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  Film and technocultural studies University writing
      to consolidate programs     program growing in
                 Program in proposal stage, majors to currently maintain separate identities                                                                                   popularity
                                                                                                                                                            Three new classes to be offered, UWP hopeful for major
                                                                                                                                                              By MICHELLE MURPHY                      “It shows that there is a lot of stu-
                                                                                                                                                                    Aggie News Writer                 dent interest in writing courses
                                                                                                                                                                                                      other than just the composition
                                                                                                                                                             Last year, the University Writing        requirement.”
                                                                                                                                                           Program (UWP) launched the                    The growing popularity of the
                                                                                                                                                           writing minor, which received an           writing minor correlates to the in-
                                                                                                                                                           outstanding response from UC               creasing demand for strong writ-
                                                                                                                                                           Davis students.                            ing skills needed after graduation.
                                                                                                                                                              In the first year, 35 students             A writing minor is a strong cre-
                                                                                                                                                           graduated with a writing minor,            dential to the testament of one’s
                                                                                                                                                           and now more than 100 students             ability to write and communicate,
                                                                                                                                                           have declared a minor in writing.          and employers are always look-
                                                                                                                                                             “The launching of the writing            ing for people with the ability to
                                                                                                                                                           minor has been very popular,”
                                                                                                                                                           said UWP director Chris Thaiss.                                        see UWP, page 2




                                                                                                                                      Evan Davis / Aggie
The Technocultural studies Building, also referred to as the Art Annex, will soon house a merged film and technocultural studies program.

        By KATIE LEVERONI                     digital media and film technology. It                ergy,” said Jaimey Fisher, associate pro-
            Aggie News Writer                 will be an equal partnership of the two              fessor of German and film studies com-
                                              majors in an effort to create a better co-           mittee member, in an e-mail interview.
  At the end of last month, the film          ordination of course offerings.                        The merge is particularly significant
studies (FMS) and technocultural stud-           While the program is still in the initial         for FMS, which as a program and not a
ies (TCS) program committees unani-           proposal stage, committee members                    department means the major does not
mously agreed on a consolidation of           from both majors believe the merge                   currently have faculty of its own. FMS
the two majors to create a new cinema         can only stand to benefit students.                  has had to rely on other departments to
and technocultural program.                      “We think that the consolidation will             share professors to teach classes for the                                                                                           Jeremy Raff / Aggie
  This new program serves to address          be beneficial for both programs both in                                                                      The University Writing Program is expanding their course offerings
the changes in film due to advances in        terms of curricular and intellectual syn-                                          see FILM, page 2          by adding two new classes for winter quarter.




        UC Davis blows away                                                                                          Holiday craft sale celebrates
        competition in Battle                                                                                             20th anniversary
           of the Brains                                                                               By GRACE BENEFIELD
                                                                                                           Aggie Features Writer
                                                                                                                                    Find unique, handcrafted goods from 70 artists

