Column: You’re my person

Nothing stays the same after we leave college. There’s more time for naps, we can drink coffee at Peet’s and enjoy the weather instead of staring face-down at illegible notes, and we can read for pleasure instead of doing it out of fear of public humiliation from our English professor. I, on a more annoying hand, was blindsided by how abruptly my friendships changed. We used to be tied by metaphorical umbilical cords and now I’m lucky if I know what part of the country they’re in. It’s pretty jarring when that familiarity is taken away. Our BFFs and BFFLs and BF4Es might not last as long as we thought. I categorize friendships into three groups now: friends who will be at my wedding, those who are just attending and those not invited. And don’t tell me I’m the only one who’s planned this out in their head super early. Single people can make preparations too. We already know who belongs in each category: co-workers and the people from high... ...

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Police Briefs: Picnic Day edition

SATURDAY True dedication People were shouting for everyone to start celebrating Picnic Day before sunrise on A Street. Safety in numbers Eighty people with open containers were walking down Oeste Drive. It was an emergency Someone called 9-1-1 to discuss which drinking games to play on Russell Boulevard. Wrong holiday Twenty people were allegedly smoking marijuana on Stanford Drive. Make (hard) lemonade A large group was on a roof throwing lemons at people walking by on Anderson Road. Just let it slide Someone was passed out on top of a play structure at a park on Danbury 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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Mixtape Society throws back to the ’90s

Think back to the good ol’ days when your music player didn’t come in various candy-colored shades, but in black and gray. Or when your songs weren’t listed alphabetically by artists’ last names but serendipitously started playing, and when your music didn’t have elaborate cover artwork but had to be labeled on a thin, white strip of tape with a Sharpie. The UC Davis Mixtape Society (UCDMS) realized many of us might be nostalgic for this former, arguably less convenient, age when sheer music, not medium, was of peak importance. UCDMS is a new student club that began in Fall Quarter for members to exchange mix CDs. Though the first few meetings may be bumpy, they promise that just like a fine wine, UCDMS will age well with time. The group meets monthly in Wellman 202, a large, sterile, white lecture hall that looks more suitable for an MCAT review session than a small, motley crew of the mashup-obsessed and hip-hop crazed. Every get-together has a theme — Halloween’s “Give... ...

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Roving Reporter

“I’m confident in Katehi’s ability to lead and I’m confident that she would do what she needs to do.” Hannah Holland-Moritz, sophomore biochemistry and molecular biology major “Not much should be done except open up more channels of communication between the administration and students.” Anthony Tavan, sophomore managerial economics major “I don’t know about anything specific, but the administration needs to do something after the report and not just let it go.” Aaron Fischman, recent graduate in political science “We need a third party to audit the protocols and policies of the administration and to look over what they do now. It’s harder to make changes from the inside, so we need help from outside.” Kevin Pelstring, sophomore economics and chemical and material sciences major “I think there is a line of necessary force and there needs to be a better way to manage the situation. Communication here would be a huge asset.” Justin Irwin, senior neurobiology, physiology and behavior major “I think they should encourage the students to let... ...

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Editorial: Preserve our parks

On July 1, 67 of California’s 278 state parks, beaches and historic sites will be closed. A budgetary move by Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration, the closures are a response to a cut of $22 million to the Department of Parks and Recreation. Announced last May, the proposal was at first largely ignored because it was such an illogical notion that it appeared to be more of a ploy to dramatize the state of the budget crisis than an actual productive course of action. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger tried to cut state parks in 2008, but abandoned the idea due to public outcry. Unfortunately, Gov. Brown does not seem to mind becoming the first governor to close parks. The supposed savings of $22 million is less than 1 percent of California’s $9.2 billion budget deficit. In fact, the state legislative analyst reports that closing some parks will cost the state more than it would cost to keep them open due to expenses involved in locking up buildings and storing museum artifacts.... ...

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Davis Tweetup delivers dose of networking to de Vere’s

Local Tweeps gathered for the first official Davis Tweetup this place Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event was hosted by de Vere’s Irish Pub, located at 217 E St. The Davis Tweetup is an ongoing project by Danielle DeBow and Blake Cooper. A Tweetup, which is a play on the word “meetup,” aims to bring together members of the community from all walks of life via the social networking service Twitter. According to DeBow, there are many Tweetups that are entirely business-oriented. Such Tweetups consist of business owners getting together to network and brainstorm strategies and ideas. Cooper and DeBow plan to take a different course with the Davis TweetUp. This Tweetup was the first event DeBow and Cooper jointly collaborated on, but there have been other Tweetups in the past. A Tweetup was hosted by Sacramento’s SacTweetUp when de Vere’s first opened its doors in Davis. 35 people were registered for Thursday’s event, but more were welcomed unregistered. DeBow, a UC Davis 2007 graduate, majored in communication... ...

