Unite Women protest brings hundreds to State Capitol

Hundreds gathered in Sacramento on April 28 as part of a nationwide demonstration to stand up for women’s rights and pursuit of equality. The protest was targeted at recent legislation participants said would set women’s progress back after decades of development. “The amazing thing about the event is that it’s happening in every single state,” said Unite Women Media Representative Suzy Silvestre. “Republicans are denying this is happening, yet they are implementing bills that influence women and our lives.” “The GOP has written nearly 1,000 pieces of legislation just in this last year, all of them designed to set women’s rights back 40 or more years,” said Susan McMillan Emry, founder of Rock the Slut Vote (RTSV) United, in e-mail. RTSV is a small group aimed at fighting the GOP’s efforts against women. The organization tabled at Saturday’s rally, providing a place for people to get up and talk as well as implementing its own awareness campaign. RSTV also raffled off $500 college scholarships in a drawing dubbed “Rush Limbaugh... ...

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News-in-brief: Work It! Week begins today

Health, Education and Promotion (HEP)’s first physical activity campaign, called “Work It!” Week, begins today and lasts until Friday. Held in honor of Physical Activity Month, which runs through the month of May, Work It! Week encourages students to get a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day. For a complete list of events, visit shcs.ucdavis.edu/workit. Monday “Work it!” Week Kick Off 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. MU Patio/Quad Kick off “Work it!” Week with 10 minutes of fun activities and earn a T-shirt, pick up a free flying disc and get a workout band, too. “10+10+10” How to Fit It In Workshop 12:15 to 1 p.m. Group Exercise Studio at the ARC Learn how to get the most out of your 30 minute workout. Personal trainers will teach you effective 10 minute workouts involving cardio and weights that you can split up and add into your life three times a day. Wednesday Jeopardy: Physical Activity Edition! Noon to 1 p.m. MU Patio How many calories do you burn... ...

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Column: Drawsome

It was high noon on Picnic Day and there we were: strewn about the living room, escaping the sweltering heat outside. Those who weren’t watching the Sharks lose to St. Louis were fully invested in their phones, smirking as they dragged their fingertips across the screen, giggling at horrendous drawings. I was among them and I have no shame. We were playing Draw Something and we were loving it. The addictive mobile Pictionary-esque game has exploded since its debut a couple months ago — thanks to its appeal to users of all ages and artistic abilities. Draw Something is certainly a bright spot in a sea of copycat apps and naysayers. Its refreshing uniqueness is a reminder that not all hope is lost in a sector that seems to have hit a dead end. There are a handful of tech reporters spreading apocalyptic visions of a doomed industry whose glory days, they claim, are far behind it. Their writings contend that innovation on the web and in mobile have reached... ...

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Column: Keep on Walker-ing

If you follow sports on the UC Davis campus, it’s probably hard for you to wrap your mind around the idea the in the near future an Aggie team could contend for a national title. With all of the struggles in football and men’s basketball — not to mention the disappointing end to the women’s basketball season — it’s easy to get lost in the negatives that seems to surround major sports on the UC Davis campus. Maybe it is fitting, in this sense, that the Aggies’ most likely title contenders never play on the campus at all. After taking its third straight Big West Conference title last week, the UC Davis Women’s Golf team is setting its sights on yet another NCAA Regional appearance — and if a few things fall in their favor, a spot in the NCAA Championship Tournament. With a team ranked 22nd in the nation, it is easy to say that the Aggies are a long-shot at best, and to be fair, they are by... ...