                 Two Davis teams place in the computer                                             UC Davis students and staff looking
                       programming competition                                                  for a unique and handcrafted gift for
                                                                                                friends and family can do all their hol-
  By HANNAH STRUMWASSER                      competition.                                       iday shopping in one local location.
           Aggie News Writer                    California State University, Chico                 The Davis Art Center, located at
                                             came in first place, however, Filkov is            1919 F St. on the corner of F Street
   UC Davis students put their brains        very proud of the UC Davis teams’ ac-              and West Covell Boulevard, is host-
to the test in a computer program-           complishments, as they placed much                 ing its 20th annual holiday sale. It
ming competition Nov. 13, with two           higher than many high ranked uni-                  will feature artwork from 70 artists,
teams placing 11th and 37th.                 versities such as UC Berkeley.                     a children’s secret store, a café, food
   Over 80 universities from the                “Eleventh place is actually one of              vendors and a paint-your-own-gift
Pacific Northwest competed in the re-        our best showings thus far. We best-               area.
gional ACM International Collegiate          ed all of the Berkeley teams this year,               Throughout the year, this commu-
Programming Contest (ICPC), or the           and they are known for very good                   nity art center offers over 300 classes
IBM Battle of the Brains, which con-         computer science and program-                      in clay, weaving, photography, mul-
sisted of problem solving through the        ming training, so we’re pretty proud,”             timedia, yoga, tap, ballet, drama and
use of computer programming. The             Filkov said.                                       music for all ages. The building it-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Zach Land-Miller / Aggie
winning team completed the most                 Filkov also said that he hoped that             self houses classrooms, dance rooms
                                                                                                and a small stage for performances,                  The Davis Art Center hosts their annual holiday crafts sale to help raise
problems in the least amount of time         this year’s accomplishment would
with the least amount of errors.             bring more recognition and interest                according to DavisWiki.                              money for the programs and classes they host throughout the year.
   “They’ve got to analyze what the          to the teams at UC Davis.                             The holiday sale is the art center’s
question is asking, what domains                With over 2,000 universities in more            primary fundraiser. According to                       “It’s important for people to sup-         decade anniversary, which com-
of geometry, engineering mathe-              than 90 countries competing world-                 Melanie Glover, the center’s public-                 port artists and buy handmade art            memorates all the volunteers’ hard
matics and physics need to be ap-            wide, the Battle of the Brains is a very           ity assistant, 15 percent of the prof-               to support the little guys, rather than      work over the years.
plied to solve the problem, and then         challenging competition in which the               its go to the center to support its art              buy a gift from Target,” Glover said.
they’ve got to design a solution that        best of the best students compete.                 programs and classes.                                  This year is the holiday sale’s two-                                    see CRAFT, page 8
uses the computer to figure out what            “The Battle of Brains is the Olympics
the optimal solution is,” said Doug          of the computer-programming world.
Heintzman, director of strategy at
IBM Software Group and sponsor-
ship executive of the ICPC.
                                             These students push their minds to
                                             the limit, manipulate technologies
                                             such as analytics, system optimiza-
                                                                                                                                                           Ask EPPC
   The teams, coached by Vladimir              tion and collaboration to effective-                           Editor’s note:        The             which is greener — washing dishes           average mechanized dishwasher
Filkov, assistant professor in the                              ly solve a semester’s                         Environmental Policy and              by hand or with a machine. So let’s         uses half the energy, one-sixth the
computer sciences department,                                    worth of computer                            Planning Commission                   take a quick look.                          water and less soap than someone
consisted of three students each.                                programming         in                       (EPPC) is an ASUCD com-                  The average dishwasher uses six          hand-washing dishes.
They trained independently                                       just five hours,” said                       mission that works to cre-            gallons of water per cycle, the aver-          Sorry grandma, but it looks like
throughout the year                                                                                           ate a more environmen-                age Energy Star dishwasher uses four        technology wins this one.
and as a group                                                      see BRAINs, page 8
                                                                                                              tally sustainable campus.             gallons and the average faucet flows           Just make sure you fill the dish-
this fall quar-                                                                                 Every week, EPPC will answer ques-                  at two gallons per minute. Let’s say        washer every time (no half-loads)
ter leading                                                                                     tions from readers or share stories on              your dishwasher holds eight place           and don’t rinse the dish before put-
up to the                                                                                       green living.                                       settings and six serving dishes —           ting it in. To put this issue in perspec-
                                                                                                                                                    you’re looking at around 50 items           tive: doing a load of dishes in four
                                                                                                Which is greener: hand-washing                      (forks and all). To stay under the four-    gallons of water is roughly equiva-
                                                                                                dishes or using a dishwasher?                       gallon washing machine mark, you            lent to the amount of water you use
                                                                                                I know a lot of you are expecting me                must wash each item in less than 2.4        in 96 seconds of showering (2.5 gal-
                                                                                                to preach to you about how lazy you                 seconds and use less than 10 ounces         lons per minute). Stay skeptical,
                                                                                                are and how much you could help                     per item. Yes, you can save water by        green nation.
                                                                                                the environment if you’d just put in                hand-washing, but it’s damn close,
                                                                                                a little more work. Well, this isn’t one            and you have to want it.                    Ask EPPC questions or tell us how to live green every
                                                                                                of those times. There are a ton of                     A recent study by the University         week. Submit to margaret.link@gmail.com and win a
                Irisa Tam / Aggie                                                               variables that go into determining                  of Bonn in Germany shows that the           green prize worth your effort.




