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Governor declares California’s Yudof named one of the most budget deficit-free

influential forces in higher education

Announcement calls for more education funding By WENDY CHAO Aggie News Writer

Irisa Tam / Aggie

In January, Gov. Jerry Brown revealed that California now has no budget deficit, which once was $25 million two years ago. Gov. Brown released a Governor’s Budget Summary which includes plans to increase educational funding. The spending plan, which derives from a $97.6 billion yearly fund, calls for certain advancements in education. This includes an extra $250 million — a 7 percent increase from this year’s budget — for each state university. Some students have expressed their optimistic feelings toward the aspect of more money, citing more resources as a positive result. “I guess it [the $250 million] would make a difference because in the past couple years, [there’ve] been class subjects that have been cut,” said first-year environmental and science management major

Jennie Hoang. Hoang continued to advocate for the spending plan by reasoning the argument with her own experiences. “A larger budget would possibly mean more class sections being opened up so people wouldn’t be stuck on the waitlist for a [chemistry] lab section, for example, but already be added into the [chemistry] lecture section which isn’t really fair,” she said. In addition to monetary increas-

es, Gov. Brown has also implemented a unit cap which will continue to decrease after two years, limiting the number of classes a student may enroll in. Students are still allowed to enroll in extra classes, but are required to pay full price, or outof-state tuition, for the courses. The goal of this policy is to encourage students to efficiently complete their degree requirements,

See BUDGET, page 6

Wine and beer tastings benefit local organization Tastings held by Davis Food Co-op projects, low-income housing courtesy

University of California’s president Mark Yudof was named one of the 12 most influential forces in higher education by The Huffington Post.

Mark Allinder / Aggie

Davis resident Chuck Robbins samples beer at the Davis Food Co-op. The Davis Food Co-op is hosting a wine-tasting series through March to raise money for the Yolo County Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center.


From January through March, the Davis Food Co-op is hosting a series of wine and beer tastings to raise money for the Yolo County Sexual

Assault and Domestic Violence Center (SADVC). According to the SADVC website, the center aims to minimize sexual assault and domestic violence through prevention, intervention and treatment.

“One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime,” said SADVC Director of Community Relations Diana Stantz in an email interview. “One in six

See TASTING, page 2

In The Huffington Post’s “12s of ’12” series, University of California President Mark Yudof was named one of this past year’s most influential forces in higher education. Yudof was among a diverse range of forces in education highlighted this year. Included were law student Sandra Fluke for her outspoken beliefs about birth control, student activists for their ability to influence real change in their environments and others who helped shape the face and climate of higher education this year. The Huffington Post even put pop music on the list, citing singers like Carly Rae Jepsen, Gotye and PSY for sparking a sensation of parody videos across college campuses. Yudof was recognized for presiding over the UC system as it held onto its reputation for excellence despite facing a myriad of obstacles this year. “Despite enormous challenges from state funding cuts, rising tuition, criticism over the mishandling of student protests, multiple University of California campuses remain world-class public re-

search universities rivaling Ivy League schools in top rankings,” stated The Huffington Post. “[Yudof] presided over that and saw voters reward the schools by electing to raise taxes to fund them through Prop 30 — a ballot initiative.” Steve Montiel, media relations director at the University of California Office of the President, agreed with The Huffington Post. “Clearly he has faced a host of challenges since he became president of the University of California, but he has guided the universities through difficult times without sacrificing quality,” Montiel said. Yudof has also been involved with the Working Smarter Initiative, which includes a combined effort of campuses and leaders to reach a level of administrative excellence equal to that of the UC’s academic and research facets. “It’s the campuses who ultimately ensure quality, but Yudof has been a strong leader during difficult times,” Montiel said. — Lauren Mascarenhas

News iN Brief

President’s plan to reduce gun violence revealed

Hit-and-run at South Davis intersection On Tuesday, a hit-and-run collision occurred at around 11:10 p.m. at Richards Boulevard and Olive Drive. Chisoo Song, 21, was biking eastbound on Olive Drive through the intersection when a vehicle traveling westbound on Olive Drive made a left turn in front of him. The vehicle hit Song’s front tire, which proceeded to eject

him from the bicycle. The vehicle stopped momentarily before fleeing the scene. Song sustained minor injuries from the hit-and-run. The suspect’s vehicle is described as a white old-model, four-door passenger vehicle, possibly with a circle logo on the rear of the car. — Claire Tan

UC Student Regent, Regent-designate to visit campus Friday UC student Regent Jonathan Stein and Regent-designate Cinthia Flores will visit the UC Davis campus Friday to speak about the 2014-15 student regent application. The event, scheduled to take place in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Student Community Center from 10 to 11:30 a.m., will address how to apply for the student regent position, as well as challenges fac-

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ing the UC. Friday’s event will also include free pizza. The student regent is a voting member of the board of regents. Serving a one-year term, he or she establishes policy in various areas including student fees and admissions. The appointee is given the regent-des-

See REGENT, page 6 Forecast

Today’s cold and dry weather should persist through the weekend and into next week. Enjoy the long weekend, Aggies! Thank you Dr. King. Brian Rico, atmospheric science major Aggie Forecasting Team

Yesterday, the White House issued President Obama’s plan to minimizing gun violence in the nation. Titled “Now Is the Time: The President’s Plan to Protect our Children and our Communities by Reducing Gun Violence,” the plan lists four “commonsense” steps: Closing background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands; banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and taking other common-sense steps to reduce gun violence; making schools safer and increasing access to mental health services. The plan’s first step would require criminal background checks for all gun sales, and a call on private sellers and licensed dealers to run background checks on buyers. Additionally, the background check system would be strengthened to allow it to have reliable data on prohibited users. The plan’s second step would elimi-





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nate military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines by strengthening the ban on such weapons, limiting magazines to 10 rounds and getting armor-piercing bullets off the streets. The step also calls for the passing of stronger laws that would stop those from giving guns to criminals, keeping 15,000 police officers on the streets and eliminating restrictions that prevent law enforcers from doing their jobs. It would also designate a director to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, allow information on lost or stolen guns made available to law enforcement and provide training for active-shooter situations. In addition, the prohibition on gun violence research would be lifted and the development of gun-safety technology will continue to be encouraged. Health care providers would also report any

See GUN, page 6

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THURSDAY Transfer Re-entry Veteran Center Internship Workshop 3 to 4 p.m. 16 South TRV invites all transfer students to join us with guest speaker Kay Nelson from the Internship & Career Center. Learn how to find, apply for and secure internships. Please email for an RSVP.

Biomedical Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series: Dr. April Kloxin 4:10 to 5:30 p.m. 1005 GBSF Join Dr. April Kloxin as she gives a presentation on “Dynamic Biomaterials for Controlling the Cell Microenvironment.”

Open Auditions: Larry Shue’s ‘The Foreigner’ 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wyatt Deck Come audition for The Foreigner, a hilarious two-act comedy written by Larry Shue.

Poetry Night Reading Series: Art Mantecón and Gilbert Rodriguez 8 to 9 p.m. John Natsoulas Gallery Join host Andy Jones and special presenters Art Mantecón and Gilbert Rodriguez as they read poems from their selected works. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to secure a seat, and to sign up for a spot on the Open Mic list.

FRIDAY BPSHI Presents: ‘Provoked — A True Story’ 7 to 8:30 p.m. 26 Wellman Join the Baghat Puran Singh Humanitarian Initiative for their social justice group’s first event for their Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Project. Provoked is based on the true story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a Punjabi woman who endured 10 years of physical abuse and rape at the hands of her husband. There will be a short discussion afterwards; everyone is welcome to attend.


