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ASUCD elections set to be most competitive in years Important issues await winners-to-be By RICHARD CHANG Aggie News Writer
Bree Rombi wants to be your student body president, and Rebecca Sterling does, too. With only two weeks left before the ASUCD elections for senate and executive office, the pressure is on for candidates to deliver those final speeches and to reassure their supporters. “With 15 senate candidates running and two executive tickets, I am anticipating a competitive race,” said Sterling, a former senator who is now running for president. This time around, the senate race is a crowded field. With 15 candidates vying
for six seats, this contest contrasts with the one held last fall, when seven candidates competed for six seats. The executive election last year was similarly uncompetitive, with current President Adam Thongsavat and Vice President Bree Rombi running unopposed. Rombi, a senior communication and Spanish double major, is now running for president. “Last fall was the fluke. Something like this quarter is more normal,” said
Amy Martin, an incumbent senator who is running for vice president on the Rombi ticket, of the disparity between the two elections. This election, BOLD will not appear on the ballot. According to Rombi, there was a general consensus to disband the slate by its members. “We wanted to create something meancourtesy ingful on campus because LEAD did not mean anything, and we accomplished that goal,” Rombi said.
Martin agreed. “There was no strong purpose of why BOLD should stay after that,” Martin said. Taking the place of BOLD this quarter is a new slate called Students Matter: Activism, Retention and Teamwork (SMART), which, according to their Davis Wiki page, “seeks to give a voice in ASUCD to all underrepresented communities on campus.” Its platforms call for the funding of ethnic graduation ceremonies and changing university course requirements to increase social diversity. There are six candidates running on the SMART slate.
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An interview with Bon Iver’s Sean Carey Bon Iver scheduled to perform in Davis on April 17 at Freeborn Hall By UYEN CAO Aggie Arts Editor
Somewhere in the depths of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, a soulwrenching howl can be heard calling out to the folk and indie gallery of fans nearby. As the harmonic and sweet sound continues to reverberate so gracefully, the world begins to catch on. This has been the story of Bon Iver, a small music project that ambitiously blossomed into a musical giant since its creation by Justin Vernon back in 2007. Along with Justin Vernon on guitar and lead vocals, today Bon Iver is made up of Sean Carey on drums and backing vocals, Michael Noyce on guitar and Matthew McCaughan on bass. Bon Iver has released two albums: For Emma, Forever Ago in 2008 and the self-entitled album Bon Iver in 2011. Although longtime fans will disagree that Bon Iver is anything but new to the music scene, it’s clear that the spotlight is definitely on Bon Iver as they completed a well-received performance set on Saturday Night Live which aired this past weekend. Additionally, the band has four Grammy nominations this year, including Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album. Needless to say, 2012 has been a good year for Bon Iver. For the past week, ASUCD Entertainment Council had teased with the thought of a highly acclaimed “band” to come to Davis. And just three days ago, Entertainment Council released the news that Bon Iver was indeed confirmed for a show on April 17 at Freeborn Hall. In the midst of chaos of a live performance on Saturday Night Live and the Grammy buzz coming up this Sunday, Bon Iver’s Sean Carey took some time to speak with MUSE last Friday. In fact, he had just completed his SNL rehearsals the night before and was finishing up a suit fitting
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for the show the following night when we got a hold of him on the phone. Despite being extremely busy, Carey shared his thoughts on Bon Iver, music and performing in no rush. Here’s what he had to say: First off, how are things going with the Saturday Night Live dress rehearsals and Grammy preparations? Carey: We had rehearsals for SNL (Saturday Night Live) yesterday and we’re doing the taping tomorrow. So it’s going really well! It was super laid back yesterday. We met the cast and everyone was really nice. As for the Grammy nominations, it’s just something I’ve never thought about. When we found out about the nominations, I didn’t really know how to react. It was funny because my mom was super excited. I mean, I seemed less excited just because I never thought about it before or any of this happening. So I guess I’ll just keep going and all of this is, well, just crazy.
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Where were you when you heard of the big news? I was actually driving. I was going on a three-day tour and it was a long weekend. I was traveling in between Michigan, Chicago and Iowa and suddenly, we got the phone from my mom and she was freaking out! [Laughs] So going back now, can you tell us about Wisconsin: Does it ever feel strange between the two worlds? Yeah, in a way it’s a really nice balance. When we’re not touring, Wisconsin is just a great place to be because there’s nothing really going on and we can just really relax and work on new music. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I do really like to travel and be in big cities; it’s fun but it’s also reminded me of how lucky we are to have our situation. But yeah, it’s the best of both worlds because we get to be in New York and whatnot. But the more I do travel, the more I realize the less I want to live in a big city.Like today, I was walking around New York and I was
watching other people and it can get overwhelming. With people in the industry now recognizing you, do you ever feel like it inhibits your creativity as an artist independently? Not really, but it can be the case for sure when you have higher expectations or something of yourself. But I guess we just try not to focus on that. What is your earliest recollection of making music? What sort of things inspired you when you were younger? I grew up in a pretty musical household. My dad was a music teacher, singer and guitar player. I did choir as a kid and then I got really interested in playing the drums. My older sister would play and I would watch and think of how cool it was. So those were my beginnings there. I would pretty much wear out the Beach Boys tapes too. And later on, I really got into Jazz.
Q&A with Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Dave ‘DK’ Kemp Leader has big plans for biking and walking in Davis By EINAT GILBOA Aggie News Writer
Dave “DK” Kemp, former bike coordinator of the City of Fort Collins, Colorado, became the new Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator of Davis on Feb. 6. Members of the public are welcome to meet Kemp at an informal reception on Friday at the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Aggie sat down with Kemp to talk about his plans for making the city a better place to bike. The Aggie: What is your educational background? Kemp: I attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, earning a degree in Recreation and Tourism with an emphasis in Interpretation, which relates to museum work, national parks and exhibits. I graduated in 1999. It was a very applicable degree to my current position. I was a nontraditional student; I graduated when I was 28. I was going to be a high school science teacher in Missouri, but decided that wasn’t what I Shazib Haq / Aggie
Davis’ newest bicycle and pedestrian coordinator is shown on campus with his own bike.
Today’s weather Sunny High 65 Low 40
Forecast Sun! Sun! Sun! Sunny weather is sticking around for the rest of the week! Pretty boring if you’re a meteorologist, but awesome if you like the outdoors. Fortunately, I like both! Matthew Little, atmospheric science major Aggie Forecasting Team
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Bon Iver Tuesday, April 17 at 8 p.m. (Doors opening at 7 p.m.) Freeborn Hall • Sales for general admission tickets begin this Sunday at 10 a.m. on tickets.com for $39.50. Tickets can also be purchased at the Freeborn Ticket Office starting Monday until sold out. • On Monday at noon, 200 limited student tickets will be available for $29.50 at the Freeborn Ticket Office only. For student tickets, you are required to bring a student I.D. and there is a maximum of two student I.D. cards per purchase; cash only. Freeborn Ticket Office Hours: Monday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m.
Bon Iver has done some pretty small shows like “A Take Away Show,” and you performed at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen in Davis last year. Do you prefer intimate shows?
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Town Hall meeting Friday about UC police policies and procedures Friday, the UC Office of the President will be holding a town hall meeting at UC Davis to discuss police policies and procedures on UC campuses. UC General Counsel Charles Robinson and UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Christopher Edley Jr. were appointed by UC President Mark Yudof to do a systemwide investigation of campus police, and are looking for input from different campuses. After gathering information, Robinson and Edley Jr. will put out a set of recommendations for Yudof in early March. The meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday in the Conference Center Ballroom. — Hannah Strumwasser
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TODAY Gold Coast Trio 12:05 p.m. 115 Music Rachel Vetter Huang, violin, Susan Lamb Cook, cello, and Hao Huang, piano, will play Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, op. 8.
Heart-Healthy Desserts 2 to 3 p.m. Student Health & Wellness Center, Conference Room 2 Who wants chocolate? Learn about the benefits of chocolate and superfoods that are heart-healthy. Samples of desserts prepared are included!
Botany and Environmental Horticulture Club Meeting 4 to 6 p.m. 108 Environmental Horticulture Help the club plant seeds for fundraisers. Free pizza and free plant raffle.
Pi Kappa Phi Ultimate Frisbee 4:40 p.m. The Quad Join the men of Pi Kappa Phi to play some Frisbee while learning about the fraternity’s National Philanthropy and how to build your own fraternity. After Frisbee will be an information session in 192 Young at 6 p.m. to learn more about Pi Kappa Phi.
Picnic Day Applications Due 5 p.m. picnicday.ucdavis.edu Submit applications to participate in Picnic Day by 5 p.m.
The EDGE Auditions 6 to 10 p.m. Wyatt Theater Auditions are open to UC Davis students, faculty and staff. Bring a resume and head shot. Sign up in Art 101. To audition for the One Acts, review any of the sides that are provided in Art 101. For the Hour of 5’s, a new component to the EDGE that is comprised of an hour’s worth of fiveminute pieces, your audition piece should be reﬂective of what you hope to perform.
