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volume 131, number 53
tuesday, april 24, 2012
Goodwill makes plans to build new donation-only site in Davis Endorsement by board of supervisors a matter of discussion By EINAT GILBOA Aggie Staff Writer
The Yolo County Board of Supervisors met on April 16 to discuss revoking their decision to endorse Goodwill’s use of public bonds to fund a new Davis donation site. On April 10, the board voted 5-1 to approve the building of Goodwill donation centers in West Sacramento and Davis. The board was asked to make a finding that the Goodwill center was in the public interest. If that finding had been made, Goodwill would have been eligible to issue tax-exempt bonds. The subsidy comes in the form of not charging taxes for financing, which means California taxpayers would be subsidizing that location. Supervisor Don Saylor requested reconsideration of the Davis location based on “unanswered questions about Goodwill’s operations,” said Supervisor Jim Provenza at the April 16 meeting. “It didn’t seem that proper notification had been made with the existing resale nonprofits in Davis,” Saylor said. “Right after the meeting on April 10, I talked with All Things Right & Relevant and the SPCA about what they thought might be the impact on their efforts, and they were very concerned.” As Goodwill is quite a bit larger than the two local organizations, qualms were expressed that the organizations were not given a proper chance to compete. “What I was opposing was the town board of supervisors endorsing special funding at a lower interest rate,” said Ruth Shumway, president of All Things Right & Relevant and R&R Thrift.
Goodwill will open a donation only site in Davis within the next couple of months. going on here?’” Shumway was troubled by Goodwill receiving endorsement, as it would be harder for local nonprofits to gain access to the same funding. She was also worried about Goodwill diverting the stream of donation away from local agencies. “There is us and SPCA and we’re all wait-
All Things Right & Relevant is an organization that gives its money to mental health agencies and employs mental health clients. All of the donations given to the agency stay within Yolo County. “Goodwill is a giant corporation. The goods that people are donating to them are leaving the county,” Shumway said. “Since the board is for the county, we said, ‘What’s
ing for the same consignment donation,” Shumway said. All Things Right & Relevant recently opened bonds on an open market in order to finance their move to a new location. “We even said, if you’re handing out endorsements, we’d like you to endorse us as a project that’s been in business for almost 20 years,” Shumway said. “We’ve never asked for help, and it all stayed in your county.” Saylor agrees that it would best benefit Davis to have donations remain within the community. “All our donations from the community get recycled into community benefits,” Saylor said. “Goodwill would take donations to other communities, and revenues from sales would go to Goodwill operations.” Saylor said Goodwill will proceed with their Davis donation site, but it will not have a public tax subsidy. “The county is not contributing to an uneven playing field,” Saylor said. The organization plans to open its donation-only site within the next couple of months. “They have signed the lease already and are in the process of doing modifications to the space in the shopping center on Covell,” Saylor said. The Board of Directors will be meeting with Goodwill as well as with All Things Right & Relevant for further discussion. “We look forward to meeting with Goodwill the week of April 30 to find out what’s going on,” said Kim Kinney, executive director of the Yolo County SPCA. EINAT GILBOA can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mixtape Society throws back to the ’90s
News iN Brief
Campus radio station KDVS seeks funds
New club exchanges mix CDs
By CHELSEA MEHRA The annual KDVS 90.3 FM fundraiser started Monday and will continue through Sunday. An organization funded by ASUCD, local businesses and listeners, KDVS gets half its income from its audience. In order to provide the community with shows and programming, KDVS is asking for donations. Depending on the pledge amount, a thankyou gift consisting of mu-
Tuesday Musik Quiz 9 p.m., donations encouraged Luigi’s Slice, 213 E St. Features special guests and surprises
Wednesday Fundraiser Night at Sophia’s 9 p.m., donations encouraged Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St. DJs Dogtones, Mr. Glass and more
Thursday Dance Party at Delta of Venus 9 p.m., $2-10 donations 122 B St. Mr. Glass, DJ Howard and eclectic DJs
Friday Show at Robot Rocket
sic, books, shirts or DJ services is given in exchange. Cash, credit card and personal checks are accepted, and donations are tax-deductible. For more information, visit fundraiser.kdvs.org. Check out these events in order to contribute and support this nonprofit, student/volunteer-run, freeform and college/ community radio station. — Elizabeth Orpina Residence 8 p.m., donations encouraged 633 M St. Riana Marela and Predictable
Aggie Features Writer
Think back to the good ol’ days when your music player didn’t come in various candy-colored shades, but in black and gray. Or when your songs weren’t listed alphabetically by artists’ last names but serendipitously started playing, and when your music didn’t have elaborate cover artwork but had to be labeled on a thin, white strip of tape with a Sharpie. The UC Davis Mixtape Society (UCDMS) realized many of us might be nostalgic for this former, arguably less convenient, age when sheer music, not medium, was of peak importance. UCDMS is a new student club that began in Fall Quarter for members to exchange mix CDs. Though the first few meetings may be bumpy, they promise that just like a fine wine,
See MIXTAPE, page 2
UC Davis Mixtape Society members (from left) Jennifer Dijaili, Gregory Tam, Adrianna Sung and Evonne Soon listen to mix CDs at a recent club meeting.
Saturday Fundraiser shows At Bows and Arrows, 1815 19th St., Sacramento 8 p.m., $5 G. Green, Burgers and more At Robot Rocket Residence, 633 M St. 8 p.m., donations encouraged Emily Jane White, The Fancy and Joe Boekbinder
Star Wars-style lightsaber battle filmed on the Quad With computers, students can use the Force too
Finale Party 9 p.m., donations encouraged The Attendance Office, 1315 L St. DJ OddJob and more
Davis Volunteer and Service Fair today Today is the Davis Volunteer and Service Fair. Hosted by ASUCD, the event will give students an opportunity to explore different volunteer options. Creating a service fair was part of the platform of ASUCD Senator and sophomore international relations
Today’s weather Mostly clear High 73 Low 55
and psychology double major Anni Kimball. Over 50 organizations will be at the event with information about ways to give back to the community. The fair will take place on the Quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Hannah Strumwasser
Courtesy of Stephen Leung
Stephen Leung (right) and David Chang (left) battle it out.
