The Ethical Hedonist: A college student’s dilemma

One of my first quintessentially “Davis” experiences occurred early my freshman year as I overheard one homeless man say to another, “I only eat local, vegan and organic.” Honestly, this struck me as incredibly bourgeois at the time. I remember thinking, “I’ll eat whatever I can afford” as I contemplated just how many CalPIRG meetings I could attend for their free pizza before they could reasonably expect me to start participating. In the years to come, I would learn that Davis actually has a plethora of local, organic, vegan eats that can be purchased with investments of time rather than money.  Here are a few: 1)      Davis fruit trees A little tree climbing around town can easily get you loads of fresh, seasonal fruit. 2)      Volunteering at the Davis Food Co-op Though not actually free, the DFC offers its customers the opportunity to volunteer on a sliding hourly scale — depending on the size of the household you’re feeding — with discounts ranging from 5 percent for member-workers to 16.5... ...

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City of Davis implements “no burn” wood burning ordinance

On Oct. 23, the City of Davis issued urgency Ordinance No. 2397, placing restrictions on wood burning. The ordinance adds Chapter 39A to the Davis Municipal Code, and was declared as urgent due to the importance of the matter to public health and safety. According to the ordinance, the goal is to restrict emissions from indoor and outdoor wood burning during the “cold weather season” of Nov. 1 through Feb. 28. These burning devices include indoor fireplaces and wood burning stoves, along with outdoor fire pits. Wood burning will be prohibited during a “curtailment period,” days when the city has determined that the air quality is already unhealthy for sensitive populations such as young children and the elderly. If the concentration of fine particulate matter is forecasted as exceeding 25 micrograms per cubic meter within the City of Davis — the federal standard that is unhealthy for sensitive populations — it is considered a curtailment period and the burning of wood is prohibited. “I think it’s a good idea,” said... ...

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Wild turkeys rampant across town

The City of Davis has recently begun stepping up efforts to raise awareness about the hazardous effects of residents feeding the local wild turkey population. The turkeys were first noticed in 2006, when about six male turkeys began frequenting the Davis Cemetery. Six years later, the turkey population has increased dramatically and has become concentrated in the Davis neighborhoods Covell Park and Rancho Yolo, around the North Davis Greenbelt. “Animals need various elements to support reproduction: food, cover and water. These turkeys are finding all of these here,” said City of Davis wildlife resource specialist John McNerney. “In the urban setting, there is an absence of significant predation, and when combined with feeding in a concentrated area, the population increase is amplified. It [feeding] increases the impact.” The primary danger of feeding wild turkeys is not simply an increase in the number of turkeys around Davis, but an increase in turkeys behaving aggressively towards people. “Naturally, turkeys are fearful of predators, but when they lose that natural fear they become... ...

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Guest Opinion

Recently, I had a chance meeting with a friend on campus, and the brief conversation led her to comment on my budding growth of facial hair. When I mentioned that I was partaking in the (in)famous occasion of No-Shave November, she immediately gave a huff of dismissal — something I understand. Up until this year, I had never given it much thought, considering it to be a superficial display of masculine body chemistry: “Look what I can do!” But on the morning of Nov. 1, I took a look at my two-day remnants and thought – hey, that’s not too shabby. Admittedly, I’ve always wanted to try a beard — full, but cleanly cropped. I suppose that’s my love of folk culture talking. My current experiment with a circle beard (encompassing the mouth and chin — think Kurt Cobain) was very-well received. Had the time finally come when more would be better? I put down my razor. The episode with my friend was the first time someone had actually commented... ...

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Senate Briefs

ASUCD Senate meetings are scheduled to begin Thursdays at 6:10 p.m. Times listed are according to the clock at the Nov. 8 meeting location, the Memorial Union’s Mee Room. The ASUCD president is not required to attend senate meetings. Meeting called to order at 6:10 p.m. Rebecca Sterling, ASUCD president, present, left early Yena Bae, ASUCD vice president, present Kabir Kapur, ASUCD senator, present Jared Crisologo-Smith, ASUCD senator, present Bradley Bottoms, ASUCD senator, present Justin Goss, ASUCD senator, pro tempore, present Anni Kimball, ASUCD senator, present Paul Min, ASUCD senator, present Don Gilbert, ASUCD senator, present Joyce Han, ASUCD senator, present Erica Padgett, ASUCD senator, present Beatriz Anguiano, ASUCD senator, present Patrick Sheehan, ASUCD senator, present Appointments and confirmations Molly Heber, Vivian Heh, Mariah Hoskins, Gabrielle Rosado, Kevin Sun and Gary Tam were confirmed as members of Aggie Public Arts Committee. Cherise Polines and Gheed Saeed were confirmed as members of Outreach Assembly. Abhishek Khurana and Ben Trinh were confirmed as committee members of the Entrepreneurship Fund. Brett Leutho was... ...

