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Bike accidents: an Aggie tradition

Last quarter, a bike collision left me in urgent care with staples in my head, a concussion and notes to give my professors to avoid penalization for missing class. I was riding in what I thought was a conscientious manner, with one hand on the horn of the saddle for warmth and the other tapping my back brake, when another biker approached from behind, lost his balance on the slick pavement, and sideswiped me and my trusty metal steed. Suddenly, I wasn’t heading to my physics class, I was on my way to close a head wound. Recently named USA Today’s No. 1 biking town, and with 22 percent of residents commuting by bike, it’s safe to say that the people of Davis know a thing or two about cycling. But with the sheer amount of time that we students spend on bikes, the statistics are stacked against us — at some point in our time at Davis, we will probably see, be involved in or know someone in a... ...

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City manager updates City Council on budget deficit

On April 15, City Manager Steve Pinkerton gave a presentation to the Davis City Council to update the community about the City of Davis’ current financial predicament and the plans that are being made to alleviate the budget problems. The report takes into consideration the fiscal years of 2014-15 to 2017-18. It has been estimated that although the revenues for the city will increase by 8.95 percent in that time, the expenditures will further increase by 11.29 percent. This would leave a shortfall of $4.99 million. The calculations made predicting this shortfall did not take into account the financial circumstances should Measure O, a measure allowing the City of Davis to increase the sales tax by half a cent, pass in the June 2014 elections. This half of a cent increase could bring in extra revenue for the city, but according to Pinkerton would still not be enough to cover the deficit because the revenues from the sales tax would only be coming in for part of the year. “Cities... ...

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100th annual Picnic Day brings in massive crowds

Picnic Day 2014 drew in a huge crowd this year. April 12 marked the 100th anniversary of the annual UC Davis open house event, enticing visitors from around the world to participate in the Aggie lifestyle. Picnic Day’s classic, annual activities include the Doxie Derby, UC Davis Fashion Show, cow milking, the Chemistry Magic Show, the parade, the petting zoo and the Battle of the Bands. Such events have brought in a variety of crowds of all ages over the years. Local residents as well as families and students from far and wide come to take part in the merriment, communal energy and festivities of Picnic Day. “Every year, thousands of people are expected to attend Picnic Day and we train our volunteers to understand that they represent Picnic Day and the UC Davis campus when they volunteer,” said Madeline Lai, a fourth-year international relations and communication double major, and 2014 Picnic Day volunteer coordinator. These volunteers are usually UC Davis students and are compensated for their participation with lunch,... ...

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Local groups demand greater food producer responsibility

Local groups and students in Davis are pushing for greater food producer and consumer rights, according to the recent lobbying and education efforts of both the California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) and the newly initiated Fair Trade Club on campus. Among the topics being discussed by these Davis organizations, the three issues of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) food labeling, the overuse of antibiotics in animals intended for human consumption and an increased presence of Fair Trade Certified food products in stores are the most prominent. Genetically Modified Organisms Since GMOs were introduced to the U.S. public market 20 years ago, they have flooded store shelves. Though 64 nations currently require producers to identify GMO products on food labels, the United States does not, despite the fact that according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 90 percent of corn and 93 percent of soy grown in the U.S. were genetically modified varieties as of 2013. “CALPIRG is lobbying for a bill that would require labeling of all GMO ingredients on... ...

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UAW Workers strike hits UC campuses

Members of the UC Student Workers Union (UAW 2865) struck statewide at University of California (UC) campuses on April 2 and April 3 to protest some of the system’s alleged unfair labor practices. Davis strikers took their protest to the corner of Russell Boulevard and Howard Way on April 3. UAW 2865 represents student workers across the UC system, including teaching assistants (TAs), graduate student instructors, readers and graduate and undergraduate tutors. The union filed a series of Unfair Labor Practice charges against UC over the past year. Their complaints are largely centered on instances of UC’s alleged intimidation surrounding strikes. Complaints range from the UC threatening to invalidate international students’ visa status for participating in union activity to unlawfully videotaping those participating in strikes at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz and sending out emails claiming that legal strikes are illegal. “The worst part is they sent an email to UCLA international students saying that if they struck they might be risking their visas,” said Duane Wright, TA in... ...

