Mondavi to host UC Davis Concert Band

Tomorrow night, UC Davis Concert Band will hold their end-of-the-quarter performance at the Mondavi Center. The theme is ‘technology through the ages’, from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair to the modern day intersection of art and technology through video games. The performance will include a diverse array of musical styles, from famous 1894 concert pieces, to Indonesian Gamelan, to themes from modern-day video games. The pieces will be performed in conjunction with projected visual displays, including historic photographs of the Chicago World’s Fair and clips of the video games. In an email interview with Joshua Small, UC Davis Concert Band member, he discussed how the 1893 Fair will be depicted through music. “We will be depicting the 1893 World’s Fair by playing a piece titled Twenty Minutes on the Midway Plaisance by Clarence Dalbey,” Small said. “The Midway featured exhibits from cultures across the globe. For example, there was an Irish village, German village, Java village, Chinese theater, Bedouin encampment and a downtown Cairo exhibit.” Small added that the incorporation... ...

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Column: Life after Death?

It’s a nightmare to have a loved one die on your birthday.  I never thought it would happen to me. This past weekend, as we sat in the theater waiting for a movie to start, a commercial reminded the audience to silence our cell phones. The guy on the screen had to choose between answering an unknown number during a movie or pressing ignore. Because he was worried that it might be his doctor calling to tell him he had cancer, he decided to answer it. It turned out to be his local drycleaners. The ending message read something like, “Your call’s not that important. Turn off your phone.” Halfway through the movie, I felt my own phone vibrate and I saw that my auntie was calling. I contemplated walking out and answering, but assumed the family was just calling to say happy birthday. I hit ignore. That moment keeps playing over and over in my mind. It turns out my uncle, who had been struggling with the final stages... ...

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How to make friends

You’re in the CoHo and you see a pretty girl sitting alone; or maybe it’s your English class and you want that smart kid for a study buddy. Either way, it’s time to break the ice. Though learned and memorized social skills may not seem like the smoothest thing to practice, breaking the ice has a few definite dos and don’ts. When it comes to talking to a girl in the CoHo, meeting people in your classes and getting to know your professors, two UC Davis faculty members with doctorates in communication have revealed when it’s appropriate to approach someone and provide tips on how to do it. “Be authentic, so you’re not putting on a show using some old line or something you were taught, like ‘the five best pick-up lines,’” said communication lecturer Catherine Puckering. “That means you might be rejected, but at least you’re getting rejected for who you are.” In the face of possible rejection, breaking the ice can seem unfortunately risky. Icebreakers have their merits,... ...

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News in Brief: Former senator Mike Gravel to visit campus Thursday

Former United States senator Mike Gravel will speak at the UC Davis campus this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Gravel served in the Alaska House of Representatives in 1963, and became speaker in 1965. He later represented Alaska in the United States Senate from 1969 to 1981. Gravel is known for his hand in the release of the Pentagon Papers, a study of the United States Department of Defense’s history of political-military involvement in the Vietnam War, beginning in 1945. The event, sponsored by the Davis Democratic Socialists, will be held in Wellman 2. — Muna Sadek ...

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Editorial: Increase unwelcome

This month, the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees was set to discuss a new plan to increase revenue by charging super seniors and those repeating courses extra fees. Students who are enrolling in courses at a CSU after completing 160 units will receive a fee increase, referred to as a graduation incentive fee. This proposed hike is intended to encourage students to graduate within four years. They will also be implementing a course repeat fee and a third-tier tuition fee, charging additional fees per unit taken over 18 units. These fees overall would ideally allow for 18,000 more students to enroll in the CSUs and make more room in courses that are often over-enrolled, as students would have to be more careful when registering for class. Not only is this wishful thinking, but it also burdens current students with fees they could not have planned for. It is already quite clear how we feel about fee hikes, not to mention the fact that this plan seems a bit... ...

