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Textiles and clothing major withstands motion to close admissions Undergraduate Council considers future of textile program By LAUREN MASCARENHAS Aggie News Writer

The Undergraduate Council at UC Davis rejected a proposal to suspend admissions to the Textiles and Clothing program Feb. 15. The program is currently undergoing a review by the Academic Senate's Undergraduate Instruction and Program Review Committee (UPR). The Textiles and Clothing program is part of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and heads two majors: textiles and clothing and fiber and polymer science. The program offers a number of classes for both graduate and undergraduate students. The division offers students the opportunity to earn a bachelors, masters or Ph.D. It is unique for a college program and the only one of its kind in the entire UC system, according to the Textiles and Clothing website. “The unique strength of our program de-

rives from disciplinary expertise in areas ranging from fiber chemistry, polymer science and textile engineering to consumer psychology and cultural studies as well as its interdisciplinary perspective on commodity-relevant issues,” the Textiles and Clothing website states. Former graduate student in the Textiles and Clothing division, Margot Bennet, attributes her success in finding a job as a production assistant now to her time in the program. “What I think is so extraordinary about our department is that we represent the importance not just of clothing but of textiles and the range of textile applications,” Bennett said in an email interview. “Textiles cross over with the agricultural sector, the chemicals industry among others, and have roots in the California economy. I think having a strong academic research program textiles is a no brainer and

New Harmony Davis businesses take Mutual Housing part in Sacramento opens in East Davis Beer Week

Pliny The Younger worshipped across Davis “Best Beer in the World”expected to appear at Burgers & Brew Looking for Pliny The Younger? Check back with Burgers & Brew. 403 Third St. (530) 750-3600

By JANELLE BITKER Editor in Chief

Yesterday morning, beer connoisseurs lined up outside The Davis Beer Shoppe to get a taste of the infamous Pliny The Younger. And it’s not too late to get in on the action. Santa Rosa’s Russian River Brewery’s Pliny The Younger is frequently heralded as “the best beer in the world,” consistently topping the rankings and praised for its hops and balance. It’s a triple India Pale Ale, meaning it has triple the amount of hops as most IPAs and is extra strong at 10.5 percent alcohol. Russian River touts that it’s more expensive, more difficult and more time-consuming to make than other IPAs, and therefore, they don’t make it often. Every year the brewery puts Pliny The Younger on tap for the first two weeks of February, and fans line up for hours. They release a very limited number of kegs to local bars and restaurants, who typically try to keep it secret — mayhem has been known to ensue. Jeff Kessler, a second-year PhD student in energy and climate policy, got to the Beer Shoppe before its 11 a.m. opening. “I had it last year at Russian River. I was in line for five hours — 500 to 2,000 people were waiting throughout the day,” he said. Kessler said the beer is worth the effort. “It’s really flavorful and hoppy, rich and aromatic. There are few beers that achieve that balance,” he said. Folks at the Beer Shoppe said they ran out of the beer at about 12:20 p.m., selling 8-ounce glasses for $5. It was the first time the bar obtained a coveted keg of Pliny, but it was not the first time the beer has made an appearance in Davis. Last year, Burgers & Brew had a keg which was tapped in about an hour, according to Veronica Eddy, a server and bartender. Folks dying to try Pliny should keep an eye on the Burgers & Brew Facebook page, where they are expected to announce what day they’ll be serving it later this week. “We do have the keg, but we’re not sure when we’ll be tapping it,” she said. Burgers & Brew will probably serve 8-ounce glasses for $6, as they did last year, she added. Vinnie Cilurzo, the Russian River brewmaster, will be paying the Introduction to Beer and Brewing (Food Science and Technology 3) class a visit this Thursday. He’s an old friend of professor Charlie Bamforth, who acknowledged that while Pliny is clearly a great beer, it might be overhyped. “I don’t understand why anyone would line up for hours for a beer. There are plenty of other excellent beers out there,” he said. “It’s a fascinating and interesting phenomenon.” For those who miss out, Pliny The Elder — Russian River’s double IPA — has been rumored

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See TEXTILES, page 4 The UC Davis Textiles and Clothing program is housed in Everson Hall.

Events showcase best of Northern Californian brewing By JOE STEPTOE Aggie News Writer

The fourth annual Sacramento Beer Week commenced on Friday, initiating a week of festivities and business promotions to celebrate the thriving craft beer culture of Northern California. The event, which runs through March 3, offers experts and newcomers alike the opportunity to experience a wealth of different beers from some of the very best local breweries. While the majority of events take place in Sacramento, Sacramento Beer Week transcends city and county boundaries, encouraging businesses based in localities in the vicinity of the city to partake in the festivities. Organizers expressed the importance of a wider involvement in Sacramento Beer Week, given Northern California’s current prominence in the craft beer industry. “Northern California is the epicenter of the craft beer movement, and you’re incredibly lucky to be at this place at this time if you love good beer,” said Dan Scott, executive director of Sacramento Beer Week. “This

Housing complex uses solar panels to reduce costs

is the best place in the world right now to be trying cutting-edge, 21st century beer. We wouldn’t even consider making Sacramento Beer Week only about Sacramento County.” The importance of encouraging surrounding areas to participate was a sentiment echoed by beer experts in the field. “The brewing community in the region as a whole is vibrant. We have great brewers from as far west as Winters to as far east as Placerville — and the world’s best beer educators are in Davis,” said Charles Bamforth, Anheuser-Busch endowed professor of brewing science at UC Davis. Local Davis businesses have already been getting involved in the event, with Nugget Market on East Covell Boulevard and Sudwerk Brewery hosting tasting sessions last Friday and Monday, respectively. Both businesses are also hosting events this Friday. Nugget Market’s event will feature flights costing $5 from Deschutes Brewery & Boulevard Brewing Company,

New Harmony, a sustainable community for low-income families, opened on Feb. 13 in South Davis.

