Review Category : Campus News

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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Biodigester opens on UC Davis campus

On April 22, the UC Davis Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester (READ) opened on campus and is currently working to produce more energy for campus facilities. The University of California (UC) system has a sustainability policy that has guidelines for all UC schools regulating green building design, clean energy, climate protection, sustainable transportation, recycling and waste management, environmentally preferable purchasing and sustainable food services. The biodigester takes waste from the campus and community and converts it into clean energy using bacterial microbes. These microbes feed on food and yard waste from both the campus and community, creating clean energy to be used as electricity for campus. The biodigester can convert 50 tons of waste into 12,000 kWh of renewable energy each day. The technology diverts 20,000 tons of waste from landfills in the Davis area each year. Project developers expect greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced by 13,500 tons per year. READ allows UC Davis to accomplish many of its goals in terms of achieving sustainability. The biodigester will enable UC... ...

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Campus Judicial Report

In this week’s edition of Meet a Judicial Officer, we sat down to interview Assistant Director of Student Judicial Affairs (SJA) Colette Nuño. Colette Nuño is currently the longest serving SJA officer with over 25 years of experience at UC Davis. As an undergraduate, Colette double majored in psychology and sociology at Chico State and later got her master’s degree in higher education administration at Ohio State University. As assistant director, Colette has a variety of roles within SJA. Some of her duties include overseeing personnel matters such as hiring and recruiting as well as maintaining the SJA budget. In addition to this, she also conducts her regular meetings with students as part of a normal SJA caseload. Colette’s favorite part about working for SJA is helping out the student community and making sure that the judicial process is a learning experience, and not an adversarial one. Colette often finds that the biggest reason students cheat is to overcome pressure from family expectations. She encourages students who are stressed about... ...

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This week in senate: May 8, 2014

ASUCD Vice President Maxwell Kappes presided over the senate meeting held on May 8 at Freeborn Hall. The meeting was called to order at 6:42 p.m. Prior to the meeting being called to order, Associate Executive Vice Chancellor Rahim Reed reminded the crowd, which filled the facility, to consider UC Davis’ principles of community when addressing Senate Resolution (SR) #20 later that night. The first order of business was the consideration of Senate Bill (SB) #67 which sought to re-establish the Sexual Assault Awareness and Advocacy Committee (SAAAC). Senator Amelia Helland authored the bill. Senator Mariah Watson motioned to add Eddie Truong, the first founder of the SAAAC, as a co-author on the bill. The motion was seconded, and the bill was passed unanimously 12-0-0. The meeting then moved into the introduction of new legislation. The legislation consisted of three senate resolutions, which discussed the use of more efficient lighting by administration and ASUCD and also the ban on fracking. The rest of the meeting was spent on SR #20,... ...

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Women’s Health Initiative holds Men’s March Against Sexual Assault

On May 5, UC Davis’ Women’s Health Initiative held its second annual Men’s March Against Sexual Assault on the Quad. The event was held in order to raise awareness on the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. The march drew over 50 supporters. According to Sarah Yang, president of the Women’s Health Initiative, the march was named “Men’s March” in order to encourage men, whom she says are typically left out of this conversation, to have the opportunity to speak out against sexual assault. Yang emphasized that, in order for the situation to improve, the structure and culture must be changed, not necessarily the men. “We ultimately want males to get involved with this and if you look at the population of people who showed up today, we have a decent amount of males,” Yang said. “I think that’s a huge success because most of the time, males are excluded from the conversation and we don’t think that that’s an effective strategy to combat something that’s so prevalent and... ...

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Police Chaplain Program to come to UC Davis

A unique relationship between the UC Davis Police Department (UCDPD) and the University Religious Council (URC) has helped establish the first multi-faith Police Chaplain Program on campus. The URC is a group of ministries that serve as a connection between UC Davis administration and other ethical and spiritual organizations to discuss campus issues. Last fall, UC Davis Police Chief Matthew Carmichael presented the URC with a draft of the program and collaborated with the UCDPD Chaplain, Rev. Jocelynn Hughes and Muslim Student Association President Maheen Ahmed. Together, they revised the wording of the policy draft to make it more inclusive of all religious communities. “We’re very mindful of the fact that we’re a public agency,” Carmichael said. “We do not promote any one particular religion or nonreligion. The unique part of this program is that multi-faith dimension.” In other police chaplain programs, a chaplain typically accompanies a police officer as a spiritual presence at the site of an incident to provide support. Although all chaplain programs do not focus on... ...

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This week in senate

ASUCD Vice President Maxwell Kappes presided over the senate meeting held on May 1 in the Mee Room on the third floor of the Memorial Union. The meeting was called to order at 6:22 p.m. The first order of business was presentations, during which Senator Gareth Smythe announced that the ASUCD Marketing Committee had its first meeting that week and that it went well. Smythe said that senators who assisted ASUCD units should remind their unit directors to work with the marketing committee to enhance social media presence. After presentations, the senate moved into committee reports. Smythe announced that students should participate in the Champagne Award, which involved nominating an ASUCD hourly employee to receive the award for outstanding customer service. Senator Eugenia Chung said that the ASUCD Scholarship application had been put up and that senators should try to advertise for the scholarship. Senator Mariah Watson announced during public announcements that she had brought cake for three senators’ birthdays taking place that week. The senate then moved into public... ...

