Recipe: Caprese Lasagna Rolls

My favorite thing about food is that there are countless combinations you can create and never be bored. In most cases, you can literally put two of your favorite things together and make something amazing… and that’s exactly what I did here. Put a Caprese salad in front of me and it will be gone in about five minutes. And lasagna is the type of food that I think we can all agree feels like a hug when you eat it. This combination really is the best of both worlds. The rolls are also perfect to keep as individual servings, so you can make them last a few days. Or you can just eat them all at once. Not only do the flavors of this dish combine perfectly in your mouth, it’s also really fun to make. Throw on some Italian-sounding instrumental music and you’ll feel like you’re on vacation in an Italian villa — which is really all everybody wants right now, right? Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy. Preparation time:... ...

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Column: On the word

There’s only one difference in life; we either give opportunities a shot, or we don’t. And to me words are opportunities; each one contains lifelines of possibilities. We live in a world filled with simple ordinance and limited time, and as a result most people speak in manners that are simply most convenient. A “number two” at In-N-Out means a burger and fries, and that’s it. When people ask how you are, you generally reply that you’re good and move on. Similarly, you either like a book or you dislike it, etc. This is reasonable, as the point of communication is to get from point A to point B, but I will argue that we shouldn’t keep things so simple. I think of the similarities between speech and money, where language functions like currency in that any rational person wants to get more for less. This makes sense. Most people have limited resources and in order to increase those resources they spend their currency sparingly, no matter what the market.... ...

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Editorial: Hire with students in mind

Not many students are familiar with the Office of Student Affairs…. but they should be. The Office of Student Affairs is a group of different departments that are solely dedicated to “the student experience.” Fred Wood, the vice chancellor of Student Affairs from 2007 to 2012, was replaced in June by an interim vice chancellor until Chancellor Linda P. B. Katehi can find a suitable permanent replacement. During this search, it is of utmost importance to maintain the legacy of high standards for this position. Historically, the Office of Student Affairs has brought together multiple student services including admission, financial aid, registration, counseling, health, recreation, student government and special services. Under Wood, the Office of Student Affairs made significant improvements to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Intercollegiate Athletics, Campus Rec, Office of the Registrar and Student Health and Student Housing. Wood’s platform was one of access and affordability. During his tenure, he helped introduce the self-funded Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP). As a transfer student himself, he strived to make... ...

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Rock out with Euripides’ Bacchae

This evening, Barry McGovern, UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance’s Granada Artist-in-Residence, opens his interpretation of The Bacchae by Euripides. McGovern, most notable for his work on Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s Waiting for Godot, came to Davis after he heard of the opportunity from his friend and coworker John Lacovelli. From the moment he arrived, Barry meticulously worked on his adaptation of Euripides’ classic. The original play details the life and tragedy surrounding the Greek god Dionysus. McGovern’s fascination with the play began when he discovered a version penned by the Irish poet Derek Mahon. “Most translations are written by classical scholars, and Mahon attempted to write a really racy, gutsy version of the play that I found thrilling,” McGovern said. McGovern explained that the play is about letting your hair down. Attempting to express this theme with very little to no material on how the original was performed made the language alone seem insufficient. To overcome this obstacle, he took the creative liberty of transporting the play from its Greek... ...

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Letter to the Editor

Health Education and Promotion (HEP) would like to thank Andrew Poh for his Nov. 7 article about insomnia. This topic is probably familiar to many UC Davis students. In fact, according to the 2011 American College Health Association National College Health Assessment, 66.2 percent of students say that they feel tired or sleepy three or more days out of the week. There are many benefits to getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night: Sleep helps fight off infection, enhances performance, increases energy levels, decreases stress levels, sharpens concentration and improves memory function. These benefits can even help improve academic performance. Practicing good sleep hygiene is important to getting a good night’s sleep. It is a good idea to maintain a regular sleeping schedule and reduce technology use an hour before bedtime. Create a sanctuary for sleep that is quiet, dark, comfortable and a desirable temperature. To help with reducing distractions, HEP provides free eye masks and earplugs that can be picked up at the HEP office on the... ...

