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Yolo County creates travel magazine

Website aims to help roommates settle bills

YOLO strives to attract more tourists By GABRIELLA HAMLETT Aggie News Writer

The new Yolo County tourist magazine, YOLO, published its first issue at the end of January. Also known as “You Only Live Once,” the magazine capitalizes on the popular acronym as a way to showcase all the attractions Yolo County has to offer. YOLO has since been received with much excitement by the Davis community. The 10,000 copies printed — funded solely through paid advertisements — were distributed free of charge at all local hotels, one hotel in West Sacramento and two hotels in Woodland; the Davis, Woodland and Winters Chambers of Commerce; and the Yolo County Visitors Bureau. Irisa Tam / Aggie “It has been a great opportunity for local businesses to run with us, like the Sacramento Zoo and other businesses or places of interest for visitors that were unique to Davis — for example, the bike path,” said Nancy Hannell, advertising director for YOLO. Since its release, the magazine has been gaining support throughout Yolo County. “I think it’s a very good publication … it’s going to be a real useful tool for people interested in touring Davis and Yolo County,” said Alan Humason, executive director of the Yolo County Visitors Bureau. YOLO is a tourist-focused magazine that serves primarily as a hands-on guide for tourists and locals. “As Davis tries to become more of a tourist destination, the magazine will be a useful re-

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source for people coming in without having been here before and will also be helpful for locals to realize how much Davis has to offer,” said Tanya Perez, associate editor of YOLO. Publishing more than once a year is being considered, but for now the magazine will remain as an annual publication. “What we will do next year is still on the table ... this one will have a one-year shelf life. We won’t publish it again until next January, but after that we may do it twice a year,” Perez said. Perez, who is responsible for content, layout and pictures, felt the magazine would provide an alternative option to newsprint for tourists. “The content for the magazine came from our archives at the [Davis] Enterprise that we updated to create a consistent feel throughout the magazine. The goal was to have the photos tell the stories,” Perez said. Hannell also said she thinks it will be beneficial to parents of UC Davis students. “It’s a nice magazine to take home or to use while visiting,” Hannell said. Currently, YOLO is gaining more momentum as it becomes more well-known among visitors. “It’s a handy reference for lots of facilities and venues that we can use to give to people who are interested in more info,” Humason said. “Many of people do research online but there are still many people that need a physical representation, and the YOLO magazine certainly provides that.” GABRIELLA HAMLETT can be reached at

Zenrow reaches out to college campuses

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Zenrow is a website that facilitates bill-paying between roommates.

By PAAYAL ZAVERI Aggie Staff Writer

Zenrow is a new tool that offers college roommates a solution to handling and paying bills — a common grievance in college. “Like most useful applications, the founding team had a deep-seated need for Zenrow,” said Luke Langon, one of the founders of Zenrow. “At a certain point, almost every roommate gets fed up with the elongated process of handling rent and bills between each other.” The website allows roommates to post the quantity of each bill and calculate who owes what. It also keeps

track of issued payments. To make a payment for each bill, a PayPal button appears under the specified amounts and each roommate can pay their individual dues. According to Langon, Zenrow creates a central space instead of relying on many different modes of communication to handle payments between roommates. "I think anything that can solve potential conflicts over money is useful," said Deep Singh, a third-year mechanical engineering major. "Dealing with money can put serious strains on friendships so anything to ease

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Haiku are not just for English class Professors incorporate poetry in non-English courses By ALYSSA KUHLMAN

Haiku by Peter B. Moyle

Aggie Features Writer

A student makes his way to the front of the class and starts to sing a rap about fish. He’s chosen to sing his haiku about salmon, a haiku he’s been required to write for his class, Wildlife, Fish and Conservation 120, also known as Biology of Fishes. This is just one of the interesting perks Professor Peter B. Moyle includes in his classes: poetry. While poetry may seem a lost art to some, it is actually a unique skill many professors and graduate students here at UC Davis are incorporating into their classes. Just because you are not enrolled in an English course does not mean you will escape the experience of writing poetry in a fish biology class or a design class. Professor Moyle said he cannot ever remember not using poetry in his classes, even when he taught as a graduate student over 40 years ago. “In my fish class, I write a haiku on the board every morning and require students to write at least one or some other form of poetry. I also encourage them to place haiku in class essays, which is tricky but can be done,” Moyle said. He considers haiku to require surprising discipline when writing the five-seven-five syllable pattern. While Moyle wants his students to try their best at composing haiku, he also uses them for entertainment. Design professor D.R. Wagner is also a poet and teaches Poetry by Design.

Biking in white fog Black crows among dark branches: I think of hagfish. Haiku, year after year Evaporating like water After summer rain. “I teach Poetry by Design, which uses design principles as a basis for writing. I had them work with images that were very ephemeral. It’s the only drawing class [that I know of ] where you have to tell a story about [the art],” Wagner said. Wagner recently published a book called 97 Poems. This is one of over 20 books on poetry and letters Wagner has published. He said that his style does not seem to have changed, but rather matured over time. “I write in a variety of styles. It’s a lyrical [style], sometimes there’s a narrative to it, most of the poems seem to be atmospheric, there are different states of being [in them],” Wagner said. His topics tend to focus on angels, stars and the moon, as well as emotional space. “I tend to think that emotions are really void,

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News iN Brief

UC Board of Regents to meet tomorrow The UC Board of Regents is scheduled to meet tomorrow at UCSF Mission Bay. The meeting will be held at the Conference Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until Thursday. The meeting agenda includes the search for the next UC president, the systemwide Social Fundraising program, campus safety and security, court settlements involving UC