By LANI CHAN Aggie Staff Writer
It is remarkable how often Star Wars sneaks into the daily vernacular. How often are people overheard referencForecast
It’s been gorgeous lately, but I feel sorry for the Band-uh students in the parade who were wearing those heavy wool uniforms. At least it wasn’t raining on the parade like it’s going to be raining Wednesday night into the wee hours of Thursday morning. Tyson Tilmont, atmospheric science major Aggie Forecasting Team
ing Wookiees, stormtroopers, miscellaneous droids or their own imaginary Jedi skills? Even an innocent passerby who has never seen any of the six Star Wars films could recognize a heavy rasp riddled with respiratory distress
Chance of rain
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as an attempt to imitate Darth Vader. Well, consider a strip of the Quad the most recent context for the use of the Force. A simple search on YouTube for “UCD Lightsaber Battle” will lead to a minute-long video, created by junior biochemistry major Stephen Leung, of two UC Davis students engaging in some pretty real “aggressive negotiations.” And not with fliers or petitions, but with lightsabers, complete with the appropriate visual and audio effects. “It was fun. We wanted to do it in public, where a lot of people could see it,” Leung said. “The Quad is the most public place on campus. We didn’t want to act like Jedi, though. We wanted to be as normal as possible — just normal students.” Leung’s idea to have a choreographed lightsaber fight played out in a flashmob-type demonstration on campus, premiering on YouTube after months of editing. The finished product captured the well-rehearsed fight
See SABER, page 5 Lets take a step back and say “Happy late birthday” to the oldest living man. Jiroemon Kimura turned 115 years old on April 19. What’s his secret? Eating food in small portions! Mimi Vo
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TODAY Women’s Lacrosse Game 2 to 4 p.m. Aggie Stadium Watch the Women’s Lacrosse team play against Saint Mary’s.
Using Your Temperament as an Effective Tool in Communicating, Influencing, and Getting Along With Others 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. Second floor, Room E, Student Community Center As a leader, your most effective way of communicating is through your actions. This session with facilitator Richard Osibanjo will help students identify and understand their behavioral patterns and learn what their behavior communicates to others.
WEDNESDAY World Malaria Day at UC Davis 2012 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1041 Valley In recognition of World Malaria Day and in support of the Roll Back Malaria Program in promoting education and research in the fight against malaria, students and researchers at UC Davis engaged in vector biology and genetics research will come together to discuss their research. This free event is sponsored by School of Veterinary Medicine, National Institutes of Health, and Institutional Training Grant in Vector Biology to UC Davis.
Tibet Burning Discussion 2 to 4 p.m. 217 Art The former prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile will lead a discussion about the resistance and repression in Tibet today.
Dance Dance Davis 4 to 6 p.m. Davis Art Center If you want to be a part of a flashmob on May 9, go to this event for free dance lessons.
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. Go to foodaddicts.org for other meeting locations.
KP Meeting of the 43rd Annual Whole Earth Festival 7 to 8 p.m. Student Community Center (across from Chem 194/Bike Barn) Learn the history of the festival, reconnect with your loving community, schedule Non-Violence Training, explore KP responsibilities and discover a little bit about yourself.
THURSDAY Poetry in the Garden: Andy Jones and Bob Stanley Noon to 1 p.m. Wyatt Deck, Old Davis Road The UC Davis Arboretum invites fans of good writing and beautiful gardens to enjoy a reading by poets Andy Jones and Bob Stanley. Parking is available for $7 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and A Street. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit arboretum. ucdavis.edu.
Biomedical Engineering Seminar Series 4:10 to 5 p.m. 1005 GBSF Go to this seminar to listen to Dr. Nicholas Kenyon give his lecture “Nitric Oxide at the Interface of Therapeutics and Biomarkers in Asthma.”
Arts Versus Science Debate 8 to 9 p.m. UC Davis Conference Center Martin Perl, winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in physics, and his son, Jed Perl, art critic for The New Republic, will discuss the creative process in science and the arts. Their discussion will be moderated by Dean Simonton, distinguished professor of psychology at UC Davis. The event is free and open to the public. To receive placement in the AGGIE DAILY CALENDAR, e-mail dailycal@theaggie. org or stop by 25 Lower Freeborn by noon the day prior to your event. Due to space constraints, all event descriptions are subject to editing and priority will be given to events that are free of charge and geared toward the campus community.
police briefs: picnic day edition Wrong holiday
Twenty people were allegedly smoking marijuana on Stanford Drive.
True dedication People were shouting for everyone to start celebrating Picnic Day before sunrise on A Street.
Make (hard) lemonade
Safety in numbers
Just let it slide
Eighty people with open containers were walking down Oeste Drive.
It was an emergency Someone called 9-1-1 to discuss which drinking games to play on Russell Boulevard.
A large group was on a roof throwing lemons at people walking by on Anderson Road.
Someone was passed out on top of a play structure at a park on Danbury Street. Police Briefs are compiled by TRACY HARRIS from the City of Davis daily crime bulletins. Contact TRACY HARRIS at city@ theaggie.org.
