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UC campuses take on challenge to reduce food waste EPA’s program increases sustainability practices
By PAAYAL ZAVERI Aggie Staff Writer
Eight UC campuses are taking on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Food Recovery Challenge to reduce food waste by five percent during this coming year. According to the EPA, the main goal of the challenge is to reduce 33 million tons of food waste the U.S. sends to landfills each year. They will achieve this through smarter food purchasing, increasing donations to charities and composting spoiled food. “Food waste is a particular problem for California, the world’s fifth largest food supplier, because of the enormous quantities of water and energy required for production,” said Jared Blumenfeld, the EPA’s regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest, in a statement. “EPA is proud to partner with these universities as they commit to support the environment and their community by reducing food waste.” The participating campuses are Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz. The University of California (UC) campuses are among 50 universities nationwide that are participating in the challenge. A kickoff event for the challenge was held on Nov. 15, which was America Recycles Day 2012. The challenge is a part of the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Program. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 15.7 percent of national energy consumption is directed toward
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KDVS and AggieTV hold live forum on pepper spray incident KDVS and AggieTV are collaborating to host a live radio forum on the Nov. 18 pepper spray incident titled “The Year in Review: Pepper Spray Incident Forum Discussion.” According to Mary Champeny at the KDVS news department, because both KDVS News and AggieTV were involved in the coverage of the event, they believe it would be valuable to use the first anniversary of the incident as an opportunity to re-open discourse on the issues brought up by the incident. Representatives from ASUCD, University administration, faculty and the UC Davis Police Department will attend. The campus community as well as Davis community members are invited to contribute by submitting questions to email@example.com. Questions must be submitted by 6 p.m. on Thursday. The forum, which will take place on Nov. 30 from 4:30 to 6 p.m., will be a panel discussion on KDVS 90.3 FM and at kdvs.org. Aggie TV will also provide video coverage on aggietv.org. “We see this as a great opportunity to engage the campus community, re-visit important topics and provide a highly accessible discussion about something that had a profound impact on UC Davis,” Champeny said. — Muna Sadek
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Eight UC campuses are participating in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Challenge. One fifth of the nation’s methane emissions come from food decomposing in landfills.
UC Davis Greek system examines safety after Chico State death Report including risk management to be required next fall
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Chico State University suspended its Greek system on Nov. 16 after Sigma Pi brother Mason Sumnicht died after attempting to drink 21 shots. The university will begin the reinstatement process next semester.
By KAMILA KUDELSKA Aggie News Writer
On Nov. 16, Chico State University suspended their Greek system after the death of 21-year-old Sigma Pi brother Mason Sumnicht. He died after attempting to
drink 21 shots on his 21st birthday. The university plans to begin the reinstatement process next semester. As a result, universities have been looking into risk management in their respective Greek systems. “It is unfortunate to see this happen.
Our priority is the safety of the students,” said UC Davis Interfraternity Council (IFC) president and Tau Kappa Epsilon brother Matt Chernin, a fifth-year animal science major with an emphasis in aquaculture. Some UC Davis fraternity brothers declined to comment on the suspension of Chico State’s Greek system because they were told by supervisors to not discuss the incident. The UC Davis Greek system has regulations in place in order to avoid such incidents that occur in the Greek system. The UC Davis Greek Life Office overlooks fraternity and sorority functions, encouraging responsible behavior within. “We have the expectation that at least 90 percent of members have risk management training, anti-hazing training and alcohol-abuse training,” said Joaquin Feliciano, a Greek Life coordinator at the UC Davis Greek Life Office. “The campus has multiple places where this can be provided. Many national headquarters have training where this is addressed.” The IFC emphasizes risk management. They require each fraternity to undergo program events such as drug and alcohol information sessions. Fraternities learn tips and training revolving around substance abuse. “Really, the biggest thing is education to prevent something like this [death],
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UC Davis Medical Center, Dameron Hospital to expand services Collaboration to take effect next summer By MEE YANG
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On Nov. 15, the University of California Board of Regents approved a limited liability company (LLC) between UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC), located at 2315 Stockton Blvd. in Sacramento, and Dameron Hospital, located at 525 Acacia St. in Stockton. This collaboration was initiated by both parties to bring more advanced medical services to the San Joaquin Valley (SJV) located in the Central Valley. courtesy Creighton Younnel, public inforThe UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC) and Dameron Hospital mation officer for Dameron Hospital, was not able to disclose much detail have entered into limited liability company status.
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about the collaboration, but said that the establishment of the LLC between both medical providers will be very advantageous for the Stockton facility by expanding medical expertise in order to better provide for the SJV. “We see our relationship with UCDMC as a great expansion of our expertise locally,” Younnel said. “We are bringing more physicians and expanding our communication through UCDMC.” Chief executive officer of UCDMC Ann Madden Rice said that in early 2011, Dameron Hospital and UCDMC had preliminary discussions that focused on expanding Dameron’s health system. Because of many eco-
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nomic factors such as the uncertainty regarding healthcare changes and costs due to market pressure from health insurances, it was a key strategy to work with Dameron in helping the needs of the SJV. “An LLC is a legal structure for two or more entities to come together for specific operational purposes. The reason we propose using that legal structure is that UC Davis has previously used that structure successfully,” Rice said. Such successful LLC partnerships that UCDMC has worked with include cancer services in Marysville,
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‘Boy Meets World’ is returning with a sequel: ‘Girl Meets World.’ It will feature Cory and Topanga’s daughter, Riley. Get excited! Amanda Nguyen
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Watch the Student Chamber Ensembles in this free concert.
UC Davis Energy Institute Fall 2012 Seminar Series 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. 1003 Kemper Hall Join Dr. Konstantinos Papamichael, co-director for the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) and a professor in the design program at UC Davis, for the final seminar of the quarter as he discusses “The California Lighting Technology Center.” There is no cost and all are welcome to attend.
Shinkoskey Noon Concert 2:05 to 3 p.m. Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby, Mondavi Center Watch the UC Davis Baroque Ensemble in this free concert.
Analog vs. Digital vs. Digital: Technocultural Choice and the Hip-Hop DJ 4 to 6 p.m. 203 Music Watch this free concert by musicologist Mark Katz.
Biomedical Engineering Departmental Seminar 4:10 to 5 p.m. 1005 GBSF The Biomedical Engineering Departmental Seminar Series continues with a talk given by Dr. Larry Galuppo, Professor and Chief of Equine Surgery, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis in his seminar about stem cell therapy for soft tissue orthopedic injuries in horses.
FRIDAY Open House at the TriCooperatives 2 to 7 p.m. Co-op Houses across the street from Regan Dorms Check out the Tri-Co-ops at their open house. The garden party starts at 2 p.m. followed by a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. The Tri-Cooperatives offer low-cost student housing and specialize in tofu scrambles. Swing by anytime and bring your friends — everyone is welcome.
Senior Recital 3:30 to 4 p.m. 115 Music Watch Peter Kim play the piano in this free senior recital. He will be performing Schubert’s “Impromptu in C Minor, Op. 90,” Beethoven’s “Sonata No. 30 in E Major,” Debussy’s “Images, Book No. 1” and Scriabin’s “Two Etudes.”
Student Chamber Ensembles 5 to 7 p.m. 115 Music
Women’s Basketball Game 7 to 9 p.m. The Arc Pavilion Watch the UC Davis women’s basketball team play against Stanford.
SATURDAY “Ain’t I a Woman?” Empowerment Conference: Exploring Gender at the Intersection of Identities 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Student Community Center The conference is a space to explore the intersections of identity, become selfempowered to confront oppressions, pursue social justice goals and work toward gender equity in society. Registration forms for this day of workshops are available at the Women’s Resources and Research Center website.
Benefit Dance Party 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Student Community Center Multipurpose Room All UC Davis students and “Ain’t I a Woman?” Empowerment Conference attendees are invited to this dance featuring DJ oddjob and DJ LadyMixALot. Donations will benefit the Society for Women and AIDS in Ghana, Africa.
