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New film club Third and Fifth Street redesign comes to UC Davis plans in engineering phase New club one of many to bring students together with film
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A new film club has been established at UC Davis after the paperwork to become a registered student group was finalized a couple of weeks ago. The Film Club aims to look at film through a broader angle by discussing film theory and production. This will enable group members to engage on an intellectual and social level while expanding knowledge and perspective of films. “We started the Film Club because we like films,” said Christina Deniz, a fourth-year sociology and film double major and publicity coordinator for the Film Club. “We wanted to talk about film not just in theories, but in all aspects of production as well. We wanted to have a broader approach on film itself.” The new film club’s first meeting was held on Thursday of last week at 6 p.m. in Olson 158. Meetings will be held every other week at the same time and place. To get involved, the club encourages those interested to show up to meetings and to visit the Facebook page. There are other registered film clubs on campus, such as Filmmaker’s Ambition, which was established in 2002. Filmmaker’s Ambition differs from the Film Club in a few different ways. Filmmaker’s Ambition aims to provide a network for aspiring students who are interested in the process of filmmaking, while also giving
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students who are not as seriously interested in filmmaking an opportunity to participate in the process, as well. “Our goal is to not have [the club] like another film class. We want to actually make films,” said Michael Figlock, a senior film studies major and president of Filmmaker’s Ambition. Filmmaker’s Ambition meets Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in Wellman 26. During meetings, the goal is to work in small groups to make a film that reflects genres or director’s style that was discussed in club meetings, a relatively new idea for the club, Figlock said. Other clubs on campus, such as the Davis Anime Club (DAC), utilize film as a means of building community from students who enjoy a specific genre as well. “We use anime films as a means of building community. Many people engage in the anime community online, but here we are able to engage in it through a social club,” said Miles Thomas, a junior English major and president of the DAC. The DAC, which was established in 1992, is a social club that focuses on creating community among students who are interested in Japanese culture and the media that it produces, Thomas said. Meetings for the DAC are every Wednesday and Thursday in Wellman 126 at 8 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook pages for the clubs. ALICIA KINDRED can be reached at campus@ theaggie.org.
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The construction phase of the Downtown Davis Third Street and Fifth Street redesign projects will be underway by the summer of 2012. For Third Street, the main goal is to appropriately connect downtown to the UC Davis campus. For Fifth Street, bike lanes and turn pockets will be created for bicyclists. The overall cost of redesigning Third Street will be about $5.5 million, whereas the Fifth Street project will cost approximately $1.1 million. The city also received a $863,000 community design grant for the latter project. “We’re in the engineering phase as of now [for Third Street],” said Brian Abbanat, transportation planner for the City of Davis Community Development and Sustainability Department. “There are three phases: the planning outreach phase, the engineering or design phase and the construction phase.” Abbanat said the planning outreach phase was completed in June. He said it dealt with coming up with a design concept, getting everyone pointed in the right direction with how to deal with circulation and what role the street should play. “We had to resolve how we want to allocate to different users — that is, to bikes, pedestrians, cars and parking,” Abbanat said. “We are redesigning the street for three objectives. One is for the street to function better for bikes and pedestrians, the second is to dedicate the street to primary users which are bicycles and pedestrians and third, we want to cre-
ers approve them in the next statewide election. If approved, “courtappointed officials would have to set interim boundaries for use in the next statewide e l e c t i o n ,” according to
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Last Wednesday, The California Supreme Court unanimously rejected two Republican backed lawsuits to the new state redistricting lines, thwarting GOP attempts to gain political leverage in the upcoming elections. “In the absence of a written opinion, we can only speculate as to why they made this decision, but we are resolute in gathering the signatures necessary so that voters can weigh in on this matter,” said California Republican Party Chair Tom Del Beccaro in a press release. Members of the State Supreme Court summarily rejected the lawsuits without listening to oral arguments. The decision was held in a closed-door meeting. The lawsuits “failed to provide any facts showing the [California Redistricting Commission’s] work was an unreasonable application of the redistricting criteria,” according to the redistricting commission in an earlier press release. The only significant remaining contest against the new district lines is a Republican-backed ballot referendum that would summarily reject those lines until vot-
Attorney General Kamala Harris’ website. In order to succeed, the party must collect 504,760 signatures by Nov. 13 to get the measure on the ballot. The new redistricting lines have disquieted many incumbent lawmakers, many of whom may face a new direct competition against each other. Yolo County’s Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis), however, faces little opposition in her re-election bid with the new 3rd State Senate District. Her district would still encompass much of Yolo
Community Development Block Grant and tree preservation funds. “There’s been a vision to dramatically improve Third Street since the 1960s,” Abbanat said. “This fulfills the long-term vision of strengthening the connection between the university and downtown.” The Fifth Street redesign project is also in the engineering phase. “We will have a community meeting hopefully in December to start the design phase after we get input from residents,” said Roxanne Namazi, senior civil engineer for the city of Davis. “Our goal is to be under construction by Aug. 1.” According to Namazi, two car lanes will be removed and bike
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ate a distinctive district.” According to Abbanat, the plan calls for a better gateway between the university and downtown. He said the designers want to create a corridor and an attention-grabbing visual to draw people over to the campus site and vice versa. The drainage issues will also be addressed, subsequently improving the drainage on adjacent streets. “There is localized footing during heavier rain events, so much of the rainwater is conveyed on the surface and there are very few drainage inlets on the street to tuck that water away,” Abbanat said. “It turns out using permeable pavers is the ideal solution.” Abbanat said the funds come from a combination of development impact fees, utility enterprise funds, dedicated pots of money from public works, the
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Road redesign projects will begin in downtown Davis this summer to make room for more bike lanes and allow for more drainage.