Today’s weather Mostly clear High 79 Low 45

and auditing practices. A select number of sessions will be open to the public. More details on the meeting, as well as links to stream the meeting live, can be found online at

Alabama Shakes rock the Mondavi Center On Wednesday, Alabama Shakes held on to their audience’s attention at the sold-out Mondavi Center event. The southern rock band hails from Alabama and is currently touring with their debut album Boys and Girls. The band played most of the songs off of their album, along with some newer songs. Michael Kiwanuka and Sam Doores & Riley Downing opened. — Hannah Strumwasser

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Forecast Welcome to Paradise, my friends. It’s time again for the perfect spring California weather to take you away from the Hazy Shade of Winter to the Smokin’ weather of spring. Sundress season has now unofficially started as well, as I spotted the first dress of the season last week. Tyson Tilmont, atmospheric science major Aggie Forecasting Team



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Why didn’t the sun go to college? Because it already had thousands of degrees! May you all get above average grades this quarter! Good luck! Joyce Berthelsen

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acrobatics and explores themes of identity and exile.

Comparative Aspects of Obesity in Cats


Noon to 1 p.m. 110 Gladys Valley Join Dr. Margarethe Hoenig, professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for a presentation on the comparative aspects of obesity in our feline friends.

WEDNESDAY Beyond the Bush Pump: Microworlds of Humanitarian Design Noon to 1:30 p.m. 1246 Social Sciences and Humanities Join us for a talk by Peter Redfield, associate professor of anthropology and STS scholar at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Richard III 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wyatt Pavilion Theater Come down for this free performance of Richard III, written by William Shakespeare, presented by ShakespeareOn-a-Shoestring. For more information, go to

SATURDAY Richard III 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wyatt Pavilion Theater Come down for this free performance of Richard III, written by William Shakespeare, presented by ShakespeareOn-a-Shoestring. For more information, go to

THURSDAY FLASH: A New Choreography 8 to 10 p.m. Wright Main Theater Come see a new work devised and choreographed by Granada artist-inresidence Qudus Onikeku, whose Yoruba culture-based work often fuses hiphop, capoeira and Nigerian dance with

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Clearly the right number There was a hang-up call to the Davis Police Department; in the background were male subjects talking about drinking, driving and smoking weed on Hanover Drive.


A group of juveniles took several milk cartons from Whole Foods on First Street and smashed them on the floor.

SUNDAY Maybe he was hungry A male subject brandished a knife at a customer at Woodstock’s Pizza on G Street.

Smooth Criminal A juvenile wearing a green baseball cap, green shorts and purple shoes used scissors to open and steal $100 headphones on Second Street.

Doggone it A subject kept dropping off his pitbull at someone’s house on College Park, and the person wanted the subject to quit it.



Water you doing?! Somebody was arguing with their roommate, so the roommate threw water on the person and their laptop on Ninth Street.

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is fourth-year managerial economics major Sean Newell. “They’re just starting to spread on campuses across the nation and are solving big pain points for college students,” Newell said in an email. “The average group of roommates calculates who owes what for bills and rent in Excel or on paper, then reminds each other of the owed amounts by different modes of communication [such as] in person, text [or] email because nobody ever has their checkbook on them, and then finally writes and exchanges multiple checks between each other.” James Sherrer, a fifthyear managerial economics and political science major, has been using Zenrow for a while now. He said Zenrow has solved many money issues between him and his roommates. Individuals can sign up for Zenrow at zenrow. com.

Cont. from front page that is a good idea.” Langon launched the website along with his two friends, Matt Holt and Eric Bailey. It’s been over two months since they started the website, and Langon said they have seen it spread to many more people by word of mouth. “We’ve received feedback that Zenrow is particularly useful for college roommates because they tend to keep a tighter schedule of settling up on shared bills soon after receiving them,” Langon said. Third-year biochemistry major Kevin Tran said that the website seems like a cool way to organize apartment tasks and funds online. However, he thinks that using existing modes of online communication, like Facebook groups, works just as well. Zenrow has started to reach out to various college campuses. Their rep- PAAYAL ZAVERI can be reached at resentative at UC Davis

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West Village

Better late than never The West Village housing community has been receiving lots of hype recently. Well, all the hype is recent since the community is only 2 years old. It’s young, shiny, colorful and not only is it net zero energy, it is even net positive. That’s right, the combined solar production from the acres of solar panels actually exceeds the amount of electricity used by the complex. While this is all well and good, a village can not be a village if it is just residences. Obviously, the architects thought of this and incorporated spaces that were to be filled with convenience stores, coffee shops and the like. If you happened to attend the Sacramento City College extension and live in West Village, these stores would ensure that you would never have to leave the comfort of your resort-style housing. But alas, for the past two years, residents have been forced to seek their convenience store nourishment by actually leaving the complex! Until about three weeks ago, all this store space was vacant and filled to the brim with cardboard boxes. At long last, the first sign has been hung for the HUB, a coffee shop and eatery that will be

the first of (hopefully) many shops to grace the storefronts of our housing paradise. Now, it’s great that a store has finally opened, but shouldn’t it have taken a little less than two years for this to happen? Couldn’t West Village have focused their energy on these stores instead of buying 10 iPads for the leasing office? Maybe ... But those iPads are just so darn pretty! We want a store where we can buy sunscreen before lounging at our two pools. We want a store that sells 600-thread count Egyptian cotton towels to wrap ourselves in after hot tubbing. But seriously, it would have been great to have a coffee shop nearby last year when construction was waking us up every day at 8 a.m. This coffee place should also stay open 24 hours a day, so that residents are not relegated to buying overpriced energy drinks from the vending machine in the 24-hour, wellstocked gym. We look forward to seeing what other amenities the famed West Village will soon be offering. Maybe when our grandchildren live there, they will have added in a store to buy test supplies.