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By MELISSA GAHERTY Aggie News Writer

New Harmony Mutual Housing Association at 3030 Cowell Blvd. held its grand opening on Feb. 13 and opened for residential move-in on Feb. 1. Since then, New Harmony has met 57 percent of its occupancy. There are 69 units available, made up of one-, twoand three-room apartments. To date, there are 200 residents. According to a Davis City

Council staff report, the city and its former redevelopment agency provided $8,434,391 for the project. Of the amount given, $6,643,895 was provided by the redevelopment agency and the remaining amount was given by federal HOME grants that the city receives to assist low-income households in Davis. New Harmony is wheelchair accessible and environmentally friendly. The housing complex features

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University administrators, ASUCD student leaders to hold press conference at UC Davis Jobs Initiative event University administrators and ASUCD student leaders are scheduled to hold a press conference today at the UC Davis Jobs Initiative event at 8 a.m. in front of Freeborn Hall. The press conference will include Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Adela De La Torre, Provost Ralph J. Hexter, as well as ASUCD President Rebecca Sterling, according

to a Monday news release. The speakers will introduce the UC Davis Jobs Initiative. The Jobs Initiative event, which will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., aims to assist undergraduate students acquire tools and information on pursuing a job after graduation. The event will be also be divided into two sections: “Building your

Experience” for first- and second-year students, which will assist students in developing strong resumes, and “Launching your Career” for upperclassmen, which will help anticipated graduates learn ways to market themselves to potential employers, the release states. — Muna Sadek

Day of Action information session today UC Davis students and workers are organizing a Day of Action information session today in the Memorial Union Art Conference Room. The one-hour session will address the Wednesday day of action, which opposes the University’s involveForecast

Whether you’re studying on the quad or taking midterms in the classroom, know that when you get done the weather will be there for you, at least for the near future...and not at night. But other than that, it will be very nice weather. Tyson Tilmont, atmospheric science major Aggie Forecasting Team

ment in fossil fuels, the laying off of employees, cuts to wages and UC executives receiving annual salaries of over $400,000, according to the online event webpage. Information sessions will be held from 5:10 to 6 p.m., 6:10 to 7 p.m.





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and 7:10 to 8 p.m. Protests will be held on Wednesday at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) and Whole Foods Market. — Muna Sadek

Freshman or senior, don’t forget to go to the UC Davis Jobs Initiative at Freeborn Hall today to meet employers! Joyce Berthelsen

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TUESDAY UC Davis Jobs Initiative 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Freeborn Hall Come down for a one-day jobs and career exposition for undergraduates aimed at helping UC Davis students gain experience in the workforce and preparing them to launch their careers following graduation. The Jobs Initiative event will feature a number of keynote speakers including UC Davis alumnus Andy Stemmler of Triage Consulting.

WEDNESDAY Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous 7 to 8:30 pm Davis United Methodist Church Free yourself from excess weight and/or obsessional thoughts about food and body image. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous. Meetings are open and free to the public. Visit for other meeting locations.

Alpha Phi Omega Service Night 7 to 9 p.m. King Lounge, Memorial Union Make blankets for children in need with the brothers of Alpha Phi Omega, while learning about the cardinal principles of Alpha Phi Omega and why we devote ourselves to service. Rides can be arranged if needed. Contact Christian at (916) 204-0777 or Lisa at (323) 703-3357 for further information.

THURSDAY Shinkoskey Noon Concert 12:05 to 1 p.m. Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby, Mondavi Center Come down for an afternoon of free music as Tod Brody, pianist, and I-Hui Chen, flutist, perform Schubert and Franck classics.

American Red Cross Club General Meeting 7:30 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 fourth general meeting.

Biomedical Engineering Distinguished Seminar 4:10 to 5 p.m. GBSF Auditorium Join Dr. Arthur Erdman, Professor and Director of the Medical Devices Center at the University of Minnesota, as he discusses “The Emergence

of Regulatory Science, High-Speed Computation and New User Interfaces in Development and Approval of Medical Devices.” Refreshments will be served prior to his seminar.

FRIDAY Folk Music Jam Session Noon to 1 p.m. Wyatt Deck Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session every other Friday this month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Wyatt Deck, located on Arboretum Drive. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer and world music over the lunch hour. All skill levels welcome and listeners welcome.

Infectious Disease Seminar 12:10 to 1 p.m. 1020 Gladys Valley Join Dr. Jan Carette, assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine, for a talk on “Expanding the Genetic Toolbox: Haploid Genetic Screens to Identify Host-pathogen Interactions.”

SATURDAY Community Meeting: Improvements to the UC Davis Arboretum East End 1 to 2 p.m. Whole Foods Parking Lot The UC Davis Arboretum and City of Davis invite you to attend a site walk and workshop to discuss improvements to the Putah Creek Parkway between the railroad tracks and I-80 and the east end of the Arboretum.

SUNDAY We Are API(A) 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room Come down for this one-day conference to explore issues within the Asian Pacific Islander American community in hopes of unifying and strengthening it on campus. The event is open and free to all UC Davis students. Register at 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 TUESDAY Housemate hassles A subject assaulted several of her roommates; they tried to lock her out of her room so they could discuss rent payment on Portage Bay East.

THURSDAY Burning bush A bunch of minors were smoking marijuana in the bushes, and someone reported it because they believed it was a safety hazard due to dry bush on Frontera Drive.

FRIDAY Arty party Someone left the art center intoxicated on West Covell Boulevard.

‘She doesn’t even go here’

A female was pacing the upstairs hallway of an apartment building for three hours and screaming; the person who reported her didn’t recognize her as a resident of Pennsylvania Place.

SUNDAY Tweaked and piqued Someone reported her twin sister was outside her door screaming, high on meth and refusing to leave on Cantrill Drive.

Hopefully a hyperbole The downstairs neighbor started an argument with the babysitter due to the kids causing too much noise, then stated she was going to shoot the kids on Alhambra Drive.

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CORRECTIon On Feb. 14, in the article “Former UC student launches travel business,” The Aggie reported that founder Ryan De Forest is a UC Davis alumnus. He is currently a UC Davis undergraduate. The Aggie regrets this error. In the Feb. 19 article titled “Undergraduate to launch online shopping platform for Greeks,” The Aggie spelled Mr. Shohet’s name as Elliot Shoet. The Aggie regrets this error. In the Feb. 5 article entitled “Old Dogs, New Tricks,” The Aggie stated that College of Engineering students can take GEs under either old or new requirements as pass/ no pass. This is not true for College of Engineering students. The Aggie regrets this error.

