Review Category : Campus News

UC Davis students protest Coffee House Cinco de Drinko Sloshball game

On May 2 at 11:30 a.m., around 100 students gathered at the Memorial Union flagpole, wearing red in solidarity and holding signs and banners with phrases like “We’re a culture! Not a costume!” The students were protesting the ASUCD Coffee House (CoHo) in reaction to a recent Facebook event called “Cinco de Drinko Sloshball,” which was apparently made by and for CoHo employees. The event cover photo depicted four people in sombreros, ponchos and mustaches standing behind a fence, and two others dressed as border patrol police. In the description, the event planners wrote, “come drink a few cervesas and siesta out on the grass…grab those sombreros, and we’ll see you all there bright and early!” The event was scheduled for May 3, falling on the same day as La Gran Tardeada, the culmination of the week-long celebration of La Raza Cultural Days. “Students are having a sit-in to peacefully get the message across to the University and CoHo employees to stop racially insensitive parties,” said Armando Figueroa, ASUCD president... ...

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Divestment bill to go to senate

On April 17, Senate Resolution (SR) #20 was introduced to ASUCD senate. SR #20 urges the UC Regents to divest from companies assisting in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and illegal settlements in Palestinian territories, which violate international human rights. In particular, the bill specifies divesting from Caterpillar Inc., G4S PLC and Veolia Environment due to their active involvement in violating human rights. The entire resolution can be read here. SR #20 was seen by the Ethnic & Cultural Affairs Commission on April 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Hunt 100. The resolution passed the commission with a 5-4 vote. On April 29, the resolution was seen by the External Affairs Commission at 6:10 p.m. in Wellman 26. It failed with a 2-4-3 vote. The Business & Finance Commission voted to allot only two hours to public discussion. The commission reviewed the bill on May 6 at 8:10 p.m. in Giedt 1001; the resolution passed with a 4-3-2 vote. Since SR #20 passed with a majority vote by the commissions, it... ...

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Students protest Napolitano visit to UC Davis

On April 26, UC Davis undergraduate and graduate students gathered in front of the Student Community Center (SCC) to protest a campus visit from University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano. Napolitano was visiting the school to speak at the Fourth Annual UC Global Health Day. Maria Salazar, a third-year chicano/a studies and psychology double major who was participating in the protest, said that the visit was not publicly announced to students. “A lot of student leaders, like the student chancellors and leaders in ASUCD, had no idea she was coming,” Salazar said. “We had to be told by other student leaders on other campuses.” Salazar said that they were first notified of Napolitano’s visit from a post on the UC Irvine website that she would be at UC Davis. According to Salazar, the public is supposed to be notified when Napolitano makes campus visits. The Global Health Day website did list Napolitano as a speaker weeks prior to the event. Abrahan Tapia, a fifth-year psychology and chicano/a studies double... ...

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UC Davis freshman class halts dropping admit rate

According to information released by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP), UC Davis admitted a total of 24,551 students to its incoming freshman class out of 60,536 applications. The 40.6 percent admit rate was slightly higher than last year’s 39.4 percent. UC Davis has targeted to enroll approximately 5,200 freshmen for fall 2014. The average 4.07 grade point average (GPA) remains about the same from last year’s 4.08. The average SAT or converted ACT score rose from 1932 to 1950 for this year’s admits. The University saw an increase in international and out-of-state admits from previous years. Of the recent admits, 17,813 are California residents, 2,454 are from out-of-state and 4,284 are international students. International and out-of-state admits rose from last year by 1,066 and 616 admits, respectively. California admits also increased by 871 admits from 2013. According to statistics provided by UCOP, international and out-of-state admits have risen steadily over the past few years. According to Walter Robinson, executive director of Undergraduate Admissions at UC Davis,... ...

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News in brief: Women’s Health Club to hold march against sexual assault

On May 5, the UC Davis Women’s Health Club will hold its second annual Men’s March Against Sexual Violence. The event will be held in order to raise awareness on the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. The march will begin at 12:15 p.m. on the Quad and continue throughout campus. According to Mimi Wyatt, member of the Women’s Health Club, the march was named “Men’s March” in order to highlight the fact sexual assault affects people of all gender identities. Additionally, Wyatt said the event provides an opportunity for men, who she said are typically left out of this conversation, to have a chance to participate in the fight against sexual assault. “We are formally inviting men to the march in the title because men play an important positive role in sexual assault prevention,” Wyatt said via email. “The issue of sexual assault has been a space that men do not generally get an opportunity to participate in, and we want to make it clear that men are... ...

