Review Category : Blogs

The woes of obtaining alcohol in America

I am 23 years old, I have a government-issued ID and yet I’m being forced to consider getting a fake ID. I am from a country where I’ve legally been able to purchase alcohol since I was 16 and I don’t recall ever having had to show an ID. Now, almost eight years later, I feel America is infantilizing me by refusing to sell me alcohol. The problem is that my ID is a Danish driver’s license. “You need a California ID or a California driver’s license,” cashiers tell me. In order to get this it would require months of fun with the DMV or the delightful process of getting a social security number so I don’t exactly appreciate this policy. The supermarkets do accept my Danish passport which I refuse to bring with me when I go grocery shopping. I would like to make my case here. Imagine that you’re in a foreign country, that this country is very different from your own, often in a very frustrating way,... ...

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News in Brief: Second Community Public-Safety dialogue to be held

The City’s second public safety meeting in response to the a federal military surplus program donating a Mine Resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle to the Davis Police Department is to be held at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. on tonight at 6:30 p.m. The first meeting was held Nov. 14 due to citizens’ concern of the over militarization of the DPD. The MRAP vehicle was met with apprehension by many of the Davis residents prompting the DPD to reject the donation. The Woodland Police Department is now in possession of the vehicle. For more information regarding the community public-safety dialogue, contact the DPD at at 530-747-5400. — Gabriella Hamlett ...

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Ask Katehi

Fellow Aggies:   With the New Year upon us, I wanted to say hello and introduce this blog to help us keep in touch and maintain an ongoing conversation about issues and events on campus.  With more than 35,000 students at UC Davis and everyone busy, it can be a challenge to find time to share ideas and thoughts about the university and let one another know what’s on our minds, but it’s important that we do. As Chancellor, I know students expect to participate in decisions made on campus. I also know you have many good ideas as we strive to make UC Davis the best university it can be now and in the future.  I’d like to use this blog in the Aggie to keep you up to date on some of the issues my administration is working on and also to hear regularly from you. There is much to talk about, including the need to make our voices heard at the state Capitol so UC gets the... ...

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Comedian Tim Lee finds the humor in science

It is the ultimate college nightmare to realize your major of pursuit is not for you. Scientist-turned-comedian Tim Lee clearly made the best of that dilemma. Lee was a UC Davis graduate student finishing up a Ph.D. in ecology and evolution when he realized how much the entailed duties bored him. On a whim he experimented with comedy, using science as the premise of his jokes. Upon initial success, Lee ultimately turned his fusion of both fields into a career. Lee has since sold out shows along the East Coast and is now making his return to Davis. Lee’s Davis show will take place at the Richard M. Brunelle Performance Hall on Feb. 2. In anticipation of the homecoming performance, MUSE teamed up with Lee to dissect his comedy endeavors. MUSE: You’re known as a scientist-turned-comedian. What specifically motivated you to make the switch? Lee: I was in a point of my life where I didn’t want to read and write any more papers; I was frustrated with what I... ...

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Acme Theatre Company presents ‘Stop Kiss’

From now until Jan. 11, Acme Theatre Company will be presenting its winter production of Stop Kiss at Veteran’s Memorial Center. The play, which is directed by company member Betsy Raymond, shares similarities with a homophobic hate crime against a Davis resident nearly two years ago. Written by American playwright Diana Son, Stop Kiss tells the love story of two women, Callie Pax and Sara, and how their relationship develops after being victim to a homophobic attack. The play, which debuted Off-Broadway in 1998, is told out of chronological order and alternates between moments before and after the attack. Along with addressing themes of homophobia and love, Raymond says the play is also adamant in depicting themes of young adulthood. “I was drawn to this play because I think it really personalizes an issue that has been made really impersonal in our national dialogue,” Raymond said. “The play doesn’t really make any effort to send a broad message, but I think just by connecting into this personal story people can... ...