how hard we try to hold on. It’s not coming from a place of malice when our friends stop reaching out to us the way they did when we lived up the street from Jazz them. I was pissed when I Trice wasn’t getting calls or texts from people to see if I was alive. “I’m here, all by myself! Did anyone remember?” We’ll feel sad and furious until we realize there is so much going on in our friends’ worlds besides our lives. As hard as we’re working to get our shit together, othing stays the they’re doing the same thing. same after we leave They’re working to afford the college. There’s more move to New York or stresstime for naps, we can drink ing out waiting to hear back coffee at Peet’s and enjoy from a potential job or grad the weather instead of starschool. It’s an out-of-sight, ing face-down at illegible out-of-mind experience that notes, and we can read for happens no matter what. pleasure instead of doing it It’s best to allot the apout of fear of public humili- propriate amount of time ation from our English pro- to the people in our second fessor. I, on a more annoyfamily. The ones you had a ing hand, few classes was blindor hit the Come to terms with the idea bars with sided by how abruptly my that not everyone can be your might not friendships be your compadre changed. We priority. used to be Make sure tied by metaphorical umbil- to wish them well, hope for ical cords and now I’m lucky their success and be glad if I know what part of the that, for a little while, you country they’re in. It’s pretty shared a connection with jarring when that familiarity them. Even if you don’t see is taken away. Our BFFs and them very often, a part of BFFLs and BF4Es might not them will stick to ya. last as long as we thought. Devote your time and en I categorize friendships ergy into cultivating the reinto three groups now: lationships that mean the friends who will be at my most to you by being more wedding, those who are just active in strengthening the attending and those not in- connection with your besvited. And don’t tell me I’m ties. Call them instead of the only one who’s planned writing nonsense on their this out in their head suFacebook wall. Don’t let per early. Single people can work or relationships keep make preparations too. you from reaching out. Tell We already know who be- them things about your past longs in each category: coor share your hopes for the workers and the people future. If they don’t seem infrom high school that are clined to share their deepnice to us now, but we know est, darkest secrets, let them were talking shit about us know you’re ready when six years ago, won’t be getthey are. These people that ting wedding invitations. are going to be making Our groomsmen/bridestoasts at our wedding recepmaids will be the people tion need us even when they that know us the best and don’t ask for it. If you can’t ask for a shout-out in our live as close to them as you’d column like Julie Athans like, go out of your way to did (yup, that’s all you get, visit them for no reason othhun). Who else do you think er than missing them. Or be is going to do all of our obnoxious like me and beg bitch work to get wedding them to move to L.A. with events off the ground and you until they cave. not get paid? Leaving our friends af We can’t have a wedding ter a weekend vacation is party that’s 50 people deep. stress-free when we’re with Come to terms with the idea the people we know we’re that not everyone can be stuck with for the rest of your compadre. Since we our lives. When we think were in close proximity to about the future, they’re people around our age for so the friends we’ll be havlong, and probably because ing Sunday dinners with we came to college with a and bitching about our kids total of two friends, we go to. Hell, if they’re able to to great lengths to gain the put up with our craziness, trust and love of everyone. what’s so bad about keepWe’re spreading ourselves ing them around? thin amongst the people we know instead of giving all If you’re a best friend of JAZZ TRICE, you of us to a select few. Some better’ve read this! He’ll be expecting a call. For everyone else, there’s jazztrice526@ friendships will end up falling to the wayside no matter gmail.com or twitter.com/Jazz_Trice.
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Cont. from front page UCDMS will age well with time. The group meets monthly in Wellman 202, a large, sterile, white lecture hall that looks more suitable for an MCAT review session than a small, motley crew of the mashup-obsessed and hip-hop crazed. Every get-together has a theme — Halloween’s “Give You Goose Bumps,” Valentine’s Day’s “Under the Covers,” April’s “Shaken not Stirred” — and if you bring a CD mix, you are guaranteed to leave with someone else’s. While they don’t actually trade cassette tapes, as their club’s name suggests, members do continue the tradition of listing the CDs’ songs on makeshift cases. UCDMS officer Sowmya Murali, a junior economics major, has gone so far as to wrap her CD in class notes and Saran Wrap. To obtain one of these artfully crafted mixes, you leave the decision to luck. Every member who brings a CD chooses a card from a deck, which contains pairs of matching suits. Those with matching suits swap CDs. “[This method] introduces others to varied tastes. Your eyes can open, and by chance, you will not only connect with your exchange partner, but also to surprisingly different kinds of music,” said UCDMS founder Evonne Soon, a junior environmental sciences major. The idea to start a Mixtape Society at
ude relationship success. Smooth sailing ahead as long as they both graduate at the same time and find a job in the same university, or at least the same state. Matan Future three-body problem. Shelomi The Golden Boy/ Girl — Hate to borrow a term from Ph.D. Comics, but it’s an apt descriptor. Constantly winning awards and fellowships, Golden Boy’s every exhalation is published in a high-impact-factor journal. Will do more in the three or four years it takes esponses to my last him to graduate than most column included “not as inappropriate academics do by the time they’re tenured. Also betas I expected” and “needs ter than you at sports and moar buttseks.” I’m going to ignore both of those has his own rock band and/or fragrance line. comments (for now…) The Sleeper — Never and write as per a suggesat seminars unless they tion I got from a reader are catered, the nocturnal earlier this spring. Today, Sleeper can’t be bothered my unconventional conto wake up early or mainventionalists, I bring you tain a relia Spotter’s able presGuide Still parties, drinks and does ence in labs. to Grad Students! A extracurricular activities as if Can be seen wanderlook at the they were still in college ... ing aimlessweird and ly at anywonderful place other than its cubicle. cast of characters you will Easily lured with food, but meet on your journey toward your degree, whatev- can’t pay attention and digest at the same time. er it may be. The Humanist — Having The Prisoner — Caught graduated with a useless in a bad project (Google degree in a pointless subthat phrase, now!), this ject and having no job prosstudent rarely leaves the pects outside a Starbucks, lab, venturing out only for the Humanist hopes to seminars and their allotchange their fortune by ted caffeine ration. Some are enslaved by their advi- graduating with another sor’s draconian work ethic. useless degree in the same pointless subject and then For others, their research funding and lust for life are be overqualified to work linked and both ran out af- at Starbucks. Can and will use “post-structuralism,” ter their first winter quar“menstruation” and “Paul ter. High risk of dropping Revere” in the same thesis out and becoming happy, proposal/playbill/pickup healthy and successful. line. The Hipster — Grad stu The Overgraduate — dent of lore and stereoIndistinguishable from the type. Can often be seen undergraduates in habreading poetry at the Beer it if not in appearance. Still Shoppe or TA-ing your parties, drinks and does “Bi-curious Malagasy extracurricular activities Transcendentalism” class. as if they were still in colCan be distinguished from lege and didn’t have bethipster undergrads in that ter things to do like rethey actually have read Kerouac. You probably nev- search and aging. Will buy you beer, but you bring the er heard of his/her thesis snacks. topic, but that’s okay because nobody will ever read The Mountain — Fixed and unmoving, the it. Mountain has been in your L’Étranger — Bane of inlab for so long even the tro science classes: the TA with the indecipherable ac- professor can’t remember. The Mountain is the rock cent. Depending on the on which the lab stands, culture of the home counfor it’s the only one who try, will spend all of their still knows how to use time either in lab working alone or in lab drinking the archaic and essential equipment that no one else with everyone. Values the ever trained on. Has elevatUC Davis brand far more than you ever will. May also ed writer’s block into an art form. Legend has it the rebe a Prisoner, but willingly so because they know no cord holder’s thesis topic is the breeding of apterous alternative. porcines, and they won’t The Two-Body Problem graduate until it’s done! — A pair of post-baccalaureates in a committed relationship, with or without MATAN SHELOMI hopes he has represented/ offended everyone equally, and can be metal finger bands. Equal reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. in interest and IQ, they ex-
