Review Category : Campus News

Arts Week

MUSIC   Daedalus String Quartet Oct. 24, 7 p.m., $8 for students Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Listen to classical music from this quartet, consisting of violinists Min-Young Kim and Matilda Kaul, violist Jessica Thompson and cellist Thomas Kraines.   San Francisco Symphony Oct. 25, 8 p.m., $62 Mondavi Center Enjoy performances Appalachian Spring, Piano Concerto No. 20, Madame Press Died Last Week at Ninety and Symphony No. 93 from this Bay Area orchestra.   The Swon Brothers Oct. 25, 8:30 p.m., $15 The Graduate, 805 Russell Blvd. See country music duo and “The Voice” finalists The Swon Brothers perform songs from their debut self-titled album at this show presented by country radio station, 101.9 The Wolf.   Halloween Karaoke Party Oct. 25, 7 p.m., $10 Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center, 607 Pena Dr. The Davis Musical Theater Company presents this Halloween party including festivities such as karaoke, a costume contest and a dance performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”   ART   Pumpkin Carving Contest Oct. 25, Noon, Free... ...

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The AB540 and Undocumented Student Center celebrates grand opening

The AB540 and Undocumented Student Center celebrated its grand opening and ribbon-cutting event Oct. 21 at its on-campus location in the Student Community Center. In addition to guest speakers, including Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Adela de la Torre and UC Davis Law School Dean Kevin Johnson, the event featured cultural dance performances from Danzantes del Alma and a tour of the new center for guests. “I am really proud that this campus has a very strong visual [and] political statement of what it means to be inclusive. This [center] is a great form of accountability,” said ASUCD President Armando Figueroa. “We talk about diversity every day [on this campus], and we finally put our money where our mouth is.” In 2001, the state of California passed Assembly Bill 540 as an addition to the existing California Education Code. According to the AB540 website, the legislation created an exemption for certain non-resident students from paying non-resident college tuition. Specifically, students who have received a high school diploma in California qualify... ...

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Ideas, grants and public benefit continue to drive research

The University of California system prides itself on its leading role in worldwide research, and the UC Davis campus is no different. From tenured faculty and graduate student projects to on-campus research institutes and the Undergraduate Research Center, UC Davis serves as a major contributor to the UC system research pool. “[Faculty are] constantly doing research. One of the reasons we’re called a research university is [because] that’s really what it’s about,” said Molly McCarthy, associate director of the Humanities Institute at UC Davis. “The expectation is that our tenure-track faculty, assistant, associate and full professors are doing research all the time. They are researchers; they are scholars who also teach. They live and breathe their research. They do it when they’re not teaching, they do it when they’re teaching.” Hackler said that professors are evaluated each year under certain categories, including teaching and research. At a research university like UC Davis, research is weighed more during evaluations than at other institutions. “If you go on to graduate school, most... ...

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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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California statewide Plastic Bag Ban passes Sept. 30

On Sept. 30, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 270, a statewide ban in line with Davis City ordinance 2422, which went into effect July and banned all single-use plastic bags in the city. Many cities and towns throughout the state had been switching over to this “waste-free” model before SB 270 was signed. Now California will be the first in the country with a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags — “[the] first step, in a series of many” to clean up our environment, said Emily Kowalski, the CalPIRG campus organizer at UC Davis. “We were pretty excited. When we first started this [CalPIRG] campaign we tried to pass a statewide bill and were unsuccessful, really because there hadn’t been that discussion on bag bans yet, locally,” she said. Kowalski believes thorough circulation of knowledge on the benefits of a bag ban was missing from California towns. Additionally, she believes that the bag ban is not the end of the state’s environmental concerns. Along with almost completely removing these... ...

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UC Davis signs 10-year deal with PepsiCo

On Sept. 8, UC Davis signed a letter of intent for a 10-year deal with Pepsi Beverages Co. that will bring approximately $10 million in support of student scholarships, programs and services to the school. In exchange, UC Davis will give exclusive rights to Pepsi to sell, advertise and promote its products on campus. Although the entire allocation of the funds has not been finalized, Emily Galindo, vice chancellor of student affairs, said that the money will be used to provide both athletic and non-athletic scholarships and also to support sustainability projects, marketing, summer camps and youth programs. According to Galindo, a committee consisting of staff members, two students, and representatives from the health system will determine how the funds will be distributed. According to Galindo, Pepsi’s signage and advertising rights are not yet fully determined. She said that UC Davis has already taken steps to convert the fountain drinks in the dining commons and to replace the scoreboard in Aggie Stadium. She predicts the conversion should be fully complete... ...

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University to partner with Chile, develop new Life Sciences Innovation Center

On Sept. 17, UC Davis announced that it would be partnering with the Chilean government in a joint effort to develop the UC Davis Life Sciences Innovation Center in Chile. Researchers from Chile and UC Davis hope that their collaborative efforts and public sector research will be conducive to creating regional, national and international business opportunities. In a press release, the university stated that the goals behind the creation of the Innovation Center are to increase economic competitiveness, research and development in both Chile and California, with a focus on the agricultural industry. Research and development will cover agricultural topics such as plant breeding and climate change technology. Both the Chilean and Californian economies rely much on agriculture and food production, as agriculture is the second largest industry in Chile and California is the fifth largest supplier of food for the global community. UC Davis also has a top-ranked agricultural program that has consistently proven to be reputable and internationally respected. “We expect to have active research projects in viticulture... ...

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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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