and Solano but also gain parts of Napa, Sonoma and Contra Costa Counties. On Aug. 15, the California Redistricting Commission passed a new set of legislative district lines after months of deliberation and heated public comment. Legislative redistricting occurs every 10 years. This is the first time citizens conducted the redistricting process as a result of a 2008 voter approved measure. Previously, California lawmakers were responsible for drawing up their own districts. The Citizen Redistricting Committee is composed of five Democrats, five Republicans, and four Independents. One of the members is Yolo County’s own Stan Forbes, co-owner of the indie bookstore, the Avid Reader. According to the redistricting committee website, Forbes also helps operate a family ranch where he grows almonds. He is registered as Decline-ToState. The general election is still more than a year away, but for most California politicians and political junkies, election season is never over. RAMON SOLIS can be reached at email@example.com.
By LANI CHAN
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In a few years, perusing through the job experience and education of complete strangers may be just as exhilarating as clicking through friends’ photos on Facebook. The same way that Facebook profiles can help to find out more about where an individual fits into any given social scene, LinkedIn profiles have become a way for both companies and those entering the job market to see where job-seekers might fit in the professional world. “Most of the students I talked to about LinkedIn have never heard of it, or have created an account but haven’t really started using it,” said Lisa Sanders, a program coordinator at the UC Davis Internship and Career Center (ICC). “I stress that it is a really helpful research tool. Nobody has
time to do an internship in every interest that they have, and LinkedIn provides a way to find and reach out to people who are well established in any field of interest.” Users can create a profile on LinkedIn free of charge. Under the “Experience” tab, users input information about their past jobs, creating a virtual resume. Education history, recommendations from past employers and a personal “summary” can also be included. The site also allows users to include personal websites, Twitter accounts, phone numbers and photos. Through the “Connections” feature, users are matched with others who have similar jobs. The “Groups” feature allows users to search for and join professional groups, providing a forum to ask fellow members questions about their
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Warning: Reading The Aggie in the restroom? We suggest you move to the first stall. Bathrooms are awkward places. For a place that makes our bodies vulnerable to bacteria, they’re awfully disgusting — but not in the ways you might think. Microbiologist Charles Gerba, after studying restrooms for over 20 years, claims that the most bugs, germs
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and bacteria in public bathrooms are not where you put your behind, but where you put your hands and whether you place your bag on the floor (Hint: don’t). Based on his clinical experience, Gerba also claims that the first stall is the cleanest. A psychology study done by researchers at UC San Diego measured item positioning on choice selection in supermarkets, public bathrooms and standardized tests. To determine which bathroom stalls were used
Forecast It looks like our luck with the weather has finally run out. Expect rain by Thursday. Maybe we should start doing a naked run on the first big rain of the year like they do at U.C. Santa Cruz? There’s nothing like excessive nudity to distract you from big tests. Alex Neigher, atmospheric science major Aggie Forecasting Team
the most, they recorded how many rolls had to be replaced, and which rolls (they placed four in each stall) were replaced the most. In both cases the ends were used the least. Forty percent of the finished rolls came from the end stalls. It seems like people have a preference for the middle. We think it’s because the closest stalls are the most revealing and folks perceive the farthest stalls as the most used. SHAWCers Favorite Bathrooms on Campus: Lower Freeborn, Dutton Hall
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It’s the first day of November. Get ready for cold(er) weather and the frantic rush of registering for classes. But don’t forget about the light at the end of the tunnel: Thanksgiving and break from school right before finals! Amanda Nguyen
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TODAY ASUCD Blood and Marrow Drive 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Freeborn Hall All participants will receive a free t-shirt, free chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A Arden Fair in Sacramento (while supplies last) and will be entered into drawings to win an iPod Touch, IKEA gift cards and more. The campus organization with the most participation will have the best chance to win a drawing of $500 for its group. Eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating and bring a photo ID.
The House Free Meditation and Yoga Classes Meditation 11 a.m to noon, Yoga 2 to 3 p.m. TB-16, across from Regan Hall The House Peer Counseling Center is offering free meditation and yoga classes. Stop by and relax between midterms.
Newman Catholic Student Community Mass Noon Moss Room, Memorial Union Join fellow Catholics for Mass on campus during lunch break.
