Review Category : Campus News

Artists install public, interactive art throughout Davis

As Bill Maul painted Godzilla’s torso, standing on a ladder at the top of an outdoor stairwell leading to the roof of the F Street parking structure in downtown Davis, Alex Reisfar outlined the carnivorous pursuits of another less fictional dinosaur on the adjacent wall. The collaboration, mixing the separate influences of two artists from different parts of the country, brought together two different styles of art sharing a theme to a public space. The F Street garage, dubbed the “Art Garage” by its creators, is the latest experiment undertaken by art gallery owner John Natsoulas to paint the walls of Davis. Maul is the leader of the Davis mural team, which includes Resifar, from Portland, Ore.; Monto Kumagai, who documents most of the works and several other local artists. The Art Garage is an expansion of the Transmedia Art Walk, which links together most of the publicly available art on the UC Davis campus and in the streets of downtown Davis, most of the latter being interactive. “If you... ...

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Davis Police Department Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle voted to get sent back to U.S. government

On Oct. 21 the Davis City Council voted to send the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle that the Davis Police Department (DPD) acquired from military surplus back to the U.S. government. They also amended the city’s policy on acquiring military surplus equipment in the future. The two-part vote totaled 3-2 and 5-0, respectively. According to the DPD, the city has been participating in a program for the last 20 years in which military surplus equipment is turned over to city jurisdictions. Approximately five years ago the DPD proposed that they participate in the newest of these programs, titled the Department of Defense Excess Property Program (1033 Program), and they were approved. It was through this program that the DPD acquired the new MRAP. According to Lieutenant Thomas Waltz of the DPD, the MRAP was to replace an old one that the DPD had acquired many years before. Councilmember Robb Davis initiated the discussion of the fate of the MRAP at the end of August, proposing the two-part vote for sending... ...

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UC Davis Police Accountability Board holds first public session of the year

The recently-formed UC Davis Police Accountability Board (PAB) held its Fall Quarterly Meeting on Oct. 22 at the Student Community Center. The PAB was formed in May 2014 to strengthen the relationship between the campus community and UC Davis Police Department (UCDPD). The board handles complaints made against UC Davis police officers and is responsible for making policy recommendations to the chief of police. ASUCD representative Ben Marchman opened the public meeting shortly after 7 p.m. After introducing board members and alternates, Marchman proceeded to update the public on the board’s activities since summer. Two major themes the PAB highlighted were accountability and building community trust. “Having these public meetings is one way to build trust with the community and bring you guys into the process,” Marchman said. “I think that’s really important, and over summer we’ve been doing that. It’s been a great process where we’ve learned a lot of things from other boards that have been doing this for a long time.” In addition, the PAB sent alternate... ...

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President Bill Clinton headlines rally at UC Davis

Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, spoke to UC Davis students and community members Wednesday morning at UC Davis’ ARC Pavilion, headlining a “Get Out the Vote” rally with representatives John Garamendi (CA-03) and Ami Bera (CA-07) in advance of the Nov. 4 election. More than 4,500 people flocked to The Pavilion to see President Clinton, with lines stretching around the structure by 11 a.m., over an hour before doors opened. Tickets for the event were made available to the first-arriving students, who were able to stand in front of the speakers. Clinton has appeared at UC Davis three times since 2002, most recently in 2012, when he helped campaign for Democratic congressional candidates Bera, Garamendi, Jerry McNerney and Jose Hernandez. “I love this campus. I love California. I came here 29 times in my first term,” Clinton opened his speech today. “I think it’s important that all of you know why you should vote. This is America’s future. You’ve got diversity, intelligence, energy and youth.” Garamendi... ...

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President Bill Clinton to speak at UC Davis tomorrow

Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, will be at UC Davis tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 29, headlining a “Get Out The Vote” Rally for Congressmen Ami Bera (CA-07) and John Garamendi (CA-03). The event will take place at the ARC Pavilion at 12:30 p.m., and all three will speak, along with UC Davis student leaders. Clinton has spoken at UC Davis twice in the last six years — he appeared in 2008 to campaign for his wife, former New York Senator and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, during her run for the Democratic presidential nomination and again in 2012 to endorse congressional candidates Bera, Garamendi, Jerry McNerney and Jose Hernandez. He also spoke at the Mondavi Center in 2002. The California Democratic Party is organizing the event to encourage students to vote, and Davis College Democrats has created a Facebook page to publicize the rally and encourage students to show up early in order to get a seat in Pavilion, which holds upward of 8,000 people. Follow The California... ...