et of emergency contraception (it’s cheapest at the SHWC pharmacy) and store it next to your condoms. That way, Sam if you have unprotectWall ed sex, a condom breaks Sex Ed or something else goes wrong, you have backup on hand. Depending on the circumstances, much of the ou may not have no- above advice is applicable in the instance of sexticed, but I think ual assault. However, besex is awesome. In fore you worry about any my perfect world, as long of it, there are a few steps as everyone is being safe you should take. and consensual, I want First, get yourself to a them to have whatever safe place as soon as postype of sex makes them sible. If you want to refeel amazing and happy. port the assault, notiAnd, importantly, I want fy the police immediaterefusal of or abstention ly (many people find that from sex to be respectdoing so helps them reed just as much as desire gain a sense of personal for sex. power and control). And, Unfortunately, sex in the real world can play out as much as possible, preserve the evidence of the very differently than the assault. Save the clothes ideal. People can be careyou were wearing at the less, selfish and, at their time, and do not bathe, worst, terrible and lackeat, drink or brush your ing in empathy. And that teeth. means that sex, in certain On the emotional/ circumstances, can be an mental end of things, if awful experience and/or there ever was a time to leave you to deal with difcall in your support netficult consequences. work, now is that time. Today, we’ll go over Call a friend, family what to do if you’ve had member or someone else unprotectyou trust, ed sex and what to do Most importantly, keep who can be with you if you’ve reminding yourself that and take been sexwhat happened was not care of you ually aswhile you saulted. your fault deal with Reading the afterabout math. these topics (especialSurvivors experience a ly the second one) can variety of emotions, from be very difficult for some shock and disbelief, to people, so if you need to anger, vulnerability and stop reading now, do so. guilt. You may experience When I say unprotectsome or all of these reaced sex, I am referring to tions, and they may occur both instances in which immediately or in a few there was hormonal condays, weeks or months. traception but no barriSo, try not to add more er and instances where there was neither. In both mental stress to yourself because you feel you cases, I recommend callare not reacting “approing the Student Health Center Advice Nurse first, priately.” Everyone deals with sexual assault in as this allows you to distheir own way. Most imcuss your concerns and portantly, keep remindget suggestions about the ing yourself that what next steps to take. happened was not your The advice nurse fault. hotline is 24/7, so they If you are part of the are available even when UC Davis community, the the health center is biggest piece of advice closed. So, if something I can give you is to conhappens Friday night, tact the Campus Violence you don’t have to spend Prevention Program all weekend wondering (CVPP). Their services are what to do. A main concern of hav- confidential, they refer survivors to the campus ing sex without a barand community services rier is getting tested that best fit their speciffor STIs — particularic needs, as well as act as ly if your partner was not advocates. someone who knew/reThe CVPP also supvealed their own STI staports survivors by accomtus. You can schedule a panying them to hospirapid urine test for chlatal visits and interviews mydia and gonorrhea at with law enforcement. the Student Health and Not only does this lessWellness Center (SHWC) en the stress and anxiety via Health-e-messaging. that a survivor may feel If you don’t have access about those situations, to campus resources, but it also helps those Planned Parenthood ofwhose support networks fers testing for a variety are far away and cannot of STIs (the nearest clinic be physically present. is in Woodland). I also suggest that, as a preventative meaSAM WALL can be reached for questions at sure, you pick up a

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form, is simply a downward sloping line. The y axis being the price of the good and the x axis being Andrew the quantity demanded of Poh the good. Penny Thus, at high prices, the Pincher demand for the specific good is low. Maybe a handful of people would be willing to pay that price, but others will only want said item at a lower price. Thus, very bargain hunter as the price goes down, the has a favorite time of quantity demanded inthe year: when their creases, and we subsewallets get to loosen up a quently get the downward bit and they can scour both sloping curve. high and low for potenIt explains a little bit as tial “steals.” Depending on the items they may be seek- to why people only tend ing, such occasions may oc- to buy an item when it’s marked lower; but is the cur at the end of the year item even necessary in the near Christmas, around Thanksgiving (Black Friday) first place? My mom buys tons of or at the end of each season. junk. She buys cereals, bags It really varies by the of candy, snacks, chips, socompany and the respecdas, etc. at a really low price tive items, e.g. summer clothes will go on sale when using her coupons. But nobody ever eats them! I it starts to get cold, but computers won’t have a rea- end up gaining a couple of pounds every time I go son to go on sale if the temhome because she encourperatures take a dip. ages me to eat the things we Regardless of when the have lying around. sales take place, there is alI’m her personal vacuum. most always a guaranteed She buys enough food to frenzied flurry that will acfeed a family of seven, but company said sale. You’ve we only have three people no doubt heard of poor in our household. When I’m souls being trampled alive out here in Davis, the house by a stampede of stirred-up shrinks to shoppers just my seduced It’s difficult to quantify an mom and by sales. I’ve item’s specific demand curve, dad. I’ve now had but it can be mapped out over bought my people tell the course of its shelf life fair share me that of undethey’re too sired things for the sake of afraid to go out and camp saving and I’ve come to refor Black Friday, which is gret them. The other day a somewhat understandI bought off–brand pickable notion. I’ve done it in les because they were on the past, but not quite for sale. I didn’t stick with the the sake of nabbing a sweet deal on an Xbox. It’s more of classic Vlasic because my eyes were marred by the rea bonding/“may as well try duced price tag. The brine this once” sort of an expewas lacking in that saline rience if you camp out with bite that I know and crave a few close pals and brave and now they’re sitting in the harsh local night conditions and stave off the onset the back of my fridge, entirely neglected. I make this of sleep. mistake all the time with my Though I camped out for grocery purchases. fun once, I cannot begin to We shouldn’t base our fathom why some would purchases solely on price bother camping out annutag. Sure, if it’s something ally to pinch a couple penthat you want that’s on sale, nies. It seems that people then you’ve just scored will go to great lengths just yourself a sweet deal. But to get what they perceive as don’t convince yourself that a deal. you want the item simply What often ends up being the case is that an item because it’s perceived as cheap. There are even stores is bought that the person that say item X is on sale, buys on a whim, simply but if you go to a different because it was marked 70 percent off! Like you’re re- store, the very same item will have that sale price disally going to use that maplayed as a regular, everychine that molds your ice day price. It’s a marketing into spheres? I guess you gimmick. can use it once to jazz up Waiting until the last some Old Fashioned’s for minute to try to nab an item your next “Mad Men”on sale is also sometimes a themed party! And if you bad idea. It may sell out deplan on throwing a whole pending on whether everybunch of “Mad Men”one else will want one as themed parties, then you can probably put that ma- well. It’s all about having a definitive understanding of chine to good use. what it is that you want in Every item has a specifyour life and what it is that ic demand curve. It’s difyou need. ficult to quantify an item’s specific demand curve, but it can be mapped out ANDREW POH doesn’t know why he wrote over the course of its shelf this column now since there aren’t any life. Just so everyone can sales during the end of February. If you imagine, a demand curve, know of any sales, however, let him know at in its most pared down

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CAMPUS JUDICIAL REPORT Will pay for help A student was referred to Student Judicial Affairs (SJA) for soliciting classmates to take his online exam. The student posted a public Facebook message offering monetary compensation for anyone who would be willing to do this for him. The matter came to SJA's attention when they received an anonymous email with an attached screenshot of the post. The referred student met with a Judicial Officer and admitted that he had asked people on Facebook to take his exam. The student agreed to accept a censure and an exam restriction, which required that he take the online exam in the presence of a Judicial Officer.

