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VOLUME 132, ISSUE 44 | THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2013
New online student portal to debut this fall
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Former president of the Arab Student Union Ahmed Desouki urges for the passage of Senate Resolution 21 during the April 25 ASUCD Senate meeting.
Portal to combine class registration, financial aid BY SASHA COTTERELL Aggie News Writer
Next fall, when students go to MyUCDavis on their browser, they will be redirected to a new student portal. This past November, development began on a new online student services portal, which has yet to be named. The site will have a student-centered approach, where students will be able to access multiple services on one website, instead needing to navigate multiple websites like MyUCDavis, SISWeb and SmartSite, as they currently do now. “We want a portal that not only brings the administrative [units] — financial aid, student accounting and the registrar — together, but also the academic units. That includes the four undergraduate colleges, graduate studies and the professional schools, so that we create a platform that’s for everybody,” said Elias Lopez, executive director of Technology and the University Registrar. Currently, students have to log on to multiple websites to check their grades, financial aid or student accounting. One goal of this project is to have students log on just once to the portal and be able to visit the other websites with ease. “We had heard a lot of comments from students about multiple sign-ons, having to go to more than one place, not knowing if [they] were still on a website or not. So, we wanted a way to make administrative functions more simple and streamlined,” said Lora Jo Bossio, associate vice chancellor of Student Affairs. Students will also be invited to help decide on the official name of the portal and critique the content of the website. “We did a survey asking students ... which features [they would] most like to access easily from the home page,” said Nefretiri Cooley-Broughton, director of Student Affairs Marketing and Communication. “We have engaged with the Davis Honors Challenge for this project, because one of the most important pieces for us is making sure we get student input. For their project for this quarter, we’ve asked them to look at the best ways to engage with students and get their feedback.” See PORTAL on 9
ASUCD Senate passes resolution condemning Islamophobia Muslim Student Association, Ayn Rand Society, community discuss implications By LILIANA NAVA OCHOA Aggie News Writer
After approximately five hours of discussion, the ASUCD Senate passed Senate Resolution 21 on April 25 with a 7-4-1 vote. The resolution condemns Islamophobic speech at the University of California. The resolution defined Islamaphobia as “the irrational fear of Islam, Muslims or anything related to the Islamic or Arab cultures and traditions.” Authors stated that it was written due to the concerns for students’ well-being, safety on campus and the administration’s failure to address issues. During public discussion, some members of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and other students spoke in support of the resolution. Members of the Ayn Rand Society (ARS), the group that held the April 11 “Islamists Rising” event on campus, spoke in opposition of the resolution. The event held by the ARS, which featured panelists such as
author Daniel Pipes, sparked a conversation about freedom of speech on campus and with the administration. Kriti Garg, an author of the bill and a second-year international relations and community and regional development double major, said the April 11 event was an example of why the resolution was necessary. “It just so happened that at this time we had very prominent issues focusing on Islamophobia on our campus and ... [it] really goes to illustrate that [Islamophobia] happens all the time,” Garg said. ‘Let it be resolved that...’ Senate Resolution 21 was authored by the Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission (ECAC) along with several co-authors, including ASUCD Senator Alyson Sagala and ECAC Chair Emmanuel Diaz-Ordaz. According to Garg, it was inspired by a piece of legislation addressing Islamophobia in the UC system that was passed at UC Berkeley on March 20.
The resolution states that the UC system identifies itself as prioritizing campus climate, however, the issue of Islamophobia on campus has created an unwelcoming environment for certain communities. The resolution also addresses the “Islamophobic rhetoric” of UC Santa Cruz lecturer Tammi Rossman-Benjamin and condemns his rhetoric while also urging UC President Mark Yudof to condemn Rossman-Benjamin’s language. Additionally, the resolution encourages UC Davis administrators to track reports of discrimination and hate crimes against “Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Middle Eastern, Southwest Asian, North African, Arab and South Asian Americans.” Under the resolution, ASUCD President Carly Sandstrom is to write a letter condemning Rossman-Benjamin’s rhetoric and Yudof’s failure to address the issue. The resolution also urges other campuses to pass similar bills. See RESOLUTION on 9
Financial aid option for middleincome students announced
Get naked for charity
Aggie Grant plan can offset at least 25 percent of tuition, fees
Undie runners ease stress during finals
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By HANNAH KRAMER
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UC Davis announced the Aggie Grant financial aid plan April 18, effective this upcoming 2013-14 school year. The plan aims to aid the university's California-resident, middle-class students with baseline tuition. Qualifying students with family incomes ranging from $80,000 to $120,000 could offset at least 25 percent of their base tuition and fees through this grant that, for the 2013-14 school year, will be at least $3,048. “Many students with family incomes over $80,000 have been eligible for financial aid. However, students and prospective students do not necessarily realize that. The Aggie Grant Program provides students just out of reach of the Blue and Gold Program with the assurance that they will receive grant assistance to help cover their cost of attending UC Davis,” said Kelly Ratliff, associate vice chancellor of Budget and Institutional Analysis. Though students will still be eligible for other financial aid plans, no student will receive more grant or scholarship support than their calculated financial need. Director of the UC Davis Financial Aid Office Katy Maloney said the options available to middle-class students are more limited. “At that income level, there’s a lot less opportunity with federal and state grant programs … As a campus, we have listened to the growing concerns from students and their families about the financial struggles of paying for an education,” she said. “However, we recognized that middle-income families need financial support that wasn’t available elsewhere.” Students who qualify after filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will receive grants on a need basis within the middle-class income range.
“Students are awarded financial aid based on the principles of the UC Education Financing Model,” Maloney said. “University Grant funds are awarded to eligible students based on their need. Because funding is limited, award availability is also based on their FAFSA or Dream Act application filing date, whose priority deadline is March 2.” She adds that as of now, Aggie Grants have only been packaged and offered to approximately 600 incoming class of 2017 admits. The grants to other enrolled students are still being processed. The university has been looking into other options to provide monetary support in response to the conversation surrounding the increasing urgency to lessen the financial strain of college tuition on middle-class families. Campaign for UC Davis, a university-wide initiative, has been in place since 2006 with the goal of raising $1 billion philanthropically from 100,000 donors by December 2014. Much of this money has been supported through campus-based scholarship funding. As of March 3, the campaign has accumulated $931 million — roughly two-thirds of its goal. “The dollars are put to use as soon as they’re received,” said Jason Wohlman, associate vice chancellor for University Development. “They’ve provided scholarship awards since 2006, unless it’s for a facilities campaign where we have to hold dollars until we’ve reached the needed amount.” Major contributors such as the The Boyd Family Foundation, UC Davis alumna Ann Pitzer, The Davis School of Education, and most recently, The UC Davis Foundation Board of Trustees, among many others, have fundraised and donated millions to funding various scholarships.
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By GABRIELLA HAMLETT
Andrew Nelson, a thirdyear psychology major, looks up from his study materials at 11:50 p.m., pulls on gray dress pants and an old Tshirt and dashes to the MU. He mills about the flagpole with a few others until a giant crowd appears, then strips down to his navy blue and green skivvies. He throws his clothes onto the ever-growing pile, which will all later go to charity. As the clock tower chimes for midnight, Nelson and a few hundred other college students race by in a blur of skin and spandex for yet another triumphant year. Nelson is just one of the hundreds of participants in the UCD Undie Run. Leader Leslie Sherrett, a fourth-year environmental science and psychology double major, described the event as part charitable effort, part rebellious college experience. “I love everything about it. It’s a healthy way to relieve
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stress during finals,” Sherret said. “It’s for a good cause — I’ve collected and donated about 100 bags of clothes so far. It’s just amazing.” Once the clock strikes midnight, anyone in any stage of undress begins the mad dash across campus. The event is independently organized by Sherrett, who not only facilitates the online community and distributes flyers in the weeks preceding the run, but cuts her own run short and returns to bag the donations. “People are pretty generous. They’ll layer jackets or sundresses — nice clothes,” Sherrett said, “I load up my car [with the clothes] and drive See CHARITY on 9
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Not so fast By 2020, UC Davis will have 5,000 more students, if everything goes according to plan. The 2020 Initiative, introduced by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, also includes the addition of 300 faculty, along with housing facilities and buildings to accommodate the increased population. We have many concerns about the 2020 Initiative. With the addition of 5,000 students, the impact will not go unnoticed. How will this change the quality of our education? How will the campus handle an extra 5,300 people? And most importantly, where will everyone park their bikes? The Initiative is a way for the university to gain revenue and decrease reliance on the state for funding, while supporting the growth of UC Davis. While we understand that continuing cuts of funding from the state has left the UC system high and dry, we also don’t believe that
the only solution should be found in the wallets of students. Adding more students could lead to a decreased level of education. Though the student to faculty ratio will stay the same, there is already an issue with class size on our campus and professors and graduate assistants often complain of being overworked. Students are already sitting in 400 person lectures, and we imagine it will only get worse with the addition of more students. With more students in classes and on campus, the education we receive will be less personal and less effective. Hopefully the 400 to 600 extra non-faculty that the administration hopes to hire will be enough to support the expanded student population. We will need more academic advisors, counselors, doctors, custodians, groundskeepers and so much more.
The administration has stated that many of the 5,000 new students will be either non-California residents. While we are open and accepting to anyone who wants to come to UC Davis, this is further evidence that we have moved away from the original UC Master Plan, which stated that the UC system should be free, guaranteed education for California students. Furthermore, international students on campus have already expressed frustration with the school’s support and their ability to integrate into the community. We hope that the university will create more resources for these students, and listen to their concerns. It is disturbing that an Initiative like this is necessary as state funding for higher education decreases, and we are unsure if the new changes to UC Davis will have the positive impact the administration is hoping for.
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More, please With a facility intended to accommodate the thousands of students that pay for its services in fees, and only about 500 bike parking spots, it’s safe to say that the ARC needs more bike parking. If you’ve been to the ARC in the last few weeks, odds are you’ve seen the signs that warn you against locking your bike to anything other than the designated parking spots. Under this new policy, bikes are locked with boots if they are locked to
themselves or a surrounding object, and students are required to pay for removal. Students pay for the ARC. How are they supposed to take advantage of it if Davis’ preferred mode of transportation is being discouraged? It’s nearly impossible to find an empty spot to lock a bike during any hour of the day. Campus construction officials should account for the number of ARC guests that use the building and add parking spots accordingly. Suspiciously enough, ARC officials
refused to disclose the facility’s capacity. We can only assume they acknowledge that it’s more than 500 people. As of now, there are no plans to add more bike racks to the ARC, according to UC Davis Design and Construction Management, but with the student population increasing significantly every year and the 2020 Initiative’s plan to condense 5,000 more students on to the campus by the year 2020, there should be. Maybe they should consider a bike parking garage.
Male birth control
SEX & SOCIETY with MARISA MASSARA
THE ANARCHIST with BRIAN MOEN
volunteer! I volunteer as tribute!” As I watched this Hunger Games scene on Netflix last weekend, tears streamed down my cheeks as my drama queen of a brain mourned Katniss’ plight. But when I saw it in theaters a few months ago, I didn’t get emotional once. The only difference? Birth control. I’ve been experimenting with different forms of hormonal contraceptives lately, trying to find the magic method that doesn’t come with 12-day periods, excessive bloating or the tendency to
... about 70 percent of men would be willing to take a birth control pill if it were available choke up every time Sarah McLachlan decides to sing over an animal adoption PSA. Despite my frustration, I suppose I should be thankful for hormonal birth control. It means I don’t need to drink the froth from a camel’s mouth like the women in ancient Africa, or wear weasel testicles around my thigh like the ladies of medieval Europe. I shouldn’t take the availability of birth control in the U.S. for granted, either — the Comstock Act, a federal ban on contraceptives, was not lifted until 1938, and the Supreme Court did not grant unmarried couples the right to use birth control until fairly recently, in 1972. By the 90s, women had plenty of options when it came to preventing pregnancy: IUDs, hormonal implants and injectables, low-dose pills, patches, vaginal rings and more. Among all these new developments in contraception, it seems odd that no
great strides have been made on the male side of birth control since the discovery of latex (and the invention of the modern condom) in the 1920s. Where’s the male “pill”? There are two reasons for the delay: reproductive anatomy and money. While women only produce one egg a month, men turn out about 1,500 sperm per second. Women’s bodies also have periods of infertility, like pregnancy, which hormonal birth control can simulate. Men, on the other hand, are fertile 24/7. Some attempts at a male “pill” have focused on hormones, like most female contraceptives. However, targeting testosterone in such a way has the unfortunate aesthetic side effect of testicular shrinkage. Though some research focusing on non-hormonal solutions is underway, the lack of federal funding for male birth control trials has hindered any real progress. This is at least partially due to the availability of female hormonal contraceptives, paired with the archaic notion that pregnancy prevention is the woman’s responsibility. However, according to Science Daily, about 70 percent of men would be willing to take a birth control pill if it were available. One of the possible male birth control options on the horizon was recently discovered during cancer research. Qinglei Li, an assistant professor at Texas A&M, found a compound called JQ1. The compound inhibits both sperm production and sperm mobility in mice. What’s more, JQ1 does not seem to have any effect on long-term reproductive ability or health. However, JQ1 is still in the early stages of research, and just because it works on mice does not mean it will be effective in humans. JQ1 could suffer See MASSARA on 10
nyone who has ever read my column knows that I am no fan of the mainstream media. The most powerful groups in the country have the ability to shape the way that our institutions operate. Naturally this includes institutions that spread information. So, we get a media shaped by elite interests. Of course, no one is telling journalists what to write. Simply, people more sympathetic to elite ideologies are able to succeed in media more often, creating a self-perpetuating drive toward pro-power ideology in the population.