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                                               Some light precipitation will move back into the region by        Thursday                     Friday                                                 Finals week is upon us. Quick tip: Deactivate
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                                                                 Aggie Forecasting Team                                                                                                                               Becca Moore
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                   daily calendar    dailycal@theaggie.org
                                                                                                                                                        In the early 1800s, in the
                                                                                                                                                     same country where I now
                                                                                                                                                     hear things like, “You don’t do
                                                                                                                                                                                          food products like Canada
                                                                                                                                                                                          Dry ginger ale labeled them-
                                                                                                                                                                                          selves “Likhvod Hanukkah.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  longer a Jewish holiday, it’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  a major competitive winter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sport… If Hanukkah comes
                                                                                                                                                     Christmas? Bro, are you even         Aunt Jemima’s pancake flour             earlier than Christmas, it’s an
                                                                                                                                                     American?” Christmas was a           named itself “the best flour for        inoculation; if later, an anti-
                   today                            Hanukkah Shabbat.
                                                                                                                                                     minor occasion too. The trend making latkes” and Crisco her-                 dote; either way we violently
                                                                                                                                   Josh              among early American settlers alded allying “Hanukkah lat-                   amplify it…what used to be a
Student Services and Fees                                            SatUrday                                                      Rottman           was to visit and exchange gifts kes with Modern Science.” By                 festival of freedom becomes a
administrative advisory Meeting                     arboretum guided tour: california’s                                                              on New Year’s Day, but by the        1941, the words “If ever lav-           festival of refuge.”
3:10 to 4:30 p.m.
                                                    native plants                                                                                    turn of the century Protestant       ishness in gifts is appropri-              Yet, despite the persis-

                                                                                                                   An early
1225 Dutton
At this meeting, the SSFAAC will discuss the        11 a.m.                                                                                          resistance to Christmas fes-         ate, it is on Hanukkah” ap-             tent bickering, Christmas and
UC Davis budget. Attend if you have interest in     Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center                                                               tivities had subsided, giving        peared in the book What Every           Hanukkah are conceptual-
student fee issues.                                 Enjoy the pleasures of the garden in winter                                                      Christmas a violent shove into Jewish Woman Should Know.                     ly very similar by many met-

                                                                                                                   holiday appeal
                                                    and learn about native plants during this free                                                   the December holiday lime-           Forty years prior, these would          rics of comparison: both find
american red cross club Meeting                     public tour.                                                                                                                          have been unfathomable in an
                                                                                                                                                     light; the pious moved their                                                 their foundation in a cultur-
6:10 to 7 p.m.                                                                                                                                       gift giving up one week. As          equally unfathomable book.              al identity through storytell-
166 Chemistry                                       Free Backyard composting
                                                    workshop                                                                                         such, Jews who had formerly             With Hanukkah as a direct            ing, celebrating an almost par-