Kirtan Night and Food 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cal Aggie Christian House, 433 Russell Blvd. Come join Sikh Cultural Association for its first Kirtan Night of the quarter as we sing glorious praises of the Timeless Being. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy the free food afterwards. Bring your friends and learn about Sikhism.

American Red Cross Club General Meeting 7:30 pm to 8:30 p.m. 146 Olson The ARCC is an on-campus organization dedicated to emergency preparedness and community service. Join them for their general meeting.


Stephen Sondheim’s: ‘Follies’ 8:10 to 10 p.m. Davis Musical Theater Company Come down for an artistic evening of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies, a play centered around two couples as they face the ghosts of their pasts. 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.

of Yolo County residents. A 24-hour crisis hotline was established along with individual counseling and group therapy. In 1980, the SADVC opened Harper House, located in Broderick in West Sacramento, a shelter for battered women and children. Other services were established throughout the 1980s and the 1990s such as a child abuse prevention program in 1982, the Latina Outreach Program in 1986 and the Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program in 1994, which provides long-term treatment for children who have been sexually abused. “We switch out quarterly which community organizations the wine and beer tastings benefit,” Harvey said. “All of the proceeds go towards the organization.” Other organizations the Davis Food Co-op has worked with in the past include the Yolo County Food Bank, local parent-cooperative preschools and other women’s shelters, Harvey said. “The Davis Food Co-op has a long-standing history of supporting the SADVC,” Stantz said. “Last year, the Co-op raised money to help us convert three single beds into bunk beds and increased our capacity to shelter women and children.”

Cont. from front page women will be the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.” The SADVC provides services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault such as emergency shelters, clothing, food, counseling and legal assistance, all of which are free of charge. These services are available to both victims and their families for a period of 98 days. Although the center is located in Woodland, SADVC staff work within the Davis, Woodland and West Sacramento Police Departments, along with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department. According to the Davis Food Co-op website, each taste of wine or beer costs $1. Each tasting has a specific theme such as “Amazing Under $10 Wines” held on Jan. 4, the Jan. 11 beer-tasting featuring craft beers from Deschutes Brewery and “Foothills Wines” will be held on Thursday. “Annually, from our [total] profits we [the Co-op] donate 19 percent back into the community,” said Lis Harvey, communications coordinator for the Davis Food Co-op. “Community outreach is a big part of our core values.” SADVC was estab- MEREDITH STURMER can be reached at lished in 1977 by a group XXX

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away, talking to a student and “gesturing at a polling station.” If you’re rolling your eyes at these charges, then we’re on the same Justin page. Goss Internal Affairs Sandbox Commission Chair Sergio Politico Cano (great guy, if you meet him ask him to tell you his favorite bedtime story called the ASUCD Bylaws) and myself set about trying to fix this mess; here’s why. Think about how this whole fiasco would look in a real court of law — you hink back to last know, with a judge, and litquarter. The sun was tle jury people, and everystill shining, birds thing. Let’s return to our were chirping and a man hypothetical courtroom. was exposing himself to Judge: So this girl was ouststudents in the Arboretum. ed from an elected seat But amidst the normal and an apparently fair and quarterly fracas you may neutral democratic prorecall the ASUCD elections cess was overturned, disscandal; this publication enfranchising hundreds of covered it at length. undergraduate students. One minute Cerberus Attorney: That’s correct. himself was threatenJudge: And why was this ing the maws of hell at the done? Attorney: Well you Senate, and the next mosee, she, like, stood within ment everything was fine an imaginary circle, talked with ASUCD resuming to someone, and pointed business as usual. What at a table. Judge: … Are you happened? serious? I’ll spare you the proce You see, these charges dural explanation; it would wouldn’t hold up, and hisbore most of you (if you torically they haven’t. In do care to know, feel free 2001 ASUCI, UC Irvine’s to ask and we can be fat student government, was friends frolicking through sued by a disqualified elecfields of policy together). tions candidate. The school Here’s the fun part lost. The though. At court ruled the time, Think about how this whole the election then-Senator Elect fiasco would look in a real regulations constitutAlyson court of law ... ed a restricSagala tion of the was sued candidate’s via the freedom of speech and Elections Committee for could not meet the legal failing to report an expenditure. The item of in- threshold of strict scrutiny (Welker v. Cicerone). terest: booze. The com True, a similar case went plaint alleged Sagala and the other way in Montana her SMART cohorts had in which the student govthrown a party linked to ernment’s regulations were their campaign and had purchased alcohol for the upheld, but it still resulted in a messy and expenevent which subsequentsive legal battle. Essentially, ly did not appear as an if you don’t want your stuexpenditure. dent fees being used to de Let’s dismiss the merfend your government in its or lack thereof of the open court, don’t disqualify complaint. Never mind the candidates flippantly. plaintiff could have been So what do we take away sued for the exact same from this experience? offense, never mind the Is the ASUCD Elections plaintiff was himself unCommittee completely derage and let’s not even powerless and ineffective? consider how difficult it is to establish a clear purpose Not exactly, but they’re not as powerful as you’d for a party … hmm how expect. They need to be would that trial go? Judge: thought of less as poAnd why did you have this lice and more as arbitraraucous social gathering? tors placed to try and keep SMART: Uhh I dunno, me things civil and wag a finand my friends were bored ger when a naughty canand finals were coming up. didate does something Judge: Guilty! Alas the fun wrong. Does this then police strike again. mean candidates can break Back to our narrative, rules with impunity? Not however. quite. Certain offenses are With this complaint against University Codes lodged, Sagala was pushed which can pass muster in over three election violafederal court. tion points, formally dis Though it was not the qualified by the Elections case with Sagala, the stuCommittee, and the gates dent body should think of Hades swung open. twice about voting for a People were outraged, rightfully so. Sagala was the candidate who has knowingly broken the rules of second-highest vote-geta fair electoral process to ter in the election and now gain a competitive advanshe and her entire electoral base were being silenced tage. Such unethical people should never have to be for something as petty as disqualified, they should an expenditure form. never have been elected in Let’s not stop there; rethe first place. member she had three violation points. One of the other two was awarded JUSTIN GOSS doesn’t always report his because Sagala was seen expenditures, but when he does they’re campaigning within 100 definitely not for Dos Equis. If you would feet of a polling station. In like to discuss his preferences regarding fact she was documentalcoholic beverages you may do so at ed approximately 60 feet

