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Mike Gravel visits UC Davis Davis Democratic Socialists host former U.S. Democratic senator

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Former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel, best known for his release of the Pentagon Papers, spoke to UC Davis students last Thursday at an event hosted by the Davis Democratic Socialists.

By CHANDLER HILL Aggie News Writer

Former U.S. Democratic senator Mike Gravel spoke to students last Thursday at Wellman Hall at an event hosted by the Davis Democratic Socialists. Best known for his attempts to filibuster the Vietnam war draft and his release of the Pentagon Papers, he covered subjects ranging from the war on drugs to the war on terrorism, in addition to a recount of his experiences as a senator. Gravel also promoted his current movement advocating direct democracy in America. The talk itself was a collaboration be-

tween Brett Lemke, a fifth-year evolutionary anthropology major, and the Davis Democratic Socialists club. “I wanted the campus to hear his viewpoint,” Lemke said, “There are very few people who have had the courage and integrity to stand up like him.” Lemke worked with Gravel on his 2008 campaign for president and came to know him personally. Gravel also has a hand in The National Citizen’s Initiative for Democracy, a constitutional amendment providing for the institution of a legislature of the people, in which all citizens can propose initiatives and vote. Some students were fond of the

idea. “More democracy is appealing,” said Phillip Fujiyoshi, a UC Davis plant pathology lab technician. Other students had their reservations. “It would be revolutionary if it gets passed, but I have my doubts,” said Brian McGinnis, a first-year philosophy major. Though not officially associated with or endorsed by Gravel, direct democracy is something that the Davis Democratic Socialists value, club president David Roddy said. Grown out of the Occupy movement of last year, the club espouses a devotion to a democratic society, a revived labor move-

UC system sees increase in private funding Research, students receiving more aid By PAAYAL ZAVERI Aggie Staff Writer

Over the past fiscal year, the University of California (UC) system has received over $1.56 billion from private support. According to the 2011-12 annual report on the UCs’ private support, this is considered a tremendous increase from previous years. Over the past decade, the amount in private support has steadily risen. According to 2010-11 annual private support report, in 2008-09 about $1.3 billion was received. In 2009-10, about $1.35 billion was received. In 2010-11, $1.58 billion was received. The money is being used to recruit faculty, build research facilities and expand student scholarships. According to Daniel Dooley, senior vice president for external relations of the UC Office of the President (UCOP), philanthropic funding is becoming an increasingly important part of the UC budget, although it will never fully replace state funding. "As our state funds have fallen, we've seen donors step up to create more endowed faculty chairs and student scholarships, gifts that go right to the heart of our funding challenges," Dooley said in a press release. Each campus has received different types of donations and the funds are always directed to specific purposes. There are about 250,000 individuals who donate to the university. “Virtually all of this money is directed by donors for very specific purposes,” said Geoff O’Neill, the associate vice president for Institutional Advancement. “The only common theme is that they are individuals, corporations and foundations that are looking to support programs that are outstanding and want to make a difference in the life of the university.”

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One example is Project You Can, launched by the UC system in 2009. It is an effort to raise $1 billion for scholarship funding. In June 2012, they hit the halfway mark by raising $500 million. Dooley said it is an attempt to ensure that tuition is never a barrier to students’ access to the UCs. "We're looking to develop partnerships with California's business community and [are] considering a variety of other creative ways to spur private support for our students," Dooley said. A detailed report on private support to the UCs gives details on each campus and what its private funding is being used for. UC Davis in particular raised about $132.4 million during the last fiscal year. As of June 2012, the Campaign for UC Davis has gathered about $826 million in gifts to increase research, scholarships and public service. The “We are Aggie Pride” program was launched by students to provide emergency financial aid to students in need. They have raised about $30,000 from 300 donors over the first five months. “This philanthropic support has brought tremendous benefits to our students by allowing them access to a top-quality education at UC Davis, despite a nationwide recession,” said Sarah Colwell, senior manager of marketing and development communications at UC Davis, in an email. According to Colwell, donors directed about $8 million to support patient care and various programs, including the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, which opened a new building in October 2012. Certain departments are using funds for improvement projects. A donation of $500,000 is

ment and opposition to oppression, racism and sexism. Apart from direct democracy, Gravel voiced his compassion for those pepper sprayed and encouraged those working to do something about it, harkening back to his days fighting against the draft. In closing his speech, former senator Gravel professed that the people must acquire power to affect the problems that affect people the most, as he said the world only changes with power. Gravel’s initiative ballot in its entirety can be viewed online at CHANDLER HILL can be reached at

Odd Fellows Hall kicks off holidays with local bands

Donations to help send children to summer camp By MEE YANG

Aggie News Writer

This Thursday, the Odd Fellows Hall, located at 415 Second St., will be kicking off the holiday season with Christmas music performed by nine local bands. The kickoff will be held at its

monthly Thursday Live! show. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be open and free to the public. The holiday show will feature local bands such as Biscuits and Honey, Frankie and the Fabletones,