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Lacrosse Preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. St. Mary’s Records: Aggies 5-10 (2-5); Gaels 3-11 (1-6) Where: Aggie Stadium When: Tuesday at 2 p.m. Who to watch: The first time the Aggies played St. Mary’s this year, junior Elizabeth Datino scored six goals and had three assists. Datino has been leading the Aggies as of late, tallying 15 points over the last three games. Datino’s strongest performance came against Stanford where she tallied nine points with five assists and four goals of her own. The Centennial, Colo. native also had three goals and an assist against Denver and seeks to continue her hot streak into the final game of the year. Did you know? UC Davis is playing St. Mary’s for the second time this season after a 16-13 victory earlier in the year. The Aggies have dominated St. Mary’s recently, winning their past eight matchups, but the contests aren’t as one-sided as they appear. Five of the victories were by less than three points. Preview: The UC Davis Lacrosse team has been struggling... ...

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Editorial: Proceed with caution

On Thursday, Interim Police Chief Matthew Carmichael was sworn in as the UC Davis police chief. Carmichael will hold the position for one year, after which UC Davis will release a national recruitment call for someone to permanently fill the position. Carmichael is taking on a difficult job. Former Police Chief Annette Spicuzza retired last Wednesday after five months of paid leave in the wake of the Nov. 18 pepper spraying of students. The relationship between the student body and the campus police force has soured since that event, particularly with the release of the Reynoso Task Force Report. “My top priority in the next few months is going to be rebuilding the relationship between the police and the campus community,” Carmichael said at the swearing-in ceremony. A new police chief is not a solution, but an opportunity to enact the solution. If Carmichael keeps his word that officers will be going into the student community to listen to our concerns, then this personnel change could be the beginning of... ...

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Column: Doctorate who?

Responses to my last column included “not as inappropriate as I expected” and “needs moar buttseks.” I’m going to ignore both of those comments (for now…) and write as per a suggestion I got from a reader earlier this spring. Today, my unconventional conventionalists, I bring you a Spotter’s Guide to Grad Students! A look at the weird and wonderful cast of characters you will meet on your journey toward your degree, whatever it may be. The Prisoner — Caught in a bad project (Google that phrase, now!), this student rarely leaves the lab, venturing out only for seminars and their allotted caffeine ration. Some are enslaved by their advisor’s draconian work ethic. For others, their research funding and lust for life are linked and both ran out after their first winter quarter. High risk of dropping out and becoming happy, healthy and successful. The Hipster — Grad student of lore and stereotype. Can often be seen reading poetry at the Beer Shoppe or TA-ing your “Bi-curious Malagasy Transcendentalism” class.... ...

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Goodwill makes plans to build new donation-only site in Davis

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors met on April 16 to discuss revoking their decision to endorse Goodwill’s use of public bonds to fund a new Davis donation site. On April 10, the board voted 5-1 to approve the building of Goodwill donation centers in West Sacramento and Davis. The board was asked to make a finding that the Goodwill center was in the public interest. If that finding had been made, Goodwill would have been eligible to issue tax-exempt bonds. The subsidy comes in the form of not charging taxes for financing, which means California taxpayers would be subsidizing that location. Supervisor Don Saylor requested reconsideration of the Davis location based on “unanswered questions about Goodwill’s operations,” said Supervisor Jim Provenza at the April 16 meeting. “It didn’t seem that proper notification had been made with the existing resale nonprofits in Davis,” Saylor said. “Right after the meeting on April 10, I talked with All Things Right & Relevant and the SPCA about what they thought might be the... ...

