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Sexual assault in South Davis At around 10 p.m. on Friday, a sexual assault took place in South Davis, according to the Davis Police Department. A man grabbed the 17-year-old female victim from behind, who was walking west on Cowell Boulevard near Koso Street. A struggle ensued as the suspect grabbed the victim’s shirt and buttocks. The victim screamed and fought back, forcing the suspect to flee. The victim’s mother sent a message about the
incident to The Aggie via Facebook. “It is important to inform women in Davis that there is a predator out there and to make sure they do NOT walk alone, not even for just a few blocks, like my daughter,” she said. The suspect is described as a Latino male, 25 to 35 years old, about 5’10” tall, stocky and with black buzzed hair. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and unknown colored pants. — Claire Tan
Armed robbery chase ends in arrests at UC Davis On Friday at around 2:15 a.m., the Davis Police received a call about an armed robbery at Fifth and L streets. Police determined the suspect had displayed a handgun to two victims. The suspect took the victims’ property and fled in a vehicle. The victims obtained a description and partial license plate of the vehicle. At around 2:40 a.m., the Davis Police noticed a matching vehicle going westbound on I-80 from Mace Boulevard. The police attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver did not stop, leading the police on a chase through the UC Davis campus. The driver stopped at the 200 block of A Street and a male passenger fled from the vehicle. Officers took the driver, 25-yearold Sunnie Robertson of Woodland, into custody. The UC Davis Police and a CHP helicopter as-
sisted the Davis Police in the search for the male passenger. An officer spotted a male riding a bicycle in the area and attempted to stop him. The male biked away and was able to temporarily evade officers. Officers eventually spotted the suspect and chased him on foot. A Davis Police K9 officer and his partner apprehended the suspect, 27-year-old Brian McDonald of Woodland, near the Social Sciences and Humanities building on campus. The Davis Police press release said Robertson was booked at Yolo County Jail for robbery, felony, evasion of a peace officer and committing a felony while on bail. McDonald was booked at Yolo County Jail for robbery, felony evasion of a peace officer and resisting arrest. — Claire Tan
Community samples pig-themed food, activities By MELISSA GAHERTY Aggie News Writer
It was pig perfect on Saturday. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Davis Farmers Market at Central Park hosted the 22nd annual Pig Day. “The event is all pig-themed with pig crafts and food. Free kids crafts tables are held by volunteers from Davis Parent Nursery School, University Covenant Nursery School, Davis Community Church Nursery School and UC Davis [Rotaract] Club,” said Shelly Keller, market manager and executive director for the Davis Farmers Market. “They help kids make pig puppets, pig tails, pig masks and pig noses.” The food is also pig-related, ranging from pig cupcakes to pig popsicles to pigs in a blanket to pork ribs, provided by various Davis restaurants. “The food and pigs attract everyone so it’s really an event for the whole family. People are dying to get out by this time of year since the weather is now so nice,” Keller said. The pigs have been provided by Woodland pig farmer Jim Neilson for 20 years. Neilson started being a pig farmer because his sons raised three pigs for a project and sold one. Neilson took the other two and began breeding them. His grandfather was a pig farmer as well and used the unique tactic of rounding up pigs by horseback. “It’s an amazing experience [volunteering for Pig Day] since many kids and even adults never get a chance to see and touch pigs. The adults get just as excited as the kids,” Neilson said. Second-grade teachers at Davis public schools and a researcher from Berkeley dressed as the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf, dancing around and entertaining the Davis community. “We look forward to Pig Day every year. Elise loves the piggy pops and dressing up, and Jack loves the wolf,” said Melissa Bauman, mother of two children — 7-year-old Elise and 3-year-old Jack. Some individuals were also celebrating their first Pig Day. “This is our first Pig Day and it’s great fun. There’s a lot of community spirit,” said Nigel Brown, who recently moved to Davis from London, England with his two kids. MELISSA GAHERTY can be reached at email@example.com.
the Capitol from 11 a.m. to noon. After the rally, some students will attend scheduled meetings with legislators to discuss tuition, budget cuts and higher education. — Becky Peterson
Measure I election tomorrow Ballots for the singleitem Measure I election must be turned in by tomorrow, March 5, at 8 p.m. If approved, Measure I will impose an ordinance on the City of Davis to move forward with the DavisWoodland Water Supply Project. According to the Yolo Elections voter guide, the project would provide 12 million gallons of water a day to residents of Davis. This would be surface water sourced from the Sacramento River. Presently, Davis relies only on groundwater wells.
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Total construction costs for the City of Davis are estimated to be under $120 million and will require a water rate increase to Davis water customers, the guide says. The water rate increase is unknown, though a rate calculator can be found at water.cityofdavis.org. Though it is too late to register for the election, voters who haven’t mailed in their ballots can drop off completed ballots at the Mary L. Stephens Branch Library at 315 E. 14th St. — Becky Peterson
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Woodland pig farmer Jim Neilson provided pigs for people to play with at the 22nd annual Pig Day on Saturday.