Simply spelling out the theory suffices for showing its unscientific and insane The level of complexity required to force journalists to all knowingly collaborate on a single false narrative is extremely high. If we were to suppose such a complicated theory to be right, we would need massive, compelling evidence. To put it briefly, we do not have anything close. Alex Jones’ Infowars has, as of right now, 2 million subscribers. Infowars is an internet broadcast that spins everything that ever happens into a massive conspiracy. As a foundational presupposition of every one of Jones’ explanations, the mainstream media is controlled by groups who are privy to the secret plots, and the journalists who relay us the information know that they are puppet mouthpieces, spreading lies. It is difficult to know where to start when analyzing Jones, given the staggering mountain of absurdities to which he clings. Simply spelling out the theory suffices for showing its
unscientific and insane nature. Take the Boston Bombing case. Jones tweeted that it was a false flag attack immediately upon hearing that it happened. That is, he picked his conclusion immediately. But that’s OK, he has a nice little Mad Lib already made for any scenario. It looks like this: False flag attack in CITY. Government using attacks on U.S. citizens as pretense to (circle one): IMPLEMENT MARTIAL LAW / TAKE OUR GUNS AWAY / EXPAND NEW WORLD ORDER SECRET POLICE. This event further proves OTHER CONSPIRACY THEORY. Media schill, government mouthpieces can’t get their stories straight, demonstrated by INSTANCE OF MISTAKEN REPORTING, LATER RETRACTED. American sheeple are buying the official story, that REASONABLE EXPLANATION OF EVENTS, BASED ON EVIDENCE. Jones’ theory is basically that the government planned the attack in order to justify increasing the police state. There is also the supposition built in that the media all know about it and are covering it up. The only way to buy such a theory is if we already supposed that everything that happens is also a carefully devised plot. If we don’t, then there would be a massive lack of evidence. This is where Jones’ best trick comes into play. String together many facts, mostly of dubious origin, and then simply say “there’s something fishy about this. The official story cannot account for these facts.” In the Boston Bombing case, Jones’ alleged facts are as dubious as they could be, and his argument is a textbook non-sequitur. It looks something like this: The police announced a drill in order to confuse everyone and help the bomb to go off without a hitch. This attack happened See MOEN on 10
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A few good men
Target etiquette LAUGHING THROUGH LIFE with MARCI MONTANARI
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re you looking for honesty in your friends? Do you value integrity? Do you enjoy eating spaghetti? If you answered “yes” to any of the previous questions and are currently single or looking for a new friend, I believe I can set you up with the perfect man. His name is Richard B. Cheney, and he was the 42nd vice president of these United States. Several weeks ago during finals, I watched R.J. Cutler’s documentary The World According to Dick Cheney, because studying for final exams is overrated. In my defense, I was still productive: I watched it while ironing, or as Cheney calls it, “hot water-boarding.”
Cheney’s intelligence and behind-the-scenes political savvy helped him rise to the top ... The film illustrates the life and times of our favorite Dick, a public figure who inspires love and hate. And these are the only two emotions people feel, as my extensive and extensively illegal wiretapping–for–research showed. Cheney grew up in Casper, Wyo., and starred on his high school football team. After dropping out of college, he spiraled downward, often consuming large quantities of “Coors beer,” as he calls it. He’s not so different from you, me or a generic college frat boy after all. And just like frat bros today, Cheney places significant weight on the loyalty of his friends. To repay him for his help and friendship during the Nixon and Ford administrations, Cheney secured Donald Rumsfeld a spot as Secretary of Defense under President George W. Bush. His strained relationship with Condoleezza Rice during Bush’s second term further illustrates his adherence to the code of “bros before ladies.” Cheney’s intelligence and behindthe-scenes political savvy helped him rise to the top in Washington faster than a drunk freshman’s blood alcohol content. So although he never possessed the charisma necessary to win the presidency, Cheney employed his wiles to successfully maneuver Capitol Hill for decades, ultimately concluding in his election to the vice presidential
office. Like Michael Corleone in The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II (Part III is never brought up in polite company), he held strong beliefs and wanted above all to protect la famiglia. And like Marlon Brando, he suffered from heart disease brought on by Doritos and Cheese-Wiz. Cheney made offers to prisoners and enemies of the U.S. in Guantanamo Bay that they could not refuse, seeing as they can’t stand trial. He kept his enemies close, but his friends closer, putting people like Scooter Libby in prime positions and then protecting them from political harm. These Godfather parallels are actually beginning to freak me out, almost as much as the Gitmo detainee diet documented in Harold and Kumar: Escape from Guantanamo Bay. Yet for all their conviction, desire to do good and protect their own, and vehement moral convictions, Michael Corleone and Dick Cheney hardly remain as shining model citizens at the end of their respective lives. Instead, they both find themselves caught in the aftermath of terrible loss caused by their confidence and stalwart moral positions, two traits which we so often praise and idealize as vital components of good leaders, despite the resulting stubbornness which when left unattended can lead to unnecessary wars, legal quandaries and worst of all, The Godfather: Part III. What has been seen cannot be unseen. I am stuck with visions of Sofia Coppola acting until I drop dead in a Sicilian villa like Don Corleone; the United States is stuck with visions of Abu Ghraib and enhanced interrogation techniques. Who is to say which is worse? After watching the documentary, I could only see Dick Cheney for what he really is: human. His strong personality and admirable convictions turned his life around, but also cost the lives of several thousand U.S. troops and injured American integrity in the global theater. And at the end of their rise to power, Cheney and Michael Corleone are left alone, and countless others are left to sleep with the fishes that Cheney fly-fishes for on the South Fork of the Snake River. Make BEN BIGELOW an offer he can’t refuse and contact him at email@example.com.
ometimes when I feel like getting a little wild on weekends, I buckle myself into my minivan and drive my crazy self right on over to Target. I love walking through the Dollar Days section while being tempted by a million little trinkets that I don’t really need. But come on, those bird-shaped chip clips were a pretty awesome find. It seems that whenever I venture into Target, I can’t help but instigate quite awkward situations. A few of my favorites are recounted here. The best one I can think of is the great fart putty incident of ’13. I had perused the Dollar Days aisle and found
... it was a little strange for someone in their 20s without a child to ask for something juvenile some “noise putty.” I thought this would be a helpful stress management tool. I could play with putty while working on papers to calm down. I purchased it, justifying the expense by saying it was just $1. The next day, as I was playing with it, I realized why it was called “noise putty.” No sooner had I put my hand in the thing than it let out a loud, realistic farting noise. I squashed it again and realized that no matter what I did, this baby was going to make loud farting noises every time. I have roommates, who clearly were thinking that I had some serious Taco Bell for lunch that day. Much love to the Silo Taco Bell Express. The putty couldn’t stay. After a few days I went back to Target and walked up to the return counter. The gentleman there made the mistake of asking me if there was anything wrong with the product. I replied, “No, it’s just that I didn’t realize it was noise putty. I brought it home and it started making really loud farting noises and well, my roommates thought things. So I’d like to return it for some non-farting putty.” He looked at me, rather bewildered, and said, “OK.” I asked if he heard stories like that often. He replied with a simple “No.”
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR I have no doubt your publication will be shortly inundated with commentary on the upcoming divestment resolution, as such proposals have histories of rending UC campuses in twain (see Berkeley, San Diego, Santa Barbara). It should say something that news has reached me of the advent from my quarter abroad in London. A number of questions could be brought against the ASUCD Senate’s consideration of a divestment resolution. What does a student government have to do with the conflict? Could they be better focusing their efforts elsewhere? Is this debate (or shouting match as it’s likely to become) of any true educational value? However, I will refrain from launching those inquiries. Instead I want to focus on the arrogance of a group of students, that they find themselves qualified and informed enough to submit a formal opinion on a conflict which has spanned decades (using the narrow view) and centuries (using the longer one). The historical length and complexity of this conflict is what troubles me. Some of the smartest and best political minds during and beyond our lifetimes have attempted to resolve the schism and have been unsuccessful. Why? Because it is hard. Really, really hard. A resolution is a rhetorical statement saying we believe X for this and this reason. The problem comes in the finality of the statement. If the ASUCD Senate actually believes they can reach a final and decisive decision on a subject greyer than a British Foxhound, then they can and should be accused of hubris so deep it puts them out of touch with a large portion of the students they supposedly represent. I find myself far more favourable to the idea of ASUCD sponsoring a campus discussion of the issue so students can actually learn something about the conflict, and its history — that would educational; that would be in the role and interests of the student body. Any more drastic action would be the senators presuming they know far better than their own electorate (not the spirit of democracy) and know better than the majority of world leaders in the last 40 years, claims I believe total a check too large for our student government to properly cash. Cheerio from across the pond, Justin Goss Fifth-year political science major
The next incident occurred a few months later. It was evening, and I stood in the Target parking next to my seafoam green minivan. I had smelled burning during my drive, which is actually quite typical, so I opened up the hood and was examining the oil level. Just then a small car came driving at lightning speed through the Target parking lot. The driver chose to place his vehicle in the spot directly next to mine even though there was a shopping cart in that space. I was instantly cautious. What did this man think he was doing, parking next to me? And in a spot with a cart in it, no less! As a safety measure, I got my pink pepper spray out and clicked off safety mode. This was getting serious fast. As the man stepped out of his car, I carefully monitored his movements. I held my pepper spray ready as I stood next to my open hood. The man looked at me and said, “Can I help you?” Well, that wasn’t going down. I stared at him and said, “No, thank you.” He looked at me rather strangely. It was only then that I realized that some innocent man, who was likely just trying to go grab a few groceries, was being stared down by a chick who clearly was holding up a pink pepper spray can pointed directly at him. The awkward saga continued when I had the entire Target team attempting to find temporary tattoos for me. I had two different associates helping me in person before they finally just radioed the entire Target team to ask where the temporary tattoos could be found. I told one of the guys who was helping me that I would prefer some with ponies or princesses or something. The associate clearly thought it was a little strange for someone in their 20s without a child to ask for something juvenile. I felt the need to explain myself, so I said, “I need these because I want to put them on my roommate while she is sleeping.” He gave me a puzzled look, which of course must have been sheer bewilderment at my ingenuity. MARCI MONTANARI is looking for companions who are interested in hitting up Target awkward style, until the associates finally stop letting her into the store. If interested, email mcmontanari@ ucdavis.edu.
Getting tested April was “Get Yourself Tested Month” so I decided to go to the Student Health Center. I asked the front desk receptionist and was politely directed to the second floor clinic. After standing there for over a minute in silence, the receptionist finally acknowledged me by bluntly saying, “Do you have a question?” She seemed surprised and caught off guard by my apparent interruption. I asked if I could make an appointment to be tested. She asked, quite audibly, “Tested for what?” Once I explained to her that I would like to get an STI screening, she continued to work on her computer, printed something out, stapled it, and typed some more, all without saying one word to me. I felt like I was being judged and more importantly, shamed and dismissed. We eventu ally made my appointment for the next day. The doctor asked just a few questions about my previous sex life and any concerns I may have had. He then ordered a urine test for an STI screening. I am fortunate enough to have the financial resources for these tests, but not everyone does. Ten dollars for HIV, another $20 for chlamydia and gonorrhea, $10 more for syphilis, and another $30 for herpes. This is not an affordable process. I had to weave through a series of barriers to even access STI testing. This was not easy. As a senior, I’ve become comfortable with my sex life. Even with these financial, logistic and social limitations, I still felt comfortable accessing these services. Freshmen may see this as a barrier to accessing sexual health services. I should not have been asked to publicly explain my STI status or need for testing in the Health Center lobby. This is not only a violation of privacy but also a violation of The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) regulation. This story is not unique to this student. We, as the Students for Reproductive Justice, feel that this experience — the lack of access to STI testing and an intimidating environment — actively deny students of their chance for sexual
health. When students feel ignored or embarrassed when accessing reproductive health care, they are less likely to do so. Health providers need to publicize that walk-in appointments for STI screenings are available in the first floor lab, no appointment or “orders called in” necessary. When we called in to find out more information, we received a variety of responses. They did not offer any information about local clinics like Planned Parenthood or Women’s Health Specialists that serve the uninsured or underinsured. By not sharing this information, they are restricting access to a crucial component of health care. We are not arguing that these health providers are mal-intended, but rather should be better educated about the ways to promote sex positivity and knowledgeability about other local services. This is not solely a social issue about sex positivity but also a serious health issue. What messages about sexual health is the Health Center trying to send by shaming our attempts to maintain a healthy sexual life and body? We call for a change. We demand that health providers make STI testing more accessible. We demand that when asking about these tests we are not shamed or asked to speak about them in public spaces such as the lobby. We ask that the Health Center respect students’ rights to confidentiality. We want the UC Davis Student Health Center to change the culture of their medical clinic and create a more inclusive, sex positive space. It is fundamental that STI testing be free. The Health Center and Love Lab should publicize where there is free, accessible STI and HIV testing and celebrate that they are making a healthier, happier student body. Ultimately, health professionals should recognize their power in creating a culture around sex — a culture that currently has the power to prevent people from being tested and therefore being safe. By STUDENTS FOR REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE
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02 / Thursday Everything’s Coming Up Roses: Rose Day 2013 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Foundation Plant Services
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Water Advisory Committee discusses water fluoridation New surface water plant to make fluoridation more feasible
The Celebration of Roses, sponsored by the California Center for Urban Horticulture, is a two-day rose extravaganza featuring workshops, tours and a plant sale of fantastic plants. Come down for free demonstrations highlighting methods for growing beautiful roses successfully, featuring new rose varieties, best pruning practices, proper plant placement, planting techniques, pest management and disease identification.
