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tuesday, june 5, 2012
Graduate student wins fight for cancer treatment Student insurance may not suffice for rare cases By JUSTIN ABRAHAM Aggie News Writer
After months of scuffling with her insurance provider, senior agricultural and resource economics (ARE) graduate student Isabel Call can finally receive
life-saving treatment for a rare cancer condition. Since May, Call has been appealing to Anthem Blue Cross to cover the $160,000 treatment that she could not have afforded otherwise. Call is covered under the UC Student Health Insurance
Plan (UCSHIP), which is provided by a contract with Anthem and guaranteed for all graduate and undergraduate students in the system. Call is due to receive the treatment today at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University
of Texas in Houston. “Since I decided to go through with the treatment, every day I thought to myself ‘I’m going to Houston any day now,’” Call said. “I was ready to buy that next-day flight.” Call’s condition is classified
as a neoplasm carotid body tumor, a rare cancer which affects her neck and neighboring areas. The bulk of her tumor was surgically removed last March at MD Anderson, but the fragments
See CALL, page 2
West Nile virus mosquitoes found Student says in Davis and surrounding areas Davis police used
unnecessary force during arrest
Recent outbreak earlier than usual this summer, residents urged to take precautions
Investigation of incident underway By ANGELA SWARTZ Aggie City Writer
ly this year.” The infected mosquito samples were collected near Arroyo Park and Redwood Park in West Davis. Other samples were also found in the Gerber-Bradshaw area of the South Sacramento County. “This virus activity detected in the mosquito population is about a month early. Typically we don’t detect infected mosquito samples until July,” said District Manager of SAYO David Brown in a press release. The district is in emergency planning mode to contain the virus and reduce the threat to the public.
UC Davis undergraduate Tatiana Bush is alleging police brutality in the case of the Tasering of her male friend, UC Davis student and mentee, by the Davis Police Department (DPD). Police said they used a Taser on the male subject, who asked to remain unnamed in this article, after he repeatedly resisted arrest during an alleged fight between Bush and him on May 23 at Glacier Point Apartments in West Davis. Bush, a fifth-year political science and sociology double major, acted as an ASUCD senator from 2010 to 2011. She is the student director for the African Diaspora Cultivating Education (ACE) and served on the Reynoso Task Force, which evaluated university policies in regard to the Nov. 18 pepper spraying incident. Bush said she and the male subject weren’t fighting, but rather were having an emotional discussion. She also said the DPD two-day delay of a press release on the incident is very telling of what occurred that night, as she said it contained fabrications of the truth. She also said it was only released after Bush spoke to Davis Mayor Pro Tem Rochelle Swanson and Chancellor Linda P. B. Katehi, who pressured the police. Lt. Paul Doroshov of DPD said that press releases can’t come out right away, as they have to prepare reports and review the facts first. In addition, he said that he can’t comment further than the press release since the incident is still under investigation. “[The male subject] was trying to hug me to calm me down, but I wouldn’t let him,” Bush said. “We were just standing in front of the Glacier Point office when police approached us and immediately started screaming at him to ‘come here, come here, come here.’ We were confused. As he walked toward the officer, the officer grabbed him and tried to detain him.” Lt. Doroshov said police tried to separate the two to get statements regarding what happened, but that the male subject refused to follow the officer’s commands and became argumentative. According to the press release, when the officers attempted to physically detain the male subject, he resisted the officers by pushing them. Officers wrestled with him and were able to restrain and handcuff
See VIRUS, page 2
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By PAAYAL ZAVERI Aggie News Writer
Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus (WNV) were found in Davis a few weeks ago. The SacramentoYolo Mosquito and Vector Control District (SAYO) confirmed that they found two mosquito samples infected with the virus and two dead birds, in addition to many more found in the Sacramento County. SAYO conducts surveillance for mosquitoes infected with WNV and other diseases weekly throughout each year. They have found the virus in both the Yolo and Sacramento counties since its invasion in 2004.
However, the activity has been detected earlier than usual this year. “A [greater than] 5-year period since the previous outbreak has allowed bird immunity to dissipate and corvid [crow, magpie and scrubjay] populations to rebound. A warm winter, March rains and now warm weather have combined to provide conditions suitable for virus amplification,” said William Reisen, research epidemiologist at the Center for Vectorborne Diseases in Davis, in an e-mail interview. “The SAYO surveillance program tests lots [pools] of mosquitoes and dead birds reported by the public, and have discovered and reported multiple positives ear-
Sports Biomechanics Serial peeper Lab coming to a close on the prowl on bicycle research project
News iN Brief
The Davis Police Department (DPD) is on the lookout for an exhibitionistic peeper. In the past two weeks, there have been two reported incidents around Davis, predominantly in North Davis. In addition, DPD’s crime analysis unit has determined the current peeping suspect may be related to peeping incidents that occurred in March. The most recent incidents occurred on May 23 and May 31, at the 1500 block of H Street and at 609 Alvarado Ave., respectively. In both cases, the suspect was witnessed exposing himself to the victims. The suspect is described as a Hispanic or Middle Eastern male, 30 to 40 years old and about 5-foot-11 with a stocky build. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and baggy clothing. He is also known to target female victims by knocking on their windows and exposing himself. The DPD recommends anyone who suspects prowling activity to dial 9-1-1 immediately. — Claire Tan
Today’s weather Partly cloudy High 72 Low 52
Project helps shine light on bike’s dynamic behavior By MAX GARRITY RUSSER Aggie News Writer
Researchers at UC Davis have been studying and experimenting with the human-bike relationship through two different bike models in the hope of designing a more efficient bike. Two years ago the Sports Biomechanics Lab was given a twoyear grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for its proposed bicycle research. The grant was received in October of 2009 with a no-cost extension to continue the research until October of this year.
The lab is focusing its research on human control of a bike. “There’s been bicycle research in the department on and off for the past few years,” said mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Dr. Ronald Hess, who is one of two professors overseeing the project. “It turned out to be a neat project.” In the vehicular realm, bicycles can be considered very unique modes of transportation. Bicycles, unlike cars or airplanes, only make up 20 percent of the mass in the human-vehicle relationship. Another distinctive facet of the vehicle is that a human has to use nearly all of their sensory capabilities while riding. Visual, vestibular and proprioceptive sensory systems are all required for riding. The vestibular system helps in the control of balance and the proprioceptive system is
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Employees at the Bike Barn fix bikes for students and staff daily.