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Two transfer students were referred to SJA for a public Facebook conversation in which they boasted about how they had cheated on an exam. Their conversation was attached in an email sent to Student Judicial Affairs by an anonymous student. In separate meetings with a Judicial Officer, the students claimed that they didn't really cheat and were simply blowing off steam. After inspecting the tests, the Judicial

Officer found no solid evidence of cheating, and since the professor did not want to pursue the matter in a formal hearing, the students were found "not in violation" of cheating during an exam. Instead, they each agreed to accept a censure for creating the appearance of dishonest conduct and to do 12 hours of community service.

I’m not cleaning that up While two residential advisors (RAs) were making rounds in the dorms, they found an unconscious resident surrounded by vomit on the bathroom floor. The RAs called in paramedics who immediately transported the alcohol-poisoned resident to the hospital. In a meeting with a Judicial Officer, the student admitted to drinking in the dorms. He agreed to accept disciplinary probation and a $25 restitution payment, which went to paying the janitorial staff who had to clean up the bathroom. In addition to these sanctions, the student was referred to the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Intervention Services program (ATODIS) and received a Student Housing Contract Warning, which informs the student that his housing contract would likely be terminated for a second violation.

pliny Cont. from front page to appear at Whole Foods, The Davis Food Co-op and the Nugget Markets. Retailers get one or two cases every four to six weeks and typically limit customers to two bottles. “It’s not consistent, depending on distributors,” said Michael Taylor, wine steward at Nugget. “We sell it all in about a day or so. I got a case the other day and I have eight bottles left.” JANELLE BITKER can be reached at




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Thanks, business manager As members of ASUCD, we know how important the Association is to so many students. And most active members know how important Brett Burns is to the Association. Burns is the ASUCD Business Manager, meaning he works with student government and unit directors to ensure financial stability within the Association. He’s the man behind the scenes, and he’s been dedicated to student success since he joined the UC Davis staff in 1998 and specifically ASUCD in February of last year. Burns has accepted a position as Senior Assistant Dean for Administration at the UC Davis School of Law. It’s a level up, and we’re happy for him, but we’re also sad to see him go so soon. Before Burns, we had former Unitrans General Manager Geoff Straw acting as interim manager, and before that, we had the legendary Mark Champagne, who held the position for a whopping 32 years. We hope the next manager is as enthusiastic as the others have been, and that they stick around a

little longer. We student leaders have lofty goals, with the Association acting as a training ground for bigger things. We need a financially solvent Association, but also one with a business manager that will allow students to take risks. The ASUCD Coffee House started out as a hippie dream — a student-run alternative to corporate food service. Now it’s a thriving business and a major staple of campus life. The Bike Barn, Unitrans and Whole Earth Festival were once crazy ideas thought up by students, and now they’re respected institutions. Other, newer ASUCD units, like The Pantry and Aggie ReUse, could be similarly established sources of pride in the future. We know that when the interim business manager is chosen, Burns will make the transition as smooth as possible. In the meantime, we encourage student leaders to continue dreaming big and hope the next business manager can assist with those dreams. And, of course, we thank Burns for all his hard work and mentorship over the past year.

Senate Bill 240

We vote yes On Feb. 12, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) introduced Senate Bill 240. The bill would establish polling places at California State University and University of California campuses. It is slated to go through the Senate on or after March 15. Senator Yee’s aim is to increase California voter turnout by focusing on student populations at public universities. As students who have a lot on our plates — we wish it were food — voting isn’t always at the top of our todo lists. Just look at ASUCD Elections as an example, which often has a 20 percent turnout rate. Historically, student voter turnout is low. Students living on campus are not able to vote as residents of Davis, and many opt to stay registered at their hometowns. However, the number of youth voters is steadily climbing — one reason being the polls are located conveniently across college campuses. According to an early National Exit Poll conduct-

ed by Edison Research, voters aged 18 to 29 represented about 19 percent of the national electorate in 2012. In 2008, youth voters represented about 18 percent and in 2004, 17 percent. By instituting additional polling places on campus, students would feel obligated to vote. Additionally, closer places to cast votes would lend a sense of solidarity, with more students expressing increased interest in their community due to climbing voter turnout. Luckily, UC Davis already has one established polling place at the Memorial Union. But only one. And who has time to wait in a long line just to cast a vote that will change how the country is run, how education is funded, when we live in a time in which waiting more than 20 seconds for anything is a bother? So although student voters make up a small percentage of the national electorate, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a large influence. Size doesn’t always matter.


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Equal pay for equal work! By NEAL SWEENEY For the thousands of international students and researchers who come to U.S. universities each year, the academy is seen as a beacon of opportunity, where the people who work the hardest and the best ideas rise to the top. As a union representing more than 6,000 postdoctoral scholars (also known as “postdocs”) at the University of California, this promise means something — the majority of our members are immigrants working in the U.S. on guest worker visas, and they are here because they have worked for years to reach the forefront of biology, physics, engineering and other fields. They have already earned Ph.Ds, and come to UC to perform cutting-edge research — think breakthrough cancer therapies, new models for the origin of the universe, stem cell research and more. Imagine their surprise when after arriving at UC, they are told that although the contract the union negotiated states that health care coverage is available to all postdocs, it will not be extended to them. This is true despite the fact that their fellowships collectively bring in millions of dollars of research funding to the university each year and include salary support — making them effectively free labor. Even though the contract provisions are clear, UC has decided to deny some international postdoctoral scholars the benefits to

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unfair refusal to cover their benefits has already taken thousands of dollars out of their pockets, and every month costs them more. Our members are dismayed to be adding another chapter to the UC’s troubling history of denying health coverage to people whom rightly and legally deserve it. Late last month, UC graduate students and members of UAW Local 2865 made news after administrators exploited a loophole in the Affordable Care Act to enforce caps on students’ health care costs, causing one student to halt life-saving cancer therapy and another to experience near-paralysis after she was informed her treatment for a neurological disease was no longer covered. It is hard to believe that these scenarios are unfolding in our own backyard, but they are. After all, it’s not just educational opportunities that attract great people to the U.S. — it’s hard-won rights like the principle of equal compensation for equal work. Our union has started a petition that has already gained hundreds of signatures — sign it today! We are demanding that UC end this discriminatory policy and reimburse the postdocs affected by this contract violation. NEAL SWEENEY is a postdoctoral scholar at UC Santa Cruz and president of UAW Local 5810, the union for over 6,000 postdocs across all 10 UC campuses including about 900 at UC Davis. The petition can be found on