Basketball game

School spirited away The excitement was tangible Thursday night as students formed a line from the Pavilion to the cows, waiting for the basketball game that was to be broadcast on ESPN2. Sadly, our team came out one point short in a heartwrenching 77-76 battle. But Aggie Pride definitely won the game. The game was sold out, with 5,670 fans packing the stands — an impressive turnout for a UC Davis basketball game. Not only was the game an exciting show of the talent of our basketball players, it was one

of the best displays of Aggie Pride we’ve seen in a while. Aggie Pack got the crowd pumped up while Band-uh! played. There was a Harlem Shake moment and Gunrock got down. The men’s basketball team played hard and proved that UC Davis is a legitimate force in the Big West Conference. It was heartening to see students supporting students who work hard, every day and all day. We hope that this display of school spirit is not a one-time thing and Aggie fans make it out to more basketball games in the future.

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There has been much discussion about how UC administrators are petitioning to keep UC SHIP exempt from the standards of the Affordable Care Act and how UC Office of the President mismanaged UC SHIP to the tune of nearly $60 million. What I haven’t seen or heard discussed is how these factors may spell the demise of UC SHIP when the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) kicks in next January. Since UC SHIP is a self-funded student plan, it is not mandated by ACA to meet certain standards. UCOP’s response to this has been to get UC SHIP classified as “minimum essential coverage.” The problem with UCOP doing this is that it keeps UC SHIP in this gray-zone where the elimination of caps is still not mandatory. Currently, students face a yearly prescription drug cap and a lifetime coverage cap under UC SHIP. The reality is that this cap is far from sufficient for dealing with a long-term or costly medical condition such as cancer. UCOP thinks it has done us a favor when in fact it has just further cemented UC students’ lack of health security. Next there is the deficit. UC SHIP is expected to be just under

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in large enough numbers than the buying power of our plan will be significantly reduced. At this point we basically have a downward spiral, where more students leaving the plan causes more students to leave, until UC SHIP is just no longer a competitive plan at all. I am not the only one who thinks this way. I sit on the UC SHIP student advisory committee here at Davis and one of the directors of Student Health and Counseling Services said in our Feb. 13 meeting that this is a very realistic scenario and that she thinks that after a few years of the state exchanges being established that the UC will no longer offer health insurance to students. Either we can demand that UCOP pay for its mistakes and that the caps are dropped, or we can sit by and watch as UC SHIP wastes away its last few years, at the expense of those students who do not immediately leave the plan. Duane Wright Ph.D student in Sociology Unit Chair of the UC Student Worker Union UAW 2865 at UC Davis Member of the UC SHIP student advisory committee

Bigger than basketball LET’S. GO. AGS. On Thursday, the UC Davis Pavilion shook with the intensity of Aggies who were attempting to prove much more than just how far our men’s basketball team has come in the last year. Sometimes, UC Davis isn’t given enough credit. Occasionally, Aggie Pride is underestimated. But on Thursday night, Aggie Basketball put these notions of not-good-enough-to-be-on-ESPN to shame. Not only was the night a history-making event for UC Davis Athletics, but it also gave our fantastic school the chance to really prove itself in front of a national stage. While we all know that UC Davis has everything (and more) to offer that the big-name schools have, sometimes this fact goes unnoticed. Nevertheless, when faced with the opportunity to go big against Long Beach State, the Aggies did what we do best. We showed up, we showed pride and we showed the nation just how great Davis truly is. And the night that the Aggies almost beat the 49ers represented so much more than just a one-point game. The fact that UC Davis, a relatively under-appreciated D1 school could not only put up an incredible fight against the number-one team in the Big West, but

do it with such an incredible fan section behind it, demonstrated a few really important facts about our school. First, the game proved that UC Davis is on the brink. After facing the growing pains of advancing to D1 athletics a few years ago, Thursday night showed that Davis has finally arrived. It’s our time now. We all know what our school and our students have to offer. Aggies are talented, committed, passionate and brilliant. And we proved this to Thursday’s national audience by bringing it on and off the court. Second, Aggie Pack is a force to be reckoned with. Everybody knows about Duke’s Cameron Crazies, Indiana’s Hoosiers and the Orange Men of Syracuse. And, because of the epic battle on March 7, everyone finally knows about the Aggies of UC Davis, too. Standing in the audience at the Long Beach game was an Aggie-Pride-inducing, YOLO (county)-increasing, and completely school spirit-infused experience. It was the first chance the Ags were given to prove how great our fan section is on a national level. And, boy, did we prove it. All I can say to the Crazies, Hoosiers and Orange Men is watch out. Aggie Pack be comin’ for ya. Finally, the showdown in the

Pavilion showcased that UC Davis is the total package. Sure, we have lots of cows and even more bikes. And, yeah, we might be a bit in the middle of nowhere. But we’re also the No. 8 public school in the nation and the No. 1 coolest school. And, on top off all that, Ags know how to have a good time. It is no question that Davis truly has it all. We all know that we love being Ags, and Thursday night earned this fact some much-deserved national recognition. All I can say is that, against the 49ers, the Pavilion was filled as it has never been before, students were supporting Aggie athletics like no other time in history and our school was finally showcased on a national level. Never have I been as committed to UC Davis or have I felt more proud to be an Ag. You know you felt it, too. So, fellow Aggies, here’s my challenge to you. Keep it up. Be the Ags you showed the nation on Thursday. We know we’ve got something special here in Davis, and if we keep acting like we did on that historic night, soon the rest of the nation will realize how great Davis is, too. Mary Young Third–year history major

