Review Category : Campus News

ASUCD Post Office closes temporarily

From Feb. 5 to Feb. 17, the ASUCD Post Office temporarily closed in order to attempt to install new computers. While the ASUCD Post Office Student Director, Soua Moua, only predicted the unit to be closed for three days, complications with the installations led Moua to extend the post office’s closure for two and a half weeks. Moua said that the main issue the post office faced dealt with the unknown money source for its meter machines. Meters are postages placed onto packages, and in order to print meters, there must be money available in the meter machines. According to Moua, this money must be transferred in from an outside source, usually from the mother company that owns the computers. According to Janice Corbett, the ASUCD business manager, the post office director orders the money for the meter machines from an account funded by the Davis Main Post Office. Because the ASUCD Post Office is changing its computer system, Moua said that in order to print meters through the new... ...

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News in Brief: External Affairs organizes Art in the Air

ASUCD’s External Affairs Commission is organizing “Art in the Air,” an event that will bring painting to the Quad on March 6. The event will have students create paintings for local businesses who have sponsored the event. All proceeds will go toward the Cal Aggie Camp, which benefits underprivileged children. The event was borrowed from Pastels on the Plaza, a similar event that has been held in Arcata, Calif. since 1987. Amelia Helland, a member of the External Affairs Commission and a fourth-year statistics major, is one of the main organizers of the event. “We ask downtown businesses to donate their money,” Helland said. “In exchange we’ll hook them up with design and art students who will volunteer time and talent to work with the business to design an ad that they’ll paint on the Quad on the day of the event.” Azka Fayyaz, a second-year economics major, is also organizing the event with Helland. “The purpose of ‘Art in the Air’ is for students to be able to see... ...

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Watts Legal: Feb. 27, 2014

Question: I’ve got a professor who says a bunch of crazy things in class. It’s super offensive, not to mention borderline racist, and I wanted to record him. I haven’t decided what I’d do with the video, but I’ve seen a lot of hidden camera footage on YouTube, so I’m wondering if it’s legal to record him. I’ve heard that I can’t record someone without their permission because of wiretapping laws. Can I record a professor and put him on YouTube if he’s saying racist stuff? -Anonymous, Davis, CA Answer: By filming your professor, you would run into more copyright problems than privacy problems. First, some background on the right to record. As you hopefully know, free speech is protected by the California and U.S. Constitutions. The Constitution’s First Amendment — or as I like to call it, the Best Amendment — protects your freedom to speak by restricting the government’s ability to impose limits on speech. Part of our ability to speak comes from our ability to gather information.... ...

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This week in senate

Vice President Bradley Bottoms presided over the weekly senate meeting on Feb. 20. The meeting was called to order at 6:14 p.m. Senator Ryan Wonders was absent. The senate confirmed the new Gender and Sexuality Commission Chair, Robert Helfend. The meeting moved into public discussion. Senate directed multiple questions to Eric Renslo, chair of the Elections Committee. Renslo spoke of issues that occurred in the first few hours of elections with voters accidentally abstaining on the Measure One vote. Associate Vice Chancellor Milton Lang presented on the campus climate talks and the rollout of a new system for reporting hate or bias incidents and crimes, which are criminal acts resulting in physical or verbal injury. He spoke of a marketing campaign to make the protocol more widely recognized. Lang emphasized that making UC Davis a safer place is “a working project.” He expressed the need for the student body to keep providing input and said that he will hold “dialogues on a consistent basis.” Lang said that over the next... ...

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Solano Park, Orchard Park Apartments to close for redevelopment

Solano Park and Orchard Park Apartments are set to close for redevelopment because of their antiquity. The many structural replacements required for both buildings make renovation too costly. Orchard Park, located in the northwest corner of UC Davis, is to close July 31, while the demolition of Solano Park, in southeast Davis, is scheduled for July 31, 2016. The complexes have been known to provide affordable housing with spacious grass areas and community environments for full-time student families and their children since the 1960s. Current plans for the redevelopment of Orchard Park, which will be completed by fall 2016, include student family and single graduate apartments for 500 students, as well as additional units for transitioning faculty and staff. A Graduate Student Assistant Association member and the Graduate Student Assistant to the Chancellor were asked to join the project committee. Costs for the Orchard Park project are still unknown. “There isn’t a published cost for the replacement of Orchard Park, as these costs are still is determined as we continue... ...

