Review Category : Campus News

This Week in Senate: Nov 21

ASUCD Vice President Maxwell Kappes presided over the Senate meeting held on Nov. 21 in the Mee Room of the Memorial Union. After quorum roll call, Senator Janesh Gupta began the discussion of asking senate to remove a current senator who is unable to attend meetings and serve on his post. Senator Katherine Sherman proposed appointing a new senator in the following meeting. The discussion was postponed until further notice. Sherman motioned to move into committee reports. Senator Eugenia Chung brought to attention that the Media Board committee of ASUCD is still seeking five new students to join their team. Senate discussed a possible conflict of interest case in which a student appointed by senate to the voting board of the Student Services and Fees Administrative Advisory Committee also assumed the position of Assistant to the Chancellor. Senator Mariah Watson argued that the student had resigned the voting board in the summer before his work with the chancellor, and she voted to deliberate on this matter at another time. Senate... ...

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Fresh Focus provides students with campus-grown produce

For the first time in its three-year history, The Pantry is now offering fresh produce as part of its Fresh Focus collaboration with the UC Davis Student Farm. Fresh Focus is a collaborative effort between The Pantry and the Student Farm at UC Davis to combat food waste and food insecurity on campus. The Pantry is an on-campus food bank where students have access to basic food items and toiletries, and by presenting a valid UC Davis ID, students can select up to three items per day. The ASUCD unit has aided students since 2011 with non-perishable items and hygiene essentials, but the Fresh Focus program marks the first quarter that fresh produce is available. Campus-grown fruits and vegetables are harvested by the Student Farm and then sold to Dining Services. Any food that the Dining Commons does not buy, including blemished or misshapen produce, is biked directly over to The Pantry. “It’s super helpful because a lot of students use us as their sole grocery store, so they haven’t... ...

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UC Davis students gather to protest Ferguson grand jury verdict

At 12:00 p.m. on Nov. 25, a few hundred students gathered next to the Coffee House (CoHo) to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson yesterday. Wilson, a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, in August, sparking mass protests in Ferguson and throughout the country. The 12-person grand jury began deliberating in August before releasing its verdict yesterday, Nov. 24. Following the verdict, demonstrations and protests broke out across the nation, including large ones in Los Angeles and Oakland. At UC Davis today, students of all ethnicities began filling up the walkway between the CoHo and the Quad close to noon. Protesters, some crying and some holding posters reading “Black Lives Matter” and “How many does it take?”, outlined their bodies on the ground in chalk and chanted “Holler back! I got your back!” Next, protest leaders, including ASUCD senator Mariah Watson, led the crowd in singing the “Life Every Voice and Sing” and “Lean on Me.” Ed Muo, a fourth-year biochemistry and molecular... ...

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Susan Mann wins 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award

Susan Mann, a UC Davis history professor emerita, has been announced as one of the winners of the 2014 lifetime achievement awards from the American Historical Association. Mann, who is the former chair of the UC Davis history department, is the first UC Davis history professor to receive this award. Though Mann has received a number of honors in the past, including the Outstanding Mentor Award from the UC Davis Consortium for Women and Research as well as the UC Davis Faculty Research Lecturer award, she said that receiving this honor was a complete surprise. She first found out that she had received this honor through a letter from Jan Goldstein, the chair of the selection committee. Mann, who specializes in the history of women and gender in China, said that she first became interested in studying gender when she was teaching at the University of Chicago in the 1970s. Although she was then working on a book about Chinese commercial taxes, her female undergraduates encouraged her to study the... ...

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Pokémon culture at UC Davis thrives

The release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire has, once again, brought the popular franchise to the forefront of people’s attention. However, for some fans, interest in the game is not limited to new releases. On July 6, Alex Ogloza, a recent UC Davis graduate with a major in communication, won the 2014 Masters Video Game National Championship. The competition lasted for three days and was held in Indianapolis. The games were played on each individual player’s Nintendo 3DS gaming console, and to battle, the two players sat across from each other at a table and linked their game devices. According to official tournament rules, each competitor brings his or her own team of six, and all battles are double battles, with two Pokémon out for each player at the same time. “Getting through to the final round was so scary, especially since the last match was played on the final day, and I was just super nervous the whole weekend,” Ogloza said. “A game like this is... ...

