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Proposed Minor Alcohol Preclusion Ordinance put on the backburner City council unanimously votes to revise the measure

By ANDREW POH Aggie News Writer

The proposed Davis City Minor Alcohol Preclusion Ordinance has been pushed back amid strong opposition toward the measure. The Davis City Council unanimously decided on March 6 that the ordinance would be postponed until further changes could be made. If the ordinance had passed, Davis police would have been granted the ability to cite minors under the age of 18 who are intoxicated in public. Currently, though it is illegal for minors to purchase or consume alcohol in public, there is no law against a minor having alcohol in his or her system in public. At present, if a minor is found with alcohol in her or his system, the only thing the police can do is attempt to find the minor’s guardian. “Technically, now, a kid can just walk away,” said Police Captain Darren Pytel. “There’s nothing to prevent them from doing that.” The proposal has seen much debate since its induction in January. After receiving input from various community sources, it has undergone two revisions. The first revision granted criminal prosecution immunity to a

person under 21 if the individual called in for a medical emergency concerning a minor who has consumed alcohol. The second revision added a sunset date of April 1, 2014 to the ordinance. After the first t w o years, police would gather data over the interim that would be p rov i d e d to the city council. Ne v e rtheless, the revisions proved Irisa Tam

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insufficient, and the ordinance will see another round of revisions before being considered again. During the March 6 council meeting, Davis Police Chief Landy Black spoke about the proposal. “The most notable reason for us to act was the public conduct,” Black said. “It was causing disruption to neighborhoods, unsafe acts in public places and risky be-

havior to take place. “We have no misconceptions that we’re going to be able to actually cause youth to stop drinking. What we do want to cause to occur is that that behavior will have less of an impact on the neighbors and less of an impact on the community as a whole,” he said. As it stands, if members of the community are disturbed by rowdy teenagers, police will be dispatched to the location. The police will be unable to do much unless they see the minors committing an illegal act. Knocking over garbage cans, swinging on street signs and causing a general ruckus, though perhaps annoying, do not violate the law. Tia Will, a 24-year resident of Davis, shared her thoughts at the meeting regarding the proposal. “A collaborative approach is almost always better,” she said. “The students, the town people, the neighborhood residents — you want everyone to be involved in this, not just a kind of ‘catch-them-and-punish-them approach.’” ASUCD President-elect Rebecca Sterling and ASUCD Senator Bradley Bottoms attended the meeting as well.

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Make the most out of spring break Travel, skiing, live music await By DEVON BOHART Aggie Associate Editor

It’s around the corner and everyone is anxiously awaiting its arrival. No school, no homework, but plenty of free time and fun. Spring break marks the end of finals and the beginning of a week of care-free relaxation. But have you made your plans yet? If you haven’t, The Aggie has done some research to ensure that you can still make the most out of your week out of classes. If you are looking to leave the state or even the country, STA Travel Agency, located in the

Memorial Union, is the place to office so we help to further the go. Store Manager Leigh Depeters experience,” Depeters said. “For and the staff at STA work to find s p r i n g break, we do a great vising packagdiscounts for students who are job at dees that are cheaper.” looking for a good time, even on From a somewhat C o s t a low budget. Rica and Depeters Mexico to also said regional that using places like this as a resource Yosemite, Land ie leads to the “optimiProduct Manager gg A / zation of your trip.” Kathy Magan said Tam isa r I t h a t any vacation expe “We are extremely wellr i e n c e can be accommodated. traveled; everyone here has traveled abroad and we work very See SPRING, page 3 closely with the summer abroad

Yolo Federal Credit Union opens branch downtown Union opens new, environmentally sustainable building

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The Yolo County Credit Union has been open to those who live, worship or attend school in Yolo County since 1997. A new branch is now open on G Street.

By CHLOE BREZSNY Aggie News Writer

As of 10 a.m. yesterday, the new

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Downtown Davis branch of the Yolo Federal Credit Union is now open for business. The new building, located at

501 G St., is the Credit Union’s fifth branch in Yolo County. They currently have two offices in Woodland, one in West Sacramento and now two in Davis. However, according to Christina Blackman, marketing manager for the Credit Union, the site in South Davis will be closed and replaced by the space in Downtown Davis. “The location in South Davis was not our first choice,” said Clyde Brooker, president and CEO of the Credit Union. “Downtown Davis is where we have always wanted to be.” That is why in 2009 when the G Street property came up for sale, the Credit Union jumped on the opportunity. “The property was discussed in November 2009 and the deal was made in December,” Brooker said. “A primary design was drawn up by our architects in April 2010, and after discussions with city planning and the neighborhood folks and our current design was developed from their input.”

Forecast It wouldn’t be winter quarter without the rain. Here marks the end of the sunshine. The rain is likely to continue until finals, with the possibility of a thunderstorm. Keep them spirits high and study hard! You are almost done! Raymond Chan, atmospheric science major Aggie Forecasting Team

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ASUCD does not approve institutionalization of ethnic celebration grants Ethnic graduation groups request funds from ASUCD senate reserves By MUNA SADEK Aggie News Writer

At an Associated Students of UC Davis (ASUCD) senate meeting last month, the senate table did not pass a bill which would have granted funding from the Club Finance Council (CFC) and the REACH event line item to specific ethnic celebration groups. The bill received a vote of 7-5, short of the two-thirds majority ASUCD spending bills require for passage. Ethnic graduation celebrations have taken place since 1984. In addition to attending the commencement ceremony for a particular college, students of ethnic or minority groups are given the opportunity to celebrate their graduation by inviting around 30 guests per student. Last year, during the Chicano/Latino graduation celebration, 162 graduates participated with approximately 2,500 guests. As stated on the Chicano/ Latino graduation celebration website, the first ethnic celebration, in 1984, was held by the University’s Chicano/Latino department to foster a sense of accomplishment and develop a culturally relevant opportunity for students to recognize their friends and family within a historically underrepresented ethnic group. Celebrations would usually include student and keynote speakers and cultural entertainers. Among these ethnic/minority celebration groups are Black, Southeast Asian, Filipino, Native American and LGBT student organizations, which are open to all majors. “The Chicano/Latino Graduation Celebration is a powerful motivator in helping students persist to graduate at Davis,” said Alma Martinez, staff advisor of the Chicano/ Latino graduation celebration. “Students have the opportunity to speak to their guests in their language of choice.” Graduation celebrations are usually granted loans from the Club Finance Council (CFC), which provides about $80,000 in grants and loans to eligible and registered undergraduate campus student organizations. However, this year ethnic graduation celebration groups were not able to ask for money from CFC, as a new rule states that any group that is department-sponsored cannot receive funds from CFC. According to ASUCD Senator Jared Crisologo-Smith, this rule was enforced this year. “After last year they were cut from those funds. So last year the [ethnic graduations groups’] only resort was senate reserves, which only a couple of them came to actually get,” CrisologoSmith said. Prior to the new rule, many ethnic graduation celebration groups came to the ASUCD senate to obtain necessary funds for their events. Former ASUCD Senator Miguel Espinoza said many of the ethnic groups are pushed toward requesting for smaller amounts than required. “Every year ASUCD struggles to validate why they need these funds,” Espinoza said. Among the senators who voted no on the bill, some felt that taking money from CFC was inappropriate, as doing so would be taking away funding opportunities for other clubs. “I personally see ethnic graduations having so much merit, but it is not the role of senate


