Davis Farmers Market cookbook recipe contest

As reported in today’s California Aggie, our city’s very own Davis Farmers Market Cookbook has won national honors. Authors Ann M. Evans and Georgeanne Brennan received $1,000 and the cookbook, placing first in the non-fiction category of the 2012 Writer’s Digest contest for self-published books, will be featured in the March 2013 issue of Writer’s Digest magazine. But perhaps even more exciting for readers is that there’s an online, nationwide contest going on right now where you can win a grand prize of lunch with Evans and Brennan at Zagat-rated Osterio Fasulo in West Davis. In 25 words or less, describe your favorite recipe in The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook, take a photo and submit before Dec. 12. Every week, a winner will be chosen and will win an autographed copy of the book. At the end of the contest, the public will vote online for the ultimate grand-prize winner. More details here. Also note that there will be a book signing at the Farmers Market this Saturday from 10 –... ...

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Review: Skyfall

There are plenty of reasons for James Bond to hate his job. In the old novels by Ian Fleming, his love interests, loved ones and even casual acquaintances often met untimely deaths. His targets were always ego-maniacal, creepy eccentrics who knew how to tax him to his breaking point (if never quite managing to finish him off). He would most likely find himself recuperating from physical and psychological injuries at the end of an assignment rather than bedding beautiful women with outrageous  names.     This is the sort of Bond we meet in Skyfall. Weakened by injuries after falling from an impossible height on the job (and then given up for dead by MI6), Bond cloisters himself in an obscure part of the world with unlimited access to alcohol and his other signature vices. True to form however, he can never break off his relationship with death, fighting his boredom by playing with scorpions during bar bets and generally becoming depressed by his inaction. It takes a massive explosion on... ...

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Column: Fallout vs. breakup

People say the hardest thing in life is to lose the one you love. What these people forgot to mention is who that person is. A spouse, a friend, a family member — all these are fine candidates for a loved one, but who makes the cut? Or do they all fall under the same umbrella? Despite our differing backgrounds, most of us can agree that losing a family member would be a tough burden to handle. That leaves us with romantic partners and friends. One could say that sorting through a breakup would trump the loss of a friend. Friends come and go, but the love of your life is intended to be with you forever. I’d like to respectfully disagree with this statement. While a breakup is never easy to handle, losing a friend shouldn’t be discounted. For me, falling out with a friend takes the cake. Breaking up is a sudden action. It happens in one swift motion, similar to ripping off a Band-Aid. Except in this... ...

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Column: Game shame

What used to be simply dots moving on a screen and eventually a few shapes and colors has grown into a vicious spectacle of lights, sounds and interactions between a person and a TV. Video games have come a long way, picking up wary travelers for their greatest adventures, and leaving many behind to view at a distance. For how far the game has come, being a gamer is still shameful to an extent. Of course, gaming is not entirely the mind-numbing experience it used to be — it has merit, it has great potential that it reaches on many occasions, and it is a growing art form. So what creates this metaphorical distance from the general public and the video game that makes this art form difficult to understand? It turns out this distance is proportional to that of hands from the controller. I made a mistake once that can be incorrectly construed as a relationship blunder. Upon a visit from my girlfriend I fell into the trap that... ...

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Sigma Alpha Epsilon suspended from UC Davis

Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the oldest fraternity at UC Davis, was suspended in April for multiple allegations of serving alcohol to minors.
The fraternity, made famous by its gentlemen motif, is not allowed to raise funds on campus, use university resources or be affiliated with UC Davis in any way for five years. The suspension follows on the heels of several other alcohol-related incidents with SAE in chapters around the United States, including the death of one student at Cornell University. “In October 2009, SAE was found responsible for theft of an A-frame sign taken from campus and used to advertise a rush event, providing alcohol to an underage student at a party at the fraternity house and engaging in conduct that threatened the health and safety of a person after a pledge was injured at a bid night event where alcohol was provided,” said Joaquin Feliciano, Greek Life Coordinator with the UC Davis Student Housing Office of Student Development. Subsequently,  SAE had its fraternity status revoked for approximately two years. After... ...

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Local cookbook wins national prize

The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook, written by Ann M. Evans and Georgeanne Brennan, recently placed first in the non-fiction category of the 2012 Writer’s Digest contest for self-published books. The authors were awarded $1,000 in prize money and the book will be featured in the March 2013 issue of Writer’s Digest magazine. This is not the only award the book has received, it also took home first place in the 2012 National Indie Excellence Book Awards in the Regional Cookbook category. “We were thrilled to win,” Evans said. “Especially being a cookbook in a non-fiction category, there is a lot of competition. It’s wonderful.” Evans is the co-founder of the Davis Farmers Market and the Davis Food Co-Op and a former mayor of the City of Davis. She is also a UC Davis alumna who was awarded the 2012 UC Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Science Award of Distinction for Outstanding Alumni. “Our goal was not only to showcase what an incredible market the Davis Farmers Market is, but... ...

