Review Category : Campus News

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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UC Davis study looks to increase health for Latino farm workers

Researchers at UC Davis recently received a grant of $3 million from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health, to conduct a study that aims to improve the health of Latino farm workers. Marc Schenker, the lead investigator of the study, a UC Davis professor and director of the UC Migration and Health Research Center and the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, said that the grant money will be used to conduct careful evaluations of body weight distributions of Latino farm workers, especially when exposed to different food and diet programs. The studies will primarily take place on ranches in the Watsonville and Salinas, Calif., areas, but Schenker hopes that the findings will apply to farm workers everywhere. “The money will be going towards a careful evaluation of effectiveness that may lead to an international program,” Schenker said. Schenker said that this study was started after conducting numerous pilot studies that show that many Latino farm workers... ...

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UC Undergraduate Experience Survey to donate $1 for every completed survey

For every University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES) completed between May 20 and May 30, UCUES will donate a dollar to The Pantry, the student-run food bank located in Lower Freeborn. The collaboration was in response to the high statistic of students who frequently skip meals because they cannot afford them as indicated by previous surveys. According to UCUES, 25 percent of students who took the survey indicated that they frequently skip meals in order to save money. This is a slight increase from 2010, when the survey indicated that 24 percent of students frequently skipped meals to save money. The Pantry was created in 2011 in response to the previous year’s statistic. It is an ASUCD unit that provides free food and personal hygienic supplies to students in need and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Shinna Kim, unit director of The Pantry, said the stagnant statistic shows that student hunger is still... ...

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UC Davis Dining Services to discontinue Aggie Cash off campus

On June 30, Aggie Cash will no longer be accepted on off-campus locations. According to Kraig Brady, UC Davis Student Housing food service contract manager, the change is due to the partnership ending between Sodexo, the food service provider that UC Davis Dining Services is partnered with, and the financial institution that sponsored Aggie Cash, Off Campus Solutions (OCS). According to Brady, the banking system that OCS uses to transfer money from a student’s Aggie Cash account to a third-party vendor discontinued its service. Brady said UC Davis’ volume is too small for the bank to support the number of credit card transactions and banking fees. While Brady has looked for other companies to sponsor Aggie Cash off campus, he said that the potential solutions he had come across were not cost-prohibitive and compliant to the regulations needed for the transactions. However, Brady maintains that the University will continue to look for solutions to reinstate this service. “The good news is we’re not giving up yet. We’re looking for a... ...

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UC Davis participates in third annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day

UC Davis participated in the third annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on May 15. According to event coordinator Joe Devon, the day was started as an effort to enlighten tech companies and web developers on ways they could make their websites more accessible for people with disabilities. Devon, who is a Los Angeles-based web developer, said that when he found out about the accessibility equipment available, he was blown away. “I’d seen a video from the accessibility director at Yahoo,” Devon said. “You could have web pages spoken to you through screen readers and I thought that more developers should know about it.” Devon said he started the event through making a blog post about how websites should increase their accessibility. The event took off when an accessibility professional and now GAAD co-director Jennison Asuncion saw the post. “Jennison saw the post on Twitter and said it was a great idea,” Devon said. “We picked a date and had one event in LA and one in Toronto.” After the... ...

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Candlelight vigil for UCSB victims to be held May 29 at 8 p.m. on Quad

To honor the victims who were killed and injured during a recent rampage in Isla Vista, Calif. near UC Santa Barbara on May 23, there will be a candlelight vigil on the UC Davis campus. The vigil will take place on the Quad at 8 p.m. on May 29. Because of the potential fire hazard, the UC Davis Fire Department has asked that students not bring real candles and lighters to the event, but event organizers encourage community members to bring electronic candles and other electronic forms of light. For more information, please visit the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/449867888481878/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular. —Melissa Dittrich ...

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News in brief: Course catalogs now sold on-demand only

Course catalogs will no longer be sold at the UC Davis Bookstore. Instead, they will be available to order by request only. In recent years, UC Davis Repro Graphics, the publisher of the course catalogs, acquired new digital equipment that has allowed on-demand ordering. With the intention of sustainability as well as reducing costs, this new method will prevent thousands of catalogs from being wasted, according to Randall Larson-Maynard, senior editor and curriculum coordinator at the Office of the University Registrar. Larson-Maynard initially proposed the idea of making the print catalog available on-demand only. “As time has gone by, less and less people have been buying the catalogs, so an insane amount gets thrown away each year,” Larson-Maynard said. Previously, the number of catalogs ordered depended on a rough estimate of how many would be needed to sell. According to Larson-Maynard, estimating was not the most efficient method, as the accessibility of technology has replaced the need for students to purchase hard copies. To keep the catalogs printing locally, Repro... ...

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Divestment resolution fails to pass ASUCD senate

At the ASUCD senate meeting on May 8, Senate Resolution (SR) #20 failed to pass in a 5-5-3 vote. SR #20 called for the UC Regents to divest from “corporations that aid in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and illegal settlements in Palestinian territories, violating both international humanitarian law and international human rights.” The passage of SR #20 would have served as a formal recommendation to the UC Regents to divest from three companies: Caterpillar, G4S PLC and Veolia Environnement. The senate meeting began at 6:10 p.m. and took place at Freeborn Hall to accommodate for the expected large turnout. Students, both undergraduate and graduate, representing both sides voiced their opinions and concerns. One amendment was made to the resolution to address points made by some students that G4S also aids in discrimination against undocumented immigrants through identification software made by the company. After eight hours of discussion, the initial vote was 5-5-2. ASUCD senators Mariah Watson, Nicholas Sanchez, Robyn Huey, Azka Fayyaz and Shehzad Lokhandwalla voted yes. ASUCD senators... ...

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UC Davis holds 45th annual Whole Earth Festival

From May 9 to May 11, UC Davis celebrated its annual 45th Whole Earth Festival. This year’s theme was “Curiosity Connects.” The festival featured live performances, speeches and a variety of vendors selling artwork, clothing, jewelry and accessories. There were also service and education booths and spaces designated for activities like hula-hooping, workshops and spiritual development. Some booths had artifacts specially designed to make children more conscious of the environment. The festival was an alcohol-free and zero-waste event. Mike Erickson, UC Davis alumnus and this year’s Food Booth director, has been involved in the festival since his time as an undergraduate. He enjoys seeing students involved and dedicated to making the festival as successful as possible. “What I really like about the festival isn’t what’s presented to the crowd,” Erickson said. “What I like is that this is entirely student-run. All these students get together and come up with these ideas about what they want to present to the crowd and they make it happen. That’s what the festival means... ...

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UC Davis hosts Pride Week

From May 5 to May 9, UC Davis celebrated Pride Week on campus. Put on by the LGBTQIA Resource Center, the theme of this year’s Pride Week was “R.O.A.H.R,” an acronym that stands for Redefining, Open-Hearts, Active, History and Revolution. “I think Pride Week is important to campus because it sheds light on the LGBTQIA community and gives the greater UC Davis community a chance to learn about LGBTQIA issues,” said Brianna Hoy, a third-year genetics major involved in planning Pride Week. “It also allows those within the LGBTQIA community to come together in a safe space for workshops and get-togethers to show that they are proud of who they are and no matter what they are very much a part of this campus.” Joel Reynoso, a first-year art history major, also involved in planning Pride Week, believes that the week gives the UC Davis community an opportunity to celebrate one another’s identities. “Pride week is important because this allows for us to celebrate the different identities that come to... ...

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