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Celebrating a century of excellence

As the sun comes out and Spring Quarter rolls in at UC Davis, the excitement and anticipation for one of the most monumental student-run events in the nation heightens. Boasting cockroach races, honey tastings and maggot art, the 100th annual UC Davis Picnic Day event returns to campus this Saturday, April 12. “It’s definitely a hallmark year, it is a testament to us as a student organization having come so far,” said second-year biological sciences major and Picnic Day Parade Director Grace Scott. “It’s a testament to UC Davis for how cohesive we are as a campus, how we are one of the world’s best universities and how the community celebrates with us.” The theme of this year’s event  is 100: A Timeless Tradition, and the board plans to push this theme in every aspect. “Just seeing the design come together is amazing,” said Publicity Assistant Director and second-year technocultural studies major Summer Kang. “Seeing that [the directors] can form an idea into a product and the fact that they... ...

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Davis City Council halts paid parking proposal

On March 25, Davis City Council halted a proposal to implement paid parking in downtown Davis. In October 2012, Davis City Council appointed members for the Downtown Parking Task Force (DPTF) which would meet monthly to identify the parking problems in downtown Davis. The task force came up with solutions for the management of parking as well as parking availability. After much research, the DPTF presented a package of 19 recommendations for downtown parking. Among these 19 recommendations were paid parking for the Southeast Quadrant and the Amtrak lot because these areas have the highest density at peak parking periods. “The purpose of paid parking was not for city revenue, the purpose was because it is an appropriate parking management tool to ensure that on-street parking space in the highest demand areas are available for customers, the secondary byproduct of that is that it does generate revenue,” said Brian Abbanat of the Transportation Planning Division of the City of Davis Public Works department. According to the Downtown Parking Management Plan... ...

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Eleven years of broken promises, questionable decisions mark jump to Division I

(Pictured: UC Davis student-athletes are in tears outside a press conference on April 16, 2010, as they learn that their teams are among the four cut by UC Davis Intercollegiate Athletics. — Photo courtesy of The Davis Enterprise) In the last decade, the athletics program at UC Davis has gone through drastic changes. Alumni, community members and students alike are now examining the repercussions of a tumultuous time in the program’s history. UC Davis is unique in that much of the funding for its athletics program is provided through student fees: 75 percent of UC Davis’ Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) budget is funded through student fees, amounting to a student contribution of approximately $18 million annually. That money comes from student fees paid alongside quarterly tuition — the two largest sources of which are the 1995 Student Activities and Services Initiative (SASI) and the 2002 Campus Expansion Initiative (CEI). ICA collects 89 percent of the $334.83 SASI fee ($298) and 36 percent of the $539.64 CEI fee ($196.65) annually. Included in... ...

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UC Davis establishes Confucius Institute

For six months, the Confucius Institute (CI) has been trying to create a dialogue between China and Davis. There are four CIs in California, and many more worldwide. Most of these institutes focus on educating their communities on language, but according to the CI website, UC Davis is the first school to focus on Chinese food and beverages as a way to promote an understanding of Chinese culture. “We realize that many students won’t have the opportunity to travel or study abroad in China, so we hope to bring a bit of China to UC Davis,” said Sheena Link, the project manager of the institute. According to Dr. Linxia Liang, CI’s director, the institute began to come to fruition about two years ago, but before it could become a fully established chapter, UC Davis had to find a sister school that had similar goals to facilitate a cultural dialogue through the language of food and beverage. “Language teaching is not what we really need on campus. So there was an... ...

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TechHub relocation first of extensive UC Davis Bookstore renovations

As part of the new Memorial Union (MU) renewal project to begin in January 2015, the UC Davis Bookstore recently relocated its TechHub from behind the MU ATMs to the space previously used for the MU Station Computer Lab. According to Jason Lorgan, director of UC Davis Stores, the new TechHub has been open for several weeks in order to gauge public opinion and prepare for its grand opening on March 31. According to Lorgan, the relocation of the TechHub was made in order to provide more space for the UC Davis Bookstore renovation and increase visibility for the facility. “In order to expand the footprint of the store so that we can better accommodate the start of the quarter and the number of students we’ll have in general, we needed to try to reclaim some of the space that’s in the store now,” Lorgan said. “One of our solutions was to move the TechHub out.” Lorgan hopes that relocating the TechHub from the back corner of the bookstore will... ...

