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When life hands you olives, make olive oil UC Davis Olive Center funds research through sales
By STEPHANIE B. NGUYEN Aggie News Writer
UC Davis is world renowned for its wine-making program. But what about its olive oil? Each November and December, the 1,250 olive trees that line the campus are harvested by the UC Davis Olive Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science to create extra virgin olive oil and table olives available for purchase at the UC Davis Bookstore. What started as a way to help cover the cost of maintaining the olive trees has now developed into a universitybased interdisciplinary research and education program. In 2004, the university began producing and selling olive oil after losing $60,000 a year in legal fees regarding olive-related incidents. The Olive Center, the first research institute of its kind in North America, was launched in 2008. The Olive Center prides itself on producing high-quality extra virgin olive oil and Sicilian-style table olives. These are sold exclusively at the
UC Davis Bookstore for $12 a bottle and $7 a jar since the center does not want to compete with local olive oil producers. The bookstore currently carries two blends: Gunrock and the Silo. “They have different sensory profiles. The Gunrock is more intense,” said Dan Flynn, executive director of the Olive Center. “Our clientele is mostly older adults and staff members,” said Jean Aguirre, the general merchandise manager at the UC Davis bookstore. “A lot of people who work on campus buy olive products for gifts. Students buy it for their parents and we also ship a lot of it across the country.” The bookstore also carries UC Davis olive oil body products, such as lip balm and body butter. The center collects about $100,000 per year in revenue from olive sales and the money goes toward funding the center’s research. “We have produced as much as 600 gallons, and as little as 40,” Flynn said. “It depends upon the crop size and the effectiveness of our harvest equipment.”
For the past couple of years, Students for Sustainable Agriculture has organized a community olive harvest in November that allows students and community members to harvest the trees along Russell Blvd. The olives are collected, taken to Mike Madison’s Yolo Bulb Farm to press, and participants are able to pick up their own olive oil based on the amount of olives they picked the very same day. “Unfortunately, there will not be a harvest due to the low yields this year compared to the record yields of last year,” said sophomore Gena Chen, a student organizer. “There just aren’t enough olives. We are hoping for next year, though.” Chen believes the event helps bring students and families together to learn about the food system and to create a product they can be proud of. “It’s a great way for people to become involved in the local food system and learn from beginning to end the beautiful process of olive oil making, but in a fun way,” Chen said. Education is also something the
Campus Recreation’s annual food drive begins
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November marks third year for food drive By ALICIA KINDRED Aggie News Writer
As the holiday season approaches, students and faculty can embrace the season of giving and building community by helping those in need through the Recreation Center’s holiday food drive. November begins the Recreation Center’s third annual food drive, which takes place from Nov. 21 to Dec. 16. “I initiated it in 2009. We have a large population of users [at the Recreation Center],” said Erica Brown, coordinator for Recreation Center member services and primary orga-
nizer of the holiday food drive. “It makes it easier to drop off donations on campus because we get a large amount of people who come by daily. I gather items at the end of the food drive and deliver it to the bank.” Initially started in 2009 with bins at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), the food drive will have bins decorated in red holiday bows set up in front of hosts on campus such as the ARC, the Craft Center, the Equestrian Center, and the Outdoors Adventure Center. According to a press release, donations for the food
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The Gunrock blend of olive oil, above, is sold exclusively at the UC See OLIVE, page 2 Davis Bookstore among other UC Davis olive oil body products.
drive include all canned nonperishable goods, such as soup, stew and chili, canned fruit, tuna and other canned meat, canned vegetables, peanut butter and 100 percent fruit juice. Any perishable, frozen foods or foods packaged in glass will not be accepted. All foods will be given to the Yolo County Food Bank, Brown said. “There are people out there who do not have a lot. [The food drive] helps to provide food during times when people really need it, which is really important,” said Coulson Thomas, assistant director for
Campus Recreation. “With the current economy as it is, many people are losing their jobs, and it is important for those who have the ability to give to help those who are in need, especially during the holiday season.” Last year, the food drive collected 546 pounds of food, which went toward individuals and families through the Yolo County Food Bank, Brown said. “In the future, we want the food drive to get bigger. We want bins to be located in larger areas and in more
Whole Foods will fill former Borders location
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ASUCD Chief Justice submits letter of resignation On Wednesday, ASUCD Chief Justice Rudy Ornelas submitted his letter of resignation to ASUCD President Thongsavat. Ornelas cited issues with the current ASUCD Senate table as one of his reasons for resigning. Furthermore, he wrote that the current structure of the association did not lend well to helping students. “Slate politics is not a way to do business in the best interest of students. It enables the majority to drown out the voices of the minority,” wrote Ornelas. “This fundamental problem must be fixed in order for our association to better serve our students.” Ornelas said that he would stay in office until Nov. 23, or until his replacement is chosen. — Hannah Strumwasser
Earth — population: 7,000,000,000 Population-related issues abound
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Estimated to open by the end of 2012, Whole Foods will take over the Davis Commons location that housed Borders Books & Music from 1997 until September.
By CLAIRE TAN Aggie Staff Writer
Whole Foods has officially leased the space Borders Books & Music previously occupied in the Davis Commons shopping center in Downtown Davis. “Whole Foods Market took over the 20,000 square foot Borders location,”
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said Jennifer Marples, Whole Foods Northern California media contact in an e-mail. “The current plans are to be open by the end of 2012.” Mark Friedman, president of Fulcrum Property, who built and owns Davis Commons, said a lot of retailers were watching Borders’
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On Oct. 31 the human world population reached 7 billion, according to measurements by the United Nations. Of course, reaching this number is merely symbolic, but it calls attention to many issues facing the world. “Hitting the 7 billion mark is simply an opportunity to consider the challenges and opportunities of this global experiment,” said David
Forecast I think these weather forecasts would be much more valuable if they came with a “suggested clothing” category. For example, Friday, I would suggest bringing an umbrella for your head, a plastic bag for your bike seat, and a change of socks because wet feet in class is one of the grossest feelings ever. Alex Neigher, atmospheric science major Aggie Forecasting Team
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Kyle, sociology professor and director of the UC Davis Gifford Center for Population Studies. The Gifford Center is responsible for understanding the involvement of environmental change with human mobility and its impact on the environment, human security and global health, according to its website. “‘Population’ can be a difficult topic because it seems so personal and abstract at the same time,” Kyle said. “It asks us to not only think
of ourselves, but rather all of the other people consuming like me and how we may build more sustainable societies.” According to professors, the population issue is a complex one, encompassing social, environmental and economic concerns. “We’ve had this demographic storm as nations like China and India have wanted the level of affluence that Americans enjoy,”
See POPULATION, page 4 For all of the poor freshmen out there (me!) and all other students who will be continuing to study at a UC these next few years, it looks like we’re in for a rough financial rollarcoaster. An estimated 81% tuition increase in the next four years? No thanks. Amanda Nguyen
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TODAY Energy Institute Fall Seminar Series 2 to 3:30 p.m. 1065 Kemper Ryan J. Andress, Ph.D., will discuss optimization-based synthesis and analysis of hydrogen-producing alternative thermochemical cycles.
Sunrise to 10 p.m. D-Q University, 33250 County Road 31, Winters A sunrise service will honor all veterans, followed by an open mic from 6 to 10 p.m. featuring Goodshield.
Women’s Volleyball vs. Cal State Fullerton 7 p.m. ARC Pavilion
Biomedical Engineering Department Seminar Series 4 p.m. 1005 Genome and Biomedical Sciences Building Dr. Shankar Subramaniam, chair of the department of bioengineering at UC San Diego, will discuss perspectives and challenges of systems biology and medicine.
To the Zoo and Beyond: San Diego Zoo Vet Talk 6 p.m. 1001 Geidt Internship and Career Center and the Vet Aide Club at UC Davis will present this special one-night-only talk with the senior veterinarian of the San Diego Zoo. He will present stories about panda births, koala reproduction and what it’s like to be a zoo veterinarian. On a side note, lots of cute baby panda pictures be will shown.
American Red Cross Club Meeting 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. 118 Olson Missed the first general meeting? No worries! Just come to this general meeting to learn about all the volunteer opportunities around Davis and the Yolo community.
New on KDVS Recordings: Bob Ostertag “Motormouth” 7 p.m. TCS Building, Art Annex Technocultural studies professor Bob Ostertag will perform “Motormouth,” played on the Buchala 200e modular analog synthesizer.