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Film Review: ‘Interstellar’

If you thought listening to Matthew McConaughey’s southern drawl was cumbersome in Dallas Buyers Club, try listening to him use it to talk about galactical jargon for three hours in Christopher Nolan’s latest science fiction thriller Interstellar. In Interstellar, Nolan depicts a dystopian world plagued by hunger, sandstorms and depleting resources. McConaughey portrays Cooper, a former NASA pilot turned farmer who finds himself struggling in a world that has no use for engineers, and has lost all hope for survival. Cooper’s daughter Murphy (Mackenzie Foy) shares similar sentiments with her father, and discovers a mysterious, encoded message in her room that leads the two to a secret NASA base. There, Cooper meets scientists Professor Brand (Michael Caine) and his daughter Amelia (Anne Hathaway), who inform Cooper of NASA’s plan to locate hospitable planets for humanity to move to, and subsequently recruit Cooper as the pilot for the mission. Cooper reluctantly agrees and leaves his family to embark on a lifelong mission in search of a solution for the world. Accompanied... ...

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Film Review: ‘Big Hero 6’

This time last year Frozen was dominating the screens. This year, however, children have a new lovable character to fawn over in Walt Disney Pictures’ latest animated feature Big Hero 6. Based on the Marvel comics of the same name, Big Hero 6 marks Disney’s first on-screen collaboration with the comic book company, who they partnered with in 2009. Set in the fictional metropolis of San Fransokyo, Big Hero 6 follows Hiro Hamada, a 14-year-old boy genius who, much to his brother’s dismay, would rather spend his time competing in clandestine robot-fighting matches than use his intelligence for something productive. In order to shake Hiro out of his habits, Tadashi, Hiro’s older brother, takes him to his university’s robotics lab, where Hiro meets four of Tadashi’s friends who later make up the Big Hero 6. At the lab, Hiro also meets Baymax, a robotic, personal healthcare companion who Tadashi has been working on and that rounds out the film’s superhero sextuplet. Inspired to pursue robotic engineering after visiting his brother’s... ...

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Review: The Morgue’s Instagon House Show

The Davis house show scene is a bit of a mixed bag. Really, the only certainties are that PBR cans will be littered about and the location will be far from the center of town (and its many sound ordinances). In the past, I’ve been thrown into walls by eager moshers, nodded my head to smooth and sweet acoustic sets, and sat on the floor, eyes closed, absorbing transcendent tunes. At The Morgue this past weekend, Instagon, Suzuki Junzo, Chopstick, and Mulva Myiasis with the Duchess and Friends treated listeners to an improvisational, experimental evening. The audience stood and sat this time around. The tapestries, freaky art and fake spiders decorating the walls of the living room were illuminated by soft, warm lighting and the performers jammed on top of ornate rugs. The show opened with Mulva Myiasis (Noa Ver, second-year transfer technocultural studies major) on her homemade synthesizers (the Duchess and Friends). The synthesizers themselves were beautiful, neatly packaged inside of decorated tins. Homemade synthesizers represent a bit of... ...

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#blacklivesmatter

This Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, St. Louis Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced in a press conference that Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, would not be indicted for his actions. Rather than taking the case directly to a trial court to press charges, McCulloch brought the issue before a Missouri state grand jury—an unusual and seemingly unnecessary choice in the midst of the tragic death of an unarmed victim. The use of this grand jury (comprised of nine white and three black jurors) ultimately led to Wilson’s release under the decision that the officer was legal in his actions under Missouri’s controversial “Use of force” Doctrine,which states that a law enforcement officer can use “deadly force” against someone if they feel their life is being threatened. We believe, though, that Wilson’s case should have gone to trial and we sincerely hope the federal court picks up where the state of Missouri failed to press charges. The process through which the grand jury decision was made... ...

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Davis firefighters distribute Thanksgiving food baskets, despite rising food costs

For the past two weeks, Davis Firefighters Local 3494 (Local 3494)  stood on traffic partitions at the 5th street intersection near Central Park with empty firefighter boots and signs asking passersby to donate money to fund their Thanksgiving basket drive. This year, however, the firefighters experienced a shortfall in donations and had to supplement their budget with a second fill-the-boot fundraiser. Local 3494 has given away baskets filled with the necessities for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for those in need for the past 28 years. “We’ve never had to turn anyone away and I’m hoping the same for this year. There have been years where it’s been pretty close. Right at the end there were one or two families left and the firefighters all reached into their pockets and we were able to get the food for those families as well,” said Bobby Weist, president of Local 3494. Although Weist was unsure of the number of baskets the firefighters were planning on distributing this year, in previous years they have... ...