Negativland & Wobbly Live at TCS 8 to 11 p.m. Technocultural Studies Building, Art Annex Members of Negativland in collaboration with Wobbly will perform based on the Booper, circuit-bent electronics by The Weatherman of Negativland. Free.
WEDNESDAY Undergraduate Research Center Info Session 4:10 p.m. 409 Surge IV Learn about research funding opportunities for undergraduates through the President’s Undergraduate Fellowship. The fellowship provides funds
for undergraduates to pursue research projects or other creative activities under faculty supervision.
THURSDAY Shinkoskey Noon Concert 12:05 p.m. Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby, Mondavi Center Listen to a free concert by harpist Beverly Wesner-Hoehn and the Celestia Harp Quartet.
Biomedical Engineering Department Seminar Series 4 p.m. 1005 Genome and Biomedical Sciences Building Dr. Atul Parikh, professor of the department of biomedical engineering and department of chemical engineering & materials science at UC Davis, will present his talk “Lipocentric View of Biological Membranes: Reconstituting Selected Lipid-mediated Processes.”
Student Nutrition Association Meeting 5 to 6 p.m. 6 Olson SNA is holding its second meeting of the year.
Poetry Night Reading Series 8 p.m. John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. Poet and UC Davis professor Joshua Clover is an award-winning poet, film and music critic and theorist who has published multiple books. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to secure a seat and a spot on the Open Mic list. 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.
police briefs FRIDAY
Someone dressed in camouflage was brandishing a knife on First Street.
Half empty or half full? Someone vandalized an apartment and left behind a shot glass on G Street.
SUNDAY Reverse psychology
There was loud music coming from the cemetery on Pole Line Road.
Someone had crashed their car and was telling people not to call the police at Cowell Boulevard.
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A group ripped down decorations, smashed pumpkins and urinated on lawns on B Street.
Someone had fainted at In-N-Out and was incoherent on Olive Drive. Police Briefs are compiled by TRACY HARRIS from the city of Davis daily crime bulletins. Contact TRACY HARRIS at city@ theaggie.org.
SATURDAY Looking sharp
narayan Cont. from page 3 his modivational speaking company at $36,511. Some analysts suspect Cain is mimicking Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign strategy to sell books in every state. Days before the Florida straw poll, Cain’s camp emailed supporters to consider buying a collector’s edition boxed set of his book for loved ones. The problem with noncandidates is that they derail the primary race. On debate stages and in the news, they represent the lowest common denominator of candidates, drag-
ging other candidates through the mud to attack them on their populist perch. Most recently, we saw this with the New Hampshire debate, where one-third of the time was spent deconstructing Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan (which bears disappointing similarity to the default tax plan in the computer game SimCity). With the primary races fast approaching, one can only hope that Cain represents the last non-candidate to steal the spotlight. Uncle RAJIV NARAYAN wants you to vote in ASUCD elections! Message him about your favorite candidates at rrnarayan@ ucdavis.edu.
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ning away from you in fear and tripping could definitely cause some damage. Don’t know what kind of facial hair to grow? Look around, there’s inspiraMedha tion lurking at every corSridhar ner. Presidents from Abe Lincoln to Rutherford B. Hayes have had beards, the latter being the more imposing one. Maybe you’re looking for more thuggish facial hair; if ellas, get ready to so, look no further than press snooze one the grunting Rick Ross or more time on that even rapper Freeway. If alarm clock because, the most you can grow is that’s right: it’s No-Shave a mustache, try the ever November. Yes, for an enprevalent Tom Selleck, or tire month, many men parmore recently, the Ron take in the annual tradiSwanson, for my fellow tion of letting their facial hair grow out. It’s a symbol “Parks and Recreation” of manliness, which appar- fans. If you’ve always wanted ently is just the ability to to stroke your beard while grow a decent amount of pretending to think about facial hair. something profound, NoIf you’ve never heard Shave November is the of this phenomenon, almonth low me to for you. describe it. Let’s be honest, some guys look Socrates The premislike they’re 12 years old without and Plato es are fairly both simple: the beards had long last day that beards you shave and since they probably is Halloween and then came up with philosophies no shaving for the enwhile stroking them, why tire month of November. can’t you? If you’re not so Men often take pictures of sure about having to think, their faces until the end or even pretend to think, of the month, documentwhy not try growing out ing the transformation. your sideburns into mutEssentially, it’s like looking at a picture of a hairless ton chops? Yes, those sideburns look pretty disgustsphynx cat and then coming, but on the flip side paring it to Chewbacca. that’s quite an impresOk, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit but it is definite- sive amount of hair. Plus, keeping all of that hair will ly a drastic change, espehelp you stay warm during cially for those who grow hair very quickly. For those Davis’ brutal winter. Guys, be warned: not who sprout a few hairs on all ladies love the scruff. their chin and attempt to Sure, a little bit of stubble call it a goatee: sorry, your is sexy, but when a beard transformation is not gogets too long you may being to look very radical. gin to look like a hobo. Unfortunately, your picNo-Shave November, tures may just look like you therefore, is not about getforgot to wipe that chocting the ladies, it’s about olate after diving into the displaying manliness. It’s leftover Halloween candy. also a way to raise awareLet’s be honest, some ness about men’s health guys look like they’re 12 issues, which I did not years old without beards. know about until looking In those cases, facial hair can be helpful during times it up. Whatever the reason, when adults ask where your just don’t expect to get too parents are, you try to enter many ladies. No-Shave November a club or you need to keep is a month of ruggedness scary pedophiles away. and sometimes pure laziSpeaking of pedoness. Guys who decide to philes, try to avoid looking partake in it: be prepared like one during No-Shave to itch like crazy and get November. If you’re one food stuck in that insaneof those guys who grows a ly long beard. Everyone mustache that looks espeelse: be prepared to see cially like you shouldn’t be your friends transform into hanging around elemencavemen. tary schools, by all means
