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Occupy UC Davis encampment to resume Thursday Teach-ins, lectures planned for this week

By MUNA SADEK Aggie News Writer

Evan Davis / Aggie

Occupy UC Davis members plan to set up tents and hold events on campus this week.

UC Berkeley initiates Middle-Class Access Plan Aggie News Writer

Student protests over the past three years have called for the University of California system to lower, freeze or cap tuition prices. UC Berkeley is the first UC to respond. In Fall 2012, UC Berkeley will implement the Middle-Class Access

Davis Police seek help finding a serial bank robber

Plan (MCAP). This plan will cap tuition costs for families who make between $80,000 and $140,000 annually at 15 percent of their household income. The MCAP is the first initiative of its kind to have taken place at a public university. Several private universities such as Harvard,

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Sproul Hall at UC Berkeley


UC Davis faculty, students double as ordained ministers Websites allow anyone to officiate a wedding

BY PRISCILLA WONG Aggie Features Writer

When two of veterinary pathology professor Stephen Barthold’s friends decided to get married, deciding who would officiate the ceremony became a dilemma. Hiring

an unknown local minster, rabbi or priest to marry them would be impersonal, they felt. So Barthold stepped in and did the job himself. “My own daughter was married outdoors several years ago, and they approached a clergy man in

the area. He refused to marry them unless they got married in God’s house. There was something wrong with that logic, and that the forest and mountains are a lot more fitting than a man-made structure.

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News iN Brief

New Community Center open today The new Community Center, located at the corner of Hutchison Drive and California Avenue, opens its doors today. The Community Center houses the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and

Transgender Resource Center, the Cross Cultural Center, the Recruitment and Retention Center, a multi-purpose room, computer classrooms and the Undergraduate Research

Center. The building also has a cafe and a study room for students. Construction on the building began in 2010; the project ultimately cost $22 million.

Residents move back in to the Domes Residents have begun to move back into the Domes after a ground lease was signed with the University and the Solar Housing Community Association (SCHA). The Domes, a cooperative housing community, were closed last August due to safety and health concerns. The SCHA will be acting as a third party in the reno-

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vation and maintenance of the Domes. Seven of the 14 Domes have been approved to live in by university safety inspectors. The re-opening of the Domes comes in light of ongoing negotiations between administration and Domes residents regarding the closure of the community.

“The re-opening of the Domes demonstrates how community support and participation, open dialogue, and collaboration can make large projects happen, even in a time of austerity,” said Greta Lelea, a former Domes resident, in a press release. — Hannah Strumwasser

Forecast For all of you ski bums out there, I would like to personally apologize for the lack of snow. For everyone else, I will take full credit for the nice weather this week … welcome back to school! Alex Neigher, atmospheric science major Aggie Forecasting Team

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Plan caps tuition for families based on annual income


As Winter quarter begins, participants of the UC Davis occupy movement have made plans to re-occupy the Quad on Thursday and continue their presence on campus. Following the recent 81 percent tuition increase proposal and demonstration of police brutality toward student protesters on West Quad the week of Nov. 14, encampments were established to represent student solidarity with the Occupy UC Davis movement. Similar encampments were seen on other University of California campuses, such as UC Berkeley and UC Los Angeles. According to the administration, tents that were erected did not comply with the university policy of obtaining a permit or reservation to camp overnight on the Quad grounds. After campus administration informed protesters of university policies

in writing, many elected to remain on the Quad. This resulted in 10 arrests. UC Davis campus spokesperson Claudia Morain said the administration has not received official word on whether the occupiers plan to re-establish the encampment. In the event of its re-establishment during the Winter quarter, university officials would assess the situation and proceed in the best interests of the university. If occupiers choose not to set up camp, Morain said, the first step would be to open an active dialogue with the protesters. “Further steps would depend on the facts of the situation, but every effort will be made to resolve issues collaboratively and peacefully,” Morain said. Geoffrey Wildanger, a secondyear art history graduate student, camped in the Quad and moved after the General Assembly elected to initiate protests in Dutton

The City of Davis Police Department (DPD) is investigating a Dec. 20 bank robbery at Davis’ U.S. Bank. Detectives believe the robbery is part of a series of eight U.S. Bank robberies spanning from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Sacramento Valley that began in early September 2011. According to Lt. Paul Doroshov, U.S. Bank is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the suspect in the case. The FBI, DPD and other affected local jurisdictions are all investigating these robberies. In each case, the suspect presented a note but did not display any actual weapons. The groups are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect and are encouraged to contact the following num-

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bers: San Francisco FBI Field Office (415) 553-7400, Sacramento FBI Field Office (916) 481-9110, DPD (530) 747-5400 or US Bank Security Hotline 1-800-685-5515. Police arrested 29-yearold Paul Michael Schmeer of Humboldt on charges of robbing the 330 E St. Chase Bank last Thursday. It is unknown if this incident is related to the U.S. Bank robberies.

Police officer’s car rammed during chase Since December, there has been an increase of stolen vehicle activity in Davis, according to the City of Davis Police Department (DPD). Honda and Acura cars have been taken from Davis and recovered in the San Francisco Bay Area. During the same time period, DPD officers have recovered several vehicles, which had been stolen from the Bay Area. According to a press release from the DPD, last Friday around 1:53 a.m., Davis Patrol Officer Pheng Ly was working in the 1800 block of Cowell Boulevard when he saw an Acura with a matching license plate from a vehicle stolen from Oakland. When the officer attempted to stop the car, the driver accelerated to escape. Officers chased the vehicle around South Davis at high speeds. Ly chased the suspect vehicle into a dead-end at Benbow





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Court where he tried to block the suspect’s escape route with his patrol car. The suspect rammed the officer’s patrol vehicle with the stolen car and managed to get out of the cul-de-sac. The suspect subsequently left the stolen Acura in the parking lot of 3000 Lillard Drive and ran away on foot. He was located hiding in the backyard of 1225 Drummond Avenue and taken into custody. Police found methamphetamine in the vehicle. Teluluai Francis Lesui, 25, of Oakland was arrested. He was booked at the Yolo County Jail on charges of vehicle theft, evading police officers, assault with a deadly weapon, and possession/transportation of a controlled substance. Ly was not injured, but his patrol car sustained moderate damage. –– Angela Swartz

In anticipation of this Thursday’s new episode of 30 Rock, I’d like to remind my comrades at UC Davis to live every week like it’s Shark Week. I’ll be spending the next four days on Written By Becky Peterson

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session will be held Wednesday from 4 to 4:45 p.m. in 1130 Hart.