Multicultural Community Council holds Muslim, Sikh forum
Students march on capitol today Student advocates from across California are rallying in Sacramento today as part of the annual March for Higher Education. The march begins at 10 a.m. at Raley Field, leading to a rally at the 10th Street-facing steps of
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Yolo County’s Multicultural Community Council (MCC) held a forum on Muslims and Sikhs on Thursday — the first in a series of public forums aimed to foster understanding and appreciation of local cultures. The forum was held at Woodland Community College from 7 to 8:30 p.m. National President of the American Muslim Voice Foundation Khalid Saeed spoke on behalf of the Muslim community, while Winty Singh and Harjit Kaur Grewal spoke on behalf of the Sikh Coalition about the Sikh community. “The primary thing we hope to accomplish in these type of forums is to continue to enhance inclusion and understanding of differences in Yolo County,” Saeed said. “Having a forum like the Muslim and Sikh one is a way to show that diversity and also to share the things we have in common that will bring us together.” Saeed said he sought to clear misconceptions and misinformation about Muslims and the Islamic faith, referencing the Quran and stating that Islam is a religion of peace. Additionally, he discussed the rise of Islamophobia in America, using a report released by the Center for American Progress called “Fear Inc.: The Roots Of Forecast
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the Islamophobia Network In America.” The report found that $42 million from seven foundations has helped to fuel the rise of Islamophobia in America over the last 10 years. Singh and Grewal spoke about the Sikh community and provided a history of the Sikh faith. They discussed their beliefs and practices as well as issues Sikh Americans have faced in relation to hate crimes, discrimination, school bullying and racial profiling. “As volunteer advocates with the Sikh Coalition, it is very important to us that we engage with our local community to help raise awareness about Sikh Americans, their contributions to our community and to dispel any myths and ignorance that exist, particularly given the recent hate crimes that we have seen directed at Sikhs across the country,” Singh said. The MCC was created by Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig and MCC chairperson Dr. Jesse Ortiz, a professor at Woodland Community College. The council is composed of a diverse group of individuals throughout Yolo County. The group also acts as an advisory committee to the DA. “[California is] approximately 60 percent non-white and the growing need to understand and accept cultural differences is past due. In Yolo County, people of color are underrepresented in almost all positions
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of influence — in particular, within the political process,” Ortiz said. “These forums, we hope, will help in understanding the need for better inclusion for people of all backgrounds. If the forum on Thursday night changed one person's negative stereotype toward Muslim or Sikhs, I consider it a success.” There were about 100 people at the event Thursday, including several teachers, college administrators, students and community leaders. A few notable people were Yolo County Sheriff Ed Perito; Woodland Chief of Police Dan Belline; Chiefs of Police from Davis, Winters and West Sacramento and District Attorney of Yolo County Jeff Reisig. The next forum will be on May 16 and participants will discuss the American Indian community in Yolo County. Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven said he hopes events such as the forums which bring people together would help foster understanding and tolerance. “Regarding [Thursday’s] forum, we have a mosque in Woodland, a thriving Muslim community in Davis and one of the largest Sikh temples in Northern California in West Sacramento,” Raven said. “Like most communities, at times, there is a lack of understanding and tolerance for others.” PAAYAL ZAVERI can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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TUESDAY Professional Education Showcase Noon to 1 p.m. UC Davis Galleria Learn how professional education opportunities in 18 growing industries, including project management, green building and health informatics, can advance your career. Free parking will be provided.
Nina Amir and Chris Higgins Panel 4 to 6 p.m. 126 Voorhies The University Writing Program is proud to welcome Nina Amir and Chris Higgins for a panel on blogging, as part of its Conversations with Writers series. Nina Amir is an editor, author and life-coach. She’ll be discussing How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time. Chris Higgins, best known for his work Mental Floss and This American Life, will discuss The Blogger Abides: A Practical Guide to Writing Well and Not Starving.
WEDNESDAY (Un)heard: Transmasculine People of Color Speak! 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. LGBT Resource Center The UC Davis LGBT Resource Center will host an audiovisual installation featuring photographs and stories of transmasculine people of color. From 6 to 7:30 p.m., there will be a special talk by the co-artist and creator, Asher Kolieboi. The event is free and open to the public.
THURSDAY Contested Politics of Knowledge in the Public University 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student Community Center, Multi-purpose room Come for a symposium that invites leaders at the forefront of engaged scholarship to provoke a critical conversation about the prospects of the transformation of the public university through engaged scholarship, which seeks to build and apply knowledge in ways that both inform social change and reflect critically on the politics of knowledge itself.
Idea Fair 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 1127 Kemper Join the Computer Science Club for an opportunity to get together and brainstorm with people of different skill sets and experiences. Learn about project management and team building and join an idea/project/app/game spawned by fellow students. You do not need extensive coding skills to join this event.
FRIDAY New Directions in Medieval European and Islamic Art 2 to 4:30 p.m. 101 Wright Hall
The ways in which we understand and interpret art and architecture made during the Middle Ages (ca. 300-1500 A.D.) have changed significantly over the past two decades as new methodologies have come into use and new archival information has been brought to light. Join scholars from institutions across Northern California, all of whom received their Ph.D.s within the past ten years, as they offer innovative perspectives on buildings and artworks from throughout medieval Europe and the Islamic world.
SATURDAY 4th Annual Art of Painting Conference 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. John Natsoulas Gallery The Art of Painting in the 21st Century is an annual conference geared toward nurturing dialog on contemporary painting and the shared ideas that define current trends in the field. Many painters work alone, an isolated process that deprives the artist of thriving debate until the work is shown. The conference provides a unique venue for artists to participate in panel discussions and breakout groups and attend lectures by some of the most exciting visionaries in the field, including Glenn Brill, Kelly Detweiler, F. Scott Hess and John Seed. Five downtown Davis student exhibitions, curated by the instructors of Northern California universities and colleges, are meant to encourage youth participation and community involvement.
SUNDAY Sixth Annual Dog n’ Jog 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Davis Arboretum Join the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine for the Sixth Annual Dog n’ Jog race. Fitness-minded dogs and their twolegged running buddies will team up for a 3K, 5K or 10K run through the beautiful Davis Arboretum. Register today at sites. google.com/site/dognjog2013/. For more information contact dog.n.jog@gmail. com.
The Myth of American Innocence: A Conversation with Barry Spector 3 to 4 p.m. Davis Public Library Join author Barry Spector as he talks about his book, Madness at the Gates of the City: the Myth of American Innocence. Spector looks at America through the lenses of Greek mythology, indigenous wisdom and archetypal psychology and traces the big stories by which we define ourselves as Americans back to our roots in the earliest days of the colonies, all the way to the social, political and economic crises we’re struggling with today. Find more information on the book at madnessatthegates.com. To receive placement in the AGGIE DAILY CALENDAR, email dailycal@theaggie. org or stop by 25 Lower Freeborn by noon the day prior to your event. Due to space constraints, all event descriptions are subject to editing and priority will be given to events that are free of charge and geared toward the campus community.
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administration, working together with a common goal. Though it receives very little funding from the university and relies heavily on donations, ME/SA continues to bring valuable educational opportunities to students. Just this past quarter, the program brought many fascinating lecturers to campus, including Moroccan Prince Moulay Hicham Ben Abdallah, who spoke about the third year of the Arab Spring.
Upcoming events include a seminar this Friday with guest speaker Ali Yaycioglu on “Wealth, Power and Death in the Ottoman World.” It will be held at noon in 1246 Social Science and Humanities. “[The lectures] are meant for the community and students, so everyone is welcome,” Mann said. “It’s always free and we always have food.”