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UC Davis Students Call for Statewide Action

On Nov. 24 at noon, hundreds of UC Davis students and community members gathered on the Quad and staged a march through Downtown Davis as a part of the “UC/CSU/CC Statewide Call for Action” protest regarding the UC Regents’ decision to increase UC tuition by five percent annually over the next five years. Last week, before the Regents voted, demonstrators marched through campus in protest of the tuition plan and occupied Mrak Hall—the main administration office building. “Last week it was really powerful getting everyone together and having our voices heard. Today’s another day to have our voices heard,” said third-year anthropology major Sky Johnson. “This one, more than last week, is our protest. We don’t want to hear from the chancellor and the UC Regents. This is us saying ‘we matter and our voices matter.'” In light of UC Regent and Bank of America Board Member Monica Lozano voting in favor of the tuition hikes at the UC Regents meeting last week, protesters occupied the Bank of America office located on E Street during today’s march. At... ...

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ASUCD Fall 2014 Senate Election Results

On Nov. 21 at 4 p.m, ASUCD Elections Committee Chair, John Wu, announced the results of the ASUCD Fall 2014 Senate Elections. The winners are as follows, in order of highest voter turnout: Alex Lee, Casey Nguyen, Reem Fatayerji, Roman Rivilis, Anabiah Syed and Andrea Velazquez. “I don’t know how I feel yet, it’s going to be a really long year,” said fourth-year political science and economics double major and senate-elect Roman Rivilis. “ We have a lot on our table and a lot of obstacles we need to overcome, especially with the coming tuition hikes and the climate of student activism that we need to foster in ASUCD.” 2,896 voters turned out for this quarter’s elections. This was significantly lower than the Winter 2014 Senate Elections, whose voter turnout was 27.11 percent — the second highest in recorded ASUCD history. “I do have to say that I am disappointed in the voter turnout,” said current ASUCD Senator Gareth Smythe. “ASUCD controls a lot of resources. This is one of... ...

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UC Regents approve tuition hike

The University of California (UC) Board of Regents approved a tuition plan Thursday morning that will increase UC tuition by up to five percent annually over the next five years. The decision came at the Board of Regents meeting held at the UCSF Mission Bay Campus, where hundreds of students protested. UC tuition is currently $12,192 and will rise to approximately $12,800 next fall. If the UC increases tuition by the maximum five percent each year, students in 2019 will pay about $15,560 — $3,369 more than they pay today — which would be a 28 percent increase from the current tuition.   ...

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UC Davis offered the chance to discover “Roots of Inspiration”

  On Saturday, TEDxUCDavis will be hosting its first salon of the year from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tickets will be $5 for Davis students and $7 for non-students. TEDxUCDavis is an independently organized version of the globally-renowned TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conferences. TED Conferences, popularized by the release of “TED Talks” online (many of which are available via Netflix and Youtube), are based around the simple premise of sharing ideas. Speakers are allotted a maximum of 18 minutes to share their ideas and perspectives on a nearly unlimited range of topics. Sam Hodges, a fourth-year film studies major, attested to the effectiveness of the viral speeches. “[The speakers and format] make TED Talks very engaging,” Hodges said. “Our generation can have a very short attention span and [some of the topics covered in TED Conferences] can get dry very quickly, but the speakers [at TED events] are both knowledgeable and charismatic.” TEDxUCDavis features a similar format, but with a focus on themes that are more specifically suited for the... ...

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Davis Police holds open dialogue on military vehicle acquisition

The Davis Police Department (DPD) held an open dialogue on Nov. 13, in the Davis Senior Center to discuss the June 2014 acquisition of the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) from the federal government. With over nearly 60 people including city council members, the DPD and the general public, the event aimed to conduct a dialogue with different groups within the community. To begin the dialogue, participants were told to write one word on a piece of paper to be posted around the room. Several words posted include “militarization,” “overkill,” “unity” and “fear”. One attendee expressed her concern for the lack of information and communication between the community, council and police prior to the acquisition of MRAP. Many attendants questioned the appropriateness of an armored vehicle for Davis. One of the posted papers read, “MRAP [is not an] image of what Davis needs.” Assistant Chief of the DPD Darren Pytel explained the benefits of the acquisition, which included insertion into high-threat environment, officer protection, higher leverage in negotiations and exceptionally... ...

