Review Category : Campus News

Senate bill passes to transform operation of student advocacy

On March 13, ASUCD Senate passed a bill to consolidate advocacy sectors into one single unit, as the Office of Advocacy and Student Representation (OASR). Prior to Senate Bill (SB) #53, student advocacy was represented by three separate units: University Affairs, Lobby Corps and City and Community Relations. To establish a more cohesive and efficient unit, ASUCD and the directors of each unit agreed that grouping together would best utilize their capabilities. “We’ve had issues in the past where we felt that having the three be separate from each other causes disconnect, an inefficient expense of resources and it causes all our limbs to move in different directions,” said Gareth Smythe, president pro tempore of ASUCD Senate. Certain advocacy issues are handled by officials according to their concerns but often overlap. “The main problem was that while we operated as separate units, the issues our students face have no regard for those borders,” said Dillan Horton, director of University Affairs and author of the bill. According to Horton, UC Davis... ...

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UC Davis Police enhances traffic stop practice

Beginning in February, the UC Davis Police Department (UCDPD) began recording its traffic stops of bicycles and cars online according to age, gender and race. The records will be updated monthly and can be viewed on the UCDPD’s website. According to Matt Carmichael, UC Davis police chief, if not noted on the subject’s driver’s license, the records will be based entirely on the working officer’s perception. While Carmichael admits that perception is not the most accurate method of recording, he argued that this method is necessary in order to prevent disrespecting people by asking them personal questions. “This program is about respect so I want to make sure that we travel this road with a good balance which is respecting everyone we interact with out in the field versus collecting the data,” Carmichael said. “It’s a tough line to walk because it’s important data and it’s information, I can promise you, our students want to know, but at the same time we have to be conscious that it’s not intrusive.”... ...

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UC Davis celebrates Asian Pacific Culture Week

From April 2 to April 11, UC Davis celebrated Asian Pacific Culture Week, a week when students can enjoy and learn more about Asian Pacific Islander culture through a series of events including film screenings, culture nights and workshops about identity. The Cross Cultural Center, which annually puts on this week, chose “We Will Be Seen, We Will Be Heard” as the theme for the week as a way to encourage the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community to use its voice to gain visibility in the Davis community. Created in 1973, Asian Pacific Culture Week has grown over the years to the point where the event now expands to over a week. “It’s supposed to be a one-week long event, but we got such overwhelming interest from the community that we turned it into a two-week event,” said Linda Nguyen, Asian Pacific Culture Week coordinator. “That really shows how it evolved and how invested the communities are in the week.” The week’s importance is based on the need for UC... ...

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Campus Judicial Report

We are brought up with the understanding that stealing is an immoral act; yet shoplifting from the UC Davis Bookstore, CoHo and other campus businesses is an ongoing issue. Tuition levels are at an all-time high, so money is understandably tight for college students, but being short on cash is never a justification for stealing.  Students who are caught stealing on campus end up facing serious repercussions including suspension, fines, deferred dismissal, delayed graduation and dismissal. Don’t let the temptation of stealing and the misconception of its “low risk” encourage you to walk out of the store without paying. Many students are not aware of the many surveillance cameras, loss-prevention staff and other security methods that target thieves. Interestingly, stealing is an addictive behavior. The first time you steal, and by chance are not caught, your mind starts to positively reinforce that behavior, increasing the likelihood of stealing again and thus, of getting caught. Also, don’t forget the effects it has on the people around you, particularly your fellow students.... ...

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UAW Workers strike hits UC campuses

Members of the UC Student Workers Union (UAW 2865) struck statewide at University of California (UC) campuses on April 2 and April 3 to protest some of the system’s alleged unfair labor practices. Davis strikers took their protest to the corner of Russell Boulevard and Howard Way on April 3. UAW 2865 represents student workers across the UC system, including teaching assistants (TAs), graduate student instructors, readers and graduate and undergraduate tutors. The union filed a series of Unfair Labor Practice charges against UC over the past year. Their complaints are largely centered on instances of UC’s alleged intimidation surrounding strikes. Complaints range from the UC threatening to invalidate international students’ visa status for participating in union activity to unlawfully videotaping those participating in strikes at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz and sending out emails claiming that legal strikes are illegal. “The worst part is they sent an email to UCLA international students saying that if they struck they might be risking their visas,” said Duane Wright, TA in... ...

