Aggies split matches in Hawaii

The UC Davis women’s tennis team traveled to the Aloha state over spring break, but by no means was this a vacation. The Aggies battled with 53rd-ranked Hawai’i and then faced off against Division II powerhouse Hawai’i Pacific on back-to-back days. After splitting the weekend matchups, UC Davis holds a 6-10 record with six matches remaining in the regular season. Friday – Hawai’i 4, UC Davis 3 The contest with the Rainbow Warriors was the Aggies’ first competition in almost a month, but they found themselves in a battle right from the start. UC Davis was swept in the doubles competition to surrender the doubles point to Hawai’i, and that turned out to be the difference maker. After falling behind 1-0, the Aggies surged ahead to take a 3-2 advantage, getting wins from junior Ellie Edles, sophomore Megan Heneghan and freshman Layla Sanders at their respective singles spots. Two matches remained on court and UC Davis needed just one for the victory, but the Aggies could not scrape out the... ...

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Sports-in-brief: Pacific to leave the Big West

Pacific announced Thursday that it would be leaving the Big West Conference for the West Coast Conference beginning in the 2013-14 school year. Pacific will return to the WCC after leaving the league for the Big West (formerly known as the Pacific Coast Athletic Association) over 40 years ago. Pacific’s announcement comes as the Big West prepares to add Hawaii as a member starting next year and San Diego State starting in 2013. Sacramento State will also be joining the Big West for men’s soccer only beginning with the 2012 season. ­ — Trevor Cramer ...

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Aggies even their record

The Aggies entered spring break looking to build some momentum as they prepared to return to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play this week. UC Davis put together some strong performances over the last two weeks, going 2-2 to bring their overall record to 5-5. Monday, March 19 — UC Davis 18, Central Connecticut 6 The Aggies captured their second lacrosse non-conference home game of the season against the Blue Devils. Junior midfielder Hannah Mirza scored a game-high five goals while attacker Elizabeth Datino tied the school record of six assists. Datino, who leads NCAA Division I in points per game, scored four goals for 10 points. Mirza also contributed three assists and a team-leading four draw controls. Freshman Elizabeth Landry and Charlotte Morris each chipped in three goals, junior Anna Geissbuhler added two and freshman Allie Lehner netted one. The Aggies outshot the Blue Devils by a 34-17 margin, won 23 ground balls and cleared 18 of 20 attempts in transition. The six goals allowed marked a season best for... ...

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UC Regents discuss multi-year plan at March meeting

Last week, the UC Board of Regents held their March meeting Thursday and Friday at UCSF Mission Bay. At the three-day meeting, the Regents discussed the 2012-13 UC budget. They also discussed a multi-year plan for UC that would potentially provide stability for UC finances and for UC students in the future. The university has been discussing the plan with Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature. At the meeting, UC President Mark Yudof  came out in support of Gov. Brown’s tax initiative and said that he would return to the Regents recommending that they support the initiative. “In my view, it represents the best opportunity I’ve seen in my four years in California for the state to clamber out of a sinkhole of fiscal uncertainty and move forward into a better, more prosperous future,” Yudof said. Students have also come out in support of the Brown’s tax initiative. “Passing the proposed November tax initiative is critically important.  We need new revenue, and we should ask wealthy Californians to pay... ...

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News-in-brief: Bike Barn holds grand opening of Bike Hub today

Today, the Bike Barn will be opening a satellite location in the Memorial Union (MU). This location will be known as the Bike Hub and can be found in MU 156. “For many years now we have become increasingly more aware of how small the Bike Barn space is,” said Shell Sumerel, Bike Hub manager. In 2009, the Bike Barn opened its first satellite location, the Bike Garage, in the North Entry Parking Structure, offering do-it-yourself bike repair. “We have wanted to bridge the gap between what we offer at both the Bike Barn central location and the Bike Garage,” Sumerel said. The Bike Hub will offer bike accessories and apparel, including fenders, rain jackets, lights and locks. The Bike Hub will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To commemorate the opening of the new location, there will be a celebration on opening day and a sale throughout the first week, during which all items can be bought for 20 percent off. — Rohit Ravikumar ...