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to say that one event has more merit than another and no matter how much funding I would like to give to ethnic graduations, I cannot do it at the cost of another group or organization on campus,” said ASUCD Senator Erica Padgett, who voted no on the bill. Last year, senate bills 86, 87, 88, 89 and 101 were brought to the table that would allocate $1,165 to the Chicano/Latino celebration, $517.23 to the Filipino/a celebration, $345 to the LGBT Lavender celebration, $500 to the Native American celebrations and stoles and $607.18 for the Black celebration, respectively. Only SB 87 and SB 101 were passed. Crisologo-Smith said that he would like to institutionalize the money that ethnic graduations receive from senate. “We want to earmark them with the money that we are going to give them so that they know its there, so they don’t have to come and ask for it,” Crisologo-Smith said. At the senate meeting on Feb. 23, Crisologo-Smith introduced Senate Bill 67, to transfer funds to the “CCC/LGBTRC CommunitySpecific Ceremonies” line item from the “Club Finance Council” line item and the “REACH Retreat” line item in the 2011-2012 Grants Budget. Crisologo-Smith said he attempted to move money from the grants budget from one part of the ASUCD budget to another part to preemptively give ethnic graduation celebration money. The total amount of funding that the celebrations received in 2010 from senate reserves and CFC, which is also funded by ASUCD, was under $10,000. The bill would have taken money from CFC reserves and also from the REACH Retreat, an event organized by the Cross Cultural Center and the LGBTRC, which did not take place. The funds from the event would then go into communityspecific graduations, according to Padgett. $3,000 had already been granted to ethnic graduation groups last year, which carried to this year. Crisologo-Smith said he sought to amend a line item from $3,000 to $8,000, whereby funds would be transferred from the CFC line item to the LGBTRC graduation celebration ceremonies line item, from which ethnic celebrations receive their funds. “I had originally written a bill giving them funding from CFC, because it was already in the grant’s budget and I thought it was the most innocuous place to take funding from, but a lot of the senators objected in saying that it was hurting campus clubs by moving funds away from CFC,” he said. “I was trying to give them a set amount for money before the events occurred.” Many senators agreed that taking money from the REACH event that did not happen was acceptable. However, they differed on where they thought the the rest of the money should come from. Many had issues with taking money from CFC, especially if it meant that other clubs would have access to less money. “For me that is fine if an event does not happen and you just have money floating there, I would prefer for it to be put toward something that is going to be happening,” Padgett said. Regarding funding coming from

See ETHNIC, page 2 Look to your left. Now look to your right. There is a 1 in 2 chance that the person next to you is contagiously sick. Now give them a nice “f you” because you are now screwed for finals. (This statistic was completely made up.) Mimi Vo

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TODAY UC Davis Gamelan Ensemble 12:05 to 1 p.m. 115 Music Watch director Ed Garcia and the UC Davis Gamelan perform in this free concert.

Softball Game 1:30 to 4 p.m. La Rue Foftball Field Watch the Davis softball team play Colorado State.

Baseball Game 2:30 to 5 p.m. Dobbins Baseball Complex Watch The Aggies play the University of San Francisco.

Open Auditions for The Way of Water 6 to 10 p.m. Lab B The UC Davis department of theatre and dance is holding open auditions for its April production of The Way of Water. Prepare a one- to two-minute contemporary poem that speaks to you and displays the use of poetic text. Please provide a resume and headshot. Sign up for auditions in Art 101.

Using Raptor Flight Behavior as a Tool for Careful Repowering of a Wind Farm 7 to 8 p.m. The Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo This talk will offer steps for reducing negative impacts through the repowering of existing wind farms. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit napasolanoaudubon. com.

WEDNESDAY Clothing Swap 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1328 Hart Bring your old clothes and shoes and swap them for something new. We encourage both men and women’s clothes, and trades are made in a one-to-one ratio. At the end of the day, everything left will be donated to the Aggie Restore, Women’s Refuge Center and SPCA.

Walk With Warren Noon to 2 p.m. Arboretum Headquarters, LaRue Road, UC Davis Join Arboretum Superintendent Emeritus Warren Roberts for a lunchtime stroll in the UC Davis Arboretum. Parking is available for $7 in Visitor Lot 47. For more information, call (530) 752-4880 or visit

Senior Recital 4 to 5 p.m. 115 Music Watch Chris Brown play the flute with I-Hui Chen on the piano in this free senior recital.

Junior Recital 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

115 Music Watch Andrew Hudson play the viola and Stephen Hudson play the cello in this free junior recital.

H.E.L.P. Club Meeting 6 to 7 p.m. 146 Olson Go to the last general meeting of the quarter to learn about the club’s community service programs and find out how to get involved in the community. Food will be provided.

“Climate Refugees” film showing 6:30 to 9 p.m. 3001 Plant Sciences Building The UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies, with co-sponsors, will be hosting the screening of “Climate Refugees,” a documentary about the “human face” of climate change. This film highlights the plight of international communities who are already being impacted by global climate change and portrays the real costs on a global scale of continued increases in GHG emissions.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous 7 to 8:30 pm Davis United Methodist Church, 1620 Anderson Road Free yourself from excess weight and/ or obsessional thoughts about food and body image. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a 12-step fellowship based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Meetings are open and free to the public. Visit www.foodaddicts. org for other meeting locations.

THURSDAY UC Davis Hindustani Vocal Ensemble 12:05 pm 115 Music Watch this free performance of director Rita Sahai and the UC Davis Hindustani Vocal Ensemble.

BME Alumni Seminar Series: Navigating a Bio-Pharma Industry Career Path 4 to 5 p.m. 1005 GBSF, main floor auditorium Join Mr. Cao as he discusses career paths for biomedical engineers and shares his experiences in the field.

The Science Singers 8 to 10 p.m. John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. Watch the science singers, a fusion of the UC Davis arts and science programs, perform songs that convey their understanding of the class material from Science and Society 42: Earth, Water, Science and Song. 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.

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A red-haired man showed up with “dinner from eBay” on L Street.

Picnic Day approaches Someone was building a bunker on the Greenbelt near Da Vinci Court.

SUNDAY Dude where’s your car?


