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Burgers & Brew, Crepeville owners open another restaurant

The owners of Crepeville and Burgers & Brew have established another restaurant in downtown Davis. Opened in December and located down the street from Crepeville and Burgers & Brew, El Toro Bravo has many similarities to its two sister restaurants. “I saw that there was a need for a new Mexican restaurant, other than a taqueria, in Davis,” said Derar Zawaydeh, one of the owners of all three restaurants. “What we learned at Burgers & Brew and Crepeville was how to present the restaurant with the environment, and use healthy ingredients in our food.” Zawaydeh started restauranteering in San Francisco about 30 years ago, and then moved to Davis to open restaurants. Zawaydeh and his brother are co-owners of Burgers & Brew, Crepeville and El Toro Bravo. Zawaydeh first expanded to the Sacramento area by opening Crepeville in early 2002. He opened Burgers & Brew in 2007. In addition to locations in Davis, he and his brother have restaurants in Sacramento, Chico and the Sacramento International Airport. Kyle Larson, one... ...

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UC workers protest terms of new UC contract

Union members of The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 3299 picketed at the three UC Davis Dining Commons in opposition with their new University contract last Thursday. A rally was also held at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. These protesters were among UC workers and medical center staff all over California who took part in Thursday’s statewide demonstration. The workers included janitors, cooks and gardeners on campus. Many of these workers had contracts ending at midnight last Thursday. “We want a fair contract. We want fair staffing,” said Fernando Garcia, groundskeeper at UC Davis. The new contract proposed by the University would include fewer retirement benefits for new workers, an increase in the amount current and new employees must pay to pension and no wage increases. Shelly Meron, University of California Office of the President media specialist, said the University is addressing the retirement program to provide more aid to retirees by asking workers and students to pay more. “We prefer to negotiate at... ...

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Month of January sees rise in burglaries in Davis

The Davis Police Department (DPD) has reported an influx of burglaries in the past month. From Jan. 1 to 9, DPD reported eight residential burglaries. The increase in burglaries continued throughout January. On Jan. 24, the Davis Police reported a total of 21 burglaries had taken place in the past two weeks. The suspects have been stealing laptops, computers, jewelry, purses, electronics and gaming systems. “These numbers aren’t something that we would expect [to be] out of [the] ordinary. Some people are away for the holidays,” said Lt. Glenn Glasgow of the DPD. “So people are gone for one or two days when they report, but anytime we have these numbers it raises a red flag, especially with the pattern of unlocked residences and windows. We always try to get the word out.” Glasgow said that burglaries usually increase in line with UC Davis’ finals week as well as the holidays. Students tend to be more forgetful about safety precautions during finals week and burglars take advantage of this. They... ...

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Four UC Davis alumni granted CCST fellowships

Four UC Davis graduates were selected for the California Science and Technology Policy Fellowship program for 2013. The fellows are appointed as advisors to the California State Legislature for one-year terms. They aim to provide policy makers with unbiased scientific and technical advice on issues put before the state senate and assembly. The four UC Davis alumni awarded the fellowship are Neela Babu, Laura Feinstein, Gregory Gambetta and Annabelle Kleist. Information on the candidates was gathered from a press release by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST). Neela Babu is assigned to the Office of Assemblymember Nancy Skinner. She received her master of science and doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from Cornell University, and her bachelor of science in the same field from UC Davis. Her research focused on reservoir design in the face of climate uncertainty. Laura Feinstein received her doctorate in ecology from UC Davis and she is assigned to the Senate Environmental Quality Committee. “This fellowship will give me better understanding of how scientists... ...

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Increase in UC Davis international transfer applications

UC Davis experienced a 23 percent increase in applications from international transfer students for Fall 2013, the largest percentage increase of all University of California schools. According to the UC Office of the President, UC Davis received a total of 69,642 applications, an 11.4 percent increase from 2012. Of these applications, 8,789 were from international students. Additionally, 6,747 were international students applying as first-years, a 65 percent increase from 2012. The University received 2,042 applications from international students applying as transfers, a 23 percent increase and the largest increase of any UC. UC Riverside saw the second-largest increase in international transfer student applications at 21.9 percent. “For the last three years, UC Davis has put forth a significant effort in the area of outreach and recruitment to create a more global campus community,” said Walter Robinson, director of UC Davis Undergraduate Admissions. “The benefits of outreach and recruitment efforts are starting to show. We’re starting to receive applications of highly qualified students who come from globally diverse communities.” According to... ...