lem be solved? objectively defined sources of harm The answer might surprise you. It to others. Taxes on carbon emisis a proper definition of individual sions that can be found in severTristan rights, especially property rights. al European countries are one such It may be the case that we can- example. De Liege not always say precisely where It might be thought, though, that Tree of Liberty one’s property ends. With some the restriction of freedom on some kinds of physical property, such businessmen is worthwhile in the as land, the issue is straightforcontext of furthering the welfare of ward. With other kinds, such society as a whole. as the air above one’s property But we should not think in these or the water that flows through terms — individuals do not exist one’s property, merely to meet ne of the most common obthe issue is much the needs of the The ever evolving principles of public at large (injections to capitalism is that it more complex. leads to unchecked negative Intellectual prop- common law are an excellent deed, there is no externalities. An externality is an effect erty is arguably “public good” intool here of economic activity that is not aceven more comdependent of the counted for in the costs of the goods plicated. values of each inor services involved in the transaction. However, this just demonstrates dividual). Many externalities are positive: the need for objective criteria that The activities of people in trade For instance, when a park is creatdetermine when harm has been and production will presumably ofed near some houses, it adds to the done on a level that justifies comten create many positive effects and value of the surrounding property, pensation. Obviously, there are negative effects that are unaccounteven if the neighboring homeownclear cases when I am “harmed” ed for: The issue only becomes a leers did not have to pay for its existhat do not justify compensation gitimate state concern when peotence. Others are negative, such as — I cannot justly require comple are objectively being coerced or when an airport being constructpensation for the fact that seea person or her property is directed near houses reduces the value of ing a certain skyscraper next to my ly physically harmed. If a given ecothose properties. house annoys me. nomic transaction or productive ac Usually, people citing negative ex- On the other hand, it could nevtivity does not harm others in this ternalities as an objection to capier be the case that someone could way, then individuals are perfectly talism have in mind the air or water get away with directly covering my justified in engaging in that action to pollution that capitalism seems to property with toxic fumes. All of the seek their own profit or happiness. produce, since limiting such waste cases in between can be solved by Not only are externalities not a is often not profitable. The solution proper definitions of property in air problem for capitalism, but capito these problems, says the oppoor ocean, for example, and a system talism is the best system for dealing nent of capitalism, is the intervenof courts that allows citizens to exwith such externalities, since it is the tion of the state via subsidies, public press their grievances and engage in system where all property is privateservices or regulations. Such interlitigation. The ever evolving princily owned and therefore has the most vention will fix the “inefficiency” of ples of common law are an excellent objective method of addressing the the free market. tool here. side-effects of economic activity on In a completely free capital Economic regulations or taxes individuals. ist society — in which the state is unfairly punish every capitalist encommitted to nothing but protect- gaging in certain kinds of economic TRISTAN DE LIEGE won’t require compensation for the ing the lives, liberty and property activity by restricting their freedom positive externality of this free column. He can be reached of its people — how can this prob- whether or not they have created at



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$60 million in debt by this summer. When UC SHIP was formed by consolidating the existing campus health insurance plans all oversight became centralized under UCOP and campus health services were no longer able to oversee the plan. Hired consultants did some poor math, and UCOP didn’t keep their own tabs on the plan or get any second opinions, and let the plan go into debt year after year, until we got to the situation we are in now. UCOP’s solution is to charge students for their mismanagement, nearly doubling our fees over the next few years. Most important is what all this will mean if UCOP does pass the buck on to us and doesn’t remove the caps. Next January, students will face the option of buying a cheaper insurance plan on the state exchanges which doesn’t have any yearly or lifetime caps, or sticking with the more expensive UC SHIP plan which will not be there for them if they face a catastrophic illness. Which would you choose: the cheaper plan which offers more health security or the more expensive plan with less coverage? The obvious choice for many students will be to go to the exchanges and drop UC SHIP. If students do this

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smaller magazines where they know who they’re talking to than getting sold in a large magazine like The New Yorker,” Sneathen said. However, having smaller magazines pick up the poet’s work ensures that the right target audience is being reached. As far as the content of his book, Wagner considers “Cancion del cielo” to be one of his favorite poems. Poetry, whether it be the lyrical poems of Wagner’s or the concise haiku of Moyle’s, can often be considered an old-fashioned art. Sneathen points out that many people read modern poetry without realizing it. “Do people read contemporary poetry? They do and they don’t. I had my [English] 5P class read Shel Silverstein, and most people have read [him] and Dr. Seuss,” Sneathen said. “I think people forget … that those things are poetry. I think people end up being afraid of what modern poetry is.” Sneathen hopes that students will continue to immerse themselves in learning and writing poetry, especially with the many opportunities that exist today to explore more of it. “I think in terms of readership and access, I think [Master of Fine Arts] programs have really opened up audiences and reception,” Sneathen said. “In a way poetry seems more accessible now than ever.”