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Editorial: Let students speak

Last week, about 40 protesters occupied Dutton Hall in solidarity with the people of Gaza. We fully support the students’ right to protest. However, four students who expressed dissenting views were forced to leave the building — one student was physically confronted while the others were screamed at and cussed out. When our photographer followed those students outside for comments and contact information, protesters turned on him. Suddenly, The Aggie was the enemy, “against” their cause with no right to be present. Multiple protesters demanded to see our photos of the physical confrontation and told us to delete them. We refused, just as journalists are always supposed to refuse to show work before it’s published in order to remain unbiased. They said we had to leave unless we were on their side — that there was no such thing as being objective journalists, that we were with them or against them. Rather than fight censorship, they wanted to perpetuate it. We don’t think these actions accurately represent the mass of... ...

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Police Briefs

MONDAY Deterred gent Someone requested that a person who set up camp in the laundry room with a sleeping bag and food be removed from the premises on Shasta Drive. WEDNESDAY Coup-occupants Somebody believed that his roommates were trying to kill him by tampering with his car’s brakes and traction control on Mulberry Lane. What’s with the cattitude? Someone noticed that an unknown resident in their apartment complex has been repeatedly injuring their cat on Shasta Drive. Drunk with wanderlust Someone dropped off an intoxicated girl who said she lived in the area, but then continued to wander around in the rain on Colgate Drive. THURSDAY Exhalaration Somebody has been receiving multiple calls from an unknown source with nothing but heavy breathing on the other line on E Street. SUNDAY Save the cheetahs On Sycamore Lane, someone offered assistance to an intoxicated girl in cheetah print pants who was sitting next to her bike, seemingly unable to stand, but she declined. Police briefs are compiled from the City of Davis... ...

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Guest opinion

By ARI POLSKY Fourth-year, art studio major “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” are rights that are supposedly God-given and also government-protected according to the Declaration of Independence. In America, we are granted a whole lot of rights, among them the freedom of speech, which the law holds is no longer guaranteed when it incites violence or prohibits the free speech of others. Where am I going with all of this? Based on the speech of certain members of the student body, Jewish students at UC Davis do not feel comfortable or safe. I have seen some of the comments, rhetoric and posts in the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) Facebook group. On many occasions, their language strayed from relevant political conversation to flat out anti-Semitism. I do not believe that all members of SJP are anti-Semitic, but I believe there are members of the group that ruin the reputation for the rest. However, this rhetoric, no matter how much of an outlier it may be, is nevertheless... ...

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News in Brief: UC Davis Stores implement customer rewards program

Last Monday, a new customer rewards program called Aggie Kickbacks began at UC Davis Stores. “The program is intended to reward customers for being loyal customers of the UC Davis Stores,” said Jason Logan, director of UC Davis Stores. For every dollar spent after discounts and before sales tax, registered customers will earn one point. According to Logan, the program allows participants to accumulate points, that after certain levels are reached can be redeemed for rewards. Customers can earn points on all purchases with the exception of non-merchandise fees like gift cards and postage stamps. Students can also receive points on textbook buyback transactions. If a customer reaches 500 points they will be eligible for one $10 “Kickback voucher.” The voucher is redeemable at any of the UC Davis Stores (Memorial Union, Downtown, Sacramento, Veterinary, Pro Shop, Silo and Corral) and can be used to receive $10 off any purchase of equal value or more. Examples of some rewards that may be earned include a $5 coupon for an off-campus... ...

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Column: Teach For America

Teach For America (TFA) is a nonprofit organization that sends recently graduated college students to rural and urban areas of the U.S., where they serve as teachers for a contracted period of two years. It’s essentially a Peace Corps for the country. The theory is that TFA will recruit young, energetic, idealistic graduates and send them to low-income school areas, where they can change the lives of the students there. The difference between TFA and most other teaching programs is that TFA is incredibly selective. They have an extensive hiring process that includes an online two-hour long activity, two interviews and a teaching demonstration. All these hurdles combine to become a barrier with which TFA maintains its selectivity by accepting approximately 12 to 15 percent of applicants. Not only that, but they screen their applicants for favorable qualities, weighing heavily towards leadership experience and excellence. After the application process, the organization takes these graduates, some of the best and brightest of their class, and has them participate in a five-week... ...