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Tuition increase

Beginning Nov. 18, the campus has once again erupted in protest. Exactly three years removed from the infamous pepper spray incident that marred the relationship between UC Davis students and administration. Most recently, the focus lies on the decision by the University of California administration to pass a proposed tuition increase over the next five years. This tuition hike is the result of a struggle between the UC Board of Regents and the California State Government. The UC Regents, led by UC President Janet Napolitano, are well aware of the state’s low funding of the UC system. Napolitano and her council, while not explicitly saying so, determined that the best option for forcing the state into action was raising tuition and creating an uproar among the UC community. For these reasons, the UC Regents have decided to stop resorting to temporary solutions and take a stance. Brown, meanwhile, established his reputation as an influential governor by making difficult choices and righting the California budget after years of mistreatment. The governor... ...

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Album Review: Through the Glass by Kaz Mirblouk

I got my first impression of Kaz Mirblouk’s music in a cramped, upstairs makeshift bedroom in San Francisco. I was there for a house show, but it felt more like a labyrinth with its lack of light, closed-in walls and winding staircase. The room was the finish line, the prize in the game, but it felt more like a dead end. As one would in a labyrinth, I felt unsettled, that is, until the music started and everything started to make sense. It’s not that the place got any cozier or that my spontaneous case of claustrophobia went away. Something about Mirblouk’s music just complimented the scene so well, and in the best way possible. Hearing Mirblouk’s music in that sort of space just felt right. I stopped caring about my surroundings. Everything was how it was supposed to be: simple and personal. Recently, Mirblouk put out his first official studio release, a five-song EP titled Through the Glass. The album features Mirblouk, a fellow Aggie, on vocals, guitar and... ...

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Memories lost to Alzheimer’s disease are recovered through music

In recognition of Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month Dr. Petr Janata, UC Davis professor and researcher in the department of psychology and the Center for the Mind and Brain, visited Carlton Plaza, a senior home in Davis, to present his ongoing research of the relationship between music and memories. The association of music and memories is not exactly a new concept. Imagine driving to work and you just happen to be listening passively to the radio when all of a sudden the song sucks you into the memory of a nasty breakup or maybe your first kiss. Dr. Joel Krueger, UC Davis alumnus and philosophy lecturer at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, explained in an email interview that he has been working on a number of issues in philosophy of the mind and cognitive science, philosophy of music and Asian and comparative philosophy. “When we remember a past event , we’re not simply summoning an inventory of ‘cold’ facts,” Dr. Krueger said, “we are also summoning an ‘affective... ...

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ASUCD Fall 2014 Senate Election Results

On Nov. 21 at 4 p.m, ASUCD Elections Committee Chair, John Wu, announced the results of the ASUCD Fall 2014 Senate Elections. The winners are as follows, in order of highest voter turnout: Alex Lee, Casey Nguyen, Reem Fatayerji, Roman Rivilis, Anabiah Syed and Andrea Velazquez. “I don’t know how I feel yet, it’s going to be a really long year,” said fourth-year political science and economics double major and senate-elect Roman Rivilis. “ We have a lot on our table and a lot of obstacles we need to overcome, especially with the coming tuition hikes and the climate of student activism that we need to foster in ASUCD.” 2,896 voters turned out for this quarter’s elections. This was significantly lower than the Winter 2014 Senate Elections, whose voter turnout was 27.11 percent — the second highest in recorded ASUCD history. “I do have to say that I am disappointed in the voter turnout,” said current ASUCD Senator Gareth Smythe. “ASUCD controls a lot of resources. This is one of... ...

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Students lead protest in response to impending tuition hikes

Update (11/19/14, 1:30 p.m.): The UC Board of Regents passed Napolitano’s tuition plan this morning, Nov. 19, 7-2.    Three years to the day of the infamous pepper spray incident involving campus police and student demonstrators, UC Davis students once again filled the Quad this afternoon to protest, this time in response to impending tuition hikes. An estimated 500-600 students, faculty and community members convened in the center of the Quad at noon, Nov. 18, to make speeches, develop signs and mobilize the crowd to march across campus in protest of University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano’s proposed UC tuition plan, which would increase UC tuition by up to five percent annually over the next five years. The UC Board of Regents will vote tomorrow, Nov. 19, at its meeting on the UCSF Mission Bay campus, on whether or not to implement the tuition plan. UC officials hope that the plan will pressure California state legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown to increase UC funding. Protesters marched through campus, chanting “Whose... ...

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