Guided Tour: Garden Prep for Winter 2 to 3:30 p.m. Ruth Risdon Storer Garden, Garrod Drive Find out how these gardeners are preparing the UC Davis Arboretum’s Ruth Risdon Storer Garden — a droughttolerant landscape, featuring many Arboretum All-Stars (plants especially well-suited for Central Valley gardens), flowering perennials and small shrubs. For more information, call (530) 752-4880 or visit arboretum.ucdavis.edu.
Musicircus 3 to 4:30 p.m. 105 Music Watch the Davis Percussion Ensemble directed by Chris Froh. This unique work was first performed at the Stock Pavilion, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1967. Musicircus is the expression of several of Cage’s fundamental ideas about artistic creation and execution. 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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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. Question: If I post a disclaimer on Facebook, will it stop Facebook from profiting off my information and give me back ownership of my posts and photos? I want to stop Facebook from using my photos and status updates without my permission. — Cathy N., Davis, Calif. Answer: First of all, let’s clear up a myth propagated a couple years ago by faux lawyers at the Consumerist blog. Facebook doesn’t own your posts, messages or photos. They never did, never claimed they did and still don’t. They do, however, own a worldwide license to distribute your content without your permission. This license is non-exclusive, though, which means you can still license your photos to somebody else who can also distribute them. How did Facebook get this right? You gave it to Facebook when you clicked “yes” on a contract you probably didn’t read: Facebook’s Terms of Service. This isn’t anything unusual. You agreed to the same thing when you signed up for Gmail — including your campus email. For that matter, you also agreed that if you want to sue Google over the Gmail terms of service, you must sue them in Santa Clara County. Yahoo, Funny or Die and every other internet company have similar policies. You grant Google and Yahoo a license to store your email on their servers and redis-
tribute it to you in different formats. Facebook from using them. You give Funny or Die the right to However, you can stop your friends post your videos for others to see. from using them. Even Wikipedia — a nonprofit — Your photos and written words are makes you agree to license any edyour own copyrighted property. If its you make to articles or photos you someone takes your photo and posts upload. And though Wikipedia does it in their own profile, or steals your not profit off of your YouTube video and contributions, its posts it on their own mandatory Creative Like J.K. Rowling and Woody account, you can sue Commons license al- Allen, you own a copyright in them for copyright lows others to use infringement. your words and films your Wikipedia edits Seriously. or photos for profit. Anything set in a Why are these lifixed medium, whethcenses necessary? Because you own er scribbled on a napkin or chiseled what you create. Under the U.S. in granite, becomes copyrighted imCopyright Act, you own an automatic mediately upon its creation. If somecopyright in every creative work you one reproduced your tweet verbatim, set in a fixed medium. This includes you can sue the thief for $150,000 email, tweets and lame Gangnam in statutory minimum damages if Style parody videos. you register the tweet with the U.S. Copyright Office within 90 days of Like J.K. Rowling and Woody Allen, you own a copyright in your words and the tweet’s publication. This process costs about $35 and takes less than films. Just because your tweets are il30 minutes. Even if you don’t regisliterate and your films boring doesn’t ter the tweet, you can still sue the mean you lack a copyright in them. thief for “actual” damages, but those Facebook and Google need your are probably negligible unless you’ve permission to store your content on found some way to profit off your their servers, so they get you to grant Twitter gibberish. them that right when you sign up. But to answer your original ques Copyright law is draconian, as tion, the only way to stop Facebook any victim of a Recording Industry or Google from using your content Association of America (RIAA) lawwithout your permission is to nevsuit knows. But the RIAA isn’t the er use Facebook or Google in the only one who benefits; it applies with first place. Despite what your friends equal force to Taylor Swift songs and have said as they post that legalese to tweets. You already gave a license hoax that’s been making the rounds to Facebook, but you can stop everythis past week, you cannot overone else from copying your stuff. ride a binding contract by posting a “disclaimer” on your social media Daniel is a lawyer and an alum of UC Davis School of Law. page. It has no legal effect. You still Got a legal question? Email email@example.com or own your posts, but you can’t stop tweet @GovernorWatts.
moment in the series is when Michael declares: “If I had a gun, with two bullets, and I was in a room with Hitler, Bin Laden and Toby, I would shoot Toby Benjamin twice.” Chang Nobody really seems to love him, as he’s divorced and pays hundreds of dollars for a Christmas present just so he can win his daughter’s affections. When Toby was a child, he was forced to testify against his divorced parents and choose between them, an episode capable he Office” has re- of imparting permanent scars. It would be far more ally gone downefficient for a serial crimihill. It’s one of nal to use a gun, but stranmy favorite shows, but gling would be more perEllie Kemper’s hotness can sonally cathartic for a man only compensate for so much. When Michael Scott with deep-seated emotional issues. left, he took the show’s ingenuity with him, and “The Referring back to the Office” appears to be dyplot, Toby is also a man ing slowly. It who siwould take multaa crazy idea That’s all just conjecture, though, neousto salvage it which is a nice way of saying ly craves now. rethat I’m talking out of my ass and sents love. And that’s His stiltwhere Toby ed relacomes in. tionships with Pam (the Toby’s the most boring receptionist) cast him in antagonist I’ve ever seen, but it would be an amazing a suspicious light. In the episode “Night Out,” Toby coup if he were revealed to puts his hand on Pam’s leg be the Scranton Strangler. in an awkward moment. From a character deUpon realizing how awkvelopment point-of-view, ward the moment is, Toby it makes perfect sense. sprints and nimbly scales Toby is lonely and downa chain-link fence. trodden, consigned to being Michael’s punching Very few middle-aged bag for seven seasons. The HR reps could hop fencmost memorable Toby es as deftly as Toby does. It
could be attributed to a release of adrenaline, or it could be attributable to a double life as a criminal. In reality, it’s a stunt double scaling the fence. But within the reality of the show, it’s Toby. In any case, it’s one of the first major signs that Toby is more than he appears. Coincidentally (or not), on the day Jim and Pam’s daughter, Cece, is born, another Scranton Strangler murder is reported. At this point in the show, it’s clear that Toby once liked Pam, and it’s not a stretch to think that Cece’s birth threw Toby into a jealous rage. Andy was going to have the front page of the newspaper framed as a gift, and the original headline would’ve been “First Day of Spring.” Indirectly, the Scranton Strangler cast a shadow over a special day for Jim and Pam, and the evidence points to Toby’s involvement. In the episode “Frame Toby,” Michael plants “marijuana” (Caprese salad) in Toby’s desk and calls the cops. Toby becomes uncharacteristically defensive and aggressive, asserting that he has rights and that he doesn’t consent to searches. Toby seems to romanticize crime. At one point, he mentions that he’s writing a mystery novel, and that his greatest fantasy is to launch a mystery podcast.
He also can’t resist going with Dwight to stake out Darryl’s house. Crime is one of the few things Toby expresses passion for. That’s all just conjecture, though, which is a nice way of saying that I’m talking out of my ass. I doubt that’s how the series will actually end, and I doubt that this article matters to anyone who is not a diehard “Office” fan. But Toby’s situation is a reminder that almost nothing is set in stone. A show that’s been trending downward for multiple seasons could finish strong. A man who’s been kicked around for nine years could steal the show. Imagine what a twist that would be, a dark drama masquerading as a lighthearted comedy, slowly building up to a crescendo that we’re completely oblivious to. If Toby were unmasked as the Scranton Strangler, it would be difficult to ever trust a coworker again. In the episode “Casino Night,” Michael asks Toby: “Why are you the way that you are? I hate so much about the things you choose to be.” Michael’s words might prove shockingly prescient, and for better or worse, the people in your life will always have the capacity to surprise you.
individual member or an entire community. The annual report is currently optional, but chapters that participate are given a good standing rating if the report is turned in. The UC Davis Greek Life Office will begin to require each chapter to submit it next fall. “For this year, the information is due right now. About slightly half of the chapters have given it in so far. Last year, about onethird of the chapters turned it in,” Feliciano said. Sororities also place a high importance on risk management. Fraternities and sororities inform their communities of dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. “We are always making sure that there is a risk management plan present. Each
chapter is required to have a risk management plan,” said president of the Davis Collegiate Panhellenic Board and Alpha Phi member Katie Uglow, a fourth-year economics and community and regional development double major. Sororities work together with fraternities on social events to ensure that members are informed and aware of risks. According to UC Davis Greek Life statistics, the average student in a sorority or fraternity at UC Davis typically has a higher grade point average (GPA) than a non-Greek student. In Spring Quarter 2012, Greek students maintained a 3.005 cumulative GPA and all undergraduate students maintained a 2.992 cumulative GPA. The Greek system sees this
as a result of its tight-knit community. Many of the chapters have GPA requirements to be active, scheduled study hours in which members have to sign in and other qualifications. “All the organizations do have [a] focus on academics, whether it is study hours or limiting students’ abilities to participate in social activities, as well as their national expectations,” Feliciano said. Additionally, the UC Davis Greek system concentrates on promoting the chapters’ specific goals. “We are making sure that we are always striving for our goals: sisterhood, scholarship, philanthropy and leadership,” Uglow said.