Cont. from front page and that when we try to describe them we can talk around the edges of them; we can find out what they’re like but we can’t express them directly except by immersing one’s self in the poetry,” Wagner said. Wagner read some of his poetry at the John Natsoulas Gallery this past Thursday. English graduate student Eric Sneathen, whose emphasis is poetry, has lived in Davis for seven years and considers Natsoulas to be the best place to read poetry. “There are [also] some other open mics — like SickSpits has one on campus, and it tends to be more spoken-word,” Sneathen said. “Dr. Andy has a radio show and he advertises his open mic on that as well.” While Wagner describes his style as lyrical, Moyle prefers to practice the short rhythms of haiku and Sneathen prefers not to stick to a particular style. “For me, I think personal style is kind of a trap. Style is kind of an argument unto itself. In making different arguments, I try to make different styles to make that happen,” Sneathen said. Both Sneathen and Wagner enjoy having their poetry published, considering that poetry can often be overlooked in the readership world. “The readership for poetry is always gonna be kind of low. Every magazine has its own audience; a ALYSSA KUHLMAN can be reached at features@ lot of people would prefer to be in

THE WINTER NORTH OF ROLZTK By D.R. Wagner Forgive me if I no longer Remember the names of villages That lie to the north of Rolztk. It has been many years and no one Has spoken their names to me Since that time. I can recall them After a fashion and remember they were So lovely and bright and gay and The women so beautiful. I also Remember the dancing, how spirited It was at the time. Then too it was Winter and a cold One with much snow most of the Time and wind! Wind like we had Never seen before or since. It whirled The snow so fiercely that it was next To impossible to see the buildings. We would knock on any door we could Find and were always allowed in, given Vodka, seated next to the fire. And we danced. The entire Winter Was passed this way. Before Spring we were required to leave.

We took the dogs and left at night. The music inside the buildings still Exciting, the women so beautiful. the interiors so bright and filled with laughing and good feeling. We left before dawn, coursing into The throat of the storms and made for the South. I cannot recall How long we travelled but we were Nearly out of food when we reached The Lodzak, the river, I mean The river, surely you know it. Yet now you are here, asking me The names of those cities and Discounting the tales we tell you. Forgive me if I can no longer Remember these names. Names Are not what the journey Was ever about. Whatever it was about It was not names and we were So young and full of newness that It seems a dream, yet I swear It was not, no not at all.


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Teammates once again Molly Greubel, Blair Shinoda reunited in same backcourt

Volatile Tempe weather does not rain on Aggies’ split weekend Nunez bats .600 on the weekend while Vela records seventh victory By ALLI KOPAS Aggie Sports Writer

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Senior Blair Shinoda (No. 10) and sophomore Molly Greubel (No. 23) played basketball together in high school.

By KENNETH LING Aggie Sports Writer

Often times, high school friends part ways as they head to different colleges or endeavors. However, senior Blair Shinoda and sophomore Molly Greubel are not only are attending the same school once again, but are also playing on the same basketball team. The two guards once again pair up in the UC Davis backcourt after playing basketball together in high school. They both attended Foothill High School in Santa Ana, Calif., where they played one season together. That one season was a positive experience for both players as they forged a stronger bond over the course of the year. "I had a really great freshman year. I was under the leadership of Blair, and I knew her going into that [season]. Our parents are good friends too," Greubel said. "I worked out with her dad a few times getting ready for high school. Right when I got there, she was a great leader, very positive out on the court." Greubel's and Shinoda's combined efforts, in their lone season playing together in high school, helped their team achieve an impressive 30-2 season record. Greubel added some scoring and rebounding depth on a very good Foothill team. As a freshman, she averaged 2.2 points and one rebound a game. Greubel's and Shinoda's relationship grew stronger during their lone high school season together. "She was the only freshman

and she played and contributed," Shinoda said. "It was really fun getting to know her because I knew her always as a little kid, but now I saw just how hard she worked and her work ethic." Shinoda was a key factor in Foothill's offensive and defensive game plan. She averaged 9.8 points and 5.9 assists on the offensive end of the court. What was even more remarkable about her play was that she also averaged two steals and 1.1 blocks a game. She truly exemplified the model of a two-way player. Both Shinoda and Greubel left high school in historic fashion. Shinoda left Foothill as the all-time leader in career assists, sixth in steals and third in blocks. Greubel also finished high school with some impressive career stats. She was fourth in three-point shots made, fifth in career free-throw percentage and total points scored. As both players left their illustrious high school careers behind, they faced a new, more difficult challenge: college basketball. However, Shinoda and Greubel made the transition smoothly and are key players on the Aggies' squad. The Aggies almost missed out on signing Shinoda, who is seventh in the conference in assists, averaging 3.1 per game, and fourth in steals, with 1.9 per game. Her choice to play at UC Davis was an interesting decision, as she did not seriously consider UC Davis in the beginning of her recruitment. Luckily, she fell in love with Davis during her visit, and the rest, as they say,

is history. “It was pretty random because I had never been up here at Davis. But when I came up here for my unofficial visit, I loved the atmosphere, the college town, especially when I met the coaches," Shinoda said. The Aggies are sure glad that she did, as Shinoda's decision was a critical factor in the recruitment of Greubel as well. Greubel as a freshman is currently third on the Aggies in scoring with 6.1 points a game. "Blair had a huge impact on me going [to UC Davis], indirectly. In fact, I would go just to watch her play sometimes and I really liked the style that the team played and I really liked the coaching staff," Greubel said. "It was never really in my mind that I wanted to play at Davis until a lot later on in the process. I ended up coming up to visit Blair over a weekend and got to know the girls and the team; loved them. The coaches were phenomenal." The duo of Shinoda and Greubel have had great success in their playing experiences — first, having a phenomenal high school season, and now playing together as two key members of UC Davis' women's basketball team. As Shinoda's final season as an Aggie wraps up, the Aggies are hoping for a little more of the Shinoda-Greubel magic as they head into the conference playoffs. KENNETH LING can be reached at sports@