Beergate: The truth


been almost completely overshadowed. I’m not saying that breasts shouldn’t be inMarisa volved in sex. I love beMassara ing fondled as much as Sex & the next girl, and there’s good reason: Nipple stimSociety ulation releases oxytocin, which causes pleasurable feelings and promotes bonding between mother and child (or in this case, sexual partners). My only gripe is that American culture has become so obsessed with boobs that we’re forgetesterday, I stumbled ting — or would prefer to upon a lactation forget — why they’re there room at the ARC. in the first place. My first reaction was Though breasts are inpositive — giving women herently connected to sex, a place to pump on camthey are not inherently sexpus means more mothual. It may seem this way ers will have the option because of the wide spread to breastfeed, even if they of Western influence, but in are working or going to many tribal communities classes. My mind went to the few breasts are not viewed as sexual objects. For examnew mothers I’ve known, ple, the Himba people of and their struggles when northern Namibia do not it came to breastfeeding cover their chests because in public. Now they would their culture does not sexhave a place to go free of stares, rude comments and ualize them in the way that our culture does. However, even requests to leave cerHimba women always covtain establishments. er their thighs — to them, But should they really such exposure would seem have to hide? as indecent as a topless According to a rewoman in America. cent study, 40 percent of Or take Europe, where American mothers fear breasts are considered sexthe stigma of breastfeeding in public over the pos- ual, but are not on par with genitasible pain lia as they or dysMy only gripe is that American are here. function On most (compared culture has become so European to 28 perobsessed with boobs ... beaches, cent of for examGerman ple, it is not moms, or uncommon to see women just 11 percent of Turkish sunbathing topless. moms). Despite the fact Even in America, this that U.S. law protects a disgust with breastfeedwoman’s right to breasting is a relatively new phefeed her child in public, many people still view the nomenon. In the 1970s and ’80s, Sesame Street partially-exposed breast featured segments of of a nursing mother as nursing mothers. In one “indecent exposure.” episode, Buffy St. Marie In the past couple guest starred and breastof years, many womfed her son, explaining en across the country “I’m feeding the baby, see? have been unfairly sinHe’s drinking milk from gled out by their choicmy breast.” However, es to breastfeed in pubthese segments have lic. In September, a womswitched exclusively to an was nursing her baby bottle-feeding mothers at Applebee’s when the since the ’90s. manager told her she The media, then, is largemust move to the bathly to blame. The over-sexroom or leave the resualization of boobs (espetaurant. When she refused, he called the police. cially in advertisements) combined with the underLast November, a woman exposure of breastfeeding nursing in a Target store in the media has caused was surrounded by eight many mothers to believe employees who gave her that nursing in public is inthe same ultimatum. decent and abnormal. Earlier this month, It’s not. Jessica Martin-Weber Breastfeeding is not wrote a blog entry about sexual, nor is it producher experience trying waste. It is natural and ing to breastfeed in Las healthy, and the presence Vegas (ironically, she of a lactation room does was there to speak at “MommyCon”). The man- not mean that new mothers should be banished ager of the hotel’s cafe to it. They are a great reapproached her and resource for privacy, peace quested that she stop, as and quiet, but not a reit was making other cusquirement. Women who tomers uncomfortable. feel comfortable nursing She couldn’t help but in public should have the notice that these peoright to do so without beple were bothered by a ing asked to stop or hide. discreetly breastfeeding If the sight makes you mother, but not by the giuncomfortable, you can ant near-nude burlesque leave. advertisement plastered Or better yet, take at the entry of the hotel, America one step closer to or the topless video prosanity and remind yourmotions in the elevators, or the nudie cards handed self that your aversion is out on every street corner. not innate: It’s cultural, and completely optional. Breasts have become so sexualized in the U.S. that their primary function — MARISA MASSARA’s boobs can be reached at to nourish babies — has

‘Indecent’ exposure


Watts legal? Question: You said Facebook doesn’t own our photos. One of my friends stole a private photo from my Facebook album and reposted it on his own wall where everyone can see it. How can I get him to take it down? — Jessica N. Davis, CA A: You own the copyright to any photo you created yourself. Because Facebook participates in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s notice-and-takedown process, you can tell Facebook to delete or disable access to any photograph in which you own a copyright. The easiest way to file a takedown request with Facebook is to follow the instructions at contact/?id=208282075858952. You could follow up with an email to Facebook’s registered DMCA agent at just to be safe. You’ll have to identify the URL of the photo (right-click on the photo and view the image’s location) and be willing to give Facebook your name, address and some other personal information. That shouldn’t be a problem, right?

After all, Facebook probably already has all that information. Question: I’m living at home while going to college, and my dad is making [me] be pre-med. I hate being premed and want to switch to something easy like political science. But my dad says he’ll kick me out of the house if I change my major. Can he do that? — Kyle S. Davis, CA A: In most cases, yes, unless you’re paying rent or the equivalent of rent. If you want to keep living in your childhood bedroom like Will Ferrell in Wedding Crashers, then start giving your parents some money. In California, there are three main types of residential tenancies. You can be a tenant, a lodger or a gratuitous guest. Tenants and lodgers both pay rent. A tenant is what most students in Davis are; you signed a lease, you pay rent on a regular basis and you’ve been there for a while. To evict a regular tenant, a landlord has to give notice to the tenant (usually a 30-day or 60-day warning, but sometimes as few as five days), then file a lawsuit in unlawful detainer court. After the law-

suit, the landlord has to give the tenant a few days to leave on his own before calling the sheriff to kick him out. This process takes a while — usually more than a month or two, especially if you have a written yearlong lease like most of the leases in Davis. A lodger has fewer protections. Are you paying rent on a regular basis but don’t have a lease agreement? Are you living in the same house as your landlord? Are you the only renter? If you answered yes thrice, you’re a lodger, and your possession of your room is tenuous. The notice period is shorter, the eviction lawsuit can be filed quicker and it’s easier to win a case against a lodger. It sounds like you’re neither of those. You’re probably a gratuitous guest, and a gratuitous guest is almost always screwed. You’re a mere guest if you don’t pay rent on a regular basis (or at all), you live in the same house as your landlord, your landlord has always retained control over your bedroom (i.e. he could enter at any time if he felt like it), your landlord doesn’t rent a room to anyone else and you

See WATTS, page 8


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Brown proposal

Unfortunate unit cap Gov. Jerry Brown’s new spending plan directly concerns every UC student. If passed, UC and CSU will receive a $250 million increase in state funding. The money comes with a catch, though — Brown is requiring a unit cap of 270 quarterly units, which will be lowered to 225 units two years after implementation. Students who exceed the cap will have to pay the “full cost of instruction,” meaning, out-ofstate tuition. That means students who make a last-minute decision to change their major and have to go over the unit cap would pay roughly $34,000 in tuition alone, as opposed to $12,000. This is unfortunate. UC educations are no longer about learning and growing. UC educations are about getting degrees and getting out into the workforce as soon as possible. Brown’s plan — meant to give students incentive to graduate faster — exemplifies what a UC education is all about. We acknowledge that we’re not in Europe. Students aren’t attending university classes for

free and they can’t afford to stay in school for years and years. We know that the European model of higher education doesn’t fit prevailing American capitalist ideologies, and we know that learning, just for the sake of learning, doesn’t happen as much as it should anymore. So while we try to be realistic and work within the system, the unit cap idea doesn’t seem that bad. It’s a reasonable way to bring in more income for the University while also encouraging potentially lazy students to focus. Plus, it can free up resources and classroom space for more students. If Brown’s plan is implemented, we hope that the University strengthens its advising services to ensure motivated students can, indeed, graduate on time and avoid enormous fees. At this point, many students say they can’t graduate in four years because they can’t get into their classes. It’s not their fault — it’s the University’s lack of resources. Brown’s plan does state that exceptions can be made, and we hope the University makes use of those exceptions.


Price of Knowledge With $500 you can get pretty far. Groceries for three months. A flight to Hawaii for spring break. Two new shitty bikes. An iPad. But instead, many students dropped that much at the beginning of the quarter on something much less exciting. Textbooks. With new classes comes the necessity of purchasing new textbooks, which have become outrageously expensive, adding insult to injury on top of already expensive tuition. The fact that textbooks have become so expensive doesn’t seem to have any reasonable backing (paper doesn’t cost that much). The idea that people should be charged for knowledge is equally as outrageous as the prices of these books. More textbooks and readings should be open source, and academics should strive to share information, not make money off of it. Luckily, some professors get it. As textbook prices increase, more and more professors seem to be posting

readings online instead of requiring a textbook. Instead of purchasing something mediocre that only covers part of the material the class covers, students can read more specific readings online while simultaneously saving hundreds of dollars. Win-win. For those who still have to purchase a book for a class and are frustrated by the school’s buyback program (“I bought this textbook three months ago. I’m sure you can buy it back from me, I don’t care that there is a new edition”), they should consider selling their books on Amazon Student or Ebay. Someone, somewhere, wants your book. Many of us would be willing to pay a premium for these textbooks if we were promised a competitive buyback rate. It’s unfair to charge us so much for something that becomes merely an expensive paperweight with no value when a new edition is released. But in the meantime, we appreciate the professors who are giving us a break.