Someone had not seen their vehicle for five months on Drake Drive.

Crime does pay Someone tried to do a dine-and-dash but left their wallet behind on Second Street.

SATURDAY Was it running? There was an open refrigerator creating a hazard on E. Eighth Street.

Dog days aren’t over A man was sleeping in a dog park on Cowell Boulevard. Police Briefs are compiled by TRACY HARRIS from the City of Davis daily crime bulletins. Contact TRACY HARRIS at city@

reasons, the chief among them being to encourage investment. While this logic is sound in theory, many argue that, in practice, it falls apart. Say, for example, you have Danny an investment that could Brawer potentially net $10 million. Some argue that if the tax rate on that investment increases from 15 percent to 25 percent, the knowledge you’re going to pay $1 million more on that $10 million you just earned is going to stop you from making that investment. A second argument for arren Buffet, one of my personal heroes, keeping tax rates on the rich low is that they are the once said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation “job creators,” and if their tax rate is too high, job and five minutes to ruin it. If creation will plummet. This you think about that, you’ll is an outstanding argument do things differently.” because while it is nearly Buffet, who was once the impossible to prove, it is world’s richest man, now holds the number-three spot, also incredibly difficult to disprove. Those who argue and has made his fortune against it cite examples, based on doing things such as that between 1980 differently. His philosophy and 2000, on business roughly could perhaps The correct question to ask is 40 million best be described by whether hiring another worker jobs were taking the will be a profitable decision ... added. Since the time to do dawn things right of the George W. Bush era and treating people right in 2000, there have been along the way — something lower tax rates and far fewer the world could use more jobs created. However, of. This same viewpoint led while this is a good point, Buffet to question why he, a multi-billionaire, was paying it does not really “prove” anything, as nobody can a lower tax rate than his say for certain that without secretary — a question that the lower taxes, job creation has now been echoed across would not have been even the country. Everyone hates taxes. Well, worse. Thus lies the beauty in basing an argument on a except for Uncle Sam. But counterfactual. we all agree that they are a Personally, I think it’s necessary evil. Another thing rather shortsighted to say that most people agree on is that higher taxes hurt job that people who earn more creation, because rationally money should pay a higher tax rate. Unfortunately, this is it just does not make sense. The logic is very similar to not always the case. In 2011, that of raising the investment the income tax bracket for a Head of Household went like tax rate. If a company is currently taxed at 35 percent, this: on the surface it makes 10%: $0-$12,150 sense to say, “Well, if the rate 15%: $12,150-$46,250 is increased to 40 percent, 25%: $46,250-$119,400 they will have less money 28%: $119,400-$193,350 and therefore hire fewer 33%: $193,350-$379,150 people.” As any economist 35%: $379,150+ will tell you, however, this is Clearly the intention is the wrong focus. The correct that the more money you earn, the higher rate you pay. question to ask is whether hiring another worker will be In practice, however, this a profitable decision for the objective is rarely achieved company. This is a decision with the super rich because independent of the tax rate. tax brackets only affect Warren Buffet agrees with earned income and not me, or rather, I agree with investments, which is where him, and that is why he has most of the rich’s wealth called on the government to comes from. take action — a call that has Let’s take Warren Buffet as fallen on deaf ears. Over the an example. In 2011, Buffet past few decades, Buffet has declared a taxable income repeatedly voiced his opinion of about $40 million. This that the super rich like him is well over $379,150, so should pay more taxes. clearly he should pay 35 He has said, “But I think percent amounting to $14 that people at the high end — million, right? Well, as much people like myself — should as President Obama would be paying a lot more in taxes. love that, Buffet only had to We have it better than we’ve pay about $7 million, which ever had it.” amounts to 17.4 percent of You would think that his income. So what’s going when it comes to financial on here? The reason Buffet advice from Warren Buffet, pays so little is that the vast majority of his income comes somebody would listen. from investments, where the tax rate is a flat 15 percent, DANNY BRAWER would like to thank all regardless of the amount of his readers for their great questions and comments throughout the quarter. If you money earned. have any more, let him know one last time Tax rates on investments at are kept low for a variety of

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as I’m concerned, the responsibility for making sex safe lies equally on all partners. So, no matter what your role in the relationship, go into Sam an interaction with the Wall supplies you need to be safe. If, for whatever reason, your sex has not always been as safe as it should have been, then it’s to the benefit of you and any current/future partners s the quarter draws to go and get tested. If to a close, most you’re a student here in of us are finding Davis, the Student Health ourselves enveloped by Center offers testing for a wave of tests, papers various STIs. While I don’t and review sessions. recommend it as a firstWhat I give you today is date idea, getting tested a review session of sorts. as a couple means that But not the stressful kind. you can lend support and The sexy kind. I present, ease each others’ nerves. for your future use and 4) Be adventurous: current pleasure, Sam’s Most of you reading this Six Sex Commandments. are sitting firmly in your 1) Communicate: If twenties, meaning that there is one theme that you have many, many this column years has beaten left in half to death, As fun as sex can be, there are still your sex it’s that you some pretty nasty consequences lives. need to While from not doing it safely communicate there is with your nothing partner. The reason I’ve wrong with having stressed this point is favorite positions that you that I’ve heard and read use all the time, you’re many statistics from both only dipping your toe reliable and questionable into the waters of a vast sources that claim that and sexy sea. Don’t be people in their college afraid to try something years are uncomfortable that you’ve never heard talking about things of before because you like consent with their are afraid it makes you partners. So, with this “freaky,” “deviant,” or in mind, please start “bad.” Remember, sex having the sex-based is like food. As long as it conversations with your doesn’t conflict with your partner that you’ve been deeply held morals, be putting off (if you have willing to try anything already done this, I have once. a merit badge for you). 5) Get educated: If These conversations take you’re a regular reader time to get the hang of of this column, you’ve and they can be awkward. already been doing But a little awkwardness this. But I am only one now is better than voice and I only have so someone getting hurt or much space to convey feeling unhappy later on. information. If something 2) Know thyself: This I’ve talked about or point may come off something you’ve heard sounding like something about elsewhere has from an Oprah book-ofpiqued your interest, the-month pick, and for go learn more. That’s that I apologize. But the why we have libraries fact of the matter is that and the internet. If having a satisfying sex you’re looking for info life is simpler if you feel on the basics, check out comfortable in your own Health Education and skin. Take a tip from those Promotion’s website. If books about puberty you you’re looking for some read as a teenager and more hardcore advice, get acquainted with the check out websites like shape, size and color Good Vibrations and Sexof your sexy bits. Use Nerd Sandra. masturbation to explore 6) Have fun: Sex, in its your body and your ideal version, is an earthfantasies so that when shattering, pleasurable you’re with your partner experience shared by two you can show them people who deeply love exactly what gets you off. one another. The reality 3) Be safe: As fun as of sex is much different. sex can be, there are It’s messy, silly and still some pretty nasty occasionally awkward. consequences from not But even when it’s a little doing it safely. For that bit silly and a little bit reason, you need to use strange, as long as you’re some type of protection with someone you want during your sexy times. and who wants you, it’s Remember, you need to pretty damn awesome. So be protecting against both enjoy it. STIs and, depending on the anatomies present SAM WALL would like to thank you all for reading. Send your tearful goodbyes to in the relationship, pregnancy. And, as far