ing it easier and more efficient to ples. And Conscious Capitalism, navigate the internet, as Google despite many of its interesting has done. points and arguments, ignores Tristan There’s certainly a sense in this. which this is true, and important: What is evil is not the fact that De Liege It’s not the case that businesspeodishonest or corrupt capitalists are Tree of Liberty ple are concerned with making pursuing their self–interests (in the money by whatever means neclong-term, they aren’t even pursuessary. Often they are passionate ing their self–interests at all) — it’s about providing good services or that they see others as obstacles products that consumers value. to their values, and seek to subvert But does this mean that capitalists others and turn them into victims. do not or should Ayn not act selfishly? Rand noted that It is moral and just to reap the Clearly, Mackey if we accept the thinks so. But false, convenbenefits of one’s efforts and s many of you are aware, since it’s obvitional view of judgment in creating wealth John Mackey, the co-CEO ous that the maselfishness, this of Whole Foods Market, is jority of capital“permits no view a supporter of capitalism. He has ists are not acting altruistically, of men except as sacrificial aniwritten a book along with Raj there’s a gap in his argument. What mals and profiteers-on-sacrifice, Sisodia, another businessman, ultimately motivates them? To as victims and parasites … it percalled Conscious Capitalism, in Mackey, it is the flourishing of the mits no concept of a benevolent which it is argued that capitalism business and the achievement of a co-existence among men …” (The has been misrepresented and uncertain vision. Virtue of Selfishness) fairly criticized. Mackey believes But why does Mackey view prof Mackey’s defense of capitalism that in fact capitalism has been re- it pursuit and selfishness as lower ultimately fails because it fails sponsible for incredible increases purposes and therefore less praise- to acknowledge that capitalists in standard of living and technoworthy? are primarily after profit (in the logical progress. It’s because Mackey accepts an broad sense that they are pursu I agree with Mackey on these erroneous view of self–interest. If ing their self–interests), and that points, and I think even most opwe hold people like Bernie Madoff this is totally compatible with beponents of capitalism agree with or the Enron executives as archeing passionate about one’s work this last point. I also should say types of selfishness, then of course and having a vision. that I like Whole Foods immensely it is evil and wrong. It is moral and just to reap and enjoy buying their products — But observe what this does: We the benefits of one’s efforts and and here I want to set aside the is- group these corrupt, short-sight- judgment in creating wealth. sue of evaluating the business ven- ed, self-destructive individuals Laissez–faire capitalism is the ture and instead focus on Mackey’s with others who are primarily in- system that allows people to political views. terested in promoting their own pursue their rational self–inter Mackey believes that we should lives but do so in a rational, proest free from the coercive force all recognize that business is ofductive and honest way — peoof government regulations and ten not only, or even primarily, ple such as Henry Ford or Steve wealth-redistribution, and this is about maximizing profit. Instead, Jobs, who pursue their own prof- why it is the ideal system. Mackey argues that most busiit by providing others with values nesses start with a purpose or vithrough mutual gain. When TRISTAN DE LIEGE is not busy shopping at sion, such as providing people Clearly, there is an enormous Whole Foods, he can be reached at tflenaerts@ with healthy organic foods or mak- difference between these exam-

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which they are entitled and that their lab mates receive. As a result, some have been forced to pay up to $1,200 a month for health insurance, and many simply go without or enroll in inferior plans they must pay for themselves. Some are covering small children or pregnant spouses, and they are all being put in an unfair, dangerous and extremely difficult position by UC. For example, one UC Berkeley postdoc was told she would have to pay the full price of the plan herself — more than $400 per month — although all her colleagues in her department pay less than $10 per month to be covered by the same plan. She was not able to afford the high cost, so, with UC’s knowledge, was sold an inferior high-deductible plan by UC’s health insurance broker. Since then she has paid nearly $1,000 out of pocket for doctor visits and premiums. Another UC postdoc came to the U.S. and was told he was on his own. Because as an individual he doesn’t have the purchasing power that large employers like the UC have, he was quoted over $1,000 a month for a similar plan the UC can buy for $400 a month. Postdocs work very tough hours and salaries start at less than $3,300 per month before taxes. $1,000 a month for health insurance just isn’t possible for them — which is why our union fought for access to affordable health care in our employment contract. UC’s



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According to Tom Kaiser, Executive Assistant Dean of Administration in the College of Agricultural and Environmental sciences, the state general funding budget for the textiles and clothing department this year is $889,035. The college of agricultural and environmental sciences received $78,867,151 in state budget funding this year with a $1,720,000 reduction. As of now, the Textiles and Clothing division is not in immediate danger of being shut down. “At Friday’s Undergraduate Council meeting, we considered and rejected a proposal to suspend admissions to the major. We did the same thing last year, at which time we called for an expedited review of Textiles and Clothing,” said Matthew Traxler, Undergraduate Council chair, in an email interview. “Currently, there is no plan to either close the major to new students or to shut it down.” If a proposal to close the majors altogether is ever suggested in the future, the process for closure will still not be simple. “The formal process makes it possible to disestablish a major, but not without broad consultation and agreement or without careful planning so as to minimize the negative impact on current students, staff and faculty that could otherwise accompany a closure,” said Bruno Nachtergaele, Academic Senate chair, in an email interview. “A lot of thought, effort and resources go into creating and running a major. We cannot be cavalier about the process to disestablish one.”

Cont. from front page where better than at UC Davis?” The range of topics covered in the program also allows for research to be conducted on an international level. The program is part of the National Textile Center, which is a federally funded university-research and graduate-education consortium. “We have conducted research that has benefited hospitals, firefighters and fire safety; agricultural workers including pesticide applicators and customs workers, and as such have contributed to the public good on a state, national and global level,” Bennett said. This is the second year in a row that the Textiles and Clothing division has been selected by the Undergraduate Council to possibly have its admissions suspended. Concerns about the program brought to light in 2009 included the division’s small size and small number of faculty, as some were worried it would not be sustainable at UC Davis. Similar concerns about fewer amounts of students and faculty as well as lack of adequate lab space in a time when resources are limited were echoed by the UPR in 2012, sparking a motion to suspend new admissions to both majors in the Textiles and Clothing program. “Funding is complicated with different types of money coming in at different times,” said department chair Margaret Rucker in an email interview. “Funding has been very much reduced lately due to the financial difficulties being experi- LAUREN MASCARENHAS can be reached at enced here in California.”