                                                                                                                   I
Attend the last general meeting of the quarter
                                                    11 a.m.                                                            estimate that 80 per-         been celebrating Hanukkah as (albeit negligible) competitor                  able-esque morality. We gather
and find out how you can help out.
                                                    Student Co-ops                                                     cent of you have no idea      only the minor spiritual com-        with Christmas, it was time for         together with our families, en-
celebrate Hanukkah with JSUcd:                      Find out how you can have your own compost                         my Christmas started last     memoration                                            American Jews          joying hot drinks and welcome
day 2                                               in your backyard, brought to you by Project                    night. I didn’t dig through a     that it actual-                                       to reexam-             conversation. We exchange
6:30 p.m.                                           Compost.                                                       stocking for that trendy new      ly is, turned in-        Hanukkah may not be          ine a concept          gifts in the most material
217 Olson
                                                    celebrate Hanukkah with JSUcd:
                                                                                                                   piece of electronics or open a    stead to this         Christmas, but December is Esther Ruskay               way of reminding each other
Light candles, watch a movie and eat pizza                                                                         greeting card that sung to me.    most joyous            not about the comparison brought up                   that we do, in fact, care about
with the new Jewish student union.                  day 4                                                          I’ve never tried eggnog and       of then recent                                        a century              someone other than ourselves.
                                                    6:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                   my grandma never bought me holiday trends.                                              ago, Howard            We do so once a year and re-
“Between Heaven and earth”                          Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi House, 513 Russell
                                                    Blvd.                                                          a sweater I felt was too itchy.   For immigrants (Jews includ-         Jacobson brought up in the              joice in our own good na-
Mormon temple info night                                                                                           I still don’t know what a par-    ed), celebrating Christmas be- New York Times yesterday,                     ture. Hanukkah may not be
7 to 9 p.m.                                         Light candles and usher in the new week
158 Olson                                           with Havdalah service with the new Jewish                      tridge is, but I’m confident that came a way of fitting in an          and a concept I bring up to-            Christmas, but December is
Join this gathering to learn about the Mormon       student union.                                                 if my true love really knew me, America where standing out             day — that deep down, Jews              not about the comparison.
temple.                                                                                                            she wouldn’t waste her shek-      could be dangerous.                  often feel swindled because                So Jews, please don’t spend
                                                                        SUnday                                     els getting me one. On my first      For some Jews at the time,        Hanukkah is clearly the poor            this December continuing
                   Friday                           celebrate Hanukkah with JSUcd:
                                                                                                                   day of Christmas, I played a la- celebrating Christmas was in-         relation of Christmas.                  to agonize over the relation-
                                                                                                                   crosse game at a community        tuitive; after all, as Jewish the-      This inescapable truth of            ship between Hanukkah and
challah for Hunger: Baking a                        day 5                                                          college.                          ologist Esther Ruskay wrote in the nature of Hanukkah (as                    Christmas. Instead invite your
difference                                          6:30 p.m.
                                                    Multi-faith Living Community, 433 Russell Blvd.
                                                                                                                      Some Jews don’t even re-       1902, Christmas “gives a zest        a consumer holiday, not as a            friends to come help you rev
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.                                                                                                  member Hanukkah had start-        to life that all the Hanukkah        spiritual celebration) brought          up Hanukkah your way, but
Memorial Union and Silo                             Light candles and enjoy hot chocolate and
Try some delicious challah bread. Flavors this      dreidels at the Multi-faith Living Community                   ed until at least day 3. They     hymns in the world, backed by about two polar schools of                     if they’d rather not, let them
week are apple, honey and sun-dried tomato                                                                         forget and still refuse to make   all the Sunday school teach-         thought that persist into the           celebrate in the tranquili-
basil All proceeds go to relief efforts in Darfur   To receive placement in the AGGIE DAILY                        the admission that New            ing and half-hearted ministeri- modern aesthetic represent-                  ty of whatever holiday envi-
and Yolo County Food Bank.                          CALENDAR, e-mail dailycal@theaggie.org or                      York Times columnist and          al chiding, must forever fail to     ing how we, as a Jewish peo-            ronment they’re most com-
                                                    stop by 25 Lower Freeborn by noon the day                      Man Booker Prize winner           give.” Sound familiar?               ple, need to move forward               fortable. Everyone else (espe-
celebrate Hanukkah with JSUcd:                      prior to your event. Due to space constraints,                 Howard Jacobson made yes-            Celebrating Christmas re-         with our advocacy for our               cially whomever outfitted the
day 3                                               all event descriptions are subject to editing,                 terday, “The cruel truth is that mained a common practice              Christmas competitor. On the            DC with fake snow and can-
6:30 p.m.                                           and priority will be given to events that                      Hanukkah … is doomed to be        for some Jews until after World one hand, some felt “we have                 dy canes) be sensitive to the
Hillel House, 328 A St.                             are free of charge and geared toward the                       forever the poor relation of      War I, when industrialism            to rev-up Hanukkah, and for             fact that holiday cheer doesn’t
Light candles and join JSUCD at Hillel              campus community.
                                                                                                                   Christmas.” However cruel the gave Christmas consumption               all its worth,” urging that we          come so easy to everyone.
                                                                                                                   reality that Hanukkah walks       a swift kick in the pants and        imitate if not Christmas then
                                                    and isn’t and what science                                     dejectedly in the shadow of       opened up a new niche market at least the enthusiasm of
uwp                                                 should and shouldn’t be,”
                                                    Perrault said. “It makes the
                                                                                                                   Santa Claus’ sleigh, it is by no
                                                                                                                   means, however, a recent in-
                                                                                                                                                     for manufacturers, the market Christians. Spectrum oppo-
