Election Results at a Glance

SMART Armando Figueroa #1 Fourth-year Chicana/o studies major Background: Former intern to Tatiana Bush Received UC Davis Silver Volunteer Service Award 2011 Peer advising counselor for Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Political Chair of Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán (MEChA) Intern with African Diaspora Cultivating Education Platforms: 1. Pass a bill that will allow students to apply to have ASUCD waive the charge for student organizations to use rooms on campus who lack the funds to cover it. 2. Improve communication between the administration and students by creating dialogues and programs through various effective avenues and working with the student undergraduate advisory board. Alyson Sagala #2 Fourth-year political science and communication double major Background: BRIDGE Pilipin@ Outreach and Retention Filipinos in Liberal Arts and Humanities AggieTV Platforms: 1. Bring larger and better musical acts to UC Davis and increase the ability of the Entertainment Council to bring in revenue. 2. Add more bike parking on campus. NOW Tal Topf #3 Second-year communication and psychology double major Background: Member of Alpha Chi... ...

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New Yolo County courthouse construction to begin in 2013

Plans for the construction of a new Yolo County Superior Courthouse in Woodland have been set in motion. Construction will begin in spring 2013, thanks to combined efforts of Yolo Court officials, state agencies, Woodland City Council and staff, as well as private businesses. Currently, the courthouse has seven departments spread across Downtown Woodland. The new building will encompass all departments. The five-story, 14-courtroom and 163,000-square-foot building will be located between Fifth and Sixth streets at 1000 Main Street. “Even with the cost reductions we achieved, this will be a state-of-the-art building that will meet safety, security and access requirements as well as being a building that will have the stature and distinguishing characteristics of a courthouse,” said Steve Basha, Yolo Court’s presiding judge. A press release stated the project had several rounds of cost cutting before it was finalized. About $9 million was cut from the project’s plan. Construction was officially approved after the state treasurer finalized a sale of $133.8 million in lease revenue construction bonds. They will... ...

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Satellite art show to feature artists from around the world

From Dec. 6 to 9, Davis will be hosting the Art Basel Miami Beach Davis Satellite Show. The art show will run from noon to 8 p.m. from Dec. 6 to 8, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Dec. 9. It will be held at 212 F St. Artists and curators Charlie Schneider and Allison Fall will host the event. The show will occur simultaneously with the Art Basel Miami Beach Satellite Show located in Miami Beach, Fla. “A satellite show means that it’s both part of something, but not a main official event,” Schneider said. “Why not Davis if there is one in Miami Beach already? It ties in conceptually since it happens the same exact time as Miami. It just ties in as becoming a big happening.” The exhibition will mainly be comprised of contemporary art such as performance art, public art and video art. Works by artists from Australia, Los Angeles, Chicago and other locations around the world will be exhibited at the show. A total... ...

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Owning pets a norm for UC Davis students

There are many things about home life that college students miss when they pack their bags and head off for a new life. Separation from household pets is one of the things that many Aggies miss. Buying a pet while at college can evolve into a recipe for disaster, since many students aren’t looking for a 15-or-more-year commitment. Although most people can’t bring their pets to school, students who are living off campus have the opportunity to foster a cat or kitten through programs such as the UC Davis Veterinary School Orphan Kitten Project or the Yolo County Society of Prevention and Care of Animals (SPCA). Before a cat or kitten is adopted, it needs a foster home to live in and an interim owner for its care, and the need for foster owners is currently large due to the severe overpopulation of stray cats. According to cat foster home coordinator and Yolo County SPCA board president Shelley Bryant, fostering is necessary because of the lack of owners spaying or... ...