Relay For Life Team Meeting 7 to 8 p.m. 202 Wellman Learn how to get involved with UC Davis Relay For Life. This week’s meeting will cover the history of Relay For Life, how to prepare for the event and fundraising tips. Meetings are open to all.
American Red Cross Club Meeting
7:15 p.m. 230 Wellman For more information, check out www. arccdavis.co.cc and the Facebook page, American Red Cross Club at UC Davis.
FRIDAY Meals with Mrak: Ralph Hexter 8 to 9:30 a.m. UC Davis Dining Commons Sign up for Meals with Mrak at sac. ucdavis.edu. Friday’s meal will be with provost/executive vice chancellor Ralph Hexter. Engage in a roundtable discussion and enjoy a free breakfast at one of the campus dining commons.
SATURDAY “The Egyptian Revolution and Where It’s Going” 2 to 5 p.m. Community Room, International House Davis, 10 College Park The I-House will host a panel discussion about Egypt. Panelists include Dr. Noha Radwan of UC Davis, Dr. Metwalli Amer formerly of Sac State, Kais Menoufy of Delegate and Fr. Arsanios of St. Mary Orthodox Church in Roseville. Music will be provided by the Flowers of the Nile band.
Film screening: Happy 7 p.m. International House Davis, 10 College Park Celebrate World Happy Day with Happy, winner of several awards and the latest film from Academy Award-nominated director Roko Belic, who also directed Genghis Blues and Long Night’s Journey Into Day.
SUNDAY Dance Like a Romanian 7 to 10 p.m. Davis Art Center Studio E, 1919 F St. at Covell Learn the exuberant Romanian folk dance “Floricica Olteneasca” (“little flower from the Oltenia region”), leaping, stamping, and flying around the room, as part of the Davis International Folkdancers’ ongoing class. Bring grit-free, non-marking shoes. The first class is free to newcomers. To receive placement in the AGGIE DAILY CALENDAR, e-mail dailycal@theaggie. org or stop by 25 Lower Freeborn by noon the day prior to your event. Due to space constraints, all event descriptions are subject to editing, and priority will be given to events that are free of charge and geared toward the campus community.
campus Judicial reports An Illusion of Dishonesty A student was referred to Student Judicial Affairs (SJA) for supposedly altering an exam before submitting it for re-grading in a math class. As justification for a higher grade, the student claimed that he wrote the correct answers on the back of the exam. During his informal meeting with a Judicial Officer, the student stated that he did not alter his exam but agreed that his actions could be construed as dishonest. The student received an Administrative Notice, which is an informal letter informing the student about University policy related to the violation they were referred for. In addition, the student was referred to the Student Academic Success Center.
Collaborative Exam? A student (“Student A”) was referred to SJA for allegedly copying and/or collaborating with a friend seated next to her (“Student B”) during a math exam. Although no one noticed any suspicious behavior during the test itself, both students were referred to SJA because they had the same unusual and incorrect answer on a short-answer question. During her meeting with an SJA officer, Student A stated that she did not copy, collaborate or show her exam to her friend. She also asserted that she was
earning a higher grade in the class. Since Student B admitted that she copied from Student A without her friend’s knowledge or assistance, the charges were dropped against Student A and she received a nondisciplinary Administrative Notice.
Copying X Three A student was referred to SJA for suspected copying of a neighbor during both a midterm exam and a quiz for an upper-division class. During the tests, teaching assistants saw the student look at the other student’s exam many times, and this observation was later supported by the fact that both students’ exams had similar answers. The student admitted to copying during both the exam and the quiz and stated that she was experiencing some personal issues. Because the student was on Deferred Separation status due to a previous offense, she had given up her right to a formal hearing. Thus, after careful examination of the evidence, an SJA officer made the decision to suspend the student for one year. Members of the office of Student Judicial Affairs compile the CAMPUS JUDICIAL REPORTS. Additional information about SJA and the Campus Judicial Board may be found at sja.ucdavis.edu.
Sex in advertising is a highly effective tool, but only if used correctly. My H&M episode isn’t likely to happen to a large enough percentage of Americans Victor to significantly increase Beigelman revenue for the department store giant. Applied appropriately, though, sexy ads can make a huge difference, and for some very specific reasons. Tom Reichert, Professor and Department Head of Advertising and Public Relations at The University et’s face it, people. of Georgia, who discusses We’re sexual beings. sex in advertising on his When scantily clad aptly named website bodies, words of lust and/ www.sexinadvertising. or promises of sexual com, recently found that gratification cross our 73 percent of sexual ads paths, we pay attention. in magazines contained a Unfortunately (for the sex-related brand benefit. purposes of this column He stressed these ads all only), we’re mostly followed a “buy this, get powerless against these this” formula, where upon devices. The idea of sex buying a product, the is potent, and we tend to consumer like where it would in leads. Ten minutes later I woke up in theory Taking an H&M buying extremely tight become these sexier, boxer briefs realities into have consideration, more/ I’d like to pose better sex or feel sexier an important question: What while simultaneously the hell are we supposed to knowing it. do when the aforementioned Reichert cited the tools are used against us introduction of Axe body to sell a product? It’s no spray to the world in secret that sex is often used considering the above in advertising to elicit a formula. When the response that could end in commercials were first the purchasing of a good released, they focused on or service. So how do we a young man’s sudden distinguish between the magnetic pull on attractive sex-driven products that we women once spraying the actually want and the ones deodorant across his chest. that we don’t? What the advertisers aimed Sex has been around in for in selling to their youngadvertising much longer male demographic was not than one would think, merely grabbing attention given the relatively prude with sex, but more nature of our fair nation. importantly, using it as the The first known use of sex primary reason for buying in an ad was in 1871, when Axe products. Pearl Tobacco brand began Other companies such as featuring a naked “maiden” Calvin Klein and Victoria’s on the package cover. Other Secret have used sex in companies soon followed their marketing efforts suit upon noticing the in the same fashion, impact it had on sales — both even completely in 1885 W. Duke and Sons intertwining sex with began including trading their brands. The result? cards featuring sexy starlets Calvin Klein products inside their cigarette currently generate roughly packs, and in 1890 found $1 billion in annual themselves the leading revenue and Victoria’s cigarette brand. Secret has become the As society has evolved, most recognized intimate so too has the industry of clothing brand in the advertising and its use of world. sex to attract consumers, As people who fall most notably those aged directly under the 14-35. In modern times, sex demographic of consumers is used in commercials and companies target with print ads to such a degree sex-based advertising, that it sometimes takes college students should be some careful consideration aware of their response to to understand what the ad near-naked supermodels is even promoting. drinking a can of Coke or Take H&M’s Super Pepsi on screen. When the Bowl ad this past week, commercial is finished for example, featuring and you have the urge for 30 seconds of intimate a soda, is it because you screen time with a heavily want one or because… tattooed, barely dressed, of sex? A word of advice: sub-2 percent-body-fat try your best to be like me David Beckham. At the end and maintain an acute of the commercial, I started awareness during sextrying to figure out if the glazed ads. ad was targeting women Shit, the Beckham spot is who wanted to buy a David on again. Beckham, men who wanted to buy David Beckham’s VICTOR BEIGELMAN is considering teaming personal trainer, or tattoo up with Victoria’s Secret to open a men’s artists. Ten minutes later I intimate clothing store, “Victor’s Secret.” woke up in an H&M buying Ask him how you can get involved at extremely tight boxer briefs. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Cont. from front page wanted and went back to school three years later. I knew I wanted to work outdoors, dealing with natural resources, communications and environmental issues. This degree was right up my alley.
What other experience do you have? I worked at the New Belgium Brewing Company, where I began the “Tour de Fat” series in 2000. What is the “Tour de Fat”? The “Tour de Fat” is a series of bicycle festivals around the western United States which help raise money and advocacy for local bicycling nonprofits. The goal is promoting and supporting bicycle recreation and transportation. What are the duties of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator? I coordinate bicycle and pedestrian projects with many departments within the city, and many public entities as well. The main idea is enhancing cycling and walking experi-
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ences within the city. I’ve coordinated infrastructure projects such as the installation of shared lane markings, bike-boxes, which are facilities that help eliminate crashes, on-the-street bicycle parking, and for pedestrians, dismount zones on sidewalks. Safety and education is my foremost priority. I also conduct a number of programmatic elements, such as bike safety classes for all ages, and encouragement activities to promote cycling and walking. I will be working with the bike coordinator at UC Davis, as well as enforcement agencies such as the City of Davis Police Department and the UC Davis Police Department. There needs to be consistency in what we teach and practice. Coordination with the media is also an important part of the position, as is promoting sustainable tourism. I coordinate with the Convention and Visitors Bureau to put together events and lend additional assistance.
which other cities around the U.S. are implementing. I also want to create a comprehensive bicycling program in Davis. The elements this bike program would entail would be education and safety, engineering, enforcement, the environment, the economy, evaluation and encouragement, using the strength of the local community. I also want to improve “walkability,” making sure intersections are safe for walking, and explaining distances around Davis to show people they are manageable. I want to patch the multimodal options for cyclists, connecting train and bus commutes with biking and walking. Basically, my goals are making both biking and walking more accessible for residents, visitors, and tourists and putting Davis in the international biking arena. We’re the number-one bicycling city in America, but we should look toward other cities in the world that excel in implementing bike practices. Fortunately we’re not starting from scratch; we’ve got a What are your goals as the new foundation that’s building and growBicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator? ing. I’m just here to take it to the next I want to increase the safety of cyclists level, which is exciting! in our community through the installation of innovative infrastructure, EINAT GILBOA can be reached email@example.com.