Correction In the Nov. 28 article titled “Saturate Yolo to show iPhone images of Yolo County,” The Aggie stated that the exhibit’s reception will take place on Jan. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception will actually occur from 7 to 9 p.m. The Aggie regrets this error. In the Nov. 28 article “Complaints filed against ASUCD Senate slates,” The Aggie did not include the first name and title of ASUCD Senator Bradley Bottoms, who was mentioned throughout the article. The Aggie regrets this error. In the Nov. 28 article titled “Buying more than you bargained for,” Marc B. Schenker’s name was misspelled as ‘Marc B. Shenker.’” The Aggie regrets this error.
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GREEK Cont. from front page [by] knowing the signs of alcohol poisoning. It is really about empowering our members to avoid things like this,” Chernin said. In Spring 2011, the Sorority and Fraternity Excellence (SAFE) program was developed by Feliciano in order to improve chapter performance and increase safety and risk management among chapters. The program was created to have an established way for fraternities and sororities to be more aware of policies in certain situations. Part of the SAFE program is an annual report on how the individual chapters will react to certain situations that may be harmful to an
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Vice chancellor of Student Affairs
Hire with students in mind Not many students are familiar with the Office of Student Affairs.... but they should be. The Office of Student Affairs is a group of different departments that are solely dedicated to “the student experience.” Fred Wood, the vice chancellor of Student Affairs from 2007 to 2012, was replaced in June by an interim vice chancellor until Chancellor Linda P. B. Katehi can find a suitable permanent replacement. During this search, it is of utmost importance to maintain the legacy of high standards for this position. Historically, the Office of Student Affairs has brought together multiple student services including admission, financial aid, registration, counseling, health, recreation, student government and special services. Under Wood, the Office of Student Affairs made significant improvements to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Intercollegiate Athletics, Campus Rec, Office of the Registrar and Student Health and Student Housing. Wood’s platform was one of access and affordability. During his tenure, he helped introduce the self-funded Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP). As a transfer student himself, he strived to
make the campus hospitable for other transfer students by introducing guaranteed housing for transfer students and a student center dedicated to transfers and veterans. He was also behind the major renovations to the ASUCD Coffee House and Segundo residence halls. The position of vice chancellor of Student Affairs is one that comes with the responsibility of not only managing a large staff and significant budget, but also making life on campus for students as streamlined and pleasurable as possible. We believe that Chancellor Katehi should continue the practice of recruiting from within when choosing the next vice chancellor of Student Affairs. The best candidates to represent the students at UC Davis will have been students here themselves, and have our best interests at heart. The students of UC Davis should play an active role in the choosing of the next vice chancellor of Student Affairs. There are four town hall meetings on Dec. 3 in the Student Community Center that students can attend to voice their opinions. They are from 8:30 to 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to noon, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., and 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
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Re: ‘Insomnia,’ Nov. 7 Health Education and Promotion (HEP) would like to thank Andrew Poh for his Nov. 7 article about insomnia. This topic is probably familiar to many UC Davis students. In fact, according to the 2011 American College Health Association National College Health Assessment, 66.2 percent of students say that they feel tired or sleepy three or more days out of the week. There are many benefits to getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night: Sleep helps fight off infection, enhances performance, increases en-
The City of Davis and UC Davis’ Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) plan to implement a bike share program in 2014. Although the program would be aimed at commuters and those who are temporarily visiting Davis, the community would also be allowed to rent bicycles from stations around the city. Two stations are proposed to be at the Amtrak station and at the Memorial Union or Silo. The cost to kickstart the program would be approximately $200,000, with the money coming from contributions through the city, university regional development and corporate sponsorships. However, some opponents contend the money should instead be invested in improving the bicycling infrastructure around the city. We think it’s a pretty awesome idea, though. Yes, there are already places to rent bikes from, such as the Bike Barn, but the bike share program would incorporate an
automated rental system that would allow users to rent at any time. Also, many European cities — like, Paris and Amsterdam — use similar programs. The city and UC Davis are working in tandem to find potential vendors who would provide the bike sharing technology. The considered vendors offer an automated system that allows users to swipe their credit cards to check out bikes. Once finished, the users can return the bikes to the nearest docking station. Additionally, it’s not like Davis already has more than enough bikes — we are one of the most bicycle-friendly communities in the world. Even though the program is still in development, we’re glad the city is shifting gears by looking into a more efficient, modern way that would give people more access to bikes and indirectly encourage cycling. We’re wheelie pumped for this to happen.
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Nov. 6, 2012 was a great day for many reasons. Marijuana was legalized in Colorado and Washington and gay marriage was legalized in Maine, Maryland and Washington. But in California we also have something to be proud of. Proposition 30, a temporary tax measure to fund education, including the University of California system, was comfortably passed with 54.3 percent of the vote. Marijuana, marriage and making education a priority is not just a victory for Marxist stoners everywhere — it is a great victory for today’s youth. Students like you and I are not only the future of this nation, but we are greatly affecting the present. Across the state of California 380,000 people registered to vote for the first time — a large number skewed strongly toward the youth of the state. This is a remarkable number for a group that is supposed to be apathetic, ignored, disorganized and busy taking handle pulls. At UC Davis alone, 4,391 students were registered to vote by fellow UC Davis students. Not only are Obama mammas registering this mostly progressive block, but students themselves are also taking the initiative. Our initiative didn’t stop with registering people; it also took
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plugs that can be picked up at the HEP office on the third floor of the Student Health and Wellness Center. If you experience long-term problems with sleep difficulties, you can always schedule an appointment with your provider at the Student Health and Wellness Center.
