Tuition to increase by $2,400 should Prop. 30 fail, Student Regent says

Student Regent Jonathan Stein and Student Regent-designate Cinthia Flores stopped by the UC Davis campus on Friday to speak about Proposition 30, a sales and income tax increase initiative on the Nov. 6 ballot. Prop. 30 would increase taxes on individuals with earnings over $250,000 for seven years and would implement a quarter-cent increase in sales tax for four years. Should the proposition pass, UC will receive money from the state legislature that would negate a fee increase for this year. If Prop. 30 fails, the university will not receive that money and students will see a $250 million cut. The failure of Prop. 30 will have an immediate impact on UC students, according to Jonathan Stein, Student Regent and UC Berkeley law and public policy student. “The administration has said that if they need to find $375 million, they will need a 20 percent fee increase by January; that is roughly an additional $2,400 for every UC student by the end of January 2013,” Stein said. Many No on... ...

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Opinion: First times

In life, we experience many things for the first time. A first kiss, a first date, a first relationship, a first love and so on. But as we go about hitting these primary milestones, we tend to get a little lost along the way. In a society built upon fairy tale endings, our desire for perfection often slows us down from reaching our goals in the time allotted. We’ve been taught through Disney Channel original movies that first times are supposed to be special, so we’ve created unrealistic expectations for our love lives. But does this hinder us rather than help us? When it comes to love, if we fail to meet these societal expectations, we’re often subject to the scrutiny of society because we haven’t hit a specific deadline yet. At age 16, we’re expected to have our first kiss, lest we be seen as abnormalities to the dating system. The same thing applies to virgins over 25 and unmarried people over 40. With all the time spent waiting... ...

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Aggies rise and fall in weekend women’s volleyball series

The Aggies started the weekend off with a bang, reaching a level of play that they had worked for all season in a satisfying three-game sweep of UC Irvine on Friday night. The attack was balanced, and the serves were hard and well placed in smothering the Anteaters. Perhaps the best part of Friday’s win was that every player contributed to the victory. Don’t look for inflated stats or standout players here, for the Aggies are at their best when they act as one cohesive unit. However, the smooth sailing came to an abrupt end as the waves from Long Beach State crashed hard over the Aggies’ deck. The Aggies fell to the visiting 49ers and dropped to third in the Big West Conference with a record of 7-6 in Big West play and 13-13 overall. With over 70 assists for the weekend, setter Jenny Woolway edged closer to UC Davis’ all-time assists record and her spot on the Aggies Wall of Fame. UC Davis will travel to Cal Poly... ...

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Opinion: Why be bad?

I just came back from some fetch quest, possibly with a can of dog food that’s highly valued in whatever apocalyptic world I’m visiting. I meet with the woman who gave me the quest and I have two options: I give her the can of dog food she asked me for and receive a small reward, or I kill her and feed my own dog. I’m an “evil” character in this playthrough, so I decide to kill her, keep the dog food and take the reward she promised me. Wait, what? Role-playing games (RPGs) have a long history and a large fanbase, and they are usually very large in scale. With all this going for them, it’s a wonder my only option after my 18th fetch quest from this same girl is to give up my hard-earned dog food, or kill her. That’s how these games work, though. You’re given the choice to be either a gallant hero or a violent menace in the cloak of a truly evil villain.... ...

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News in Brief: Buy gifts at the Holiday Craft Affair

The Davis Senior Center at 646 A St. will host the Holiday Craft Affair on Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Crafts such as wreaths, jewelry, candles and other items will be sold by over 25 local artisans. Entertainment and gift wrapping will be available. Free refreshments will also be provided by the Courtyard Healthcare Center. The event is free of charge. — Claire Tan ...

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Provost plants trees with students

As part of The Fall Weekend of Service, Ralph J. Hexter, provost and executive vice chancellor, planted trees with students at Tree Davis on Saturday at 9 a.m. The Fall Weekend of Service encourages students and faculty to volunteer for various large causes in the Davis, Woodland and Sacramento areas. A weekend of service is held every quarter by The Community Service Resource Center (CSRC) on campus, a branch of the Internship and Career Center (ICC). “[It’s] encouraging that someone so busy came out to help the community,” said Vina Nguyen, a first-year biological sciences major. Past volunteer locations have included Albert Einstein Residence Center, Davis Farm To School, Putah Creek Council and the Sacramento Public Library. “[You should] not just to live for yourself but live for others and impact on the future,” said Kathleen Furtado, a first-year animal science major. Furtado also said she thought that Hexter was “down to earth” and spoke with him about the proper way to plant trees. Tree Davis, located at Fourth and J... ...