Conscious Cycling Exhibition All day Memorial Union Art Lounge UC Davis Design students are promoting safe biking habits through an art installation currently on display in the MU Art Lounge. Sculptures, photographs, a “mind map” and more will be up until Jan. 21.

The House of Bernarda Alba Auditions 6 to 10 p.m. Main Theatre, Wright Hall Sign ups in 101 Art for auditions to be held today and Tuesday. Prepare a contemporary or classic monologue, one to three minutes long, and a one-minute story of a time you felt oppressed in some way. Bring resume and headshot.

TUESDAY Orientation and First-Year Experience Info Session 11 to 11:45 a.m. 1065 Kemper Hall Learn more about how to become an Orientation Leader for summer 2012 and a First-Year Experience peer advisor for the 2012-13 school year. Another info


StudentsFirst Information Session 7 p.m. 205 Wellman Learn about exciting internships and jobs with education reform organization in Sacramento. Internships in marketing/ communications, business, policy, etc. are open to students of all majors and recent graduates.

WEDNESDAY Walk With Warren Noon UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo, Garrod Drive Join Arboretum Superintendent Emeritus Warren Roberts for a lunchtime stroll in the UC Davis Arboretum. Enjoy the crisp weather, explore the pleasures of the winter garden and get a little exercise. 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.

more welcoming and safe place,” Katehi said. In Katehi’s address to the UC Davis campus community released Nov. 18, regarding the initial removal of tents from the Quad, she specifies the safety and fiscal concerns that accompany camping on the Quad. “The resources required to supervise this encampment could not be sustained, especially in these very tight economic times when our resources must support our core academic mission.” During a public town hall meeting that took place Nov. 29, it was said that Katehi did not instruct police to use force in removing tents. Morain affirmed this in an earlier interview as well and also specified the present risks. “There was a concern that letting them remain and letting the number grow could be a health hazard. The whole idea was to end it peaceably,” she said in a press release. Participation in Occupy UC Davis encampments, according to protesters, provide the opportunity to build bonds with others that share the same aspirations for the future of education while accomplishing political feats. “Truly it has been an invaluable experience. I have made many new friends, and the friendships I already had have grown much stronger,” Wildanger said. “Accomplishing concrete political goals — like the resignation of Chancellor Linda Katehi, a call upon which the 3,000 person [General Assembly] reached consensus — are extremely important, and we are striving to attain them through protest. But one should not think that political actions are dry and boring things where everyone simply feels angry. Quite the contrary, the occupation is actually lots of fun.” Further information regarding the Examining Power and Privilege in Our Movement and its schedule can be found on its Facebook event page.

Cont. from front page Hall, which houses the university’s financial aid offices. According to Wildanger, no plans have been decided upon officially in regards to resuming the Quad or building occupations for Winter quarter. Teach-ins, lectures and open mics have been organized for this week. The collective event, named “Examining Power and Privilege in our Movement” on Facebook, includes events such as “Occupy/ Decolonize?”, “Poems + Songs about Banks” and “Dynamics of Activist Culture: How we can build leadership and share power without reproducing privilege and oppression.” According to the Facebook event page, the occupation is said to be reestablished on Thursday. Wildanger believes the international outrage at the show of police brutality on campus encourages the UC Davis Police Department to take a gentler approach to attempt to disperse protesters. Police took indirect actions that would discourage protesters, according to Wildanger. “Last quarter, for instance, police would come and harass those occupying by making loud noises late at night or early in the morning when people were trying to sleep or by invading people’s personal space and, when asked to leave, appealing to their supposed right to go wherever they like,” Wildanger said. UC Davis chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, who has spoken with students regarding their opinions on recent events in formal and informal settings, has repeatedly expressed her dismay in actions that have been taken against student protesters and has opted to take full responsibility for them. “I pledge to take the actions needed to ensure that this does not happen again. I feel very sorry for the harm our students were subjected to and I vow to work tireless- MUNA SADEK can be reached at campus@ ly to make the campus a