this election may prove to be more important than those in years prior. Cont. from front page “We’re looking to heal Whoever is elected come from the events of fall, yet Feb. 24 faces a plethora of still face great challenges pressing issues. As a result, with exorbitant fees and a
children discard about a quarter of food bought. An estimated 27 percent of the food available in America, according to a recent government study, ends up in Chelsea our landfills. Mehra You can’t help but wonder if one country’s table scraps could become another country’s meal. But I don’t think the problem necessarily and completely lies in more countries wasting food and others not receiving enough. In some parts of Africa, a quarter or more of the crops go bad before they can be eaten. But if we take a closer look s an ag school, the UC at whom these crops are Davis campus at large feeding, it certainly isn’t the should be aware of how producers. important a role agriculture Farm subsidies plays in modern society. theoretically sound like a nice It seems that in contrast, idea. Industrialized countries Africa has yet to realize — or spend a total of $300 billion rather, exploit — the benefits on crop price supports, of farming at home versus production payments and obtaining other farm produce programs. abroad. You can’t help but wonder if one These Where the country’s table scraps could strategies U.S. is a net become another country’s meal actually exporter of encourage agricultural products, Africa remains overproduction and cause a net importer with $50 markets to flood with surplus billion of food imported to crops. the continent every year. Rudimentary economics Subsidized agriculture in says that an increase in the developed world thus supply causes a decrease becomes one of the greatest in price. The dumping of obstacles for developing agricultural commodities at nations. prices lower than the cost of I don’t mean this to be production is devastating to another rant on how America developing countries. the Beautiful is proverbially The result of subsidizing defecating on all other farms, in addition to high struggling countries, nor is import tariffs, reduces the this a cri de coeur to End global price of agricultural Poverty and Save the World. products enough that African But I would like to begin countries in particular are discussing precisely why, in unable to compete. African factual terms, there remains farmers’ only competitive a frightfully drastic difference advantage then becomes between First and Third cash crops like cocoa, World nations. bananas and cotton. Because I have not had the privilege of these unfair market of visiting Africa, but my forces, Africa devotes itself to younger sister traveled to growing only cash crops for Ghana this summer with a export, where the shortage of group of schoolmates. One foodstuffs causes hunger and of her first reactions, among starvation within the country many other perturbances, that produces them. was that while millions on the A friend of mine who continent starve, those same visited the area around Ivory people are producing in Coast and Cameroon made their own backyards food for a joke, unbeknownst to him, Japan, Europe and the U.S., when he asked the locals for among others. a cup of coffee and they first There is the argument that offered him Nescafé. When the food crisis abroad can he said, “No, no the real stuff. be solved if Americans, for The stuff you grow,” they example, ate less. Put quite roared with laughter, “Nah bluntly by an official in India, man, that stuff isn’t for us!” if Americans slimmed down I am personally disturbed, to the weight of middle-class as a citizen of a very wealthy Indians, “many people in nation, that I literally enjoy sub-Saharan Africa would the fruits of other people’s find food on their plate.” labor while those same Yet, the issue of obesity is people can’t even enjoy real not exclusively an American fruit. I’d join the masses and one. In fact, my sister went say to eat and waste less, to Ghana for the purpose of but those solutions, while conducting an obesity study, momentarily helpful, don’t where the overall crude get at the crux of our global, prevalence of overweight and endemic and historically obese adults aged 25 years rooted situation. or older was 23.4 and 14.1 It unfortunately remains percent, respectively. difficult to break people out So if overconsumption of their habits, especially isn’t problematic (where when their mindset may be, this column is concerned) as a Ghanaian put it to my for either wealthy or poor sister, “If one is happy, one is nations, then perhaps waste healthy.” is. A recent study revealed If you have a viable, and preferably profitable, that Britons toss away a third solution to world hunger, contact CHELSEA of the food purchased. In MEHRA at firstname.lastname@example.org so she can Sweden, families with small add her name to the patent.
climate of activism, which is unprecedented for our generation,” Sterling said. Despite the numerous issues already lined up for the winners-to-be, the candidates remain optimistic and even
excited about the election. “This will be the best election in four years,” Rombi said. RICHARD CHANG can be reached at email@example.com.
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Prop 8 repeal
A step forward The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday to uphold gay marriage in California. The court dubbed Proposition 8, a ban on same-sex marriage, unconstitutional. The court’s decision rectifies the wrong done on Nov. 4, 2008 when voters passed Prop 8, restricting the right to equal protection for American citizens. “Prop 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples,” the majority opinion, written by Judge Stephen Reinhardt, stated. Although the ruling does not apply to every state and does not touch on the broader question of whether gay and lesbian
couples may ever be denied the right to be married, it is still a great step forward for both our state and the rest of the country. This decision puts marriage rights in the national spotlight, as states like New Jersey, Minnesota and Washington also will deal with rulings on same-sex marriage this year. Proponents of Prop 8 have 90 days to challenge the ruling and can either bring their case to the U.S. Supreme Court or first ask for a larger court of appeals panel to do a review. Even though other states such as Massachusetts, New York and Iowa already have laws allowing samesex marriage, the review of Prop 8 could be important for establishing a federal precedent if it goes to the Supreme Court. California can now serve as an example of what the future of the country should look like.
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Letter to the editor Response to “Performance art politics” I am saddened that The Aggie is perpetuating a widespread falsehood regarding the Supreme Court case Citizens United v. FEC. Mr. Narayan stated in his Feb. 8 column “Performance art politics” that “If you’ve heard that corporations are people, this is the case that made that so.” That is simply not true. Corporate personhood has existed since the early 19th centu-
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Revolution: Like, comment, share
hen I saw that one of my Facebook friends had thrown up a meme in support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to withdraw funding from Planned Parenthood, I immediately responded with a counter-meme: a bright pink picture under my face that said, “Still Standing With Planned Parenthood.” They later decided to reverse the decision, but in what sense was my action a stand for Planned Parenthood? Posting only took a click on a friend’s “Share” button; I wasn’t
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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria By ALEX MAWLA
Sophomore neurobiology, physiology and behavior major
Announcements about breakthroughs in medicine are always on the news nowadays. Pharmaceutical companies have found new ways to tackle cancer, diabetes and quite a hefty list of other chronic conditions that plague humanity. However, we are facing a growing problem that has slowly become increasingly neglected decade after decade. With huge incentives for pharmaceutical companies to deliver products that need to be taken for extended
periods of time, if not always, as well as cost a premium, there is a dwindling interest in the research of new antibiotics. Antibiotics are no longer a lucrative pursuit for most pharmaceutical companies for several reasons: they are prescribed for very short periods of time, doctors have become much more frugal in prescribing them in order to prevent the cultivation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and they become obsolete once resistance develops. The money that drug companies could make on a new antibiotic is only a fraction of a fraction of what they could make on a
new drug that prevents heart disease or increases longevity. The present issue is that antibiotic-resistant bacteria cases grow larger and more dangerous with every passing year. New strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are found worldwide every year. An enzyme that makes bacteria resistant called New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase 1(NDM-1), first found in 2008, has caused worldwide concern. A better known resistant bacteria called Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
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1976, Buckley v. Valeo held that money is speech in political campaigns. Citizens United has its own share of problems, and we desperately need campaign finance reform, but relying on inaccurate information undermines this legitimate viewpoint. Let’s stick to the facts in this dialogue. Please read the case and stop spreading this falsehood.