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The magic of the Central Park Gardens

If you step onto the gravel-covered paths within the Davis Central Park Gardens, do note that there is a high probability of a sensory explosion. Split into seven parts by theme, the Central Park Gardens are located in the park parallel to B street and act as a place for Davis residents to relax and enjoy the sights and smells the garden offers. “We are providing a habitat for birds and insects, but it’s also a refreshing place for people to come to,” said Emily Griswold, Central Park Gardens steering committee chair and director of GATEways horticulture for the UC Davis Arboretum. “A lot of people enjoy sitting in the garden to just enjoy the setting.” The garden is run by a steering committee which is made up of people from the Davis community and “master gardeners” from the Yolo County Master Gardening Program, among other members. “The goal of the Yolo County Master Gardeners (YCMG) program is to promote adult education in horticulture,” said master gardener and steering committee... ...

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Explosive materials detonated at Student Farm

On the night of Jan. 17, eight explosions were heard by residents of the on-campus living community the Domes and surrounding complexes. These explosions were the result of materials detonated at the site of the UC Davis Student Farm by police and other officials. The materials were among those recovered from 418 Russell Park, home of chemistry researcher David Snyder, earlier that day. Snyder, in police custody under charges of possession of explosives and firearms, was injured in a chemical explosion occurring in the early hours of Jan. 17. The Yolo County Bomb Squad, after searching and clearing his apartment, recovered multiple hazardous materials. “Experts on the scene decided that some substances were not safe to transport a long distance, so bomb technicians found a safe space, off of Orchard Park, where they could destroy the substances safely,” said UC Davis Chief of Police Matt Carmichael in a Jan. 19 press conference. The space they chose was the Student Farm, a plot of land for student use managed by the... ...

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Davis Flea Market celebrates one-year anniversary

You might not think the marriage of the subprime mortgage crisis in Ireland and the mass exodus of writers and artists from Davis to humanities-friendly locations could have a brain-child, but it has, and she is celebrating her first birthday. This Sunday, the Davis Flea Market will celebrate its one-year anniversary. It was inspired by the bloom of DIY culture in Ireland after the subprime mortgage crisis, and encouraged by the determination to entice UC Davis students to start businesses and stay in town after graduation. The Davis Flea Market is a self-sustaining pop-up market of local art, performance and vintage gear. In its year of existence, it has faced many challenges in finding a place for itself within Downtown Davis’ community. But Lauren Norton, director of the Davis Flea Market, is hopeful for its future expansion. “We dream of having a brick-and-mortar building where we can have a cooperative retail space, a café and a performance venue,” Norton wrote in an email interview. “Considering the level of enthusiasm for... ...

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Intercollegiate Athletics resolution vetoed

ASUCD President Rebecca Sterling recently vetoed Senate Resolution 2, which called for increased transparency and greater student influence in regard to decisions concerning the UC Davis Department of Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA). Former senators Patrick Sheehan and Justin Goss authored the resolution. Sheehan said he wanted students to have a well-established, formal space to publicly air concerns about the program’s direction. Students currently contribute roughly $18,000,000 to ICA — 75 percent of the program’s total budget. “Students should be given a reliable medium to learn about the major decisions facing the ICA program and be able to comment on them before they’ve been made,” Sheehan said. The resolution passed with a vote of 10-1-1 on Nov. 15. Sterling’s veto was upheld with a vote of 6-5-1 on Jan. 10. Paul Medved, a UC Davis alumnus who graduated with a bachelor’s in civil engineering in 1978 has been vocal on the Senate floor about his support of the resolution. “That any elected representative of the students should decide that less transparency is... ...

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Explosion at Russell Park leads to criminal investigation

The UC Davis Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation into a chemical explosion that took place in an apartment in Russell Park during the early morning hours last Thursday. The resident of the apartment, David Snyder, who was temporarily working as junior researcher at UC Davis, was injured during the explosion and was taken to a nearby hospital. Snyder was arrested and booked into the Yolo County Jail on Sunday. Snyder is currently charged with possession of an explosive, possession of materials with an intent to make explosives and two counts of possession of a firearm on campus, with the potential of more charges. It took 20 hours for the Yolo County Bomb Squad to make the apartment safe. There is no information to suggest that Snyder was plotting any act of terrorism on campus. According to UC Davis Chief of Police Matthew Carmichael, five buildings were evacuated at Russell Park, with a total of 40 units and 74 persons being displaced. Tandem Properties and UC Davis Student Affairs... ...

