Winter shelters open for homeless

Shelters for homeless individuals and families in the City of Davis opened for the cold-weather season beginning mid-November. The Davis Community Meals winter shelter at 512 Fifth St. opened Nov. 12 and will close March 31. The Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter at various host sites opened Sunday and will continue until March 16. Additionally, Fourth and Hope at 207 Fourth St. in Woodland is open year-round. “Davis Community Meals’ mission is to provide low-income and homeless individuals and families with housing, food and human services to help them rebuild their lives,” according to a Davis Community Meals description document. Davis Community Meals Executive Director Bill Pride said the shelter began in 1990 when a recession was occurring and there were homeless individuals who were becoming more noticeable around the city. Pride said people from faith groups and people from non-faith groups wanted to address the issue and started a soup kitchen in February 1991. “Once that program started, it’s expanded since to providing meals three days a week,” Pride said.... ...

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Column: ‘Artist’

Am I an artist? This is a question that goes through the mind of everyone who digs a little bit into a hobby that is considered an art form, and I’m sure it constantly goes through the minds of people who already consider themselves to be artists. When can I consider myself an artist? And for what reason would I wish to? For that matter, why are people so eager to join the ranks of a community that is famous for not making money and whose worth seems to be determined by the whim of the audience? Is “artist” a title? Is “artist” a job? Is it a hobby to be pursued by anyone with a trace of talent or ambition? It’s definitely an umbrella term — when someone claims to be an artist, a listener might have a multitude of pictures in their head to detail what the artist does, any of which might be a proper description. Art is broad beyond compare and the relationship between the creator,... ...

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Stanford women’s basketball too tall of an order for UC Davis

Many teams have and will suffer the same fate as the Aggies against Stanford, the best team in the country. In front of 2,612 fans — the ninth largest home attendance at UC Davis in history — the UC Davis women’s basketball team fell 87-38 to the Cardinal, a team that currently holds the No. 1 ranking in the NCAA. Unfortunately for the Aggies, they were simply outmatched and outsized against the powerhouse Cardinal, which now stands at 7-0 on the season. “This was a win-win for us, we got to compete against the best and see what it looks like,” said head coach Jennifer Gross. “They’re no. 1 for a reason, they have weapons at every spot and one of the best players in the country.” Stanford junior Chiney Ogwumike led the Cardinal with 27 points and 13 rebounds, achieving a double-double 16 minutes into the game by the 3:49 mark. The Cardinal set the tone early, jumping ahead 8-0 to start the game before senior Cortney French put... ...

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Men’s basketball drops two games on the road

Two games and two late-game scoring sprees add up to two losses for the Aggies. UC Davis traveled to Reno, Nev. and Moscow, Idaho this weekend with hopes of improving to 3-1 on the season. Instead, they came home 1-4, largely due to deficits that forced them to play catch-up in the second half. It started in Reno, when the Aggies squared off against the Wolf Pack but fell 84-83. There were several standout statistics from that night, including those from the four players who scored more than 10 points. Junior Ryan Sypkens led the team in scoring. His 24 points came solely from three-pointers, a total of eight that tied fellow junior Tyler Les’ record for most threes in a game. Sophomore Corey Hawkins continues to be an offensive staple for UC Davis. Hawkins shot .500 in the field and went 5-6 from the free throw line. He also managed four assists on the night. Junior Josh Ritchart had a big night for the Aggies. He scored 13 points... ...

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Column: Useless gifts

As fall sports wrap up and winter sports usher in a new season, it is the season of giving useless things that people don’t want. With that spirit in mind, I’ll give my opinion on a couple of things from this past quarter. Here is another installment of awards that are hopefully more flattering than they sound. Mr. October Reggie Jackson cemented his place among the immortal legends with the Yankees in 1977. After home runs in game four and five of the World Series, he proceeded to blast three consecutive home runs on as many swings in game six. Junior Alex Henry scored two goals this season for the men’s soccer team in back-to-back games in October. The timing of the goals is what makes them special. The first came late in the game against Cal State Fullerton to give the Aggies their third straight win and to bump their record over .500. The next, against UC Santa Barbara, could be one of the defining moments of the season.... ...

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Aggie Digest

This past weekend, the UC Davis swimming and diving team wrapped up their trip to Missouri with impressive results. The Aggies finished third out of nine teams with 575.5 points. On the first day of competition, junior Samantha Shellem shattered the UC Davis school record in the 500-yard freestyle with a winning time of 4:48.59. With this time, Shellem bested the nearest competitor, Sonia Perez, by almost two full seconds and surpassed the old record of 4:54.59 that was set at the 2010 Big West Conference Championships. In addition, freshman Marissa Brown hit a personal-best 4:53:93 in the 500 free final heat. With that time, Brown moves into fourth in school history and improves on her eighth-best prelim time of 4:57.22. The 200-yard freestyle relay team placed seventh with a time of 1:34.72, which is the fastest by a UC Davis squad since the 2011 MPSF Championships. Other highlights from the first day include junior co-captain Sabrina Cochrane finishing eighth in the 200 individual medley at 2:03.47. On the second... ...

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Column: Single rights movement

People say maintaining a happy relationship is one the hardest things to do in life. I say maintaining happiness as a single is even harder. As we go about our lives, we’re constantly surrounded by twos. A table for one is secretly a table for two — you plus the lack of a relationship staring back at you in the form of an empty chair. Nowadays, large meals can’t even be ordered alone without a waiter condescendingly advising us that our meal is meant to be split with another person. Even condiments are paired to remind us once again that one doesn’t make a whole. Let’s face it, the world was built for two. As progressive as our society claims to be, there remain a few milestones we’re all supposed to reach by the ends of our lifetimes. Marriage, children, a stable home — but what if we don’t fit into this mold? Are we doomed to a life of constant scrutiny for choosing to be single? Or are we... ...