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News iN Brief

UC Davis and Davis police fail to catch indecent exposure suspect On Saturday, a man led the UC Davis Police Department (UCDPD) and Davis Police Department (DPD) on a wild goose chase. The UCDPD received a call at 3:53 p.m. that the man was masturbating in the UC Davis Arboretum. Once approached by a UC Davis police officer, the suspect fled. The suspect proceeded to run through the Arboretum and Aggie Village before jumping over a fence at First and C streets. As the suspect fled through back-

yards of residences, three more officers joined the aforementioned officer. The DPD also sent six of their cruisers to follow suit. At 4:40 p.m., the officers discontinued their search because the suspect was unable to be located. The indecent exposure suspect is described as a 6-foot-tall white male in his 20s, last seen wearing black running clothes. — Claire Tan

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The rain is moving back into Davis. Tuesday, showers are possible with a more steady rain overnight. Wednesday we will have some showers, but they should come to an end towards the afternoon. For Thursday, the sunshine will return with clear skies. Dakota Bonds, atmospheric science major Aggie Forecasting Team




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Taylor Swift has a new boyfriend, yet again ... One directioner Harry Styles is allegedly Taylor’s latest love interest. Does that mean an album is going to be written about him too? Amanda Nguyen

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daily calendar

TODAY Beyond the Hair, a talk by Hong Zhang, MFA 4 to 5 p.m. Nelson Gallery Hong Zhang will share how her work has developed over the past decade and about her life and working experience as a full‐time artist after graduate school. This talk is sponsored by East Asian Studies, Art History, Art Studio and the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.

WEDNESDAY Men’s Basketball 7 to 9 p.m. ARC Pavilion Watch the men’s basketball team play against San Jose State.

Shakespeare Reading Group 7 to 8:30 p.m. Pence Art Gallery, D Street Join the Shakespeare Reading Group as they read Hamlet. RSVP by emailing davis.

Jazz Bands 7 to 8 p.m. Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center Watch this performance of the jazz bands with director Delbert Bump. Tickets are $8 for students and children, $12 for adults.

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

THURSDAY Championing Beckett: Ruby Cohn and Her Legacy with Samuel Beckett 11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Main Theatre, Wright

UC Davis ITDP presents “Championing Beckett: Ruby Cohn and Her Legacy with Samuel Beckett,” a panel discussion examining the writing of the late Ruby Cohn, UC Davis professor emerita and renowned theater scholar and Samuel Beckett specialist. For more information go to

Shinkoskey Noon Concert 12:05 to 1 p.m. 115 Music Watch this free performance of Gamelan Ensemble with director Henry Spiller.

Orientation Leader & First-Year Experience Information Session 3 to 3:45 p.m. 1065 Kemper If you want to share your Aggie pride, consider applying for Orientation Leader or First-Year Experience Peer Adviser positions in Student Housing. This info session will outline the positions, selection process and application instructions. For more information, see the Facebook event at

BME Seminar Alumni Series 4 to 5 p.m. 1005 GBSF, Main Floor Auditorium Join Dr. Scott Hazelwood, associate professor of Cal Poly SLO, in his seminar entitled “Career Path to Academia and Bone Research.” For more information, contact

Women’s Basketball 7 to 9 p.m. ARC Pavilion Watch the women’s basketball team play against Saint Mary’s.

Poetry Night Reading Series 8 to 10 p.m. John Natsoulas Gallery at 521 First St. The Poetry Night Reading Series welcomes Joshua McKinney. For more information, email Rachel Riley at or visit the website 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.

Police briefs Futile spat


Someone’s neighbor spit in their direction but the spit didn’t reach them on Creekhollow Lane.



Someone was trying to get their cat back, so they met up with the person who had taken it. The other person came to their meeting spot with a group of friends and proceeded to beat up the cat owner on Chiles Road.

Piss drunk An inebriated minor went into Little Prague on G Street and urinated inside.

Petty theft

A person had their identity stolen and the identity thief used the person’s email to send obscene things to their mother on Hanover Drive.