abandon this tradition of month-long manhood. No one should get hurt in this process, and children run-
LINKEDIN Cont. from front page shared professional interests. Job openings, with personalized recommendations for each specific user, are regularly posted under the “Jobs” tab. Sanders, who is a group manager of the UC Davis ICC LinkedIn group, suggested starting by searching keywords relevant to personal experience and interests. From there, students can join groups and expand their network of connections beyond just people who they know. Sanders can review any messages students are drafting to their connections or scan through a student’s profile to make them more comfortable with how it appears. This way, students can build professional interaction skills over their time at the university, ensuring that they will be fine-tuned by the time they are seniors and are searching for the big jobs. “The job search process is very isolated. You start to get inside your own head,” Sanders said. “The first job out of college especially comes with a lot of pressure. The more you start to connect with people, rather than the impersonal postings, the better you’ll feel about the process.” Even students with little to no professional experience can benefit from using a LinkedIn account. “I thought I needed to have a complete resume,” said Chelsea Dass, a firstyear anthropology major. “Right now I only have a high school diploma. But now I can see how exploring possible careers on LinkedIn can help, especially since I don’t know exactly what I want to do. I’m really interested in talking to people and seeing what their jobs are like.”
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lege haven’t quite caught up with them. They are likely to insist they don’t have to declare a major and can continue taking 12 units of GEs every quarter to get by. Aaron You’ll have to travel great Weiss distances to find most sophomores, hidden in their cookie cutter apartment complexes they seem so fond of. I’m not sure what makes “Farlington” seem so appealing to them, but apparently they don’t mind having to ford a river and cross a snowy tundra each day to get to class. hile proceeding This is dissimilar to their through my daily mission to ride my distant cousin, the not-soaptly-named juniors. bike over as many crunchy Third-year students leaves as possible on the here have figured out how way to class, I often think to handle themselves in about what to discuss in my column. What more can school. They have traded in their spacious apartments Davis students have to relate to aside from our bicy- for a shared garage at twice cles, our Facebooks and our the cost, but inside the heart of downtown. Many need to stay focused in the juniors have classroom? started to Then I reNot to be sophomoric, but take on exmembered tra responsecond-year students are a perhaps the greatbunch of bird-brained air heads sibilities, such as an est theme on-campus of all to acjob or resume-building incompany our college expeternship. I, for one, know rience, something that dithat after I started working vides our time at school at the CoHo last year, I was into separate eras. I am severely confused about speaking, of course, of our what I used to do during academic standing, or our the 16 hours a week I now “year,” as we like to call it. So what better way to get spend at my job. The difference between a fresh start on a new cola third and fourth-year umn than fresh talk about freshmen? Obviously, these student is probably the least among all the classhigh schoolers are the eases. Members of both years iest target to make fun of. avoid frat parties and inThey can’t ride their bikes stead take in Davis’ evproperly, they don’t know how to feed themselves and er-fashionable bar scene. they have about a 0 percent But, perhaps the thing my chance of making it into the fellow seniors and I share bars. You know how I know most is the sense of urgency regarding our lack of you’re a freshman? You think the Tercero dorms are time left here. I know I’m trying to savor every last the coolest place to live. socially acceptable moI remember back in my ment with a beer bong I heyday in the Malcolm have left. high-rise before the buildThis column may have ings were remodelled. Sure, highlighted the differencthe dorms looked slightes between the ranks of ly like upscale mental asyour fellow students here, lums, but there was no but we have a lot to learn doubt that my roommate from one another. In my and our peers thought we fraternity I’ve had the ruled the school. Teasing chance to take a “little freshmen can be easy fun — that is, until you remem- bro” and attempt to show him the ropes in college. ber they have more time Unfortunately, not all of us left in college than the rest of us. I’m pretty sure there’s will have this opportunity. If you’re an upperclassonly, like, three hours left men, be sure to take some until I graduate. time to help a freshman Not to be sophomoric, avoid a bike accident or but second-year students are a bunch of bird-brained share a beer with a sloppy sophomore. You know how air heads. Their egos are much you would’ve apprefully inflated after a year of ciated it if someone had MEDHA SRIDHAR is excited to watch guys coming home to no pardone that for you. ents or curfew, and there
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Even though many students like Dass are currently searching only for parttime positions, it doesn’t hurt to start developing a “professional branding” for yourself as early as possible, Sanders said. “If I was an employer with a stack of resumes in front of me, I would Google each of the names and see what comes up first,” Sanders said. “If you have a Facebook page come up and your information isn’t set to private, then that becomes the first impression. LinkedIn changes that and makes it so that the first thing that employers see is a resume.” Program coordinators at the ICC such as Sanders are available to help students figure out how to use the site and take advantage of its features. “It seems daunting, but once they get started, students are surprised at the responses they get,” Sanders said. “People don’t create accounts unless they are interested in
