Campus Chic

The Aggie: What are you wearing? Yang: “My skirt and necklace are from Forever 21, and my flatforms were a birthday gift from my friends. They’re from Go Jane.” How did you decide what to wear today? “I woke up twenty minutes before class, so I just threw this on. It’s just a bunch of my favorite items in one outfit.” Where do you find inspiration? “Other people, especially my friends — they’re all really stylish. And I look at fashion blogs, too.” What’s your favorite item in your closet? “I recently thrifted a pair of red shorts that I dip-dyed and then studded. I really like them. It was a good DIY project.” STEPHANIE B. NGUYEN can be reached at campus@theaggie.org. ...

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Honorable Mention

Kayleigh Foley has dominated the lanes of Schaal Aquatics Center during her four years as a member of the UC Davis women’s swimming and diving team. Foley has never ended a season without claiming at least one Conference Championship title. As a freshman she anchored the 800-yard freestyle relay squad that earned the Big West title and set a new school record for the event with a time of 7:20.23. The Pleasanton, Calif. native repeated the performance as a sophomore when the Aggies transitioned over to their current conference, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. She also brought home victories in the 100-yard freestyle and the 400-yard relay medley. As a junior she hauled in five conference championships, including repeat triumphs in the 100-yard free, the 400-yard relay medley and the 800-yard free relay. Foley also earned titles in the 50-yard free and the 400-yard free relay as well. Foley rounded out her senior year by earning four more conference championships. She excelled in the 200-yard freestyle where she set a... ...

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Senior Betsy Sedlak will go down as one of the greatest players in UC Davis volleyball history. As one of just two seniors on a team that went 21-10 this season, Sedlak was hailed by her coach and her teammates as a vital team leader. In just three years as an Aggie after transferring from Oregon, Sedlak set the UC Davis record for career attack percentage at .336 and tallied 393 career blocks, good for second in school history. In 2011 Sedlak led the team with a .321 hitting percentage, while netting 261 kills and 124 blocks. The Pleasanton, Calif. native took two Big West Conference Player of the Week awards this season, and her accomplishments netted her Big West first team recognition for the second year in a row. — Trevor Cramer ...

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Honorable Mention

Demi Runas performed the way she was expected to this season. Which is to say, she was exceptional. The junior has been the most consistent performer for the UC Davis women’s golf team in her three years here. It is no coincidence that the Aggies have won the Big West Conference Championship each of her three years here. Runas ended her impressive year as the No. 50-ranked player in the nation, putting together a season that garnered her a second straight Big West Player of the Year award. A victory at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic with a five-under-par to open the season marked Runas’ first collegiate title of her career. Her second would come a couple months later, when she seized the PING/ASU Invitational. The Torrance, Calif. native had four top-five finishes on the year to lead UC Davis, who will look forward to seeing what Runas can do in her final season with the Aggies next year. — Matthew Yuen ...

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Honorable Mention

In a program with as rich a history as the UC Davis women’s basketball team, it is difficult to accomplish anything that hasn’t been done before. Yet senior Samantha Meggison had a career with the Aggies that can truly be described as unprecedented. Meggison came to UC Davis in the midst of the transition from Division II to Division I and took everything in stride. From the start, she gained playing time, and after four years, now stands as UC Davis’s all-time career-games-played leader. The senior led the team in total rebounds and points, with 149 and 323, respectively, this past season. Her stance on UC Davis’ top-10 all-time steals list completes her profile of the ultimate all-around player. Meggison was awarded All-Big West Conference first team honors for her performance this year, which was an embodiment of an illustrious career with the Aggies. — Matthew Yuen ...