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School of Medicine dean to step down in June Claire Pomeroy aims to represent university medical center in Washington D.C. By MENGSHI SHAO Aggie News Writer

UC Davis School of Medicine Dean Claire Pomeroy will step down next June, according to a Nov. 19 news release from the UC Davis Health System. Pomeroy joined UC Davis in 2003 and was appointed as dean in 2005. She also serves as the vice chancellor for Human Health Sciences. Pomeroy said her departure is the next step of her career, as she aims to promote health system reform on a national scale. “I am progressively having an interest in having a national voice [in] healthcare reform, how we redesign the health care delivery system and health profession education going forward,” she said. “I’m glad to represent the university medical center in Washington, D.C., and then explore other possibilities on the national scene that can advance healthcare and health research.” Pomeroy said she has had a personal interest in advocating for the medical center and health system for a long time and has thought about moving on for over a year. After holding a number of prestigious positions and being involved in Washington, D.C.-based organizations like the Association of the American Medical College and the Association of Academic Health Centers, Pomeroy said she decided to devote more time to her interests. She said that working in Washington, D.C. would be the most natural and logical decision. “I’m glad that I can play a role in these organizations to help in a volunteer position and with the replacement … I’m looking for positions that will allow me to work on a full-time basis,” Pomeroy said. Pomeroy said she will be working with the University of California Office of the President to oversee the UC health system and address issues like healthcare reform, residency and professional education, and research funding, which, she

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Dean Claire Pomeroy is resigning from the UC Davis School of Medicine to oversee the UC Health System in Washington, D.C. says, are critically important issues for the system. During Pomeroy’s tenure, research funding tripled, including a $100 million grant in 2007 by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to establish the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. The increased research funding moved UC Davis from No. 62 to No. 37 among 130 U.S. medical schools for National Institutes of Health research funding. The School of Medicine received one of the first 12 National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Awards and developed a stem cell research program during Pomeroy’s time as dean. “She promotes the interprofessional training of tomorrow’s healthcare workforce today — nurses and allied healthcare workers learning side-by-side with medical students,” said James Goodnight, executive director of the UC Davis Medical

Group and associate dean for clinical affairs. “She supports improvements to information technology to deliver better, safer care, understanding that this remarkable repository can create enormous opportunities to advance health.” Nathan Kuppermann, chair of the department of emergency medicine, said that the average tenure for a dean of the School of Medicine is four years. Pomeroy has been involved in the health system for seven years. “She has an amazing amount of energy. She always has set a high standard and far-reaching vision for the future. She was always very supportive of my work,” said Thomas Nesbitt, associate vice chancellor for Strategic Technologies and Alliances who has worked closely with Pomeroy since her arrival. According to the news release, Pomeroy is dedicated to social justice and community engagement and created the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement. “She has been a leader in our progress in primary care, including the development of our Rural-Prime program, which prepares students for practice in rural areas,” Kuppermann explained. Pomeroy said that she would stay connected to and support UC Davis after her departure. “I personally have started two scholarships, one in [the] medical school and one in [the] nursing school,” she said. She explained that she looks forward to having more students honored through the scholarships and would like to be an ambassador for the work being done at UC Davis. According to a UC Health news release, a recruitment advisory committee will be established soon to begin the search for Pomeroy’s replacement for the next academic year. Individuals within and outside UC Davis will be considered. MENGSHI SHAO can be reached at

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Someone’s unarmed brother was in their apartment, but they didn’t want him there on Cowell Boulevard.

When it rains, it pours Someone was wandering around in the rain searching the parking lot for two and a half hours because they couldn’t find their car at University Mall on Russell Boulevard. Police briefs are compiled from the City of Davis daily crime bulletins. Contact EINAT GILBOA at

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Fold top point down into the band. Open the hat, by pulling on the band, and flatten into a square. Fold top point down, and bottom point up, into the band. Reopen and you’ve got yourself a hat!

Correction In the Nov. 27 article titled “Rock out with Euripides’ Bacchae,” Bobby August Jr.’s name was spelled incorrectly as Bobby Augustus Jr.”The Aggie regrets this error.

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Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) held their 12th annual table hop & taste party and event gala last week. Essentially the Bay Area’s best designers purchase a table space and control every aspect of the table’s design in preparation for the gala, where people are able to enjoy the tables in an elaborate meal. There were some truly gorgeous tables and it was nice to see it all go towards a good cause!

Backpacks, cellphones carry more germs than public toilet seat By Gianna Misenhelter Kansas State Collegian (Kansas State University)

For most students, a typical day on campus is likely to involve a quick trip to the bathroom. In a frantic hurry, you set down your cellphone and take off your backpack, purse or coat. Without thinking about it, your belongings are collecting germs on the floor or counter. Those germs may cause the flu, and as the weather gets colder, it gets harder to stay immune to sickness. Charles Gerba, microbiologist at U. Arizona, conducted a study on 25 mobile phones and found bac-

teria growing on nearly half. “You put it in a warm place, you put it in your hand, you put it in your pocket like I do, it’s nice and warm,” Gerba said in a 2006 ABC article. “Bacteria like that. It can grow in these types of places.” Students often do similar experiments in classrooms. Olivia Eliasson, a Kansas State U. sophomore, said she participated on one such experiment in high school. “We tested the inside and outside of a toilet seat and the bottom of our backpacks,” Eliasson said. “The bottom of our backpacks were the most contaminat-