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ergy levels, decreases stress levels, sharpens concentration and improves memory function. These benefits can even help improve academic performance. Practicing good sleep hygiene is important to getting a good night’s sleep. It is a good idea to maintain a regular sleeping schedule and reduce technology use an hour before bedtime. Create a sanctuary for sleep that is quiet, dark, comfortable and a desirable temperature. To help with reducing distractions, HEP provides free eye masks and ear-
On the word There’s only one difference in life; we either give opportunities a shot, or we don’t. And to me words are opportunities; each one contains lifelines of possibilities. We live in a world filled with simple ordinance and limited time, and as a result most people speak in manners that are simply most convenient. A “number two” at In-NOut means a burger and fries, and that’s it. When people ask how you are, you generally reply that you’re good and move on. Similarly, you either like a book or you dislike it, etc. This is reasonable, as the point of communication is to get from point A to point B, but I will argue that we
place at the ballot box. It is easy to argue that Proposition 30 passed because of the youth vote. Twentyeight percent of ballots cast on Proposition 30 were [from people] between the ages of 18 and 29, a voting bloc that overwhelmingly supported the proposition with two-thirds in the affirmative. A supermajority of students, a supermajority that could never be found in today’s congress, stood together in support of a proposition that would have us sacrifice a little more, especially those at the top, but in turn we would slow the privatization of the UC system, which many see as inevitable. Proposition 30 proved that not only can the youth unite, not only can we stop playing Halo 4 for a few minutes, but the privatization of the UC is not inevitable. The Regents will not save us, they really do not care about students — they really don’t. They are mostly businessmen, bankers and lawyers whose sole purpose is to increase the UC’s ranking in the U.S. News and World Report magazine, even if that means raising tuition to Ivy League levels. They do not care about student opinion or keeping the UC affordable for all students. If you protest this, you will be kicked out of the Regents’ meeting, which is pret-
ty standard now. There is only one way to make them care, and to make the governor appoint regents that care, and that is through sheer force of the ballot box. Many doubt us. They say we do not have the votes. They are wrong. We passed Proposition 30, we even helped pass gay marriage and the legalization of marijuana — issues that stood no chance a few years ago before our generation voted. They say the regents will save us. They are wrong. They have raised tuition on us multiple times, proving themselves incapable of our trust and their Sacramento political friends that placed them there have done no better. It is time that we save ourselves; it is time for us to take control of the present and the future we will inherit. If you didn’t vote in 2012, educate yourself and vote, if you did vote, tell your friends to do so, get involved, your participation has made history and will continue to make history. We can stop tuition increases and the privatization of the UC; it takes about the same amount of time as a bong rip. Joshua Coronado-Moses Third-year political science and history major UC Regent Liaison
shouldn’t keep things so simple. ning for a position of power, but I think of the similarities between there’s a lesson to be gained from speech and money, where language the fall of Icarus. It’s a warning functions like currency in that any against overconfidence. rational person wants to get more I wonder, though, how voters for less. This makes sense. Most would have reacted if Romney had people have limited resources and employed a more critical lexicon. in order to increase those resourc- It doesn’t matter for Romney now, es they spend their currency spar- but the candidate’s poor rhetoric ingly, no matter what the market. is emblematic of a wider general But just as fast food is only momen- carelessness in our culture’s use of tarily convenient, I think the speech language. “You guys” when addressing a that is easiest to string together is only satisfactory in the short run. In body of people is similarly careless. English is the long run, the generally phallomost convenient language is actually One could argue that protruding centric or malecentered, and the counterproductive. confidence is necessary when I think of Mitt running for a position of power ... popular phrase inevitably overRomney during looks the fact that the debates with Obama, where rather than respect- not everyone identifies as a “guy.” ing the possibility of a presiden- While it might seem like a minor cy, Romney claimed a premature detail, “you guys” continues a hisownership of it by saying “when I’m torical ignorance towards the exispresident” — as if merely running tence of non-males; therefore, its for the office meant he would win use should be challenged. it. In my observations, people Romney conveyed only arro- like their convenience, so chalgance in his poor choice of words. lenging it generally generates One could argue that protruding confidence is necessary when runSee RECINOS, page 8
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Thursday’s holiday roundup Downtown Davis to light up the holidays
By ANTHONY LABELLA
erhaps it’s because our generation has run out of inspiration, or maybe it’s our yearning to live in a previous time, but it seems to me that modern music, art, movies and fashion choices aren’t necessarily modern, but rather retro. Let us delve into this topic by examining music. Five years ago and listening to the Backstreet Boys Pandora station would be considered weird. Now? Way cool. ‘80s music on the radio a couple of years ago? Annoying. Now? Pretty rad. The trend of using parts of old songs and incorporating them into new releases adds an interesting aspect to the sound. Sure, newer generations have no idea that parts of Nicki Minaj’s music originate from ‘80s pop songs. And they probably won’t find out until their parents freak out that their old favorite songs are playing once again on the radio. Maybe it was the release of The Perks of Being a Wallflower (the movie version) and the use of amazing ‘80s songs that inspired us wannabe hipsters to revisit “old” songs. I’m thankful. “Come On Eileen” is truly the best song right now. And since I’m in charge of the music that plays in the Visitors Center on campus, all of the older people in the building appreciate my newfound taste in music. They’re welcome. Transitioning into fashion choices, I have one main thing to address: jean jackets. So trendy now, but think about it. Two years ago they wouldn’t be found anywhere in stores or on any young adult who considers themselves to be fashionable. These days, I don’t know a girl who doesn’t own a modern version of the jean jacket she once donned in elementary school or isn’t in search of the perfect, well-priced jean top. And those grandpa sweaters with the unique and flashy prints? Comfy, yes, but unacceptable until Urban Outfitters started jacking up the prices, thus making them desirable. And Macklemore’s song “Thrift Shop”? Talk about being inspired to thrift. And I don’t know whether it’s because we’re all slowly finding ourselves or are becoming aware of the greatness that exists in old cinema, but older films are all too fascinating to our generation now. Like, if you haven’t watched The Breakfast Club or Sixteen Candles, you can’t sit with us. You just can’t. If you’re cultured and an old soul, then the black-andwhite movies are probably your thing. Imagine ... The Hannah Montana Movie will probably be a vintage film in ... like three years. Excellent. I’ll remain a hipster when I continue to watch it into my mid-20s. Those reading this who lived through the ‘70s or ‘80s probably think it’s ridiculous that I’m writing about those years as if they were so long ago. But think about it. That was 30 to 40 years ago. You’re vintage now. And our generation adores vintage. ELIZABETH ORPINA can be reached at arts@ theaggie.org.
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Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas is nearly a month away, but Downtown Davis has plenty of activities planned tonight for those of you still in the holiday spirit. Here are some of the highlights:
Davis Holiday Parade
Davis residents can head downtown to see the city's holiday parade in addition to a festive tree lighting. These events will take place in the E Street Plaza starting at 6 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to receive guests from 6:40 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. Other lively holiday characters are slated to show up as well.
Varsity Theatre, located at 616 Second St., will be holding free screenings of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The film is scheduled to play at 6 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 7:20 p.m., and 8 p.m. Those in the mood for some music can listen to the Grace Valley Choir, which will be performing outside the theater all evening.
John Brinley Properties is sponsoring free horse-drawn carriage rides throughout the evening. The carriages will depart every 10 minutes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in front of the curb of Avid Reader at 605 Second St.
Downtown Window Decorating Contest
This contest, which features 16 Davis businesses competing for the bestdecorated window of the holiday season, begins tonight. In the following two weeks patrons can cast their votes for their personal favorites online.
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Davis has many events for the holiday season throughout the next month. Further information can be found on Davis Downtown's official website.
AggieTV presents Live Music Sessions New series to feature local musician performances By JOHN KESLER Aggie Arts Writer
AggieTV is looking for musicians to appear in a series that will showcase local musical talent through performances recorded live in a studio. The auditions will be held from Friday to Sunday. The series, which hasn’t been done before by AggieTV, plans to record artists in an intimate, acoustic context. They plan to release one performance a week online. It can potentially feature bands, solo and a cappella performers. The idea came into fruition when fourth-year clinical nutrition major Timothy Tran, the entertainment director for AggieTV, was browsing YouTube. “I was thinking about how YouTube serves as an outlet for artists to show off their talent and how this is what people tend to watch,” Tran said. “I stumbled upon this series called AOL Live Music Sessions and it gave me this huge idea. We could have these intimate performances where we record Davis performers with high quality video and sound. We could show it to the world.” Anna Oh, a third-year film studies major and the executive producer at AggieTV, is working with Tran on this project. “There’s a lot of talent in Davis that is not easily seen or heard. There are a lot of students here who can show this talent off,” said Oh. “I feel passionately about music, and so we decided it was a good opportunity to start a series, reach out to people and to collaborate.” Despite the fact that this hasn’t been done before by AggieTV, the staff feels prepared for the task. “There’s always a challenge with a new series, but it doesn’t mean that we’re not up for it. There may be some difficulties, they’re nothing we can’t handle,” Tran said. In addition to feeling prepared to take on this project, the staff is also excited to be challenged.
