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Picnic in the Park concert season to begin Starting March 20, Picnic in the Park concerts will return to the Davis Farmers Market from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday until Oct. 30. According to a Davis Farmers Market press release, Davis Food Co-op will sponsor the live concerts given by local bands. Additionally, Central Park’s bicycle-powered carousel, Rocknasium’s climbing wall, Bouncing Bungalows, face-painting, pony rides by Pony Ranch Parties and balloon-maker Dilly Dally the Clown will be on hand for children. The local bands will play a variety of genres, such as bluegrass, Americana, rock ‘n’ roll, folk, blues, R&B and much more. Visit the Davis Farmers Market Facebook page for the list of bands that will play each week. — Claire Tan

Voters approve Measure I On Tuesday, the last batch of Davis voters cast their votes for Measure I, also known as the WoodlandDavis Clean Water Agency surface water project. According to the Yolo County Elections Office website, Measure I received 8,014 “yes” votes, or 54.1 percent of the 14,832 total votes, and 6,802 “no” votes, or 45.9 percent of the total votes. About 40 percent of those registered to vote in Davis cast their ballots in the all-mail election. The $113 million surface water project will transport treated Sacramento River water to Davis and Woodland to replace the city’s current groundwater supply. To pay for the project, the city council will implement rate increases, which may almost triple the cost of an average water bill in the next five years. The council plans to hold a public hearing on March 19 to sort out the water rate increases. If more than half of the city’s 16,000 ratepayers protest the proposed rates, the council will not proceed with them. If on schedule, construction of the project would be slated to begin later this year.

thursday, march 7, 2013

UC Davis to host first-ever 5K Stride for Aggie Pride Race to raise money for ASUCD Endowment, We Are Aggie Pride By STEPHANIE B. NGUYEN Aggie News Writer

Students can start Spring Quarter off on the right foot by participating in the first annual 5K Stride for Aggie Pride, to take place on campus on April 7. All proceeds of the event will go toward the ASUCD Awards Endowment, which provides tuition support for outstanding students, and We Are Aggie Pride, which provides emergency funding to students in need. The route will begin and end on the Quad and will highlight many notable features of the UC Davis campus, including the Arboretum. “The race will allow students to participate in a fun event and raise money for a good cause,” said Artem Trotsyuk, a fourth-year biological sciences major, race director and student assistant to the Chancellor. “We want to promote student health and wellness. Plus, we don’t really have events like this at UC Davis.” ASUCD Senator Felicia Ong, a second-year political science and communication double major, agreed. “UC San Diego has a 5K run and I

noticed that UC Davis hasn’t really incorporated a race like this,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity to foster relationships between the campus and the community and to promote and educate students on holistic health.” According to Ong, the money raised toward the ASUCD Awards Endowment will be matched dollar for dollar by ASUCD. The fund also relies heavily on the generosity of the campus community, the ASUCD Awards Endowment website states. “Students plans to get ‘all hands on deck’ by seeking out campus and community leadership, using ASUCD units, contacting alumni and facilitating events, [to] raise money for the fund,” the webpage stated. Ong and Trotsyuk are excited about the collaborative efforts of many campus organizations and groups toward the race. The event is supported by ASUCD, Campus Recreation and Unions and the Office of the Chancellor, among others, and will feature performances by student groups including the Popping Club, Golden Turtle Lion Dance Association

and the Afterglows. Ong and Trotsyuk said they hope that the race will become a yearly event and will continue to fundraise for various causes. “With our university recently ranking as the No. 1 Cool School, the race is a great tie-in for going green,” Trotsyuk said. “Students, community members and family members should commit to be fit, and sign up.” The event costs $7 for students and $20 for non-students who register before March 16. Students and individuals who register before the March 16 will receive a free athletic shirt. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to win raffle prizes, including Oakland Athletics VIP tickets, full Kaplan courses, goods from the San Francisco Giants and Sacramento Kings, Mondavi Center tickets, iPods and more. To register, visit After early registration ends on March 16, fees for both students and nonstudents will increase. STEPHANIE B. NGUYEN can be reached at campus@

Law students assess policies, progress since pepper spraying National Lawyers Guild discusses Nov. 18 reports

— Claire Tan


Men’s Basketball game to be televised on ESPN2 tonight The UC Davis men’s basketball team will host Long Beach State, the top team in the Big West Conference, today. The Aggies are 14-14 overall with a 9-7 conference record while the 49ers are 13-3 in conference and 1711 this season. On paper this looks like a regular David vs. Goliath matchup, but not so fast. The game will be televised on ESPN2, and rightfully so. The game will showcase some of the best talent in the conference from both teams. Sophomore Corey Hawkins was just named the Big West Conference’s Most Valuable Player for his offensive prowess in almost every category. The high-octane match-up between the Aggies and 49ers is a must-see game. Tip-off is at 8 p.m. at the Pavilion, with free shirts for the first arriving students compliments of the Big West. — Matthew Yuen

Aggie News Writer

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), a student group at the UC Davis School of Law, held a meeting Monday at King Hall to update students on the progress of actions following the Nov. 18 pepper spray incident. “We’re working with the ACLU [American Civil Liberties Union] to ensure that students have a voice in the ongoing reforms of freedom of expression policy and we wanted to provide an update to the Law School student body,” said Abenicio Cisneros, co-chair of the NLG and level-two UC Davis Law School student. He said that the administration is improving, but could do more to allow students to have free expression on UC campuses. The meeting included five speakers who discussed the findings in the reports that came out of the pepper spray incident. Austin Cho, a level-one law student, discussed the Kroll report, which includes interviews with students, administrators, faculty and police who were involved in the incident. The report examined the judg-

ment and competency of UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and the UC Davis police following the event. “[The Reynoso report] concluded that the pepper spray incident certainly could have been prevented,” said Naveen Dixit, a level-one law student. Dixit presented the findings of the Reynoso task force report, which was built on the Kroll report. According to Dixit, Katehi said that she told the police officers to proceed with a non-violent break-up of the protest. However, the police officers decided to use pepper-ball guns and pepper spray, which Katehi did not call for. He believed that because the University did not implement emergency protocols, an uncertain chain of command and a disorganized police force came about. The Reynoso report consists of recommendations for improving a disorganized police system, including standard procedures and protocols on the occasion of a largescale incident, an updated Davis Campus Emergency Operation to comply with the National Incident Management System and a publicized review of the UC Davis Police

Department protocols. The Reynoso report also proposed to form a Campus Community Council with broad student, academic and staff contribution to resolve the lack of communication with students in regards to matters of freedom of expression. Sean Piers, a level-one law student, spoke about the UC Davis Academic Senate Review, which is comprised of tenured and tenured-track faculty at UC Davis. The Executive Council and the Academic Senate created a committee to offer recommendations on the issues regarding the pepper spray incident. Piers said that the report resulted in an official censure of Katehi for a failure of leadership in the pepper spray incident. The report did not call for the resignation of the chancellor. It also proposed the establishment of two committees: the Freedom of Expression Committee, which would review campus policies regarding freedom of expression on campus, and the Administrative Oversight Committee, which would supervise the advancement of the administration in implementing

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West Village opening cafe, market Residents looking forward to convenient food options By SYDNEY COHEN Aggie News Writer

UC Davis West Village is home to 1,500 residents, a pool, a gym and a study area. And at the end of March, West Village will be introducing the new HUB kitchen, cafe and market. HUB has been in the works for some time and is intended to support the property, its residents and the Davis community. “These retail operations are designed to provide what is needed for the residents of the West Village apartments and the West Village development, as well as students and anyone else that wants a great cafe or place to shop for sundries,” said Ron Heckmann, a spokesperson for West Village Community

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Partners. According to HUB’s website, the cafe, kitchen and market will each be open seven days a week. HUB cafe will provide coffee and espresso drinks as well as baked goods and breakfast foods, and is intended to be used as a gathering place for residents, according to Heckmann. The market will provide sundries such as household goods and some supermarket variety items. The kitchen offerings include an assortment of pizza, sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes as described by HUB’s website. The entire list of menu items can be found at All of the food will be provided by Sodexo, which currently services both the Silo

and the Dining Commons on campus. “The development team knows a lot of service providers in the industry, and when talking with Sodexo, they made for a great fit,” Heckmann said. The menus, market offerings and the name were influenced heavily by a focus group which contained residents and some non-resident students. “We’re thrilled to have HUB opening up in March to expand the offerings here at West Village,” said J. D. McLeod, a senior community manager for West Village, in an email interview. “We’re already seeing the kind of community atmosphere and student-life that was first envisioned, and the HUB will just add to it.” Forecast

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According Heckmann, now is the most opportune time to open such establishments so that West Village can best accommodate its expected growth. Heckmann said that the available apartments are filling up and a third project, Solstice, is completing construction and will be occupied this fall. Third-year exercise biology major and current West Village resident Molly Garcia said that HUB will be convenient as long as the prices are affordable. She said that she currently feels like it is a pain to get in the car when she wants to get a coffee or something small to snack on, and HUB’s location will make her life easier.

