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Civilian Oversight expert visits campus in response to pepper spray incident UC Davis considers development of board to oversee campus police action, increase transparency By STEPHANIE B. NGUYEN Aggie News Writer

In the aftermath of the Nov. 18 pepper spray incident, UC Davis community members began considering the possibility of developing a civilian oversight committee to oversee campus police action. Currently, plans are underway to begin proposing models that would best fit UC Davis and the greater community. “Oversight in its many forms provides accountability and transparency for police issues that are otherwise inaccessible to the larger community,” said Barbara Attard, private oversight and accountability consultant and former president of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE). “Community members work to ensure that police practices reflect the values of the community— and that

there is a balance between maintaining public safety and respecting constitutional rights.” There are several basic models of civilian oversight, including the commission model, the investigative model, the auditor/monitor model or a hybrid of the three. “We’ll be looking at identifying concerns with the current police situation, how we can better student-police relations and how we can have a level of transparency and accountability in police actions,” said Rahim Reed, associate executive vice chancellor of campus community relations at UC Davis. “Once we’ve identified those issues and concerns, we’ll look at which model best helps us reach those goals. After that, it’s going about the process of training, orienting the people who are involved ... about the process and making sure there

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is the proper communication plan to inform the campus community at large. As a whole, civilian oversight would improve student and police relationships.” In an Oct. 16 seminar, Attard addressed the positive and negative aspects of civilian oversight. According to Attard, civilian oversight adds credibility and transparency to police disciplinary systems, works to improve thoroughness and fairness of complaint investigations and helps to sensitize police to community needs. However, civilian oversight can polarize the police and segments of the community, requires public funding and does not completely eliminate police misconduct. For oversight to be successful, a number of necessary features must be met, she said. The board must remain independent from special interest groups and the police must receive adequate fund-

ing and authority and must make findings accessible to the public. UC Davis Police Department Police Chief Matthew Carmichael is optimistic that oversight will be effective. “I feel oversight will have a positive impact on the department but more importantly within the community,” said UC Davis Police Department (UCPD) Police Chief Matthew Carmichael. “Oversight provides the community with another avenue as it relates to the complaint process. I will continue to meet with community representatives to seek input on policy and the needs of our community.” Currently, UC Berkeley is the only university campus in California to employ a civilian oversight agency. STEPHANIE B. NGUYEN can be reached at campus@theaggie. org.

Administration enacts changes in response to Reynoso Report Academic Senate organizes committees to implement report’s suggestions

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The Reynoso Report and Kroll Report made many recommendations to reform University policies. These recommendations will be implemented by committees organized by the Academic Senate.


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ACLU lawyer Michael Risher announces the lawsuit settlement terms at a press conference on Sept. 26 on the Quad.

By Sasha CotterelL and Jessica Grillis Aggie News Writers

Nearly one year after the pepper spray incident at UC Davis, those directly affected are now awaiting their settlement payments. The students who were pepper sprayed and arrested filed a lawsuit at the beginning of this year and on Sept. 27 a preliminary agreement was made. “The plaintiffs who filed suit and who were pepper sprayed would be eligible for compensation under the settlement, if it is approved by the court on Jan. 9,” said Michael T. Risher, one of the attorneys who handled the case. He also added that students who were not originally a part of the lawsuit could

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have submitted a claim by Nov. 13 if they felt they were also threatened last November. Aside from the compensation of the students involved, part of the settlement maintains that Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi will issue a personal written apology to each party affected. "Since the proposed civil settlement is still under review by the Court, we aren't able to comment on details,” said UC Davis Spokesperson Barry Shiller. “I can say, though, that the university has worked very hard over the past year to demonstrate its resolve to restore trust, institute real reforms and be a national model for tolerance." The other law offices involved could

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After the fire died and the dust slowly began to settle from the Nov. 18 pepper spray incident, students and faculty alike began to take further action — determining what can be done to ensure history is not repeated. A panel headed by Cruz Reynoso, a former California Supreme Court justice, investigated the causes of the event and published their findings in April. Their work, also based on a private investigation by Kroll and Associates, made several recommendations to the UC Davis Administration and UC Davis Police Department (UCDPD) on how to best prevent another event like the pepper spraying. The Reynoso Report argued that the administration and leadership groups of UC Davis should develop a broadly accepted agreement on policies that regulate campus protests and times of civil disobedience that is consistent with free speech. It also stated that a distinction should be made between "non-violent" protests versus "active resistance" and "violent" demonstrations. The much larger and more detailed Kroll Report added several key suggestions. "[Recommendations include] redefining our leadership team and training all members of that team on the incident command system, as well as the California Standardized Emergency management concepts and guiding principles,” the report stated. The report also recommended reorganizing all of the UC system police depart-

ments into one centralized police force. Since April, several committees have been formed to begin analyzing and implementing the recommendations from the Reynoso and Kroll reports. According to Gina Anderson, executive director of the UC Davis Academic Senate, a senate council attempted to examine both reports from a campus perspective. The Academic Senate subsequently drafted an executive council resolution which called for the censure of Chancellor Katehi and the formation of several committees to ensure response to the reports were proper and put into effect. The first committee, called the Administrative Oversight Committee, is charged with forming quarterly updates on the chancellor and all campus progress in response to Reynoso and Kroll. They then report their findings to the Academic Senate, and a written report to the systemwide UC Academic Senate. Currently, several recommendations from the committee have been implemented by the administration, including the formation of a campus community council with representation from ASUCD, students and faculty and the formation of a crisis management team. The committee also suggests that the administration make continued efforts to create a more open dialogue with the community. The other committee, called the Freedom of Expression Committee, will serve for one quarter and conduct a scholarly review of freedom of expression on campus. So far their evaluation is still underway and their findings should be made

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Shinkoskey Noon Concert: A Sonic Journey of European Piano Music 12:05 to 1 p.m. Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby, Mondavi Center Watch the free performance of musicians including Bernd Richard Deutsch, Beat Furrer, Seda Röder and Helmut Lachenmann.

UC Davis Energy Institute Fall 2012 Seminar Series 1:30 to 2:30 pm 1003 Kemper Hall Join Dr. Larry Baxter, a professor from the department of chemical engineering at Brigham Young University, as he discusses “Cryogenic carbon capture.” There is no cost and all are welcome to attend.

Pawn or Queen: The Role of the “Performer” in 21st-Century Music 3 to 5 p.m. 115 Music Watch the free performance of Seda Röder playing the piano.

SSFAAC meeting 3 to 4 p.m. 203 Mrak SSFAAC is the only student-run committee mandated by The Regents of the University of California and serves as the primary agency for channeling student input into decisions regarding the level and use of Registration Fees on the Davis campus. They will be discussing our goals for the upcoming year. Students are welcome to attend.

UWP Conversations with Writers series: Adair Lara 5 to 6:30 p.m 126 Voorhies Adair Lara will talk with her audience about her book Naked, Drunk and Writing: Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Personal Essay. For more information, go to

Yolo Natural Heritage Protection Joint Powers Agency Board Meeting 5:30 to 7 p.m. Atrium Training Room, County Administration Building, 625 Court Street, Woodland Go to the Yolo NHP JPA board meeting to discuss Yolo County national heritage issues. More information can be found at

Sikhism — What is it all about? 7 to 9 p.m. International House, 10 College Park With November being Sikh Awareness Month in California, International House and Sikh Cultural Association invite you to an informative session about Sikhism as well as its core principles, history and the current issues being faced by Sikhs in the post-9/11 world and Wisconsin shootings. You will get the chance to ask questions. Refreshments will be served.

Nursing Club meeting 8 to 9 p.m. 125 Olson A guest speaker will come to talk about her career as a nurse at the birthing center at Sutter Davis.


Senior Recital 4 to 5 p.m. 115 Music Watch Stephen Hudson perform on the cello in this free senior recital.

Musical Performance 7 to 8 p.m. Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center The program will feature works by John Cage and his friend Morton Feldman. Also featured will be two recently composed works by Ken Ueno, composer and music professor at UC Berkeley, and Lei Liang, composer and music professor at UC San Diego, and composer-in-residence for the “Migration” festival early 2013 at the Mondavi Center. Tickets are $8 for students and children, $20 for adults.

Women’s Volleyball Game 7 to 9 p.m. The ARC Pavilion Watch the women’s volleyball team play against Cal State Northridge.

SATURDAY UC Davis School of Education Credential Information Session 10 a.m. to noon 174 School of Education Learn more about the UC Davis Teacher Credential/M.A. program, prerequisites, required testing and the admission process. Email or visit for more info.

Guided Public Tour: Plants of the Southwest U.S.A. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Arboretum Headquarters (Valley Oak Cottage), La Rue Road Explore autumn sages blooming in the Southwest USA Collection and take a peek at progress on the newest GATEways Garden Project, Animal Science. Weekend parking on campus is free. For more information, call (530) 752-4880 or visit

Noon to 1 p.m. Moot Court Room, UCD Law School Panelists will each speak for 10-12 minutes regarding immigration policy, after which there will be time for questions and answers. This event is sponsored by the UCD Law School and the Gifford Center for Population Studies.

Infectious Disease Seminar 12:10 to 1 p.m. 1005 GBSF Dr. Lalita Ramakrishnan will be giving a talk on “Efflux pump mediated drug intolerance in tuberculosis” at 12:10 p.m. in 1005 Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility. Dr. Ramakrishnan is a professor at Washington University, Department of Microbiology. Her laboratory research interest is in understanding the pathogenesis of tuberculosis and the basis of vastly different susceptibilities to this disease.

Swimming & Diving Meet 2 to 4 p.m. Schaal Aquatics Center Watch the UC Davis swimming and diving

5 to 7:30 p.m. Davis Senior High School Visions at UC Davis proudly presents Colors of India — An Indian Cultural Extravaganza of music, dance, food and much more. Have fun and explore the cultural diversity of India while supporting a great cause. All proceeds will go toward children’s learning centers and youth scholarships in South Asia. Tickets are now available on Visit to learn more about Visions.

Empyrean Ensemble 7 to 9 p.m. Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center Watch this performance of the Empyrean Ensemble: New Music from the British Isles. Tickets are $8 for students and children, $20 for adults.

7 to 8 p.m. The ARC Pavilion Watch the women’s volleyball team play against Hawaii.

SUNDAY Men’s Basketball Game 2 to 4 p.m. The ARC Pavilion Watch the men’s basketball team play against Northern Arizona.

UC Davis Symphony Orchestra 7 to 9 p.m. Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center Watch the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra with music director and conductor Christian Baldini. Tickets are $8 for students and children, $12-17 for adults. To receive placement in the AGGIE DAILY CALENDAR, email dailycal@theaggie. org or stop by 25 Lower Freeborn by noon the day prior to your event. Due to space constraints, all event descriptions are subject to editing and priority will be given to events that are free of charge and geared toward the campus community.