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Team of the Year

Coming off a Big West Conference title and the loss of two key seniors in 2010-11, the Aggies did not miss a beat as they entered the 2011-12 season. UC Davis opened its season with a first-place finish in the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic in September, and followed that up with second place at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. Overall the Aggies won a total of three tournaments in the 2011-12 season and finished in the top three of three more. UC Davis golfers also finished in the top five on 10 different occasions as individuals. “It’s all about hard work and competition,” said head coach Anne Walker. The Aggies were consistent in their play throughout the season, and they completed their campaign with their third straight Big West Championship, as they beat out UC Irvine by the sizeable margin of 13 strokes. UC Davis then made its way to the NCAA Regional, where it finished 12th. Overall the Aggies finished the 2011-2012 season ranked 23rd in the National Golf Coaches... ...

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Male Athlete of the Year

After four seasons as the starter, senior Kevin Peat departs UC Davis men’s water polo as arguably the best goalkeeper in history. The Walnut Creek, Calif. native saved his best season for last, finishing the year with a school-record 335 saves. He became just the third Aggie to surpass the 1,000-save milestone, amassing 1,011 stops over the course of his career. “He is like a coach on the field and calls his own plays,” said head coach Steve Doten. “He is not only reliable in the cage, but in the weight room, the classroom and the locker room. He is a great teammate and leader. Not having the team captain and one of the best goalies in UC Davis history will be the biggest change in 2012.” Peat’s biggest performance of the season came in the Western Water Polo Association Conference Tournament, against the four-time defending champions, Loyola Marymount. He put the team on his shoulders with a 17-save performance, leading the Aggies to an upset in triple overtime. “I’m... ...

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News-in-Brief: Dan Wolk, Lucas Frerichs and Brett Lee win Davis City Council election

The Yolo County Elections Office recently released the results from Tuesday’s City of Davis General Municipal and Special Election. The election of three members to City Council for a term of four years each and Measure D, the Park Maintenance Tax Extension, were on the ballot.Incumbent Dan Wolk dominated the race with 8,708 votes, or 29.1 percent. Newcomers Lucas Frerichs and Brett Lee came in after with 5,827 votes, or 19.5 percent, and 5,368 votes, or 17.9 percent, respectively. Incumbent Sue Greenwald received 5,138 votes, or 17.2 percent, and Stephen Souza received 4,880 votes, or 16.3 percent. Of the 33,355 registered voters in Davis, 12,645, or 37.9 percent, voted. — Claire Tan ...

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Third annual Davis Shakespeare Festival

Starting June 14, Davis Shakespeare Ensemble will be presenting Shakespeare’s Henry V. Directed by Rob Salas, this show will take place at the UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo. For the first time in Davis Shakespeare Ensemble history, the shows will also be shown in Sacramento. “Henry V will be our first production to ever branch out to Sacramento,” said Katie Goehring, associate producer of Davis Shakespeare Ensemble. Not only will Davisites be able to enjoy this play about one of England’s legendary kings but, this year, Sacramento residents won’t have to leave their city to enjoy Shakespeare’s Henry V. “The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble is a non-profit organization whose focus is to fill a hole present in the city of Davis,” Goehring said. This year marks a year of change for the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, that, for the first time, held auditions for other people not involved in the group. “This is the first year the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble has been trying to get more people involved,” Goehring said. They currently have... ...

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News-in-brief: Committee to present report on alleged breach of academic freedom tomorrow

UC Davis medical school professor Michael Wilkes was informed that he would be removed as professor of a program that taught better patient care, and support for the Hungarian student exchange program that he led would be cancelled, after he wrote an op-ed for The San Francisco Chronicle that questioned the efficacy of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening tests. The op-ed was published Sept. 30, 2010, days after faculty members at the University were involved in an event that promoted the test. According to Inside Higher Ed, which investigated the situation, Wilkes was told that he would be removed as the director of global health for the UC Davis Health System and also received letters from the health system counsel, stating that the school could sue him for defamation. Wilkes filed a written complaint to the UC Davis Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility, and the committee found allegations of intimidation and harassment to be true. The committee investigated, drafted a report and have asked officials at the UC Davis School... ...

