Happy to be home

The UC Davis baseball team’s weekend featured a doubleheader, a walk-off home run and stellar pitching as it took two of three from Big West Conference foe Pacific. The Aggies dropped a midweek clash in the Causeway matchup versus Sacramento State, but will have a chance to avenge the loss today in a rematch against the Hornets. UC Davis is now 13-18 overall and 2-4 in conference play. Wednesday — Sacramento State 11, UC Davis 4 Freshman Tino Lipson went 3-for-4 and junior Paul Politi and sophomore Nick Lynch contributed two hits each, but UC Davis could not convert and fell to its capital-city rivals. Trailing 8-1 in the top of the seventh, the Aggies made their move to get back in the game. Lynch led off with a single and advanced on a wild pitch. Senior Brett Morgan singled and senior Scott Kalush hit a sacrifice fly to score Lynch. Freshman Kevin Barker and junior Austin Logan hit back-to-back singles to score Morgan. Lipson hit a sacrifice fly to... ...

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Aggies cool down after hot conference start

120417_sp_SoftballRecap Edit: RT JC Notes: Headline: Aggies cool down after hot conference start Layercake: UC Davis wins one of three against Long Beach State   By DOUG BONHAM Aggie Sports Writer   Entering this weekend’s home series in sole possession of first place in the Big West Conference, UC Davis was slowed down by the great pitching of Long Beach State. Despite dropping the first two games of the series to the 18-21 (6-3) 49ers, the now-16-24 (6-3) UC Davis pulled out a big victory on Sunday to keep within one game of new conference leader University of Pacific. The series opener was plagued with defensive mistakes as four errors by the Aggies led to three unearned runs and a two-run loss to Long Beach State. UC Davis settled down after the opener, and the second game featured a fantastic battle with last year’s Big West Conference pitcher of the year, 49er Erin Jones-Wesley. The Long Beach State ace outlasted Aggie junior Jessica Thweatt in the 3-0 pitchers’ duel. The... ...

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UC Davis downed by Denver

The UC Davis lacrosse team had a chance to snap its three-game losing streak coming into Sunday’s game against Denver. Unfortunately for the Aggies, the Pioneers put together a second-half stretch that extended their losing streak to four games. The game was tied 9-9 early in the second half until Denver outscored the Aggies 7-1 over a nine-minute period. This put the game out of reach, and UC Davis suffered its third straight loss to a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponent. “We didn’t finish our shots and they finished theirs,” Coach Elaine Jones said. The Aggies started the game in a quick 5-2 hole before junior Elizabeth Datino scored one of her three goals to ignite the UC Davis comeback. The Aggies tied the game at 9-9 three minutes into the second half when freshman Elizabeth Landry had a nice goal off the assist from junior Anna Geissbuhler. From there Denver took over the game, going on a 7-1 streak during which Jenn Etzel scored three of the Pioneers’ goals.... ...

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Aggies sweep matches in strong weekend performance

With a surplus of close losses littered throughout its season, the UC Davis women’s tennis team appears to be figuring things out at the right time. Some tinkering with the doubles lineup brought about good results, as the Aggies took convincing wins over San Jose State University and Big West Conference foe UC Irvine. “Sometimes it takes a while to get the right team, and it would have been nice to figure it out earlier, but better late than never,” Coach Bill Maze said. UC Davis defeated the Anteaters by a 5-2 match score on Saturday and then downed the Spartans 6-1 on Sunday to improve its record to 9-11 and 4-2 in conference. Saturday — UC Davis 5, UC Irvine 2 The Aggies lost to UC Irvine in the first round of the Big West Tournament last year, but quickly showed why they have been ranked as high as No. 58 in the nation this season. UC Davis took down No. 66 UC Irvine by winning the doubles point... ...

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UC Davis Symphony Orchestra returns from tour of Spain

On Wednesday night, the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra returned from its long-awaited performance tour of Madrid, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona. The orchestra, made up of over 100 UC Davis students, affiliates and community members, drew as many as 2,000 audience members enthusiastic to see an American group play the works of Debussy, Schumann and Beethoven. Over the span of 10 days, the orchestra played four concerts in some of the largest and most beautiful halls in Spain, providing the group with a rare and extraordinary experience abroad. Under the direction of Professor Christian Baldini, the group performed, to persistently tumultuous applause, its repertoire of pieces it had been working to perfect since the beginning of Winter Quarter. “I am very proud to be the orchestra’s director. The students are highly committed, even though many of them are not music majors,” said Baldini, who said that his students’ dedication was one of the reasons he wanted to share their talents abroad. “It is very inspiring to me to work with them.... ...