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U.S. Green Building Council proposes LEED v4

In early November 2010, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) opened the first public comment period for its fourth version of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating program. Currently known as LEED v4, the proposed rating system was initially named LEED 2012. On June 4, President, CEO and Founding Chairperson of the USGBC Rick Fedrizzi said in a blog post that the council decided to push the ballot on LEED 2012 until June 1, 2013 due to the community stating they would like more time to consider and prepare for the proposed updates. Since then, the USGBC has held four public comment periods, with a fifth one in process from Oct. 2 to Dec. 10. According to the USGBC, the LEED rating program focuses on fostering the construction and management of green buildings. LEED-certified buildings use less energy, save money and reduce carbon footprints. “More than 49,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising 9.1 billion square feet of construction space... ...

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News in Brief: Sexual assault at Russell Park

On Oct. 30 at 4:10 p.m., a victim was walking through Russell Park from work when a male subject on a bike rode up from behind. The victim moved out of the way to allow the biker to pass. Feeling suspicion, the victim began to walk back to work. The male subject followed her and grabbed the victim’s butt. The victim escaped and continued to walk back to work, the suspect still following her. Once at the front door of the victim’s workplace, the suspect turned his bike around and rode north through Russell Park. According to the UC Davis Police, the suspect is described as a 5’11”, 140-pound black male adult in his early 20s. He has brown eyes and short black hair and is very thin. The suspect was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt, blue jeans, a blue baseball cap and a red lanyard.  — Claire Tan ...

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Aggies shut down the Hornets 2-1 in Big West Thriller

After 20 games, 31 goals and countless celebrations and road-trips, the UC Davis men’s soccer team find themselves in the No. 1 spot in the North Division of the Big West Championships. The Aggies officially clinched the top spot after defeating No. 2 seed Sacramento State at home in front of a season high of 1,349 fans. “I just think it was a good battle between two good teams,” said head coach Dwayne Shaffer. “Sacramento State is a very good team and today was our day. I thought we were prepared and played well and did everything we needed to do to score the goals to win the game. I’m extremely excited for the team. We’re champions of the North and I think it is well-deserved. We’re looking forward to competing in the Big West Tournament and hosting a game on Wednesday and I hope all the Aggie supporters come on out.” Sophomore forward Matt Wiesenfarth led the team to victory with goals in the eighth and 46th minutes of... ...

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Senate Brief

ASUCD Senate meetings are scheduled to begin Thursdays at 6:10 p.m. Times listed are according to the clock at the Nov. 1 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. Yena Bae, ASUCD vice president, present Kabir Kapur, ASUCD senator, present Jared Crisologo-Smith, ASUCD senator, present, arrived late Bradley Bottoms, ASUCD senator, present Justin Goss, ASUCD senator, pro tempore, present Anni Kimball, ASUCD senator, present Paul Min, ASUCD senator, arrived late Don Gilbert, ASUCD senator, present Joyce Han, ASUCD senator, present, left early Erica Padgett, ASUCD senator, present Beatriz Anguiano, ASUCD senator, present, arrived late Patrick Sheehan, ASUCD senator, present Presentations Joe Kiskis, UC Davis Professor and Chair of the Academic Senate Special Committee on Athletics was  invited by ASUCD to speak about the Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) and the need for student oversight in the ICA. He spoke about student involvement in the Athletics Advisory Committee  and the money allocation in physical education courses.... ...

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Column: More men’s soccer

Well, the comparisons between UC Davis men’s soccer and the San Francisco Giants persist. UC Davis closed out the regular season with a strong performance against Sacramento State this past weekend, sweeping the season series with the Hornets with a second victory over the Causeway rivals. While this is extremely exciting, it is by no means unexpected. UC Davis has been showing signs of brilliance since early last year. The Aggies have pulled in three huge recruiting classes to stack up their roster. Out of their roster of almost 30 players, UC Davis has graduated less than five players in each of the past two years. The Aggies are stacked to do great things in the years to come. Although nobody really wants to hear me talk, I can talk for a very long time about why our men’s soccer team’s future is bright. Or perhaps that’s because I have no one to talk to. Either way, here goes. UC Davis is 7-2 in the past nine games after a... ...

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