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Twelve U.S. Bank protesters ordered to court for misdemeanor charges

Twelve protesters involved in the U.S. Bank blockade on campus have been ordered to court by the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office on misdemeanor charges. The protesters have been ordered to the Yolo Superior Court on April 27. They are facing charges of a conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor and a misdemeanor by “willfully and maliciously” obstructing the free movement of any person on any street, sidewalk or other public place. Demonstrators have been protesting the U.S. Bank on campus since January. Protesters sat outside the bank almost every week day until the bank was closed. U.S. Bank announced the official closure of the branch on campus in a letter to the UC Regents on March 1, citing the situation as “intolerable.” Bank officials have cited the University’s handling of the protesters as a reason for the bank’s departure. Before the closure of the bank, protesters were handed citations by campus police alerting them to California Penal Code Section 647C, the misdemeanor the 12 protesters are being charged with. However,... ...

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Students may soon state their sexual orientations on registration forms

The University of California is working on a proposal which would give new students the option of stating their sexual orientation on their Student Intent to Register forms. The measure was initiated by the Academic Senate for UC and will be in the form of a voluntary questionnaire. According to Dianne Klein, media relations for the UC Office of the President, the proposal is still in working groups but will likely be in place for Fall 2013 admission and be administered by the Provost. The proposal was approved by the Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS) in December 2011. The Academic Council approved it on Jan. 25. The change comes as a result of Assembly Bill 620, signed into law by the governor on Oct. 8, 2011. The measure requested that UC provide the opportunity for students, staff and faculty to report their sexual orientation and gender identity on any forms used to collect demographic data. The bill also has a section that would include UC faculty and... ...

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Full task force report release postponed for fourth time

According to University of California General Counsel Charles Robinson, the public release of the task force has been postponed beyond the first week of April. The decision, made by California Supreme Court Associate Justice and chair of the pepper spray task force Cruz Reynoso, is the fourth time the report has been postponed. Robinson emphasized the importance of providing an accurate account of the pepper spraying incident in a press release on Thursday. “I understand that Justice Reynoso will confer with task force members to reschedule public release of the report,” he said. Judge Evelio Grillo of the Alameda County Superior Court, who presided over a hearing held March 28 on the release of the task force report regarding the pepper spray incident, ruled in favor of full public disclosure of the reports. It was also ruled that certain names of involved officers be withheld. The release stated that Grillo ruled almost entirely in favor of full disclosure of the task force reports.  He chose to impose a stay until... ...

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Take a glimpse into the food truck industry

Food trucks. Little mobile gourmet dispensaries that make anyone with any enthusiasm for eating at all think, “Duh.” A quickly growing trend in the food service industry, trucks are a way for adventurous foodies to make their gourmet specialties available to the masses. In a 2011 “What’s Hot” survey of 1,500 chefs, the National Restaurant Association found that 30 percent of those surveyed expect food trucks and “pop-up” restaurants to be the top “operational” restaurant trend next year. These vehicles aim to deliver the best of a chef’s repertoire, the tastiest bits of an edible venture, and elevate their potential via express marketing on the move. “Being in a truck allows you to follow the people,” said Carlos Silva, owner and barista of Maddie’s Mud, an organic coffee truck that alternates between parking in the Marinwood Community Center and the farmer’s market in San Rafael throughout the week. “You can find out where they are, check advertisements for events, and there they are! Everyone needs coffee.” But as much as... ...

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FACETS project seeks student input on the impact of tuition hikes

FACETS, an ongoing project through the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance’s Institute for Exploration in Theatre, is investigating and uncovering the impact of the changing economics of higher education on students, families and communities. FACETS stands for Facilitating Analyzing Communicating Engaging Through the Stage, and the artistic directors include Professors Jon D. Rossini and Peter Lichtenfels with Production Manager Eric Steggall. With intentions to incorporate current political debates and media sound bites with dialogue of each story, the goal of this project is to find out how tuition hikes have impacted students, families and communities. The Aggie interviewed Professor Jon D. Rossini to find out more about the goals and the plans of FACETS as well as how to get involved. The Aggie: How will these stories be transformed and translated to on-stage performances? Rossini: We are hoping to deal with these stories within the framework of verbatim theatre, which is to say that we will be trying to keep them as much as possible in the specific... ...

