Review Category : Campus News

Wheelchair users experience difficulties on campus

The wheels on the Unitrans buses may go round and round, but a different set of wheels on campus has slowed down lately. Adam Shapiro, a third-year clinical nutrition major, is in a wheelchair, and when he wants to get to class in Everson Hall, the uneven pathways are sometimes so rugged that he worries that his chair might tip over.

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New health center to open spring 2010

As of spring 2010, UC Davis students will no longer turn to the Cowell Student Health Center for their medical needs. Instead, they will be able to go to the Health and Wellness Center that is currently under construction on the west side of La Rue Road, just opposite from the Activities and Recreation Center and adjacent to The Colleges at La Rue.

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UC Irvine to open new law school

In fall 2009, new students will enter UC Irvine's School of Law for the first time - all with free three-year tuition.

Set to open in August, the school will let in roughly 60 students and has plans to accept up to 200 students in years to come, said Rex Bossert, communications and public affairs director for UCI's School of Law.

Victoria Ortiz, dean of students and director of admissions for UCI School of Law, said that she expects roughly over 1,000 prospective students to apply by the Mar. 1 deadline.

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Unitrans buses are too crowded, students claim

For many students, getting to and from campus means being uncomfortably close to strangers. Unitrans officials say they have not recorded a significant increase in ridership over the past couple of years, but many students are complaining that the buses are packed.

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Debate over UC Medical Center Nurse Staffing Reaches Standstill

In protest of what they claim to be steadily decreasing levels of staffing at University of California Medical Centers and Student Health Centers, UC registered nurses at five medical centers have voted to authorize bargainers to call a strike if necessary.

This decision is in the midst of extended contract negotiations, which began in July 2008 in concern of staffing, wages and benefits.

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UC Davis professors to address challenges facing new administration

With President-elect Obama's inauguration just a week away, a panel of UC Davis professors will gather tonight to discuss the various challenges facing the new president.

The event will consist of individual presentations by four different professors who will discuss the economic, constitutional, social and foreign policy issues that Obama will confront when he takes office on January 20. Following the presentations, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.

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Davis professors receive prestigious honor

When they're not in the classroom, UC Davis professors engage in cutting-edge research that expands scientific knowledge in their field of study. Some of the discoveries are small, but many have a far-reaching impact, attracting attention from national scientific organizations.

Six professors at UC Davis have been recognized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for achievements like furthering the understanding of weight management and generating images of atomic molecules.

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Students react to attacks in Gaza

Louis Sachs' winter break ended early this year.

He spent his break in Golan, a city in Northern Israel, with 10 other students on an all-Jewish educational trip. Halfway through his time abroad, on Dec. 25, five Israeli soldiers from his group were called to duty. The soldiers left for Gaza the next day, beginning what officials in the Middle East are calling the most deadly attack in the on-going Israeli-Palestinian conflict. To date, the campaign has claimed the lives of 880 Palestinians and 13 Israelis, according to BBC reports.

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Out-of-state students are a profit for the UC system

In times where the state budget is tight and student fees are on the rise, University of California officials are debating how to account for reduced funding. One option being considered is accepting a greater percentage of out-of-state and international students, whose heightened tuition fees will increase revenue.

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UC president, regents face daunting year ahead

2009 will mark Mark Yudof's first full year as president of the University of California system. There will be no shortage of challenges, as UC grapples with severe budget cuts while trying to increase accessibility and maintain affordability.

In a video posted on the UC president's web site, Yudof acknowledged that 2009 "will be a traumatic year." Still, he urged Californians to consider the impact UC has on the state, from cutting-edge medical research to solving global warming.

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Spanish department introduces Portuguese classes

UC Davis is expanding its language program with the Spanish department's recent introduction of Portuguese language classes.

UC Davis will join other UC schools such as UCLA and Berkeley who already offer similar programs.

"Most leading university Spanish departments, in the UC and elsewhere in the United States, offer some level of Portuguese," said Robert Newcomb, assistant professor of Luso-Brazilian Studies, who joined the Spanish department in the fall. "Our goal in introducing Portuguese into our curriculum was to make our department more compatible with this model and to make us more competitive in attracting undergraduate and graduate students."

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Professors, students cope with long waitlists

For students, as well as the administration, the concept of waitlisting is a guessing game.

Barbara J. Noble, a senior associate at the Office of the University Registrar, says waitlisting is "a lot of forecasting," where the registrar never knows exactly how many students will choose a certain class, but they try to make the best guess.

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UC Scoop

UC Regents to consider cutting freshman enrollment next fall

The University of California Regents will hold a special meeting Jan. 14 via teleconference to discuss a plan that would cut freshman enrollment at UC campuses for the 2009-2010 academic year as a result of insufficient state funding.

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UC Davis winemaking equation disputed by new paper

A long-standing method for determining tannin levels in wine developed at UC Davis is being challenged by an outside research group.

Larry Brooks of LM Brooks Consulting published a study that claims to invalidate the Adams-Harbertson tannin assay, developed at UC Davis by Dr. Doug Adams and Dr. Jim Harbertson. The assay is a scientific method for tracking tannin concentration in wine.

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