Column: The legitimate rape

According to Todd Akin, Republican representative from Missouri, rape does not result in pregnancy. He also says that his views are different from those of his opponent who “supports abortion.” Mr. Akin, not only have your statements offended the vast majority of the population of this country, but you have flaunted your ignorance and embodied everything that is wrong with religiously based political campaigns. This is a science column, not a political column, so instead of filling the lines with political rants and party favoritism, this column will use science and fact to, in essence, show everyone why Akin is wrong.  Akin is wrong about rape and pregnancy, and he is wrong about abortion. In a reality-based world where scientific inquiry means progress and knowledge, it is just as important to prove what is wrong as it is to prove what is right. Our society puts up with a fair amount of conspiracy theories, supernatural beliefs and outdated ways of thinking. With the abundance of papers being published and research... ...

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In review: ‘Pitch Perfect’

All it took was 10 seconds into the trailer for me to immediately know I would have to see “Pitch Perfect.” It’s in my nature to watch anything that revolves around singing and competition, or is led by funny women. But after “Bridesmaids” this year, I didn’t know if comical genius could even be reproduced — especially when one Rebel Wilson, the ridiculous roommate to Kristen Wiig, plays a similarly outrageous character. With leads such as Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow, this movie could easily pass off as a funny but unmemorable flick. It isn’t until the full cast list is completely explored that special talents are revealed. One of the supporting actresses actually wrote Katy Perry’s “Firework,” as well as songs for Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson. The main man was part of the original Broadway cast of “Spring Awakening” with Lea Michele from “Glee.” And for the less peppy, Adam DeVine from “Workaholics” plays a similarly crude character. Scroll a little bit more into the IMDb.com... ...

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Steve Wozniak to appear at Mondavi Center

Steve Wozniak, legendary Apple co-founder and personal computer guru, virtually single-handedly designed the hardware system for the world’s first user-friendly home computer, the Apple I, and later the Apple II. Wozniak is coming to speak at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis at 8 p.m. on Oct. 29, 2012. Wozniak has been invited to come as part of the UC Davis College of Engineering’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. “Wozniak’s record – past achievement and future anticipation, innovation and entrepreneurism, application of theory and practice – meshes very well with the College of Engineering’s mission and character,” said Enrique Lavernia, the dean of the UC Davis College of Engineering. After the initial intensive period of developing Apple, first as a start-up venture and then as a burgeoning corporation, Wozniak shifted his attention to volunteering in schools in his local community of Los Gatos, Calif. in Silicon Valley. He has become critical of many aspects of today’s formal K-12 education system. “We define intelligence almost as being non-creative in many ways,” said Wozniak,... ...

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Police Briefs

WEDNESDAY Parkour and recreation Someone was running through the neighborhood jumping over fences yard-to-yard and yelling on Cork Place.FRIDAY But the show must go on Someone has been coming into a business asking to live in the “showroom” on Pena Drive. Weeding Rainbow A person was riding a bike through the neighborhood saying he was working with the schools to plant dandelions on Menlo Drive. SATURDAY Flew off the handle Someone tried to pull off a door handle on Albany Avenue.SUNDAY Took the name literally Several people have been urinating, turning off the power switch and loitering throughout the night at the rear of Our House Restaurant on Second Street.Roommate screening A woman was having a problem with her male roommates watching her from outside her bedroom on Drew Circle. Police briefs are compiled from the City of Davis daily crime bulletins. Contact EINAT GILBOA at city@theaggie.org. ...

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Men’s soccer season kicks off

The UC Davis men’s soccer team kicked off their season to a solid start last Saturday against Chico State. The Aggies tied Chico State 1-1 in double overtime in an exhibition match. Sophomore Ramon Martin del Campo put away the Aggies’ only goal of the game while freshman Kris Schultz came up with three saves as the UC Davis men’s soccer team fought Chico State to a 1-1 draw on Saturday at Aggie Soccer Field. The Wildcats struck first in the double overtime draw when Tyson Crim’s header off a cross from Micah Miranda found the upper left corner of the goal to give Chico State a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute. In the 78th minute, the Wildcats almost scored the go-ahead goal, but freshman Kirk Kappelhoff came up with a huge save for UC Davis. Tyson Crim’s attempt was wide and cleared out by an Aggie defender. As the first overtime period came to an end, Aguiar fired a shot from 25 yards out and nearly found the... ...