“It’s a new series and a new field of interest. Our staff is excited to do this. It will require a lot of commitment on their part but it should be more exciting than challenging,” Oh said. The audition process will allow Tran to determine what the performers can offer as well as if they’ll have audience appeal. Despite this, Tran and Oh encourage anyone interested to apply. “I would love to see more musicians sign up, even if they weren’t confident about their ability. The auditions will be super casual. It won’t be like ‘American Idol,’” Oh said. Tran also offered encouraging remarks. “If they can perform live at a reasonable talent rate, we will film them,” Tran said. Jason Phillips, a second-year psychology major, plans to audition for the series. “I heard about AggieTV Live Sessions from a friend and instantly gained an interest based on the idea of being able to share my style of music and passion for it with other students,” Phillips said. “This is a great opportunity to showcase myself and also see the other talent out there. There are not many opportunities to do so, so it's exciting that one has come up.” Stephen McKone, a thirdyear technocultural studies major and the creative director for AggieTV, designed a promotional flier which was posted on Facebook and on bulletin boards all over campus. “I am really excited to see how the series will turn out,” McKone said. “I had to put a face to the concept, so I chose to have a faceless person performing on the flier. This emphasizes that it could be anyone on the show. It could be you.” People who are interested in auditioning can sign up at bit. ly/aggietvmusic. For more information on this series and AggieTV, find them on Facebook at facebook.com/aggietvfan. JOHN KESLER can be reached at arts@theaggie. org.
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Deck the halls with boughs of homemade gifts Where to go this winter for local, artistic holiday presents By TANYA AZARI Aggie Arts Writer
If Black Friday and Cyber Monday left you feeling unsatisfied, step outside for a skyblue Sunday through Saturday to check out some of the holiday arts sales popping up around Davis this month. The John Natsoulas Gallery and the UC Davis Craft Center are hosting silent auctions, while the Davis Art Center, the UC Davis Fashion and Design Society and the Pence Gallery are holding holiday sales. The Natsoulas Gallery is holding their Holiday Gala on Dec. 8 from 7 to 10 p.m., which involves dance performances by the Linda Bair Dance Company, live music and a silent auction. Expect to see works of all mediums made by popular artists favored by the Natsoulas Gallery, with prices starting at $10. And as long as you’re already there, the gift shop also has the Gallery’s selection of fine arts books, posters, prints and other artistic odds and ends. The Davis Art Center is hosting their 22nd annual Holiday Sale from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, featuring hundreds of handmade items, 70 vendors vending, three rooms for crafting and one silent auction. The sale not only benefits the local artists, but also gives 15 percent of every item sold (priced from $2 to $200) to the Center itself, making it the largest fundraiser of the year. Convenient for those wishing to get their shopping done between classes, 120 Cruess Hall 120 is opening its doors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 7 for the UC Davis Fashion and Design Society’s Holiday Sale. FADS has adopted the oft-repeated “Green is the new Black” slogan to create bags, scarves and other small products completely out of recycled material. The bags are up-cycled from university textile waste, and the scarves are colored with dyes that would have otherwise been
poured down the drain. Bags and scarves are $30 to $50, while the smaller products are $8 to $20. All proceeds go to FADS’ Picnic Day and San Francisco fashion shows. For more information, contact FADS at email@example.com. Also on Dec. 7 is the 6 p.m. live auction at the UC Davis Craft Center, the grand finale to their 11th Annual Gallery Staff Show and Silent Auction. Bids can be placed at the ongoing silent auction at any time during the Center’s open hours. Up for auction are a wide range of artisanry, including mugs, hand-knitted sweaters and various decorative pieces. The average bid hovers around $7 to $10 and can be higher or lower depending on your competition. The pieces exhibited are all made by Craft Center staff, with all proceeds benefitting the Center. The Pence Gallery is putting on its very own Holiday Market from Nov. 9 to Dec. 23 during open hours. They’ll be selling unique handcrafted gifts, such as woven scarves and steampunk mugs. In order to expose the Davis community to new items and artistic styles, contributing artists are not only from the surrounding Sacramento area, but from all across America. Proceeds from the $5 to $390 items go towards the Gallery’s exhibit costs and educational programs. The Natsoulas Gallery is located at 521 First St. For more information, see the Facebook page for “John Natsoulas Gallery.” Hours of the Davis Art Center are noon to 7 p.m. on the Dec. 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the 1st, and 10 a.m. to 5p.m. on the 2nd. The Davis Art Center can be found at 1919 F St. For more information, go to davisartcenter.org/sale. The Pence Gallery, located at 212 D St., also has a gift store en suite, featuring locally and regionally made pieces sold year-round. For more information, visit the Pence Gallery online at pencegallery.org. TANYA AZARI can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rock out with Euripides’ Bacchae A rock and roll infused interpretation of classic Greek tragedy
courtesy of Brian Nguyen
Granada Artist-in-Residence Barry McGovern will be showing his interpretation of The Bacchae by Euripides at the Main Theatre in Wright Hall.
By BEAUGART GERBER Aggie Arts Writer
This evening, Barry McGovern, UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance’s Granada Artist-in-Residence, opens his interpretation of The Bacchae by Euripides. McGovern, most notable for his work on Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s Waiting for Godot, came to Davis after he heard of the opportunity from his friend and coworker John Lacovelli. From the moment he arrived, Barry meticulously worked on his adaptation of Euripides’ classic. The original play details the life and tragedy surrounding the Greek god Dionysus. McGovern’s fascination with the play began when he discovered a version penned by the Irish poet Derek Mahon. “Most translations are written by classical scholars, and Mahon attempted to write a really racy, gutsy version of the play that I found thrilling,” McGovern said. McGovern explained that the play is about letting your hair down. Attempting
to express this theme with very little to no material on how the original was performed made the language alone seem insufficient. To overcome this obstacle, he took the creative liberty of transporting the play from its Greek setting into a more contemporary vision. Instead of simply being a God, Dionysus is a rock star, and instead of his chorus of the village elders, a series of cheerleaders idolizes his every move. Though most of the violence is done offstage, the play deals with a great deal of barbarity. McGovern explained that he wanted to imply most of the violence instead of showing it overtly. “I wanted to mix the macabre and the pitilessness,” McGovern said. “There is a simple joy found in the defeat of the enemy that overrides our perception of brutality. Similar to the execution of Saddam Hussein and Bin Laden, when not confronted with the violence directly, we find ourselves supporting it.” Though the horror is shown offstage, the play has no mercy and he wanted the audience to feel the power of that message.
Bobby Augustus Jr., a second year MFA actor who plays Dionysus, talked of his stage experience. “It was a challenge to play the character but Barry had a lot of ideas that really informed my decisions,” Augustus said. “Every time I went on stage I felt like a rock star. To help, I watched some David Bowie and Joan Jett videos. I must have watched Joan Jett a hundred times. Those stars really owned the stage and I wanted Dionysus to have the same power.” Augustus went on to explain that The Bacchae is really going to be about the energy. “It’s been a fun ride and I think we’re really ready to put it in front of an audience,” Augustus said. One of the principal antagonists of the play is the character Agave. Augustus felt that the two share very little stage time, a decision that polarized the two characters. Maria Candelaria, a second-year graduate student in theatre and the actress who plays Agave, shared her personal theatre history and how it contributes to her performance in The Bacchae. “I have done very little ancient classical work so this whole experience was quite new to me,” Candelaria said. “I found at times the language was rigid but Barry is forever the professional actor and really understood what I needed.The difference of having a skilled actor as your director is [that] he’s willing to entertain what the process is like from your perspective.” Candelaria felt the modern flare would allow the audience to understand the themes in a heightened sense. When transported to this rock star setting, some things that would otherwise be too foreign are brought into clarity. “The good thing about working with such a classic is whenever you have an issue with the wording, there are numerous translations you can compare to inform your interpretation,” Candelaria said. The Bacchae opens tonight at the Main Theatre in Wright Hall at 8 p.m. The show runs Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, Dec. 6 to Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets for general admission are $17 pre-sale and $19 at the door and tickets for students, children and seniors are $12 pre-sale and $14 at the door. BEAUGART GERBER can be reached at email@example.com.