UC Davis Energy Institute Spring 2013 Seminar Series 4 to 5 p.m. | 1062 Bainer Join A. Michael Dunne, director of Laser Fusion Energy Systems, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), as he discusses “Laser Inertial Fusion Energy (LIFE).” There is no cost and all are welcome to attend.
Biomedical Engineering Distinguished Seminar Series 4:10 to 5 p.m. | GBSF Auditorium Dr. Ben Wu, chair of the Department of Bioengineering and director of the Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology at UCLA, hosts a talk on biomimetic strategies for bone regeneration.
Salsa Adicción Meeting 7 to 8:30 p.m. | Art Annex Join Salsa Adicción for their weekly meeting offering free lessons in Salsa, Bachata and more. No partner or experience necessary, just come socialize and have fun.
03 / Friday Everything’s Coming Up Roses: Rose Day 2013 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Foundation Plant Services The two-day Celebration of Roses continues.
04 / Saturday DAiCon 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Memorial Union and Freeborn Hall This is the second annual anime convention held by Davis Anime Club. The price of admission is $15 or $12 if you pre-register. To learn more about the anime convention, visit the Davis Anime Club Davis Wiki entry.
05 / Sunday UC Davis Symphony Orchestra 7 to 8 p.m. | Jackson Hall Music director Christian Baldini and the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra perform pieces by Bernstein, Copland and Sibelius.
07 / Monday Atheism and Sexuality with Greta Christina 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | 126 Wellman Join the Agnostic and Atheist Student Association and Greta Christina for a talk on “Atheism and Sexuality.” Everyone is welcome.
08 / Tuesday Therapy Fluffies 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | East Quad The CAPS quarterly event, Therapy Fluffies, is back with dozens of adorable puppies for your adoration. Take a load off of midterm stress and pet some fuzzballs with the Mind Spa. Puppies!
Book Presentation: Your Ideal Cat 1:30 to 2 p.m. | Memorial Union Store Lounge Join professors Benjamin L. and Lynette A. Hart for a presentation of their new book, Your Ideal Cat: Insights into Breed and Gender Differences in Cat Behavior.
Careers in Communication and Writing 4 to 5 p.m. | 114 South UC Davis alumni panelists with internship opportunities will share information about their professions and how the skills they gained as social science and humanities majors helped them in their careers.
Wagner’s Parsifal and the Discourse of Regeneration 4 to 6 p.m. | 115 Music Join Karol Berger (Ph.D. Yale, 1975) for a free special event from the Department of Music.
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25 / THURSDAY Seedy and needy An intoxicated man was knocking at someone’s door on Sapphire Court, and since they didn’t answer, he kept saying, “I’m right here.”
26/ SUNDAY Extra! Extra! Someone was walking through a complex trying to sell a stack of day-old copies of The Davis Enterprise on Pole Line Road.
27 / MONDAY About to croak An injured crow was flopping around on a bench on E Street.
Mugshot A man was covertly taking pictures of women from a low angle inside Mishka’s Café on Second Street.
28/ TUESDAY Edward Scissorhands A guy with a bruised and bloody face tried to approach someone while carrying pruning shears on Cantrill Drive.
Get the 411…. Someone called the police department wanting help finding a zip code on Donner Avenue.
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The City of Davis is considering fluoridating its tap water. By TAYLOR CUNNINGHAM Aggie News Writer
On April 25, the Water Advisory Committee (WAC) of Davis met to debate the matter of fluoridating the water in the City of Davis. Since Measure I was passed in mid-March, the WAC has been recreating the Yolo County water system. This led to a decision to construct a new surface water plant — an upgrade that will run in addition to the city’s existing groundwater plants. The proposed construction of this plant, which is slated to be in operation by August 2016, has prompted the WAC to reconsider fluoridating the water in Davis while cost has been prohibitive in the past. According to California Assembly Bill 733, which was passed in 1995, as long as there is funding available, a city must fluoridate its water if it has more than 10,000 residents. However, in the past, according to Dianne Jensen, principal civil engineer with the Davis Public Works Department, “water fluoridation has been ranked at [something like] 136 out of 166” of the city’s spending priorities. The way that the new surface water plant is being built would allow the possibility to add water fluoridation in the future, if the Water Advisory Committee decides not to fluoridate the new plant as of now. The addition of fluoridation capabilities to the surface water plant would cost an estimated $600,000, but according to Jensen, a firm estimate will not be available until June. Yolo County Health Director and member of the fluoridation subcommittee Jill Cook estimates that water fluoridation will cost between 30 cents and $4 per person every year. In West Sacramento, water fluoridation costs approximately 38 cents per person annually. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that every dollar spent on community water fluoridation saves $38 in dental treatment. The City of Sacramento has been fluoridating its water for over a decade now, while Sacramento County adopted the practice only a few years ago. Local dentist and member of the fluoridation subcommittee Kim Wallace said that the City of Sacramento has considered dropping their water fluoridation program to reduce costs. “[The Sacramento] City Council decided it was worth continuing, despite their budgetary problems,” Wallace said. Wallace believes that the estimated $600,000 it will take to initiate water fluoridation in Davis is a small fraction of the cost of the approximately $245 million
project and that it is well worth it. According to Wallace, an argument has been made that because the citizens of Davis are typically of an above-average socioeconomic status, they are more likely to be able to afford dental services and have dental insurance, so citywide fluoridation may be less necessary than in other places. “We can’t drill our way out of this problem. Just one filling between the back teeth costs $230 at my practice,” Wallace said. Constance Caldwell, a Yolo County health officer, agreed with Wallace. “Fluoridation of the public water supply is a matter of health equity. Not everyone has dental insurance, but everyone can drink tap water,” Caldwell said. “The CDC, the United States Surgeon General and state and local health departments throughout the country have long supported fluoridation of public water supplies.” In the past, there have been rumblings about water fluoridation being detrimental to health, but Wallace strongly believes that there is “overwhelming evidence” that supports the benefits. “[Water fluoridation] has been adopted at all levels of organized dentistry, as well as the school board, the UC Davis Medical Center, Sutter Health and the state of California,” Wallace said. The CDC has included water fluoridation as one of the top 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Cook recognizes the additional cost, but said that the fluoridation of drinking water offers a “high-achieving return on investment that has long been proven to prevent chronic dental decay.” While the current debate is about fluoridating water in Davis, as Woodland is part of Yolo County, Cook believes that Woodland may be looking toward the decision that is made in Davis as a point of reference for their own water fluoridation program, although it is not on the agenda yet. According to Wallace, water fluoridation is a common practice in countries outside of the United States, such as Ireland, Australia and Britain. Other countries even fluoridate milk or salt. In the United States, it has been done regularly for 68 years. The WAC will hold another panel on May 23 in which the disadvantages of water fluoridation will be presented, and a final decision will be made at a meeting in June. WAC meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Chambers at 23 Russell Blvd. TAYLOR CUNNINGHAM can be reached at email@example.com.
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Medical marijuana dispensaries not found in Davis City’s ban pushes students across Causeway
Michelle Tran / Aggie
Marijuana is seen in a pipe. The City of Davis bans medical marijuana dispensaries. By MELISSA GAHERTY Aggie News Writer
DISCLAIMER: Names were changed to protect the identities of interviewed students who asked to remain anonymous. Medical marijuana has been legal in California since 1996, however, the industry continues to remain underground due to marijuana being illegal under federal law. There are no medical marijuana dispensaries in the City of Davis, forcing those who wish to purchase medical marijuana to look to delivery services, Sacramento dispensaries and dealers. In 2005, there was a proposal for a dispensary in Davis but no official application was filed. At the time, there were no regulations regarding medical marijuana dispensaries, taking the issue to the Davis City Council. Councilmembers passed an ordinance stating dispensaries are not allowed. “This is so our community stays safe and family-friendly. This was also decided because marijuana use is illegal under federal law,” said Katherine Hess, Davis community development administrator. In 2011, however, Steve Maki established a medical marijuana clinic in Davis called 420 Relief. Because the clinic only provided recommendations, with no marijuana on the premises, it was legal in Davis. Hess said she assumes it closed down for business reasons. Alex, an anonymous third-year biological sciences major, and a former 420 Relief customer, believes public outcry may have caused Maki and 420 Relief to leave the city. “Besides the college, Davis is a very wealthy suburban family atmosphere that would not stand for such an establishment,” Alex said. Dispensaries in hiding Five out of the six listed dispensaries in Sacramento — Doctors Orders Rx, Valley Health Options, River City Phoenix, Canna Care and Abatin Wellness Center — refused to comment on how their systems operate and regulate, while the sixth dispensary, R&R Wellness Collective, is no longer in business. The Sacramento 4/20 Evaluations Center, where one files for a medical marijuana card, also refused to comment. Dr. Amanda Reiman, California Policy Manager for Drug Policy Alliance and lecturer at UC Berkeley for social welfare, has done research on how dispensaries operate as health service providers as well as how marijuana is used as a treatment for addictions. “I’ve studied marijuana on the preclinical level on animals. I’ve seen that marijuana blocks brain signals for craving, which is the reason why people relapse. Cannabis has a particular impact on reducing cravings for methamphetamine users,” Reiman said. “Many believe marijuana to be a gateway drug, but I’ve found that people are using it as an exit drug to ease withdrawal successfully. I would like to see substance abuse treatment programs consider using marijuana in the future.” Reiman provided a possible explanation as to why several Sacramento dispensaries have refused to comment. “Around California, there is a different level of comfort that dispensaries feel towards local jurisdictions. There is a lot of hostility with local governments and residents, so dispensaries feel they need to remain hidden, because if [the] city council knows what they are or where they are, they might be shut down,” Reiman said. “The federal government has shut down high-profile dispensaries before and this makes others nervous.”
State regulation Much of why the dispensaries remain hidden and underground is due to the federal government’s view of medical marijuana as an illegal drug and the lack of state regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries in California. “The federal government does not recognize marijuana’s medical benefits or state legality. The government does not go after states with programs and regulations — like Washington and Colorado — because it provides legitimacy. California doesn’t have any regulation,” Reiman said. “The federal government needs to admit marijuana has medical value and establish a system. Personally, I think the best idea is to move marijuana out of Schedule I, showing it has medical value, and have the states set up their own programs of regulation.” Schedule I drugs under the Controlled Substance Act are considered to have a high potential for abuse, have no current accepted medical use and have a lack of accepted safety under medical supervision. ‘Ridiculously easy’ Another problem people have with dispensaries is that those without use for medical marijuana can still easily obtain a medical marijuana card by faking medical conditions. “It is ridiculously easy to get a card even if you do not have any medical documentation,” Alex said. “When I went to the 420 Relief clinic, they did not even require documentation at my evaluation. Instead they issued me a temporary 60-day license on the good faith that I would bring in the paperwork. The same day I went to get my card, one of my friends went with me with a made-up excuse and got his with no questions asked.” However, Reiman believes that there is legitimacy to the loose requirements behind obtaining a card. “The problem is we don’t know all conditions that marijuana can relieve or help. California Proposition 215 doesn’t list specific conditions for this reason, so there is no finite list. I don’t think there should be a finite list of conditions,” Reiman said. “Marijuana for medical purposes varies and it is a personal relationship between a doctor and patient. Marijuana can also be less toxic and harmful to the body than over-thecounter medications. Herbal remedies can replace pharmaceutical drugs.” Students weigh in Alex has a medical marijuana card for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) but doesn’t always use dispensaries. “I struggled with OCD in high school and tried six months of switching between Prozac, Zoloft and other SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), which all left me with some sort of annoying side effect. I finally decided to try medical marijuana,” Alex said. “I now have a card and I either obtain marijuana illegally through dealers — the most common method for the students of Davis — or I travel to the Sacramento dispensaries.” David, an anonymous first-year psychology major, does not have a card but is able to regularly get marijuana through a friend who utilizes a delivery service called the Sacramento Pier Collective. David has legitimate reasons for smoking weed — depression and possible Crohn’s disease — but he admitted that he doesn’t smoke for those conditions. “It’s fun to smoke weed,” he said. “I think it should be legalized for recreational purposes. It’s less destructive than alcohol and alcohol is more readily available and causes much more long-term problems.” Not all students feel the same way. Adrienne Jones, a first-year linguistics major, disagreed with marijuana use for both medical and recreational purposes. “I don’t think marijuana should be prescribed for medical purposes because a lot of people that have cards use them to distribute marijuana to others. We have such advanced medicine that you do not need weed for painkillers,” Jones said. Jones said she does not approve of substances being used recreationally. She said she considers it addictive, used too often as a gateway drug. “People are less wary of marijuana’s effects compared to alcohol’s effects. Many are more cautious about alcohol because alcohol safety is so promoted,” she said. MELISSA GAHERTY can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A peek at TEDx 2013 UC Davis Limited Student Discount: $15 UC Davis students, faculty, alumni and staff: $20 General Admission: $25 Buy online at tedxucdavis.com Additional ticketing fees apply
On May 18, a TEDx event, TEDxUCDavis, will be held on campus in Wright Hall with speakers from a variety of fields. TED, the nonprofit organization known for their popular “TED Talks,” is dedicated to inspiring, informing and connecting those in different fields. TEDx programs are independently ran. “It is run TED-style with the intent of communicating great ideas from experts in various fields,” said Sonam Mahawar, a member of the Speaker Selection Committee at TEDxUCDavis. The theme of this year’s event is “What do you work towards?” Speakers will share their experiences, thoughts and tips with attendees to get individuals
thinking about the things they are passionate about and wish to pursue. According to the TEDxUCDavis website, the organization’s goal is to compose an amalgamation of thoughts and perspectives to help people express “what makes them tick.” Among the speakers are those in the UC Davis community who teach and do research, including chemistry instructor Bryan Enderle, social psychology professor Alison Ledgerwood and professor of political performance Larry Bogad. Also featured are geographer Stewart Long, pastor Bill Habicht, geobiology researcher Amy Williams and more. The conference will begin at 1 p.m., when the first round of speakers will present. An intermission will follow, which includes a dance performance and a chance for guests to network and discuss. A second round of speakers will then share their thoughts and experiences. A reception for speakers and guests to connect is being tentatively planned. Tickets range from $15 to $25 and can be purchased online at tedxucdavis.com. They will be on sale until May 18. — Lauren Mascarenhas
CAMPUS JUDICIAL REPORT Copy and paste A student was referred to Student Judicial Affairs (SJA) for suspected plagiarism on a term paper for an upper division course. The suspicions of plagiarism arose when the instructor noticed a significant difference in the quality of writing throughout the paper. The writing was very poor except for certain sections, which upon investigation turned out to have been directly copied and pasted from various online sources. In addition, the student neither cited nor put quotation marks around any of the information in order to indicate that the work was not her own. When meeting with a judicial officer, the student explained that she plagiarized because she felt pressure to get a good grade on the paper because she wanted to raise her grade in the class. However, the judicial officer pointed out that if she had truly wanted to raise her grade, she should have put in the effort to write the paper herself, as now she is receiving a zero for it. In the end, the student agreed to accept deferred separation status, which means that she gives up her right to a formal hearing if again referred to SJA. She also agreed to do 12 hours of community service and to complete an assignment on when and how to cite properly, followed by a meeting with a learning specialist in the Student Academic Success Center.
