Corbin to leave UC Davis

UC Davis men’s basketball coach Jim Les announced Tuesday night that freshman guard Tyrell Corbin would not be returning for the Aggies next season and will be looking to transfer at the end of the academic year. “We’re appreciative of Tyrell being part of our basketball program and we wish him well,” Les said. The announcement came less than two weeks after Les announced that sophomores Harrison Dupont, Alex Tiffin and Mike Kurtz would not be returning in 2012-13. Corbin was a member of Les’ first recruiting class and was a fixture of the starting lineup for the majority of the season. Overall, Corbin started 23 games, averaged 6.3 points per game and led the team with 91 assists in his sole season with UC Davis. Corbin also turned the ball over a team-high of 97 times. With the departure of Corbin, Dupont and Tiffin, the Aggies have lost their three team leaders in turnovers from the 2011-12 season. — Trevor Cramer ...

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Second annual Edge Festival

For eight days, the UC Davis Theatre and Dance department will be hosting the second annual The Edge Performance Festival at Wright Hall. The festival presents a series of works written, directed and acted by UC Davis undergraduate students. There are also a few graduate student performances included as well. Last year’s inaugural event was a hit with students and faculty. This year, the festival will have Solo Explorations, Undergraduate One-Acts and midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show that attendees can participate in. Two new events have been added: a staged reading of Caridad Svich’s The Way of Water, which is about the effects of the BP oil spill, and Hour of 5’s Performance Work, which is a series of five-minute acts of scenes, monologues, dances and songs. Will Klundt, a second-year MFA acting candidate with the UC Davis Theatre Department, is this year’s assistant artistic director for the Hour of 5’s. He will also be one of the several MFA actors performing in a solo show that he wrote... ...

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Column: Stories of an ambassador

“Where are you from?” My foreign friends and I hear this question all the time. But people’s reactions to our replies differ dramatically. Over winter break I was traveling with a friend and conversations with strangers would usually go like this: I’d say, “I am from Lithuania.” They would nod, and then turn back to my friend. “So, you said you’re from England. How cool, tell me more!” This non-reaction was driving me crazy and by the end of that trip I actually made up a new country: Maironia. The response would be exactly the same, but I was at least having fun. As a foreign exchange student you take on a role of an ambassador — for your country, for your university.  You are a representative, willingly or not, knowingly or otherwise. For the local students, you might be the first and the only of your countrymen that they will ever meet, especially if you come from a small place. Inevitably, you’re seen not only for yourself and who... ...

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120426_sp_TrackandFieldPreview Edit: EL Notes:   Headline: Track and Field Preview   Event: Causeway Dual vs. Sacramento State Where: Hornet Stadium — Sacramento When: Friday, all-day Friday Who to watch: Junior Emily Bush spearheaded the field aspect of last week’s Woody Wilson Memorial Classic when she broke the school record for the women’s pole vault.         The Orangevale, Calif. native earned the Big West Conference Female Field Athlete of the Week after clearing 4.02m, nine inches higher than her previous personal record. Did you know? Bush was one of three Aggies to earn conference honors this week. She was joined by seniors Jonathan Peterson and Sarah Sumpter, who pulled Big West Male and Female Track Athlete of the Week, respectively. Preview: This weekend puts Aggie Pride on the line as UC Davis travels across the Causeway to face its rival, the Sacramento State Hornets. The Aggies have been breaking personal and school records left and right lately. Head coach Drew Wartenburg hopes that the team can continue on this trajectory all the... ...

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Arts Week

MONDAVI Bettye LaVette Friday, April 13 at 8 p.m., $49/$24.5 (student) Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center According to The New York Times, “Ms. LaVette now rivals Aretha Franklin as her generation’s most vital soul singer.” LaVette’s 2010 album re-imagines songs by The Beatles, The Who, Elton John and Eric Clapton. Get ready for a night of a gritty, soulful voice that belongs to Bettye LaVette. Indian Student Association’s Culture Show 2012: Sunehri Shaam, A Night of Indian Elegance Saturday, April 14 at 5 p.m. (doors open at 4:30), $20/$15 (student) Mondavi Center This evening will celebrate Indian culture and express Indian identity to the campus. Presented by the Indian Student Association, A Night of Indian Elegance highlights traditions through dance and music. The UC Davis a capella group and premier intercollegiate dance teams will also perform to showcase the talents of students that identify with the South Asian community. Phil Kline’s Zippo Songs: Poems from the Front with Theo Bleckmann Saturday, April 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 15 at... ...