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Column: Damage control

I was duped, and if you read my column “1 Infinite Loop” two weeks ago, by proxy, so were you. For that, I am sorry. I cited Mike Daisey, whose monologue about labor malpractice at Apple’s plant in China was excerpted on NPR’s “This American Life.” A few days after my column was published, Daisey admitted in a special retraction episode that he had not, in fact, spoken to underage workers outside of the Foxconn factory where Apple products are made, as he claimed. Nor had he actually seen hands crippled by the chemical n-hexane, which is used to assemble iPhones. He had only heard of incidents like these. He had lied to the audience of his one-man show, to “This American Life” listeners and to me. So, I’m offering my own retraction of sorts. But after the fact, I wondered if anything good could come of the scandal. Four weeks later, this is what I found. Daisey fabricated the characters he claimed he saw on his trip to China,... ...

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Aggie Digest

Women’s water polo While most students were on their spring break, the UC Davis women’s water polo team was busy extending their winning streak to eight games. The Aggies locked up three more victories this past week, including their first Big West Conference win against the Pacific. The wins moved Uc Davis to 13-11 on the season. Sunday March 25 the Aggies traveled to Stockton to face Santa Clara and the host Pacific Tigers in a game that did not count in the conference standings. The Aggies got off to a quick 8-2 lead against Santa Clara and never looked back, winning by a score of 14-5. Freshmen Keelia Houston and Allyson Hansen both scored two goals to help UC Davis overcome Santa Clara. Later that day, Junior Jessica Dunn scored three goals to lead the Aggies offensive attack against the Tigers. Junior Carmen Eggert and Mohr aided Dunn with two goals of their own. The Aggies traveled to Stockton again on Saturday for a rematch against Pacific in their... ...

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Column: Hello, friend!

Welcome to the library. What’s that you say? You’re not in a library? Au contraire, my good reader. While you may not literally be in a library, you are currently an inhabitant of the library of my mind. What’s that? You are in Shields? Ah, then my friend, defying all traditional rules of space and time, you are in two libraries simultaneously. Congratulations to you. But the library I want to talk about is a metaphorical one. It is the space in my head where I keep the odd trivia, perplexing theories and quirky data that I have collected in my adventures in academia. It’s warm in my brain-library, and quiet too. Pull up a chair. Would you like some tea? Here’s my deal. I’m interested in everything and an expert in nothing. In this column, I would like to share that superficial and strange information in a non-intimidating way. We spend all day in classes with brilliant academics who seem to be competing for the driest presentation possible. Quick,... ...

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Three-peat

UC Davis secured its third consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship title on Saturday March 24. The Aggie gymnasts surged late this season to enter the MPSF Championship Meet as the decided favorites and this year’s squad did not disappoint, as they hosted the event at the Pavilion. Junior Katie Yamamura literally vaulted her way to the MSPF Gymnast of the Year award. She was one of seven Aggies battling for spots on the five all-conference honors. Every single UC Davis gymnast landed a slot on at least one all-conference roster but Yamamura took that challenge to a whole new height, earning spots on all five all-conference teams. The Aggies posted one of the best seasons in school history and head coach John Lavalle was named MSPF Head Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his six year tenure at UC Davis. Not to be outdone his assistant Tamara Ross was also granted MSPF Assistant Coach of the Year honors. While Lavalle and Ross were coaching their way... ...

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Student mixes ‘100 Beats’

Sharing a personal diary with people usually takes a lot of courage, but junior communication and sociology double major Timothy Wynn has boldly decided to take his diary public. Wynn’s Tumblr “diary” requires listening rather than reading. It’s called the “100 Beats Project,” and it is designed as a platform for Wynn to share his music-making passion with friends and family. He uses the software program Pro Tools 9 to record and mix original music “beats.” Wynn said that the project will hopefully inspire people to create, find their own passion and continue to run with it. Each beat starts with a sound. The possible results are endless, as that sound could be a natural piano or synth or a sound bite from a film. “I’ll hear a sound that I really like, whether it’s a rhythm or a melody, and I’ll try to reproduce it or sample it,” Wynn said. Most of Wynn’s beats use sampled audio clips from films, such as Beat #8, “Death Before Honor,” which uses... ...

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