Student Farm surges in popularity, teaches volunteers about sustainable agriculture

The Student Farm is an experimental farm on the UC Davis campus encompassing approximately 21 acres of land located on the west side of campus near the Domes. Established in 1977, the Student Farm has experienced an immense surge in popularity since its creation by a group of students and supportive faculty members. According to the Student Farm website, the program focuses on three main principles: a focus on sustainable agriculture principles and practices, an emphasis on in-field, experiential learning and the encouragement of student initiative, creativity and exploration. “Students gain a hands-on understanding of organic gardening and farming principles and practices, what it takes to grow food from seed to table year-round, as well as a sense of connection that comes with growing food, working the land, and working with others,” said plant pathology graduate student and Student Farm employee Stacey Parker. The Student Farm is divided into varying gardens and fields that seek to focus on a crucial aspect of sustainable agriculture. The Market Garden encompasses approximately one-fifth... ...

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City sets goal of net-zero Davis

Davis is on the verge of a major breakthrough: it is the first city to take on the goal of carbon neutrality and net-zero energy by the middle of this century. This goal was created as a result of a study initiated by the UC Davis Energy Institute and the Valley Climate Action Center. The City of Davis won an award for its success in energy efficiency from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). The Valley Climate Action used this award to fund the study. Both the city and UC Davis have climate action plans. “The general definition [of net zero] applies to energy, but it also is being applied to waste and pollution and water and other resources. But the idea is that you have a certain demand for energy and you want to reduce that demand as much as possible and then meet it with clean, renewable sources,” said the director of the study, Gerry Braun of the UC Davis Energy Institute. UC Davis has already made progress... ...

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The Avid Reader expands into new location

Independent bookstore The Avid Reader will be expanding its offerings in its new additional location, which was previously occupied by toy store Alphabet Moon, at 605 Second Street. The store will keep its previous location at 617 Second Street and move certain subject areas into the new store this spring, said owner Alzada Knickerbocker. “The new store will house mostly action-related books, such as travel, cooking, gardening, home and sports,” Knickerbocker said. “What will stay will be fiction, mystery, science fiction, history, business and philosophy.” The children’s section will mirror this separation of action-related genres. “Crafts, games and sports will also be moving,” Knickerbocker said. In view of the recent closing of Alphabet Moon, The Avid Reader plans to fill in for some of the services formerly offered by vending a selection of toys. “There have been a lot of businesses that have gone and are missed,” said operations manager Nicholas Wiegand. “There are holes in what the downtown provides. Since there is no longer a toy store in Davis,... ...

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Police briefs

WEDNESDAY Easter bunny gone bad Someone found footprints throughout a house that had been egged, on Hepworth Drive. Party rock Someone called 911 and made “shuffling noises,” on Lake Boulevard. THURSDAY Leave them out to dry Two juveniles were passed out in a laundry room with a bottle of alcohol on Drake Drive. Eco-friendly trespassing Several people were camped under solar panels on East 14th Street. Still safer than the sandbox Someone was putting glass and nails in a play area on Alvarado Avenue. FRIDAY They’re just burnouts Several fire throwers were practicing loudly on E Street. 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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Who’s That Aggie?

Editor’s note: In Who’s That Aggie?, The California Aggie finds a student on campus and investigates their background and experiences at UC Davis. A photograph of a student spreading her arms in an attempt to protect her peers during the Nov. 18, 2011 protests can be found on the Facebook pages of dozens of UC Davis students. Many said they posted the photograph as their profile picture to honor the solidarity and courage exemplified by the photo. The student in the photo is Tatiana Bush, a fifth-year political science and sociology double major.  While some may recognize her from the photograph, few know that the former ASUCD senator and current student director for African Diaspora Cultivating Education (ACE) is graduating this year to pursue a career in education in Southern California. After transferring to UC Davis from San Francisco State University three years ago, Bush said it was a struggle to fit in and find a community. “I’ve never had a big problem with academics. But making friends was kind... ...

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Editorial: Haven’t they learned?