participating in the networking process.” Justin Forth, a UCD alumnus who graduated this past June with a degree in international relations, utilized his LinkedIn account to its full potential and landed a job in San Francisco’s financial district. “[The groups] were key to LinkedIn job searching,” said Forth in an email interview. “The groups open you up to thousands of people you have never met, but tie you together based off of one unique similarity. These people will occasionally post job offers, which gets you directly connected to an employee that can pass your resume straight to the top of the list.” Forth’s participation on LinkedIn not only ensured that somebody would be waiting for his resume on the other side of the process, but gave him a competitive edge above the other candidates, as his reaching out demonstrated both
initiative and drive. “If you get your name out there and don’t give up, the interviews will come,” Forth said. “I had 15 interviews and three job offers in a two-week period because of this method. I used the UC Davis connection the most — there are over 200,000 UCD alumni all over the world. That is a huge network.” By forming relationships with individuals already employed in different industries, students can explore career paths and take note of the steps that someone holding a particular job took to get there. “It’s not as if you are presenting yourself as a finished package. It’s an opportunity to take initiative and participate in networking,” Sanders said. To learn more about how to create and utilize a LinkedIn account, drop by the Internship and Career Center, located in South Hall. LANI CHAN can be reached at features@ theaggie.org.
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Information should go 360 On Oct. 25, an unknown group passed out DVDs on campus entitled 180 labeled with nothing more than “Award-Winning Documentary.” Some students who received the video were told it was a historical documentary. To the surprise of many viewers, the video, which began its first half in discussion about the Holocaust, turned quickly and unexpectedly to the subject of abortion. It is the clearly intentional misleading of viewers, and particularly students of UC Davis, that we find deplorable. Many organizations come to campus every week to share their views with willing listeners. Bibles are often passed out around campus to those wishing to take one. In these situations students are aware of the product or idea being sold and are able to make the conscious decision to be exposed to the material or not. The people who created and distributed 180, however, did so with the purpose of confronting an audience who may or may not be aware of the film’s anti-abor-
tion message. Thus, viewers who spent the first 15 minutes hearing about the Holocaust may have been caught completely off-guard by the film’s rapid shift to abortion. The extremity of the comparison, combined with the exceedingly graphic nature of the film’s images and content, could be psychologically injurious to an unprepared viewer. Though a hidden agenda is a lamentable, and unfortunately a common, aspect of propaganda, it is particularly reprehensible in subjects of such a personal nature. Given that its label as “award-winning” came from an organization that passes out thousands of awards a year and requires winners to pay for their own statue, 180 is an example of the misuse of language and information to achieve an end. Knowing the power of language, as all college students should, we believe that positions one argues for and is convinced by should be made using direct language and persuasive evidence –– not misleading rhetorical tactics.
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university has made severe cutbacks, laid off or furloughed employees, increased administrative efficiencies I write in response to Jordan with a target of a half billion in savCarroll’s column last Thursday alings in five years and stepped up efleging a connection between forts to generate outside revenue. Occupy Wall Street and the Yes, tuition increases have been University of California. His argupart of this mix. Contrary to what ment was built on some pillars that Mr. Carroll wrote, however, UC resimply are not factual and he iggents will not meet soon to discuss nored or understated some inconmore such increases, and certainly venient truths to make his case. Let not one of 81 percent. Discussion me offer just two examples. of a multi-year budget outline dur First and foremost, it is the state’s ing the last Regents meeting was well-documented disinvestment in aimed at developing a framework higher education – cut roughly in to link state funding with tuition half, in constant dollars, in the past levels and thus allow the universitwo decades – that has driven up tu- ty and students to plan ahead over ition levels. But the budget is not be- years, not months. ing balanced exclusively on the backs No vote was taken on tuition inof students. Faced with a $1 billion creases, nor is one scheduled to be budget shortfall this year alone, and taken at the next meeting. the possibility of an additional $100 Second, Mr. Carroll was incorrect million in state cuts in January, the in his assertion that imbalanced
UC personnel policies are to blame for the system’s woes. The proportion of non-academic staff has not changed at UC in more than a decade. Moreover, close to 60 percent of the non-academic personnel growth across the UC system is from UC medical centers. Teaching hospitals, research initiatives and auxiliary enterprises (supported almost entirely from non-state funds) account for roughly 70 percent of the non-academic growth since 1998. Should Mr. Carroll wish to write again about such issues, I encourage him to give us a call. One key to maintaining the excellence of the world’s best public university system is educating the public about the facts. Dianne Klein Media Relations, University of California Office of the President
Chilean Student Association
ic system that exists in Chile that allows people like him to be the representatives of people without ever having participated in an election. Furthermore, his trip to Davis happens to be at the same time that he is supposed to be working in his District and attending to the concerns of his constituency, according to the house rules of the Chilean Congress. Regarding my second concern, there are still many ChileanCalifornians waiting to see if the association will take a public position regarding the student conflict in Chile. These students need all the
support they can get from fellow students abroad, especially those at UC Davis. Is the association planning to take a stand, because the majority of these students who are studying at UC Davis are the recipient of a scholarship funded by the people of Chile. I myself pay property taxes in Chile, so I have a stake in this matter. So as a taxpayer, I believe that the association should and must take a public position regarding the student conflict in Chile, and not simply wait for the issue to be resolved.
