Review Category : Campus News

News in Brief: Davis Arts Center holds reception for young artist contest

On Friday, the Davis Arts Center at 1919 F Street will be holding a reception for the entries to its annual “It’s in the Bag” art contest. The contest, sponsored by the local Whole Foods Market, challenged young artists from ages 7 to 14 to create a piece that promotes healthy foods. The theme – “Healthy foods that I love to put in my shopping bag” – allowed the artists to create pieces in mediums ranging from watercolor painting to mixed media creations that illustrated the budding artists’ concept of healthy, locally grown foods. The contestants’ pieces will be featured at the reception for the community to view. Lauren, a longtime Davis resident and Whole Foods employee, commented on the contest’s prevalence and success in Davis. “I used to apply to the contest myself,” Lauren said. “I think it’s great that [Whole Foods] supports young, local artists.” Overall, 34 applicants uploaded digital copies of their work to the Davis Arts Center’s website for submission and review, with representatives from both... ...

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Yolo County sees increase of children entering foster care

Yolo County is currently experiencing a shortage of foster parents both due to an increase in children entering the system and a deficit of available foster parent homes. According to Cherie Schroeder, educational specialist and program director for Yolo County Foster Care, it is not just Yolo County experiencing a shortage of foster families but also counties all over California. Schroeder said that she is unsure of the reason for the increase of children entering the foster care system at this time. She speculates that it could be due to the improvement of the economy after an extended period of financial hardship. “The economy is back on the upswing, but for people who haven’t gotten their jobs back, their housing back, they’ve been riding this financially stressful ride for three or four years. I just think that there is still a lot of stress,” Schroeder said. She speculates that the rate of reporting child abuse has increased because more children are re-entering daycares and other institutional settings where they are... ...

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UC Davis professors give lectures about fusion of art, science

Several UC Davis professors gave lectures on the fusion of art and science at the Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) event last Thursday, an event sponsored by the UC Davis Art and Science Fusion Program. Founded in 2008, the LASER event consists of a series of lectures and presentations on science, art and technology. LASER events occur at a number of locations, primarily on college campuses. The event began at 6:30 p.m. at the Plant and Environmental Sciences Building with a 30-minute socializing and networking opportunity for the public that included students, professors, scientists and interested community members. Ventakesan Sundaresan, a professor of plant biology at UC Davis, gave the first lecture titled “Mysteries of the Kingdom: Sticking to One’s Roots, Managing Hormones and Spreading Genes.” Sundaresan holds a Ph.D. in biophysics from Harvard and has done extensive research in plant behavior. His presentation described plant and animal adaptations to various environmental factors and detailed the inner-workings of how plants respond to light and touch. The professor spoke about... ...

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UC Davis receives $100 million for project that would predict, prevent emerging diseases

UC Davis was recently granted $100 million by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to continue phase two of the PREDICT project, based at the School of Veterinary Medicine. PREDICT is part of the Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT) program, an international campaign established by USAID to identify and respond to zoonotic diseases that spread between people, wildlife and livestock. PREDICT intends to find new, emerging viruses and to assist countries in preventing pandemic threats such as influenza, SARS and Ebola. Other projects within EPT include ONE HEALTH WORKFORCE and Prepare and Respond. The UC Davis One Health Institute, which manages the project, is responsible for many programs and initiatives within the School of Veterinary Medicine. The One Health Institute led a global consortium in the first phase of PREDICT in 2009 and will continue to work with partners such as EcoHealth Alliance, Metabiota, Smithsonian Institution and the Wildlife Conservation Society in this next phase. According to a UC Health press release, in the first five years of PREDICT,... ...