FRIDAY D-Q University Veteran’s Big Time Pow Wow
SATURDAY Men’s Water Polo vs. California 10 a.m. Schaal Aquatics Center
D-Q University Veteran’s Big Time Pow Wow 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. D-Q University, 33250 County Road 31, Winters Peruse American Indian arts vendors, dancers, drums, ceremonies, Indian tacos and singers. All drums and dancers welcome. The event is free and open to the public.
Football vs. North Dakota 2 p.m. Aggie Stadium
Women’s Volleyball vs. Long Beach State 7 p.m. ARC Pavilion
SUNDAY Mom to Dad: I Have Something to Tell You Screening and Q&A 6 p.m. 1003 Giedt Aggies for Israel, the Cross Cultural Center and Lamda Delta Lamda present a screening of Assi Azar’s documentary, followed by a Q&A with Mr. Azar. To receive placement in the AGGIE DAILY CALENDAR, e-mail dailycal@theaggie. org or stop by 25 Lower Freeborn by noon the day prior to your event. Due to space constraints, all event descriptions are subject to editing, and priority will be given to events that are free of charge and geared toward the campus community.
campus Judicial reports Stress stealing A senior was referred to Student Judicial Affairs (SJA) after a bookstore employee caught her trying to steal a textbook. During her meeting with a judicial officer, the student admitted that she had tried to steal the textbook — not because she didn’t have the money, but as a result of being under a great deal of stress. The student agreed to be placed on Deferred Separation status until her graduation from UC Davis. Deferred Separation means that the student agrees to waive her right to a formal hearing if she receives a future referral to Judicial Affairs, and if she is found in violation after an informal hearing, she would likely be suspended or dismissed from the university. In addition, the student agreed to complete a specified number of community service hours and to meet with a CAPS counselor concerning her stress.
Wanna share? A biological science major was asked to meet with a Judicial Officer due to suspected unauthorized collaboration on a take home quiz. The student admitted that she had given her friend her quiz to take a look at, but said that she thought her friend just wanted to get a general idea of how to answer the questions. She claimed
that she was not aware that her friend intended to copy her answers. Since she had not intended to violate school policy, the student’s case was closed with an Administrative Notice of University Policy in which she was reminded of UC Davis’s academic policies and codes.
Click for yourself A psychology student was referred to SJA for being in possession of a friend’s clicker during class and using the clicker to answer quiz questions on the other student’s behalf. The student stated that he was helping out a friend because they had an exam the next day and needed to study. This is a violation of academic policy as it is considered unauthorized assistance on coursework. For this admitted academic misconduct, the student accepted a Censure and community service. A Censure is a written notice to the student that they have violated university policies and if they do so again in the future, they will likely receive more serious disciplinary sanctions such as disciplinary probation, suspension or dismissal. CAMPUS JUDICIAL REPORTS are compiled by members of Student Judicial Affairs.
has succeeded in exposing quality problems with imported olive oils. “Seventy percent of the oils imported did not meet the international standard for extra virgin olive oil,” Flynn said. “We’ve also worked with local olive producers to pass legislation establishing olive oil grade standards and we’ve established a sensory panel that’s been accredited by the International Olive Counsel.”
Cont. from front page Olive Center strives to promote. The center currently offers educational courses for members in the olive industry that teach techniques on growing and milling olives, the business of olive oil production and a sensory evaluation course. “We would eventually like to establish an olive course for students,” Flynn Since its STEPHANIE B. NGUYEN can be reached at said. establishment, the center email@example.com.
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a local’s perspective instead of a guidebook. Even better, it’s a medium for building human trust. Sleeping at a random person’s house is a little Janelle daunting. But, on the other Bitker side, letting strangers into your home, with all your valuables and your entire life in plain view, feels even more risky. As a surfer, your only material risk is what’s in your backpack, which, in ast week, I woke up in the grand scheme of things, a strange man’s apart- isn’t much. The trust is a beautiment in Paris. I’ll be honest, I didn’t know ful thing. When someone trusts you with a key to too much about him. He their home without having was 24 years old, an engiever met, it’s impossible not neer and really enjoyed a to whole-heartedly trust good glass of red wine. He them too. seemed nice enough. And Similar to Ebay, hostels in Paris are so exCouchsurfing benefits from pensive — why would I user references as a sort of want to shell out 29 euros safety regulation. After you for a dorm bed in a room meet someone through the full of snoring backpackwebsite, you can leave a refers when I could just find erence on someone that perto go home Couchsurfers automatically son’s prowith? This is how share a certain mindset and love file, summarizing I am travelfor life that set them apart the overling. This is all experihow I can afence. Basically, you tell the ford to spend weekends world that the person was, in Berlin, Barcelona and indeed, not a creep. Copenhagen. This is how I Unless, of course, you plan to survive in Prague, did feel some strange vibes Vienna, Bratislava and from that person. You can Budapest this winter. If it leave a negative reference, weren’t for this, I wouldn’t and in fact, the success of be financially able to see Couchsurfing depends on all of Europe, and I would the honesty. People can’t releave in May with the burmove their references from den of regret. their profile, so a negative I am couch surfing. story would likely end some No, this isn’t just calling up friends studying abroad one’s couchsurfing career. I have a small handin another city and crashful of positive references ing on their floor — although I am doing plenty of so far, as I’ve only just bethat as well — it’s an online gun this journey. But the surfers I have met, through social network of travelers the website or otherwise, and hosts. have all been awesome. Go to www.couchsurfCouchsurfers automatically ing.org, make an account, share a certain mindset and fill out a profile and start love for life that set them searching for couches in apart. whatever city you’re interested in. Chances are, your My Parisian host was a doll. He was quiet and a litsearch will yield hundreds tle socially awkward, but of results. You can be a little pickier and use filters to hey, I am too. He met me at look for, say, hosts between his metro stop and we went out to a lovely and long the ages of 18 and 25. You choose someone who looks French dinner in the thriving Latin Quarter. appealing, perhaps some We chatted over steak-fritone who shares the same es about why French food is taste in music or who lives the best, the differences bewith a cat, and shoot off a tween Parisians and all othcouch request. er French people, why liv A few days later, you are ing in Paris absolutely rocks on their couch. and why living in Paris is an Okay, it’s not so easy. absolute pain. All the while, There are rejections inpeople walked through our volved, and sometimes cobble-stoned alley and an your ideal host is travelold man played accordiling too, or is just too overon across the street. It was whelmed with life to offer a simultaneously authenyou space. tic and stereotypical Parisian But when it does work out, you quickly realize that night, and it would have never been possible on one of there is no better way to those hostel-led pub crawls travel. that, while fun, hardly differ Couch surfing isn’t just from culture to culture. about a free place to sleep. It’s about the people you meet. It’s about the cultural JANELLE BITKER could always use more exchange. It’s a medium for couchsurfing references. If you have truly learning about a new something nice to say, ask for her profile link at firstname.lastname@example.org. place — seeing a city from
whole Cont. from front page bankruptcy and were looking at taking over Borders locations. He said when Borders went bankrupt and decided not to reorganize and reopen, he was contacted by several people interested in the site, Whole Foods being one. “I knew Borders was weak and it was clear 18 months ago that online and digital book sales were ultimately spelling the demise of many physical bookstores,” he said. Whole Foods is currently designing the store, a process that takes at least six months. “They like to build features that are unique to the specific market they are operating,” Friedman said. “Whole Foods is gathering information about Davis and figuring out what will fit best for the store.” Friedman said he believes the store will serve the same purposes the bookstore did by taking advantage of the grassy area and patio front. He said it was an important consideration in his conversations with Whole Foods. Some are worried Whole Foods will eventually put other grocery stores, such
as the Davis Food Co-op, out of business. The Davis Food Co-op says otherwise. “We welcome them to Davis and welcome the challenge,” said Eric Stromberg, general manager of the Davis Food Co-op in an e-mail. “New competition is bound to impact our business, but as a local cooperative with a 40-year history of serving our members in Davis and throughout the region, we are confident that shoppers will continue to look to us to serve their needs for quality, local food and a shopping experience you just can’t get any-
