Student says Davis police used unnecessary force during arrest

UC Davis undergraduate Tatiana Bush is alleging police brutality in the case of the Tasering of her male friend, UC Davis student and mentee, by the Davis Police Department (DPD). Police said they used a Taser on the male subject, who asked to remain unnamed in this article, after he repeatedly resisted arrest during an alleged fight between Bush and him on May 23 at Glacier Point Apartments in West Davis. Bush, a fifth-year political science and sociology double major, acted as an ASUCD senator from 2010 to 2011. She is the student director for the African Diaspora Cultivating Education (ACE) and served on the Reynoso Task Force, which evaluated university policies in regard to the Nov. 18 pepper spraying incident. Bush said she and the male subject weren’t fighting, but rather were having an emotional discussion. She also said the DPD two-day delay of a press release on the incident is very telling of what occurred that night, as she said it contained fabrications of the truth. The investigation... ...

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Column: This was a triumph

In the past 10 weeks I have hopefully managed to convince you not only that hitting life’s snooze button to be a graduate student is pretty awesome, but also that I myself am a reliable source of information about it all. The truth is that my experience is atypical, though in a good way. I have a wonderful advisor, a fascinating project and a handy fellowship that have made my time here run unusually smoothly. That’s good for you! So much of the media about being a grad student is negative, that I think my positive take on things is needed. Therefore, for those of you who are still eager to one day pursue a post-baccalaureate degree, below is my advice on how to get into grad school. Why should you trust what I have to say? Because all the advice here is advice I did not follow, but should have. Disclosure time: I actually made a lot of mistakes when applying to graduate school, and I pretty much did... ...

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Column: Here we go

I graduated from Davis a year ago after finishing my Super-Senior year. I spent my last nine months as a student in ballet class, a comedy course I completed twice before and a couple of musicals. I fell into this slump of laziness where work didn’t matter. Why would I show up for class if it’s over already? Also, I went to about eight-and-a-half classes my last year so I’m surprised I was even given my diploma. Also, I still haven’t picked up my diploma. See? Lazy. I was tripped out by the fear of the next step. The uncertainty of how everything is supposed to turn out makes you cling on to the familiar. A part of me still wants nothing more than to have DC swipes and the ability to bike wherever I please at the drop of a hat. But as cool as we’d like to think Ryan Reynolds was in Van Wilder, we’re poorly mistaken. Appreciate the last couple of weeks, don’t forget the memories and... ...

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West Nile virus mosquitoes found in Davis and surrounding areas

Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus (WNV) were found in Davis a few weeks ago. The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District (SAYO) confirmed that they found two mosquito samples infected with the virus and two dead birds, in addition to many more found in the Sacramento County. SAYO conducts surveillance for mosquitoes infected with WNV and other diseases weekly throughout each year. They have found the virus in both the Yolo and Sacramento counties since its invasion in 2004. However, the activity has been detected earlier than usual this year. “A [greater than] 5-year period since the previous outbreak has allowed bird immunity to dissipate and corvid [crow, magpie and scrub-jay] populations to rebound. A warm winter, March rains and now warm weather have combined to provide conditions suitable for virus amplification,” said William Reisen, research epidemiologist at the Center for Vectorborne Diseases in Davis, in an e-mail interview. “The SAYO surveillance program tests lots [pools] of mosquitoes and dead birds reported by the public, and have discovered and... ...

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Farmers Market Vendor of the Week: Joe Gotelli & Sons Cherries

Since the ripe age of 5, Shelby Gotelli has been helping her mother sell her family’s cherries at farmers markets, attracting customers with her little cherry dress and standing up on crates to talk to customers. Today, Gotelli comes home from Pepperdine University for the summers to run her family’s cherry stand at the Davis Farmers Market, and has a different entity doing the advertising: Harry the cherry man, a six-foot-plus UC Davis student who wears a mini apron and insists they grew him that tall to pick the cherries. The folks who run the Joe Gotelli & Sons cherry stand are just a handful of personalities that make up the Davis Farmers Market, each adding a charm to the product and reminding Davis locals why they return to buy their groceries directly from the growers each week. The Aggie sat down with Shelby Gotelli and her mother, Missy, to get an inside perspective on the specialty cherry business. The product Aggie: What types of cherries do you sell? Shelby: We... ...