                                                                                                                                                     for a holiday to compete with        site, some Jews noted that in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JOSH ROTTMAN will light candles when
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  he has time and will both give and receive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gifts if it’s practicable. He can be reached at
cont. from front page                               course interesting not just                                    tellectual development.           Christmas. Popular packaged          their towns, “Hanukkah is no            jjrottman@ucdavis.edu. Happy Hanukkah.
write, Thaiss said.                                 to scientists, but to anyone
   In response to the increase                      who is interested in how the                                                                                 courses, but we have never been able to              “Having taken courses in both fields
in student interest, new UWP
courses are being added.
                                                    science and non-scientific
                                                    sphere interact.”                                              film                                          offer them because we have no faculty or
                                                                                                                                                                 real facilities of our own. The consolida-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   through my major, I think it’s going to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   be slightly problematic to merge the two
   Two new classes will                                UWP 11 satisfies the gen-                                   cont. from front page                         tion of the program will address this ur-         since there are fundamental ideologi-
be available winter 2011:                           eral education requirements                                    program.                                      gent need.”                                       cal differences between them,” Orebaugh
UWP 11: Popular Science                             for writing experience and                                        “If the merge does go through, I would        Jesse Drew, director and associate pro-        said. “There is a reason people are in one
and      Technology     Writing                     topical breadth for Arts and                                   like to see an emphasis put on finding fac-   fessor of the technocultural studies pro-         major or the other. If they can marry the
and UWP 11C: Specialized                            Humanities.                                                    ulty that have more specialized experience    gram, said the university will not be hiring      two into a successful major that would be
Topics in Journalism: Science                          In addition to the new sci-                                 that pertains to film studies,” said Pamela   new faculty due to the consolidation.             great, but I’m not sure it’s possible.”
Journalism.                                         ence writing courses, the                                      Orebaugh, senior film studies and English        “This merge will bring together facul-            There are distinct theoretical differenc-
   Sarah Perrault, creator                          UWP will introduce a profes-                                   double major and academic peer advisor        ty working on similar and related matters,        es between film and technocultural stud-
and instructor of UWP 11, is                        sional editing course (UWP                                     in the film studies major.                    which should yield productive dialogue            ies, Orebaugh said.
very enthusiastic about the                         112A) spring 2011.                                                FMS majors frequently take classes look-   about both our teaching and research,”               “While cinema is a significant part of
course. Her research on how                            Rebekka Andersen, a UWP                                     ing at film through the lens of a different   said Fisher.                                      TCS, the program will not be limited due
popular science writing cre-                        assistant professor, cre-                                      department, women and gender studies,            The university will continue to offer majors   to this change,” Drew said. “Students in
ates and mediates the rela-                         ated UWP 112A after hav-                                       Japanese, German etc., instead of focusing    in FMS and TCS as well as the FMS minor.          TCS that are studying animation or sound
tionship between the scien-                         ing taught similar, suc-                                       purely on film itself, Orebaugh said. This       “The majors for now will remain in-            will still be able to focus on their chosen
tific and public sphere will                        cessful courses at other                                       knowledge, while valid, could benefit from    tact, but they will be run by the new cin-        tracks.”
be the main focus of the                            institutions.                                                  a boost in classes specializing in various    ema and technocultural studies pro-                  The committees are currently focusing
course.                                                “Editing is a discipline,”                                  aspects of film.                              gram,” Drew said. “In the future it might         on collecting feedback from other depart-
   There is nothing better for                      Andersen said. “Editors look                                      Some criticize the FMS major due to its    be merged into a singular major, but for          ments and students, Fisher said.
a professor than spending a                         in terms of writing as a proj-                                 lack of production courses.                   now the merge has more to do with the                Fisher and Drew encourage students to
term talking about an excit-                        ect manager. They look at                                         “Most importantly, in my mind, is the      governing structure.”                             contact them with comments or questions
ing topic with a group of in-                       how they can take several                                      prospect of production courses for film          While there is support for the strength-       regarding the cinema and technocultural
terested and intelligent stu-                       writings that may be incon-                                    studies students,” Fisher said. “I have       ening of the majors by placing them un-           program.
dents, she said. Given UC                           sistent and create a cohesive                                  heard from many students over the years       der one program, a consolidation into one
Davis’s reputation in science,                      document to meet the needs                                     that they would like more production          major finds less approval from some.              KATIE LEVERONI can be reached at campus@theaggie.org.
Davis is a great place to dis-                      of the readers.”
cuss the roles and responsi-                           The class will introduce
bilities between science and                        students to general editing
society.                                            practices with an emphasis in
   In addition, the recent suc-                     professional editing, includ-
cesses of UWP events featur-                        ing academia and the work-
ing popular science writers                         place. It will fulfill the Group
lead to the creation of UWP                         C requirement for the writing
11.                                                 minor.
   “Why not have a course                              The new courses and the
focused on popular science                          popularity of the writing mi-
and technology? We deal                             nor have contributed to the
with it everyday, and stu-                          UWP’s goal to develop a writ-
dents who are majoring in                           ing major.
the sciences need to know                              “We don’t know when a
how to write and commu-                             UWP major is going to hap-
nicate with people who are                          pen, but hopefully in the next
not other scientists,” Thaiss                       few years,” Andersen said.
said.                                               “With the second year of the
   Instead of the tradition-                        writing minor, we have some-
al writing-based class, the                         where around 100 minors,
course will be conceptually                         which is exciting given that it’s
oriented.                                           such a new opportunity for
   “[UWP 11] is looking at                          UC Davis students.”
popular science writing as a
conversation, not only about MICHELLE MURPHY can be reached at
science, but what science is campus@theaggie.org