ed. Now I am more aware of where I put my backpack, like on my bed.” Although bathrooms are thought to be one of the most contaminated places by many people, K-State custodial staff are on hand to keep those environments clean. As the flu season approaches it is important to keep your belongings clean and take care of your body. Here are a few things you can do to prevent a dreaded illness. For starters, get vaccinated for the flu. “The flu shot is another precaution to take,” said Julie Gibbs, assistant director at K-State’s health cen-

ter. “It’s just like washing hands. It is just one more step you can take to reduce your risk of getting the flu.” As for your purse, backpack or cell phone - wash them. If you have a canvas-style purse or backpack, you can put it in the washing machine and set it out to dry. As for your cellphone, it can be safely cleaned with a Clorox disinfecting wipe. Little things can help you to prevent an illness. Next time you go to the bathroom, consciously think about where you are putting your belongings and maybe you can avoid sickness this season.


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Be nice At Thursday night’s ASUCD Senate meeting, it was announced that all senatorselect would be seated. The meeting room was overflowing with attendees, many of whom were supporters of Alyson Sagala, the only candidate who was denied her seat at the start of the day by the Elections Committee. The committee originally ruled in favor of an observation reported involving Sagala, alleging illegal campaigning within 100 feet of a polling location. However, they ultimately ruled that the complaints were invalid because they were filed against the slate, not the individual candidate. Other complaints filed seemed more politically motivated. This included a complaint against the SMART slate for failing to list the purchase of alcohol for a party on an expenditure report, a complaint against NOW for inappropriate location of fliers and a complaint against the SMART slate by a NOW candidate, alleging being called a racist by SMART

supporters. Fortunately, all of these complaints have been resolved and the table can get on with their jobs and we can stop feeling like sleazy tabloid reporters. What is a bit disheartening is that the term did not even begin yet when these trivial complaints were filed. It is much too early to get caught up in the drama that often plagues the Association every year. As elected officials, senators should try to push past the finger-pointing and hair-pulling and work on those platforms that had them elected. On Thursday six senators also gave their farewells. Not surprisingly, senators-elect were advised more than once to a draw clear line between personal lives and the Senate floor. It’s golden advice, as this often happens within the Association and prevents real things from getting done. New senators, take the advice of your predecessors. We’re glad we’ve moved passed these issues and look forward to seeing what you have in store for our campus.

Greek Life

Proceed with caution On Nov. 4, Mason Sumnicht celebrated his 21st birthday with the Sigma Pi brothers of CSU Chico. After attempting 21 shots, Sumnicht died of alcohol poisoning. 10 days later, CSU Chico suspended their entire Greek life system from all recruitment and social activities until Spring semester. UC Davis and other universities have begun to reevaluate safety management for their respective Greek systems. Although we recognize that our campus holds no notoriety as a “party school,” we still extend a word of caution to the Greek system of UC

Davis. With the recent suspension of Sigma Alpha Epsilon due to repeated alcohol violations this year, the administration has already demonstrated its willingness to punish for the sake of safety. It comes as no stretch of the imagination to see our entire Greek system suffer a similar fate if more chapters behave irresponsibly. We should uphold our history as a safe and responsible student body. With rush events to commence next quarter, fraternities and sororities should keep safety in mind.

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Goodbye, Davis


C applications were due this past Friday. As I helped my little sister polish her personal statements before submission, I became nostalgic about all the things I will miss about Davis. There are so many — the baby ducks in the Arboretum, Gunrock’s crazy antics at football and basketball games, playing Humans vs. Zombies in the Death Star. I challenge you to truly take pride in our school and our city. We are ushering in the next generation of Aggies and I want us all to take a moment to appreciate just how freakin’ awesome Davis is. I’ve often heard people say things like “Davis is boring” and “There’s nothing to do here.” I even saw a YouTube parody about stereotypes of the “typical” UC Davis student’s day, in which the main character spent all his time with cows, counting the days since he got rejected from Berkeley. What the heck, dude? For someone to feel that way, they must not be very involved, because there is such an array of cool things to do. Besides, even if that guy did get into Berkeley, he probably would’ve been just as bored and dissatisfied due


Recess, running… performance?


hen No Child Left Behind passed under the Bush administration, schools suddenly received tremendous pressure to raise the reading and math capabilities of all of their students. This led a number of schools to examine their curriculum and courses and decide what they could cut in order to devote more time to “teaching the test.” The end result was that many schools cut and/or reduced time spent on recess and physical education, as well as arts, social studies and science. This is quite simply a terrible idea. As many of you have probably heard, obesity is becoming a major problem in the United States. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 17 percent of children and adolescents aged two to 19 are obese, almost triple the rate in 1980. Why is this happening? Because of childhood habits. Cutting recess and PE classes to keep up in math and English is only going to make obesity an even greater problem. But this isn’t the main reason I’m criticizing the school system for cutting recess and physical education. A 2009 study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences tracked Swedish men born between 1950

