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Human Gross Anatomy class offers unique experience

Working with real human body specimens as an undergraduate student is a rare opportunity at most universities across the nation. But here at UC Davis, all students have the chance to learn by doing in Cell Biology and Human Anatomy (CHA) 101, also known as the Human Gross Anatomy class offered this Winter Quarter. “The overarching goal [of the class] is to give students a very thorough understanding of how the human body is put together and how it works,” said professor of cell biology and human anatomy Dr. Douglas Gross, who teaches CHA 101. Introduced 40 years ago, around the time the UC Davis Medical School was established, Human Gross Anatomy has been taught by Dr. Gross for the past 17 years. “There are probably maybe three or four other courses somewhat like it in the entire country,” Dr. Gross said. “It’s very rare to have human gross anatomy taught with human cadavers and there’s very few, if any, that teach it at the level we teach it at.”... ...

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Davis Farmers Market celebrates pigs

It was pig perfect on Saturday. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Davis Farmers Market at Central Park hosted the 22nd annual Pig Day. “The event is all pig-themed with pig crafts and food. Free kids crafts tables are held by volunteers from Davis Parent Nursery School, University Covenant Nursery School, Davis Community Church Nursery School and UC Davis [Rotaract] Club,” said Shelly Keller, market manager and executive director for the Davis Farmers Market. “They help kids make pig puppets, pig tails, pig masks and pig noses.” The food is also pig-related, ranging from pig cupcakes to pig popsicles to pigs in a blanket to pork ribs, provided by various Davis restaurants. “The food and pigs attract everyone so it’s really an event for the whole family. People are dying to get out by this time of year since the weather is now so nice,” Keller said. The pigs have been provided by Woodland pig farmer Jim Neilson for 20 years. Neilson started being a pig farmer because his... ...

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Mail delivery to cease on Saturdays

Beginning August, the United States Postal Service (USPS) will stop the delivery of mail and magazines to street addresses on Saturdays, a cut that will save an estimated $2 billion annually. Both private residences and businesses will be affected. Packages, prescription medications and priority mail will continue to be delivered. Post offices will remain open and PO boxes will still be accessible, according to the USPS website. The change has sparked a variety of reactions among Davis residents involved with USPS. “It won’t affect me personally,” said an anonymous Davis mail carrier. “We’ll still be delivering packages.” The mail carrier would not disclose their name due to the personal nature of the comment. Package delivery has increasingly been a strong source of revenue for USPS. According to the USPS website, revenue from the delivery of packages has increased 14 percent since 2010. Post office hours will remain the same, although some post offices, such as the ASUCD Post Office located on campus at the Memorial Union (MU), are not open... ...

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Education for Sustainable Living Program offered Spring Quarter 2013

Beginning in 2004, University of California campuses have offered the Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP). The program arrived at UC Davis in 2008, and has been taught every Spring Quarter since then. The primary program involved in ESLP’s initiation is the ASUCD Campus Center for the Environment (CCE). “Though the class was run by a dedicated group of students up until 2011, CCE has since incorporated the coordination of the class into the Sustainability Research and Education Coordinator position … We work to incorporate a variety of sustainability-related departments, individuals, clubs and organizations into the class through lectures and Action Research Teams,” said Tessa Artale, last year’s CCE unit director and a fourth-year spanish and sociology double major, in an email interview. Lucas Hill and Emili Abdel-Ghany are this year’s Sustainability Research and Education co-coordinators for the CCE. ESLP is sponsored by many other programs such as the John Muir Institute for the Environment, ASUCD Environmental Policy and Planning Commission (EPPC), Agricultural Sustainability Institute, Society for Conservation Biology, Geology... ...

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ASUCD bids farewell to Business Manager

Brett Burns, ASUCD Business Manager and UC Davis alumnus, has recently accepted the position of Senior Assistant Dean for Administration with the UC Davis School of Law and will be leaving his position as ASUCD Business Manager. Burns is expected to take on his new role part-time in March and be fully immersed in his new position by April 1. According to Burns, his new position at King Hall will involve serving as a key advisor to the dean and other leaders of the School of Law, with responsibility for strategic planning and administrative services. In addition, he will provide financial planning, forecasting, policy setting, organizational development and human resource management. The position serves as the school’s primary liaison with the UC Davis central administration on all financial and human resource issues. “The UC Davis School of Law has a tremendous reputation nationally and internationally for research, scholarship and service to the community,” Burns said. “After doing my research I found that the Law School has an outstanding student body,... ...