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ry. Prior to 1948, the very first section of the first Title of the United States Code stated, “In determining the meaning of any Act or resolution of Congress … the word ‘person’ may extend and be applied to partnerships and corporations.” Since 1951 it has included “corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies, and joint stock companies, as well as individuals.” In 1963, NAACP v. Button extended freedom of speech in the political arena to corporations. In
By LANCE KWAN
Senior, CALPIRG intern
Too often have we seen big corporations take a foothold in places where they are not needed. Whether it is the American Chemistry Council, textbook publishers, big agricultural industries or other special interest groups, we as students do not want to become their subjects. We look for accountability in the actions of individuals, so why have we not looked for accountability with these corporate industries? CALPIRG fights for this accountability. Working on the im-
dedicating any time, effort or movements, there is a frustrated money to supporting the cause. desire to “do something.” I’ve been to multiple political Clearly, if Facebooking is what it means to show commitment to discussions in which someone stands up and asks, “Why aren’t reproductive rights, then this is an impoverished form of politics. we out in the street right now?” Indeed, as political theorist And yet, once the Jodi Dean suggests in her book demonstrations start, they often Democracy and Other Neoliberal become just another form of Fantasies, digital media often individualistic self-expression. In stands in as a compensatory what economics journalist Doug substitute for political activity — Henwood terms “activistism,” what Dean calls protesters the “technological organize Activist movements should strive protests to fetish.” Even though most of to include those who don’t have recruit more us are unable protesters the flexibility to show up ... to act to change and inspire things in the further actual world, protests, liking a meme or forwarding a which are then held to generate quote makes us feel as if we’re more protests and so on. doing something. I posted about When marches and rallies only Planned Parenthood, so I could fulfill the frantic need to be seen go about my day feeling guilt-free and heard by like-minded people, and empowered. they become a fetish substitute for effective political action — However, this isn’t just a like Facebook, but with giant problem in the virtual world. puppets and drum circles. Most activism and charity work seems geared toward helping us The Occupy movement has forget our helpless inactivity. The demonstrated several ways to Susan G. Komen Foundation is move beyond this issue. For a prime example: While some example, the blockades of the undoubtedly do good work for ports in Oakland did more than them, most just buy a ribbon or just provide yet another venue for a pink-colored doodad and then activist self-advertisement: They forget about it. stopped the circulation of capital, if only for a brief period. Even within radical political
plementation of a textbook rental program in our bookstore, educating K-12 students on energy efficiency, gaining $17 billion in Pell Grants and raising awareness on famines across the globe, CALPIRG has been a voice for students to address the injustices they see in our world. CALPIRG was not formed as some overnight sensation. Back in 1971, students from the University of Oregon decided that they needed a voice in the political trenches of our state and national government. Though a student’s voice is powerful, the foresight of being able to equalize
The movement has also shown the need for collective, face to face organization. The mass occupations accomplished what isolated groups, independent theorists and digital media activists have long failed to do: focus attention on economic inequality in the public consciousness. They did this by bringing people together in real-world struggle, thereby forging a shared purpose and vocabulary. But we still need to solve the problem of passivity. People rely on Facebook to speak out not because they’re lazy but because they don’t have time for anything more. While some attribute time poverty to technology or the way of the world, I would argue that it’s largely the product of our economic system. As wages stagnate and profits decline, the working class is forced to work more hours. So, after a long day of exhausting work, nobody wants to go link arms and sit in front of a bank. It should come as no surprise, then, that the people most heavily involved in the occupations are unemployed, students or young professionals. It’s not that these groups are the new revolutionary subjects; it’s
a playing field that had been solely dominated by powerful corporate lobbyist began. In order to make a true impact, these students formed the first PIRG (Public Interest and Research Group) in the hopes of creating a unified student voice that could be relayed to the thousands of politicians. Fast forward to today: We have PIRG chapters all across the nation being funded by students, which allows PIRG to have a powerful voice to stand up against the billions of dollars big corporations spend to influence
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that everyone else is ground into passivity by mind-numbing work hours. Activist movements should strive to include those who don’t have the flexibility to show up to spontaneous marches on a weekday or the ability to devote many hours to activism. That first means protests should develop stable, open institutions with accessible contacts and regular meeting times. Meeting workers halfway also entails welcoming different kinds of participation. Not everyone can risk arrest or march all day. Finally, moving beyond the fetish of inaction also means finding workers where they live and work. Canvassing neighborhoods or organizing in workplaces may be frustrating and unglamorous, but it can be much more useful than holding events with people who already agree with us. That doesn’t mean that activists should compromise their goals or commodify activism like the Susan G. Komen Foundation. But it does mean that we can’t just swap memes with our friends anymore. JORDAN S. CARROLL is a PhD student in English who can be reached at email@example.com.
The California Aggie’s Arts and Entertainment Section
volume 6, number 5
Art and technology go hand-in-hand in this first-of-its-kind transmedia sculpture walk
‘She had many faces’ By MICHELLE RUAN Aggie Arts Writer
I graduated in June 2011 from Hunter College in New York, with a self-designed degree in Women’s Film for Social Change. While I was a student, I interned for the women’s film organization CineWomenNY and helped organize screenings of films, such as the Oscar-winning short documentary Freeheld. As an actor I have performed at the Culture Project, which was a theater devoted to creating social justice by devising pieces which addressed the effects of domestic violence. So my interest in art is in its ability to affect social consciousness and work towards orchestrating social change. A series of chance encounters, a big tenant of surrealism, led me to the work of artist Juanita Guccione. I was in the library researching the work of women artists for a short narrative film I wrote and directed for a class, and the book Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement, by Whitney Chadwick, was falling off the shelf and nearly hit me on the head! I had no clue that there were any women in the Surrealist movement. When I opened the book, I was utterly compelled by the ghastly, grotesque and haunting – yet profoundly beautiful – paintings and photographs by women such as Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo and Lee Miller. By chance, I was in England the following summer and there was a gallery exhibition of women Surrealist artists nearby. I read a book on Leonora Carrington by Susan Aberth, whom I immediately e-mailed and spoke with on Skype. She showed me the paintings of Juanita Guccione, who died in 1999 at the age of 95. Aberth revealed that no one knew much about her. Later, I met her only son, Djelloul Marbrook and interviewed him on camera. He showed me the vast collection of his late mother’s paintings, which he keeps in his basement. It was a magical world hidden underground filed with images of amazon-like warrior women, carnivals, wild animals and celestial planets — these images were beyond my wildest imaginings. I was also captivated by Guccione’s story — she was a real renegade. She was born Anita Rice in Boston, but would change her name multiple times to Nita Rice, Juanita Rice, Juanita Marbrook and finally Guccione when she married Dominic Guccione. She was a fashion model in the glamorous 1920s New York City and traveled solo to Europe to study painting, which was in itself a defiant act of bravery. Guccione ended up living in Algeria for four years among a matriarchal Bedoin tribe called the Ouled Nails, of which she created many portraits. She crossed the Sahara desert twice. Much is made of the bravery of Lawrence of Arabia, but Juanita was herself a brave spirit. When she returned to New York alone with her son, Guccione’s work was shown at the Brooklyn Museum alongside with Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, who at the time were relatively unknown. The divergent paths Guccione, Pollock and Rothko’s lives took is evidence of the inequalities women faced in the art world. However, she refused to use her sexuality in the service of her career as some women did. My film She Had Many Faces: The Life and Work of Juanita Guccione, named after her most autobiographical painting, began as a school project. I was awarded a research and travel grant for the film, which enabled me to travel to Los Angeles to interview Ilene Susan Fort, the curator of the current “In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States” and scholar Gloria Orenstein, who authored a catalogue essay on Juanita’s work. Since graduation, I have encountered many obstacles to obtaining funding to complete the project. As a young woman and film crew of one, so far I’ve found it difficult to get people’s attention and be taken seriously as a filmmaker. I’ve been networking as much as possible, tried crowd fundraising on websites like Kickstarter.com and Indiegogo.com, on which I failed in reaching the target. I’ve also done radio interviews outside of New York, but to no avail so far. But I am writing and re-writing proposals with the determination that the right person will be able to help. I have the firm conviction that art is a necessary component of life and society. We are able to understand both our individual and shared experiences through connecting to one another through art. Our ideas of what art is or can be have been very limited by education, popular culture and the media. Juanita Guccione’s life spanned almost the entirety of the 20th century, so her work is a record of all of the turbulent developments of an important timeline in history. Guccione’s 1939 painting “Europa” comments on a growing fascism in Europe through its depictions of war planes, battlefield and cemetery. Her paintings also explore deep depths of the human psyche, illustrating the many faces we wear. So it is my intention to make people aware of the importance and value of the work of a neglected artist who had much to say but is in danger of being forgotten forever, and to also inspire with the story of a brave, liberated woman way ahead of her time. I would like people to know that Guccione’s painting “Europa” is being shown right now at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as part of its “In Wonderland” exhibit. I encourage people to explore the works of women Surrealist artists and demand that their work be taught in all art classes and challenge all conventional notions and ideas of patriarchal art history. If you would like more information on JULIE PRAETZEL and her project on Juanita Guccione, visit www.indiegogo.com/She-Had-Many-FacesThe-Life-and-Work-of-Juanita-Guccione-Documentary. To contact UYEN CAO regarding this column, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Davis, the first city in America to create transmedia sculpture walk
Editor’s Note: Back in November 2011, I received an e-mail from Julie Praetzel in response to my column “The Artist’s Place.” Praetzel, who is an aspiring actress and filmmaker living in New York, revealed her struggling endeavor to tell a story about Juanita Guccione, an artist whose work has been buried in her son’s basement for years. Praetzel has chosen to dedicate her time and efforts to creating a documentary to expose the world to Guccione’s artwork and life. Touched by her passion, I asked Praetzel if she could share her story with MUSE readers. Below is her story. — Uyen Cao
Thursday, February 9, 2012
