Recipe: Slow Cooker Minestrone

We may have had some unseasonably warm and sunny days in the past two weeks, but the days of cloudy skies and chilling rain storms that we all know and love here in Davis are just around the corner. We are also about to hit the ever-dreaded, end-of-the-quarter home stretch of nothing but papers, midterms and lab reports. So, in order to help you with that, I present this minestrone soup recipe. Perfect for cold weather and easy enough to make with little time on your hands. My mom recently bought me a slow cooker for my birthday, so I was beyond excited to try making soup for the first time. Minestrone is probably my favorite soup, and I adapted this recipe from Food Network’s Robin Miller, found here. Not only are the ingredients super cheap (I got everything at Safeway for under $25), but you can dump all of your leftovers in some Tupperware, stick it in the fridge and enjoy it all week! Preparation time: 15 minutes Cook time:... ...

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Davis Mural Team brings more color to city

In partnership with the John Natsoulas Gallery, located at 521 First St., the Davis Mural Team presented to the City of Davis 35 new sculptures and murals. The team is comprised of 12 artists from throughout California. It is one of the top mural teams in the country because of the amount of artworks completed in a short time period, said Kerry Rowland-Avrech, a local resident and artist of the Davis Mural Team. All of the artwork is located within the Downtown Davis, allowing the public to easily walk from piece to piece. Each piece of art has a QR code which allows those with smartphones to view a video about the artists and their works. Among the 35 works of art is “Splash” by Rowland-Avrech. “Splash” is located on the Davis Ace Housewares back wall facing the Amtrak station at Second Street. “It was a way of putting the paint and the artist together,” Rowland-Avrech said. “It’s about bringing painting to life.” She also said in Davis Mural Team,... ...

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Review: Wreck-It Ralph

You know you’re watching a movie aimed at the families-with-kids demographic when animated flicks dominate the previews, as was the case when I saw Wreck-It Ralph with someone special in a cozy Elk Grove theater (which was, in fact, filled with families and kids). I’m not complaining, though: Upcoming DreamWorks fare Rise of the Guardians (opening Nov. 21) and The Croods (opening March 2013) looked promising, the latter even more so. My point: Wreck-It Ralph will make it painfully obvious that you’re watching a movie created in the “kids will love it and parents will get the references that go over the kids’ heads” vein. It also adds an extra-sugary vibe to its mix, which many people won’t expect. If that makes you sick, you might want to avoid Wreck-It Ralph. But if you’re OK with that, then you’ll find a well-crafted animated flick — yes, one you can enjoy sans family or kids. Wreck-It Ralph isn’t mainly a film of video game references, even though it’s peppered with them... ...

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Column: 50 years of 007

Let’s take a break from the prevailing political concerns of the week to examine something of a cultural milestone. Friday’s opening of Skyfall, the 23rd installment of the world’s longest continuously running film franchise, also marks the 50-year anniversary for the series. In 1962, a fairly successful Dr. No was released to mixed reception. The story was a short and brutal space-age thriller, based on one of a series of novels written by Ian Fleming. Fleming had developed his star character in a romanticized atmosphere of sex, well-made cocktails, cold-blooded murder, fine dining and exotic locales, all out of step with and yet intoxicating to the ’50s generation of salesmen and homemakers. The Vatican denounced the initial film’s unrepentant sexuality, while the Soviet Kremlin attacked it as an epitome of Western capitalist decadence. Such sensational publicity ensured a larger budget for successive adaptations, and by 1965, Bond was shattering box office records while simultaneously coming into stride with the times, leading one critic to remark that, “The Cinema was a... ...

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Editorial: Where are the students?

Student Regent Jonathan Stein and Student Regent-designate Cinthia Flores went on a UC-wide tour to educate students about Proposition 30 and what it means to the UC system this past month. The two came to UC Davis on Friday as part of this tour. The turnout was abysmal. Less than half of the seats were filled for the conference. Of those seats filled, most were members of student government. This is not acceptable. It is more important now than ever to be informed of the issues that directly affect us as students. The regents rarely come to campus. ASUCD must make a bigger effort to publicize those events. Simply providing a venue for the regents to speak is not enough. ASUCD has the resources at its disposal to reach students on a mass scale. A campus-wide email to the student body informing them that the regents were coming could have dramatically increased student turnout. On Tuesday, Prop. 30 passed with a vote of 53.9 percent to 46.1 percent. While this is a step in the right... ...