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Sports Biomechanics Lab coming to a close on bicycle research project

Researchers at UC Davis have been studying and experimenting with the human-bike relationship through two different bike models in the hope of designing a more efficient bike. Two years ago the Sports Biomechanics Lab was given a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for its proposed bicycle research. The grant was received in October of 2009 with a no-cost extension to continue the research until October of this year. The lab is focusing its research on human control of a bike. “There’s been bicycle research in the department on and off for the past few years,” said mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Dr. Ronald Hess, who is one of two professors overseeing the project. “It turned out to be a neat project.” In the vehicular realm, bicycles can be considered very unique modes of transportation. Bicycles, unlike cars or airplanes, only make up 20 percent of the mass in the human-vehicle relationship. Another distinctive facet of the vehicle is that a human has to use nearly all of... ...

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The Davis Senior Center offers activities to everyone

Every first and third Friday of the month, the Davis Senior Center (DSC) is filled with the sound of music from its biweekly event called the Dance and Jam Session. The event is made up of community members in a band called “Music from the Back Room.” “It is for people who want to come and listen to music or to dance,” said Alisa Fisher, program coordinator of the DSC. “They change up the music all the time, but it’s pretty much big band music from the ’30s and ’40s.” The number of participants range between 15 and 20 seniors, Fisher said. In addition to the Dance and Jam Session, there are many opportunities for members to take part in exercise classes, art classes, dance classes and other recreational projects. Among the recreational activities are Nintendo Wii tournaments which happen every Wednesday, and oil and acrylic painting. “The City of Davis Community Services Department provides a variety of programs and services which help strengthen our community image and create a... ...

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News-in-brief: Serial peeper on the prowl

The Davis Police Department (DPD) is on the lookout for an exhibitionistic peeper. In the past two weeks, there have been two reported incidents around Davis, predominantly in North Davis. In addition, DPD’s crime analysis unit has determined the current peeping suspect may be related to peeping incidents that occurred in March. The most recent incidents occurred on May 23 and May 31, at the 1500 block of H Street and at 609 Alvarado Ave., respectively. In both cases, the suspect was witnessed exposing himself to the victims. The suspect is described as a Hispanic or Middle Eastern male, 30 to 40 years old and about 5-foot-11 with a stocky build. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and baggy clothing. He is also known to target female victims by knocking on their windows and exposing himself. The DPD recommends anyone who suspects prowling activity to dial 9-1-1 immediately. — Claire Tan ...

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Editorial: Robinson-Edley report

Following the protests across UC campuses in November, UC President Mark Yudof commissioned a report, called the Robinson-Edley report, to make recommendations to facilitate free speech while maintaining the health and safety of those involved. A draft of the report has been released to allow the UC community to provide comments until June 8 to strengthen the report’s recommendations. Beginning with the Free Speech movement in the ’60s, free speech and civil disobedience have been intertwined with UC history and culture. To ensure the free flow of ideas we must take every step possible to protect our right to free speech. We must not give up this chance; this is a rare opportunity for us to give input on policies that will directly apply to us. We have the means to shape the administration within our reach. With the State’s decreasing financial investment in higher education, protests and civil disobedience will only happen with increasing frequency. Whether you choose to protest or not, the administration’s response affects everyone — we... ...

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Social network for UC system launches this week

UCMeTalk, a social network designed specifically for students, alumni and staff members of the UC system, is slated to launch this week. The project, which is founded and operated by students, is intended to be used as a tool for past and present students and faculty members who wish to expand their professional network. In order to cater to users looking to expand their pool of professional contacts, the website utilizes a video interface system which promotes more personalized interaction. Project Manager Nazir Katbi likened the video interface system to that of the popular website Chatroulette. Users will be paired at random to speak with other users who are online at the same time. However, this video match-up is not entirely randomized. According to Katbi, there are filters which can be activated to narrow the results of the pairing process. Most importantly, users can filter the results of the match-up process based on both their major and their university. “Basically, it’s good for meeting like-minded students within the UC system... ...