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Anti-capitalist thought


ast week I introduced the broad overview of the anarchist approach. In short, we should be skeptical of all hierarchical institutions and any information that they produce or disseminate. This is because hierarchies are controlled by those at the top, those who make the decisions. Naturally, they will use the power of the whole institution to increase their own personal power, and this will lead to their relative power increasing and increasing. The natural trajectory of any hierarchical institution is toward completely centralized power, absolute despotism. Now, we may have to have some hierarchical structure at some point; it may be inevitable. The anarchist is not committed to the possibility of absolute elimination of hierarchies. They’re agnostic on that and on the existence of governments. It is an open question whether we will ever reach a point where governments could be completely eliminated. Merely, we are committed to reducing hierarchies as much as possible (because of their natural tendency to centralize power at the top), and we are committed to eliminating hierarchies whenever they do not uphold our core political values. Different anarchists take this differently. I, as well as a large section of modern anarchists, take fairness to be the central political value. Feudal hierarchies evolved, over millennia, complex and far-reaching

mechanisms for upholding the pow- intend to spend a few articles ader of those at the top. Ideologies such dressing these in coming weeks. For now, I only have space to introduce as racism, xenophobia and religion, the single, most viciously suppressed for example, evolved because they uphold power. The prime example of anti-capitalist idea. feudal times is the Christian ideology, The central argument from the which states and the Catholic church work of Marx is just not allowed in propagated so that they could conthe discourse, and it is because it vince peasants to support wars of ac- opens up a whole line of thought, quisition, which it could use to justi- which, if people were to be exposed fy killing dissenters against its power, to, would cause them to act in very etc. hostile ways towards capitalist hierarchies. Capitalist After feudalism firms naturally, was finally overSo what are some of the obvious and very effectivecome it was rely, suppressed this placed by anothcriticisms of capitalism which er hierarchical syshave been beaten out of us then? idea. tem, and this sys Those of tem evolved even us with no capital more complex and far-reaching are forced to work for someone who mechanisms for centralizing power does have it. What is our alternative? at the top. Capitalist firms outmoded Death. That is the only alternative. feudal firms. What does this do? It puts us in the They evolved faster. And this is just worst bargaining position possible. We accept the conditions offered by how we should think of institutions: the capitalist or we die. in evolutionary terms. There are selective forces which cause institu The bargaining position is such tions to succeed or fail, and over time that the capitalist can use his comcertain features are selected for by parative advantage to increase his these Darwinian institutional forces. comparative advantage. The capital Capitalist firms, just like any hier- ist only becomes more powerful relative to us the more we work for him. archical institution, impose the will and ideology of the elites at the top But you do not have to work for of the hierarchy. Only they are far any particular capitalist. You can more adaptive, so they do it much choose. So it’s not slavery right? I more effectively. mean, you’re forced to do some Capitalist firms have evolved a vast one’s bidding or die, but you can array of complex methods for impos- choose between a few. That’s the great advantage of capitalism. We ing the ideology which is beneficial can choose our owner. Pick the best to those at the top. And, very importantly, it is not the work of anyone in- slave-master. tentionally. It is what firms are select- The fact that people can be born ed for, if they are to dominate. A firm into a society in which their only alwhich destroys ideas hostile to its ternatives are death or slavery to power will survive. their favorite capitalist makes it clear that it is so unfair that no anarchist So capitalist firms have a supercharged version of the ideological co- can accept it. Capitalist institutions ercion which existed in feudal societ- are the most refined and effective power centralizing machines, and ies. Since they control the means of distributing all information, this ide- they are, therefore, the greatest eneological control runs all the way deep my of anarchists. This is but one of a plethora of reasons that capitalism is in us. anti-fairness and anti-human. So what are some of the obvious criticisms of capitalism which have been beaten out of us then? That is BRIAN MOEN thinks that capitalism is not in this season. He the glaring question at this point. I can be reached at

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Response to state budget Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent efforts to ensure the sustainability of the University of California system deserve applause. The UC system has been subject to budget cuts over the recent years that have resulted in the increase of student tuition fees. The governor’s efforts, including the passage of Proposition 30, guarantees that UC Davis, and all other UC campuses, will not face mid-year tuition increases. Furthermore, the state Budget Plan for 2013-14 reflects Brown’s commitment to the UC system by outlining increased state spending for all higher education systems, including the California State University and California Community Colleges. UC Davis students have faced numerous tuition hikes in recent years. In November 2010, the UC

Regents approved an 8 percent increase in fees, followed by a 9.6 percent increase approved in July 2011 for the following academic year. Students and staff alike are impacted by the increases, which only provide a temporary fix to the larger issues in higher education. Historically, budget cuts and tuition increases appeared inevitable for the UC system. However, under Brown’s leadership, the UC will begin to recover as his budget proposal for the upcoming year emphasizes the viability of higher education. The proposal provides $250 million in funding to the UC, enough to keep current tuition fees intact. Furthermore, UC Regents suggested a 6 percent tuition increase in order to cover any deficits in the budget, but Brown urged the Regents not to impose such an increase be-

cause of Prop. 30 and the new budget proposal. Brown is deeply concerned with ensuring the stability of UC’s tuition in order to help students and the institution as a whole. Through Brown’s initiatives, the UC will begin to recover from the past budget cuts and focus on improving and expanding programs for students as campuses grow. Brown is attending this week’s UC Regents meeting so that his proposal ensures tuition will remain the same for following academic years. Brown’s efforts are significant to the UC because not only will they have short-term effects, but long-term effects that will benefit UC students today while beginning the road to sustainability for the UC in the future. Edwina Anne Duenas ASUCD Lobby Corps

In response to the article “Healthy for the Holidays” on Jan. 9 Health Education and Promotion (HEP) would like to comment on the article titled “Healthy for the Holidays” by Naomi Nishihara. This article contains a wealth of information about how to stay healthy during — and after — the holiday season through a combination of healthy food choices and increased physical activity. Last spring, HEP launched a Physical Activity Campaign promoting the recommendation that students participate in 30 min-

utes of activity on at least five days a week. This can be broken up into 10-minute bouts, which is a great way for students to fit the recommended amount of activity into a busy schedule. Check out our website for some great physical activity, nutrition and other wellness resources. Also, make sure to click on the Physical Activity Map at to find places to work out, get equipment and find other resources for all your

physical activity needs. Thank you for including an article about staying healthy throughout the holidays. This is an important topic, and getting this information out to the student population is a great way to encourage happy, healthy lifestyles at UC Davis. Diana Grandi Harvest Garden and Nutrition Student Assistant Health Education and Promotion



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Anything goes

Interview with fiddle, tin whistle, mandolin players in Riggity Jig (not too salacious) and pseudointellectual musical characters.


