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News in Brief: Davis Arts Center holds reception for young artist contest

On Friday, the Davis Arts Center at 1919 F Street will be holding a reception for the entries to its annual “It’s in the Bag” art contest. The contest, sponsored by the local Whole Foods Market, challenged young artists from ages 7 to 14 to create a piece that promotes healthy foods. The theme – “Healthy foods that I love to put in my shopping bag” – allowed the artists to create pieces in mediums ranging from watercolor painting to mixed media creations that illustrated the budding artists’ concept of healthy, locally grown foods. The contestants’ pieces will be featured at the reception for the community to view. Lauren, a longtime Davis resident and Whole Foods employee, commented on the contest’s prevalence and success in Davis. “I used to apply to the contest myself,” Lauren said. “I think it’s great that [Whole Foods] supports young, local artists.” Overall, 34 applicants uploaded digital copies of their work to the Davis Arts Center’s website for submission and review, with representatives from both... ...

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Aggie Style Watch

  For this week’s edition of ASW, I spoke with my social psychology of Clothing professor, Nan Turner. I chose to interview this Davis design alumna because she has a great eye for putting outfits together and comes to class each day looking very professional and chic. Before pursuing a career in education, Turner designed for major companies like Abercrombie & Fitch, Liz Claiborne and Ellen Tracy. I asked if she would share some of her insights into the clothing and textiles industry.   Can you tell me a little bit about what you chose to wear today? I tried to dress French because I had my informational meeting for the study abroad trip that I am leading in Paris this summer. [I chose this] horizontally striped shirt. [It is reminiscent of] French sailors. What made you decide to pursue a career in fashion? I was very interested in fashion [at] a young age. I started sewing, knitting and crocheting when I was young; my parents encouraged me to pursue... ...

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UC Davis community celebrates holiday season

With the holidays coming up and some having already begun, UC Davis students reflect on what their traditions are for the upcoming season. From not going to school to spending time with family to celebrating religious holidays, students detail their favorite parts during this time of year. Perhaps the season’s most well-known holiday is Christmas, the annual religious festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. While the holiday began as a way for Christians to celebrate Christ’s birth, the day has become a popular holiday for many non-Christian families around the world who spend the season giving gifts, decorating trees and visiting Santa Claus. Tommy Elrod, a third-year psychology major, is a United Methodist who celebrates a traditionally religious Christmas, which began on the first Advent Sunday on Nov. 30. On each successive Sunday, Elrod and his family light a candle in a wreath at the center of the sanctuary. Each of the four candles signifies either love, hope, peace or joy. The fifth candle, which is called the Christ... ...

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Science is Serendipitous: Condom conundrum

I decided to be nice that night, throwing out our apartments collective trash. It feels good to do that sometimes – you know, doing a solid for your roomies. But what I saw in one of the trash cans can never be unseen – a used condom. My first instinct was to immediately charge inside and ask questions about whose it was. I then realized that besides the “fun” that resulted from that incident, the condom being there was actually indicative of something that is helpful for society.It indicated whoever used it was guarding themseleves and their partner from sexually transmitted diseases (STD). STDs are a problem globally, with a lot of people not being educated or finding out what they are or how they transmit. At the college level it’s especially important for us to realize that even though we want to have care-free fun sometimes, safety of our health should always be the top priority. Whatever you want to call it – penis hat, raincoat, naughty bags, bulletproof... ...

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The Hidden Treasures of the UC Davis Library

Although most UC Davis students use the Peter J. Shields Library as a place for studying or to pick up books relevant to their courses, the library has much more to offer. Delve into its special collections of art, wine literature, maps and rare books and you’ll be sure to find something that will pique your interest. Below you’ll find a sample of just some the things that often go undiscovered by students. The Special Collections The first pages of an 1847 Charles Dickens novel are faded, blue and covered in advertisements of that time (Nunn’s Made Mustard, Sovereign Life Insurance and a soon to be published autobiography – Jane Eyre.) The Dickens novel is just one of many curious things held in the Special Collections, situated on the first floor of the library. Although there are a wide variety of items available for use in the collection, most of its content focuses on California’s Central Valley and provides information about local history. “Students should come in here to learn... ...

