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Davis Collegiate Panhellenic Association goes green New initiative pledges for zero waste By GHEED SAEED Aggie News Writer

The Davis Collegiate Panhellenic Association (DCPA), currently comprising of 10 social sororities, has pledged to maintain a “zero waste” initiative at all philanthropic events — a bold step forward toward the creation of an even greener and environmentally friendly UC Davis campus community. “The program is about increasing environmental awareness. Making events zero waste is an excellent choice in diverting waste from landfills and educating people on sustainable actions,” said Campus Center for the Environment (CCE) Sustainability Coordinator Samantha Rubanowitz. Initially introduced by former ASUCD Senator Andre Lee, the project was directed mainly toward sororities due to the fact that they hold large-scale philanthropic events involving food and drinks, whereby

plates, cups, utensils, napkins and other easily recyclable and compostable items can be made of use. In Fall 2010, Lee ran on a platform that included the initiative, meant to increase sustainability in the greek community, encourage all campus organizations to adopt policies warranting zero waste and promote composting. “The initiative makes it feasible for student organizations to become environmentally conscious, and it’s a winwin situation: it’s good for the community and the environment,” Lee said. Ordering compostable items either for events or everyday use is a relatively easy and simple process, involving the help of the CCE. Individuals or organizations simply order materials through CCE, and organize pick-up from Project Compost, a student-run organization encouraging greater involvement in composting. Project Compost’s Alisa Kim has contributed greatly to the progression of the program, working alongside the

ASUCD Senate and CCE to gain ground in providing DCPA with compostable materials. CCE also provides students with the opportunity to learn more about composting and encourages an environmentally-friendly campus community educated on the importance of sustainability. “UC Davis strives to stand as a progressive institution — which today goes hand in hand with being environmentally sustainable. This is a huge step toward achieving sustainability. Furthermore, the model DCPA has taken on may serve as a model to other campus groups of how they can make their events sustainable, as well,” said ASUCD Senator Rebecca Sterling. In addition to on-campus convenience, compostable items are price competitive and considering no tax is implemented on the purchased compostable materials, which are acquired directly through the ASUCD Coffee House, the plan is costeffective as well.

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Michael Hoye, sophomore political science public service major, human rights minor

How did you decide what to wear today? “I wore these jeans yesterday, so they were just on top of my stack of clothes.”

The Aggie:What are you wearing? Hoye: “Skinny jeans and a pleather jacket I got from Urban Outfitters. These shoes are from Urban Outfitters, too.”

protest Cont. from front page was a student. “I truly understand the frustration and the anger students are feeling right now,” Katehi said. She announced that the university would be covering the medical bills of those who were pepper sprayed and she would be asking that the charges against the students who were arrested be dropped. Wood, who attended UC Davis as an undergraduate, also made an opening speech. “I’ve been proud of our students throughout all of this. I hope together we collectively work with integrity and understanding,” Wood said. The first half of the meeting was live streamed on the internet and many news stations filmed segments of the event. However, for the second hour of the meeting, filming and photography was prohibited in order to provide privacy to students. During the forum, Katehi said that UC Davis Police do not directly report to her,


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“It’s important that we start re-evaluating our actions to be more sustainable and environmentally conscious. Every action counts and reducing waste, especially diverting landfill waste, is a huge step in the right direction,” Rubanowitz said. The DCPA’s zero waste plan is compatible with the UC-wide goal for zero waste by the year 2020. The DCPA’s participation in composting will not only aid the community in becoming increasingly environmentally conscious, but it will also help UC Davis in general to gain ground in achieving the 2020 goal, according to Rubanowitz. “As a community that represents approximately 10 to 15 percent of the undergraduate student body, greeks could set a great example for other student organizations by establishing this zero waste trend,” said DCPA President Leticia Cheng.