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One guy at the ARC didn’t appear to understand that. When I was doing warm-up sets for bench pressing, he snorted, “Wow. What bitch weights.” When I moved up the weight for work sets, he began scoffing, “You can’t do that.” I proved him wrong, and got up from the bench to adjust the weight. At that point, he rolled onto the bench (without asking if he could tag in), and started trying to lift it, snorting, “This shit’s easy.” On the third rep, he got trapped under the bar. I’m generally kind of an asshole, and I wasn’t in a very charitable mood, so I sort of pretended I had something in my eye and walked away from the bench. That pointlessly long anecdote was a classic example of shitty gym etiquette on both ends. Talking shit is a bad idea, and respect goes a long way. Re-rack the weights so that other people don’t have to clean up your shit. And while it will sound hypocritical coming from me, do your best to be tolerant and accommodating. The gym gets crowded and waiting sucks, but try not to rush anyone. Working in is one of the best ways to keep things moving efficiently, so do your best to accommo-

date other people. It’s kind of annoying when you already have a claim to the equipment, but you’ll appreciate it when you’re on the other side of the equation. And please take care of yourself. If you’re going to the gym, you already do to an extent, but it’s worth emphasizing. I was so dehydrated one time at the gym that I headed to the water fountain and forgot where I was going. I zoned out and ended up staring for 30 seconds at two guys lifting weights. Drool began to collect around the left corner of my mouth, but I was so out of it that I just kept staring. One of them noticed and awkwardly asked, “Uh … what are you doing, dude?” I tried to laugh it off like a boss, but it was still uncomfortable, and it could’ve been avoided if I had stayed hydrated. And while it may seem counterintuitive to shower before coming to the gym, at least make sure you don’t smell like shit when you go. It’s not a big deal if you smell bad and you’re just lifting by yourself. But when you benchpress and your spotter’s dick sweat smells like week-old salami, you fully appreciate the value of proper hygiene. Email BENJAMIN CHANG at bcchang@

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While unsolicited assistance may seem nice, it really isn’t, because it comes off as condescending and emasculating. If someone’s doing someBenjamin thing dangerous or speChang cifically asking for insight, then by all means, help them. But otherwise, just let them suffer. When I was waiting at the pull-up bar, one broscientist was doing pullups with a 35-pound plate dangling from his weight belt. He did many reps and it was most impreswanted to hold off on sive, but when he finwriting this until I became ridiculously buff. ished, he undid his belt and let the weight clatter But that day might not to the floor. He then procome for a long time. ceeded to screech like an We enjoy life by the orangutan being touched help and society of others, but there’s a time and inappropriately. That guy’s existence angered place for everything. You me so much that I had to may be used to being a social butterfly who flaps head upstairs and run a mile on the indoor track your wings and has jolto blow off steam. ly conversations in the meadow. Basically, Get used to don’t be I was so dehydrated ... at the gym a cock. not doing that shit at that I headed to the water fountain You may all. much and forgot where I was going be stronger Don’t acand more cept a sinexperienced than some of gle call or start a single the scrubs who populate conversation, because the gym (i.e., me), but you your conversation will shouldn’t be openly conprobably be stupid and descending. will definitely piss people off. Some lifters are car Many people are too rying massive loads, and intimidated to go to the they need to be able to fo- gym, and it’s kind of decus. pressing. Everyone has It also helps if you don’t to start somewhere, and it’s the effort that counts say ‘hi’ to people and more than anything else. don’t try to help them.

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Editor’s note: Daniel Watts is an alumnus of the UC Davis School of Law. Submit your legal conundrums, and he’ll be answering every week. When I posted on Facebook the video of the pepper spray assault last year, the strongest responses came from my high school friends who’d become cops. Police and sheriffs defended the point-blank assault with military-grade pepper spray with two arguments. Argument one: The cops warned the students before blasting them in the face, so it’s their own fault for sticking around. Argument two: The California Penal Code gives cops discretion to determine the appropriate amount of force for any situation; where in the Constitution does it say police on the ground can’t decide what force is lawful? Both arguments are legally wrong — and so obviously wrong that I believe the pepper spray victims should not have settled for $30,000 and an apology, when the law was so clearly on their side. The U.S. Constitution restricts what government actors like the police can do to you. The Fourth and 14th Amendments to the Constitution protect you from the unreasonable use of force by the government. Despite my law enforcement friend’s suggestion, this isn’t a right you can easily waive. Yes, a police officer can escape some of the Constitution’s restric-

tions by convincing you to consent to his requests. The Fourth and Fifth Amendments, for example, give you the right to refuse to answer questions as well as the right not to have your car searched unless a cop has good reason to think you committed a specific crime. When you’re pulled over for running a red light and the cop asks to search your car or asks you to play the “follow the light with your eyes” game, and you consent to do so, you’ve waived those rights. Although you can lose your rights when you consent to certain requests, a refusal to comply with a threat of force does not mean you’ve consented to whatever horrible beating comes next. My sheriff friend argued that it didn’t matter whether the pepper spray protesters were non-violent. Because they had refused a cop’s command, he claimed, the police had the right to escalate their use of force until the protesters complied. He challenged me to find “where in the Constitution it states that police cannot decide what force is lawful,” and cited the California Penal Code (sections 830-836) to show that “peace officers” have absolute discretion to determine what type of force is appropriate. This is a gross misunderstanding both of the Penal Code and the Constitution, and it’s dangerous that law enforcement officers are out there think-

ing they have this kind of discretion. They are not Judge Dredd, and they do not get to decide what force is “reasonable.” Even the Penal Code itself, where it empowers officers to use force to make arrests, enables them only to use “reasonable” force to effect arrest, prevent escape or overcome resistance. (See California Penal Code section 835(a)). What is “reasonable” force does depend on the facts of an individual situation, but it is not up to the officer to decide; it’s up to a judge. And in the case of pepper spraying non-violent protesters, the judges have already spoken: it’s unreasonable. Not only is it unreasonable, but it’s so manifestly unreasonable that every cop who pepper sprays a non-violent protester in the face can be held personally liable for the pain he inflicts on his victim. Most of the time, when a police officer gets out of line a little bit — when restraining a PCP maniac he accidentally twists his arm too hard and sprains it, or breaks a window while chasing a murder suspect into a house — the police department will indemnify him. The city (or UC) police department would pay for the officer’s attorney and would cover any money damages that the victim might win in a lawsuit. Our legal system immunizes the cops

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International House to host Thanksgiving Dinner Organizations to donate traditional holiday dishes By JOE STEPTOE Aggie City Writer

On Saturday, the International House Davis will host its annual Thanksgiving Dinner for students studying abroad at UC Davis. The evening will provide international exchange students with the opportunity to experience an essential part of American culture. “Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday and many people who come to our dinner would not have another opportunity to enjoy the holiday in a traditional celebration,” said Elisabeth Sherwin, executive director of International House Davis. Students attending the event will be served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, provided for by various organizations in and around Davis. The board members of International House will provide a turkey. Mashed potatoes and gravy will be donated by Ludy’s in Woodland. Salad and rolls will be donated by Sodexo. Pumpkin pies will be donated by the women of St. James Catholic Church in Davis. The involvement of these organizations is integral to making international students feel at home over the holiday period. “[Thanksgiving] is a concept that no other country has. It’s very tra-

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ditional. Any international friend you make is a friend of the United States,” said Leslie Westergaard, president of the Women’s Guild at St. James Church. “This dinner is great for our group, the church and the Davis community as a whole.” During the evening, students will have the opportunity to participate in the holiday’s eponymous custom of giving thanks. “We pass out pieces of paper so everyone who wants to can write down what they are thankful for. [They] can then come up to the podium and read their thanks out loud or have the emcee [read it on their behalf ],” Sherwin said. The event was advertised to inter-

national students largely through a Facebook campaign and via email. Tickets to the event cost $15, the proceeds of which go toward covering the event’s expenses. “We only sell 100 tickets and [we] are already close to selling out. Everyone who comes seems to be in a good mood, enjoying friendship and food,” Sherwin said. The prospect of embracing an inherent feature of the American calendar is generating excitement among students who have already acquired tickets. “I’ve never celebrated Thanksgiving before, I don’t understand much about the concept,” said Amy Nic Giolla Phadraig, a thirdyear food science major studying abroad from Dublin. “I think it will be interesting. You see a lot of the festivities on TV and hopefully it’ll be like that. It’s like Christmas twice in a year.” Nic Giolla Phadraig also emphasized the significance of enjoying the festivities with American students in order to fully engage in the culture. “It’s important for international students to experience Thanksgiving with Americans, as it’s important to integrate. Otherwise a year abroad becomes more of a holiday, not an immersion into a new culture,” Phadraig said. JOE STEPTOE can be reached at


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November 18

Work in progress Almost exactly one year ago, UC Davis changed. A group of students were pepper sprayed by the UC Davis Police during a peaceful protest on the Quad on Nov. 18. This event has had a profound and serious impact on our campus. First, students stopped trusting the administration. Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and former Lt. John Pike were at the center of a serious meme campaign and the administration’s authority as a whole was questioned. But the administration has made progress in regaining some trust from the students. They have taken steps to create guidelines for how they will deal with protests in the future and the new police chief, Matt Carmichael, has made an effort to reach out to students and increase transparency. While we acknowledge these efforts, realistically the administration has a long way to go before they regain the trust and respect they lost on Nov. 18. It seems that the administration is on the right track, but it is silly to think

that things will ever be the same as they were before. However, the questioning of authority is not necessarily a bad thing and will hopefully lead to a more unified campus. We hope that students continue to press for transparency and their freedom to protest peacefully on campus. The pepper spray event put UC Davis in the international spotlight. It was a dramatic, intense time for our campus, and it changed the way we as students think of our school. The event fostered solidarity among UC Davis students, and in some ways it increased the feeling of community on campus, as we saw students come together to stand up for their classmates. We hope that students continue to fight for affordable, quality education. UC Davis has changed, and whether it is for better or worse, we must acknowledge it. We hope this issue of The California Aggie reveals a broader scope of how November 18 affected our campus and what that means for our future.

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On the brink This past three-day weekend was the biggest weekend in UC Davis athletics that didn’t happen. There were several sports with opportunities to make major headlines on a national scale. The men’s soccer team played in arguably the biggest game of its history when it faced off with Cal State Northridge in the Big West Conference finals. On the line in the Aggies’ first league Championship match was the chance to win the season-ending conference tournament as well as the automatic entry into the NCAA tournament that came with it. Coming off their best finish in the Big West ever, UC Davis entered the game having won eight of their last 10 games. However, the momentum did not carry them through the final game, as they were taken down by a 1-0 score in a tight battle with the Matadors. Football almost took down the sixth-ranked team in the nation when the Aggies took on Eastern Washington. In sub-30-degree temperatures, UC Davis came one play

away from making its biggest upset in its first year in the Big Sky Conference. With 41 seconds on the clock, the Aggies had an opportunity to tie the game with a 52-yard field goal, but the kick was blocked. One field goal away. UC Davis controlled possession, and the game easily could have gone their way. The UC Davis women’s cross country placed sixth in the NCAA West Regional race — one of their best finishes at the event. And for which of these sporting events should UC Davis have even been in consideration to win? Based on the Aggies’ reputation and history, probably none. Is satisfaction with being close to beating a top team enough? No. We know that UC Davis can be one of those top teams. That’s been the story of UC Davis athletics. They’re on the edge, pushing the envelope. Watch closely in these upcoming years, or UC Davis will become that athletic powerhouse we’ve always hoped for and you won’t even notice.

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Moving forward: lessons and reforms to create a stronger university By LINDA P.B. KATEHI The events that unfolded on our Quad last November shook our campus, spinning us into an extended period of soul searching, introspection and a determination to learn from the past. As difficult as this has been for us all, I believe that today we are a stronger and more open university because of it. We are also better prepared for whatever emergency and nonemergency situations may arise on our campus. Please allow me to explain why. As chancellor, I will always consider myself fully responsible for what happened last Nov. 18 and for improving and reforming other areas of campus leadership that needed attention. Like other universities around the country, UC Davis was embattled by repeated reductions in state funding and the steep fee increases that followed. As turmoil and protests on campus increased, members of our community were hungry for an open and honest dialogue about how to best navigate the crisis. While our administration struggled to react and respond, some saw us as disengaged and remote. For more than a century, UC Davis has been dedicated to out-

standing scholarship, research and public service in a climate of mutual respect and collegiality. The freedom to exchange and express diverse points of view has been central to our charge as a studentcentered public university. With the help of wide-ranging input from the campus community, our own rigorous self-examination and thoughtful outside review, we have ushered in significant reforms and improvements in many areas to keep us on the path that has established UC Davis as one of the nation’s top public research universities. Our police department has undergone a top-to-bottom review. Policies, training protocols and operations have been updated and enhanced. Emergency response operations have been upgraded. We have created an integrated, multilevel emergency management team with clear delineation of roles and responsibilities. All members of the team have participated in executive-level public safety training and simulated exercises. I established a Campus Community Council to provide a regular, dedicated forum for campus stakeholders to share insights with campus leaders, and to know

they are being heard. Additional reforms are forthcoming. An Ongoing Process These are important steps, but work remains. Our Academic Senate is studying ways to enrich freedom of expression on our campus. Others are reviewing opportunities to appropriately involve students, faculty and staff in police oversight. To ensure that progress continues, I recently invited 20 people, including California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, state legislators Lois Wolk and Mariko Yamada and a prominent ACLU attorney, to serve on a task force to evaluate our efforts. That group will issue public reports in March and again in June. As someone who loves this university and cares deeply for the well-being of everyone associated with it, I also knew it was important for me to rededicate myself to spending more time with students, faculty and staff. I am now hearing firsthand their aspirations and concerns. A year after one of our darkest days ever, I am confident UC Davis is on its way to being a national model for tolerance and mutual respect. We cannot rest until we complete the task.