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Guest opinion

By MATAN SHELOMI Fourth-year graduate student, entomology On Nov. 18, 2011, Louise Macabitas and Brian Nguyen shaped history. They took the iconic photographs of Lt. Pike pepper-spraying Davis students, which would become the face of the Occupy movement. Had Louise and Brian not been there taking pictures, the world would not have seen what had happened here. Fast-forward a year and a day to Monday’s Quad rally allegedly memorializing the event. How times have changed. Rather than discussing campus issues, Occupy UC Davis sponsored a march about Gaza, carrying signs like “Long Live the Intifada” (the term for Palestinian violence against Israel, including suicide bombing). Speakers like Abdul Amir-Ali — whose past speeches blamed the Jews for 9/11 and claimed the Matthew Shepard Act, named after a murdered gay youth, is a Zionist conspiracy — proudly railed against Israel, Obama, corporations, CNN, etc. Also in attendance were pro-Israel students, of every race and gender, carrying signs like “Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine, Pro-Peace” and “Save Gaza from Hamas,” standing in silence to let... ...

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Guest opinion

By MARIANNE GLASER Third-year, human development Amidst stressing over midterms like any typical UC Davis student last week, I received a panic text from my sister: “The alarms went off again. I am going back into the bomb shelter. Neighbors already lost service, so if I lose mine soon, I love you.” Staring at my phone, I try not to think that this might be the last time I hear from my sister who lives in Southern Israel, one mile north of the Gaza Strip. I try to focus, but my mind is preoccupied. The next day I received a phone call; “Hi, can’t talk, I have to pack, don’t know when or if I will come back. I love you, I’ll call when I can.” I am again struck that this brief conversation may be the last I get with my sister as the situation in the Middle East has become painfully personal. While many of the conflicts in the Middle East are about religion, the one between Israel... ...

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Bike Share Program to be implemented in Davis

City of Davis and UC Davis Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) are jointly considering implementing a bike share program that would facilitate both short- and long-term bicycle rentals. The proposed plan is in its initial stage of exploration, with both organizations considering a range of potential vendors to provide the service that best suits the city’s and campus’ dual needs. “We’re excited about this opportunity. We’re hoping that some vendor out there comes with the program or service that we’re going to need to make this thing work,” said Clifford Contreras, director of TAPS. The several potential providers encompass a range of different systems that would fulfill different needs. Among those being considered are Brompton Dock, Bixi and B-cycle, with each offering a distinct bike sharing program. Many of the options incorporate third-generation technology, which enables users to access a bike through an automated system and then return it to a docking station after its use. “The third-generation bike share meets people’s specific needs. We want to give people in... ...

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Davis police receive grant for DUI enforcement

In November, the Davis Police Department (DPD) received an $80,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in order to prevent instances of driving under the influence (DUI). The DPD will distribute this grant throughout Yolo County and use it to fund its “Avoid the 8” DUI Task Force, a program which is dedicated to reducing DUI-related incidents. The initiative will include the participation of the city of Davis, Woodland, Winters, West Sacramento and UC Davis police departments, as well as the Yolo County Probation Department and Yolo County California Highway Patrol. The DPD staff have said that they define their task force title as a warning to drivers. “The ‘Avoid the 8′ DUI Task Force is named to send the message that if you don’t drink or use drugs and drive, you will avoid getting arrested by any of the eight participating law-enforcement agencies in the county,” said Landy Black, chief of the DPD. The task force’s main course of... ...

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Dining Services offering up to $6,000 in Go Green Grants

In an effort to improve the sustainability of the campus community, UC Davis Dining Services has begun offering Go Green Grants of up to $6,000. The program, now two years running, provides funds for students, staff and faculty to research, develop, implement and design solutions to  address campus sustainability challenges. “We leave [the goals of the projects] completely open,” said James Boushka, UC Davis Dining Services marketing director. “We are looking for anything that has to do with food, and on the flipside, we have a non-food track. It’s the staff and faculty and students’ innovative ideas that we want.” The Go Green Grant is competitive: last spring, only two applicants received it for a total of $3,000. “UC Davis Dining Services recognizes the value in student engagement and education related to environmental and food systems sustainability through projects, service learning and student-organized activities,” the Dining Services website states. The application process asks for a comprehensive overview of the project, a detailed budget and letters of support, in both a... ...

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