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West Village is opening the HUB kitchen, cafe and market to provide food options for its residences.

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daily calendar

THURSDAY Contested Politics of Knowledge in the Public University 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student Community Center, Multipurpose 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.

Shinkoskey Noon Concert 12:05 to 1 p.m. Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby, Mondavi Center Come down for an afternoon of free music with Susan Lamb Cook, cellist, and Gayle Blankenburg, pianist, as they perform classics from Rachmaninov and CameronWolfe.

Infectious Disease Seminar 12:10 to 1 p.m. 1005 GBSF Join Dr. Marie-Lise Gougeon for a talk on “mDCs, pDCs and HIV: What else?” Dr. Gougeon is the head of the Antiviral Immunity, Biotherapy and Vaccine Unit, Infection and Epidemiology Department at Institut Pasteur, Paris, France. Her research aims to understand the interplay between innate and adaptive immunity in chronic viral infections, in order to identify mechanisms responsible for the lack of immune control of persistent viruses, such as HIV.

Salsa Adicción Meeting 7 to 8:30 p.m. 1001 Giedt Hall Join Salsa Adicción for its weekly meeting offering free lessons in Salsa, Bachata and more! No partner or experience necessary, just come socialize and have fun!

Faith and Eco-Feminism 7 to 8 p.m. 198 Young Join Dr. Rosemary Radford Reuther, author and professor, as she talks about faith and eco-feminism, sponsored by The Belfry.

Men’s Basketball vs. Long Beach State 8 to 9 p.m. The Pavilion Join UC Davis men’s basketball as it hosts Long Beach State. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2! Be part of this historic game. Free shorts will be given out to the first arriving students.

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 doctorates within the past 10 years, as they offer innovative perspectives on buildings and artworks from throughout medieval Europe and the Islamic world.

SATURDAY Fourth 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 Noon 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. For more information contact

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 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.

Campus Judicial Report Ignorance isn’t bliss An international student in an upper-division course was referred to Student Judicial Affairs (SJA) for copying answers verbatim on two different homework assignments. When the student met with a judicial officer, he admitted to copying the homework answers from the internet but that he was not aware it was wrong to do. Although the student stated he did not know copying homework was prohibited, the UC Davis Code of Academic Conduct clearly states that “ignorance is no defense,” that students must be “honest at all times” and that “all work submitted to fulfill course requirements must be work done by the student.” As a result of his actions, the student was placed on disciplinary probation for one year and required to complete 10 hours of community service.

One for the road A professor referred a student to SJA because he suspected the student had pocketed an extra exam when they were passed out. The professor had numbered the exams, so it was simple to identify which student had the extra exam paper by finding where the number sequence broke. When

the student was called in to speak to a judicial officer, it was determined that he had indeed gotten an extra copy of the exam, but that he had handed it to the TA after realizing it. The TA was contacted to confirm this, and the exam was found among some of the TA’s papers. After clearing up the situation, the student was found to be innocent and no sanctions were applied.

It was a last resort A student in a lower-division science class was recently referred to SJA for altering an exam before submitting it for a re-grade. The sizable incongruity in how the original test was graded and how it supposedly should have been graded seemed strange to one of the TAs. After meeting with a judicial officer, the student admitted that she had changed some answers. It turns out that she had been distraught over her original grade and in the heat of the moment viewed the regrade process as a quick way to salvage her grade. Due to the fact that this was the student’s first violation and because she had come clean about altering her exam, she was placed on disciplinary probation and required to complete community service hours.

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for our apathy. Our representatives are immediately available to us, our senate meetings are held right on campus, our fees are transparentJustin ly appropriated before us on a Goss yearly basis. Sandbox Let’s get one thing straight: Politico It gave me no pleasure to write last week’s column. I would have much preferred to issue every single departing member of ASUCD an A last week. Think how good we’d all feel in that world, think how good campus would look with a class that strong. But sadly I he United States couldn’t do that. Constitution begins with Don’t you find that probthe phrase, “We the peo- lematic? Don’t you think or at ple.” Constitutional scholars least hope the 12 senators and take this beginning as an imthe executive representing plicit argument for a living you are the best this campus constitution — we the peohas to offer on a yearly basis? ple. Because every time a new Don’t we the people deserve reader recites those words that much? they become an included par Yes, you do deserve the ticipant in the foundations of best. But where do you find our democracy, thereby rethose people? Try starting with affirming the message of the yourself. You have all the tools document as a whole. to, at a moment’s notice, run ASUCD also has a constitufor senate, or just drop by a tion. It begins by detailing the senate meeting and chew out membership of ASUCD, “all some self–important people regularly enrolled undergradsitting behind a table. Think uate students,” or we the peohow good that would feel. ple. You see, every time I, or This is me pulling back the anyone uses the term ASUCD curtain on my motivations for to refer solely to our student writing this column from the government, we’ve commitbeginning. I did it to engage ted a misnomer. Those letters and educate all of you, and in fact designate every stuto make you want to engage dent who happens to pay the your student government fees which prop up our sturight back. dent gov Look how ernment. much I’ve done The The special thing about with just this question dinky column student government is that then beof legiswe, we the people, have no (pieces comes lation authored not who excuse for our apathy as a result of it, is a part of vetoes occurASUCD, ring or being overridden bebut who is an active particicause of it), think how much pant in it? you could do if you choose to Those initial words of the stand up and be heard — we U.S. Constitution’s preamble the people. are meant to serve as a check, Because ASUCD needs you, ensuring the political sphere the people, to make it better. will never get clogged up with It doesn’t get better through a revolving door of career polthe actions of one individual, iticians, instead constantly it gets better through a culture ushering new voices into the of dedicated persons pullfold. Unfortunately that check ing together because we care has proven insufficient in the enough to better the lives of modern era. our peers — we the people. We don’t have that prob You see that culture all lem in our student governacross campus. It’s the feeling ment; new voices crop up all prospective students get when the time. But there could and they come here for the first should always be more. time and they can’t help but Democracy functions best notice how nice everyone is. when you have a competing It’s the odd camaraderie we all series of interests constantly share; when someone wipes vying for control of the pluralout on their bike and no fewer ity. That’s where you get comthan three strangers stop to at promise from and that’s where least ask if they’re OK. you get better policy. That intangible culture On the other end you have is what we like to call Aggie apathy. “Apathy is the enePride, and as all Aggies are my of democracy,” my State in fact ASUCD, it is also Capitol tour guide told me ASUCD Pride. and my mother the oth But sometimes our student er weekend. He was frusgovernment loses track of trated so few people came those good sentiments. So it’s to watch open sessions of up to us, the people, to every the California Assembly and now and then slap them in the Senate, and I had no answer face (rhetorically) and remind for him. I myself have been them of the basis of their jobs. working across the street Because ASUCD isn’t just for from the Capitol all winter all of us, it is all of us — we the and had yet to observe one people. floor session. The special thing about stuJUSTIN GOSS occasionally likes to get dent government is that we, sentimental and introspective. If you miss the we the people, have no excuse more vitriolic, sardonic Goss, he can still be

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Daniel Watts Watts Legal?