UC Davis wasn’t entirely a unique one. Soon got the concept from attending a San Francisco Mixtape Society meeting. The turnout, although low, brought together a bunch of randoms, Bay Area kids who crawled to 22nd Street with open ears and bootlegs in tow. Almost immediately, she knew her friends would die for something similar back on campus. After asking permission to use the name “Mixtape Society,” she rang up her four closest high school friends at UC Davis. Officers Murali, junior neurobiology major Adrianna Sung, junior microbiology major Jennifer Dijaili and senior chemical engineering major Joel Luo worked to create the club’s vision: to share music and get to know other peers passionate about music, they said. From sweatpants to chunky sweaters to framed glasses, the group’s participants are as distinct as their musical tastes. At once, techno/electro house music is bumping on a Mac in one corner of the room, while the surround-sound speakers spit Proof||Theory, the hip-hop duo of UCDMS member Gregory Tam (stage name Classified Flow) and his UC Berkeley friend Mustafa Eisa (stage name Eis). “To have a proof, you need to have a theory and me and Eis are trying to prove ourselves to everyone else out there theorizing,” said Tam, a sophomore exercise biology major. Some may be budding musicians,
others dubstep aficionados. However musically attuned you are, UCDMS members said they welcome all musical tastes. Sung admitted that she didn’t listen to all the songs on the CD a fellow club member gave her last month. “[But] I liked certain songs I never would have encountered otherwise,” Sung said. It’s this newfound, light-illuminating sense that the club hopes to impart on all those who attend now and in the future. “A club,” Soon said while fiddling with her business card, “should always be looking outwardly, towards someone who can eventually carry the torch.” UCDMS plans to start holding social events for the larger community, potentially extending its musical arms to Entertainment Council concerts or hosting artists of its own choosing. However they choose to grow, monthly meetings, listed on the UCD Mixtape Society Facebook group, will always be running amok at 6 p.m. in Wellman 202. As everyone exits the room at the request of an MCAT tutor, the voice of Lily Allen slowly fades to the close of a screen where laptop stickers of a girlboy bathroom sign, a yard sale and an old man remind us that the best concoctions are made from a mix of eccentrically linked, accidentally assembled ingredients. CHELSEA MEHRA can be reached at email@example.com.
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New Police chief
Proceed with caution On Thursday, Interim Police Chief Matthew Carmichael was sworn in as the UC Davis police chief. Carmichael will hold the position for one year, after which UC Davis will release a national recruitment call for someone to permanently fill the position. Carmichael is taking on a difficult job. Former Police Chief Annette Spicuzza retired last Wednesday after five months of paid leave in the wake of the Nov. 18 pepper spraying of students. The relationship between the student body and the campus police force has soured since that event, particularly with the release of the Reynoso Task Force Report. “My top priority in the next few months is going to be rebuilding the relationship between the police and the campus community,” Carmichael said at the swearing-in ceremony. A new police chief is not a solution, but an opportunity to enact the solution. If Carmichael keeps his word that officers will be going into the student community to listen to our concerns, then this personnel change could
be the beginning of a positive relationship between the campus police officers and students. However, this all depends on how the administration views its own role in the events of Nov. 18. Spicuzza was not the only person listed as at fault in the Reynoso report; the entire police force and Katehi herself faced a great deal of criticism for their own failures on that day. Katehi announced at the ceremony that some administrative changes are being made as well. Oversight of the campus police will be moved from the office of Vice Chancellor of Administrative and Resource Management John Meyer to the office of Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter. We recognize Carmichael’s courage in taking on this position at such a difficult time. Though he’s only committed for a year, Carmichael needs to build a relationship with students. This transition is not the time to celebrate. It is an opportunity to work at legitimately fixing studentpolice relations on this campus.
Preserve our parks On July 1, 67 of California’s 278 state parks, beaches and historic sites will be closed. A budgetary move by Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration, the closures are a response to a cut of $22 million to the Department of Parks and Recreation. Announced last May, the proposal was at first largely ignored because it was such an illogical notion that it appeared to be more of a ploy to dramatize the state of the budget crisis than an actual productive course of action. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger tried to cut state parks in 2008, but abandoned the idea due to public outcry. Unfortunately, Gov. Brown does not seem to mind becoming the first governor to close parks. The supposed savings of $22 million is less than 1 percent of California’s $9.2 billion budget deficit. In fact, the state legislative analyst reports that closing some parks will cost the state more than it would cost to keep them open due to expenses involved in locking up buildings and storing museum artifacts. Even after this is taken into consideration, the state is likely to incur further costs after closures are finalized. Without any rangers, parks will be vulnerable to vandalism such as graffiti and illegal dumping. Backcountry campfires and illegal off-roading could cause wildfires, and marijuana farms could alter ecosystems and bring crime to nearby communities. California’s state park system, the largest in the United States, generates more in visitor spending and tax revenues than is allocated to the parks annually. It also creates thousands of jobs, and many local businesses depend on state parks for their livelihood. Closing state parks also carries inevitable environmental consequences. The image
of nature recovering from human use and flourishing to become a pristine landscape is comforting but unrealistic. Introduced plant and wildlife maintenance will halt, threatening native plants and wildlife with local extinction. Restoration projects will be abandoned and trails will go untended. Even if such economic and environmental problems were somehow magically avoided, state legislators are looking at the issue from a purely budgetary perspective and are blind to the full implications of their actions. The state park system was not founded to generate revenue but exists to preserve California’s natural and historic lands. Experiences in nature are sacrosanct and the true value of a state park is indescribable. By putting a price tag on parks, the state is devaluing the lifestyles and passions of many Californians. Fortunately, there are a growing number of park supporters that have mounted campaigns to save the parks, working with local governments, volunteers and nonprofit groups. Their work has caused three of California’s parks to be taken off the closure list. However, this is largely temporary, and unless a long-term solution is found, these parks will likely lose funding after a few years. Other creative solutions such as park management by counties and cities, legislation generating funding for parks and limited private management should be explored. Sunday was Earth Day, an opportune time to begin thinking about what access to nature means to you. Write to the governor, make donations or volunteer — just make sure your voice is heard. But before you do anything, go out and visit a state park — while you still can.