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plain delivery, but I found Miss Johansson’s reaction to the whole incident absolutely awesome. Rather than equivocating and apologizing to the public Dylan for her indiscretion as most Gallagher other celebrities might, she pointed out that what she did is not something out of the ordinary or something to be ashamed of. People from all walks of life send pictures of their junk – famous or not – across a wire, assuming they have access to the proper technology. You might even say it’s an feel like the web is conAmerican right – the right stantly being inundatto bare much more than ed by pictures of najust arms. God bless! ked celebrities. You’d think This isn’t to say that evthat someone who spends eryone should be able to their life in the spotlight (especially hot on the trails get away with their sext escapades just because it’s of the likes of Paris Hilton what all the cool kids are and Kendra Wilkinson) doing. There are some inwould have realized by stances in which people now that, as long you’re fashould just know when to mous enough, there’s no keep it in such thing their pants. as a private ... when you’re in the spotlight, For one part. Alas, don’t do something that you purely hyScarlett don’t want the world to see pothetical instance: Johansson if you’re a is the most recent to find herself in this married politician, don’t film a sex tape or publicly exact quandary, joining the naked ranks of Vanessa message an image of your Hudgens, Pete Wentz, Chris erection. This tenet should be simple enough to adBrown, Vanessa Hudgens here to. People have sex evagain, Blake Lively and ery day in the absence of Anthony Weiner. However, unlike her peers, Johansson a camera; last I checked, a lens’ focus doesn’t enhance delivered a response rethe various sensations of cently that was as unapolintercourse. ogetic and candid as the It might infringe upon photoset itself: “They were sent to my husband. I know your private rights, but it’s common knowledge that my best angles […] There’s extensive publicity comes nothing wrong with that. with the territory of celebIt’s not like I was shooting rity status, meaning nearly a porno. Although there’s nothing wrong with that ei- constant visibility and scrutiny by the public eye. To ther.” ScarJo brings an exput it simply, when you’re cellent point to the table; in the spotlight, don’t do after all, isn’t it her body something that you don’t that the rest of the world is want the world to see. It suddenly looking at withisn’t necessarily fair, but out her permission? it’s common sense. At the Before we go any fursame time, though, Scarlett ther, I would like to take doesn’t seem to be askthis chance to give my less ing for sympathy. Scarlett’s savvy readers a brief prefvictimization is the result ace on the fine art of sext messaging. (This paragraph of her own photography and a hacker’s tech wizardis strictly technical so feel ry, but it’s her lack of hangfree to skip it if all you’re dog woe-is-me upset that here for are the bad puns seems to reflect the blame and pop culture referencfor the supposed scandal es.) The premise is simple: snap a quick picture of your away from herself. genitals and send it to a re- After all, none of this would be a newsworthy cipient of your choice. In fact, it doesn’t even have to ordeal if we the people weren’t accessing Miss J’s be a picture of your geniprivate photographs via the tals. You could send a picinternet or drawing attenture that reveals only part tion to them through variof your genitals, or comes very close to revealing your ous news media (my bad). genitals — there’s still some All of this would be longwiggle room to keep things since swept under the rug if she had been just another classy. Scarlett Johansson, ordinary citizen. Anatomy for one, included a picture itself isn’t a scandalous of her butt — this is something: nobody ever looked what unorthodox, but part at Venus in the half shell of the experience is doing and called her a slut. what feels sexy at the time, so Mazel Tov to Miss J and her curvaceous backside! DYLAN GALLAGHER, of cleverblog. Let’s rein this back in to tumblr.com fame, awaits your praise, Scarlett Johansson: pardon commentary and naked photo submissions at email@example.com. the uncharacteristically
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where else.” Friedman agreed to have Whole Foods replace the Borders site for one main reason. “I think Whole Foods is one of the most effective and successful retailers in the country,” he said. “In my opinion, they have done more to bring values of organic and local source agriculture to the general public than any other retailer in the country. For that reason, they are a very good fit.” In other news, Ben & Jerry’s in the Davis Commons will close when its lease is terminated in February.
“We don’t intend to renew Ben & Jerry’s since they’re not doing enough volume to justify a lease renewal,” Friedman said. “We’ll put something else there.” Friedman said on a daily basis, traffic will be more or less the same. He said people buy groceries more often than they buy books, so he expects people to come back more frequently. “We want to create a place where people can feel comfortable and relaxed,” Friedman said. CLAIRE TAN can be reached at city@ theaggie.org.
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Let it fly Over the past year, oncampus radio station KDVS 90.3 FM has been attempting to get a new radio tower that could increase its listener base by 300,000 people. Despite new opposition from local environmental groups, we feel this tower will be very beneficial for the future successes of KDVS. The new structure, which will be located 150 feet south of the Yolo County Landfill north of Davis, will be built by Results Radio, a private broadcasting company, and leased to KDVS. The tower was initially approved by the Yolo County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 14, 2010, but complications with the Federal Communications Commission pushed back construction a year. On Sept. 19, Results Radio was granted a one-year extension by the Yolo County Board of Supervisors. Meaning, the tower was approved twice by Yolo County. Currently, Results Radio is facing opposition from the Davis Coalition for Good Planning. The group is saying the proposed tower will be environmentally degrading and will put birds in direct harm as the selected location is situated on the
Pacific Flyway. However, this will be a slight risk relative to the benefits the stronger radio signal could bring. KDVS has been trying to get a new tower for 15 years. Seeing as the plans are so close to fruition, this minor stall is manageable. For KDVS to progress into a staple radio station in the Sacramento area, it needs to increase its listener base. In addition, the new tower will be built with new LED technology that will mitigate light below the horizon and will comply with the United States Fish and Wildlife Services recommendation regarding migratory birds. Therefore, measures have been made to make the tower more environmentally acceptable with regard to federal regulation. The appeal was filed during a meeting of the Yolo County Planning Commission on Oct. 27, 2011. Members of the community has two weeks to comment on the appeals, after which Results Radio will be able to continue in its plans. Hopefully after the comment period, Results Radio and KDVS will be able to move forward with the project and more people will be exposed to the radio station’s unique style.
Keep it local This summer, the Davis Borders Books, Music, Cafe closed after the company went bankrupt. To some, this was a disappointment, as Davis lost one of its main and most popular bookstores. However, it is in reality a positive change for the city of Davis. This closure has led to the increasing success of local, independent bookstores such as The Avid Reader and Logos Books, nonetheless not all are able to succeed without the support of local consumers. The Sweet Briar Bookstore is set to close Dec. 24 of this year. Davis, a college town full of educated individuals, should work to support these businesses. Instead of taking their money to Amazon.com or other big sellers bookstores, students should buy their books here in Davis. By bringing business to these stores, students can help the Davis economy by supporting locals, who ultimately put their money back into the city of Davis. According to studies, 68 percent of money spent at local businesses gets circulated back to the community. Furthermore, if students
support these stores, local job opportunities can be maintained. Independent bookstores also provide a location for the community to come together and bond over literature. With the increase in popularity of digital readers and online retailers, book culture is becoming obsolete. In our college town, we should have places that encourage reading in the community. As a college student struggling to keep up with tuition hikes and normal living costs, it is understandable to go for the better deal. However, the added cost is worth it. Buying from Amazon may seem like a better deal and easier process, but after paying for shipping and handling fees, the price of a book is comparable to the price of books at the local bookstores. And often times, a novel from the UC Davis Bookstore can cost the same or even more than at a local bookstore. A quick bike ride downtown allows you to get your book when you want it, and without the shipping fees. So skip the $3 morning coffee and go buy your next book at a local Davis bookstore.
