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Best Asian Grocery Store:

KIM’S MART BY R AC HEL PAUL A N D HANNA N WA L I UL L AH city@theaggie.org

If you ever need eight-and-a-half pounds of chili garlic sauce or dried miso, Kim’s Mart is the place to go. Located downtown near the corner of 4th and F Streets, this market was voted best Asian Grocery Store. While the store has been open for around 31 years, Kim’s Mart moved to its current location in 2008. “At that time [of opening], there were a lot of Korean students, especially graduate students who had to go to a shop in Sacramento,” said Jon Jun, the current owner. “The previous owner who opened this store was a graduate student at UCD, so he decided to open an Asian grocery store in Davis.”

The store has two tables on its sidewalk for those who want to enjoy their Korean sushi outside. Inside, one can find everything from roasted seaweed to shredded cuttlefish. “This is an Asian [store] — we have a variety of Korean, Japanese, Chinese, some Filipino, Thai [products],” Jun said. “A lot of Asian students who go to UC Davis come here instead of going to Sacramento. We also provide sushi rolls and we also do hot food to go, so students can come in and grab what they like and they can eat front of our store.” Although the store’s main focus is Korean cuisine, one can also find green tea ice cream, preserved duck eggs and other delicacies. One aisle is dedicated to many different types of ramen, such as the famous spicy chicken ramen. Other staples include oolong tea, dried soups and rice porridges.

Best Public Art:

EGGHEADS BY TAYLOR LAP OI NT campus@theaggie.org

The Eggheads once again reign supreme as UC Davis’s best public art. Introduced to the campus beginning in 1991, the Eggheads have established themselves as perhaps the most unique part of the UC Davis campus. “They’re a cool way of keeping our campus from being a generic university,” said fourth-year political science and English double major Greg Yerumyan. Six Eggheads can be found scattered throughout campus. Starting at King Hall, you can find two communicating eggheads, See No Evil and Hear No Evil, on a grassy knoll in front of the law school.

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Best Bar:

G STREET WUNDERBAR TREVOR GOODMAN / AGGIE

Best Bike Shop:

BIKE BARN

On the lawn behind Mrak Hall, an upside-down laughing head greets guests and keeps an Eye on Mrak, as it’s named. In front of the library lies Bookhead, perhaps the sculpture with the most interaction. Kissing or rubbing the head of Bookhead is supposed to bring good luck to students during midterms and finals. Another pair, Yin and Yang, stand in front of Wright Hall’s main theater. The final Egghead, Stargazer, sits near the brick sign on the East Lawn that marks the original entrance to the campus. Many students seem to be of the opinion that the Eggheads, while quirky, are quite weird. “I think someone kind of looked in their fridge and saw an egg and was like, ‘I’m going to make a sculpture out of that,’” said third-year biological sciences major Angelina Mitchell. BY GEOR GE LI AO AND PAR KER NEVI N campus and opinion@theaggie.org

The “Wunderbar” or “G Street,” as it’s referred to locally, is known for its wide range of events and activities, including live music, barbeque, a Monday pub quiz, Wednesday Funk Night and a pool tournament. It may seem off-putting at first that, upon entering the venue, a metal-detector wand is used to check for contraband, but it quickly becomes clear that management is committed to the safety of their guests and cares about the atmosphere they provide. Once inside, customers are greeted by a friendly staff and enjoy a comfortable experience complemented by pool tables, darts, arcade games, long seating tables and a full bar with two bartenders and a barback. The ambiance is reminiscent of a German pub: unpretentious and friendly. There’s no doubt it’s a dive, but it’s a dive with character and charm. The Aggie staff visited on Cinco de Mayo and enjoyed the festive atmosphere. The service was quick and attentive even during the rush that one might expect on a Saturday night at 11 p.m. The patrons were an eclectic mix of individuals from Davis and surrounding cities. The general manager informed us that they often see customers from Sacramento and Woodland. The reasonably priced menu features burgers, sandwiches, “Smokin’ Ewe” barbecue, ribs and tacos as well as a featured “Pork Belly Macaroni & Cheese.” Cole Baca, the head of security and shift manager, said “The lamb leg sandwich is by far my favorite dish.” Popular drinks at the Wunderbar include its staple beer, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and a special house drink called a Skittles Shot, which is a blend of watermelon, vodka and liqueur in a luminescent blue shot glass. It also carries a wide selection of bottled German beers and Jagermeister on tap. Don’t miss happy hour: Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and all day Sunday BY J USTI N CHAO city@theaggie.org

Despite facing competition from other bike shops in the area, the Bike Barn has been voted “Best Bike Shop” in Davis for the third year in a row. Located right at the center of campus, the Bike Barn is noted for its convenience, especially for first-year students. Although known mainly for assisting students with bike repair, the Bike Barn also sells bikes and bike parts and has a whole fleet of bikes for rental as well. Betty Zhou, a third-year biochemistry major, visited the Bike Barn to get a spare tube. Zhou noted that the Bike Barn is convenient to get to and offers reasonable prices. “I come here whenever I need to get a flat tire fixed or to get all sorts of bike items,” Zhou said. The Bike Barn hires students, training them for anything they may face when dealing with bikes. With eight repair stands, the Bike Barn has the ability to meet the needs of a biking campus, helping to repair approximately 10,000 bikes every year. Joseph Gendreau, a third-year electrical engineer, works as the rental manager for the Bike Barn. “You help us pay our rent,” Gendreau said. “We help you with your bike.”


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Best Breakfast:

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Best Boba:

TEA 4 U (T4)

BY R ABI YA OBER OI city@theaggie.org

Who doesn’t like to savor a good crepe topped with fresh strawberries, brown sugar and Nutella — especially when you have free coffee refills to brighten up your morning? Crepeville has a prime location on Third Street in downtown Davis, right off of campus. Besides serving really good coffee and, of course, crepes, the menu has a wide selection of scrumptious food to satiate your hunger. If it’s that day of the week when you’re feeling healthy, browse the assortment of fresh menu options and get those nutrients. For other days when you’re craving something to satisfy your sweet tooth, there’s Nutella, strawberries and cinnamon. “I come here a lot and have tried almost every item on the menu, and they are all fantastic,” said Raegan Price, a second-year theater and dance major. “Their side of potatoes is magical.” Hannah Torromeo, a fifth-year design major, also talked about why she especially likes this cafe. “I like staying at Crepeville after breakfast to study, and their wifi is good — they let you stay for as long as you need to, unlike some other places in downtown,” Torromeo said. “Most items on the menu are filling, and it’s a pretty good deal, too.” The ambience of the cafe itself creates a comfortable, laidback environment and thus is a perfect respite for stressed college students. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed Sunday brunch with friends, a quick coffee or a green salad with a refreshing drink, Crepeville has it all.