Why does the financial aid office think you’re a child? Question: I would like to know if it is legal — constitutionally, federally or whatever — that schools discriminate against students based on their age. I am 20 years old and I fully support myself working at a part-time job, but because I am not 24, enlisted, married, an orphan or raising a child, I am forced to use my parents’ tax returns to determine my financial aid even though I am not claimed as a dependent on their tax returns. — Eli C., Davis, Calif. Answer: The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution says that a state cannot “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” That Equal Protection Clause also applies to all subdivisions of the state, including the UC Regents. It’s one of the post-Civil War amendments designed by Congress to protect African-Americans in southern states from racial discrimination. Since the 1860s, the courts have

since expanded it to prohibit many other types of discrimination. Read on its face, the language of the Equal Protection Clause would indeed seem to require states to treat a 20-year-old no different from a 24-year-old. But it would also seem to ban laws “discriminating” against smokers or allowing people to bring service dogs (but not regular dogs) on airplanes — not to mention the 21-year-old drinking age. The way the Supreme Court interprets and applies the Equal Protection Clause depends on the category or class of persons. When a law discriminates on the basis of a “suspect” class — like race — the court will almost always strike down the law as unconstitutional, unless it’s necessary to achieve a compelling state interest. Very few such laws would survive this kind of strict scrutiny. Race-based affirmative action is one of the race-discriminatory policies that have survived in the past, though the Supreme Court may reverse itself later this year. (Google “Fisher v. University of Texas” if you’re interested.) Sex-based discrimination is also unconstitutional — usually. The courts will uphold sex-based laws if they are substantially related to furthering an important government interest — basically, if the government can think of a really good reason to discriminate on the basis of sex, the courts will uphold the law. Like with race, very few sexbased laws withstand such scrutiny. And again, affirma-

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staying in groups or feeling out a customer before accepting an offer. The criminalization of prostitutes also deMarisa humanizes sex workers. Massara They are seen as “ofSex & fenders,” and are much Society more likely to be treated with violence and disrespect by both clients and the police. And when a sex workrostitution –– it’s er is violently attacked been coined as the in her or his line of world’s oldest prowork, the crime usualfession, but is also one ly goes unreported. It is of the most stigmatized, very difficult, if not imespecially in the U.S. possible, for a prostitute Sex work is, for the to seek justice for these most part, illegal in the abuses because she or United States. The only he is then at risk of exexception is Nevada, posure to the law, not to where prostitution is mention judgment by only legal within lisociety. censed brothels locat Many sex workers, esed in specific rural areas pecially higher-end es(not including Las Vegas corts, are not forced or Reno, despite popuinto prostitution belar notions). cause of debt or drug Prostitution is not addictions. These men stigmatized because it and women choose sex is illegal; it is illegal bework as their profession cause it is stigmatized. (a quick Google search And this stigma risfor “sex worker interes from the widespread view” demonstrates the belief that sex is somewide range of interests thing sacred, something and situations that lead special that should be people into this line of shared by two people work). The criminalin love, and therefore ization of the servicsomething that cannot es they offer is founded be sold in good moral on the opinions of those conscience. who think their person That’s al moralinot to say ty should ... every year between this view apply to is wrong every70,000 and 80,000 –– but one in this people are arrested for it is not country. prostitution an all Unforencomtunately, passing view, either. others involved in prosEmotional connotatitution are not so tion aside, protected lucky. Many are vicsex is no different than, tims of physical/emosay, a massage. It is sim- tional abuse or hard ply an act in which two drug addictions, or are (or more) people enforced into prostitugage with each othtion against their will. er for physical pleaThis type of prostitution sure. The fact that monis not consensual, and ey is exchanged does I wholeheartedly agree not change the nature that those responsible of the physical service, for such exploitation nor does it automatical- should be punished. ly make the private, vic This country’s taxpaytimless actions of two ers spend $200 million consenting adults the every year for the arrest business of the governof sex workers. Couldn’t ment. this money be better According to U.S. law spent preventing and enforcement agencies persecuting those guilty records, every year beof such exploitation, tween 70,000 and 80,000 like sexual coercion and people are arrested for the trafficking of immiprostitution. 70 pergrants and minors? cent of those busted Laws should be based are female sex workon protecting human ers, 20 percent are male rights and safety, not on sex workers, and 10 per- persecuting consensucent are “johns,” or clial adults for victimless ents. For every custom“crimes.” The only way er that’s arrested, nine we can focus on the real workers are busted for issues in prostitution prostitution. is if we acknowledge This skewed focus on that it is not intrinsicalpersecuting the workly wrong and decrimiers only makes it hardnalize those who choose er for prostitutes to stay sex work for themselves. safe. For one, sex workers (especially those on the streets) must avoid MARISA MASSARA thinks you should check out for more looking suspicious to info on the sex industry. She can be the police, which disreached at courages them from

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tive action is one of them. Other classes are not suspect; age is one of them. When the court deals with a non-suspect class — students, 20-year-olds, smokers, people with tattoos, the shoeless masses — it will uphold a law if it is rational. Unless a law is completely insane, the court will uphold it. What’s an irrational, insane law? “When Jupiter is at its xenith, all left-handed people must hop four times or else pay a $50 fine.” “If the groundhog sees his shadow, all drivers of the Toyota Prius are admitted into UC San Diego.” As for age: You have to be 18 to vote. You have to be 21 to drink. Are those completely insane laws? No. They might be imperfect laws. They might even be bad laws. But they’re not insane, because they’re rationally related to a legitimate government interest. Adults are more responsible than children, and there’s a legitimate interest in making sure only responsible people vote and drink. There’s a reason why the financial aid office considers you financially independent only if you’re 24 years old: Younger students are often — but not always — dependent on their parents, and the school has a legitimate interest in giving scarce aid money only to the most needy. Is this a perfect policy? No. Does it account for circumstances like yours? No. But it doesn’t need to. It just needs to be rational.

And it is. Question: Does our landlord need to give us a few days notice if he brings people over to look at our apartment, or can he just call last minute and say, “By the way, I’m showing the place in less than an hour?” — Michelle O., Sacramento, Calif. Answer: The landlord has to give you “reasonable” notice — in writing — before entering your apartment to show it to a new tenant. The written notice must include the date, approximate time and purpose of the entry. The courts will presume 24 hours reasonable notice, unless there’s evidence to the contrary. He should enter only during normal business hours — no 4 a.m. surprise visits. A landlord cannot abuse his right of access or use it to harass or repeatedly disturb the tenants, per California Civil Code Section 1954(c). He can’t keep intentionally violating these access rules to influence you to move out, either. If you can show a court that he’s repeatedly entering your apartment to harass you or influence you to move out, you can sue the landlord in smallclaims court for $2,000 for each violation, per Civil Code Section 1940.2(b). Daniel is a Sacramento attorney, former Davis City Council candidate and graduate of UC Davis School of Law. He’ll answer questions sent to him at governorwatts@ or tweeted to @governorwatts.