investigators at the National Labor nothing. Review Board found that “Whole And this appeal to social responFoods engaged in a variety of resibility is what makes the company taliatory measures to discourage so odious. Whole Foods is a clasunion activity,” the company was sic example of what philosopher Jordan forced to rehire workers in an out- Slavoj Zizek calls the chocolate laxof-court settlement. ative. Chocolate, he claims, proCarroll More recently, Whole Foods duces constipation, while the laxahas aggressively campaigned tive reverses the effect. Like a poiagainst workers by opposing the sonous antidote, Whole Foods tries Employee Free Choice Act and to solve the very crises it creates. Democratic health care reform. Worried about capitalist In his now-infamous Wall Street greed? Shop at our monopolisJournal op-ed, tic, corporate Mackey attacked juggernaut! Want Whole Foods does pretend to be a to support lo“Obamacare” more egalitarian, worker-friendly cal producers? while calling for hole Foods is set to move insurance deregBuy from a mecompany into the former Borders ulation. Mackey’s ga-chain based storefront in Davis alternative inin Texas! Tired of Commons in 12 to 18 months. As cludes a variety of free market bro- ecological devastation wrought the Wal-Mart of organic and natmides, including a call to “repeal by overconsumption? Consume ural groceries, Whole Foods is regovernment mandates regarding more of our products! viled for its anti-union policies and what insurance companies must Even if Whole Foods wasn’t a reactionary politics. cover.” If we lived in Mackey’s libterrible corporation, its arrival On the face of it, Whole Foods ertarian utopia, patients with would be a problem. Whole Foods seems like a crunchy granola kind high-risk conditions would be left will hurt local enterprises like the of company. It boasts a committo fend for themselves. Davis Food Co-op. It also joins a ment to pure, healthy foods and As Whole Foods’ mission stateglut of high-end grocery stores sustainable agriculture while giv- ment suggests, “There are no enand will locate to an area already ing back at least 5 percent of its titlements.” Whole Foods offers its plagued by traffic and parking profits per year to things like employees a low-cost insurance problems. charitable non-profits and miplan and “personal wellness fund” Moreover, as David Greenwald cro-lending programs. The store but, of course, they lose their inof the Davis Vanguard observes, claims that “interdependence” is surance when they are fired. Borders provided Davis with a one of its central values, a recog In health care and all other mat- steady stream of income but most nition that everyone involved in ters, the Whole Foods way leaves of Whole Foods’ merchandise is the store represents a “communi- workers at the mercy of their boss- exempt from sales tax. That’s anty of interests.” es. Whole Foods workers’ wages re- other hole in the city’s budget. But, according to Whole Foods, main low and, though the compa- At the same time, we should not the invisible hand of the marny may give employees some ben- be too sanguine about our loket is what brings us together. efits, these are presented as mancal businesses. (The WoodlandWhole Foods’ radical libertarian agement’s charity and not as work- based Nugget supermarket still CEO John Mackey claims that “the ers’ due. Unable to collectivedoes not have a union, for exbeauty … of capitalism is that it ly bargain, workers cannot speak ample.) My point is not that we has a harmony of interests.” back and demand their rights from should embrace small, local com The company’s commitment Mackey and his underlings. panies to promote some social to “conscious capitalism” means Whole Foods does pretend to be mission through shopping. Trying that it has worked hard to stop a more egalitarian, worker-friend- to save the planet through luxury unions from organizing its shops, ly company. Mackey pays himpurchases is the logic that birthed with Mackey likening the possibil- self a humble salary — in 2009 it Whole Foods. ity of unionization to “having her- dropped to $1 — but then takes Instead of buying into “conpes.” To stop the spread of unions, home hundreds of thousands in scious capitalism,” workers and Whole Foods has allegedly fired la- bonuses and millions in stock opcitizens of Davis should come tobor organizers and threatened em- tions. Like so much about Whole gether collectively and democratployees with lost benefits if they Foods, this is just a public relations ically to promote environmentalunionize. stunt to impress bourgeois liberal ly safe agriculture and better labor Mother Jones reports that in shoppers. practices. Organic, healthy food 2002 workers unionized under Indeed, even their natural and should be a right — not the priviUnited Food and Commercial organic image is just brand marlege of a few affluent shoppers. Workers in Madison, WI, but keting. For example, the compa We can begin by doing all we Whole Foods busted them beny openly admits that it allows ge- can to stop Whole Foods from fore they could negotiate their netically modified foods onto its coming to Davis Commons. first contract. It happened again in shelves. Its rhetoric about healthy 2006 in San Francisco, where the foods and environmental conJORDAN CARROLL is a Ph.D. student in English at UC Teamsters tried to organize. 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What is one thing you can’t live without?
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“I can’t live without family. I like when they help me and I help them.”
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“Friends and family.” Luis Alverez senior exercise biology
“Community support is important to me. It’s important to be together as a family.” Eddie Truong
“I can’t live without my belief in Jesus Christ.”
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Men share feelings, wisdom in new community group Davis Community Men’s Talk and Drum Circle invites introspection By MICHELLE STAUFFER Aggie Features Writer
Sometimes men just need someone to talk to — a group much like themselves that understands them. The Davis Community Men’s Talk and Drum Circle seeks to provide exactly that. Male residents 18 and over are invited to attend weekly gatherings of the Circle, held the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Families First on Fifth Street in downtown Davis. The Circle can be used as an opportunity for males to meet new friends, share their most intellectual thoughts and feelings and simply sit beside other men. The group’s founders, five men from the Davis area, Gregory Guss, Dean Dickerson, Chas Ehrlich, Michael Patch and Davis Hafter, want everyone to know this isn’t simply a “men’s group.” “We are not a men's group. Instead, it is a structured forum to build community, where men can address that which holds meaning, as they feel ready. In other words, men can attend and just listen,” Hafter said. For someone who has never attended a group of this sort, it can be intimidating to speak up in front of complete strangers. According to the group, however, this is the last thing men should be worrying about. The five men would also like to point out the privacy and confidentiality of the Talk Circle. Guss, Dickerson, Ehrlich, Patch and Hafter also work to break through the generational gaps between the men in attendance at these monthly meetings. The Talk Circle appreciates the different ages of men for the different views and aspects of life they bring to the Talk. “The Talk Circles are also a forum for
QUICKSAND Cont. from page 8 we have to have a leader. You can also take a step back. Just because you’ve decided to go one direction doesn’t mean you can’t try that other person’s idea later.
PL: I would say that this band, better than other ones I’ve been in, has worked fairly well together. People are pretty cool about being like ‘Well, your idea actually sounds cooler than mine, let’s try that.’ Just because it’s your idea, it doesn’t mean its the best and luckily people are pretty good at recognizing that. There’s been in less contention in this band and the songwriting process than other ones I’ve been in. JJ: The other guys were really able to remove their ego from the songwriting process, which is really rare. We could just say ‘stop doing this part’ which is something normally people wouldn’t
men of our different generations, to collectively share wisdom, perspectives and offer acceptance, to our wonderful and eclectic differences,” Dickerson said. Currently, their following is small. Members include only Guss and Shawn Ryan, who was new to the area and looking for ways to meet new people. On their website, they refer to the younger men as the ones who carry the ideals and dreams, the middle-aged men as the ones who quietly carry the burden of life and the older men as the ones whose wisdom leads them inward. By inviting men of different ages, the men of the Circle are hoping to relate experiences to one another and build a deepened relationship with one’s self. “As one man speaks, his honesty may touch another man's experience. Great courage and integrity has been shown, as men often discover how much they have held back, and now feel a permission, to speak to their core and vital concerns,” Guss said. According to their public service announcement, students are almost guaranteed to stumble across a topic within the Talk Circle that catches their interest. The types of themes that have been discussed in the Circle include father and son relationships, how competency and incompetency were portrayed and expressions of male vulnerability. According to the committee, they are hoping to add students and faculty from the UC Davis campus to their monthly Circles. “We are very much wanting to have students and faculty know of our monthly gatherings,” Guss said. There is also no worry of having to attend the meetings on a monthly basis. The men ask you to join whenever there is a
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month that you can. “There is no charge for these events and all men 18 and older are welcome,” Guss said. The Circle has their own Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Davis-Community-Mens-Talk-and-
like to hear, but it’s like ‘okay, I long the band goes on. We want trust you enough to be making a this one idea to be the best representation of who we are as a band good decision.’ and who we are as musicians. PL: Zach has more of a background in music theory while Jon RC: There was a actually a deadWilliams doesn’t. Jon never real- line as well for us. As we were rely cared if something was theoret- cording this CD, Zach Harju and ically right or not, just whether it Jon Williams would be both movsounded good. Sometimes there ing out of Davis. The three of us would be little battles in between weren’t sure how busy we were gothem where Zach would say “this ing to be in the future so we wantdoesn’t theoretically sound right” ed to take a snapshot of all the efand Jon would say “I don’t give a fort we put into this project. We were performing live but didn’t shit.” have much to show for it. This Can you tell me about the impor- represents a finished project and all the work we put in. tance of a full album? PL: We thought really hard about PL: Nowadays, it’s about the sinthe order of the songs gle and as a kid I would by a CD JJ: We tried to present it as one just for one song and the single complete thought. Every artist or would end up not being my faperson who does music has a dif- vorite. We liked the idea of all the ferent answer for this. I think it’s songs flowing one into the other. important that if you’re going to It was a desire to make that kind produce something that it will be of thing, to adhere to that kind of this complete idea. We will have idea. What maybe helped was that only this CD for essentially the some of us had experience workrest of our lives, regardless of how ing together and knew the pitfalls
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of things we’ve done in the past that were counter-productive. It’s like being in a relationship, except you’re in a relationship with four other dudes. What are guys’ influences? RC: As far as influences tied to this band, Fleet Foxes is definitely the big one for me. A lot of newer folk bands are doing a lot cool things right now. JJ: What started me out on it was M. Ward, and he is doing is basically modern Americana. Within the last year I’ve gotten deep into classic folk and bluegrass, stuff that’s recorded on wax cylinders from like the ‘30s and ‘40s. But fortunately a lot of people are putting it on the internet since most of it isn’t in print anymore. A lot of oldtime blues artists and gospel.
all the other musical influences I have and contribute to the band. The biggest ones for me would be Robert Johnson and Sunhouse. What music are you guys currently listening to? RC: I’ve been listening to Bulldog, which has absolutely nothing to do with folk music but they’re a really cool funk band out of Canada. PL: We listen to a lot of The Ohio Players. JJ: Pokey Lafarge, he’s a contemporary artist who’s doing straightup Americana. The Wiyos as well.