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Milk tea has become a big business in Davis over the last few years. With several boba shops in downtown alone, the bar is high for both quality and convenience. This year’s Best Boba, T4, or Tea 4 U, satisfies on both levels. T4 opened in Davis last spring and is located on E Street, tucked away from the street traffic, but centrally located behind Mishka’s. A steady stream of customers keep up an easy hum of chatter and music, adding to the fun, warm vibe of the cafe. T4 is often packed in the evening with students lounging around tables, playing games like Jenga and giant Connect Four. “I think it’s a very versatile place,” said Steffie Guan, a fourthyear managerial economics and communication double major. “You come here to study or to hang out with friends. And if we’re in the mood for more than boba, then they also have food and snack options.” While the most popular tea is earl grey milk tea, according to Allan Tren, the owner of T4, the shop offers a wide range of drinks from passion fruit smoothies to roasted oolong milk tea to chocolate milk with sea salt cream. Multiple batches of tea are brewed every day, providing the fresh flavor that won this year’s contest. The snacks are unique as well. “T4 is known for their popcorn chicken,” Tren said. “Most popular would be either our calamari or the egg puff.” T4 is located on E Street and is open 11:30 a.m to 11 p.m. on weeknights, and 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Best Burger Restaurant:

BURGERS AND BREW BY D O M I N I C FA RI A AND RYA N BUG SC H sports@theaggie.org

You can often see it: the crowd of hungry students, families and out-of-town visitors swarming around, waiting for a spot to eat at the ever-busy eatery on the corner of Third and C streets. Burgers and Brew is one of the most iconic dining destinations in downtown Davis. It’s not much of a surprise, then, that the popular restaurant with “burger” in its name happens to serve the best –– you guessed it — burger in all of Davis. Even with several other local spots and fast food chains all competing to satisfy the Davis community’s craving for a good burger, Burgers and Brew stands out. According to Burgers and Brew manager and bartender Joel Loza-Medina, it all starts with a tradition of using satisfying, high-quality ingredients. “It’s the freshness,” Loza-Medina said. “We get all of our meat from Dixon and it is all local. I think people like the family chain-style restaurant. All the food is no GMO, it’s all good meat, and all of our burgers are half-pound burgers so people come hungry and leave happy.”

Each burger is cooked fresh and served up with mouthwatering flavor, and the menu lists about 20 different varieties of burgers. Whether you go with the classic original hamburger, cheeseburger or patty melt, or if you go for the more unique spice guacamole cheeseburger, bacon fusion burger or lamb burger, Burgers and Brew has a little something for everyone. It’s no wonder that Burgers and Brew has emerged as a staple of the Davis eating experience. In a market often oversaturated with cheap, low-quality options, Burgers and Brew gives customers a burger crafted with care within a fun and lively dining environment. “I think that Burgers and Brew is cool because there is a lot of fast food joints,” Loza-Medina said. “But as far as going out with your friends or on a date, everyone loves burgers and shakes and people can come here and have a good night out while still eating the comfort food that they enjoy.” A burger is a food that many people can make, but not everyone can make a burger exceptionally well. Burgers and Brew sits in that coveted upper echelon of burger-making, serving the Davis community with good food and good times for over a decade.

Best On-Campus Animal:

THE TERCERO COWS BY G E O RG E UGARTEMENDI A AND NICO LAS R AGO science@theaggie.orh arts@theaggie.org

Davis loves dairy cows, as seen in the consecutive winners of the Best On-Campus Animal Award in 2016 , 2017 and now 2018. If you’re near the Tercero area, it’s hard to miss the bovine herd as they mull around, socialize in their pens and blanket the nearby dormitories in their aroma. The Tercero herd is found on Dairy Road, opposite the herd of freshmen in the Tercero dormitories. During the winter, the cows are boarded inside pens to avoid the cold rains. In the spring, they return to the pasture to graze and enjoy the sun. Pedestrians and cyclists can pass by and moo to the curious, friendly herd. Out of 334 cows, 105 of them are milked daily, while the others are either dry or too young. To the untrained eye, the cows may actually all look similar, but assistant facility manager Maria Patino explained that there are two types. “We have Holsteins, the big black-and-white ones, and then we have Jerseys, those little brown

ones,” Patino said. “The Holsteins produce a lot more milk. The Jerseys make a little less milk, but they make a lot of protein and a lot of fat in their milk.” All the milk produced by the cows makes its way down to Hilmar Creamery in Modesto to be crafted into cheese. As for the infamous — or famous, if that’s your cup of tea — smell of the cows, Patino offers her own take. “I just get used to it.” Patino said. “I honestly don’t even smell it anymore.” For the real cow lovers, Patino touched upon the various internship opportunities available with the Tercero herd. Every quarter, students can learn about managing a dairy herd or directly feeding and working with the cattle. For credit, ANS 49C is a class created to teach students proper techniques for handling dairy cows. New interns and students are always welcome. To learn more about the Tercero cows, you can always stop by and wave howdy to the mooers or follow the dairy facility on Instagram: @ucddairy. When asked for their opinion on the win, the cows responded with a unanimous, “MOOO!”

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Best Brewery: Best Breakfast Burrito:

ALI BABA BY AHASH F RA N CIS city@theaggie.org

Breakfast burritos are a staple of almost every college student’s diet. Cheap, filling and almost always delicious, there are so many different ways to make each of these morning meals special and tasty in their own right. But this year, voters have decided that the best breakfast burrito in town belongs to Ali Baba. Ali Baba is known for its Middle Eastern food — gyros, souvlaki and rice platters — but it also has great burgers and burritos. It’s this marriage of different cuisines that makes Ali Baba the unique, vital Davis fixture that it has become. Settled on the corner of 3rd and A Streets, Ali Baba is also conveniently located less than a block from campus, so students can easily stop in between or around classes to refuel and tackle the rest of their day with a full, satisfied stomach. “I love Mexican food — Mexican food and Asian foods are my favorites,” said Ali Moghaddam, the owner of Ali Baba. “Even though this is a Middle Eastern restaurant, I thought it’d be a shame not to take advantage of the fact that it’s a college […] with so many different people. I re-

member reading something about Taco Bell, that they always make new items, but they never use new ingredients, they just use what they have to make new items [...] so I figured I use what I have, what I’m known for, like the beef gyro and the bacon that I have.” Moghaddam also wanted to express his thanks and gratitude to everyone who has supported Ali Baba over the last decade, emphasizing how important his employees are to him. “I just wash dishes, [the employees] really do everything to keep this place going,” Moghaddam said. These mouth-watering, hearty burritos are amazingly delicious, and unique to the cuisine Ali Baba specializes in. A fusion of Middle Eastern, Mexican and American foods, the burrito is filled with eggs, potatoes, bacon, beef gyro and a honey-Tapatio sauce that’s slathered all over the ingredients and makes the dish the finger-licking breakfast staple that it is. The breakfast burritos sell for $6.77 and are sold all day long, so they’re a great way to start your day or end your night. Ali Baba is open 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends, so if you haven’t already, be sure to stop in and grab a quick breakfast burrito.

