Softball hopes for Valentine’s victories in City of Angels

Event: Stacy Winsburg Memorial Tournament Records: Aggies 1-4; Bruins 5-0; Colonials 4-0; Hilltoppers 3-1-1 Where: Los Angeles, Calif. When: Friday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m.; Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. Who to Watch: With the Aggies’ first games commencing on the road Feb. 7, several players are already entering the season on a high note with preseason accolades. Junior pitcher Justine Vela and sophomore outfielder Jasmine Lee each received All-Conference Honors prior to the start of the 2014 season. Vela, always a menace on the mound, nabbed one of only three pitching slots on College Sports Madness’ Preseason All-Conference Softball First Team, while Lee was one of only three outfielders named to the second team. Each of these athletes is expected to be a big part of the UC Davis’ success throughout this year. Adding to the team’s solid set of returners are several new faces that are already establishing their skills out on the diamond. Looking to add to the Aggies’ pitching... ...

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ASUCD President completes Promise for Education

On Feb. 10, ASUCD President Carly Sandstrom carried out her Promise for Education after raising $250 for undergraduate scholarships. Promise for Education was a campaign to raise funds for undergraduate scholarships for UC schools. The campaign took place during the six weeks leading up to Oct. 31, 2013. Students, alumni, faculty and UC supporters were encouraged to make a promise and set a crowdfunding goal to raise funds. The California State Government now only bears the weight of only 39 percent of a UC student’s college education, whereas it used to cover 79 percent. Last year, students and their families had to provide for a bigger cost of their college education than the state. This was the second UC Davis-related Promise for Education in as many weeks. On Feb. 3, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi served coffee at the ASUCD Coffee House. Sandstrom pledged to impersonate a photograph of herself as an isolated child model, which has appeared in various media such as psychology lectures at UC Davis and Fresno State... ...

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The Fighter: Megan Heneghan

Take a peek at the UC Davis women’s tennis lineup card for each match, and you will invariably find Megan Heneghan slotted at the number one singles position. She has held that post for the majority of her career since midway through her freshman year here at UC Davis. Now a senior, Heneghan has garnered accolades that include the Big West freshman of the year in 2010-11 season, All-Big West singles first team in her freshman and sophomore years, and All-Big West singles second team honors for her junior season. “She’s probably the best player I’ve ever coached and I’ve been here 19 years,” said women’s tennis head coach Bill Maze. During Heneghan’s junior year, she scored singles victories during team wins against two nationally-ranked opponents in Sacramento State and San Jose State. She defeated Klaudia Boczova of the Spartans, who was ranked 40th in the nation at that point. “Her greatest strength is her competitiveness,” coach Maze said. “She gives [her opponents] nothing. She plays phenomenal defense and has... ...

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Aggies hope to rebound from tough overtime loss

Teams: UC Davis vs. Cal State Fullerton Records: Aggies 10-12 (5-4); Titans 8-13 (4-4) Where: The Pavilion — Davis, Calif. When: Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. Who to watch: Sophomore guard Molly Greubel had a school-record 14 assists on Feb. 8, in a tough 79-73 overtime loss to UC Irvine. She also added four points and four rebounds in the valiant effort. The continual progression of Greubel’s play has been evident. Last year as a freshman, Greubel played a considerable role off the bench, as she contributed 6.3 points per game, 2.1 assists per game and 1.6 assists per game. This year, she has been a key fixture in the Aggies’ starting lineup, starting 18 of the 22 games. While Greubel’s point production still remains similar to last year’s, at six points per game, her playmaking abilities have been on showcase. As the assist leader of the Aggies, with three assists per game, the team has looked for her to create open looks. The Aggies have really been playing... ...

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Aggies hope for fresh start against Seattle

Layercake: UC Davis looks to get 2014 off on right foot in season-opening series Teams: UC Davis vs. Seattle University Records: Aggies, 0-0 (0-0); Redhawks, 0-0 (0-0) Where: Dobbins Baseball Complex — Davis, Calif. When: Friday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. Who to watch: Steven Patterson hit .324 last year, and he was the seventh-hardest player to strike out in the NCAA based on strikeouts per plate appearance. According to head coach Matt Vaughn, the Aggies have high expectations for their star second baseman, who was a second-team All-Big West member last year. “We’re lucky to have him back,” Vaughn said. “He should have gotten drafted last year.” Preview: The UC Davis baseball team will look to bounce back from a disappointing 2013 campaign when it opens its 2014 season with a four-game series against Seattle University beginning Friday, Feb. 14. The Aggies went 19-37 last year, including 5-22 in conference play, and head coach... ...

