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Taxicab service Uber comes to Davis

Whether it’s getting from North to South Davis or avoiding a Biking Under the Influence charge, most college students can find a reason to hitch a ride. To meet this demand, a worldwide taxicab service called Uber has expanded to the Sacramento area, including Davis. As of just over a year ago, anyone in the area can book a ride around town for fares starting at $3.80, with just a click of a button on a smartphone or tablet. “We tend to do pretty well in areas where there’s college students, because a lot of them don’t bring their cars to campus and then they’re going out or into town, so that’s part of the reason we chose Davis,” said Uber Community Manager Allison Grant. “The last two months we’ve really pushed our Davis plan — we’ve got some great ambassadors on campus.” Uber originally started in San Francisco in 2009, when current CEO Travis Kalanick realized the difficulty in tracking down a high-quality cab in the busy city. Today,... ...

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Davis Chamber of Commerce holds forum for City Council candidates

The Davis Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (PAC) held a forum April 2 to interview the five Davis City Council candidates for the June 2014 election. The Q&A based forum discussed various concerns that the City of Davis is facing and lasted from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at City Hall. The main topics of conversation focused on the $5.1 million annual deficit, the parcel tax, the city employee changes and visions for the future of Davis. Chamber PAC members will be endorsing candidates or slates of candidates and releasing a video recording of the event later this month. The Davis Chamber of Commerce created the PAC in 1997 in order to support or oppose local, county or state ballot measures that influence the Davis business environment. According to its website, the mission of the Chamber is to promote, support and advocate the general economic vitality of its membership and the quality of life for the community. The PAC is funded by individuals in the Chamber and is financially... ...

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Regents discuss de-freezing UC tuition

The UC Board of Regents met on March 19 to discuss the developments in the 2014-15 budget. Although Gov. Jerry Brown did increase the UC budget by five percent in his proposed budget, it leaves the UC with a $124 million shortfall. Due to this shortfall, the UC Regents said they doubt the current tuition freeze could be upheld in the 2016-17 school year. Brown’s proposed budget, which was leaked and then officially released in January, allocated five percent more money for the UC system than the budget had the year before. However, the UC Regents had requested a 10 percent increase in funding in November to cover mandatory costs. As reported by the Daily Californian, the California legislative analyst’s office proposed a budget that would return the UC system to a “workload” budget, which would be dependent on $78 million from tuition leading to a nearly four percent increase. According to Kelly Ratliff, associate vice chancellor of budget at UC Davis, mandatory costs include salary increases for faculty and... ...

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UC Davis Police arrest man suspected of breaking into dorm room

On March 19, the UC Davis Police Department announced its arrest of a man suspected of breaking into three female students’ dorm room in Potter Hall at the Tercero Housing Area two days prior. The police arrested Justin Chiou, 18, a previous first-year student at UC Davis. The suspect was charged for burglary, according to Matt Carmichael, UC Davis police chief. The arrest came two days after Shelby Sanders, first-year art studio major, reported an unknown man sneaking into her dorm room at approximately 6 a.m. on March 17 and crawling on top of her as she slept. According to Sanders, she initially mistook the intruder for her roommate. When she was able to see the suspect was not her roommate, she screamed to her sister, first-year animal science and management major Savanna Sanders, for help, waking up her other roommate, Amanda Bogden, a first-year animal science major. Sanders said that the suspect then calmly left her room. “I just saw this looming shadow over my feet, kind of like... ...

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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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Letter from the editor

There will be no issue of The California Aggie outside your lecture the first day of spring quarter. Or the next day. Or the next day. Don’t freak out. The first issue of a new California Aggie will be waiting for you that Thursday. We can’t promise four Sudoku puzzles, but we can promise an exciting version of the official UC Davis student-run newspaper we’ve all known and loved since 1915. We’re moving to a weekly format, stressing long-form, in-depth journalism. Our issues will be fatter, not only with higher-quality writing but with more visuals and design. We’re working on a new website that should be ready to roll before the quarter begins. It’ll be modern and sleek, with multimedia capabilities and room to grow for budding digital journalists. Blogs will be more active and our news editors — bless their hearts — will be updating around the clock, so you can always know what’s happening. Personally, I’m excited about these changes. With no journalism major at UC Davis, The... ...

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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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UC Davis beats Sac State 34-27 in Biggs’ last game

Coming into a rivalry game, everyone knows to expect the unexpected. However, it is hard to imagine anyone was prepared for the thrilling and emotional game that marked the last game of UC Davis head coach Bob Biggs’ 20-year career. In a game that included back-to-back interceptions, trick plays and multiple two-point conversions, the UC Davis Aggies came out on top with a 34-27 win over rival Sacramento State Hornets. The 59th annual Causeway Classic was anything but a typical regular-season game, as it marked the end of an era led by head coach Bob Biggs. It was also the end of UC Davis’ first season in their new conference, the Big Sky, where they went 3-5 and finished their overall season record at 4-7. Before the game started, Aggie Stadium showed a brief video dedication to coach Biggs that was followed by a standing ovation from the crowd. “Since it was his last game, it was on the minds of the quarterbacks a lot. I just wanted to go... ...

