Review Category : Campus News

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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Online courses expand opportunities for students

Options for online classes are increasing both on the UC Davis campus and within the UC system. One of these options is UC Online, a system that allows professors from all seven of the UC schools to teach the classes they specialize in over the internet. According to Shelly Meron, a UC Online spokesperson, the UC Online classes are developed for UC students to enhance their undergraduate education. Meron said that the feedback received from students has been very positive. Some students have been able to take online courses that they would not have been able to fit into their schedules otherwise. “These classes are primarily for UC undergraduate students,” Meron said via email. “This program aims to give more flexibility in terms of student learning, expand access to high-demand and gateway courses and help our students progress toward getting their degrees.” Although the classes are aimed to teach UC students, students from other colleges and from high schools can also take the classes. The cost is free for UC... ...

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UC Davis ranks first in the world for agriculture, forestry

QS World University Rankings, an organization that annually ranks universities in 30 subject areas, recently ranked UC Davis No. 1 in the world for teaching and research in agriculture and forestry for the second consecutive year. UC Davis was also ranked in the top 15 for environmental sciences and in the top 35 for civil and structural engineering. UC Davis’ College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has more than 6,200 undergraduate students in 27 majors, as well as more than 1,000 graduate students. Additionally, more than 3,000 acres of the UC Davis campus are dedicated to agricultural research. “I think we received the ranking because of a combination of things,” said Helene Dillard, dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “The research and the teaching is top-notch, and that was very well-recognized in the ranking.” QS World University Rankings looks at a multitude of sources to determine the rankings, including the universities’ academic reputation, student-to-faculty ratio and research output. Daniel A. Sumner, the UC Davis director of the... ...

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TechHub relocation first of extensive UC Davis Bookstore renovations

As part of the new Memorial Union (MU) renewal project to begin in January 2015, the UC Davis Bookstore recently relocated its TechHub from behind the MU ATMs to the space previously used for the MU Station Computer Lab. According to Jason Lorgan, director of UC Davis Stores, the new TechHub has been open for several weeks in order to gauge public opinion and prepare for its grand opening on March 31. According to Lorgan, the relocation of the TechHub was made in order to provide more space for the UC Davis Bookstore renovation and increase visibility for the facility. “In order to expand the footprint of the store so that we can better accommodate the start of the quarter and the number of students we’ll have in general, we needed to try to reclaim some of the space that’s in the store now,” Lorgan said. “One of our solutions was to move the TechHub out.” Lorgan hopes that relocating the TechHub from the back corner of the bookstore will... ...

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Ombuds Office opens to students

On March 1, the UC Davis Ombuds Office officially opened its doors to students. The office, which opened last June in Surge IV, previously only served UC Davis faculty and staff. The Ombuds Office’s purpose is to offer confidential conflict resolution and management services. According to Susan Kee-Young Park, director of the Ombuds Office, the office differs from other counseling services, such as CAPS, by not offering psychological services and by keeping all information and discussions confidential. Park said that the office reports to the Office of the Chancellor solely for administrative and budgetary purposes, and because the Ombuds Office is independent and confidential, it does not file reports of students’ issues to UC Davis. The on-campus office is the second Ombuds center in the UC Davis system — there is also an office on the UC Davis Medical Center campus in Sacramento. UC Davis is now the last UC campus to have an on-campus ombuds office available for students. According to Park, the Ombuds office initially worked with only... ...

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This Week in Senate: March 12, 2014

ASUCD Vice President Bradley Bottoms presided over the Senate meeting on March 6. The meeting was called into session at 6:14 PM. The meeting was mainly comprised of reports from ASUCD unit directors and general discussion. Bike Barn unit director Nali Weinstein and general manager Robert St. Cyr reported that they are working to increase income. The Bike Barn’s expenses are down $63,000 from last year. In order to increase income, the Bike Barn will be renting bikes on Decision Day and holding an end-of-the-year yard sale in May. The Bike Barn is also working on decreasing its environmental impact by disposing of waste properly and recycling bike tires. Lobby Corps Unit Director David Kuwabara reported on the proceedings of the unit and its hope to expand in the future. The unit is currently working on 30 higher education bills. Kuwabara said the unit wants to expand beyond the narrow set of higher education issues and to work with the new ASUCD senators and other advocacy groups on campus. Lobby... ...

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Watts Legal: March 12, 2014

Question: Is it illegal to sneak into a political convention without a ticket and eat dinners that no one else is eating? Am I breaking any laws, or is it just frowned upon by society? The Republican convention is coming up, and I’d like to check it out, but I don’t want to buy a ticket. — J. V. Davis, CA Answer: Just because someone leaves a door open doesn’t mean you can walk through it. Sneaking into the Republican convention would be trespassing, unless you wandered into the convention in a daze, honestly confused about whether you were in the wrong place. A minor, non-disruptive trespasser would probably not get prosecuted criminally but might still get sued in a civil court for money. If you were going to get sued by the Republicans, they would most likely sue you for common law trespass. In California, winning a lawsuit for trespass requires the Republicans to prove five things: (1) the Republicans’ ownership or control of the property; (2) your intentional,... ...

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UC Davis Grounds Division removes student debt art exhibit, mistakes it for vandalism

Five art history students’ public exhibit consisting of posters emphasizing the issue of student debt were removed hours after they were put up the morning of March 11. The banners were put up at 5 a.m. and taken down before 10 a.m. the same day. The students involved initially thought it was due to the disapproval of the administration, especially since the exhibit contrasts the administration’s One World, UC Davis banners with One University, One Debt posters. However, the banners’ removal was an accident, caused by lack of communication between the students and the administration. One University, One Debt is an art exhibit created by a group of five art history students — Evelyn Frederick, Stacey Kotcher, Heather Wallace, Valerie Brown and Deborah Pavlovich — in Art History 401, Museum Training: Curatorial Principles. The exhibit serves to highlight the problem of student debt both on campus and across the country and hopes to create a forum for public discussion on the matter. The group hopes it will be a “catalyst... ...