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to lack of motivation to get inthrough AggieTV. volved with the campus. These are all uniquely Davis But I can’t get too mad. I rethings we can’t do once we leave member not even wanting to this school. apply to a UC because I wanted Number eight public school to follow my then-boyfriend to in the nation, son. We didn’t get our local community college. that for no reason. It wasn’t until two days before There are just so many things applications were due that I fito love about Davis — the nally began mine. At 11:55 p.m. Arboretum; the Bohart Bug on the day they were due, I was Museum in the Academic Surge furiously typing the last parabuilding; the Mondavi Center; graph of my personal statement. the awesome food in downBy 11:59, I hit submit and saw town like Raja’s, Fuji’s and Thai that I still had to find my mom’s Canteen; the variety of places credit card to fill out a payment to dance and meet people every information page. 11:59 and 59 weekend like Tres Hermanas, seconds struck at the precise The Grad, KetMoRee and Little moment I pressed Prague. the final button It wasn’t until two days before We get the opthat stood beportunity to do tween me and po- applications were due that I undergraduate finally began mine tential admission research with reto UC Davis. nowned faculty at a top-rate And as the webresearch university — which I page took its sweet time loadhighly recommend doing. Could ing the confirmation page, I you imagine being able to say, thought of all the awesome Davis experiences I would never “Why yes, I did conduct research and write an undergradhave because I wasn’t motivated enough to work on the stupid uate thesis for one of the top universities in the entire United application sooner. States”? You even qualify for get I am so glad a minute has 60 seconds instead of 59. Since that ting high or highest honors at graduation by doing this. moment, I’ve lived the best college experience I could ever ask If you actually attend lecture for. and do the assigned readings, you’ll find that the quality of Because I went to this school, our classroom education is I’ve gotten to write, direct and unparalleled. act for completely studentrun productions through Dead And these are only things I’ve Arts Society; intern at National experienced in my time here. Geographic through Davis’s Could you imagine the cumulative Washington Program; play on activities of all 31,000 students? the women’s rugby team; learn It has been my pleasure writabout my culture and outreach ing for this community. I’ve ento high school students through joyed reading your emails and Mga Kapatid and Bridge; get was touched by all of your enleadership training through the couraging feedback. Thank you Center for Leadership Learning; for being so responsive and takdance in a two-person Chinese ing the time to read my columns. lion costume with the Golden Turtle Lion Dance Association JHUNEHL FORTALEZA is savoring her last two and learn how to be a reportweeks as a Davis undergraduate. Keep in touch er, videographer and editor with her at

and 1976. The study examined ment. Recess should never be cut the physical fitness levels of the and physical education classes participants and their intellecshould become as common a fixtual and cognitive performance. ture in the daily life of a student as Researchers found that cardiovasan English or math class. cular fitness is positively associat To implement this, I suggest ed with intelligence, meaning the that firstly, students be required more fit the participants were, the to take PE classes every day of the more intelligent they were. school year from, if not K-12, at least third — when a child’s mo This wasn’t just a constant levtor skills are more developed — el of intelligence either. The study through 12th grade. This will keep found that as the participants’ fitthe students active and their carness levels changed, so too did diovascular fitness levels fairly their mental fitness, saying that “cardiovascular fitness changes be- constant, if not improving. tween age 15 and 18 y. predicted Secondly, there should be a cognitive performance at 18 d y.” stratification of some sort, in or with PE classes. As it is, students of This suggests that the more acall different kinds of athletic abilitive students are the higher their ty are thrown together. This results academic performance will be. in inefficiency — especially during And yet schools are cutting phystimed runs — when a significant ical education and recess, the two section of a class main things that will finish performpromote higher fitness levels. ... the more active students ing an athletic test have to wait By removing stuare the higher their academic and for the rest of their dent outlets for experformance will be peers to finish beercise, a school fore the class can hamstrings its own continue. goals of promoting academic development and excel- Putting overweight students lence, while hampering the purwith more athletic ones can lead pose of No Child Left Behind, the to discrimination and judging as main reason why they’re doing it well, possibly resulting in overin the first place. Not only that, weight and obese students rejectas mentioned before, it promotes ing exercise entirely. unhealthy inactivity in the student By having students divided into population as a whole, resulting groups based on their capabilities in high obesity rates, poor health and/or athletic preferences, there and social stigmatization. will be less time wasted and students with lower fitness levels will Beyond that, the normal outlets face less discrimination and social of energy that students use bestigmatization, encouraging their come restricted. Kids are normalparticipation in physical activities. ly very hyperactive. If they don’t have regular access to exercise Cutting physical education and and activity, chances are they’re recess from the curriculum does going to release their energy in students nothing but harm. At class, which causes them to act best, it causes behavioral issues out, disrupting the class and usuand encourages obesity and at ally getting the student in trouble. worst, it negatively affects the performance and mental capabilities So what should schools do inof students. stead of cutting physical education and recess? Should every Neither of those are acceptable rething just revert back to how it sults, and schools need to look into was before? alternative ways of covering test material without affecting the students. Yes and no. As I recall, PE classes in elementary school were every other day, and in high school DERRICK LEU would love to hear your opinion — there was only a two-year requirecontact him at




