Aggies finish fifth in prestigious Arizona tournament

The UC Davis women’s golf team traveled to Arizona to compete in the Ping/ASU Invitational, which coach Anne Walker cites as “one of the country’s oldest and most famous tournaments.” With a playing field stacked with five of the top 10 ranked teams in the nation, No. 26 UC Davis had its hands full. But the Aggies did more than just hold their own at Karsten Golf Course. UC Davis tied for fifth place with third-ranked USC, behind teams such as top-ranked UCLA and No. 5 Arizona State. “Every year it’s stacked with top teams and it’s a very competitive field,” Walker said. “It felt like we were playing in the NCAA tournament.” The Aggies posted a total team score of 881 over the tournament, but were in a good position to place even higher, if not for a rough last day in which they posted a 19 over par as a team. “We’ve had one big round that might have cost us our titles a couple times this year,”... ...

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News-in-Brief: Federal court upholds California affirmative action ban

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Proposition 209, the state’s ban on using race, ethnicity and gender in college admissions for public colleges and universities yesterday. The ruling marked the second time this court has turned back a challenge to California’s voter initiative Prop 209, which was passed in 1996. Proponents of affirmative action requested that the court reconsider its 1997 decision after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that affirmative action could be used in admissions decisions, and said they would continue their fight. Attorney George B. Washington, who is representing the minority students and advocacy groups that filed the latest challenge to Prop 209, said he would ask the full appellate court to review the case since this decision was issued by a three-judge panel. In its ruling, the court rejected the plaintiffs’ arguments that a new ruling is needed and said the previous decision still applies. At least six states have adopted bans on using affirmative action in state college admissions decisions. Other than... ...

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Column: U.S. Bank got punked

It is old news now about the events transpiring around the barricade and eventual closure of the U.S. bank in the Memorial Union. In brief, 10 to 15 students began forming a human blockade in front of the bank’s doors starting early January. After two months of waiting for the UC Davis administration to take tangible action to remove the barricaders, the bank – tired of having its employees virtually trapped inside and daily having to leave their jobs to go elsewhere – said enough is enough and closed the branch. Given the circumstances, it is not surprising that there was tension behind the scenes between the bank and the university administration. What is surprising is the incompetent nature of the administration’s response and the extent university officials went to shift the blame off their own shoulders and onto the bank’s. On March 19, The Aggie published an article noting that U.S. Bank officials were “upset with the university’s handling of the situation.” Officials called the blockade “intolerable” and argued... ...

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Column: Conference shake-up

Times are changing in college sports. Texas A&M is moving to the Southeastern Conference, Syracuse is heading to the Atlantic Coast Conference and the conference landscape in major college sports will never be the same. And now that change is starting to trickle down to the smaller conferences. The Big West Conference – which UC Davis is a part of in the majority of its sports including basketball, baseball, softball and soccer – is going to be completely revamped over the next several seasons. Starting next year Hawaii will become a member of the Big West, followed by San Diego State in 2014. But just when it looked like UC Davis may find itself in a division that is on the rise, Pacific announced last week that it would be leaving the Big West in favor of the West Coast Conference at the start of the 2013-14 school year. With the departure of the Big West’s only other Northern California team, UC Davis now finds itself nearly 300 miles away... ...

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ICC’s Countdown to Summer!

How many times were you asked during spring break if you had a job or internship for the summer?   Did the question raise your stress level?  Did it make you want to hide or go back to sleep?  For many, the process of landing a position is daunting and easily brushed aside for more pressing issues like getting into classes for Spring quarter, buying books and reconnecting with friends.  Help is available! The labor market is tight, but there are companies and organizations that want to hire UC Davis students.  There are simple steps you can take to be one that is selected and make progress on your professional path.  This is the first in a 10-week series called “Countdown to Summer!”  Each week the ICC will highlight steps you can take to prepare yourself for a summer that helps you to explore and gain experience in potential careers. Week 1 – Connect to ICC services Aggie Job Link: If you do not have one yet, create an Aggie Job... ...