On Feb. 17, your phone will become an art expert. Or rather, through the innovative method of embedded chips within sculptures, your phone will simply project the aura of a knowledgeable art expert by providing you with information about various pieces of art stationed in Davis by the simple touch of a finger. The city of Davis will be the first-ever city in America to create a transmedia sculpture walk. California Senator Lois Wolk will personally unveil the 10 sculptures that make up the walk, which will be placed at key locations throughout downtown Davis, on Feb. 17. Additionally, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., John Natsoulas Gallery will host a launch party, which celebrates the transmedia art walk’s official opening. The Sculpture Walk is a groundbreaking collaboration of modern art with the latest development in Radio Frequency Identification technology (RFID). Similar to the audio devices that museums provide to its visitors so that they can learn more about certain paintings without needing a human guide, the transmedia sculpture walk utilizes groundbreaking cellphone technology that allows smartphone users to readily access information about a specific piece of art. This monumental project was made possible by the hard work of three men who are advocates of the local Davis art community. John Natsoulas, local gallery owner, Dr. Monto H. Kumagi, software developer, and Finley Fryer,
monumental sculptor and contemporarily renowned artist, are the figures behind the project. All three men live close to Davis. In fact, Kumagi grew up in Davis with Natsoulas, and Fryer regularly shows his work at Natsoulas’ gallery located on First Street. Natsoulas had originally organized a sculpture walk back in the 1980s when it took a year to assemble everything. In that time, the three men decided to take Kumagi’s patented method of personalizing consumer products using RFID and apply it to the various pieces that constitute the sculpture walk. Kumagi described in detail the many things that the technology can provide to the participants of the walk. “The public can write links to music, photos and videos directly onto RFID-tagged items,” Kumagi said. “At a later point in time they can retrieve, display and share the information using RFID-enabled cell phones. The concept behind interactive transmedia art is to allow the sculpture to transform from one dimension into an opening to another world, to change the stone into a liquid, fluid, dynamic, interactive experience.” Every Saturday starting at 11:30 a.m. through the rest of the year, guided tours will commence at the base of Fryer’s sculpture, “Stan the Submerging Man.” Stan is the tall, mostly-blue sculpture made from discarded fragments of plastic that is erected outside of the Natsoulas Gallery on the corner of First and E Street. Originally commissioned by the Black
Who is Oliver Stone? In Review: Oliver Stone discusses life, creativity and filmmaking at the Mondavi Center last Friday
Rock Foundation for the 1999 Burning Man, Stan now stands outside one of the most progressive art spaces in the country. Fryer, who created several pieces of art for the walk, wholeheartedly supports the intertwining of technology with modern art. “The transmedia movement is a natural evolution, a marriage of art and science that will lead both the artist and the viewer down a path never traveled,” Fryer said. “With the embedded nearfield chips acting as a kind of worm hole, it provides the connective link that places the viewer into the internal dialog. Absolutely a match made in heaven.” For those who like to catch up on their muchmissed sleep, Sculpture Walk maps are available at local businesses in Davis. Natsoulas hopes that this pioneering sculpture walk will be the beginning of more public arts projects to come later on. Working with the Cultural Action Committee, Natsoulas plans to set up an Art in Public Places Fund in which a fundraiser will be held every year to help a local artist create a piece of public art for the community, which will then be added to the Sculpture Walk. “It’s wonderful to work with the community to make this happen. All of the business owners downtown and property owners have been most helpful, and the artists have all devoted a great deal of their time and energy,” Natsoulas said. An online version of the Sculpture Walk map can be found at culturalactioncommittee.com. MICHELLE RUAN can be reached at email@example.com.
Night of Blues
Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $8 (advance) | $10 (at the door) Veterans Memorial Theater, 203 East 14th St. The City of Davis, Community Services Department celebrates a night of blues with the sounds of Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Bessie Smith (to name a few). Blue Blazes and The Hucklebucks will lead in the performances and tributes to some of the greatest Chicago and Mississippi blues artists in history.
Saturday, 8:30 p.m., $15 (advance) | $20 (at the door) The Davis Graduate, 805 Russell Blvd. Relatively new to the country music scene, Jon Pardi is a recording artist from Nashville under the large record label EMI. On Saturday, Pardi will perform a high-energy set which will combine a unique combination of classic rock and country music. To purchase tickets in advance, visit davisgrad.com.
An Intimate Evening with the Glowmen
UC Davis on the runway By SASHA SHARMA Aggie Arts Writer
Editor’s Note: For the rest of this quarter, Aggie arts reporter Sasha Sharma will investigate the process of designing a runway collection from beginning to end. Check MUSE weekly to see Funmilayo Alabi’s progress as she continues to work on her collection for the Picnic Day Fashion Show taking place in Spring 2012.
Oliver Stone speaking at Jackson Hall
By JAMES O’HARA Aggie Arts Writer
Director and writer Oliver Stone spoke at UC Davis’ Mondavi Center last Friday as one among a series of distinguished speakers to come through Davis in the last year. As a filmmaker, Stone is perhaps best known and revered for Platoon (1986), a semi-autobiographical account of a platoon’s foray into the metaphorical heart of jungle darkness, the Vietnam War. But that was way back when Charlie Sheen was in movie star shape, let alone “Two and a Half Men” shape, which seems an alternate dimension ago and not just 26 years. The inevitable question being, 26 years later, where is Oliver Stone now in 2012 when Platoon and other potent films like Born of the Fourth of July (1988) and Wall Street (1987) are so far behind us, and him? That is to say, just what exactly does Oliver Stone and his work mean to the world today, so far from the Vietnam War and the ’80s? There have, of course, been other Stone movies beyond the listed three that are in no way simply dismissible. Yet, despite his remaining presence in the theaters and the continued relevance of his name, there is a sense of uncertainty that has surrounded Stone and his work in recent years. A type of fogginess or obscurity, perhaps, induced by tonal unevenness, critical disapproval, sporadic subject matter and, for the young, generational disconnect. So who is Oliver Stone? In his talk at Mondavi, he started his discussion with some thoughts on creativity. He told a story of how when he was a boy he collected football cards, and how with those cards he made a game not unlike fantasy football — except done alone. To him, as he put it, it was a way to fill the void — the void being that vague sense of existential emptiness a creative type satisfies only with creative action. He then talked about his daughter, a teenager, who is a standard member of, as Stone put it, the self-entitled generation. The audience, mostly of the baby boomer range, found this rather hilarious. It’s like a big joke among older people. But he wasn’t just making jokes. His daughter likes to party. She’s 16, and she’s forgotten the importance of creative action. She’s been trying to fill the void in her life with some-
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thing like a social life, he explained. The story continued, and Stone told the audience how he grounded his daughter one weekend. He took away her phone, internet, TV and social privileges, and forced her to stay inside her room. She protested, of course, but when Stone got home after a stint of her isolation he discovered a striking mural on her wall. Without all those things, she’d found creative action again. Later on, when he was taking questions, someone raised the notion of him being a political filmmaker, which makes sense enough. He’s done movies on John F. Kennedy, Vietnam, George W. Bush, Wall Street and Nixon, to name some of his more fiery politicized topics. Surprisingly, he denied the label. History, he explained, is the best story ever. It’s not politics, but history. As the presentation went on, he touched on many of his concerns with modern life. Disgust with modern media, particularly mainstream news and reality TV, and Natural Born Killers. Concern over financial inequity, two Wall Street movies and a “greed is good” omniphrase that courses through our lexicon. Curiosity, to say the least, as to how Bush managed to become our president, and then W was born. The genesis of Oliver Stone is really not so baffling when one looks the man in the face. He is a storyteller. He liked football when he was a kid, and so he made a movie about football. That is to say, perhaps, that there is a genuine artist detectable through all his sporadically themed obfuscation. Someone who wants to paint a real, if not dramatized, portrait of the world so we may grasp it just a little better. And now, Stone is working on what he referred to as a 10-hour documentary on the untold story of America during the 20th century. It sounds ambitious to say the least. He has a movie coming out this summer called The Savages. That night, he was flying off to Indonesia for a shoot. Stone is someone, for better or worse, with an ax to grind or not, who is striving for something. We may not realize it now, but he just might be one of our most valuable filmmakers. JAMES O’HARA can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With New York Fashion Week just around the corner, designers are gearing up for breathtaking runway shows. From finishing up the last stitch on a maxi skirt or scheduling fittings with models, the frenzy that surrounds a fashion show is crucial. Likewise, designers from the UC Davis Design program’s fashion emphasis have been working hard for their very own spring fashion show that will take place on Picnic Day 2012 and in San Francisco on May 6. To get a glimpse of what it means to be a designer, MUSE talked to one of the designers presenting their collection this spring. Funmilayo Alabi is a senior at UC Davis and says she has been subconsciously working toward this day her entire college career. “I am Nigerian and I’m also not a follower — my designs are inspired by my culture and the Rio Carnivale,” Alabi said. The Carnivale is an annual festival held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With approximately 2 million attendees per day, the festival is a samba-style blur of bright colors. Additionally, The Carnivale is inspired by the dominant Yoruba tribe — Alabi’s ancestral tribe. “You won’t see much ready-to-wear in my collection; it’s much more avant-garde. I am a drama major as well so there’s this costume element to my clothes,” Alabi said. She adds that her second source of inspiration are the Nigerian masquerades performances given by masked members of tribes during important events in the society. The Yoruba tribe celebrates Gelede in order to honor the female elders of their society where the performances are colorful and use the famous Yoruba wooden masks. “They use grass and twigs and even hair for costumes that are just really bi-
do their thing on it. And he was really amazing at going through and picking things that he liked and seeing what Cont. from front page works well together. It was a lot of arI really gravitate towards smaller ven- ranging and he’s amazing at that. ues for sure. I’d much rather play for less people than a bunch of people be- I just read a recent blog on VEVO that cause I feel much more disconnected. referred to Bon Iver as “him”; does it But sometimes you get different sparks ever irk you that some people don’t of energy. And those are times when know that Bon Iver is actually a band you have to change your set up. For and think it’s just solely made up of the “Take Away Show,” we really had to Justin Vernon? change the arrangement and do more Yes and no because it’s definitely singing; we would have one drum in- Justin’s band. He tries really hard to stead of the whole set. It makes you make it be more than just him and it’s really important to him. But I know think on your feet. [Laughs] it’s really not about us. I know that Let’s go back to Bon Iver. If you only Justin’s goal is for it to be about the had a few words, how would you de- whole band, the team, the crew and for Bon Iver to be something bigger scribe Bon Iver’s sound? I would say dynamic, a unique com- than a band but as an idea. bination of sounds and I would say, What musician, dead or alive, would emotional; it’s from the heart. you like to collaborate with? How is the writing process for Bon Um, wow. There was a guy named Mark Hollis who was in the band Talk Iver? That would be a good question for Talk and he is definitely a hero of ours. Justin [Vernon]. Well, he wanted to do He has a very interesting perspective something different. And so he just on music and that would be really had a bunch of people come play and cool. It’d also be fun to do something
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m., $7 Science Lecture Hall 123 In conjunction with The UC Men’s Octet of UC Berkeley, The Afterglow (all-male a capella group in Davis) will host a show dedicated to Valentine’s Day. As The Afterglow states: “Be prepared for a love-y, dove-y evenin’ of music, heartache and lust!”