                                     correction
  In a Nov. 17 article titled “New home proposed for Hillel House,” it was reported that the
  building at 328 A St. is 7,840 square feet and the building at 322 A St. is 7,000 square
  feet. The reported square footage is actually that of the parcel of land, not of the buildings
  themselves. The Aggie regrets the error.




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    avoid burnout. However, resist the                                     are passed out. Instead, eat a
    temptation to put off studying un-                                     healthy breakfast and give your-                                                                                                                                                                                courtesy newsday.com
    til the night before each final.                                       self plenty of time to get to the
       Instead, start reviewing class                                      exam room.
    notes and other materials three or                                        Unitrans buses tends to be
    four days before the test. It’ll give
    you time to figure out what you
                                                                           jam-packed and can run a little
                                                                           late during finals week, so take
                                                                                                                                                                                               letter to the editor
    don’t understand and ask for help                                      an early bus so you’re sure to
    from classmates, TAs or the pro-                                       be on time. And staring at your                                               israel has partner in u.s.                 of carrying Israel’s burden. Most of                 suing peace is to move to Israel.
    fessor. The information will also                                      notes until the last possible sec-                                            Yael Steinberg’s bias is quite apparent.   us have no affinity to the land, and                 Don’t make Americans pay for the
    become part of your long-term                                          ond will only make you pan-                                                      It is difficult for me to comprehend    as an American one should want the                   consequences of the Israeli/Arab/
    memory instead of short-term                                           ic and second-guess yourself. If                                              why so many Jewish Americans are           best for their country before others,                Palestinian inability to come to a
    memory, making it more perma-                                          you don’t know something after                                                insistent on their beliefs that Israel     including allies. It seems to me that                consensus.
    nent and less easily forgotten.                                        all your studying, you’re not go-                                             wants peace, when the world as a           many of these Jewish Americans are                     As a side note, “The Jewish Star
       Get enough sleep. It’s a sci-                                       ing to learn it five minutes be-                                              community sees things different-           willing to see the image of America                  symbolizes resistance to the cam-
    entific fact that sleep is vital                                       fore the test.                                                                ly. Saying “Israel has no partner for      suffer at the expense of a coun-                     paign of hate.” No, just like a cross or
    for remembering memorized                                                 Keep your eye on the prize.                                                peace” is absurd. Take a look at who       try that acts like it is always the vic-             crescent moon, it simply provokes it,
    information. In a 2005 study                                           Finals are usually the deciding                                               receives the most foreign aid from         tim and never the bully. My sugges-                  insinuating that my God’s dick is big-
    by researchers at Beth Israel                                          factor in quarter grades, so if a                                             the U.S. As an American, first gener-      tion to those Jewish Americans out                   ger than yours.
    Deaconess Medical Center                                               solid GPA is important to you,                                                ation, Jewish Americans need to un-        there who vow their love for Israel
    in Boston, college-aged par-                                           you can’t afford to slack off now.                                            derstand that many of us are fed up        and believe they are continually pur-                                               JOHN TAYLOR
    ticipants who slept after be-                                          Keep your future goals in mind
    ing taught a sequence of finger                                        as motivation and you’ll be re-
    movements were better able to                                          warded with excellent results and                                                                                        year.                                         parents did, in countless ways
    recall the sequence the next day                                       a reason to celebrate this holiday                                                                                          In an ideal world, all public uni-         more than the simple cost of higher
    than participants who stayed                                           season.                                                                                                                  versities would of course be free.            education.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    But what seems to be lost in all the             Even that’s only surveying current
                                                                                                                                                                                                    youthful righteous indignation is a           events. Take another famous round
                                                    Carpooling                                                                                                       Rob                            realistic view of the world we actu-          of student protests for comparison to
                                                                                                                                                                     Olson                          ally live in.                                 those of today: Vietnam.

                                                         Do it                                                                                                                                         For years now, we have had end-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    less marches, sit-ins, campaigns,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Agree or disagree with the war,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  it was a huge event. Over 10 years,

                                                                                                                                                         Life goes on                               arrests and roads blocked, ex-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    pending tremendous time and ef-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  58,000 American soldiers died (most
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  young, many drafted), and more

    T
           he idea of carpooling with a                                    sharing are obvious— it is much                                                                                          fort from intelligent and energet-            than three million Vietnamese from
           stranger usually ignites ei-                                    cheaper and more eco-friend-                                                                                             ic young people,                                                      both sides perished,