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Students reveal best lesser-known jobs on campus

Bus driver, ASUCD Coffee House vendor and Dining Commons worker are only a few of the various jobs held by UC Davis students on campus. There are even more jobs held by students that are less common to the public eye. While it is almost common knowledge that students are the bus drivers for Unitrans, they are also the mechanics that service the buses and the instructors that test the drivers of the various buses. It is also students’ jobs to ensure that all is running smoothly; these students are referred to as route supervisors. Junior plant sciences major Kevin Ross describes his job as having two parts. The first is as a dispatcher working in an office, sending for buses on call and dealing with shift changes, or what Moss referred to as the paperwork side of the job. Moss said his favorite part of the job, though, is actually being on the road, doing anything from driving observations to ensure that drivers are being safe on the road... ...

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CSU freezes Spring 2013 enrollment

California State University (CSU) will cancel spring admissions for the 2013 year in an attempt to lower CSU-wide enrollment by 16,000 students. The reduction is part of a drastic cost-cutting effort that has been initiated in response to the recent budget cuts, said CSU officials at a Regents meeting in San Francisco last month. CSU will have to reduce enrollment by up to 25,000 students in Fall 2013 if Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed tax increases are not approved by voters in November, officials added. “I fear that I will not gain admission to my local CSU if Brown’s tax proposal does not pass,” said David Owen, a junior at San Diego High School. “Without funding they can’t possibly cater to all of the qualified students in the region, including myself.” Brown’s proposal, informally known as the Millionaire’s Tax, calls for a sales tax increase in order to pull more revenue from high earners, particularly millionaires. Backed by labor unions and students, the plan would raise sales tax by a quarter... ...

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Editorial: Really?

In light of the recent delays in the release of the findings from Justice Cruz Reynoso’s Task Force, let’s review the last five months. Students sitting down with heads bowed in the center of the UC Davis Quad in the middle of a Friday in broad sunlight were pepper sprayed by UC Davis Campus Police. REALLY? Then Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi organized a private press conference and had to do a silent walk of shame before she would apologize to the students. REALLY? Then the University showed remorse, placing the police officers responsible for the pepper spraying on PAID administrative leave while the incident was investigated. Next, a total of five task forces were created in order to complete the investigation, promising the campus community full transparency and insight into the events of November 18th in no more than three months. We still have not seen any of them. And when the report from Reynoso’s task force was ready to be released, the union representing campus police waited until the... ...

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Police Briefs

WEDNESDAY Track city Someone had set up a camp near the railroad tracks at F Street.Two thumbs down A man was trying to hitchhike on Interstate 80 near Mace Boulevard. THURSDAY Playing squash Someone threw a gourd on a vehicle on Drexel Drive. Ding dong don’t A man was shouting that the neighborhood was safe and to answer the door on Tallow Place. FRIDAY Say what? A woman was going door to door asking about a “Hard of Hearing” survey on Hamel Street. Sounds like a Superbad idea Children were throwing a party while their parents were out of town on Spruce Lane. Police Briefs are compiled by TRACY HARRIS from the City of Davis daily crime bulletins. Contact TRACY HARRIS at city@theaggie.org. ...

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Guest Opinion: ASUCD can operate more efficiently without Shared Service Center

I read with interest the article on taxing ASUCD $235,560 for the university-mandated Shared Service Center based on processed transactions. Inevitably, the state budget crisis was bound to create ethical challenges for the University administration. Here we go. Unlike any other unit on the campus, ASUCD fees can only be raised after a student vote. This has helped keep the ASUCD general fee at $8.00 per a quarter since it was last raised in 1978. Unitrans, a unit within ASUCD, has raised its fee three times in the last 32 years; each increase followed a vote of the undergraduate students. On the other hand, the University can raise fees via the UC Regents without a student vote. Because of the lack of state resources, the university seeks to make monetary cuts from campus units. As a result, the University administration wants to tax ASUCD $235,000+ to help offset state budget cuts. In order to pay this tax, ASUCD student leaders would have to take resources from ASUCD fees that were... ...