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ICC’s Countdown to Summer!

Welcome to week three of the Internship and Career Center’s (ICC) Countdown to Summer!  Each week the ICC will highlight a task that will help you be prepared to land a job or internship by summer.  Breaking the process down to weekly tasks will make it less daunting and will yield success. Week 2: Attend the Spring Internship and Career Fair. Over 120 organizations are coming to recruit people who are clever enough to get into UC Davis and dedicated enough to complete the rigorous coursework here. In other words, they are looking for you!  Many students have been able to land a job through connections made at one of our Internship and Career Fairs. Here are some reasons you would benefit from going to the fair: Increase the chances of your resume being looked at.  When you submit a resume online, it doesn’t always get the attention it deserves.  At the Internship and Career Fair, you have an opportunity to physically hand your resume to someone who will either... ...

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Letter to the editor: Enough already

Surprisingly enough (to this formerly trusting alum, that is), the Kroll team did its job. Likewise, the Reynoso committee did its job. Now, it’s our turn — the UC Davis community’s turn. It’s time for us to step up, ignore distractions and diversions, excuses and apologies, scapegoats and fall guys, and draw the only conclusion that can be drawn: UC Davis is, and has been for nearly three years now, suffering from seriously and irresponsibly bad leadership, and it’s high time for that to change. These are challenging times, no question about it.  But they also present a tremendous opportunity for this great university to further distinguish itself as a principled leader. Yet it’s been abundantly clear for some time now that principles themselves have no place in the value system of this administration. Aside from a plethora of lip service about excellence and community, aside from the willingness and ability to cash obscenely large paychecks, the only thing this administration has proven itself really good at is dividing the... ...

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Letter to the editor: Reynoso report

If only the Chancellor had let the police stage the tent removal operation at 3 a.m. instead of 3 p.m., the result would not have involved pepper spray (nor international publicity, nor the need for a four-month-long study, nor costly legal battles yet uncounted). This is all very likely true. But is that the main problem with which we, the (infamous) campus community, ought to be most concerned? The background provided in the report makes one thing perfectly clear: The leadership team that was involved in the decision-making about the protest was specifically created because campus protests on this same issue had become frequent and repeated over several years.  The issue was something directly involving campus priorities. But the objectives of the team were to mitigate the impacts of the protests without apparently addressing the cause for the protest, the failure of the university to keep tuition from skyrocketing. 1) The main question not asked by the commission: Did the decision to remove the tents, per se, involve a violation... ...

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Editorial: Support needed

It’s no secret that the future of student newspapers is in flux. With new, easier ways for news to get out, fewer and fewer consumers are reliant on their morning paper. Along the same lines, advertisers are finding cheaper, more cost-efficient manners to promote their product than in a daily newspaper. With decreasing income, student-run newspapers are finding it harder and harder to keep up the same level of production while not sacrificing their editorial and financial independence. Newspapers, like The Aggie, have been forced to cut production by slashing pay and days of publication. One of the most visibly impacted college papers has been The Daily Californian from UC Berkeley. That paper is currently running a $200,000 budget deficit. In an attempt to cover this gap without sacrificing their financial and editorial independence, managers at The Daily Cal put a student referendum on the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) ballot, asking for a $2-per-semester student fee paid toward the newspaper. We applaud The Daily Cal for... ...

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Editorial: Unfair requests

The quarter-long project of the Winter Quarter Chicano/a Studies 171: Mural Workshop class was canceled. Set to be painted on the North Wall of the Student Community Center (SCC), this mural was created by the nine-student class led by Assistant Professor Maceo Montoya. Generalized figures were used to represent a diverse population of 32,000 UC Davis students and the goals of the SCC and its organizations. Created to deal with issues relevant to a variety of affiliations, this class took on a large responsibility. It’s nearly impossible to represent every single individual on our campus in a single mural. While essentially working with the SCC to produce pre-approved designs, this class also reached out to interview students and staff from organizations at the SCC to converse about experiences and themes pertinent to the development of the mural. While they realized that it’s impossible to embody the spectrum of the UC Davis student body, the students focused on creating universal images meant to reflect a spirit of openness, acceptance and appreciation.... ...