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Police Briefs

FRIDAY Rage on, Aggie There were two party complaints in the same area on A Street.Punch-drunk On G Street, an intoxicated girl hit someone on the head because he wouldn’t drive her home, so he threw water on her. SUNDAY Divine calling Someone got a call from a “reverend” telling him to go to CVS/pharmacy to pick up a paper entitling him to $2.1 million on Ganges Place.Fatal Attraction Someone’s girlfriend came at them with a knife on Pole Line Road. Pho-king hell On Third Street, Pho King’s windows were vandalized and the business banners were torn down. MONDAY Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark Somebody turned the light on while a burglar was in their apartment; the burglar freaked out and ran away on Sycamore Lane.Police briefs are compiled from the City of Davis daily crime bulletins. Contact EINAT GILBOA at city@theaggie.org.  ...

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Aggies top Big West finisher at NCAA West Regional Meet

In the final meet on the west coast for the UC Davis cross country teams, junior Sarah Sumpter and sophomore Trevor Halsted led the Aggies in their respective races. The women’s team placed sixth overall in the NCAA Division I West Regional, while the men closed at 15th on the Jefferson Golf Course in Seattle, Wash. UC Davis placed eighth last year on the women’s side at Stanford and improved on that finish this year. Sumpter put up a time of 20:03 for 13th place, a couple slots ahead of junior Alycia Cridebring’s 16th place finish. Just 28 seconds later, sophomore Katie Fry finished the race in 33rd. Freshman Christine Hoffmann finished 47th for UC Davis with a time of 20:51 and senior Lauren Wallace rounded out the Aggies’ lineup with a 21:14 68th place finish. “The Aggie women put together their finest team effort of the season, starting with an aggressive and well-executed start,” said head coach Drew Wartenburg. Though the Aggies were not in the top two and... ...

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Column: Family Language

Every time my parents send an email to someone, they call me to check over it first. When my dad says something that’s not in proper English, my mom tells me to correct him so that he doesn’t say it in front of other people. But no matter how shy my parents are about their grammar and pronunciation, I love their accents. I didn’t always, though. In high school, I used to get so embarrassed by their quirkiness that I never invited them to chaperone my field trips or watch any of my games. How ashamed I am now for ever feeling that way. All mothers and fathers have special relationships with their kids, but I think there is a unique bond that forms between immigrant parents and their first-generation children. Many come from less fortunate backgrounds, often having to struggle with language barriers, social prejudice and financial hardships in order to give their kids a good future. Immigrant parents want their children to advance socially and economically in America,... ...

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Column: Teachers and society

When people think of highly professional careers, often they’re thinking of ultra-desirable professions like doctors, or dentists, or lawyers. These are the careers that mom and dad love to brag about. They’re the super-sexy careers that people talk about with shiny eyes. Let’s face it. A big reason why these professions are so popular is because they’re high-paid and way up there in terms of social status. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of these careers are glamorous for a reason. They serve very important functions in our society. But so do many other careers. Like, for instance, teachers. The education system is in dire need of highly qualified, highly skilled teachers, but there aren’t nearly enough people trying to fill those positions. Why is that, exactly? Why are there so many people studying for years trying to become doctors and lawyers, but not nearly as many people trying to become teachers? People don’t respect teachers. While everybody seems to agree that teachers are important, they don’t consider them the... ...