Forecast Hope you enjoyed the break from the heat, but the heat is coming back. I think Mother nature is not quite sure what she wants right now, but at least it will be nice tomorrow. Tyson Tilmont, atmospheric science major Aggie Forecasting Team
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Poetry Night Reading Series
1 to 2 p.m. The Bookstore Special Events Room, MU Listen to William W. Hagen in a talk about his new book German History In Modern Times. The event is free and open to the general public. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A period and a book signing.
8 to 10 p.m. John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. Go listen to Troy Jollimore at this free poetry reading. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to secure a seat and sign up for a spot on the Open Mic list. The Poetry Night Reading Series is organized and hosted by Andy Jones and produced by Pia Baur.
UC Davis Gamelan Ensemble 5 to 6 p.m. Delta of Venus Watch this free performance of the UC Davis Gamelan ensemble with director Ed Garcia.
WEDNESDAY MFA Design Showcase 3 to 7 p.m. Main Theatre, Wright Department of Theatre and Dance MFA candidates present their work in scenic, costume and lighting design. Meet designers Maggie Chan, Travis Kerr, Kourtney Lampedecchio and Dee Loree Sweger. Drop by Main Theatre, Wright Hall to see and discuss their work for stage and screen.
Senior Recital 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 115 Music Watch this senior recital as Jonathan Martinez performs on the flute.
Student Chamber Ensembles 7 to 8 p.m. 115 Music Watch this free performance of the Student Chamber Ensembles.
Folk Music Jam Session Noon to 1 p.m. Wyatt Deck, Old Davis Road Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer and world music over the lunch hour. All skill levels and listeners welcome. For more information, call (530) 752-4880 or visit arboretum.ucdavis.edu.
Informal folk dancing 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Central Park, Davis Unwind at the end of the day by trying some very easy dances from around the world. Members of the Davis International Folk dancers will informally do some of their favorite folk dances in the grass by the farmers market structure. All are welcome. 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 THURSDAY
A group of intoxicated people were throwing rocks on Shasta Drive.
Old issues keep coming up A man needed advice because his roommate threw up on him on Fifth Street.
FRIDAY Czech yourself Someone destroyed a real ID they thought was fake at Little Prague on G Street.
SUNDAY Band-huh? A loud band was marching down the road for unknown reasons on Los Robles Street.
Maybe there was a hole in one Someone put golf tees under car tires on Koso Street.
Even creepers are eco-friendly A person washing clothes received a text saying not to wash them on Buckeye Lane.
Police briefs are compiled from the City of Davis daily crime bulletins. TRACY HARRIS reminds you to continue to behave in inappropriate but amusing ways in the coming year. Thanks, Aggies!
ous illness only supportive therapy can be administered,” Reisen said. “In humans there is recent evidence that even febrile illness can produce longterm infection and kidney disease. Neurological disease can resolve or provide permanent impairment.” “The most important thing that people can do to prevent mosquitoes is to not have any dirty water around their yard. Next, personal protection against mosquito bites is best. Always wear an effective mosquito repellent to keep mosquitoes from biting, especially if you are doing any outdoor activities around dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active,” Rodriguez said. “We also ask that the public report any dead birds because they provide valuable information as to how the virus is moving.” Additional information about the recent WNV outbreak can be found at fightthebite.net and residents can also subscribe to mailing lists to stay updated.
Cont. from front page “In response to the detection of WNV activity, the district is following the Mosquito and Mosquito Borne Disease Management Plan and will increase its mosquito trapping and surveillance in the area to find sources where mosquitoes may be breeding,” said Public Information Officer of SAYO Luz Rodriguez in a press release. “Ground spraying may also be conducted to rapidly decrease the numbers of infected adult mosquitoes.” People are encouraged to take precautions against this recent outbreak by using mosquito repellent when outdoors. Personal characteristics such as age, health, immune system, high blood pressure and diabetes can put certain people at a greater risk for contracting the virus. “There is no vaccine for humans. Horses are vaccinated each year, which provides protection. There are no drugs, so once a PAAYAL ZAVERI can be reached at city@ case progresses to seri- theaggie.org.
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success by. A year ago, my self-worth was still just as high but my interests and lifestyle didn’t line up with my endgame. I made those necessary changes and Jazz feel like I’m on the path to Trice reaching those goals. I do need to reiterate the amount of crap you deal with on a daily basis. That never goes away. Pipes burst in your apartment, family members go to the hospital, you don’t make as graduated from Davis much money as you need a year ago after finishto make ends meet. Instead ing my Super-Senior of moping around comyear. I spent my last nine months as a student in bal- plaining about the problems, do everything you let class, a comedy course can to create solutions for I completed twice before them. It sounds so simple and a couple of musicals. and easy, but trust me, I’m I fell into this slump of lafully aware of how much ziness where work didn’t more appealing it is to sit matter. Why would I show under the covers hoping it up for class if it’s over already? Also, I went to about all goes away on its own. eight-and-a-half classes my But it won’t. And the feeling of accomplishment and last year so I’m surprised I pride in was even givhow you en my diploIt’s exhilarating having to answer learn to ma. Also, I to nobody but yourself for the deal with still haven’t picked up good or bad decisions you make all the shit that comes my diploma. your way is See? Lazy. more rewarding than you’d I was tripped out by the think. fear of the next step. The Think of your life as conuncertainty of how everystant spring cleaning. You thing is supposed to turn keep the things you know out makes you cling on to you’ll need and purge evthe familiar. A part of me erything else that’s unnecstill wants nothing more than to have DC swipes and essary. The arguments with your family and friends are the ability to bike wherevprobably stupid misunderer I please at the drop of a hat. But as cool as we’d like standings that don’t deserve to think Ryan Reynolds was as much weight. Just as you’re learning about yourin Van Wilder, we’re poorly self, keep in mind the type mistaken. of people you surround Appreciate the last couyourself with. By now, you ple of weeks, don’t forget should be aware of the the memories and experitraits they have that don’t ences, but make sure that mix well with your own. you let go. Not completely, but enough where you’re What’s the point of trying to make everyone see your able to let yourself be depoint of view? You can’t fined by other things aside from college. I’ve called my- change the way people act, but you can change how self a recent college gradyou deal with the personaluate and a track and field athlete for too long. I hard- ity clash. It makes things go by a lot smoother. ly qualify for either. What As peers, it’s our responwe define ourselves by will sibility to help each other be (hopefully) drastically different than before. We’re through all the big struggles. So many factors (the econgoing to have to leave colomy, job market) are trying lege behind at some point. to keep us down. I believe Once you’re on the othwe’re in the trenches together side, there’s this rush er. Sharing our insights, exof freedom. It’s exhilaratperiences and struggles with ing having to answer to the people in our lives is nobody but yourself for beneficial. I want nothing the good or bad decisions more than my family and you make. You can go after whatever career you like friends to be successful and find fulfillment in their lives or move anywhere in the world just because you feel and to do anything I can to help. like it. Vacations and par God, I sound so old. But ties have new levels of excitement and feel deserved we’re college-educated adults now. Regardless of and earned instead of part how daunting that last senof the regular routine. So many amazing and surpris- tence is, that success we’re striving for rests on our ing things will happen in shoulders. Get out there your first year out, including learning so much about and make that shit happen. yourself. I’ve come to understand what it really is JAZZ TRICE is here if you need him! Contact I want out of my life and him at email@example.com or twitter. com/Jazz_Trice. what I want to define my
