Review Category : Campus News

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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UC Davis Fire Department offering new Emergency Medical Technician program

The UC Davis Fire Department (UCDFD) is now offering an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program that covers a basic overview of the emergency medical care system (EMS). The course trains students on how to become EMTs, including patient assessment during an emergency, ethical and legal aspects and patient symptom recognition. “They learn about dozens of different medical problems, the basic pathophysiology behind them, the signs and symptoms associated with each, and what the proper treatment is,” said Michael McCartney, UCDFD firefighter, EMT instructor and a UC Davis alumnus. “They also learn about traumatic injuries that can occur, from car accidents, gun shot wounds, falls and others.” This accelerated program runs over seven weeks, totaling 160 hours of lectures and labs. Lectures are taught by UCDFD firefighters themselves, including McCartney, Braden Burrhus and program coordinator Scott Hatcher. All three instructors are also licensed paramedics. Lab instructors come from several different backgrounds, such as American Medical Response, UCDFD and EMT event and club supervision. “We all have a diverse background of knowledge... ...

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News in Brief: Hate crime occurs at UC Davis research facility

At approximately 10:30 a.m. on May 12, a hate crime occurred at a UC Davis research facility on Newton Court. According to the Campus Crime Alert Bulletin, the facility’s workers reported that an unknown subject had written racially-charged remarks in black felt tip pen on the windows of two of the building’s rooms. According to Matt Carmichael, UC Davis Police Chief, there are no current leads. “Somebody gets a backpack stolen. It’s property, but anytime there’s an event related to hate, that’s personal,” Carmichael said. “That’s emotional. You can hurt us by taking our stuff. But when you hurt someone emotionally like that it really hurts all of our campus.” This incident is the fourth hate crime to occur this academic year. It follows three other hate incidents that occurred in November 2013, in which individuals reported that racial slurs were yelled at them from vehicles passing by. “These are cowardly acts that occurred when no one is around,” Carmichael said. Carmichael urges anyone that has any information on the... ...

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UC Davis Police implements Police Accountability Board

A new Police Accountability Board (PAB) was implemented by the UC Davis Police Department (UCDPD). The panel was established as a pilot program toward the beginning of 2014. The panel consists of members of the UC Davis community, including students, faculty and community members. The PAB was created in the hopes of strengthening the relationship between the UCDPD and the Davis community. By promoting accountability, trust and communication between Davis civilians and the police department, the PAB will ensure a lesser gap between the police department and the community. The PAB will be serving the community independently from the police department represent the concerns the community may have regarding law enforcement in the Davis area. Due to the incident in November 2011 when multiple students were pepper sprayed by UC Davis Police during the international Occupy movement, many questioned the trusting relationship between the UCDPD and the rest of the Davis community. The PAB has the potential to mend this gap in trust by allowing the public to have an... ...

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This week in Senate: May 29, 2014

Vice President Maxwell Kappes presided over the weekly senate meeting on May 29 in the Mee Room. The meeting was called to order at 6:24 p.m. In the appointments and confirmation section of the meeting, senate approved candidates for Academic Affairs Commission, Picnic Day and Aggie Reuse. During public announcements, Senator Gareth Smythe announced that the Champagne Committee met to recognize hourly employees and that Budget Hearings would be taking place the next weekend in the Mee Room. Senator Mariah Watson mentioned her petition to start mid-quarter evaluations. Senator Azka Fayyaz announced the Canned Food Castle Competition taking place at the Quad on May 30 to support The Pantry. Meeting attendees then went to the Candlelight Vigil on the Quad to honor the victims of the UC Santa Barbara shooting. According to Smythe, it is important that UC Davis gives its response to the tragedy that happened. “I think it’s wonderful that people have given up their Thursday night to stand in solidarity with our sister UC school,” Smythe said.... ...

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UC Board of Regents meets in Sacramento for annual meeting

The University of California Board of Regents met in Sacramento on May 14 and 15 at the Sacramento Convention Center. The Regents discussed a variety of issues and topics concerning University of California (UC) campuses and students. The meeting began at 8:40 a.m. on May 14. The public comment session initiated the meeting. Various UC students, professors, faculty and community members expressed concerns at their respective UC campus. There were over 70 attendees from the public who wished to address the Regents during the public comment session. Of the groups of public attendees, Fossil Free UC was prominent. The group protested the UC investment in companies that utilize fossil fuels, arguing that they perpetuate environmental pollution. Students argued that the tuition money UC students pay should not go towards companies that engage in practices that are not environmentally friendly. The students cited that Stanford University recently divested from companies engaged in practices involving fossil fuels and want to see the same shift in investment for all UC schools. Students rallied... ...