The distribution of the film on our campus took place at the MU, Silo and Wellman lawn. Many students were not informed about the content of the film and were given misleading information when they asked for a summary of the film. Most notably, the distributors and the DVD packaging made no mention of abortion. In fact, the film itself does not discuss abortion until about 15 minutes into the film. When we asked the distributors what group they were representing, who funded the film, who were the producers, or how they learned about how to distribute it, they refused to answer. Overall, the distribution of the films was deceitful and we find their methods problematic. The Holocaust has a cultural impact that is inextricable from this film. Comparing a person’s legal right to choose the outcome of their pregnancy with the Holocaust evokes that cultural understanding and creates an artificial sense of horror. The comparison is not merited and the use of the Holocaust is offensive, insensitive and triggering. The use of the word “choice” both in reference to a person’s choice in the outcome of their pregnancy and to Hitler’s “choice” to commit atrocities during WWII is not comparable. We refute the use of the loaded term “choice” in
the discussion of Hitler’s behavior. We stand in solidarity with students identifying as Jewish, Queer, People of Color, Women, Transgender, Romani and folks with disabilities for whom this film invokes histories of oppression, genocide and erasure. Additionally, we stand in solidarity with folks who have personal histories and experience around the topic of pregnancy, abortion and oppression that may have been triggered. We acknowledge the film as offensive, upsetting, insensitive, reprehensible, vilifying and erasing of history. We would like to express our commitment to supporting students and providing non-judgmental information surrounding pregnancy. A complete list of resources for students who may have been triggered by the film or are looking for accurate information can be found on the online edition. Please stop by the Women’s Center if you are looking for additional information or want to talk about your experience.
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I have several concerns regarding the Chilean Student Association of UC Davis, California. It blows my mind that the students who belong to this association have chosen to participate in a lunch with a visiting, unelected Congressman from Chile who was appointed by the leadership of his party (UDI) to represent District #32 in the south. With this act, the message conveyed to the general public is that the association is bypassing the fundamentals of the Democratic process of “one person, one vote” and it condones the anti-democrat-
Response to 180
Tuesday October 26, 2011, an offcampus group distributed DVDs entitled 180 on the UC Davis campus. The intent of this letter is to provide transparency about the content of the film and empower potential viewers to make an informed decision about watching the film. Please be aware that we summarize the film and content may be triggering. The first portion of the film discusses the Holocaust and features several interviews asking individuals on the street what they would do if they had lived in Nazi Germany. The second part of the film compares legalized abortion to the Holocaust in Nazi Germany. From this point on, the film compares a person’s choice about the outcome of their pregnancy to Hitler’s “choice” to commit the atrocities of the Holocaust. Additionally, the film calls abortion “a Holocaust in America that’s sanctioned by the government.” The documentary advises its viewers to actively vote against legalized abortion and provides information on how to further distribute the film. Our response to 180 is multifaceted, and we want to share both our support for the communities affected and make a statement.