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call Cont. from front page left in her neck are considered malignant. Dr. Adam Garden, Call’s radiation oncologist in Houston, recommended a state-of-the-art procedure known as proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) first developed in the 1990s. Unlike more conventional radiation therapy, PBRT utilizes controlled proton beams to deliver high doses of radiation while minimizing lifelong side effects including permanent neck stiffness, loss of salivary glands and the formation of secondary cancers. Garden estimated that PBRT would cost Call $160,000, while conventional alternatives would range from $50,000 to $100,000. Without insurance coverage, Call would not be able to pay the full amount of either option. “They told me I would get a 35 percent discount if I paid up front,” Call said. “I don’t think any student can afford to pay even 65 percent of $160,000.” Despite an appeal composed by Garden on the necessity of the treatment, Anthem continued to deny coverage on the grounds that PBRT remains an “investigational” treatment for the head and neck and that there is insufficient clinical data on its effectiveness. “What they didn’t consider is that anything is in-
vestigational for my condition, which is just so rare,” Call said. Call and her supporters remain suspicious of Anthem’s initial rejections because the review process was not very transparent. “My doctors, I believe, are the best in the field,” Call said. “On the other hand, we don’t exactly know who Anthem consulted for their decision.” According to Heather Pineda, Director of UCSHIP at the UC Office of the President, Anthem utilizes “licensed clinical experts” to review medical conditions for coverage. “I personally worked with Anthem on Ms. Call’s request for benefits to promote additional review of her situation, and I am very pleased a solution was reached in her case,” Pineda said. With the encouragement of her doctors and the support of her peers, Call decided to fight the decision a few days shortly after. A second appeal entailed a complete and rigorous assessment of the treatment accomplished by Call and other ARE graduate students. “We really approached it like a collaborative research project,” Call said. “We began by looking up articles, finding the key points and then we continued to work on it over e-mail.” The second appeal was successful in convincing the review board at Anthem to reverse its initial decision.
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your prospective advisor. Ask him/her whether or not they have space in their lab for a graduate student. If the lab is overstaffed or underfunded, or if the advisor is about Matan to retire or relocate, then that Shelomi lab is not for you. You don’t want your funding to dry up or for your professor to abandon you like an orphan. Talk to them about their project and what kind of research you could do in their lab. Only then should you apply to the university. Your advisor will be the one who decides whether or not you n the past 10 weeks I get accepted, not some adhave hopefully manmissions committee, so their aged to convince you prior approval is crucial. not only that hitting life’s snooze button to be a grad- A frequently used simuate student is pretty awe- ile is that grad school is like a marriage. You are gosome, but also that I myself am a reliable source of ing to be spending several years of your life working in information about it all. The truth is that my experi- close contact with your advisor, so liking the person ence is atypical, though in is as important as liking the a good way. I have a wonresearch. derful adviIf your apsor, a fasciIf all has gone well, plication nating project and a congratulations, you might be goes well, should handy felaccepted into a grad program! you be invitlowship ed to meet that have the department and talk made my time here run unusually smoothly. That’s to your advisor in person. Be sure your advisor’s phigood for you! So much losophy of science and atof the media about betitudes toward work are ing a grad student is negative, that I think my posi- aligned with yours. Make tive take on things is need- a good impression by having read extensively about ed. Therefore, for those of your potential advisor’s reyou who are still eager to one day pursue a post-bac- search. When they meet you, they want to see you calaureate degree, below is my advice on how to get gushing about the work they do, and to even have into grad school. some ideas about the proj Why should you trust what I have to say? Because ect you’d do as their stuall the advice here is advice dent. If you’re asking them basic questions about what I did not follow, but should have. Disclosure time: I ac- they study, you have just earned a rejection letter. tually made a lot of mis If all has gone well, contakes when applying to graduate school, and I pret- gratulations, you might be accepted into a grad proty much did everything gram! Should you accept wrong. I got into Davis by pure luck: My advisor’s first back? Remember that you are not exactly going to roll choice turned her down. I’ve proven my worth since, in money upon graduating. A good graduate program but here are some tips should you choose to make should pay you for your research, not the other way your own luck. around. If the program pays The most important your way, go for it. A Ph.D. thing to remember is this: simply isn’t worth getting You are not applying to a into debt for, especially a school or institution the (useless) humanities one. way you applied to colMaster’s programs are less lege. You are applying to often covered, so choose a professor. Don’t look up whether you want an M.A. prestigious schools and or Ph.D. with care. search for a faculty member that sounds like a good Too early for you to apply? The most important thing fit. Search for a professor you can do to strengthen studying your topic of inyour application is to have terest first, then figure out research experience. Not where he or she teaches. This means that you should only will it show that you’re capable of such work, but already know what you also it will help you find would like to be studying, what topics excite you. or at least have a general With that, I wish you idea. You will be spending good luck! It’s been a the next few years of your life on this topic and it’s im- pleasure. possible to fake enthusiasm for that long, so be sure Ma Mat Mata MATAN SHELOMI can be you’re excited! reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you’ve found a lab Congratulations to the 0.03 percent of you who see what I did there. you’d like to join, contact
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Another crucial component of this reversal was pressure put on the university by a network of supporters. “Faculty and staff have institutional support from the university in these cases,” said Emilia Tjernstrom, a junior ARE graduate student and organizer of the online petition for Call’s cause. “Graduate students do not have access to this which is why rallying support was important.” Over the course of Memorial Day weekend, the petition collected more than 1,500 signatures. This number peaked at 6,000 by the time Call received the coverage. A planned rally for June 4 was canceled after the movement’s goals were met. “This is a story that is easy to relate to and the right thing to do is clear,” Tjernstrom said. The Graduate Student Association (GSA) and members of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department also expressed official support for Call’s case. “We hope that this case will also encourage both Anthem and the UC to review their policies on advanced, life-saving care for unusual conditions,” said Colin Murphy, GSA External Chair. “We hope no one in the future will be forced down the same path.” UCSHIP was established in 2001 for undergraduate students and the plan was
extended for graduate students in 2009. Benefits like worldwide coverage and a $400,000 maximum lifetime plan make UCSHIP an attractive option for many students, but the plan can fall through the cracks in special cases like Call’s. “There are a lot of good things to say about the student health insurance plan,” Call said. “It is why I was able to go to one of the country’s best cancer centers.” For some, there is a serious incentive problem with the insurance plan. Coverage for expensive treatments must receive explicit approval from the Chief Risk Officer at the UC Office of the President because of the UC’s direct financial stake in the procedure. “UCSHIP covers chemotherapy and radiation therapy for treatment of cancer at 90% of negotiated rates for Anthem network providers, and students are responsible for 10% coinsurance,” Pineda said. While Call will now be receiving the treatment she needs, the manner of management in special cases reveals how UCSHIP could fall short for some students, especially those with unique conditions like Call’s. “It is pure luck,” Call said about her condition. “It could have been anyone.” JUSTIN ABRAHAM can be reached at email@example.com.
