’i will also be will help them looking to rebound move up the off a 2-5 loss to Cal rankings. Poly. The game Sunday’s match against Hawai’i against Northridge promises to be promises to be a a physical chalphysical match as lenge. Robinson well. The Matadors saw endurance Mary Beth Mazurak recently pushed falter during Junior conference favorite Cal Poly to a 2-2 tie last Sunday’s and pulled off a 1-0 tie against UC victory against UC Santa Irvine. “We had some good play Barbara. The next two weeks will when our legs were with us and some waves where set the stage for the Big we didn’t have our legs,” West Conference tournament and UC Davis desRobinson said. It is coming to the end of perately wants to be vythe season and UC Davis’ ing for a spot in the champlayoff future depends pionship game. Two wins on their ability to remain this weekend will be a step back in the right direction. hungry. Hawai’i is ranked eighth — Kim Carr and Cal State Northridge
MEN’S WATER POLO PREVIEW Teams: UC Davis vs. Pepperdine; vs. Fresno Pacific; vs. Brown; vs. Bucknell Records: Aggies, 11-10 (10-3); Waves, 8-6 (1-1); Sunbirds 10-7; Bears, 18-2 (5-0); Bison, 9-10 (3-5) Where: Schaal Aquatics Center—Davis; Sullivan Aquatic Center—Santa Clara, Calif. When: Friday at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday at 11:40 a.m.; Sunday at 9:20 a.m.; Sunday at 1:20 p.m. Who to Watch: Sophomore Trevor Allen has been an incredibly strong offensive force for the Aggies in the pool this year. UC Davis has dropped three straight games, but Allen has scored eight goals over that span of time. This impressive stat includes his career-high four goals in the last game against 13th-ranked Air Force last weekend. Did you know? UC Davis is ranked no. 17 in the country, but is only in third place in the Western Water Polo Association. At 11-10, the Aggies’ overall record is not that impressive, but
their 10-3 record in conference is one of the better ones. UC Davis is 4-9 against other teams ranked in the top 20 in the nation. Preview: UC Davis will have a very busy day in the pool this weekend. To start things off, the Aggies host Pepperdine in a night game at Trevor Allen Schaal Aquatics Sophomore Center. The Waves are ranked eighth in the nation and will be playing their first road game since September. Pepperdine just recently dropped a close game to water polo powerhouse Stanford. The Aggies will not get much of a break after the game on Friday, since they play at 11:40 a.m. the next morning in Santa Clara. The Santa Clara Invitational, The Rodeo, will be a physically draining tournament for UC Davis, who will play three games in less than two
days. Several of the eight participating teams are ranked in the top 20 in the country, including the Aggies. UC Davis faces off with Fresno Pacific in the first round on Saturday. The other matches are already scheduled, with the Aggies’ facing off with Brown University set to take place the next morning at 9:20 a.m. The Aggies are coming off a tough loss in a shootout with Air Force by a score of 15-11. Allen had four goals, but the Aggies were unable to overcome the 9-4 deficit they had at halftime. The Aggies have had some time off this week to rest, and they will need every ounce of energy they possess if they are to hold their own this weekend against some of the top teams in the nation. — Matthew Yuen
Aggie Digest Tuesday night, on the turf of rival Cal Poly, the UC Davis men’s soccer team’s winning streak of four was broken. The Aggies fell to the Mustangs 1-0 in their first match on a fourgame road trip, resulting in an overall record of 6-5-4 and 4-2 in Big West Championships play. The Mustangs improved to 8-5-1 overall and 3-2 in the Big West. Cal Poly junior midfielder Nolan Moore scored a quick goal in the 26th minute to put the team up 1-0 early on in the game. In addition, freshman goalkeeper Wade Hamilton came up with four saves to keep the Aggies from leveling the playing field for the rest of the night. In the sixth minute of match play, Mustang junior midfielder George Malki fired a shot at junior goalkeeper Omar Zeenni, only to have it blocked promptly and put back into play. Twenty minutes later, however, Malki struck yet another shot at Zeenni. Zeenni managed to stop the ball, but was unable to hold onto it. As a result, Moore pounced on the opportunity and was able to score the
winning shot for Cal Poly. The Aggies appeared to struggle offensively, as they were unable to strike a shot for the first 30 minutes. However, their offense quickly picked up, as they forced three first-half saves from Hamilton. Sophomore forward Matt Wiesenfarth attempted a goal shortly after but was turned away by Hamilton. During the final minute of the first half, junior Alex Henry acquired a Omar Zeenni rebound from se- junior nior forward John Joslin, hoping to make a run with it, but was cut short by Hamilton. The team’s offensive woes continued into the second half. The Aggies attempted 11 shots, including a 58thminute effort from Joslin that hit the cross-bar. Unfortunately, in the final few moments, junior forward Alex Aguiar’s effort was blocked and senior Mustafa Chopan’s attempt was wide left, ultimately leaving UC Davis scoreless. Overall, the Aggies accumulated 10 corner kick opportunities in comparison to Cal Poly’s two. Additionally, UC Davis took
15 total shots, while Cal Poly took only nine. The match was extremely aggressive, as the Aggies committed 13 fouls and the Mustangs committed nine. Next, the Aggies will look to continue their road trip to Sacramento State, where they will look to overtake the Hornets and capture the first spot in the BigWest Championships. Currently, the Hornets sit in first place with 13 points, while the Aggies sit in second place just one behind, with 12. T h e Sacramento State men’s soccer team is coming off its first Big West loss against No.16 UC Santa Barbara. The Hornets lost 0-2 on the home turf of the Gauchos. Sacramento State and UC Davis have not encountered each other this season, but both will be looking to bounce back from their respective losses. This Saturday at 4 p.m. at Hornet Field the Aggies will look to pull out a victory that would put them at the top of the Big West Championships leaderboard. —Veena Bansal
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