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Locals vote UC Davis Medical Center best in region

The UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC) at 2315 Stockton Blvd. in Sacramento received a Consumer Choice Award in October for the 14th consecutive time. The medical center, a teaching, research and clinical practice hospital, is nationally ranked as one of the top 50 hospitals in the US for cancer research and pediatrics, as well as high-performing in other specialities. The Consumer Choice Award, provided by the National Research Corporation (NRC), recognizes exceptional healthcare provided by a wellness facility in 300 different regions. The recipient was selected based on a survey issued from Sept. 1, 2011 to Aug. 30, 2012. American consumers in 250,000 households and 3,200 hospitals rated local healthcare facilities based on qualities such as service and equipment. “We are constantly striving to improve and ensure that we deliver the highest quality care available,” said UC Davis Health System Marketing and Research Manager Lisa Montell in an email. “Many of our improvement initiatives are aimed at improving the quality of communication between patient and provider and also between the... ...

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One year later

Compiled by NATASHA QABAZARD and MENGSHI SHAO Aggie News Writers Editor’s note: To see how perspectives have changed over the past year, The Aggie requested comments from students and members of the campus community who were involved with the Nov. 18 pepper spraying incident. We’ve included included quotes previously printed in The Aggie to demonstrate these changes. All update interviews were conducted via email. Nathan Brown Assistant professor in the department of English “You are responsible for the police violence directed against students on the UC Davis quad on November 18, 2011. As I said, I am writing to hold you responsible and to demand your immediate resignation on these grounds.” In the article “Police pepper spray student protesters, community outraged,” published in The Aggie Nov. 19, 2011 One year later: “I think what has become increasingly clear over the past year is that the pepper spray incident is indicative of a totalitarian attitude toward political protest on the part of the upper administration of UC Davis. Immediately following the... ...

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Editorial: Where are the students?

Student Regent Jonathan Stein and Student Regent-designate Cinthia Flores went on a UC-wide tour to educate students about Proposition 30 and what it means to the UC system this past month. The two came to UC Davis on Friday as part of this tour. The turnout was abysmal. Less than half of the seats were filled for the conference. Of those seats filled, most were members of student government. This is not acceptable. It is more important now than ever to be informed of the issues that directly affect us as students. The regents rarely come to campus. ASUCD must make a bigger effort to publicize those events. Simply providing a venue for the regents to speak is not enough. ASUCD has the resources at its disposal to reach students on a mass scale. A campus-wide email to the student body informing them that the regents were coming could have dramatically increased student turnout. On Tuesday, Prop. 30 passed with a vote of 53.9 percent to 46.1 percent. While this is a step in the right... ...

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KDVS Celebrates Freeform Radio

Experience what FM radio was like in the early days as KDVS joins forces with former air staff of legendary Sacramento radio station KZAP to celebrate freeform radio. KDVS will dedicate 48 hours of continuous programing to featuring former KZAP DJs. They will play the music of the late 1960s and early 1970s and tell stories about what it was like in the early days of progressive FM radio. The special programming began today at 6 a.m. and ends at 6 a.m. Saturday. KZAP was the pioneering Sacramento FM station that, along with a handful of innovative alternative radio stations across the country such as KSAN in San Francisco, KMET in Los Angeles and WNEW in New York, transformed radio in the late 1960s and 1970s. Tune in at 90.3 FM. — Elizabeth Orpina ...

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Horsing around at UC Davis Horse Barn

Down south in the UC Davis Horse Barn, student interns called stud managers spend six months a year making horse babies. Yes, making horse babies. Natural breeding is quite dangerous, so they practice artificial insemination, in which the managers excite the stallions, collect the horse semen and impregnate a mare. Last week, the Equine Facilities manager, breeding manager and a former stud manager took students from an Animal Science 49 class into the Horse Barn for an artificial insemination (AI) demonstration. “To people who don’t really get it, it sounds weird. So I just say, ‘yeah, I make horse babies,’” said Alberto Davados, a fourth-year animal science major and former stud manager. Stud managers risk hoof bashing as they go about getting these horses excited. They do it because letting horses have sex naturally is even riskier. “There’s a lot of reasons we like to do AI over live cover,” said Joel Viloria, Equine Facilities manager. “It’s safer for the stallion and the handlers.” There are other reasons as well,... ...

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UC Davis Cancer Center opens new building

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center opened its new wing on Sept. 24 after 10 years of planning and construction. The new building was needed to accommodate the increased demand for patient care and research programs at the center. The center is the only center of its type serving the people in Central Valley and inland Northern California. It cost approximately $33 million and was funded by the health system and philanthropic donations. “As the nation’s 41st comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute, we have an obligation, not only to our patients, but also to our Cancer Care Network sites at four community hospitals, to reduce the burden of cancer,” said Ralph de Vere White, director of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, in a press release. The 46,000 square-foot expansion has made the Cancer Center total 110,000 square feet. Now, it can accommodate about 10,000 adult and pediatric patients.  According to a press release, the expansion will help provide a variety of new services and improve existing... ...

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Fall Convocation welcomes new year

With the dawning of the new year, students new and old assemble at Welcome Week events to revel in the glory of a fresh beginning. The annual Fall Convocation took place on Monday, Sept. 24 to kick-start the celebrations and usher in the newest generation of Aggies with open arms. However, the commencement of the 2012-2013 school year marks another special event at UC Davis: the 10th anniversary of the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Executive Director of the Mondavi Center Don Roth stated that the event was not just a welcome home. “[It is] a celebration of the arts, and the prospects of the future,” he said. Wide-eyed first-years and distinguished faculty alike filed into Jackson Hall as Anush Avetisyan, winner of the Founders’ Prize in the Mondavi Center’s 2012 Young Artists Competition, performed a beautiful rendition of the national anthem and Grace Zhou, a junior winner in the 2011 competition, captivated the audience as she performed a piano solo to thunderous applause. These opening... ...

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