BEER Cont. from font page while Sudwerk will be offering its selfbrewed soured doppel bock, aged in French oak for over a year. Sudwerk, which has been part of the Davis microbrewery scene for almost 24 years, was a key incentive for organizers to broaden the scope of Sacramento Beer Week. “Our brewery has been around for a lot longer than some of the Sacramento breweries, so it’s nice to include that aspect of history,” said Mark Gojkovich, general manager of the restaurant. “The best thing that I like to get out of it is to encourage people to try new things and to try our produce if they’ve never ventured into a microbrewery before.” Scott said he believes that by hosting these sorts of events, local businesses can enjoy the economic benefits fomented by an increased interest in beer throughout the course of the week. “I love running this event and working with hundreds of local busi-

HARMONY Cont. from front page solar panels — key contributors to its low price of housing — located on top of the roofs of the buildings. The panels produce 79 percent of overall energy consumption. In addition, the complex is a green community with low-water landscaping because of the solar power that generates 75 percent of energy needs and electricity use. “This saves the cost of energy since many living there have limited means to cover expenses,” said Vanessa Guerra, project manager at California Mutual Housing Association. The pre-development started in 2009 by the California Mutual Housing Association. After the City of Davis approved funding, people in the neighborhood grew concerned about building low-income housing, thinking that the people living there would cause more crime, said Rachel Iskow, CEO of the

nesses to create something that is not only special and local but also economically prosperous,” Scott said. “Every bar that I attend during beer week is packed with local beer lovers, enjoying what we have to offer here in the Sacramento area.” While Scott acknowledged the number of events on offer has decreased from previous years, he felt this facilitates a higher-caliber event. “The events are better quality. I’m all for having better, rather than more, events. In that sense I think it’s hugely successful. I’m really happy with the line-up we have this year,” Scott said. Sacramento Beer Week will culminate with the Capital Beerfest this Saturday, which will feature up to 100 different breweries showcasing the best Northern California has to offer. The festival will also encapsulate the importance of local agriculture, an element which Scott believes is the secret to Northern California’s success in the brewing industry. “We’re taking the Capital Beerfest to another level, and we’ll be show-

casing the best of Sacramento-area breweries,” Scott said. “It’s all part of the whole Farm-to-Fork movement that Sacramento has embraced to honor our local agriculture and our local food and beverage producers.” While encouraging punters and aficionados to take full advantage of the wide variety of beverages available, Scott also stressed the importance of doing so responsibly. “We here at the Sacramento Beer Week Organization want people to drink responsibly,” Scott said. Scott said he also felt that the onus was partly on the organization to encourage responsible consumption. “While I think the craft beer community is ahead of the curve as far as understanding how to drink safely and how to be responsible with the bounty that you’re presented with at a festival like this, as organizers, we still have a responsibility to provide the safest possible environment for our guests,” he said.

California Mutual Housing Association. Iskow said neighbors also expressed concerns about the location of New Harmony. Some believed the housing association is located too close to the freeway where there is particulate matter, which can be harmful to kids with asthma. “Some pre-development concerns were dealt with by having studies done on the prevailing winds in that part of Davis, which were actually found to be cleaner on that side of the freeway,” Iskow said. “Also, a police chief came to a council meeting and said that the affordable housing development is not the typical cause of disturbances, but that student housing is the usual cause.” California Mutual Housing Association was able to get the Davis City Council vote to move forward, and since construction started, there have been fewer concerns voiced. New Harmony apartments are primarily home to working families who work in Davis but cannot afford to

live in the Davis community. “I support the introduction of these complexes as there really is no denying that we need more affordable housing. The project was done in a manner that embodies Davis values and is respectful to the surrounding neighborhoods, so I see no compelling reason not to have them there,” said Cameron Smith, a third-year business major at Sacramento City College and Davis resident, in an email. New Harmony is now fairly accepted in the community and is helping low-income Davis worker, according to Iskow. “New Harmony helps get people out of their cars and reduces the commuting of Davis workers that live outside of Davis. Hopefully, now people [in the City of Davis] will drop their concerns,” Iskow said. “New Harmony is high quality housing. The people living there are just like them, working in schools and theaters.”

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Aggie Digest Aggies finish 10th at UC Irvine Invite At the UC Irvine Invitational women’s water polo tournament, which featured a field of entirely top-20 teams, the Aggie women placed 10th. On the first day of action, 14thranked UC Davis defeated 17th-ranked UC San Diego 13-12 and fell to the Anteaters. On the second day of action, the Aggies defeated the Gauchos, but lost to Loyola Marymount. With that, the Aggies even their record at 7-7. Senior Kathryn Bailey scored just 14 seconds into the match against UCSD, her third goal of the day, for her first career hat trick. Junior center Hannah Curran netted a career-high six goals in the thriller against the Triton. She scored two of the Aggies’ five goals in the first quarter, as well as two more in the fourth quarter. UC Davis pulled away to an 8-5 lead midway into the second quarter before the Tritons fired two goals to tie the game. Melissa Bartow briefly gave UCSD a 9-8 lead in the final regulation period before Curran came back to tie the game. The two teams remained scoreless for the remainder of the period. In the first overtime, Curran hit her sixth goal of the game to tie the game at 12-12. Sophomore Keelia Houston attempted to end the game, but was unable to connect on two shots in the final 26 seconds, forcing the sudden victory period. Curran had a phenomenal game that night. She had one of the Aggies’ four scores in the afternoon loss to the Anteaters. UCI built a 3-0 lead on two goals by Katie Croghan, then pulled ahead 6-1 by the end of the first quarter. Curran scored in the first quarter to give the Aggies some momentum. Later on, Jessica Dunn, Carmen Eggert and Hannah Breen scored. Jillian Wilding tallied five saves against the Anteaters. On the second day of action, the Aggies competed at Corona Del Mar High School. The Aggies squared off against 13th-ranked UC Santa Barbara and 16th-ranked Loyola Marymount. Dunn and Eggert each scored three goals in the win over the Gauchos, as did Curran. Ending her weekend on a high note, Curran achieved a team-high 10 goals over the course of the games. Sophomore Elsie Fullerton chipped in two goals and senior Danelle Kenny and freshman Courtney Weddle each added one. UC Davis held a 5-4 lead through the first quarter and piled up six goals in the second half to come away with the win. Wilding recorded six saves in the opener. The Aggies defeated the Gauchos 13-7. The match against Loyola Marymount was starkly different as both teams matched up with each other goalfor-goal continuously. Fullerton and Eggert each scored two goals while Dunn netted the fifth. Freshman Haley Cameron, who earned her first collegiate start, finished with six goals. Eggert was selected as the Big West Conference Player of the Week. This marks her fifth award and her first in 2013. UC Davis returns home to host the two-day Aggie Shootout this weekend. The Aggies will face Concordia, Santa Clara and Colorado State on Saturday. — Veena Bansal

Aggies lose multiple nail biters, come home with two impressive wins Justine Vela puts on a show with two complete game shutouts

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Sophomore Justine Vela, seen in this file photo, threw two shutout games.