Anything Goes is in San Francisco until Feb. 3. ELIZABETH ORPINA can be reached at

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MUSE speaks with local Celtic band

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ast week, I had the opportunity to attend and review Anything Goes at The Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Anything Goes is a revival of the 1987 Broadway rewrite while still featuring music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story focuses on two unlikely pairings on the S.S. American, a ship on which numerous hilarious moments and ridiculous situations occur throughout the show. Hope Harcourt, played by Alex Finke, is an heiress engaged to a wealthy man as well as the affection of a stowaway’s love. Alex Finke is originally from Ohio and a recent graduate of the University of Michigan theatre program. She literally graduated half a year ago and is already performing professionally alongside veterans of Broadway theatre — quite inspiring and impressive, no? I had the pleasure of watching Finke perform last week from my complimentary second-row seats, and I had the chance to interview this recent college graduate on her ridiculously fast journey to Broadway and her experience thus far on tour. MUSE: How did you get this job and so fast? FINKE: The University of Michigan theatre program takes all of its seniors and puts on a showcase in New York City every year. I was approached and asked to audition for the show, and after multiple callbacks, I was offered the part. I even saw the show to prepare for the auditions, just to make sure I knew what skills to present. MUSE: When did you know you wanted to have a career in musical theatre, and if you hadn’t, what do you think you’d be doing right now instead? FINKE: I’ve been dancing since I was six, putting on concerts in the basement, and I even taught myself the choreography to Cats from the video. It wasn’t really a career option until junior year of high school. I enjoy science and I could’ve been a teacher or gone into something medical, but this is something I had a love for. If I didn’t try and go for it, I would always wonder what would’ve happened if I had given it a shot. MUSE: How was it, being in one of the top theatre programs in the nation? FINKE: It was a great place to be because you would think that a place with a “top school” reputation would be a certain way ... but no, it’s a family. It’s not competitive in a malicious way. Everyone is positive and encouraging. There is a lot of focus on education as an individual instead of putting you in specific slots as a performer. The most challenging part of school was going through every day — going to classes and then performing. It’s kind of like you’re naked, because you’re brave enough to perform and get critiqued. You’re growing as a person and a performer. It’s a bizarre journey. MUSE: Anything you miss about college? Where are your friends from school now? FINKE: I miss going to football games. I miss having friends live a couple of blocks away. College is a great time, but there’s also so much to be excited about. My class is doing really well. People are auditioning and getting call backs. Some people are exploring television and film. For the number of students there are, there is a solid percentage that are working. My class was 23 people. They try to keep it around 10 women and 10 men. MUSE: What does the cast do after each show? FINKE: A lot of people are hungry, so we’ll grab a late bite. If your adrenaline level is still high, we go to someone’s hotel room, watch a movie and hang out. I’m really mellow. We’re lucky that we have such a warm company and that everyone is close to everyone in a different way. I really enjoy hanging around veterans who have so many stories and perspectives to tell. Watching them every day is a lesson in the craft. MUSE: What have you enjoyed most about touring? FINKE: I’ve been loving the traveling. In Arizona, we did a lot of hiking. In terms of performing, opening night in Cleveland was magical. The whole experience, I’ve been in disbelief. Even in rehearsals, I’m pinching myself. On the first night, I walked out on stage and fully realized that I’m doing this and it’s real and the whole journey is in front of me. MUSE: What are your career goals? What are your plans after the tour is over? FINKE: There is so much ahead of me. I’ve been so lucky to have had this opportunity so young. I want to make NYC feel like home, and I’m really excited to make the move. I want to audition for projects down the line, and I would love to be a lead in a musical on Broadway. I’m very open to where my career will take me. I would love to do it all.

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How would you describe yourselves as performers? L. Riggs: We’re performing because we enjoy it, and we hope the audience enjoys it. We tend to play at parties as sort of background music, though sometimes it might turn into something more like a concert.

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Members of Riggity Jig practice at Little Prague. Two members of the band are UC Davis staff.

By CRISTINA FRIES Aggie Arts Writer

Local Celtic music band Riggity Jig has been making appearances around Davis, charming audiences with their upbeat Celtic tunes since 2000. An unassuming quintet of local musicians, David Riggs, Lee Riggs, Jim Coats, Josh Ray and Kyle Wallin, are as fun-spirited as the music they play, and they have successfully infiltrated various parties and events around town. Students might even recognize Lee and Coats, members of UC Davis staff. Haggis-eaters, Burns readers and whisky-drinkers will have the fortune of catching a whiff of these Celtic musicians at Little Prague Jan. 25 for Robert Burns Night — a night of poetry, bagpipes, free Haggis and general Scottish indulgence. MUSE: How did your band first take shape?

D. Riggs: We’ve been together since 2000, as just a group of friends — or brothers in some instances — liking a certain kind of music and deciding to play it together. Jim and I played in a local bluegrass band, a band that was a little too vocal-based, and we were looking for something that was more instrumental. Jim was ready to move onto a new musical challenge, so we got together and started hammering out some of this music. Changing from bluegrass to Celtic is a sort of natural musical regression. Lee was a flute player so we asked him to give it a shot. He and Jim were getting together at the arboretum, playing the penny whistle, scaring the ducks. It’s a great place to practice. Coats: The three of us are the core of the group, and other people have come and gone and added to the repertoire. We’ve added raucous, ribald, saucy, salacious

Coats: Live audiences react differently each time. Sometimes people are just talking and drinking, but we also enjoy it when people get up and dance. We usually get good feedback, and we enjoy performing, which is why we continue to do it. What is Riggity Jig’s creative process? L. Riggs: We cover some contemporary stuff and some traditional folk music that goes back 200 or 300 years. There are variations of some of the songs in America, but in Scotland or Ireland they’re very similar to the originals. Real folk music does change a little bit because it’s passed on over the years, often across different countries, and musicians have changed different elements of the original song to suit their tastes. So we pick up songs everywhere, even from the Celtic band that plays in the film Titanic. D. Riggs: If we hear a set of tunes that we like, we get together and practice them. We’re not exactly a dynamic leader-led band. Things get thrown in gradually. What got you interested in Celtic music? Coats: For me, it’s just fun to play. A lot of it is dance music;

it’s snappy, perky and fun. You get the whole culture thing — haggis, kilts, Guinness — it’s a fun culture. I played bluegrass, Irish and Scottish music. They all have similar musical qualities. I had been listening to Celtic music for years and had been playing for so long that I thought I could pick it up. What is Robert Burns Night, and what’s happening at Little Prague? Coats: It’s is a celebration of the Scottish poet Robert Burns on the anniversary of his birthday. Scots call Burns “The Bard” instead of Shakespeare. At a Robert Burns supper, you will have people recite his poems to celebrate. L. Riggs: It’s a fun event because a lot of different people come out to celebrate, but it doesn’t get as rowdy as St. Patrick’s Day. People show up in kilts and we play a lot of fun folk-based music. D. Riggs: Here, the night is a rallying point for ex-pat Scots. Little Prague will be serving traditional Scottish food, including free haggis, which you should try if you dare, and there will be a Burns poetry reading, Scotch whiskey tasting, and music. Burns Night is a good reason to party — sort of like Cinco de Mayo, but with kilts and whiskey. Listen to Riggity Jig play and celebrate the poet Robert Burns at Little Prague Bohemian Restaurant, Jan. 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. CRISTINA FRIES can be reached at arts@theaggie. org.