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Quarterly career fair brings hundreds of companies to UC Davis

On April 17, UC Davis hosted its quarterly career fair in the ARC Pavilion. The Internship and Career Center (ICC) put together this event by inviting businesses to advertise and recruit students to join their companies. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., over 130 companies from a variety of industries provided information to students who hoped to gain knowledge and make positive impressions. According to ICC Project Manager Marcie Holland, the fair is a chance to get students thinking about where they stand entering the professional world. “Coming out to the career fair, you get to practice being in the professional mode,” Holland said. “At the fair, you get to see what other people’s professional styles are, and where you might fit.  It’s developing a part of yourself you haven’t had to yet.” Even though there is a fair each quarter, students can experience something new each time that they attend. “I have worked here a long time, but every fair feels new to me,” Holland said. “There is a... ...

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UC Davis history professor wins Pulitzer Prize

UC Davis history professor Alan Taylor recently won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in history for his book “The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia: 1771-1832.” The book explains why runaway slaves in this colonial time period felt motivated to help the British cause during the War of 1812. Hoping to be liberated, escaped slaves helped the British military as sailors and guides throughout the sea and country. In return for their aid, the slaves were granted freedom by the British. “The novel is about how slavery changed in the wake of the American Revolution and the worsened conditions for enslaved people,” Taylor said. “The War of 1812 presented an opportunity for some to escape together by British warships and reunited families.” Taylor’s inspiration for writing the book originated 12 years ago. While working on research for another project, Taylor discovered documents regarding how slaves helped the British gain Washington, D.C., during the War of 1812. In 2010, Taylor returned to these documents for further research. Taylor says that the... ...

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UC Davis Model United Nations makes program history

The UC Davis Model United Nations (MUN) team returned from the UCLA MUN national conference, held from April 3 to April 6, with seven individually-won awards, the most Davis MUN has ever earned at an away conference. MUN promotes debates and public speaking in its student-led organization, and conferences resemble the format of the United Nations. “Our club is a great resource for anyone who wishes to become more informed in global news, advance their interpersonal skills through public speaking and debate and for simply expanding their social circle and meeting new people,” said David Robinson, head of delegate preparations. The team also took home seven awards at the UC Berkeley MUN national conference in San Francisco from March 5 to March 9. Every UC Davis delegate earned an honorable mention, each beating out the rest of the delegates within their committees. At both the UCLA MUN and UCB MUN, the UC Davis team competed against schools from all over the country, such as Georgetown, Harvard and University of Pennsylvania.... ...

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UC Davis celebrates Native American Culture Days

From April 14 to 18, UC Davis celebrated Native American Culture Days, an annual week of events that creates an opportunity for both Native American students and the Davis community as a whole to explore and celebrate Native American culture. The event, which was put on by the Cross Cultural Center (CCC), has been going on for more than 30 years. The activities during the week are planned by a committee of Native American students at UC Davis. “Native American Culture Days is important to the Davis community because of the significance of indigenous cultures and connecting culture and place,” said Crystal Marich, program coordinator and advisor at the CCC. “Also, it helps in recognizing and respecting the culture that really came before UC Davis. It really gives voice to our native students on campus. A lot of times they feel invisible or that their culture is invisible. It’s really empowering and a way for them to share their culture.” According to Marich, the students have a lot of creative... ...

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WASC accreditation team reviews UC Davis

From April 9 to 11, the Accrediting Commision for Schools (ASC), Western Association for Schools and Colleges (WASC) evaluated UC Davis to review and accredit the school. WASC goes to a large number of elementary, secondary and higher education schools in California at least once every 10 years to review school processes, students, staff and faculty. Throughout the week, several forums were held with staff, faculty and students to discuss their opinions on the state of the school. The members of the WASC review team attended the forums to ask questions and evaluate the different parts of the UC Davis campus. Cecilia Conrad, the assistant chair for the WASC review team, asked students general questions about the school and their experiences during the 45-minute forum on April 10. “Every institution gets reviewed every two to 10 years,” Conrad said at the forum. “We then prepare essays about what the school would like to improve upon.” Conrad said that the forum was part of an informal sampling process that is conducted... ...