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Men’s basketball heads south to clash with the Titans

Teams: UC Davis at Cal State Fullerton Records: Aggies 8-16 (3-6); Titans 7-15 (2-6) Where: Titan Gym — Fullerton, Calif. When:  Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. Who to watch: Junior guard Avery Johnson may not fill up the stats sheet every night, but he continues to define the Aggies on the defensive end. Despite averaging only 3.6 points per game, Johnson has been a significant part of the recent resurgence of the UC Davis defense. He has played over 30 minutes in five of the last seven games and has begun to add more to the Aggies offensively. Most importantly, he brings a stifling defensive presence and a willingness to crash the boards, something that the vertically-challenged Aggies desperately need. Preview: The Aggies are embarking on a one-game road trip, visiting Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 13. UC Davis has seen the Titans already this season, beating them 69-61 in the Pavilion. In that game, the Aggies flashed their sometimes stingy defense, holding Fullerton to 37.9 percent shooting from... ...

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Sustainable Agriculture: WTF OMG GMO

The GMO debate is like a dark stormy ocean. It is vast and deep, and most people are unsure as to whether GMOs are the monstrous waves or the boat delivering us to safety. A significant amount of literature has been published on the impacts of GMOs, and this column is only a couple hundred words. I will not attempt to address every single argument for or against GMOs but will instead discuss the socioeconomic impacts of GMOs on the hungry people they are supposedly trying to feed — an argument rarely heard. The argument is largely unheard, because it is made by people with less power and voice. These people lack the volume and political clout that seed companies, such as Monsanto, have. These people — the rural producers, the small land holders, the subsistence farmers — are battling for fundamental food sovereignty. The food movement has made a considerable amount of noise surrounding the concept of food security without understanding food sovereignty. Food security is about having access... ...

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Literary Lessons: #CatcherInTheRye

A very common favorite book is J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. Although I don’t think that taste is something one can objectively judge when it comes to the art of literature or music, I still make snide internal remarks when someone tells me Salinger’s acclaimed masterpiece was the book they keep closest to their hearts. I acknowledge that there are many interpretations of this book, one of which is a young man struggling with depression. If that’s you, don’t ever let anyone hate on you for loving this book. You do you booboo. However, you may be familiar with that one guy who’s always talking about how everyone is fake, and is constantly complaining about the minutia of his pretty nice life. He’s in that group of people that say Catcher is their favorite book, but for less admirable and more superficial reasons. For those readers, I ascertain two crucial facts about them: 1. They are privileged. 2. They like to whine. Salinger is an incredible writer and he... ...

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In Transition: C-C-Cache

“UC Davis Life Hacks.” Now there’s an article I would have really appreciated reading as a CCC student. Before I transferred here, I had a lot of fears, anticipations and ultimately false ideas of what UC Davis was like and what life as a UC student would entail. Before transferring, I always felt like there were these tidbits of information that were completely inaccessible to me. I didn’t have a lot of friends attending UCs that I could turn to for advice, I knew no one at my CCC would be able to guide me and I didn’t place a lot of confidence in anything I’d read online about student life or the perils of the UC system. Now that I’ve been here for over a year, almost all of my questions, concerns and anxieties have been remedied. As comforting as that is, I still really would have appreciated a heads up on some of those things. So here it is. Dear 2012 Transfer Student Sarah, Hi there. I know... ...

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Latin Americanisms: Immigrant Story

The immigrant experience is difficult to sum up in a way that would be apt for the reader. It might very well be a failure on my part, in my own narrative skills, that keeps me from communicating the thoughts and emotions that have seen me through the years. It’s hard to describe the experience of living and growing in a country which did not see my birth, and yet has seen fit to grant me the privilege of permanent resident status (a bit of a scary proposition — permanency is not something I take kindly to). It is because of this that I’ve opted for a general survey of the issue rather than a personal narrative, but with the steadfast belief that our stories are what make us, and what we make of the world. The politics of immigration are by their very nature transitory, beholden to social moods and the overall national atmosphere. Some years back in 1986 the United States underwent its last major immigration reform known... ...