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Police briefs

THURSDAY Old issues keep coming up A man needed advice because his roommate threw up on him on Fifth Street. FRIDAY Czech yourself Someone destroyed a real ID they thought was fake at Little Prague on G Street. Even creepers are eco-friendly A person washing clothes received a text saying not to wash them on Buckeye Lane. Party rocking A group of intoxicated people were throwing rocks on Shasta Drive. SUNDAY Band-huh? A loud band was marching down the road for unknown reasons on Los Robles Street. Maybe there was a hole in one Someone put golf tees under car tires on Koso Street. Police briefs are compiled from the City of Davis daily crime bulletins. TRACY HARRIS reminds you to continue to behave in inappropriate but amusing ways in the coming year. Thanks, Aggies! ...

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Column: Service and sacrifice

A “New American Century” is a phrase often heard bandied about by both the Obama and Romney campaigns. What it entails is somewhat vague, but it is not difficult to guess the contours of such an idea. A New American Century would involve global dominance with regards to the economy, military and the standard of living. Such a century would be an affirmation of our highest vanity and deepest ego — to be the biggest, baddest kid on the block, the readily acknowledged king of the global jungle. Well, too bad that is probably not going to happen. I am moving onto shaky ground here theoretically, but I believe that the reason for the coming Great American Decline has to do with a loss of the American ideal of service to others and sacrifice for the collective good. Here, you might sputter rather irritatedly that, well, of course America is going to be number one forever and ever, Amen. To believe otherwise is to be almost heretical in thought. After all,... ...

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Editorial: Street food

Last week, a variety of food trucks graced Davis during The Davis Dirt’s Street Food Rodeo. This amalgamation of new food options and local band performances made for quite a popular display. Not only did this event present a marvelous opportunity to take a break from the usual midday meal, but it also served a purpose: to raise money for a well-deserved cause, the Davis School Garden Program. On top of that, the efforts also addressed eco-friendly concerns, ensuring that the participants and vendors both stayed true to Davis’ green ways. After attending the successful event, it is clear that food trucks are desired by students and could be profitable for the University. Fundraisers similar to the recent Street Food Rodeo can be organized to raise money for a specific cause or foundation. For example, ASUCD could bring a food truck event to campus, which would bring in extra money for its services while providing students with alternate lunch options. It is true that food trucks have begun to make... ...

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ICC’s Countdown to Summer!

Spring quarter is nearly over and this is the final installment of the Internship and Career Center’s Countdown to Summer. We hope you have been able to take advantage of our tips for landing a job or internship. If you want more assistance, we have a special set of workshops and a plethora of other resources still available! The ICC will be hosting Hire Me Academy, a special conference-style event for graduating seniors who are unable to focus on a job search until coursework is finished or for continuing students looking for an internship. We’ve designed Hire Me Academy to allow students to focus their attention on their job/internship search. The conference will include workshops on the critical issues associated with looking for a job/internship that includes sessions entitled “Know Yourself/Promote Yourself,” “Resume & Cover Letter Writing” and “Conquering Job Search Stress, Interviewing & Negotiating.” Visit the ICC website, icc.ucdavis.edu, for a detailed schedule. You are not required to stay for every workshop offered during the academy; choose those most... ...

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Guest stop: Yes on 29

Today is election day. The June ballot in California this year isn’t terribly exciting; rest assured, Barack Obama will be the Democratic nominee for President. But there is Proposition 29. Prop 29 imposes a $1.00 tax on cigarette packs. Thus, financially, it affects only those who smoke, and nobody else. California currently ranks 33rd in the nation in its tobacco tax (at just 87 cents), and hasn’t raised its tax in 13 years. Sometimes arguments crumble under the weight of statistics, but it would do a disservice to everyone not to include a few below. To start, 88 percent of addicted smokers begin before they reach the age of 18. If Prop 29 passes, a projected 228,000 California kids won’t become addicted adult smokers. If Prop 29 passes, 22,000 smoking-affected births will be avoided in California over the next five years. If Prop 29 passes, $735 million will be raised to spend on cancer research and tobacco prevention in the state of California. These funds will be allocated by a... ...

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