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The central theme of the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Clearwater, Fla. proved to be “heartbreak” for the Aggies, as three out of the four losses could have just as easily gone in their favor. The weekend as a whole followed the same pattern, resulting in the addition of two more tragic losses to the Aggies’ record. Despite the losses, sophomore Justine Vela assumed position as the team’s leader for the weekend, posting two complete game shutouts which served as the team’s two sole wins. Although the weekend proved to be grueling, the Aggies exited the tournament with more experience under their belts, and an overall record of 7-9. Friday — UC Davis 7, Southern Illinois 8; UC Davis 3, James Madison 4 (8 innings) To kick off play at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, the Aggies’ (5-5) first matchup of the tournament pitted them against the Southern Illinois Salukis (4-6). The Aggies took the early lead in the first and added another two runs in the third to increase their lead to 4-0. The offensive streak was highlighted by senior Kelly Schulze’s addition of another RBI to her resume after doubling to score sophomore Krista Bava from second. Going into the final inning, the Aggies trailed by two with the heart of their lineup coming up to bat. After seniors Megan Guzman and JJ Wagoner put themselves into scoring position, freshman Christa Castello came up with a clutch double to score both and tie the game at seven apiece going into the bottom of the seventh. With the bases loaded and two outs away from victory for the Aggies, the Salukis managed to steal the win away with an RBI single which sealed the final score at 8-7. The heartbreaker moved the Aggies’ overall record of 5-6, while the Salukis improved theirs to 5-6 as well. Immediately following the culmination of the agonizing defeat in their first matchup, the Aggies then set their sights on the next challenging opponent ahead, James Madison (5-1). The first inning proved to be strong all-around for the Aggies, as freshman Leah Munden posted a one-two-three top of the inning to set the stage for the Aggies’ first run in the bottom of the inning. Neither team posted another run until the fourth inning when the Aggies added another two runs off junior Chandler Wagner’s double to increase their lead to 3-0. Once again, the score remained stagnant until an inning later in the sixth when James Madison’s offense caught fire, exiting the inning after adding three runs to level the score at three all. With two outs and two on in the bottom of the seventh, the Aggies were unable to capitalize in scoring position, sending the game into ex-

tra innings. Stranding 11 runners on base throughout the course of the game, the Aggies were unable to capitalize with key opportunities, picking up their second heartbreaking loss of the tournament to make their record 5-7. Saturday — UC Davis 0, Michigan 6; UC Davis 1, USF 0 Kicking off the second day of play for the tournament, the Aggies’ first game of the day pitted them against the 15th-ranked Michigan Wolverines (8-2). The Wolverines came out gunsblazing, scoring three in the first with the help of an error and timely offense. In the second, Thweatt was replaced by Vela after walking the leadoff batter. Despite loading the bases, Vela allowed only one unearned run after a ground-out RBI. In the third, Vela was replaced by freshman Marissa Chapa, who occupied the pitcher’s circle for the rest of the game. After scoreless third, fourth and fifth innings which showcased stellar pitching from both teams, the Wolverines struck again in the sixth, increasing their lead to 6-0 after two hits and an error. In the end, the Aggies added another loss to their record (5-8) with the 0-6 defeat, while the Wolverines’ record skyrocketed to 9-2 Despite the loss, Chapa’s brilliance proved to be a force for the Aggies, as she gave up only one earned run and one walk through five innings. After losing to their first nationally ranked opponent of the day, the Aggies transitioned from the loss to prepare themselves for their second top-20 team, the 14th-ranked USF Bulls (6-6). The Aggies placed Vela on the mound in the hopes of relying on her experience and command to bolster the squad for the challenging task ahead of them. Vela proved to have total command over her pitches, opening the game by striking out all three leadoff batters swinging to give her team the upper hand early. Into the second, the Vela show continued to dominate the game, striking out another two to increase her total to five through two innings. With the first two innings proving to be a pitcher’s duel — only one hit recorded between both teams in the first two innings — the third featured the first sign of wavering for Vela as she gave up two hits, resulting in a close play at home which very nearly produced a run for the Bulls. The bottom of the third inning proved to be the offensive highlight of the game, as it featured the first and only run scored by either team. With Castello on second, a double off the bat of Wagner proved to be the only run necessary to seal the deal in a 1-0 upset against USF. Vela’s performance proved to be the focal point in the Aggies’ match-up against the Bulls, as she struck out 12 in her first complete game shutout of the season. What was even more miraculous was the

fact that the Aggies (6-8) were able to come away with the win having only posted two hits in comparison to the Bulls’ six. Sunday — UC Davis 1, Illinois State 2 (8 innings); UC Davis 2, Fordham 0 On the final day of play, the Aggies’ first matchup scheduled them to take on a tough Illinois State team (6-8). In the first inning, UC Davis drew first blood, posting their first and only run off of an RBI single by Bava. However, in the bottom of the third, the Redbirds tied the game at one apiece after a leadoff double, followed by a triple. After the third, both the Aggies and Redbirds were unable to fire up their offenses, holding the score at 1-1 through the seventh to push the game into extra innings. An unsatisfactory close to a closefought battle came in the bottom of the eighth when the Redbirds’ runner on second moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, only to score on the next at-bat on a wild pitch. The Redbirds claimed the 2-1 victory, adding yet another heartbreaking loss to the Aggies’ list for the weekend. With the loss, the Aggies’ overall record moved to 6-9, while the Redbirds’ became 7-8. To close out the weekend of play on a high note, the Aggies looked to their final matchup against the Fordham Rams (4-5) with hopes of redemption from the multiple intense losses on the tournament. Vela lived up to expectations in the pitcher’s circle, improving on her first complete game shutout from the previous day by allowing only a single hit in her second complete game shutout against the Rams. The Aggies managed to score once in the fifth and again in the sixth off of clutch RBI sacrifice flies to swing the score of 2-0 in their favor. Vela closed out the top of the seventh in fashion by striking out two to secure the win for the Aggies. Vela’s brilliant performance not only moved her win-loss ratio to 4-1 on the season, but also picked up the Aggies’ second win of the tournament, moving their overall record to 7-9. Though the weekend featured numerous “down-to-the-wire” losses against challenging opponents, highlighted by two top-20 teams, the weekend proved to be an invaluable learning experience for a young Aggie team. UC Davis’ two recorded wins served not only as morale boosters after multiple heartbreakers, but also highlighted the team’s untapped potential. The upcoming weeks’ schedule continues to provide the Aggies with formidable opponents as the team takes on rival Sacramento State in a double header this Wednesday, while on Saturday the team will travel to Moraga, Calif. to challenge Saint Mary’s in a two-game series on the Gaels’ home turf. ALLI KOPAS can be reached at



Tri-Cooperatives and Domes accepting applications An inside look into low-impact, communal living The Tri Co-ops consist of The Agrarian Effort (pictured), Pierce Co-op and the Davis Student Co-op. Editor’s note: Full disclosure, Elli Pearson is a columnist for The California Aggie and Hilary Knouse writes for the The California Aggie’s food blog.

