Review Category : Breaking News

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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UC students protest against proposed tuition hike

The ASUCD and a coalition of student organizations and labor unions have called UC Davis students to gather on the Quad for a campuswide protest on Nov. 18 at noon against the possible tuition hike. Event coordinators expect upwards of 1,500 students to participate. The action is a response to University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano’s proposed Long-Term Stability Plan, which implies a five percent rise in tuition fees annually for all UC undergraduate and graduate students over the next five years. This would likely raises tuition to $15,564 tuition by the academic year of 2019-20 (compared to the current amount of $12,192). The UC Board of Regents will consider the Long-Term Stability Plan during its meeting at UC San Francisco Mission Bay Campus on Wednesday. “We oppose the tuition hike because education is a right and it should not be cost-prohibitive,” said Harvey Litzelman, director of the ASUCD Office of Advocacy and Student Representation, a second-year sociology major and one of the organizers of the UC Davis protest... ...

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Campus receives notice of non-specific bomb threat

According to Campus WarnMe system, the UC Davis campus received a non specific bomb threat at 10:49 a.m. this morning. As of 1:00 p.m., no credible threat has been determined, but students are asked to remain vigilant and to report all suspicious activity to UC Davis Police Department. ...

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Student Drowns in Rafting Accident

UC Davis student Lisa Sayaka Nakamaru, a 20-year-old third-year political science major from Torrance, CA tragically passed away on Sunday. She had been rafting with a friend on Putah Creek. According to Yolo County Chief Deputy Coroner Gina Moya, the cause of death was drowning with the manner of death being accidental. The two rafters were discovered the same day at around 2:50 p.m. after their raft had hit a rough spot at a popular campsite near Lake Solano County Park and Monticello Dam that holds Lake Berryessa. Nakamaru’s friend whose name and medical condition are not currently disclosed, was transported to Sutter Davis Hospital and released the same evening. At 2 p.m., the Winters Fire Department was dispatched to investigate the scene. Aaron McAlister, Winter’s fire chief called for backup including a helicopter and other specialists among which were the Yolo County Boat Patrol and Vacaville Fire Rescue Water Team. Almost immediately upon arrival, the dispatch team heard a commotion from four men who had seen the the deceased... ...

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Hell yes on Yes Means Yes

University sexual assault awareness initiatives a step in the right direction Last year ASUCD passed Senate Bill No. 67, reimplementing the Sexual Assault Awareness & Advocacy Committee (SAAAC) to be comprised of seven voting members, nine ex-officio members and two ASUCD senators. The committee intends to improve the educational programs that address rape culture by collaborating with ASUCD and several campus departments. SB 67 cites personnel issues for their inability to get the committee’s feet off the ground last year, but ASUCD hopes to reinstate the committee in the coming month with some added structural changes. We commend ASUCD for recognizing the urgency of the issue and taking initiative to combat the prevalence of sexual assault. The University of California Student Association (UCSA) kicked off the UConsent campaign this August, encouraging students from all UC campuses to join together to build on President Obama’s recent “It’s On Us” campaign. UC Davis endorsed the national efforts Monday. Gov. Jerry Brown has also begun to tackle the issue on Sept. 28 by... ...

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Associated Student Dining Services increase prices

Starting Sept. 22, much of the food and beverages sold at Associated Student (AS) Dining Services increased in price for the first time in four years. AS Dining Services, made up of the ASUCD Coffee House, CoHo South Café and CoHo-To-Go Convenience Store, last increased prices in 2010. While certain foods, including yogurt and whole fruits, have remained at the same price, other items have become more expensive. This change is largely due to the increase of California’s minimum wage, which has gone from $8 to $9 per hour. Prices generally increased about 30 to 50 cents per item. “We’ve been looking at this, probably for the past year, as something on the horizon we would need to address,” said Darin Schluep, food service director of AS Dining Services. “When we first heard of the plan to increase California’s minimum wage, we knew we would have to react to that.” Schluep says that increasing food prices also played a role in his decision to increase prices at AS Dining Services.... ...

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Judge rules Marsh’s confession as valid, trial to begin April 14

On Friday Feb. 28, a Yolo County Superior Court Judge ruled that Daniel Marsh, the suspected killer of elderly Davis couple Oliver Northup and Claudia Maupin, will go on trial on April 14, the one-year anniversary of the double homicide. Additionally, the judge ruled that Marsh’s alleged confession of the crime to the Davis Police will be used among the evidence presented to the jury. According to the Davis Enterprise, Judge David Reed’s decision came after a closed viewing of Marsh’s recorded interview with the police and an hour long hearing on Feb. 28. “The video of the interview does not support a conclusion that the defendant’s statement was coerced,” Reed said in his ruling. “Under the totality of the circumstances, the defendant’s statements were voluntary and uncoerced, and with knowledge of his right to remain silent.” Marsh is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, along with the special-circumstance allegations and is being tried as an adult. Marsh has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is currently in custody at... ...