                                                                                                                                                         A
           ther a Jack Kerouac-like ide-                                   ly to travel en masse than as in-                                                    ll right, I’ve bitten my tongue     all because we de-                                                    with major implica-
    alism, or the fear of being blud-                                      dividuals. But you, Aggie readers,                                                   long enough. Usually I pre-         mand that other          North Korea is belligerent enough tions either way for
    geoned by a murderous hitchhik-                                        already know that. This editorial                                                    fer to avoid the heaviest fire-     people pay more           to make a drunken Irishman on the Cold War and the
    er. While both scenarios are possi-                                    merely serves as a reminder that                                                                                         money for our
    ble, sharing a ride home for win-                                      carpooling home is a viable op-
                                                                                                                                                         fights on campus, having plenty to
                                                                                                                                                                                                    college degrees.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               St. Patty’s Day look like Gandhi international dueland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tween capitalism
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      be-
                                                                                                                                                         do teaching world history to my sev-
    ter break will most likely be an un-                                   tion and could be kind of cool.                                               enth graders and taking my own             Meanwhile:                                                            communism. And yet
    eventful experience and one that                                          At press, gas in Davis cost                                                classes in the afternoons. But I am           Central and South America are              some of our generation gets fired up
    all students should consider.                                          around $3.19. Drive the 517                                                   sensing a very limited array of voic-      rocked by drug wars while wide                enough about rising tuition to re-
       Whether you’re using Craigslist                                     miles to San Diego and you’re                                                 es on a particular subject, and I real-    swaths of the population continue to          quire law enforcement in riot gear?
    or Zimride, a rideshare organizer                                      looking at no less than $60 for                                               ly must comment.                           live in dire poverty.                         Please!
    that recently teamed up with UC                                        fuel. That is a week’s worth of                                                  We cannot continue to whine like           Asia is wrestling with severe over-           No matter how much we may com-
    Davis, those looking to carpool                                        grocery money, evaporated into                                                this about the UC fee increases.           population even as horrible disasters         plain about the tuition going up, the
    have an abundant supply of cars                                        the atmosphere.                                                                  I believe we are suffering from a       can kill hundreds of thousands at a           partial “privatization of our universi-
    heading to their respective des-                                          And unnecessarily so. Anyone                                               lack of perspective. At 26, I acknowl-     time.                                         ties” just can’t be too high on the bad
    tination toward the end of finals                                      traveling in your direction can be                                            edge that I am very young with a lot          Africa, likely the hardest habitable       news for all mankind scale.
    week.                                                                  conveniently dropped off along                                                to learn in life. And yet some others of   continent in the world to live in, is be-        Opposition to the fee hikes is fine.
       UC Davis has 1,500 affiliates                                       the way. What may initially be                                                my generation, who would no doubt          set by horrifying genocide, AIDS and          But some folks carry an air about
    signed up for Zimride, which re-                                       perceived as an awkward situa-                                                insist that they are ever so world-        other diseases and leaders as corrupt         them like this is a battle of Biblical
    quires a campus e-mail address                                         tion could be the start of a beau-                                            ly, persistently act as if they have no    as they are entrenched.                       proportions between good and evil,
    to access. Though there is no way                                      tiful friendship. What better way                                             sense whatsoever of life outside this         Governments throughout the                 and this is the fight of our lives, and
    to filter out UC Davis-associated                                      to make a new friend than to be                                               campus.                                    Western world are facing utter finan-         everyone listen to me now dammit
    creepers, chances are the worst                                        forced into conversation?                                                        No one claims that tuition pric-        cial collapse, as the house of cards          because I’ve been an adult for, like,
    thing that will happen is you’ll                                          So, do not close your mind to                                              es haven’t skyrocketed, nor that the       we’ve built for decades with all kinds        several years now and I know how ev-
    end up in a car with an annoying                                       the idea of carpooling home this                                              increases aren’t impacting the abili-      of government goodies for everyone            erything works.
    sociology major.                                                       winter break. It’s not about the                                              ty of many students to afford school       comes crashing down.                             The freedom to go to college is our
       The arguments in favor of ride                                      destination, it’s about the ride.                                             here. It’s mind-boggling to consid-           North Korea is belligerent enough          right. It is not our right to have the
                                                                                                                                                         er what’s happened to the fees in the      to make a drunken Irishman on St.             taxpayers open their wallets for it as
                                                                                                                                                         past decade.                               Patty’s Day look like Gandhi. Iran            much as we want. The state ain’t pay-
                                                      Editorial Board                                                                                       When my brother (a former Aggie         sprints toward a nuclear bomb while           ing what it used to and the UC system
                                                                                                                                                         columnist himself ) graduated from         brutally suppressing free speech and          is short by, oh, I don’t know, several
    Mark Ling                           Janelle Bitker                     Robin Migdol                         Madeline McCurry-                        UCD in 2000, I think a year’s tuition      Afghanistan has spiked in violence            hundred million dollars.
    Editor in Chief                     Campus Editor                      Arts Editor                          Schmidt
                                                                                                                Science Editor                           cost somewhere around the value of         with murderous thugs just waiting for            Or, we could choose to forget all
    Max Rosenblum                       Becky Peterson                     Jason Alpert
    Managing Editor                     City Editor                        Sports Editor                        Jeff Perry                               the faded blue ‘89 Integra he drove        us to leave.                                  of the above and just have another
    Jeremy Ogul                         Nick Markwith                                                           Photography Editor                       back and forth to campus. Starting            Back home, left and right, there           round of protests. Your call, Aggies.
    Opinion Editor                      Features Editor                                                                                                  fall 2011 at $11,124 a year for under-     are a lot of people who fear that for
      editorials represent the collective opinions of the california aggie editorial board. the opinion page appears tuesdays and thursdays.
                                                                                                                                                         grads, tuition is close to the cost of     the first time America’s children             ROB OLSON is all ears for a way to solve the budget crisis
                                                                                                                                                         a brand-new economy car — every            will have tougher lives than their            without raising fees at rwolson@ucdavis.edu.