Once again, student protesters were the victims of police violence. Last Tuesday, a group of 30 activists were pepper sprayed while attempting to gain access to a Board of Trustees meeting at Santa Monica College (SMC). A small number of students were allowed into the meeting, presumably until the room reached capacity. Over 70 people were left outside protesting the $180-per-unit fee increase being discussed inside. If this sounds familiar, it’s because similar events have been happening all across California, and the world, for the last few months. University systems are failing their students, students are reacting through activism, and campus police – at the will of the school – are responding with violence. And though it happened at Montreal’s McGill University on Nov. 10, and at our very own UC Davis on Nov. 18, there is such a great disconnect  on campuses that nothing about the culture of public education has changed enough to prevent the incident at SMC. Campus administration does not understand its students, and in turn treats... ...

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UC Davis lacrosse drops two tough games

The UC Davis women’s lacrosse team hoped to bounce back after its tough road trip to the East Coast two weeks ago. However, things did not get easier this past week as the Aggies lost two difficult games to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rivals California and Oregon. Both games had periods where it seemed anyone could win, but the Aggies were not able to secure the victory in either match. With the losses, UC Davis moved to 5-7 overall, 2-2 MPSF play. Wednesday — California 15, UC Davis 10 UC Davis began the week pitted against MPSF rival Cal on a chilly Wednesday night at the Aggie Stadium. The game started off tough for the Aggies as they found themselves in a 6-1 deficit in the first half, but the team was able to claw back. UC Davis scored four goals in the last nine minutes of the first half, cutting the lead to 7-5 before halftime. When asked what she learned about her team from this game, coach Elaine... ...

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ICC’s Countdown to Summer!

Welcome to week two of the ICC’s Countdown to Summer!  Each week the Internship and Career Center will provide you with a task that will help you be prepared to land a job or internship by summer. Create and have your resume and cover letter reviewed: If you have ever applied for an internship or job, you most likely have been confronted with the agonizing process of trying to sum up your life’s accomplishments onto one page. Perhaps more agonizing is the feeling of having no qualifications appropriate for the position and the need to generate a resume despite your deficits. The Internship and Career Center provides for this integral part of the job hunt.  Delaying will NOT make it better.  Not only that, but the Spring Internship and Career Fair is also coming on April 19 and it is ideal to hand out resumes there. The ICC is here to get you started. Attend a workshop (in person or online): If you have no experience in writing a resume... ...

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News-in-brief: Pepper spray task force results to be released Wednesday

The findings from the pepper spray task force are tentatively set for release this Wednesday. The results will be posted on the UC Davis website and there will be a town hall meeting on Wednesday in Freeborn Hall at 3:30 p.m. The release of the results depends on a hearing that will take place Tuesday regarding an agreement that would allow the results to be released, minus the names of most officers involved, but including Lt. John Pike and former Police Chief Annette Spicuzza. The pepper spray task force, led by former Associate Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, was put together by UC President Mark Yudof. The results, slated to be released March 6, were halted due to the Federated University Police Officers Association’s request for a court order to halt the public disclosure of the report. The Alameda County Superior Court judge ultimately rejected the police union’s arguments, but placed a 21-day stay on the report to allow the union time to appeal his decision. According to a press... ...

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Guest Opinion: UC needs to question investments in coal companies

It’s time to look critically at the investments our university holds, particularly in the energy sector. According to data released today by the California Student Sustainability Coalition, the University of California Regents hold $234 million in 15 of the largest coal mining and coal burning corporations, including Massey Energy, Patriot Coal and Ameren Corp., with millions more possibly in individual campus foundations. A portion of that money comes from our tuition money. Records of endowment holdings through 2011 show that the $234 million the UC holds in the “Filthy 15” coal companies includes: ●      $25.8 million in Southern Company, the fourth-largest carbon polluter internationally. ●      $12.1 million in Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private-sector coal company. ●      $19.1 million in Duke Energy, responsible for 1,248 deaths due to pollution in 2009. These numbers reflect only assets held centrally by the UC Treasurer and do not include individual campus foundations. This information comes from a report titled “Reducing California Higher Education’s Support of and Dependence on Coal,” authored by Sarah Siedschlag,... ...

