Review Category : Campus News

UC students protest against proposed tuition hike

The ASUCD and a coalition of student organizations and labor unions have called UC Davis students to gather on the Quad for a campuswide protest on Nov. 18 at noon against the possible tuition hike. Event coordinators expect upwards of 1,500 students to participate. The action is a response to University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano’s proposed Long-Term Stability Plan, which implies a five percent rise in tuition fees annually for all UC undergraduate and graduate students over the next five years. This would likely raises tuition to $15,564 tuition by the academic year of 2019-20 (compared to the current amount of $12,192). The UC Board of Regents will consider the Long-Term Stability Plan during its meeting at UC San Francisco Mission Bay Campus on Wednesday. “We oppose the tuition hike because education is a right and it should not be cost-prohibitive,” said Harvey Litzelman, director of the ASUCD Office of Advocacy and Student Representation, a second-year sociology major and one of the organizers of the UC Davis protest... ...

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Northern California Kaiser nurses strike ends

At 7 a.m. this morning, the Northern California Kaiser nurses strike involving 18,000 nurses came to an end at some 86 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics. They have been on strike since Monday, according to a California Nurse Association (CNA) released statement due to the U.S. hospitals’ inadequate Ebola safeguards. According to the CNA, lowered care standards for Ebola patients, nurses and other healthcare workers are among the reasons for the strike. “Our call for a strike speaks loudly and clearly that we want management to stop their stalling in bargaining our first contract, stop the unfair labor practices and provide the safeguards and resources needed to deliver safe patient care. It’s high time to listen to the nurses,” said Sutter Tracy RN Dotty Nygard in a statement released by the CNA. Kaiser Permanente said in a statement that they have met the criteria the nurses have asked for when it comes to provisions for treating Ebola. The statement says that Kaiser has tried to work with the National Nurses... ...

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UC Davis Police launches online crime reporting system

The UC Davis Police Department launched a crime reporting system last month that provides the student community with a venue to report minor crimes online. The police department worked with a software service company, COPLOGIC, to create a reporting system that will allow students and faculty to report crimes such as theft, vandalism, car burglary, lost property or other minor incidents online. “We created this system to allow students to report minor crimes at their convenience without having to wait in line to speak to an officer,” said Mark Spangler, the police department’s Support Services manager. “We hope students will respond positively by filling out reports at their own convenience between classes.” The crime must be minor and a non-emergency occurring on campus. Emergencies will not be accepted by the system and must be reported by calling 911 or (530) 572-1230. “For those students who are hesitant to contact the police department, this will offer a different avenue to file reports,” said Dispatch Supervisor Leticia Garcia-Hernandez, who worked on the... ...

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UC Davis students win international engineering competition with innovative biosensor

Picture 1 (from left to right): Brian Tamsut, James Lucas, Sarah Ritz, Simon Staley, Yeonju Song, Aaron Cohen, Randy Rettberg (President at iGEM Foundation), Marc T. Facciotti (student advisor), Lucas Murray Picture 2: Sarah Ritz and Lucas Murray testing the quality of olive oil with their electrochemical biosensor A team of UC Davis student inventors won the Grand Prize in the “overgraduate division” at the 2014 iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machines) competition in Boston last week. The group developed an electrochemical biosensor that can measure the quality of olive oil. 70 percent of the olive oil sold in the United States is already rancid although labeled as fresh, according to a 2010 study by the UC Davis Olive Oil Center. The team sought to fix this problem. “By consuming rancid olive oil, you’re not getting the health benefits and flavor that you paid for,” said Sarah Ritz, a fourth-year biochemistry and molecular biology major who was one of the six group members who spent her summer working on the biosensor.... ...

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UC Davis wins Causeway Classic Blood Drive

On Nov. 4 and 5, UC Davis won BloodSource’s seventh annual Causeway Classic Blood Drive in a friendly competition with Sacramento State. UC Davis has now won the blood drive for the fourth time since its first occurrence in 2008. The blood drive is a competition between UC Davis and Sacramento State in terms of numbers of participants. UC Davis won the competition by a mere 11 donors. UC Davis had a total of 1,653 participants, 43 of whom donated at a different donation center during the competition time frame. Sacramento State had 1,642 participants, 25 of whom donated at an alternative center. Both campuses drew impressive turnouts, as 3,295 students donated blood in total. Felicia Roper, the account manager for BloodSource, managed the event for the UC Davis campus and released the final results. She said that this was the closest margin of victory for either campus during the competition’s history and that UC Davis now leads Sacramento State 4-3. According to Alexander Sigua, public relations manager for BloodSource,... ...

