Preethi’s South Indian specialities

South Indian cuisine has landed in Davis for the first time with Preethi Indian Cuisine, which opened downtown last spring. Dosa — a crisp, thin crepe made of fermented rice flour and lentils — is a staple in South India, often stuffed with masala, onions or potatoes alongside chutneys. At Preethi, it’ll also come with sambar — a thick lentil soup with vegetables and spices — for dipping. There’s also utappam, similar to dosa but thick, with toppings added to the batter. Other specialties: idli, soft, airy rice cakes, and vada, slightly chewy, deep-fried lentil fritters. All of which, of course, are served with chutneys and sambar. The familiar order of chicken tikka masala with naan is still sounding better to you? Consider sharing the “special combo” of masala dosa, idli and vada for $7.95. Lentils don’t get much more interesting, or tasty. Preethi Indian Cuisine. 712 Second St., Davis. Open for lunch and dinner daily. ...

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ASUCD hosts Election Extravaganza today at Memorial Union

As National Election Day, today, approached this month, UC students have heard from administrative, government and student leaders for a final push to have students register to vote and to pass Proposition 30. The proposition, on today’s ballot, will have a direct impact on UC students, as an estimated $2,400 will be added to tuition. ASUCD senators have organized various events to rally students to vote and have hosted a forum featuring University of California Student Regent Jonathan Stein and Student Regent-designate Cinthia Flores in the ASUCD Coffee House. They spoke about the increase in student tuition and the direct effects of this year’s election on students. Today senators are holding the ASUCD National Election Day Extravaganza, which will feature free pins, stickers and food to student voters. “It’s sad — a lot of students actually think that the election is on November 10, or some other day, so we’re working to make sure that people realize when the election actually is,” said ASUCD Senator Bradley Bottoms. UC Davis Chancellor... ...

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Police Briefs

WEDNESDAY Dat bike is dope A person’s bike was stolen and then that person saw someone on Olive Drive riding it and confronted him about it. The person responded that he bought it for “50 bucks and a bag of dope.” THURSDAY Facebook stalking There were secondhand reports from parents with Facebook accounts that several students had posted they were drinking and smoking marijuana on Shasta Drive. FRIDAY No good deed goes unpunished A person was helping a victim of a bike crash on F and Third streets, and while she was helping the victim, someone stole her jacket with her iPhone inside. Overly Attached Girlfriend Someone’s ex-girlfriend was drinking, breaking his things and following him as he started walking to the police department on East Eighth Street. SUNDAY Trick-or-treat? Someone tried to shoplift alcohol twice and was caught both times on Anderson Road. Regurgitated news Several males were intoxicated and throwing up in the bushes in front of the Davis Enterprise on G Street. Gotta bounce On G Street,... ...

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Letters to the Editor

As Aggie students, we believe that our fellow students deserve and want to hear from both candidates seeking to represent us in Congress, so we can’t help but notice that Colusa County supervisor Kim Vann has mostly avoided our campus. Earlier this month, thousands of UC Davis students saw Congressman John Garamendi join President Bill Clinton at a rally on the Quad. It was a great to hear from the Congressman, but the day before, Garamendi went out of his way to hear from UC Davis students at a candidate forum hosted by ASUCD. Kim Vann was invited to the event, but she declined to participate. ASUCD made repeated attempts to reschedule the event, but Vann said her schedule was completely booked until Election Day. Apparently her busy schedule opened up, because last Wednesday Vann was on campus, not talking to the student body but rather attending a scarcely publicized meeting with the Davis College Republicans. Why is Vann afraid to reach out to everyone in our campus community? There are... ...

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Ask Doc Joe and Katy Ann

Doc Joe is a psychologist and attorney who has consulted with and advised people of all ages. Katy Ann is a licensed marriage and family therapist who, like Doc Joe, has counseled and advised people of all ages. The discussion and advice offered in their column is not offered as a clinical recommendation or as a substitute for clinical treatment. Rather, Doc Joe’s and Katy Ann’s comments are intended to stimulate thought, often with a sense of humor. Sometimes they agree; sometimes they don’t. So, read on… Dear Doc Joe and Katy Ann, I’m wondering if I am being unreasonable.  I’m not sure if I am being jealous, possessive or paranoid, so I need your advice. I’m a second-year student at a large university. I have a few close girlfriends and a boyfriend, “Sean.” I have been dating Sean since school started about a month ago. I think that our relationship has a lot of potential, even though it’s fairly new. We go out for dinner, movies and long walks... ...