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A student was referred to Student Judicial Affairs (SJA) for allegedly disrupting a lower-division science lab. The student attempted to get into a lab other than the one she was enrolled in by writing her name on an attendance sheet for the lab. When the class TA took roll, the student did not tell the TA that her name was not called and was not formally enrolled. In her meeting with an SJA officer, the student stated that she thought writing her name on the sign in sheet would enroll her in the lab, and was not paying attention when the TA took roll. The student acknowledged that she should have talked to the TA and asked if there was room in the class for her. The student agreed to an administrative notice, a letter notifying the student that she failed to identify herself when asked and subsequently disrupted class.

Old-fashioned Copying A student was referred to SJA for supposed copying during an exam for an upper-division class. The student’s exam contained similar work to that of her friend seated next to her. In her meeting with an SJA officer, the student first attributed the similar work


to the fact that she and her friend studied for the exam together. Later, the student admitted that she was having difficulty with the problem and looked at her friend’s work. The student agreed to probation for one year in addition to completing community service hours.

Help from Wikipedia A student was referred to SJA for allegedly plagiarizing a paper for a history class. The student cited sources she found referenced in a Wikipedia article, though the paper prompt specified that the students should draw from the primary sources students were required to read for the class. In her meeting with an SJA officer, the student said that when writing the paper, she referenced Wikipedia to double check her information and find additional sources. The student stated that she cited the articles Wikipedia referenced because she believed that these sources were more reliable than Wikipedia. The student agreed to probation for one quarter in addition to completing a plagiarism tutorial. CAMPUS JUDICIAL REPORTS are compiled by members of Student Judicial Affairs.

The ordinance was planned to be passed in time for Picnic Day on April 21. With the council’s decision, the ordinance will not be ready for enforcement by that time. The proposal has been sent back to the City-UC Davis Student Liaison Commission and the Human Relations Commission to be revamped over the next 90 days into a form that members of the community may find more palatable.

Cont. from front page Before the council made its decision, Bottoms shared his thoughts about studentpolice relations. “I feel that students’ views on police relations have changed. With the pepperspray incident, especially, I feel like there’s a major shift,” Bottoms said. “And students are no longer seeing police as allies and starting to see them more as the other, which I think is a real- ANDREW POH can be reached city@ ly dangerous situation.”

said. Bae said she believes that it is impossible to secure a long-term funding for any grant item due to current ASUCD budget issues. “For now, with the restriction that they are facing with CFC, we need to be creative in finding new places for funds,” she said. At the senate meeting on Feb. 23, a plan was constructed to allocate half of the funds from senate reserves and half from CFC. It was not approved; a last-minute decision from one senator stopped its passage. Crisologo-Smith said he plans to continue working on the issue. “It was a very contentious debate; it lasted a few hours in senate … moving forward, I’m going to rewrite the bill and reintroduce a similar bill very soon, and hopefully take in money from sources that the senators can all agree upon,” Crisologo-Smith said.

Cont. from front page the CFC, however, she disagreed. “Since this money had already been earmarked for the Club Finance Council, that is their money and you cannot take it from them. The fact that Don Ho, the controller, said that had he been able to vote on this bill, he would have voted ‘no’ because it takes money from CFC is huge.” Vice President-elect Yena Bae voted “no” on the bill, and said she did so because she did not agree on where the money was coming from. “There is no question in terms of the merit of the events … I agree that ASUCD should financially help fund these events; however, I believe that it would be more appropriate to come from senate reserves rather than CFC. The pool of CFC money is the only place where any registered club can seek funding and CFC has limits in the grants that they MUNA SADEK can be reached at campus@ give out per year,” she


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jobs summit

You’re hired Last Tuesday, students, government representatives and business and education leaders gathered to discuss the California job market and economy. The event, called the UC Davis California Jobs Summit, was proposed by ASUCD President Adam Thongsavat and was the first UC Davis student-led jobs forum. The event should be applauded for its efforts to provide real, tangible advice for students facing an uncertain economy after graduation. No matter what the job outlook is in a given year, most students feel some degree of uncertainty as graduation looms and the prospect of living, jobless, in a box (or worse, their parents’ house) becomes more of a possibility. In light of the current economy, concerns about recent grads’ job prospects are higher than ever before. Universities should make providing useful, practical job-seeking advice a priority, and we are glad that students stepped up and filled this need. It would be great to see studentled initiatives such as this happen more often. Students themselves were asked to contribute their own solutions for preparing for the school-to-work transition, and this, too, is a positive step for-

ward. UC Davis needs to find ways to incorporate students’ opinions into as many facets of their education as possible. When it comes to finding a job, students know what they would find most helpful, and it is refreshing to see the university devote a portion of the summit to addressing these ideas. After last fall’s pepper-spraying, UC Davis has racked up a considerable amount of bad publicity in the last few months. Events like the Job Summit, which boasted appearances by State Senator Lois Wolk and State Rep. Mariko Yamada, serve as important reminders to the community that UC Davis is still committed to education and preparing students for their future careers. The fact that the event was prompted by a student demonstrates that we are not just angry protesters; ultimately, we all want to graduate and find a job that pays the bills. We hope that this will not be the last jobs summit held on the UC Davis campus. The university needs to continue the dialogue between students and professionals about the economy and job market, and keep students involved in preparing for their own futures and the future of our state.


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Solution: learn to ride Earlier this month, the UC Davis Police Department (UCDPD) added 11 new bicycle cop positions to current force members, increasing the number of bike cops on campus. Ironically, this move was made to better community relations between campus members and the police by increasing the direct contact people share with officers — a likely response to the Nov. 18 pepperspraying incident. Furthermore, the new bike cops will continue to promote bike safety, which will ultimately reduce the number of citations. While more cops will unquestionably be annoying, what this really means is all bikers will have to be a little more cautious when it comes to riding around campus. More bike cops means a higher chance of getting caught after you roll through a stop sign or while biking without a light. The UCDPD has stressed bike safety with its warningfirst policy and the educational program individuals can participate in to reduce fines. This is good and should continue. As long as the new bike cops are respectful and focus on promoting education, life on cam-

pus shouldn’t change too much. Furthermore, we hope the officers have learned something from the past few months and respect the students’ desire for an unarmed police force. The easiest way to make UC Davis a safe biking campus is for all riders to make sure they know how to ride a bike. Too many accidents are caused by individuals who are not experienced in manning a two-wheeled moving apparatus. These inexperienced individuals are usually so worried about not falling that they develop tunnel vision and ignore their surroundings, causing accidents and unsafe biking conditions. Obviously, the UCDPD can’t force people to learn how to ride a bike. There’s only so much a citation or mandatory online training can do. Like driving a car, individuals need to get on the road and practice in a safe environment that isn’t Hutchison Drive at one o’clock in the afternoon on a Monday. So, if you’re thinking about breaking out that new beachcruiser with handlebars as wide as the bike lane for your first ride to campus, think again. Perhaps walking is a better option.