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Ask EPPC: Doin’ It Green during finals Editor’s note:   The Environmental Policy and Planning Commission (EPPC) is an ASUCD commission that works to create a more environmentally sustainable campus. Every week, EPPC will answer questions from readers or share stories on green living. Finals definitely have a big impact on your grades every quarter, but as you hit the books and start some serious studying, there are some things you can do to reduce

your impact on the planet. When you go to the bookstore to buy your blue books, EPPC would strongly encourage you to purchase a green book. They cost the same amount as traditional blue books but are more sustainable and green because they’re made of 100 percent recycled paper, with 30 percent from post-consumer waste. If you’re nervous your professor won’t accept them for some reason, even though they are the same, just ask beforehand! If you use caffeine to get you

through finals, bring a reusable cup or thermos to hold your beverage, whether you’re drinking half-priced coffee from the ASUCD Coffee House or tea from Peet’s. When you’re studying for those exams, don’t print out papers unnecessarily — you can highlight PDFs and edit almost anything in a Google Doc. However, if you do choose to print out your study guides, please print on both sides of the paper. You can do this at Campus Copies (now printing on 100 percent recycled paper!), in the library for

a small price or at home by flipping the page and reinserting it into your printer. When the quarter finally ends and you know you’ve passed the class, don’t burn your notes and textbooks in a fury or toss them in the trash. Instead, recycle those papers and try to sell your textbooks to an on-campus or offcampus bookstore or to an online vendor. By disposing of your books in that way, you are losing a possible source of income, which could have been used to buy more books. Don’t need that clicker or those

lab goggles anymore? The landfill isn’t the best place for them; selling or giving them to a friend would be a much better choice for your wallet and for the planet. If you can’t find a home for your old school supplies, you can always try donating them to the Aggie Reuse Store in the Memorial Union. Lastly, for your sake and for the sake of the environment, make sure to get some sleep. Staying up late uses more electricity and reduces your ability to function. So keep these eco-tips in mind as the quarter comes to a close and good luck with finals!

FELLOWS Cont. from front page Me & Him and many more. Yolo Mambo, a local quartet that plays acoustic world jazz music, has a sound created by a Spanish guitar, a string bass, percussions and vocals. Yolo Mambo was started four years ago by four local residents. “At the Christmas show, we’ll be playing some Christmas songs. One of them is going to be ‘Santa Baby’ and two others [will be] surprise songs,” said Yolo Mambo Spanish guitarist Phil Summers. Like the other featured artists, Yolo Mambo’s songs will be fully arranged by the band, who will play their renditions of classic Christmas songs. “My husband and I had always dreamed of having a venue where local musicians could play to their home crowd,” said Juelie Roggli, an Odd Fellows member of the music committee. “Davis has so many wonderful musicians who don’t get that chance because, up until now, there just wasn’t a place to play.” This dream was fulfilled when the Thursday Live! shows began three years ago. The event features local musicians every first Thursday of the month. Donations are accepted that then go to the musicians. For December, however, donations from its holiday show will go toward a program within Odd Fellows called The Davis Odd Fellows Encampment. “All donations from this holiday show will go to the Davis Odd Fellows Encampment who raise money throughout the year to send children to summer camp in the Sierra Mountains,” stated a press release from the Odd Fellows Hall. The Davis Odd Fellows Encampment was revived in 2010 by new members of



Yolo Mambo (pictured) and other local bands will play at the Odd Fellows Hall. Donations will help send children to summer camp in the Sierra Mountains. the encampment who decided to raise money in order to help give children a summer camp experience. The Odd Fellows Hall underwent a $1 million renovation in 2006. The commuby private philanthropy. “We appreciate each and every one of the donors whose great commitment to UC Davis has made this achievement possible,” said Shaun Keister, vice chancellor for development and alumni relations and president of the UC Davis Foundation, in a statement. “These gifts are already making a tremendous difference in improving the lives of our students and faculty members, and in advancing our innovative research programs, stellar academic instruction and top quality patientcare.”