It's De-lovely! ‘Anything Goes’: A review

By ADAM KHAN Features Editor

If you're anything like me, you've probably never heard of the Broadway classic Anything Goes. You've also got a high sense of fashion, perfectly tousled hair and a deep-seated fear of public bathrooms as the direct result of a traumatizing experience in the handicap stall of Regal Cinemas. Possibly an over-inflated ego. Maybe asthma. Probably ADHD. But most importantly, if you're anything like me, you are tragically unaware of the musical powerhouse that continues to grace the glittering walls of San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre until Feb. 3. If you're anything like me, you'll rectify this iniquity as soon as humanly possible. Eight-time Tony-award winning sensation Anything Goes is a supercharged revival of a 1934 production with music and lyrics by prolific American composer Cole Porter. With an exceptional cast, innovative set-pieces, top-notch orchestral accompaniment and jaw-dropping choreography, this wonderful throwback to a golden age will warm the heart and leave you tap-dancing across the chilly streets of San Francisco all the way to your car. You'll probably even look like a local. Anything Goes centers around the lovable Billy Crocker (Erich Bergen), a young stockbroker desperately trying to prevent his true love's marriage aboard a pleasure cruise laden with soft-hearted mobsters, swarthy sea captains and flirtatious flappers. Throughout his tenure aboard the USS America, Crocker finds himself entangled in a convoluted web of serendipitous events — avoiding his elderly, womanizing employer whose company he accidentally bankrupted; aiding the pride of a dilapidated mobster; posing as a famous criminal to revive the reputation of a failing cruise line. Believe me, this show actually makes sense in the end. Every performer was perfectly tailored for their respective roles. Bergen easily woos the audience with an affable smile and genuine likeability. There is an earnestness to his cheeky dialogue that is immediately believable from his first snarky remarks. Fred Applegate portrays the disgruntled gangster Moonface Martin with a glowing charm and paradoxical innocence. The unbelievably young Alex Finke, fresh-faced from college, plays Hope Harcourt, the star-crossed lover of our protagonist, with subtle sweetness and delicate resolve. It was Rachel York as quick-witted club singer Reno Sweeney, however, that stole the show to thunderous applause. Her presence was simply electrifying, bouncing about the stage with gusto and complete lovability. It is rare that such a character comes along that an entire audience can adore without

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any persuasion — a Danny Zuko or a Tina Turnblad, if you will. It is rarer still that a performer can completely encapsulate that spirit and make it her own. Perhaps even more notable was the chemistry between every member of the ensemble. The genuine friendships shown onstage were vibrant and organic; you could almost imagine the entire troupe sharing a round after each performance at their favorite dive. Much of the show's appeal stems from its classic Americana motifs. References from the 1930s are bountiful yet manage to stay fresh and relevant. The flapper accents are thick and campy, the fedoras stiff and large. And no, a fedora is a hat, you perverts. Unlike many revivals, this retelling avoids the pitfalls of modernization with a healthy dose of self-awareness. Director Todd Haimes knows exactly what his play is all about — having a romping good time. When Sweeney Todd was revived in 2004 at the Watermill Theatre in London, the entire score was performed by the actors themselves with instruments onstage. Need I say more? Luckily, Haimes doesn't succumb to the one ring of egotism and force a personal touch on an already wonderful blueprint. Like French cuisine, he simply lets the beauty of the raw ingredients shine through. Vocals were sharp and finely tuned. Bergen employs a playful and sultry tone that manages to seduce as well as uplift. Finke's delicate vibrato compliments her character's gentile nature, but she isn't afraid to have fun when paired onstage with Bergen. York belts to unbelievable heights, and is visibly aware of her hold on the audience during several numbers. At one moment, her character pauses for applause


from an imaginary audience. As her real audience screamed like frothing teenage girls on ecstasy at a Justin Bieber/One Direction mash-up concert (with guest appearance from Drake), it was all too easy to notice the satisfaction that radiated from her infectious smile. It wasn't braggadocious as she egged us on for more. It was deserved. The choreography was simply flawless. An entire ensemble tap-danced in unison for multiple numbers throughout the play, all without a single "clickity-clack" out of time. Dancers whirled about the beautiful set pieces to Cole Porter's whimsical compositions and quirky lyrics. Is “de-lovely” a word? No. Will I use it in reference to savory ice cream flavors, crisp sunrises and all facets of my sex life from here on out? Absolutely. Does my sex life exist anymore? Debatable. I find it difficult to impress upon you the perfection of this production on virtually every level. In a world where shows are desperately trying to teach you a lesson about the harsh realities of a universe bereft of intrinsic meaning, it is a burst of fresh air to walk out of the theater feeling young at heart and carefree. I implore anyone with the means available to treat themselves to such a valuable theatrical experience. If you're anything like me, you're a cynical asshole rarely left speechless by a musical performance. If you're anything like me, you'll be moved by this beautiful earnestness, brilliant execution and sheer powerhouse truly worthy of one simple word: sensation. It's delightful. It's delicious. It's de-lovely. ADAM KHAN will continue to make reviews more about himself than the actual performance. Chastise him for his ego at features@

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‘Pitch Perfect?’ No.


oo cheap to see it in theaters and too impatient to wait for it to come out on Netflix On Demand, I streamed Pitch Perfect on my laptop at what might have been the lowest resolution in existence. As the movie progressed, I slowly realized that my friend’s frequent demands and mock whining about the slow internet connection would have probably been a better use of my theoretical $10.50. In the end we both agreed — the .gifs were better than the movie itself. The characters felt kind of underdeveloped, their relationships flat and the dialogue

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forced. But I wasn’t irked so much by the fact that the movie was bad — I was more put off by two specific aspects of the movie. And those were the characters Cynthia Rose and Stacie, a.k.a. “The Predatory Lesbian” and “The Stupid Horny Girl With Big Boobs.” Throughout the movie, Cynthia Rose and Stacie remain as background characters in the general plot and only step forward to portray themselves as living caricatures. Stacie is always grabbing her breasts, making seductive faces at the camera and using every dance move as an opportunity to give herself a full-body rub-down. In one scene wherein the characters are sharing confessions, she utters, “I’ll confess something. I have a lot of sex.” “Yeah, we know,” is the eye-rolling reply. Her response to this systematic devaluation of something she considers a secretive confession is a vapidly ignorant, “Only because I just told you so.” Cynthia Rose, originally mistaken by the cast as a “dude” (and then referred to as “it” when revealing a feminine name), barely makes any no-

ticeable appearances in the movie. The few times that Cynthia Rose is brought to center stage is when she’s expressing sexual interest towards Stacie. We see her interacting suggestively with the busty brunette in several scenes — one where she’s unsubtly checking out a mid-downward dog Stacie, another where she grinds on her during an accapromptu rendition of Rihanna’s “S&M.” “Oh,” you think, “maybe the plot twist is going to be that they’re both lesbians, and they hook up with each other at the end! How predictable, yet progressive, of the screenwriters.” Well Cynthia Rose must have been thinking the same thing as all of us here in the audience, because she makes the move anticipated. However, poor Stacie is, apparently for the first time ever, totally not DTF, and ends up frantically blowing her Barton University rape whistle while getting halfhumped and fully groped by our aforementioned libidinous lesbian. Well, shit. There goes years of fighting for equality, recognition and freedom from nega-

tive stereotyping. How are we supposed to move past the Mean Girlsesque fear of lesbians scoping out straight girls in swimsuits when this movie tells us they’ll force themselves on the hottest girl on hand? How are we supposed to make curvy girls feel less like slabs of meat and more like people when this movie tells us that they have low IQs and 24/7 sex drives? Girls with big boobs will screw anything that moves, right? And lesbians will aggressively try and get in your pants whether or not you’re queer or interested, right? Fuck. No. People are people, not their stereotypes. But not everyone gets that. Some girls are still scared they’ll get their carpet munched while changing for PE. Dudes still think they’ll get their dicks sucked if you’re stacked a double-D. It is a shame that these assumptions already exist in our society, and tropes like the ones presented in Pitch Perfect sure as hell aren’t helping. TANYA AZARI can be reached at arts@theaggie. org.

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Poetry Night Reading Series — Art Mantecón and Gilbert Rodriguez Tonight, 8 p.m., free John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st Street Tonight’s Poetry Night Reading features two poets. Art Mantecón is a Texas-born, Detroit-raised poet who has been featured in several venues all over California. In 2011, he published a translation of selected poems by Leopoldo Maria Panero after working for several years. The second poet, Gilbert Rodriguez, also works as a playwright whose plays have been performed in Sacramento and Santa Cruz. As always, an open mic session follows the main readers; those interested should show up early to sign up for the list, as it fills quickly.