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Textiles and clothing major withstands motion to close admissions

The Undergraduate Council at UC Davis rejected a proposal to suspend admissions to the Textiles and Clothing program Feb. 15. The program is currently undergoing a review by the Academic Senate’s Undergraduate Instruction and Program Review Committee (UPR). The Textiles and Clothing program is part of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and heads two majors: textiles and clothing and fiber and polymer science. The program offers a number of classes for both graduate and undergraduate students. The division offers students the opportunity to earn a bachelors, masters or Ph.D. It is unique for a college program and the only one of its kind in the entire UC system, according to the Textiles and Clothing website. “The unique strength of our program derives from disciplinary expertise in areas ranging from fiber chemistry, polymer science and textile engineering to consumer psychology and cultural studies as well as its interdisciplinary perspective on commodity-relevant issues,” the Textiles and Clothing website states. Former graduate student in the Textiles and Clothing division, Margot... ...

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ASUCD to host UC Davis Jobs and Career Initiative Tuesday

On Tuesday at the UC Davis Jobs and Career Initiative, students will have the opportunity to gain tools to prepare themselves for employment after graduation. Organized by ASUCD, the free event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Freeborn Hall, where speakers, employers and various campus groups will be ready to help students navigate what often feels like a rat race for employment among college students. ASUCD has set up the jobs initiative in partnership with the Cal Aggie Alumni Association, the Internship and Career Center (ICC), Student Affairs, the Provost and the Office of the Chancellor. “All UC Davis students were taken into account in the planning of this event,” said ASUCD president, Rebecca Sterling in an email interview. “It will be especially useful for seniors, but also for freshmen who are looking for what they can do while they are in school to better prepare themselves for a post-graduation job, as well as gain the experience and skills employers are looking for.” The day will... ...

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ASUCD preliminary election results announced

Results from the ASUCD Winter Election were announced today, with NOW candidates Carly Sandstrom and Bradley Bottoms voted to become the next president and vice president. “[I feel] fantastic. All the work paid off. It was a great campaign. Everyone — from all slates — worked their butts off,” Sandstrom said. Out of all UC Davis undergraduate students, 6,252 voted in the election — 24.2 percent. Aaron Hsu, ASUCD Elections Committee chair, said he was pleased with this voter turnout. “Since 1991, this record has only been surpassed three times in a winter election,” he said. Sandstrom and Bottoms garnered 2,989 votes, while independent candidates Paul Min and Sergio Cano received 1,934 and FUQ candidates Migz Espinoza and Lane Lewis received 1,327. In the senate race, NOW candidates came out on top, with Ryan Wonders, Amrit Sahota and Pamela Nonga taking the top three slots. Yee Xiong of SMART, Miles Thomas of BEST and Reuben Torres of SMART also came away with wins. Elections Committee still must sort out any... ...

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UC Davis requests permission to fly aerial drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a list of of agencies that requested permission to fly drones in early February. The list includes state departments, local law enforcement, as well as colleges and universities, and comes as a response to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which mandates the FAA to make the list of applicants known to the public. A drone is an unmanned aircraft that can fly autonomously, without the control of a human. The mostly commonly used type of drones includes those that are used for reconnaissance and surveillance purposes, and those that have missiles and bombs attached to them. UC Davis uses drones for agricultural spraying and fertilizing, according to Ken Giles, a professor in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering department. “The advantages of the vehicle are that spraying and fertilizing can be done much more safely than using a conventional tractor in places like hillside vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties. The remotely controlled aircraft can be flown by a pilot standing on the edge... ...

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Davis bikes to work the most, survey says

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011 Community Survey, approximately 16.6 percent of workers in Davis bike to work — the highest percentage of any city in the country. The survey found that out of 29,663 workers, 4,923 are considered bike commuters, with a margin of error of 1,927. However, the survey only asked about a single method of transportation for the longest section of a commute, so it does not take into account those who utilize a bike for part of their commute or may only bike to work several days a week. The survey also does not take into account students biking to campus, even if they are employed on campus and technically bike to work. Nevertheless, the ranking is still a favorable one for Davis, home to the U.S. Bicycle Hall of Fame and often referred to as “The Bicycle Capital of the U.S.” According to David Takemoto-Weerts, bicycle program coordinator at UC Davis Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS), a number of factors contributed to the development... ...