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Guest Opinion:Vote Yes

Students are known for their brazen disregard for convention. Their skeptical approach to the status quo. Over the years, universities like UC Davis have been at the forefront of progress in civilization, from the apartheid boycotts to protests against increasing student fees and growing income inequality to a dichotomy unseen since the Gilded Age. I’m not saying that student media enabled these stands against injustice, but student media helped document these movements and give them a voice, unfiltered by malignant administration bureaucrats and their sanctioned publications or corporate-run media outlets looking to stoke an emotional response from their audiences in place of educating them. The Aggie was there to document the infamous pepper spraying incident of 2011 and their photographers were launched into the international spotlight with the work they did. Al Jazeera plagiarized Aggie TV’s interview with Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, putting their watermark over AGTV’s. Maybe student activism isn’t your thing, and in that case take a look at the educational value of student media. Both of the... ...

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UC Davis Formula Electric builds all-electric racecar

Every week, a group of UC Davis mechanical and electrical engineering majors gather in Bainer Hall. There, they integrate knowledge from electrical circuits, dynamics, material properties and many other engineering disciplines. Their goal? To build the fastest electric racecar they can under the guidelines of the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) Formula Electric competition. You might know them as the former Formula Hybrid team. This year, they have switched focus to electrical vehicles. According to several Formula Electric members, electric vehicles are the way of the future. “You can do more with a bigger electric motor. With a hybrid, you are constrained by the chassis and how much power you can put out,” said Jeff Bouchard, a fourth-year electrical engineering major. The general overview of how electric vehicles work starts with the motor. The motor turns electrical energy into mechanical energy, propelling the vehicle into motion. The motor receives commands from a computer called the motor controller. A person may input different commands to the motor controller, such as throttling.... ...

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Social media can impact future employment

Today, almost everyone has an internet presence. Social media has grown to be a great resource for Aggies to connect with friends; however, it can be a double-edged sword. At this moment, is there something on your Facebook that you wouldn’t want a current or future employer to see? Or even a potential grad school or professional school? Mary Ellen Slayter is a career expert with Monster. “Every recruiter that I know, every HR person that I know are all using tools that integrate social media into the way that companies filter through applicants for jobs. This is accelerating,” Slayter said. It is becoming more and more common for a social media presence to be looked at to judge an applicant’s suitability. Social media has given companies a window beyond your resume into your life. Employers use it to see if you would be a good image for their company. “Part of what companies do when they for you on social media is to see how you conduct yourself. They... ...

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Tune In: Feb 13, 2014

Covers and Mashups One of the great things about music is that it builds off of itself. As artists come and go, musicians’ influence upon each other occurs naturally. There is no question that modern music would be entirely different had it not been for classics from the ’90s, ’80s, ’70s and ’60s; even 18th-century classical music played a crucial part in paving the way for modern music’s growth. Sometimes this influence is very indirect and hard to trace; for example, the Beatles’ influence on a band like Nirvana. The two may not sound anything alike, but I am willing to bet that among the large variety of bands directly influenced by the Beatles, at least a few found their way into a young Kurt Cobain’s headphones. From that point on, I could imagine how his understanding of music might have been slightly altered; enlightened, you could say. Don’t get me wrong, though. Kurt Cobain is a musical genius with many, many independent ideas. I am just saying that influence... ...

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KDVS to hold Valentine’s Day event at Third Space

On Feb 14., Valentine’s Day, KDVS is holding an event featuring the bands Farallons, Taughtme, Pablo and Big Buff at the music, art and retail venue Third Space. In a collaboration between KDVS and Third Space, DJ Drew Evans, host of the KDVS Monday morning radio show “Apartment 5,” and Chandler Lavin, director of materials at Third Space, worked together in scheduling the bands, who all hail from Northern California. Both Evans and Lavin expressed excitement toward this event’s showcase of lesser known local talents whose sounds fall within the indie-rock spectrum. “We look to exhibit and promote art that’s not already accepted or common in the community,” Lavin said. “Davis, as much as it’s diverse, is very homogenous in the [arts] culture. We’re trying to be an alternative venue, whether it’s music, theatre or performance art.” Farallons, a band recently discovered by Evans, released their first EP Outer Sun Sets in 2013 and will be performing for the first time in Davis. They offer a hypnotizing blend of surf-rock... ...

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