Rocky Horror Picture Show
zarre,” Alabi said. Alabi hopes her collection will bring many of these elements into play with intricate prints underneath hair, the focus being primarily on movement. The colors in Funmilayo’s collection are a contrast to what’s on the runway — the spring pastels forecasted to dominate this season. Alabi’s collection is an amalgam of bright oranges, yellows, reds and golds. The fashion show is the equivalent of a senior project for Design 179, a class offered as part of the Design major at UC Davis. The class is mainly for students whose heart lies in the world of fashion, students who desperately seek internships with Marc Jacobs, Giorgio Armani, Betsey Johnson and others. “Michael Kors started his career interning for Céline,” Alabi said as she confessed her desire to someday work for Marc Jacobs. Although the job sounds glamorous enough, it is anything but. Underneath the bright colors, there is an extensive amount of time and effort put in by the students. It is a far cry from the popular TV show “Project Runway”. Students at UC Davis dye their own fabrics, make their own prints and finance their own collections from purchasing fabric, dyes, prints to finding complementary makeup, shoes and accessories. The class is comprised of 18 students and according to Alabi, three students were fortunate enough to win the President’s Undergraduate Fellowship grant. The grant finances, in part, undergraduate research. Alabi, on the other hand, has been the sole financial backer for her project along with a $1,500 private scholarship. “About two weeks ago, I dyed something and I forgot that I needed to steam it so the color would spread, and it turned out this wrong green color that did not work at all,” Alabi said of a dying mishap. She says she usually leaves campus anywhere between 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. to work Sketch by Funmilayo Alabi on her designs. As Alabi continues labors on her collection, MUSE will bring weekly updates of her personal, albeit more arduous, Project Runway. SASHA SHARMA can be reached at email@example.com.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $2 (students) | $3 (nonstudents) Giedt 1001 As a part of Entertainment Council’s annual event, the screening of the iconic Rocky Horror Picture Show will attract a large crowd of dedicated fans of the film. A cast of young performers will be acting out the movie as audience members watch the film to encourage public participation.
The Edge Festival Auditions
Today, 6-10 p.m., free Wyatt Theatre The Edge Festival is an annual event that takes place April 12 to 22. As usual, the choreographers and writers of these performance pieces (five-minute monologues, songs, scenes, etc.) need participants to make the devised pieces come alive. Auditions will be held today and all students and faculty are encouraged to audition.
Unity Clap Theatre: De Colores De La Educación
Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 9:30 p.m., free Wright Hall 101, Lab A Unity Clap Theatre, a relatively new student Theatre and dramatic arts organization, presents its first show with De Colores De La Educacion. The show will be lead by an improvisation piece directed by Ashley Cook and then followed by a one-act comedy directed by Felix Cuma and Lupe Vergara.
Tickets available for spring concerts:
DIM MAK’s Dead Meat Tour: Steve Aoki, Datsik & Special Guest
March 14, 6:30 p.m., $25 Freeborn Hall Tickets are on sale now. The show is presented by Entertainment Council. Student pre-sale tickets have officially been sold out; however, general admission tickets are still available. Visit the Freeborn Ticket Office or ticketmaster. com to purchase tickets.
U.S. Premiere of Blanche Neige
March 17 at 7 p.m., March 18 at 3 p.m., $20/$32/$37.50 (students) Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center As the official U.S. premiere of the internationally acclaimed ballet, Blanche Neige, tickets will be sold out quickly. Make sure to get your tickets today. Visit the Mondavi Box office (hours: noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday) to purchase tickets in advance.
April 17, 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), $29.50 (limited student tickets) | $39.50 (general admission) Freeborn Hall Yes, the rumor is true: Bon Iver is coming to Davis! Tickets for this event will go on sale starting Sunday (general admission for $39.50) at 10 a.m. on tickets.com and Monday (limited student tickets for $29.50) at the Freeborn Ticket Office. For student tickets, you are required to bring a student I.D. and there is a maximum of two student I.D. cards per purchase; cash only. Be sure to get in line early since the show is anticipated to sell out quickly. The show is presented by Entertainment Council.
The Shins Sean Carey
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with a modern classical composer year we’re working more on the visuSteve Reich. That’d be pretty mind- al sides of things so there will be more bending. visual complements with the music. That will be interesting which will What can the Davis fans expect from add another dimension to the show. the show coming our way? It will be a really cool show and this UYEN CAO can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 23, 8 p.m., $35 Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Mondavi Center Ticket Booth or on ticketmaster.com. The show is presented by Entertainment Council, Another Planet Entertainment and the Mondavi Center. Tickets for this show are also selling fast, so reserve your seat now. UYEN CAO can be reached at arts@ theaggie.org.
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The california Aggie
Dining in Davis: Fish’s Wild New seafood restaurant offers big portions, small prices By KELSEY SMOOT Aggie Features Writer
When in college, one learns to be a scavenger. For those who have surpassed the convenient era of swipes at the UC Davis Dining Commons (DC), finding a meal that is both cost-effective, healthy, large enough to fill your stomach, and within biking distance from campus can be a difficult feat. Luckily, Fish’s Wild, a new restaurant located on Second Street, manages to encompass all of these ideal college-meal essentials. The restaurant had its grand opening in early December 2011. It specializes in fish tacos and other tasty seafood dishes. The Davis location is one of two; the other is located in Torrance, CA. After three days straight of eating at the DC, I tend to treat myself to a meal out. However, like many college first-years, I am on a budget, meaning that even multiple trips to McDonald’s per week would break the bank. Therefore, I’m often hesitant to try new places, because I never know whether or not I’m going to leave the restaurant with a halfempty stomach and a completely empty wallet. I can honestly say that neither of those were the case after eating at Fish’s Wild. Last week, a few friends and I decided to try the new restaurant, and I was immediately pleasantly
surprised to see a banner hanging out front stating that UC Davis students and staff are given a 20 percent discount. The ambiance, while nothing spectacular, was tasteful and pleasant. Upon entrance, I was given a tropical vibe, as the décor includes a hanging swordfish and the restaurant was very brightly lit. It is by no means a formal establishment; we ordered our meals at a register and were given numbers to place on our table. The most notable thing about the menu, besides its wide variety of seafood items, is the fact that all of the meals were a little less than $10, with one or two exceptions. Because I’m a self-professed picky eater, I passed up the mahimahi, catfish, tilapia and trout. Instead, I opted for a fail-safe two-taco combo, which included fries and a drink for about $8. The casual restaurant setup was unexpectedly enjoyable. The food was prepared in a very short amount of time, and the cashier (who also brought us our meals) was very friendly. Though it was a little reminiscent of a fast-food joint, the selfserve beverage system allows you to get as many refills as you want and take your drink with you when you’re done — and you can cut the cost of having to tip a server. Furthermore, despite the restaurant’s informality, it was extreme-
calpirg Cont. from page 3 our local, state and national legislators. UC Davis has been a host to CALPIRG since 1996. In that time, we have developed many leaders through the support of our professional staffers lend-
ly clean. When the server brought our food to the table, I must admit I was surprised. Expecting two small tacos and a handful of fries, I was presented with two very generously-stuffed tacos, one with shrimp and the other chicken, and a hearty amount of thickly cut French fries. My friend’s meal was also quite an eyeful; the $9 chicken salad she was presented with was mountainous compared to any salad I’ve ever seen. After digging in, I immediately confirmed that the food was money well spent. As finicky as I am about food, I happily munched on my meal, alternating the tacos with one of my friends. After we finished our meal it took a collective effort to devour the salad, which was topped with grated Parmesan cheese and sliced chicken with a hint of teriyaki. As if I haven’t already underscored the generous portions, I must reiterate that despite the fact that I split my meal with a friend, my hunger was satisfied by the end. Additionally, I was the “I’m-not-feeling-grossand-sluggish-because-ofgreasy-food” satisfied. The tacos were stuffed with both meat and veggies, and the French fries were a big step up from oily fast-food fries. Though I was slightly disappointed by the lack of dessert options on the menu, I realized that the
ing a helping hand in planning our campaigns as well as our actions that we take. However, the students of CALPIRG ultimately have the decision-making power to create and launch campaigns to create changes in government. Through the support of 20 percent of students here at Davis pledging $10 a quarter, CALPIRG is able to win all of
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Fish’s Wild, located at 516 2nd St., serves a variety of affordable fish tacos and salads. type of restaurant didn’t call for such. It is extremely casual, and from what I saw, it is patronized by older couples and families. The floor plan is very open, with a large window encompassing the front of the restaurant, a few booths on the far left and right sides, and small tables in between. The four flat screens hanging on the walls above the booths, which were conveniently turned to the football game, were a nice touch. Ultimately, my dining experience at Fish’s Wild was a positive one. Though the meal was by no means fivestar cuisine, it was afford-
these campaigns that students care about. This year, we as a statewide student body decided that the most recognizable campaign we could accomplish would be to ban single-use plastic grocery bags. There is a mass of trash twice the size of Texas floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It kills millions of sea-
able, filling, and a healthy alternative to many of my other recent eat-out choices. I would definitely recommend it to those who enjoy seafood, clean establishments, money conservation and carry-out drinks.
