Honorable Mention

After winning a grueling game against rival Sacramento State to close the season, coach Bob Biggs and quarterback Randy Wright talked at the press conference about how senior linebacker Jordan Glass was the most valuable player on the team this year. The senior communications major from Elk Grove, Calif. transferred to Davis after playing two years at Utah State and has made a huge difference for the Aggies. In that one game against the Hornets alone, Glass led the team with 12 tackles, a blocked PAT returned for a safety and the game-clinching interception. Glass had numerous games where he continually made game-changing plays, and for that he is named an honorable mention for Athlete of the Quarter awards. His 83 tackles led the team, as did his three interceptions and three quarterback hurries. Glass also had 8.5 tackles for loss, third on the team behind two defensive linemen. — Jason Min ...

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CD Review: Big Dipper

Artist: Big Dipper Title: Crashes on the Platinum Planet Rating: 3/5 I didn’t want to like Big Dipper’s Crashes on the Platinum Planet. I procured the album from a culling of the KDVS latest “top albums” list and sunk my teeth into it with the usual guarded interest. There were points when I despised the album. “Princess Warrior” seemed like a sad attempt by the vocalist to mimic some sort of edgy riff. In the end the album had chops. It was hardly a music odyssey that captured my willful ears and strung them to its gallant trireme but by the end of its short singsong voyage my humors were soothed. If given two words to describe the album I would declare “easy listening.” This isn’t that new sound your cousin’s been looking for; on the contrary, hold the proverbial phone and understand it’s the usual regurgitation of soft-toned alternative vocals. With a few tweaks the blandness of this offering could mesh with most of your casual playlists and you’d... ...

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CD Review: Captain Murphy

Artist: Captain Murphy Album: Duality Rating: 3/5 If you like your hip-hop with a good dose of sci-fi and downtempo breaks wrapped in a crackled and smoky cocoon of unmastered mix-tape sound quality, then you’re invited to take a trip through Duality. The style is reminiscent of other sonic explorers in the genre, such as Kool Keith on his spacey 1996 outing as Dr. Octagon, or MF Doom with his penchant for old B-Movie sound-bytes. The technical rawness of Captain Murphy’s first mixtape is bolstered by the multifaceted production skills of Flying Lotus and Madlib, among others. Warped interludes featuring samples from The Dark Knight to recruitment tapes for cults mix well with the chopped lo-fi melodies and slightly deeper pitch-shifted vocals. Speaking of our MC, the internet has been buzzing a bit lately about who is actually on the mic, and who is behind the project. Most sources have agreed to speculate that the artists are none other than Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt from OFWGKTA teaming up... ...

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Everything is Terrible comes to Davis

This Sunday evening at 8 p.m., the good boys and girls of UC Davis are cordially invited to come down to the TCS building to kick off the X-Mas season with one of the most crap-tacular holiday specials ever conceived. The evening’s festivities will revolve around an ingeniously edited video collage of the most abominable holiday clips in existence, described as “A millennium’s worth of VHS memories of misplaced sentimentalities, fist fights over toys for tots, erotic Santas and an endless parade of singing kids.” The hard-working elves behind this event belong to the Chicago-based website everythingisterrible.com, a video blog dedicated to resurrecting and revamping bargain-bin VHS content so bad it must be seen to be believed. The organization began in the year 2000 as a group of college friends who would show their found content at parties. Later, to share their findings to the world, they formed a popular blog and staged a series of select live performances/screenings. Now in the apocalyptic 2012, they are aggressively expanding their business... ...

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Honorable Mention

The UC Davis men’s cross country team graduated a couple of key racers and were in need of a front-runner for the squad. They found it in sophomore Trevor Halsted. The young racer stepped up in a big way for the Aggies, after a very quiet freshman campaign. Halsted was the top UC Davis finisher in every single race he competed in. This included his victory at the Aggie Open and his sixth-place finish at the Big West Conference Championships. A 13th-place finish at the Stanford Invitational, a sixth-place finish at the Bronco Invite and a 20th-place finish at the NCAA West Regional rounded out the season for Halsted. His performances earned him a place on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Region team. At the close of the 2012 season, Halsted established himself as the leader for the Aggies, providing a bright future for the young UC Davis squad. — Matthew Yuen ...