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Senate Resolution #20 fails at senate with 5-5-3 vote

At 2 a.m. on May 9 at Freeborn Hall, ASUCD senate failed to pass Senate Resolution (SR) #20 with a 5-5-3 vote. ASUCD Senators Mariah Watson, Nicholas Sanchez, Robyn Huey, Azka Fayyaz and Shehzad Lokhandwalla voted yes. ASUCD Senators Jonathan Mitchell, Eugenia Chung, Amelia Helland, Katherine Sherman and Artem Senchev voted no. ASUCD Senators Gareth Smythe and Janesh Gupta abstained. The initial vote was 5-5-2. According to ASUCD Court Case 13 Hoskinson v. Bloom, “The ASUCD Vice President shall act as the presiding officer over all Senate meetings, but shall have no voted [sic], unless the Senate be equally divided [(same number of affirmative votes as any combination of negative votes and/or abstentions).].” ASUCD Vice President Maxwell Kappes voted abstain to make the final vote 5-5-3. The UC Davis Divest Twitter account tweeted out that they aim to put the resolution on a ballot. More updates on SR #20 are to follow. — Claire Tan and Paayal Zaveri — Photo by Brian Nguyen   ...

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UC Davis celebrates 45th annual La Raza Cultural Days

From April 28 to May 3, UC Davis celebrated the 45th annual La Raza Cultural Days, which showcased a variety of events hosted by the Cross Cultural Center (CCC). A few of these events included Dreamers Workshop, in which UC Davis and high school students performed spoken-word poems and spoke about the struggles faced by undocumented immigrants, and La Gran Tardeada, an all-day event on May 3 with live music, food, activities for children and a health fair. Another one of the events was Women of Color Poetry Night, which was held at the Student Community Center Multipurpose Room on April 29. During the event, students shared and recited a wide range of poems in both English and Spanish. Iliana Rodriguez, a fifth-year biological sciences major with an emphasis in neurology, physiology and biology, felt that this event allowed students to break out of their comfort zone. “My favorite part is hearing the poems,” Rodriguez said. “You just hear all these poems that are so beautiful and you get inspired.... ...

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UC Davis holds annual UC Global Health Day

On April 26, UC Davis held the fourth annual University of California (UC) Global Health Day (UCGHD). The event brought up issues such as environmental global health, maternal and child health, animal health and illness and epidemics around the world. Students and faculty from all 10 UC campuses were present at the event. Patricia Conrad, a professor in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and co-director of the One Health Center of Expertise, led the event planning and served as the chair of the UCGHD. Conrad said that the idea for UCGHD was initiated by the UC Global Health Institutes on each of the UC campuses in an effort to bring the campuses together. The event has previously been held at UC Irvine, UC Berkeley and UC Riverside. “We volunteered to host this year, but everybody wanted to have it at Davis,” Conrad said. One reason for this was to follow the pattern of rotating holding the event from a school in southern California to northern California. Conrad said... ...

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Campus Judicial Review

The “Meet a Student Judicial Affairs Officer” series begins this week! It will feature a different Student Judicial Affairs Officer each week. As the director of SJA, Donald Dudley has a jam-packed schedule, but graciously took the time to be interviewed and featured in this week’s “Meet a Student Judicial Affairs Officer.” Mr. Dudley is from Buffalo, N.Y. Years ago, he came to UC Davis to pursue a master’s degree with the math department. Not only does he have a Master’s in math, he also holds a law degree from King Hall. Before he became a SJA officer, he was a math instructor, the president of the Graduate Student Association and a DJ at KDVS. He has been here at Davis for over 20 years! Mr. Dudley’s favorite spot on campus is his office and he enjoys eating at Hunan Bar & Restaurant on D Street. As the director, Mr. Dudley’s typical duties consist of managing the staff, working closely with administrators, handling highly sensitive cases and assuming overall responsibility... ...

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UC Davis hosts fourth annual TEDxUCDavis

On May 4, students and community members alike joined together at the Mondavi Center to attend the fourth annual TEDxUCDavis event. Based on the well-known TED talks, which has the motto of “Ideas Worth Doing,” TEDxUCDavis is just one of many independently organized TED events that occurs often all over the world. Director of Speaker Relations David Smotherman said that the UC Davis event has grown larger every year. “Cory Warshaw started this from scratch about four years ago and is now an alumni,” Smotherman said. “It’s slowly progressed in size up to where we are now, where this is the first time we’ve ever been in Mondavi.” The theme of this year’s TEDxUCDavis was “Pause or Press Play?” The host of the event and event programs encouraged the audience to consider at what times in their lives they should take the time for reflection, and at what times they should jump right in to the unknown without looking back. The event featured a variety of speakers, including UC Davis... ...

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