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in his wretched navigation through power play after power play is one that Michael would seem, to the auFiglock dience, to be something Geekly done only in the better inWeekly terest of all Americans, regardless of party lines. “House of Cards” portrays many of the politicians on Capitol Hill as lazy, selfish, sluggish characters who only seek to gain control of their political environments for he director of Fight Club, David Fincher, the sake of drugs, women, fame and monteamed up with ey. Frank cares little for the actor Kevin Spacey these things — his eyes to bring you Netflix’s first remain eternally fixed original series, “House of on the prize, so to speak. Cards.” The upper echI say through grinning elons of America’s fedlips that Frank is a dark eral government serve knight, like Batman, that as a playground where the American government Spacey’s character, Frank would seem to need, but Underwood, casually maalso must disapprove of at neuvers his way to unthe same time. disputed power. The first For Frank Underwood, two episodes which set the media are tools for the tone for the develconvincing people that opment of Frank, an inthey should be working credibly well-connected Democratic congressman, toward a specific end goal in their lives. Americans, were directed by Fincher in “House of Cards,” obhimself. sess over subscribing to a There is a certain level of trail-blazing domina- definite goal or political tion that characterizes the ideology and, as a result, quickly become pawns role of Frank within the American government. Be in Frank’s massive chess game of king building. it closing a shipyard em When serving as the ploying tens of thousands guiding light for much of people for the sake of America, Frank idenof getting the right pertifies the son in the goals of right politBut life is not some epic his audiical office, battle where heroes go to ence, then it would convinces seem as war against villains them that though they share there is no his goals horror too awful in the face of Frank’s and then subtly breaks them down. Frank gradwill. ually and charismatical There is a question in my mind as to the positive ly brings people into his fold with this process that, ends toward which somequite frankly, appears one can actively head much like hypnosis. within their social net When I consider all of works. About a week ago, the terrible things that are I pulled myself away from being done by politicians the glare of my computout there for what they er screen to speak with believe to be the greater one of my friends about good, my mind is drawn her work for Relay for Life to my friend actively fighton the UC Davis campus. ing for change. On April It was refreshing to speak 13 and 14, just blocks with someone who can from where I live, Relay help those around her in for Life, as part of a masways that aren’t exclusivesive, inter-collegiate orgaly sequestering oneself nization called Colleges away with a laptop. Against Cancer, is going The opening scene in to bring about a massive “House of Cards” is of fundraising event, bringFrank leaving his nice, ing in some three to five old-brick townhome thousand people in the in Washington D.C. at ARC Pavilion to combat the sound of his neighcancer. bors’ dog being hit by a It’s easy for me to spend car. Frank, arriving at the all of my time on Netflix scene just moments bewishing that there was fore his neighbors, knows some massively good it would be impossible to deed I could be doing to save the dog’s slipping life bring about good in the and takes matters into his world. But life is not some own hands. To save his epic battle where heroes neighbors the hardship go to war against villains. of watching their dog die, For as tremendous and Frank cleanly breaks the exciting as the battles of dog’s neck. Frank Underwood are, The show compels the there is a lot of really good audience to ask a numwork being done very ber of troubling questions close to where I am right about contemporary unnow. derstandings of free-will
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senate brief ASUCD Senate meetings are scheduled to begin Thursdays at 6:10 p.m. Times listed are according to the clock at the February 28 meeting location, the Memorial Union’s Mee Room. The ASUCD president is not required to attend senate meetings.
Meeting called to order at 6:10 p.m. Rebecca Sterling, ASUCD president, present Yena Bae, ASUCD vice president, present Liam Burke, ASUCD senator, present Armando Figueroa, ASUCD senator, present Maxwell Kappes, ASUCD senator, present Pamela Nonga, ASUCD senator, present Felicia Ong, ASUCD senator, present Alyson Sagala, ASUCD senator, present Amrit Sahota, ASUCD senator, present Miles Thomas, ASUCD senator, present Tal Topf, ASUCD senator, present Reuben Torres, ASUCD senator, present Ryan Wonders, ASUCD senator, present Yee Xiong, ASUCD senator, present
Unit Director Reports Tessa Artale, director of the Campus Center of the Environment, said they will be expanding their zero-waste compostable program. She also said they will have a new website running next week. Karan Singh, director of Lobby Corps, said that the Lobby Corps will be focusing on the issue of student debt this
year and making sure students understand the financial aid process. Janelle Bitker, Editor in Chief of The California Aggie, announced that The Aggie will be switching to a weekly format, publishing on Thursdays, starting Spring Quarter. Lauren Menz, director of University Affairs, is recruiting for new people to be on the academic advising committees. She is also looking for a successor because she will be graduating this June.
Presentations Andrew Kim, representing the Office of Congressman Garamendi, said there will be cuts in supplemental education grants and some work study programs will be cut. He added that undergraduates will not be affected in regards to the Pell Grant. Akshar Gopal of Aggie Pack gave a report on the work they have done in the past year and will do for the remainder of the year. Rebecca Sterling said the ASUCD Jobs Initiative was a success and encouraged those in attendance to visit Education Day in March.
Public Announcements Sergio Cano said the Internal Affairs Commission (IAC) will
be hosting the legislation writing clinic. Figueroa said the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) will be hosting an event called Dreams of Education. Amrit Sahota said the Community Resource Center is currently planning a public event.
Consideration of Old Legislation Senate Bill 48, authored by Eric Renslo, to implement a long-range plan for Lobby Corps was tabled in a 10-1-1 vote. Senate Bill 51, authored by Cano, to revise the long-term KDVS plan, was passed unanimously. Senate Bill 55, authored by Patrick Sheehan, to purchase stickers to advertise the Bait Bike program with $519.13 from Senate Reserves, passed in a 9-3-0 vote. Senate Bill 61, authored by Spencer McManus, to change the amount of people needed to be present to make decisions for the Committee on Committees, passed unanimously.