2011. consideration of the multiple parties and facets described. I speak as a student interested in bettering my communities and Correspondingly, I think demonholding others with that same inizing any claimed figures of opterest accountable. Whether others pression falls under dogmatic and Jimmy are fellow students, faculty, admin- uneducated culture. To me, figRecinos istrators or anyone else makes litures merely represent structures of tle difference to me. oppression much larger than one person — structures including not I also speak with an opposition only the aforementioned figures to political oppression and a susof one’s life, but also one’s self and picion of authority, as well as a passion for my individual findings much more. of knowledge or information. In other words, in thinking Finally, I speak about the hisn “Pike’s Piece,” I stated that tory of Nov. 18, with consciousin being swept by the fervor of ... I believe it’s important to avoid 2011, we should ness that even movement without being inbe careful not to when others share formed, one can easily overlook excessively romanticizing the forget the flaws my biases, I still costly repercussions. This followhistory of Nov. 18’s actions of our interprespeak only for ing piece will apply the same logtations or that of ic to consider the risks involved in myself. I believe the oppressors and oppressed. For this last clarification is particularthe very act of preserving histocritical dialogue about re-imaginry and subsequently, the challeng- ly important for supportive reading the events and how to use their es involved in how we make use of ers to consider, as in supporting the views of individuals it’s not un- recreation, these distinctions are that preservation. integral. common to surrender our own In “Use and Abuse of History,” voices in “being represented.” I know that for some, more diaNietzsche writes that “we need logue doesn’t seem to create action Furthermore, being of Western history, but not the way a spoiled quickly enough to assure barbaric culture I believe we often curb loafer in the garden of knowlthe volume of our voices when we responses to peaceful protest are edge needs it.” I find this stateconsciously or unconsciously idol- never approved by UC again. ment important for all participants of a history, and particularly ize musicians and movie stars, pol- As I have previously suggested, those concerned should inso for those fighting a history’s op- iticians, theorists and family and form themselves further about the pression. With respect to this week so on. At 21, I certainly still idolize cer- issues to question the UC adminof November in 2011’s tumultuistration’s progress on policy adtain figures at times, but then I ous context, the statement makes correct myself, or try, because only justments today. But recognizing a an important distinction between need to go beyond waiting for anI can voice my understandings. “knowing” history and knowing swers from “leaders,” I encourage Only I know my story. Similarly, how to make use of it. others to also question those we’re figures only know their story, and As Nietzsche goes on to articthat same exclusivity to one’s voice inclined to side with, why we’re inulate in “Use,” to invoke the past clined to do so, and more. applies to any reader absorbing is to essentially recreate a “dead” these statements. It’s only after exercising this caumoment, whereby in recalling an tionary approach, I believe, that It’s in this fashion that I will apoccurrence one does not rememwe can employ the history we reber it precisely as it took place, but proach my personal studies of cord to achieve positive contrithe events on the week of Nov. 18, as bias influences one to think it butions to the gradual process of 2011. As usual, in sharing this, I did. In order to use history “corchange. rectly” then, Nietzsche suggests we suggest others approach the day’s history likewise. In truth, Nov. 18, 2012, will pass understand the challenges in re In the next few days, there will just like the year before it, but the imagining these occurrences. education one can gain from it will be many stories about what hap Here, I presuppose that most pened in Davis that week, but I be- remain indefinitely. readers already understand in From there, change comes when herent bias present among all stu- lieve it’s important to avoid excessively romanticizing the histo“we” decide. dents, faculty and administrators ry of Nov. 18’s actions. Lest we beinvolved in last year’s clash. I also highlight my own bias in attempt- come abusers of history to further JIMMY RECINOS will miss you Thanksgiving weekend, our cause like the powers that be, but you can wish him a good one at jrecinos@ucdavis. ing to foster critical reflection on edu. I think a strong analysis requires what occurred the day of Nov. 18,

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Elizabeth Orpina



here already exist too many Taylor Swiftrelated opinion articles in the world. Most discuss her lack of vocal talent, her annoying publicized relationships or her faux-vintage style. The rest defend her, claiming that no other artist produces music as catchy and true as the princess’ charttopping “hits.” As much as I would adore to express my roller coaster feelings toward Ms. Swift, I’m going to focus on her recent attempts to appeal to multiple audiences. If Taylor wants to remain a semi-talented songwriter, I’m sure no one would object to it. “Love Story” stands as one of her truly best products, and the lyrics are actually sweet, nonrepetitive and can be adored by different generations. But her recent creations lead me to believe that she outsources her “skills” to Kidz Bop. If you aren’t one of her die-hard fans who has already bought and listened to her new album Red and waits for singles to become popular to listen to her music, then you are in for a treat. Sit yourself down with a bowl of popcorn and get ready to laugh your ass off. If “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” hasn’t already made you rip out your eyeballs, get ready to rip off your limbs with “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Catchy, as usual, but get this: Taylor Swift attempts DUBSTEP. I spat out my food the first time I heard that one. I rolled my eyes to the back of my head when I heard her first single off this album. My mom even went “Oh God, not again. Here we go.” If this “woman” is so talented, why can’t she produce music that doesn’t make you embarrassed to sing along to? Next up, skip to the song “22.” Ooh, how unique. I wonder what the song’s about. Oh yeah, and if you didn’t know, this “woman” is 22. Remember the title of Adele’s latest album? 21. Twenty-freaking-one. Think about that one. Back to this gem of a song. The lyrics begin with “It feels like a perfect night to dress up like hipsters / And make fun of our exes uh uh uh uh.” Need I say anymore? Yes. “Tonight’s the night we forget about the deadlines, it’s time uh uh.” What freaking deadlines do you have, Taylor? Most 22-year-olds these days are dealing with college and graduate school or real careers that challenge the mind, stress the body and underpay. And while I have you gagging, I’m going to add this last lyric in here: “I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22 / Everything will be alright if we just keep dancing like we’re 22.” The question we’re all asking is ... What the hell does it feel like to be 22? Pretty sure it feels nothing like what her 22nd year feels like. I guess this CD does entertain people of different audiences. And did anyone watch her performance at the EMAs this week? If not, go online. Now. She “performs” “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” in a ringleader costume surrounded by circus performers, fire and random props. Sure, Lady Gaga’s performances leave most confused, but I can honestly say that I’ve never said “What the EFF” more during a video than I have with this one. I don’t know what this girl is doing with her “career” these days with her “performances” and “music.” Adele is more entertaining sitting on a stool in all-black garb than you are parading around in shortshorts and a glitter tailcoat. Get your shit together, Taylor Swift. Contrary to this entire column, ELIZABETH ORPINA will continue to listen to Taylor Swift’s music while biking. Yell at her for illegally wearing both earbuds at

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15, 2012

Author Talk: Jason Mallory Author of ‘Proxy’ to appear at UCD

By BRETT BUNGE Aggie Arts Writer

In his new novel Proxy, author Jason Mallory has imagined a trying future. In his world, robots replace human workers, politics are deeply divisive, the United Nations struggles to keep order and the U.S. is on the brink of civil war… and yet, this world is not so different from our own. Mallory will be conducting a presentation about his novel on Tuesday from 12 to 1 p.m. in The Bookstore Lounge at the Memorial Union, as well as an event at The Avid Reader (located at 617 Second Street) at 4 p.m. on November 24. These events are free to the public. MUSE: Can you give us a brief introduction? Mallory: My name’s Jason Mallory. I’m 31 years old, from California. I’ve lived in Davis before. Can you describe your writing and/or creative process? It starts with a good idea or concept, and the story unfolds around it. I write in screenplay format to develop scenes and then bring [them] into literary format. When did you decide to begin writing? I started writing when I came back from a trip to Europe. I had an injury, so I couldn’t do

much. Downtime from injuries due to snowboarding gave me time to write two books and a screenplay. Which authors would you cite as inspiration? Aldous Huxley, I would say, is an inspirational writer, but honestly I watch more movies than anything. I watch about a movie a day. Where did the inspiration for Proxy come from? Essentially from the concept for a representative robotic labor force. It bubbled up in my first book, as utilizing robotics to free society from a working-class system. I’ve had special studies in political science. I also helped start the Occupy movement in Salt Lake City, Utah. Proxy uses real-world concepts as inspiration. Why did you choose “hard” science fiction as a genre, as opposed to more traditional sci-fi? I think it has to do with a motive; I had a real concept and elaborated on that. I had a good idea and wanted to explain it with a story. I think science fiction is better when it has science in it and not just fiction. Your novel has been described as being extremely relevant in today’s world. Did you

write Proxy with a specific message in mind? Yes, the issue of robotics making humans obsolete in the labor force is a real and growing issue. The reason for the book is that I’ve created a plausible and permanent solution to that problem. The setting of Proxy is very similar to our own. How would you say that your personal views of the world influenced your writing? Writing is a communication. Anything that I can interpret from my view is what’s going to come out. What can we expect from you in the future? Yet to be seen. I hope to be able to make a movie out of Proxy; that’s my goal. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? Experience life, figure out your passions and then explain them. To receive an e-book copy for free, please visit and enter the code “UW27J.” The code will be active through the rest of 2012. Mallory will also be embarking on a book tour in 2013. BRETT BUNGE can be reached at

News iN Brief By ANTHONY LABELLA Aggie Arts Writer

Game of the week We all know the biggest release this week is Call of Duty: Black Ops II, despite my disinterest in the series over the past few years. In fact, I'm liable to go on a rant about it if given the opportunity, so I'll just say this — if you like Call of Duty, you'll probably like Black Ops II. But for the sake of discussion and my own personal sanity I'd like to highlight a much smaller game that came out a few weeks ago. I first played it earlier this week and it's a real standout. Hotline Miami was released on Steam in late October, but the fervor among downloadable game fans has increased steadily with each passing week. Now that I've actually spent a fair amount of time with the game, I can say the attention is absolutely warranted. This is a game shrouded in

mystery — the protagonist gets strange phone calls, puts on one of many animal masks, and kills numerous enemies with seemingly no remorse. Questions about the main character immediately arise, and it seems he's searching for answers himself. Perhaps the most striking aspect of Hotline Miami is its unflinching look at violence. Once an entire room is cleared out, it's a nasty scene of blood and dead bodies. Kills are brutal, and the fact that this is a top-down 2D action game doesn't lessen the impact. It's the kind of visual aesthetic that might turn people off, but combined with the game's breakneck speed, it creates an odd sense of visceral satisfaction. This week in news This week's release of Black Ops II brought about simultaneously bizarre and humorous news regarding the PC version of the game.

Some players who inserted the second disc in order to install it found a copy of Mass Effect 2 instead. That fact alone is strange enough, but the history of the publishers only adds to the confusion. Activision published Black Ops II whereas Electronic Arts published Mass Effect 2. The two game companies are bitter rivals, so how exactly does something like this happen? I'm still scratching my head. Luckily each copy of Black Ops II comes with a Steam key, so players will still be able to install the entire game digitally. It kind of defeats the purpose of purchasing a physical copy of the game though. Activision has been contacted by numerous publications regarding the mix-up, so hopefully the company will shed some light on the issue soon. ANTHONY LABELLA can be reached at arts@theaggie. org.