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Professors, lecturers face different rights to tenure

According to the American Federation of Teachers, lecturers teach 40 percent of classes at UC Davis. Unlike lecturers, professors are able to ascend to the level of tenure-protected faculty, and have a permanent place in the university after a period of review and evaluation. “Tenure is achieved after a faculty member has been deemed qualified and having achieved the necessary level of a scholarly body of work,” said Binnie Singh, assistant vice provost of Academic Affairs, in an email interview. While a lecturer’s primary function is to teach, a tenure-track professor also has to do research. It is not required for lecturers to pursue research, but many do. The UC Davis Academic Personnel Manual UCD-220 Section IV states that in order to receive tenure, professors must show that they are working towards being published or have just completed a publication. APM UCD–133 states that assistant professors must ascend to the title of associate professor within eight years to receive tenure. If assistant professors are not promoted within this time frame,... ...

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News in Brief–UC Davis engineering team develops breath-test for dolphins

A group of engineers at UC Davis recently developed a breath-test for dolphins which can help analyze dolphin health. The device was created by a group of engineers from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and was led by Professor Cristina Davis. The team hoped to create a device that could diagnose dolphin health through a breath sample. “We hope that [the breath-test device] could be used to monitor health non-invasively in many animals, to give us health assessment information on wild populations,” Davis said. Davis said that the team began work on the project four years ago. “We initially started this project in 2010, and we built our first devices by designing them to capture the exhaled breath from the dolphins,” Davis said. She said that her research team members were inspired to create this breath-test from their research on human and plant metabolites. “My research group here at UC Davis focuses on chemical sensing and metabolite identification in biological systems,” Davis said. “Our work so far has... ...

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News in Brief—Aggie Surplus renovations in progress

Aggie Surplus, formerly known as the Bargain Barn, recently underwent renovations to bring in more student traffic and update the overall aesthetic appearance of the facility. These aesthetic renovations have varied from painting walls and redoing flooring to rearranging the store display. Aggie Surplus specializes in the sale of marketable items that are either sold or donated to the facility for resale. Some of these items include office supplies, technological supplies, mattresses and blankets from student housing and dorms and video games from the game area in the Memorial Union. Typical student supplies such as laptops, cell phones, computer batteries and other technological supplies that are typically more expensive can be found the the sales floor. According to Aggie Surplus coordinator Michelle Belden, the new name and logo were created in the hopes of encouraging more student involvement and traffic. Belden said that the new name has the potential to “foster some Aggie Pride” and more closely associate the facility with the campus and UC Davis students. UC Davis students... ...

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UC Davis Police Department makes major effort to enhance campus safety

The UC Davis Police Department (UCDPD) is currently implementing new programs, while also revamping existing ones, to promote student safety on campus. Pushing to better serve the campus community, the department has been working on several projects to be released this fall. Safe Rides, the police escort service, has previously provided students transportation around campus during late hours. The free service is now extending its hours as well as its drop-off limit. Campus-to-campus transportation still runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Beginning Oct. 20, however, students have been able to request rides from campus to anywhere within the city of Davis when Unitrans stops running from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. For the first time, more than one vehicle will be employed, in hopes of reducing wait times. Safe Rides is an inclusive service that now offers 24/7 VIP wheelchair transportation around campus at UC Davis. Off-campus VIP service runs the same hours as Safe Rides seven days a week. Escort services previously operated with a vehicle that was not... ...

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Senate braces itself for critical ICA information

An otherwise routine ASUCD Senate meeting on Thursday saw tensions rise as an appearance of school officials raised more questions about the objectives of both the administration and the athletics program. Dr. Milton Lang, associate vice chancellor of Student Affairs, attended the meeting, followed by four members of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC): Elsie Fullerton, Brandon Greenberg, Sophia Lisaius and Danielle Steffen. SAAC, according to Lisaius, “[provides] a liaison from the athletics faculty members to the student athletes.” The senate had planned to hold a fairly rare closed session, giving the public just the meeting’s description: “Athletics.” “We heard there was something going on with athletics and we figured we needed to step up our involvement with ASUCD,” said Greenberg, a senior on the men’s track and field team. Fullerton, a junior on the women’s water polo team, added that she also would like to see more collaboration with the student government and student-athletes. “We wanted to be available as a resource and open up a line of communication,”... ...