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birds and sea animals every year. This mass of trash comes from a lot of items we do not even need. One of the biggest culprits is the single-use plastic grocery bag. We as Californians pump out 12 billion plastic bags a year! That is enough to reach the moon and back nine times! We want students to take charge on this campaign, so if
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New blood test may help to diagnose depression By Armaghan N. Behlum Harvard Crimson (Harvard University)
A new blood test designed at Massachusetts General Hospital appears to accurately indicate whether a person is suffering from depression, according to a paper published in Molecular Psychiatry. Depression, a psychological disorder currently diagnosed by matching a certain number of patient symptoms to those listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, has been known to have physio-
logical indicators. According to George I. Papakostas, the primary researcher for the new test at MGH, after more than 50 years of experimenting with depression there were still many questions about the biological signals of the disorder. “There were signs, but not strong enough for a test,” said Papakostas, who is also a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He and the other researchers in his lab wondered, “what if the solution is multi-faceted?” After a series of experiments, a blood test was designed to mea-
sure the level of nine different chemicals shown to be associated with depression. According to Papakostas, when the results of the blood tests were compared to the diagnoses of a trained clinical psychologist, the blood test proved to be surprisingly accurate. The test is designed to be simple, Papakostas said. The patient comes in for a regular blood draw and then the blood is sent to a lab for testing. The results of this test are translated into a point system that indicates whether a patient is likely suffering from depression.
According the Papakostas, the most important implications of this discovery are the new questions it raises and its potential applications. He and his researchers are now asking whether it can be used to monitor the recovery of a patient suffering from depression, find patients who have a potential to be depressed, or indicate that a patient is likely to relapse into depression. However, the question currently at the forefront for Papakostas is whether or not this test is effective in screening subjects in a doctor’s clinic. Papakostas said the test will
undergo further study, this time in a clinical field, to gauge how effective it is in the real world. He hopes it will become a helpful tool for diagnosticians and a clue to help researchers better understand depression. Papakostas does not see this test as a new standard for clinical diagnosis. “Testing negative is not a reason for insurance companies to not cover the expenses of treatment or reason to absolutely reject depression as a diagnosis,” said Papakostas. “The test is supposed to complement clinical care.”
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THE LINEUP 8 thursday, february 9, 2012
The california Aggie
Gymnastics PREVIEW Teams: UC Davis vs. val Sacramento State in a triSacramento State; vs. No. 9 angular at home that will include Pac-12 Conference Oregon State Records: Aggies, 2-6; team Oregon State. Oregon is currently ranked Hornets, 3-4; Beavers, 4-0 ninth in the nation. Where: The Pavilion “The rivalry between us When: Friday at 7 p.m. Who to watch: Sophomore and Sac State is very big,” Anna Shumaker is once Head Coach John Lavallee again a force to be reckoned acknowledged. “We’re really looking forward to with after recoverhaving them in the ing from shoulder gym on Friday.” surgery in the offAfter a disapseason. pointing meet on In last weekthe road against Cal, end’s meet the Aggies hope to against California, turn things around Shumaker scored upon their return a career-high 9.850 to the Pavilion. But on vault. The score the team will have was good for a tie its work cut out for for first. Anna Shumaker them. Last season sophomore The Hornets Shumaker was the posted a 193.725 on at-large qualifier to the NCAA Corvallis Regional Friday against 27th-ranked on the vault. Her perfor- Southern Utah, and came up mance against Cal looks to with a season-high 194.750 be a sign that she has re- against San Jose State the turned to her previous level previous week. Oregon State is entering of performance. Did you know? After five the meet coming off of simweeks of competition, UC ilar success, beating Pac-12 Davis gymnasts have won rival Washington with an imweekly Mountain Pacific pressive score of 195.975. Sports Federation honors The Beavers are undefeated this season. four times. “Our goals are really to Junior Katie Yamamura has won the award three put out a performance times and junior Michelle that’s indicative of what Ho has been the recipient we’re able to do,” Lavallee once. said . “We have our work Preview: On Friday the cut out for us, but we know Causeway Classic rivalry will what we need to do.” come to the Pavilion. The Aggies will take on ri— Kaitlyn Zufall
men’s basketball PREVIEW Teams: UC Davis vs. Cal State Northridge; vs. Long Beach State Records: Aggies, 1-21 (0-10); Matadors, 6-15 (2-8); 49ers, 17-6 (10-0) Where: The Pavilion When: Tonight at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 4 p.m. Who to watch: Since the beginning of the preseason head coach Jim Les has preached that the Aggies play with a defense first mentality. Despite his consistent message, Les has had trouble at times this season getting his players to commit to the defensive end of the floor. He may have found an answer in 6’7” freshman forward J.T. Adenrele. Though Adenrele has played sparingly this season, averaging just over 14 minutes per game, he has started in the last three games for UC Davis. “I’ve been working hard on the defensive end and getting rebounds which is what Coach wants me to do,” the broad-shouldered 18-yearold said. “Rebound and play defense hard and let the rest come to me.” “I’ve been doing a pretty good job of that in practice and it’s showed so [Coach has] given me the starts. Hopefully I can continue that success.” Adenrele is averaging 4.3 points per game on 50 percent shooting and is tied with Josh Ritchart as the team’s leading block getter with 12 on the season. Did you know? With 21 losses on the season and only one win against Division III UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis has the second longest active losing streak in the nation against NCAA Division I opponents
to closing out games and earning a at 22 games. The Aggies are currently ranked victory starts on the defensive end last in the nation in RPI, a statis- of the floor. For success in this weekend’s tic based on a team’s record and matchups, Les pointed to the strength of schedule. Preview: UC Davis will have two last time the Aggies played in the more opportunities to pick up a Pavilion. “The last home game I thought win this weekend in the Pavilion, facing teams that are on opposite our defense was as good as it was ends of the Big West Conference at any time and we still scored 39 points in the first half, standings. which tells me that the Tonight’s opponent, Cal formula works,” Les said. State Northridge, sits just “The guys need to continabove the Aggies at the botue to buy into that.” tom of the Big West, while Saturday’s opponent, Long On Saturday against Beach State, is undefeated Long Beach State, it will in the conference this seatake a supreme defensive son and likely heading to effort to get past the best the NCAA Tournament in team in the conference. March. The 49ers lead the Big If the Aggies want to get West with a +13 scorJ.T. Adenrele the win that has eluded ing margin in conference freshman forward them since mid-Novemplay this season and also ber, they must play a comhave the most stringent plete game for 40 minutes, some- defense in the league, allowing thing they have struggled with this only 61.7 points per game. season. Long Beach State averages 75 “I’ve told [the team] before, if points per game, compared to the games were 32, 34, or 35 minutes just 60 for UC Davis. we’d have our share of wins,” Les As every college basketball fan said. “But it’s 40 minutes so we’ve knows, though, upsets do happen — got to get to where we play Aggie especially in league play when the basketball for 40 minutes and then favored team is on the road. close out games and make the necAdenrele is ready to turn Davis essary plays to do so.” into upset city. UC Davis has lost five conference “[We’ve got] nothing to lose,” he games this season by an average of said. “We’re going to play as hard less than three points. as we can; all out. We want to beat In their last game against Cal State them, we know we can beat them Northridge the Aggies led 71-60 with [and] we just have to play well on just over six minutes remaining be- the defensive end, rebound and play fore allowing the Matadors to go with intensity. on a 16-0 run. UC Davis would ulti“We have to be the more intense mately lose 80-84. team.” As always with coach Les, the key — Caelum Shove
women’s basketball PREVIEW