By NAOMI NISHIHARA Aggie Features Writer

To dorm-room and apartment complex dwellers, the grassy pathways to the Baggins End Domes and the clotheslines hanging across Tri-Cooperative bedrooms seem a remarkable way of life. Both residences are cooperative communities which practice sustainable living. They follow Student Housing’s established practices, and are open to only UC Davis students. The Tri Coops are three on-campus houses across from the Regan Hall Circle which each rents out to 12 to 14 students. The 13 polyurethane-insulated fiberglass Domes are slightly farther from campus, and are home to 26. Both communities are now accepting applications for potential residents with an interest in cooperative and low-impact living. “[Sustainability] is a concept that we’re really trying to work into our daily lives,” said Hillary Knouse, a fourth-year Spanish and education double major and Tri Co-op resident. “Some of the ways we do that are more attractive than others. There are cool things like gardening and getting food from our own gardens, and then there are things like, we don’t typically flush the toilets when there’s only urine in them.” Both the Tri Co-ops and the Domes raise chickens and bees, and Knouse said that many of their sustainable practices are related to cyclical concepts — like using compost and the nitrogen in the chicken’s feces to fertilize the gardens. Elli Pearson, a third-year sustainable agriculture and food systems major and resident Domie, however, pointed out that the definition of sustainable living varies from person to person. “One thing that I can say across the board is that people here are very dedicated to eating nonprocessed foods. Nothing is a rule, but our dinners are always very healthy and always homecooked,” Pearson said. “We like to grow as much food as we can, and people are interested in fermentation and baking their own bread. There’s a very distinct food culture here.” According to Katherine Kerlin, public information representative from the UC Davis News Service, low-impact living is not the only prominent aspect of life in the Tri Co-ops and Domes. “The Tri Co-ops look for students who will agree to live in a cooperative environment, [this involves] sharing chores for household duties, gardening and sharing meals,” Kerlin said. Tri Co-op residents create a list of chores every quarter, covering everything from sweeping and raising the chickens and bees to taking care of finances. “People pick things that they’ve either done before or that they want to learn about,” Knouse said. “That’s one of the really cool things about this community — chores are usually a really cool learning opportunity.” One chore that every Tri Co-op student handles is cooking. Cooking in each house is handled by two people each night. “It’s a lot like having a family dinner,” Knouse said. “Every day at 7 p.m., I know there’s going to be dinner.” Like the family dinners, day-to-day living at the Tri Co-ops is highly social with a lot of people in relatively close quarters. Knouse said that even with 14 people in the house, it’s easy to just close her door and have some alone time. If she’s feeling social and needs people, however, it’s a simple matter of going downstairs to the kitchen or living room where people are almost always around. Socializing with each other is a large part of community living, according to Knouse, and one way residents encourage bonding is through house trips. “Once a quarter we will decide on a trip. Usually it’s an overnight thing, and over the past years I’ve gone camping in different places like Point Reyes and Sonoma County, and stayed in a hostel in San Francisco,” Knouse said. Like the Tri Co-op residents, the Domies also eat together and throw parties, and many of their

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day-to-day requirements are quite alike. “Similar to the Tri Co-ops, [the Domes] attract students who are interested in living in a cooperative environment,” Kerlin said. According to Pearson, living in the Domes is a pretty significant time commitment with four main responsibilities. “One is that you have a cook night once a week. So four nights a week people will cook dinner, and you’re supposed to cook on one of them,” Pearson said. The other chores include work parties, where all the residents get together and maintain the property, basic chores like collecting rent or caring for chickens, and lastly attending meetings every other week to discuss things like events and parties. Pearson said that the community is a very social place as well. “Dinners are always a social event — friends come over, and also people who are just interested in the community [attend],” Pearson said. Brian Nguyen | Aggie She also stated that there’s a lot of skill-sharing between residents, which can be seen through Residents of the co-op live a communal, sustainable lifestyle. cooking, gardening and building things. “What we’re most interested in is working in the gardens, growing things and doing creative projects,” Pearson said. “And there’s a lot of room within the chores to take on a project that interests you — if you are really excited about beekeeping, that could be your chore.” The main difference between the Tri Co-ops and the Domes seems to be in the property itself, rather than the social and low-impact way of life. While the Tri Co-ops are houses with living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens and approximately eight colorfully decorated bedrooms, the 13 Domes house only two students each. Inside, the white semi-spherical abodes are surprisingly spacious, with a living area and work space on the first floor and a loft up above. In some, the loft is divided into two bedrooms, while other domes have a first floor bedroom and a single-person loft. Though they provide different styles of susBrian Nguyen | Aggie tainable living, both Knouse and Pearson agree that that cooperative living is far more social and The Tri Co-ops are located on campus, near the Segundo Residence Halls. interactive than typical apartment lifestyles. “One of my friends moved in with me after living in an apartment — she felt like she never saw her roommates,” Knouse said. Pearson also lived in an apartment for a year, and though she was close to her roommates, she said it was still too isolated of an experience. “I didn’t know the names of the people who lived next to me, above me or below me. There’s no sort of interaction that occurs there,” Pearson said. Knouse and Pearson also agree that the social aspects are their respective communities’ highest benefits. “I think that living here, I’ve identified how to cohabitate — how to live alongside other people and get used to all their ticks,” Knouse said. “I’ve learned how to work with other people and not take things too personally.” Pearson also maintained that living cooperatively teaches communication skills, which are invaluable in and beyond college life. “I think a majority of problems stem from miscommunication, and living here you learn how to Anna Oh | Aggie communicate in a really productive, experiential A sign welcomes visitors to The Domes. way,” Pearson said. The Tri Co-ops are currently accepting applications for this coming spring and both locations are accepting applications for next fall. “The most important thing for [the Tri Co-ops] is that we get to know our applicants,” Knouse said. “There’s a requirement of coming over for two dinners and a garden party. Applicants come by and we see A) do we get along with you and B) is this a community that you’re interested in?” Knouse stated that this is important, since not everyone is cut out to live with 13 other people and urine in the toilet. According to Pearson, the Domes are looking for people who can commit to a long-term residence, as a lot of knowledge needs to get passed over when students leave. For further information on the how to live in the tri-co-ops for the upcoming year, visit or call 530-754-1310. NAOMI NISHIHARA can be reached at features@

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Each dome has a work and living space on the ground floor and a loft above.

February 26, 2013  

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