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New Institute for Social Sciences opens

The new Institute for Social Sciences opened Oct. 13 at UC Davis. The institute, which has been in the works since 2011, will focus on interdisciplinary research projects. Vicky Austin, assistant director of the institute, said that it will work to bring together researchers from different academic interests on campus. “We will actively work to connect our researchers with scholars across campus to build bridges between the social sciences and disciplines ranging from education to engineering, medicine to management and law to the liberal arts,” Austin said. Joe Dumit, a UC Davis professor of anthropology and science and technology studies, is the director of the new institute. “I’m really happy to be heading up this new institute to support interdisciplinary research in the social sciences,” Dumit said. According to George R. Mangun, dean of the Division of Social Sciences, Dumit was chosen as director of the new institute from a highly selective group of accomplished individuals. A search committee of faculty and staff reviewed formal applications that were submitted last... ...

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Administration, ASUCD streamlining efforts to raise sexual assault awareness

On Sept. 28, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill No. 967, redefining sexual consent on California college campuses. Commonly known as the “Yes Means Yes” bill, No. 967 is the first of its kind to clearly define consent, as it requires “an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity,” excluding a lack of resistance or silence. The bill aims to alter how schools prevent, report and examine sexual assault cases. “Yes Means Yes” serves as a significant stepping point toward these goals, according to ASUCD senator Amelia Helland. “This legislation mandates that all post-secondary schools in California enforce an affirmative consent policy and dedicate resources toward expanding and strengthening prevention education, counseling and health care resources,” Helland said. In efforts to improve campus sexual assault policies, both the administration and ASUCD are joining together and developing plans to further strengthen existing resources at UC Davis. A video project for Domestic Violence Awareness month is currently in the works with the athletics department, the Campus Violence Prevention Program... ...

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News in Brief: Legislation that would have provided significant funding for California universities vetoed

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed part of the Budget Act of 2014 (AB 1476) in early September, denying the state’s public universities heavy funding. The bill would have allocated $100 million apiece the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems. This funding for UC and CSU universities was conditional and dependent on the outcome of property tax revenues in comparison to projections. The $100 million was originally incorporated into the legislation to be given to UCs and CSUs; however, the money was rejected in July once property tax revenues did not exceed expectations. The funds would have been allotted for deferred maintenance at UC and CSU schools that was deemed critical. In Brown’s veto message, he wrote that property tax revenues were below budget estimates and the state couldn’t afford the $200 million this year. The legislative session for the California state government ended Aug. 31. Governor Brown vetoed the funds shortly after. “Making investments to maintain the state’s aging infrastructure continues to be a major priority for... ...

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UC Davis continues implementation of Drought Action Response Plan

In January 2014, the California State Department of Water Resources announced a drought emergency for California. California Governor Jerry Brown called on the state to conserve water and created a goal for all Californians to reduce their water usage by 20 percent. This past April, in response to the drought emergency, UC Davis released its Drought Response Action Plan, which details UC Davis’ plan to reduce its water usage. The Drought Response Action Plan includes reductions in water usage in dining services and landscape management, and seeks to make students more aware of the drought and ways that they can reduce their own water usage. “Our campus communication office issued a news release, the sustainability office has written blog posts and added content about the plan to our website and Facebook, the Vice Chancellor of Administrative and Resource Management has emailed the whole campus and our utilities group has created a water dashboard for campus in partnership with some students,” said Camille Kirk, assistant director of sustainability at Office of... ...

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UC Davis to partner with SunPower Corp. to construct large solar farm

On Sept. 24, UC Davis announced its purchase power-agreement with SunPower Corp., in which SunPower will oversee the design and construction of a 16-megawatt, ground-mounted solar power plant. The 70-acre site will be located in Davis, south of Interstate 80, and is expected to meet 14 percent of the campus’ energy needs. This project, when finished, will be the largest solar power installation in the UC system, as well as the largest solar power plant to meet the electricity demands of a U.S. university or college campus. SunPower Corp. is a global solar company with a diversified portfolio of customers, leading residential, commercial and utility solar energy markets. UC Davis had previously collaborated with SunPower back in 2011 to create the UC Davis West Village neighborhood, the largest planned zero net energy community in the country. “We’re really lucky with SunPower because they are… a very reputable [and well-established] firm and they’ve done large solar farms like this in the past,” said UC Davis Design and Construction Management (DCM) Assistant... ...

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