a 5-4 lead over the Irish. However, the final surge for Notre Dame would prove to be a little too late, as the final score resulted in a 5-4 victory for the Aggies, increasing their record to 10-12, as well as improving Vela’s record to 6-1 on the season. Sunday — UC Davis 2, Pittsburgh 0 In the Aggies’ (10-12) first game of their final day of play against the Pittsburgh Panthers (9-8), Vela proved once again to be a winning force for the Aggies, pitching a complete game shutout while allowing only one hit and retiring 14 to record her seventh win on the season to make the Aggies’ overall record 11-12. Striking out the first two batters of the game swinging, Vela set the tone for the rest of the game early. In five out of the seven innings she pitched, Vela retired two or more batters, highlighted by a second inning where she struck out the side. The Aggies’ offense recorded one run in the first off a timely RBI single by Nunez, and then added another to increase their lead to 2-0 in the fifth with a double by sophomore Kayla Tyler. Both Nunez and Tyler led the Aggies’ offense for the game, recording an RBI each while hitting 2-3. Vela’s complete dominance in the pitcher’s circle aided the Aggies in their second win for the weekend. “I know that our entire club and our entire coaching staff and the university is just blessed to have her, and I think that she is just a great competitor,” Yoder said. “She has a wide variety of pitches and continues to work on her game, and I think that she is truly coming together at the right part of the season. We are excited for what she is going to do in conference.” Sunday — UC Davis 3, Arizona State 12 (5 innings) In the final matchup of the tournament for the Aggies (11-12), formidable opponent Arizona State (23-1) would serve as the final opponent standing in the Aggies’ way from a solid weekend of play. Although the Sun Devils’ offensive brilliance would prove to be too much for the Aggies to overcome, UC Davis displayed admirable moments in their loss against the tournament host. Nunez proved once again to be a powerful force for the Aggies’ offense, picking up all three RBI for the game with a single in the first, followed by a two-run home run in the third. Despite the Aggies’ attempts to challenge Arizona State, the Sun Devils demonstrated why they are the number-three ranked team in the nation, scoring in four out of the five innings played, highlighted by a seven-run third which locked down the win. The Aggies were not without opportunities in scoring position, however, as they stranded six on base through five innings. With the loss, the Aggies recorded their second loss for the tournament, moving their overall record to 11-13, while the Sun Devils remained with only one loss on the season, improving theirs to 24-1. The Aggies’ weekend ahead will feature a double-header against Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday, as UC Davis looks for redemption from their 2-0 loss earlier in the season to the Roadrunners at the Stanford Invitational. Beginning on March 29, the Aggies will begin conference play as they travel to Hawai’i for a two-game series.

As the Aggies traveled to Tempe, Ariz. this weekend to compete in the Diamond Devil Invitational, the team brought with them the volatile weather Davis has been experiencing lately. Previously in the week, the Aggies already had to reschedule their March 6 matchup against the Stanford Cardinal for May 1 due to potentially harsh weather conditions. On the first day of play in Tempe, after completing only the top of the first inning against the New Mexico State Aggies, severe rain and hail postponed the conclusion of their encounter until Saturday. Yet even with severe weather issues threatening the schedule of play, the Aggies proved to be contenders against their tough schedule featuring four opponents all with records over .500, culminating in the Aggies’ biggest challenge against host and number-three ranked Arizona State. The team split the weekend with wins against tough Notre Dame and Pittsburgh teams, aided by the offensive brilliance of sophomore Amy Nunez who batted .600 on the weekend, coming up with clutch hits to record five RBI for the Aggies. “It was a great platform for the Aggies to compete in, and facing the caliber of teams that we did I think challenged us and gave us good opportunities to give a variety of players the opportunity to step up and be challenged,” said coach Karen Yoder. Saturday — UC Davis 2, New Mexico State 4 Once the rain from the Friday had finally subsided,the UC Davis Aggies (9-11) versus the New Mexico State Aggies (14-7) showdown resumed play again in the bottom of the first inning on Saturday. A pitcher’s duel, featuring freshman Leah Munden for the Aggies, led both teams into the fourth inning with empty score columns. The Aggies were able to add their first run in the top of the fourth after a clutch triple off the bat of freshman Christa Castello, who ended up batting 3-3 on the game. After giving up two back-to-back solo home runs in the bottom of the fourth, however, Munden’s no-hitter would be shattered, resulting in a 2-1 lead for New Mexico State. The New Mexico State Aggies again added another two runs to increase their lead to 4-1 after five innings. UC Davis would not challenge offensively again until the top of the seventh when a leadoff solo home run off the bat of Nunez gave the Aggies their final run in a 2-4 loss in their first game of the tournament. Saturday — UC Davis 5, Notre Dame 4 Following their tough loss against New Mexico State, UC Davis (9-12) looked to their second matchup of the day against a strong Notre Dame team (13-5) with the hopes of adding their first win of the tournament. In the bottom of the second, a solo home run for senior Kelly Schulze served as the first run posted by either team. With the assistance of two untimely errors and wild pitching by the Irish, the Aggies would add another four runs to increase their sizable lead to 5-0, maintaining this without challenge until the sixth. After holding the fighting Irish hitless through five innings, sophomore Justine Vela’s final inning would feature four hits, including a two-run homer and a solo shot in the sixth inning to allow the Aggies to cling for life with ALLI KOPAS can be reached at

Aggies suffer tough losses this past weekend Cal State Northridge, UCSB come out on top By VEENA BANSAL Aggie Sports Writer

tying the match at 8-8. Through a series of lead changes and goals scored by both teams, the match was leveled at 10-10. With 53 seconds remaining, Janke scored on an extra-player opportunity, putting the Matadors up 11-10. To add onto the heartbreak of the loss, UC Davis fell to 15th-ranked UC Santa Barbara in the final ten seconds in an 8-7 thriller on Saturday afternoon. Curran, Eggert and Dunn scored two goals apiece while Rawlinson scored in the seventh. Freshman Jessie Porter led UCSB with three goals, including the game-winner. Trailing 2-1 throughout the first quarter, UC Davis put on a show, scoring four straight goals in the second to gain a 5-2 halftime lead. Rawlinson scored on a 6-on-5 opportunity and Curran scored a minute later to give the Aggies their first lead. At halftime, the Aggies were up by three. The Gauchos gained momentum after the break, however, and cut the lead to only one. Matador Kacey Creek equalized the match early in the fourth, netting her second goal at the 1:33 mark. The Gauchos gained possession with 44 seconds left and called a timeout. Porter scored game-winner with only ten seconds left. The Aggies continue Big West Conference road action, this time against first-year member San Diego State on Friday. The Aztecs are currently ranked seventh nationally.