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Shifa Community Clinic to host basketball tournament

Shifa Community Clinic, located in downtown Sacramento at 419 V St., will hold a basketball tournament fundraiser on Saturday. The tournament will take place on the Dairy Courts at UC Davis. The goal of the event is to raise money for the clinic, which serves underprivileged communities in Sacramento. Mohamed Esuf, a Shifa board member and fourth-year biochemistry major, said that the tournament is something new the organization is doing this year. “One of the main goals of our clinic is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle,” Esuf said. “We encourage all patients to be active and the tournament represents this by giving people a chance to do something healthy and active.” The tournament will be held from 11 a.m. to about 5 p.m., Esuf said. Teams of three will play each other in a double-elimination round, and there are separate brackets for men and women. Each team is required to pay a $20 participation fee. Winning teams will receive prizes. “This fundraiser is more focused on students, and... ...

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Best Place to Take a Date

Editor’s Note: Each year we ask our readers to pick their favorite downtown dives, study spots, bargain meals… everything. Hundreds voted over the two-week voting period, and here are the results: The Best of Davis. Dating in college can be a complicated endeavor. At a time when many students are sharing rooms with boisterous roommates and maintaining a Cup-of-Noodles kind of budget, it helps to have a quiet and inexpensive place to get away from it all on a date made just for two. For many students, that perfect place is the peaceful and scenic Davis Arboretum. One stroll through the Arboretum on a sunny Sunday afternoon, and it’s no surprise the beautiful getaway right in the middle of campus was named the best place to take a date. There is a seemingly endless amount of greenery, the calm water and many secluded spots for couples to find a little privacy and escape the hustle and bustle of the outside world. The Arboretum was founded in 1936 and has since... ...

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ASUCD executive candidates participate in Coffee House debate

ASUCD executive candidates participated in the Winter Quarter elections Coffee House debate on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Candidates on the executive ticket are Carly Sandstrom and Bradley Bottoms (NOW), Migz Espinoza and Lane Lewis (FUQ) and independent candidates Paul Min and Sergio Cano. Candidates discussed various issues, including the Campus Community Survey, ASUCD involvement and administration relations. Audience members were also given the opportunity to ask questions. The event was hosted by The California Aggie. The Senate candidate debate will take place today at 2 p.m. in the Coffee House. — Muna Sadek ...

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Water vapor to heat new Tercero dorms

Water vapor from the campus steam plant will be used to provide heat and hot water to the Tercero Phase 3 campus dorms. Tercero 3 is currently under construction and is expected to be finished by June 2014. This process of heat transfer is made possible through the use of a condensing economizer, a piece of equipment that captures the steam and heat that usually escapes from the plant, and instead utilizes the steam to heat the dorms. The condensing economizer utilizes heat energy that would otherwise be wasted and would escape into the atmosphere, according to Joshua Morejohn, energy manager for Facilities Management at UC Davis. “Without the condensing economizer, the heat goes out into the atmosphere at 300 degrees,” he said. According to Pablo Orozco, senior project manager and assistant director of engineering for Design and Construction Management, this new system will have positive effects both economically and environmentally. “By collecting energy that was being wasted, we save about $400,000 a year … We’ve reduced the overall natural... ...

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Dining commons workers dissatisfied with new schedule

Dining commons (DC) workers on campus are considering filing a demand to bargain with the University after recent changes to their work schedules. “Starting Feb. 1, about half of us got a half hour to one hour cut from our schedule,” said an anonymous cook working at the dining commons. “We weren’t notified about the schedule change.” Management and some DC and union workers disagree over whether or not these schedule changes are considered “cuts.” “As we opened in the Fall Quarter, many of our cooks were scheduled longer shifts and overtime to compensate for vacant positions, employees on leave, employee absences and a number of new employees in training,” said Brenan Connolly, general manager of Resident Dining, in an email interview. “There have not been cuts in worker hours, but rather a return to the base schedule (i.e. no or little overtime) as positions have been filled.” Some workers and union representatives do not agree with the explanation given by Connolly. “From our perspective, they’ve cut hours. I’ve talked... ...

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