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Guest opinion: Perspective on protests from Spain

On Mar. 29, a general strike, or “Huelga General,” struck Spain with a historic and sobering dose of citywide solidarity. With 75 percent of flights grounded, a stopped public transportation system and police teams mobilizing in the city’s major plazas, Barcelona appeared to be preparing itself for a Zombie outbreak or coup d’etat. After following 2011’s Occupy Movement, and as a student from Davis in the recent aftermath of the pepper spray incident, I like to think that I’ve seen a lot regarding student protests and strikes, but the Spanish students’ protest of Mar. 29 really opened my eyes to the possibilities and inevitable hypocrisies of large-scale student protests, with the riot-like student assembly that ensued, here in Barcelona. Students at my host campus, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, blockaded entrances to the school in addition to vandalizing the majority of windows, walls and pretty much anything they could find. A physical assault on a faculty member was also reported in the days proceeding the general strike. My host university here in Barcelona has a reputation for being... ...

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Police Briefs

WEDNESDAY That’s why it’s a restroom Someone was sleeping in a public restroom on Research Park Drive. THURSDAY Dream car A man was passed out in a red Camaro on the side of the freeway near Mace Boulevard. Really hates Twilight A child was walking with a stake in in his hand on Loyola Drive. FRIDAY Shoot first, creep later Someone took a picture of the person sitting next to them in the library on East 14th Street. They should switch to Twitter A man was using a rifle to shoot pigeons for being loud on Matisse Street. Needs a back-up plan Someone was being harassed for doing a bad parking job 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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Column: Time for accountability

On Nov. 21, Linda Katehi stood before up to five thousand students and personally apologized for the events three days earlier. She struggled to hold back tears as she referenced memories from her own past, of the struggle in her home country of Greece during the ‘70s, of the morning when the military junta in power sent tanks to crush dissidents protesting the regime. It was a moving moment, a tribute to her personal past of activism and a gesture of common cause with the Occupy movement. Yet, Katehi completely reversed course the next evening during a town hall meeting. In the span of 24 hours, she went from a heartfelt apology to flat-out denial of responsibility for the greatest failure in protecting students in university history. “My instructions were for no arrests and no police force. I explicitly directed the chief of police that violence should be avoided at all costs,” she said unequivocally. With the release of the Reynoso report last week, the facts are finally coming out. In... ...

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New-in-brief: Armed Suspect Robs Radio Shack

On Sunday, the Davis Police Department (DPD) was dispatched to the 634 G St. Radio Shack around 6:45 p.m. in response to a report of an armed robbery. After a preliminary investigation, officers determined an unknown suspect entered the store, took out a handgun and demanded money and an Xbox 360 video game system. There were no injuries. The suspect fled on foot and proceeded northbound on G Street with an undisclosed amount of cash and the Xbox. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult, about 18 to 23 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 220 pounds and with brown eyes. The suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black sweatpants. He also had a black scarf wrapped around his neck. Davis Police Officers are still investigating the case. Anyone with more information is asked to contact the DPD at (530) 747-5400. — ANGELA SWARTZ   ...

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Column: Dat [Teaching] Ass[istant]

This wouldn’t be an Aggie column without at least one article on sex, so here it is! Those of you who know me personally probably saw this coming. Those of you who know me very personally have already seen … actually, I’m not going to finish that joke. Before their first years as teaching assistants (TAs), all graduate students attend an orientation covering the basics of teaching, grading and the myriad forms of plagiarism one can expect (we know what you did last midterm …). Of all the rules and regulations drilled into us (heh, drilled), one stood out in my mind: Under no circumstances is a teaching assistant to date or be in a relationship with a student in their class! Ever! It makes sense: Having your lover in your class is a conflict of interest, compromising your impartiality (heh, compromising). If the relationship occurred before the class starts, you must either break it up or find someone else to teach for you. If the relationship occurs during the class, however, you’re in... ...

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