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Marsh double homicide trial hearing on Feb. 28

A Yolo County Superior Court Judge is set to rule as to whether Daniel Marsh’s alleged confession of the April 14, 2013 murders of an elderly Davis couple, Oliver Northup and Claudia Maupin, should be part of the upcoming trial process. The motion to suppress the alleged confession was filed by deputy public defenders Ron Johnson and Andrea Pelochino on Feb. 6. They claim that Marsh was taken to the Davis Police Station under false pretenses before being questioned by Davis Police Detective Ariel Pineda and FBI Agent Chris Campion about the murders. Yolo County prosecutors say this bid to get rid of the alleged admission should be denied because law enforcement officers did not use false pretenses or coercion to elicit the confession, according to the Davis Enterprise. “(T)he defendant decided to confess because he believed it was pointless to resist in light of all the evidence against him, not because of any promises of leniency,” said Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney, Michael Cabral in an opposition motion. Marsh was arrested on June 17 and is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, along... ...

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Fire breaks out at Segundo hall

At 1:37 p.m. on Jan. 7, a fire broke out in a dorm room on the second floor of Sereno Hall, located within the Regan Residence Halls complex of Segundo. Firefighters evacuated the building in order to clear out the smoke. No one was present in the room at the time. According to UC Davis Fire Chief Nathan Trauernicht, the room’s garbage receptacle near the door was on fire and a water extinguisher was used to put it out. Trauernicht said that the improper disposal of a cigarette butt most likely led to the fire. The UC Davis Fire Department was dispatched to the room when the room’s heat detector transmitted a signal indicating it had been dismantled. UC Davis became a smoke and tobacco-free campus beginning Jan. 1. The residents of the dorm room will be referred to Student Judicial Affairs. — Claire Tan ...

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Attempted sexual assault in South Davis

On Nov. 19, around 9:40 p.m., an attempted sexual assault occurred in South Davis near the intersection of Mace Blvd. and El Macero Drive, according to a statement issues by the Davis Police Department (DPD). A male suspect attempted to drag a female victim towards the lawn area of a nearby residence. However she was able to free herself and the suspect fled. The suspect is described as being white or Hispanic male in his 20-30s, 5’11” to 6’00” tall, having a medium build, sideburns and a mustache. The DPD said There does not appear to be any connection between this attempted sexual assault and the one that occurred on Oct. 28 in the 600 block of Alvarado Ave. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the DPD at 530-747-5400. — Paayal Zaveri   ...

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Woman hit, killed by Amtrak train near Davis station

Amtrak officials confirmed that an Amtrak train hit and killed a woman near the Davis station around 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 3. The woman was identified on Nov. 4 as Andrea Laurette Mrotz, 29, of Vallejo. According to Fox 40 News, passengers aboard the train said they heard a thud at the time of the accident and the train came to a screeching halt afterwards. Kimberly Woods, an Amtrak media representative said there were about 314 passengers aboard the train at the time. Amtrak officials said the woman killed is considered a trespasser and the train tracks are private property. No other passengers were injured. The incident is still under investigation. — Paayal Zaveri ...

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Davis Police investigate attempted arson

On Nov. 3 at around 1 p.m., the Davis Police was dispatched to the Phi Kappa Phi Fraternity house, located at 642 Adams St., in regard to an arson attempt. At approximately 1 a.m. that night, the residents detected a natural gas odor from within the house. According to a Davis Police advisory notification, the residents were able to discover a deliberate gas leak as well as an “obviously deliberate attempt to ignite a fire inside the residence, which could have ignited the gas.” The Davis Police Department is currently investigating this incident. Those with any information are urged to contact the Davis Police at (530) 747-5400. — Claire Tan  — — ...

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Attempted sexual assault in North Davis apartment complex

On Tuesday Oct. 28, a male suspect attempted to sexually assault a female around 10:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Alvarado Ave. near Anderson Rd. According to a press release by the Davis Police Department (DPD), the female victim had returned to her apartment complex and parked her car when the suspect confronted her and attempted to sexually assault her in the parking lot. The female defended herself so she was able to escape from the attacker. Police arrived on scene shortly after, but were unable to locate the suspect. Lt. Glen Glasgow from the DPD, said the police have a detailed description of the suspect which they are using in their investigation. However, they cannot release too much information at this time because it is an ongoing investigation. The press release by the DPD states that the suspect was described as an African American male, 5’11” tall, weighing 220 pounds, a wide-set nose, bald with a salt-and-pepper beard and about 40 years old; the suspect was last seen wearing a black jacket and dark colored... ...

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Fifth Street closed due to roadway hazard

Both directions of Fifth Street between G Street and I Street have been temporarily closed due to a roadway hazard, according to reports by the Davis Police Department and the City of Davis City Manager’s office. A press release from the City Manager’s office stated that high winds caused a tree branch to strike a utility line for Union Pacific and Cal Northern Railroad on Fifth Street which created unsafe conditions. The impact broke the utility pole near the Dairy Queen at 909 Fifth Street. Attempts to stabilize the pole caused further problems and impacted the utility pole south of the Dairy Queen. The roadway between G and I Streets has been closed until the situation can be resolved. Police are currently on scene and detours to re-direct traffic are in place. —Paayal Zaveri ...

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