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It Up),” which features her lyrical prowess in the thoughtful refrain “They playin’ my jam.” So while it isn’t necessarily 100 percent truthful to say that Dylan all Kim got out of 2011 was Gallagher a 72 day-long betrothal to Kris Humphries, it definitely provided her with her largest payday to date. In a way, Kim and her failed marriage represent what I like to think of as the American Dream’s spoiled granddaughter: the lifestyle that everyone have this habit of from the Hills of L.A. to putting the cart before the Jersey Shore fantasizes the horse, which is about having. It’s opulent, why, having recently fast and flashy, not to dusted off my grandiose mention exorbitantly High School ambitions of profitable. So much so, in fame, I feel free to act like fact, I fear the Kardashians I’m already a star. This is may one day have the much easier than actually power to declare a accomplishing anything copyright on the letter K. that would earn me fame Kim and her family have, and explains why (as you’ll essentially, come to see made in this weekly I can’t get pregnant and I don’t a living column) I’m so eager have an eight-pack, so that rules doing any to critique out my chances with MTV ... what person just about who’s born everyone and with a fortune is capable of everything. — the only difference being This act, however, they have a memorable has proven to be a gimmick and a camera disappointing substitute crew. We might hate them for the real deal; much for making money by to my chagrin, I’m still simply living in front of not receiving the realcameras, but it’s because life tabloid treatment I we watch them at all that feel my ego so deserves. Fortunately, though, if 2011 they continue to expand has taught me anything, it’s their dominion. We the viewers have assured that that the only equipment I inheritance is no longer need to achieve celebrity their greatest source of status is a penchant for income. alliteration and a lack of Personally, I think this shame. is a plus; I’m thrilled Correct me if I’m wrong, that networks cared but was it not the year of enough to syndicate Kardashian dominance? I know their Kult has actually Kim’s multimillion been around for quite some dollar ceremony — almost as thrilled as I am time now, approximately since the world collectively disappointed that the divorce proceedings weren’t decided to forget that their developed into a four-hour surreptitious cosmetic special. Not only does this surgeries and musical mean that Kim will have forays were fueled by OJ’s $18,000,000 worth of bills blood money. But this was with which to dab her postthe year it really reached a nuptial mascara streaks, turning point. but it also teaches starryDespite all of the tauteyed Americans like myself faced Kris Jenner’s efforts that fame is only as far as to claw her way out of the camera’s lens. the peanut gallery with As a matter of fact, at this those manicured talons very moment I’m conjuring of hers, the krown of 2011 up ways to spin a reality undoubtedly goes to Kim. show out of my everyday This was her big year: an opportunity to step into the life. I can’t get pregnant and I don’t have an eightlimelight and prove that pack, so that rules out my she could earn her own chances with MTV, but paychecks. This was the maybe I can really run with year that Kim Kardashian this whole gay thing. If I got a divorce. acquire a taste for Diesel In all fairness, the and adopt a subtle lisp, Armenian heiress’ empire then maybe I can trick TLC conquered territories or Bravo into penning a other than that of sacred contract with me. And after matrimony. She and her that, who knows? All I’m sisters collaborated on saying is that even reality Dollhouse, a fiction novel show socialites like to have about three celebrity their token sassy sidekicks. sisters making it in A guy can dream. Hollywood; she graced the covers of journalistic hallmarks such as Star Peasants feel free to e-mail DYLAN and Us Weekly; she even GALLAGHER at took the music industry before he gets too famous to respond. For by storm with her robotic his reality blog, follow cleverblog.tumblr. com. party anthem “Jam (Turn

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UC Cont. from front page Wellesley and Princeton have capped tuition for families making under $200,000 at 10 percent of their income or limited the after-graduation debt of those students to less than $15,000. Berkeley’s chancellor, Robert Birgeneau, announced the plan at a press conference last month, explaining that it seeks to assist middle class families who make too much to qualify for federal and state aid but make too little to pay for tuition considering California’s high cost of living. “We see early signs that middle-income families who cannot access existing assistance programs are straining to meet college costs,” he said. “We feel strongly that we need to sustain and expand access across the so-

like gossip (Facebook), professional connections (LinkedIn), or link routing/ repartee (Twitter). If social data is indeed anything like oil, then whoever refines Nicole and utilizes this data best Nguyen will be rolling in riches. That whoever will most likely be Google. It’s only a matter of time before the tech behemoth consolidates all the ways netizens (citizens of the net) use its services — e-mail, chat, documents, calendar, RSS feed aggregator — into one n November, Maciej social networking site. In Ceglowski, founder of many ways, it already has. the grossly underrated These days, Google isn’t bookmarking site Pinboard. only trying to integrate in, wrote on his blog that its own connections –– “asking computer nerds it’s trying to integrate to design social software everyone else’s too. is a little bit like hiring Google’s Social Graph API, a Mormon bartender.” I which brings together personally do not believe users’ public connections (all) computer nerds to (friends, followers, etc.) be asocial (per se), and I across disclaim multiple this outright It seems that our social sites, is lest I be subject to networking energy/attention can just one of anonymous only be truly devoted to one site ... Google’s many side hacking. projects. But Such a tool would when it comes to the web’s help developers create mistaken perception of platforms wherein your human relationships, “friends” from other sites Ceglowski is absolutely are already pre-loaded. right. Eventually, the graph Take, for example, the would adjust in tandem misleading amount of with real-life relationships “friends” you have on between people. In Facebook. Some of these other words, the most “friends” are probably fundamental of human “nemeses” or “estranged experiences — in code. cousins.” But because Business opportunists and these people are, in fact, sociologists would rejoice. considered “friends,” The operative word here built-in extensions like is “eventually”, seeing as the Washington Post the complexity of such a Social Reader assume you graph has not yet been actually care that your exboyfriend shared “Amazing realized. Google’s Social Graph uses open standards Sunset/Sunrise Photos: A whose makeup is incredibly Slideshow” — and that his limiting as it exists now. new girlfriend liked it. You, Existing definitions (<coof course, are prompted worker>, <acquaintance>, to unfriend the man and <neighbor>, etc.) are much begin to resent Facebook for over-saturating your life too literal. Ceglowski also pointed out the restricting with so much unnecessary nature of the standards’ information. gender nodes (<male> or So on to the next best <female>) and how modern thing — Google+, which relations (like <stepmom>) is aiming to correct are missing. Facebook’s sad attempts But maybe there’s an at recreating real life argument to be made for online by emphasizing social networks’ massive collaborative tools and simplification of actual separating contacts social relationships. into different circles (an A graph’s purpose exhausting effort, I might is, after all, to make add). I feel that, at least complicated concepts for now, most people don’t easy to understand and understand how to fit digest. Sometimes that Google+ into their lives as means omitting certain long as Facebook is still information. Social in play. It seems that our networking platforms, social networking energy/ at least in theory, aim to attention can only be truly make online interaction devoted to one site at a as easy as possible, and time. today that means bringing But, as Google+’s ever relationships back to a increasing usership fundamentally basic level. proves, we’re willing to So, while we’re waiting change allegiance. Forbes for computers to make tech writer Venkatesh personal connections for Rao likened the power of us, we’ll just have to do it social networking to crude for ourselves. oil. Social networking platforms “distill” social data, Rao says, and each NICOLE NGUYEN doesn’t have anything platform specializes in its against Mormon bartenders either. Know one? Contact own particular “distillate”,