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Yolo County sees increase of children entering foster care

Yolo County is currently experiencing a shortage of foster parents both due to an increase in children entering the system and a deficit of available foster parent homes. According to Cherie Schroeder, educational specialist and program director for Yolo County Foster Care, it is not just Yolo County experiencing a shortage of foster families but also counties all over California. Schroeder said that she is unsure of the reason for the increase of children entering the foster care system at this time. She speculates that it could be due to the improvement of the economy after an extended period of financial hardship. “The economy is back on the upswing, but for people who haven’t gotten their jobs back, their housing back, they’ve been riding this financially stressful ride for three or four years. I just think that there is still a lot of stress,” Schroeder said. She speculates that the rate of reporting child abuse has increased because more children are re-entering daycares and other institutional settings where they are... ...

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UC Davis receives $100 million for project that would predict, prevent emerging diseases

UC Davis was recently granted $100 million by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to continue phase two of the PREDICT project, based at the School of Veterinary Medicine. PREDICT is part of the Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT) program, an international campaign established by USAID to identify and respond to zoonotic diseases that spread between people, wildlife and livestock. PREDICT intends to find new, emerging viruses and to assist countries in preventing pandemic threats such as influenza, SARS and Ebola. Other projects within EPT include ONE HEALTH WORKFORCE and Prepare and Respond. The UC Davis One Health Institute, which manages the project, is responsible for many programs and initiatives within the School of Veterinary Medicine. The One Health Institute led a global consortium in the first phase of PREDICT in 2009 and will continue to work with partners such as EcoHealth Alliance, Metabiota, Smithsonian Institution and the Wildlife Conservation Society in this next phase. According to a UC Health press release, in the first five years of PREDICT,... ...

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The Liquid Hotplates to host annual ‘AlottaCappella’

One of UC Davis’ a cappella groups, The Liquid Hotplates, will present its annual winter showcase, AlottaCappella, Friday at 123 Science Lecture Hall. The showcase, which marks the university’s first a cappella concert of the year, will feature performances from five UC a cappella groups and the Davis Chamber Choir. In addition to performances from returning groups, which include The Afterglow, The Lounge Lizards, The Spokes, Jhankaar and The Liquid Hotplates, AlottaCappella welcomes two new groups. Among the new groups are Cloud 9, an a cappella group from UC Santa Cruz, and the Davis Chamber Choir, a student-run vocal ensemble. This year’s AlottaCappella will be the first time a choir and a group outside of UC Davis will perform at the showcase. Having sung in a barbershop quartet with the music director from Cloud 9, Gordon Allen, the music director for The Liquid Hotplates, invited the group because of his close relationship with its members and its vibrant performance style. “Cloud 9 just has this crazy vibe where every time... ...

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Tunespoon: So this is Xmas

Jingle bells, silver bells, it’s beginning to look a lot like a one-horse open sleigh ride together with you my heart, but the very next day, you are sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he is come, let Earth receive her presents underneath the Christmas tree, O Christmas we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year! Your broken bones from Black Friday are slowly healing, meaning that the holiday season is nigh. That also means that you’ve heard one of the above lyrics by now, crooned by the creamy-smooth voice of a ’50s legend or pop-ified by a fledgling starlet. The reach of Christmas-themed music is inevitable and basically omnipresent, and whether you revel in its cozy hot cocoa warmth or deflect it with bitter bah-humbug cynicism, there is no denying that ‘tis the season to make some sweet Christmas bank. No occasion, no matter how sacred (perhaps literally so, in this case) is safe from the talon-sharp clutches of industry. The Christmas season is a magical... ...

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Co-op program allows shoppers to donate spare change to schools

The Davis Food Co-op completed its first month of its new program, Round Up at the Registers this November. This initiative allows shoppers at the grocery store to bring their total to the nearest whole dollar, and all of the change collected is donated each month to a different school in the Davis Joint Unified School District (DJUSD). The program, according to Julie Cross, the marketing director of the Davis Food Co-op, raised $685 last month for Fairfield Elementary — a two-room school and the smallest school in the Davis school district. Cross said that the Round Up program replaced an older program in which schools would buy Co-op gift certificates and resell them to parents to raise money. “It was pretty cumbersome and expensive to run and didn’t have a huge amount of participation, so we thought we would get rid of something that didn’t work very well and replace it with something easier,” Cross said. According to the Co-op’s website, one DJUSD elementary or junior high school is... ...