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Aggie Cash to be a meal plan requirement

Class of 2016 first-year students are in for a significant change in the Dining Commons meal plan options for the upcoming 2012-13 academic year. Meal plans will now include Aggie Cash, a supplemental cash plan to the regular “swipes” meal plan, which can be utilized at convenience stores located on campus, the Silo, and participating restaurants and businesses in downtown Davis. “By adding Aggie Cash to the meal plans, this will allow the students more flexibility with their meal plan. Currently we have 50 percent of our students purchasing Aggie Cash,” said Director of the Office of Student Development Branden Petitt. Purchases with Aggie Cash are both tax-free and said to be discounted by 10 percent off the purchase price. “We are hearing from our students that they like the ability to have Aggie Cash available to spend as they are on or off campus and just cannot get back to the dining commons for meals. They like the fact that they can use it on campus to grab a... ...

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UC Davis falls to rival

Losing to Sacramento State is never fun, but UC Davis’ bus still carried a lot of winners back over the Causeway Friday night. Although the Hornets topped the Aggies in points, UC Davis’ men and women claimed nine event wins apiece during the Causeway Classic Track and Field Duals. The women were bested 102-86 but juniors Kayla Carter and Melanise Chapman managed to produce some highlights for Aggie fans. Carter blazed through the 100m hurdles, finishing first with a time of 13.6s. She followed that up with another first place performance in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:00.73 — good for third in UC Davis history. Sophomore Kellie Grigg joined Carter in the 400m hurdles and the two combined for a 1-2 Aggie finish. As usual, the Aggies could depend on senior Sarah Sumpter to walk away with an award. She dominated the 3,000m for UC Davis, finishing in a time of 9:33.40 which beat former Aggie Kim Conley’s meet record by 12s. The feat also earned Sumpter... ...

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Government sues publishers, Amazon lowers prices

In mid-April, the Justice Department sued five major book-publishing companies on antitrust charges for allegedly colluding to raise e-book prices. Simultaneously, Amazon.com announced it would lower its e-book prices, pushing major titles from $14.99 to $9.99. The government’s decision has put Amazon in a position of power; the company, which already controls 60 percent of the e-book market, may now be able to set the prices for e-books. Three of the charged publishers, the Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins, have already agreed to a settlement that will most likely overturn their pricing model. Macmillan and Penguin Group USA, were also named in the suit but have not settled yet. Members of the book world are worried about the potential consequences of the settlement. Publishers and booksellers argue that any victory consumers might gain from Amazon’s lowered prices will be short-lived and that the eventual effect of the antitrust suit will be to exchange a perceived monopoly for a real one. Amazon, already the dominant force in the... ...

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News-in-brief: Davis Dozen arraignment moved to May 10

The arraignment of 11 students and one professor who allegedly initiated the closing of U.S. Bank on the university campus has been continued to May 10. On Friday, over 50 people were present for the arraignment at Yolo County Superior Court in Woodland. Due of the size of the courtroom, about half could not gain access to it. Many supporters of Occupy UC Davis wore shirts that read “Free the Davis Dozen.” The group is being charged with over 20 counts of obstructing movement in a public place, which is grounds for up to six months in prison, as well as conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of one year. According to the Yolo County District Attorney’s office a plea deal will be offered. Should they plead guilty they would receive a sentence of 80 hours of community service. In a press release issued Friday, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and Provost Ralph J. Hexter said the University is adhering to their obligation to ensure that the rights... ...

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Senate Briefs

ASUCD Senate meetings are scheduled to begin Thursdays at 6:10 p.m. Times listed are according to the clock at the April 26 meeting location, the Memorial Union’s Mee Room. The ASUCD president is not required to attend senate meetings. Meeting called to order at 6:14 p.m. Rebecca Sterling, ASUCD president, late, left early at 8 p.m. Yena Bae, ASUCD vice president, present Kabir Kapur, ASUCD senator, present Jared Crisologo-Smith, ASUCD senator, present Bradley Bottoms, ASUCD senator, present Justin Goss, ASUCD senator, present Anni Kimball, ASUCD senator, present Paul Min, ASUCD senator, present Don Gilbert, ASUCD senator, present Joyce Han, ASUCD senator, present Erica Padgett, ASUCD senator, present Beatriz Anguiano, ASUCD senator, present Patrick Sheehan, ASUCD senator, pro tempore, present Yara Zokaie, ASUCD senator, present Presentations Emily Koruin, Raka Ray, Suzanne Lewis and Ricardo Barajas were confirmed to the Gender and Sexualities Commission. Bihter Ozedirne was confirmed as Lobby Corps Director. Lauren Menz was confirmed as University Affairs Director. Consideration of old legislation Senate Bill 101, authored by Goss, co-authored by... ...