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Choral concert to feature Beethoven’s ‘Mass in C Major’

On Friday, UC Davis University Chorus and UC Davis Symphony Orchestra will be holding their bi-annual collaborative musical performance in the Mondavi Center. Third-year student conductor and musicology/conducting graduate student Jonathan Spatola-Knoll finds the opportunity to take the stage with other companies sets Davis’ music program apart from other college music programs. “One of the exceptional things about our music program is that the orchestra and choir get to collaborate so frequently. This collaboration gives members of both groups the opportunity to perform many more major works for chorus and orchestra than most university music departments put on,” Spatola-Knoll said. The upcoming performance will be larger than past shows, welcoming four soloists for two of the pieces and members of the Alumni Chorus and the Davis Chorale. Jeffrey Thomas, Professor of Music, conductor in the Department of Music and holder of the Barbara K. Jackson Chair in Choral Conducting, explained that for each piece the entire ensemble of performers will be onstage. “I, personally, find the idea of putting an... ...

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City welcomes holiday season with festive downtown activities

Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting The Annual City of Davis Holiday Parade and tree lighting will be held in E Street Plaza today. The children’s parade starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Co-op (620 G St.). The parade will kick off at the E Street Plaza. The tree at the plaza will be lit at 6:30 p.m. by members of the Davis City Council. Activities will include entertainment by the Davis Children’s Chorale, “Visits by Santa,” and a free screening of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Showtimes are at 6, 6:40, 7:20 and 8 p.m. at the Varsity Theatre.   Gingerbread House Workshop Carlton Plaza will be hosting a free gingerbread house workshop for the general public today from 4 to 6 p.m. Another workshop will be held on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., and Dec. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m.  Carlton Plaza will provide the materials needed to build a gingerbread house. This includes gingerbread, icing and candy; Participants are allowed to bring any additional sweet treats.... ...

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Co-op program allows shoppers to donate spare change to schools

The Davis Food Co-op completed its first month of its new program, Round Up at the Registers this November. This initiative allows shoppers at the grocery store to bring their total to the nearest whole dollar, and all of the change collected is donated each month to a different school in the Davis Joint Unified School District (DJUSD). The program, according to Julie Cross, the marketing director of the Davis Food Co-op, raised $685 last month for Fairfield Elementary — a two-room school and the smallest school in the Davis school district. Cross said that the Round Up program replaced an older program in which schools would buy Co-op gift certificates and resell them to parents to raise money. “It was pretty cumbersome and expensive to run and didn’t have a huge amount of participation, so we thought we would get rid of something that didn’t work very well and replace it with something easier,” Cross said. According to the Co-op’s website, one DJUSD elementary or junior high school is... ...

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This Week in Senate: Nov 21

ASUCD Vice President Maxwell Kappes presided over the Senate meeting held on Nov. 21 in the Mee Room of the Memorial Union. After quorum roll call, Senator Janesh Gupta began the discussion of asking senate to remove a current senator who is unable to attend meetings and serve on his post. Senator Katherine Sherman proposed appointing a new senator in the following meeting. The discussion was postponed until further notice. Sherman motioned to move into committee reports. Senator Eugenia Chung brought to attention that the Media Board committee of ASUCD is still seeking five new students to join their team. Senate discussed a possible conflict of interest case in which a student appointed by senate to the voting board of the Student Services and Fees Administrative Advisory Committee also assumed the position of Assistant to the Chancellor. Senator Mariah Watson argued that the student had resigned the voting board in the summer before his work with the chancellor, and she voted to deliberate on this matter at another time. Senate... ...

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Fresh Focus provides students with campus-grown produce

For the first time in its three-year history, The Pantry is now offering fresh produce as part of its Fresh Focus collaboration with the UC Davis Student Farm. Fresh Focus is a collaborative effort between The Pantry and the Student Farm at UC Davis to combat food waste and food insecurity on campus. The Pantry is an on-campus food bank where students have access to basic food items and toiletries, and by presenting a valid UC Davis ID, students can select up to three items per day. The ASUCD unit has aided students since 2011 with non-perishable items and hygiene essentials, but the Fresh Focus program marks the first quarter that fresh produce is available. Campus-grown fruits and vegetables are harvested by the Student Farm and then sold to Dining Services. Any food that the Dining Commons does not buy, including blemished or misshapen produce, is biked directly over to The Pantry. “It’s super helpful because a lot of students use us as their sole grocery store, so they haven’t... ...