SÜDWERK BREWING CO. BY MARLYS J EANE AND G RAC E SI MMONS features@theaggie.org

Not only is Südwerk Brewing Co. one of the first craft breweries of the Sacramento region, but it holds the title of the best brewery in Best of Davis 2018. Founded in 1989, the brewery prides itself on its unique, German-style lager with a West Coast twist. One of the co-founders of this longstanding Davis establishment is Dean Unger. Today, his grandson, Trent Yackzan, carries on the legacy as co-owner of the brewery. “Sudwerk has become an institution [of ] not only Davis but the greater region and I’m proud to be a part of such a passionate team that works tirelessly to drive our community and industry forward,” Yackzan said in an email interview. “From a professional perspective, I’ve always preferred to ‘learn on the job’ and Sudwerk has provided me incredible hands-on experience in running a small business.” Sudwerk is nestled under the Pole Line Road overpass, reachable by a quick bike ride down Second Street. As of a little over five years ago, Sudwerk opened its dock store (open Tuesday through Saturday) to bridge the interface between the customer experience and the brewers’. It’s a cozy place to spend a Friday night: under the string lights, drinking beer

and enjoying live music or a game of cornhole. “We’ve built many other great relationships with a growing number of UC Davis student groups and campus affiliates via hosting regular fundraisers at our tasting room called ‘The Dock,’” Yackzan said. “We encourage any UC Davis student group that would like to raise funds for a cause to inquire about hosting a fundraiser. We’ve raised tens of thousands of dollars for the community over the past few years and look forward to continue fostering these great relationships in the years to come.” In addition to its robust community involvement, Sudwerk maintains a great relationship with UC Davis and its students. The brewery is partnered with the UC Davis undergraduate and Master Brewers Extension programs. The masters program is located on-site at the Sudwerk Brewing Co Dock Store, where students can learn firsthand the craft of brewing beer as a complement to their conceptual classroom sessions. “‘Sudwerk’ translates to ‘Southern Factory’ literally, but it’s also a slang term for ‘community brewery,’” Yackzan said. “The brewery name continues to drive our mission, which is to be an asset to our community and to develop Davis into a world renowned brewing destination. I like to say ‘Davis Grows Brewers;’ both Sudwerk and UC Davis play an integral role in making that statement a reality.”


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Picnic Day is perhaps the most important day of the year at UC Davis. Established in 1909, it began as a humble event replete with the enormous hats and corsets of the early 20th century. Now it is the largest student-run event in the country — with more comfortable clothing. “The sunny weather and the positive vibes all around make for a really joyous celebration of Davis culture,” said Katherine Mushik, a first-year international relations major. Perhaps the most memorable part of the day is the famed dachshund race, also known as the Doxie Derby. There’s nothing quite like watching thousands of students — many of whom are missing their own pets at home — pour into the bleachers of the gym to enjoy the sight of five tiny dogs racing each other as if their lives depended on it. Occasionally, one of the dogs will back out of the competition at the last minute, which usually ends with a crowd-shy dachshund curling up on the floor for a quick snooze while his compatriots bid for the winning time. But Picnic Day isn’t all about competition. It’s also a time for the university to showcase its different academic departments, bring people together with food trucks and games and draw potential students into the vibrant Aggie community. It’s a day like no other, both in scale and in spirit, and will certainly continue to be enjoyable for years to come.

Best Campus Event:

PICNIC DAY RAUL MORALES / AGGIE

Best Campus Building:

THE MONDAVI CENTER

BY BE NJAMIN P ORTER features@theaggie.org

The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts has been voted the best building at UC Davis. The iconic building, which is clearly visible from Interstate 80, is an important landmark that welcomes people to campus. Since opening in 2002, the Mondavi Center has hosted a wide range of events in Jackson Hall and the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre. This makes it convenient for students and the community to see famous speakers, dance groups, jazz musicians and orchestras from across the globe. Jackson Hall is also home to the University Chorus, Concert Bands and UC Davis Symphony Orchestra. “These are just amazing versatile spaces,” said Don Roth, the Mondavi Center’s executive director. Roth discussed the significance of having a world-class performing arts center in a small town. “The quality of our venue is so top-rate, that artists are happy to go off the beaten track to perform here,” Roth said. “What they get here are excellent hosts (our Mondavi Center staff ), terrific

audiences, beautiful weather and surroundings, beautiful architecture and acoustics — a nice break from touring to urban areas only.” Attending conferences across the country, such as the Arts Presenters Conference in New York, is crucial during the booking process, which is typically concentrated between September and January. “At those conferences, and in between, we pursue artists who interest us, we hear from artists and their agents about interesting projects and we start to put the jigsaw puzzle of our season together,” Roth said. “Generally the larger the ensemble, the further in advance we book them. So we will be working on booking orchestras for the ‘20-’21 season while we are booking jazz and popular music groups, speakers and comedians for the ‘19-’20 season.” Features like its massive awning, many glass windows and large three-story lobby help the building stand out and contribute to its striking design. “We also are very fortunate to have wonderful natural materials: old growth Douglas fir wood panels inside Jackson Hall and sandstone from quarries in India on the outside of the building,” Roth said. “We didn’t cut down any trees to get the wood — our architects found it at the bottom of a lake in Canada!”