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Aggies win both games at Houston Baptist Husky Classic

The UC Davis women’s basketball team didn’t spend Thanksgiving break at home this past week, but will return to school with much to be thankful for. The Aggies traveled to Texas to participate in the Houston Baptist Husky Classic for the two-day tournament. UC Davis faced off with Navy and then Houston Baptist and walked away with two wins. Senior Cortney French put down 23 points in the first game and then 16 in the second to earn herself the Husky Classic Tournament MVP honor. Sophomore Sydnee Fipps also had strong performances in both games and was named to the All-Tournament team. With the two wins this weekend, the Aggies evened their record on the season to 2-2. Friday — UC Davis 66, Navy 63 (OT) UC Davis got its first win of the season on Friday when it took down Navy in an overtime thriller at Sharp Gym in Houston. French, in her first game of the season, went eight for 11 from the field, including 5-7 from beyond... ...

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News in Brief: Pizza delivery person robbed

Last Tuesday night at 1880 Cowell Blvd., a pizza delivery person was approached by two male subjects demanding the delivery person’s money. According to the Davis Police, the subjects said they had a weapon, although it wasn’t drawn. The suspects are described as being in their 20’s, about 6 feet tall and wearing black sweatshirts. One was a white male adult and the other was a Hispanic male adult. They were last seen walking eastbound on Cowell Boulevard. — Claire Tan ...

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Town Halls organized to discuss search for next vice chancellor of Student Affairs

Town hall meetings will be held on Dec. 3 by UC Davis administration to discuss desired qualifications for the next vice chancellor of Student Affairs. Various constituent groups have also been invited to attend, according to UC Davis Dateline. University administration and Alberto Pimentel, a managing partner at Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, will work in conjunction to assess the information gathered at town halls and then present it to the recruitment committee. Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates is a national executive search firm. Currently, four town halls have been scheduled in the multipurpose room of the Student Community Center, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to noon, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Students are encouraged to attend. University administration encourages those who are not able to attend the town hall meetings to email qualifications that they believe should be present in the next vice chancellor to vcstudentaffairssearch@ucdavis.edu The position became vacant when former Vice Chancellor Fred Wood accepted a chancellor’s position at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Wood... ...

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ASUCD senators-elect discuss goals, expectations

Editor’s note: The Aggie interviewed the six newly-elected ASUCD senators. They will be sworn in at the ASUCD Senate meeting Thursday, Nov. 29. The interviews are in alphabetical order by first name. Alyson Sagala Fourth-year political science and communication double major The Aggie: What are your goals as senator? Sagala: My goals as a senator are to make sure that we are creating a level of representation for students that allows everyone to feel inclusive and welcome and that they feel comfortable coming to Senate meetings, and being able to explicitly voice their opinions to the senators sitting on the table without being afraid that they’ll be laughed out or turned away or told that their concerns are unimportant, which has happened in the past. The Aggie: How was your campaigning experience? Sagala: My experience was amazing personally because I received so much support from people I didn’t even know a lot of the time, who just liked what I stood for and was running for. Overall, my campaign experience... ...

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News in Brief: Davis Police arrest vehicle burglar

Last Tuesday, the Davis Police arrested 27-year-old Marcus Ford from Yuba City. According to a Davis Police press release, at around 5:20 a.m., a patrol officer in South Davis heard a car alarm near Davis Swim and Fitness at 303 Ensenada Way. The officer pulled into the parking lot and saw Ford fleeing from the scene. The officer stopped Ford during his initial attempt to flee. Ford then tried to flee again by starting his car, but the officer obstructed his attempts by turning Ford’s car off. A struggle initiated with Ford attempting to drive away with the officer still in the car. An arriving Davis Police sergeant noticed the scene and discharged his firearm at Ford’s car. Although the car stopped, Ford continued to resist arrest. The police used an electronic control device to subdue him. No one was seriously injured. Ford was at the Monroe Detention Center on charges from the incident as well as from an outstanding felony warrant arrest out of Sutter County. — Claire Tan ...

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Aggies bring home the men’s basketball Causeway Classic

UC Davis traveled across the Causeway on Tuesday night to face off against rival Sacramento State Hornets. The Aggies returned to Davis with their first victory of the season and some serious bragging rights. This game exemplified the explosiveness of the Aggie offense. Practically every player came away with a new personal record of some impressive statistic. Sophomore Corey Hawkins continued to establish his dominance, shooting 9-15 and hitting a perfect 9-9 from the free throw line. Hawkins’ 29 points earned him his second consecutive title as top scorer. The sophomore has now scored 59 points in two games for the Aggies. Hawkins’ impressive stats also earned him national recognition this week. According to ESPN, Hawkins is the nation’s eighth-best scorer at the moment. However, this offensive clinic did not start until the second half. UC Davis ended the first half with 24 points on the board, trailing the Hornets by nine. To start the second period, the Aggies went on a run. They scored 63 points in the second... ...

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