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UC Davis researchers win USDA research award

This November, UC Davis professors Patrick Brown, Jan Hopmans and Ken Shackel, along with retired UC Cooperative Extension Specialist Larry Schwankl, received the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s 2014 Experiment Station Section Excellence in Multistate Research Award. This award acknowledges universities’ multistate research projects. These researchers received this honor for their work in the project “Microirrigation for Sustainable Water Use.” The project, which includes research on micro-irrigation, irrigation scheduling and fertilization, works toward increasing water efficiency. Contributions from these UC Davis researchers have included the development of sensors and irrigation technologies to increase water irrigation efficiency, as well as methods of relaying water conservation knowledge to others. “Over the years members of the group have jointly contributed [to] irrigation sessions at academic conferences, cooperated in writing irrigation textbooks and recently developed an award-winning website for maintenance of micro-irrigation systems,” Shackel said. “It is probably surprising to some how maintenance of micro-irrigation systems could be the subject of academic research, but interactions between water chemistry, microbiology, insects and irrigation... ...

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UC Davis earns USDA honor for agricultural efforts in Afghanistan

On Nov. 5, Jim Hill, associate dean for International Programs at the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and Michael McGirr, national program leader of the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute for Food and Agriculture’s Center for International Programs, were presented with the 2014 USDA Secretary’s Honor Award in Washington, D.C. The Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project, an effort led by UC Davis and three other U.S. universities, took the award within the global food security category, considered the USDA’S most prestigious award. The honor recognizes exceptional leadership efforts, contributions or public service in support of the mission and goals of USDA. In fall of 2011, UC Davis was selected as the lead institution for the Extension Project after a competitive process among a group of three other agricultural universities — Purdue University, Washington State University and the University of Maryland. The Extension Project was coordinated to help rebuild Afghanistan’s agricultural industry in conjunction with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock. “The primary goal of our project... ...

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UC Board of Regents passes tuition plan

This morning, a committee of the University of California (UC) Board of Regents approved UC President Janet Napolitano’s tuition plan, which would increase UC tuition by up to five percent annually over the next five years. The board voted 7-2 in favor of the plan at its meeting held at the UCSF Mission Bay campus. California Gov. Jerry Brown voted against the plan, as did Student Regent Sadia Saifuddin. Hundreds of students from different UC campuses protested outside the event, and the San Francisco Chronicle reported that demonstrators “burst through metal barricades and police security lines and broke a large glass entry door.” UC Davis students who protested the regents meeting will continue their protest on the UC Davis campus this afternoon beginning at 3:30 p.m. They plan to occupy Mrak Hall — the main office building of UC Davis administrators — where many protesters spent the night of Nov. 18. The full Board of Regents will review the plan tomorrow, Nov. 20. ...

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Students lead protest in response to impending tuition hikes

Update (11/19/14, 1:30 p.m.): The UC Board of Regents passed Napolitano’s tuition plan this morning, Nov. 19, 7-2.    Three years to the day of the infamous pepper spray incident involving campus police and student demonstrators, UC Davis students once again filled the Quad this afternoon to protest, this time in response to impending tuition hikes. An estimated 500-600 students, faculty and community members convened in the center of the Quad at noon, Nov. 18, to make speeches, develop signs and mobilize the crowd to march across campus in protest of University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano’s proposed UC tuition plan, which would increase UC tuition by up to five percent annually over the next five years. The UC Board of Regents will vote tomorrow, Nov. 19, at its meeting on the UCSF Mission Bay campus, on whether or not to implement the tuition plan. UC officials hope that the plan will pressure California state legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown to increase UC funding. Protesters marched through campus, chanting “Whose... ...

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Artsweek

MUSIC   Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Nov. 18, 8 p.m., prices vary Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Grammy-winning trumpeter Irvin Mayfield will lead the 18-piece New Orlean Jazz Orchestra through New Orleans musical classics and works by Basie and Ellington. There will be a 7 p.m. pre-performance talk in Jackson Hall.   Instagon with Suzuki Junzo, Chopstick, and more Nov. 23, 7 p.m., $5 The Morgue, 1919 Wahl Way This house show will feature performances by bands Suzuki Junzo (touring from Japan), Chopstick, Instagon, Mulva Myiasis with the Dutchess and Friends.   ART   Village Homes Arts & Crafts Fair Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free Village Homes Community Cente, 2661 Portage Bay East This craft fair features woodblock prints, functional pottery, nature artwork, jewelry, paintings, knitted goods, handmade books, beeswax candles and much more. Live music and free hot chocolate / cider will be provided.   Davis Art Salon: Synesthesia Nov. 22, 7 to 9 p.m., free Richard L. Nelson Gallery The... ...

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