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Column: Here now

Kendrick Lamar once said, “Life is a traffic jam.” Pedaling through the Davis Quad, as just one of over 32,000 students on this campus, I see traffic. But raised from the concrete of Los Angeles, whose cracks swallow life every day, I know a jam bigger than a busy intersection. Here’s how. In a country deeply troubled by borders, Los Angeles is the pinnacle of turf warfare. Dubbed “Gang capital” of the nation, the streets of my city are claimed by over 45,000 “homies” in over 450 “hoods.” The hood’s history goes back a long way, but a good starting point would be the “Zoot Suit Riots” of 1943, where LAPD sanctioned the beating of Latino and other youths by white sailors in a classic case of U.S. government-backed violence against “others.” Almost 70 years later, war against “others” continues, but it’s not merely mindless “beef” between descendants of those beaten youths. In 2012, the descendants of those white sailors are still attacking black and brown skin, but in badges;... ...

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Column: Seaweed

During Summer Session II, I took ENL 178 with Professor Stephen Magagnini. The class description was dry, but it ended up being the most enjoyable, enlightening class I’ve taken at Davis. This speaks volumes, because I generally do not like things. On the last day, our class met at the professor’s house, where we took the final and had a potluck. Over dinner, we realized just how much we would presumably miss one another, and someone commented that we should create a Facebook group to stay in touch. I volunteered to make the group, which is ridiculously out of character for me. For some reason I was feeling the good vibrations and the usual cynicism just wasn’t there. But within a week or two, I acknowledged that the group was fucking dead, and that none of our “Kumbaya” dreams were going to come true. We don’t pretend that we’re all great friends, and it’s generally understood that we’ve come and gone from each other’s lives. Seaweed friendships are different, however.... ...

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Davis holiday gift guide

Getting a cow for Christmas might be bizarre, and it also might not be a very good gift. But don’t worry — there are other more useful non-mooing things or perhaps knick-knacks that say, “This gift is from Davis.” Christmas is fast approaching, and yet, so are finals. There is really no time to think about what gift to get for Mom, Dad, brother, sister … or pet. But a short exploration through downtown Davis proved to have a few gift ideas unique to this college town, whether it is Preeti Girl’s green blouse popular with students or UC Davis apparel. As Davis was originally an agricultural university in an environmentally conscious town, it only makes sense that the university grows and makes organic products. For instance, both the Memorial Union Bookstore and UC Davis Store downtown sell Russell Ranch Dried Tomatoes. These are organically grown and their ingredients list consists only of “dried tomatoes.” These could be a delectable gift idea for the kitchen aficionados in the family. Another... ...

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Student Assistants to the Chancellor host Prop. 30 forum

The celebration over the passage of Proposition 30 has died down, and now many students are left with burning questions about what happens next. In Griffin Lounge this past Tuesday, Kelly Ratliff, the UC Davis vice chancellor for Budget and Institutional Analysis, answered these questions. Organized by the Student Assistants to the Chancellor (SAC), the event, titled “Prop. 30 Passed … Now What?,” provided students with a forum where they could learn about the school’s budget and get their questions about the UC’s budget and the proposition answered. Many saw Prop. 30 as far from being the silver bullet for the UC’s financial problems. “What Prop. 30 did was prevent the next cut. It did not allocate us any more money. It gave us a chance to stabilize where we are,” Ratliff said. Ratliff also discussed what is being done to fix UC Davis’ $56 million budget shortfall for 2012-13 and what it means for students. According to Ratliff, talk of budget can often feel like an overwhelming amount of... ...

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Gymnastics preview

After claiming their third Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s gymnastics championship in a row last year, the Aggie gymnasts are seeking to extend their title streak to four years straight. The team, coached by MPSF coach of the year John Lavallee along with MPSF assistant coach of the year Tamara Ross, will be led by a new group of gymnasts as the two seniors on last year’s team have gone. Senior Katie Yamamura is back to defend her MPSF gymnast of the year award as she tries to improve on a year during which she claimed three MPSF event championships and set the school all around record with 39.225 during last year’s road quad meet with Sacramento State, Central Michigan, and Seattle Pacific. She broke the previous record of 39.200 set by Flora Bare in 2003. Yamamura also was named to the Capital One academic All-America second team, the first Aggie to do so since Poppy Major made the All-America third team in 2001. Seniors Michelle Ho and Taryn West... ...