(Yet another) arms race
he term “arms race” might seem a bit archaic at first glance. After all, the quest for bigger bombs and missiles with longer range was the mechanism that made MAD, or mutually assured destruction, a real possibility. Yet the notion of an arms race is not just an ancient relic, a throwback to a time when gradeschoolers practiced huddling under desks and the Commies were our arch-nemesis. The arms race is alive and well. Last week, India announced that it had successfully tested a missile with a range that put Shanghai within reach. Called the Angi V, it can hit targets in a 5,000 kilometer radius. Now why would India do this? One obvious reason is to establish a sense of parity with China. Now China has made no secret of its desire to become a major military power. In recent years, it has announced double-digit increases in military expenditures, tested advanced tactical jets and beefed up its navy. Whatever China’s intentions may be, they have India glancing warily at the creeping sphere of Chinese influence. This
missile is one way for India to And, quite honestly, they would push back. have a point. A distinction can be made about the fact that India is India is not alone in reacting a democracy and Iran is not, and in a less-than-positive way tofurther that India is a less threatward Chinese ambitions. Burma, now Myanmar, has turned strong- ening, more stable country. Yet an arms race in Asia will certainly toward the West and away from ly not help negotiations with the its Chinese patron over the last Iranians, and there’s a good chance year — an outcome that has surprised many international observ- it will hurt these efforts. ers. Vietnam is conducting navy Finally, there’s the simple quesexercises with the West this week. tion of why a nation with close to Countries in the region, while not 40 percent of its citizens living in openly clamoring poverty would for an increased want to be deAmerican milvoting enormous Why shouldn’t Iran say, “Well, itary presence, sums of monhey, if India can acquire these certainly didn’t ey into an arms weapons, why can’t we?” complain when race. The idea President Obama that the best way announced a reto achieve parinewed commitment to maintainty is through weapons has plening strength in the Pacific. ty of holes. Wouldn’t the best way So India’s missile test heralds the to maintain parity be to build a nation that has a burgeoning econbeginning of an Asian arms race, yes, but it also reflects the underly- omy, a highly educated populace and a high standard of living? I ing wariness of other Asian countries to the prospect of a dominant don’t know about you, but spending all that money on, say, a better China. However, India’s test also higher education system in India brings other issues into play. The first is the issue of Pakistan. or an infrastructure program just seems like a better idea. Long bitter enemies, it probably won’t be long till Pakistan tests its Of course, all this logic applies own long-range missile in an effort here in America, as well. We spend to match India’s capabilities. The over $500 billion a year in defenseprospect of two nuclear-armed related expenditures. I’ll let you neighbors with long-range missiles figure out all the other things we who also happen to be rivals with could be doing with that money a history of armed conflict is not a (hint: one of them is reversing the pretty one. gutting of our higher education system throughout the country). Another issue is the ongoing efforts to negotiate with Iran. Why So congratulations, India. You’ve shouldn’t Iran say, “Well, hey, if managed to make the world that India can acquire these weapons, much less safe, all with one simple why can’t we?” An extension of this missile test. Talk about a big bang argument might be, “Well, hey, if for your buck — no pun intended. India and Israel and (insert nuclear-armed country here) can have JONATHAN NELSON can be reached at opinion@ nuclear weapons, why can’t we?” theaggie.org.
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Davis Tweetup delivers dose of networking to de Vere’s Event aims to bring together diverse group through social media
By ANDREW POH Aggie News Writer
Local Tweeps gathered for the first official Davis Tweetup this place Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event was hosted by de Vere’s Irish Pub, located at 217 E St. The Davis Tweetup is an ongoing project by Danielle DeBow and Blake Cooper. A Tweetup, which is a play on the word “meetup,” aims to bring together members of the community from all walks of life via the social networking service Twitter. According to DeBow, there are many Tweetups that are entirely businessoriented. Such Tweetups consist of business owners getting together to network and brainstorm strategies and ideas. Cooper and DeBow plan to take a different course with the Davis TweetUp. This Tweetup was the first event DeBow and Cooper jointly collaborated on, but there have been other Tweetups in the past. A Tweetup was hosted by Sacramento’s SacTweetUp when de Vere’s first opened its doors in Davis. 35 people were registered for Thursday’s event, but more were welcomed unregistered.