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ASUCD election results announced Friday

The election of six new ASUCD senators was announced at Friday’s Aggie Pride Rally. Two candidates were elected from each slate, along with two independents: SMART slate candidates Alyson Sagala and Armando Figueroa, NOW slate candidates Felicia Ong and Tal Topf and independent candidates Liam Burke and Maxwell Kappes. Sagala, a fourth-year political science and communication major said one of this election’s successes was the voter turnout. “More so than winning, I’m just so excited that there was such a big turnout, because to me that just shows that the student body does care about what’s happening on our campus, how their money is being used and what the student government is doing,” she said. Over the course of three days, 4,963 students voted. Of these voters, 1,994 selected a NOW candidate as their top choice, 1,799 voted for a SMART candidate and 1,170 chose an independent candidate as their number one choice. Ong, a second year political science and communication double major, ran with the NOW slate, which emphasizes... ...

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UC Davis beats Sac State 34-27 in Biggs’ last game

Coming into a rivalry game, everyone knows to expect the unexpected. However, it is hard to imagine anyone was prepared for the thrilling and emotional game that marked the last game of UC Davis head coach Bob Biggs’ 20-year career. In a game that included back-to-back interceptions, trick plays and multiple two-point conversions, the UC Davis Aggies came out on top with a 34-27 win over rival Sacramento State Hornets. The 59th annual Causeway Classic was anything but a typical regular-season game, as it marked the end of an era led by head coach Bob Biggs. It was also the end of UC Davis’ first season in their new conference, the Big Sky, where they went 3-5 and finished their overall season record at 4-7. Before the game started, Aggie Stadium showed a brief video dedication to coach Biggs that was followed by a standing ovation from the crowd. “Since it was his last game, it was on the minds of the quarterbacks a lot. I just wanted to go... ...

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Column: Time on trial

I spend way too much time picturing an activity and thinking, “What is the least amount of time this can be done in?” It’s not simply that I want to finish a chore as fast as possible, I just wonder at which point in the practice of folding clothes it becomes impossible to fold any faster. I thought it was fair to say that if there was anything that took great dedication (in the form of time), it was art — at least good art. To an extent that’s true. After all, how many years might it take to master a skill and produce consistently good work? But there’s no rule that enforces the amount of time it takes to make something worthwhile. Perhaps my laundry experiment is inappropriate for proving the same for art, but laundry is a technical chore and art is something beyond its technical aspects. Let us consider the possibility that something great doesn’t necessarily need to take a lot of time. Before I start to... ...

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Poets and artists gather to support Tomás Matzat

Poets and artists came out to the Natsoulas Gallery on Thursday to advocate the cause of UC Davis student-artist Tomás Matzat. Matzat was charged with 15 misdemeanor counts and five felony counts in response to alleged acts of vandalism on campus. As part of the charges, Matzat has been ordered to pay around $6,000 in restitution to UC Davis. “The tradition of graffiti art is long-standing and hasn’t been supported. The failure of certain artists to support this has been shameful,” said Joshua Clover, an English professor who helped organize the benefit. Kristen Koster, a member of the Davis Antirepression Crew, organized the auction, which features works from Matzat as well as works donated by Chicano art figure Malaquías Montoya, Carlos Jackson, Jos Sances and Tom Bills. “As a community, it is important that these students not be persecuted for their expression,” Koster said. The reading started with Joe Wenderoth, UC Davis English professor, reading a series of his poems. He was followed by Juliana Spahr, English professor at Mills... ...

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News in Brief: Six residential burglaries reported

Since Nov. 13, the Davis Police Department received six different accounts of burglaries that have occurred in three different residences. Electronics and miscellaneous items were stolen. According to a press release, two of the incidents occurred at the Saratoga West Apartments at 2121 Glacier Dr. Two other burglaries occurred at 224 A St. The others occurred in the 700 block of Coolidge and the Villa Verde Apartments at 218 University Ave. Most of the burglaries occurred between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. The police said there were no signs of forced entry in any of the cases. With the holiday season approaching, residents will be away from their homes for extended periods of time. The Davis Police Department recommend that residents make their homes appear unvacated. They also recommend always locking doors and windows, stopping mail and newspaper deliveries when away and putting timers on household lights. Additionally, using the Vacation House Check Program is highly encouraged by the police. — Claire Tan ...