Meeting Adjourned at 1:44 a.m. Open positions within ASUCD can be found at vacancy. ucdavis.edu. SASHA COTTERELL compiled this Senate brief. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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Six new ASUCD Senators sworn in Thursday Former senators bid table farewell
From left to right: Pamela Nonga, Amrit Sahota, Miles Thomas, Reuben Torres, Ryan Wonders, and Yee Xiong
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During Thursday’s ASUCD Senate meeting, Kabir Kapur, Beatriz Anguiano, Bradley Bottoms, Paul Min and Don Gilbert ended their terms as ASUCD senators. New Winter Quarter 2013 senators Pamela Nonga, Amrit Sahota, Miles Thomas, Reuben Torres, Ryan Wonder and Yee Xiong were sworn in shortly after. Carly Sandstrom and Bradley Bottoms from the NOW slate won the executive ticket and will take office during the last Senate meeting of this quarter. “Winning this election and having the chance to represent my fellow students is extremely humbling. It’s going to be a tough year, but I’m really excited to start my position and make this campus an even better place,” Sandstrom said. The NOW slate garnered 2,989 votes. “We look forward to working closely with all students, everyone within ASUCD and the administration to ensure that our campus grows, even in light of budgetary concerns and open positions throughout the university,” Bottoms said.
ty to this campus in addition to creating a subsection of the Aggie Reuse Store for textbooks. She is the current president of Davis BlackBook and a member of the Davis College Democrats. She also has served as secretary for Black Student Union. “I’m really looking forward to bridging the gaps within ASUCD and the one between the association and the student body. At the end of my term, I want to look back and see that I contributed to forming a more united and stronger campus,” she said. Amrit Sahota, third-year biological sciences major (NOW) Sahota is a winner from the NOW slate. As part of her platform Sahota plans to renovate and expand the interview center at the Internship and Career Center (ICC), as well as raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault. She is currently the Student Manager of the Community Service Resource Center and president of the UC Davis Global Environmental Brigades.
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it’s more popular, but I don’t know where they get their stats from— last time I checked we had twice as many likes on the CoHo page.” There is a long standing practice of one-upping other schools and groups through viral videos. Last year, the UC Davis baseball team released a video of a bus-dancing routine set to LFMAO’s “I’m Sexy and I Know It” in response to the Harvard men’s rowing team’s video bus dance to “Call Me Maybe.” Earlier this year, the UC Davis Dining Commons produced a video to the then-viral “Gangnam Style,” in an effort to throw its hat into the ring. What high-profile viral video competitions lie ahead? In response
mbball Cont. from page 6 defenders and finding the open man.” UC Davis obliterated UC Riverside’s defense in the first half. The Aggies went on a 16-6 run during the first half to give them a 15-point advantage at the break. The game had every chance of turning into a blowout victory for the Ags but the Highlanders hit the court with a new energy after halftime. They were able to put together a run that allowed them to get within reach of the Aggies. Fortunately, UC Davis still had some gas in the tank and they were able to hold off the UC Riverside offense, which scored five of the last seven points to close the game. The game against the
to San Diego State’s men’s basketball team’s video “Montezuma’s 55th,” the UC Davis men’s basketball team recently shot and is planning on releasing their own, similar video with the hope of it going viral. Kristine Craig, a first-year economics and political science double major and UC Davis Dance Team member, expressed excitement for the video’s release. “I think it will definitely be more popular than State’s video,” she said. “It has the potential to go viral because it is a direct response to their video.” The UC Davis men’s basketball video airs on March 7 to coincide with the ESPN televised game against Long Beach to stir up excitement and fan support for the team. “It’s encompassing school spir-
Highlanders was not the best scoring effort of the season, but the Aggies still managed to out-rebound the Highlanders 36-33. UC Davis also blocked five shots, tallied 14 assists and earned a steal during the game. The win over Riverside moved UC Davis to 8-7 in Big West play and helped them maintain the sixth-place ranking. Saturday’s contest against Cal State Fullerton was much more intense. The Aggies welcomed Hawkins back into the lineup and he wasted no time returning to business. In fact, UC Davis seemed utterly unstoppable in the first half. They exploded out of the gate with Hawkins earning 10 points and Adenrele scoring 13. Adenrele only needed a half to earn the fifth double-double of his career and the Aggies entered the locker
BEST slate and is aiming to make ASUCD more accessible for students. He is the Davis Anime Club president, League of Campus Organizations president and founder, and Student Political Action Committee co-president. He also founded the BEST slate. “My first goal in office will be to create greater accessibility to student government, so that all students feel empowered when they enter ASUCD spaces, rather than discouraged or excluded,” he said. Reuben Torres, third-year managerial economics major and Spanish minor (SMART) Torres will work to have tutoring services available for students on weekends, increase Unitrans hours and create a retention fair that is not only for students on academic probation or subject to dismissal, but that all UC Davis students can benefit from. He currently works at the Student Recruitment and Retention Center (SRRC). He also served as the Administrative Director for the African Diaspora component and is an active member of both Mga Kapatid and the Black Student Union. “At first I was very nervous about the whole process but [I’m] very excited [about] how the results came out. I’m re-
it and showing that we have a lot of pride. There’s Band-Uh!, Aggie Pack, Cheer and the dance team, all behind the basketball team in the video, so we are featuring different types of student life. I’m really excited for it to come out.” Whether for notoriety, view count or to express dominance, competitive or recreational remakes of viral videos is a trend that doesn’t seem to be dying out fast, even if the specific crazes themselves do. “There are new memes coming out all the time, and most of them are dead within a week,” Murza said. “Everyone that I talked to about the Harlem Shake said it was so much fun to participate in, and we got nothing but positive feedback. So yes, I’d definitely participate in making another video.” HANNAH KRAMER can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
room with a 40-28 lead. Cal State Fullerton’s senior night was headed toward disaster until the Titan senior Kwame Vaughn found his stride in the second half. Suddenly, the Aggies’ lead was gone and it was a tie game with eight minutes left to play. It was a true back-and-forth for the remainder of the game. There were 17 lead changes in the game, and it seemed like the last team to have possession would win the game. The Titans also adopted an interesting offensive style to close the game. They posted their point guard at the three-spot and he would stand there dribbling for the majority of the possession. With a few seconds left on the shot clock, they would try to punch the ball to Vaughn and let him take a stab at a fadeaway jumper. Unfortunately, it did not work
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ally excited to be able to make changes on my campus and I’m excited to work within ASUCD...,” Torres said. Ryan Wonders, second-year political science and international relations double major (NOW) Wonders plans to initiate a pre-finals week Wellness Fair on the Quad and expand Unitrans night and weekend hours. He currently works as an Aggie Host security officer and was an intern for former ASUCD Senator Bradley Bottoms. Yee Xiong, third-year Asian American Studies and design double major (SMART) Xiong wants to extend the hours for study areas such as the ARC and SCC and make course evaluations available on Sisweb. She said this would make them accessible for all students when registering for classes and help instructors know students’ opinions regarding the course. Xiong currently works at the Student Recruitment and Retention Center and is an active member of the Hmong Student Union and Southeast Asians Furthering Education. SASHA COTTERELL can be reached at email@example.com. LILIANA NAVA OCHOA contributed to this article.
