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Inside the Game with Blair Lewis

Senior Blair Lewis has already been a part of three Big West Championships and carved out a good collegiate career for herself over the past three years. This summer, Lewis committed herself to finish out her time at UC Davis, and has been outstanding, finishing first of all Aggies at two of their four tournaments. As of Oct. 29, Lewis was ranked No. 135 individually in the country. The California Aggie had the chance to sit down with Lewis and discuss how she got into golf, what spurred on her major improvement, and much more. So let’s get started with how and when you got into golf: I started playing in tournaments when I was seven. My Dad just took me out to the driving range when I was five. My uncle played professional baseball and he had an equipment contract and got a set of golf clubs, but he was obviously too busy to play so he gave my dad the clubs and he got into it, and then... ...

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News in brief: Design project to combat water privatization

This Friday, a nonprofit activist group known as The Beehive Collective will be stopping in Davis to present their “Sucked Dry: Examining Drought and Privatization from Mesoamérica to California” tour. “Sucked Dry” is an educational storytelling tour that uses design displays to promote water restoration efforts and demote monopoly on water resources by big businesses across the country. Beehive Collective has partnered with the organizations Restore the Delta and No on Prop. 1 in order to localize and authenticate their cause in northern California. According to Ryan Camero, one of the Beehive Collective members, the activists use intricately layered fabric murals that depict social and environmental issues in different regions across the nation. “We are drawing the connections between crises in Central America to what is going on currently in California — the claiming of limited water resources by corporate interests in what is historically the most severe drought our state has ever faced,” Camero wrote in an email. The “Sucked Dry” tour will feature the group’s latest mural, called... ...

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President Bill Clinton headlines rally at UC Davis

Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, spoke to UC Davis students and community members Wednesday morning at UC Davis’ ARC Pavilion, headlining a “Get Out the Vote” rally with representatives John Garamendi (CA-03) and Ami Bera (CA-07) in advance of the Nov. 4 election. More than 4,500 people flocked to The Pavilion to see President Clinton, with lines stretching around the structure by 11 a.m., over an hour before doors opened. Tickets for the event were made available to the first-arriving students, who were able to stand in front of the speakers. Clinton has appeared at UC Davis three times since 2002, most recently in 2012, when he helped campaign for Democratic congressional candidates Bera, Garamendi, Jerry McNerney and Jose Hernandez. “I love this campus. I love California. I came here 29 times in my first term,” Clinton opened his speech today. “I think it’s important that all of you know why you should vote. This is America’s future. You’ve got diversity, intelligence, energy and youth.” Before... ...

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This week in women’s sports

Field Hockey (4-12): UC Davis @ No. 7 Louisville (L, 3-0) UC Davis @ Miami University (L, 6-1) Despite a strong defensive effort from the Aggies, the field hockey team simply lacked the firepower to contend with No. 7 Louisville. The Aggies, who have averaged one goal per game over their last six games, failed to register a point and fell to Louisville despite holding them to three goals. This game marked the third time UC Davis faced a top-10 opponent this season, losing the games by an average of three points. In their second-to-last game of the regular season, the Aggies scored just one goal as their opponents unleashed 21 shots and found the back of the net six times. Sophomore Kristin Rodgers scored the lone goal, her fifth of the season for the Aggies. UC Davis will face Stanford on Halloween for its last match of the season.   Soccer (5-10-3): UC Davis @ Hawai’i (W, 2-1) In what seems like two victories in one, the UC Davis... ...

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Davis celebrates Day of the Dead

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of loved ones who have passed. The celebration begins on Friday and lasts until Nov. 2. In honor of the holiday, several festivities will take place within the Davis campus and community. Festive activities often include creating altars, preparing dishes that symbolize life and displaying belongings of the deceased. Davis Day of the Dead celebrations will allow the community to partake in such traditions while also incorporating art as a medium for remembrance. Thus, many Davis events for this holiday also feature poetry readings, live music and other creative works. Francisco X. Alarcón, a UC Davis Spanish lecturer and Spanish for Native Speakers Program supervisor, explained to MUSE how art ties into the holiday. “Art, poetry and music are essential components of the syncretic celebration of Day of the Dead,” Alarcón said. There will be two celebrations on campus. The first is a dedication to the community altar and takes place in Sproul Hall... ...

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Zombie John’s takes off in Davis

Halloween is rapidly approaching, and along with the promise of candy, pumpkin carving and politically incorrect costumes comes the opportunity to check out some local seasonal attractions. Among these attractions is the brand new business, Zombie John’s, located straight off the Chiles road exit on Interstate 80 in Davis. The Zombie John’s experience includes a pumpkin patch and corn maze by day, and a zombie paintball thrill ride by night. In the ride, visitors are given ammunition and can shoot at zombie actors from halloween-themed trailers. Zombie John’s only made it’s start this year, opening on Oct. 1 to the public. However, planning has been in the works since September of last year, when the operation’s Acting Manager Lana Maeder began to look into the idea of creating a Halloween attraction in Davis. “I found out that there were no paintball zombie shoots in the area,” said Maeder. “My brother’s a farmer, and I said, ‘How come you haven’t made a pumpkin patch here?’ We put our heads together and... ...