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Russell Park apartment building evacuated after small explosion

UC Davis campus police evacuated a housing complex building on 418 Russell Park this morning, after they were alerted that a UC Davis researcher was treated at a Davis hospital for a hand injuries from a minor explosion, according to the UC Davis News Service. The building housed 13 people. Police discovered chemicals in an apartment, and though a majority of the area is stable, access will be restricted throughout the day, as a precaution. Childcare at the Russell Park Child Development Center was also temporarily disbanded and is expected to reopen tomorrow. — Muna Sadek ...

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Governor declares California’s budget deficit-free

In January, Gov. Jerry Brown revealed that California now has no budget deficit, which once was $25 million two years ago. Gov. Brown released a Governor’s Budget Summary which includes plans to increase educational funding. The spending plan, which derives from a $97.6 billion yearly fund, calls for certain advancements in education. This includes an extra $250 million — a 7 percent increase from this year’s budget — for each state university. Some students have expressed their optimistic feelings toward the aspect of more money, citing more resources as a positive result. “I guess it [the $250 million] would make a difference because in the past couple years, [there’ve] been class subjects that have been cut,” said first-year environmental and science management major Jennie Hoang. Hoang continued to advocate for the spending plan by reasoning the argument with her own experiences. “A larger budget would possibly mean more class sections being opened up so people wouldn’t be stuck on the waitlist for a [chemistry] lab section, for example, but already... ...

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Renewable energy company proposes wind energy at UC Davis

Foundation Windpower, a company that specializes in producing renewable energy, has proposed a plan to campus administration that would put up two wind turbines that could potentially produce enough energy to power 7,500 dorm rooms. According to Bob Lewis, founder and vice president of sales at Foundation Windpower, if administration agrees to accept the turbines, the company will develop, finance, build, own and operate the wind turbines at no cost to the campus. “UC Davis and Foundation Windpower enter into a long-term contract where UC Davis agrees to purchase the 100 percent renewable electricity generated by the wind turbines,” Lewis said. “Foundation Windpower uses that to take out a construction loan whose proceeds are used to purchase and install the wind equipment.” Mike Sheehan, director of facilities services at UC Davis Student Housing, said that hesitation to accept the turbines is in large part due to an uncertainty that the benefits would outweigh the costs. Foundation Windpower estimates that the wind turbines will save the university over $2 million in... ...

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University of Beer hosts grand opening

Last Thursday evening, downtown revelers and beer aficionados alike attended the grand opening of the University of Beer, the latest addition to an increasing number of drinking venues in downtown Davis. The new craft beer shop, located at 615 Third St., will serve only beer, with 60 different taps offering an extensive menu. “What I want the customer to focus on is the beer. If you love beer, we have everything you’re looking for,” said Nate Yungvanitsait, the proprietor of the University of Beer, as well as downtown venues Red 88 Noodle Bar and KetMoRee. “It’s good to have a nice ambience, comfortable atmosphere and a cozy place to be, but if we don’t choose good beer it doesn’t matter how nice the place is. The beer is the experience.” As the beers on offer are rotated regularly, the venue incorporates new digital technology, such as plasma screens and iPads, to keep its customers continually updated and informed as to which beers are currently being served. It is hoped that... ...

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UC Davis librarian recognized nationally

Roberto Carlos Delgadillo, a librarian at UC Davis, has been recognized as a winner of the “I Love My Librarian Award.” The award, which was granted to 10 librarians nationally, is presented by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Times and the American Library Association and serves to acknowledge the exceptional work of public and school librarians. As humanities, social sciences and government information services resources manager at Peter J. Shields Library on campus, Delgadillo was noted for his expertise and resourcefulness in the Chicana/o studies department. However, Delgadillo emphasized that while he is known for his work with Chicana/o topics, he is a resource for all students with various backgrounds, majors and interests. Some of his many fields of study include English literature, education, religious studies and military history. Miroslava Chavez-Garcia, chair and associate professor in the department of Chicana/o studies, nominated Delgadillo for the award. According to Chavez-Garcia, the award is meant to recognize those librarians who are especially committed to serving people’s needs through... ...

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