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Editorial: Keep it coming

Next time you’re rushing to class, take a deep breath and observe the colors around you. Davis is just as alive as we are — plants are growing, buildings are under construction and artwork seems to spontaneously materialize in unexpected corners. There are trees wearing sweaters near Cruess Hall, bike racks sporting lovely knits near the Social Sciences and Humanities building as well as various murals interspersed around campus and downtown. The 35 new works of art in Downtown Davis were created by the Davis Mural Team in partnership with the John Natsoulas Gallery in an attempt to make Davis an art destination. Most pieces are on private businesses, but there are two on public property. One of these is in the Richards Boulevard bike tunnel, and it contains the combined ideas of all artists involved. Though Davis is quite vibrant — especially in the fall — the addition of murals does a lot to brighten gloomy days and sketchy alleys. The artwork tends to be a bit bizarre, surreal... ...

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Editorial: It matters

The ASUCD Senate election starts today and runs through Thursday. It matters. ASUCD has a huge presence on campus with an operational budget of over $11 million. It directly affects students through its units; Unitrans gets students to and from campus, the ASUCD Coffee House provides sustainable, nutritious food for students, the Association gives out $10,000 in scholarships yearly and ASUCD directly employs over 1,500 students. ASUCD senators directly influence all these things. Historically, the turnout for ASUCD Senate elections has been abysmal. Out of 25,000 undergraduate students, only three to four thousand students actually vote. That is a turnout rate of 16 percent. We can do better. This year is especially important. ASUCD faces what could be a perfect storm in the coming years. The ASUCD budget for the next fiscal year faces a huge hit from the Shared Services Center (SSC) tax and the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) tax. Although ASUCD was exempt from the SSC tax this year, no guarantees have been made... ...

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News in Brief: Occupy UC Davis plans to assemble at UC Regents Meeting today

The University of California Board of Regents meeting is scheduled to take place Nov. 13 to 15 at UCSF Mission Bay to discuss finance, compensation, health services and campus buildings, among other agenda items. The Regents are also set to consider tuition increases for 61 professional degree programs throughout the UC. Members of Occupy UC Davis plan to collect at the meeting in opposition to the possibility of a push toward gradual privatization of the UC system, according to organizers. “We can’t let top UC management frame our future as inevitable privatization,” a release from UC Student-Workers Union stated. “Student groups and unions are planning huge mobilizations for the next year to roll back tuition, cuts and the resegregation of higher education.” For information on the Regents’ meeting agenda, visit regents.universityofcalifornia.edu. — Stephanie B. Nguyen ...

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UC Davis football comes up short against Eastern Washington

Entering the last road game of head football coach Bob Bigg’s career, the Aggies were determined to try and upset the sixth-ranked team in the nation, Eastern Washington. The Aggies led 28-24 in the middle of the fourth quarter but could not respond when Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams rushed for a touchdown with 8:13 left on the clock. With the score at 31-28, the Aggies tried a 52-yard field goal at the 41-second mark to tie up the game, but the attempt was blocked. This was the fourth game this year the Aggies lost by one possession or less. “Another tough loss, it’s been the story of the year,” Biggs said. “We were back to playing really spirited and tough football today but it’s a shame for the players and coaches who have worked so hard.” The Aggies fell into an early deficit, trailing 14-3 at the end of the first quarter before the Aggies scored 22 unanswered points in the second quarter. “We were down early but we... ...

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News in Brief: Free holiday blues workshop on Wednesday

Need to battle bouts of the holiday blues? Attend a free workshop hosted by Child Care Services on Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Center Game Room, located at 203 W. 14th Street. David Hafter, a marriage and family therapy counselor from Victor Community Support Services, will give advice on how to manage the stress during the holidays and how to access community resources. The workshop will identify holiday stressors, such as stress from visiting family or having a tighter budget, and offer ways to minimize them. To register for the workshop, contact Libby Wolf of Child Care Services at (530) 747-8236. — Claire Tan ...

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Column: Facebook me maybe

When I was a kid, we had these things called yellow books. They were mundane, archaic-looking items that people would use to contact their local pizza joint, orthodontist or occasionally the guy they met once at a party whose number they were too afraid to ask for. As I approach adulthood, I realize we’ve traded in our yellow book for a more up-to-date novel —  a Facebook, to be exact. A yellow book was fine and dandy when people still used their phones for communication — but in the age of sparkling technology and the ability to contact people with the click of a button, Facebook has become the obvious bestseller. But with great power comes great rejectability. Now the mystery of dodged calls has turned into the mystery of dodged friend requests — a familiar but equally aggravating sequel. As we ask ourselves where our friend request has gone for the past two weeks, we only have one question left: Has Facebook become the new rejection hotline? I once... ...

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