Colors of India performance this Saturday Visions at UC Davis will be putting on Colors of India, an extravaganza featuring an Indian cultural music and dance this Saturday from 5 to 7:30 p.m at the Richard Brunelle Performance Hall on the Davis Senior High campus. All proceeds will support education for youth affected by poverty and conflict in South Asia. The event is $20 at the door, $15 for students, $35 for VIPs and free for children and seniors. For more information, visit visionsglobalempowerment. org/colors-of-india. — Elizabeth Orpina

Rowling vacates Hogwarts for successful novel for adults By Rebecca Seidel

The Wesleyan Argus (Wesleyan University)

For a story rooted in a tiny bubble of a town, “The Casual Vacancy” covers an astonishing amount of territory. J.K. Rowling’s new novel grapples with everything from socioeconomic clashes to petty small-town politics, with ample doses of teenage angst and family woes. The story ventures into the minds of countless characters, exposing trenches of questionable motives, failed communication, and unrequited longing. But if you want to know about all that, you’ll read the 500 pages yourself. I’m here to answer the real question people have, whether they plan on opening the book or not: how does “The Casual Vacancy” compare to the Harry Potter series? Here’s the short answer-it doesn’t. And I mean that in the best way possible. In some ways, “The Casual Vacancy” is the antithesis of “Harry Potter.” Harry’s story unfolds in a world that is entirely Rowling’s creation, a society built on magical foundations. “The Casual Vacancy” is rooted in a world that is resolutely normal and all too familiar. The book’s greatest appeal is that it delves so deeply into this mundane Muggle society, uncovering layers of conflict in a story that is rather unremarkable on the surface. The plot kicks off with the sudden death of Barry Fairbrother, a resident of the fictional town of Pagford in southwestern England. His death leaves an empty seat on the Pagford Parish Council, the political powerhouse of the town. The general grief over Barry’s passing gets buried in a bigger question: who will fill the vacancy? In the battle that ensues over the Council seat, the main source of contention is The Fields, an area of public housing projects that also houses a drug rehabilitation clinic. The Fields are technically a part of Pagford, but some members of the Pagford Council are de-

termined to give up responsibility for the area, feeling that its persistent poverty and negative reputation should be totally severed from the idyllic Pagford community. Barry Fairbrother was in favor of keeping The Fields a part of Pagford, rather than handing it over to the neighboring city of Yarvil. But in his absence, the head honchos of the Pagford Council are determined to override the pro-Fields contingent. The decision depends on who gets elected to replace Barry. The novel’s central conflict isn’t especially gripping. It’s the story’s implications-the everpresent problem of class warfare, the question of who should take responsibility for whomthat make “The Casual Vacancy” a culturally relevant and compelling read. Caught up in this struggle is Krystal Weedon, a teenage Fields resident whose foul mouth and reputation for indiscretion disgust many Pagford residents. While she seems like just a waste of space at first, we soon find out how complex and sad her story is. She essentially has to raise her little brother while her single mother continually fails to quit her heroin habit. If the anti-Fields people had their way, the local methadone clinic would close down, making her situation worse than ever. Krystal’s story is the most tragic one in the book. Her problems pose a stark contrast to the petty preoccupations of Pagford’s more affluent residents. The members of the Mollison family, who lead the anti-Fields regiment, are unsurprisingly on the opposite end of this spectrum from Krystal. By constantly shifting perspectives, advancing the story through the eyes and minds of all of her characters equally, Rowling makes this contrast all the more apparent. It would take way too long to go through this novel’s entire cast of characters. So many people factor into the novel’s plot that their interconnecting storylines are at times hard to keep up with. Rowling makes an admi-

rable effort to get inside each of her characters’ minds, exposing attitudes and flaws that go beyond appearances. Sometimes she goes overboard or misses the mark, but the characters are generally believable. The one thing they all have in common is that they are all somehow unsatisfied with their own lives, whether they are unhappy in their romantic engagements, lusting after people they can’t have, or struggling with self-consciousness. Unfortunately, this dissatisfaction is the unifying factor that makes them so relatable. There are only a few truly likable characters, but that’s to be expected when you’re taking such extensive trips inside each of these people’s heads. Rowling is really in her element when she delves into the lives of Pagford’s younger residents. The kids play an indirect but crucial role in the outcome of the town’s elections. But they also are involved in their own sub-plots-stories of insecurity, frustration, and sexual curiosity that are convincing without being contrived. Their narratives often provide a refreshing break from the adults’ melodramatic woes. That being said, this book is decidedly notfor children. Its content is raw and often sexually explicit, and it deals with cases of self-harm, child abuse, drug addiction, and rape. Parents of young Harry Potter fanatics should take heed. In an interview with The New Yorker, Rowling said that the idea to write about a local election came to her on an airplane trip, in a “rush of adrenaline.” It’s a bit difficult to understand how small-town politics could inspire such excitement, and I found it hard at times to sustain attention on an issue that was fundamentally not that interesting. But Rowling’s psychological exploration of her characters makes up for the places in which the story itself is lacking. Though this novel definitely has its funny moments, it is by no means an uplifting book. If you’re prepared for a dose of disillusionment, “The Casual Vacancy” is worth a read.

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Riders of the Unitrans B-Line: What song are you listening to right now? “‘The Last,’ by Childish Gambino. I like a lot of hip-hop, especially Kendrick [Lamar]’s new album. You can really see him growing up as a person, from the first song to the last.”

“‘chAngE,’ by Miwa. It’s a cartoon song; that’s what I usually listen to. Like, soundtracks for Naruto and One Piece. I’ve got a store in China where I sell anime figurines, and that’s what’s always playing.”

David Tran third-year transfer mechanical engineering major

Text by Tanya Azari Photos by Evan Davis

“‘Pathetic,’ by Blink-182, off of Dude Ranch. I’m a big pop-punk fan, like my favorites are Blink, Green Day, Weezer ... they’re the best bands of all time.” Dean Tayara fourth-year sociology-organizational studies major

James Zhang third-year managerial economics major

“‘Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,’ by Luke Bryan. I actually forgot I drove my car to class, so I’m taking the bus back to get it. So this is afternoon music. Upbeat music is best for later on in the day.”

“‘Leave My Body,’ by Florence and the Machine. Mumford, Of Monsters and Men, chill folksy pop like that is what I always listen to.” Riley McFadden second-year American studies major

Chelise Ornelas

Ridley Grunden

third-year neurobiology, physiology & behavior major

t hird-year economics major

“‘I Might Like You Better (Casapian Remix),’ by Amanda Blank. It’s off a mixtape from Hypem; I get a lot of my music from there.” Jillian Janairo

“‘Cinema,’ by Skrillex. The Benny Benassi remix, of course. I like house, hip-hop, rock.” Simon Tong third-year economics major

second-year neurobiology, physiology and behavior major

By JOHN KESLER Aggie Arts Writer

Lana Del Rey Paradise EP

“Paradise,” the new EP from Lana Del Rey, was a unique experience. I’ve never lost interest in something so quickly. Del Rey, who previously released her debut album Born to Die last January, has returned with eight new songs. It just so happens that most of these songs are dull. This criticism does not apply to “Ride,” the EP’s opening track, produced by Rick Rubin and co-written by Justin Parker,

who also co-wrote Del Rey’s smash hit “Video Games.” This is Del Rey’s best track yet, with great vocals and production. It is also the first track on the EP. It becomes less interesting from there. The only other highlight is a cover of “Blue Velvet,” which, when combined with the music video, serves as a summary of Del Rey’s artistic merit. The video, inspired by David Lynch, depicts smoldering suburban sexual tension in a ’50s/’60s environment. The rest of the EP is really bland. A major problem is that

Chicken with Plums Directed by

Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi By Cristina Fries Aggie Arts Writer

The title of the new French film playing at the Varsity Theater, Chicken with Plums, only relates to the movie in two ways. 1. Like the meal, the movie is a delicious blend of different ingredients that somehow blends deliciously, sweet and salty: It’s an imaginative meal for your film-viewing eyes. And 2: The protagonist’s wife, in the last moments of desperation over her husband’s suicidal pact with himself to wait in bed until he dies because he can no longer live without the violin she has broken, hopes to lure him back to the safe harbor of sanity through cooking him his favorite meal of chicken and plums in an attempt, if you will, to have him regain a taste for life. This French film is written and directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi, who both also wrote and directed the film Persepolis, an Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Film. Though I never saw Persepolis, I can see how Paronnaud and Satrapi’s background in creatively composing animation comes into play in Chicken with Plums, which contains some whimsically dark elements of animation that are dropped in during particular moments of the narrative, enhancing the theatrical and fantastical feel of the film. Nasser Ali is a world-famous violin player who was once passionate and alive, but is now married to a woman he doesn’t love and can only find solace in playing his violin, at the cost of his relationship with his wife and children. They live their married lives together in a state of tension and unfulfilled hopes of happiness, and one day, the wife


snaps. She breaks it in an outburst of anger, and Nasser Ali resolves to die once he realizes that no other violin can replace the one that lies in pieces, swathed in a lacy cloth beneath his bed. The film is formatted around the eight days it takes Nasser Ali to die. He waits for death to take him away gracefully as he lies in bed. He considers other options, like lying down on the railroad track, or swallowing pills and covering his head in a plastic bag, but he doesn’t want to be known as The Great Violinist Plastic Bag Guy. During each of these dismal days, we gain insights into his life — his past and his relationships. We flash into the the far future of his adorable children (who speak in the cutest of French as children and become dark and disturbed in their adult years), just as we flash into the far past of his childhood and, later, into the pivotal relationship with the only love of his life, a beautiful brown-eyed brunette named Iran who inspires him emotionally, and by association, musically. As the days pass and Nasser Ali continues deteriorating, we see the memories of his life literally flash before his, and our, eyes. During each of these time-flashes, we see a different layer of the narrative fly loose, revealing something new and unexpected underneath. We begin to ever so subtly

“‘Mercy,’ by Kanye West and 2 Chainz. But it just came up on shuffle, I was going to switch to ‘Watch the Throne’ — definitely Kanye and Jay-Z’s best work. I don’t usually listen to Jay-Z though; I like punk music — Anti-Flag, Black Flag, Agent Orange — for when I skate to class.”

discover why he is the quirkily stale-faced and seemingly melodramatic, moustached man he is today as everything falls into place. We understand why he is so cold toward his puppy-dog wife, and why it makes sense for him to give up on life. These time-flashes pull us deeper down the rabbit hole of his demise, but the fall is surreal, whimsical and often humorous. We learn that music and love are inexorably connected, and when one is gone, so is the other. The film is darkly humorous, with scenes that lift you up into strange worlds using animation, parody, film noir and theatrical lighting and composition. Mythical and imaginary beings, like the Angel of Death, appear in scenes conversationally. Tiny rooms transform into enormous rooms and cities become scenes from popup books. Ghosts appear and disappear and scenes transition into other scenes almost poetically. The film, in its form, is like a collage of memories, and in its medium, like a collage of diverse cinematography. The result is gorgeous and writhing with emotion. Chicken with Plums opened Friday at the Varsity Theater. Tickets are $10, and the movie plays at 6:35 p.m. every night. CRISTINA FRIES can be reached at arts@

“‘Somewhere I Belong,’ by Linkin Park. But I’ve got everything, lots of positive-feeling music, like Sublime, old Expendables, old Muse, Lil Wayne before he was a clown. Those are all on my smoking playlist.” Samaan Mahmoudzadeh

fifth-year biological sciences major

all of the songs sound the same, with Del Rey cooing breathily about drugs, dudes and diamonds over pianos and strings, set to a downtempo beat. The EP is more repetitive lyrically than musically. While many of the songs are about love, they’re presented in really boring and shallow ways. For example, on “Yayo,” the object of Del Rey’s desires has a snake tattoo, a black motorcycle and likes to call her his mama. That’s all. Yet somehow, she loves him to the point where she needs him “like a

baby when I hold you.” When I listened to “Born to Die,” I found that Del Rey had a lot of promise. She had flaws: her shallowness and her lack of awareness about this stood out to me. However, on “Paradise,” she hasn’t addressed these at all. It’s just an expansion pack to “Born to Die” with darker lyrical content and nothing else new. The most creative thing about the EP is the title, because this is anything but. JOHN KESLER can be reached at

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Public to vote on Davis water quality project

Annual Davis Turkey Trot hits 25th year Event aims to promote healthy, active living

James Kim / Aggie

By PAAYAL ZAVERI Aggie News Writer

The annual Davis Turkey Trot will take place on Nov. 17. The event is organized by the Change of Pace Foundation, which stresses the importance of exercise and a healthy lifestyle. “Our Foundation uses proceeds to organize and fund fitness programs for kids. We also grant scholarships to those in financially disadvantaged situations, and provide donations to a variety of sports clubs, teams and nonprofits who assist at the race,” said Jeannine Henderson from the Change of Pace Foundation, in an email. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Turkey Trot, and this is the first year they will have a half-marathon option in the races. About 45,000 people participate every year, and the foundation is expecting about the same turnout this year. All races will start and end at the Civic Center Park in Downtown Davis. Races start at 7:45 a.m. and end by noon. It will start off with a 5K baby jogger race and will be followed by the 10K run, the half marathon and the 5K run/ walk. The children’s races are planned to start at 11 a.m. and include four options: a one-mile run, a half-mile run, a quarter-mile run and the Toddler Trot 200-yard dash, which is for children under 4-years-old. “It’s been a tradition in Davis for 25 years, and we normally see a lot of our younger athletes, who started out in the kids races, have now evolved to the older races. And as they get older they keep coming back and doing a longer race and challenging themselves every year,” said Dave Miramontes, the race director.