Cheating AND dishonest A case of suspected cheating during an exam was brought to SJA when it was observed that a group of students had unusual markings on their exam booklets. Next to a series of questions there were written large letters and what appeared to be numbers corresponding to the question on the alternate form of the exam. When the tests were turned in and reviewed, all three exams had almost all of the exact same answers and shared a large number of the same wrong answers as well. When meeting with a judicial officer, one of the students claimed to not know the other students and said that she had emailed them to find out what happened. However, in the second meeting she admitted that she had lied about sending the email and did in fact know one of the students. Although there wasn’t enough evidence to establish that this particular student had cheated, she was found in violation for lying during the disciplinary process. As a result of her dishonesty, she agreed to accept a censure, warning her that any further violations would likely result in more serious disciplinary action.
Not my kind of bake sale A group of upper division students was reported to be smoking marijuana on University property, so UC Davis police officers were dispatched to the area. The police officers found that they also possessed what appeared to be various types of baked goods containing marijuana, in addition to the initial marijuana. All of the students were honest and cooperated with the police, agreeing to dispose of all their marijuana, cupcakes and cookies at the location. The students were later referred to SJA, where they met individually with a judicial officer. The judicial officer explained in a meeting with one student that UC Davis is a “dry” campus, and that possession or use of marijuana is not allowed, even with a prescription. The student took full responsibility and agreed to disciplinary probation, meaning that if any misconduct takes place during his probationary period, suspension or dismissal would likely occur.
WEEKLY WEATHER Short Term After the windy start to our week, the winds will die down as we approach the weekend. Temperatures will be HOT—near record high heat expected with daytime highs in the low- to mid-90s. Nighttime temperatures will provide relief with lows in the mid to low 60s Thursday through Saturday. Expect cooler weather beginning on Sunday. Justin Tang, Atmospheric Science Major Long Term To start out May with beautiful weather, after this week’s toasty temperatures, next week will start out cooler in the high 70s and then increase until Friday in the mid 80s. Conditions will be partly cloudy in the beginning of the week and sunny through until Friday. Expected Highs: High 70s to mid 80s Expected Lows: Mid 50s Megan Simone, Atmospheric Science Major Climate Average temperatures for this time of year typically range in the mid to upper 70’s, so the next few days will continue to have highs that are well above normal. However, the beginning of next week will be closer to seasonal. Established records for this time of year are in the mid to upper 90’s. On May 3, we may get close to the record high of 95 degrees that was set back in 1918. Almanac Last week’s observed temperatures: (April 25-30)(Hi/Lo) Thurs: 78/47 Fri: 82/45 Sat: 87/49 Sun: 91/50 Mon: 92/64 Tues: 84/66 Wed: 86/63 Brian Rico, Atmospheric Science Major Weather News A new report form Yale Project for Climate Change Communication says that slightly over half, 58 percent, of the US population are linking climate change to the more frequent severe weather events. They add that while linking everyday weather and climate is not acceptable, the fact that people are linking the more powerful storms, droughts and heat waves to the changing climate as a general trend is okay. Finally they say that as the world heats up, or the climate is changing, it is like adding extra energy to the storms, so each one packs a hard punch. Tyson Tilmont, Atmospheric Science Major
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MUSE ARTSWEEK - FILM Focus on Film: Days of Heaven Monday, May 6, 7 p.m., $5 students Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center Acclaimed director Terrence Malick’s second feature film, 1978’s Days of Heaven is renowned for its iconic, painting-like cinematography of the American Midwest. The film stars Richard Gere and Sally Field in early roles as lovers Bill and Abby, who attempt to pursue the American Dream in the Texas Panhandle circa 1916 when their idyllic romance is disrupted by a plan to inherit an ailing farmer’s fortune by having Abby marry him.
- MUSIC Christopher Taylor on Piano: Goldberg Variations Friday, May 3, 8 p.m. $17.50 - $29 students Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center The Mondavi welcomes another virtuoso artist who brings along with him a rare instrument: a Steinway-Moor piano with a unique double-tier that is an attraction unto itself. Taylor, whose other pursuits range from mathematics, linguistics and philosophy, brings his singular talent to one of Bach’s later works, The Goldberg Variations (1741). Rose Windows, Sea Dramas Saturday, May 4, 9 p.m., $5, 21 and over Sophia’s Thai Kitchen The patio at Sophia’s welcomes Seattle-based psych outfit Rose Windows (signed to the illustrious emerald city label Sub Pop) who play a heavy blend of late ’60s progressive and 21st century post-rock, with flute and organ instrumentation lending a retro-tinge to their sound. They are followed by Sea Dramas, an SF group whose sound is a mix of ’60s beach pop, folk-rock and psychedelic.
Take your shoes off ELIZABETH ORPINA • Aggie Arts Editor • email@example.com
f living on a farm next to cows in the middle of nowhere isn’t enough to truly make your Davis experience exactly like its stereotype, get ready to
earlier than advertised. Ahem, Doxie Derby. There’s something for everyone, with multiple musical acts performing at all times, arts and crafts
It’s a ginormous, free, eco-friendly three-day music, dance, arts, crafts and education festival fill that void next weekend. Our campus is already quite unique with an amalgamation of cultures, languages, interest groups, sexual orientations, lifestyles, etc... But if walking/biking among hipsters and residents of the Co-ops isn’t Davis enough for you, take off your shoes and get ready for Davis’ annual modern version of Woodstock. Whole Earth Festival begins May 10 and continues throughout the weekend. It’s a ginormous, free, eco-friendly three-day music, dance, arts, crafts and education festival. Perhaps you thought Picnic Day was big. Sure, but it only lasted half a day on campus. Get ready for a more laid-back, jam-packed version of Davis students’ favorite day for three days. Oh, and you don’t have to trek through what seems like miles of campus in hot weather only to find out an event ended an hour
tents for constant entertainment, endless booths of unique items for purchase and fantastic food. So, naturally, I run through each aisle of booths and roll around on the grass with food in my hand just like I would at Disneyland, if I had actually gone to the Happiest Place on Earth as a child. I might as well mention it, because people who have only experienced Picnic Day will wonder, but this is a sober event. Trust me, everyone is sober. And it’s freaking awesome. Not that drunk people aren’t fun, but the Quad turns into a different world that weekend filled with relaxed, fun-loving people. But to answer the next question, yes. Yes, other substances are embraced all throughout the day. It’s not obvious, though. Except for those who twirl around for hours by themselves, off beat from the performers’ music. That’s actually one of my favor-
KDVS Presents: Week of Wonders, Arts & Leisure, Sneeze Attack Sunday, May 5, 8 p.m., $5, all ages Davis Bike Collective, 1221 1/2 Fourth St. The show features three great artists, including Seattlebased tropical guitar pop group Week of Wonders, along with jangly indie-pop band Arts & Leisure and melodic basement-punk group Sneeze Attack, both from Sacramento.
ite things to do: sitting and just watching everyone. I mean, I do that on a daily basis, but it’s not everyday that you see 60-year-olds in fairy wings spinning in circles and having the time of their lives. It adds to the quirkiness of the event. Our entire Quad is taken over by families and groups of people who are committed to sustainable living and environmental harmony. It’s sort of a pilgrimage for these folks, and I’m convinced that some of them make the trip only to spend the entire weekend hula-hooping. This is by far the most organized festival on our campus, and I would argue that those organizing it are quite gowith-the-flow, happy people. The Karma Patrol, made up of hundreds of volunteers, serves to set up, take down, maintain the “vibe,” promote compost and recycling, sleep on the stages at night (to ensure safety and prevent burglary, I’ve heard) among tons of other jobs behind-thescenes. Basically, if you want to immerse yourself completely into WEF culture, volunteer. I also can’t write an entire column without being a snarky, cynical young adult, duh. So now See ORPINA on 12
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- ART/GALLERY Home Is: Artists Reflect on the Meaning of Place Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., free, all ages Pence Gallery, 212 D St. This inspired display at the Pence Gallery downtown features the painting and sculpture work of various local artists, who explore notions of “home” and “place” through their assorted pieces. This exhibition will run until June 2. Imagine: Design Deliberation Thursday, May 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., free, all ages Nelson Gallery, Art Building The public is invited to take a close look at the three final architectural designs for the Jan Shrem and Maria Marnetti Shrem Museum of Art, with detailed drawings and models on display from April 3 to May 19. Visitor feedback is encouraged on the event’s Facebook page.
- THEATRE Batboy: The Musical Thursday, May 2 to Saturday, May 4, 8 p.m., $10 Students Wyatt Theatre This weekend is the last opportunity to catch a showing of the bizarre and fun musical parody, Batboy, put on by Studio 301. Witness the “true” story of a cave-dwelling half-boy, half-bat who struggles to fit in with his adopted human family and the suspicious townspeople. Catchy musical numbers and tasteful gore highlight the entertaining story of this blood-sucking outcast.
- OTHER SickSpits Presents: May Open Mic Tuesday, May 7, 7 p.m., free, all ages Griffin Lounge, Memorial Union The popular open mic event, put on by the SickSpits spoken word collective, returns to its original location at the Griffin Lounge. Musicians, rappers, poets, comedians and other talented individuals are encouraged to bring their unique contributions to this showcase of community voices. Hands On: All About Samosas Saturday, May 4, 2 p.m., $30, all ages Davis Food Co-op Teaching Kitchen, 537 G St. Learn the art of a delicious Indian snack, the samosa. Attendants will learn how to make this popular curried potato and flour pastry by several alternate methods, along with an accompanying sauce. - Andrew Russell
Often flawed, sometimes corny, thoroughly thrilling, ever triumphant By ADAM KHAN Aggie Features Editor
If you were to step back five years and ask any chance passerby if they recognized the name “Iron Man,” you’d be met with one cocked eyebrow and a resounding “no.” Prior to Marvel Studio’s ambitious first independent studio effort in May of 2008, the many adventures of Tony Stark and his metal-clad alter ego were the province of die-hard followers and convention connoisseurs. In July of 2008, staring awestruck at the first preview footage from the film in Conference Room B of the San Diego Comic-Con, I was one of those people. I even dragged my father to wait two hours in line to meet Robert Downey, Jr. Today, Iron Man is one of the most recognized characters in the entire world. The franchise has gone on to break box office records, catapulting Marvel Studios into a winning season of successful blockbuster films and elevating the artform of superhero storytelling from ages hence. I had the utmost privilege of attending a pre-screening of the newest installment on May 1. Once again, I found myself shaking with anticipation to see one of my favorite childhood characters fight against the forces of evil in eye-popping high definition. This time around, however, my father was just as excited as I was. I am happy to report that Iron Man 3 lives up to the grandiose legacy of its predecessor. The film succeeds in the same fashion that made the franchise so fresh five years ago — focusing on the “Man” first and the “Iron” second. That’s not to say director Shane Black skimps out
on high-octane, nerdgasmic action sequences — there are plenty to be had. One particular scene involving a mid-air plane rescue is simply too star-spangled awesome to be comprehended by mortal eyes. But the heart of the movie doesn’t stem from firing lasers at bad guys in 3D. It comes from watching our favorite smart-aleck superhero helplessly hunched over from an anxiety disorder, reaching out to loved ones for support, hurting from the very ordinary problems of everyday people. Iron Man can fly. But Tony Stark is just a quicker-witted version of you and me. Black’s screenplay is dripping with humor, even dabbling occasionally into self-deprecation. Characters poke fun at themselves, at each other, and sometimes at the ridiculousness of the superhero in general. Even in the most gripping of action shots, Downey Jr. will deliver some brilliant one-liners that leave you giggling uncontrollably. The plot rejects all former cliché, and nothing feels rehashed or familiar. Sometimes this isn’t the best thing, often feeling like the plot is figuring out where to go right along with you. Black borrows heavily from the beloved “Extremis” comic arc in 2006, a major success of its time that recharged the series for a new generation of comic fans. But without familiarity from the source content, some elements from the movie will probably leave viewers slightly confused. The film is not without its flaws. The direction the producers decided to go with the movie’s main antagonist, the Mandarin, will surprise most and leave many fans outraged. There are plot holes abound, and several action sequences are simply too “cool” to be believable, even with suspension of all disbelief. Too many times for one action flick you’ll be screaming, “No way!” instead of, “Yay!” and there are more than a few shots thrown in just to please your 12-year-old nephew and my old dorm neighbor who watches The Avengers on his laptop every night to fall asleep. See IRON MAN on 13
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‘The Dogs of War’ s h i ft s Sh ake spe ar e’s focus A new play about the common people in Shakespeare’s histories
Dogs of War adapts scenes from Shakespeare’s historical plays and shifts the focus to the common people.