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Best Chinese Food

DUMPLING HOUSE BY AJ SEYM O UR sports@theaggie.org

Nestled on E Street in the heart of downtown Davis in a little bright red cabin is Best of Davis’ Best Chinese Food, the Dumpling House. The Dumpling House opened its doors on January 25, 2010. It was originally London Fish ’N Chips, and the restaurant still contains elements of its founding establishment, including a sign with the previous name on it. The restaurant still serves fish and chips and deep fried Snickers bars, an ode to the original restaurant founded before it. The Dumpling House also pays tribute to its name by offering the option to call ahead and purchase frozen dumplings in bulk for a significant discount compared to tra-

ditional stores. The restaurant has also added wait service to the establishment instead of just having counter service. First-year economics major Kasey Katayama commented on her first impression of the Dumpling House as a newcomer in Davis. “My hometown in SoCal has a ton of great Chinese restaurants, and I was really missing that when I moved up to Davis to start my freshman year, so my roommate and I went downtown to look for good Chinese food, and we found this place,” Katayama said. “I really like how many options the menu has.” The Dumpling House also donated proceeds to relief for the Haiti earthquake disaster in 2010, proving that this little Chinese restaurant in the middle of Davis knows how to balance quality and heart.

Best Coffee:

PHILZ COFFEE BY KAE LYN TUER MER -LEE sports@theaggie.org

It’d be surprising if people didn’t yet know that Philz Coffee took over the once-empty storefront on Second Street. What was a dark, dusty space has now become a bustling and inviting coffee shop. Ever since Philz’s introduction to downtown Davis, countless students and residents alike have rejoiced at the sights and smells that come with this popular and charming coffee chain. Occupying a large space and decorated in your standard Davis decor — such as string lights, succulents and bicycles — it is hard not to smile when you hear that inviting, “Hi, how can I help you to-

day?” from your friendly neighborhood barista across the counter. Whether you’re feeling a mint mojito or an iced green tea, Philz has the drink for you. “I think my favorite thing about Philz is that it has a nice atmosphere,” said Hannah McDonald, a second-year cognitive science major. “The decor is nice and the coffee tastes great.” In addition to its chic, modern sitting area, Philz offers over 20 customized blends of coffee, ensuring that your taste buds will be satisfied. The “cups of love,” as they’re called, are all served in to-go cups with the signature Philz logo. Seriously, you won’t want to miss out on all that Philz has to offer.

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The CoHo has many options for food choices, but TxMx Grill seems to be the overwhelming student favorite. It has burritos, quesadillas, nachos and tacos, all for a reasonable price. Mikaela Tancioco, a fourth-year cognitive science major, is an avid customer of TxMx Grill. “TxMx has super affordable burritos for students that is made with fresh produce and meat that is perfectly marinated,” Tancioco

Best CoHo Food:

TXMX

said. “Hands down the best Mexican food you’ll find on the Davis campus.” TxMx often has the longest line of all the CoHo eateries, but that’s for a reason: people love it. Eric Nogueiro, a fourth-year managerial economics major and a CoHo employee, eats at TxMx almost every day. “I have food credit so it's a lot cheaper, but actually their carnitas are tasty and the burritos are a good size,” Nogueiro said. TxMx is a great place to go for a filling lunch or just for a snack.

DIANA LI / AGGIE

Best Davis Quirk:

TURKEYS ATTACKING YOUR CAR BY MAT T M A RC UR E science@theaggie.org

In the quiet town of Davis, there exists a fairytale-like harmony — the birds chirp tunefully, the squirrels humbly beg for one of your chips and the otters are the trickiest hide-and-go-seekers there ever were. Under all of this quiet wonder, however, gobbles a deep, dark and terrorful force: turkeys. Difficult to approach and sometimes unfriendly, turkeys roam around campus and downtown, often

in packs known as rafters. If you find yourself in their presence, they may give you an aimless and possibly malicious stare. They might even pretend you are not there — really, the self-satisfied egos of turkeys. They must think of themselves as movie stars because too often do they turn our little town into a modern set for Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” “I woke up one morning and looked out of my cul-de-sac-facing window to see about five turkeys walking down the street,” said Maddison Gurrola, a fifth-year nutritional science major. “Thinking

nothing of it, I went about my morning routine. Walking out of the front door, I saw my neighbors house directly across the street, covered in turkeys. There must have been roughly 60 on this house, all over the roof and front yard.” Worst of all is if they threaten you and your car. This is a known quirk of our town ever since a resident was antagonized by Downtown Tom, the legendary turkey that terrorized Davis in 2016. “After getting in my car, this turkey started circling the car,” said Tony Toribio, a fourth-year mechanical engineering major. “I started my car and he

went in front of me and prevented me from pulling forward. Then I went in reverse to avoid him and he ran behind my car and blocked that way. He was circling the car until another car showed up and distracted him. Once I could get away he turned around and chased me for another two blocks. At a stop sign, I lost the turkey for good when he began chasing a Unitrans bus.” If this sounds like a scene from an upcoming "Jurassic Park" film, it may not surprise you to hear that velociraptors may have looked more like giant turkeys than dinosaurs. Stay safe out there.


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Best DC in Davis:

SEGUNDO BY B RE N DAN OGBUR N sports@theaggie.org

Best Day Trip:

SAN FRANCISCO BY R OWA N O ’CON NE L L- GAT E S & ALYSSA HA DA features@theaggie.org

Most UC Davis students and staff know the feeling all too well: living in a smaller city can feel limiting, and sometimes residents need to break free and experience something new. Often times, this comes in the form of day trips to larger metropolitan areas. Courtesy of the annual Best of Davis poll, a consensus has been reached, and the beautiful coastal city of San Francisco has been voted as the Best Day Trip from Davis. San Francisco is both iconic and accessible. The metropolis can be reached by way of a short car ride or trip with Amtrak. Upon arrival, there are a plethora of options for food, museums and the outdoors. “My favorite things to do in San Francisco are things like getting Boba Guys, hanging out in

downtown San Francisco, or going to places like the Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach and Land’s End,” said fourth-year managerial economics major Michael Wong. “A lot of people from Davis are from the Bay Area, so going to San Francisco always gives us the opportunity to spend time with friends from high school or from our hometowns.” Locals like Wong have a good grasp on the big city, but for many first-timers, San Francisco can be overwhelming. For newcomers, it’s key to embrace the amount of options, because that’s exactly what separates Davis from the big city. “There’s a lot more exploring you can do in San Francisco,” Wong said. “In Davis, where it’s a small town, there’s not as much to do.” Next time you and your friends are looking to bust out of Davis, look no further than San Francisco. This is a day trip that's sure to go above and beyond expectations.