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cioeconomic spectrum.” Birgeneau stated that the additional funds needed to subsidize the plan will be raised through increased philanthropy and greater admittance of out-of-state students, who pay $22,878 more per year than resident students. The 15 percent cap will apply to outof-state students, but will not cover the nonresident surcharge they pay. California may soon be addressing the issue as well. Last week, Assemblymember Jim Beall (D-San Jose) introduced AB 1441, legislation that will give middle-class families a $2,000 tax credit for college-related expenses per student. Beall accredited the legislation to the 2011 University of California Annual Accountability Report’s findings that “UC tuition and fees have increased 32 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars during the past decade. At

the same time, the proportion of students from low- and high-income families has grown, while the proportion of middle-income families has declined.’’ Beall said that despite the fact that lower income families making under $80,000 are not the only ones that need aid, they are the only ones who receive it. “I think our middle-class families need help too, and that’s why I’m moving AB 1441. I stand with the thousands of California parents and their children who know a college education is their ticket to prosperity but it’s now out of reach,” Beall said. UC Davis administration officials declined to comment on whether or not a plan like this lies in UC Davis’ horizon. SARA ISLAS can be reached at

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Youth regional treatment center on D-Q University land in the works Indian Health Service in process of acquiring proposed site By CLAIRE TAN Aggie Staff Writer

The Indian Health Service (IHS) plans to build a Youth Regional Treatment Center (YRTC) on 12 of 640 acres of D-Q University land. The D-Q University Board of Trustees has agreed to transfer the land back to the federal government, but it hasn’t been officially passed over yet. “The YRTC would be a center for chemical dependence treatment for Alaskan Natives and American Indians ages 12 to 17,” said California YRTC planner Steven Zerebecki. “The IHS operates 11 other facilities similar to this across the country.” According to the IHS, there is a congressional mandate for YRTCs. “IHS must construct, appropriately staff and operate a youth regional treatment center in each of the 12 IHS geographic service areas,” the IHS website stated. “Two must be built in California and seven IHS areas have YRTCs, but none in California.” Coined as the “California YRTC Project,” the IHS is currently planning to build two new YRTCs in California, with one in the north and one in the south. As of now, IHS operates five YRTCs and the Tribes operate six of them. “The facilities provide treatment for chemical dependence, combining mental health care, medical care and traditional healing techniques,” Zerebecki said. IHS is a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, funded through direct appropriation. Zerebecki said the facility would bring around 70 jobs to the area, with

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A rehabilitation facility could be opening at DQ-University, located 6.7 miles west of the State Route 113 freeway. the annual budget being $4.5 million and the development budget being about $20 million. The most recent community meeting in regard to the YRTC was on Dec. 19, 2011. “The purpose of the meeting was to continue dialogue with the community,” Zerebecki said. “About 50 individuals showed up and we did an informal Q&A with various experts from the IHS.” According to Zerebecki, the discussion in the most recent meeting focused on environmental issues because there have been in-

BIGGS Cont. from page 6 success both on and off the field,” Biggs said in his press release. “I’ve been very fortunate to have been associated with the university as both a player and a coach for nearly 40 years. “I’m proud of everything we’ve accomplished over that period and I look forward to our first year in the Big Sky Conference, and then stepping away to help the program transition into new leadership.” Biggs will leave an enduring legacy at UC Davis, having quarterbacked the team for three years — earning an induction into the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame — be-

aggies Cont. from page 6 “It is just in time for conference and we are hoping it will help us out a lot.” Senior Hana Asano’s two assists brought her career total to 253 moving her to 10th on UC Davis’s all-time list. Fellow seniors Samantha Meggison and Kasey Riecks led the Aggies with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Saturday –– UC Irvine 60, UC Davis 54 In the final game of winter break,

stances of seasonal flooding. “There were some members concerned about building a facility in the proposed site,” he said. “A lot of questions about what our mitigation plans are for potential flooding.” Zerebecki said most of the feedback they’ve received from the community and those around Yolo County and D-Q University is in support of the project. IDRS, Inc., an Indian organization based in Sacramento, stated its support in its blog. “It is great to hear that the prop-

fore returning to the sidelines as an assistant coach in 1978. Biggs became the offensive coordinator in 1987 and was an associate head coach in 1992 and 1993 before being named head coach in 1993. As a player, Biggs was under center during the “miracle game,” when the Aggies scored 16 points in the final 20 seconds, earning an improbable 30-29 victory over Cal State Hayward. As a coach, the Davis lifer has always stressed doing things the right way. From his players, Biggs demands hard work both in the classroom and on the field. This year his players posted an Academic Progress Rate that topped the Great West Conference and also the Big

UC Davis was upended 60-54 by UC Irvine. The two teams battled to a 27-25 score at the end of the first half but the Anteaters would eventually pull away in the second frame and held on despite the Aggies’ efforts to claw back into the game. Riecks provided much of the firepower for the Aggies, netting 14 points and grabbing seven rebounds, but it was not enough to make up for the struggling UC Davis offense, which shot just 4/24 from threepoint range. The loss to Irvine concluded the Aggies’ winter break sched-

erty that housed D-Q University will soon be back in service,” the blog stated. “This time as a treatment center for Native youth. Let’s hope that educational classes will also return to the only Indian College in California.” According to Zerebecki, the facility will have a full mental health care treatment service as well as occupation therapy and occupation training. In addition, there will be a full-time school where the youth can attend classes and potentially work toward a GED, graduation or certification