DeBow, a UC Davis 2007 graduate, majored in communication and currently works at Nugget Market as its marketing and communication manager. “I just have always really thought that social media is a really interesting way to bring people together that maybe have never met before,” DeBow said. “An example of that is Blake, [whom] I’ve met on Facebook and have become great friends [with] and have very much the same goals for Davis TweetUp, which is to bring community members together and to bring students together so that they can learn [from each other].” Cooper, the current outreach coordinator at the Education Abroad Center, was born and raised in Davis and said he has extensive experience with social media. Cooper’s first foray into the world of social media was Thinkingten.com. This is a social site where writers are given a daily prompt and are allowed 10 minutes to write as much as they can about it. “I’ve got a lot of projects like this that are going on, but I’m really plugged in to the social media network at UC Davis as well,” Cooper said. “They were really excited about this. Maybe we can have more of a
networking for undergrad students, the same for grad students and faculty.” Cooper has been giving presentations focused on social media throughout the country. In November, he will be hosting a presentation in China based on “Social Media 101 and 201,” covering the basics and how to build innovative social media platforms. With the Davis TweetUp, Cooper said he wanted to bring people back to coffee shops and pubs to fuel some genuine face-to-face interaction, an alternative to staying plugged in and set adrift in the nebulous contours of the internet. In this sense, social media becomes more of a tangible aspect, rather than text and pixels on a screen, he said. The benefits of the Tweetup exist on many planes. Down to the most basic level, attendees get the opportunity to meet new people and possibly forge new friendships, Cooper said. Especially in a close-knit college town like Davis, the blending of students with community members can lead to the exchange of a lot of helpful and useful information for both parties, he said. On top of that, the local shops that
host the Tweetups benefit from increased exposure and an influx of customers. DeBow mentioned that during a similar event at Nugget Market, of the roughly 100 attendees that had shown up, nearly half had never even been to Nugget before. Justin Cox, editor and writer at the Davis Patch, was one of the many present at de Vere’s that evening. “Social media has been a huge way that Davis Patch has grown,” Cox said. “I’m here because there’s going to be a lot of people that I’ve interacted with online that I’ve never even met. I think putting human faces to screen names and Twitter handles is a good, fun thing to do.” Cooper has stated that Davis TweetUp has already been approached by several other local enterprises that would be more than willing to host the next Tweetup. Check @DavisTweetUp on Twitter for further information regarding future events. There may also be plans to expand into other social media outlets. ANDREW POH can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nonprofit promotes partying with a purpose UCD student increases awareness about Reason to Party
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By CLAIRE TAN
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A new way to support good causes is in town. Local nonprofit organization Reason to Party Sacramento will host a Spring Gala at 9 p.m. on April 27 at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg. The proceeds will go to Sacramento Splash. Sacramento Splash was chosen as the beneficiary for the spring gala because it met Reason to Party’s criteria. “We’re currently working with Sacramento Splash, which is a local nonprofit that helps children go outside and explore nature and learn about science,” said Katie Mattesich, a co-founder of Reason to Party Sacramento. “A lot of local school budgets have been slashed and there’s no longer an opportunity for students to go on field trips.” The theme of the gala will be Experience
saber Cont. from front page routine, which was catered to fit the dimensions of his camera while appearing authentic as well. “We needed to be able to incorporate the routine into a linear progression, so we had to restrict how much we went up and down,” said David Chang, a junior economics major, who joined in on the project after Leung proposed the idea for the video. “We had to develop it as we went through it. We didn’t want to keep repeating hits, didn’t want people to get bored.” This is not Leung and Chang’s debut on YouTube. Last year, they produced eight episodes of a sitcom inspired by life in the first-year dorms, titled “Freshmen Fifteen.” “[This] video was just for fun, but lots of work,” said Leung, who said he had the idea a long time ago but just didn’t have the time and the people to work on it with him. Leung and Chang agreed that short videos such as theirs are a reminder of the extensive production work that goes into such projects, no matter how amateur or professional
baseball Cont. from page 6 Sophomore Harry Stanwyck took over the mound from Quist for the ninth inning, retiring the side in order and striking out two.
Saturday — UC Riverside 7, UC Davis 6 Popkins hit his fourth homer of the season and Morgan went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, but UC Riverside had a five-run third inning and then held off a late UC Davis rally to claim the win in the second game of the series. Popkins’ home run gave the Aggies a 2-0 lead in the third, but the Highlanders came storming
the Elements. Consisting of the fire, earth, water and wind elements, the gala will have different themed areas, including outdoor fire pits, fire throwers, an indoor art installation and aerialists. The event is limited to people age 21 and over. Tickets will be sold for $50, which covers the live performances, complimentary cocktails and appetizers. There is a $6 discount for anyone with a promotional code. “The promotion code would make the ticket $44, a bit of a student discount, I suppose,” said Reason to Party Sacramento fundraising coordinator and senior communication and political science major Andrew Taverrite. “It’s used more as tracking who’s buying a lot of tickets — what demographics and what groups of people are coming through.” Mattesich said the organization is giving out promotional codes to encourage people to buy tickets. Reason to Party was founded in 2009 in San Francisco. Currently, there are two teams based in San Francisco and Sacramento. The nonprofit holds three events in the fall, spring and summer in both San Francisco and Sacramento. “Essentially, it was created by a few entrepreneurs who were in the tech industry and thought that social networks should be utilized to bring together young professionals in a way that gives back to the community,” Mattesich said. “They launched the website and started running
their nature. The two had no prior directing, martial arts or acting experience, yet they turned a simple fight scene using precarious white pipes as weapons into a Star Wars-inspired duel by means of extensive practice and post-production editing. Leung used accessible software programs Photoshop and Windows Movie Maker to create the effects. “The video is over 2,000 frames long and I had to draw the lightsaber in every frame by hand,” said Leung, who had to meticulously add in the accompanying visual effects to make the fight look realistic. “That’s about 10,000 sabers. You have to start with white and then add the glow. And sometimes someone’s body was in the way so I had to draw two. It took me five months.” He did find an outside cameraman who volunteered to shoot the project and who used the most technologically advanced equipment involved. Jonathan Tse, a recently graduated UC Davis alumnus with a degree in film studies, answered an email Leung sent to the UC Davis Film Club listserv which asked for someone to help capture the footage. “It sounded interesting, so I said I’d do it,” Tse said. “I met them and back in the bottom half of the inning on a leadoff single and a Anthony Kupbens error to take the 5-2 advantage. “The big error that led to the five-run inning was Anthony’s error,” said Head Coach Matt Vaughn. “He didn’t pitch terrible, he strikes out their three and four hitters after that, but then he gives up a base hit that scores a run and we didn’t buckle down after that. Unfortunately that’s been our thing all season — one little thing goes wrong and we make it much bigger than it is. But Anthony knows that and he’ll come back strong.” UC Riverside tacked on another run in the fourth to extend its lead to 6-2, but the Aggies began
charity events around the city where all the profits would go to a local charity, and in the process, it’d give young professionals opportunities to network, meet one another, give back to the community and have fun at the same time.” Mattesich said the organization is focused on working with local charities because national nonprofits tend to have more resources to promote their organizations whereas smaller, more local charities may need more assistance with advertising. “That’s where our social networks and media presence can really come in and help spread the word among the 20s and 30s crowd about ways to give back to the community,” Mattesich said. “Typically, we go through our networks and what that entails is telling our own friends to pass down the word to their friends so it starts in our own interpersonal networks and expands from there.” Reason to Party expanded to Sacramento in 2011. Mattesich said since they only started last year, they focused on starting small. “We sold over 250 tickets for our launch event,” she said. “This event, we look to sell over 600 tickets.” Mattesich said they are looking into bringing Reason to Party to Los Angeles and New York. “We’re going to have strategic planning and a vision process to put down on paper our actual model, so it can be replicated in
we practiced it a couple of times, then used a SteadyCam to film the fight in one long continuous shot. Looking at the finished product, it could have been steadier, but it was still good. Shooting it at UC Davis definitely made it unique.” The footage was also shot on the day of the general assembly on the Quad after the Nov. 18 pepper spray incident, adding a new dimension to the production. “There were more people than there ever have been on campus on that day,” Chang said. “We thought maybe we should wait, but then decided, ‘Whatever, let’s do it.’” Which meant that, in the early morning on that day, news correspondents stationed outside their vans anticipating action around the tents instead saw two guys rehearsing their lightsaber duel. Except at that time, they were just sticks. “We were using pipes,” Chang said. “But they kept breaking! Stephen had really bad luck. He probably went through three of them.” But for the guys, the practice and editing paid off. Check out www.theaggie.org for the full lightsaber battle at. LANI CHAN can be reached at email@example.com.