All runners must register in order to participate. Awards will be presented to the top three, per age division, in the 5K, 10K and half-marathon events. For the children’s races, all participants receive a ribbon at the end and the races are not timed. Mayor Joe Krovoza and Councilmembers Rochelle Swanson, Dan Wolk and Lucas Frerichs will be running in the half-marathon race alongside the other participants. “It’s a good form of exercise. There’s a lot of people, so it’s a fun event,” said Brad Shuman of the Change of Pace Foundation. “Even if you’re a walker, there’s a lot of people who just come out and walk to get outdoors, enjoy the fresh air and get a little bit of exercise, prior to gorging themselves a few days later on Thanksgiving turkey.” Miramontes mentioned three benefits of the marathon for the City of Davis. He said it is a family-oriented event that promotes fitness. Additionally, the proceeds will go to the Change of Pace Foundation, which has three fitness programs that provide equipment to schools in Yolo County and Sacramento County. He also said it is very beneficial for local businesses in Davis. In addition to the races, there are a number of other attractions and activities planned for the Turkey Trot. Before and after the event, there will be a Kids Fun Area set up, with inflatable jump houses, arts and crafts, vendor booths and snacks. Additionally, the founder of Runner’s World Magazine, Bob Anderson, will be present at the race. He is making a film which will include the Davis Turkey Trot. PAAYAL ZAVERI can be reached at city@

reports Cont. from front page public this December. Andre Knoesen, chair of the Administrative Oversight Committee, is satisfied with the response from the administration. “Most [of the] recommendations we’ve made have been implemented, and now we must

Project could mean increase in water cost for residents By KAMILA KUDELSKA Aggie News Writer

On March 5, 2013, a public poll will be drawn for the surface water project. This public vote will decide whether the City of Davis will continue forward with the estimated $240 million for the entire Woodland-Davis collaboration. The city has been working on improving the city’s water quality since October 2007 when the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board issued a new discharge permit to the city that requires significant upgrades. “We have the wastewater project because we have new regulations to meet,” said Mike Lindquist, the city’s civil engineer. The wastewater treatment plant improvement project that the city has set as a result of the new regulations will be implemented in two phases. The first phase, the rehabilitation and replacement phase, which went into effect this fall, will cost about $95 million. By 2014, secondary and tertiary improvements will be implemented as phase two. The project is due to be finished by 2017 in order to meet federal regulations. Late last month, the Sanitary Sewer Management Plan, part of the wastewater treatment plant improvement project, implemented a revision to its ordinance. “The ordinance didn’t change

Cont. from page 2 so that they can do their job without constant fear of getting sued for every accidental overreach (victims can still sue the police department, but not the cop himself ). But when a cop’s conduct is obviously unreasonable, where there’s no objectively reasonable basis for what he did, the police department doesn’t have to back him up. He loses his immunity. His victim could win money from the police department, sure — but they could also win money from the cop himself, which the cop would have to pay out of his own pocket.

ter,” Lindquist said. The Water Advisory Committee for the city has held meetings to discuss the rate structure if the surface water project moves forward. If accepted, the cost for water for a single family home would increase by as much as double or more the current cost starting next summer. It is projected that it would continue increasing per month for the next five years in order to pay off the surface water project. “My goal is to have a rate structure that satisfies the requirements of Prop. 218 and is most equitable to our customers,” said Dianna Jensen, the principal civil engineer for the Water Advisory Committee. Prop. 218 was passed in 1996 and refers to local water, refuse and sewage charges. Additionally, the Water Advisory Committee must also decide between advisory or binding measures for asking citizens to say “yes” to the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency project on March 5. If the public does not support the surface water project, the city will have to figure out other means to meet the new state and federal regulations. “We will definitely have to reevaluate what our options are for meeting all state and federal requirements for drinking water and wastewater,” Jensen said. KAMILA KUDELSKA can be reached at

Music department to celebrate construction of new classroom and recital hall Ceremony to be held at construction site in honor of donors By JESSICA GRILLIS Aggie News Writer

In celebration of the start of construction for a new classroom and recital hall that is to be built on campus, the music department will be hosting an event tomorrow at 11 a.m. The ceremony, located at the project site on First and A streets, will consist of a tractor rolling through the area while drums are playing to mark the beginning of the clearing of the site before construction. After the initial ceremony, a piano concert and reception will be held at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. The ceremony is being held in honor of the donors who have contributed a large sum to the project’s budget. The new classroom and recital hall has been long underway, according to Clayton Halliday, assistant vice chancellor and campus architect. “It’s been identified for a long time as a need for the music program to have a quality recital hall environment,” he explained.

see [that] these measures are effective,” he said. “A number of procedures have been put in place, and this committee is overseeing and taking note of all of them at this moment. We are satisfied with the response of [Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi]; we met with her at one meeting, and at this moment we just need to see if those procedures are going to be effective.” Knoesen is confident in the


how we were working with them,” said Stan Gryczko, the superintendent for the project. “We just needed to change the language so that it was more obvious.” The ordinance had not been updated for at least five years except for the rate structure. The main revision in the ordinance was for dental offices to install amalgam separators. According to the ordinance, some dental offices are using equipment that results in mercury waste. Mercury has been identified as a significant pollutant of concern but it is not against state regulations yet. “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has, through some of our audits, indicated and recommended to implement these revisions, since in the near future, state regulations will be implemented,” Gryczko said. The current treated wastewater discharges to Willow Slough Bypass, but Davis is collaborating with Woodland for the WoodlandDavisWater Agency project that will pump water from the Sacramento River, treat it and then pipe it over to Davis and Woodland. The wastewater plant contains selenium, a dissolved constituent, but while filtering it out of the water, other contaminants such as aluminum, iron and dirt are inadvertently added. “In the surface water there is no selenium … the surface water project is beneficial to wastewa-

The total cost of the project is $15 million. Halliday explained that, due to limited state funding, much of the funding for the project has come from private donations. “Right now, $10 million of that is [from] campus funds that had been set aside, and $5 million is from private donations,” said Halliday. Of that $5 million, $1 million was donated by Davis residents Grace and Grant Noda in 2008. In addition, the Nodas have recently donated another $500,000 to the project. The new building will consist of a large recital hall and several classrooms. The recital hall portion of the building will contain an audience chamber that seats 375 people at the center of the building and a performance platform, as well as spaces for ticket and coat check and a concessions area. Though the building will contain classrooms for student usage, Halliday points out that most of the larger classroom practices will be held in the recital hall. Henry Spiller, professor of ethnomusicology and chair of the music department, and Phil Daley, Concert and Publicity Manager and assistant

ability of the committee’s watchdog position to stop administrative overreach. “If we see a problem, we’ll raise a red flag, and other committees will take action,” Knoesen said. This winter, the committee will hold a meeting with the chief of police to evaluate efforts taken since last November. ADAM KHAN and JOANNA JAROSZEWSKA can be reached at

In fact, this already happened 10 years ago. In Headwaters Forest Defense v. County of Humboldt, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals — the federal appellate court whose interpretation of the Constitution binds the nine western states — held that using pepper spray on non-violent protesters is excessive force. Humboldt hippies had linked arms around trees and sat on the ground to stop a logging operation. Police got up close and pepper sprayed them in the face. The court found that pepper spraying hippies who’d linked arms around trees was excessive force, and so obviously excessive that the police involved were personally liable for hurting the protesters. This means that if the UC Davis protest-

to Spiller, both agree that there is a great need for the new recital hall on campus. “The music department has been enriching the cultural life of campus with concerts … and for the most part, these have been taking place in makeshift quarters. Our largest ensembles perform in the Mondavi Center … but the campus needs a place where smaller musical performances can take place that’s not a chalk-covered classroom,” Spiller explained. Daley also emphasized the importance of what the recital hall will offer in terms of practice and performance space, which he says is difficult to come by in the music building, located west of the project site. “It’s a space that is going to be vital to learning music,” Daley agreed. “You cannot learn as an individual performer unless put in an environment that incubates your learning.” This Thursday’s event marks the beginning of the project. The project is expected to be completed by December 2014. JESSICA GRILLIS can be reached at campus@

SPRAY Cont. from front page not be reached for comment. While the finalization of the case has yet to be determined, some of the plaintiffs already know how they will use their compensation. Ian Lee, a second-year environmental policy and plan-

ers had sued officers John Pike and Alex Lee, Pike and Lee would’ve had to pay the protesters out of their own pockets. And because Headwaters is quite clear that pepper-spraying non-violent protesters is unconstitutional, the protesters would’ve won. They should not have settled. If the goal of the Occupy Movement was to use civil disobedience to push society towards equality, a brand new court decision expanding protections for protesters would’ve been a phenomenal tool. The pepper spray video is internationally infamous; there’s not a judge in the Ninth Circuit that would dare hold the pepper spraying to be “reasonable,” especially not in light of the Headwaters decision. Through published court decisions,

ning major who is expected to receive his distribution of the settlement, says that all of the money will be going toward his college expenses. “When I do receive the settlement, the University of California is going to take it all back as tuition/fees,” Lee said in an email. — Sasha Cotterell and Jessica Grillis

judges can expand and contract our constitutional rights. This case was Occupy’s best chance to use the courts to expand them. I do understand why the protesters settled: The certainty and closure that settlement provides is often preferable to a lengthy court battle, and $30,000 does pay for a couple years of undergrad education (and nearly four months of law school!). And yet, if one’s goal is not pocket change but societal change, it’s worth waiting out the court battle to expand the Constitution for everyone. Got a legal question you want answered? Email a former gubernatorial candidate, Sacramento attorney and UC Davis grad at


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Nathan Brown, Tomás Matzat, Fatima Sbieh (left to right).


Fatima Sbieh Recent UC Davis alumna. Pepper sprayed Nov. 18, 2011.

Editor’s note: To see how perspectives have changed over the past year, The Aggie requested comments from students and members of the campus community who were involved with the Nov. 18 pepper spraying incident. We’ve included included quotes previously printed in The Aggie to demonstrate these changes. All update interviews were conducted via email.

“We were sitting there peacefully,” Sbeih said. “I didn’t even hear a warning for the spraying, just by the students telling us all to turn around, and then we turned and we were sprayed, just like that. One of the cops was yelling at a guy saying he’s going to spray him in the face and then grabs him in the face and sprays him. They grabbed one of the protesters and sprayed it directly in his mouth. We were there peacefully, the tents were down, they had no reason to spray us.”