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Watts Legal: March 6, 2014

Question: I read online that Ellen Degeneres doesn’t own the selfie she took at the Oscars, even though I think she used her own phone. That got me to wondering: Who owns the pictures on my iPhone? If I post on Facebook a photo of my friends that I took with my iPhone, can one of my friends get me to take it down? — F.V. Davis, CA   Answer: Any work of art put in a fixed medium of expression is a copyrightable work. The copyright belongs to the author. When a photograph is taken, the author is usually the photographer. During the creation of a photograph, the photographer is the one who put the artistic effort into it by choosing the white balance, or the angle of the shot, or the timing. The photographer is the “artist,” even if this particular photograph required very little actual effort. Ellen does not own her selfie — or at least the copyright in her selfie — because she was not the... ...

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News in Brief: UC Davis students participate in March in March

On March 3, a handful of ASUCD senators, along with students from ASUCD Lobby Corps and University Affairs participated in the March in March in Sacramento. The event began at Raley Field in West Sacramento, where students from all over California met and then marched to the State Capitol to advocate for legislation regarding higher education. Upon reaching the capitol building, students rallied and listened to speeches by California Assembly members Paul Fong and Rocky Chavez in addition to community college students and faculty members. The Student Senate of California Community Colleges organized the march to unite students at community colleges and other state universities and to instill motivation in students to take action for higher education. Harley Litzelman, a first-year sociology and communication double major and the current legislative aid for Lobby Corps, attended and helped organize the event. When external director of Lobby Corps and third-year international relations major Sumeeta Ghai  ran for ASUCD vice president, Litzelman temporarily held the position and aided with the legislative aspects of... ...

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Davis Honors Challenge, Integrated Studies Honors Program to combine

 The two bodies of the UC Davis University Honors Program (UHP) on campus have developed a plan to become one program in Fall Quarter 2014. The Davis Honors Challenge (DHC) and the Integrated Studies Honors Program (ISHP) will combine into one singular UHP. Current students enrolled in UHP will have the option to remain in their respective program, but students admitted this fall will be accepted into the new UHP. Ari Kelman, the University Honors Program Director, said that after becoming the director, he checked in with students and faculty of both DHC and ISHP to evaluate the status of the programs. Although both were running fairly effectively, Kelman said that those involved with the programs were concerned about the UHP being divided. “Having two distinct honors programs includes a lot of inter-program rivalry,” Kelman said. “DHC students thought students in ISHP are getting more opportunities, and students in ISHP thought the DHC students had more flexibility.” According to Kelman, students who were recruited into one honors program would question... ...

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Attention Apple device users: Bug in Apple’s security code

For all of those Apple device users — be it iPhone, iPod, iPad or Mac — a recent software update was made available that fixes a critical security protocol and ensures the integrity of online information. With this hole in your operating software, which has existed since iOS 6, hackers could potentially access confidential information such as passwords, bank accounts and pretty much any other form of private data accessible via your device. If you have not updated your Apple devices recently, we recommend to do so as soon as possible. The patch came through for iOS; meaning iPhone, iPad and iPod on Feb. 21. Yet the bug applied to the Macintosh OS X platform as well, and Apple waited until Feb. 25 to provide the necessary software patch for their Mac users. With the flaw in their source code well acknowledged by the iOS update and the delay in OS X, Apple has since been scrutinized for their lack of promptness in fixing such a large hole in security.... ...

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The Mondavi Center presents Rita Sahai

On March 8, Indian musician Rita Sahai will be returning to perform at the Mondavi Center. Sahai performs Indian classical vocal music and will be accompanied by other musicians who specialize in traditional Indian instruments. Sahai specializes in a form of music known as Hindustani which is traditional repertoire from Northern India. Classic Hindustani pieces tend to feature either an instrumental or vocal soloist, tabla (a two-drum instrument), a drone (an instrument that provides a perpetual tone to follow) and a melodic instrument (like a violin or harmonium). Sahai accompanies herself on the tanpura, a traditional drone string instrument. Sahai was born in India and has performed music since she was a child. Since the age of 9, she studied Hindustani with renowned instructors and eventually came to the U.S. to expand her musical knowledge. She eventually trained under internationally-renowned sarod (traditional Indian string instrument) maestro Ali Akbar Khan, during which time she mastered Seni Allauddin Gharana style — a branch of Indian classic music known for its intricate ragas... ...

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UC Davis celebrates annual Black Family Week

From Feb. 23 to Feb. 28, UC Davis celebrated its annual Black Family Week. This event, presented by the Cross Cultural Center (CCC), was an opportunity for students to celebrate African heritage on the UC Davis campus and community. According to Nilofer Chollampat, a third-year psychology and a co-coordinator of Black Family Week, the event aims to showcase the culture of the black community at UC Davis. “The week raises awareness that there is a black community on campus and that there are issues that they face,” Chollampat said. The event staff felt that the week provides an essential way for students to find a cultural community on campus, as well as promote the value of diversity. “We are below three percent of the students on the campus, so it is really hard to see black culture and heritage on the campus,” says Toni Postell, a fourth-year dramatic art major and a co-coordinator of Black Family Weekend. Black Family Week gives students, faculty and the community more chances to appreciate... ...

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