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News in Brief: Davis Dance Marathon raises $4,000 for UC Davis Children’s Hospital

The Davis Dance Marathon was held on Feb. 22 in the ARC Ballroom from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. The event raised more than $4,000, which will be donated to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital in Sacramento. Although the benefit did not reach its fundraising goal of $10,000, Davis Dance Marathon Committee member Alagu Chidambaram said she and her fellow committee members hope to raise more in the next month. “The Donor Drive page is still open for a month so people can still collect donations,” Chidambaram said. “All of that still goes towards our total, so we definitely want to see [the total] increase.” According to Michelle Thompson, associate director of development for the Children’s Miracle Network at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital, donations are still being accepted until March 24 at 6 p.m. Thompson said the money raised will go towards therapy and equipment to help the children. “It helps support life-changing research, child life programs such as art and music therapy and much needed equipment for the... ...

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ASUCD announces results for Winter 2014 Elections

At 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 21, Eric Renslo, ASUCD Elections Committee Chair, announced the results of ASUCD’s Winter 2014 Elections in Wellman 6. Measure 1, also known as the “Save the Aggie” measure, passed with 72.92 percent  voter approval. The measure received 27.11 percent voter turnout, exceeding the 20 percent needed for the fee referendum to be considered valid. Renslo then announced the results for the ASUCD senate elections. In order one to six, senate candidates Azka Fayyaz (S.M.A.R.T.), Robyn Huey (S.M.A.R.T.), Nicholas Sanchez (S.M.A.R.T.), Amelia Helland (NOW), Artem Senchev (Independent) and Eugenia Chung (NOW) were elected to the senate table. Next, Renslo presented the results for the presidential election. Armando Figueroa (S.M.A.R.T.) and Maxwell Kappes (Independent) were elected ASUCD president and vice president, respectively. For more information, go to elections.ucdavis.edu.   — Scott Dresser   ...

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UC Student-Worker Union files unfair labor practice claim

The UC Student-Worker Union (UAW Local 2865) bargaining team filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge against the UC Office of the President in late January. The charge will be reviewed toward the end of February. The charge was filed by the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). According to the PERB website, the state-run administrative agency aids in “bargaining statutes.” They support employees of California’s public schools, colleges and universities, among employees of other public agencies. UAW Local 2865 believed they were being treated unfairly by the UC Management in their working conditions. Specifically, the UC Management bargaining representatives have refused to bargain about the 18-quarter limit for Teaching Assistants (TAs). They have also refused to bargain over the issue of student-to-TA ratios. In addition to filing the complaint, the bargaining team met with UC Management for a bargaining session on Feb. 10 and 11 at UC Davis. After a long break since their first bargaining session was cancelled in November 2013, the Union has regrouped. Their demands included gender neutral... ...

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National Academy of Engineering elects UC Davis professor to class of 2014

Dr. Katherine Ferrara, UC Davis biomedical engineering professor and founding chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) class of 2014. Ferrara was elected for her contributions to theory and applications of biomedical ultrasonics. Ferrara is one of the 67 new members to join the National Academy. Her election, along with the rest of the National Academy class of 2014, was announced Feb. 6 during the academy’s national meeting in Irvine, Calif. New members are elected by current members of the academy based on their achievements in research. “I am particularly pleased by the selection of Professor Katherine Ferrara of our Department of Biomedical Engineering,“ said Enrique Lavernia, dean of the UC Davis College of Engineering, via email. “She helped found this dynamic department, served as its first department chair, and has helped the department gain a significant national stature.” Ferrara is currently working on methods to better image diseases, particularly cardiovascular disease and cancer. Ferrara said what the National Academy... ...

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This week in senate: Feb. 20, 2014

ASUCD Vice President Bradley Bottoms presided over the meeting on Feb. 13. He called the meeting to order at 6:12 p.m. The senators then attended a meeting and Bottoms called the meeting back to order at 7:26 p.m. The meeting resumed with a presentation from Joshua Herskovitz regarding the points of parliamentary procedure. He went through all points of parliamentary procedure so those participating in senate meetings could abide by each point. He also went over point of clarification, point of personal privilege, right of rebuttal, point of order and point of information. Many of the senators had not had presentation regarding the parliamentary procedures. SR 10 passed as a formal endorsement of AB 1433. This resolution would amend the education code to require that all Part 1 violent crimes as defined by the FBI that are received by campus police would also have to be received by local police. This would ensure that the UC Davis campus police are still the primary agency of law enforcement on the UC... ...