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Doin’ it Green: With Hops and Grapes Editor’s note:   The Environmental Policy and Planning Commission (EPPC) is an ASUCD commission that works to create a more environmentally sustainable campus. Every week, EPPC will answer questions from readers or share stories on green living. As college students, our lives are characterized by the difficult decisions we’re forced to make every day: What should my major be? Should I apply to graduate school? Should I buy another piece of CoHo pizza (answer: yes)? We like to party at EPPC, and one of our most pressing questions is: How can I imbibe in the most environmentally-responsible fashion? As with any en-

SPRING Cont. from front page “Basically no matter what experience they want to have on their spring break, no matter what their budget will be, we can cater to them,” Magan said. Even volunteer options are available for what is referred to as “responsible tourism.” “For Costa Rica, we do a package that includes a tour with a local tour guide that takes you around,” Depeters said. “If you want to do one of our responsible tourism options, like working with turtles, or another conservation effort, then you would have a regional tour guide that assists with that. Of course hotel is included, with optional activities like hitting up the hot springs or rafting.” Another package available is a trip to Mexico that is all-inclusive. Airfare and hotel is discounted and the package includes dining, wristbands, entry to clubs and the guarantee that when one arrives at one’s destination, one will reach the hotel of choice complete with all of the amenities. This guarantee ensures that students on vacation can worry less about details of their travel and more about enjoying their time off. “There’s a real peace of mind,” Magan said. “If something were to go

credit Cont. from front page Brooker described the design of the new branch as being warm, inviting and modern. “It fits the times and it fits the city,” he said. Originally a gas station, the G Street property had to be excavated and made environmentally safe before construction could begin. In keeping with en-

vironmental quandary, there isn’t an easy answer, but it’s important to arm yourself with the facts before you head to the beverage aisle (with your reusable shopping bag in tow, of course). As always, keep your eyes out for organic, biodynamic, and sustainably-grown options; less pesticide use means less toxins in the soil and the groundwater, thus averting environmental disaster. Another piece of general advice is to stay as local as you can in your alcohol selection. Here in California, we have an abundance of delicious booze options that this writer would implore you to explore (responsibly, of course), so show your Cali pride and support local vineyards and breweries. Beyond that, take a minute to evaluate the packaging of your elixir of choice: heavy wrong while they were away on their spring break and they just wanted to have a good time, they can call us and we can help them.” While an extensive trip such as Costa Rica or Mexico requires planning far in advance, STA is still booking spring break trips. “It’s not too late, even though it’s right around the corner,” Depeters said. “We have been finding great deals for people still if they were interested in booking.” More local options, such as camping in Yosemite, are also very popular, and STA can help with a trip like this as well. However, if you are still looking for winter activities like hitting the slopes, Ski or Snowboard (SOS) club president Bobby Shamim says that Lake Tahoe is a great local spot to ski or snowboard and “catch some rays.” “I like to practice my park riding when the snow conditions aren’t amazing, so Boreal is a cool little mountain to hone your skills at freestyle and earn some swag points,” Shamim said in an e-mail. If you are feeling a little bit more adventurous, Shamim suggested heading north to Wyoming or Montana. “They have been taking every storm system that has barely touched Lake Tahoe and are looking good through spring break,” Shamim said. “That’s where I’ll be headed for that week.”

vironmental concerns, the Credit Union decided to incorporate sustainable and environmentally friendly features into the building. The Downtown Davis branch of the Credit Union now boasts glass and porcelain tile made from preand post-consumer content. In addition, the roof has been fitted with solar panels, and energy and water usage have been reduced using a state-of-

glass bottles make for pretty energy-intensive and environmentally significant transportation costs. On the other hand, aluminum cans, while questionable in their sustainability claims, do cut down on transportation emissions. Boxed wine (a college classic!) is a good choice not only for its merits as a mixer with soda, but also due to the fact that the cardboard box is lightweight and easily recyclable. The takeaway message is that sustainability is highly situational, and finding your optimal choice of libation means taking multiple factors into consideration. With that having been said ... Cheers, Aggies! Ask EPPC questions or tell us how to live green every week. Submit to  and win a green prize worth your effort.

SOS will not be holding any organized ski or snowboard trips over the break. They will, however, be hosting a trip in April, so this week off may offer an opportunity to brush up on your boarding before heading to the mountains with the club. These options still too far? San Francisco always offers plenty of entertainment, from live music to great seafood. At you can purchase a Fisherman’s Wharf pass for $70 and see all of the attractions that the coastal hotspot has to offer. Or, for a more historic view of the city, take a tour on a double-decker bus of some of the famous sites such as Alcatraz, with prices starting at $26. In Davis, Picnic in the Park is starting up again on Wednesday and will be continuing on both Saturdays and Wednesdays through summer. Picnic in the Park features live performances by local music groups during the Davis Farmers Market. The Activities and Recreation Center is also always open with special hours for spring break for students who are staying local. Since so many students will be out of town, use the opportunity to shoot some hoops or rock climb without the usual crowd. DEVON BOHART can be reached at

the-art heating and cooling system as well as lowflow plumbing inside the building. The exterior of the Credit Union is outfitted with drought-tolerant landscaping and low-volume drip irrigation. The Credit Union recently scored in the silver category of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards. The public is invited to see the new building at the

ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on March 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. Credit Union mascot Penny the Pig will be in attendance, and staff and board members will be present to show visitors around. To learn more about the Yolo Federal Credit Union and its new Downtown Davis branch, go to yolofcu. org or call (530) 668-2700. CHLOE BREZSNY can be reached at city@

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Who’s that Aggie? Meet France-born black belt Victoria Marcus

Anna Oh / Aggie

First-year Victoria Marcus was born in France and moved to Arizona before coming to UC Davis.