Boris Cardenas Chilean-American Davis resident
Daniella Moses Resources & Administrative Intern Jessie Quinn Library Intern On behalf of the Women’s Resources and Research Center
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erman Cain is not running for president, not really. In a recently infamous campaign ad, his manager Mark Block claims, after taking a drag on a cigarette that would make lung cancer itself blush, that we’ve never seen a candidate quite like Herman Cain before. I beg to differ. In this last year, we’ve seen two. Cain, along with Donald Trump (remember him?) and Sarah Palin, belongs to a tribe of non-candidates eager to take the national stage among presidential contenders to earn a pretty penny. You can spot this group from their shared characteristics. First, they tend not
Aggie Athletics By PAUL MEDVED
UC Davis alumnus and parent of former Aggie student-athlete
“My intention is to review the input you provide, and then set a course for achieving excellence in our program and our student-athletes.” With that statement Chancellor Katehi recently declared her intent to decide the future of Aggie Athletics. She’s hiring a new Athletic Director, so she’s decided that the very nature of the program is up for grabs. Her grabs. Oh, and that she considers neither Aggie Athletics nor Aggie studentathletes “excellent” now. It turns out there are very good
to have much political experience. Unless you consider his brief role serving the Federal Reserve in Kansas, Cain has never held political office. Unless you consider his vague desire to run on a third-party slate in the 2000 presidential election, Donald Trump has similarly sparse experience. While Gov. Sarah Palin is the exception, interviews and statements from her vice presidential tour suggest that she failed to take much from that experience. However, ignorance is bliss for this crowd. Whenever the non-candidates are baited by the news media to explain their short political resumes, they usually stand wide-eyed –– as if this is news to them. And then they turn the question around, using it to attack the unpopular political establishment. Back in May at the South Carolina debate, Herman Cain was prompted to justify his political inexperience in contrast to candidates with senatorial, congressional and gubernatorial experience. He redirected attention against career politicians on Capitol Hill with what may have been the line of the night: “How’s that working out for you?” The non-candidates spin their amateur political state into just what the doctor ordered for a corrupt Washington D.C. You can also spot the non-candidates
reasons why Aggie Athletics is the way it is and why Aggie studentathletes are nothing short of amazing. There’s even a name for it: The Davis Way. It’s the real source of Aggie Pride. It’s what makes UC Davis unique and why it won six Director’s Cups at the D2 level. It’s about doing college sports in a principled, values-based way that is almost unheard of in D1. It’s based on an “educational model” and remembering that athletes are students first. It’s what the Ivy League does. It’s what Stanford does (albeit with a much larger budget). But almost no other schools you have ever heard of. Everybody else is going for the
gold. Everybody else plays the lottery. College sports are a terrific thing, but like even a good drug, it can be abused. And abuse is rampant in big time sports where money and egos hold sway over values and principles. In 2010 the chancellor argued that fiscal sustainability required that four important sports be dropped –– and she got away with it. Where is her fiscal sustainability argument this year? What’s sustainable about needing to double or triple spending on Athletics? How much will it cost to add at least 30K seats to Aggie stadium? When the NCAA
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by their loose-cannonisms. Donald Trump ous candidates while they wait for the limelight of public scrutiny to unravel the didn’t just draw notoriety because of his non-candidates. celebrity-status. Trump’s infamy was a At the apogee of their public support, product of his campaign focus. Rather you begin to see the non-candidates for than use his time to develop a policy plattheir true motivations. Just before Donald form, Trump used stump after stump to Trump dropped out of the presidential priprovoke discussion of President Obama’s mary, “Celebrity Apprentice”, for which he birthplace. Sarah Palin’s pseudo-campaign for pres- makes $3 million an episode, was renewed ident was punctuated by conspiracy theo- and Trump was one of the most popular ries she adopted to explain the media bias searches on Google. His brief waffle into the political sphere recharged his brand. against her. And then she joined the Fox Sarah Palin News Network. launched a reali- Herman Cain’s quick wit lends You can also spot the non- ty TV-show, wrote itself to frequent outbursts. He candidates by their loosea book for an $11 suggested building an electric million deal, got fence across the U.S.-Mexico borcannonisms a job in network der, complete with alligators and a news television, moat. Then he said he made those reined in campaign donations and joined remarks in jest. He claimed he would not a speakers bureau (you can hire Palin to hire any Muslims to his cabinet if elected give a 90-minute speech for $100,000). President. He reneged on those remarks, Only after all that did she finally, and antoo. In a recent interview with CNN, Cain ti-climatically, announce she wouldn’t run came out on abortion as pro-choice and for President. pro-life, all in the same response. Herman Cain also just released a book. It’s because of these characteristics –– Recent campaign finance documents political inexperience and baffling rhetshow he is funneling campaign donaoric –– that political gurus write off these tions to buy thousands of copies for candidates even when they top the polls, as Herman Cain is doing now. The gurus wait patiently and analyze the seriSee NARAYAN, page 2
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Big West bound Aggies take fourth seed despite two losses women’s soccer By KIM CARR
Aggie Sports Writer
When UC Davis kicked off the season, expectations were low. This year’s squad earned a lowly eighth place ranking in the Big West Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll. They were not expected to be a threat and they certainly were not expected to make top four in conference. However, this squad has played the role of underdog well. The Aggies tied topranked UC Irvine this year and they earned thrilling wins over Pacific and Cal Poly. Despite losing to Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton this week, UC Davis finished their regular season with a league record of 4-3-1 and will be the fourth seed in the Big West tournament. Friday — Long Beach State 2, UC Davis 0 The second place Aggies traveled down to Long Beach to play the third place 49ers on