Cont. from front page being used to build a classroom and recital hall to support the music department at UC Davis. Alumna Sandi Redenbach recently gave $5,000 to create a matching fund in support of the School of Education’s Power of 10 Scholarship Fund. Sustainable buildings like the Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building and the university’s new 34,000-square-foot teaching and research complex were financed entirely PAAYAL ZAVERI can be reached at

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nity can rent the hall, with proceeds returning to the community by supporting local nonprofits. “I think it’s a wonderful cause [Davis Encampment] and it’s the right time

of the year — a time for people to give. It’s great for the musicians to give their time,” Summers said. MEE YANG can be reached at



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New seminar next quarter outlines infrastructure of orphanages Three students to teach at Experimental College

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as professors for the series, which is open to the general public. However, before the idea of the seminar was even fathomed, civil engineering professor Debbie Niemeier hired the students to research orphanage infrastructures across the globe and the laws that govern them. “I have three kids who were adopted and I worked in Africa so I wanted to combine those interests together,” Niemeier said. “I wanted [researchers] who didn’t look at this from an engineering perspective.” The research idea is also backed by Article 27 of the United Nations 1992 document Rights of the Child. Although the article discusses a few features of orphan care, it does not talk about orphanages or orphan housing. Each of the researchers focused on three countries for study, totaling nine nations spread across most continents. Studies included each country’s social and economic state, as well as political influences and cultural aspects for the purpose of going into every facet that can potentially affect orphans’ lives. “It was really eye-opening, just how incredibly different orphanages are,” Black said. “[I think] trying to figure out what you can do about it is the most crucial factor. The most important thing is how you can make a difference in the world.” The research also included how developed each country’s infrastructure is, including the orphanages’ size, capacity and safety. When the researchers started writing a paper outlining their work, Black said they were all looking for a way to share the information with other people. “When we talked to friends about the


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On an average day, most people aren’t thinking about the lives of orphan children in Sudan or Saudi Arabia who are possibly experiencing a life of political turmoil, social unrest and dangerously unhealthy living conditions. But, after over six months of research digging deep into the lack of international standards for orphanages across the globe, three UC Davis students have joined with the Experimental College to offer a “Capturing the Orphan Crisis” seminar next quarter. “I’ve never had a job where I was searching through pictures and need to cry all of a sudden,” said Lindsey Black, a fourthyear history major and student researcher. “There are some really devastating things that just have to be known and that’s why we decided to do the seminar.” The free-of-cost seminar will be put on through the Experimental College’s Alternative Learning Project for the entire Winter Quarter. “The experimental college is an outlet for individuals to share what they’re passionate about in an informal, open setting,” said Stacey Lee, Experimental College course coordinator and fourth-year international relations major, in an email interview. “The goal of the Alternative Learning Project is to bring back learning new knowledge as an extra-curricular.” The hired researchers, third-year English and history double major Naomi Nishihara, fourth-year international relations major Emerald Shilengudwa and Black, will act

work we were doing they always seemed really interested and surprised at the information,” Black said. “It was actually a really mutual creation of ‘how can we tell others?’” Black said the trio thought about creating a club or outreach group but saw flyers for the Alternative Learning Project and decided to apply for a seminar instead. “[We thought] if we taught a seminar, we could let people know what we learned and what we are thinking and how college students can make a difference,” Black said. “It also seems like such a rare and incredible opportunity as an undergraduate to have.” After Black and Nishihara presented the course outline to Lee, Lee said she was very pleased with their work. “I immediately accepted the proposal, because I believe it is crucial for the public to have access to classes on contemporary social issues,” Lee said in an email. “In the 1970’s, the Experimental College offered ethnic and women’s studies classes, which were considered very progressive and revolutionary at the time. Right now, we decided to restore the original philosophy of giving the public an alternate voice in education, and this seminar does exactly that.” A different country will be discussed in each lecture, allowing registered students to attend at their leisure with separate discussions every week. “It’s terrific, it’s very interesting and I’ve learned some stuff that I never knew,” Niemeier said. “They are going to lay the groundwork for some really interesting discussion. This is their gig, and I think they will do a terrific job of it.”

Black said she is both nervous and excited to teach because she has listened to some amazing lectures, as well as some boring ones. “I think the biggest thing is that we really care about the research that we have done,” Black said. “If I was trying to teach to [a] math class, I’m pretty sure it would be tragic. But we are all really engaged and interested in this, so it should be really great.” Both Lee and Black said the information to be covered in the lecture series is pertinent to all majors and interests. “I believe this seminar will garner a lot of interest from a wide audience — social activism tends to bridge together many people,” Lee said. “The material presented is thought-provoking, in the sense that we gain a broader understanding of the living circumstances of the underprivileged, in relation to their own communities and governments.” In Black’s opinion, students should register for the seminar because knowing about social issues in the lives of other human beings is important. “I think it’s hard to know how to help people if you don’t know where they are or how to help them. It’s important to be informed about the best possible ways to help other people,” Black said. “It’s really powerful and nice for us to learn about the world we are going to go out into after we graduate.” The seminar will be held every Thursday of Winter Quarter starting on Jan. 17 from 7 to 8 p.m. To register, use class number 928-1 at catalog?group=210. RITIKA IYER can be reached at

Stressing your way to an A Finding the balance between craziness, laziness By NAOMI NISHIHARA Aggie Features Writer