Quicksand Marching Band plans on playing shows in December with details soon to follow. The full album is available for streaming at http://quicksandmarchingband.bandcamp.com/ and fans PL: Before I started playing for the or appreciators of the album can band, I really didn’t listen to this also pay $10 for a physical copy type of music very much. I played that the band will personally ship. with friends back home. For me it was about how I would bring Rudy Sanchez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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It’s about 7 p.m. on a Friday night and in a few hours this small city will be swarming with young college folks ready to rage late into the night after a week of burying faces in books and exams. There’s a mirror on the side of the studio where I stare and catch my own reflection. Oh man, I look like a mess. There’s a huge graphite stain smeared across my face and I smell heavily of paint thinner. But I can’t help but think that I’m happy to be in “here” and not “out there”. The creative process is the most wonderful thing I have ever learned to embrace. It doesn’t take more than hearing a beautiful song or watching a heartrending film to spark a creative epiphany. But the creative process overall is one with so many circumstances and potentials. What makes today different? For some reason, the combination of taking a power nap and hearing Nujabes “Reflection Eternal” did the trick. I somehow woke up feeling inspired and invigorated — ready to take the world on. So after making my way over to the bookstore to buy a canvas, here I am alone in the studio on a Friday night. It’s a strange phenomenon that I don’t quite yet understand fully. I really wish I knew exactly what sparks these creative epiphanies. But what I do know is that they are precious. When they happen, I embrace them and do not stop until I am wrung dry of this moment — an urge at attempting to create something larger than myself. The creative process is the most intimate thing an artist can share with someone else. Like an author writing a memoir, the artists express themselves through their mediums. My relationship with this paint and canvas runs deep. It’s an individual expression that has been developing since I could remember. Through all of my insecurities growing up — all of the moments when I felt ugly or sad — I could rely on the paint to help me remedy any moments of uncertainty I had with myself. Describing art is difficult. Taking concepts and making them concrete is nearly impossible. But I want to share this piece of me with you. I hope it comes through from me to this paper and finally back to you. I am currently listening to The Weeknd (“The Knowing” on repeat) and wearing my oversized denim “painting” button-up shirt. The blank 4 by 5 feet canvas, which sits comfortably on the wooden easel, is staring back at me. My palette is set up and I’m ready to go. I don’t know any other way of doing this other than letting my subconscious stream and let myself go. Here I go: Dripping through cracked crevices on the primed canvas, the paint will settle there in its unique form. Brush to paint, paint to brush and brush to canvas. I’ll just let it drip. The mineral spirit glistens over the canvas and continues to drip until it hits the concrete floor of the studio. I’m making a mess. This looks hideous so far. But I take a step back, breathe, look, observe. I let the spectrum of color and light absorb — soak — and let my eyes tell it all. Yellow, blue, red and green are mixing together on the canvas and it makes weird shapes when it melds together. There’s but the slightest moment of conscious thought forming and I just do what feels right — feels so right. UYEN CAO wants to know what are your creative outlets. Let her know by e-mailing email@example.com.
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Spirit of New Orleans in Davis The Mondavi Center brings New Orleans soul to Davis
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By SASHA SHARMA Aggie Arts Writer
“New Orleans is here, we’re still here,” said Bennie Pete, leader of the Hot 8 Brass Band. The band’s performance is part of the series Spirit of New Orleans at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Spirit of New Orleans is part of the larger series of events called Life Out of Balance which aims to portray the metamorphosis of art through times of upheaval in history. “We’re taking a look at the thematic way in which artists cope with moments of major dislocation,” said Jeremy Ganter, Mondavi Center’s associate executive director and director of programming. “Spirit of New Orleans is about taking a look at New Orleans before and after Katrina — how it celebrates itself through music and dance.” The series is truly a celebration of the vivacity of the the crescent city in its brave and commendable process of recovery from Hurricane Katrina. It began with a screening of Spike Lee’s 2010 film If God is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise and continues this week with a performance by the Hot 8 and the Trey McIntyre Project in conjunction with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The Spike Lee movie, which focuses on the restoration of New Orleans post Katrina, documented the city’s unyielding ability to celebrate life with soul and warmth. “The film was critical,” Ganter said. “It kind of showed that despite its reputation as a par-
ty city, New Orleans has serious social and economic issues that existed before but were exacerbated by Katrina. The entire series was about how artists interpreted this moment. It presents a very broad view of New Orleans — its power, its joy and its troubles.” The Hot 8 Brass Band was also featured in the Spike Lee movie. Ganter claims that The Hot 8 Brass Band is “the real deal”. The members of the band who were born and raised in New Orleans are the face of the city’s long standing culture of street music. “It’s New Orleans music,” Pete said. The Hot 8 lost some of its past members to violence post Katrina. However, Pete counts the crescent city as the band’s biggest inspiration.“It’s hard for me, but it just makes us value our music that much more,” he said of the aftermath of Katrina. “Nothing was really the same — but we made it through with the music and faith in God. It’s like healing, it just changes the spirit.” According to Ganter, however, it was The McIntyre Project’s ballet pieces Ma Maison and The Sweeter End that birthed the entire series, “We knew we wanted them to perform at the Mondavi Center and the idea for the series just fell into place with Ma Maison.” “McIntyre choreographed the piece in 2008,” said Chanel DaSilva, a dancer with The McIntyre Project. “It focuses on how people in New Orleans view life and death — to them death is just a new chapter of life and the people left behind celebrate this.” DaSilva described the costumes for Ma
Maison as colorful yet eerie with a touch of both New Orleans style Mardi Gras and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). “I’m very excited for the performance,” DaSilva said. “There’s skull masks and they add to this creepy feel but it’s a very exciting and poignant part of New Orleans culture. The Sweeter End is much edgier.” The denim clothing designed for The Sweeter End makes use of New Orleans influenced motifs such as the fleur-de-lis and — post Katrina — the crosses drawn into the sides of buildings by restoration workers. The crosses symbolized whether or not there were living people inside a home. DaSilva describes the performance as “electrifying.” The McIntyre project is performing to live music provided by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. New Orleans’ eminent musical venue Preservation Hall is the eponymous birthplace of the band. “They bring New Orleans with them,” DaSilva said . Spirit of New Orleans promises a holistic view of a tragedy that forever changed the face of the crescent city. The series continues this week with performances by the Hot 8 Brass Band (Nov. 9 to 11), and The Trey McIntyre Project (Nov. 12). Students can buy tickets by phone, online at mondaviarts.org or in person at the Mondavi Center ticket booth at 50 percent off. SASHA SHARMA can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music Spotlight: quicksand Marching Band Quicksand Marching Band better than Bright Eyes By RUDY SANCHEZ Aggie Arts Writer
Local Folk-bluegrass-neo-americana music group Quicksand Marching Band completed its eponymous first album earlier this year. The band formed in 2009 for Whole Earth Festival and has played various live shows at local hotspots, as well as for KDVS. While the band members themselves contend over what genre of music one can put them under, it can be comfortably said that the band sounds like a cross between Fleet Foxes and Old Crow Medicine Show. Some of the most requested cover songs for them to play include Old Crow Medicine's Wagon Wheel and Man of Constant Sorrow. The band is made up of five members: Zach Harju, Jon Williams, Jon Jordan, Patrick Langham and Robin Croen. While recording their first album the band members sought equal representation and opportunities for each member to contribute to the song-writing process. The albums itself was recorded at their house locally here in Davis as well as in places around the city of Davis. This week, band members Jon Jordan, Patrick Langham and Robin Croen sat down with MUSE for a Q&A session concerning their music and influences. The Aggie: How did you guys settle on the band name? JJ: Zach was like ‘I thought of a good name’ and we were like ‘done’. He was writing down names in engineering class and was like ‘boom, that's the winner.’ When did the band start playing? JJ: Whole Earth Festival, two years ago. Zach and I were playing and wound up getting a gig at KDVS, we knew each other from working on Seamoose and worked on pulling together a bluegrass set...songs mostly Zach had written at the time. PL: Four out of the five us also played in Seamoose. It started off as a side project and grew more as it went along. It took on more of a life of it's own instead of just being a side project, which culminated in us recording the album over the summer. How would you categorize the type of music you play? PL: That's usually the question artists never want to answer, but it's the question you have to have a good answer for. RC: I could say folk, neo-folk, americana, bluegrass and that gets people narrowed in a little bit but I could have a different set of tags for each song instead of the whole thing overall. Each song has a little bit of a different direction.