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Dining Services to hold auditions for informational video series The UC Davis Dining Services Marketing Department will be launching a series of short informational videos for the UC Davis student body, to be hosted by an energetic student. The video series will encompass everything from dining to campus events and news. The primary focus will be to provide the information in a new and enthusiastic way, to engage audience members and promote campus awareness. Auditions will be held in late November, with shooting to begin in early to mid December. For more information, contact Edris Bemanian at firstname.lastname@example.org. — Elizabeth Orpina
CoHo Mural Call for Submissions The ASUCD Aggie Public Arts Committee is currently looking for students to complete a mural in the ASUCD Coffee House. The mural will be of the chosen artist’s design, and it will be displayed on the walls behind the cash registers. All art equipment will be supplied. The theme of the design should be based on the CoHo values of sustainability, student life and food. Submit designs electronically to aggiepublicartscommittee@gmail. com by Jan. 7. The winning design will be selected by the committee as well as the CoHo administration. — Elizabeth Orpina
Indonesia’s premier rap Davis Feminist Film group comes to Mondavi Festival calls for submissions
Jogja Hip-Hop Foundation to perform three nights in intimate setting
Seventh film festival to come in Spring By BRETT BUNGE Aggie Arts Writer
The Jogja Hip-hop Foundation, an Indonesian artist collective, will be performing in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre in the Mondavi Center today.
By ANDREW RUSSELL Aggie Arts Writer
Tonight, the Mondavi Center will host the Jogja Hip-Hop Foundation, a collective of Indonesian artists whose work successfully blends old Javanese culture with modern concerns, all within the frame of a global hip-hop language. According to event coordinator Amanda Caraway, Jogja Hip-Hop Foundation is the first hip-hop group ever to perform at the Mondavi, and visitors can expect a more up-close experience than the main Jackson Hall auditorium would allow. “They will perform in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, which will be set up like a nightclub complete with [a] bar and tables,” Caraway said. For students, the low-key atmosphere and reduced pricing provide an ideal setting in which to see the international act. “Student tickets for this show are only $15,” Caraway said. “That’s the same price they would pay as a cover to see any band in a nightclub.” The group, sometimes abbreviated as “JHF” for short, was formed in 2003 and hails from their namesake city of Yogyakarta, in the heart of Indonesia’s most populous island, Java. It is more than 10,000 miles from the birthplace of hip-hop in The Bronx; yet through today’s social media, and through their singular talent, the JHF has bridged this wide geographic and cultural gap. Last year, they performed in front of American audiences for the first time in the famed New York Borough.
On Friday, the collective’s second visit to the U.S. will bring them to Davis, giving students and other visitors the chance to witness the stars at the forefront of Indonesia’s burgeoning rap scene. Group leader Muh Marzuki (a.k.a. Kill the DJ), communicating from a tour stop in Arizona, was able to lend some insight into the group’s history and the scene from which it arose. He described how Indo-rap pioneers such as Iwa K and G-Tribe cultivated the music during the early ’90s, using Sundanese and Javanese language to put their own distinct claim on the genre. “Nowadays, there are more than 50 hip-hop groups in Yogyakarta itself. The group [JHF] is composed of members from many other different groups,” Marzuki said. Audiences can expect to see an accurate representation of the regional scene and the individual talents involved. Explaining the group’s unique sound, Marzuki added details about incorporating tradition. “We chose to combine our traditional culture with hip hop: We incorporate ancient poetry and literature in our lyrics, we use Javanese as the language and we also add gamelan and other traditional sounds in our music,” Marzuki said. One of their more popular songs, entitled “Jogja Istimewa,” gets to the heart of what makes JHF unlike any other group. Marzuki explained that “Istimewa” means “special,” and it aptly describes the group and the area they
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The new year is fast approaching, and it brings with it a slew of fresh ideas among the arts. Here in Davis, one of the staples of the film scene is the Davis Feminist Film Festival, which will hold its next iteration April 11 to 12. The Festival first began in 2005 and is now entering its seventh year. According to the Festival’s official website, it began as a fundraiser for international internships with organizations run through the Gender and Global Issues Program (GGI), many of which were of the grassroots feminist, nonprofit variety. When the Festival’s funding with the GGI ended in 2007, the Consortium for Women and Research at UC Davis, in which the GGI had been housed, sought out other partners on campus. The Festival has continued to grow ever since. Andrew Ventimiglia, co-director of four years, explained the relationship between the festival and campus. “The primary organizing goes on at the Consortium,” Ventimiglia said. “We have primary sponsorship with Film Studies, and we also have informal relationships with organizations such as the Women’s Resources and Research Center. We also do a little bit of work with Davis Media Access.” The website describes the Festival as “a grassroots event that uses alternative media as a springboard for linking art to social issues.” The Feminist Film Festival aims to showcase various independent films
that span many genres, including documentary, narrative and experimental. According to the website, it also attempts to “explore perspectives often missing from mainstream media and culture,” especially the viewpoints of women and people of color. Organizers of the festival also hope to raise consciousness about gender, race and class. Far from being restrictive in scope, previous festivals have included submissions from Sweden, Spain and Australia, from both men and women alike. Ranging anywhere from two minutes to over an hour, films such as You Shall Not Leave the Way from the Czech Republic tackle the tough issues and encourage viewers to think. “We’re just getting submissions in now. Hopefully we get 100 submissions or more,” Ventimiglia said. “We also have a class that helps us curate the Festival. We also try to have a spotlight on local Davis and Sacramento area filmmakers.” Ventimiglia also commented on the spirit of the event. “The films determine the direction of each Festival. We’re trying to really establish the festival as a Davis city event. We continue to work toward strengthening the bond between campus and the city.” The Festival is now accepting applications for 2013. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15. To submit an application and read more about the Festival, visit the Festival website, femfilmfest. ucdavis.edu. BRETT BUNGE can be reached at email@example.com.
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New social network and search engine comes to UC campuses Ark.com starts nationwide competition between college campuses By JESSICA GRILLI Aggie News Writer
Ark.com, a search engine designed to act as a social network, is coming to UC Davis. According to Ben Trinh, a marketing intern for Ark. com and third-year sociology major, users can search for other people based on common interests that link them. “Ark is a social search engine that allows people to connect with others based on facts, interests and similarities,” Trinh said.
The website, which mainly targets people in their 20s, allows users to search for people based on anything from their hometown to their relationship status in order to find people that they’ve been looking for, as well as to make new friends. Joshua Kim, a third-year economics major and marketing intern for Ark.com, says that Ark emulates the best parts of the most popular websites in order to make something new. “Google and Facebook are great to find informa-
tion and friends, but Ark is the best way to find people that you haven’t met yet. It uses over 30 different filters for you to find new and old connections,” said Kim. According to Kim, the idea for Ark came from the desire to complement other search engines, instead of competing with them. “Ark’s founders Patrick Riley and Yiming Liu said, ‘We imagined what Google and Facebook [would] build together if they weren’t at war.’ Someone needed to be Switzerland and build a search engine on top of all
the social networks that’s completely remodeled for people looking for each other,” Kim explained. The social network allows students to expand their friend network. “‘Facebook requires you to start with a name — it’s good at showing you people you know,’” said Patrick Riley, CEO and founder of Ark.com, in a May 9 article in The Daily Californian. “‘Ark is good at showing you people you should know.’” In order to decide which universities are going to be the first to gain ac-
cess to Ark.com, a nationwide competition is being launched across all UC campuses. The campuses that have the most students sign up to use the search engine will gain access first. In addition, merchandise will be given out to the winning schools. “Students of UC Davis can expect to get Ark lanyards, microfiber high-tech screen wipers and even shirts. Also, the top-five winning schools will win a launch party,” said Trinh. The launching contest will run from Nov. 28
to Dec. 14, and the five schools with the most signups to use the site will be the first to gain access in early 2013. Students can sign up to use Ark.com exclusively by registering using their UC Davis email address on ark.com/edu. According to Trinh, no spam or newsletters will come with the emails, just one invitation to use the website. Ark.com is expected to launch in Winter Quarter. JESSICA GRILLI can be reached at email@example.com.