By JOHN KESLER Aggie Arts Writer
Shakespeare's plays often focus on nobility, but a new play from a UC Davis grad student focuses on the common people. The Dogs of War, directed by Joselle Miller, a Ph.D. candidate in performance studies, takes scenes from some of Shakespeare's plays and uses an ensemble cast of 16 people playing four dozen roles to present a different version of Shakespeare that focuses on the people who fight in battles. MUSE: Can you describe your work? Miller: Dogs of War is an adaptation of Shakespeare's eight history plays that deal with the War of the Roses, Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry V, Henry VI Parts 1, 2, and 3, and Richard III. These plays were often adapted together since they were a cycle and cut down to make them fit into one sitting. Usually when that happens, the scenes that get cut out are the scenes of common people, citizens, soldiers and nameless servants because they're not the A-Plot. I went through the plays, took all the scenes that deal with the common people and put them together to tell the story of the War of the Roses from the common people's perspective. All the text is Shakespeare's — I haven't written anything myself — but the scenes tell a different kind of narrative about the nature of war. MUSE: How did you get the idea? Miller: I was doing a reading course with one of my professors, Peter Lichtenfels, and we were looking at various plays by Shakespeare with the question, “What is not being said? What is happening in this play or in this particular scene that is not being articulated?” We
The Dogs of War, written by William Shakespeare and adapted and directed by Joselle Miller, will play at the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre May 16 to 18 and May 23 to 25 at 8 p.m. and May 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. The play is free of charge to the general public.” quickly found that in the Histories, there was a significant thread of the commoner experience that was either not being articulated at all or articulated and then quickly brushed aside, so seeing that thread was a major inspiration. One scene in particular featured Henry V threatening these villagers and they were totally silent. That huge body of listening people just stuck out at me. Another scene in Henry VI Part 3 has Henry VI giving a monologue and during this a man comes in with a
body he just killed and he is looting it for money — back then, this was often the only way soldiers were paid — and he takes off the soldier's helmet and realizes he killed his father. A second person comes on dragging the body he killed and it turns out to be his son. You get this juxtaposition that is similar to the cultural memories we have of the American Civil War of brother See DOGS OF WAR on 13
NEWS IN B R IE F Anime convention comes to Freeborn The second ever Davis Anime Convention (DAiCon), put on by the Davis Anime Club (DAC), is on May 4 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Freeborn Hall and the Memorial Union. DAiCon offers a whole host of activities, including a cosplay contest, an animated music video contest, panels, vendors, artists, game rooms and a maid cafe. The event features special guests from all facets of anime: Wendee Lee, an american voice actor; J.S. Gilbert, a video game voice actor; Angel Hearts and Yunni, famous cosplayers and more. Tickets are $12 for pre-registration and $15 at the door. For more information and to buy tickets, visit davisanimecon.org. — Tanya Azari
By ANTHONY LABELLA Aggie Arts Writer
Panic in Nintendo Land? Every year when E3 comes along, Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony all prepare huge press conferences that allow them to detail upcoming games, hardware and services. Online viewers tune in, yell at their screens angrily and dissect every moment with an equal emphasis on serious discussion and ridiculous .gifs. That will only apply to two companies this year.
Last week Nintendo announced its decision to skip the big press conference — instead it will focus on smaller events for American distributors and the Western gaming press, respectively. Those smaller events will address the company's upcoming software lineup, while Microsoft and Sony show off their brand new consoles. Thus Nintendo faces a dilemma that many saw coming from a mile away. It debuted its new system — the Wii U — well before Sony and Microsoft. But the hardware itself minimally improves on the See AGGIE ARCADE on 12
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The McCoy Tyler Band Folk-rock/country band to play Whole Earth Festival, KDVS By CRISTINA FRIES Aggie Arts Writer
The McCoy Tyler Band performs on stage. The band will play at the Whole Earth Festival.
Playing a hybrid mix of folk-rock, bluegrass and country, The McCoy Tyler Band is a Santa Cruz-based trio who will perform at Whole Earth Festival and live on air on KDVS 90.3 FM next weekend. The band is rooted in folk tradition, but McCoy Tyler, Clinton Brown and Chad Bowen add their unique musical perspectives to arrange progressive-yet-rootsy tunes. After having released their first full-length album in 2012, Cabin Fever Blues, the trio has been performing around the Bay Area, Sacramento, Tahoe and Oregon.
The McCoy Tyler Band May 9 on KDVS at 11 p.m.; May 10 Solar Dance Stage 8 p.m. MUSE was able to speak with Tyler, vocals and guitar and Brown, vocals and drums, in a phone interview, discussing their beginnings as a band, their musical influences and the unique style they bring to the traditional genre. MUSE: How did your band first take shape? Tyler: About two years ago, I wrote a bunch of songs, and I was looking for a band. I went on Craigslist seeking musicians, and Clinton and Chad were the first to respond. When we met, I explained the music, and we got a feel for one another and it turned out to be a great match. Since then, we’ve been making music and performing around California, and we recently went on our first out-of-state tour up in Oregon with the release of our first full-length album. See ARTS on 12
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Science +Tech THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE Physics Antimatter, the strange substance made infamous in Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons, has recently been used in an experiment to test the possibility of anti-gravity. Researchers at CERN in Switzerland theorize that due to antimatter’s opposite charge compared to normal matter, it may “fall up” instead of down. The project is specifically looking at anti-hydrogen, since hydrogen is the most abundant substance in the universe.
Psychology A study out of the University of South Wales has found that men with beards are ranked as more attractive and having superior parenting ability by both women and other men. The study also found that heavily-bearded men were ranked as those with the highest perceived parenting ability, but men with an intermediate level of beardedness were ranked as the most attractive. The most attractive level of beardedness for men was reached after an average of 10 days of growth.
Robotics A group of baseball enthusiasts and scientists at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo have just built a robot with a 100,000-neuron “brain” that can play baseball. The robot holds a fan-shaped bat and swings at balls that are launched at it. It usually misses the first few pitches, but the brain has the ability to learn, and eventually reaches a very high batting average. The fake brain is similar to the graphics processors in our computers, and emulates a brain with about 100,000 neurons — the average human brain has about 14 billion.
Astronomy On April 29, the Herschel Space Observatory, the largest infrared telescope ever built, was forever shut down. The telescope, which is in orbit around Earth, ran out of the liquid helium that it used to make highly detailed infrared images. The mirror on Herschel is about 1.5 times as large as the mirror on the Hubble telescope, and was able to form images from the darkest, coldest parts of the universe that were invisible to all other telescopes.
Environment As of this week, global CO2 concentrations have nearly reached a worrisome milestone of 400 parts per million (ppm). The location, or sentinel spot, on top of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii, uses an infrared analyzer and measured levels of CO2 not seen for a few million years. Instead of a successful milestone, this marks a very troubling discovery that will make it nearly impossible to avoid the 2-degree-Celsius increase limit that many governments have vowed not to exceed. After the 400 ppm mark is reached, it will be very difficult to halt, let alone reverse, the negative effects of global climate change.
Internet April 30 marks an important date for humanity: the creation of the World Wide Web and the first website. The internet as we know it was first invented at CERN (the location of the Large Hadron Collider) by Tim Berners-Lee to transfer files and information between networks at the research institute. As a commemoration, CERN is restoring the first website ever created, along with its original URL and even the original servers it was hosted on.
Health Researchers from the UCSD Scripps Institute have recently found an antibody than can turn our bone marrow stem cells into healthy, functioning brain cells. This is an important discovery, as it shows the ability to create new brain cells out of a patients’ own cellular material. Antibodies were originally thought to be part of the immune function to fight bacteria and viruses, but they are now known to have many other functions, including the production of neural progenitor cells.
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The Problem: You and your friends are hanging out, when suddenly somebody realizes that they are hungry. After it gets brought up to the group, everyone else realizes that they are hungry, too. Cooking takes too much effort and requires forward planning … a daunting task for any college student. So the only option left is to go out. But where? No one really cares, or if they do,
Science, space & a dash of philosophy with ALAN LIN • Aggie science writer
ne way of thinking about the universe is as a story of how things continue to
persist. Picture it like a cosmic, chronologically arranged pyramid; the pyramid starts at the bottom with simple binary systems that in all likelihood have been around for as long as there has been a place to be. It then builds to things at the peak that are more recent and esoteric in nature — that may not even qualify as things at all.
electrons. Within those solar systems, we see enormous clouds of dust and massive rocks made of many kinds of metals. We see planets, which, according to the International Astronomical Union, are rocks in our solar system so large that their own gravity has made them round. We’ve looked to both the very large and the very small, but now I’d like to draw your attention to the human scale and talk about the Earth and its improbable
Many technologies have arisen as ways of allowing ideas to persist and change At the base, we have three categories: matter, energy and space. Things that exist, or that don’t. From the beginning to now, pretty much everything in the universe can fall into one of those three categories. Moving upward, the matter and energy start to interact in different ways — a terribly large, nearly infinite number of ways — forming many different orientations. These many forms keep interacting with one another in accordance to theoretically unbreakable laws that govern their behavior. Without going into too much detail, suffice it to say that energy is never created or destroyed, it simply changes form (e.g. light, heat, motion, etc.). It does this by moving in and out of different systems. The systems it moves between are naturally driven to reach the lowest possible energy state. In accordance with the next tier of our pyramid, we observe all kinds of interesting arrangements in which matter and energy can exist. If we look to the cosmos, we observe spectacularly large arrangements of matter, like black holes, with their collections of orbiting solar systems. Moving to the very small scale, we can see things like nuclei and their orbiting clouds of
populace. On Earth, we witness a spectacularly intricate arrangement of chemistry called life. It poses a remarkable medium for information to degrade, replicate and persist. Groups of atoms, when given energy from an external source, like the sun, group together and form more ordered structures that — given enough time — go on to make more of themselves. Taking some liberties, this constitutes life at a very basal level. From life, we get individual systems that are spectacularly complicated. These systems are sometimes referred to as organisms. Organisms spend their entire lives interacting with one another, struggling to exist and produce the next generation. These organisms look and behave the way they do because they have billions of bits of information stored in a unique combination, DNA. The information contained in an organism’s DNA plays a major role in determining that organism’s odds of successfully producing the next generation. Subsequent generations contain their ancestors’ DNA with some variants, or mutations, that will affect their probability of success. This process is the mechanism by which evolution operates, and is
called natural selection. Through evolution and natural selection, there comes an endless variety of strategies and relationships. Some plants start making seeds, some strains of bacteria start literally pooping gold, and some animals start asking things like “Why?” The next step on this metaphorical pyramid is the formation of ideas. Ideas particularly interest me because an idea is very much a noun that can persist, be acted on, or change, while never taking physical form. For instance, the knowledge that hearing a big noise can be dangerous has probably saved countless lives, but you or I couldn’t pick up that idea and show it to someone. We can’t hold that idea in our hands and examine it. The transmission of ideas and their persistence beyond a set of neural connections in an individual is a byproduct of language, which is used to move ideas from one unit to another … a commonly understood signal that transcends spatial or temporal limitations. Many technologies have arisen as ways of allowing ideas to persist and change. Printed word would be a good example. Eventually, we have the electronic storage of information through tools like computers. The internet is another medium through which ideas are literally able to exist as their own entities, persisting, mutating and evolving. These ideas are stored as lines of code saved as bits, being translated into light for us to see and translate into thought, word or action. Starting with the most fundamental pieces, and moving up to the grandest configurations, the universe we live in represents an extraordinarily complicated system. Figuring out how these pieces of the universe interact with one another is a key to determining our place within it. ALAN LIN can be reached at science@ theaggie.org.