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This Week in Senate: April 17, 2014

ASUCD Vice President Maxwell Kappes presided over the senate meeting held on April 17 in the Mee Room on the third floor of the MU. The meeting was called to order at 6:15 p.m. Senate began with presentations by Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Adela de la Torre and Associate Vice C hancellor Milton Lang. Janice Corbett, ASUCD business manager, and Tracy Bennett, Student Affairs controller, were also included. They each discussed the preferred ways for ASUCD members to contact them. During the committee reports, Ben Marchman, the Student-Police Relations chairperson, updated senate on the open letter for Assembly Bill 540 undocumented students to allow engagement between these students and both campus police and City of Davis police without negative repercussions. The letter intends to encourage victims of crime to turn to the police unafraid. Next, Senator Azka Fayyaz announced that the “Each Aggie Matters” movement to raise mental health awareness began a grant system. Grants will be available to students, faculty and staff. Senate then motioned to move to... ...

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Safety remains top priority in Picnic Day preparations

As the Davis campus and community prepared for the centennial Picnic Day, safety remained a top concern. The Picnic Day Unit under ASUCD prepared a large array of the usual festivities, including a scavenger hunt, parade, exhibits, fairs and more. The City of Davis, Picnic Day, ASUCD and the UC Davis Police Department (UCDPD) collaborated to ensure safety among the masses of partying Davis residents.  “Our role in the next Picnic Day typically starts after the last Picnic Day,” UC Davis Police Chief Matt Carmichael said. “We do a lot of preparation in advance. We really try to spread information and share the concept of keeping each other safe.”  The UCDPD and campus officials have been heavily advocating the “see something, say something” policy. Attendants of Picnic Day are encouraged to call UCDPD if they see anything dangerous or suspicious.  “There are certain groups of students who haven’t felt welcome or included on Picnic Day,”  ASUCD President Armando Figueroa said.  The “see something, say something” policy extends to instances of... ...

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Campus Judicial Report

Hazing Joining a sports team or perhaps a social or professional fraternity or sorority on campus is a goal that many students share when arriving at UC Davis. For many students, this is an exciting time and an opportunity to become a part of something bigger than themselves. Unfortunately, some organizations on campus may take the initiation of new members too far through what is commonly known as hazing. Hazing is the process by which new members are subjected to abuse, harassment or humiliation in order to become part of a group or team. Many students who are hazed feel helpless and lost. Often, hazing can pose serious psychological risks as well as physical damage. Some methods of hazing include excessive alcohol consumption, sleep deprivation, isolation and criminal and sexual acts. The consequences of hazing include hospitalization, police charges and in some cases death. Because of all the dangers associated with hazing, all students are encouraged to report any conduct that they deem as dangerous or humiliating to Student Judicial... ...

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New coffee course leads to exploration of coffee major

During Winter Quarter 2014, UC Davis offered its first coffee course to students. Students could enroll in ECM 1: The Design of Coffee, taught by Professor William Ristenpart of the Chemical Engineering Department. According to ECM 1 teaching assistant (TA) Jerry Sanborn, the class allowed students to breach out from the more typical college classes and subjects. “The course offers students a chance to explore into numerous avenues beyond a student’s areas of study,” Sanborn said. “Coffee is a big topic, so I’m not sure how a major would work, but studying it engages people from separate backgrounds and provides a full-rounded educational experience.” The steady increase in coffee consumption could explain the need for further research and study. Sanborn attributed the class’ popularity to the broad appeal of coffee. “More industrialization has led to more coffee makers,” Sanborn said. Tom Whim, one of the other TAs of the class, previously taught other chemical engineering classes, and he thinks that ECM 1 offers students a positive introduction to chemical engineering.... ...

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Senate bill passes to transform operation of student advocacy

On March 13, ASUCD Senate passed a bill to consolidate advocacy sectors into one single unit, as the Office of Advocacy and Student Representation (OASR). Prior to Senate Bill (SB) #53, student advocacy was represented by three separate units: University Affairs, Lobby Corps and City and Community Relations. To establish a more cohesive and efficient unit, ASUCD and the directors of each unit agreed that grouping together would best utilize their capabilities. “We’ve had issues in the past where we felt that having the three be separate from each other causes disconnect, an inefficient expense of resources and it causes all our limbs to move in different directions,” said Gareth Smythe, president pro tempore of ASUCD Senate. Certain advocacy issues are handled by officials according to their concerns but often overlap. “The main problem was that while we operated as separate units, the issues our students face have no regard for those borders,” said Dillan Horton, director of University Affairs and author of the bill. According to Horton, UC Davis... ...

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