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Exploring Shields

With finals week right around the corner, the weary students of UC Davis have been seen flocking to Shields Library to get their study on. Amidst stacks of literary anthologies, piles of highlighter-soaked biochemistry notes and iPhones filled with photos of lectures slides that no one bothered to handwrite, some students will drown in the library’s sea of last-minute crammers. Others will emerge from the Shields’ automatic doors having fully embraced this study space. After extensive observation, we have come to the conclusion that there are five types of Shields Library patrons. Some are rarer than others, but all can be spotted gathering amid this literary habitat during these “testing” times. Here are the types of patrons we have noted:   The Curve-Setters: Clad with full coffee mugs, fully-charged laptops and occasionally, a change of clothes, these study-savvy patrons can be seen claiming full tables on the Lower Level and glued to desks littered with flashcards in the Main Reading Room. Curve-Setters are notorious for spending hours on end in the... ...

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This week in men’s sports

As autumn fades into winter, the sports scene also experiences a shift. Fall favorites like football and soccer have wrapped up, and many athletes enjoy a bit of well-earned rest from competition until mid-winter when sports like baseball and golf return. However, while many folks were taking post-Thanksgiving naps this past week, the UC Davis basketball team was hard at work in the Pavilion.   Basketball (5-0): UC Davis vs. Utah State (W, 77-70 ot) The Aggies’ victory on Wednesday against Utah State at the Pavilion moved their record to 4-0, their best since 1999-2000. It was far from an easy win for UC Davis. Going into halftime, the Aggies trailed by two points, posting a score of 29-27. At the beginning of the second half, junior forward Josh Fox began an 11-0 run for the Aggies by nailing a layup with 18:02 left in the game. Fox scored six of these points to contribute to a career high of 23 points in the game. After taking a 42-31 lead... ...

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This Week in Senate: Nov 21

ASUCD Vice President Maxwell Kappes presided over the Senate meeting held on Nov. 21 in the Mee Room of the Memorial Union. After quorum roll call, Senator Janesh Gupta began the discussion of asking senate to remove a current senator who is unable to attend meetings and serve on his post. Senator Katherine Sherman proposed appointing a new senator in the following meeting. The discussion was postponed until further notice. Sherman motioned to move into committee reports. Senator Eugenia Chung brought to attention that the Media Board committee of ASUCD is still seeking five new students to join their team. Senate discussed a possible conflict of interest case in which a student appointed by senate to the voting board of the Student Services and Fees Administrative Advisory Committee also assumed the position of Assistant to the Chancellor. Senator Mariah Watson argued that the student had resigned the voting board in the summer before his work with the chancellor, and she voted to deliberate on this matter at another time. Senate... ...

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Fresh Focus provides students with campus-grown produce

For the first time in its three-year history, The Pantry is now offering fresh produce as part of its Fresh Focus collaboration with the UC Davis Student Farm. Fresh Focus is a collaborative effort between The Pantry and the Student Farm at UC Davis to combat food waste and food insecurity on campus. The Pantry is an on-campus food bank where students have access to basic food items and toiletries, and by presenting a valid UC Davis ID, students can select up to three items per day. The ASUCD unit has aided students since 2011 with non-perishable items and hygiene essentials, but the Fresh Focus program marks the first quarter that fresh produce is available. Campus-grown fruits and vegetables are harvested by the Student Farm and then sold to Dining Services. Any food that the Dining Commons does not buy, including blemished or misshapen produce, is biked directly over to The Pantry. “It’s super helpful because a lot of students use us as their sole grocery store, so they haven’t... ...

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#blacklivesmatter

This Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, St. Louis Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced in a press conference that Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, would not be indicted for his actions. Rather than taking the case directly to a trial court to press charges, McCulloch brought the issue before a Missouri state grand jury—an unusual and seemingly unnecessary choice in the midst of the tragic death of an unarmed victim. The use of this grand jury (comprised of nine white and three black jurors) ultimately led to Wilson’s release under the decision that the officer was legal in his actions under Missouri’s controversial “Use of force” Doctrine,which states that a law enforcement officer can use “deadly force” against someone if they feel their life is being threatened. We believe, though, that Wilson’s case should have gone to trial and we sincerely hope the federal court picks up where the state of Missouri failed to press charges. The process through which the grand jury decision was made... ...

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