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UC Davis students gather to protest Ferguson grand jury verdict

At 12:00 p.m. on Nov. 25, a few hundred students gathered next to the Coffee House (CoHo) to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson yesterday. Wilson, a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, in August, sparking mass protests in Ferguson and throughout the country. The 12-person grand jury began deliberating in August before releasing its verdict yesterday, Nov. 24. Following the verdict, demonstrations and protests broke out across the nation, including large ones in Los Angeles and Oakland. At UC Davis today, students of all ethnicities began filling up the walkway between the CoHo and the Quad close to noon. Protesters, some crying and some holding posters reading “Black Lives Matter” and “How many does it take?”, outlined their bodies on the ground in chalk and chanted “Holler back! I got your back!” Next, protest leaders, including ASUCD senator Mariah Watson, led the crowd in singing the “Life Every Voice and Sing” and “Lean on Me.” Ed Muo, a fourth-year biochemistry and molecular... ...

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Susan Mann wins 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award

Susan Mann, a UC Davis history professor emerita, has been announced as one of the winners of the 2014 lifetime achievement awards from the American Historical Association. Mann, who is the former chair of the UC Davis history department, is the first UC Davis history professor to receive this award. Though Mann has received a number of honors in the past, including the Outstanding Mentor Award from the UC Davis Consortium for Women and Research as well as the UC Davis Faculty Research Lecturer award, she said that receiving this honor was a complete surprise. She first found out that she had received this honor through a letter from Jan Goldstein, the chair of the selection committee. Mann, who specializes in the history of women and gender in China, said that she first became interested in studying gender when she was teaching at the University of Chicago in the 1970s. Although she was then working on a book about Chinese commercial taxes, her female undergraduates encouraged her to study the... ...

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Pokémon culture at UC Davis thrives

The release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire has, once again, brought the popular franchise to the forefront of people’s attention. However, for some fans, interest in the game is not limited to new releases. On July 6, Alex Ogloza, a recent UC Davis graduate with a major in communication, won the 2014 Masters Video Game National Championship. The competition lasted for three days and was held in Indianapolis. The games were played on each individual player’s Nintendo 3DS gaming console, and to battle, the two players sat across from each other at a table and linked their game devices. According to official tournament rules, each competitor brings his or her own team of six, and all battles are double battles, with two Pokémon out for each player at the same time. “Getting through to the final round was so scary, especially since the last match was played on the final day, and I was just super nervous the whole weekend,” Ogloza said. “A game like this is... ...

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UC Davis Students Call for Statewide Action

On Nov. 24 at noon, hundreds of UC Davis students and community members gathered on the Quad and staged a march through Downtown Davis as a part of the “UC/CSU/CC Statewide Call for Action” protest regarding the UC Regents’ decision to increase UC tuition by five percent annually over the next five years. Last week, before the Regents voted, demonstrators marched through campus in protest of the tuition plan and occupied Mrak Hall—the main administration office building. “Last week it was really powerful getting everyone together and having our voices heard. Today’s another day to have our voices heard,” said third-year anthropology major Sky Johnson. “This one, more than last week, is our protest. We don’t want to hear from the chancellor and the UC Regents. This is us saying ‘we matter and our voices matter.'” In light of UC Regent and Bank of America Board Member Monica Lozano voting in favor of the tuition hikes at the UC Regents meeting last week, protesters occupied the Bank of America office located on E Street during today’s march. At... ...

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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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UC Regents approve tuition hike

The University of California (UC) Board of Regents approved a tuition plan Thursday morning that will increase UC tuition by up to five percent annually over the next five years. The decision came at the Board of Regents meeting held at the UCSF Mission Bay Campus, where hundreds of students protested. UC tuition is currently $12,192 and will rise to approximately $12,800 next fall. If the UC increases tuition by the maximum five percent each year, students in 2019 will pay about $15,560 — $3,369 more than they pay today — which would be a 28 percent increase from the current tuition.   ...

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