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News in Brief: KDVS and AggieTV hold live forum on pepper spray incident

KDVS and AggieTV are collaborating to host a live radio forum on the Nov. 18 pepper spray incident titled “The Year in Review: Pepper Spray Incident Forum Discussion.” According to Mary Champeny at the KDVS news department, because both KDVS News and AggieTV were involved in the coverage of the event, they believe it would be valuable to use the first anniversary of the incident as an opportunity to re-open discourse on the issues brought up by the incident. Representatives from ASUCD, University administration, faculty and the UC Davis Police Department will attend. The campus community as well as Davis community members are invited to contribute by submitting questions to news@kdvs.org. Questions must be submitted by 6 p.m. on Thursday. The forum, which will take place on Nov. 30 from 4:30 to 6 p.m., will be a panel discussion on KDVS 90.3 FM and at kdvs.org. Aggie TV will also provide video coverage on aggietv.org. “We see this as a great opportunity to engage the campus community, re-visit important topics... ...

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Column: Comebacks

Perhaps it’s because our generation has run out of inspiration, or maybe it’s our yearning to live in a previous time, but it seems to me that modern music, art, movies and fashion choices aren’t necessarily modern, but rather retro. Let us delve into this topic by examining music. Five years ago and listening to the Backstreet Boys Pandora station would be considered weird. Now? Way cool. ‘80s music on the radio a couple of years ago? Annoying. Now? Pretty rad. The trend of using parts of old songs and incorporating them into new releases adds an interesting aspect to the sound. Sure, newer generations have no idea that parts of Nicki Minaj’s music originate from ‘80s pop songs. And they probably won’t find out until their parents freak out that their old favorite songs are playing once again on the radio. Maybe it was the release of The Perks of Being a Wallflower (the movie version) and the use of amazing ‘80s songs that inspired us wannabe hipsters to... ...

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Women’s basketball preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Stanford Records: Aggies, 2-2; Cardinal, 6-0 Where: The Pavilion — Davis When: Friday at 7 p.m. Who to watch: Senior Blair Shinoda hasn’t put up the offensive numbers she is capable of this season. Not yet. Shinoda heads the UC Davis offense from the point guard position, and has the most assists on the team. As she had in the past, Shinoda is taking time in the beginning of the season to warm up. Once she finds her stroke, though, she can be very dangerous. The Santa Ana, Calif. native led the team in points scored three times last year and has always been one of UC Davis’ strongest defensive assets. Shinoda will be familiar with Stanford, since the Aggies have played them every year since the 2006-07 season. UC Davis will look to their point guard, and her experience from three matchups against the Cardinal, to figure out how to play the top team in the nation. Did you know: UC Davis has quite a... ...

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Editorial: Pedaling forward

The City of Davis and UC Davis’ Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) plan to implement a bike share program in 2014. Although the program would be aimed at commuters and those who are temporarily visiting Davis, the community would also be allowed to rent bicycles from stations around the city. Two stations are proposed to be at the Amtrak station and at the Memorial Union or Silo. The cost to kickstart the program would be approximately $200,000, with the money coming from contributions through the city, university regional development and corporate sponsorships. However, some opponents contend the money should instead be invested in improving the bicycling infrastructure around the city. We think it’s a pretty awesome idea, though. Yes, there are already places to rent bikes from, such as the Bike Barn, but the bike share program would incorporate an automated rental system that would allow users to rent at any time. Also, many European cities — like, Paris and Amsterdam — use similar programs. The city and UC Davis... ...

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UC Davis Medical Center, Dameron Hospital to expand services

On Nov. 15, the University of California Board of Regents approved a limited liability company (LLC) between UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC), located at 2315 Stockton Blvd. in Sacramento, and Dameron Hospital, located at 525 Acacia St. in Stockton. This collaboration was initiated by both parties to bring more advanced medical services to the San Joaquin Valley (SJV) located in the Central Valley. Creighton Younnel, public information officer for Dameron Hospital, was not able to disclose much detail about the collaboration, but said that the establishment of the LLC between both medical providers will be very advantageous for the Stockton facility by expanding medical expertise in order to better provide for the SJV. “We see our relationship with UCDMC as a great expansion of our expertise locally,” Younnel said. “We are bringing more physicians and expanding our communication through UCDMC.” Chief executive officer of UCDMC Ann Madden Rice said that in early 2011, Dameron Hospital and UCDMC had preliminary discussions that focused on expanding Dameron’s health system. Because of many... ...

