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ASUCD Divestment bill passes through senate

At tonight’s (Jan. 29) ASUCD senate meeting, Senate Resolution (SR) #9 passed with an 8-2-2 vote. The text of SR #9 calls for the University of California (UC) Board of Regents to divest from “corporations that aid in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and illegal settlements in Palestinian territories, violating both international humanitarian law and international human rights.” ASUCD voted down a similar resolution this past May. With the passing vote, ASUCD formally recommends the UC Regents to divest from American companies Caterpillar Inc., G4S PLC, Veolia Environment and Raytheon. Over 550 UC Davis students, staff and faculty members attended the senate meeting, which was called to order at 8:57 p.m. in the Sciences Lecture Hall 123. At approximately 9:10 p.m., after introduction speeches from both supporting and opposing sides of the bill, Aggies for Israel President Julia Reifkind called upon the anti-divestment crowd to participate in a walk-out of the meeting, causing most of those opposed to the bill — about a third of the attendees — to leave.... ...

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Men’s tennis continues to improve

  A Team on the Rise New balls (tennis balls, that is), freshly tightened racquets and warm weather herald the continuation of the men’s tennis season. When Eric Steidlmayer joined as head coach in 2012, he inherited a team that was recovering from a 5-15 record. Under his tutelage, he led them to an 8-13 finish at the end of his first year, and finally to a 14-11 record for the 2013-14 season – the best record UC Davis has earned since joining Division I tennis. Steidlmayer aims to keep improving on the team’s record (currently residing at 3-2 overall), even though they have a particularly difficult schedule this year, facing off against the likes of Cal, Stanford and Hawaii, among others. Sophomore Alec Adamson wants to beat teams that they have been unable to win against before. Still relatively new to Division I play, the Aggies have lofty, yet attainable, goals for the season. “We really want to have a great year in the Big West, and also try... ...

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UC Davis faculty aim to increase interactivity in science classes

Attention UC Davis science students: expect a drastic shake-up in your lectures and be prepared to get called on at any moment in class. The UC Davis-based project iAMSTEM HUB (interdisciplinary Agriculture Medicine Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Hub) has been conducting experiments and studies to measure how the interactions between faculty and students through different teaching styles can affect the outcome of test scores and student continuity within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) courses. Project researchers have noticed an increasing number of high-performing UC Davis students leaving the field of STEM during their second or third year in the major. This apparent trend is not solely confined to UC Davis. The National Center of Education Statistics released a report in 2013 stating that 48 percent of bachelor’s degree students and 69 percent of associate’s degree students who entered STEM fields between 2003 and 2009 had left these fields by spring 2009. Conceptualized and approved three years ago, iAMSTEM was created by Marco Molinaro based on his work with Biophotonics,... ...

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Breaking News in Brief: #Facebookdown

Update: as of 11:15 P.M., Facebook and Instagram online and mobile apps began functioning again. At 10:10 P.M. tonight, the sites faced technical difficulties. They were down for a little over an hour. #Facebookdown is trending on twitter. Check in for further updates. — Gabriella Hamlett ...

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ThePoetry-ThePoets&ThePoetesses   The Poetry “Someone New” by Rouzbeh Rahai In the winter, In the winter him and I would drive to the water, where the ocean’s echo kept us from exchanging the strongest whispers. He screams. “when are you going to start your own family” Midst the December gloom on our skin, our breaths spiraled our futures in the air. He reaches for the cold sand and watches the wind whistle it away, as I looked past the water. Family meant always staying together And all the family we had were a family of seashells the ocean our best friends, and I guess our moms and dads But ever since we moved away the promise for togetherness seems like a promise only ever made. Because these days I find parts of myself turning invisible. Slowly becoming see-through as I join in groups and share drinks then spike my drink with my dreams thinking, “Here’s to new beginnings.” Warm memories with strangers that slide down my throat I Go home. Find... ...

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Using accessible technology in the classroom, workplace at UC Davis

Improvement in accessibility in workplaces and classrooms is the product of both necessity and foresight as much as it is a product of technological innovation. While technology continues to improve, it is the role of the Center for Accessible Technology (CAT) at UC Davis to utilize what already exists as well as integrate new innovations to connect accessibility to necessity. “What sci-fi movie do you see where people are still using a mouse and keyboard?” asks Josh Hori, an assistive technology analyst at UC Davis. Hori works in the Student Disability Center (SDC) where he outfits students with learning and physical disabilities with technology that makes the classroom more accessible and easier to engage with. “Students go see a specialist, get documentation, then they get recommendations for accommodations that they have entitled to them,” Hori said. These accommodations vary from assistance in note taking and converting text to speech for the visually impaired, to converting textbooks to electronic format so [there is] more accessibility. In his office at the SDC,... ...

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UC Davis researchers receive $6.9 million to study cow milk

UC Davis researchers have recently received a combined total of $6.9 million to study the health benefits of cow milk. To fund the study, The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine gave $4.2 million to a team led by David Mills, a UC Davis professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology, and the National Cancer Institute gave $2.7 million to a team led by Yu-Jui Yvonne Wan, a UC Davis professor as well as vice chair for research in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of the UC Davis Health System. Mills said, in the past, UC Davis researchers have focused on the health benefits of human milk, which enriches a specific type of protective bacteria in the guts of babies. This type of bacteria lowers the pH levels and prevents pathogen growth. Now, researchers hope that similar benefits can be found in bovine milk as well. “First and foremost, we want to understand what’s going on with human milk,” Mills said. “That really becomes the... ...