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Sacramento, Placer County citizens remember fallen deputies

Deputy Danny Oliver and Deputy Michael Davis Jr., two officers who were killed in an Oct. 24 shooting rampage, were laid to rest at Adventure Christian Church in Roseville, Calif. Oct. 27 and Oct. 28. An estimated 3,000 people were in attendance at both services, as reported by The Sacramento Bee. “The citizens and communities have shown great support in response to this incident.  From phone calls, emails, social media posts, letters, flowers and visits, to hosting candlelight vigils, fundraisers, donations, support at funeral services. [Their] presence at an organized funeral ceremony or procession is overwhelming to officers and survivors who serve the community,” said Sergeant Lisa R. Bowman, the sheriff’s spokesperson for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. The Oct. 24 shooting turned into a six-hour manhunt, which included the participation of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento County Probation, State Parole, and the FBI — with a team of around 300 officers — along with citizen cooperation. Alleged shooter Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte — accompanied by his... ...

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UC Davis first campus to receive Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) awarded UC Davis a Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation with the highest rating of four stars. PGMS is an organization that strives to help grounds managers with technique development and management skills. Although the society has existed since 1911, this is the first time it has offered an accreditation that assesses grounds management principles and practices. The accreditation program itself launched this July. According to PGMS website, “The [accreditation] program evaluates strategic grounds management principles and practices that produce and guide the delivery of properties to an attractive, healthy, sustainable and high-quality state.” Two other college campuses have also been accredited: the University of Delaware and the College of Wooster in Ohio – each received two stars. Cary Avery, certified grounds manager, Landscape Operations superintendent, and Grounds and Landscape Services associate director at UC Davis, submitted the accreditation application to PGMS and received the honor on the university’s behalf. The UC Davis campus impressed evaluators through three determining categories: environmental stewardship, economic performance and... ...

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UC Davis appoints new Chief Financial Officer

On Oct. 14, UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi named Dave Lawlor as the chief financial officer and the vice chancellor of Finance and Resource Management. Lawlor officially joined UC Davis Nov. 3. Prior to coming to UC Davis, Lawlor held a senior finance post for the past seven years at George Washington University, a private institution with over 25,000 students on three campuses. In addition to his time at George Washington University, Lawlor also has extensive experience working in the private financial sector; he was the chief financial officer and chief operating officer with PCTEL Maryland and spent seven years with Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies in the telecommunications sector. “I spent most of my career in banking and telecommunications; going into the academic sector wasn’t actually on my radar screen as a career choice to begin with,” Lawlor said. “However, in 2007 I got a call from someone who was doing a search for George Washington University and he proceeded to explain to me some of the challenges that... ...

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This Week in Senate

ASUCD Vice President Maxwell Kappes presided over the senate meeting on Nov. 6, held in the Mee Room of the Memorial Union (MU). The meeting was called to order at 6:12 p.m. The senate began by discusssing the new Unitrans terminal at the MU. Representatives for Unitrans spoke about the success of the new terminal, as well as the possibility of having an opening ceremony later this quarter. Other Unitrans updates included that its three new buses seem to be running well. Additionally, a new computer system is being used to manage all data, including shifts and payrolls. Senate passed six bills: Senate Resolution No. 1, Senate Resolution No. 3, Senate Bill No. 14, Senate Bill No. 15, Senate Bill No. 16, and Senate Bill No. 17. Senate Resolution No. 1 recognizes Andrew Wyly for his hard work as UC Davis Unitrans Maintenance Manager. Senate Resolution No. 3 approves Unitrans’ procedures regarding Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 through ASUCD Unitrans’ 2014 Title VI Program & Language... ...

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News in Brief: Students Affairs holds forum on proposed UC tuition and fee increases

On Friday, Student Affairs held a student forum to discuss the proposed University of California tuition and fee increases. This plan will increase students’ tuition by up to five percent annually over the next five years. Members of Student Affairs began the student forum by explaining the reasons for the increased tuition, which include the structural deficits of each of the UC campuses. However, Student Affairs said that financial aid support will remain the same despite these UC tuition increases. Additionally, students had the chance to voice concerns over this tuition increase. Many students expressed anger over UC President Janet Napolitano’s decision to increase tuition. “The fact is, this is wrong,” said Harley Litzelman, director of the ASUCD Office of Advocacy and Student Representation. “Education should be free. Moving in this direction is wrong.” Students also questioned what the effects of the potential tuition increase would be on the students’ ability to afford an education, as well as spoke about the need for students to have a role in determining... ...