With women’s water polo Big West action in full swing, the Aggies are facing tremendous challenges against their opponents. This past weekend the team fell to Cal State Northridge and UC Santa Barbara. The Aggies are ranked 13th and have fallen to 10-9 overall and 0-2 in conference. UC Davis lost to Cal State Northridge 11-10 last Friday. Matador junior Leah Janke stole the show with a game-winner in the final minute. Although seniors Jessica Dunn and Carmen Eggert scored hat tricks, the Aggies were unable to snatch the win away from the Matadors. Dunn scored in each of the first three quarters, while Eggert scored in the first, third and fourth frames. Junior center Hannah Curran chipped in two goals, while sophomore Katrina Husted and junior Alex Rawlinson added one each. Senior Riane Woods finished with ten saves. Throughout the course of the match, neither team led by more than two goals. The Aggies were in a tie with the Matadors nine times while the lead shifted seven times. Cal State Northridge extended their lead in the first quarter 4-2 with two goals from Nelson. Dunn and Curran fought back to level the match at 4-4 with 2:33 left in the half. With Rawlinson’s effort, the Aggies captured their first lead toward the end of the second quarter and were able to extend the margin 6-4. In the second half, Dunn and Eggert scored, VEENA BANSAL can be reached at

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Junior Hannah Curran passes the ball in the game against Stanford. UC Davis is currently 13th in the conference.

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Having the world at your fingertips Smartphone apps essential for spring break

By JOYCE BERTHELSEN Aggie Features Writer With spring break right around the corner, many students are anxious for their longawaited trips. For some, frantic last-minute planning is still being put into motion as many attempt live up to the notorious college spring break. Thankfully, we are in a generation of smartphones, where the latest and greatest application can help you through the mog of planning the perfect getaway. In an era of thousands of smartphone applications, users get lost in all of the possibilities available to them. But while you venture out into the world, keep in mind that there are helpful and handy tools which you can use to broaden your horizon and become technologically adventurous as well. Steering out of the mainstream Facebook, Instagram and Yelp, there are apps that can cater to your specific needs. Dalena Chu, a third-year genetics major, sees the benefit of using travel applications for making sure college vacationing goes as smoothly as possible. “I think people who are in business [or who] travel a lot, having an iPhone or [any] smartphone is very useful,” Chu said. “You carry your phone everywhere, so why not just put everything on one thing?” Planning your trip Today’s trip planning has become much more efficient with flight and hotel booking only a finger tap away. Besides its entertaining dancing chipmunk, Hipmunk is a unique flight search app that lists flights in easy-to-read visuals. In addition to providing the typical price and duration sort feature, it can also sort by “agony,” which lists flights in terms of how much hassle there is to use the flight service, including wait time, delays and carry-on information. Once you have decided on your flight, you can use SeatGuru to check airline seat maps. Does your window seat actually have a window or are you going to be facing a wall be-


tween two windows? If, for some reason, your accommodation falls through, HotelTonight will find you discounted places to stay. It is designed to book rooms “tonight”; rooms cannot be booked in advance. If you do have a hotel booking, you can send your hotel, flight and even car rental itineraries to TripIt, which compiles everything so you can check everything in one place. On the road Whether you’re on a plane, in a car or on a ship, there are a few more apps to keep in mind while you’re traveling. For instance, rather than opening Safari to find a currency converter each time, consider downloading XE Converter. It features every world currency and stores the last updated rates, which means it can work even without an internet connection. Of course, it’s always helpful to have a translator. Even if you can’t get a full sentence across, having the word for “bathroom” might be helpful enough. Despite foreign language

professors’ warnings about using Google Translate to write full sentences, the app has a four-star rating from over 5,000 reviews and is good for translating short phrases. For those driving to their destinations, there are two essential apps for every driver. Waze is a community-based traffic and navigation app, with which users work together to avoid traffic and speeding tickets. Users can tell each other where there is an accident or where a highway patrol officer may be hiding and ready to pounce. Gas Buddy is exactly what it sounds like. When you share your location, it searches the area for gas stations. The list can then be sorted by distance or by price. Daniel Kapulkin, a second-year biomedical engineering major, agrees that travel apps are helpful, particularly when in completely unfamiliar locations. “I used an iPhone for two years but now I use an Android,” Kapulkin said. “But it’s always been helpful especially if you’re going somewhere and you don’t know what’s there.”