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Downtown desserts, delicacies hope to draw customers

Downtown Davis recently added Sweet & Shavery, Bambu Drinks and Desserts and Tako Korean BBQ to the restaurant scene. Sweet & Shavery, located at 210 E St., had its grand opening on March 8 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The small store specializes in sweets, its menu consisting of Italian shaved ice, frozen custard and crepes. Co-owners and UC Davis graduates Lindsay Phan and Brian Nuss, now a graduate student at UC Davis, believed the sweet treat that is more popular on the East Coast would do well in Davis. “I think it is a little different since we cater to vegans and vegetarians because we have shaved ice … my favorite flavor is the cactus cooler parfait and the fruitier [desserts],” Phan said. At the grand opening they offered free samples of the shaved-ice-parfait dessert and 50 percent off crepes to draw in new customers. Due to the unanticipated high demand, they had to close early on March 9 at 6 p.m. rather than the usual 10 p.m.... ...

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UC Davis to compete in 2015 Solar Decathlon

In February 2014, UC Davis was chosen by the Department of Energy to build a solar-powered home to compete in a Solar Decathlon in UC Irvine during October 2015. UC Davis was chosen as one of the 20 universities to compete in the competition. The competition is also featuring other top research universities such as Stanford, Yale and nearby rival school, Sacramento State. “We don’t know exactly how the Department of Energy made its final selections. They have a very rigorous proposal process,” said Frank Loge, principal investigator for the team and a professor in the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering. “We … pulled in a remarkable team of interested students and faculty from across many disciplines at UC Davis to prepare a proposal … and we told an interesting story while we did it.” Although the team was confident, they were as surprised as anyone when they heard the news. Loge even admitted that the team got started late in the proposal process. The team was able to... ...

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ASUCD announces results for Winter 2014 Elections

At 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 21, Eric Renslo, ASUCD Elections Committee Chair, announced the results of ASUCD’s Winter 2014 Elections in Wellman 6. Measure 1, also known as the “Save the Aggie” measure, passed with 72.92 percent  voter approval. The measure received 27.11 percent voter turnout, exceeding the 20 percent needed for the fee referendum to be considered valid. Renslo then announced the results for the ASUCD senate elections. In order one to six, senate candidates Azka Fayyaz (S.M.A.R.T.), Robyn Huey (S.M.A.R.T.), Nicholas Sanchez (S.M.A.R.T.), Amelia Helland (NOW), Artem Senchev (Independent) and Eugenia Chung (NOW) were elected to the senate table. Next, Renslo presented the results for the presidential election. Armando Figueroa (S.M.A.R.T.) and Maxwell Kappes (Independent) were elected ASUCD president and vice president, respectively. For more information, go to elections.ucdavis.edu.   — Scott Dresser   ...

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New businesses open in downtown Davis

Pachamama Pachamama Coffee is owned by small-scale farmers and therefore distinguishes itself from the many other coffee shops in Davis. Pachamama Coffee Cooperative, on 521 First St., was established in Davis in 2001. Nicolas Brown, the co-founder, was studying at the UC Davis Medical School, and he decided that Davis was the perfect place for a global cooperative of coffee farmers. He saw that Davis was at the crossroads of several important movements — farm-to-fork, grower cooperatives, organic agriculture, viniculture and specialty coffee. “Pachamama goes beyond the [conventional] model of fair/direct trade by organizing farmers as owners of their own brand and distribution. By roasting, branding and selling their best coffee, farmers are capturing a much [greater] percentage of the market value of their crop,” said Thaleon Tremain, current CEO of Pachamama in Davis. There are no other international coffee cooperatives in the U.S. Pachamama currently represents over 100,000 families in Africa and Latin America. The goal of Pachamama’s coffee is to create a more dynamic and sustainable supply chain.... ...

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Raise the Wage Davis hosts kick-off campaign

Raise the Wage Davis, a grassroots campaign, kicked off their initiative to raise the minimum wage in Davis to $15 per hour on Jan. 31. The group has submitted their initiative to the City of Davis to get it on the November 2014 ballot. The next step, according to Neil Ruud, communications director of the campaign, is to collect signatures to ensure the measure’s place on the ballot. “$15 per hour is just enough to be self sufficient to the point where you wouldn’t have to take assistance,” said Bernie Goldsmith, the campaign co-chair. Goldsmith said that the cost of living in Davis is at a point at which $15 per hour isn’t even enough for a family with one child. Goldsmith and Ruud said that movements to raise the minimum wage in cities across America were their inspiration for bringing a movement to Davis. “We’re not political experts but we know what it’s like to be working poor,” Goldsmith said. The way the bill is structured is similar to... ...

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