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Regina Carter to take Mondavi Center stage

The wonder of music is its ability to combine creativity, passion and history into one collective sound. Jazz violinist Regina Carter showcases this phenomenon in her latest album, Southern Comfort, which explores and honors popular music during her grandfather’s days as a coalminer in Alabama. Carter will be performing Southern Comfort at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 1. The event is part of the Mondavi Center’s Director’s Choice series. The series is a selection of shows featuring performers that Don Roth, executive director of the Mondavi Center, holds close to heart. Roth said he had much respect for Carter’s passion and authenticity as a musician. “What’s so cool about Regina’s project is that it is a very different kind of music from the [traditional] jazz she’s famous for,” Roth said. “It is ‘roots’ music in the most authentic sense of the word. She’s exploring music that her grandparents knew when they were growing up in the Deep South, but she makes it [modern and] her own.”... ...

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News in Brief—Aggie Surplus renovations in progress

Aggie Surplus, formerly known as the Bargain Barn, recently underwent renovations to bring in more student traffic and update the overall aesthetic appearance of the facility. These aesthetic renovations have varied from painting walls and redoing flooring to rearranging the store display. Aggie Surplus specializes in the sale of marketable items that are either sold or donated to the facility for resale. Some of these items include office supplies, technological supplies, mattresses and blankets from student housing and dorms and video games from the game area in the Memorial Union. Typical student supplies such as laptops, cell phones, computer batteries and other technological supplies that are typically more expensive can be found the the sales floor. According to Aggie Surplus coordinator Michelle Belden, the new name and logo were created in the hopes of encouraging more student involvement and traffic. Belden said that the new name has the potential to “foster some Aggie Pride” and more closely associate the facility with the campus and UC Davis students. UC Davis students... ...

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UC Davis Police Department makes major effort to enhance campus safety

The UC Davis Police Department (UCDPD) is currently implementing new programs, while also revamping existing ones, to promote student safety on campus. Pushing to better serve the campus community, the department has been working on several projects to be released this fall. Safe Rides, the police escort service, has previously provided students transportation around campus during late hours. The free service is now extending its hours as well as its drop-off limit. Campus-to-campus transportation still runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Beginning Oct. 20, however, students have been able to request rides from campus to anywhere within the city of Davis when Unitrans stops running from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. For the first time, more than one vehicle will be employed, in hopes of reducing wait times. Safe Rides is an inclusive service that now offers 24/7 VIP wheelchair transportation around campus at UC Davis. Off-campus VIP service runs the same hours as Safe Rides seven days a week. Escort services previously operated with a vehicle that was not... ...

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Holy Ghost! to perform at UC Davis

  This Wednesday, the ASUCD Entertainment Council (EC) will be hosting a Holy Ghost! DJ set in the ARC Ballroom. The EC has brought artists such as Muse and The Strokes to campus in the past, they were extremely successful. EC Director and fourth-year music and communication double major Alexis Munnelly believes that Holy Ghost! will make that same jump to fame. “Our budget doesn’t allow for top 40 talent, so we seek up-and-coming talent that we believe will expand….We’re striving for variety [in the acts we bring to campus],” Munnelly said. “Holy Ghost! is indie electronic. It’s a unique style that has become prevalent at Outside Lands and Coachella. It’s not rave style and not as hardcore as EDM.” To keep costs down and the entertainment top notch, the EC keeps an ear to the ground of what types of music are becoming popular and reaches out to artists accordingly. Physical promotions director and fourth-year chemistry major Megha Chandrashekhar compares Holy Ghost! to artists like Disclosure, but stresses that... ...

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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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Coffee Tour of Davis

For anyone familiar with 7:30 a.m. classes, all nighters and lounging for hours on end in a cafe with a laptop, solace can be found in a steaming, iced or blended cup of joe. Thankfully, Davis provides a number of locations to get that necessary caffeine fix. Instead of spending time and money figuring out what coffee shop is right for you, we did the heavy lifting and compiled a definitive list of the best coffee in town — there is so much more to life than Starbucks. The cafes and coffee shops chosen in our review were within one mile of campus. We would also like to stress that different audiences want different experiences out of their daily cup. As a result, the locations were judged on a variety of categories including price, ambiance, location, speed and the overall taste and quality of black coffee to-go. Cloud Forest Cafe Price of a small coffee: $1.85 Coffee hotness: “Just” hot Variety: Medium Speed: Self-serve for black coffee Crowd: Quiet, people... ...

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UC Davis TAs break down reasons behind strikes

Dissatisfied, UC Davis teaching assistants (TAs) congregated near the corner of Russell Boulevard and Howard Way on April 3 to protest ongoing labor practices that the University of California (UC) system has yet to address. Since June 2013, the members of the UC Student Workers Union (UAW 2865) have been bargaining with the UC over topics including, but not limited to, various intimidation tactics used by the University, larger classroom sizes and the limited number of quarters a graduate student is allowed to work as a TA. “We struck in order to tell the University that they should not commit unfair labor practices, specifically when dealing with the unions,” said UAW 2865 UC Davis current unit chair Marco Rosales. “The University has been committing a few illegal practices such as intimidation, and we’re trying to express to the University that we’re not going to take that anymore.” The strike took place on several UC campuses, and according to Rosales, various intimidation practices were used against the protestors during the strikes... ...

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