The Segundo Dining Commons has been voted Best DC on campus and is your best bet for an all-you-can eat meal. It is far superior to its counterparts in Tercero and Cuarto in a number of ways. “The Segundo DC has been reliable to me this entire year and it has rarely, if ever, disappointed,” said Nathan Mohapatra, a first-year cognitive science major. The Segundo DC is located right off La Rue Road and across the street from the ARC and Pavilion. Immediately upon entering, you notice how spread out everything is, leaving more than enough room for spacious walkways and an abundance of seating options. Customers need not worry about bumping into passersby with a full plate of food and shattering the elegant DC dishes like a typical freshman frequently would. Unlike its competitors, Segundo just has a certain ambience that feels welcoming and relaxed. The background music playing on the speakers, despite the questionable song choices at times, is the perfect tone for the setting — not too loud and invasive, but just audible enough to create

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the appropriate amount of white noise. Now let’s get to the most important part of this review: the food. Segundo’s menu seems to have every type of food under the sun and features cuisine from several different cultures. Many would argue that its breakfast selection is its best offering, with a hearty spread of fruits and yogurts, oatmeal, cereal and of course the famous breakfast burritos and omelets. Not to be outdone, Segundo is also heralded for its yummy late-night cookies, which are always in high demand every Monday through Thursday as the clock nears midnight. For all other meals in between, there are the usual suspects of pizza, hamburgers and Mongolian BBQ to supplement everything else that’s being served. Oh, and did I forget to mention the dessert stand? All the freshly baked goods, from brownies and cookies to cake and muffins, are sure to satisfy even the most extreme sweet tooth. “The food at Segundo DC is consistently superior to the food at the other two DCs,” Mohapatra said. “At the Segundo DC, the workers prepare meals with a love and care that can be tasted.” Overall, the Segundo DC is the most consistent and dependable dining commons on campus.


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The Davis Creamery has been churning out ice cream for over 15 years. Located on E Street, the creamery is frequented by all kinds of dessert-lovers: ice-cream fanatics who come for the infamous Bracketology series, cupcake lovers who seek their handcrafted desserts, caramel apple lovers who have no idea where else to get them. Twice a year, the Davis Creamery holds its Bracketology series, in which it seeks ice cream flavor ideas from the community and then runs them against each other, bracket-voting style, slowly approaching a winner. From cherry blossom to raspberry iced tea, it’s impossible to know what the final flavor will be. The creamery doesn’t stop at ice cream-based gamesmanship. It also offers daily specials, like milkshake happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays or $2 scoop night on Mondays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Aggie talked to Victoria Bioarsky, a third-year applied mathematics major, who has tried a wide range of flavors. “I think I tried the [...] Boston cream pie filling, the trifecta candy one, I tried honey habanero salt-something,” Bioarsky said. It’s not unusual to leave the Davis Creamery with a laundry list of flavors under your belt (or tongue). Bioarsky says this is what sets the creamery apart. For all of its health-conscious sweet-toothers, the Davis creamery offers a host of vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free dessert options to choose from. Not convinced yet? Head over to the Davis Creamery between 12 p.m. and 10 p.m. and see for yourself why this family-owned classic has made its way into the hearts (and bellies) of Davis-ites.

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Best GE Course: Best Indian Cuisine:

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Of the Indian food choices in Davis, Raja’s Tandoor gets widespread recognition from students thanks to its proximity to campus, friendly service and affordability. Conveniently located on the corner of Third and A streets, students can stop by Raja’s for its popular “healthy Indian food” buffet every day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Raja’s offers traditional Indian dishes such as chicken tikka masala and turmeric chicken curry as well as vegan options, including coconut vegetable curry, lentils and chickpeas. Customers can choose between a menu of individual entrees or the $7.95 all-you-can-eat buffet. “The reason that I like Raja’s a lot is because as a

vegetarian it’s hard to find places where you can get a cheap, filling meal,” said Harrison Morrow, a fourthyear wildlife, fish and conservation biology major. “Raja’s really fulfills that because it’s 8 bucks for a buffet and they have a bunch of vegan and vegetarian options, which is really nice. I live in a house right next to it, which is also really convenient.” The restaurant also caters to students by offering stamp cards for frequent visitors and providing opportunities for fundraising events. Raja’s owner Taranbir Chowdhury is famous around Davis for his welcoming smile and daily presence in the restaurant — another attribute of Raja’s that keeps customers coming back. This is the third consecutive year that Raja’s has won the “Best Indian Food” category in the Best of Davis poll.

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Best Egghead:

BOOKHEAD

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General education courses can be a tedious requirement to fulfill for those just trying to focus on their major classes. But since we all have to do it, why not take a course that was voted the best GE course of 2018? For the second consecutive year, Nutrition 10: Discoveries and Concepts in Nutrition, more commonly known as NUT 10, has been crowned the best general education course at UC Davis. Taught this spring by Dr. Jacqueline Bergman, the course aims to present the “concepts and rationale of nutrition” in a way that can also be applied to students’ personal diets. The best part of the course is that, while informative, it isn’t demanding. “It’s easy because everything is there for you,”

said Adam Ali, a third-year computer science major currently enrolled in the course. “The guidelines are clear.” The goal of the class isn’t to trip you up. Instead, periodic extra credit quizzes help ease the stress when the midterms hit, providing students with a cushion should disaster strike, or just an easier night’s sleep the day before — rare for a UC Davis class in general, as any student can tell you. This three-unit GE has a minimal homework load and a number of extra credit opportunities, making it an easy pick in completing those GEs. NUT 10 is also offered as an online course for those looking for more flexibility within their schedule or those just looking to sleep in. Students leave with not only a healthier look at their diets, but also a chance to take a breather from more intensive, major-related courses, which leaves us wondering: what more could you ask for in a GE?

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Known for their funny and relatable facial expressions, many students first see the UC Davis Eggheads when they are touring the campus or darting between buildings during orientation. Created by Robert Arneson, who was a UC Davis faculty member, the Eggheads have been a UC Davis staple since 1991. The five statues that make up “The Egghead Series” can be found scattered throughout campus. Ceramic sculptures of heads may sound simple, but their spirited personalities and artistic presence make them an Aggie favorite. Bookhead, located in front of Peter J. Shields Library, once again stole the title of the best egghead this year. Bookhead sits near the library doors with its nose literally in a book and its wide eyes forever scanning the pages. With finals right around the corner, Bookhead’s win is no surprise. Camila Zaher, a fourth-year biological psychology major, found the statue to symbolize something we are all quite familiar with as students. “I think this symbolizes student exhaustion,” Zaher said. Zaher claimed that this statue is not only about exhaustion after hard work as a student, but that it represents what we all want at the end of a long night studying. “It’s like, let’s open the textbook and hope everything transfers to my brain please,” Zaher said. Bookhead is often kissed or touched by students for good luck during midterms and finals — make sure to stop by and see it this quarter.