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Softball Preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Long Beach State Records: Aggies, 15-22 (5-1); 49ers 16-20 (4-2) Where: LaRue Field When: Saturday at noon and 2 p.m.; Sunday at noon Who to watch: Freshman starting pitcher Justine Vela is coming off a huge week after allowing only one run in 20 innings pitched against UC Riverside and Cal State Northridge. With these performances, the Bakersfield, Calif. native was named Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season. Vela, with her 2.71 ERA, has the third-best earned run average in the Big West out of pitchers who have thrown over 100 innings. “She is a huge impact on our pitching staff,” Coach Karen Yoder said. “Anytime that you can have 24 strikeouts in two games … [it] definitely puts us in a position to be successful.” Did you know? UC Davis ranks first in the Big West in striking out opponents with 279 on the year, or an average of 7.5 strikeouts per game. Both Vela and junior starting pitcher Jessica Thweatt have been successful... ...

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Men’s Tennis Preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. UC Riverside; vs. UC Irvine Records: Aggies, 3-13 (0-3); Highlanders, 6-13 (0-1); Anteaters 4-15 (1-1) Where: Marya Welch Tennis Center When:  Saturday at noon; Sunday at noon Who to watch: Sophomore Kyle Miller ought to put on a thrilling show on Saturday afternoon after a spectacular performance against California State University, Fresno on Saturday. Last season, Miller served as the No. 4 singles player for the majority of the season as a freshman. He also finished with a 5-10 doubles record last season in duel matches. Did you know?  The Aggies have split with the Highlanders in the teams’ last two matchups. UC Davis won against UC Riverside by 4-3 in 2010 and lost 5-2 last season. Preview: Coming off a nine-game losing streak on the road, the Aggies look to regain rhythm and confidence and capture a key win against the Highlanders. The upcoming match against UC Riverside signifies UC Davis’ second-to-last Big West Conference Event prior to the league Championships. As of now, the... ...

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Cool Davis Initiative brings sustainable activities to campus, city

In 2008, the City of Davis adopted the Davis Climate Action and Adaption Plan, which was designed to involve the community in a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This plan started the organization Cool Davis Initiative. CDI’s task force of students is called Make Davis Cool. Events will be held during Earth Week – the week of April 23 – and Picnic Day to bring awareness to the Cool California Project, which started on March 28. The event is a statewide competition that involves cities like Palo Alto and San Jose to see which one can reduce its carbon footprint the most by engaging the community, according to Manny Rin, a senior environmental policy analysis and planning major and a core member of CDI. The Cool Davis Challenge will start in 2013. “It is ultimately a year-long challenge that involves 10 cities competing to be the coolest city in the end,” said Will Rich, a sophomore civil engineering major and vice chair of the ASUCD Environmental Policy and Planning... ...

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UC systemwide sustainable practices continue to expand

In June 2004, the University of California integrated a sustainability policy across its campuses in light of student activism. The policy began with the integration of green buildings and clean energy and has since developed to include eight other sections. These sections include sustainable climate action, transportation, food, waste management and purchasing practices. Matthew St. Clair, the sustainability manager for the UC, said the UC is in the process of adding a ninth section regarding a sustainable water system. “It took the drive and leadership from student activists combined with a receptive university leadership that was open to collaborating with students to develop forward thinking and ambitious goals together,” St. Clair said. “The students demanded it because they’re probably learning in the classrooms about all of the sustainability-related problems and looking around their campus wondering why the same environmentally destructive practices are being used on their own campuses.” The UC Sustainable Practices Policy states that the UC pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emission to 1990 levels, purchase at least 20... ...

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CD Review: Chromatics

Artist: Chromatics Album: Killing for Love Label: Italians Do It Better Rating: 4 If others are anything like me, they might have first heard the Chromatics during the opening scene of Drive (2011), arguably one of the most engaging opening sequences from any film ever. In that scene, they provide the “Tick of the Clock,” a thuddingly simple and rhythmic song loaded with a rare kind of intensity, emanating cool and a style forging toward the cinematic. Their album, Kill for Love, is made less of that cinematic electronic type. It is, instead of the vocalized, quasi-pop orientation, mostly electronic, partially everything else. Their influences appear to range everywhere from the hypermodern to, broadly speaking, the ‘80s. That is not to say, of course, that the album lacks a design. On the contrary: While it exudes a variety that might be confused as scattered, there is an aesthetic union overall which is a type of melancholic perturbation in regards to, what else, love. At times, M83 is recalled in their... ...