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Care to comment? Following the protests across UC campuses in November, UC President Mark Yudof commissioned a report, called the RobinsonEdley report, to make recommendations to facilitate free speech while maintaining the health and safety of those involved. A draft of the report has been released to allow the UC community to provide comments until June 8 to strengthen the report’s recommendations. Beginning with the Free Speech movement in the ’60s, free speech and civil disobedience have been intertwined with UC history and culture. To ensure the free flow of ideas we must take every step possible to protect our right to free speech. We must not give up this chance; this is a rare opportunity for us to give input on policies that will directly apply to us. We have the means to shape the administration within our reach. With the State’s decreasing financial investment in higher education, protests and civil disobedience will only happen with increasing frequency. Whether you choose to protest or not, the administration’s response affects everyone — we have first-
hand knowledge of that. It is our duty to share this knowledge, and it is pathetic if only 33 people from the entire UC system had commented on it as of last week. If we do not take advantage of this opportunity to voice our opinions, we may not be given another. In order to prevent the events like those in November from happening again, we must ensure that the recommendations put forward are implemented. We must put it on ourselves to hold the administration accountable. However, that first requires us to know what is being recommended. Getting through all 158 pages of the report is a daunting task — especially for those of us who have enough trouble getting through 20 pages of assigned reading. However, there is a solution: The report conveniently lists all of its recommendations beginning on page 100. It’s an easy read and it’s just as easy to make a comment. Go to campusprotestreport.universityofcalifornia.edu to skim through the recommendations and let your voice be heard. It is as easy as creeping on your friends’ Facebook profiles.
Letter to the editor of the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, College The University of California, of Letters and Science, is comDavis has launched a nationwide prised of faculty, students, alumsearch for an associate chancellor ni and staff. Julie Filizetti and Gail of strategic communications. This Gregory of Isaacson, Miller, a naposition will report directly to the tional executive search firm, are chancellor and work closely with assisting the committee in identithe chancellor and UC Davis’ sefying potential candidates for this nior leadership team. The associcritical position. ate chancellor will provide camUC Davis is committed to conpus-wide vision and strategic ducting an open, transparent counsel in the areas of commusearch to attract a strong and dinications and marketing to help verse pool of candidates with the raise the visibility of the university necessary background and expeand its faculty, staff and students rience to lead the campus’s comwho are engaged in a wide array munications effort. A critical first of teaching, research and commu- step in this process will be to connity service activities. The associvene a series of town hall meetate chancellor will work to expand ings this month so that members and enhance public awareness of of the UC Davis community have UC Davis as a vital economic, inan opportunity to ask questions tellectual and cultural resource for about the search and offer advice the region, state, nation and world. about the qualifications we should The Recruitment Advisory be looking for in candidates for the Committee for the position, position. UC Davis and Isaacson, chaired by Dean Jessie Ann Owens Miller will use the information
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Keep on truckin’
By VINCE SHEA
Sophomore, cell biology major
BRENDAN REPICKY UC Davis alumnus
Fundraisers similar to the recent Street Food Rodeo can be organized to raise money for a specific cause or foundation. For example, ASUCD could bring a food truck event to campus, which would bring in extra money for its services while providing students with alternate lunch options. It is true that food trucks have begun to make their way onto campus, such as the recent addition to the Silo’s food options, Star Ginger, an Asian cuisine food truck, and Shah’s, a halal food truck. But these trucks aren’t providing the full variety we are looking for. After a successful event in the city of Davis, the University should take action. We’re hungry.
Today is election day. The June ballot in California this year isn’t terribly exciting; rest assured, Barack Obama will be the Democratic nominee for President. But there is Proposition 29. Prop 29 imposes a $1.00 tax on cigarette packs. Thus, financially, it affects only those who smoke, and nobody else. California currently ranks 33rd in the nation in its tobacco tax (at just 87 cents), and hasn’t raised its tax in 13 years. Sometimes arguments crumble under the weight of statistics, but it would do a disservice to everyone not to include a few below. To start, 88 percent of addicted smokers begin before they reach the age of 18. If Prop 29 passes, a
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Last week, a variety of food trucks graced Davis during The Davis Dirt’s Street Food Rodeo. This amalgamation of new food options and local band performances made for quite a popular display. Not only did this event present a marvelous opportunity to take a break from the usual midday meal, but it also served a purpose: to raise money for a well-deserved cause, the Davis School Garden Program. On top of that, the efforts also addressed eco-friendly concerns, ensuring that the participants and vendors both stayed true to Davis’ green ways. After attending the successful event, it is clear that food trucks are desired by students and could be profitable for the University.
gathered at these meetings to develop a position profile to use in the recruitment of candidates. The university will post the final position profile on its website and will place advertisements in the Chronicle of Higher Education and with other leading organizations. UC Davis has developed an aggressive timeline for this search. The goal is to complete the process by late November 2012. The university will update the community throughout the search. If you have questions about the search or want to recommend or nominate a candidate, please e-mail Dean Owens (email@example.com) or Isaacson, Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org). For information about Isaacson, Miller, please visit their website.