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JJ: Neo-Americana. RC: Sure, why not? PL: For the album, because of the variety on things on there, it'd be much easier to try just to go by each song writer and song-style because there are so many different styles being represented. There's some pretty standard folks songs and there's some folks songs that are a little weird and messed up. There's gospel songs and blues songs. With a five piece band and everyone contributing how do you guys find what works among yourselves? RC: Sometimes we all would be sitting around twiddling our thumbs because it's five people each with a different idea. Sometimes one person or two people would have to make the effort and push a song or the project in the next step. It's something we grapple all the time with, with all our different musical projects. We want to have
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CALL for SUBMISSIOns Theatre and Dance department accepting applications for newly launched art research program By MICHELLE RUAN Aggie Arts Writer
The last words uttered by the crazed Roman Emperor Nero, before he took his life, were “Qualis artifex pereo.” For the many Latin illiterates out there, a rough English translation would be somewhere along the lines of “What an artist the world loses in me.” With today’s weak economy and numerous budget cuts, there really is a serious loss of artists as many of them would rather trade their passion for a more financially stable path, like a nursing degree. In addition, local school districts with a lack of funding due to budget cuts simply can’t afford to provide as many artistic outlets as they would like for their students to explore. The theatre and dance department here at UC Davis has come up with a way to combat that problem. The T&D department just launched the Institute for Explorations in Theatre, Dance and Performance this year and it is currently accepting applications from interested students, as well as any staff or faulty member on campus, until Nov. 21. Professor Lynette Hunter, chair of the theatre and dance department, sees IETDP as a grand opportunity for Davis students to take advantage of. “The idea behind the Institute is to encourage an understanding of these activities as producing creative insight and new knowledge that contributes to the mission of universities to open up new ways of understanding each other and the world,” Hunter said. “We believe people need to be encouraged to see the areas of theatre, dance and performance as valuable to culture and society as a whole.”
The Souterrain Friday, 8 p.m., free 202 E Street
Known for their sweet folksy sound, local band The Souterrain will play a free show at the chic Riki Design on E street. The band is made up of Laura Norton on vocals, Sham Shirley on guitar, David Sachs on double-bass and Kelsey Brewer on percussion. Support local music and businesses by checking out this event.
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The Institute for Explorations in Theatre, Dance and Performance aims to give students opportunities to understand the full scope of what the theatre world at Davis has to offer. The new program was originally conceived by faculty member, Professor David Grenke, a former principal dancer at the Paul Taylor Dance Company and choreographer. Grenke’s idea for the program was that it would have a dual purpose: for students to not only have an outlet to perform, but also to use it as a research activity in the department and on campus. Professor Jon Rossini, a popular faculty
member of the theatre and dance department gave more information about Grenke’s goal of intertwining performance with research. “The hope is that it will draw attention to the intersections of research and performance, provide opportunities for individuals outside of theatre and dance, and advance
By PAAYAL ZAVERI Aggie Arts Writer
Salaam Bombay Monday, 7 p.m., $5 Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center
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The current CoHo exhibition, mostly consisting of paintings, serves as a backdrop for students studying. mediums are welcome also. “Having your work displayed in a juried show is a great thing to put on a resume,” said Brenna Jones, a member of the Aggie Public Arts Committee. “Also, if you would like to sell your piece we can put a tag on it with the price and your contact information.”
Many of the artists who have had their work displayed in the show have found it rewarding. “It was a really interesting experience, walking through the CoHo and seeing
November is Native American Heritage Month. UC Davis celebrates through the Cross Cultural Center this month with the theme of “Moving Forward, Giving Back.” A series of speakers, films and events take place until Nov. 18. Typically the program is scheduled in April, however, Native American Culture Days was moved to November to coincide with the national celebration of Native American culture. The program is broadly supported and generated by staff, students, ASUCD and the community. “We collaborate with as many people as we can,” said Culture Programs Advisor and Coordinator Melissa Johnson, Ph.D. “The program is for the students and the community — it’s what they wanted to see on the calendar.” The Cross Cultural Center (CCC) worked together with American Indian Recruitment and Retention (AIRR) as well as many other campus groups to put on events for the entire campus community this month. Held at places such as the Memorial Union, lecture halls, Shields Library and Gorman Museum, these events shed light on topics that the CCC want the cam-
pus to know. “We have an openness to share and invite people to know about native people and their challenges,” said Hailey Ferroni, a fifth-year psychology and Native American Studies double major and sexuality studies minor and Student Director of AIRR. “Students should take a look at the events and see what stands out to them.” Along with providing program support and being a spokesperson, Ferroni will be a part of the student panel on Nov. 17, hosted by AIRR. “People should realize that Native Americans are a small population on campus and that we should give them opportunity to share their heritage,” Johnson said. “It’s always important to me that the diversity of students on campus is recognized — we have a lot of diversity represented in our students.” With Culture Days programs going on throughout the year, the CCC reaches out to multiple racial groups on campus. “I think all of the Culture Days can create an impact,” said Assistant Director of the CCC Andrea Gaytan. “To bring issues that are relevant to the community to the forefront and educate [them] is empowering.” In order to captivate the mind in an art form, Native American Culture Days is using films to ed-
ucate and entertain. With films such as Reel Injun — On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian which depict how Native Americans are portrayed in movies, the program seeks to educate and inform their viewers. “The Native American culture is still very strong. There are still some stereotypes that exist,” Johnson said. “We’re bringing it back strong. It’s vital that people recognize what native culture contributes to the world.” The film Two Spirits is a collaboration between UC Davis Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center and AIRR to educate viewers on how differently sexual orientation is identified in Native American culture. Two Spirits will show at Shields Library on Monday at 11:30 a.m. All films will focus on the theme of Native American life, whether it be historical or contemporary. The film Uneasy Remains was created by series of graduate students and will include an answer period and discussion. The film was shown on Wednesday. According to Johnson, many of the theories and ideas of the modern world actually originate from Native American culture. “What people think is so contemporary is actually rooted from
Salaam Bombay is a film which depicts the lives of street children living the in tough social, political and economic state in Bombay (today known as Mumbai, India). Krishna is the main character. Through various struggles, he learns to survive on the harsh streets where he is exposed to issues of prostitution and the drug market. This film won an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film in 1989.
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Native American Culture Days takes place this month
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A Clockwork Orange Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., free Chemistry 194
Entertainment Council presents the free screening of A Clockwork Orange. The 1971 film, which is considered a cult classic, was written, directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick. The film analyzes topics of social, political and economic issues associated with government and culture. Warning: the film features violent images and explicit material.
“Moving Forward, Giving Back” By ELIZABETH ORPINA
In this free event on campus, the music department is putting on a night of music which focuses on the theatrical explanations to the B-flat note through Renaissance repertoire. Musicologist Dr. Bonnie J. Blackburn will be hosting the event and holding discussions on the various topics.