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Associated Student Dining Services increase prices

Starting Sept. 22, much of the food and beverages sold at Associated Student (AS) Dining Services increased in price for the first time in four years. AS Dining Services, made up of the ASUCD Coffee House, CoHo South Café and CoHo-To-Go Convenience Store, last increased prices in 2010. While certain foods, including yogurt and whole fruits, have remained at the same price, other items have become more expensive. This change is largely due to the increase of California’s minimum wage, which has gone from $8 to $9 per hour. Prices generally increased about 30 to 50 cents per item. “We’ve been looking at this, probably for the past year, as something on the horizon we would need to address,” said Darin Schluep, food service director of AS Dining Services. “When we first heard of the plan to increase California’s minimum wage, we knew we would have to react to that.” Schluep says that increasing food prices also played a role in his decision to increase prices at AS Dining Services.... ...

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University Dining Services regulates meal plan sharing

This year, UC Davis Dining Services and Student Housing will implement new dining commons policies regarding guest meals and take-out food, amongst other changes to the three dining areas on campus, for all students with meal plans. In response to these changes, a discussion was launched on the Facebook group titled “Sell/Buy DC Swipes” at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. The biggest change to dining commons policies this year, fueling the online forum, is a new limit on “guest” swipes available to students who purchase a meal plan. “We will be limiting the number of guest swipes, a swipe that allows a student to bring in an outside guest, to 10,” said Office of Student Development Director Branden Pettit in an email interview. Many students with meal plans that have been known to swipe others in are involved with larger on-campus organizations. Pettit explained that the limit was placed to protect these students from being pressured by their peers from clubs, sports teams and other extracurricular activities to... ...

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TBD Fest Expands to 3-Day Lineup

Modern-day music festivals tend to focus on their headliners and not much else — certainly not the location that they are taking place in. Luckily for Northern California residents, a festival set in West Sacramento from Oct. 3 to 5 is turning the paradigm on its head, showcasing Sacramento as a creative community, and has been doing so for the last seven years. TBD Fest, formerly known as Launch, began in 2007 as an art party in Sacramento’s Greens Hotel, and has dramatically expanded every year since. Michael Hargis is the founder and organizer of TBD. “In 2012 we decided to go all out with a full-scale music festival; in 2013 we expanded to a two-day platform, and this year we are going even bigger with a three-day event,” Hargis said. To organizer and co-founder Clay Nutting, the name change from Launch to TBD represents the evolution of the event. “It’s to be determined; the partners we have, the people we lock arms with. Farm to fork is big now,... ...

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UC Undergraduate Experience Survey to donate $1 for every completed survey

For every University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES) completed between May 20 and May 30, UCUES will donate a dollar to The Pantry, the student-run food bank located in Lower Freeborn. The collaboration was in response to the high statistic of students who frequently skip meals because they cannot afford them as indicated by previous surveys. According to UCUES, 25 percent of students who took the survey indicated that they frequently skip meals in order to save money. This is a slight increase from 2010, when the survey indicated that 24 percent of students frequently skipped meals to save money. The Pantry was created in 2011 in response to the previous year’s statistic. It is an ASUCD unit that provides free food and personal hygienic supplies to students in need and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Shinna Kim, unit director of The Pantry, said the stagnant statistic shows that student hunger is still... ...

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UC Davis Dining Services to discontinue Aggie Cash off campus

On June 30, Aggie Cash will no longer be accepted on off-campus locations. According to Kraig Brady, UC Davis Student Housing food service contract manager, the change is due to the partnership ending between Sodexo, the food service provider that UC Davis Dining Services is partnered with, and the financial institution that sponsored Aggie Cash, Off Campus Solutions (OCS). According to Brady, the banking system that OCS uses to transfer money from a student’s Aggie Cash account to a third-party vendor discontinued its service. Brady said UC Davis’ volume is too small for the bank to support the number of credit card transactions and banking fees. While Brady has looked for other companies to sponsor Aggie Cash off campus, he said that the potential solutions he had come across were not cost-prohibitive and compliant to the regulations needed for the transactions. However, Brady maintains that the University will continue to look for solutions to reinstate this service. “The good news is we’re not giving up yet. We’re looking for a... ...

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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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Cannery Development Project construction begins

The Cannery Development Project, a housing project that will include public parks, green belts, urban gardens and a pool began the construction process on May 2 with a groundbreaking ceremony. The development will be built on the former Hunt-Wesson tomato cannery site located at 1111 East Covell Blvd. The lot is approximately 100 acres — approximately 20 of which will be attributed for open space. The buildings that are expected to go up inside the development include 540 single family lots and a business park. According to Katherine Hess, the community development administrator for the City of Davis, the project was required to suit the surrounding agricultural area as well as the environmental and aesthetic sensibility of Davis. “As the first development to be approved in Davis in nearly 25 years, there is a need for new homes in order to accommodate new families as well as for empty-nesters in Davis,” said Kevin Carson, Northern California president for the New Home Company, in an email. Further, The Cannery will redevelop... ...

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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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Custodial Services members share experiences at UC Davis

Whether it be during the daily bustle or dwindling nighttime, 183 custodians work to ensure that both cleanliness and safety are continuously maintained throughout the entire UC Davis campus. From classrooms and lecture halls to laboratories and offices, the daily experience of custodians drastically differs based upon their stationed location. “Every day is different for custodians depending on where they work,” said Remedios Sarabias, principal supervisor of Custodial Services. Each custodian is stationed at one of the nine different cores on campus, and according to Sarabias, the average custodian has worked in his or her core for anywhere from five to 10 years, some staying in the same building for nearly 20. Along with Sarabias, Bill Rumley, the director of Custodial Services, pointed out the perseverance and steadfast dedication that custodians demonstrate on a daily basis. “They are really good, hardworking people and it’s much more than just vacuuming and cleaning,” Rumley said. “The custodians make the environment friendly and they are a central part of this campus.” Walking into... ...

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