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Standing in Motion dances to first place

Ribbon fans fluttered through the air, changing from thick, brilliant strokes of color across the stage to thin wisps spiraling around dancing girls’ heads. They jumped, twirled and dazzled the audience with their synchronized moves. The Applegate Dance Company’s junior-level dance troupe Standing in Motion took home the $200 prize Saturday, Dec. 1 at the third annual Davis’ Got Talent (DGT) show held at the Veterans Memorial Theater. Competitors included singers, musicians and several dance groups. After a unanimous decision, one of the dancers, 15-year-old Dany Cook, came out to accept the award on the group’s behalf and was then joined by the rest of the dance team. “I knew we had a chance of winning, but I didn’t think we’d actually win,” Cook said. Applegate Dance Company’s director, Lisa Applegate, said she was excited that the dance team won and said that Cook had played an integral part in that achievement. “I helped with the choreography and coming up with the motions for the fans because I did color... ...

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ASUCD senators bid farewell to table, new senators seated

At Thursday night’s ASUCD Senate meeting six senators ended their terms and six new senators were sworn in. The farewell speeches of the former senators, Anni Kimball, Justin Goss, Jared Crisologo-Smith, Patrick Sheehan, Erica Padgett and Carly Sandstrom, were followed by the swearing-in of newly elected senators Alyson Sagala, Armando Figueroa, Felicia Ong, Tal Topf, Liam Burke and Maxwell Kappes. The seating of the new senators depended on the Elections Committee’s assessment of the complaints filed against the NOW and SMART slates shortly after the elections. Ultimately, all of the senators-elect were seated. Sagala, the only candidate denied a seat initially, said she was concerned that the meeting would not even be able to take place if the table did not meet quorum. “There was this huge chance that no one was going to get seated because we had filed a complaint against the Elections Committee following my subsequent disqualification; no one was going to get sworn in, we weren’t going to meet quorum, we weren’t even going to have... ...

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What did you bring to college?

The Class of 2016 is wrapping up their first quarter as college students, having undergone the difficulties acclimating to an entirely new environment. From pictures and posters to books and stuffed animals, college first-years have brought all kinds of items from home to make their dorm rooms feel a little more comforting. “I brought a cute night light to my dorm room because I have been scared of the dark since I was little,” said first-year biological sciences major Victoria Tran. “I plug it in right before I sleep and make sure it is not too bright so my roommate does not wake up.” Tran said there’s nothing like a night light to make all the bad monsters under those Segundo dorm beds go away. “If you want other people to make fun of you then yes, please bring a night light,” Tran said. Along with night lights, students bring various items that serve different purposes. While students aren’t allowed to bring toasters for fear of the rooms catching on... ...

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News in Brief: Davis, Woodland agree on cost-sharing for surface water project

On Nov. 21, Davis and Woodland came to an agreement on the cost-sharing of the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency project. According to the Davis Enterprise, both cities agreed to split construction-related, non-consumption costs 50-50. All consumption-based costs will be split 60-40 between Woodland and Davis, respectively. The agreement reduced the cost for Davis by $10 million. It’s now estimated to cost Davis $103 million. The new contract is required to be agreed upon by the city councils of both Woodland and Davis. On Nov. 27, the Davis City Council agreed to have a March 5 public vote that will determine the water project’s future. The project will be paid for by raising the rates charged to water bills. Woodland citizens have approved the rates, while Davis citizens have yet to approve a rate. Proposition 218, outlining the proposed rate, will be considered in January. The surface water project will pump water from the Sacramento River, after which the water will be treated and then sent to Woodland and Davis to... ...

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News in Brief: Davis Police begin crackdown on driver texting, handheld cell use

Last Friday, the Davis Police Department (DPD) began their effort to eliminate the use of handheld cell phones while driving by issuing tickets. This will end on Dec. 9. The DPD teamed up with the California Office of Traffic Safety, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the California Highway Patrol and 36 other law enforcement agencies across Sacramento as part of a federally funded pilot program that will test tactics that may be used in the future. Drivers found using their handhelds will receive a first-time ticket of a minimum of $159. The second offense will cost $279. The DPD said their goal is not to issue tickets, but to raise more awareness about distracted driving. — Claire Tan ...

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Senate Briefs

ASUCD Senate meetings are scheduled to begin Thursdays at 6:10 p.m. Times listed are according to the clock at the Nov. 29 meeting location, the Memorial Union’s Mee Room. The ASUCD president is not required to attend Senate meetings. Meeting called to order at 6:13 p.m. Rebecca Sterling, ASUCD president, present Yena Bae, ASUCD vice president, present Beatriz Anguiano, ASUCD senator, present Bradley Bottoms, ASUCD senator, present Liam Burke, ASUCD senator, present Armando Figueroa, ASUCD senator, present Don Gilbert, ASUCD senator, present Joyce Han, ASUCD senator, present Maxwell Kappes, ASUCD senator, present Kabir Kapur, ASUCD senator, pro tempore, present Paul Min, ASUCD senator, present Felicia Ong, ASUCD senator, present Alyson Sagala, ASUCD senator, present Tal Topf, ASUCD senator, present Appointments and confirmations Anni Kimball was confirmed as director of Cal Aggie Camp. Christopher Porter, Jackeline San tizo, Angelica Ramirez, Cristina Gutierrez, Mariah Watson, Nicholas Sanchez, Hiba Saeed and Olivia Brown were confirmed as members of the Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission. Dahyoung Yoon, Francisco Lane and Spencer McManus were confirmed... ...

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