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News in Brief: UC Davis Police Association censures police chief’s decision to fire Pike

An Aug. 21 letter from the Executive Board of the UC Davis Police Officer Association to the UC Board of Regents asserted that former campus police officer Lt. John Pike should not have been fired. Pike, who was involved in the Nov. 18 pepper spraying of UC Davis protesters, was dismissed July 31 by newly appointed police chief, Matthew Carmichael, according to documents obtained by The Sacramento Bee. The documents show that Carmichael disregarded an internal affairs investigation, which found that Pike acted within reason during the protest. The open letter explains that while the the regents support Carmichael, they believe he should have complied with the investigation findings, which recommended no more than a demotion or suspension for Pike. It also states that the Board is in agreement with the Reynoso, KROLL and Robinson-Edley reports, which alleged mistakes were made “at the administrative level.” “To this day, not one University Administrator has been demoted or terminated due to their decisions, which placed our police officers and the students of... ...

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UC Davis law student to participate in Climate Ride California

Beginning from the Redwood Empire near Eureka, UC Davis third-year law student Michael Murza will endure a five-day, 320-mile bike tour from Sept. 9 to 13 before crossing the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge in the final leg of Climate Ride California. “I have chosen to participate in Climate Ride California because it is one of the best opportunities to raise money and awareness for the important issues of sustainability and renewable energy,” Murza said in an e-mail. “Furthermore, I have joined the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) team, to whom 60 percent of my donations will go, because I truly believe in their mission.” EDF’s mission, according to Murza, is to focus on market-based solutions to societal and environmental issues. EDF’s site mentions the organization is guided by science and economics when it comes to discovering long-term solutions to protecting the environment. “By using market forces to drive responsible environmental policy and behavior, EDF is dedicated to growing our economy while concurrently protecting our Earth,” Murza said. As a law... ...

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Farmers Market Vendor of the Week: Lloyd’s Organic Produce

Lloyd Johnson of Lloyd’s Organic Produce has been part of the local Davis Farmers Market for the past 16 years, regardless of the pouring rains and oven-like summer heat that Davis is famous for. Local residents refer to him as Lloyd the Farmer. Though he sells a variety of organic produce, Johnson’s specialty is tomatoes. Originally from Illinois, Johnson’s childhood dream was to be a farmer. He admitted that a major reason for why he wanted to be a farmer at such a young age was because he was inspired by the scenes of real-life farmers working on their fields near where he lived. He liked how dedicated they were but he wasn’t able to cultivate his dream into reality until his forties. “It’s hard to get started as a farmer right away,” Johnson said. The Aggie was able to get a quick interview from Johnson as he interacted with the numerous customers that flocked to his stand. Aggie: What did you do before you became a farmer? Lloyd: I... ...

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Talking with the stars

If you go to former Davis resident David Johnson’s Twitter page, everything looks normal, apart from one thing. His occupation is listed as “Jay-Z’s Penpal,” in reference to the superstar rapper. “People just want to be heard and understood,” Johnson said. “I just wanted validation that what I was doing was on the right track.” After networking with various people, including his wife and celebrity photographer Jessica Johnson, Johnson found Jay’s e-mail address. Using a legal e-mail tracker, Johnson can see if and when his e-mails have been opened. Johnson has been e-mailing the celebrity since 2010 and the tracker confirms that Jay has opened Johnson’s messages. He has not only opened the e-mails, but re-opened them, quite possibly due to the material he has sent. Johnson does not forward chain letters, send cute cat videos, or even try to ask the celebrity questions. Rather, he sends poems, song lyrics and essays on race. “I think it’s pretty inspirational that this guy can be persistent and influence Jay-Z,” said Chris... ...