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Arts Week

POETRY Joshua McKinney Today, 8 p.m., free John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. Dr. Andy Jones, host and organizer of the Poetry Night Reading Series, is bringing Joshua McKinney to perform his work at the Natsoulas Gallery. A multidimensional man, McKinney not only has three award-winning books and hundreds of journalistic publications, he also holds the rank of sandan in both kendo and Mugai Ryu Iahyodo. McKinney currently teaches flash fiction, poetry and ecopoetics at CSU Sacramento. MUSIC Children of Uganda Benefit Concert Saturday, 8 to 11:30 p.m., $10 suggested N Street Cohousing, 716 N St. N Street Cooperative Housing is putting on a benefit show to raise money for the school fees of orphaned Ugandan children. The featured artists are rock-cum-reggae groups Tha Dirt Feelin’ and Ital Souls, both family-friendly, good-vibes local bands. During the event, the cooperatives will also be selling snacks, drinks and Ugandan art. ART/GALLERY ‘Organism’ Tuesday, 7 to 9:30 p.m., free UC Davis Art Building (Old Nelson Gallery) Organism is an interdisciplinary art show that... ...

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Editorial: Survival guide

In a matter of days, young adults everywhere will be free from torturous finals and projects only to be released into the open arms of overbearing family members. Although winter break is only three weeks, it definitely feels like a lifetime. We all leave school wanting to be home and realize within a few hours of returning to our hometowns that we need to be back at Davis. Here at The Aggie, we specialize in avoiding the real world and have tips for weeks of being surrounded by people who make you want to choke on your own food. We’ve compiled a list of fool-proof tips to help you return to school without swearing off going home for the holidays ever again. 1. The first step in surviving the holidays with your family is oversleeping. Claim that you’re still exhausted from finals; show your parents that their money went to a hard-earned education. 2. Your new best friend is in liquid form. More than ever before will you crave to... ...

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Meet Vanessa Correa, UC’s Creative Director

Vanessa Correa, creative director for the University of California (UC), led the design team that unveiled the rebranding of the UC system last month. With a background in graphic design, Correa is a force in the art world. In an email interview, she provided insight into her job, her goals in creating the UC logo and how powerful good design can be. The Aggie: What does your job as creative director of UC Office of the President entail? Correa: I work closely with UC’s creative team and other creative partners to set the overall tone and look of our systemwide materials. I often act as the primary advocate to internal and external audiences for the concepts and work that our group produces. I’m both the coach and the cheerleader. What was your vision for the new visual identity of the UC? When we started, our goals were two-fold: first, to reinstate the systemwide seal’s authority and gravitas after years of casual, indiscriminate use; and second, to create a coherent identity... ...

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A look at Senate platforms and goals

The ASUCD Senate table said farewell to the fall 2011 senators one week ago. Former senators Anni Kimball, Justin Goss, Erica Padgett, Jared Crisologo-Smith and Patrick Sheehan discussed their year in office and the running platforms they have completed. Former Senator Anni Kimball (email interview) Initial Platforms Work to create an ASUCD service fair Reduce plastic consumption on campus Accomplished? “I did create the Volunteer and Service Fair. We held one in April and the second one earlier in November. I’m really excited that we were able to secure a line item in the budget for this event, because that means it will be institutionalized for years to come. Unfortunately, in working with the CoHo, my ideas for reducing plastic consumption didn’t pan out. However, I did work on other environmental projects such as getting the Bookstore to sell green books (testing books made from recycled materials) and working closely with EPPC and the Greeks to further our campus’ sustainable efforts.” Former Senator Justin Goss (email interview) Initial Platforms Work... ...

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Athletics department hires dog for football games

UC Davis sporting events boast many crazy things, including interesting costumes, wild fans and lots of blue and gold. But when most Aggies go to a home football game, seeing a dog running on the field is at the bottom of their list of expectations. However, since the end of October, UC Davis football home game attendees can see Pint, a two-year-old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, picking up the on-field tees after kickoffs. When UC Davis Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing Scott Brayton was introduced to the idea of involving a dog in football games in late August from a student ticket holder at Boise State University, he contacted the veterinary school to find a dog and owner who would be willing to participate. “We thought it would be a nice partnership with the School of Veterinary Medicine and something that all of our fans would enjoy seeing,” Brayton said. “It’s something that not all fans would see at a football game.” UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine professor... ...

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