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Column: Watts legal?

Editor’s note: Daniel Watts is an alumnus of the UC Davis School of Law. Submit your legal conundrums, and he’ll be answering every week. Question: If I post a disclaimer on Facebook, will it stop Facebook from profiting off my information and give me back ownership of my posts and photos? I want to stop Facebook from using my photos and status updates without my permission. — Cathy N., Davis, Calif. Answer: First of all, let’s clear up a myth propagated a couple years ago by faux lawyers at the Consumerist blog. Facebook doesn’t own your posts, messages or photos. They never did, never claimed they did and still don’t. They do, however, own a worldwide license to distribute your content without your permission. This license is non-exclusive, though, which means you can still license your photos to somebody else who can also distribute them. How did Facebook get this right? You gave it to Facebook when you clicked “yes” on a contract you probably didn’t read: Facebook’s Terms of... ...

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UC campuses take on challenge to reduce food waste

Eight UC campuses are taking on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Food Recovery Challenge to reduce food waste by five percent during this coming year. According to the EPA, the main goal of the challenge is to reduce 33 million tons of food waste the U.S. sends to landfills each year. They will achieve this through smarter food purchasing, increasing donations to charities and composting spoiled food. “Food waste is a particular problem for California, the world’s fifth largest food supplier, because of the enormous quantities of water and energy required for production,” said Jared Blumenfeld, the EPA’s regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest, in a statement. “EPA is proud to partner with these universities as they commit to support the environment and their community by reducing food waste.” The participating campuses are Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz. The University of California (UC) campuses are among 50 universities nationwide that are participating in the challenge. A kickoff event for the challenge was held... ...

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New social network and search engine comes to UC campuses

Ark.com, a search engine designed to act as a social network, is coming to UC Davis. According to Ben Trinh, a marketing intern for Ark.com and third-year sociology major, users can search for other people based on common interests that link them. “Ark is a social search engine that allows people to connect with others based on facts, interests and similarities,” Trinh said. The website, which mainly targets people in their 20s, allows users to search for people based on anything from their hometown to their relationship status in order to find people that they’ve been looking for, as well as to make new friends. Joshua Kim, a third-year economics major and marketing intern for Ark.com, says that Ark emulates the best parts of the most popular websites in order to make something new. “Google and Facebook are great to find information and friends, but Ark is the best way to find people that you haven’t met yet. It uses over 30 different filters for you to find new and... ...

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News in Brief: Dining Services to hold auditions for informational video series

The UC Davis Dining Services Marketing Department will be launching a series of short informational videos for the UC Davis student body, to be hosted by an energetic student. The video series will encompass everything from dining to campus events and news. The primary focus will be to provide the information in a new and enthusiastic way, to engage audience members and promote campus awareness. Auditions will be held in late November, with shooting to begin in early to mid December. For more information, contact Edris Bemanian at eabemanian@ucdavis.edu. — Elizabeth Orpina ...

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Swimming and diving preview

Teams: UC Davis (4-2) at Missouri Invite Where: Mizzou Aquatic Center — Columbia, Mo. When: Thursday to Sunday Who to watch: In UC Davis’ 178-117 win over Nevada, freshman Marissa Brown battled Nevada’s Jojo Mi in the 1,000 freestyle, touching in at 10:06.97. Brown surpassed senior Linda Hermann’s school record by almost 6 full seconds. With that time, Brown has taken over the conference lead, more than 11 seconds faster than UC Santa Barbara’s Heren Alanis (10:18.04). In addition, Brown holds sixth place on the 500 Freestyle list with a time of 5:00.14. Expect a thrilling and solid freestyle performance from Brown at the invite. Did you know? Two years ago at the Texas Invitational, the Aggies posted strong results with a sixth-place finish. Current senior Heidi Kucera and junior Liliana Alvarez both recorded two additional NCAA “B” Consideration Standard times. Kucera finished third overall in the 200 breaststroke to solidify the Aggies’ sixth-place spot. Kucera clocked in with a time of 2:14.01 while Alvarez accomplished a season-best time of... ...

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