Sky Conference, where the Aggies are headed. With reporters Biggs is forthcoming and friendly, responding as if he had not heard the same questions for 20 years running. “Coach Biggs’ longevity at UC Davis says a lot about his commitment and dedication to Aggie football,” said current junior captain Bobby Erskine. “His passion and the attitude that is ‘Aggie Pride’ is obvious and he lives it out.” On the field Biggs has enjoyed tremendous success. His career record of 140-78-1 puts him at second all time on the UC Davis wins list, trailing only College Football Hall of Famer Jim Sochor. He was the man in charge as Davis transitioned from Division II to Division I, and

ule, and despite the two conference losses, Gross is optimistic about how the team is playing. “This break was good for us because we scheduled games so that we could focus on ourselves — when you have too many games in a row, you have to prep for each individual team in practice,” she said. “This way we got to practice on things we were working on, like defense and rebounding.” “We continue to get closer as a group and grow as a team,” Gross said. “We’re getting better but we’re not where we need to be yet.” — Matthew Yuen

in some vocational area. “Our development timeline is about 18 to 24 months,” Zerebecki said. “There are a number of things that can change a development schedule that come up along the way; a number of milestones are needed to be achieved to move to the next step.” Currently, the milestone IHS plans to achieve is purchasing 12 acres of D-Q University land. Zerebecki said the Board of Trustees has agreed to revert the 12 acres back to the government specifically for the purpose of building the facility. “One of the reasons we’re looking at the 12 acres is it has a very rich history and it’s been in use for American Indian purpose for years now,” Zerebecki said. “We think it’s an appropriate community to build this facility.” If IHS is not able to acquire the land, there are other options on hand. As its policy and practice when building new facilities, it is required to evaluate at least four sites. These sites are then ranked, with D-Q University ranked as the top site in Northern California. According to Zerebecki, the facility’s proximity to UC Davis is also advantageous since the school has a psychiatric program and IHS plans to hire many health care providers, including mental health care providers, meaning there would be more jobs created in the community. “This is really a collaborative process with the community because that would mean the facility would be just that much more effective and successful,” Zerebecki said. “We are very optimistic about this site in Yolo County.” CLAIRE TAN can be reached at

his coaching resume also includes the most notorious win in UC Davis history: a 20-17 road win over Stanford in 2005, when the Aggies were still a Division II squad. In his final season as head coach, Biggs will be lead the Aggies into their first season as a member of the Big Sky Conference, the highest level of competition UC Davis has ever competed at. After that final game next year, Biggs will finally have a real offseason, free to relax. “Everyone at some point in their career reaches a moment,” Biggs said. “I’ve been so fortunate to have had a great career. Thirty-five years coaching, 20 as the head, that’s a lot.” CAELUM SHOVE can be reached at

KATEhi Cont. from page 6 UC Davis’ current athletics programs — a position that was brought into doubt by the results of the Dempsey Report. “I have no plans, intentions or desire to discontinue any teams at UC Davis,” stated Katehi, “not today and not in the foreseeable future.” Katehi also wrote extensively about the university’s need to maintain “academic excellence and integrity,” and stated that she was committed to maintaining the teachercoach model. Katehi concludes the letter by out-

lining the process that will take place over the next few months. She asks the committee to pause the recruiting process until she meets with the Academic Senate’s Special Committee on Athletics later this quarter. From there she requests that “the committee schedule and publicize a series of forums with each of the finalist candidates for the director position.” The forums are intended to allow the candidates to express their plans for the future of UC Davis athletics, as well as to engage in a question-and-answer segment. –– Trevor Cramer

California state budget cuts $200M from UC system By J.D. Morris

Daily Californian (University of California, Berkeley)

University of California faces a $200 million state funding cut this year if voters do not approve Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed tax increases in November, according to Brown’s January budget plan announced Thursday. Brown anticipates that California will face a $9.2 billion deficit through June 2013 in the state’s general fund. In order to help mitigate the deficit, he hopes to raise the sales tax and certain income taxes through putting a nearly $7 billion ballot initiative before voters. Should the November ballot initiative fail, the plan’s $200 million cut to the UC would follow a year in which the system saw its budget hammered by $750 million in state budget cuts. But if voters approve the initiative, the plan provides an ongoing $90 million General Fund increase to the UC for base operating costs — funding which the plan states could be used for retirement program contributions.

Patrick Lenz, the university’s vice president for budget and capital resources, lauded the operating cost increase in a statement Thursday. “We applaud the governor’s willingness to grant UC leadership maximum flexibility in navigating these fiscal times,” Lenz said in the statement. “The administration’s focus on protecting higher education from further budget reductions is a welcome relief, and the governor’s stated desire for a long-term state investment is encouraging.” Lenz said in the statement that the university will continue to use administrative efficiencies to cut down on costs and is currently seeking alternate sources of revenue to bolster its income. He added that the university intends to work with Brown and the state legislature on developing a long-term plan “that would give the university much-needed financial stability.” UC Student Association President Claudia Magana said in a statement that despite the funding increase, higher education in California remains “grossly underfunded” and the governor’s plan does not

go far enough to fund the state’s needs. “The state immediately needs more revenue to ensure that we do not balance the budget on students and the poor,” Magana said. “This budget only further reinforces the need for greater taxes on big businesses and the wealthiest Californians to help restore our future.” In the past, the university has relied on large tuition increases to offset the impact of cuts from the state. But UC spokesperson Steve Montiel said in an email that it is “too early to speculate” whether the university would see tuition increases should the cuts occur. Though Brown’s office had originally intended to release the budget Jan. 10, he held a press conference Thursday after the budget was erroneously published on the Department of Finance’s website, according to major media outlets. “I’m not saying (the budget plan) is perfect, I’m just saying this is the best that our finance department and myself could come up with,” Brown said at the press conference.

The plan also proposes that both the UC and California State University — which would also be cut $200 million under the plan if voters do not approve the ballot initiative to raise taxes — begin budgeting for capital improvement projects as part of their overall fiscal plans. State appropriations for such projects were formerly budgeted and adjusted for separately. Additionally, various budgetary setasides for specific UC programs and purposes such as AIDS research and the Summer School for Mathematics and Sciences are removed in Brown’s budget plan. The plan calls for $4.2 billion in baselevel state cuts, including reductions in welfare and child care services. If voters reject the tax increases, state K-12 schools and community colleges would be cut $4.8 billion. “I can tell you that the best thinking from the executive branch is this budget is a good road map to get us through a solid fiscal program we can live with,” Brown said. “If there’s a better way to do it, I’m totally open to it.”