they have arm strength, great readings on Event: The Aggie Stampede I Teams: UC Davis, Loyola Marymount, the ball and overall aggressiveness,” Leading the outfield will be junior Nevada, Boise State Records: Aggies (0-0); Lions (0-0); Guzman, who was second-team All Big West Conference last season. Junior JJ Wolfpack (0-0); Broncos (0-0) Wagoner will provide the team with valuWhere: La Rue Field, Davis, California When: Friday 1:30 p.m.; Saturday 1 able versatility. She started 24 games at p.m. and 3 p.m.; Sunday 11:15 a.m. and catcher, 24 in left field, and four in center. In right field will be the reliable senior 1:30 p.m. Who to watch: Junior outfielder Megan Kylie Fan, who started 44 games in 2011 at Guzman hit .315 last year and led the that position. Yoder’s toughest task this team with 18 stolen bases. season will be filling the void Did you know? Freshman pitchleft by superstar Alex Holmes, er Justine Vela was named an ESPN who is now on the softball Rise Second Team All-American, coaching staff. Not only did as well as First Team All-State, Holmes lead the team in hits, Bakersfield California All-Area doubles, walks and slugging Player of the Year, SWYL League percentage, but she was also MVP and the Bakersfield Jockey a First-Team All Conference Club Award. She batted a whopping pitcher, with 220 innings .456 and posted a 0.11 ERA and 337 pitched and 209 strikeouts. strikeouts her senior season of high “Pitching is everything,” school. Megan Guzman Yoder said. “That battery Preview: UC Davis softball is back junior and that connection of that in action, and they open with a fourpitcher catcher is crucial. team tournament here in Davis. The Aggies will play in six tournaments The chemistry between our pitchers and prior to Big West Conference play this catchers improves on a daily basis, and season, as head coach Karen Yoder has having five pitchers in the circle this year put together arguably the most challeng- will give us some depth that we really ing non-conference schedule in program needed.” Taking over for the main starting duties history — which has UC Davis playing a total of 12 games against teams from the will be junior Jessica Thweatt, who started 24 games last season with a 3.21 ERA. Pac-12, SEC, Big 12, Big East or ACC. The Aggies start their action Friday Yoder will be looking to an experienced against Loyola Marymount and conclude outfield to lead the way for the Aggies. “We have brought in such an incredible Sunday afternoon versus Boise State. amount of speed to the outfield,” she said. — Russell Eisenman “And besides the speed and quickness,
Teams: UC Davis vs. UC Asano leads UC Davis Irvine; vs. UC Riverside with 65 assists this seaRecords: Aggies, 14-7 (6-3); son, and her career total is Anteaters, 10-13 (6-4); now at 271. She needs three Highlanders, 4-17 (2-7) more to move up to eighth Where: The Pavilion on UC Davis’ all-time caWhen: Thursday at 5 p.m.; reer assists list. Saturday at 1 p.m. The senior captain is unWho to Watch: The Aggies der the tutelage of the best, lost two key players to grad- as head coach Jennifer uation last year and have Gross stands atop that list brought a new look with 448 career to the team for the assists. 2011-12 season. Preview: It is getFreshman Sydnee ting late in the Fipps has helped season, and the fill some of the gaps games are startleft by graduating ing to count. The seniors. UC Davis women’s basketball Fipps has approgram will peared in every come home for game this year as two games with a true freshman, Sydnee Fipps a thrilling victoaveraging over 13 freshman ry tucked away minutes a game. in its pocket. She is fourth on the On Wednesday, the Aggies team in three-pointers. In her latest appearance, pulled out a 57-55 win over Fipps contributed eight CSU Fullerton, their fifth points and a couple of key win in their last six games. rebounds that helped UC The team continues to imDavis steal a 57-55 victory prove, and, as Gross has reiterated throughout the from Cal State Fullerton. Did you know? Senior season, consistently reHana Asano was scoreless ceives contributions from in the last game against the each player every night. Titans, but she still contrib- It was senior Lauren uted to the offense with five Juric, Fipps and sophomore assists. Kelsey Beard’s performanc-
now proving to be incredibly lethal. Such epidemics should not exist in the 21st century. Cont. from page 3 Extensive misuse of antibiotics over the is also a dominant issue today. In 2005, the past 60 years, as well as the growing use of CDC reported that MRSA was responsible antibiotic and other anti-microbial chemfor 19,000 deaths in the United States icals in our food and environment, have alone, killing more than AIDS does. The played a big role in cultivating these lethal latest grave issue is a completely resistant strains. While doctors have grown more form of tuberculosis. Gonorrhea, a prudent with prescribing antibiotics to papreviously easily treated infection since tients, this alone will not fix the problem WWII, has now become almost totally drug when the chicken we eat and the cows that resistant. These infections, which all could give us milk are given antibiotics regularhave been easily cured a few decades ago ly in order to maximize commercial yield with a simple course of antibiotics, are by preventing illness. The FDA has already
begun cracking down on the use of antibiotics in livestock this year, but more still needs to be done. While all this will decrease the likelihood that new strains will emerge, it will not do anything about the ones currently present. It is necessary for an aggressive approach to be taken against new bacterial strains by funneling more energy and money into researching new and novel antibiotics. Government-funded research, as well as financial incentives, needs to be presented to pharmaceutical companies in order to counter the decline of effective treatment against bac-
es that had large impacts this past game. Junior Blair Shinoda’s clutch four points at the end of the game were just what UC Davis needed to steal the victory. The Aggies are a respectable 6-5 in games on the road, but their 7-1 record at the Pavilion is what really scares teams as they travel to Hamilton Court. The Aggies face UC Irvine and UC Riverside this week at home. UC Davis topped the Highlanders by a score of 70-53 earlier this season and then two days later dropped a game to the Anteaters the day before coming back from winter break. “The key for us is we have to continue to defend; we’re going to do everything we can this time to play well and play hard,” Gross said. “It’s going to be about making small adjustments and battling for every possession.” “One of our goals is to beat every single team in the conference,” Gross said. “If we can put pressure on [our opponents], we tend to be successful.” — Matthew Yuen
terial infections. Unnecessary deaths are occurring when infections that could be easily cured with new antibiotics are given carte blanche. This is not to say that the work that pharmaceutical companies are doing today is meaningless. The discoveries and progress they are making against diseases like cancer, AIDS and cardiovascular diseases are astounding. However, they have neglected the crucial importance of fighting bacterial infections. This has created an unnecessary, everyday danger to all individuals in society. Hopefully, change will be made soon.
Facebook affects happiness, study says By Kelsie Ozamiz
The Lantern (Ohio State University)
For some students, Facebook provides a much-needed study break during midterm week, but a recent study suggests that Facebook can actually make people feel worse about their own lives. The study, conducted at Utah Valley University and published in January in the journal, “Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking,” is based on previous research that people use computer-mediated communication like Facebook to optimize their self-presentation, or present themselves in a positive way they want others to see. “We usually see the bright side of others, especially from the pos-
itive images and comments posted on Facebook,” said Hui-Tzu Grace Chou, sociologist and main researcher of the study. “If we only see the sunny sides of others, it is easier for people to feel that others have a better life, or life is unfair, especially when they themselves are having some difficult times in life.” Chou and research partner, Nicholas Edge, surveyed 425 undergraduate students from UVU, asking them to gauge their agreement with statements like, “Many of my friends are happier than me,” and “Life is fair,” while comparing factors such as how long they had a Facebook, how often they used it and how many of their Facebook friends are essentially strangers. The study found that people
who have had Facebook longer and had more Facebook friends they didn’t actually know perceived others to be happier than they were and thought life was less fair. Polly Isurin, a fourth-year Ohio State University student who has never had a Facebook account, said she’s never felt the need for it and doesn’t plan on getting one. She said she feels that on top of having more time than those with a Facebook, she’s better off without it. “I wouldn’t say I’m necessarily happier,” Isurin said. “Just probably less self-conscious because I don’t compare myself because I have nothing to compare it to.” Chou said there are also positive sociological effects of Facebook, like connecting with friends and a sense of belonging,
but it shouldn’t replace face-toface interaction. Shelby Spressart, a third-year OSU student, said she tries to be careful about the time she spends on Facebook. “In general I like it because it’s mostly how I find things to do with my friends and see what’s going on and pictures,” Spressart said. “I get on it, then I see what’s going on, then I get off. I can’t stay on too long because then I just get frustrated with other people.” Hollie Kinney, a fourth-year OSU student, said she enjoys Facebook because of the sometimes negative light in which people present themselves. “I spend a lot of time on Facebook out of boredom.” Kinney said. “I think it’s fun, it gives people something to do
and you can see which of your friends are idiots and drama whres. That’s kind of an elitist thing to say, but whatever.” Facebook has filed registration documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to go public, and has set a preliminary goal of $5 billion for its initial public offering. Spressart said she’s thought about quitting Facebook so she wouldn’t have to hear about peoples’ lives all the time, but could never bring herself to do it. Isurin said the people she knows who don’t have a Facebook had it at one point, then got rid of it most likely due to the way people present themselves. “I don’t think Facebook is bad,” Isurin said. “But I think it has gotten out of hand.”