Friday. Long Beach State exploded out of the gate, taking the first five shots of the game and tallying a total of nine attempts in the first half. UC Davis goalkeeper Maria Magana managed to save all three shots that were on goal to keep the 49ers scoreless in the first frame. Meanwhile, the Aggie offense managed a total of five shots in the first half with two being on goal but Long Beach State goalkeeper Kaitlyn Gustaves managed to block them both. UC Davis managed to generate some offensive momentum early on in the second frame. Senior Annacy Wilson attempted to head one in for the Aggies but Gustaves saved it. A few minutes later sophomore Hannah Hicks tried to boot one in but Gustaves blocked it as well. The 49er offense finally managed to break the Aggie defense on the next possession. Taylor Nelson headed one past Magana for CSU Long Beach’s first score of the day. Nicole Sweetman scored the 49er’s second goal of the day just a few minutes later and
that sealed CSU Long Beach’s 2-0 victory over UC Davis. Sunday — Cal State Fullerton 4, UC Davis 1 Cal State Fullerton took just 11 minutes to score in Sunday’s match. They proceeded to tally three more goals on the day, defeating UC Davis 4-1 in the last game of the regular season. The first half was full of action, with all five of the game’s scores coming in the first 45 minutes. The Titans took 11 attempts in the first frame with five of them being on goal. CSU Fullerton scored on four of them while Magana managed to block the other one. The Aggies managed seven attempts in the first half, four of which were on goal but only one went in for a score. All four Titan goals came from different players and UC Davis’ lone score was from freshman Rogan Dolan who scored her second goal of the season off an assist from sophomore Kirsten Holmberg. The first frame ended with CSU Fullerton leading 4-1. Both teams remained score-
lane, as well as add bicycle lanes.” Tracy said the general plan is almost 20 years old. He said about two years ago, the Old North Davis Neighborhood Association was formed and when he became part of the board, he took action to get the street that borders its neighborhood fixed. “From work experience, it’d improve safety hugely for pedestrians, bicycles and people in automobiles, as well,” Tracy said. “Accidents go down, vehicle speeds go down; although traffic volume is typically unaffected, there are no losers in this redesign.” The city is planning on doing construction in phases to prevent too much disruption in downtown. “We are going to start the design phase now and have a contract out for bidding soon,” Namazi said. “We hope to be finished by the end of next year.”
Cont. from front page lanes and turn pockets will be installed within the existing right of way, changing the street from four lanes to five lanes. “The project started in 2003 with residents, most of them coming to us concerned with crossing a four lane road,” Namazi said. “The issue for bicyclists was they don’t have bike lanes on Fifth Street so we’ve been working on it for the past few years.” Steve Tracy, a resident of Davis and Sacramento transportation planner, was on the committee of residents who oversaw the preparation of the Fifth Street redesign project. “I was on the mobility element because I’m a transportation planner,” Tracy said. “This plan is an action item to redesign Fifth Street to eliminate one vehicle lane in each direction within a shared center left turn CLAIRE TAN can be reached at email@example.com.
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Freshman Rogan Dolan scored the Aggies’ only goal against the Titans. less in the second half. The Aggies did not manage a shot in the second frame. The Titans had eight attempts but Magana managed to save the only two that were on goal. Even with the losses, the Aggies can be pleased with the fact that they secured a spot in the conference playoffs. Coach MaryClaire Robinson started this season saying,
GUEST Cont. from page 3 caves to pressure to pay big time college athletes actual salaries in addition to scholarships, what will UC Davis do then? We’ll have to “remain competitive,” won’t we? If any of this were ever about fiscal sustainability it would be ludicrous to even consider going “big time”. All but a few D1 schools bleed money through their athletic departments. Thus, her very proposition amounts to an admission that this has nothing to do with fiscal sustainability. It’s about money (yours) and it’s about ego (hers). Whose program is ICA anyway? Who’s paying for it? According to the recently completed UC Davis Athletics Strategic Audit, the students are directly responsible for $19M of the $22M annual ICA budget.
And of that $19M, $16M is based on voluntarily self-taxation (SASI, CEI, FACE initiatives). The annual cash flow provided by ASUCD is equivalent to a nearly $400M endowment. ASUCD is the largest donor UC Davis Athletics will ever know. In your four years at UCD, you’ll contribute over $2,400 to ICA. Do you want that investment to continue to enrich your university and enhance its reputation as a principled leader, as did your predecessors? Or are you OK with your family going further into debt to subsidize the farm systems of the NFL and NBA? Webster’s defines “piracy” as “the unauthorized use of another’s production, invention or conception.” What the university community has been experiencing for nearly two years now is nothing short of piracy. Allow this administration an opportunity to reconstitute ICA and
“I would love to see us in the championship tournament. We have to finish in the top four to make it happen and I think we can do that.” The Aggies have achieved that goal and they can lay it all on the line against UC Irvine later this week. KIM CARR can be reached at sports@theaggie. org.
the program we know and cherish will cease to exist. The pressure put on football and basketball to win and be profitable will be unrealistic and unfair. It will put good people in bad situations. Expectations of additional fundraising will be irrational, and when those efforts come up short, many more sports will be cut. It will end up looking like our failure, not hers. Don’t be fooled by those who say this is just about choosing an AD. Don’t accept that this has anything to do with achieving true excellence. And it’s not about going back to D2, either. It’s about doing D1 right. The Davis Way. Get informed. Get involved. Know where your money goes and accept nothing less than full transparency and accountability. It’s your program, it’s your house and it’s your turn to defend it.
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