UC Davis welcomes honors fraternity Phi Sigma Pi starts new chapter on campus
By ALICE LEE
Aggie Features Writer
UC Davis is home to various Greek organizations. There are fraternities and sororities based on ethnicity and major and others with social and service goals. But now, a new fraternity has set foot on campus for a different cause. Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity is a coeducational fraternity open to undergraduate students pursuing a variety of academic interests with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. The fraternity was first established at Davis in Spring 2012. “Phi Sigma Pi is different from most existing organizations on campus as we are a mix of all the social, community service and pre-professional organizations that exist here,” said fraternity president and fourth-year neurobiology, physiology and behavior major Andy Nguyen. The fraternity is based on the “tripod,” which according to the organization’s website “entails the acquisition and dissemination of information and knowledge through scholarship, the application of professional skills and the fostering of
waste Cont. from front page producing and distributing food. Landfills are the source of one-fifth of our nation’s methane emissions because food in landfills produces methane gas, a greenhouse gas that is more potent than carbon dioxide. The UC system’s policy on sus-
leadership qualities by promoting and advancing the welfare of humanity and the fostering of non-discriminatory fraternal fellowship within [the] ranks.” “Although we are just starting up a new chapter of Phi Sigma Pi at UC Davis, we are confident that our presence will be felt in the near future,” Nguyen said. Founded on Feb. 14, 1916 at State Teachers College in Warrensburg, Mo., Phi Sigma Pi Honorary Professional Fraternity was initially intended to be an organization for teachers at teacher-training institutions but evolved when students chose to attend liberal arts schools instead. Phi Sigma Pi then chose to open itself up to all academic majors and changed its name to the Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. In 1977, its national constitution was amended to admit eligible women and Phi Sigma Pi became a coeducational fraternity that is continually growing even to this day, such as by its recent addition to the UC Davis community. “After hearing about other chapters of this fraternity, I wanted to try it out by going to their rush week. They proved to be intellectual people who want to provide service to others,” said first-year biological
tainable practices includes reducing food waste. They already implement this through composting, recycling, food donations and education. “We’re going to use the challenge as another education opportunity for students, staff and faculty,” said Dani Lee, sustainability manager for the UC Davis Dining Services. UC campuses have already implemented food waste programs.
Dameron Cont. from front page Yuba City and other services at the Fremont Rideout Medical Center. Rice said that UC Davis is a “national innovator in telemedic services in providing healthcare and healthcare education in remote locations.” Therefore, one of the med-
One such program is trayless dining, which reduces the amount of food people take so that less goes to waste. This program has already seen a 50 percent reduction in food waste. The EPA offers assistance to help each campus reach their goals. The highest performing campuses are eligible for recognition and press. “Many campuses can save money by buying only what they will
ical services that will be established among the Dameron community is telemedicine, the use of telecommunication in providing healthcare services to those located far from their primary provider. According to a UCDMC press release, Dameron Hospital has 202 beds while UCDMC has 619 beds. Dameron has over 1,200 employees and 400 affiliated physicians, and functions as a not-for-profit, non-
culture for Indonesia, home to gamelan music and a long-standing tradition of classical poetry. It is Cont. from page 5 a fitting home for a hip-hop group come from. that deftly weaves such traditions Jogja, as Yogyakarta is also into a new style that’s instantly recknown, is the vibrant center of ognizable, but fully their own.
sciences major Nashel Patel. Upholding their motto to “Discover your potential. Learn. Inspire. Lead,” Nguyen said that active members of Phi Sigma Pi lead by example and strive to help out in any way, shape or form that they can. They invite guest speakers to inform the members of interesting research in the scientific community, visit historic sites and museums and provide community service, especially for their national philanthropy, Teach For America. “Our purpose is to bring together some of the brightest and most motivated students on campus and work together in a spirit of excellence to encourage the three ideals,” Nguyen said. “We are working together with our new initiate class to plan major events for this current quarter as well as for the future.” Phi Sigma Pi organizes events that tie in the triad of scholarship, leadership and fellowship. Scholarship events include multicultural food nights and visiting the Bicycle Hall of Fame, while leadership events include UC Davis campus planting and soup kitchen visits. Aside from the hard work, it has fellowship events ranging from bowling socials
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use and composting instead of landfilling,” said Saskia Van Gendt and Laura Moreno, sustainable materials specialists at the EPA, in an email interview. “Food waste reduction software, for example, is saving some campuses more than $1,000 per week in avoided food costs.” Van Gendt and Moreno said students can help start or join a campus program to reduce food waste
sectarian hospital with services also provided in the surrounding areas of the SJV. When asked about opportunities for UC Davis students at the Dameron location, Rice said that there may a possibility in the future. For now, their short-term goal is to work with Dameron in ensuring that they have the necessary infrastructure to have a positive educational experience. Because an ongoing process is in the
Suzanne La, the tour manager for JHF’s latest series of performances, talked about their charismatic performances and efforts to reach out to new audiences. “It’s evident that they like to have fun, but they’re also pas-
to outdoor retreats such as camping or hiking. Fundraising events include selling cookies and soup on campus. “The people are really great and everyone gets along. Phi Sigma Pi actively creates opportunities to do things that I normally wouldn’t do, like our trip to the Bicycle Hall of Fame,” said active member and fourthyear biochemistry major Kristin Bourne. There are approximately 35 people in the UC Davis chapter. To remain a member, each must attend meetings every week. To become an active member of the fraternity, students must complete a quarter of courses at a four-year university followed by participation in the initiate program to assess if Phi Sigma Pi is the right organization for them. Although fall rush has ended, Phi Sigma Pi will be holding a spring rush for those interested in becoming part of this new chapter. “We are looking for members who are dedicated, passionate and active members of the UC Davis community,” Nguyen said. If interested in joining Phi Sigma Pi, attend the fraternity’s meetings every Wednesday at 8:10 p.m. in 1006 Giedt.
through food donations or composting on campus. Student-led programs across the country have helped universities reach their goals of reducing the amount of food they send to landfills. Other participants in this challenge include grocers and entertainment venues such as Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. PAAYAL ZAVERI can be reached at email@example.com.
works, further details are not available to the public yet. The legal process is approximated to be up to six months and the collaboration is expected to take effect next summer. “We think that UC Davis has a long and rich history in working in a positive way with the SJV, and we think this is an extension to enhance both organizations,” Rice said.
sionate about their work,” La said. “They are genuinely curious and have a thirst for knowledge and community engagement that is a breath of fresh air.” Those unable to attend the performance tonight will have
the chance to see them again on Friday and Saturday, both at 8 p.m. For more information, visit mondaviarts.org or call the Mondavi ticket office at (530) 754-5402. ANDREW RUSSELL can be reached at arts@theaggie.
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THE LINEUP 8 thursday, november 29, 2012
SWIMMING AND DIVING PREVIEW Teams: UC Davis (4-2) at Preview: Halfway through Missouri Invite their season, the swimWhere: Mizzou Aquatic ming and diving team Center — Columbia, Mo. will look to end their fall When: Thursday to Sunday schedule with a strong perWho to watch: In UC Davis’ formance at the Mizzou 178-117 win over Nevada, Invite. The Aggies strive to freshman Marissa Brown determine the improvebattled Nevada’s Jojo Mi in ments they must make for the 1,000 freestyle, touch- the upcoming championing in at 10:06.97. Brown ships and capture seasonsurpassed senior Linda best times. Hermann’s school record by The team has disalmost 6 full seconds. played solid performances thus far, with With that time, a recent victory Brown has taken over Nevada. The over the conferAggies dropped ence lead, more a meet at home than 11 seconds against San Jose faster than UC State University, Santa Barbara’s but were able to reHeren Alanis deem themselves (10:18.04). In adat the USC Trojan dition, Brown Invite. holds sixth place on the 500 Marissa Brown Alvarez won Freestyle list with F both breaststroke a time of 5:00.14. events while juExpect a thrilling nior Samantha and solid freestyle perfor- Shellem captured the 500 mance from Brown at the Freestyle to highlight UC invite. Davis swimming’s first Did you know? Two dual win. The Aggies deyears ago at the Texas feated Washington State Invitational, the Aggies 139-119 but subsequentposted strong results with a ly fell to UCLA by a simisixth-place finish. Current lar 136-119 score. senior Heidi Kucera and Next, the Aggies won junior Liliana Alvarez both six individual events and recorded two additional a relay to claim wins over NCAA “B” Consideration Loyola Marymount and Standard times. Kucera San Diego in women’s finished third overall in double dual. UC Davis the 200 breaststroke to has improved to 3-2 in solidify the Aggies’ sixth- dual competition. place spot. Based on these perfor Kucera clocked in with a mances, the prospects are time of 2:14.01 while Alvarez bright for the swimming accomplished a season- and diving team. best time of 2:14.21. “We’re halfway through This marked the third top our season,” said Coach finish for Kucera and the Barbara Jahn. “We’re looksecond for Alvarez. Both ing forward to a strong secteammates had success- ond half. We also have two ful weekends, as Kucera home meets in January earned six NCAA “B” and we’re looking forward Consideration Standard to it.” times while Alvarez picked up four. — Veena Bansal
It follows then that “loving” is easy. We love everything, but then in turn love nothing. In this light, one can see how the word is often exhausted in overuse. In order to appreciate the concept of “love,” perhaps we can simply wait. Perhaps just as we wait to show people the deepest treasures of our lives, we can do the same for merely saying “love.” Until the word’s place somewhere is absolutely merited, perhaps its very uttering should be thought about more critically. From there, the challenge goes on. Like money in our pockets on a weekend night out on the town, words are easy to spend, but more difficult to spend wisely. If we meet the challenge, however, we might save more than currency. Indeed, in refining our language we might polish our minds just as well. And that might change everything. The opportunity awaits you.