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“New American Century” is a phrase often heard bandied about by both the Obama and Romney campaigns. What it entails is somewhat vague, but it is not difficult to guess the contours of such an idea. A New American Century would involve global dominance with regards to the economy, military and the standard of living. Such a century would be an affirmation of our highest vanity and deepest ego — to be the biggest, baddest kid on the block, the readily acknowledged king of the global jungle. Well, too bad that is probably not going to happen. I am moving onto shaky ground here theoretically, but I believe that the reason for the coming Great American Decline has to do with a loss of the American ideal of service to others and sacrifice for the collective good. Here, you might sputter rather irritatedly that, well, of course America is going to be number one forever and ever, Amen. To believe otherwise is to be almost heretical in thought. After all, we are the eternal shining light on the hill! My god, to not be the king of this hill would be to permit the world to slip into utter darkness, right? Unfortunately, last time I checked, there is no sacred covenant explicating America’s greatness. Our country is great only because previous gen-
projected 228,000 California kids won’t become addicted adult smokers. If Prop 29 passes, 22,000 smoking-affected births will be avoided in California over the next five years. If Prop 29 passes, $735 million will be raised to spend on cancer research and tobacco prevention in the state of California. These funds will be allocated by a nine-member committee, and not the “huge new government bureaucracy” opponents would have you believe. Unsurprisingly, Prop 29 is supported by the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association and a multitude of other health organizations. No on 29 has spent over $40 million on TV, radio and internet advertisements. That makes sense, since their campaign is bankrolled by tobacco companies like Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds. Tobacco companies
already spend $656 million every year in California alone recruiting consumers; they need young people to continue becoming addicted. This isn’t new information: Smoking causes cancer, directly and indirectly. Fewer smokers makes our parents, our friends, our children and us healthier. It makes our community healthier. Stand up to Big Tobacco. Cigarette companies only care about getting their next generation of customers hooked on their product. Prop 29 increases cancer research and decreases smoking. It weakens tobacco companies and saves lives. That is why Big Tobacco will do and say anything to defeat it. Do you really trust them to be honest? Please don’t forget to vote Yes on Proposition 29 today. Check out proposition29.org if you have any other questions or concerns.
erations worked, served and sacriright; you are wrong,” because such a ficed to make it great and because posture kills any chance of the most they, and we, were the lucky recipiimportant ingredient in democraents of good fortune. We escaped the cy — compromise. There would be wounds of WWll, allowing the U.S. to more legislation that involves sacbe the ascendent nation for decades. rifice. Spending cuts, higher taxes On an individual level, the coland lower entitlements would be aclapse of service clubs and organizaceptable because they would again tions is an example be putting future of the breakdown generations first. Unfortunately, last time I checked, of our willingness A service-sacthere is no sacred covenant to serve others. Our rifice mentalipoliticians’ acriexplicating America’s greatness ty will never take mony, lack of comhold in our macpromise and comro-society unless plete short-sightedness in policy also it begins in the micro — in your point to such a collapse on a colleclife and mine. For me, the best extive level. ample of such a mindset are my I could give example after exparents. They have adopted 16 ample of this in politics. One is children, most with mental and when the Senate Minority Leader physical disabilities. They did so Mitch McConnell said that the because they could not stomach Republicans’ primary goal is to make knowing that children, through Barack Obama’s presidency a failno fault of their own, were being ure. Another is the ineffectual effort shoved into the dark corners of of Congress to pass a climate-change orphanages and institutions, unbill. Doing so would admittedly inloved, left to rot. volve sacrifice through higher pricIt is a life of sacrifice. They have es of energy in the present, but such never had a new car. They have a bill would ensure a better country never been on vacation. Yet they for future generations. A third would have gained far more than they be the collapse of deficit reduction have given. talks last summer between President As an individual and as a naObama and Speaker Boehner that tion, we should adopt a simiwould have involved major sacrilar mentality. We should all sacfice, both politically and economrifice more, volunteer more and ically, but would have dramaticalgive more. In politics, our naly strengthened the country’s fiscal tion’s leaders should avoid the standing down the road. comfortable embrace of cerLacking a strong service-sacrifice tainty in thought and instead be mindset, our country shows daily willing to accept different viewsigns of malaise that point to a grim- points, to compromise daily and mer future. Our politicians seeming- avoid gimmicks and expedient ly cannot compromise. Our econom- solutions. ic system has deep structural weakTo do otherwise is to invite denesses. We are in debt up to our fucline. So yes, there will be a New ture grandchildren’s eyeballs. It is a American Century, but only through complete mess. service and sacrifice will we make the What would a society look like next one hundred years a century we if everyone was willing to sacrifice can be proud of. more, to compromise more, to act in a way that puts future generations JONATHAN NELSON is going to miss writing these ahead of the present? There would be columns. E-mail any last opinions, ideas or spastic rants less certainty in thought, less “I am to email@example.com.
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bike Cont. from front page one’s sense of relative position of body parts. According to Hess, this can be likened to knowing what your hand is doing even when it’s behind your back. For the research project, graduate students, with help from the professors, created two bikes: a refined bike
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for human use and a robotic bicycle. The bike that was created for human use was completed first. “The experiments were actually really fun,” Hess said. The human-compatible bike was tested first on a horse treadmill and then in the pavilion at the Activities and Recreation Center. Both bikes were designed by first creating an idealized
model. “The rider is fixed to the frame,” said mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Dr. Mont Hubbard. “We tried to restrict him to this idealized model that we had.” A computer attached to the bike helped gather information on what the rider was doing while riding. The second bike that is nearly finished is complete-
Aggie: How did you get involved in the cherry business? Missy: My husband, Tom, is a third-generation cherry farmer. I just married into this company. It was founded 55 years ago and named after Tom’s grandfather, Joe.
Dallas hairdo, with small strawberry baskets my husband gave me full of cherries. People lined up and suddenly I was trying to sell them as fast as I could. Long story short, they let me come back, week after week after week. This was 18 years ago. Now I’m on my 19th season, and running 45 different farmers markets.
Aggie: So how did the cherries get to the farmers market? Missy: I was living in Dallas, where I used to work as a teacher. One day a parent made a casual comment, “You have all these cherries, why not sell them at the farmers market?” I had no idea what the farmers market was. They weren’t very popular 19 years ago. But I looked into it, and somehow found a market in Sacramento to get into. I did a test run there, complete with my
Aggie: So who helps you manage all of those? Missy: Employ college students to work the markets in college towns. It’s a blessing to be able to give back to the students and help them to save the money to travel or [just to enjoy]. [For the future,] Shelby has also told me that she wants to take over the business when she has kids. She has the same passion that I have, the same entrepreneurial sense that is
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we have, and then we also have the Brook and Coral. Our stand is special because we work with a plant geneticist to create new cherries. We’ve created this one named the Big Red, which we’ll have in a few weeks for a limited time. It’s this huge cherry that’s really crunchy and meaty. We’ve also created the Gibraltar, which is a really big cherry as well with a dark, mild flavor. They’re like our “designer cherries.” Missy: We bring in a lot of cherries that nobody else has; it brings us our edge in the market. When people buy from us, they know that they’re going to get a quality product.