display allowed the 49ers to take the lead early in the second half. From this point, the Aggies would not lead again. LBSU was solid down the stretch, hitting big shots and crucial free throws to slow down any attempt by UC Davis to create a comeback. The 49ers had a very balanced attack with four players scoring 10 points or more. The Aggies were led by Sydnee Fipps who had 17 points, a product of shooting 5-12. The Aggies’ final game of the regular season is against Pacific, this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Pavilion.
Cont. from page 6 Saturday — UC Davis 54, Long Beach State 66 The Aggies’ second-half shooting slump really hurt them against Long Beach State. The Aggies shot a respectable 39.3 percent from the field in the first half, including an impressive 44.4 percent from beyond the three-point line. This hot start allowed them to carry a 37-34 lead into halftime. However, as the second half rolled around, the Aggies just could not buy a basket, shooting 19.2 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from beyond the KENNETH LING can be reached at sports@ arc. This tough shooting theaggie.org.
out for them. With 7.1 seconds left in the game, the Titans were trailing by one and had every chance to make the final field goal and pull away with the win. The Titans’ Jared Brandon decided to drive the ball to the basket to make the buzzer-beating layup but UC Davis junior Josh Ritchart drew a charge and the points were negated due to the offensive charge. In addition to preventing a Fullerton victory, the charge gave UC Davis the ball to finish the game. The Titans dragged the game along, trying to get chances at another possession by fouling the Aggies, but UC Davis’ shooters were sharp from the free-throw line and in the end the Titans had to settle for a 71-68 loss at home. The game tested the mettle of the Aggies’ defense and they withstood the challenge. It was anoth-
er big road win for UC Davis and it advanced them to 9-7 in conference play. UC Davis fans can forget the nightmares of last year’s 3-13 season. This team is headed to the conference tournament, and they certainly have the talent to win. “I could not be more proud of these guys for gutting one out. At the eight-minute mark it was a tie game, everyone stepped up and dug deep to make plays,” Les said. “To make this kind of surge [toward] the end of the game, this team is growing up before our eyes.” The Aggies’ next game is against Long Beach State at home this Thursday. The 8 p.m. contest will be nationally televised on ESPN2 and fans are encouraged to come show their support. KIM CARR can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Domestic violence: a silent crime on college campuses By Taylor Pettaway
The Rocky Mountain Collegian (Colorado State University)
When it comes to domestic violence, numbers can be deceiving. According to Sgt. Lonnie Chavez of the Grand Junction Police Department, domestic violence cases do not paint an accurate picture by themselves because the incidents are not crimes -- they are crime enhancers. The term refers to a domestic violence charge that can only be attached to another crime, such as battery, assault or stalking. In addition, many domestic violence cases go unreported. “Seven out of 10 [people abused] will say that nothing happened, that it was just an argument,” Chavez said. “It makes it difficult because we can’t do anything and we know it is happening, but there is nothing we can do [if they don’t report it].” According to law enforcement and academic officials, the statistics fluctuate according to the size of the university. “Domestic violence is in every ethnic, socio-economic background,” said Fort Collins District Attorney Emily Humphrey. “It doesn’t matter if you are educated or a male or female, domestic violence has been around.” “People don’t think that the crime can happen, but it does. It happens all the way up: race, age, education,” Humphrey said. “Whatever work you do, whether you work a six figure job or work minimum wage, domestic violence doesn’t care.” That includes students. “I see a lot [of campus domestic violence cases]. That doesn’t mean it’s happening any more than anywhere else. It’s kind of a silent thing,” said Casey Malsam, CSU Women and Gender Advocacy Center advocate. “People assume you wouldn’t be dating someone who is violent, so then when you find yourself in that situation it’s hard to be like, ‘this isn’t going well for me.’” For students on campus, observing the signs of domestic violence is difficult because of the oftentimes unnoticeable nature of the crime. “Students are the most at risk for dating violence, because they aren’t experienced to see what red flags there are, and what is dangerous and abusive,” said Linda Johnston, director of the Ending of Violence Against Women Project. “It can be subtle. People think it has to be physical, but it can be verbal - it is just a different form of abuse.”