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Davis business newcomers bring diverse offerings

Davis has received a healthy influx of new businesses over the past couple weeks. As older businesses are closing, new businesses emerge to cater to the city’s needs. Among the newcomers is El Toro Bravo, which has replaced Baja Fresh on 237 D St. In place of the closed-down Blockbuster on Third and F Street will tentatively be a Panera Bread, though not much construction work has been done yet. Similarly, another Blockbuster — once located at the Marketplace on 1411 West Covell — will become the home of Leslie’s Pool Supply. Vini Wine Bar is still waiting in the wings to be opened. It seems that the delays have been due to a pending liquor license approval. The owner, Jeff Day, said in an e-mail that it wouldn’t be much longer until the bar receives its liquor license. Gizmo’s Rolling Video Games will be bringing an entirely new definition to the term mobile gaming. Starting at $199 an hour, Gizmo’s will bring a trailer touted as a mobile game... ...

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Education for Sustainable Living Program offered Spring quarter

Sustainability has been an increasingly hot topic in recent years throughout many California universities, and at UC Davis the Campus Center for the Environment (CCE) aims to promote environmental awareness and a sustainable lifestyle. This quarter, UC Davis students can participate in the Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP), a two-unit seminar series that provides students with the opportunity to listen to distinguished guest lecturers and learn more about sustainability in Davis and across California. “The class is a combination of a guest speaker who talks on a range of ideas about sustainability and discussion. We have people coming to talk about agricultural sustainability, oil and drilling, environmental justice and much more,” said CCE intern and Sustainable Education and Research Coordinator Genna Lipari. Each week will consist of a new speaker discussing various topics, all revolving around sustainability. Guest speakers include Anisha Desai ­on environmental justice­, Melissa Nelson on indigenous perspectives, Garth Lenz on the “True Cost of Oil,” Melanie Madden and Annie Main on agricultural land preservation and more.... ...

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Aggie Digest

Baseball The UC Davis baseball team closed its nonconference schedule with a trip to Hawaii, winning the first game of the series before losing three straight to the Rainbow Warriors. UC Davis heads in to Big West Conference play with an 11-13 record. Senior starter Dayne Quist struck out nine batters in seven innings and redshirt freshman Tino Lipson went 3-for-5 with two runs to lead UC Davis to a series-opening win Thursday. Freshman Kevin Barker was hit by a pitch to lead off the game, marking the 21st consecutive game that UC Davis has been hit by a pitch. Sophomore Nick Lynch was later hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in Lipson, and senior David Popkins scored on a groundout from senior Scott Kalush to give the Aggies a 3-0 lead after one inning. That was all the help Quist needed, as the Aggies took a 5-3 win. In Friday’s match-up senior starter Anthony Kupbens struck out five in seven and a third innings of... ...

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News-in-Brief: Summer Abroad expedited enrollment this week

This week, students can apply for UC Davis Summer Abroad and secure their spot in one day. The UC Davis Summer Abroad program is usually 4 weeks and students receive 8 units. The programs are led by UC faculty. There are still spots open in programs in Argentina, Australia, the United Kingdom, Chile and more. For more information, students can visit summerabroad.ucdavis.edu or the UC Davis Summer Abroad Office located in the UC Davis Education Abroad Center on the corner of Third and A Street. The expedited enrollment deadline is this Friday. — Hannah Strumwasser ...

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Column: After graduation day?

College is absolutely amazing. There’s a party every five minutes and the sex is just as prevalent as Smirnoff vodka. My tenure was occupied with track, theatre, work, wine nights, sitcoms and tons of “studying.” I got to learn a lot while surprisingly sleeping just as much. Seriously, college is amazing. Except, it didn’t prepare me for many things. Don’t get me wrong, there are things I can do now that I couldn’t before, thanks to college. I know just as much about psychological disorders as I do about the history and evolution of dramatic art, acquired a deeper appreciation for 19th-century literature and can drink all of my  friends under the table, no question. None of these skills have proven useful thus far. L.A. is a ruthless beast, y’all. I relocated here after working my ass off for seven months and it’s a horrible, horrible place where everyone is insanely beautiful, no one wants to be your friend and dreams come to die. It’s also the place to be... ...

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