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UC Davis student found dead at UC Berkeley fraternity

Vaibhev Loomba, a third-year mathematics student at UC Davis, died over the weekend at a UC Berkeley fraternity house. An unresponsive man was found the morning of Nov. 9 face down in the Zeta Psi fraternity house at 2728 Bancroft Ave., and police arrived on scene about 12:10 p.m, according to Lt. Ed Spiller of the Berkeley Police Department. Although the Berkeley Police Department has not officially released a name of the man, friends identified him on Facebook as Loomba, 20, who is from the East Bay and attended Acalanes High School in Lafayette. More to come as The Aggie looks for more information regarding Loomba and the situation itself. Friends and family are welcome to contact The Aggie at campus@theaggie.org to provide more insight or information. ...

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UC Davis Medical Center identified as Ebola-ready

On Oct. 24, the University of California (UC) Office of the President confirmed in a press release that the UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC) in Sacramento will be one of five UC medical centers prepared to take in and treat officially-diagnosed Ebola patients. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) now recognizes all five UC medical centers (Davis, Irvine, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco) as priority care facilities. The potentially fatal virus can be transmitted through contact with bodily fluids. According to the release, any patient confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may be treated at any of the UC facilities while other hospitals in the state continue to await CDC clearance. “The [UC Davis] Medical Center was chosen because of the infection prevention expertise of our physicians and nurses and because [UC Davis has] been preparing since September,” said Carol Robinson, chief nursing officer at UC Davis Medical Center. “It takes extraordinary energy to keep up with the daily and sometimes hourly updates... ...

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Carry That Weight Day of Action takes place at UC Davis

According to The Washington Post’s ranking system, UC Davis has the fifth-highest number reported of sexual assaults of all college campuses nationwide. UC Davis students did not take this news sitting down, as students gathered outside Women’s Resources And Research Center the morning of Oct. 29 to participate in the Carry That Weight Day of Action. Carry That Weight is a campaign movement started by Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz. Sulkowicz was sexually assaulted in her own dorm room during her sophomore year at Columbia and decided to report the rape after two more girls came forward claiming they were assaulted by the same student. All three cases, however, were dismissed. Now in her senior year, Sulkowicz decided to showcase her protest of sexual assault in a moving performance piece: Carry That Weight. For the piece, Sulkowicz pledged that she would carry a mattress with her, whenever on campus, until her alleged rapist is expelled. The performance piece became a national movement when, on Oct. 29, student activists at Columbia... ...

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News in brief: BloodSource hosts seventh annual blood drive Nov. 4 and 5

BloodSource’s seventh annual “Causeway Classic Blood Drive” will take place on Nov. 4 and 5. The blood drive will also serve as a competition between UC Davis and Sacramento State in terms of turnout for students, faculty and administrators. In the past six years of the blood drive’s existence, UC Davis won the first three years and Sacramento State won the next three, so this year will serve as a tiebreaker. Since 2008, the Causeway Classic has become BloodSource’s most successful blood drive for high school and college campuses in the Sacramento area. Since its start in 2008, 18,800 people have become registered blood donors through the blood drive. Felicia Roper is an account manager for BloodSource and works with the UC Davis campus for the blood drive. “We are hoping to see over 1,600 participants over the two days to have a chance at beating Sac State,” Roper said. Roper also stressed the importance of donating blood in general to both raise awareness and save lives in local hospitals.... ...

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Howard Spero awarded UC Davis’ Faculty Research Lecture Award

Howard Spero, a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Davis, was awarded this year’s Faculty Research Lecture Award, an annual honor given to a UC Davis faculty member who has contributed significant research in his or her field. “I am truly humbled,” Spero said. “There’s a lot of great researchers on campus. [It was] truly unexpected.” Dawn Sumner, the chair of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, is thrilled that Spero has received recognition for his hard work. “It is very exciting,” Sumner said. “We have very high regard for Professor Spero’s research and it is fantastic to have it recognized by [the] campus. He has transformed how scientists reconstruct recent changes in ocean chemistry, providing important insights into climate change over the last several hundred thousand years.” Spero researches paleoceanography, the study of past oceans and climates, which he described as a mix of several scientific fields. “My background is a jack-of-all-trades,” Spero said. “I work at the interface between biology, oceanography [and]... ...

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