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UC Davis to offer sustainable environmental design major

UC Davis administration approved a new sustainable environmental design (SED) major within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Science under the Department of Human Ecology on Jan. 30. The SED major will allow students to learn about sustainable and green designs and will allow them to pursue various careers within city and regional planning, architecture, real estate, education and several other fields. “[It] will further UC Davis’ goal of providing cutting-edge sustainability education to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century,” said Patsy Eubanks Owens, chair of the Department of Human Ecology, in a press release. The major was called for by the landscape architecture (LDA) program’s 2004 Strategic Plan and its 2009-14 Academic Plan, according to the Undergraduate Major Proposal for SED. “There was a concern for people with an interest in sustainable environmental design who would go to landscape architecture but would not get in,” said Sharla Cheney, undergraduate adviser for landscape architecture and environmental design. LDA is an intensive and selective program that only allows up to... ...

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News in brief: Davis Dance Marathon to occur on Feb. 22

The Davis Dance Marathon will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the ARC Ballroom. It costs $1 to register, and all the proceeds go to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital in Sacramento. Alagu Chidambaram, a committee member for the Davis Dance Marathon, said registration is only a dollar, but participants are encouraged to do more fundraising, “It’s called DonorDrive, and it’s essentially an online fundraising page that sends fundraising request emails out to friends and family,” Chidambaram said. “All that money also goes directly to the hospital.” The money the hospital receives goes toward equipment for the children and toward creating a more homey atmosphere, said Caroline Balagot, a Davis Dance Marathon committee member. “The proceeds are also used for child life, such as having playrooms and things that make the children feel like they’re not in a hospital,” Balagot said. “It helps the children recover faster.” There is an incentive program to encourage people to fundraise so the more they donate the... ...

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Campus climate dialogue discusses hate, bias on campus

On Feb. 13, the UC Davis Center for Student Involvement held Campus Climate Dialogue: Reporting Hate and Bias on Campus in the Student Community Center multipurpose room. Sheri Atkinson, executive director of the Campus Resource Centers, and Milton Lang, Associate Vice Chancellor, hosted the event. According to the UC Davis Student Judicial Affairs (SJA) website, a hate or bias crime incident is any non-criminal conduct that is motivated by hatred or bigotry and directed at an individual, residence or other group. A hate or bias crime is a criminal act that results in injury, whether physical or verbal. The reporting procedure allows victims and witnesses of incidents or crimes to let administration know that it happened. Atkinson said that the dialogue was a follow-up to a meeting with Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and a small group of students regarding hate and bias-related incidents on campus on Dec. 9. “The meeting will provide specific protocol for reporting hate and bias and will help people make a report,” Atkinson said. “We’re also... ...

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ASUCD President completes Promise for Education

On Feb. 10, ASUCD President Carly Sandstrom carried out her Promise for Education after raising $250 for undergraduate scholarships. Promise for Education was a campaign to raise funds for undergraduate scholarships for UC schools. The campaign took place during the six weeks leading up to Oct. 31, 2013. Students, alumni, faculty and UC supporters were encouraged to make a promise and set a crowdfunding goal to raise funds. The California State Government now only bears the weight of only 39 percent of a UC student’s college education, whereas it used to cover 79 percent. Last year, students and their families had to provide for a bigger cost of their college education than the state. This was the second UC Davis-related Promise for Education in as many weeks. On Feb. 3, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi served coffee at the ASUCD Coffee House. Sandstrom pledged to impersonate a photograph of herself as an isolated child model, which has appeared in various media such as psychology lectures at UC Davis and Fresno State... ...

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ASUCD Elections Committee holds election debate at CoHo

On Feb. 11, the Elections Committee and The Aggie hosted the ASUCD 2014 Election debate at the ASUCD Coffee House. The Senate candidates were on stage from noon to 1:10 p.m. and the Executive candidates were on stage from 1:20 to 2:30 p.m. Chairperson of Elections Eric Renslo and Campus Editor Scott Dresser moderated the debates. Dresser asked the prospective senators how they believed they would accomplish their platforms through Senate, elaboration on their platforms and how involved they are in Senate. He asked the executive candidates a series of questions such as their opinion on the relationship between the administration and ASUCD, issues they believe should be addressed at ASUCD and how they plan on carrying out their term. Renslo asked both the senate and executive candidates their thoughts on ASUCD Ballot Measure #1. AggieTV livestreamed the event, which can be viewed at elections.ucdavis.edu and YouTube. Voting can be done at elections.ucdavis.edu, and begins on Feb. 18 at 8 a.m. and closes on Feb. 21 at 8 a.m. —... ...

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