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The Aggie Public Arts Committee CoHo Art Show
Imagine walking through the CoHo and seeing your artwork covering the walls, on display for everyone to see. Aggie Public Arts Committee is now accepting submissions from undergraduate artists for the Coffee House Juried Art Show. The show is organized by the Aggie Public Arts Committee. Their goal is to find ways to represent undergraduate artists at Davis and bring more public art to campus. The Aggie Public Arts Committee is a committee under the ASUCD created in 2010 to support and assist with the display of public art on campus and around town. The art show was initiated in Winter 2011 and is a quarterly event. Every quarter new artwork is submitted and different artists get the chance to exhibit their work. “The CoHo is a very central location on campus, so it receives a lot of foot traffic from students, staff and other visitors,” said Debs Schrimmer, the Aggie Public Arts Committee chair. “This gives an excellent opportunity for artists to get their work out there and increase their visibility. In general, if students are interested in sharing their talents with the rest of the campus, then this is a great opportunity to do so.” The committee usually selects about seven to nine submissions. They are displayed on the wall of the corridor adjacent to Griffin Lounge. Typically, most of the submissions are oil or acrylic paintings and some photography. Pastels, graphic design, ink and other
The Lascivious Career of B Flat: Expressing Gender and Sex in Early Music Monday, 4 p.m., free Room 266, Everson Hall
natives,” Johnson said. “Postmodern theory and the ideas of connection, equality and understanding orientations were all embraced by native culture from the beginning.” The theme of this year’s Native American Culture Days is “Moving Forward, Giving Back,” meaning that native students come to university, get degrees and through education, they educate themselves to go back to their communities to strengthen and teach. “The emblem is a graduate student with a shadow of a native dancer,” Johnson said. “To remember their past, but move forward, to find strength in numbers and invite those who aren’t active in the community, are all a part of this theme.” Through film, art, speakers and teaching, Native American Culture Days takes place this month to inform and educate students and community members of the small yet prominent group on campus and in our country. “You can learn how Native American culture is interwoven into American culture,” Johnson said. “It’s not just historical, it’s very much alive.” ELIZABETH ORPINA can be reached at email@example.com.
Comfort and Joy: A Celebration of Fiber Art Today to Nov. 29, MonSat 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun noon to 5 p.m., free The Artery Gallery, 207 G Street
The Artery Gallery celebrates an understated medium: fiber. The exhibition will feature works such as hand-knitted hats and silk scarves. Featured artists include Lucy B. Della Rosa, Chris Dewees, Lisa Erskine, Julia Kehew, Marjan Kluepfel, Robin Lynde, Sharon McCallum, Vicki Plutchok, Jan Schubert, Connie Taxiera and Sara Helen Yost. Each artist shows their own unique style through their manipulation with fiber as a choice medium.
Oak Grove Community Cypher Friday, 4 p.m., free
Spoken word and ciphering has become a large part of the Davis community. And better yet, its growing quickly. Arguably a branch extending from UCD spoken word group Sick Spits, the Oak Grove Community Cypher group will host their weekly ciphering session Friday. Go with an open mind and you’ll be in for a real treat.
UYEN CAO can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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IN REVIEW: J. EDGAR
Leonardo DiCaprio shines in Clint Eastwood biopic
James Morrison The Awakening Universal Island Records
Opens Friday at Regal Davis Stadium 5, 420 G St.
With two albums under his belt, James Morrison presents to the world The Awakening, a beautiful collection of soulful, live-sounding music. According to his website, this album “turned out to be the album that [he] always had the potential to make.” As a 13-song record, The Awak-
Run time: 137 minutes, Rated R
By ERIN MIGDOL Aggie Features Editor
J. Edgar Hoover is one of those unfortunate political figures to whom history has not been especially kind. Is it possible to truly understand anything about a guy who bounces back and forth between paranoid Communist-phobe and crossdresser in the public eye? But surely there must have been a man behind the mockery. At least, that’s what director Clint Eastwood would have you believe in his skillful, emotional biopic J. Edgar. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the misunderstood title character, aging 50 years in the process with the help of some seriously heavy-duty makeup. The story moves as a series of flashbacks, switching between an aging Hoover dictating his memoirs in the 1970s and a young Hoover rising to power as the groundbreaking director of the new Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the 1930s. But make no mistake — this is not the story of J. Edgar Hoover, Crime Fighter. Rather, it is the relationship between Hoover and his longtime associate Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer, best known as the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network) that serves as the emotional and narrative core of the film. Hoover agrees to interview Tolson for a position on his staff after his letter of recommendation announces that he has “no interest in women.” And when Tolson agrees to take the job on the condition that the two never miss a lunch or dinner together, Hoover breaks into a rare smile and says he wouldn’t have it any other way. Current opinions about Hoover’s sexuality, and the true nature of his relationship to Tolson, range from denial (by Hoover himself ) to assertions by historians that Hoover was gay. Regardless, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk) and Eastwood treat Hoover and Tolson’s friendship with more tenderness and understanding than most filmmakers treat
heterosexual relationships. The moment when the two men are forced to come to terms with their love, and what to do with it, is heartbreaking. Leonardo DiCaprio proves yet again, as he did in The Aviator and Catch Me If You Can, that he knows his way around a biopic. His Hoover is socially awkward and baffling neurotic, and he does a fine job recreating Hoover’s overly formal accent. But if DiCaprio is good, then Hammer is great as the lovestruck, loyal Tolson. With a single look and smile, we learn everything we need to know about his feelings for Hoover. Here is a fresh face in Hollywood worth looking out for. Eastwood, forever in our hearts as “The Man With No Name” in 1960s and ‘70s Westerns, has experienced somewhat of a rebirth in the last 10 years as a director. His films, like Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Invictus and Flags of our Fathers, often feature an older man in crisis. Does he use himself for inspiration? Fans of Eastwood’s work will recognize J. Edgar’s gray-blue color palette, unhurried pace and piano score. It’s all very wellsuited to Black’s understated but powerful screenplay. But he and Eastwood make a noticeable error. In centering the film on Hoover and Tolson’s relationship, they neglect explanation of Hoover’s incessant Communist-hunting, wiretapping and secret-file-keeping — the sources of Hoover’s tarnished public image. Hoover’s mother (The incomparable Dame Judi Dench) is meddling and prejudiced herself. But is she to blame? Hard to tell. The film offers virtually no other explanations. Still, I remind myself that this is not Hoover, the Crime Fighter’s movie. I cannot imagine such a moving, sensitive film about a romantic relationship between two men being possible even 20 years ago. For that reason alone, history owes J. Edgar another look. ERIN MIGDOL can be reached at features@theaggie. org.
Coldplay Mylo Xyloto EMI Records Ltd.