Ocean spray more than just a cooling mist Marine aerosols found to have distinct effect on cloud formation By EMILY SEFEROVICH Aggie Science Writer
Most of us have probably been exposed to the term ocean-spray at some point in our lives. Maybe we associate this title with a common brand of cranberry (fantastic alongside any Thanksgiving dinner), or a delightfully cool marine-mist experienced only by the most avid of tide-pool junkies. However, the cool mist we all love is more than just seawater. Biological and physical oceanic researchers from the UCSD Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO) have concluded that ocean-spray, or marine aerosol, is in fact a thin vapor of inorganic compounds, bacteria and microscopic marine organisms that are heavily involved in cloud formation. The study also looked at marine aerosols and the impact they have on their surroundings. An aerosol is literally defined as “a
they are keeping their opinion to themselves out of some misguided attempt at courtesy. The question “What do we want?” keeps getting repeated over and over again. Tempers are flaring. No one wants to decide for the entire group. Eventually it seems much more likely that you will end up brawling than actually picking a place to eat. Time to alpha-up, homeboy. The Solution: Urbanspoon, an app available for free on any iOS device (iPhone or iPads for you noobs out there). This app has three main features that will make finding a place to eat much easier. The “Shake” feature seems to have
gaseous suspension of fine solid or liquid particles.” Therefore, with a dash of critical thinking, marine aerosol can be defined as a gaseous suspension of oceanic particles; simple. It’s key to note that marine aerosols are actually a dynamic cocktail of inorganic salts and microbial organisms that are small and light enough to be incorporated into an evaporated, suspended mass of ocean water upon the crashing of waves — a slightly more complex definition. For decades, the question for oceanic researchers remained how to measure the raw constituents and behaviors of marine aerosols while accounting for external factors that would unavoidably contaminate samples. Without a way to isolate unadulterated specimens, there would be no way to truly quantify the impact that these natural marine aerosols have on climate and oceanic ecosystems. “The facility generated nascent (new) marine spray from breaking
been specifically designed with the above situation in mind. It has three roulette wheels that spin like a slot machine to randomly select a nearby location (i.e. Davis, Dixon, Sacramento), type of food (Mexican, Chinese, Italian, etc.) and relative price range denoted by number of dollar signs from one to four ($ - $$$$), with one being fairly inexpensive and four being very expensive. Pushing the “Shake” button (or shaking your phone) sets the wheels spinning, and once they land, the app chooses a random restaurant that fits the randomly chosen criteria and then gives you the name, address and phone number for that restaurant. It’s that simple. You even have the option
waves in seawater [at the] air-sea interaction facility, [using] the 30m long glass-walled wave channel at the S.I.O. Hydraulics Laboratory,” said Grant Deane, facility director of the SIO and marine aerosol physics expert, in an email interview. “[We] designed and built a portable tank based on a modulated, plunging waterfall to replicate the chemistry and physical properties of the particles produced by the breaking wave. This much smaller system is portable, and suitable to use in laboratories and on ships.” With the expertise of Deane and colleagues, researchers were able to construct a living, breathing replica of a pacific tidal environment within a 30 meter long indoor chamber called a flume. This functioning, indoor reef biosphere, which accounted for wind, reef presence and inorganic/organic oceanic content, is a state-of-the-art approach to observing and measuring the behaviors of marine aerosols and the factors that influence them.
of locking down one of the roulette wheels. So, for example, if you know that you want something inexpensive, you can lock the app on the one dollar sign and let it randomize the rest. However, maybe the limiting factor for you isn’t deciding what to eat, but laziness. You just really don’t want to have to travel very far to eat. This is where the “Nearby” feature comes into play. As long as you have location services enabled on your phone, the app will give you a list of all the closest restaurants to you, along with a rating for that restaurant shown as a percentage of people who have “Liked it” through the app. Finally, the app also includes a “Search” feature that will let you look
See OCEAN on 11 up the closest location of a specific restaurant, if you have one in mind. Pro Tip: When using the “Shake” feature, in the upper right-hand corner of the screen there is a button that says “Filter” that will allow you to further customize the results shown to you. You can choose to only see popular places, or only places that serve breakfast food or even set a maximum distance for the displayed results. Don't let your friends break out into World War III. Just download, shake and eat. KYLE SCROGGINS can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“I am a Pakistani American Muslim. I have personally experienced hate speech because of the fact that I am or ‘look’ Muslim. My friends have experienced this,” said Sonum Saeed, a fourth-year psychology major and publicity coordinator for MSA, in an email interview. Saeed said that last week, one female Muslim student who was wearing a headscarf was spit on. “Hate speech affects people on a psychological level, and if you’ve ever been told that your existence, your faith or that your ‘brownness’ is the reason for all evil in the world, then you know exactly what I’m talking about,” Saeed said. Senators, public debate Senator Miles Thomas, who voted “yes” on the bill, admitted that he originally planned to vote “no.” Thomas said the fundamental issue with the bill was that much of the language was from the UC Berkeley bill and it would have been more powerful if it was more “Davis specific.” “Even though all of my concerns with the bill were not addressed, I couldn’t help but vote ‘yes’ just because I do appreciate the severity of the issue,” he said. Many amendments were made to the resolution and some senators felt that the language of the bill could have been improved.
“I voted against Senate Resolution 21 because I believe it was a poorly-written bill. It was not the proper way to address the conflict that occurred on campus,” said ASUCD Senator Tal Topf in an email interview. “Additionally, the claims that the Ayn Rand society made at the senate meeting were very valid and I did not feel comfortable voting on a bill that would pin students against students.” Topf was one of four senators who voted against the bill, along with Maxwell Kappes, Felicia Ong and Ryan Wonders. Liam Burke abstained. “I did not personally support the bill [but that] does not [mean] that I don’t recognize its merits. I had my reasons for voting ‘no’, but if this benefits the Muslim community on campus then I am content that it passed and their voices were heard,” she said. Third-year political science major Christopher Telfer, who attended the ARS event and was present during discussion of the resolution, also opposed the bill. “I felt like the Ayn Rand Society, their members and the participants of the forum were being misrepresented. They were not spreading Islamophobia or spewing hateful rhetoric as claimed, and I felt the need to aid in their defense,” Telfer said. “Free speech and open dialogue should be promoted and protected in our society, even if a certain viewpoint is disagreeable or unpopular to a certain group of people.”
Jonathan Bomberg, a fourth-year viticulture and enology double major and president of the ARS, gave the only official ARS statement during the meeting. “Instead of promoting slander and attacking free speech, you should be promoting discussion of ideas, not its condemnation,” Bomberg said. Bomberg also stated that the event was not an Islamophobic event against Muslims in general, but against individuals and groups such as Al-Qaeda, who commit terrorist acts in the name of Islam. Moreover, his statement questioned what evidence gave individuals the right to condemn the ARS event if they were not present.
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Looking ahead Garg said she also wants to see concrete action taken by administration to increase awareness and address the issues of Islamophobia. Usamah Simjee, MSA president and thirdyear genetics major, is hopeful that this discussion will lead to changes on campus. “Climate is defined by the community, not by legislation. However, it is very encouraging to see that this problem is at least being acknowledged by our student body,” Simjee said in an email interview. “Seeing this bill bring together so many students of diverse identities is a sign that we are moving in the right direction.”
“In December, [the] UC Davis Foundation Board of Trustees announced the creation of a new $1 million-plus matching fund initiative, The UC Davis Foundation Matching Fund for Student Support. This fundraising initiative was created by personal donations from current and emeriti members of the UC Davis Foundation Board of Trustees and university leadership to help UC Davis students,” said Sarah Colwell, senior manager of development and marketing communications, in an email interview. “The matching fund has already inspired more than $3.5 million in gifts to date.” One qualifying student felt they would benefit from the Aggie Grant plan. “Even though lower-income students need more [financial aid], I still can’t afford college without it,” said firstyear linguistics major Adrienne Jones. “Coming from a primarily economically single-headed household, we can definitely feel the financial strain. The Aggie Grant seems like a positive way for my family to accumulate less debt for that year.” For more information, visit financialaid.ucdavis.edu.
LILIANA NAVA OCHOA can be reached at campus@ theaggie.org.
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Aside from being able to utilize this portal in the fall of 2013, students will also be using this for their Winter Quarter 2014 registration. “We’ve also gotten a lot of feedback that student’s don’t like SISWeb, so this will eventually replace SISWeb also. All the registration will occur on this website,” Lopez said. Those involved with the development encourage student participation and feedback to help make sure the portal truly caters to students needs, even after it’s launched. “While we love to have student feedback from the student leaders and those who are very involved on campus, we actually want everyone — all the students who are a part of this community — to give us feedback,” Cooley-Broughton said. Bossio said that improvements to the portal will be made consistently. “As is typical with any wonderful project, before you even get it rolled out the first time, you got phase two, three and four already lined up,” Bossio said. “We’re starting with a fairly large scope for phase one, but there will be enhancements made. So it will become an ongoing and ever-changing, and hopefully ever-improving portal.”
the Sacramento Food Bank.” Sherrett has been responsible for organizing the event since her freshman year. “Someone in the dorms made a Facebook group for an Undie Run, but there was no real organization behind it. I took the extra clothes that people didn’t retrieve and donated them, and I thought, this is such a great idea, I’ll start this on my own next quarter,” Sherrett said. Sherrett soon found that the interest behind future Undie Runs was more than originally expected. “I had never done any event planning before, so when 2,000 people ended up attending on [the] Facebook group that first year, I went, ‘Oh my gosh, do I need to tell the police, do I need to inform the Chancellor?’” Ultimately, the event was not a problem with administration. Undie runs have been met with similar enthusiasm among students throughout California schools: UC Davis is one of many, with undie runs occurring at UC Berkeley, San Diego State University and UC Santa Cruz. Nelson suspects that there is a psychological, if not primal fascination with running half-naked in the dark. “For one, it’s sexy,” Nelson said. “You don’t get to usually do that kind of thing. It’s radical and different. People donate clothes and see the bigger picture, but the draw is the breaking of a societal norm.” The organic qualities don’t end there. Although Sherrett has made paths and signs to direct runners in the past, she
SASHA COTTERELL can be reached at campus@ theaggie.org.
finds that mob mentality reigns. “When there’s that many people, it’s impossible to direct. It just naturally flows,” Sherret said. “If I made a route, nobody would follow it. It becomes its own little organism. People run down Russell or storm the dorms; sometimes if there are really gung-ho people, they’ll go downtown.” The distance of the run is based off of personal fitness level, desire to stay out in the cold or need to get back to studying for finals. Second-year animal science majors Melissa Tye and Kimberly Ruble found that even when leaving earlier than the rest of the pack, the experience is still worthwhile. “We only ran for about half an hour, but it was so fun,” Tye said. “We went all over the place: through the Quad, the library, [the] Silo [and] Tercero. I think the group we were originally with with ended up going eight miles in total that night.” Although Tye and Ruble did not stay for the entire run, they were able to participate in its most anticipated tradition. After passing Centennial Walk at the beginning of the run, the pack makes its way to Shields Library, where the group runs through all floors and rooms, momentarily bringing some excitement to those studying for finals. “In the light, in the brightness of the library, it didn’t phase me that I was in my underwear. Once things took off, I had no concern for embarrassment. I felt free,” Nelson said. The library run wasn’t always well received by campus officials, but in past years, responsible undie runners have allowed for the tradition to continue.
“The people at the library are becoming more understanding. It’s just students running around and blowing off steam. At first they would call the cops, bar the doors, or kick us out, but now [police officers] wait outside. They are just making sure we’re being safe,” Sherrett said. Although the event is recognized as harmless, campus police now post out front of the library and follow the pack of students via patrol cars for part of the run. They make sure, however, not to rain on the parade, providing lighting and safety. Participants were quick to point out that anyone is welcome at the Undie Run, regardless of fitness level or body type. “It helps you become more comfortable with your body. It’s about bringing the community together. You can be big or small; it’s not about looks or fitness, it’s about celebrating the end of the quarter,” said second-year Spanish and chemistry double major Dezy Jordan. With Sherrett graduating in the spring, leadership of the event has been passed down to Jordan, who has high hopes for the future of the Undie Run. “I’d like to get DJs out more often and organize after-run events,” Jordan said. “I’m also going to poll using the Facebook group to see what day of finals has the least amount of conflicts for people.” The UCD Undie Run takes place during finals week. For more information, visit their Facebook group, or search for the event entitled “UCD Undie Run Spring 2013.” HANNAH KRAMER can be reached at features@ theaggie.org
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the same fate as Zavesca, a potential male contraceptive that worked perfectly at inhibiting sperm production in mice a few years ago — until it was tested on humans. Turns out, the drug only worked on a particular strain of laboratory mice. Gamedazole has come a bit farther. The drug is also sperm-inhibiting, and has been successfully tested on not only mice, but also rats, rabbits and nonhuman primates. Even more exciting is Vasalgel, a polymer gel that’s injected into the vas deferens. When introduced to an activating agent, the gel solidifies into a sponge-like substance that allows the man to ejacu-
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by different schools. However, one school was able to provide them the opportunity to play Division 1 softball together: UC Davis. “Initially we were recruited by different schools. UC Davis saw us at a showcase,” Christina said. “I think that initially they were recruiting me, but they found out that I had a sister and they started getting in contact with the both of us. We both loved the school, and going to school together would be a bonus.” As the girls have tried to find their place on the team and grow accustomed to the college life, they have had
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late, but filters the sperm from his semen. The procedure is also easily reversible, as the gel can be dissolved with a second injection. Better yet, Vasalgel has been tested on humans with close to a 100 percent success rate in India. In the U.S., however, trials are still limited to nonhuman animals, and the system is not yet FDAapproved. The prospect of more male birth control options is exciting, and a long time coming. Hopefully, the introduction of more reliable male contraceptives will level the cultural playing field in preventing unwanted pregnancy — and give girls like me a break from the mood swings. MARISA MASSARA’s volatile hormones can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
to overcome some obstacles. However, through the struggles, Cat and Christina have come out stronger than ever. Cat is hitting .346 this season and is getting more and more experience. Christina has started quite a few games this year and has become a sure-handed third baseman. To those who may be surprised at the impact two freshmen might have on a team, it helps to know that the Guidrys are related to some pretty serious athletes. The Guidry twins are cousins with New York Yankees ace pitcher, CC Sabathia. Sabathia gave Cat and Christina the unique experience of being able to gather advice from a fantastic athlete, who also happens to be a relative. “Baseball runs in the family,” said Cat. “When we were little we would kind of
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not long after the Sandy Hook shooting, therefore they are related. If we look at some grainy photos that we have no reason to trust the legitimacy of, we can see a picture of a backpack somewhere, sometime, therefore these secret backpacks were the real bombs, even though there is zero evidence to support this claim, and we should not trust the mainstream story. Oh, and 9/11, therefore fluoride is in the federal reserve because the trilateral commission. Illuminati. Furthermore, I have a strong intuition that the nuts who believe this anti-scientific baloney spend most of their lives online. So, don’t take their epically overblown web presence as get tips from [Sabathia] and all the others in our family that played baseball. We also have a cousin that pitches at USC who would teach us things.” Twins who compete at a high level together are a rarity in sports. Yet, both of the Guidry sisters are not only on the UC Davis softball team, but also integral members of the team. As freshmen, they have been given the unique opportunity of getting quite a bit of starting experience. With Cat having started eight of the 18 games played and Christina having played in 31 games and starting 24, both of the sisters have had quite a bit of game time. What is more impressive is that the two have started to get more playing time as the season has gone on. This should only help two extremely
proof that these views should be treated as popular or legitimate. These conspiracy quacks are failing to follow their own motto: don’t take anything as evidence unless you can verify it. Those conspiracy pictures that circulate on Facebook don’t have trustworthy sources. Don’t take them seriously. Although it is important to consider dissenting ideas, we should treat with hostility messages that have the token elements of Infowars — those qualities of zealotry described above. Otherwise they will actually become as pervasive as their internet presence deceitfully indicates. BRIAN MOEN doesn’t believe the official story, but he is a reptilian from space. He can be reached at email@example.com.
talented freshmen improve and become dominant starters next year and the years to come. “Starting this year, I did not know what my role would be. I would want to be more consistent and have a more constant role at third base,” Christina said. “Also we want to win a Big West Title. We definitely want that before we leave.” The sisters’ futures are definitely looking bright. With the valuable playing time they have received this year, they will be experienced and ready for handling a larger workload next year and beyond. If the experience and work pays off with a starting role, a conference title or two will be sure to follow. KENNETH LING can be reached at sports@theaggie. org.