Because students do not always know what is normal in a relationship, according to Johnston, the offenders can make excuses for the abuse with reasons like love, and often blame the victim for bringing on the abuse. For this reason, many domestic violence crimes do not get reported because the victim will be fearful to report or leave the offender. “Domestic violence is about power and control that a person wants over another person,” Johnston said. “It is difficult to get out of because you don’t know how far the offender will go to punish you for leaving or reporting. Many stay out of fear, and they hope that it will change because it doesn’t often start this way. People don’t want the relationship to end, just the abuse.” Another problem that officials like Malsam see is that society does not always judge domestic violence for what it is. “Our culture is set up so we have different blinders for it. [Watching television] there is violence in all of it, we just don’t watch for it because it seems like that is okay because that is how our society is set up,” Malsam said. “It has just become commonplace. We can watch a show and see domestic violence happening in front of us and not recognize it.” “I think this is a problem everywhere and the fact that we don’t really talk about it,” Malsam said. “It makes it seem like ‘oh there is this one case, how did we not stand up for this before?’ Well it just wasn’t in your viewfinder that particular day. It is there all the time, if you are looking for it.” Examples, she said, take place in Disney movies like Snow White. “We look at Snow White when the prince comes up and kisses her while she is asleep,” Malsam said. “And it’s this big romantic moment, but under the law, that kiss is sexual assault because she wasn’t in capacity to say yes or no. So the prince sexually assaults Snow White but nobody talks about that. So it’s all around us but if we don’t talk about, we don’t see it.” On college campuses, for example, many domestic violence cases that officials see are more nonphysical, like stalking, verbal abuse or electronic abuse. According to Chavez, using electronics like texting and email - creates a problem, because offenders think that it is okay since it is not face to face and people don’t think that it is as threatening via text message. Like electronic abuse, stalking can be an issue with domestic violence, because even
from a distance, the actions are used to control and create fear without violence, Johnston said. “I think we see a lot the mental stuff playing out on campus like the jealousy issues,” Malsam said. “In dating situations, which sometimes jealousy is healthy and normal, and sometimes it crosses a boundary into being over protective, isolating, and manipulative. It is things that make us a little more uncomfortable, but that isn’t to say that there isn’t physical violence that is happening as well.” For victims, leaving isn’t always the simplest solution to domestic violence. The complexity with leaving an abusive relationship usually stems from fear of what repercussions may come from it for the victim. Seventy percent of people who are murdered by their partner are murdered after they leave the relationship, because the offender will often feel as if they lost control and try to get it back with force, according to Laura Williams, volunteer coordinator at Crossroads Safehouse in Fort Collins. “It is more than just a decision [to leave],” Williams said. “We like to ask, instead of ‘why doesn’t the victim leave,’ ‘why doesn’t the offender stop beating or abusing her?’ It is a natural instinct to think why don’t they just leave, and it is hard to understand, but it isn’t just as easy as that.” Officials interviewed agreed that education and awareness are key to recognizing and helping stop domestic violence. During orientation when first year students set foot on Colorado Mesa University’s campus, employees hold domestic violence presentations. Resident Assistants also plan programs to understand and increase awareness about the issue. “You would have no problem calling in a drunk driver, but you would think twice if someone grabs another,” Chavez said. “[Students wonder] Is it my business to intervene?” “[The other hard thing is] if we are paying attention and we see that a friend of ours is in an unhealthy relationship, what do we do?” Malsam said. “We all have this capacity to put on our superhero cape and swoop in and save the day, making the assumption that your friend wants to be saved. Sometimes they don’t or they aren’t ready to accept that part of their relationship yet.” Victims need to make the decision themselves to leave the relationship and often it will take about seven times and going through
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a cycle of abuse before the victim leaves for good, Malsam said. According to Williams, the cycle takes place in five stages - the healthy relationship, tension building, an abuse incident, the makeup or “honeymoon” and the calm relationship. The best thing a friend can do is listen, give support and be patient - no matter what decision the victim makes, Malsam said. “We try to encourage folks,” Williams said. “No one gets to abuse anyone. It is not your fault if you are getting abused by your partner; you don’t deserve it. Emotional and verbal abuse is still abuse.” Malsam said that students should be cautious about going to the authorities if the victim is not in immediate danger. “It can be raise the danger levels for the victim,” Malsam said. “What I mean by raise the danger level is that if the police are called to a domestic violence situation, and say the aggressor is removed, they are most likely going to be reunited. Whether it is the victim who called or not, the aggressor will act out again.” By educating the public about domestic violence, more people learn about resources that are available and are able to see the warning signs or the cycle in order to help give support or leave an abusive relationship. According to Williams, because college students are experimenting and learning to develop adult relationships, outside influences play a large role in shaping the idea of a healthy relationship. “We are influenced by friends, family, and the media about what is a healthy relationship, or a romance we want to have,” Williams said. “And if we don’t have the education that is all we end up experiencing. It is important that young people know that they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and the more we educate our young people about what to look for, the better off we will be.” The WGAC and Crossroads Safehouse provide many resources for CSU students and the Fort Collins community for those who are involved in or witnessing domestic violence. “I think students find themselves dealing with things in college that they need help with,” Malsam said. “We can do crisis intervention and help people manage their day to day life because it can be difficult. When you are dating you tend to have similar friend groups, what happens when you are no longer together and the friends chose a side, it gets complicated, things get messy. We are here to help navigate some of that.” FOR RELEASE APRIL 1, 2010
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ME/SA offers rare academic opportunity Decade-long work brings free lecture series to Davis By NAOMI NISHIHARA Aggie Features Writer
Political events of the last decade have put the Middle East and South Asia firmly in American students’ minds. However, according to some, academics concerning these regions are surprisingly lacking, with UC Davis’ program only recently established and only one of four in the entire nation. Twelve years ago, there were barely a handful of Middle Eastern and South Asian courses at UC Davis. Now, after the founding of the Middle East/South Asia (ME/SA) studies program, the original two-member faculty and 300 students have grown to 22 and 2,000, respectively. With the leadership of founding director anthropology and women’s studies professor Suad Joseph, pressure from UC Davis student petitions and support from local Middle Eastern and South Asian communities, ME/SA has grown to offer both a major and a minor. It is also a resource for non-majors, as the program hosts two lecture series and many guest speakers throughout the year. The lectures are free, open to everyone and aim to offer richer understandings of Middle Eastern and South Asian affairs. “These days it is impossible not to be interested in [Middle Eastern/South Asian] affairs, because we as the United States are involved,” said Baki Tezcan, history professor and ME/ SA director. “We were in Iraq until recently,
and we are involved in Afghanistan, so it is in our news every day.” Tezcan said that though students must be aware of Middle Eastern affairs, they may not always have the best sources for information, making it important for ME/SA to provide multiple and different perspectives. According to Gurgit Mann, ME/SA coordinator, there are two lecture series, the Suad Joseph Lecture Series in Iranian Studies and the Faris Saeed Lecture Series in Arab Studies. It took over a decade of petitions, networking and applications to make the ME/SA program and these lectures a reality. In 2001, when Joseph was in Egypt, several students approached her for help. Though Joseph had already tried to create such a major in the 1970s, and again in the 1980s, she agreed to help, and upon returning home, worked with students to begin founding a program. The next year, Joseph formed a research cluster with three new faculty members and submitted the proposal for the minor in 2005, which was accepted immediately. Three months after this, the program was officially created, which, according to Joseph, is the fastest any Davis program has ever been established. Riding this momentum, a proposal for the major was submitted in 2006, and two years later it was approved. The Middle Eastern community in Davis
