Interdisciplinary research in School of Veterinary Medicine

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) is the only veterinary school in the UC system and is one of only two veterinary schools in California. Due in part to this unique status, the SVM incorporates a very large scope of diversity in its educational, research and animal and public health-related programs. One of the SVM’s programs is the Wildlife Health Center, which is located on South Campus. The center’s activities reach all the way up and down the West Coast, from tracking mountain lions in Southern California, to rescuing and treating marine wildlife affected by oil spills in California, to conducting research in the Puget Sound/Georgia Basin area in Washington State. “We’re the umbrella under which dozens of faculty who have a research interest in non-domestic animal health, whether that’s clinical medicine or disease in free-ranging populations or wildlife conservation [work],” explained Kristen Gilardi, an SVM adjunct professor and senior staff member at the center. Wildlife Health Center personnel are also involved, as part of the Gorilla Doctors... ...

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CD Review: 50 Cent

Artist: 50 Cent Album: The Lost Tape Rating: 4 On May 22, 50 Cent, who hasn’t come out with an album in many years, released his new album which is a mixtape called The Lost Tape. The sound of this album is very similar to his old sounds in other albums, but he does have different beats and includes artists such as Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Jeremih in some of his songs. This album sounds as if it’s something that 50 Cent put all his effort in and is definitely less commercialized-sounding than his previous albums. According to allhiphop.com, 50 Cent said the freedom from concerns of sales and business has helped him produce music closer to his heart. “I have new ideas, so my passion for making the music hasn’t gone anywhere. That’s why I’m making music for free. The mixtape is for free unless DJ Drama is getting some paper I don’t know about. I need a piece of that paper,” 50 Cent said. “It’s not about the... ...

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Campus Chic

Jeanna Gindi, fifth-year computer science majorThe Aggie: What are you wearing? Gindi: “My pants and shirt are both Free People. My shoes are Dolce Vita. The bag is Madewell and my sunglasses are Chloe.” How did you decide what to wear today? “I tried on a few options. I pretty much look in my closet.” Where do you find inspiration? “From anything. I definitely look around and see what other people are wearing. I shop online and look at blogs.” What’s your favorite item in your closet? “I would say probably a really good pair of jean cutoff shorts. I have a pair that I would wear everyday if I could.” STEPHANIE B. NGUYEN can be reached at campus@theaggie.org. ...

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Aggie Digest

Baseball Senior catcher Scott Kalush, junior third-baseman Paul Politi and sophomore designated hitter/first baseman Nick Lynch were named to the Big West Conference second team this week. Kalush played in all but three of UC Davis’ 57 games this season, hitting .240 with five home runs, tied with fellow senior David Popkins for a team high. Politi was a clutch performer for the Aggies this season, recording a walk-off home run against Pacific and a walk-off single against Cal Poly. The Los Gatos, Calif. native led UC Davis with a .345 batting average and 32 RBI. Lynch was a strong power hitter for the Aggies. Playing primarily as a designated hitter, Lynch hit .303 with four home runs on the season in just 40 starts. Senior starting pitcher Anthony Kubpens was also named a Big West honorable mention. The south-paw went 5-4 this season with a 2.46 ERA. Overall the Aggies tallied a record of 27-30 this season — nine wins above their 2011 mark of 18-36. — Trevor Cramer ...

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Statistics show slowdown in burglary trend

Though Davis experienced somewhat of an influx in residential burglaries earlier this year, Lt. Paul Doroshov of the Davis Police Department (DPD) says the numbers have mostly returned to normal. January saw a total of 11 residential burglaries. In February, the total spiked to 30; in March, 21; and in April back to 20. What do these numbers mean? According to Doroshov, February and March were considered a spike, but April’s numbers are consistent with the number of burglaries reported the previous year. Doroshov explained a couple of likely causes of the spike. “That’s during the period of time in which we had a couple of burglaries going on,” Doroshov said. “One was Kyle Frank, in which he was primarily taking prescription drugs.” Frank, a 37-year-old man from Placerville, was arrested by the DPD on March 29 when they responded to a call from a 12-year-old boy who was in the house while the burglary was taking place, stated the press release from the DPD. Updates on Frank’s case are... ...