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Preview: As the Aggies once again find themselves in the middle of a losing streak, they hope to earn a few wins against a very good Cal State Northridge team and snap the streak. After winning four games in a row, UC Davis has now lost four straight games. Both the pitching and hitting have been inconsistent during this four-game skid. The Aggies’ batting order has been hit-or-miss this entire season. During the UC Riverside series, they were hitting the ball well and scoring runs. Junior Steven Patterson has had an amazing stretch of games as he had a 10-game hitting streak recently snapped during the series finale in Irvine. He is still hitting .336 with two homers and 27 RBI. Senior Paul Politi is what many would consider the
only true power bat in the lineup. With five home runs this season, two of which came in the 19-8 stomping of UC Riverside, Politi has shown the ability to hit the long ball. Also, his 10 doubles this year are the most on the team. Politi has been hitting pretty well as of late, with a solid .333 batting average during the UC Irvine series. However, he only drove in one RBI in the three games at Irvine. This may be a reflection on the lack of hits by the rest of the Aggies’ lineup more than Politi’s inability to drive in runs. UC Davis will not only need consistent hitting, but it will also need to be able to string few solid pitching performances together as well. With a team ERA of 4.78 and a propensity to allow late inning runs, as seen in the weekend series against UC Irvine, the Aggies definitely need to get more productive pitching. Junior Evan Wolf is probably the best man for the job. With a 2-2 record and a 4.64 ERA, Wolf has been the best
starting pitcher this season for UC Davis. In his last start against the Anteaters, Wolf threw six solid innings allowing one run on only two hits. The Aggies hope he can repeat that performance against Cal State Northridge. Northridge has a solid pitching staff which has a team ERA of 3.87. This staff includes sophomore pitcher Jerry Keel, who is 6-1 this season with a 2.13 ERA. UC Davis will need to be able to find a way to hit against him during the series. The batting order of the Matadors is a dangerous one. While they only have a team batting average of .265 and no one in the lineup hitting over .300, the Matadors do have some pop in their lineup — especially junior outfielder Miles Williams, who, while batting .221, has seven home runs and 23 RBI. The Aggies’ pitchers will definitely need to be mindful of the dangerous bat of Williams during the series. — Kenneth Ling
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“The wave flume used for studying emitted sea spray particles under realistic wave breaking conditions is a one-of-a-kind facility,” mentioned UC Davis engineer Christopher Cappa in a written interview. Upon analysis of the sea spray, researchers found that the ability of aerosols to form clouds was almost entirely dependent upon the bacterial concentration of the sea water. Researchers tested this observation further by artificially introducing bacterial cultures to the test flume and recording the likelihood of cloud formation. Observations showed that when bacterial concentration increased fivefold, the ability of marine aero-
sols to form clouds fell by about two thirds. “The ocean has a huge impact on climate change — [a] better term than global warming because some regions of the world are getting cooler while most others are getting warmer. The oceans cover 71 percent of the earth, [and] the clouds formed by sea spray keep our planet cooler,” said Kimberly Prather, director of the National Science Foundation’s funded Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment (CAICE), the organization that provided the backing for this research project. “Understanding why we get more clouds (or less) due to changes in the ocean is critical to understanding factors influencing our climate.” Marine aerosol research is an extremely
important branch of research, as it is directly related to global climate change, and has not been extensively studied. “We cannot know for sure how much humans are impacting climate until we understand the natural processes that occur on natural aerosols which are much more abundant,” Prather continued. “The interesting fact presented in this story is how much bacteria influence the composition of seawater and in turn how much this influences sea spray composition and cloud formation. It appears the bacteria can reduce the ability of sea spray to seed clouds. This study represents a first step; we can learn a great amount.” It is undeniable that the methodologies enacted in order to retrieve these data were
creative, sophisticated and no less than ingenious. UCSD proves yet again that the advances in scientific practices are as unstoppable and potent as evolution itself. Additionally, this study helps to address the mainstream scientific dilemma of global climate change. With worldwide obstacles such as these, even the tiniest droplet of knowledge counts. While some of us may continue to associate the term ocean-spray solely with a brand of bitter fruit that goes well with mashed potatoes and gravy, perhaps others have gleaned insight from this brief, albeit fascinating, exploration of marine aerosols. EMILY SEFEROVICH can be reached at science@ theaggie.org.
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Last reason to definitely be at Whole Earth this year? Canned Heat is headlining this year. Yes, the band Cont. from page 6 come my blunt thoughts. Girls, this is that headlined the original WoodNOT Coachella 3.0 (2.0 was apparstock Festival in 1969. And since ently Picnic Day, as every single girl this event takes place during Mothwas wearing a flower crown for no real er’s Day weekend, why not invite the reason with high-waisted shorts and family up for a day? Assuming your crop tops). This is the appropriate time parents were older than children to bust out the tie-dye and wear actual in 1969, I’m guessing they would cut-off jeans (not that Forever 21 crap think it’s pretty cool that a legendary with studs and glitter). group is performing on our campus. I heard that every year, there’s a Plus, you won’t have any obligations woman with a box of kittens, giving or need to day drink, as those exist the little angels away to anyone who typically on Picnic Day. asks. And although every atom in my Grab some cash, break out the body begs me to take the box and sunscreen, bring a blanket and take run, I’m going to advise people to off your shoes. Prepare to shop, take the box and turn the kittens in dance, eat by day and thrive in the to the YSPCA. I’ve heard stories where naturally harmonious environment these WEF-obtained kittens act a little of Whole Earth at night. … strange due to constantly inhaling certain fumes. Put aside your need for You can find ELIZABETH ORPINA chasing free, beautiful, fluffy and wonderful after the lit-up unicorn box every night next kittens and put their health at the top weekend. Contact her at email@example.com of the priority list. Enough of my cat to find out how many plates of garlic fries she plans to scarf down. comments. And concerns. For now.
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problem? With games, because the Wii U is a video game console first and foremost. The company seems to recognize this to some extent since the focus will be software at this year’s E3, but volume is not enough. Quality is what really counts. Over the past few years, Nintendo has relied heavily on nostalgia to sell its games. I understand that many of us, myself included, have fond memories of past classics, but it’s time for Nintendo to focus more on originality and creativity. I can only take so many Zelda and Mario games before I move on to something else. It may seem like I’m being too cynical, but my criticism of Nintendo comes from a place of love. Most of my childhood was spent in front of a SNES, and some of my all-time favorite games are courtesy of Nintendo (Super Metroid, Super Mario 64, Chrono Trigger). Who knows, perhaps Nintendo will thrive with its back against the wall. I sure hope so, because the video game industry, in general, benefits from Nintendo’s success.
current PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 from a technological perspective. The game library isn’t much better, with only a few standout titles since its launch in November of last year. Getting a jump-start on the competition provides more time for sales, but Nintendo has squandered that opportunity in the past few months. Only 3.45 million Wii U systems have been sold up until March, which falls short of Nintendo’s own 4-million-unit estimate. In that same amount of time, the company’s old system, the Wii, has sold approximately 4 million units. Obviously, casual consumers are still enamored with the Wii, while the core gaming crowd appears to be content with the PS3 and 360 for now. For the past seven years we’ve had to give Nintendo the benefit of the doubt since it tapped into a brand new gaming market with its crowd-pleasing Wii. But now that the Wii U has sold so poorly, it’s time for Nintendo to ANTHONY LABELLA can be reached at arts@theaggie. hit the panic button. So how exactly does Nintendo solve this org.
write tends to be more complex. Part of that has to do with the background we come from. Three of us come from very different musical backgrounds. When we Cont. from page 7 How would you describe your music? come together it creates a unique mix of styles, which Tyler: There are a lot of styles that we bring into sets us apart from the traditional folk-country vein. our music — bluegrass and folk traditions that haven’t changed a whole lot while they’ve been around, and What kind of music experience did you have before we bring a modern twist to that. Because of the genre creating the McCoy Tyler Band? of music we’re in, our music has a bit of an old-school Brown: I played drums for a band in Sacramento, a traditional feel, but we modernize it with our lyrics jam-rock funk band, playing gigs at bars on weekends, and our somewhat more complex chords. and I learned to love to play live shows. I listened to Brown: Playing with these guys for the past few all types of music, but I think in terms of playing I was years has taken me into a new perspective on music looking for something a little easier on the ears, someitself, and I’m able to incorporate styles of music I’ve thing to play for people in smaller settings, not blaring played in the past into traditional bluegrass. We each people’s ears out. I wanted to play something simpler take turns bringing our individual perspectives while on the drums in order to be able to sing at the same we’re working on a new song, and flesh things out time, and this band is a great outlet for that. with different accents, so you’ll be able to hear what Tyler: I played a lot of “loud” music when I was 18. I each individual brings to the table. was lead guitarist in a glam rock/metal band, a similar style to Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. I was playing Who are your biggest musical influences? really fast-treading metal songs, and now my style has Tyler: If I had to name a few, I’d say John Prine, Gram changed and gone in a different direction. I think part Parsons, Neil Young and John Hiatt. They all utilize ba- of what influenced that shift was going through my sic, stripped-down chord structures, but the stuff we parents’ records and listening to a lot of folk music.
There’s something about the stripped-down quality about it that I appreciate. The difference between playing electric and acoustic is that you can’t really hide anything — it exists in a really immediate world where you can hear everything you’re playing in a solo. What gigs do you have lined up for the near future? Tyler: This year is going to be a breakthrough year for us. I wanted to get as many festivals as I could, so we’ve really made a point to book a lot of good regional festivals in California, and we’re touring through several western states starting in mid-June. Brown: For the more distant future, we just hope to book bigger festivals and tours and record more albums. We want to keep it fun, keep it loose and have a good time playing music. For more information about The McCoy Tyler Band, visit mccoytylerband.com. Listen to the band on KDVS 90.3 FM on May 9 at 11 p.m., and watch the show on the Solar Dance Stage at Whole Earth Festival on May 10 at 8 p.m. CRISTINA FRIES can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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against brother, father against son, and everything breaking down in individual family units. MUSE: Can you describe the set design? MILLER: Travis Kerr is the scenic designer. He’s an MFA in design at the Department of Theatre and Dance. What we’ve done — and this is for the production design overall — is that we’re using what I call an Elizabethan aesthetic but done in a contemporary way, like we’re self consciously doing it in 2013.
thetic. We’re trying to keep the audience aware of where they are — Wyatt Theatre, 2013 — as they encounter these plays written 400 years ago. Another aspect is the explicit theatricality of it. Think about it as if we’re doing magic but we’re showing the strings. The props are all basic shapes that the actors configure into props like tables. They’re not literal and realist at all.
do you hope to accomplish? Miller: To be frank, the only reason I’m in any way interested in doing Shakespeare at all is in terms of what it can tell us about how we’re living right now and who we are to each other. I’m not interested in doing it as a museum piece. For me, I wanted to explore how the people who make decisions to go to war are different from the people who actually go to battle in those wars. They’re different now and they were different than in this story. I’m trying to make people recognize themselves in these narratives.
Similarly, all the actors are in a base costume and they put on different components to be different characters, but the audience often sees those costume changes happen on stage, so this reminds them that these actors are performing for them. MUSE: How is it working with the Design Department? For instance, we’re using modern mateMUSE: By reminding the audience that Miller: It’s fabulous. The nature of theatre rials in the costumes, materials that didn’t they’re watching a historical play, what is that you can’t do anything by yourself, so exist back then but point towards that aes-
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ing commentary, touching on political manipulation and the image of modern America. “It’s a free country,” one character blurts at Downey Jr. “Sure it is,” he responds. Overall, Iron Man 3 provides a thoroughly entertaining experience for people of all ages and is well-worth throwing your money at. It might carry the same magical effect as first seeing that metalloid figure blaze through the skies five years ago. But the 15-year-old comic nerd in me has never felt more at home. And, as always, make sure to stay after the credits for a wonderful surprise. Iron Man 3 stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pierce and Ben Kingsley. The movie is rated PG-13 and opens May 3.