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NFL Playoffs in full swing

Carolina Panthers 27 – Arizona Cardinals 16 The Carolina Panthers returned to the post-season for the second consecutive year despite a losing record at 7-8-1 and a negative point differential. Quarterback Cam Newton threw for 198, two touchdowns and an interception, but it was the tenacious Panthers defense that won the game for Carolina, sacking the Cardinals’ third string quarterback, Ryan Ridley, four times for a loss of 31 yards and intercepting him twice. Arizona was held to 78 total yards, the lowest in NFL playoff history. Panthers’ running back Jonathan Stewart rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown. Carolina will face the best defense in the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks, in the second round. Baltimore Ravens 30 – Pittsburgh Steelers 17 Despite the dismissal of running back Ray Rice in the wake of a scandal earlier this season, the Baltimore Ravens returned to postseason to face long-time rival PIttsburgh Steelers. Ravens’ quarterback, Joe Flacco, passed for 259 yards and two touchdown in the win. The Baltimore defense managed to... ...

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Acme Theatre Company presents ‘Stop Kiss’

From now until Jan. 11, Acme Theatre Company will be presenting its winter production of Stop Kiss at Veteran’s Memorial Center. The play, which is directed by company member Betsy Raymond, shares similarities with a homophobic hate crime against a Davis resident nearly two years ago. Written by American playwright Diana Son, Stop Kiss tells the love story of two women, Callie Pax and Sara, and how their relationship develops after being victim to a homophobic attack. The play, which debuted Off-Broadway in 1998, is told out of chronological order and alternates between moments before and after the attack. Along with addressing themes of homophobia and love, Raymond says the play is also adamant in depicting themes of young adulthood. “I was drawn to this play because I think it really personalizes an issue that has been made really impersonal in our national dialogue,” Raymond said. “The play doesn’t really make any effort to send a broad message, but I think just by connecting into this personal story people can... ...

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New campus club raises awareness on body image

For years, the Association of Body Image and Disordered Eating (ABIDE) has rallied to bring awareness of body image and eating disorders to UC Davis. This fall, the campus departments involved in ABIDE created the official student branch of the organization, allowing students to get involved with the club’s cause. With 15 members so far, ABIDE’s student club is part of a larger campus-wide committee responsible for awareness events, including Celebrate Your Body week in February. The primary committee is comprised of different representatives from a number of departments like the UC Davis Dining Services, Cross Cultural Center, Women’s Resources and Research Center and Student Health and Counseling Services. Off-campus organizations, like the Sierra Treatment Center in Sacramento, are also involved. “It’s amazing how much people have opened up to me when I mention that I’m involved in such a body-positive movement,” said Enya Meng, president of the student ABIDE, in an email interview. “I always knew that body-negativity was an issue but I didn’t know how prevalent the societal... ...

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News in Brief: Davis attempts to set record for Worlds Largest Simultaneous Group Workout

At 12 p.m. on Jan. 3, Davis locals gathered in Central Park to participate in an attempt to set the world record for The World’s Largest Simultaneous Group Workout (WLSGW) organized by national weightloss and fitness program ViSalus. The event was free for participants and took place at the same time around the world in 11 different countries including Germany and Canada. Activities included forms of fitness that varied depending on the location as well as group size, encouraging all types of exercise. Hiking, yoga, dancing, kayaking and other forms of exercise took place during the event. Those who gathered in Davis’s Central Park had the opportunity start the new year off right by participating in either a run, walk, bike and boot camp. “At the start of the new year people want to start the year off right, new year, new me. Fitness is always a big part your image and everyone wants to make sure that they’re healthy and physical activity is a big part of that,” said... ...

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UC Davis researchers receive grant to study Ebola

The National Science Foundation has given a team of researchers at UC Davis a $200,000 rapid-response grant to study how to increase the rate of production of the Ebola drug Zmapp. Zmapp, created by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. of San Diego, along with the U.S. government and partners in Canada, is a mixture of antibodies created in and taken from tobacco plants. The UC Davis research team hopes to generate antibodies from plant cells grown in bioreactors instead of in whole plants, as production capacity for whole plants is currently limited. “If we can produce it in a bioreactor, a lot of biotech companies and contract manufacturers can do that, and it would allow for much more rapid production,” said Karen McDonald, a UC Davis professor of chemical engineering and materials science in a UC Davis News & Information article. Using Zmapp technology, the researchers will move the DNA of monoclonal antibodies into the plants through a type of bacteria. About a week after this step, the researchers will remove the... ...

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Aggie Style Watch: Special Edition

Readers and fellow fashion-mavens, I thought I’d finally give you all a better sense of who writes these articles. My name is Allison Reiss, and I am a third-year design major. My background in fashion: In high school I participated in an after school fashion design regional occupation program. I learned extensively about the fashion industry from guest speakers and hands-on projects. Here in Davis I have taken several textiles and clothing courses. I also worked two summers at a tiny, locally owned clothing boutique in my hometown. At the boutique, I helped manage the store’s blog and social media campaign and even assisted the owner with buying directly from wholesalers. My favorite part of my summer job at the boutique was interacting with clients and dressing the mannequins. My style in three words: Hodgepodge, thrifty and wannabe-Parisian. I am still developing my personal style. I wish I already had a chic and composed signature look, but for now I am still experimenting with fashion. I figure I’m young; there... ...

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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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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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