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Column: Pike’s Piece

What is history? Is history always told by the victor? And can history be overcome, despite its repetitiveness? In George Orwell’s 1984, the author wrote that “Who controls the past now controls the future. [And] Who controls the present controls the past.” So then is the triumph over oppression just about control? And are we simply to overthrow one power and its violence to replace it with our own? I ask these things because tomorrow, the University of California will stand a year from its assault of the Golden Bears at Berkeley. Only nine days after that, it will stand a year from its assault of our fellow Aggies right here at Davis. And I’ll be honest, at first I wanted to write a column ripping the administration apart. But that’s already been done, and it got little done. Then I wanted to write an article simply asking people to remember, but I wondered, how much do people really care? Class continues. The day will come and it will go.... ...

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Aggie Arcade

Game of the week I have a confession to make: I’m not a fan of the Halo franchise. Despite a handful of fun online-play sessions with friends, I’ve never quite understood the appeal of spending countless hours with Master Chief (despite personally playing every entry in the series in an effort to get hooked). Sometimes you have to give into the masses though, and that’s exactly the case with the game of the week: Halo 4. For the first time in the franchise’s history, development duties have shifted to a brand new studio – 343 Industries. There are sure to be skeptics due to the absence of former developer Bungie, but reviews seem to indicate yet another strong entry in the wildly popular first-person shooter series. Master Chief makes his return as the main protagonist four years after the events of 2007′s Halo 3. Additions include a new enemy threat, new weapons and expanded multiplayer modes. Most notably, a story-driven “Spartan Ops” mode will replace the former co-op driven “Firefight”... ...

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The thrill is (almost) gone

America bleeds the blues. It is the music rooted in our country’s struggles and vindicated by our resolve. It is the encapsulation of hope and loss in three short chords, an art form that serves as the bedrock to our rich and ever-expanding musical history. There are few men more formative to that art than B.B. King, who performed before a sold-out audience in the Mondavi Center on Sunday. A titan of his time, King revolutionized electric blues guitar with his lush vibrato, melodic phrasing and expansive library of classic songs. His work is a window to history, his influence present in every guitarist to have ever followed. Well … they tell you not to meet your idols. At the noble age of 87, King simply lacks the physical ability to perform on a level that such a large-scale show merits. While forgivable, the addition of shoddy production value on virtually every level  added insult to auditory injury in what unfolded as a night of bittersweet disappointment. First and most... ...

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Shakespeare’s Globe Brings Hamlet to Davis

I’m squirming in my seat in anticipation of one of my favorite exchanges in all of Hamlet — the scene where Hamlet greets his old friends Guildenstern and Rosencrantz. I pause to look around and observe the faces of my fellow audience members. Given that the lights are still on inside the theater in an effort to replicate the Globe Theater’s Shakespearean tradition of open-air performances, I can see everything going on around me: the elderly couple in front of me is enraptured by Michael Benz’s (Hamlet’s) beautiful, talented face. A few of the high school students across the aisle giggle to each other as they translate Shakespeare’s dirty jokes into modern English. My friend nudges me to turn around and pay attention. “Then you live about her waist, or in the middle of her favors?” Hamlet queries his friends about their relationship with Fortune. “Faith, her privates we,” Guildenstern snickers conspiratorially. “In the secret parts of Fortune? Oh, most true. She is a strumpet!” Hamlet shouts, before he, Guildenstern... ...

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Women’s Volleyball Preview

Teams: UC Davis at Cal Poly; UC Davis at UC Santa Barbara Records: Aggies, 13-13 (7-6); Mustangs, 3-21 (2-10); Gauchos, 13-14 (6-6) Where: San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Santa Barbara, Calif. When: Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 7 p.m. Who to Watch: Although the Aggies suffered a home loss to the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos in their last matchup, junior outside hitter Devon Damelio had a noteworthy performance that she will look to repeat this weekend. Damelio recorded 12 kills and 14 digs to complete an impressive double-double in her team’s 3-1 loss to the Gauchos. The following night, the team pulled a quick 180 and followed the lead of Damelio en route to a 3-0 stomping of visiting Cal Poly. The junior outside hitter yet again recorded impressive stats with 12 more kills to go along with a .333 hitting average. The Aggies will pair up with these two teams once more this weekend in back-to-back fashion. Damelio puts up big numbers against these two teams, so look for... ...