Camp Kesem comforts children of cancer patients UC Davis students fundraise, staff camp By ALICE LEE

Aggie Features Writer

At UC Davis, there exists a group of dedicated students using their time to not only raise money for all-expensespaid children-care camps, but also provide emotional support to the children who need it. Camp Kesem is a summer camp sponsored by Camp Kesem National for children with a parent who has or has had cancer. The free overnight camp is planned for children between ages 6 to 16 to enjoy a fun-filled week of enjoying life and just being kids. The camp is open to all children regardless of race, religion, national origin or financial status. Fifty college students spend the entire year before summer raising $60,000 to send at least 90 well-deserving children to camp for free. They continue to help those children by working as camp counselors throughout the week at camp. “Everything we do at Camp Kesem focuses on our goal of giving campers the most fun week possible, while providing the extra support and attention they need,” said counselor Ashley Wolf, a secondyear biochemistry major. Camp counselors are put into four groups: arts and crafts, drama and music, sports and nature, or adventure. Throughout the year, they join together to plan benefit concerts, a 5K race called the Caterpillar Run, formals, bake sales, a camp reunion with the kids, Relay for Life and Make the Magic, a live silent auction. Executive members on Camp Kesem’s board plan and facilitate fundraisers, sometimes working with different clubs and organizations on campus throughout the year. They also plan and schedule camp activities, recruit counselors and campers, and plan reunions. “There are way too many memories to narrow it down to just one. I do have one favorite activity, however. It is probably the funniest scene anyone could ever stumble upon. We call it [the] Messy Olympics, where there are a bunch of games and activities where ev-




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eryone ends up getting covered in some of the grossest things — like spaghetti, mustard, chocolate sauce and whipped cream. By the end of the activity it is just a mob of kids and college students trying to hit each other with flying ketchup,” said cochair Lauren Mackrell, a fourthyear community and regional development major. An important activity during camp is the Empowerment Ceremony, where everyone from camp comes together and shares their stories of why they are part of Camp Kesem. This night is often extremely emotional and kids of all ages lean on one another and look to each other for strength and comfort. “Camp Kesem has been the defining experience of my time at UC Davis. It is through this organization I have met some of the greatest people and my best friends. It has also provided me with skills of leadership, honesty, hard work, organization, really more skills than I can even begin to describe, not to mention a family away from home,” Mackrell said. The counselors do all that they can to hold fundraisers to raise money for these kids so that the kids can come to camp just to be kids and meet others who know what they are going through and share similar fears, according to Mackrell. “ We have this camp so that the kids do not have to think about if their dad is going to have the energy to take them to the park or if they are going to have to make sure their younger sibling gets their homework done so that their mom can rest,” Mackrell said. One of the biggest fundraisers coming up is called Make the Magic, a live silent auction that is projected to raise enough money to send 25 kids to camp. Ticket prices include a fullcourse meal, entertainment and notable speakers. Those who attend can learn more about the current mission and goals of the Camp Kesem Davis chapter as well as help send campers to camp for free. “My sister went to a silent auction and she was won over by how caring and sweet the counselors were. By the end of

the night, she donated a lot of money and gave me enough information that I tried to get involved as well,” said Mona Nguyen, a first-year psychology major. In 2000, the first Camp Kesem project was founded at Stanford University. It was a project of Hillel at Stanford, a nonprofit organization serving Jewish students, and it was developed by a group of student leaders who sought to create a magical summer camp experience for children in need. After assessing the needs of the community, the students found that children who have or had a parent with cancer could benefit the most from a summer camp experience with peers who faced similar challenges. Camp Kesem at UC Davis was founded in 2005, and so far they have held seven camps. “People should apply [to be a counselor] because when a parent is diagnosed with cancer, the whole family is affected. For children, the carefree joys and adventure of childhood are replaced with new responsibilities, anger, guilt and the fear of losing or loss of a parent,” Wolf said. “There are few services available to these children, and I am excited to have the opportunity to help make this summer’s session of Camp Kesem Davis a magical one for this often overlooked population.” Applications are available during both Fall and Winter Quarters for those interested in becoming a camp counselor. Meetings are held throughout the year in Wellman 7 at 8 p.m. on Sunday nights. “Even though I haven’t had a chance to be a counselor, I try to help out as much as I can by going to their fundraisers and small events that they have,” Nguyen said. “I sometimes go visit their table at the Quad and learn about the children who suffer such hardships simply by having a parent with cancer. Camp Kesem is an awesome experience that does incredible things for well-deserving kids.” ALICE LEE can be reached at features@

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Doin’ it ... Caffeinated EPPC’s “Doin’ It Green” Series Editor’s Note: The Environmental Policy and Planning Commission (EPPC) is an ASUCD commission responsible for researching environmental issues affecting the campus and its surrounding area, and providing recommendations for improvement. Doin’ It Green is a new feature that provides tips and ideas for being green. With finals fast approaching, many of us are turning to caffeine in its most delicious form: coffee. Whether it’s to get through the 8 a.m. review session or to pull an all-nighter, coffee is something that helps all of us during this stressful week. If you are one of the more fortunate who happens to own a Mr. Coffee machine or an espresso maker, then good for you. But if you’re one of those students who wakes up three minutes before class with only enough time to brush your teeth and hop on your bike, then I would advise you to continue reading. For those of us who lack the time and skills to brew our own coffee,

I think it’s generally agreed upon that the CoHo is the way to go. Every day Swirlz is swamped with students trying to get their organic, Fair Trade coffee (or Yerba Mate) fix before class. Finals week is a week to study and focus on work, and I understand that the environment may not be in the forefront of our minds (although it should), but there is one easy tip that we can follow to not only better the environment, but also save a little pocket change to buy that chocolate espresso cookie you were eyeing in the baked goods section. Something as simple as bringing your own coffee mug to class can make a huge difference. Not only does the environmentally friendly CoHo give a discount for those who bring their own cup, but your delicious coffee will stay warmer longer and you can bike with your coffee and not worry about spills. Also, you are also doing the environment a favor by using a reusable cup! These cups can easily be acquired at Rite Aid, the bookstore on campus and Starbucks (in the Silo), so there’s really no excuse for not having one. Try and do the environment a favor, and good luck with finals!

March 12, 2013  

The California Aggie

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