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Best Mexican Food:

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Affectionately known as “Guads” by its patrons, Taqueria Guadalajara is a Mexican food staple for many Davis residents. Since opening up its first location in 1991, the restaurant has grown to serve three restaurants located in Woodland, South Davis and North Davis. Each spot is owned by a different family member and features slightly different menus. An employee at the North Davis location, Daniela Esparza, a second-year human development major, noted the burritos and tacos are the taqueria’s most popular items. “For students, I think it’s definitely the best because you don’t have to carry around a fork, knife

and all that for lunch,” Esparza said. “We wrap it in aluminum. You can take it in a bag and just eat it halfway through class or after class, so it’s like the most convenient. The meats that most get picked are marinated steak and spicy pork. Those and tacos go hand in hand.” In addition to the food being tasty and as close to authentic Mexican food as you can get in Davis, the staff is friendly and helpful. Their regular customers, long lines out the door and a constantly ringing phone line are testaments to the staff’s commitment. “Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, you’ll never find it empty here,” Esparza said. “People just like the food. We always have a lot of happy customers. Our owner always makes sure everyone is satisfied.” The UC Davis Spanish Department often orders Taqueria Guadalajara catering. Follow in their footsteps and try this place out for yours

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Best Late Night Snack:

IN-N-OUT

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Late at night, while much of Davis is fast asleep, the students at UC Davis are often just getting started after a long night of studying, procrastination or unwinding from the long day behind them. While Davis is home to many options for the hungry latenight dweller, In-N-Out remains the favorite. Between its basic menu (and not-so-secret menu), brightly-decorated interior, quick and friendly service and 1 a.m. closing time, In-N-Out offers the perfect treat for those who need to cure that late-night hunger. For first-year neurobiology, physiology and behavior major Sascha Recht, InN-Out has gained her loyalty. “I love In-N-Out.” Recht said, “They have affordable, high-quality delicious food, excellent customer service and an amazing business model.” That business model, which values quality of in-

gredients over quantity of options, has proven to be a hit with the people of California (and an ever-expanding slate of states) for nearly 70 years, and its presence keeps expanding. The burger options are basic: a hamburger, a cheeseburger or a double-double for those who need a little bit more meat. Aside from burgers, other options include french fries, milkshakes and fountain drinks, but any person who frequents In-N-Out will tell you about the bountiful secret menu options, such as an animal-style burgers and fries, protein style burgers, a low-carb burger without the bun, and grilled cheese. In-N-Out’s reliable, minimalist take on the classic burger and fries is perfect for those who do not want to wait at a sit-down restaurant, mess up their kitchen before they go to bed or settle for a lesser fast-food burger. For Recht, this is all a person needs after a long day. “It’s always the best place that’s open late and there’s nothing better than a burger and fries before bed,” Recht said.

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Students will normally see the elusive Quad lawn hammocks swaying on any sunny day, but resting on one is an entirely different endeavor. Despite the scarcity, the hammocks were once again voted by UC Davis students as the best place to nap. “I find [the hammocks] really relaxing because you get to enjoy the beautiful scenery of grass and trees,” said Angela Ruan, a second-year managerial economics major. “But it’s extremely rare [because people are always] slowly lining up to get on one.” The high demand for the hammocks sometimes causes students to dash across the street as someone else vacates the hammock they were just sitting on. But even

though the hammocks are difficult to obtain, many students enjoy the brief comfort and serenity they bring. The hammocks are convenient for students who seek a moment of rest between classes, and their central location on the Quad means folks leaving Olson Hall and Wellman Hall will pass by the hammocks as they head to their next destination. UC Davis introduced the hammocks four years ago, but the university has not expanded the program outside the Quad. Instead, students often make their own hammocks across tree branches in other shady areas across campus. As popular as they are, many students hope to see more hammocks installed on campus to ensure more opportunities at nabbing a sacred UC Davis hammock to nap on.

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Best Place to Study:

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Despite the ongoing construction, the Activities and Recreation Center — or “the ARC” — remains most students’ favorite place to exercise. The ARC is home to a climbing wall, cardio and weightlifting areas and programming such as dance classes and martial arts, but it is the convenience factor that won the ARC the gold. Nicholas Carter, a second-year evolution and ecology major, agreed that the ARC is the best place to exercise, despite the fact that his home at West Village has a gym for residents. “I pick the ARC because it’s close to both a dining hall and classrooms, so I can fit a workout into my day easily,” Carter said. “I’ve adjusted my schedule so I no longer go during times of peak traffic, and I think that’s made my experience a lot better.” Maggie Bayer, a second-year human development major and bikini competitor, chooses the

ARC as her designated workout place because it has the most equipment options. Judged on her muscle mass, body proportion and symmetry and muscle conditioning, Bayer appreciates that the ARC has the most machines for muscle isolation. “I also feed off of other people’s energy when working out, so I like how there are a lot of people there also working out,” Bayer said. “It keeps me energized.” The ARC isn’t unique to UC Davis. Enrolled UC students can take advantage of any of the ARCs across the UC system. One might even find themselves working out alongside Kobe Bryant at UC Irvine’s ARC. Whether you’re there to win a bikini competition or to not feel as guilty about that TxMx burrito you inhaled after class, stay on top of your 2018 health and fitness goals at the ARC. During the school year, the center is open from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Sundays.

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Itching to get that perfect selfie with the perfect lighting and backdrop? Why not head over to the Arboretum, UC Davis’ collection of botanical gardens. Established in 1936, the series of beautiful collections occupies 100 acres along the banks of Putah Creek. No matter your taste, the Arboretum has a space to suit you. The California Foothill Collection showcases a range of shrubs and trees native to the foothills here in the Central Valley. The collection even features several 200-year-old oaks and pines. Morning joggers might like the space provided by the East Asian Collection. Its BY SYDNE Y ODMAN arts@theaggie.org