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UC Davis ends season with a blowout

The UC Davis Lacrosse team’s last game had no bearing on the outcome of this season, but they still put forth an impressive effort. The Aggies were already deprived of a chance to play in the postseason when they lost to Stanford two games before. It seemed UC Davis had lost its edge when they were handed a disappointing loss by Fresno State. But the Aggies silenced its critics with a 24-10 blowout win over St. Mary’s. The 24 goals tied the record for the most goals scored in a single game in UC Davis history. Although the game was close in the beginning, the Aggies took a commanding 15-5 lead going into halftime after a 12-minute stretch where the team scored 10 goals. From there, UC Davis cruised through the second half and put up nine more goals before the final game of their season would come to a close. Junior attacker Elizabeth Datino put together a masterful performance, ending the game with eight assists and four goals. Her... ...

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“Work it!” brings exercise into the busy university student schedule

UC Davis’ Health Education and Promotion center (HEP) is kicking off a week long physical activity campaign today entitled “Work it!”. The campaign is trying to promote the idea that being physically active does not exclusively entail becoming a gym rat or running an ultra-marathon. “Work it!” is encouraging students to adopt a 30-minute workout a day that can broke up into 10-minute bouts. “We’re showing that you don’t have to be in a gym setting to get some kind of physical activity in,” said senior exercise biology major and Wellness Student Assistant at HEP Jerrico Crisologo. “We want to bring a chill approach to it.” HEP focuses on disseminating information to students that pertains to nutrition, physical activity, sexual health, wellness, stress management, and alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues. They also manage the mobile Love Lab, a safe party website, and host health-centered jeopardy at group functions. “It’s been in the making for a few years,” Crisologo said about “Work it!”. After taking numerous student surveys and having focus groups, HEP concluded that there was a serious problem of... ...

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Column: Case of the stupids

You may remember my column from a few weeks ago, in which I mentioned the fact that it’s spring. Well, it’s still spring. And I’ve noticed that among our age cohort, spring seems to bring out certain … ahem … behaviors. Don’t be coy, reader. You know what I’m talking about. Just check out the Quad on a sunny day and you’ll see clumps of canoodling couples — the air around them positively glowing with puppy love. It’s disgusting. It’s adorable. It’s dist-orable. Ah yes, love. Amour, amore, al-hubb, or as my nana once called it, “a case of the stupids.” But what is it, exactly? Everybody likes to be in love, but people in love are too caught up to think critically about what they’re feeling and the rest of us losers are too busy with our Star Trek and herb gardening to care. It’s not so easy, therefore, to immediately define the darn thing. But some scientists somewhere managed to find time in between falling in and out... ...

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Whole Earth Festival volunteers patrol the karma

When volunteering for a festival, there are the standard tasks that need to be done, such as parking, food service, as well as helping to set up and tear down the festival’s activities. But what does it mean to be in the Whole Earth Festival (WEF)’s volunteer group called the Karma Patrol? “I think there are three types of festival-goers,” said Willee Roberts, a senior international relations major and co-director of Karma Patrol. “There are festival-goers that enjoy the festivities for a few hours, there are those that take a couple days completely submerging themselves in all that the festival offers and then there’s Karma Patrol.” The Karma Patrol holds meetings to train volunteers every Wednesday leading up to WEF. The next meeting will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Zinfandel Lounge at the Experimental College. It is at these meetings that old and new Karma Patrollers of all ages get to know each other through bonding games and interactive informational discussions about various events and positions, as... ...

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