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ening provides music for the mind, the heart and the soul. Although he made it big with his previous album with the singles “You Give Me Something” and “Broken Strings (feat. Nelly Furtado),” this new album seems to stand out as his proper entrance into the music industry. Morrison’s raspy voice makes you wish you could sing like him or at least be able to express yourself like he does through his emotional tracks. Only 26 years old, this artist has a huge career ahead of him — hopefully we can all catch him at local live venues before he goes too mainstream. Give these tracks a listen: “Up” (feat. Jessie J), “Beautiful Life,” and “One Life” For Fans Of: James Blunt, Justin Nozuka, Corinne Bailey Rae — ELIZABETH ORPINA Coldplay’s new album, Mylo Xyloto, is extremely different from its last four. The album doesn’t focus on one type of sound; all the songs are diverse and varied. However, there seems to be a conflict as the band struggles to keep their old sounds while progressing in new direction. Mylo Xyloto has a few dance pop numbers, such as “Charlie Brown,” “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall,” and “Princess of China.” However, many of these songs feel over-produced and use strange sound techniques. For instance, the track “Paradise” has a memorable chorus and a catchy arrangement, but it lacks substantially in its lyrics. One of the albums best songs is “Princess of China,” which features Rihanna. Rihanna’s vocals perfectly blends with Coldplay’s classic alternative rock sound. Another good song is “Hurts Like Heaven.” Some of the songs like “Us Against the World” are reminiscent of Coldplay’s older hits. Give these tracks a listen: “Princess of China,” “Hurts Like Heaven” and “Don’t Let it Break Your Heart.” For Fans of: Radiohead, U2 — Paayal Zaveri
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football PREVIEW Teams: UC Davis vs. No. 22 North Dakota Records: Aggies, 3-6 (1-2); Fighting Sioux, 6-3 (1-1) Where: Aggie Stadium When: Saturday at 2 p.m. Who to watch: Last week against Cal Poly quarterback Randy Wright was accurate and efficient, leading a balance Aggie attack that scored to three firsthalf touchdowns. After going 5-5 on the first drive of the day, Wright finished the Battle for the Golden Horseshoe 14-20 for 203 yards and one touchdown. Against a North Dakota defense that is excellent against the run, Wright is again prepared to lead the offensive charge. “We’re going try to run the ball,” he explained. “But if not, I’m sure me and company (looks around at his receivers) would love to throw it a little bit. “We’ll be dialed in to hurt them in the air.” Did you know? North Dakota is still in the hunt to win a share of the Great West Conference title. Had Cal Poly won last week, it would have clinched the outright title. However, the Aggie victory opened the title race to teams with one conference loss, meaning that the Fighting Sioux come to Aggie Stadium with a lot to play for. Preview: It was a fast four years. That’s what you’ll hear if you ask one of the Aggie seniors about his career as a UC Davis football player. They all feel the
conference play, after starting 0-2. same way. The Fighting Sioux are not goThis Saturday UC Davis will recognize 14 seniors who are set ing to make it easy. North Dakota comes into the to play their final game at Aggie game nationally ranked (FCS) Stadium. The 2011 class will leave a for the 10th consecutive week permanent mark on the football and on a two-game road-winprogram, having been a part ning streak. The Fighting Sioux’s of four of the first five defense is what sets seasons UC Davis has them apart, as they been in Division I are ranked 21st in the competition. Football Championship This departing class in total defense. They played a key part in are 4th in the FCS in bringing the football rush defense. program to its highest Senior running back level in university hisJosh Reese is confident tory, with respect to nathat the Aggies will still tional prominence and be able to run the foottop competition. Randy Wright ball effectively. In their first three sophomore “We have to build years from 2008-10 this momentum off last group was 8-3 in league play, winning the Great West ti- week,” he said. “If we can keep that mindset, keep running hard tle in 2009. “It would mean so much to downhill and get into it [we’ll be end with a win,” said senior de- okay].” Defensively, the Aggies must fensive end Tommy Grillo. “It’s nice [playing at home]. With keep an eye on North Dakota the Aggie pack and all the fans quarterback Brent Goska. At 6’3” and your family out there, it just 220 pounds, Goska is a powerful gives you the extra oomph to get quarterback capable of contributing both on the ground and going.” Added Head Coach Bob Biggs, through the air. As with all Great West con“[The seniors] want to cherish every moment because they re- ference games, the outcome of alize that, for most of them, it this game will likely come down to energy level and execution. will be the last time they play.” Their careers aren’t over yet, Should the Aggies play another solid up-tempo game of football, though. This Saturday’s contest against they are more than capable of North Dakota is the final Great coming away with a win for their West match-up of the year. With a seniors. — Caelum Shove win, the Aggies can climb to 2-2 in
men’s water polo PREVIEW Teams: No. 12 UC Davis vs. No. 3 California; at No. 4 Stanford Records: Aggies, 20-9 (114); Golden Bears, 17-3 (5-1, MPSF); Cardinal, 15-4 (4-2, MPSF) Where: Schaal Aquatics Center; Avery Aquatic Center — Palo Alto, CA When: Saturday at 10 a.m.; Sunday at noon Who to watch: Senior Luke Collins Luke Collins is shooting 77 per- senior cent this season. He has tallied 31 goals on just 40 shots. Did you know? Senior Walter Eggert has won 87 percent (21-of-24) of the sprints he’s attempted this season. Eggert is also averaging 17.8 minutes per match, the highest of any position player this year. Preview: Seniors Eggert, Collins, Ryan Hagens, Kevin Peat, and Aaron Salit will be doing everything in their power to ensure victory in this last weekend of games (including their home finale) before the Western Water Polo Association Championships. “On the one side, it’s very tough to have to play [California] and Stanford,”
coach Steven Doten said. “But on the other, no one is going to be as good as they are. We want to play the best, and hopefully it can really help us prepare for the conference tournament.” The game in UC Davis is sure to be as exciting as they come. The Aggies will be playing their last home game of the season, so there will be ceremonies for the seniors, as well as that extra incentive to win. “The last day for the seniors is always a great day,” Doten said. “We have such a great group of seniors, hopefully we can keep it together mentally and the concepts straight, because Cal and Stanford are looking for a National Championship this year and they are great competition.” No matter the outcomes of this weekend, they won’t affect the Aggies’ standing in the WWPA, and will not negate an exceptional season from men’s water polo, in which they reached 20 wins for the first time since 2007.
— Russell Eisenman
Teams: UC Davis vs. Cal State to flip the script this weekend Fullerton; vs. Long Beach State if they plan to make a late seaRecords: Aggies, 20-8 (6-7); son push. UC Davis lost 3-0 to both Titans, 11-14 (6-7); 49ers 17-6 Cal State Fullerton and Long (11-2) Beach State when it faced Where: The Pavilion When: Friday at 7 p.m.; them in Southern California earlier this season. Saturday at 7 p.m. The Aggies have a big adWho to watch: Junior libero vantage on their side Caroline Mercado has this time, however: played every set this home-court advanseason. The Alameda, tage. Calif. native lead the UC Davis is undeAggies with 416 digs feated at the Pavilion this year — an averthis season, beating age of over four digs both Cal Poly and UC per-set. Santa Barbara in its Did you know? last home stand. Despite losing their “We’re really excitlast seven road ed to be back at home games, the Aggies Caroline Mercado this week,” Holmes still have a chance junior said. “We have a to make the NCAA stellar record at the Tournament. UC Davis currently sits Pavilion and we play really 91st nationally in RPI, one of well there.” The Aggies will need to be the main factors used by the NCAA Selection Committee on the top of their game if when they choose the 64-team they plan to beat the 49ers Saturday. playoff field. Long Beach State is the The Aggies could greatly improve that number with wins top team in the Big West Conference, and will present a in their last three matches. Still, head coach Jamie formidable challenge. For UC Davis, however, the Holmes insists her team is not focusing on the postseason at formula remains simple. “We just need to play Aggie this point. “Our destiny is out of our volleyball,” Holmes said. “We hands at this point,” Holmes need to pass well, play firm desaid. “We have to play as well fense and stick to our system. as we can and then wait. We’re If we do those things it will be at the mercy of the [Selection] an exciting weekend.” committee.” — Trevor Cramer Preview: The Aggies will need
cross country PREVIEW Event: NCAA West Regional Where: Stanford Golf Course — Stanford, Calif. When: Saturday, all day Who to watch: Senior Krista Dreschler will be looking to compete strongly in the final NCAA Regional of her career. The Santa Barbara, Calif. native finished 16th at the Big West Conference Championship Meet Oct. 29. Did you know? The NCAA Regional will take place on the Stanford Golf Course. The women’s six kilometer race and the men’s 10 kilometer race both cut across four of the course’s 18 holes. Preview: The women’s team will be looking to
keep their momentum rolling into this weekend’s NCAA West Regional after winning its first ever Big West title earlier this season. The squad prides itself on its strong depth, with a number of runners capable of finishing near the top of the leaderboard. Junior Sarah Sumpter, sophomore Alycia Cridebring, freshman Katie Fry and senior Kritsina Taylor all finished in the top-14 at the Big West Championships less than two weeks ago. UC Davis is hoping to to keep things rolling as it faces off against some of the nation’s top teams this weekend. “Our goal is to place
The Clovis, Calif. native better than some of the teams we’re not supposed posted a disappointing to beat,” said Head Coach fifth-place finish at the Big Drew Wartenburg. “We West Championship this want to surprise some peo- year after taking first last season. ple and get a berth [in the NCAA With that Championships].” event now in his In order to conrear-view mirtinue advancing ror, Peterson will this season, the well prepared Aggies will need this weekend. to be at the top “On his best of their game this day [Peterson] is weekend. a top-five runner “We have to in the region,” run better than Krista Dreschler Wartenburg said. we have all year,” senior “His experience Wartenburg said. at the Big West “We can’t afford meet served as a for any of our runners to bit of a wake-up call. He’s have an off day.” going in to this weekend On the men’s side, all very well motivated.” eyes will be on senior Jonathan Peterson. — Trevor Cramer
to be framed, matted or on a canvas with wooden stretchers. Submissions for the show are due by Nov. 18. The submission forms are found on the Aggie Public Arts Facebook page or their Davis wiki page. “I just want to stress that this is an opportunity for any student on campus that is interested in art. We want to extend this call for submissions to artists that are not officially enrolled in the UC Davis art program. You don’t have to be an art major to be an artist,” Schrimmer said.
Cont. from page 7 your stuff there and seeing just how many people go through there everyday. People who submit their work will be surprised at how much attention they will get,” said Mitzi Mathews, a member of the Aggie Public Arts Committee. To apply artists need to e-mail a submission form and a digital version of their artwork to aggiepublicartscommittee@gmail. com. The digital version can be a scan or a photo. Entries need PAAYAL ZAVERI can be reached at email@example.com.
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