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Local winery raises money for ag community families

Founded by Chip and Lynne Sundstrom in 2007, the Esperanza Rising Foundation has given hope to families of farmworkers living in subpar conditions by donating all of its profits to the agriculture community in the Delano School District outside Bakersfield. “My dad has always loved agriculture,” said Marketing Director Molly Sundstrom. “He got his bachelors degree [in plant science] from UC Davis back in the ‘70s, and went on to get a Ph.D. and was a professor.” After teaching at Louisiana State University for a period of time, Chip relocated to Davis in the ‘90s, working at the state seed certification center at UC Davis. “He ended up leaving Davis and started his own consulting firm, doing a lot of work in the Central Valley,” Molly said. “That’s when he basically began to realize a lot of the agriculture workers weren’t receiving any benefits.” Molly said it bothered Chip to see the living conditions that some of the migrant agriculture workers were in. “So we thought it’d be really nice... ...

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News in Brief: Measure seeks to reduce student-police confrontation for CSU

Assemblymember Marty Block has introduced a measure that would mandate California State University (CSU) Trustees to designate a senior administrator as a liaison between students exercising rights guaranteed by the First Amendment and campus officials to improve safety and communication. This would, in turn, reduce the likelihood of violent confrontation, according to a statement by Block. The bill stems from recommendations like the Reynoso and Robinson-Edley Reports, which investigated the Nov. 18 pepper spraying of student demonstrators and UC campus administrative and police policies, respectively. The measure was approved on a 72-1 vote on Aug. 22 and will be added to the Education Code. According to the act, subsequent to its amendment on June 21, existing law prohibits UC Regents, CSU Trustees and the governing board of a community college district from creating or enforcing rules that subject students to disciplinary action based solely on speech or communication that is protected by United States and California Constitutional rights. The bill was drafted for purposes of promoting peaceful campus demonstrations, according... ...

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Coming to a kitchen near you…

The California Aggie wants to make you hungry. Starting this fall, we’re bringing you our first-ever food blog. We’ll have all your Davis food news in one place, plus reviews and fearless recipe-testers aimed at inspiring you to cook outside the box. Interested in joining us? We’re recruiting a staff of food bloggers and are open to all or most ideas (yes, even that side-by-side comparison of vegan bacon varieties). Email editor@theaggie.org. ...

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For the artistically inclined

While we’re proud of MUSE and all the campus arts news, local entertainment reviews and commentary it brings you, sometimes we wish we had a lot more space. Just in Davis, there are way more events worth writing about. And internationally, there are so many films, albums and artists we’d love to recommend. Enter The California Aggie’s first artistically inclined blog, an offshoot of MUSE. Want to contribute? Email arts@theaggie.org. ...

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Supreme Court to revisit affirmative action in university admissions

The United States Supreme Court will be revisiting affirmative action this October in the case Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). On Aug. 13, University of California President Mark Yudof, alongside 10 University of California chancellors, submitted an amicus curiae brief, literally meaning “friend of the court brief,”  to the Supreme Court in support of the University of Texas in Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin. The plaintiff in the case, Abigail Fisher, graduated in the top 12 percent of her high school class and filed a lawsuit against the University after being denied acceptance, due to its selection of students not admitted under the Top Ten Percent Plan. Under the Texas Top Ten Percent plan, an alleged race-neutral rule, students graduating in the top 10 percent of their respective high school classes are automatically admitted to the Texas State University system, Austin included. The plan aims to increase the diversity of the student body enrolling in Texas colleges and universities, according to the... ...

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Middle Class Scholarship passes in state assembly

The  California State Assembly passed the Middle Class Scholarship bill with a bipartisan vote of 54-25 on Aug. 13. The approval of Assembly Bill 1500 by the Assembly symbolizes a big step closer toward higher education affordability for California’s middle class students. The Middle Class Scholarship is geared toward helping students from middle class families with an income of up to $150,000 reduce tuition fees by two-thirds. “Anytime you can get a bipartisan two-person vote, that clearly shows that there’s a lot of amends for the bill. We’re very encouraged by the efforts of student groups all over the state, including at UC Davis, who have been very strong in terms of helping us get the word out and get support built up for the Middle Class Scholarship,” said John Vigna, spokesperson to California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez. “We just essentially need to keep the pressure and make sure that a handful of senators who need to pass the bill do the right thing and vote ‘yes.’” According to... ...

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