Cont. from page 3 hostility, but educated people should not fear dispelling myths of convention to foster a greater general understanding. It’s necessary. But “a greater general understanding” should beg a question about the purpose of language. If the purpose of language is to connect ideas, should it really matter how accurately those ideas are articulated? Here I offer the concept of a symbiotic relationship between language and ideas, where each influences the other for a mutual benefit, but only after each is considerate of the dual existence of being. Or, in simpler terms, when we think before we speak, we can change everything. Consider one more example to highlight our culture’s general carelessness with words. In much of our Western dialogue, the concept of “love” is often thrown around rather unromantically. In English, if we more than like some- JIMMY RECINOS always writes back thing, limited language when you reach him at jrecinos@ ucdavis.edu. suggests we must love it.
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Women’s Volleyball year in review Aggies tame Tigers in season finale
Mark Allinder / Aggie
Devon Damelio (No. 13) had 368 kills and 22 aces this season.
By PK HATTIS
Aggie Sports Writer
Saturday marked the end of the road for the UC Davis women’s volleyball team’s season. After suffering a tough home loss to the University of Hawai’i a week earlier, the team traveled to Pacific and completed their season sweep of the Tigers, winning the match 25-23, 25-14, 20-25, 25-15. “To go into UOP where they have a steady home court advantage and win in four was a great way to end the season,” said head coach Jamie Holmes. The Aggies improved their overall record to 17-14 and 11-7 in the Big West play including a 7-2 secondhalf run in their conference to finish out the year. While they did not achieve their ultimate goal of making it to the NCAA tournament, the team did drastically improve their conference play, making it clear to all watching that this UC Davis program is on the rise. Last season the Aggies finished with an impressive 21-10 record, but still recorded a disappointing 7-9 ledger when matched up with Big West opponents. However, this year, the Aggies focused their attention on the Big West, dramatically improving to an above .500 conference record for the first time in two years. The
team dropped only two games in the second half of the season, to top ranked University of Hawai’i and Long Beach State. “One of our team goals was to win matches on the road and finish the season strong,” Holmes said. “It really shows good leadership within our group that we did win matches on the road and we did finish strong.” UC Davis had several players that came out ready to prove themselves and earn an active role in the success of this team. The question was whether or not this group would perform well together. It all started with the Aggies’ middle attack. Holmes was now sporting an offense with two sophomores — Katie Quinn and Victoria Lee — both of whom had never played a starting role at this level, putting a big question mark in the middle of the team’s offense. However, Holmes’ gamble paid off big time as these two young talents hit the ground running and established themselves as one of the most dynamic and impressive middle attack tandems in the Big West. “Our middle attack really anchored our team,” Holmes said. “Both our middles’ ability to hold blockers really opened up our outside and opposite attacks.” The beauty of one or two individuals experiencing success at their position is that it opens up
opportunities for their teammates. Other players who took massive strides in improving their game include junior outside hitter Devon Damelio, sophomore outside hitter Valerie Brain, sophomore opposite hitter Mary Schroeder and junior setter Lindsay Dowd. “I’m very excited for the future. Mary Schroeder has grown leaps and bounds. Devon Damelio, I imagine will be a huge performance leader for us next year and Lindsay Dowd improved a ton this season,” Holmes said. “What stands out in my mind is our middle department. Both middles showed in their first year of being starters that they are at the top half of the conference. That will be a real key position for us next year.” No doubt several Aggies will develop their talent even further this offseason, and there is no denying that this year’s graduating seniors will leave a few holes that will need to be filled. And so the hard work for the Aggies does not end here. After taking a couple months off, the team will get back to their routine. The players will go back to the weight room. The coaches will take to the drawing board and the writers and fans will wait eagerly for next season and another quest for the Big West crown. — PK Hattis
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW Teams: UC Davis vs. Stanford Records: Aggies, 2-2; Cardinal, 6-0 Where: The Pavilion — Davis When: Friday at 7 p.m. Who to watch: Senior Blair Shinoda hasn’t put up the offensive numbers she is capable of this season. Not yet. Shinoda heads the UC Davis offense from the point guard position, and has the most assists on the team. As she had in the past, Shinoda is taking time in the beginning of the season to warm up. Once she finds her stroke, though, she can be very dangerous. The Santa Ana, Calif. native led the team in points scored three times last year and has always been one of UC Davis’ strongest defensive assets. Shinoda will be familiar with Stanford, since the Aggies have played them every year since the 2006-07 season. UC Davis will look to their point guard, and her experience from three matchups against the Cardinal, to figure out how to play the top team in the nation. Did you know? UC Davis has quite a tall order in its annual matchup against Stanford. Literally. The Cardinal has six players that measure at least 6’3”, while the Aggies only have two, in freshman Alyson Doherty and junior Kelsey Beard. “They have some great size and they can get it done on the boards,” said head coach Jennifer Gross. “We’re going to have to focus on rebounds and limit their second
chance opportunities.” “At this point, we’re focused Preview: Stanford’s women’s bas- on getting better throughout the ketball has been one of the top pro- season, and we’re not focused so grams in the country in recent his- much on the things they do,” Gross tory. The Cardinal took over the top said. “We’re trying to build habits ranking in the NCAA when it beat de- so that we get where we need to be fending national champion Baylor long term. 71-69 on Nov. 16. Who, other than their lead scorer Stanford sports a star-studded line- sophomore Sydnee Fipps and their up that is headed by junior Chiney senior leaders, Shinoda and Cortney Ogwumike, the forward that has al- French — who just won the Big West ready grabbed national accolades Player of the Week award — can the several times this year. Aggies depend on to step up against Ogwumike was named the pre- the Stanford powerhouse? season All-American and the con- With this team, it’s difficult to sensus national player of the year, pinpoint who will be their top and has gotten Pac-12 Player of performer. the Week twice already to go along “We can put in a lot of differwith her espnW National ent players together; we’re Player of the Week award. still trying to figure out who operates well togeth “They’re the top team in er,” Gross said. “It’s good the country for a reason,” to have Cortney, Blair and Gross said. “They have so Sydnee who have experimany weapons and we’re ence against Stanford.” just going to go out and Despite the strong odds play as hard as we can beagainst the Aggies, Gross cause we have the numstresses the focus will be on ber one team in the nation UC Davis executing its own coming into our arena.” game plan and not backing The Aggies have played Blair Shinoda down from the challenge. the Cardinal every year Senior “Having a team like for the past six years, but Stanford come in can be inhaven’t come away with a win in those six matchups. Notably, timidating, but that’s why we’re fothe Aggies pitted against Stanford in cusing on ourselves, trying to work the first round of the 2010-11 NCAA on the same things we’ve committed to,” Gross said. “If we do everytournament and fell 86-59. UC Davis is coming off of a cou- thing we want to focus on, we can’t ple strong performances in Houston, go wrong.” winning both of its games at the — Matthew Yuen Houston Baptist Husky Classic.