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UC Davis Stores unveil new graduation gowns

The graduating class of spring 2014 will be the first to wear blue graduation gowns at UC Davis. The color of the gowns used by the majority of UC schools, and the color of robes previously used by UC Davis, is black. The new robes will be blue with a gold stripe to match the UC Davis school colors. They will also feature a UC Davis emblem on the shoulder of the robes for those graduating with bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Tracy Roman, associate director of finance for UC Davis Stores, said the idea to switch to custom robes was presented to the UC Davis Stores by Strategic Communications and the Office of the Chancellor and Provost. Their goal was to make UC Davis graduates stand out among the rest of the UC schools. The new robes are manufactured by Herff Jones, which also manufactures gowns for many other UC schools. “We met with multiple companies to see which had the best services,” Roman said. “Herff provided the best overall... ...

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Experimental College classes resume for Spring Quarter

After the suspension of Experimental College (EC) in December due to financial insecurity, the program will once again offer classes beginning April 14. ASUCD Senate approved reinstatement of classes for spring on March 13, and the launch of EC’s website went live April 8, allowing students to register for Spring Quarter classes. Although EC officially depleted its reserves, it will resume this quarter and offered classes will pay for themselves. Already having paid ASUCD a recharge fee back in July to cover expenses and for Creative Media’s services, EC will therefore not need additional funding to run during  the spring. The EC hopes that class fees will allow it to break even for the rest of the academic school year. “The reinstatement of classes for spring 2014 will be revenue neutral or revenue positive,” said Richard Schubert, chair of EC’s Instructors Advisory Board. “No ASUCD funds are being used in order to reinstate classes for spring.” Creative Media, an ASUCD unit, has been crucial in the success of EC as... ...

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UC Davis implements preferred name service

On March 27, UC Davis began its preferred name service, which allows UC Davis students to change their legal first names on campus systems to a preferred name through the online directory if they so choose. The name change would then automatically propagate into other campus systems such as SmartSite (which includes class rosters), electronic grade reports and the library. For spring 2014, students who use this service will be able to exchange their AggieCards to represent their preferred name at no cost. UC Davis is the third UC to adopt this service behind UC Santa Cruz and UC Irvine. The service first began at the University of Vermont. However, the UC Davis Office of the University Registrar specifies that preferred names will not apply to services necessitated by legal requirements such as financial aid, transcripts and diplomas, and that legal first names will continue to be used for these services. According to Amy Kautzman, associate director of academic services for the UC Davis Library, the service is primarily directed... ...

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UC Davis research team discovers reason behind zebra stripes

A research team led by UC Davis has discovered the reason for zebras’ black and white stripes. Possible purposes for the stripes have included camouflage, reducement of heat, social function, disruption of attack by predators and avoidance of biting flies. The results of the study, published April 1 in the online journal Nature Communications, revealed that biting flies are the cause for zebras’ stripes, as flies are likely to avoid black and white-striped surfaces. The team made the discovery by using a geographic analysis that had never been used before. The team first looked at the seven species of zebras, horses and asses, scoring different parts of their bodies to see how striped they were. The team compared the geographic regions of these animals with variables such as temperature and likeliness of large predators in the area. They then looked at the overlapping of the striped animals and these variables. “The one that popped out is always biting flies where there is a greater amount of overlap with a greater... ...

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Sacramento freeway closures to cause heavy traffic for UC Davis commuters

UC Davis student and faculty commuters will be affected by Caltrans’ Fix50 plan this spring. The first stage of the rehabilitation project to enhance the W/X Viaduct of U.S. Highway 50 in Sacramento begins April 22. The Viaduct is the elevated section of the highway that requires construction from heavy use. Eastbound construction starts from April to May 21, with the westbound side beginning shortly after from May 27 to June 25. Ramp closures are expected to cause congestion and traffic for drivers. Eastbound and westbound traffic will share eight lanes with three lanes on the construction side open and all five remaining open in the opposite direction. The most crowded areas are predicted to be where the U.S. 50 connects with Business 80 and where U.S. 50 connects with state Highway 99. Ramp closures will cause major detours as well. “Caltrans estimates that the delay going through the affected side of the W/X Viaduct could be as much as an hour during high traffic periods,” said Deanna Shoopman, chief... ...