Whether you prefer to set up camp at your favorite coffee shop or get comfortable under a shady tree on the Quad, everyone has their favorite study spot. However, there’s one place all UC Davis students have found themselves at one point or another throughout the dreaded midterm season, and that’s Peter J. Shields Library. With its convenient on-campus location and readily-available table space, it’s no surprise that Shields Library was chosen as Davis’ best place to study. “It’s a good place to sit down and focus on nothing but school work,” said second-year biochemistry major Kerri Ritter. “It helps me block out all the small things in life that distract me from school. I also feel like all the common library-goers form a little com-

open lawns and charming views of Lake Spafford create an invigorating yet soothing atmosphere. In the early spring, cherry blossoms awaken from their winter slumber to bring the space to life. “I really like the Redwood Grove because it is not too far from campus and it is really peaceful,” said Javier Fuentes, a first-year neurobiology, physiology and behavior major. “I come here to study quite a bit.” Whether you’re working to reach your latest fitness goal, studying for an upcoming midterm or simply want to take that bomb selfie that all of your friends are going to love, the Arboretum is the perfect place to do it. Get out of the house and enjoy this special space that only Davis has to offer.

munity and I can always find someone to talk to when I need a mental breather.” Shields provides a variety of different study spaces for every student’s needs. When you need to buckle down and focus up in those days leading up to a big exam, sequester yourself away in one of the single study cubbies on the second and third floor. If you’re looking to study in more of a group setting, find a spot on one of the lower levels for a collaborative study session. In need of some natural lighting? Head to the Main Reading Room to enjoy the vaulted ceilings and open windows. During finals week, Shields even works in conjunction with the CoHo to bring coffee, tea and snacks directly to the library for better convenience. Shields Library is open Monday to Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 12 a.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.


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Best Professor:

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Chemistry is a passion for some and the bane of existence for others. The way that students approach chemistry has a lot to do with the professor. One such professor is well known for converting students who go in disliking chemistry to loving it by the end. He is popular on campus for taking advantage of technology and social media by posting educational videos on his YouTube channel, which you’re probably familiar with if you’ve ever had to take the CHE 2 series. His name is Dr. Bryan Enderle.

“My use of media is primarily outside the classroom,” Enderle said. “I started using YouTube for students who missed a lecture, office hour or review session. I was not expecting students from other classes or institutions to make use of these videos. In the classroom, I prefer examples, life applications and chemical demonstrations to drive home points and make class interesting.” Enderle is exclusively a lecturer, which means he has dedicated his entire career to the education of his students. It shows in his teaching: he makes a careful effort to connect with his students on a personal level to make sure everyone feels heard.

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Best Sandwich:

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Ike’s Love and Sandwiches, the popular sandwich shop in Davis, has won Best Sandwich once again. The chain opened its first location in 2007 on Halloween, and the eatery has since expanded to multiple locations all over California. The goal of Ike’s is to make every experience memorable to people who set foot in the popular eatery. With identifiable sandwich names from “Your Sorority or Frat” to Davis exclusives like “Picnic Day,” this sandwich shop has been making a name for itself since its opening day. Written right outside the front door of Ike’s above a wall of sandwich options reads a quote from Ike Shehadeh himself: “Many of my sandwich recipes were concocted in my old apartment on J Street, and now I get to share them with you! The sandwiches below are my favorite at Ike’s. I also added a few exclusives just for UCD.” When Nicole Walter first went to Ike’s, she was overwhelmed by the number of options the sandwich shop offers.

“My friends down in Santa Barbara love it, so when I went down to visit them, we went [to Ike’s], so I started coming here once I moved to Davis this year,” Walter said. “I remember reading the mission statement about ‘love before anything else.’” Accompanying Walter was Myles Bridgewater-Jackman, who also shared what he remembered about his first experience at Ike’s. “I think I remember how overwhelmed I was with all of the choices,” Bridgewater-Jackman said. I’m still a newcomer, so I’m still trying to get myself acquainted with the menu.” Scott Judson, a first-timer at Ike’s, had positive reviews for his experience. The familiarity of one of the sandwich names, “Damon Bruce,” prompted him to try the sandwich. “This is actually my first time here,” Judson said. “It was great [...] I just heard [about Ike’s through] commercials and figured I’d check it out. I ordered the Damon Bruce with no cheese. [Damon Bruce] is a broadcaster in the Bay Area.” Whoever dares take the crown from Ike’s will have to be a tough contender, as Ike’s has been a two-time winner for Best of Davis.

Best Place to Work on Campus:

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With over 250 students making up the staff of this popular dining facility, students are eager to be part of the CoHo and everything it has to offer. With 80-100 job opportunities offered each year, the CoHo tries to provide as much employment as possible for students in need of work. Darin Schluep, the food services director, oversees the CoHo and has the pleasure of seeing his young staff gain skills that will benefit them in their later careers. “The CoHo’s student-focused business model is challenging yet extremely rewarding,” Schluep said. “The entire management team really loves mentoring and coaching the students, and I

know that working with the students gives me energy and definitely keeps me feeling young — although they often remind me just how old I am.” Over 7,000 customers pass through this popular site daily. The success can be easily attributed to the staff who either work full or part-time at this caffeine-crazed spot. “The best part of working with so many students is seeing their growth in the time they spend with us,” Schluep said. “Whether it’s through positional growth — from employee to student supervisor to student manager — or just growth as an individual, it’s rare that we don’t see some sort of transformation in the folks that spend significant time working with us here.”

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Best Sushi:

Best Snapchat Filter:

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You’re sitting in the Arboretum. It’s a classic Davis day. The sun dances off of the water, and anywhere between ten and a thousand ducks are waddling about. As the sun finally settles into its “golden hour” position, you make the decision: “I’m going to Snapchat this right now,” you think. It’s a surefire move to make sure your Davis pals know that you’re not stressing over the intensity of midterms and that your not-Davis pals know that you live in a painting. What filter do you use to claim this location as your own? The cursive “Davis, CA” filter, of course. Why?

It’s a classy way of claiming your college town. It gives all of the details. It’s got that beautiful Aggie blue and gold color scheme. It’s at the very base of the photo so it doesn’t distract from what you’re trying to showcase (be it that “golden hour” or your golden face). “That’s the prettiest filter,” said Talia Basma, a fourth-year English major. “I like the font on this. It looks professional. This one is at the bottom, and I can take a picture in peace.” Peace. Professionalism. Class. These are what Davis students love to decorate their memories with, and that’s why the cursive “Davis, CA” snapchat filter is the MVF (Most Valuable Filter) of our campus.