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MINISTERS Cont. from front page that motivated me to accept the job,” Bathold said in an e-mail interview. For many people, online ordination to become ministers is a convenient opportunity to administer and oversee wedding, baptismal and funeral ceremonies for family and friends. Andy Fulton, who works for the Universal Life Church Monastery, one of the websites that offers online ordainment, said that approximately 15 percent of all marriages in the United States are performed by unconventional, online-ordained ministers, and that its popularity is sure to grow over the next decade. “Look at it from a college student’s perspective. Why have an old, white-haired geezer perform your wedding ceremony when you can have a friend or family member perform it? Your marriage ceremony can be more fun and intimate when ministers perform it,” said Fulton in an e-mail interview. “It makes sense to have someone who is truly special to you perform your wedding on a day that is supposed to be one of the most important in your life.”

Generally, online ordination is completely free. However, it is frequently necessary to acquire ordination credentials and other forms of documentation before a minister can legally perform wedding ceremonies. In California, it is possible to perform legally recognized wedding ceremonies without purchasing any documents, but specifically at the Universal Life Church Monastery, the majority of ministers will end up spending under $20 to obtain necessary materials. Universal Life Church Monastery can be accessed at Other websites include Rose Ministry at and Spiritual Humanism at www. First-year nutritional biology graduate student Danielle Cooper said that faith in and worship of the gods were always important in her life, which prompted her to learn in a more formal setting and use her license as a minister to give back to the community. French and Italian professor Noah Guynn has officiated two weddings. One couple was very low maintenance and only wanted to be guided through a set of rituals they had chosen. The other couple wanted to meet numer-

ous times before the ceremony to brainstorm ideas and discuss the significance of marriage. “I found it totally exhilarating! I was nervous at first, though in the end it’s not all that different from the experience of standing in front of a crowded lecture hall. It’s important to provide a certain amount of gravitas but also to make people laugh from time to time,” said Guynn in an e-mail interview. Like Guynn and Barthold, academic affairs analyst Crystal Barber became ordained so that she could participate in the marriage of her close friend. She was responsible for meeting with the couple and talking to them about their lives, how they met and what they wanted in their marriage ceremony. For Barber, it was an honor to participate at that level. “I’ve only done one, on the hottest day of 2009, in the rose garden of the state Capitol. My dress zipper melted, I had a major wardrobe malfunction and the groom took off his shirt and gave it to me to wear,” Barber said in an e-mail interview. Brad Henderson, University Writing Program lecturer, became a minister to officiate at the wedding of his friends. For him, his

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UC Davis’ University Wrting Program lecturer Brad Henderson officiates his friends’ wedding after becoming ordained online. role as a minister simply consisted of following a script that was created by the wedding participants. The experience as a minister was very rewarding for Henderson, as it is for many other ministers who are given the opportunity to oversee important ceremonies for their family and friends. “The wedding, my first and only thus far, was beautiful and mov-

ing. I thoroughly enjoyed presiding over it and felt emotionally and spiritually nurtured by the process,” said Henderson in an email interview. “I do like speaking in front of groups, and I do like leading group activities. The minister role was a great fit for me.” PRISCILLA WONG can be reached at features@

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New economic study shows impact of UC Davis Combined employment equal to local telecommunications industry By DANIELLE HUDDLESTUN Aggie News Writer

Between the Sacramento and Davis campuses, the economic impact of UC Davis has topped $6.9 billion. Providing over 69,000 jobs (48,000 in Davis and 20,000 in Sacramento), UC Davis has a large impact on the state. “The leadership of the campus feels a responsibility to the citizens to demonstrate how we contribute,” said Dean and Professor in the UC Davis Graduate School of Management Steven Currall.

The new report on the economic impact of UC Davis has just been released and was conducted by the Sacramento-based Center for Strategic Economic Research. The last time that the Davis campus had this study conducted was in 2004. The first piece of the report was done on the Sacramento campus, which houses the UC Davis Medical School. The main campus then decided that it needed to update its 2004 findings. Showing large growth between their 2004 and 2009-10 numbers, it was determined that every two jobs found at UC Davis, 1.2

has moved on to the professional ranks. With a new athletic direcCont. from page 6 tor likely looking to shake While the UC Davis made things up, especially in sothe best of a bad situation by called “revenue producing mixing and matching with sports,” it seems probable groups of smaller players, that speculation on Vaughn’s Juric brings a unique skill set future will begin as soon as to the table that cannot easi- the season ends. ly be replaced. 3. Football makes a playThe Grass Valley, Calif. naoff push in the 2012 season. tive possess the size and Following a disappointing strength to play the post at 2011 season, it initially apboth ends of the floor, and pears unlikely that UC Davis will certainly help the Aggies would have any chance to snag some more boards. Juric make the postseason in is also surprisingly agile for a 2012, but the Aggies actually player of her size, and has an could have a chance to make impressive shooting touch. the Football Championship Her return to action should Subdivision playoffs. provide UC Davis with the This year will see the spark it needs to make anoth- Aggies move to the Big Sky er Big West title run. Conference, which con2. Baseball coach Matt sistently places multiple Vaughn will come under teams in the FCS playoff. fire after just his first seaBy contrast, UC Davis’ forson at the helm. mer league, the Great West It’s probably unfair, but Conference, has only proUC Davis’ newest coaching duced one playoff team in addition will face some heat its seven-year history. following the 2012 season. In addition, head coach Despite his background Bob Biggs announced in with the Aggies and the long November that 2012 will be wait he endured before fithe final season in his 35-year nally making it to his dream career as a member of the UC job, UC Davis’ decision to Davis coaching staff. hire Vaughn as the team’s This is just the type of mopermanent manager was tivation that could lead a not a popular one. team like UC Davis to greater Critics stated that the heights as it attempts to send Aggies needed an outside its coach out on a high note. source to inspire the team, With a core of maturing and the hiring from within skill players on the offensive the UC Davis program would side of the ball, the Aggies only bring more of the same. could have a chance to make Vaughn faces a nearly im- some real noise in the Big Sky. possible task this season, as he takes over a team missing TREVOR CRAMER can be reached at sports@ stars like Scott Lyman, who


new jobs were established in other areas, further benefiting the economy. “We would like to grow, not just maintain. [We want to] ensure that discovery leads to commercial products that benefit society,” Currall said. Not only were the main campus and medical school included in the study, but also satellite campuses of Davis, spread among Northern California. As a result of the findings, UC Davis’ economic impact is now comparable to certain industries. The Northern California telecommunications industry is as large as

basketball Cont. from page 6 games. With the losses, UC Davis fell to 1-14 overall and 0-3 in conference play.

