Review Category : Campus News

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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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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