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Letters to the editor

It’s time


ASUCD farewells

What platforms? On Thursday, Beatriz Anguiano, Bradley Bottoms, Don Gilbert, Kabir Kapur, Joyce Han and Paul Min said farewell to the Senate table as their term ended and their replacements stepped in. Of these six senators, few accomplished their platforms. Min helped with the Campus Safety Walk to increase lighting on campus. Bottoms worked on bike safety through Student Housing and the UC Davis Police Department. Kapur helped to “empower student advocacy” through his work with Lobby Corps and voter registration. But overall, very few senators were able to check off the platforms on their to-do lists. While fulfilling campaign promises should not be the only measure of success for senators, we do not think it’s unrealistic for us to expect them to accomplish at least some of the platforms that got them into office. Being unable to accomplish platforms does not necessarily make a senator a bad student leader, but it does make you wonder what they

did for a year. Candidates often run with outlandish platforms that are either impossible or unlikely to be achieved, which are then recycled and reused in subsequent years. For example, adding Unitrans hours, lowering parking fees and creating an ASUCD newsletter have been used many times in the past. While we understand that platforms are created to garner votes, we’d also like to see some realistic platforms achieved. We’d like to see candidates research their ideas for platforms before running with them in order to make sure they are achievable. It is misleading for candidates to tell students what they can expect if they are elected, only to disappoint them at the end of their term. This next round of senators and the executive ticket have promised us a whole slew of changes, and we can’t wait to see late-running buses, academic credit for club leaders, an Aggie Reuse textbook program, a new pub in the MU and some other vague things about uniting the campus. And we’re still waiting on those waffles, former Senator

Big West

Big deal How many of you knew the men’s basketball team is in contention for the Big West Conference title? They are not the same squad they were last year, the squad that won just three games in conference. UC Davis currently stands at 9-7 in the Big West and 14-14 overall, quite a turnaround from last year’s abysmal 5-26 record that consisted of a 3-13 league ledger. The Aggies’ game against Long Beach State today will be on national television — ever heard of ESPN2? — quite a step up from the live streaming provided by the Big West on the internet. This is a chance for UC Davis to showcase its talent, to show it really isn’t the same group of guys that put together that less than impressive 18-game losing streak last year. This game is being recognized as a highly competitive and crucial contest, rather than being written off as a lopsided game like it would have been last year. The 49ers currently stand in first place in the Big West conference, are a perennial powerhouse and make

regular appearances in the March Madness tournament. The last time out, UC Davis played them extremely close, dropping a 71-65 game after holding a 33-24 lead at halftime in front of a shocked Long Beach State crowd. The Aggies have already sealed their spot in the Big West Conference tournament in Anaheim that will take place later this month. A win here would not affect their standing any more than any other conference victory would, but it could go a long way to boost the team’s confidence and send the message that UC Davis is a serious contender this year. Go to the game. Stand in the Aggie Pack. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know every player and every statistic. You already know that for a game of this magnitude, the Aggie Pack will be out in full force, and that means more giveaways. If not for the high intensity basketball that will be going on, then at least go for the chance to be on national television and get hit in the face by flying beads with free frozen yogurt coupons and tube socks.

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people die from gunshot wounds daily. That’s the equivalent of a Newtown massacre each and every day. Americans are ready for change. In January 2013, 88.8 percent of the overall population supported background checks for all firearm transfers. Even more telling, 84.3 percent of firearm owners and 73.7 percent of National Rifle Association members expressed the same support (source: www. Recognizing the tide is turning, leaders in the United States Congress and the California As private citizens who have Legislature are working on legisserved as elected representatives of the Davis community, we speak lation to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines, to require with one voice, “It’s time to take reporting of sales of large quantiaction to reduce gun violence.” The lessons of Newtown, Aurora, ties of ammunition, and to limit the Tucson, Stockton, Nevada City and scope of concealed weapons laws. Mental health services must also be Columbine are stark. American policy, or lack thereof, makes it far improved. These efforts require our too easy for guns to be misused or active and vocal support. fall into the wrong hands. The votes will be tough, but the The violence continues. Nearly face and the future of our country will change only through concert100,000 people are shot in the United States each year. According ed, concentrated effort. to recent statistics on, 27 Now is the time. “Our actions will not prevent every senseless act of violence in this country. In fact, no laws, no initiatives, no administrative acts will perfectly solve all of the challenges ... But we were never sent here to be perfect. We were sent here to make what difference we can — to secure this nation, expand opportunity, uphold our ideals through the hard, often frustrating, but absolutely necessary work of selfgovernment.” — President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, January 2013

Signed, Sheila Allen, president, Davis School Board Davis Campbell, former trustee, Yolo County Board of Education Gina Daleiden, vice president/clerk, Davis School Board Lucas Frerichs, member, Davis City Council Richard Harris, former trustee, Davis School Board Brett Lee, member, Davis City Council Joe Krovoza, mayor, Davis City Council Susan Lovenburg, trustee, Davis School Board Bill Owens, trustee, Yolo County Board of Education Jim Provenza, supervisor, Yolo County Don Saylor, supervisor, Yolo County Stephen Souza, former member, Davis City Council Tim Taylor, trustee, Davis School Board Helen Thomson, former supervisor, Yolo County Dan Wolk, mayor pro tem, Davis City Council

An Open Letter to the UC Davis Community Hello UC Davis Students, faculty, staff and community partners, As the proud representative of California’s third congressional district, which includes UC Davis, I need to alert you to events in Washington that directly impact our campus. Mandatory across-the-board cuts known as “sequestration” came into effect on Friday. We can still avoid the worst damage, but Congress needs to act soon. Under sequestration, research at UC Davis could experience an 8.4 percent cut — more than $42 million. This would be the equivalent of 445 jobs, but that’s not the whole story. Students on campus will see their work hampered, with research labs operating at reduced capacity. If we fail to abate sequestration, class offerings will also likely be reduced in the coming academic year. The harm from sequestration doesn’t stop there. The UC Davis Health System will see a $4.6 million loss in Medicare revenues. Some students already struggling to pay for their education, already saddled with debt, will see hundreds of dollars taken out of their pockets with cuts to work study and grants. Pell Grants are protected from cuts in 2013, but they too could see a substantial reduction if Congress fails to act, harming the 43 percent of your classmates

Brian Moen The Anarchist

Hippie baloney


eside the confused way of thinking and speaking that is imposed upon us by capitalist information control, there persists the general problem of self-imposed confusion. That is to say, capitalist firms are to blame for poisoning the public mind to a large degree, but the public is guilty of poisoning itself as well. To cut straight to the heart of the issue: the left is severely weakened by mysticism. It sounds bizarre, and it is. The mystical nonsense that is so proudly proclaimed by my political allies not only disempowers us but is just plain embarrassing. I was at the Davis Food Co-op over the weekend, doing a little bit of shopping on my mostly lazy day. I decided to look in the sale item bin, wondering if any cool little gadget might inspire some new healthy life habit. Instead something terrible happened. I saw a calendar that unwittingly sums up everything wrong with liberals in 2013. The cover read “Underneath your physical form, you are one with Life itself, one with Being.” This is the art of pseudo-philosophy. This is the art of meaningless baloney. This is the cancerous

who currently rely on Pell Grants. I don’t even have the space to discuss the million jobs that will be destroyed, risks to national security, delays in flight travel, layoffs of teachers and childcare workers, cuts to breast cancer screenings and childhood vaccinations, or closures of national parks and beaches. How did we get here? In 2011, America faced a manufactured economic crisis. As one of only two industrialized countries — the other being Denmark — that requires its legislature to vote on honoring existing debts and obligations, a periodic extension of the so-called “debt limit” is an absolutely essential congressional action. Unfortunately, congressional Republicans used the opportunity to extract demands they otherwise would be unable to secure. The vote was delayed until we were days away from default. Apple had more cash on hand than the U.S. Treasury. Responsible nations honor their debts, so Congress voted on mustpass legislation to preserve the full faith and credit of the United States. Had we failed to extend the debt limit, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, America’s bond rating would have been in tatters, interest rates would have skyrocketed, international investors would have taken their money elsewhere, retire-

ment accounts would have been in jeopardy, and hundreds of thousands of jobs would have been destroyed. A “yes” vote was the only responsible vote. That bill included sequestration, which called for cuts so mindless, it was believed Congress would have to come together for the sake of America. I’d still like to believe that. On three separate occasions, I voted to end sequestration. I’m still prepared to make a tough vote. When I was a UC Regent, I voted against every undergraduate tuition hike, because pricing students out of an education is terrible public policy. Yet even at the peak of the Great Recession, I never saw the Legislature or University of California propose anything as reckless as sequestration, which could easily drag us back into a recession. I’m asking you, the campus community, to get involved. Make your voices heard. Mobilize your friends at campuses throughout the state. Make sure our state’s Congressional delegation knows that our students are ready to fight for our future. Make sure your family knows that sequestration directly impacts someone they love. If I can’t convince my colleagues in Congress to stop sequestration, maybe you can. Thank you, Congressman John Garamendi