Out-of-state students are a rare breed here at UC Davis. Last year 867 outof-state students accounted for only 4.5 percent of all admitted first-year students. Victoria Marcus, a first-year

from Arizona, is part of that 4.5 percent. Marcus, an international relations and economics double major, is a double black belt martial arts expert with her first black belt in Okinawan Kempo and her second in Shotokan Nidan. She has lived in France, Arizona and now California — helping her stand out here at UC Davis. Marcus was born in France and lived there with her parents until she was 5, when her dad got a job that moved the family to Arizona. She says she loved what she remembers of her five years living in Grasse, a town in southern France that, as Marcus pointed out, is known for its perfume industry and is considered the world’s reigning capital of perfume. “I loved living in Grasse. Sometimes I remember you could actually smell the perfume. I miss France, especially the food, when I’m here. But I’m lucky in that I get to go back often, over the summers,” Marcus said. Moving from France to Arizona was at first challenging for Marcus, mostly because she didn’t speak any English. But when she started school, she picked up English quickly, which made transitioning much easier. “When I first started school, I used to get into arguments with my classmates because I didn’t know any English. But I caught on pretty quick, so learning English wasn’t that hard,” Marcus said. Even today, Marcus loves learning about other cultures and customs. As an international relations major, she chose Asia as her region of focus and is hoping to study there (hopefully Hong Kong) sometime in the next four years of her undergraduate career. Catherine Nguyen, a first-year international relations major, thinks that Marcus’ interest in other languages and cultures is impressive. “Victoria told me that she wants to learn Mandarin Chinese. I think she is so ambitious,”

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FORCE: The UC Policy, art exhibit forum tomorrow On Wednesday, the opening reception of the FORCE: The UC Policy art exhibit will be held in the Memorial Union (MU) Art Lounge. Presented by AHI 401, a course that teaches curatorial skills, this art exhibit highlights three student protests on the UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley campuses between 2005 and 2011. “Our main reason for putting on this exhibition was to question the UC police and administration’s recent responses to student protest and how their latest responses compare to their stated missions. We also wanted to examine how campus police are handling student protest in regards to the weaponry and gear they utilize,” said Maizy Enck, a senior art history major. The goal of the exhibit is to bring awareness to students about the UC administration of UC police departments’ use of force in efforts to

baseball Cont. from page 6 Stanwyck then attempted a pickoff throw to second base, but nobody was covering for the Aggies and the ball sailed into center field, putting both runners in scoring position. Seattle cashed in with a base hit and secured a 4-1 advantage. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, UC Davis tried to rally back. Sophomores Evan Wolf and Nick Lynch were walked and hit by a pitch, respectively. Junior Mike Mazzara’s pinch-hit double-plated both runners and brought the Aggies within one run. Freshman John Williams pinch-ran for Mazzara, advancing to third on a grounder from fellow freshman Evan Heptig. The throw from the Seattle shortstop sailed over first base, and Williams charged for home. He was called out, despite questions about whether or not the Redhawks catcher held on to the ball. Coach Vaughn argued and was subsequently ejected from the game. The Aggies rallied again in the bottom of the ninth, but Seattle held on for a 4-3 victory, the third one-run loss of the season for UC Davis.

control student protests. The FORCE art exhibit will show photographs and essays to prove that UC officials have used violence in an effort against student demonstrations, according to Enck. The exhibit is primarily focused on the Nov. 18, 2011 pepper-spray incident, but is also attempting to bring awareness to the 2005 UC Santa Cruz protest and the 2009 UC Berkeley protest. On Wednesday a reception will take place from 3 to 6 p.m., with a forum from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. “We want our audience to leave the exhibition with a clear understanding of what happened at these protests, why the students were protesting, what findings and recommendations were made to the UC campuses following the protests, and if these recommendations have been followed,” Enck said. — Danielle Huddlestun

and struck out six with no walks in the first complete game shutout of his career. Briner’s efficiency on the mound was surprising after having to leave last weekend’s game early after taking a ball off the chin. Briner threw 110 pitches and faced only two batters over the minimum in the win. “He picked up right where he left off last week with a low pitch count and no walks,” head coach Matt Vaughn said. “For [Briner] to come back like that after what happened and the week he went through, I just can’t say enough about it. It’s a special kid and a special effort today.” The UC Davis bats were able to complement Briner’s magnificent performance, putting up 10 hits in the win. Heptig went 2-for-3, and Barker hit his team-leading sixth double of the year and scored a run. Junior Paul Politi’s double in the first scored Allgrove to give the Aggies and Briner an early 1-0 advantage. In the second, freshman Austin March scored on Morgan’s RBI base hit. Barker scored in the fourth on Politi’s RBI groundout to short. The home stand for UC Davis continues this week, with the University of San Francisco coming up on Tuesday, first pitch at 2:30 p.m.

Sunday — UC Davis 3, Seattle 0 RUSSELL EISENMAN can be reached at Briner gave up just five hits

Nguyen said in an e-mail interview. Throughout Marcus’ childhood and still now in college, martial arts has been a huge part of her life. Her parents were the ones who got her involved the sport, but Marcus was the one who took the initiative to keep it up. “My parents wanted me to be able to defend myself, so that’s why they first got me into it. But by the time I received my first blue belt (about halfway till black belt) I fell in love with the sport,” Marcus said. Marcus first started martial arts with Okinawan Kempo, a specific type of Japanese karate, and under the guidance of her sensei (meaning “master” or “teacher” in Japanese) in Arizona, Santiago Armstrong, worked her way up to a black belt. “I was really happy and proud when I got my first black belt — it only made me want to continue with martial arts,” Marcus said. When Marcus’ sensei left her martial arts school, Marcus followed him to his new school in which he was teaching a different system of martial arts, called the Hoteikan system. “My sensei is a 10th dan, which is a 10th degree black belt. He taught me almost everything I know and is my mentor, so I wanted to stay with him when he changed schools,” Marcus said. Within the Hoteikan system, there are three areas of study: Shotokan karate, Jujitsu and Judo. Marcus quickly immersed herself in this system and soon earned her second black belt in Shotokan karate. She is still working toward her black belt in Jujitsu. Marcus acknowledges that within the Hoteikan system, Judo is her weakness, though this didn’t stop Marcus from continuing with it. “I joined the Judo Team here at UC Davis specifically because it was my weakness and I wanted to get better at it so I could become more well-rounded at martial

softball Cont. from page 6 Jessica Thweatt, and the rest of the Aggies’ pitching by scoring eight runs in the first three innings. Cal would also perplex UC Davis’ batters throughout the game, holding the Aggies to just three hits on the day. Although these hits would help UC Davis put up a three-run fifth inning, the seasoned Golden Bear team quickly responded with three runs in the sixth to end the game.