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Aggies gallop past Cal Poly

After losing possession of first place following last week’s series against Long Beach State, UC Davis, which holds a 18-25 (8-4) record, is now back in command and in the Big West Conference championship hunt. With two impressive shutout victories against the now-12-28 (4-8) Cal Poly Mustangs, the Aggies find themselves in a four-way tie for first place in the conference with nine Big West games left in the season. Starting freshman pitcher Justine Vela continued her extraordinary first-year campaign, totaling 19 strikeouts and allowing zero runs in her two weekend victories. Vela kept Cal Poly’s batters off balance all series long, surrendering only five hits in her 14 innings of work. In the Aggies’ loss, junior Jessica Thweatt also pitched well as she struck out seven and gave up only two earned runs in over four innings pitched. Unfortunately, the Mustangs would score three unearned runs in their 7-2 win, as four defensive errors crippled UC Davis. Saturday — UC Davis 4, Cal Poly 0 UC Davis got off... ...

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Aggies come up short

UC Davis won the first game of the weekend series against Big West Conference opponent UC Riverside with another strong pitching performance from senior starter Dayne Quist, improving his record to a perfect 6-0 on the year. Senior David Popkins hit his team-leading fourth home run of the season in Saturday’s game, but the Aggies gave up six unearned runs and their rally fell short. The Highlanders shut down the Aggie bats in the Sunday matchup for the series win. UC Davis drops to 14-20 overall and 3-6 in the Big West. Friday — UC Davis 7, UC Riverside 2 Senior Dayne Quist continued his season dominance with an eight-innings, 11-strikeouts performance in the series opener. Quist allowed two runs, only one of which was earned, en route to his second double-digit strikeout game of the season. He struck out five straight in the first and second innings alone. Seniors Eric Johnson and Scott Kalush led the Aggies offensively, each going 3-for-3 at the plate. UC Davis jumped out to... ...

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Nonprofit promotes partying with a purpose

A new way to support good causes is in town. Local nonprofit organization Reason to Party Sacramento will host a Spring Gala at 9 p.m. on April 27 at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg. The proceeds will go to Sacramento Splash. Sacramento Splash was chosen as the beneficiary for the spring gala because it met Reason to Party’s criteria. “We’re currently working with Sacramento Splash, which is a local nonprofit that helps children go outside and explore nature and learn about science,” said Katie Mattesich, a co-founder of Reason to Party Sacramento. “A lot of local school budgets have been slashed and there’s no longer an opportunity for students to go on field trips.” The theme of the gala will be Experience the Elements. Consisting of the fire, earth, water and wind elements, the gala will have different themed areas, including outdoor fire pits, fire throwers, an indoor art installation and aerialists. The event is limited to people age 21 and over. Tickets will be sold for $50, which... ...

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Column: (Yet another) arms race

The term “arms race” might seem a bit archaic at first glance. After all, the quest for bigger bombs and missiles with longer range was the mechanism that made MAD, or mutually assured destruction, a real possibility. Yet the notion of an arms race is not just an ancient relic, a throwback to a time when grade-schoolers practiced huddling under desks and the Commies were our arch-nemesis. The arms race is alive and well. Last week, India announced that it had successfully tested a missile with a range that put Shanghai within reach. Called the Angi V, it can hit targets in a 5,000 kilometer radius. Now why would India do this? One obvious reason is to establish a sense of parity with China. Now China has made no secret of its desire to become a major military power. In recent years, it has announced double-digit increases in military expenditures, tested advanced tactical jets and beefed up its navy. Whatever China’s intentions may be, they have India glancing warily at... ...

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News-in-brief: Campus radio station KDVS seeks funds

The annual KDVS 90.3 FM fundraiser started Monday and will continue through Sunday. An organization funded by ASUCD, local businesses and listeners, KDVS gets half its income from its audience. In order to provide the community with shows and programming, KDVS is asking for donations. Depending on the pledge amount, a thank-you gift consisting of music, books, shirts or DJ services is given in exchange. Cash, credit card and personal checks are accepted, and donations are tax-deductible. For more information, visit fundraiser.kdvs.org. Check out these events in order to contribute and support this nonprofit, student/volunteer-run, freeform and college/community radio station. Tuesday: Musik Quiz 9 p.m., donations encouraged Luigi’s Slice, 213 E St. Features special guests and surprises Wednesday: Fundraiser Night at Sophia’s 9 p.m., donations encouraged Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St. DJs Dogtones, Mr. Glass and more Thursday: Dance Party at Delta of Venus 9 p.m., $2-10 donations 122 B St. Mr. Glass, DJ Howard and eclectic DJs Friday: Show at Robot Rocket Residence  8 p.m., donations encouraged 633... ...

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