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Mikuni is the perfect restaurant for any occasion, whether it’s a date, a reunion or a family night out. The restaurant serves delicious Japanese food with a full bar and outdoor dining. While college students usually seek cheap comfort food on a day-to-day basis, sometimes we want something fancier. Mikuni’s casual ambiance and plethora of high-quality sashimi makes it an ideal spot for a special dinner — completely inviting and not overly casual. “Mikuni had a big name before it came to Davis,” said operations manager Michael Wang. “We’re probably the most sought after, for example, if you bring your parents into town for a nice meal. There

aren’t a lot of places here you can do that.” Located in the Davis Commons, Mikuni is wellknown to Davis residents and especially university students. Being just a short walk from campus, it can be a nice place to have lunch with friends in between classes. For those who dislike fish, Mikuni provides a wide range of other food options including bento boxes, udon noodles and rice plates. “A lot of people who work here also eat here,” Wang said. “I think of it as mom’s cooking. All this time you’re really used to this taste, and you can’t find it anywhere else. It’s in our secret sauces and the fish is the same, just good-quality fish. The sauces are what’s going to be different in most restaurants.” Check Mikuni’s website for hours so you can plan your next visit.

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Who has time to wait an hour for pizza delivery these days? Aggies definitely don’t, which is why Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza was voted “Best Pizza” by UC Davis students for the second year in a row. Known for its delicious menu items, such as the Red Vine and Green Stripe, creative build-your-own options and endless toppings, Blaze caters to every craving. For less than $10 you can order an entire pizza for yourself or even share it with that special someone. The short wait time, unique topping selection and unique open-stove fast firing

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technique are just some of the reasons Aggies love this Davis staple. “I like that they have so many options, like gluten-free,” said fourth-year political science major John Hancock. “It’s much faster than other places can be, aside from when a sorority or fraternity is hosting an event.” In addition to the variety of pizza entrees, Blaze is also known for its desserts. After watching your pizza get built right in front of your eyes, you can order a s’more pie, sea salt chocolate chip cookie or olive oil browny to satisfy both the savory and sweet cravings. Tie it all together with one of their refreshing agua frescas or flavored lemonades, and bon appetit!

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Next to Odd Fellows Hall in downtown Davis is a bright and colorful mural that embodies the youthful magic of this year’s best student organization: Camp Kesem. This display of public art, like Camp Kesem, leaves a lasting impression on the community. Camp Kesem is a national organization. The Davis chapter’s mission is to fundraise enough money to send 250 children with parents fighting cancer to a week-long summer camp. The fundraising for Camp Kesem is entirely student-run, and it’s and maintained by a group of over 100 students. The annual week-long camp is a free experience that gives its campers a part of the carefree childhood they deserve — that’s what makes Kesem so magical. “Coming to Davis, I wanted to find a group or some organization to join that suited my interests,” said fourth-year genetics major Ryan Fischietto. “Kesem is a family that welcomes you in and

helps you grow to your potential. It’s a community that encourages healthy communication, positive change, and mutual support. I met campers who are wise beyond their years, who have taught me to value everything I have and to be the most caring to others I can be. Kesem is so much love. Kesem is family. Kesem is magic.” The coherency and compassion that the counselor share for each other is an intrinsic aspect of Camp Kesem. “Kesem is an organization filled to the brim with the most fun-loving, caring and down-to earth-people,” said Camron Clifton, a third-year food science major and next year’s Camp Kesem co-director. “Whether it’s yelling ridiculous nicknames across the Quad or getting hair bleached for fundraising, Kesem counselors get together to be fun, be ourselves, and most importantly, work toward an amazing goal.” Camp Kesem brings together children with similar at-home experiences and teaches them they aren’t alone. Information to get involved is available on the Camp Kesem website.

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It must be the combination of fresh and authentic Bangkok-style street food, quick service and low prices that keeps hungry customers coming back to Thai Canteen, and it must be the reason UC Davis students chose Thai Canteen as the best Thai restaurant for the fourth year in a row. Third-year human development major Grace Grant is a frequent Thai Canteen customer and introduced Thai Canteen to her friends for lunch. “I come here a lot,” Grant said. “It’s delicious.” Grant said that, as many times as she has been there, one dish keeps her coming back.

“I always get the [Panang Nuer],” Grant said. “It’s really good. I like it. That’s the only thing I have [tried] here.” The Panang Nuer is a semi-spicy beef kaffir curry with a coconut milk base. Customers can choose from something light to snack on, such as crispy taro fries or vegetable spring rolls, or opt for something heartier such as rice plates and noodle dishes. The drunken noodles and pad thai are crowd favorites. Thai Canteen opens at lunchtime daily and can accomodate those late-night hunger pangs after an intense study session, serving food until 2 a.m. on select days.

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Biking once again took the crown for Best Mode of Transportation. Of course, the popularity of the bike likely comes as little surprise to any student who has braved the busy bike circles during rush hour. According to the Downtown Davis website, Davis is recognized as the most bicycle friendly city in the country by the League of American Bicyclists. The map of the city of Davis shows over 100 miles of bike paths, lanes and trails. Additionally, the city is home to the U.S. Bicycle Hall of Fame, numerous biking competitions

and various bike rentals and bike shops ready to fulfil the Davis resident’s every bicycle-related need. “What I like the most about biking is that it’s quick, you can take your bike wherever you go and it’s good for the environment,” said first-year biological sciences major Ismael Delgadillo. “It’s also good exercise.” Meanwhile, some students, such as first-year international relations major Julieta Torres, simply enjoy the experience of biking. “You get where you’re going pretty fast and it’s also really fun,” Torres said. “I like going in the roundabouts, and you get to see a lot of people you know when you’re biking.”

Best ASUCD Unit:

THE CALIFORNIA AGGIE BY BRYAN SYKES editor@theaggie.org

Was this category rigged? Absolutely not — that would be a terrifying abuse of our positions as journalists, an utter disgrace to that which we hold in such sacred regard. Now, was this category skewed by the volume of the Aggie staff and community who voted on it? Without a doubt, due in no small part to the staff size of The California Aggie. It’s the people who make The California Aggie the best ASUCD unit. The passionate, hardworking students who dedicate what little free time they have to creating a newspaper from scratch. If any one of them didn’t do exactly what they needed to do, the paper would simply cease production. It’s the people who stay up late finalizing a story; who drop everything to take photos of an emerg-

ing protest; who design the newspaper’s layout each week; who edit and fact-check every piece; who illustrate a graphic to complement a story. It’s the people who came together to fight for the survival of a print newspaper during a time when everyone seems to say that journalism is on its last legs. Working at The California Aggie isn’t just a resume builder. The basement office of Lower Freeborn gives students the chance to learn firsthand what it’s like to be a journalist and to become part of a larger community, comprised of current staff and alumni. And the quotes on the wall are testament to all the strange things that go on down here. I have never been more proud to be a part of anything in my entire life. Bryan Sykes Editor-in-Chief


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