also played a large role in ME/SA’s creation and growth. “The Iranian Community of Davis and Sacramento has been incredibly helpful,” Joseph said. “They helped organize the other communities in 2004 to support our efforts to found the program, and they have continued to help us with donor development and with their own funds.” According to Tezcan, Javad and Shirin Rahimian from the Iranian-American community support ME/SA’s Suad Joseph Lecture Series in Iranian Studies. The Arab studies lecture series is also supported via donations, and is named for its benefactor Mr. Faris Saeed. Saeed is a businessman in Dubai, and after visiting UC Davis, he was inspired to develop a place in Dubai based on Davis’ West Village. In the meantime, he supports ME/SA financially. Currently, ME/SA is beginning to talk to the local Sikh community, and Tezcan stated that they’re waiting to see what will happen. Tezcan felt that it is important to raise awareness about the problems faced by the Sikh community in the United States, especially after the Wisconsin massacre this past summer, when six worshipers were gunned down at a Sikh temple by a white-supremacist. “One thing everyone [is familiar with] is your classmates,” Tezcan said. “Your classmates come from very different parts of the world, and they come from very differ-
ent traditions. We live here, in the United States, which is an immigrant nation, and it’s not just Middle East and South Asian studies — I think our university students should learn about all the world’s history and cultures, from East Asia to South Asia to the Middle East to Latin America to Africa. Learning about this is not just learning about the world. It is learning about each other.” Tezcan also said that Middle East and South Asian affairs directly affect UC Davis. “If we had resources that could go to public education instead of defense, perhaps we wouldn’t have to increase [university] fees as much,” Tezcan said. “Being better informed might help us make better decisions with our tax dollars, and that might actually have an impact on how much we pay for college tuition here.” As far as informing the community goes, however, ME/SA is a rare and useful resource for students, according to Joseph. “We are one of only four such programs nationally,” Joseph said. “I am regularly approached by faculty in other universities asking how we built this program. Even our dean has been asked by other universities how this program was built.” Joseph said the answer is simple: commitment from and the collaboration of students, faculty, the community and the
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Doing the Harlem Shake Viral video enthusiasts respond to latest internet meme
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UC Davis students made their own version of the Harlem Shake, a viral video, on Feb. 22 at the Quad. Davis students have made many versions of the Harlem Shake around campus.
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From cultural phenomena to unbelievable annoyance in a matter of days, most viral videos seem to suffer the same sudden and irreversible demise. A video is posted with an easy to follow formula — it’s hot, it’s new and then, suddenly, there are hundreds upon hundreds of versions and responses. For a time, the formula is embraced, the videos are modified and made extraordinary … and just as swiftly, the magic is gone. Parodies of “Call Me Maybe” and “Gangnam Style,” once so popular, now reside in Youtube purgatory. Internet fads
are short-lived, and accruing likes or views is entirely dependent on the hour or minute in which the video is posted. What is cool one moment is dead the next. The latest fad to make waves online were dances done to Baauer’s “Harlem Shake.” The craze lived a life of just two weeks before being considered majorly overdone, but before that time, many residents of Davis were able to create and submit their own versions of the video. Each video begins with a masked individual dancing alone in a group of apathetic bystanders before suddenly cutting to a wild dance party featuring the whole group. As the fad grew, so did the quality and creativity of
the videos, with some groups utilizing outrageous costumes, entire crowds of people, outlandish props and strange dancing patterns. The UC Davis Law School’s rendition of the Harlem Shake was especially bizarre. Michael Murza, a third-year UC Davis Law School student and creator of “Harlem Shake (Law School Edition),” pointed out the girl using her dachshund as a fake gun and someone else lying on a table in a sleeping bag. “The idea behind Harlem Shake is so simple. There are little variations in the crazy things that people can do, but to a certain degree, you can only do so much. We tried to be a little more unique with having Professor Tanaka lecturing in the beginning of the video,” Murza said. The video currently has over 50,000 views, due in part to the narrow time window that Murza was able to exploit. “We were the second law school to post a rendition, and we were only behind the first by an hour,” he said. “By the end of that same night, however, there were five or six more law school Harlem Shake videos out there. Because we were in the top three, we were featured on the Above the Law website, which was really a cool thing to see.” Timing is everything with this type of viral video, a fact that UC Davis graduate and intramural sports customer service coordinator Greg Fulks found when making the UC Davis Athletics Harlem Shake video. “We were all planning it a week before we filmed, but I started to feel that the Harlem Shake was getting old. We were thinking of rescheduling for later, but because everyone had already done it, we knew that we had to make it as fast as possible,” Fulks said. The video, which features athletes from many of the UC Davis sports teams fist pumping, grinding and running in various stages of undress, contains an alternate ending in ref-
erence to the awareness that the fad was dying. UC Davis mascot Gunrock kicks a dancer offscreen and stops the video as the words “Gunrock kills the Harlem Shake” appear onscreen, as a tongue-in-cheek acknowledgement to the end of the trend. Even though it was released a matter of days following the first incarnation of the video, Fulks went on to explain why the fad went out of style so quickly. “If you hear a song on repeat for a long time, no matter what, you’re going to get sick of it. It’s human nature. It’s just like popular songs, after hearing it over and over, you’re not going to want to hear it anymore,” Fulks said. While Fulks was late to creating the viral video, he’s prepared for the next round of internet phenomena. “I’m waiting for the next big thing. We have an [online group with all the participating athletes] already going, so as soon as another video comes up, I’ll just send a message to everyone asking if they want to do another one. We had a lot of fun [making the Harlem Shake].” While both Fulks and Murza said that the best part of the process was getting together and doing something silly with colleagues and friends, others see viral videos as a means of competition. Alex Krasnoff, a fourth-year food science and technology major, decided on a whim to make a Harlem Shake video with the rest of his staff one Sunday shift in the ASUCD Coffee House Kitchen. The spontaneous endeavor turned into a face-off between the CoHo out front staff and kitchen staff, who have always had a friendly rivalry. “[The video] became a rivalry point because the kitchen staff liked it a lot, but the out front staff thought they could do better, so they planned for a week and made their own to spite ours,” Krasnoff said. “They say that it’s
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THE BACKSTOP 6 MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2013
The california Aggie
Aggies struggle with road trip to Oklahoma State UC Davis loses first two games in Stillwater baseball By LUKE BAE
Aggie Sports Writer
After winning one of three games against Utah last weekend, the Aggies traveled to Stillwater, Okla. over this weekend's series and dropped its first two games. UC Davis now holds a record of 5-6, after starting the season 4-1. UC Davis has yet to face a conference opponent and has gone up against strong competition from the Pac-12 and Big-12 Conferences. Going into the series, Oklahoma State sat second in its division with an impressive record of 7-1, behind Oklahoma. The Aggies came into the series 5-4. Friday — UC Davis 2, Oklahoma State 4 This game was knotted up at two until the Cowboys scored a run in the seventh and another one in the eighth. Sophomore John Williams led the Aggies with two hits and two RBI. Unlike the weather on the West Coast, the weather at first pitch was 38 degrees,
giving Oklahoma State the true definition of home-field advantage. Junior Harry Stanwyck started on the mound for the Aggies and pitched seven innings. He allowed four earned runs, six hits, walked four and struck out two. His record dropped to 1-1 on the season. Stanwyck pitched well in his first four innings, but gave up two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Then, in the seventh, senior Victor Romero hit a home run to lead off the frame. The Cowboys added one more run in the eighth when senior Randy McCurry hit an RBI double off sophomore Craig Lanza. The Aggies held the lead early when Williams singled in two runs in the fifth inning, but they were kept intact by the Oklahoma State pitching staff for the remainder of the game. In the bottom half of the frame, the Cowboys loaded the bases on a triple and two walks. Then sophomore Gage Green singled to score their first two runs. Junior Vince Wheeland finished the game for Oklahoma State by pitching the last three innings to pick up his second save of the season.