to rally in the sixth. Politi led off with a single and moved to second on a throwing error. Sophomore Spencer Brann singled Politi to third base and Morgan’s base hit brought home the UC Davis third baseman to make it a 6-3 ballgame. UC Davis tied it in the eighth when Morgan led off with a walk and scored on an RBI base hit from Lipson. UC Riverside regained a one-run advantage in the bottom frame. The Aggies managed to put runners on first and second in the ninth, but a pickoff at first base gave UC Riverside the hard-fought victory. Sunday — UC Riverside 8, UC Davis 0
other cities,” she said. “So far, we’re really excited because it just happened very quickly and it’s been very successful.” Taverrite said a lot of work goes into networking and planning events. “We reach out to those in our networks who we tap out to be hosts, which eventually means they help us market and promote the event by giving their friends their promotional code and that really helps us get the word out there and get people to buy tickets,” Mattesich said. Taverrite is also a fundraising coordinator for Camp Kesem, a college student-run summer camp for children with parents who have or have had cancer. Camp Kesem is currently looking into a partnership with Reason to Party. “What caught our eye with Camp Kesem is what an awesome effort it’s made on the part of students and volunteers coming together and giving back to the community in such a meaningful way,” Mattesich said. “We are basically in the process of potentially considering Camp Kesem for our future event.” Taverrite said he is trying to get more students involved in the organization. “This is a great way to give back while also being able to dress up a little bit and have a great time,” Taverrite said. “The open bar is fun for everyone, entertainment is going to be great and it’s just going to be such a cool event.” CLAIRE TAN can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
softball Cont. from page 6 Mustang’s turn to take an early lead as Thweatt gave up two RBI singles in the first inning. She rebounded with some strong innings, however, with four strikeouts and only one hit allowed until the fifth inning. Although an RBI single by Ginnis would make it a onerun game, two defensive errors by the Aggies in the fifth inning allowed Cal Poly to add two unearned runs and extend its lead to 4-1. UC Davis, which added one run in the sixth, could not muster up enough extra offense to keep up with the Mustangs as the home team added three more runs in the bottom of the inning to put the game out of reach.
Mustang’s mistakes to return home victorious. Vela was even more dominant than her first outing as she only allowed two hits to go along with her nine strikeouts. On the other side, Cal Poly — the Big West leaders in fielding percentage and fewest errors committed — made two crucial errors, which resulted in two Aggie unearned runs. Senior Heather Zimmerman drove in one of those runs with a two-run homer in the sixth inning to seal the deal on the game and the series for the Aggies. “This is the time when the upperclassmen have the opportunity to step up,” said Head Coach Karen Yoder. “They are putting us in crucial situations and helping us succeed.” UC Davis travels to play No. 19 Stanford this Wednesday in its final non-conference game of the year.
Sunday — UC Davis 3, Cal Poly 0 In the rubber match of the series, the Aggies, led by Vela’s second shutout of the se- DOUG BONHAM can be reached at sports@ ries, took advantage of the theaggie.org.
Senior starter Tom Briner struck out five batters in six innings of work, but UC Riverside claimed the series over UC Davis after shutting down the Aggie bats in the finale. UC Riverside’s Trevor Frank threw a complete game, limiting the Aggie offense to just three hits while striking out four. Lynch, Politi and Heptig were the lone players to record hits for UC Davis. This isn’t the first time the Aggie bats have come up empty on Sundays with such a congested schedule, and Vaughn addressed that with his team before the game. “We have to figure something out for Sundays,” Vaughn said.
“You can say you’re tired, but everyone does it, everybody plays two weekends on the road in a row, and it’s nothing to whine or complain about. We just have to find a way to compete in every game we play in. We win Friday, have a great comeback effort on Saturday, and then not to compete [on Sunday] is just unacceptable.” UC Davis will travel to the University of San Francisco today for a matchup against the Dons. Sophomore Evan Wolf will take the mound for the Aggies, making his fourth start of the season and looking for his first victory, first pitch at 2 p.m. RUSSELL EISENMAN can be reached at sports@ theaggie.org.