mysticism that nullifies the left. It evolved to be that way. We could creates empty terminology, which only get so many calories in a day, causes liberals to pursue empand the people who were busy ty mystical values. It sends them bodies had a higher chance of beon a goose chase for a goose that ing killed by beasts. People also couldn’t exist. want to be deep and profound, so they take these shortcuts. They By dissecting this little nugget of latch on to these empty terms and vacuous crap, I think we can gain it gives them the feeling that they some insight into the problem and are really tapping into the true nahow to fix it. These spiritual affirture of reality. Mysticism is the mations use scientific terminology conjunction of intellectual laziness in a shifted context that attempts to and the desire to gain the credence be great. And its of scientism while ... if our discourse is filled with results are pitiful. adding some other magical, mysHere’s nonsense terms and mystical jargon, terious element. a good generwe push out talk of real problems ... al rule: If someIt takes “physical form,” a normal, thing can’t be exeveryday term, and uses it to suggest plained in normal terms, it probthat there must be some other form, ably doesn’t mean anything. some other dimension of forms. “Being,” “Life” and “form” as they Most importantly, the capitalized are used in the affirmation above “Life,” in the affirmation on the cal- just don’t do that. They just hint at the fact that there is something endar, implies that life is some fabwhich is beyond observable reality. ric that runs through reality, conOnce again, this is anti-science in necting all living beings. This is as the purest. anti-science as it gets — this is how people buy into this. It feels good Of course, adherents to this type to think that you’re seeing beyond. of rhetoric tend to reject scientism This is faith-based belief. anyway, so that criticism will not Once people buy into this faith- persuade them. Once people have based concept of reality, they can’t abandoned using reason and trying to think in meaningful terms, craft their actions to confront real they probably can’t be fixed. problems. They craft their actions to fit a world that doesn’t ex- Someone else, much smarter ist. Furthermore, if our discourse than me, should try to figure out is filled with nonsense terms and how to fix that millennia-old probmystical jargon, we push out talk lem. If anything, I just want to enof real problems and real values. courage my compatriots to treat We have real values, things like with hostility such mystical procfairness or feeding people. When lamations. Tolerance is a supreme we are chasing “one-ness” around virtue, but let’s not tolerate this and searching for “being,” we are hippie stupidity. not going to fulfill any real values. These are false values. They only BRIAN MOEN recognizes the energy wavelength within detract from our being. your Being and sees that it is one with one-ness. He People are generally lazy. They can be reached at



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Aggie Arts Writer

FILM Yolo County Film Society Screening: Aguirre, The Wrath of God Sunday, 7 p.m., recommended donation $2, all ages Yolo Pleasure Dome, 1401 Pole Line Road YCFS screens Werner Herzog’s classic film, featuring his first collaboration with mercurial lead actor Klaus Kinski. The plot concerns Lope de Aguirre, a doomed 16th-century conquistador whose thirst for riches drives his expedition deep into the Amazon jungle. Filled with unbelievable imagery shot on a stolen camera, Aguirre is a spellbinding work that launched a unique director into the international spotlight.

MUSIC University and Alumni Choruses & UC Davis Symphony Orchestra Sunday, 7 p.m., $8 student, $12-17 regular Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center D. Kern Holoman conducts The Dream of Gerontius (1900), an orchestral and choral work featuring almost 200 performers in total. The music was composed around a poem that told the story of a pious man’s journey after death into the afterlife. The event is presented in the memory of Marya Welch, a longtime patron and benefactor of the UC Davis symphony orchestra.

A student-run theater and open mic performance By CRISTINA FRIES Aggie Arts Writer Student organization Filipinos in Liberal Arts and Humanities (FILAH) will be holding its annual event, America is on the Stage (AIOTS), tonight at Veterans Memorial Center Theatre at 6:30 p.m. It will feature four plays that were written, directed and performed by students, along with various open mic musical performances. FILAH created AIOTS as a creative outlet for students to relieve stress and express their cultural, academic or spiritual struggles through stage performance. The name of the event was inspired by Carlos Bulosan’s book America is in the Heart, a story about the struggles of immigrating to the United States. President of FILAH and fourth-year biotechnology major Clerissa Marasigan discussed the multi-genre performanc-

es featured in tonight’s plays as a balance of romance, drama, tragedy and comedy. “AIOTS will have four short plays this year along with a number of open mics ranging from different kinds of musical performances: singing, dancing, instrumentals, to spoken word,” Marasigan said. “The plays will be about love that has been lost and found, the profound impact people can have on others, [the] unexpected and often straight-up twisted events in one’s life and … a comedy about peer pressure.” Kaye Caburnay, FILAH alumni advisor and a UC Davis alumna, discussed the purpose of AIOTS and how the event has changed over time. “The initial purpose of AIOTS was to give the members of FILAH the space to grow, express and learn about their heritage and what it means to be FilipinoAmerican,” Caburnay said. “However,

it's adapted into much more than that. Each year, we get an even more diverse array of plays ranging from slapstick comedies and mysteries to serious dramas.” AOITS allows for students to use different mediums in different ways. “Coupled with musical performances, dance numbers, and spoken word artists, AIOTS has become an all-encompassing outlet in which students on campus can express themselves in any way they need,” Caburnay said. Taylor Fulwiler, vice president of FILAH and third-year design major, discussed their open call for student performers and script submissions. “Being a student-run production, we highly welcome any student in the community to become a part of it, as AIOTS is ultimately a showcase for writing, acting, directing and musical talents alike,” Fulwiler said. CRISTINA FRIES can be reached at


Zapato Viejo and Viramundo Thursday, 7:30 p.m., free, all ages Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. Local band Zapato Viejo will play an eclectic blend of pan-Latin-American-influenced music, both traditional and contemporary. The band will be joined by Viramundo, purveyors of samba and other Brazilian styles.

featuring: Darrin Martin

ART & GALLERY D.R. Wagner at Poetry Night Reading Series Thursday, 8 p.m., free, all ages John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. Prolific local poet, musician and visual artist D.R. Wagner performs at the Natsoulas gallery downtown in conjunction with the Poetry Night Reading Series, overseen by Dr. Andy Jones. Wagner has published over 20 books of poetry and is a prominent figure in the California art community, along with being a design lecturer at UC Davis. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and sign up for the open mic list.

THEATRE Improvised Shakespeare Company Tuesday, 8 p.m., $10-25 student, $20-50 regular Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center The Chicago-based Improvised Shakespeare Company returns to Davis for a night of entirely original performance comedy. Formed in 2005, the ISC has honed the very particular art of fabricating an entire Shakespeare play replete with period language, duels and declarations of love, all based on a single suggestion from “the gods” (the audience). Each performance is made up on the spot and entertainment is served in the moment. FLASH: A New Choreography Thursday to Saturday and March 14 to 16 at 8 p.m.; Sunday and March 17 at 2 p.m. $12-14 student, $17-19 regular Wright Hall Main Theatre Nigerian-born choreographer Qudus Onikeku presents a new dance choreography FLASH, described as an exploration of memory, identity and exile set within a fusion of styles, including hip-hop, capoeira and the Nigerian masquerade. The event will be preceded by a Q&A session with Onikeku and Halifu Osumare, director of AfricanAmerican and African studies at UC Davis.

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Art studio professor Darrin Martin instructs students in video production. By JOHN KESLER Aggie Arts Writer Editor’s note: Faculty Spotlight is a series where MUSE profiles random artsrelated faculty on campus. The goal is to provide readers with useful career tips and student feedback on certain professors.