Friday — UC Davis 7, Idaho State 0 With seven runs on the day, the most scored by the Aggies this year, UC Davis put away Idaho State in the Aggie Stampede II opener. Freshman Justine Vela had a great performance by throwing a complete game four-hitter with 13 strikeouts. Junior JJ Wagoner and freshman Cassandra Ginnis led the Aggies’ offensive attack with a combined four hits and three runs scored.

arts,” Marcus said. She joined the team this Winter quarter and is already competing with other members. This past weekend Marcus competed with the team at the Collegiate Nationals in San Jose and placed second. Marcus is happy to be on the Davis Judo Team because it is so successful, but also because she enjoys the camaraderie it brings. “The UC Davis Judo Team was ranked number two in the nation in 2009. I love being part of such a successful team. Practices are really fun and challenging and the people are so nice. The sensei is very talented, too, and pushes us in a good way,” Marcus said. Marcus’ friend Lani Viet, a first-year biochemistry and molecular biology major, said that even though Marcus may seem shy, she is competitive at heart. “I imagine her room being covered from top to bottom in plaques and medals. Despite her shy and quiet impression, she is fiercely competitive and hates to lose,” Viet said in an e-mail interview. As for being one of the few out-of-state students at UC Davis, Marcus says that she loves being at Davis and is very happy she chose to attend school in California. “Arizona, especially my high school, was very white and conservative. But Davis is so diverse and that’s one of the things I love about it,” Marcus said. She added that Arizona is not all desert and full of scorpions as many have come to believe and often ask about when she says she is from the state. “I have never been bit by a scorpion. But it is true about the heat. In July and August it can reach 125 degrees,” Marcus said. “But California has perfect weather, which I really appreciate.” CLAIRE MALDARELLI can be reached at

started with a thrilling walk-off victory for UC Davis, as clutch hitting helped the Aggies overcome a 2-1 deficit in the final inning. Thweatt had a fantastic outing with 12 strikeouts and just two earned runs in five innings, but would leave the game down one run to the Bengals. With their backs against the wall in the seventh, the Aggies would not falter. Redshirt freshman Amy Nunez tied the game with an RBI single and senior Kelly Harmon sealed the amazing victory by knocking in freshman Kelly Zboralske with an RBI single of her own.

tunity to tie the game. Sunday — UC Davis 5, Idaho State 0 Vela was the story of the game, with a seven-strikeout no-hitter to sweep the three games against the Bengals. Completely in command the entire game, Vela almost pulled off a perfect game before walking a batter in the sixth. Additionally, with contributions from seniors Rachel Miller and Kylie Fan, UC Davis’ offense put five runs on the board to give Vela some breathing room. Sunday — Sacramento State 6, UC Davis 4 Defensive mistakes, marked by two errors, would haunt the Aggies as they fell in a close game to Sac State in the final game of the weekend. The Aggies, who continuously pressured the Hornets with multiple scoring opportunities, scored one run in a seventh-inning rally, but were unable to overcome the two-run deficit in the end. UC Davis returns to action today against Colorado State at 1:30 p.m. at La Rue Field.

Saturday — Sacramento State 3, UC Davis 2 The second game of the day was equally as exciting, even though the Aggies would fall to rival Sacramento State. Vela was able to get out of numerous dangerous situations early in the game, but timely hitting by the Hornets would give Sac State a 3-1 lead in the seventh. After a monster home run by Harmon, which cut the lead to one Saturday — UC Davis 3, Idaho in the final inning, UC Davis had State 2 runners on first and third, but was DOUG BONHAM can be reached at sports@theaggie. The second day of the tournament unable to capitalize on the oppor- org.

gymnasticS Cont. from page 6 squad is truly capable of for the first time in 2012. UC Davis set a season-high 194.025 to finish second at a competitive quadrangular meet against Sac State, Central Michigan and conference rival Seattle Pacific. “It was amazing,” Head Coach John Lavallee said. “Hitting every routine — that doesn’t happen very often ... For this group ... to come out and do this is a testament to their hard work and dedication.” The Aggies broke the 38-point barrier on each of the four events en route to their season-high score. UC Davis opened the meet on bars where the team was led by junior Katie Yamamura’s 9.750. Freshman Lisa Wiktorski’s 9.700 helped bring the team total to

lacrosse Cont. from page 6 four goals, while freshman Elizabeth Landry and juniors Elizabeth Datino and Hannah Mirza chipped in three apiece. “The team was very balanced and gave a solid effort,” coach Elaine Jones said. UC Davis and Long Island collectively scored 11 goals in the first 10 minutes. Datino scored the game’s first goal and the Aggies

48.325, just 0.025 points shy of the season-high for the event that was set in the first meet of 2012. In the second rotation Yamamura was once again the high-scorer for the Aggies, coming in with a 9.750 on the balance beam. The score tied her for first on the event with Sacramento State’s Kalliah McCartney. UC Davis then scored its second-highest floor score of the season (48.825) in the third rotation behind junior Michelle Ho’s 9.875. The score was Ho’s career high and was good for second place. On the vault, the Aggies delivered a stand-out performance with a score of 48.725. This season-high score is the eighth highest in UC Davis history. Yamamura took the individual title in the event with a score of 9.900, which ties the school record. She previously set the record

last season at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship meet. Yamamura additionally placed first in the individual all-around with a career-high 39.225. It is the fourth time she has broken the 39-point barrier this season, and the sixth time in her career. The score broke the previous school record of 39.200 set in February of 2003 by Aggie gymnast Flora Bare. “[Yamamura] had the best meet in school history,” Lavallee said. “It was a pretty stellar performance.” After the weekend’s successful meet, UC Davis will compete against Sac State again this Friday in a triangular meet at San Jose State before returning to the Pavilion on March 4 to host the MPSF Championships.

jumped to a 5-1 lead in the first four minutes. The Blackbirds responded with two scores of their own to pull within two, only to have Geissbuhler score back-to-back goals and assist Morris to take a commanding lead of 8-3. UC Davis’ late 6-0 run yielded a 17-7 advantage at halftime. UC Davis toned down the intensity following the break, but still added four goals to the lead in the first nine minutes of the second half. Freshman Allie Lehner’s drive with 7:05 left made the score 24-9,

tying the UC Davis record established against Colorado College in 2004. The Aggies set season highs in ground balls, caused turnovers and scoring percentage. “After five games on the road, the team was happy to be back at home with their fans,” said Jones. UC Davis will face Central Connecticut at Aggie Stadium on Monday, March 19th.