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Aggies come up short
Aggies gallop past Cal Poly UC Davis tied for first in conference after two weekend wins
UC Davis takes one of three in Riverside
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Junior Rachel Miller drove in three runs on Saturday, as the Aggies beat the Mustangs.
softball By DOUG BONHAM Aggie Sports Writer
After losing possession of first place following last week’s series against Long Beach State, UC Davis, which holds a 18-25 (8-4) record, is now back in command and in the Big West Conference championship hunt. With two impressive shutout victories against the now-12-28 (4-8) Cal Poly Mustangs, the Aggies find themselves in a four-way tie for first place in the conference with nine Big West games left in the season. Starting freshman pitcher Justine Vela continued her extraordinary
first-year campaign, totaling 19 strikeouts and allowing zero runs in her two weekend victories. Vela kept Cal Poly’s batters off balance all series long, surrendering only five hits in her 14 innings of work. In the Aggies’ loss, junior Jessica Thweatt also pitched well as she struck out seven and gave up only two earned runs in over four innings pitched. Unfortunately, the Mustangs would score three unearned runs in their 7-2 win, as four defensive errors crippled UC Davis. Saturday — UC Davis 4, Cal Poly 0 UC Davis got off to a fast start in its road series when a sacrifice fly from senior Rachel Miller and an RBI double from senior Kylie Fan gave the Aggies an ear-
ly 2-0 lead in the first inning. In the bottom half of the first, Vela continued the momentum as she struck out the side. Cal Poly found little success against Vela, who tallied 10 strikeouts during the game. UC Davis added two more runs in the fifth inning when Miller doubled to knock in freshman Cassandra Ginnis and junior Megan Guzman. Although a Mustang single in the bottom of the fifth broke up Vela’s no-hit bid, Cal Poly never put together a substantial rally as it fell 4-0. Saturday — Cal Poly 7, UC Davis 2 In the second game, it was the
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Lacrosse PREVIEW Teams: UC Davis vs. St. Mary’s Records: Aggies 5-10 (2-5); Gaels 3-11 (1-6) Where: Aggie Stadium When: Tuesday at 2 p.m. Who to watch: The first time the Aggies played St. Mary’s this year, junior Elizabeth Datino scored six goals and had three assists. Datino has been leading the Aggies as of late, tallying 15 points over the last three games. Datino’s strongest performance came against Stanford where she tallied nine points with five assists and four goals of her own. The Centennial, Colo. native also had three goals and an assist against Denver and seeks to continue her hot streak into the final game of the year. Did you know? UC Davis is playing St. Mary’s for the second time this season after a 16-13 victory earlier in the year.
The Aggies have dominated St. chance to show that we are the team Mary’s recently, winning their past that can play the same as we did eight matchups, but the contests against Stanford.” After the Stanford game, the Aggies’ aren’t as one-sided as they appear. Five of the victories were by less than woes continued as they dropped a disappointing game to three points. Fresno State. UC Davis will Preview: The UC Davis now try to snap its losing Lacrosse team has been streak against the Gaels, who struggling down the recently lost to Stanford as stretch, but hopes to well. end its season on a high Although it is a game benote with a victory over tween two MPSF schools, the Mountain Pacific Sports matchup will have no bearFederation opponent St. ing on the conference standMary’s. ings, as only the first match Currently on a six-game Elizabeth Datino up between the Aggies and skid, the Aggies are still junior Gaels counts as an MPSF suffering from the close match. The game will be loss against Stanford that eliminated them from the MPSF played an hour earlier than scheduled and will take place at 2 p.m. at tournament. “The Stanford game really took Aggie Stadium. a lot out of us,” said Coach Elaine –– Jason Min Jones. “We are looking for another
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Senior Dayne Quist recorded 11 strikeouts in Friday’s win over Big West Conference opponent UC Riverside.
By RUSSELL EISENMAN Aggie Sports Writer
UC Davis won the first game of the weekend series against Big West Conference opponent UC Riverside with another strong pitching performance from senior starter Dayne Quist, improving his record to a perfect 6-0 on the year. Senior David Popkins hit his team-leading fourth home run of the season in Saturday’s game, but the Aggies gave up six unearned runs and their rally fell short. The Highlanders shut down the Aggie bats in the Sunday matchup for the series win. UC Davis drops to 14-20 overall and 3-6 in the Big West. Friday — UC Davis 7, UC Riverside 2 Senior Dayne Quist continued his season dominance with an eight-innings, 11-strikeouts performance in the series opener. Quist allowed two runs, only one of which was earned, en route to his sec-
ond double-digit strikeout game of the season. He struck out five straight in the first and second innings alone. Seniors Eric Johnson and Scott Kalush led the Aggies offensively, each going 3-for-3 at the plate. UC Davis jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning after Popkins doubled and moved to third on senior Paul Politi’s infield single. Sophomore Nick Lynch singled to score Popkins, and Johnson doubled to bring home both Politi and Lynch. The Aggies struck again in the third with a two-out rally. Johnson walked, senior Brett Morgan singled to right field and Kalush walked to load the bases. Freshman Evan Heptig drew a bases-loaded walk and redshirt freshman Tino Lipson singled off the first baseman’s glove, scoring Kalush and Morgan to give UC Davis a 6-0 lead. The Aggies added one more in the fifth after Kalush tripled and Heptig grounded out to short for his second RBI of the game.
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How do you think the administration should respond to the Reynoso Report? Hannah Holland-Moritz
“Not much should be done except open up more channels of communication between the administration and students.”
sophomore biochemistry and molecular biology major
sophomore managerial economics major
“I’m confident in Katehi’s ability to lead and I’m confident that she would do what she needs to do.”
“We need a third party to audit the protocols and policies of the administration and to look over what they do now. It’s harder to make changes from the inside, so we need help from outside.”
“I think there is a line of necessary force and there needs to be a better way to manage the situation. Communication here would be a huge asset.” Justin Irwin senior neurobiology, physiology and behavior major
“I think they should set guidelines to identify specific places where students can organize. There should be more communication to be clear where they can or cannot gather.” Max Miao
sophomore economics and chemical and material sciences major
“I think they should encourage the students to let the school know what they really want. It’s because there is no specific channel to voice our opinion.” Engus Chiu junior psychology major
“They need to train the police on when to use force and how to use it properly. As long as they’re trained, then police action can be much more peaceful.” Larissa Epstein senior animal biology major
junior cell biology major
“The police should analyze the situation better and not just jump to conclusions before acting.” Jon Ly freshman biochemistry and moleculr biology major
“Don’t allow the police to carry pepper spray. Don’t even have the possibility of causing lethal or harmful force.” Jennifer Sedell community and regional development graduate student
“I think it’s good that they took a step back to assess the situation. By rushing, the administration took unnecessary action. In the future they have to be much more patient.” Lance Towner senior civil engineering major
“The report hadn’t said anything new that people already didn’t know, but there needs to be reorganization on who takes order from who.” Hamza Ahsan sophomore chemical engineering major
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