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Campus Council on Community and Diversity announces 2014-15 Campus Community Book Project

“Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism” by Temple Grandin has been announced as the 2014-15 Campus Community Book Project. Created in 2002 as a response to the Sept. 11 attacks, the Campus Community Book Project aims to strengthen the UC Davis community through community discussion and the promotion of diversity. Events are planned throughout the year that relate to the chosen book, including lectures, films and discussions. The process of choosing a book for the year begins when the Campus Council on Community and Diversity chooses a theme for the Campus Community Book Project. Books that fall under that topic are then nominated. A volunteer committee made up of faculty, staff and students reviews all of the nominated books before making a decision. This year, the Campus Council on Community and Diversity chose the theme of disability. Grandin’s “Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism” was chosen from 46 nominated books. “We look for books that draw from a range of disciplines and that will engage our campus community... ...

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Campus Judicial Report

The start of Spring Quarter marks the opening of the Recreation Pool, the beginning of beautiful weather and the longtime traditions of Picnic Day and the Whole Earth Festival. Unfortunately, Spring Quarter often brings with it an additional side effect: excessive underage drinking. While many individuals believe that underage drinking is a harmless ritual of colleges across the country, it still remains a punishable offense and a risky endeavor. Fortunately, UC Davis provides many resources for students to assist them in their nights out. UC Davis Safe Party (safeparty.ucdavis.edu) is an exceptionally useful website created for students with the intention of informing and preparing them for attending a party where alcohol is being served. Students often do not realize that Student Judicial Affairs (SJA) has off-campus jurisdiction in matters where campus members’ health and safety are threatened. The consequences of such actions can be criminal, financial and academic, especially for freshmen who are living in Student Housing, since drinking violates the Student Housing Contract and is grounds for eviction. Many... ...

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UC Davis Police arrest man suspected of breaking into dorm room

On March 19, the UC Davis Police Department announced its arrest of a man suspected of breaking into three female students’ dorm room in Potter Hall at the Tercero Housing Area two days prior. The police arrested Justin Chiou, 18, a previous first-year student at UC Davis. The suspect was charged for burglary, according to Matt Carmichael, UC Davis police chief. The arrest came two days after Shelby Sanders, first-year art studio major, reported an unknown man sneaking into her dorm room at approximately 6 a.m. on March 17 and crawling on top of her as she slept. According to Sanders, she initially mistook the intruder for her roommate. When she was able to see the suspect was not her roommate, she screamed to her sister, first-year animal science and management major Savanna Sanders, for help, waking up her other roommate, Amanda Bogden, a first-year animal science major. Sanders said that the suspect then calmly left her room. “I just saw this looming shadow over my feet, kind of like... ...

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Eleven years of broken promises, questionable decisions mark jump to Division I

(Pictured: UC Davis student-athletes are in tears outside a press conference on April 16, 2010, as they learn that their teams are among the four cut by UC Davis Intercollegiate Athletics. — Photo courtesy of The Davis Enterprise) In the last decade, the athletics program at UC Davis has gone through drastic changes. Alumni, community members and students alike are now examining the repercussions of a tumultuous time in the program’s history. UC Davis is unique in that much of the funding for its athletics program is provided through student fees: 75 percent of UC Davis’ Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) budget is funded through student fees, amounting to a student contribution of approximately $18 million annually. That money comes from student fees paid alongside quarterly tuition — the two largest sources of which are the 1995 Student Activities and Services Initiative (SASI) and the 2002 Campus Expansion Initiative (CEI). ICA collects 89 percent of the $334.83 SASI fee ($298) and 36 percent of the $539.64 CEI fee ($196.65) annually. Included in... ...

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News in Brief: ASUCD president proposes to implement “happy class”

ASUCD President Carly Sandstrom is working to implement a course that promotes overall happiness on the UC Davis campus. According to Sandstrom, these “happy classes” are offered at other universities, including Harvard, Yale and Stanford. Students who enroll in these seminars have the opportunity to explore the idea of happiness and find various ways to achieve happiness without the stress of a grade or an excessive amount of homework. Sandstrom explained that the class would work to “de-stigmatize” mental health. “The hope is this could be a class that allows you to explore such an idea of happiness without being bound by a grade that could potentially harm your ability to de-stress and explore,” Sandstrom said. The course would be offered as a Pass/No Pass seminar and would be available to all grade levels. Sandstrom is currently working with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) faculty to find a way to implement this course and create a class that would fit in at the UC Davis campus. In addition to the... ...

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