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Senior Paul Politi went hitless for the day, which ended his 19-game hitting streak. Saturday —UC Davis 4, Oklahoma State 10 The Aggie pitching staff struggled early in the game, giving up five runs in the first frame and three runs in the second. Sophomore Spencer Koopmans struggled against the high-powered Oklahoma State offense. The win for the Cowboys marks their seventh straight victory and improvement to 8-1 overall. They continue their home dominance, winning all seven of their home games thus far. UC Davis struck first when sophomore Tino Lipson led the game off with a single and later scored on a groundout. Politi led the Aggies with three hits, capped off by a three-run home run. The Cowboys answered early, scoring five runs and accumulating five consecutive hits during the first frame. The scoring was highlighted by junior Tanner Krietemeier's RBI double, sophomore Zach Fish's two-RBI triple, and Romero's two-run home run. In the second inning, Krietemeier hit a two-run triple and was followed by an RBI single by Romero.
Koopmans pitched 1-2/3 innings, giving up eight runs on ten hits. He walked one and struck out three. Freshman Spencer Henderson came in to relieve Koopmans and pitched 4-1/3 innings, giving up two runs and scattering five hits. Freshman Zach Williams pitched a scoreless seventh and sophomore Cameron Law followed by pitching a perfect eighth. Sophomore Jon Perrin started the game for the Cowboys and pitched three innings and gave up his only run in the first. Junior Phillip Wilson earned the win, bumping his record up to 1-1. He threw for three innings and allowed three hits, but did not give up any runs. After a double and a hit by pitch in top of the ninth inning, Politi homered to right field for his second home run of the season, which leads the team. Politi went 3-4 from the plate. The Aggies will have finished the series on Sunday and will travel back home for a game against Sacramento State and a weekend series against Cal State Bakersfield. LUKE BAE can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aggies split tough series away from home Women’s basketball falls to 12-16 overall after final road trip women’s Basketball By KENNETH LING Aggie Sports Writer
The UC Davis women’s basketball team has had up-and-down results on the road this season, and in the final road series of the year, the Aggies once again came home with one win and one loss. The Aggies fought valiantly throughout the road trip. However, cold second-half shooting prevented the Aggies from walking away with two wins. The Aggies end this road trip 12-16 overall, and 7-10 in conference play.
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A charge against junior Josh Ritchart, seen in this file photo, allowed UC Davis to win the game against CSU Fullerton from the free-throw line.
men’s Basketball By KIM CARR
Aggie Sports Writer
UC Davis battled hard to earn two close wins this week. The team traveled down to Southern California to face off against Big West Conference rivals UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton. Thursday’s game against UC Riverside was an unusually low-scoring game. The Aggies managed to pull away with a 5952 victory over the Highlanders, but UC Davis did not display the offensive dominance Aggie fans are accustomed to. To their credit, the Ags were without the Big West’s leading scorer, sophomore Corey Hawkins. In Hawkins’ absence, junior Ryan Sypkens picked up the torch
and led the team in scoring, managing 16 points in the game. The Highlanders allowed Sypkens to take 13 attempts from beyond the arc and he converted on four of them. That brought his three-point season tally to a grand total of 95. Meanwhile, sophomore J.T. Adenrele continued to dominate the middle. He used his size to earn his fourth career double-double, scoring 13 points and snagging 10 rebounds. "J.T. played like a man. It is fun to see him become a more confident player. When he drew attention, I thought he made some unbelievable interior passes to Howley and Josh [Ritchart],” said head coach Jim Les. “He is not being stopped by one guy, he is drawing two and three
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Thursday — UC Davis 47, UC Irvine 43 The Aggies left Irvine with a closely contested win. The victory was a result of efficient second-half scoring, consistent rebounding and stellar defense. After shooting just 26.1 percent from the floor in the first half, the Aggies found their groove and shot 39.1 percent from the field in the second half. This included a blistering 7-14 from beyond the arc. They were led by the duo of sophomore Sydnee Fipps and senior Cortney French, who had 19 and nine points, respectively. Fipps made a career high five three-pointers. French added three three-pointers, including one that gave the Aggies the lead with only 3:21 left in the game. The Aggies have struggled this season rebounding the basketball, with opponents averaging 8.3 rebounds a game more than UC Davis. This was not the case on Thursday, as the Aggies made a conscious effort to attack the glass. Fipps and French led the way with seven rebounds apiece, but this was a true team rebounding effort. Six of the nine Aggies who played on Thursday grabbed three rebounds or more.
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Sophomore Sydnee Fipps, seen in this file photo, scored five three-pointers against UC Irvine, totaling 19 points. Another key factor to the Aggies' success was their defense. They held the Anteaters to 28.6 percent from the field in the game. Irvine could not get any rhythm in their offense, allowing the Aggies an opportunity for the comeback win. "We met on Monday as a team, talked about the things we can improve this year and our defensive urgency was a real key for us," said head coach Jennifer Gross. This game was a shining example of the level of defensive intensity needed to win games.
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