ly robotic and was intended to help better understand a regular bike with a rider. “The robot bicycle lets us have a bicycle that we know everything about,” Hubbard said. “It’s a way to refine and test a model from the bike alone without the human in the loop.” An onboard computer calculates what the steering torque should be. Both professors that
worked on the project admired their graduate students’ work concerning the research and construction that was involved in the project. “My favorite part of the project was interacting with so many different people,” said mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate student Jason Moore. Mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate
students Luke Peterson and Gilbert Gede also worked alongside Moore on the project. Hess and Hubbard said that understanding the human-bike relationship better could lead to the production of specialized bikes that are tailored to specific individuals. MAX GARRITY RUSSER can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
very prevalent in our family. It re- tardy dessert just made with cherally ties our family together. ries, sugar, eggs, flour and vanilla. Cooking with cherries
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Aggie: What’s your favorite way to enjoy the cherries? Missy: Fresh is the best way. Favorite way is chocolate dipped; it’s phenomenal. You can buy the Sephra Premium Dark Chocolate at Smart & Final. Wash the cherries, dry them on a paper towel, melt the choc in a microwave, dip them, put all of them on wax paper and put them in the fridge. Shelby: Chocolate-dipped cherries are amazing. Other than having them fresh, you can freeze them, or make cherry pies; you need about three cups of fresh cherries for a pie. You can also make a sort of cherry breakfast dessert called a clafouti. It’s a really simple cus-
Aggie: You work plenty of markets; what’s special about the one in Davis? Shelby: Definitely the people. Everyone here is just so nice. I’ve worked here at this market since I was 16. Now we have a whole bunch of regulars, and it’s incredible to be able to see the kids around you grow up. The Joe Gotelli & Sons cherry stand is only open during cherry season, every Wednesday morning and evening and Saturday morning in May, June and July. LANI CHAN can be reached at features@theaggie. org.
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Social network for The Davis Senior Center offers activities to everyone UC system Exercise classes, art projects, music jam sessions and launches this week legal advice available to the community UCMeTalk pairs students and faculty that share similar interests
By DYLAN GALLAGHER Aggie News Writer
UCMeTalk, a social network designed specifically for students, alumni and staff members of the UC system, is slated to launch this week. The project, which is founded and operated by students, is intended to be used as a tool for past and present students and faculty members who wish to expand their professional network. In order to cater to users looking to expand their pool of professional contacts, the website utilizes a video interface system which promotes more personalized interaction. Project Manager Nazir Katbi likened the video interface system to that of the popular website Chatroulette. Users will be paired at random to speak with other users who are online at the same time. However, this video match-up is not entirely randomized. According to Katbi, there are filters which can be activated to narrow the results of the pairing process. Most importantly, users can filter the results of the match-up process based on both their major and their university. “Basically, it’s good for meeting like-minded students within the UC system or your school,” Katbi said. “You can build your professional network before you graduate.” This system of result filtration is meant to ensure that the project personally benefits as many students, alumni and faculty members as possible. However, these are only some of the features that come with what is said to be merely the first beta launch. “[The beta launch] is phase one,” Katbi said. “It’s a fundamental building block that we’re building an entire network off of in the future.” According to the project’s offi-
cial Tumblr page, ucmetalk.tumblr.com, as the program advances, more career-enhancing packages will be added on to emphasize network enhancement. The purpose of this is to offer students further outlets through which to expand their academic and professional careers. However, the manner in which students will respond to the launch of yet another social network remains to be seen. “I realize the benefits of being able to contact students and faculty from other UC’s who share your interests and majors,” said sophomore neurobiology, physiology and behavior major Annie Lyon. “However, if I needed to contact them, I would probably use a system other than a surprise video chat; something more traditional like e-mail.” On top of being skeptical about making the transition from more “traditional” means of communication to video chat, other students question the need for another social network at all. “I might try it out, but there are already so many other social networks out there,” said Lilly Flores, a sophomore technocultural studies major. “It’s hard enough to keep up with them all as it is.” For the time being, however, the UCMeTalk Team is focusing on establishing a reputation within the UC community that sets them apart from other social networks. As part of these efforts, they are currently engaging with students on a more personal level — encouraging them to sign up at ucmetalk.com for pre-registration before the official beta launch. On top of this, they have given presentations at UC Irvine and UCLA and tabled on the UC Davis main quad in order to raise awareness about the project. DYLAN GALLAGHER can be reached at campus@ theaggie.org.
ICC’s Countdown to Summer! Spring quarter is nearly over and this is the final installment of the Internship and Career Center’s Countdown to Summer. We hope you have been able to take advantage of our tips for landing a job or internship. If you want more assistance, we have a special set of workshops and a plethora of other resources still available! The ICC will be hosting Hire Me Academy, a special conference-style event for graduating seniors who are unable to focus on a job search until coursework is finished or for continuing students looking for an internship. We’ve designed Hire Me Academy to allow students to focus their attention on their job/internship search. The conference will include workshops on the critical issues associated with looking for a job/internship that includes sessions entitled “Know Yourself/Promote Yourself,” “Resume & Cover Letter Writing” and “Conquering Job Search Stress, Interviewing & Negotiating.” Visit the ICC website, icc.ucdavis.edu, for a detailed schedule. You are not required to stay for every workshop offered during the academy; choose those most relevant to your needs. Hire Me Academy will take place in 114 South Hall, June 19 and June 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and June 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. At the conclusion of Tuesday and Wednesday we will have a resume review session with numerous ICC advisors available to you to provide feedback, so bring a printed draft of your resume. A special mock interview event will take place on June 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. in 114 South Hall. Practice interviewing with one of many professionals who will volunteer their time and expert opinions. Following a brief interview, you will get feed-
back on what you did well and how you can improve. So many times we leave an interview wondering what we could have done better. Now you can actually find out. Whether you’re just starting, or you’ve been interviewing but haven’t been offered a position yet, take advantage of this opportunity! In addition to Hire Me Academy, the ICC offers other resources and services that can help you land a position. There are internships that go unfilled! If you do not already have an Aggie Job Link (AJL) account, visit icc.ucdavis.edu and create one. However, don’t suffer in silence if you are not able to find a position. Visit the ICC for strategies and information on how to use AJL. Join an ICC listserv to learn about workshops, events and new internship and job postings throughout the summer. Take charge of your career path this summer, even if it is still undefined. Start by gaining experience. Whether in Davis or elsewhere, volunteering is a great way to build your confidence in professional work environments, develop skills and gain contacts. Visit the Community Services Resource Center on the ICC website for information on a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, but do so before finals week, as our community services peer advisors may not be available after that time. If you are leaving Davis for the summer, think about developing your own internship. An ICC coordinator can provide guidance and help you receive transcript notation for the internship. Five, four, three, two, one ... the countdown to summer has started. Don’t let it take off without using the ICC’s offerings first to send your career or internship into orbit.