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Yolo County Animal Shelter receives new paint job

On Oct. 27, the Yolo County Animal Shelter, located at 2460 E. Gibson Road in Woodland, received an exterior paint job and parking lot re-striping by local painting contractor Brooks Painting. “Brooks Painting staff, friends and volunteers began at 7 a.m. and [continued] throughout the day, painting the entire exterior of the cinderblock building and the interior of Puppy Park,” said the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department in a press release. The building was initially only the cinderblock color. Brooks Painting painted it a neutral beige color and the trims were painted green. “Every year for the last six years, Brooks Painting does a charity paint giveaway,” said Christina Juneau, business manager of Brooks Painting. The public is open to nominate whomever they want by submitting reasons why they think their nominee deserves the $10,000 charity paint giveaway. The top three nominees this year were the Explorit Science Center, Davis Rotary’s Meals On Wheels and the Yolo County Animal Shelter. Juneau said that the animal shelter won the charity giveaway this... ...

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Midseason report on Biggs’ final year

Coach Bob Biggs is too focused on the football team to be worried about what is going on around him. Entering his 20th and final year as the head coach of the UC Davis football program, Biggs has tried to deflect all the attention to the team despite all the distractions from his impending departure. For example, during every Aggie home game, a Coach Biggs countdown is displayed on the jumbotron, reminiscing the greatest moments of his career. “That’s surreal. I’m humbled by it but I am almost embarrassed by it at the same time because you never feel what you did was all that great,” Biggs said. “I’m appreciative that people would take the time to even consider some of those things.” Coach Biggs has had many great memories to reminisce as indicated by his track record at the helm of the program. Biggs boasts a 143-84-1 career record, trailing only his mentor Jim Sochor as the winningest coach in UC Davis football history. This year the Aggies have... ...

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Measure E creates tension within community

While other counties are waiting to see if Proposition 30 will pass and how many cuts they may face next year, the Davis Joint Unified School District (DJUSD) is trying to take a preemptive measure. The proponents for Measure E state that this is a way to safeguard against Prop. 30 failing. Opponents argue the measure isn’t a transparent process and creates new taxes that would cost residents more than necessary, especially in a recession. There are two propositions on the ballot to increase funding for public schools. Gov. Jerry Brown and Molly Munger, an attorney, both proposed initiatives to help public schools: Prop. 30 and Prop. 38, respectively. According to the California Voter Guide, Prop. 30 and Prop. 38 both allocate money to K-12 schools, although they propose different ways of doing it — Prop. 30 plans to tax those who make over $250,000 for seven years and increase the sales tax by 25 cents. Prop. 38 proposes a tax for incomes over $7,316 for 12 years. Measure E... ...

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Horsing around at UC Davis Horse Barn

Down south in the UC Davis Horse Barn, student interns called stud managers spend six months a year making horse babies. Yes, making horse babies. Natural breeding is quite dangerous, so they practice artificial insemination, in which the managers excite the stallions, collect the horse semen and impregnate a mare. Last week, the Equine Facilities manager, breeding manager and a former stud manager took students from an Animal Science 49 class into the Horse Barn for an artificial insemination (AI) demonstration. “To people who don’t really get it, it sounds weird. So I just say, ‘yeah, I make horse babies,’” said Alberto Davados, a fourth-year animal science major and former stud manager. Stud managers risk hoof bashing as they go about getting these horses excited. They do it because letting horses have sex naturally is even riskier. “There’s a lot of reasons we like to do AI over live cover,” said Joel Viloria, Equine Facilities manager. “It’s safer for the stallion and the handlers.” There are other reasons as well,... ...

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Column: Ineffective punishment

I remember in middle school and high school, I had to attend yearly presentations of my school’s zero-tolerance policies. The speaker would stand before a crowd of students and tell us what we weren’t allowed to do or bring to school, going on to say that if we broke the rules, the school would suspend or expel us. In recent times, there have been events where children as young as six were suspended, expelled or sent to reform school for having a cutting knife in their lunchboxes. Such actions have also been taken against high school and middle school students for alcohol, penknives in cars and even aspirins and cough drops. A zero-tolerance policy is a rule system that basically says, “If you bring any banned objects to school or cause any trouble on campus, you will be punished, no questions asked.” The most recent information provided by the National Center for Education Statistics indicates that of 767,900 serious disciplinary actions taken in 2007 to 2008 by schools nationwide such... ...