Dennis Dingemans Author Event at Avid Reader Saturday, 7:30 p.m., free The Avid Reader, 617 2nd St. UC Davis geography professor Dennis Dingemans discusses his book, a history of the UC Davis campus. The book features many photos from the University archives and celebrates our school’s traditions.

Live in Studio A: Out of Place

By ANTHONY LABELLA Aggie Arts Writer

Game of the week This week marks the first big video game release of 2013 with DmC: Devil May Cry. The new entry in the series is both a reboot and the first Devil May Cry game in five years. Development duties shifted from Capcom to Ninja Theory, and to say the change generated controversy would be an understatement. But early reviews indicate that the core formula of fast-paced and stylish action remains in place. What has changed is protagonist Dante, who sports a radical new design, and the story/ writing, which aims for a more tongue-incheek approach. Effectively creating a self-conscious narrative that dives into the absurd without becoming too ridiculous is a difficult

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Dear readers, to gain my musical favor an album must do more than tickle my fancy (all connotations implied). Sure I may toss it a few complimentary bones, but to truly be a blessed member of Gerber's musical athenaeum an album must woo me. I'll have you know I, literally, purchased this album. Without further gilding the lily I'd like to introduce the new self-titled album from The Lone Bellow. They present beautiful vocals and a clear desire to experiment with their range. Though you will invari-

balance to maintain, but I have to applaud Ninja Theory for making the effort. Despite enjoying the series, I felt like it hit a wall with Devil May Cry 4. With that being the case, any attempt to pump life into the series at this point seems like a risk worth taking. Whether or not the result is satisfactory remains to be seen on my part, but I look forward to trying DmC out in the next week or two. This week in news Vice President Joe Biden met with representatives of the video game industry last Friday to discuss gun violence in the U.S., but the story is still at the top of headlines this week. In the wake of the horrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. last month, Biden has increased his efforts to limit gun-related violence

The third album by Minneapaolis-born NeoSoul vocalist José James can be likened to a tall, ponderous cup of coffee, full bodied, warm and stirring throughout. That being said, the individual tracks on NBNE consistently rise above the pleasantly unengaging sounds of most café music. It is clear that there is a singular talent behind the vocals of James, and there is an older jazz sensibility being adhered to in some ways — instead of singing over arrange-

ably compare them with another breakout star Mumford and Sons, I can't complain about having more amazing alternative folk invading our airwaves. I’ve even been showing this album to my friends, dare I become so presumptuous to claim familial companionship, and though none have yet responded to whether they've heard the new bird's word, I suspect they will be pleased. Or block my number. Either way such amazing tracks as "You Never Need Nobody,” “The One You Should Have Let Go" and "Button" would

in the U.S. Part of that effort was to invite video game industry representatives such as EA CEO John Riccitiello and Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg to analyze the role of video games in our culture. One researcher present at the meeting was quick to point out that Biden was not placing blame on video games and even mentioned the lack of evidence connecting gun violence to the entire medium. Rather, the meeting took place in order to look at the image of video games and their perception by the public at large. During the meeting, Biden asked representatives to comment on ways in which the image of video games could be improved. The format took the representatives by surprise, but it seems like a fair question and a thoughtful discussion worth having in the coming months. ANTHONY LABELLA can be reached at

ments, James becomes part of the instrumentation of the band, falling and rising with the rhythm and melody. This is especially apparent on standout track “Vanguard,” which combines the radiant emotion of soul music with the complexity of modern jazz. The mixture of these various styles and influences contributes to a rich experience that, although highly evocative of other artists at times, is a solid and genuine work by someone with great skill and greater po-

tential. The album will see its official release on January 22 as a major label debut on the illustrious jazz label Blue Note Records, and is certain to gain a wider domestic audience for James, who has already found much acclaim in Europe and Japan. Give These Tracks a Listen: “Vanguard,” “It’s All Over Your Body” For Fans Of: Jamiroquai, Marvin Gaye, D’Angelo

— Beaugart Gerber

KDVS Presents FIDLAR // Pangea // Meat Market Tonight, music begins at 8:30 p.m., $5 Robot Rocket Residence (633 M St.) Fans of punk and garage music will want to check out this show, which features three great bands. FIDLAR is a garage punk band from Los Angeles that promises to offer a lot of fun and shredding. Pangea is another punk band from Los Angeles, and Meat Market is a punk band from Oakland. Expect a party.

Monterey Jazz Festival on tour Friday, 8 p.m., $25 - $49 general, $12.50 $24.50 students Mondavi Center Jazz music aficionados are most likely familiar with the Monterey Jazz Festival, which has been around for 55 years. The touring performance brings together several performers who have had long histories with the main festival, including vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, bassist Christian McBride, pianist Benny Green, drummer Lewis Nash, saxophonist Chris Potter and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, for a night of great jazz.

— Andrew Russell

have pervaded their lives and for that they should thank me. “Button” has an old bluesy feel I'd like to see them further explore. So be gone, listen to The Lone Bellow. Feast your tired heart on their musical accompaniment and be merry. Check out these tracks: “You Never Need Nobody,” “The One You Should Have Let Go,” “Button” For fans of: Mumford & Sons

Tonight, 11 p.m., free Tune into 90.3 FM KDVS’s “Live in Studio A” series will feature Out of Place, a rock band from Sacramento, in studio tonight. You can listen to their music and download their album for free at

Birdstrike Theatre Improv Performance

The Lone Bellow The Lone Bellow


Friday, 8 p.m., free Kleiber Hall, Room 3 Join UC Davis’s premier long-form improv group for its first of many shows this quarter. Birdstrike Theatre’s improv is different from the shortform improv of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” as it focuses on characters and scenes instead of props and one-liners. Expect 90 minutes of unscripted hilarity.

Follies Friday and Saturday, 8:15 p.m.; Sunday, 2:15 p.m. $18 general, $16 students and seniors DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Pena Dr. The Davis Musical Theatre Company puts on a performance of a sevenTony-Award-winning Stephen Sondheim (“Sweeney Todd”) musical about two couples who reunite on the day before a beloved theater is to be demolished. Bev Sykes of the Davis Enterprise describes the show as “youthful enthusiasm and middleaged regrets mixed together with nostalgia and cynicism, a recipe for a hearty evening of entertainment.”

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City accepting proposals for social service projects Federal grants fund public service projects, low-income housing

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By PAAYAL ZAVERI Aggie Staff Writer

The city of Davis annually receives funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Through Jan. 31, individuals can submit proposals for social service projects they feel would make

BUDGET Cont. from front page an average of 180 semester units at California State Universities (CSU) and 270 quarterly units at University of California (UC) institutions. Some, however, do not necessarily agree

good use of these funds by submitting an application to the city by 5 p.m. The funds are aimed to help low-income families and individuals in the community. Organizations that have been funded in the past include Communicare, Davis Community Meals, Short Term Emergency Aid Committee (STEAC) and Yolo Community Care Continuum. City Council, the Social Services Commission, and city staff will decide on which proposals to go through with during the proposal review cycle, which ends in April. “CDBG funds assist in public service activities, increased accessibility in public facilities and group-care homes, local provision of fair housing services and administration of the program,” said Housing and Human Services superintendent Danielle Foster in an email interview.