Birdstrike Goes to the Movies! Friday, 8 p.m., $3 1100 Social Science Building UC Davis’ Birdstrike Theatre ends the quarter right with a film-inspired show incorporating both its usual improv and the addition of video sketches, which have been prepared all quarter for Friday’s audience. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Darrin Martin, an art studio professor at UC Davis, has experienced a variety of art forms in a career that has

crossed the country. “When I was a kid, I was always drawing. I made my own comic books and alphabet books, which then turned into an interest in painting. My artistic career really started out of my interest in drawing,” Martin said. Martin’s undergraduate experience at Alfred University broadened his artistic ambitions and exposed him to the mediums he mostly works with today. “Alfred’s program was ex-

tremely rigorous as it was based on Bauhaus ideals. We were exposed to many disciplines in our freshman year,” Martin said. “I took a video class in my sophomore year, and the professor taught me that the video signal was something that could be manipulated like clay. I also became involved with interdisciplinary sculpture and installation work.” After graduating from Alfred, Martin spent four years in New York with an art studio. He began curating video art exhibitions, which he still does today as part of his research. Martin went to graduate school at UC San Diego. “It was an interdisciplinary graduate program much like ours,” Martin said. “They gave me a studio to work with for three years. My advisor Lev Manovich was really inspiring and helpful to work with.” Upon graduating, Martin returned to New York to teach at Alfred. After five years, Martin decided to return to California. “I really loved California and I wanted to come back, as well as to set off on my own from my family,” said Martin. “I was drawn to a research facility as it would help me work on my projects and connect me to a larger network of creative people and academics.” In 2005, Martin began teaching at UC Davis in the Art Studio department. In addition, he also works as the Art Studio graduate advisor. “I like teaching a lot,” said

Martin. “It puts me in a position of having to constantly learn, which I find really exciting. Sometimes it can be learning about the technology I work with, or about how other artists work [among] each other and what they think about.” This quarter, Martin teaches Art Studio 114C, an intermediate video production class. Third-year art studio major Laura Record is a student in Martin’s class. “He is really inspiring as a professor because he does his own work alongside teaching,” Record said. “As a person he is incredibly professional yet really sincere. He cares about his students’ well-being and artistic progress.” Jacob Greenlund is an art studio graduate student who has worked closely with Martin. “I have worked directly with Darrin this year and I can say firsthand that he is a great teacher in both the classroom and one-on-one interactions,” Greenlund said. “In my opinion, his most notable quality as a teacher is in how much he cares for his students. Darrin always shows great interest in each of his students’ work, progress and success. In class he is very clear and provides good sources to contextualize his lessons and provoke creative thinking.” To check out some of Professor Martin’s work, visit JOHN KESLER can be reached at arts@

huge complaint. Tomb Raider also speaks to the completionists out there, with plenty of hidden treasures to collect and tombs to discover. A fast-travel option is unlocked in the early portion of the game, so players will be able to jump from one area of the island to another in an effort to reach that 100 percent completion mark. This week in news

Your weekly dose of video games By ANTHONY LABELLA Aggie Arts Writer Game of the week Lara Croft makes her return to the gaming world this week with developer Crystal Dynamics' series reboot, Tomb Raider. This latest installment, an origin story, concerns itself less with raiding tombs and instead focuses on the physical and psychological maturation of the

famed female protagonist. The shift in tone manifests in the first hour or so, in which Lara finds herself in a series of dangerous scenarios. She falls from great heights, escapes the clutches of disturbing tribal men and even fends off bloodthirsty wolves. Just one look at her cut-up, dirt-covered body and it becomes obvious this is not the Lara Croft of years past. It doesn't take long for Lara to pick up a gun and start shooting the bad

guys, but her transformation from innocent archaeologist to hardened heroine proves convincing enough. It also creates a Lara Croft I can get behind: a strong female character whose intelligence and survival instincts outweigh her good looks. My six hours with the game has included an assortment of combat encounters, platforming sections and relatively simple puzzles. The third-person shooting mechanics are solid and my affinity with the bow continues to grow. I wish puzzles were a bit more frequent and complex, but that's not a

Back in 2010 Activision fired Jason West and Vince Zampella from developer Infinity Ward, the company behind the Call of Duty franchise. The two went on to found Respawn Entertainment, but now West has left the studio. In a post on Respawn's official website, Zampella confirmed West's departure. He cited family issues as the main reason behind the co-founder's decision and wished him the best of luck. Numerous reports indicate that West had been absent from the company for months while the rest of Respawn worked on its first project. This particular piece of information has not been confirmed at this point. Just last week Zampella revealed that Respawn will make an appearance at this year's E3, hopefully to show off its still-unannounced debut game. It should be interesting to see the project's progress in the wake of West's departure. ANTHONY LABELLA can be reached at

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Free egghead mini-concerts St. Louis Symphony to perform around campus By TANYA AZARI Aggie Arts Writer

From March 15 to March 17, the second-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, the St. Louis Symphony, will put on two free events in a three-day symphony extravaganza at multiple locations on campus. These locations include each one of the egghead sculptures. The first appearance will be on March 15, starting at 2 p.m. at the “See No Evil/ Hear No Evil” eggheads on the grass circle between Mrak Hall and the Arboretum. The Symphony will play for three to five minutes before moving on to the next egghead, following the path of the Egghead Walking Tour and ending at “Stargazer” next to Dutton Hall. During the performances, six compositions, written by the music department faculty of UC Davis, will be performed. All pieces were commissioned by the Mondavi Center. This event is made possible by funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Grant, supporting the Symphony’s residency with the Mondavi Center. The second part of the series will take place in the residence halls. At 2 p.m. on March 16, members of the Symphony will perform in the lounge of Wall Hall in Tercero. This event is sponsored by Student Housing and the Mondavi Center, who will also be providing refreshments. The final performance will be in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center on March 17 at 7 p.m. All members of the Symphony will be performing, as opposed to the select members from the first two events. The Egghead Walking Tour show and the Wall Hall show are free of charge. Tickets for the March 17 Mondavi performance are available at the Mondavi Center website or ticket office, starting at $27.50 for students. To follow the exact lines of the March 15 performances along the Egghead Walking Tour, go to For more information, contact mondaviinterns@ Michelle Tran / Aggie

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Davis math professor moves to cyberspace Duane Kouba accepts job as contributor to Khan Academy By SAM RIBAKOFF Aggie Features Writer

Professor Duane Kouba has been teaching in the UC Davis Math Department for 30 years; 20 of those years he’s been involved with the UC Davis basketball team and just about ten years ago he set up a webpage filled with calculus problems to assist his students, simply called “The Calculus Page Problem List.” The site’s stark white background and minimalist layout of problems leading straight to their solutions is so lowtech that your grandmother could probably navigate the site in between playing rounds of Pong on her Commodore 64, but that’s exactly Kouba’s intention. “If you go to my website you can see that it’s low-tech — here’s a topic, here are problems, here are solutions,” Kouba said. “You just click on the links. No bells and whistles. I haven’t worked on it for many years, but people like it because my explanations are clear.” The site’s simplicity, and the fact that the link is the first to appear when searching for “calculus problems” on a number of popular search engines, led to Kouba receiving an email from Salman Khan, the creator of highly acclaimed informational website Khan Academy. “[Khan] said, ‘I’ve been using your calculus website for some problems and inspiration,’” Kouba said. “He asked, ‘Would you be interested in working with us? Let me know’ and of course I’m flabbergasted.” Launched by five-degree-holding MIT graduate Salman Khan in 2006, Khan Academy is an online educational tool that hosts “micro lecture” videos in a number of languages on a number of