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The Davis Senior Center provides recreational and informational activities to its seniors.
By MEE YANG
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Every first and third Friday of the month, the Davis Senior Center (DSC) is filled with the sound of music from its biweekly event called the Dance and Jam Session. The event is made up of community members in a band called “Music from the Back Room.” “It is for people who want to come and listen to music or to dance,” said Alisa Fisher, program coordinator of the DSC. “They change up the music all the time, but it’s pretty much big band music from the ’30s and ’40s.” The number of participants range between 15 and 20 seniors, Fisher said. In addition to the Dance and Jam Session, there are many opportunities for members to take part in exercise classes, art classes, dance classes and other recreational projects. Among the recreational activities are Nintendo Wii tournaments which happen every Wednesday, and oil and acrylic painting. “The City of Davis Community Services Department provides a variety
taser Cont. from front page him, the release stated. Barbara Bonaparte, a junior African American studies and human development double major and president of the UC Davis Black Student Union, is the male student’s roommate and was present during the incident. She said police gave no reasoning for the arrest. Bush said she raised her hand and told police he wasn’t being aggressive and that they weren’t resisting arrest. “They put him in the back of a police car,” she said. “Then they grabbed me by the neck and pushed me against a police car.” Bonaparte said she witnessed Bush thrown against the police car, which Bush said resulted in massive bruises on her neck, jaw and wrists, along with a concussion. According to the police press release, during the time officers were struggling to get the male subject under control, despite numerous requests for her to keep her distance, Bush interfered by physically placing herself in close proximity to the struggle. Bush said while the male subject was in the car he asked about where his phone was, then three officers grabbed him, throwing him to the ground outside of the car. She said he tried to stand up and four officers tackled him to the ground near the Glacier Point sign, where he was then Tasered. Police said while in the back seat of the patrol vehicle, the male subject escaped from his handcuffs, kicked the rear door open and assaulted one of the
of programs and services which help strengthen our community image and create a sense of place,” according to the Davis Senior Center website. Not only does the DSC provide recreational activities, but it also provides seniors assistance with information regarding tax, computer tutoring and other areas. “We have legal consultation during tax season,” Fisher said. “The center is recreational and informational; it’s a place to come to recreate and get resources from the community.” According to its monthly newsletter, seniors are provided with information such as a driver safety renewal class, help with yard work, affordable housing lottery and support groups. The DSC has four staff members: two coordinators, a supervisor and a front desk assistant. There are also about 10 part-time instructors. In addition to four staff members and 10 part-time instructors, there are also student volunteers from UC Davis. Volunteers range from members of sororities, fraternities, Band-Uh! and Circle K, an international community service
organization. Recently, Band-Uh! led the National Senior Health and Fitness Day walk with a march around Central Park Wednesday. “Some of the groups help with an array of things such as our Nintendo Wii program,” Fisher said. “They make decorations for the dances and treats for some events.” The DSC is a public facility that is put on by the city of Davis. The DSC receives funds from both the city and from a nonprofit group called “Senior Citizens of Davis,” Fisher said. About 100 to 300 people come to the DSC daily. During the day, the majority is made up of either retired or part-time seniors. The DSC is located on 646 A Street and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Anyone is welcome and most programs are free with the exception of certain events such as luncheons which require an individual to be at least 60 years of age. For more information, visit cityofdavis.org/cs/seniors.
officers. He allegedly pushed the officer, and ultimately punched the officer in the face. The officers subdued him with a Taser, he release stated. Bonaparte said the person she spoke with at the Yolo County Jail in Woodland lied when she asked if he was in jail since she later talked to Bush who said he was in custody. Bush said the officer who drove her to the Davis Police Station was shocked that none of the officers took the time to ask her and the male subject what was happening. “[The officer] told me: ‘This isn’t a racial thing. I have black friends. You seem like a downto-earth kid,’” Bush said. “The most disgusting part of all this is that there were some white kids clapping on the side of the street during the arrest. You can’t tell me this isn’t a problem in Davis. I would never expect my peers to clap during brutalization by the police.” Bonaparte said in addition to the clapping, bringing in more police cars, which totaled nine cars, only caused more of a scene. According to the Yolo County Sheriff Department’s Public Information Officer Lance Faille, the male subject is facing a felony charge of violating California Penal Code 69. This code states that anyone who attempts to use threats or violence to prevent an officer from performing a duty is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of violating California Penal Code 243 by assaulting a police officer. Bush faces a violation of California Penal Code 148 for interfering with an arrest, with
a fine not exceeding $1,000 and/or prison time. Bush said she took out $18,000 in bail bonds and cleared out her bank account to fund the male subject’s release on a $20,000 bail. “I can only imagine if this happened to someone who didn’t know Chancellor Katehi,” Bush said. “I’m glad this happened to me because I have the ability to do something. This is shit I’d never have expected as a college student, especially after what I’ve done for this campus.” “Police in Davis don’t communicate with us or each other,” she said. “I think it’s very telling that coming off of the Reynoso Task Force, this is the next phase. It’s disgusting how they treat African American students and I won’t stand for such things; this can’t happen again.” Bonaparte said her first encounter with police was during the Occupy protests and her impression of police in Davis was already not good. She said this recent experience was awful and her roommate has never been in any type of trouble. The police said they have an audio and partial video recordings of the incident. Police urge witnesses to provide additional information and/or video recordings to the Professional Standards Unit at 747-5400. Lt. Doroshov said any time there’s force used greater than physically holding onto a subject there’s an automatic review. Bush said she will be taking further action in regards to the incident. The male subject’s court date is June 25 at 1:30 p.m. in Woodland.
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Former UC Davis basketball star Mark Payne is now playing abroad in Spain.
By TREVOR CRAMER Aggie Sports Writer
It’s all about chasing the dream. Athletes come to UC Davis hoping that they will be part of the miniscule percent of competitors to ultimately break into the professional level of their respective sport. But when these athletes fail to sign with a domestic team, they are faced with a choice: let the dream die or find a new place to practice their trade. Over the last several seasons the choice has become increasingly clear: UC Davis athletes are willing to give their careers a second life overseas. Of late, this trend has been more prevalent in one sport than in any other: basketball.