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PG&E funding helps Davis track greenhouse gas emissions

The City of Davis will be able to track its greenhouse gas emissions with the help of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). PG&E committed $15,000 to the City of Davis to invest in bringing their energy and greenhouse gas inventories up-to-date. Benefits of the program include analyzing and tracking the city’s energy consumption, transportation, fuel use and waste production. It will also put efforts toward finding ways to reduce local energy consumption. “Our partnership with PG&E’s Green Communities Program is a pioneer initiative in the state and essential for the city of Davis to understand the true carbon footprint of our facilities,” said Mitch Sears, sustainability programs manager of the City of Davis in a press release. As part of their Green Communities Program, the updated inventory and forecasts will be included in the city’s existing Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, adopted in 2010. The Green Communities Program is an incentive for communities to start working to track and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is a starting point for... ...

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Editorial: ASUCD Elections

Students will elect another round of senators to represent them in ASUCD next week. Voting starts Nov. 13 at 8 a.m. and ends Nov. 16 at 8 a.m. Results will be announced at noon that Friday. Voters will rank candidates in order of preference through ASUCD’s choice voting system. If a student’s first-choice candidate either wins with extra votes or fails to meet a minimum vote standard, that vote goes toward the voter’s next-choice candidate. Six candidates will receive seats on the table. There are 14 candidates this quarter, with the majority of candidates split between the SMART slate and the NOW slate, plus four independents. The Aggie editorial board interviewed 12 of the 14 candidates, as David Belcher and Gloria Chen did not attend interviews. Our endorsements reflect whom we feel will be most effective. No. 1 – Olivia Brown (SMART): Involved in many communities on campus, Brown will be a strong voice on the table for underrepresented groups. As an intern for previous Senator Tatiana Moana Bush —... ...

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UCMeTalk goes live for system-wide UC community

UCMeTalk, a new social networking site for members of the UC community, went live Oct. 21 and is quickly gaining traction among students. The student-founded website is a brand-new social network that is exclusively open to students, alumni and staff members of the UC system. “At its core, UCMeTalk serves as a platform on which like-minded students can connect with one another within their college communities,” said project manager Nazir Katbi. “Simply put, our aim is to bring UC campuses together for the purposes of both social and professional networking.” UCMeTalk hopes to stand apart from the myriad of social networking sites flooding the internet today by utilizing a video-interface system. The system connects users who are online at the same time and allows them to meet each other via video chat. Users can filter the results of this matching process based on UC and major. “Video-based communication creates extraordinary opportunities for the development of both personal and professional long-lasting relationships, and UCMeTalk looks to nurture that potential,” Katbi said.... ...

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KDVS Celebrates Freeform Radio

Experience what FM radio was like in the early days as KDVS joins forces with former air staff of legendary Sacramento radio station KZAP to celebrate freeform radio. KDVS will dedicate 48 hours of continuous programing to featuring former KZAP DJs. They will play the music of the late 1960s and early 1970s and tell stories about what it was like in the early days of progressive FM radio. The special programming began today at 6 a.m. and ends at 6 a.m. Saturday. KZAP was the pioneering Sacramento FM station that, along with a handful of innovative alternative radio stations across the country such as KSAN in San Francisco, KMET in Los Angeles and WNEW in New York, transformed radio in the late 1960s and 1970s. Tune in at 90.3 FM. — Elizabeth Orpina ...

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Men’s Basketball Preview

Teams: UC Davis at Oklahoma State Records: Aggies 2-0, Cowboys 1-0 Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena — Stillwater, Okla. When: Saturday at 6 p.m. Who to watch: The game against Menlo on Tuesday made it difficult to pick just one player to focus on. The Aggies played with an aggressive intensity that has not been seen in the Pavilion for some time. However, head coach Jim Les spotlighted the performance of sophomore J.T. Adenrele, and deservedly so. The Roseville, Calif. native looks like a completely different player on the court this year. “All the credit for his development goes to him. He wants to be coached and he wants to be better,” Les said. Adenrele’s improved play stems from his newly developed physique. “The weight room has really helped me develop during the offseason. We’ve been hitting it hard and it shows,” Adenrele said. Did you know? UC Davis was winless on the road last season, a statistic that Les aims to turn around starting this weekend in Stillwater, Okla. “It’s a... ...

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