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Letter to the Editor: Response to “Groundskeepers”

My interest was piqued when I saw the front page article, “Groundskeepers speak about their heritage” last week. I was dismayed to see the article go off topic with misleading information. I want to dispel the idea that most of our five laborers are illiterate. To begin with, the reading and writing skill levels are not pertinent to the performance of their daily tasks or the great work they do in keeping the campus grounds safe and looking good. Regardless, one has his degree and was a teacher, one has a degree in horticulture and another teaches youth about the Bible. One creates name plaques with wood for friends and customers while the last laborer’s writing and reading skills are quite sufficient. They have their forklift certificates, regularly attend safety and equipment training classes and are keenly attentive in their tasks to insure the safety of themselves and all students and staff on campus. Degrees are not required for the classifications in our department though many have furthered their education... ...

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Column: Skrillex and life

During a recent car ride I engaged in the cultural experience that is listening to the entire Skrillex set from ULTRA 2012. I’ve learned that it’s not polite to request a song-change when you’re not driving and have yet to contribute gas money; also, my friend who was driving needed to listen to something upbeat to stay awake, so I kept my mouth shut. It was an opportunity to participate in a cultural experience that a large portion of my generation seems to subscribe to — at least that’s how I reconciled my life for that next hour and change. But as the set started with some yelling, I had to admit to the rest of the car that I had never really listened to Skrillex for more than a song or two, even though I hate on him and his fans on a semi-regular basis on multiple social media platforms. I have developed a hatred toward Skrillex because the outlets around me have already decided that he is the... ...

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Letter to the Editor: Foster youth programs

During the month of May, the members of Yolo County California Youth Connection would like to commemorate Foster Care Awareness Month by sharing their experiences in the foster care system. Their stories aim to highlight the important role every community member can play to support youth who find themselves in foster care. While some youths’ experiences are negative, others’ are positive thanks to members of the community who step up to address the needs of foster youth. We are California Youth Connection (CYC), whose early lives have been influenced in many ways by the adults around us. CYC is a statewide organization, made up of current and former foster youth ages 14 to 24, empowering foster youth to create and reform the policies that affect them. The Yolo Chapter was established in 2011 and is currently working to improve the accessibility of local resources in Yolo County for foster youth. Additionally, they established a new student organization, Aggies Empowering Foster Youth (AEFY). AEFY’s members are students, staff, faculty and other community members... ...

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CD Review: Beach House

Artist: Beach House Album: Bloom Rating: 4.8 Beach House’s new album, Bloom, starts with the sound of the wind and the scent of summer or maybe flowers in bloom in the spring. It is always lifting, falling, bedazzled and growing toward something magnificent in its breadth. It is epic without being epic. It is haunting without the overt. It is melancholic and hopeful all at once. Not unlike Radiohead, who tends to favor an emotional framework over a lyrical continuity, Beach House blurs its sounds toward the abstract realm of emotion. Their songs are lulls that become feelings and feelings that become color before the eye. And again, like Radiohead, they are not easily parodied in their style. Their music seems to originate and flow from somewhere very close to home. There is no middle man — only the feeling that their sound is overflowing straight from the wells of the soul. Some people really are born to make music. Many of the best bands seem to do everything at... ...

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Davis Dirt’s Street Food Rodeo brings unique treats to Davis

Do you enjoy food? Or music? What about both at the same time? Can you handle that concept? This weekend, folks at The Davis Dirt will put on the Street Food Rodeo, which will take place Friday, June 1 from 4 to 10 p.m. on 6th and G street. Nine food vendors will be serving their own fresh-cooked and affordable culinary creations, five local bands will be playing reggae, folk and jazz and there will be opportunities for rodeo-themed face painting. Best of all, admission will be free. “We are anticipating a crowd of at least a thousand people,” said Annie Meckstorck, one of the co-founders and editors of The Davis Dirt, a monthly publication that brings news of local music, food and art events to the community. “We know the town wants good food. This is a way for us to bring something delicious to Davis to benefit a good cause.” The proceeds from the event will go toward the Davis School Garden Program which aims to educate youth... ...