During finals week, most of us will be cramming in the 24-Hour Study Room, holed up in some corner of Shields Library, or locked away in our apartments studying. Finals week puts a lot of demands on students who might have three to four exams, final papers due and sometimes project presentations to give or portfolios to turn in. Around this time, students get bombarded with excessive amounts of advice to de-stress. Common themes include taking a 10-minute nap, going for a run, meditating and most definitely getting enough sleep at night. But 10-minute naps pretty easily turn into several hours of unintended sleep. Going for a run always takes longer than expected because people need to shower and eat. Meditating sounds nice, but in reality, not many people know how. And on the topic of reality, the stressed and strungout will not be sleeping eight hours a night next week. So for the overworked, slightly behind or potentially desperate students, de-stressing too much might not be ideal. In fact, figuring out how to take advantage of all this ready-made stress could increase finals weeks productivity. “Some stress is actually a good thing, because it can get us motivated to take action and get something done — like studying,” wrote Diana Davis, psychologist

and clinical director at CAPS, in an email interview. “Stress” is usually a word associated with feeling overloaded, overwhelmed and anxious. In other words, it’s something people don’t want, which is probably why there’s Irisa

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such a proliferation of de-stressing advice. Davis clarified, however, that “stress” is something that challenges people and in that way, also allows people to rise to meet it. “A little bit of stress is healthy,” said Bethany Bankston, a fourth-year clinical nutrition major, Mind Spa ambassador and Stress and Wellness ambassador at CAPS Clinic. “It helps you get stuff done. It’s sort of a motivation to get stuff done.” The benefits of stress aren’t

just about making the most of it, though. Oscar Jaramillo, a fourthyear psychology and human development double major, talked about the biological side of stress. “Stress has to do with certain chemicals and hormones of your body reacting,” Jaramillo said. “One of those is cortisol, so when you’re under stress, cortisol levels go up, which is good. It keeps you alert and gives you that focus.” So while too much stress is and will remain an unfortunate thing to suffer from, and of course no one should decide to stop sleeping, it’s important to consider the negative sides of de-stressing. “A little bit of stress keeps you motivated; you feel like, ‘Oh, I have to get this done,’” Bankston said. “If you’re super relaxed, you’ll be [like], ‘Oh, I don’t have to get this done.’” Not only is the potential loss of motivation a factor of not stressing enough, Davis wrote that those stress-management techniques everyone hears about really work best when they’re reg-

ularly practiced. “Don’t wait until you are super stressed to start practicing,” Davis wrote. “Do it now. Learn and practice breathing exercises, and some basic stretching or yoga poses. Do these exercises during the quarter and you’ll be better prepared for the demands of exam week.” But if de-stressing completely isn’t good for exams, Jaramillo cautions that over-stressing is never good either. “It’s definitely unhealthy to pull two or three all-nighters all at once, because your body can’t handle that much stress and it can’t function without sleep,” Jaramillo said. “Come test day you’ll be completely out of your mind.” Students’ grades won’t benefit from them exerting themselves to exhaustion. “Try to find a little balance, maybe a little less sleep, a little more reading, but not too much,” Bankston said. The right balance between stressing and de-stressing might not be the easiest to find, but if some stress is a good thing, then it should be noted that too much of a good thing can be bad. “High levels of cortisol are actually bad for your immune system — you’re actually risking getting sick,” Jaramillo said. “The longer you stay in that sort of state, the more risk you’re in health-wise.” Davis agreed, writing that students have to take breaks, getting up and moving around for 10 or 15 minutes for every one or two hours spent studying. For those who can’t take a 10-minute nap without unintentionally sleeping for hours, Davis

suggested focusing on what you can do, rather than what you can’t, and taking a 10-minute break while fully awake. Bankston also recommended deep breathing. “The best breathing technique [is to] just breathe in for five seconds, let it out for five seconds,” Bankston said. “It’s kind of hard to do when you’re stressed, because it’s like, ‘Wow, five seconds is a long time,’ but you can do it while you’re studying.” Davis added that people should just close their eyes and pay attention to their breathing, letting their shoulders relax and drop and paying attention to where they are holding stress. When the stress is located, they should use their breath to let the tension go. Bankston also recommended timing short breaks to occur during lulls in the studying. “You’re not 100 percent the whole time,” Bankston said, “If you just keep going at one paper, or one task, for a long time, you’re going to have those up and down moments anyway. When you just come to a roadblock, just think, ‘OK, I’m not making much progress on this; I should take a break and recollect and then try again.’” Sometimes however, students can get so far behind that taking little breaks directly correlates to lost information. For the desperate case, if a student is far behind in his work or hasn’t done any of the reading, Jaramillo said cramming is probably their best bet. “If it were me, I’d want to go down swinging,” Jaramillo said. NAOMI NISHIHARA can be reached at features@

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