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Column: Global warming fail

When it comes to global climate change – more infamously known as global warming – it’s easy to be depressed. After all, what’s there to love about monster hurricanes, more tornadoes and droughts, and other increasingly violent gifts from nature? Turning to the leaders of our country doesn’t make me any more optimistic. It was just a few weeks ago that Rick Santorum, riffing on the supposed dangers of climate change, argued that all the fuss was merely groundwork “for government to be able to step in and even more greatly control your life.” He is at his most eloquent when speaking about CO2, the main culprit for rising temperatures: “The dangers of carbon dioxide? Tell that to a plant, how dangerous carbon dioxide is.” Touché, Rick Santorum. Touché. At least Santorum is honest. This is unlike Mitt Romney, who has somehow managed to stand on both sides of pretty much every major issue up for debate in modern America. It was just a few years ago that Romney, then... ...

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Editorial: Missed connection

On any given day in the CoHo, one can often overhear the grumblings of someone trying to connect to Moobilenet, the Wi-Fi network on campus. The internet on campus is often very hard to connect to. Specifically in Olson and Wellman Hall, the connection is often slow, if not nonexistent. While this may seem like a good thing (anything to stop students from going on Facebook during class), it often hinders professors’ lecture plans and makes it difficult to show videos in class. When professors take time away from class to load a video, it takes away valuable learning time from students. And it’s awkward. Furthermore, students use internet on campus to do school work and turn in assignments. The fact is that we are in a time in which we need technology to succeed. Smartphones are commonplace, and many students use their laptops in class. Having the internet is not only helpful, but also necessary. Students often use the internet to download lecture slides from Smartsite or look at... ...

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Column: Your taxes, my tuition

I can barely contain my excitement. April 14 is nearly here! Ah, Tax Day: Almost as fun as the first day of school, or going to the dentist! Mind you, as a grad student, I actually enjoy taking classes and learning, so my love of taxation is genuine. Also, I have nice teeth. As annoying as it is to have to pay the government a share of your income, take comfort in knowing that your cash is going to a worthy cause: Me. Since I’m an NSF (National Science Foundation) fellow, my stipend comes directly from the government and, indirectly, from you. Your taxes pay for me to live. My rent, my instant noodles, my gin, my daily caviar baths, my extensive porn and Fabergé egg collections, my Tuesday-night hooker-thons … it all comes from you! Hooray, taxes! Of course, I do have to work for this money. If I’m not on campus doing the wetwork, then I’m at home reading articles, writing papers, analyzing data and, yes, applying for... ...

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UC Davis adds Pinterest to arsenal of social media tools

UC Davis has been working diligently to create a virtual social network for the campus. By installing University of California, Davis Facebook, YouTube and Twitter home pages, the university is keeping up with the ever-changing, endless array of online social media sites. The newly instated UC Davis Pinterest page is no exception. The social media site, which Time magazine has listed in its “50 Best Websites of 2011,” allows for quick and striking visuals of UC Davis campus features to be shared with a vast audience and further disseminated by individuals who take particular interest in a certain post. The idea behind Pinterest, which was completed in 2010, is perhaps the least tech-savvy innovation of which one would think — a pin board. The old-fashioned organizational instrument, conventionally used for prospective brides-to-be or home decorating gurus, inspired its creation. University Communications began use of Pinterest in late February. Susanne Rockwell, University Communications social media editor, said the team is continuing to evolve and adapt their skills in response to the... ...

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Column: Stress and the city

I am forever in love with Los Angeles when I’m not actively hating it with the undying fury of a honey badger. Traffic’s a pain but thank God it’s 75 degrees in March and there are palm trees on my drive to work. I was headed to an open casting call for a server position (yes, they’re called casting calls here and every customer service job seriously requires a headshot with an application) when I wanted to call it quits. I ran into three-hour traffic because President O-freaking-bama decided to take a trip to the same mall. I had to stop into the nearest Best Buy to calm myself down and wait for traffic to subside. The whir of flat screen TVs puts me at ease. At Davis, my favorite professor held meetings where she prepped my peers for their move to New York. The L.A. bashing during these meetings worked my nerves. “Driving’s a pain, people are superficial there and New Yorkers care more about their art.” Yeah, it’s... ...

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