Dec. 29 — Cal State Fullerton 65, UC Davis 64 UC Davis came out flat-footed, as Cal State Fullerton engineered an early 11-2 lead within the first five minutes of the game. The Aggies trailed by as many as 16 points, allowing the Titans to shoot 57.7 percent in the first half. But UC Davis had a different energy in the second frame, and surged its way back into the game. “In the second half we took away transition baskets, we got big stops, we got first rebounds, we executed well and got good shots offensively, and we didn’t turn it over,” said firstyear coach Jim Les. “That translated into giving ourselves a chance to win.” Sophomore Josh Ritchart tied a career high with five three-pointers, and senior Eddie Miller’s jumper inside the paint with just over two minutes to go tied the game 59-59. Unfortunately Kwame Vaughn, who led the Titans with 17 points, hit his free throws down the stretch, and Cal State Fullerton was able to eke out the win. It was the third time this season and sixth time in his career that Ritchart had made five three-pointers in a game. Big-man Alex Tiffin collected a career-high 10 rebounds to go along with six points.

the impact of employment of the UC Davis campus. Additionally, the findings revealed that $368.9 million was spent by students and visitors attending the UC Davis main campus and medical school. According to Currall, UC Davis’ role as a catalyst for the economy is a result of being such a huge employer, conducting research, strong education programs and a large impact as an organization. DANIELLE HUDDLESTUN can be reached at campus@theaggie. org.

Riverside opened on a 9-0 run, and UC Davis didn’t hit a field goal until four and a half minutes into the game. However, the Aggies used a 14-3 surge to come back and go ahead when freshman guard Tyrell Corbin converted a three-point play to give Davis a 20-18 late in the first half. UC Davis took a two-point cushion into halftime, but came out cold in the second half, and the Highlanders used a 13-0 run to go back up 40-32. The Aggies climbed back into it, and after a blocked shot had the ball down by a bucket with 10 seconds left. Miller drove the lane and made a layup with three seconds left, driving the crowd wild. But the officials waved off the shot, calling an offensive charge on Miller, negating what could have been a game-winning three-point play. “We continue to battle, we continue to get better, which is what I’ve asked them to do,” Les said. “We’re making those strides. Now we’ve got to learn and figure out a way to finish games. We didn’t rebound and there were some loose balls we didn’t come up with down the stretch. That is the difference in a game.” Sophomore guard Tyler Les scored 12 points, Ryan Howley and Tyrell Corbin all finished with 12 points apiece, while Ritchart added 10.

half rally. “It’s no coincidence when you get stops and first rebounds that your offense flows a little bit easier.” Senior guard Eddie Miller grabbed 10 rebounds in the first-half alone and finished with 13 in the game, an Aggie season-high. “I’ve been struggling a little offensively, so I’ve been trying to focus on some other aspects of the game to try and help the team out and still contribute,” Miller said. The second half had a bad feel when Ritchart picked up his fourth foul just 17 seconds into the period. UC Davis’ leading scorer then had to sit, and the Aggies didn’t score for almost six minutes into the half. The slow start led to bad transition defense and made it easy for the Anteaters to run away with the game. “Give the credit to Irvine,” Les said. “I thought they took it to us from the tip. They had us back on our heels to start the game and we never quite recovered.” Harrison DuPont led Davis with 11 points, and the Aggies made just five three-pointers, three below their league-leading average. To counter the slow starts, Les has used many different lineups, as evidenced by the fact that guard Ryan Howley is the only player to have started every game this season. Les also said that junior guard Ryan Sypkens had successful surgery on his injured knee, and although he is out for the remainder of this season, Les will be looking forward to having him for two seasons after this. The Aggies will continue conference play as they hit the road for three straight games, beginning with Long Beach State on Thursday.

Saturday — UC Irvine 70, UC Davis 55 In what seemed like déjà vu, UC Irvine ran its way to a 17-5 advantage after just five minutes of play. Down 24-14, the Aggies once again clawed their way back, reeling off 10 straight points and tying it Thursday — UC Riverside 60, UC at 24 when Josh Ritchart converted a Davis 58 three-point play. The recurring theme for the Aggies “We locked in defensively and got RUSSELL EISENMAN can be reached at sports@theaggie. this season is slow starts, as UC stops,” Les said of the Aggies’ first- org.

Cure for leukemia draws near By Grace Rambo

Daily Collegian (Penn State University)

Penn State researchers may be one step closer to finding a cure for leukemia. Researchers have discovered a compound, known as delta-12protaglandin J3, or D12-PGJ3, which appears to target leukemia stem cells. The compound, produced from fish oil, targeted and killed the stem cells of chronic myelogenous leukemia, or CML, in mice, associate professor of immunology and molecular toxicology Sandeep Prabhu said. Prabhu, who co-directed the research alongside associate professor of veterinary and biomedical sciences Robert

Paulson, said the research has been so successful because the compound specifically activates a gene, known as p53, in the leukemia stem cells that cause the cell’s own death. The pair began to get their research ideas together about two years ago. The collaboration for the research began at an informal weekly lunch where faculty “bounce ideas off of each other,” Prabhu said. Prabhu and Paulson started talking to figure out if they could accomplish such a feat as discovering a cure for leukemia. “I was presenting data on fatty acids and [Paulson] and I talked about how we could do this,” Prabhu said. “We have combined our interests and tried to explain how we can selectively target

these leukemia stem cells.” The research is significant because leukemia is a cancer of bone marrow and blood that involve the uncontrolled production of white blood cells. Killing the stem cells in leukemia is crucial because stem cells can divide and create more cancer cells. Other leukemia treatments that are currently on the market are unable to kill stem cells, Paulson said. He added other treatments also must be administered continuously or the drug will relapse. The research has come a long way from discussions at weekly lunches,Prabhu said, with all of the mice in the trials being completely cured of the disease. “We have some mice that have been living for about eight months, and they show no sign

of the disease,” Prabhu said. “The blood work is done continuously, and it’s safe to say that we have cured CML in mice.” The researchers have already applied for a patent regarding their findings, which have been released in a recent issue of Blood, a magazine published by the American Society of Hematology. Although the discovery is an important step forward in the ongoing fight against cancer, researchers still have much ground to cover. Researchers are currently waiting for funding that would allow collaboration with the Hershey Cancer Institution. Prabhu said he is hopeful, though, having already received calls from numerous people with