In 2010, Dominic Calegari gave up the familiar confines of the United States in favor of the less comfortable grounds of a playing career in Poland and then Ukraine. Calegari was followed the next season by former teammates Mark Payne and Todd Lowenthal, who are currently continuing their careers in Spain and Israel, respectively. On the women’s side, former Aggies Paige Mintun and Heidi Heintz have made their way across the Atlantic to begin careers in Germany and Finland. Germany bound Mintun graduated from UC Davis as one of the most accomplished players in Aggie women’s basketball history. In her final season, the Valley Center,
Calif. native led the UC Davis to a Big West Conference title and to its first ever NCAA Basketball Tournament appearance. It was at UC Davis’ NCAA Tournament game that head coach Sandy Simpson set Mintun up with an agent. When it comes to European basketball, the players rarely interact with teams until it is time to sign a contract — most of the leg-work is done by the agent. According to Mintun, European teams are more interested in watching entire games of American players than the highlight tapes that are more prevalent in the United States because “everyone looks good in a highlight tape.” As her agent searched out potential locations for her career, Mintun had some specific goals in mind. “I wanted to play somewhere where I could make some money,” she said. “But I was also willing to compromise because I wanted to play in a cool place. I didn’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere, not getting to have a good experience.” She got her wish when she ultimately signed with Saarlouis — a team located in the West of Germany. Mintun’s contract, and the contract of many foreign players, functioned very differently from those of most American athletes. Instead of being paid in dollars alone, Mintun had a myriad of living expenses taken care of. She was placed in a team apartment with another American teammate in order to make her more comfortable. She was also offered a team sponsored car, and a meal plan that allowed her to attend a local restaurant — which she compared to the UC Davis dining commons — twice a day. Still, transitioning to the German way of eating was not a simple task. “I liked eating there because it was free food,” she said. “But in Germany they love their sausage and they love their meat. It was just all the time deep-fried everything. I’m a pretty healthy eater so it was hard for me to find things I would like there.” But the transition to new foods was the least of Mintun’s challenge in moving to a new country. While her team offered American players classes in rudimentary German, Mintun did not know much German by the
Farmers Market Vendor of the Week: Joe Gotelli & Sons Cherries Specialty cherry stand sells ‘designer cherries’
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The Joe Gotelli & Sons Cherries stand at the Davis Famers Market.
By LANI CHAN Aggie Staff Writer
Since the ripe age of 5, Shelby Gotelli has been helping her mother sell her family’s cherries at farmers markets, attracting customers with her little cherry dress and standing up on crates to talk to customers. Today, Gotelli comes home from Pepperdine University for the summers to run her family’s cherry stand at the Davis Farmers Market, and she has a dif-
ferent entity doing the advertising: Harry the cherry man, a six-foot-plus UC Davis student who wears a mini apron and insists they grew him that tall to pick the cherries. The folks who run the Joe Gotelli & Sons cherry stand are just a handful of personalities that make up the Davis Farmers Market, each adding a charm to the product and reminding Davis locals why they return to buy their groceries directly from the growers each week.
The Aggie sat down with Shelby Gotelli and her mother, Missy, to get an inside perspective on the specialty cherry business. The product Aggie: What types of cherries do you sell? Shelby: We have the Bing, which is your typical cherry — it’s got that acidic, strong cherry flavor. The Golden Rainiers [the yellow ones] are the sweetest cherries
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time she started playing for the Saarlouis. Still, she was fortunate to have a Dutch coach who spoke English, as well as Dutch and German. “If he ever started yelling at us in Dutch or in German I just assumed ‘well, he’s not talking to me,’” she said. Mintun also said the fan atmosphere at the games was very different from games held in the states. German basketball fans are allowed to bring a variety of noisemakers into games that are often discouraged by American sports teams. Mintun said she could not tell what the Saarlouis fans were saying as they cheered, but as long as they looked happy she felt encouraged. Unfortunately for Mintun, her career in Germany was short-lived. After just half a season in Europe, she sustained a careerending injury. After having surgery in Germany — an experience she says she would not recommend — Mintun returned to California to get the attention of American doctors. The Spanish connection Payne was a fan-favorite during his time as an Aggie. Although UC Davis men’s basketball struggled through much of his career, Payne was one of the team’s best players. After graduation Payne had tryouts with several NBA teams, including the Sacramento Kings, but was unable to make it in the world’s top basketball league. During the summer of 2011, Payne signed with Unijas, a team in Spain’s top Division. Payne says many of his teammates are former NBA players and he considers his league to be the second best league in the world, behind the NBA. While Payne was happy with his playing situation, the transition for him, like Mintun, to a new country wasn’t always easy. Payne said it was a bit rough at first, but improved once he got used to “the language, shopping, eating out and practices.” Payne also had to adjust to his new level of celebrity status. “It wasn’t quite like the NBA,” he said “We never had people follow us or anything. But probably like a big time college team like UCLA or Duke.” Payne recently finished his first season and is now waiting to see
which teams will be interested in him for the 2012-13 season. Payne is hopeful that he will be able to remain in Spain’s top league and he expects to know within a few weeks. Off to Israel While the number of UC Davis athletes heading overseas has increased in recent years, the concept of Aggies going abroad is not a new phenomenon. After graduating from UC Davis in 1997, current Aggie women’s basketball head coach Jennifer Gross found her way into the European ranks. But unlike Payne and Mintun, Gross was not actively seeking a spot in a professional basketball league. Several months after she graduated, Gross’s college coach passed her name along to one of his friends in Denmark, who was impressed with what Gross had to offer. Not long after, Gross found herself playing for Amager, a team located near Copenhagen. “It just fell into my lap,” she said. Gross said that playing abroad was fun at first, but the excitement wore off after some time. She said the hardest part of playing abroad was the language barrier. After finishing a year in Denmark, Gross made her way to Israel to play for a team playing near Tel-Aviv in 1998. While she acknowledges that there are some major differences, she was surprised by how similar life in Israel was to the United States. “The area around Tel Aviv is similar to New York,” she said. “I don’t think people realize what it’s really like.” Her stint in Israel was shortlived, however, as her team ran out of money halfway through the 1998-99 season and was no longer able to pay its players. At that point Gross knew it was time to return to the U.S for good, and her international career ended. Still, she says she enjoyed her time playing abroad, and the best part was the people she got a chance to meet. “Everyone does it for a different reason,” Gross said. “Some people do it because they want to make it into a career. For me it was an opportunity to see the world.” TREVOR CRAMER can be reached at sports@ theaggie.org.