An application workshop was held on Thursday to provide potential applicants an opportunity to ask questions about the overall process. A number of different organizations have benefited from CDBG funding in the past. “The Community Development Block Grant program has been instrumental in funding our programs for over 20 years,” said Bill Pride, executive director for Davis Community Meals. CDBG and the Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) also help provide money to local agencies that need funding for construction work that increases the availability of public meeting spaces, low-income services or affordable housing. According to Mike Goodison, an administrative analyst for CDBG and HOME grant

programs, one such housing program is South Davis New Harmony. Goodison said the purpose of accepting these project proposals is to try and get the money out to the community as soon as possible. CDBG funding is estimated to be $500,000 and HOME funding is estimated to be $300,000. All the funds except for 20 percent of the CDBG and 10 percent of the HOME funds are available for the projects. “With the ongoing financial debates in Congress, the programs face the potential for another funding cut this year, which would impact the amount of applications that can be awarded,” Foster said. “Regardless, the city welcomes the opportunity to support the local activities of Davis nonprofit agencies who do so much good work with the limited resources available.”

with the rule because they have positive first-hand experience from taking extra courses. “I come from a liberal arts background and I benefited from taking different classes because, otherwise, I wouldn’t have had many choices of majors to choose from,” said women’s studies teaching assistant Bidita Tithi.

The plan opens up a possibility for tuition changes, to which some students stated that they do not mind as long as the prices don’t increase. They additionally presented an acceptance of the class limitation, favoring a focus on degree requirements. “If [tuition] decreases, then I’d be fine with it. The fact that we’re required to take

general education [courses] seems pointless to me so if the cap gets rid of that, then we can focus on our majors,” said second-year biological sciences major Naoki Hirasawa. Gov. Brown’s plan will take effect July 1 for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

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gun Cont. from front page threats of violence and be able to ask their patients about proper storage of firearms if a patient exhibits a mental illness, has young children or has a family member who is mentally ill. There are plans to launch a national campaign on gun ownership as well. To make schools safer, the President wants 1,000 more school resource officers and counselors, as well as investment in school safety. Each school would also have to have a comprehensive emergency management plan.

academic standing at a UC campus. The application is due Feb. 28 and can be found online at pdf. — Muna Sadek

The fourth step would make improvements to mental health services by ensuring that students and young adults receive treatment for such issues, provide “Mental Health First Aid” training to teachers and help schools address pervasive violence. The plan would also train 5,000 more mental health professionals and increase the understanding of mental health. The Affordable Care Act will extend coverage to 30 million more Americans, including 6 to 10 million people with mental illness. Furthermore, the act will ensure that insurance plans cover mental health benefits. More details can be found at whitehouse. gov/now-is-the-time. — Claire Tan



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MEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW Teams: UC Davis at Cal State Northridge; at Hawai’i Records: Aggies 5-10 (1-3); Matadors 9-8 (0-5); Rainbow Wahine 9-7 (3-2) Where: The Matadome — Northridge, Calif.; Stan Sheriff Center — Honolulu, Hawaii When: Thursday at 7:05 p.m.; Saturday at 10 p.m. Who to watch: Junior Ryan Sypkens has been a perimeter threat for the Aggies all season. He has banked 55 threepointers for UC Davis thus far, earning him a Ryan Sypkens shooting percentage of junior 48.7 from beyond the arc. The Elk Grove, Calif., native will be busy this week as the Aggies are traveling to face teams with imposing centers that might neutralize the production of sophomore J.T. Adenrele. Did you know? Cal State Northridge had a strong start to the season, managing a 9-3 record before Big West Conference play began. Since entering the conference season, the Matadors have gone 0-5 despite averaging about 72 points per game. Preview: It is time for the Aggies to turn it on. The loss against UC Santa Barbara dropped them to a 1-3 conference record, and they are currently ranked eighth out of the ten teams in the Big West.

UC Davis hopes to land in the top eight teams in conference to make it to the conference tournament. The team’s biggest struggle is its inability to play good, consistent basketball for the duration of the game. It has spurts of incredible play but cannot seem to close out in the final minutes. Head coach Jim Les wants his players to carry their energy throughout the game. “We come out with great energy, swagger, whatever you want to call it, and then it falls off somewhere in the middle,” he said. Although the Matadors are on a losing streak, they will be hungry for a win and UC Davis can not afford to let off the gas on Thursday. After facing CSU Northridge on Thursday, the Aggies travel to Hawai’i to face off against the Rainbow Wahine. Hawai’i’s 3-2 conference record has earned it the fourth-place ranking. It started the season hot but has lost its last two games against UC Irvine and Long Beach State. In order to sweep this weekend, the Aggies need to find the same intensity they had in their epic buzzer beater victory over Cal Poly. “We cannot let them [the opponent] get into a rhythm early. It digs us into a hole too early,” Les said. —Kim Carr

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW Teams: UC Davis vs. Cal State offense in their upcoming home series. Northridge; vs. Hawai’i Records: Aggies, 5-9 (0-3); With dynamic offensive Matadors, 10-5 (4-0); Wahine, 7-8 threats such as senior Cortney (3-1) French and sophomore Sydnee Where: The Pavilion — Davis, Fipps facilitating the offense, the Calif. young Doherty may be ready to When: Thursday at 7 set the tone for the unp.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. tapped Aggie defense. Who to Watch: Head Did you know? When coach Jennifer Gross the Aggies last faced has been preaching the Wahine, they took tough defense to her home a victory afteam all year. While ter overcoming a firstoffense can bring half deficit of 17 points hype, defense wins — one of their biggest championships and comeback bids on the the Aggies have been season. improving theirs with Alyson Doherty The win also came freshman each game. in the championship game of the “Rainbow Freshman forward Wahine Shootout” Alyson Doherty is one of six freshmen on the UC Davis tournament, hosted by Hawai’i squad this year, and has already no less. shown that she can be the de- There’s not always a clear indifensive presence the Aggies have cation as to what starts a grudge been looking for. match, but make no mistake, the With a solid six-foot-three Wahine have not forgotten who frame and battle-ready mentali- stole their crown last December. ty, Doherty has provided a defen- This season, the Aggies gensive leadership that the team has erally have not been as prone to lacked so far. staging massive comebacks. The She posted 11 rebounds against winner of the first half has often Santa Clara University early in been an accurate predictor of the season, and led the team with who wins the game. Hawai’i will come out strong, seven against USC in one of the Aggies’ most impressive wins so but look for the Aggies to shut down their momentum early and far this year. With the Aggies still looking often. for their first conference win this Preview: UC Davis will return season, look for the team to strike home this week for two mucha balance between defense and needed games in front of their

gratuitous guest. Even if your dad won’t sign a lease agreement, he might take There are two solutions here. First, you money if you offered it — just be sure to could stay pre-med and suck up to your pay every month on the same date each dad. Alternatively, you could install a lock time. on your bedroom door and start paying rent on a monthly basis to try to trans- You can get more general landlord/tenform yourself into a lodger instead of a ant information at without any recourse.

hometown crowd. After losing two tough games against Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara last week, the Aggies are still in search of their first conference win this season. “The biggest thing is staying urgent for long stretches,” Gross said. “It’s in all areas — offensive, defense and on the boards.” The Aggies have proven that they can perform at extremely high levels in all three of these categories; however, they have yet to master them all in one game. “We talk a lot with our team about short segments,” Gross said. “If you look at a whole 40 minute game, sometimes it can be overwhelming to try to do everything right. If we can do that on both offense and defense, those are the times we are coming out and taking the lead.” The Aggies have shown short but random spurts of quality team play throughout the year. The trick for this team will be providing these displays on a consistent basis. The Aggies remain one of the youngest teams in the conference, with several freshman and sophomores playing key roles at their respective positions. However, with each game their maturity and basketball IQ soars. Look to see if all their hard work pays off this week against more Big West foes. —PK Hattis

or by browing one of the legal selfhelp books at Avid Reader in downtown Davis. Daniel is a Sacramento attorney, former Davis City Council candidate and graduate of UC Davis School of Law. He’ll answer questions sent to him at or tweeted to @governorwatts.

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