CML who have offered to participate in human clinical trials. But despite signs of a promising future, Prabhu said that they must move forward with caution. “I feel like we have something huge, but mice and humans are different, and we have to be very careful,” Prabhu said. “It has some potential, but we’re just being cautiously optimistic. The results we have seen are definitely very encouraging.” THON Local Print Media Captain Victoria Maseda said that she’s excited to be a part of an institution that works to fight cancer in more ways than one. “It’s something that’s really exciting for the THON community,” Maseda (sophomore-public relations) said. “We focus on finding cures so we can help the kids.”



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2012 predictions


he 2011 sports year wasn’t what UC Davis fans would have hoped for. Sure, there was the women’s basketball team making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Big West Conference titles for cross country, women’s golf and men’s golf along with men’s soccer’s upset win over UCLA. But all the successes of 2011 seemed to be overshadowed by overwhelming failures in major sports. The year began with men’s basketball finishing dead last in the Big West, and missing the conference tournament. That was followed by a disappointing baseball season, and a football team that recorded an embarrassing loss to Humboldt State on its way to its first losing season since 2008. With that said, the UC Davis sports slate looks very different for the upcoming year. Both basketball programs have new head coaches, as does baseball, and football coach Bob Biggs has announced that 2012 will be his final season as the program’s top man. Couple those changes with a new athletics director to be named in the near future, and you have a very different UC Davis landscape. With that in mind, here are my predictions for UC Davis sports in 2012 (don’t worry, no apocalyptic foresights here): 1. Lauren Juric returns to become UC Davis’ most valuable player. During last season’s Big West title run, then-head coach Sandy Simpson said that — aside from leading scorer Paige Mintun — Lauren Juric was the player the Aggies could least afford to lose. He said this because, while the Aggies are incredibly deep in the back-court, they lacked depth in the post. With Mintun graduated, Juric was expected to be a major contributor this season, but a preseason injury kept her out of action until Thursday.

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Aggies heat up during winter break UC Davis takes tournament title in Hawaii

Women’s basketball By MATTHEW YUEN Aggie Sports Writer

Though the UC Davis campus has been quiet over the past four weeks, the women’s basketball program has been stirring up quite a buzz. The Aggies played their first of seven games over winter break the day after UC Davis finished finals. Perhaps worn out from the preceding week, UC Davis dropped a 75-58 game to Saint Mary’s in Moraga. A week later, the Aggies travelled to Hawaii, where their two hard-fought wins earned them the title as champions of the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Shootout. “It was fun to come home with the trophy,” Head Coach Jennifer Gross said. “We treated it like the postseason,

where you have to play a couple games in just a few days.” The Aggies then proceeded to start Big West Conference play 1-2, bringing their record to 9-7 on the season. Dec. 31 –– Cal State Fullerton 62, UC Davis 57 UC Davis had a week before returning to the Pavilion for open conference play against Cal State Fullerton, but the Aggies could not celebrate New Year’s Eve with a victory. The Aggies lost their first home game and their first Big West contest of the season in a 58-50 defeat at the hands of the Titans. The Aggies’ 29 rebounds could not compare to CSU Fullerton’s 42, but UC Davis kept the game close with a strong second half. The Aggies were led by junior Hannah Stephens, who dropped 15 points and tallied

five steals. Junior Blair Shinoda added eight points and five rebounds. Thursday –– UC Davis 70, UC Riverside 53 Travelling to UC Riverside on Jan. 5, UC Davis rebounded with a strong showing, handing the Highlanders a 70-53 defeat. This was more than just their first conference win, however, it was the return of post players senior Lauren Juric and sophomore Kelsey Beard — who had each missed the first half of the season due to injury. The duo helped UC Davis on the boards, providing the Aggies with some muchneeded height. “Our two post players are back and it’s exciting to get some size back,” Gross said.

Bob Biggs announces upcoming retirement 2012 to be final season for head football coach By CAELUM SHOVE Aggie Sports Writer

Bob Biggs is UC Davis football. And after one more season, an Aggie career that has spanned more than three decades will come to an end. Biggs announced on Dec. 1 that this upcoming football season will be his last in charge of the Aggies. “UC Davis is a very special place where a studentathlete can truly strive for

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Junior Hannah Stephens scored 15 points in UC Davis Big See AGGIES, page 3 West Conference opener against Cal State Fullerton.

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Head coach Bob Biggs announced that he will retire following See BIGGS, page 3 the 2012 season after more than 30 years at UC Davis.

Katehi releases advice on athletics director search Chancellor Katehi published a letter addressed to the Athletic Advisory Committee on Friday, indicating the direction that she feels would be best for UC Davis athletics as the committee continues its search for a new athletics director. In the letter, Katehi addressed many

of the concerns presented by students, parents and faculty members at the town hall meetings during October and November. Most notably, Katehi affirmed her commitment to maintaining all 23 of

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Sophomore Alex Tiffin grabbed a career-high ten rebounds in UC Davis’ loss to Cal State Fullerton.

Men’s Basketball By RUSSELL EISENMAN Aggie Sports Writer

UC Davis opened Big West Conference play with two heartbreaking losses, followed by a rough showing at The Pavilion. The Aggies fell to Cal State Fullerton and UC

Riverside by a total of three points, 65-64 and 60-58, respectively. The bumps and bruises of learning a new coach’s system are expected early on, as evidenced by the loss to UC Irvine on Saturday night 70-55. Slow starts were recurring problems for the Aggies in these

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