Like Christopher Nolan’s Batman arc, Iron Man works on a more meta-level than your average action film. Like nuclear missiles and military drones, Marvel’s technology has evolved too fast for its own good. Stark crunches out more and more versions of his suit, making them capable of working on their own or operating from a distance. It’s hard not to silently compare the fleet of different colored Iron Men soaring through the sky to the display of iPods at BestBuy. While my old dorm neighbor will probably just watch with overzealous glee, you can’t help but cringe at the excessiveness of Iron Man’s gadget-technomissile-orgy. Fortunately, the movie cringes right along with you, answering its own concerns in a ADAM KHAN will continue to poke fun anonymously at his old nicely-wrapped up finale. dorm neighbor. Chastise him if you know he’s talking about Villains act as a portal to some thought-provok- you at email@example.com.
you by necessity have to be a good collaborator if you’re going to get things done, and luckily the people here are experts at that. The design team, our production staff in the costume shop, the professors here supporting the development of this work ... there are a whole lot of people who are spending a lot of time and energy working and thinking and talking about this project. The Dogs of War, written by William Shakespeare and adapted and directed by Joselle Miller, will play at the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre on May 16 to 18 and May 23 to 25 at 8 p.m. and May 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. The play is free of charge to the general public. JOHN KESLER can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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backstop Aggies’ heartbreak in Big West Conference Tournament
UC Davis tennis teams close play at Indian Wells
Women’s water polo team falls short of claiming conference title
Women fall in quarterfinals of Big West Championships
By KENNETH LING Aggie Sports Writer
Defense wins championships. The Aggies' high-powered offense simply could not overcome the team's defensive woes, losing the first-round contest to the nationally ranked UC Irvine Anteaters, 8-5. UC Davis then suffered a heartbreaking 10-9 loss at the hands of the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. The Aggies then wrapped up tournament play against Pacific on Sunday, thrashing the Tigers by the score of 10-4. Entering the first-round matchup with the second-seeded Anteaters, the Aggies knew that they were going to face a tough team. In the second regular season meeting between the two teams, UC Davis gave up a last-second score to give UC Irvine the 7-6 win. Thus, this game seemed to be one of the most exciting matchups of the Big West tournament. However, the matchup was never really that close. The Anteaters took an early lead and never looked back. With goals from freshman Kelsey Thornton and junior Hilary Estrada, UC Irvine jumped out to a 2-0 lead. The lead blossomed even more in the second quarter, as the Anteaters scored four goals in the quarter. They went into halftime leading 6-2, with the two Aggies' goals scored by senior Kathryn Bailey and junior Hannah Curran. The Aggies did make a late comeback attempt in the fourth quarter, as they scored two goals and shutout the Anteaters. The goals by senior Riane Woods and sophomore Paige Oreglia helped UC Davis claw back to the 8-5 score. However, it was too little and too late. On Saturday's game, in the loser's bracket of the conference tournament, the Aggies faced off with the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. The Aggies' leading scorers, seniors Carmen Eggert and Jessica Dunn, both had hat-tricks. UC Davis seemed to be in good position to close out the win with a 6-4 lead heading into halftime. The Aggies started the third quarter of scoring and increasing their lead. With an Eggert goal, UC Davis gained a commanding 7-4 lead. The teams then traded goals, with a goal by UC Santa Barbara's freshman
Samantha Murphy and a goal by UC Davis' senior Kathryn Bailey. UC Davis, however, still maintained a three-goal lead. However, from there, it went downhill, as the Aggies allowed the Gauchos to score five of the last six goals. UC Santa Barbara clawed their way in front of UC Davis midway through the fourth quarter. However, a clutch goal by Dunn tied the game up with only 4:11 remaining in the game and finished Dunn's hat-trick. In the end, UC Santa Barbara had too much momentum. Their incredible rally was capped off the game-winning goal by senior Shelby Haroldson with only three minutes left in the game. The Aggies' once again suffered heartbreak in the tournament, losing by the final score of 10-9. “We wanted to finish the season strong. Here's a team that is ranked seventh nationally and we have an opportunity to play them,” said head coach Jamey Wright. “We played a great three and a half quarters but we just couldn't close it out.” In the last game of the season for the Aggies, they faced off against Pacific. UC Davis closed out their season strong, with the help of a five-goal performance by Eggert. “Today we just came out and just got up on them 2-0, then 4-2. The second quarter was just the killer for them. We went on a 7-0 run to seal the game,” Wright said. The impressive 7-0 run occurred during the second and third quarters, and definitely put the game out of reach for the Tigers. This solid win marked the end of six seniors' water polo careers at UC Davis: Eggert, Woods, Dunn, Hannah Breen and Danelle Kenny. However, there is something to look forward to in the future, as the underclassmen did play pretty well against Pacific. “I was impressed with the freshmen play. I put in three freshmen during the run and they played well. Since we played a lot of tight games this year, the freshmen did not have the opportunity to play a lot of minutes. But in today's game I was proud of how they played.” The Aggies end their season with an overall record of 15-17. They also finished 18th in the national rankings. KENNETH LING can be reached at email@example.com.
More than just teammates Sisters make impact on the UC Davis softball program By KENNETH LING Aggie Sports Writer
It is said that a team is like a family. Players travel together, practice together and often eat together. Such consistent interaction between the players allow them to forge a bond which is similar to familial ties. However, with freshmen Cat Guidry and Christina Guidry, the bonds they share are more than the standard teammate camaraderie. The Guidrys, as their last name suggests, are sisters. Twins, to be exact. They also happen to both play softball for the UC Davis softball team. The Guidry sisters have been a package deal for quite awhile. They started playing softball and other sports together at a young age. Even when they decided to focus on softball, the twins stuck together.
“We started tee ball when we were five or six,” Christina said. “From there we played rec-ball for a few years, then we started travel ball when we were 10 and then played ‘till we were 17.” Christina’s counterpart agreed that playing different sports was not an option, and that softball came naturally to them. “We played multiple sports, but at one point we had to figure out what sport we wanted to focus on,” Cat said. “Having played all the sports together, it just kind of worked out that we both wanted to play softball.” Upon finishing high school, the twins seemed to be on a path to separate schools and separate careers. Cat, who hit a blistering .507 her senior year, and Christina, who hit an impressive .414 her senior year, were recruited See SOFTBALL on 10
BASEBALL PREVIEW Teams: UC Davis vs. Cal State Northridge Records: Aggies, 16-26 (3-12); Matadors, 26-18 (11-4) 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: Consistency is key, especially in a sport like baseball. This has been true for junior Nick Lynch. Lynch has been a regular player highlighting the Aggies’ performance this year. The reason is simple. Despite the inconsistent hitting by the majority of the UC Davis batting order, Lynch is a solid constant. Hitting an outstanding .359 as of the weekend series in Irvine, Lynch has been the most consistent hitter for the Aggies. He is currently third in the conference with his .359 batting average. Seemingly always on base, with a .455 on-base percentage, he is what the Aggies desperately need. Lynch also has some
pop in his bat, having hit two home runs this year and driving in 23 RBI. With UC Davis on another losing streak, the Aggies will need to find some hitting and pitching to back up the consistent work of Lynch. After all, baseball is a team sport. Did you know? The last time UC Davis lost the season series to Cal State Northridge was in 2006. Since 2006, the Aggies hold an impressive 14-4 record against the Matadors. While this may not be incredibly relevant for the series this year, as rosters change every year, it is interesting to see the dominance which the Aggies seemingly have in this series every year. The key to the Aggies’ past success is hitting, along with solid pitching. If UC Davis hopes to win the series this year, they will need the same recipe. See BASEBALL on 10
By MATTHEW YUEN Aggie Sports Editor
Just as the conditions, weather and the UC Davis tennis teams were reaching their peak, their seasons ended abruptly. The UC Davis men’s and women’s tennis teams competed in the Big West Conference Championships down at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden from April 25 to 26 after brutal winds riddled their past week of practice. The men’s team exited after their firstround loss to Pacific, the eventual finalists in the Big West tournament. The Aggies fought hard but were only able to muster up a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Tigers. UC Davis continued its strong play in doubles with wins at the first and third spots, both of which went to tiebreakers. Freshman Brett Bacharach and junior Parker Kelley took down their opponents 9-8 at the No. 3 doubles before senior Toki Sherbakov and freshman Adam Levie pulled out their 9-8 win in the top slot to give the Aggies the doubles point. Up 1-0 going into singles competition, UC Davis couldn’t carry over the victories to singles play. Pacific reeled off two singles wins over junior Kyle Miller and senior Hugo Verdi-Fortin at the second and fifth singles positions, respectively, to give the Tigers the 2-1 advantage. Senior George Horowitz leveled the score with a 6-3, 6-4 win from six singles, but that was all the Aggies could muster. After winning the first set 6-2, Kelley fell at the third singles spot by 6-4, 6-1 scores in the ensuing sets. Bacharach was the last to fall at the fourth singles spot by a three set 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 defeat. Sherbakov, in his final college match with UC Davis, did not finish his match, as Pacific had already grabbed the victory over the Aggies with their four singles wins. Sherbakov, Verdi-Fortin and Horowitz all close their careers with the Aggies. Sherbakov was a mainstay at the top of the Aggies’ lineup, playing No. 2 for his first two years at UC Davis, then held down the top spot for his final two years.
The women met a similar fate at the Big West Championships, falling in the quarterfinals to eventual tournament champion, 45th-ranked Long Beach State. UC Davis fell to the 49ers 6-1 the last time they matched up at Marya Welch Tennis Center earlier in April, and it would have taken a lot of things to fall into place for the Aggies to upset the conference’s second seed. UC Davis lost the doubles point and then dropped the first three singles matches in the quarterfinal matchup that ended its season. Junior Megan Heneghan, sophomore Layla Sanders and senior Ellie Edles all lost their matches in the top three spots, respectively. The Aggies won their previous match in convincing fashion over UC Riverside 4-0. UC Davis had finishes from their bottomthree singles slots this time, with sweeps from juniors Melissa Kobayakawa, Nicole Koehly and freshman Tiffany Pham. UC Davis was held up by strong performances from the bottom of their lineup this year. Looking at Kobayakawa’s 16-6 dual match record, ranging from the third to the sixth spots and Koehly’s 13-5 ledgers down at the fifth and sixth singles positions, the Aggies had considerable contributions from this pair of juniors. The Aggies will lose the services of Edles, Curry and Zoe Davidson. Edles and Curry have had substantial impacts on the program ever since they came as freshmen. Edles, whose career has been riddled with injuries, played up and down throughout the lineup and could put together wins at any position during her years, while Curry made a slow progression up in the singles positions as time went on. The duo played doubles together for much of their careers despite some shuffling of the lineup. As the season comes to a close, UC Davis tennis will welcome a renovated tennis center next year and will hope to build on the success it has begun to foster, with a strong senior class to come. MATTHEW YUEN can be reached at sports@theaggie. org.
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The california aggie
backstop Softball preview
BRIAN NGUYEN / AGGIE
Freshman shortstop Christa Castello makes a run against Pacific.
Teams: UC Davis at Long Beach State Records: Aggies, 21-24 (8-10); 49ers, 32-20 (14-7) Where: 49ers Softball Complex — Long Beach, Calif. When: Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. Who to Watch: With the second-tolast series and the last away games of the season just around the corner for the UC Davis softball team, several players can come into these final six games feeling very comfortable both at the plate and on the mound. Standout freshman shortstop Christa Castello enters this last road trip against the 49ers leading the Aggies with 38 hits and a solid overall average of .306. Not only has Castello established herself as a key hitter in the meat of the Aggie’s lineup, but she also has utilized her speed to add to the team’s success. A menace
on the base paths, opposing catchers just cannot stop her as she continues to use her speed to lead UC Davis with 13 stolen bases. Another player that has helped to manufacture runs is junior second baseman Chandler Wagner. Wagner currently leads the team with 20 runs batted in. Although the Aggies dropped a 4-3 game against Cal State Fullerton, one of the positives that came out of the matchup was Wagner’s hitting performance. She recorded her eighth two-hit game of the season, matching freshman Jasmine Lee, another steadfast lefty that continues to swing the bat well in the Aggies’ lineup. Not only are the players looking strong at the plate, but 2012 Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year Justine Vela can be proud of a season-low earned-run average of 2.18 in addition to 13 wins. To add to those 13 wins, the right-handed hurler is seeing lucky sevens all over the board with seven shutouts ranking her tied for 15th in the country.
Vela is not the only successful Aggies pitcher, as the entire pitching staff has maintained ERAs below 3.00. Freshmen Leah Munden and Marissa Chapa, with a 2.67 ERA and a 2.17 ERA, respectively, and senior Jessica Thweatt’s 2.73 ERA show the dominance of the UC Davis pitchers. The Aggie pitching staff’s collective ERA of 2.36 puts them only 0.03 points behind Big West pitching leaders, Hawai’i. Did you know? Prior to their final game against Cal State Fullerton this past weekend, in which their comeback bid ended up coming up short, the team was on a four-game winning streak. This weekend the team travels down to Long Beach for their last road trip of the season. Preview: The Long Beach State softball team will not be an easy final road trip for the Aggies. With an overall record of 32-20, LBSU is currently in second place behind Hawai’i in the Big West standings. The 49ers also lead the Big West with a team batting average of .293.
Also, LBSU’s shortstop Shayna Kimbrough leads the conference in both hits, with 69, and batting average, with .379. The Aggies will need to be firing on all cylinders this weekend, making sure to execute both offensively and defensively. Minus the close loss to Fullerton, the team has been proving their worth on the diamond. Snapping back from an initial loss against UC Riverside several weeks back, the ladies won the next two and rolled that momentum into their first two games against Fullerton to maintain that winning streak. “These were two solid team wins,” said freshman Christina Guidry. Although the team’s recent loss could be discouraging, with Vela and the rest of the staff continuing to put up zeros on the board and the UC Davis hitters putting up numbers of their own, the Aggies should feel confident that they will take three from Long Beach this weekend. — Sloan Boettcher
Published on May 2, 2013