Duane Kouba subjects with a concentration in mathematics and sciences, and with the goal of distributing useful knowledge to as many people as possible. According to the website, Khan Academy has uploaded over 4,000 videos to its freeaccess website, and has delivered over 235 million lessons. To fund this, they’ve racked up a number of grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Google to Carlos Slim, the world’s richest man. “Because everybody’s starting to get

computer access, even though they don’t have food everyday and clean water, education should be free and I love that attitude,” Kouba said. Fourth-year sociology major Xavier Ontiveros agrees. “From a humanitarian perspective that sounds like the best thing we can do,” Ontiveros said. “Google and Wikipedia have saved my ass so many different times. People learn in very different ways. Some people will go to the internet, five different places, take bits and pieces of what will actually work for them, put it together and create one synthetic outcome that is just as sound.” Lucian Novosel, a second-year computer science major, started using Khan Academy’s calculus lessons two years ago in a high school calculus class and still uses the site for reference. While he found it helpful for lower-level math, he sees a disconnect between the material and the caliber of his course load now. “The level of Khan Academy is more high school-oriented. It’s really simple, there’s not that much material. If you try using Khan Academy for chemistry, it’s a wild goose chase for things that are actually relative,” Novosel said. Kouba sees his new employment as an opportunity to improve the math education system. “We want to make math better,” Kouba said. “Whatever he [Salman Khan] liked about what he saw on my website, he wants me to bring that to him, so I think that’s what I’m going to do. Based on our conversation, that is to add new problems and solutions for practice and maybe suggestions for his videos, and also just give my opinion about where I think he could make the current list of video

topics better.” In January of this year, Governor Jerry Brown announced a plan to pressure California public colleges and universities to expand their online course offerings for required lower-division classes after experimenting with a similar program at San Jose State University with another educational website called Udacity. Novosel, while a fan of Khan Academy, has mixed emotions about such an idea. “Interestingly enough, I have a friend at Arizona State University and a lot of her freshmen courses are actually all taught online,” Novosel said. “Now they’re really not that rigorous at all.” Ontiveros is also skeptical about such a large shift from a person to digital format. “I think it’s an attempt to outsource our learning experience to the internet as opposed to in the classroom. I don’t see any reason why a person-to-person learning experience should not be the first option,” he said. Kouba, however, sees the digital realm as a frontier with untapped potential. “[Khan] thinks public school teachers, at some level, have too much to do to teach 30 to 50 kids in a class because that’s what’s going on in public schools. His idea is he’s got spreadsheets that can track students’ progress through his videos,” Kouba said. “It’s a different way for teacher-student contact.” For now, Kouba is ecstatic to work for Khan Academy through any capacity he can. “It’s going to be fun,” Kouba said. “I’m going to write hard for ‘em, and try to make math more widely used; that’s my goal.” SAM RIBAKOFF can be reached at

Dining in Davis: Taqueria El Burrito New hot spot for late-night dining, options way beyond namesake dish Taqueria El Burrito 223 F Street, in E Street Plaza Monday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to midnight Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Food: **** Ambiance: **** Cost: $ Food & ambiance quality **** Dining here every day *** Like eating at home ** Better than my cooking * Only if I’m starving Budget $$$$ chancellor $$$ professor $$ graduate student/alum

By KATIE MORRIS Aggie Food Writer

You’re strolling downtown after midnight on a Friday after hitting the bars — what sounds like the most satisfying morsel you can grab to fix your case of the munchies? Owner Jose Cortez of Taqueria El Burrito, which opened in November in the old Great Wall of China II location across from de Vere’s, was very bright in deciding to open a downtown spot that serves tasty, inexpensive Mexican food and is — punchline — open until 3 a.m. on the weekend. El Burrito is more than just late-night craving satisfaction, though. Walking through the door, I noticed nothing short of the typical taqueria décor — Spanish-style tile floors, Corona and Bud Light neon signs in the windows, traditional brightly-colored woven fabric laid into the table tops, a refrigerator of Mexican

popsicles by the door and Tapatío and habanero hot sauce bottles on every table. Aurally speaking, the Mariachi music playing in the background completes the taqueria experience. Another notable quality of El Burrito is its cleanliness — the continuously wiped-down surfaces and airy feel to the space make me want to dine there often. Fitting for a college town full of students on time crunches with very little money, the order-atthe-counter setup of El Burrito contributes to the casual atmosphere. Fortunately, even though I was standing behind at least ten other people, the line moved quickly. Despite its name — which actually means little donkey in Spanish — the eatery features an extensive and thorough menu that offers so much more than the standard burrito. A bit overwhelming, the menu contains everything from tacos and enchiladas to tortas and soups, and there are 23 different combo plates from which to select. The menu also provides an array of meat choices. You can choose the typical chicken, steak or pork to go into your burritos and tamales, but you can also spring for more exotic options, including lengua (beef tongue), cabeza (beef head), tripa (beef tripe) and buche (pork stomach). There is also an entire section of the menu dedicated to seafood. In order to avoid waving people by and saying, “Go ahead, I’m not ready yet” for too long, like I did, I would recommend looking at the menu online beforehand or taking a peek at the to-go menus they have outside. After my friends and I finished a basket of complimentary chips to hold us over, our meals arrived


promptly — and the fact that servers brought our food to us and we didn’t have to pick it up at the counter was a huge plus. The taco salad with chicken ($6.25), steak enchilada and chicken tamale combo plate ($9.45) and chicken and pork tamales plate ($9.80) are all delicious but taste similar to others I’ve had at Davis taquerias. The combo plates and specialty plates come with rice, refried beans (with a kick), sour cream, guacamole, lettuce and tomatoes, creating a decent-size portion for the price. The focus here should be two items not widely seen in Davis: the carne asada fries ($7.25) and the chile relleno burrito ($6.95). The carne asada fries are just what they sound like — crinklecut French fries piled high with carne asada, refried beans, sour cream, guacamole, salsa and cheese. While it’s probably not the healthiest choice for dinner, it makes one hell of a late-night snack. It also tastes even better washed down with a cup of fresh horchata ($2.00), which is a traditional Mexican drink made with rice and cinnamon. The chile relleno burrito rises above as the standout dish. It presents the fixin’s for a chile relleno — chiles, cheese and salsa — wrapped up in a massive tortilla with rice, beans, avocado and sour cream. All burritos can be made “wet,” or slathered in red or green (or both, which they call “Christmas”) enchilada sauce for an extra $1.90. The added sauce ties the flavors in beautifully and the dish perfectly represents what’s so hearty and comforting about Mexican cuisine. Note: knife and fork definitely required. KATIE MORRIS writes for the Aggie Eats food blog and can be reached at

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Taqueria El Burrito serves tasty and inexpensive Mexican food late into the night. The restaurant offers over 23 different combination plates.

Movement, students continue to struggle with violence as a response to lawful protest on UC campuses,” Cisneros said. He mentioned that the report contains a section on why it is not proposing the elimination of the UC Police Departments, stating that 90 percent of crimes committed on UC campuses involve property rather than violence. Alexis Briggs, an attorney-at-law working on the case, was also present and said that cases involving the pepper spray incident are ongoing. Trial is set for June for the Davis dozen, who were charged with the blockade and subsequent closure of the on-campus branch of U.S. Bank. “It’s only against these 12 that are wrapped up and associated in some form from the public perspective in the pepper spray incident that are facing any charges whatsoever,” Briggs said. Reports on the pepper spray incident can be viewed at demonstrationreviews.