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Commencement 2012 looks back and ahead

UC Davis will celebrate its graduates with 13 commencements from May 17 to June 17. The theme of history will certainly run a bloodline through this year’s speeches, as both students and professionals think about how UC Davis can connect to its past and future. Kathryn Hempstead, a College of Letters and Sciences (L&S) commencement speaker this year, columnist for The Aggie and senior sociology major, wants us to remember Socrates and his sage words when thinking about how extraordinary a place Davis is. “I’m pretty sure Socrates said, ‘The unexamined life is not worth living,’ and while it’s not generally a goal of mine to live by the precepts of dead Greek guys, I think that the purpose of a grad speech is to do a bit of examining and a bit of inspiring. So I hope very much I live up to my own expectations,” Hempstead said. Aaron Heuckroth, one of two College of Biological Sciences (CBS) speakers and winner of the 2012 CBS College Medal, may not... ...

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Column: To recap

This is actually the last column of the year, so I guess you can say I have the last word, or I guess I could say. My goal this past quarter has been to provide my readers with valuable insight into the things we find entertaining. I’ve always believed pop culture can be talked about in a smart way because the things that we use to entertain ourselves often reveal something important about our society. Because there are just so many things that I didn’t have a chance to cover, I wanted to use this last column as an opportunity to provide some tips, and tell you what to care about and look out for in your dealings with pop culture in the future. You should care about the representation of women in popular culture. Don’t laugh at thoughtless, dumb sexist jokes; instead, point out stereotyped roles that women play in commercials to your relatives. Don’t be on #teambreezy; don’t buy his albums and try as best you can not... ...

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Explore the nooks and crannies of Yolo County this summer

As summer seeps into Davis, almost the entire campus population is gearing up to head home and not come back until September. But what about the ones who are sticking around, working in the area and looking for things to do during the summer in Yolo County? There are so many nooks and crannies in the area offering one-of-a-kind entertainment, especially during the summer. More importantly, the history of Yolo County is so intertwined with these activities that one is also bound to learn something new while having fun. For starters, the Sacramento River Train has been conducting murder mysteries, romantic sunset dinners, relaxed Sunday brunches and the old west Great Train Robberies since 2005. “A train is a great venue for a Murder Mystery show,” said Chris Hart, president of the Sierra Railroad Dinner Train. “The show is a fun, sometimes over-the-top whodunnit where you try to figure out who killed who.  And while this fun show takes place in your car, you are served a delicious three-course dinner... ...

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Editorial: Davis Police

A UC Davis student was Tasered by Davis City Police, May 23, for allegedly resisting a police arrest when confronted during a verbal altercation between himself and friend Tatiana Bush. The police attempted to detain the male subject in the car, who, according to a police press release, broke free of his handcuffs and punched the officer in the face. Bush also inserted herself between police and her friend, which resulted in her being detained against a police car which said lead to large bruises and a concussion. It is unsettling when police officials, who have sworn to “serve and protect” citizens, continue to act inappropriately in seemingly harmless situations. After the notorious incident of November 18, we should be wary of any event that brings about police involvement, especially since many a time it appears unwarranted. The attempt to arrest the male student later led to the summoning of a grand total of nine police cars. This was unnecessary, considering both students involved were unarmed. It seems as though... ...

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Column: Out of California

“When are you leaving?” Nowadays that’s the most common question you hear at exchange students’ get-togethers. We’re going home very soon and everyone’s freaking out. If you thought it was bad two months ago when I started writing this column, imagine what’s happening now. So how are we coping? Mostly by doing all the things we like to do together: socializing, dancing, eating, watching movies. There are also other things to worry about: planning last trips, all our stuff fitting into our suitcases, selling stuff that has accumulated throughout the year. And finals, of course! But there’s always someone to remind us that something is our last this or last that. You know, just to keep things in perspective. In three weeks I’ll be back home in Lithuania. No more biking home at night from pool parties, ice cream from Baskin Robbins, sunbathing on the Quad and studying at the Student Community Center. And just like that there will be no more California while those who made it that much... ...

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