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Aggies split action-packed weekend series

It was a weekend of mixed emotions for the UC Davis women’s volleyball team, but one thing is for sure: it’s one they won’t soon forget. Friday night’s game was packed full of individual achievements and team triumph as the Aggies outlasted Cal State Northridge 25-19, 25-19, 17-25, 23-25, 18-16. Seniors Allison Whitson and Caroline Mercado both achieved career highs in this match: Whitson set a personal best with 25 kills while Mercado set a personal record of 27 digs of her own. The Aggies sent a clear message to the Big West community, proving that they do indeed belong among the top programs in the conference. Saturday’s game against Hawaii marked the highly anticipated “Senior Night.” With the win, Hawaii achieved perfection in an unmatched 16-0 in conference for a perfect Big West record. However, the night ended on a special note as each senior’s career was honored in front of the massive Davis crowd. Each athlete thanked the community of Davis for all their enthusiasm and support over... ...

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I-House holds Thanksgiving Dinner

On Saturday evening, the International House (I-House) Davis was host to about 100 guests celebrating an early Thanksgiving, including many international exchange students experiencing the American tradition for the first time. The evening featured a traditional Thanksgiving dinner provided by various organizations within and around Davis. Guests were then invited to read out what they were thankful for, with contributions ranging from unconditional family love to the flat conditions in Davis that enabled easier cycling. All who attended thoroughly enjoyed the evening, helped in part by the intimate seating arrangement and atmospheric lighting, which contributed to a festive and memorable ambience felt throughout the I-House. The event was coordinated by Elisabeth Sherwin, executive director of the I-House, who was very pleased with the outcome of the evening. “It’s been a great success. I love sharing this American holiday with others,” Sherwin said. The evening helped international students to embrace a cornerstone of American culture and tradition, according to those who attended the event. “I think [the event] is important for... ...

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Column: The Toy Space Rangers

As UC Davis athletics conclude their fall season, each sport with its own standout performers, there are undoubtedly some awards to be distributed. UC Davis has a very unique bunch of student-athletes capable of things beyond their sport. Without further ado, a couple of titles I’m assigning to people for things that they aren’t. Think of Buzz Lightyear, the Space Ranger who wasn’t one. It’s quite an honor. Best kicker who’s not a soccer player Senior Colton Schmidt never has to worry about catching or throwing the ball, but he has some of the best touch on the UC Davis football team. The placekicker and punter has been keeping opposing teams hugging the goal line for a couple years now. Schmidt has grabbed All-Great West Conference honors for the past two years, and even in the new strong conference, I would be shocked if he didn’t earn a few more conference accolades. The Bakersfield, Calif. native consistently blasts kickoffs through the opponents’ end zones and keeps punts right at the... ...

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Senate Briefs

ASUCD Senate meetings are scheduled to begin Thursdays at 6:10 p.m. Times are listed according to the clock at the Nov. 15 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 Yena Bae, ASUCD vice president, present Justin Goss, ASUCD senator, pro tempore, present Kabir Kapur, ASUCD senator, present Jared Crisologo-Smith, ASUCD senator Bradley Bottoms, ASUCD senator, present Anni Kimball, ASUCD senator, absent Paul Min, ASUCD senator, present Don Gilbert, ASUCD senator, present Joyce Han, ASUCD senator, absent Erica Padgett, ASUCD senator, present Beatriz Anguiano, ASUCD senator, present Patrick Sheehan, ASUCD senator, present Carly Sandstrom, ASUCD senator, present Presentations Gilbert spoke about the hiring of new coaches and administrators, specifically the hiring of new athletics director Terrance J. Tumey. He addressed concerns about student involvement in the hiring process of these coaches and explained that the Student Assistants to the Chancellor are involved but the process is private to others... ...

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