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Nathan Brown Assistant professor in the department of English “You are responsible for the police violence directed against students on the UC Davis quad on November 18, 2011. As I said, I am writing to hold you responsible and to demand your immediate resignation on these grounds.” In the article “Police pepper spray student protesters, community outraged,” published in The Aggie Nov. 19, 2011 One year later: “I think what has become increasingly clear over the past year is that the pepper spray incident is indicative of a totalitarian attitude toward political protest on the part of the upper administration of UC Davis. Immediately following the events of Nov. 18, over 120,000 people signed a petition demanding the resignation of the Chancellor. The Davis Faculty Association demanded the Chancellor's resignation. Numerous departments, including English and Physics (two of the largest departments in the Humanities and Sciences) demanded the resignation of the Chancellor ... but despite [report] findings and recommendations, and although the Chief of the UC Davis Police and Lt. Pike have been removed from their positions, the Chancellor has not resigned. While the administration constantly says that they support political protest, what they do is repress it with whatever means they have at their disposal, including police violence. This disjunction between word and deed, and the administrative totalitarianism from which it results, has become more (not less) of a problem since last year.”

In the article “Police pepper spray student protesters, community outraged,” published in The Aggie Nov. 19, 2011 One year later: “I’m still disappointed in the university and administration’s actions. They didn’t even try to meet the protesters halfway. By that I mean they never spoke to the Occupiers, all they did was hand pieces of paper that said penal code this and that are broken. And I’m sitting here like what the hell is a penal code? If the university really wanted to do right by the students, they should have spoken to us, face to face, not via half sheets of paper. I have lost all trust in the administration, that will probably never be regained.” Austin Greene, Third-year aerospace science and engineering major “Does anyone else get the feeling over the past couple days that we as a community are making a huge mistake by bombarding Chancellor Katehi with demands for her resignation? I will honestly say I have been. When I look back at what happened on Friday, I can’t help but think that we are going after the wrong person here. True, it is a fact that Katehi ordered UCDPD to remove the tents, but it is also a fact that she ended the order there. Katehi never asked to have the protesters removed, nor did she ask the officers to go in riot gear — those were all decisions made by the police chief. Katehi was not the one who pulled out the can of pepper spray and dowsed students in it,

and yet we are going after her like a pack of savage animals. Katehi was not the one responsible for making sure trash like Lt. John Pike didn’t make it into UCDPD — that was all on the Police Chief.” In the Letter to the Editor “Give Katehi a chance,” published in The Aggie Nov. 23, 2011 One year later: “I believe that our University has made significant strides since my commentary on the pepper-spraying incident last Winter. We have seen new regulations put into effect to not only encourage regular student feedback, but also protect our rights when we choose to use them as a way to speak out. We still have a long way to go, however. Many of the secondary issues raised in the aftermath of last year's incident have yet to be resolved, and I would encourage administrations and students alike to revisit videos of past rallies to help clarify what our next steps should be as a University. With all that said, and with respect to my previous comments about keeping Katehi in office, I have to say I am proud of my fellow Aggies. In my opinion we, the students of this awesome University, made the right decision by giving her a second chance. Katehi has delivered on many of her promises, most importantly being her commitment to keep communication channels open with students. Seeing our chancellor on campus, acting not as an administrator, but a fellow Aggie openly conversing with students about pressing issues speaks volumes on the character of this community. We are no longer a divided campus. We are no longer in a fight of students versus administrators. We are all Aggies, and we are all one University! Lets [sic] remember that as we go into this exciting new year.” Tomás Matzat Fourth-year art studio major. Arrested at pepper spray scene Nov. 18, 2011. One year later: “I was enraged then and I'm still enraged now. The University has learned from the the pepper spray incident, and has proceeded to attack people in a much less public, but [in a] profoundly more harmful way … The pepper spray incident might have had the shock and awe

of physical violence, but the charges we're facing now are potentially ruinous and have caused much longer lasting effects. Students need to realize that the University has simply shifted its tactics of repression and will not let up. We must challenge the University and cannot be so quick to forget about the damage it continues to cause students on a daily basis.” Ian Lee Second-year environmental policy and planning major. Pepper sprayed on Nov. 18, 2011. One year later: “Judging by the RobinsonEdley report, the University's idea of reform is giving the very same administrators responsible for Nov. 18 more power over the police. This is backwards. Nov. 18 represented a structural issue: if UCPD is to exist, it must be controlled by and entirely accountable to the students, staff, and faculty. I am not satisfied with the proposed reforms. Moreover, the reason we were protesting was that the administration had proposed unfair and unreasonable tuition hikes. In this way, we should understand that sending in riot police was the administration's way of enforcing those tuition hikes — ultimately, it is the administration's privatization plan that caused Nov. 18. The administration wants to continue privatizing the University, wants to continue the root cause of police brutality, and so I am unconvinced that further incidents won't occur.” Claudia Morain University spokesperson “The administration would assess the situation based on the facts, and take action in the overall best interests of the university.” In a Jan. 10, 2012 article, “Occupation of Dutton Hall ended without incident.” One year later: “Last fall was very challenging, but in many ways it brought this campus together.” NATASHA QABAZARD and MENGSHI SHAO can be reached at MUNA SADEK contributed to this article.

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Jasna Hodzic / Aggie

Former Lt. John Pike pepper sprays students on the Quad on Nov. 18, 2011. The incident raised international furor against UC Davis, sparking institutional reform throughout the UC system to promote free speech on campus. Jasna Hodzic / Aggie

Students occupied Dutton Hall on Nov. 28, 2011 in an effort to affect the University’s financial operations. The occupation lasted for two weeks and caused $7,000 in damages, according to UC Davis Spokesperson Claudia Morain.

Brian Nguyen / Aggie

Students blocked U.S. Bank in the Memorial Union (MU). The blockade was held from Jan. 11 to March 19, culminating in U.S. Bank leaving the MU and the University filing suit against 12 students.

A Year of

Occupation Jasna Hodzic / Aggie

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi is escorted on Nov. 19, 2011 as she walks through what students called a “walk of shame.” Students surrounded Academic Surge to demand participation in the press conference.

Evan Davis / Aggie

Students occupy Mrak Hall on Nov. 15, 2011 in support of the general strike at UC Berkeley. The general strike was held to protest the use of force against students associated with Occupy Cal.

Jasna Hodzic / Aggie

Approximately 5,000 students rallied on the Quad on Nov. 21, 2011 in support of the pepper spray victims.


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Student fined for vandalism, over $1,000 donated to help with court fee

New UC Berkeley chancellor appointed

Donation page and art show organized to cover restitution

Nicholas B. Dirks to begin June 1

Courtesy of Eileen Barroso / Columbia University


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Protesters held a sit-in on April 19, 2012 in the dean of Letters and Science office to protest fourth-year art history major Tomás Matzat’s dismissal from the university. Matzat was readmitted following discussions between the University, Matzat and his attorney.

By ROHIT RAVIKUMAR Aggie News Writer

As of now, 34 donors have collectively put $1,450 toward a WePay donation page titled “Free Tomás,” referring to fourth-year art studio major Tómas Matzat. The donation goal on the website is $6,000, to cover the restitution fee for a series of vandalism charges. Matzat’s first run-in with the UC Davis Police Department (UCDPD) occurred on Nov. 18 of last year, when he was arrested alongside other protesters on the UC Davis Quad. During this arrest, he was reported to have suffered nerve damage from zip-tie cuffs used by police officers. Later, in March, he was arrested during finals week, in response to vandalism believed to have been his by the UCDPD. He was charged with 15 misdemeanor counts and five felony counts of vandalism, as per California penal code section 594. “The acts of vandalism occurred on or about Jan. 9 of 2012 and concluded

FootBall Cont. from page 12

and not leave a bitter taste in our mouth losing four games in a row.” The Aggies are coming off a three game losing streak after a near upset of sixth-ranked Eastern Washington, and are seeking to end that streak this week against their regional rivals. The Sacramento State Hornets have gone through a similar experience as the Aggies the past couple weeks, facing three ranked teams in a row and losing two of them by only a margin of three points. “Defensively they give you a lot of different looks,” Biggs said. “If you look at their games against Montana State and Cal Poly, they have been able to stop good teams.”

Volleyball Cont. from page 12 Hawaii Wahine, which is an unblemished 14-0 in conference. If it is inspiration that the Aggies have lacked, look for there to be plenty of it to go around Saturday night as the Aggies will fight for the massive upset against their tropical foe. After all, what better way is there to go out, than as spoilers of a perfect season? Preview: After enjoying two sweeps at the expense of Cal Poly and UCSB last weekend, UC Davis will return home in hopes of two more big wins against Cal State Northridge and the University of Hawaii. The task will not be an easy one, as both CSUN and Hawaii bring a highly intelligent

roughly on March 16,” said Yolo County assistant chief deputy district attorney Michael Cabral. “The acts of graffiti focused on various issues, such as political statements about war, the [University] administration and businesses on campus.” The evidence surrounding the charges is concrete, according to Cabral, who explained that stencils and other materials were found in Matzat’s possession, and that he was seen making a presentation to an art class about some of the acts of graffiti. “The case is set for sentencing on Nov. 20, and I anticipate the court will place him on probation, with a full restitution paid to the university,” Cabral said. “Tomás will be required to pay court fees for the privilege of being prosecuted,” Matzat’s WePay webpage states. Matzat did not respond to requests for an interview. Although the page also states that the university “has requested ... restitution for a vandalism charge,” this

is not the case, according to UC Davis Spokesperson Claudia Morain. “The University doesn’t set fees; the court imposes court fees,” Morain said. “If a crime happens, the police investigate it and refer it to the district attorney ... the University’s only role is to report crimes.” Matzat was dismissed from the university after falling behind in his classes after the arrests. However, he was readmitted after a discussion between his attorney and the University. Protesters also took part in a sit-in at the dean of Letters and Sciences’ office on his behalf. A benefit art auction and poetry reading are being held on Matzat’s behalf on Nov. 15 at the John Natsoulas Art Gallery. The art at the auction is being donated by local and national artists, as well as Matzat himself. The deadline for the WePay page is set to Nov. 15. To donate to Matzat’s cause, visit

Wright also talked about the unique looks that the Sacramento State defense gives the offense. “They do a lot of weird things defensively so we’re just going to try and hit them big and put a lot of point up on the board. Hopefully we smoke these guys,” he said. Defensively, the Aggies will seek to stop Sacramento State and their elusive quarterback Garrett Safron. “They have an athletic quarterback who likes to run and scramble, and we’ve played some teams with quarterbacks like that so we just need to have extra focus hustling to the ball and pursuing,” said senior linebacker Jordan Glass. Biggs mentioned the skill of their players that makes Sacramento State a tough offense to stop. “Offensively they present a lot of problems. Their quarterback has a lot of weap-

ons,” Biggs said. “They have some prolific wide receivers with great speed and two or three running backs that are very quick and nimble so they can hurt you in a lot of ways.” Both the Aggies and Hornets have experienced numerous tight games this season, and this upcoming game is expected to be more of the same. The past 5 matchups between these two teams have been decided by 10 points or less. “Hopefully we are up by a lot and it won’t be close but you have to expect it to be close, especially during a rivalry game,” Wright said. Come out to Aggie Stadium this Saturday at 3 p.m. to catch what will be a exciting and memorable game in UC Davis football history.

and competitive approach to each match. “We will definitely want to take this one team at a time,” said coach Jamie Holmes. “Northridge always competes hard. What we need to do is be ready to battle with them and be fast in transition.” As coach Holmes said, what will separate these two teams will be transition offense and defense, which involves each player being in the right spot for each play. The team that most frequently wins the long rallies will be a good measuring stick for the ultimate outcome. “One of our strengths is our ability to come out and establish a physical game from the get-go,” Holmes said. “Against a good team like Hawaii, we’re going to have to contain some of their best hitters. That doesn’t mean we have to stop them by any means, but we’ll have to be able to

slow them down.” The task of stopping Hawaii’s explosive offense this season has appeared to be near impossible, and slowing them down appears equally as daunting. Hawaii features an offense that lays claim to the top spots in hitting percentage and kills. Disrupting their tempo, if only for a few plays in a row, can be the key to a UC Davis victory this weekend. UC Davis will also host a ceremony for this years seniors, as Saturday will be the final home game of their careers. “I can’t believe it. I am so excited and proud of their careers,” Holmes said. “All three of them have brought so much to our program and I can’t imagine a season without them.”