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Student fashion show focuses on sustainability on Friday

UC Davis is renowned for its dedication to sustainability, and this includes all aspects of campus life — including fashion. The Student Fashion Association will be presenting its annual charity fashion show, Bloom: Sustaining the Lifestyle, Friday evening with a focus on sustainability and environmental consciousness. “UC Davis is known for its commitment to sustainability through environmental, economic and societal spheres, so carrying through the environmentally friendly theme seemed appropriate,” said first-year Chelsea Dass, an anthropology major and SFA club member. “Fashion is something that is always changing, always inventing new trends, and sustainability is in itself an ever-growing trend.” The event encourages designers to show what they think sustainability means, whether through the use of organic dyes and fabrics, upcycling second-hand clothing or reusing materials that are non-biodegradable, such as plastic bags. Each designer is asked to create a minimum of four looks. “We hope to show other meanings of sustainability through the fashion show as well,” said sophomore Nicky Lei, a textiles and clothing major and SFA historian.... ...

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Women’s Tennis Preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. UC Irvine; vs. San Jose State Records: Aggies 7-11 (3-2), Anteaters 13-5 (5-1), Spartans 13-4 Where: Marya Welch Tennis Center When: Saturday at 11 a.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. Who to Watch: Junior Lauren Curry has been one of the most reliable players in the Aggies’ lineup this year. “[Curry] is incredibly consistent and has a great work ethic and attitude,” Coach Bill Maze said. The Walnut Creek, Calif. native has won three straight matches and has scraped out 10 victories this season in the No. 4 singles slot. Did you know? It is not uncommon to see players’ parents take on a dual role as coach. But how often do you play against your parent’s team? Junior Ellie Edles is an Aggie through and through but may have created a house divided when she committed to UC Davis three years ago. Her father has been the coach of the Anteaters for 15 years, and his alliances will be tested when Edles and the Aggies face off with... ...

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Column: No-Chella, but actually

As Coachellers head down to Southern California comparing coachy playlists, swapping meaningful concert stories and contemplating which drugs will elicit the most authentic experience, I’ll be at home representing the delegation of unpopular opinions and disliking music festivals. While music festivals aren’t a new phenomenon, in the last 10 years there’s been an increase in attendance, media coverage and the quality of performers. Festivals used to be primarily for rock acts, but today’s lineups feature artists from across the musical spectrum. Today, it wouldn’t be weird for The RZA to follow Joanna Newsom on stage after a Crystal Castles live set (I’d actually be way down for this). Furthermore, these festivals gain widespread attention through the use of social media, blogs and vocal college students who think an overpriced ticket for one bad sunburn will make them a purveyor of youth music and culture. Okay, that was harsh, but let me break it down. I’m an avid music fan and follower of everyone from The Boss to The Bo$$ and... ...

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Editorial: Findings finally released

On Wednesday, the results of the Reynoso Task Report were released to the public. The report was jarring and provided much-needed information about the pepper spray incident on Nov. 18. The most disturbing part of this report was the administration’s failure to communicate with and understand students. The report provides examples that suggest the administration did not and does not understand the needs of the students. We don’t merely recommend that this change; we demand it. The report suggested that administrators had no real evidence to back up their concern that there were outside agitators involved in the tents on campus. Administrators cited this issue as a main reason for removing the tents, showing that the removal of the tents was completely unnecessary and the entire pepper spray incident could have been avoided. The report clearly outlined the incompetence of the UC Davis Police Department. It was clear that there was a blatant lack of communication among the officers and the police chief, with evidence showing that officers disobeyed orders.... ...

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Meet the dean of Asian American journalism

“American pop culture is stupid. It takes Jeremy Lin to make the media go hog wild.” These are the words of famed civil rights journalist K.W. Lee on the New York Knicks point guard. Lee, a Korean American, is not impressed with his fellow Asian American’s rise to fame in both the Asian community and the sports arena. As the first Asian immigrant to work for mainstream daily publications in the U.S., Lee has not only brought attention to such social issues as the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, but his work in the field of investigative journalism helped to organize one of the earliest pan-Asian American movements. Kyung Won Lee was born June 1, 1928 in south central Kaesong, North Korea amid the Japanese colonization of Korea. As a student, Lee experienced what he refers to as “Japanization.” His high school was known for extreme hazing. “What blacks experienced in the Deep South with integration into Jim Crow schools was a summer picnic compared to my high school... ...

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