Cont. from front page the suggestions from the Reynoso and Kroll reports. Both of these committees have since been formed. “Unlike the Reynoso report, the Academic Senate found that the poor decision-making was not an isolated incident from a confluence of events from the student protests and the Occupy Movement,” Piers said. “They found that it was a more systemic leadership failure and that the administration should have been more responsive to previous incidents.” Cisneros presented the findings from the Robinson-Edley report, a UC system-wide review focused on free expression policies on all UC campuses. The report is concerned mostly with civil disobedience rather than protests and includes a section discussing protests that violate university regulations and are considered civil disobedience. “Fifty years after the Free Speech KELLEY DRECHSLER can reached at

HUB Cont. from front page “If it’s super expensive, I’m obviously going to drive to Starbucks or Safeway, but if not, [it’ll] be awesome to just walk down there to get something to eat,” Garcia said. First-year psychology major and prospective West Village resident Sedona Kolodney said she is excited to live in Solstice and utilize all of the facilities that West Village has to offer. Kolodney also shares Garcia’s sentiment about HUB’s convenience. “It’ll be helpful to have that stuff because there’s not much out there,” Kolodney said. SYDNEY COHEN can be reached at city@

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Sophomore Nick Lynch (pictured) has a batting average of .429. Teams: UC Davis vs. Cal State Bakersfield Records: Aggies, 6-7; Road Runners 8-4 Where: Dobbins Stadium — Davis, Calif. When: Friday at 2:30 p.m.; Saturday at 1 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. Who to Watch: Sophomore Nick Lynch continues his hot hitting streak to start the

season. He played two of the three games against Oklahoma State last weekend, going 4-7 from the plate. He pushed his batting average up to .429 on the season, which leads the team. Lynch leads the regular players in hits with 18, slugging percentage with .548, and on-

base percentage with .510. The first baseman has started twelve games this year and usually bats in the middle of the order. Did you know? Senior Paul Politi had a 17-game hitting streak going into Friday’s game against Oklahoma State. He could not extend it, as he went hitless on the day. Politi has started all thirteen games this season and plays at third base. He leads the team with two home runs and 13 runs batted in. He is also batting .314 on the season. Preview: After salvaging only one game during the three game series against Oklahoma State, the Aggies dropped their game against Sacramento State on Tuesday by a score of 0-14. The Aggies got off to a hot start this season, winning four of their first five games. However, they have gone 2-6 since. For the last two series, the Aggies have won only the series finales. Getting off to a good start and winning the first game will be a big plus for the team. “You anticipate they’re going to be there. You’re going to be a little bit psyched and pumped up,” Politi said. “You just kind of get ready for that and feel and recognize it and check in and try to get focused on what you need to do and get really directed towards what you really need to accomplish.” UC Davis comes into the series batting .305 as a team with a small-ball mentality — making sure to run the bases well and steal bases when possible — to win games. The Aggies have a team-earned run av-

Women’s Basketball Preview Teams: UC Davis vs. Pacific Records: Aggies, 12-16 (7-10); Tigers, 23-6 (13-4) Where: The Pavilion — Davis, Calif. When: Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Who to Watch: Freshmen often struggle to get accustomed to the rigors of college. This sentiment holds true in sports as well. Most freshman athletes are not accustomed to the faster, taller and more talented players they face in college. However, freshman Molly Greubel is playing like a veteran. Her lack of experience has not hindered her at all this season, as she has played at an impressive level. Her maturity was on display during the last game between UC Davis and Pacific, as she had a career night. Greubel’s impressive stat line included three assists, three steals and a career-high 18 points. She Molly Greubel contributed two of the Aggies’ total freshmen five three-pointers. Greubel is going to be a key for the Aggies if they hope to pull off an upset against the Tigers. She needs to be a consistent threat on offense in order to free up sophomore Sydnee Fipps and senior Cortney French. As UC Davis’ third leading scorer, averaging 6.1 points per game, her play is going to be critical against a tough Pacific team. Did you know? Sophomore Sydnee Fipps has just been named Big West player of the week. This is the second time this season that an Aggie has earned this honor. The first was senior Cortney French, who earned it in November. Fipps earned this award due to her fantastic performances shooting and rebounding. She shot 50 percent from the field overall this past week, including an incredible 56.3 percent

from three-point land. This efficient shooting percentage is made more impressive by the fact that she averaged 18 points during the week. Fipps also averaged 6.5 rebounds per game this past week. She will need to continue and ride the momentum into Saturday’s game against the Tigers. Preview: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde would be a character representation of the Aggies’ season. At certain points this season, they have been absolutely brilliant with a barrage of threepointers and stifling defense. However, at other points in the season, they have struggled rebounding and shooting the basketball. Depending on which UC Davis team shows up in the showdown against league-leaders Pacific, the game could be either an exciting or excruciating journey. The Tigers will be trying to hold on to their number one seed heading into the tournament and also continue their four-game win streak. In the first matchup between these two teams, Pacific simply overwhelmed the Aggies, 78-64. The loss was due in part to the shooting struggles of Fipps and French, who shot a combined 7-24 from the field. This included only hitting two of their eleven threepoint attempts. Simply put, UC Davis must do better at scoring the basketball. The Tigers, who lead the conference in scoring, averaging 70.5 points a game, will put up a fair share of points. Thus, the Aggies must find some way of keeping up with the high-octane Pacific offense. Whether the scoring comes in the form of a monster night from Fipps or a more balanced attack, UC Davis must score. Then they must score some more. — Kenneth Ling

erage of 5.26 and have had strong starting pitching from junior Evan Wolf (1-0) and sophomore Robert Parucha (1-0). Wolf has started three games and holds a 2.40 ERA. Parucha has come in to relieve the starters and has done a nice job in his four appearances accumulating a 1.54 ERA. The Aggies are currently seventh in the Big West Conference standings, but have yet to play any conference games. Cal State Fullerton leads the league with a record of 10-1. UC Davis will be playing at home, where it holds a 5-5 record. It looks to improve from a 27-30 record last year, which consisted of an impressive home record of 1711. Its conference record was even at 12-12 and finished fifth in the Big West in 2012. CSU Bakersfield comes into the series with a record of 8-4 and is second in the Western Athletic Conference. It has played its first 11 games at home and has matched up with Nebraska and USC, two teams in major conferences. It traveled for the first time to play UC Irvine on Tuesday, losing 1-6. Now, the Roadrunners are ready for their second road trip of the season against the Aggies. CSU Bakersfield is led by senior Dylan Christensen, who is batting .413 and has started all 12 games. He is among the leaders in every offensive statistic for his team. As a unit, the Roadrunners are batting .282 on the season. Their pitching has been solid thus far, maintaining a 3.11 ERA. Christensen pitches as well as he hits and has two saves with a 1.08 ERA. — Luke Bae

Men’s Basketball Preview Teams: UC Davis vs. Long Beach State; vs. UC Irvine Records: Aggies,14-14, (9-7); 49ers, 17-11, (13-3); Anteaters, 17-13, (10-6) Where: The Pavilion — Davis, Calif. When: Thursday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 7 p.m. Who to watch: With all the fanfare surrounding this week’s ESPN2 game it is hard to pick just one player to watch. However, if Aggie fans are looking for elec-tricity, they can find it in junior Ryan Sypkens. The Elk Grove, Calif. local has returned to the roster after being sidelined with a knee surgery last season. In his “comeback” year, he has hit 99 three-pointers, earning him the school record for most three-pointers in a season, as well as career threes as an Aggie. He broke both of Ryan Sypkens those records with one shot, junior and this Thursday he can crack the 100 mark with another. Additionally, it has been two years since Long Beach State was tasked with defending Sypkens’ hot hands. It may be enough to give the Aggies the competitive edge they will need to take down the first-place team in the Big West Conference. Did you know? Aggie basketball is delivering the excitement this week. Thursday’s game is the first-ever UC Davis basketball game to appear on national television. As if ESPN2 was not enough, Saturday’s home game will be Senior Night for the Aggies. UC Davis will be tasked with hon-

oring and saying goodbye to two incredible players because both Paolo Mancasola and Ryan Howley will be graduating at the end of this year. Preview: It is obvious that Long Beach State has the best record in conference. However, are they truly the “best” team in the Big West? The Aggies traveled to Long Beach a few weeks ago and played an incredibly tight game that came down to the wire. Essentially, it was a game of endurance. UC Davis — minus Sypkens — and Long Beach State sent their best guys against each other to duke it out to the finish. The 49ers did manage to pull a 71-65 victory after some drawn-out fouling and free throws closed the game. Thursday night, the Aggies will have Sypkens back and they will have their home crowd behind them. This game should not be the blowout that many fans are expecting and in truth, the Aggies could walk away with the upset if they maintain their nerves and finish strong. Head coach Jim Les is feeling confident. “We’re going to be ready,” Les said. UC Davis is hoping for a record crowd on Thursday but fans should also return to watch Saturday’s matchup against the UC Irvine Anteaters. It is the last home game of the season and the team will need support as they tackle another leader in the Big West. — Kim Carr

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