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Spring break ‘sexpectations’ By Catherine Boudreau The Quinnipiac Chronicles (Quinnipiac University)

Sex with a stranger is a common goal associated with spring break across college campuses nation-wide. There are many factors that contribute to the one-nightstand nature of spring break, as students shed their everyday identity for a week to practice hedonism in a foreign location. Nine percent of men and two percent of women agreed with friends to have sex with someone new during spring break, as reported by University Michigan in a survey of 650 college students. “Spring break is sexually driven in nature, especially because the media promotes it in this way,” Quinnipiac U. junior Dan Sullivan said. “People have this perception that they have to be sexually active.” It is possible the media plays a role in branding spring break as a time to have many sexual encounters. Since 1986, MTV has broadcasted live from popular spring break destinations such as Panama City, Cancun and Las

Vegas. College students are filmed partying, giving spring break a reputation for alcohol and sexual excess. Also, companies such as Student City book all-inclusive trips packed with day-drinking events and VIP entry into clubs and bars, creating an atmosphere to lose all inhibitions. “I think it’s a mass peer-pressure environment, especially because everyone’s half naked and most likely intoxicated,” Sullivan added. The tradition of heavy drinking is one of most prominent factors contributing to promiscuity. “Alcohol is almost always a part of the equation,” said Dr. Phillip Brewer, medical director for Quinnipiac’s Student Health Services. “Massive groups of people are all egging each other on to have a good time, which is synonymous with getting drunk. The very word party is synonymous with getting drunk.” According to Brewer, many students feel the “time compression” effect, meaning they feel like they have no time to waste. Therefore, they remain in a “binge-state”: a night of binging is followed by a day of hangover, and then a new round of binging

begins. This causes deterioration in energy and judgment. “When you’re hung-over, your not sober. That’s a misconception people have. Really your body hasn’t recovered,” Brewer said. The combinations of media pressure, peer-pressure and alcohol consumption leads to bad judgment. Nearly 50 percent of males and 41 percent of females reported having consumed alcohol just prior to sex. Also, those who used alcohol were twice as likely to have multiple sex partners, according to the McKinley Health Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Students who drank alcohol were seven times more likely to have unprotected sex, putting them at a high risk of contracting a Sexually Transmitted Disease, according to the McKinley Health Center. Because many people on spring break do have multiple sex partners, Brewer encourages students to think about how having sex with someone also means having sex with those they have slept with before you. Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD in the United States. An estimated 2.8 million infections occur annu-

ally and approximately 48 percent of cases occur among people between the ages of 15 and 24 years old, as reported in the Journal of American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association. If Chlamydia goes untreated, the infection can spread into the uterus or fallopian tubes and cause pelvic inflammatory disease. The damage could eventually lead to infertility, according to Brewer. Although complications among men are rare, infection sometimes spreads to the epididymis, the tube that carries sperm from the testis, causing pain and fever, according to the Center for Disease Control. “Spring break is definitely a time to let loose and have fun, but I don’t necessarily think that means sleeping with everyone under the sun,” QU junior Amanda Hegler said. QU Junior Abby Blundon says the craziness associated with spring break is unnecessary. “When people get drunk and sleep around, they are doing themselves an injustice,” she said. “Putting yourself at risk like that is unnecessary. You don’t need to get drunk and have sex to have fun.”

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Vela no-hitter highlights weekend tournament

Home cooking UC Davis returns to the win column

UC Davis finishes 3-2 over the weekend

Brian Nguyen / Aggie

Freshman Justine Vela tallied 13 strikeouts in a complete-game win on Friday.

softball By DOUG BONHAM Aggie Sports Writer

Coming off a loss to No. 1 California last Wednesday, the Aggies returned home to host the Aggie Stampede II tournament. Friday’s game was the first home game for UC Davis in over three weeks, and the Aggies welcomed playing at La Rue Field again. “It’s nice,” said coach Karen Yoder. “It’s great to play in front of our home fans and families [as well as] feel the Aggie Pride

around us.” The weekend, which consisted of a three-game sweep of Idaho State and two close losses to rival Sacramento State, was full of excitement for the Aggies and their fans. With a walk-off win, close plays at the plate and a no-hitter, the tournament crowd was continuously energized throughout the three days of play. Wednesday — California 11, UC Davis 3 The top team in the nation pounced early on UC Davis’ starting pitcher, junior

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Yamamura sets school all-around record Aggies place second at Sac State

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UC Davis gymnasts didn’t count a single fall this Friday, going 24-for-24 against Causeway rival Sacramento State. It was the first time the Aggies have accomplished the feat this season. The clean performance allowed the Aggies to show fans what the

UC Davis finished second at Sacramento State on Sunday.

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Senior Dayne Quist retired 20 straight batters in Friday’s win against Seattle.

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UC Davis wins home game Geissbuhler scores five goals lacrosse By VEENA BANSAL Aggie Sports Writer

UC Davis came away victorious in their first home game of the season with a 24-10 win over Long Island, evening its record to 3-3. Junior Anna Geissbuhler scored five goals and had four assists, tying her career best established at Fresno last year. Freshman Charlotte Morris added

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Junior Anna Geissbuhler scored five goals in Sunday’s win against Long Island.

The UC Davis baseball team snapped a three-game losing streak and stopped Seattle’s five-game winning streak, taking two of three in the weekend series. Seniors Dayne Quist and Tom Briner each threw complete games for the Aggies in the two wins. UC Davis moves to 8-8 overall on the season. Friday — UC Davis 5, Seattle 3 Quist pitched the fourth complete game of his career, striking out seven and retiring 20 straight batters to lead UC Davis to a much-needed victory. The Aggies returned to Dobbins Stadium after a mid-week clash with No. 7 Arizona and on a three-game losing streak. “It’s a good sign to get back in the win column and not let this go farther than three games in a row, and they had that approach,” said head coach Matt Vaughn. “They knew about it, they were thinking about it, and they executed it today.” Senior David Popkins put UC Davis on the board early with a solo home run in the first inning. It was Popkins’ first roundtripper of the year. Seattle responded with a three-run third inning when Quist hit a batter. Then the Redhawks put together four straight singles.

From there, Quist was lights-out, retiring every single Seattle hitter the rest of the way. “He’s setting the tone for us on weekends,” Vaughn said. “He’s showing this team that if you have some guts and are willing to attack, good things can happen. He’s been outstanding, which is exactly what I thought he would be.” The Aggies put together a three-run inning of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Freshman Kevin Barker and senior Ryan Allgrove scored on sophomore Adam Young’s grounder under the Seattle shortstop’s glove, and senior Brett Morgan drove a ball into the gap that scored Young. Junior Austin Logan led off the sixth with a double for UC Davis and scored the final run of the day on senior catcher Scott Kalush’s RBI hit up the middle. Saturday — Seattle 4, UC Davis 3 Senior starter Anthony Kupbens held Seattle scoreless through seven innings, but several late-game mistakes allowed Seattle to overtake the 1-0 UC Davis lead in the top of the eighth. The teams combined for 16 hits, all singles, through seven innings. Trent Oleszczuk led off the eighth for Seattle with a single. A sacrifice bunt attempt ensued, but Kupbens overthrew to first, putting two runners on with no outs. Sophomore Harry Stanwyck relieved Kupbens, but gave up two quick hits that allowed Seattle to take a 2-1 lead.

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March 13, 2012  

Cal Aggie Newspaper

March 13, 2012  

Cal Aggie Newspaper