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University of California President Mark G. Yudof announced on Nov. 8 that he has selected Nicholas B. Dirks as UC Berkeley’s 10th chancellor, succeeding Robert Birgeneau. Dirks was formerly at Columbia University as the executive vice president and dean of the faculty of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. “There was a Chancellor Search Committee that was created including faculty, staff and student leaders including External Affairs Vice President Shahryar Abbasi and Graduate Assembly President Bahar Navab,” said Klein Lieu, Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) senator at UC Berkeley. The appointment will need to be confirmed by the UC Regents at their three day meeting, which began Tuesday and ends Thursday. Since 2004, Dirks has been the executive vice president for Arts and Sciences at Columbia University and has overseen its academic administration, operations and financial management, both long- and shortterm. He has managed over 29 departments for the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences and six schools during his time at Columbia. Most prominently, he led major diversity initiatives for the department of Arts and Sciences at Columbia and has helped in building academic classes for them in ethnic, African American and gender studies. “I hope he brings a passion for creating a more inclusive campus community by making multicultural student developments and Equity & Inclusion programs and services a priority for UC Berkeley,” said ASUC senator Daley Vertiz. Before serving at Columbia, Dirks taught history and anthropology at the University of Michigan, where he co-founded the Ph.D. program in anthropology and history and directed the Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies. Additionally, he taught Asian history at the California Institute of Technology for nine years before his move to Michigan. “I am delighted that President Yudof has chosen to recommend Nicholas Dirks as the 10th chancellor of UC Berkeley,” said Robert Birgeneau, UC Berkeley chancellor, in a statement. “Professor Dirks has a distinguished record as a scholar and teacher as well as broad experience as a senior university administrator. His experience in outstanding public and private universities will have prepared him well for his new leadership position at Berkeley.” NATASHA QABAZARD can be reached at



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UC Davis students take part in music mentor internship Concert Band members work with Winters High School band By RITIKA IYER

Aggie Features Writer

For the first time this fall quarter, four UC Davis students in the concert band are interning in the band class at Winters High School and helping the high school students with the music they are learning. “[Winters] has a small program, a small band and we’re trying to help them grow. If [the band] is more fun and sounds better, then more students will participate,” said UC Davis Concert Band director Pete Nowlen. “[Interns] are in many cases stronger players and so they have more expertise to share.” Nowlen and the Winters High School Band music director Tania Mannion developed this two-unit internship class after Nowlen invited middle and high school bands from the city of Winters to perform in a concert he had arranged about a year ago. The internship consists of approximately two hours of tutoring at the high school along with a weekly journal entry about their experiences. After Nowlen’s band members sat in with the high school band at Winters, Mannion said she noticed a change in her students. “I noticed that when his students were playing, my students could rise to a different level and take [the music] more seriously because of their presence,” Mannion said. “I knew that Pete was very active in outreach to communities that don’t really have the resources for music education, and I wanted to have the college student presence there more often.” The aspiring musicians at Winters High School do not have a strongly funded music department, making the exposure to college band members all the more important for them. This idea sparked a flame last spring that eventually led to the existing internship program. Nowlen said that although being a declared music major is not a requirement to be an intern, all interns must be members of the UC Davis Concert Band. “My goal is to demonstrate to high school students that they should continue to perform in college even if they’re not a music major,” Nowlen said. “This program is great to demonstrate that because a couple of the interns are music majors and a couple are not.” Every Wednesday, the interns go to the band class for almost two hours, where they play along with the high school students for the first 45 minutes of the band period and tutor as needed. “I help them if they are struggling with rhythm or how to play a certain note,” said second-year undeclared major Vanessa Lewis, an intern this quarter. The next part of the period is spent mentoring in

small groups of three to six students with an intern based on instrument types. “[The interns] work with the people that play the same instrument or something similar,” Nowlen said. “They work on improving their general playing technique and learning their music.” Since Lewis plays a tenor saxophone, she mentors a group of three students also playing reed instruments. Lewis said the kids seem excited to see her and the other interns every week and are very eager to improve their musical skills. “Ever since elementary school, I have loved playing my instrument and I want to foster the excitement that I had in other kids,” Lewis said. “They are all very friendly and like to joke around, which is good because they are enjoying themselves in band class.” According to Mannion, this “band buddies” program has been successful so far. “When these interns come and they kind of reiterate what I [have] said, it validates what I’ve been telling them all the time,” Mannion said. “The interns are very good players and I think having that model for my students gives them a very positive, good role for what they might be aspiring to be in the future.” Mannion said she has noticed significant improvement in the attitude the kids have towards their instruments and how they are playing as well. “They are more comfortable with the music they are playing right now and they are learning their major notes,” Lewis said. Nowlen said that working with Winters High School was natural for many reasons, but mainly because he wants to help the music program at the school grow larger. “The university should be involved in the community that we reside [in],” Nowlen said. “[Winters] is an area [with higher] need than others. It’s a place where this service is greatly needed and greatly [valued].” The band is currently practicing for the school’s winter concert on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Winters Community Center. Nowlen plans to continue the internship program in the future. Those involved said they hope the high school students will learn that they can pursue music in college as well. “I would like if [the students] continued with music because it’s something meaningful,” Lewis said. “I guess that makes it sound like a religion, but it kind of feels like that to me. You never know where music can take you.” RITIKA IYER can be reached at

Locals vote UC Davis Medical Center best in region Center continues to receive award after 14 years By WENDY CHAO Aggie News Writer

The UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC) at 2315 Stockton Blvd. in Sacramento received a Consumer Choice Award in October for the 14th consecutive time. The medical center, a teaching, research and clinical practice hospital, is nationally ranked as one of the top 50 hospitals in the US for cancer research and pediatrics, as well as high-performing in other specialities. The Consumer Choice Award, provided by the National Research Corporation (NRC), recognizes exceptional healthcare provided by a wellness facility in 300 different regions. The recipient was selected based on a survey issued from Sept. 1, 2011 to Aug. 30, 2012. American consumers in 250,000 households and 3,200 hospitals rated local healthcare facilities based on qualities such as service and equipment. “We are constantly striving to improve and ensure that we deliver the highest quality care available,” said UC Davis Health System Marketing and Research Manager Lisa Montell in an email. “Many of our improvement initiatives are aimed at improving the quality of communication between patient and provider and also between the members of a patient’s care team.” Montell said over the past year, they’ve implemented standardized bedside reporting. “[Standardized bedside reporting involves] the incoming and outgoing nurses meet[ing] at the patient’s bedside at shift changes to discuss the patient’s status, care and needs — including the patient in the discussion and ensuring a smooth transition from one shift to another,” she said. Another example of expanding their services includes open communication between the staff.

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“We’ve also instituted ‘joint rounding’ on several of our units — meaning that the doctors, nurses and other staff involved in a patient’s care, round together to review patient cases, ensuring that all team members hear and impart the same information,” she said. According to the survey, the medical center received the highest ratings in categories such as best overall quality, image and reputation, technology and equipment, service, as well as patient safety out of 20 other facilities in the Sacramento area. “This recognition is an important indicator of the trust our patients and the greater Sacramento community place in us,” said UC Davis Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Ann Madden Rice. In addition to winning the award, the UCDMC staff will continue bettering their work methods to further assist current and future healthcare consumers.

“We’re committed to continuous quality improvement. We have a newly formed, multi-disciplinary Patient Experience Steering Committee chaired by Vincent Johnson, the hospital’s chief operating officer,” Montell said. “This committee is charged with identifying, prioritizing and overseeing all such quality improvement initiatives.” Members of the health center stated that they are grateful for the acknowledgment and commend the staff for their attentiveness. “Our medical teams and their staff work very hard every day on behalf of the health and wellness of their patients. Their efforts continue to make UC Davis a leader in patient care,” Montell said. “We’re really gratified by the external recognition of their talents and commitment that come with this Consumer Choice Award.” WENDY CHAO can be reached at

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International Education Week The campus is celebrating International EducationWeek through Friday. International Education Week, hosted on campus by University Outreach and International Programs (UOIP) is a national event organized by the Department of State and Department of Education to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This year, UOIP is promoting how international experience has impacted members of the campus community and will be sharing profiles each day of the week. Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi One of the most defining experiences of my life was having the opportunity as a young woman to travel to another country. I was 22 years old the first time I left Greece. It was 1976; I was a junior at the National Technical University of Athens and I traveled to Germany to present a research paper at an academic conference. I had never been to a conference before or even flown on an airplane. I arrived in Munich for the conference and I found myself in what seemed like a huge place, surrounded by what felt like the rest of the world. I was captivated by everything I saw, from my first experience in a large department store, to the huge train station where the trains departed within one minute of the posted times. Most of all, I was amazed to be in an environment where people came together to talk about research. I wanted to learn so much more. This experience spurred my curiosity about other places and, ultimately, it influenced my decision to come to the United States to study at UCLA. That same year, I met a faculty member while I was looking for a summer job. He would later become my mentor in Greece, when he was on sabbatical leave from UCLA. I had the opportunity to work with him the whole summer and, before he left, he told me that if I ever considered graduate studies, that I should go to the U.S. At the time, I did not even know what that meant. I saw some of my colleagues applying for graduate school, but I had no interest as an undergrad and so I politely dismissed the idea. I was focused on graduating and getting a job. After graduation, I worked for two years as a lab technician in a research laboratory. I was surrounded by many people who had master's degrees, and I came to realize that they were doing work much more advanced than what I knew. Many of them had studied in the U.S., and they talked about graduate school — this was the moment I realized the value of attending graduate school. In May of 1979, I asked my husband if he wanted to go to the U.S. for graduate studies and he said yes. I contacted my mentor at UCLA and asked him, "Do you still have space for a graduate student?" He said absolutely and sent me the applications, and so I applied. By September

of that year, I was a graduate student at UCLA. It felt like a dream. I couldn't believe that it could be so nice. Looking back on these experiences that shaped my future, I was fortunate to have had the opportunities to explore new places. It is my hope that our students at UC Davis take full advantage of every opportunity to open their eyes and their minds to the ever-expanding global community of new people and new worlds, and to make the most of their undergraduate experience at UC Davis. L. Carolina Tavárez Alo, komon ou ye?* Starting more than a decade ago, I was exposed to an experience that not many children have: missionary work. Traveling with my parents as a child to some of the poorest sectors of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti gave me a wider vision of the world, humanity and poverty. After the massive earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, I was encouraged to return to my homeland of Haiti. I became very interested in Haiti’s history, but struggled to understand how a country with such rich history and natural beauty was among the world’s poorest countries. I went to Haiti during the summer of 2012 for three weeks, thanks to the support of the UC Davis Blum Center Grant Poverty Alleviation Through Action (PATA) program. I stayed in the small village of Anse-à-Pitres, Haiti, which is one of the four cities that shares a border with the Dominican Republic, located on the southeast side of the island. There, I volunteered at two primary schools and taught Spanish and English, trained foreign language teachers and worked on the school’s curriculum development. Thanks to the support of many UC Davis students, I founded Ann Prepare Lavni (APL), the first Haitian club on campus. The name of the club is Haitian Creole and translates to “Let us prepare the future.” Through the club we were able to assist over 200 Haitian students attain school supplies, hygiene products and textbooks. Upon my return to the U.S., the Haitian government and the town of Anse-à-Pitres donated two acres of land to APL, where we are building the first and only library in the town. Furthermore, APL now has three free Spanish and English classes in Haiti and the Dominican Republic and is currently working toward our budget goal of raising $42,000 for building materials. As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” If you would like to know more about APL, please visit or email us at *Hello, how (Haitian Creole)



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campus judicial report Don't assume A second-year student was referred to Student Judicial Affairs (SJA) by the UC Davis police for stealing a bike. In a meeting with a judicial officer, the student claimed that he thought the bike was abandoned because it was missing registration tags and a bike seat. He acknowledged, however, that he should not have assumed that the bike was abandoned and agreed to Deferred Separation as a sanction. This means that if he is again referred to SJA for any kind of theft or misappropriation, he has the right to an informal hearing with a judicial officer but has given up his right to a formal hearing. A life without internet A senior was referred to SJA by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for downloading copyrighted material. In a meeting with a judicial officer, the student admitted to the violation. Because it was his second violation for computer misconduct, he agreed to

termination of his UC Davis internet privileges and to be put on disciplinary probation. Probation means that the student will likely be suspended or dismissed if he is found in violation again, but he retains his right to a formal hearing if he disputes the charges. Don't drink and drive A female student was stopped by the police for speeding on Russell Boulevard, whereupon the police noticed that she appeared to be intoxicated. After failing a sobriety test at the scene, the student was transported to the hospital and given a blood test. This led to the student being charged with a DUI. In addition, the student was referred to SJA, which has off-campus jurisdiction in student conduct matters that concern health and safety. The student accepted the sanction of Disciplinary Probation and agreed to one or more meetings with Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Intervention Services.