Where do you find inspiration? “I’m in a band, Finish Ticket, so I’m inspired by other musicians,

they report back to Vice Chancellor of Administrative and Resource Management, John Meyer. Meyer explained the thinking behind calling in riot police, and stated that concerns about what happened at UC Berkeley earlier this month played into the decisions that were made. He said he regretted what happened on Friday. “Do I feel terrible about it? Absolutely,” Meyer said. Meyer joined the panel at 6:15 p.m., after students said they would like to see him on stage. Carmichael said that he is interested in working with the students to better the relationship between the campus police and the students. Audience members also brought up the relationship between racial issues and campus police, specifically citing a recent hate crime that took place on campus. In response to many questions asked of the panel, the term “moving forward” was repeated multiple times. Talk of reassessing and changing current university and UC policies was prevalent. The panel spoke of the five committees that have been assigned to look into the

What are you looking forward to wearing this season? “I guess jackets. I don’t think about it a lot, I just buy whatever I think is cool.” STEPHANIE B. NGUYEN can be reached at campus@

questions in science, and the 2011 Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt and Adam Riess for dark matter’s discovery. “We are far from a deep understanding. We know that it works, but not why or how,” Albrecht said. “The puzzle is figuring out where that force originates from.” Topics such as dark energy comprise the grand questions of our universe. Every researcher in the field started out searching for the answers to these grand questions. “The exciting thing about physics is how solid it is,” Albrecht said. “Newton’s laws, Maxwell’s equations... they are tested to death. Revolutions in physics only happen under careful scrutiny, and nothing short of a revolution in physics is needed to explain the acceleration of the universe.”

Cont. from page 5 has the ability to bend light, so when light from a bright object such as a supernova or a quasar passes through an area dense with dark matter, the light bends and we observe it as multiple points or as a crescent. Based on how sheared the images are, we can deduce how much dark matter is present. The universe is about 14 billion years old, and as it continues to expand and the acceleration increases, dark energy will become a more dominant force. “Eventually, galaxies, solar systems and even individual atoms will be blown apart by dark matter expansion,” Becker said. The elusive nature of dark matter is what makes it such an active area of interest. The American Association for the Advancement of Science recently named dark matter HUDSON LOFCHIE can be reached at one of the top

pepper spray incident. UC President Mark Yudof announced Tuesday that former LAPD Chief William Bratton will be leading the UC investigation. “The truth is going to come out in the end, and all of this will come out publicly,” Katehi said. In reaction to the events on Friday and the chancellor’s response, many groups on campus have called for Katehi’s resignation. The UC Davis English department, specifically assistant English professor Nathan Brown, has asked Katehi to resign. The call for resignation has been placed on the English department’s official website. The UC Davis physics department has also called for Katehi’s resignation, and has issued a press release which includes an open letter to UC Davis students, commending their actions on Friday. By Tuesday evening, more than 85,000 people had signed a petition calling for Katehi’s resignation. UC Davis alumni have also requested documents pertaining to the pepper spray incident. Along with many other groups on campus, they are calling for an investigation of the incident. The ASUCD Senate passed a resolution

in an emergency meeting on Monday night, condemning the use of pepper spray on students. In an ASUCD press conference held Tuesday, ASUCD President Adam Thongsavat spoke about the pepper spray incident, and announced a new student campaign regarding campus police. “I would like to announce a new student campaign, called Students Together, that will ask that every private and public university in the United States review their campus police policies for non-violent protests, so that what occurred on Friday will never happen again,” Thongsavat said. Members of various Occupy Movements, including Occupy Sacramento, have also expressed their support for the students who were pepper sprayed on Friday. Throughout the forum, Katehi was questioned about the widespread public outcry that has led to calls for her resignation. When asked about the petition for her resignation, Katehi responded, “I acknowledge the petition.” Katehi confirmed she will not be resigning. STEPHANIE B. NGUYEN contributed to this article. HANNAH STRUMWASSER can be reached at

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On Tuesday, UC Davis Occupy protesters created a paper mâché studentosaur on the Quad.

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November 23, 2011  

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