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Letters to the Editor

We at Health Education and Promotion (HEP) were pleased to see CloverUp is providing another way for students to access the supplies they need to practice safer sex as reported in the News in Brief in last Thursday’s paper. We applaud their goal to lessen the stigma surrounding obtaining condoms and we share their philosophy of supporting students who choose to be sexually active in taking the steps necessary to have safer, healthy, consensual and pleasurable sex. We would also like to remind students that, while ordering condoms online is an excellent option for some, sometimes there is a need to access condoms without delay. If that is the case, sexually active students can always pick up 10 condoms (plus two packets of lubricant) at no charge from the Love Lab. The Love Lab is available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the HEP office on the third floor of the Student Health and Wellness Center (SH&WC), located... ...

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Communication tastes good

In an effort to foster communication between students and the UC Davis administration, the 2012-13 Student Assistants to the Chancellor (SAC) have been inviting undergraduates to attend a breakfast series in the dining commons. We are happy to see the administration make an effort to meet with students on a regular basis. This roundtable discussion, titled “Meals with Mrak,” enables students to sit down with Mrak Hall Administrators in an informal, comfortable environment. The first two breakfasts featured Adela de la Torre, the interim vice chancellor of Student Affairs, and Rich Shintaku, the interim assistant vice chancellor of Student Affairs. At a breakfast yesterday, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi also joined the students. The last two of the quarter are scheduled for Nov. 19 and Dec. 3. They will feature de la Torre, in addition to Ralph Hexter, the provost and executive vice chancellor. It is the goal of the SAC to better understand the student community so that they can represent students and provide for their needs, creating a “safe,... ...

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Column: College virgin?

As much as safe-sex promotion on campus helps stop unwanted pregnancies and the spread of STDs, it makes it way more difficult to stay abstinent in college. It almost makes me embarrassed to be a virgin. But no matter how hard it is for me, guys seem to get the most social pressure. What with “bounce what you twerkin’ with” playing at the clubs and 10 free condoms available a day at the Love Lab, the temptation is all the more unbearable. So I found some good-looking college virgins to tell us what goes through their heads. (Names have been changed to protect their privacy. Also, this is not a judgment on people who don’t practice chastity — it’s an open dialogue for people who do). First is Sam, a tall, dark and handsome biomedical engineering third-year. He says it’s difficult not to think about sex when he finds girls so attractive. But Sam is determined to wait for his future wife just as he hopes she’ll also wait for... ...

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Seriously

Today is Nov. 6. Election Day. If this isn’t ringing any bells for you, we have a problem. If you’ve already voted — good job. And if you’re anywhere in between — read on. It is critical that college students vote in this election, when it comes to both the propositions and the president. The results of this election will directly affect each and every UC Davis student. A Proposition 30 failure would mean a $2,400 tuition increase for all UC students. If Barack Obama loses, we could have a president who once told college students to “borrow money from your parents if you have to” to pay for school. These are not the kinds of solutions that will help college students succeed. We know you’re probably tired of hearing people tell you what to do. But the people on the Quad campaigning aren’t just there because they have free time on their hands. According to a study by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement,... ...

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Guest Opinion

How about we all stop being so defensive and try to empathize with each other? Chang, I get where you’re coming from with your defense of the English major. As an English major myself, I frequently experience condescension from others about the real-world practicality of my field of study. But guess what? So do most people. “Oh, you’re a psychology major? That’s never going to pay off. Why don’t you study a real science?” “You study math and science? You must have no creativity and/or people skills.” At the same time, while Chang is reacting to these kinds of criticisms to his specific major, he is not necessarily belittling other majors. So Vrdoljak, when you write that your major “teach[es] those qualities [better writers, thinkers, and communicators] as well,” you are being just as defensive as Chang. Chang did assent in his first column that “thinking critically is also an important aspect of being a science major.” He was not really focused on attacking science majors, but rather, just on... ...

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