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59TH ANNUAL CAUSEWAY CLASSIC PREVIEW Football Teams: UC Davis vs. Sacramento State Records: Aggies, 3-7 (2-5); Hornets, 6-4 (4-3) Where: Aggie Stadium — Davis, Calif. When: Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Who to Watch: Although all the action will be down on the field, everyone will be focused on Coach Bob Biggs, who is coaching the final game of his 20 year-long career. After announcing his retirement earlier this year, everyone has circled this game on their calendars as one of the most important games in UC Davis history. Coach Biggs boasts a 15-4 record in this rivalry and will seek to extend his current winning streak to three games in this rivalry. Did you know? The last five matchups between these two teams have been decided by ten points or less. This series has al-

ways brought out the best of both teams, making the games close and exciting all the way to the end. UC Davis leads the series 41-18 and will try to continue their dominance in this rivalry with another victory this week. Preview: In what will be one of the most important games in UC Davis Football history, the UC Davis Aggies will be set to face off against regional rival Sacramento State in the 59th annual Causeway Classic. The game carries enormous significance not only due to rivalry, but it will also be the last game for several seniors and notably Coach Biggs who announced his retirement earlier this year. “This one is very important because it is Sac State and it is the last game for Coach Biggs,” said junior quarterback Randy Wright. “We want to send them out right

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WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW Teams: UC Davis vs. this year. Cal State Northridge; vs. Whitson was the clearHawaii cut winner this week after Records: Aggies, posting phenom15-13 (9-6); enal stats against Matadors, 18-9 Cal Poly and UC (9-5); Wahine, 22-2 Santa Barbara (14-0) over the weekend. Where: Pavilion — A f t e r Davis, Calif. recording 19 When: Friday at 7 kills on Friday p.m.; Saturday at night against 7 p.m. the Mustangs, Who to Watch: It’s Whitson came no secret that se- Allison Whitson out firing again nior outside hitter senior the following Allison Whitson is night against the an irreplaceable Gauchos and piece to the Aggies’ offense. managed to put away 20 But for those who haven’t more, totaling 39 in just six noticed, the Palo Alto, Calif. total games. native reminded everyone Whitson will need to bring across the Big West with her A-game this weekend as performances that gar- well, as UC Davis will take nered Player of the Week on two more tough oppohonors for the second time nents to close out the year

at home, including Hawaii, who remains undefeated in Big West match-ups. Did you know? This is the final home series of the year, making Saturday’s matchup against Hawaii the annual “Senior Night.” With heavy hearts and puffy eyes, UC Davis will wave goodbye to seniors Whitson, Kaitlyn Plum and Caroline Mercado, three special players that have embodied hard work, consistency and Aggie Pride in every match they have played in. But first, there will be business to attend to. Before each senior is sent off to their respective futures, UC Davis will take on the heav-

MEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW Teams: UC Davis vs. Northern Arizona Oklahoma State last week. Records: Aggies 0-1, Lumberjacks 0-2 However, both teams are hungry for Where: ARC Pavilion — Davis, Calif. their first official win this season, and UC When: Sunday at 2 p.m. Davis may have the competitive edge. Who to watch: Sunday’s game will pro- The Lumberjacks have a strong ofvide Aggie fans their first chance to watch fense, but they have been unable to persophomore Corey Hawkins in acform defensively. Opponents tion. The Goodyear, Ariz. native have averaged 78.25 points per will also get a chance to showgame against Northern Arizona case his talents against a team and the Aggies’ explosive offenfrom his home state. sive should be able to exploit their weaknesses for an easy Hawkins emphasized the team win. above personal glory. The real challenge for UC Davis “It doesn’t matter as long as the will be maintaining control and team walks away with a win,” he momentum on the defensive end said. of the paint. The Lumberjacks He played his first game in have some amazing freshman Aggie Blue against Oklahoma Corey Hawkins talent as well, and the Aggies will State last week and has already sophomore need to be mindful of DeWayne started to establish himself as a Russell this Sunday. dominant talent on the court. He led the Aggies in scoring with 13 points Russell led the Lumberjacks in scoring and pulled in three rebounds to boot. against UNLV, posting 16 points against Did you know? Northern Arizona lost the Rebels’ top-twenty defense. The their last game against No. 18 University freshman has consistently scored douof Nevada, Las Vegas. The Rebels held the ble digits for Northern Arizona ,and he Lumberjacks to a dismal 25.8 shot per- is a threat from all areas of the paint. centage in the first half. The task of guarding Russell will fall to This will be a perfect opportunity for the big men in the middle. Sophomore UC Davis to try out their new defensive J.T. Adenrele and junior Josh Ritchart will schemes and see if they can match the share the job of guarding against drivers results of one of the best teams in the up the middle and grabbing any rebounds they can. nation. Preview: Northern Arizona started its Sunday’s game promises to be a return season much like UC Davis. They earned to the physical fundamentals of baskettwo wins over weaker teams in exhibition ball. This new roster has plenty of chemgames and since then, they lost to Oregon istry and they have the talent to take UC and have been blown out by UNLV. Davis far this year. UC Davis started with two wins in ex— Kim Carr hibition games and a close loss against

Women’s field hockey year in review Women’s field hockey ends season on a positive note

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Coach Biggs set to coach his final Causeway Classic Biggs looking to retire with a victory

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Freshman Hannah Drawbridge drives the ball in the game against Stanford.

By VEENA BANSAL Aggie Sports Writer

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Saturday’s Causeway Classic against Sacramento State will be Bob Biggs’ last game as coach. Biggs has a record of 14-5 against Sacramento State.


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It’s finally that time of the year. The week leading up to the Causeway Classic is one filled with great anticipation and excitement. A lot of that excitement comes from the fact that no matter what has happened throughout the season, anything goes in this rivalry game. “It’s nice to have Sacramento State at the end of the year because you can throw out records, past history and other things and focus on the game that brings out best of both teams,” said head coach Bob Biggs. However this year’s 59th annual Causeway Classic carries more significance than usual as Biggs will be coaching his last Causeway Classic. Coach Biggs, who announced that he would retire at the end of this year, admits that this week has been quite unique. “Sometimes I think ‘my goodness this is my last week of practicing’ but coaching is routine orientated so I’m just focusing on the game plan,” Biggs said. “But I do look around sometimes and take time to enjoy the stadium and just all the players at practice.” If anyone knows anything about the Causeway Classic, it’s Coach Biggs himself. He currently owns a 14-5 record in the series between the two teams and has had many great memories from this game. “There have been so many [memories]. Some of them that come to mind are the triple overtime game at Hornet Field in 1997. Another is the fabulous two minute drive with our backup quarterback after our starting quarterback had to be taken

to the hospital due to a staph infection. We drove down the field with 56 seconds left running a bunch of draw plays and that was really memorable,” Biggs said. “Even the game last year with the difficulty of the season, we were still able to get the win.” However the game is far bigger than the coach and team itself. A big part of the rivalry is the involvement of alumni and community, and all the history that is involved in this rivalry. “The game has a lot of regional interest. Alumni from both programs have an opportunity to put on their school sweatshirt and cheer for their alumnus,” Biggs said. Senior linebacker Jordan Glass attests to the importance of the rivalry in the Davis/ Sacramento region. “Being from the Sacramento Area, I always knew about this rivalry and I’ve been in two of them since I transferred here,” Glass said. “We’ve won the last two so we’re going to try and continue the streak.” The Causeway Classic becomes a central focus for Aggie players right when they step on campus. “When you first come in, you learn about this rivalry. Your season isn’t based on this game, but it is a big part of it. There are also the alumni that come back and they want to see you win,” Wright said. “We just really want to win this one for the seniors and coach Biggs.” Come out Saturday at 3 p.m. to Aggie Stadium and come see the Aggies take on their rival Hornets in what will be the end of the Biggs era in UC Davis football. JASON MIN can be reached at

Two weekends ago, the women’s field hockey team ended their tumultuous season on a strong note with a satisfying 5-2 victory over Pacific. The team’s performance was a showcase of all of the hard work, time and heart they have put into each and every single one of their games, at home and on the road. The Aggies end their season with a 8-12 overall record and 3-3 conference record. Their eight wins are the most for the program in four years while their second-place finish in the NorPac West Division was another team-best. Against Pacific, five different players scored — with four goals in the first half as the women sealed their final victory in Northwood, Va. Senior Emily Mecke, junior Maggie Barry, junior Cloey LemMon, and freshman Jamie Garcia all scored in the first half to build a comfortable lead for the team. Senior Nadia Namdari ended the second half on a pleasant note with a goal to put the Aggies up 5-2. Overall, six seniors played a huge role in the team’s win in the season finale. Three seniors scored while seniors Conley Craven and Danielle Harrington shut

down the Tigers’ offense with five saves. The Aggies had streaks of wins and losses both at home and on the road throughout the season. The team opened their season on a strong note, with a 3-0 victory against St. Louis. This marked the third time UC Davis has won its season opener since restarting its varsity program two seasons ago, and its second straight shutout going back to the finale of the 2011 season. The team’s solid performance continued for another two games at home, against La Salle and Bryant University. Unfortunately, the team’s performance took a dip on a road trip of eight games. The Aggie women lost six in a row, starting with a grueling game against Northwestern University. Subsequently, in several close games following a loss to UC Berkeley, the Aggies remained just one goal short of the victory. In a heartbreaker against Rider University, UC Davis lost 2-1 in overtime. The Aggies had a way of coming back though, blasting Siena College 9-0 to snap a six-game losing streak. Senior Ashley Haight scored two goals while eight different players scored to end their East Coast road trip. UC Davis’ nine goals in the game against the Saints are the

most since the program restarted varsity competition. Pacific scored 4-3 in overtime and captured another victory at home, before falling on a five-game losing streak. Thankfully, however, the Aggies ended their season with a win against Pacific 4-1, clinching the No. 2 seed in the West, the program’s best finish thus far. In their first game of the NorPac tournament, the Aggies fell 2-1 to the No. 4 seed Davidson, but were able to redeem themselves in their final game of the season. UC Davis senior defender Casey Wollbrink was named to the All-NorPac Conference West Division team for the third consecutive year while senior Emily Mecke was named to the All-Academic team. Speaking of all of the seniors on the team and the outlook for next season, Campos had positive sentiments. “Their hard work for the last four years is invaluable. Thanks to the foundation they have set, this program is headed in a great direction. I am so proud of this year’s team and we are ready to start the training for next year’s season,” Campos said. VEENA BANSAL can be reached at sports@

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