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12th Annual Davis Film Festival

Editor’s Note: On Wednesday and Thursday night (May 23 and 24), The Davis Varsity Theatre presented the Department of Theatre and Dance’s 12th Annual UC Davis Film Festival, produced in association with UC Davis Cinema and Technocultural Studies and co-sponsored by Art Studio. MUSE sent two reporters to review both nights. Here’s their account of the experience: Day 1: On Wednesday night at the Varsity Theater, The 12th Annual Davis Film Festival premiered, showing off the work of Davis locals and student filmmakers. The festival began with “Not Alone” by Kirby Araullo, a more-than-meets the eye short “documentary” about a Filipino immigrant struggling to situate his identity within a university setting. The film begins with shaky cam footage of Davis life, narrated with subtitles — establishing an endearing and effective sense of authenticity in frame. The film is, in its ultimate duration, an effective portrait of finding oneself, and love, in an alien setting (as bizarre as it is to think of Davis as alien). Also of particular note was... ...

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Measure D under debate

The maintenance and improvement of parks in the City of Davis remains a possibility after the debate about Measure D, which took place on May 22. The upcoming 2012 Davis City Council elections will decide the fate of the measure which, according to city-officiated text, “extends for six years the existing Parks Maintenance Tax of $49 per year of residential units and on non-residential units in amounts specified in the Ordinance, to fund maintenance of parks, street trees, greenbelts, bike paths, medians, public landscaping, urban wildlife and habitat, swimming pools and recreational facilities.” Davis parks make up a large portion of the city and activities that take place within it. Measure D, or the Parks Maintenance Tax, which was first approved in 1998, has provided much of the funding to upkeep, improve and expand the Davis parks that have become so integral to the community. The special Measure D tax has acquired two prior passages, which have kept it intact since its origination 14 years ago. It was approved by... ...

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Letter to the Editor

Dear UC Davis Community, The student organization Students for Justice for Palestine dedicated the week of May 7, 2012 through May 11, 2012 as Palestine Awareness Week. On the same week, on May 7, 2012, another student organization, Aggies For Israel, released a statement endorsing the US-Israel relationship. This endorsement included many Associated Students of the University of California, Davis (ASUCD) representatives’ names and titles, stating their support of the statement’s message. My name, Rebecca Sterling, and my title, ASUCD President, both appeared on the statement. However, I will make no statement of my personal beliefs or my position on the issues of the Middle East. An inherent result of the elected title I hold is that it is my primary responsibility to represent my position and not my personal opinions. I am writing to express my disappointment in the use of the ASUCD titles in this statement. It is strictly against our Association’s policy for any representative to use their title for political endorsements. As such, I would like... ...

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Arts Week

THEATRE/MONDAVI and the snow fell softly on all the living and the dead… Tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday, June 3 at 2 p.m. 8 p.m., general $17/$19, students, children & seniors $12/$14 Main Theatre, Wright Hall The UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance presents a two-part production by Granada Artist-in-Residence Ellen Bromberg and a celebration of the work of Professor Della Davidson. Through choreography and performances by her longtime collaborators, this show includes visual elements that play a large role in a meditative environment. Spring Theatre Festival: Dinner Tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) Wyatt Pavillion, free The Dead Arts Society presents Dinner: A New Play by John Malin. This comedy features lies, secrets, infidelity, twelve ridiculous characters and a whole bunch of cutlery. Watch as a nice family dinner goes horribly wrong. University Chorus and the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra Friday, June 1 at 7 p.m. $17 (general)/$8 (student) Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center The UC Davis Department of Music presents the... ...

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and the snow fell softly on all the living and the dead…

Tonight through Sunday the two-part production of and the snow fell softly on all the living and the dead… will take place at Wright Hall’s Main Theatre. The production is a series of choreography and performances arranged by Granada Artist-in-Residence Ellen Bromberg and also serves as a tribute to longtime UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance professor Della Davidson, who succumbed to breast cancer this past March. The production was originally envisioned as a staged installation by Davidson and Bromberg, with the intention of partnering with Kegan Marling and various dancers. However, due to Davidson’s unfortunate passing, the second half of the evening will celebrate Davidson’s vast collection of works and will even include a film by members of the Sideshow Physical Theatre and members of the Bay Area dance community. The Aggie interviewed Bromberg and Marling for more information about the deeply emotional and the snow fell softly on all the living and the dead… and how the memory of Professor Davidson was incorporated into the work. MUSE:... ...

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