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UC Davis hosts 14th annual Big Bang! Business Competition

The 14th annual Big Bang! Business Competition, hosted by the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Management, provided the opportunity for UC Davis students, staff, faculty and alumni to compete in order to win prize money for their respective companies. According to Cleveland Justis, executive director of the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the event had more than twice the number of applicants than in previous years. “There were 66 teams, about 200 people, entered,” Justis said. “They go through a series of rounds, and the rounds get smaller and smaller.” Justis says that a wide variety of companies enter the competition. “It’s a wide range,” Justis said. “In order to enter the competition you have to be somehow involved in UC Davis. It’s the kind of businesses you would think given UC Davis. A number of agricultural relations, medical devices, you name it. There was diversity.” The competition, which includes a series of workshops and programs, begins at the start of... ...

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Katehi delivers State of the Campus address to UC Davis students

On May 19, UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi delivered her State of the Campus address to students at UC Davis. The address took place in the UC Davis Welcome Center presentation room at 5:30 p.m. Katehi said that the presentation was the same one she gives each year to the faculty senate and the foundation board, which handles UC Davis endowments. She said she decided to give the same presentation to students. A group of about 10 students appeared, and Katehi said the presentation was able to be more interactive than it would have had there been a larger group. One of the main parts of the address reviewed the UC Davis Vision of Excellence, which is revisited every five years. The vision includes the six goals for the institution within the next five years. “One of the main points was to increase financial support because these goals were decided during a difficult financial time,” Katehi said. “Now we are more stable financially.” There was a 30 percent decrease... ...

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UC Davis holds UCSB candlelight vigil

On May 29, a student-organized candlelight vigil to honor the victims of the UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) tragedy was held on the Quad. The event included speakers from both the UC Davis and Davis communities, along with students who personally knew the UCSB victims. The event was planned by second-year neurology, physiology and behavior, and English double major Sasha Kasper. During the event, she said that a testimony by UCSB victim Christopher Martinez’s father, Richard Martinez, inspired her to plan the vigil. She said wanted to be able to hold a ceremony that would recognize the victims lost during the event and to promote healing for the the people who were affected by the tragedy. “This vigil tonight is to express our support to the family and friends of the victims, our fellow students at UCSB and the community of Isla Vista,” Kasper said during the vigil. “But most importantly, it is a time to celebrate the lives of the students we lost.” According to the Facebook page for the... ...

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“Health Happens Here” initiates pilot program at UC Davis

In the next few months, “Health Happens Here,” a statewide health campaign, will bring hammocks and hydration stations to UC Davis to promote wellness and a healthy learning environment. These projects will be funded by a $50,000 grant provided by The California Endowment, a statewide health foundation that has brought its campaign to UC Davis. Having already established a longstanding relationship with The California Endowment, UC Davis approached the foundation a year ago to discuss health initiatives existing on campus and also expanding the project to the Davis community. “Wellness is a holistic approach but education and knowing how to advocate for yourself when it comes to medical and mental health … that’s an important piece of a person’s wellness,” said Lora Jo Bossio, associate vice chancellor of Student Affairs. UC Davis is the first institution to implement “Health Happens Here” and hopes to continue the partnership beyond the end of this one-year pilot to serve as a model for other campuses. The program’s chairs include Bossio and Michelle Famula,... ...

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This Week in Senate: May 15, 2014

ASUCD Vice President Maxwell Kappes presided over the senate meeting on May 15, held in the Mee Room of the Memorial Union. The meeting was called to order at 6:12 p.m. Senate addressed the ASUCD website being down for an extended period of time. According to ASUCD Senator Gareth Smythe, a new website is being developed. Plans for the renovation of the Rec Pool and the ARC were discussed. There are currently plans to get rid of the current pool and replace it with two new pools — one seasonal and one year round. The committee in charge of the renovations is collecting suggestions from students about what additions they would like to see. Plans for the ARC renovation include expansion to create more space and possible expansion of the second floor balcony. Entertainment Council (EC) Director Ben Bryan gave EC’s unit report. Explaining some of the problems the EC faced this year, Bryan cited lack of venue availability, the new campus ticketing policy and an inability for the unit... ...

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New Event Observer Service accepts volunteer observers for fall

The Office of Campus Community Relations (OCCR) will launch a new Event Observer Service (EOS) on campus next fall. The service is to provide the University impartial observers consisting of UC Davis faculty, staff, student and retiree volunteers to observe and report at campus events and demonstrations. The observer’s role does not include mediating or getting involved with participants in any way. Once observers feel their safety is being compromised and feel the need to contact authorities, their role as observers ceases to continue at the event since they are no longer taking a neutral stance. Anyone may request to have EOS at a public event that has the potential of illegal activity or violation of University policy. EOS stems from Recommendation 41 made by the University of California Office of the President in 2012 in the Robinson Edley report that was composed in response to protests and demonstrations at UC campuses. According to the Robinson Edley description on the UC website, “This report guides the UC system and campuses... ...

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