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   Mistletoe: The kiss of death?
                         Popular decoration is really a pest of trees
By MADELINE McCURRY-
      SCHMIDT
       Aggie Science Editor

   On a busy weekend in
December, Jerry Seifert, own-
er of the Silveyville Pumpkin
and Christmas Tree Farm, can
sell up to 75 bunches of mis-
tletoe a day. Families drive out
to Seifert’s farm in the country
to pick up a bushy Christmas
tree and a bunch of mistletoe,
a bright green sprig of cheer
to combat the gloomy days of
winter.
   “It’s a traditional item at
Christmas time,” said Seifert.
“It dates back many years in
history.”
   She’s right. The tradition
of kissing under mistletoe
goes back to the days of an-
cient Europe. Mistletoe was          Mistletoe                                                                courtesy
associated with the Norse
goddess Frigga, a goddess of         a hungry bird eats a berry from          “Obviously, if the plant has
love. The Druids of England          an inviting mistletoe branch.         to share its water and nutrients
even thought the plant was           The berries are sticky, and as        with a really heavy infestation
an aphrodisiac.                      the bird feeds, the berries stick     of mistletoe, that could be the
   Early Christians saw mistle-      to its feathers. That bird flies      breaking point for everyone,”
toe as a symbol of the Virgin        away and lands on another             DiTomaso said.
Birth of Christ — this might         branch. Satisfied with its lunch,        DiTomaso warned that
have something to do with how        the bird preens and poops to its      while mistletoe looks cute in
mistletoe can grow through the       heart’s content. Mistletoe ber-       doorways, it is also extremely
winter, a beacon of life in leaf-    ries from the bird’s poop and         poisonous.
less trees.                          feathers fall on the tree.               “People are welcome to kiss
   This plant has been roman-           If a seed-filled berry lands on    under it — just don’t eat it,”
ticized for years, but few know      a thin patch of bark, it’s go time.   said DiTomaso.
mistletoe’s deep, dark secret:       The seed sends out tendrils              This winter, mistletoe grows
it’s a pest. Mistletoe infesta-      called haustoria, which bore          strong in the walnut trees at
tions can weaken, even help          their way inside the branch of        Seifert’s farm. Seifert prunes
kill trees.                          a tree.                               it every year, but the plant
   Mistletoe is what is called a        “It’s not really a root be-        grows back from its hidden
hemiparasite. Most species use       cause it doesn’t go in the soil,”     haustoria.
sunlight to photosynthesize,         DiTomaso said.                           “We have way more mistle-
but they get water and nutri-           The tree stands in for soil,       toe than we could ever use,”
ents from the tree. Some spe-        and the haustoria exploit the         Seifert said.
cies of trees, like oak and wal-     natural water and nutrient               Seifert knows the plant is
nut, are more susceptible than       pathways used by the trees.           a pest, but she doesn’t worry
others.                                 Like most parasites, mis-          about it on her trees.
   “They tend to be somewhat         tletoe doesn’t want to kill its          “If we want to kiss, we can
host specific — certain spe-         host. If the tree dies, the mis-      stand under the trees in our
cies [of mistletoe] will attack      tletoe will die too. DiTomaso         yard,” she said.
certain types of plants,” said       said mistletoe can weaken or             For more information on
Joseph DiTomaso, a weed spe-         stunt tree growth, but trees          mistletoe control go to cagar-
cialist with the department of       with heavy infestations only          denweb.ucdavis.edu.
plant sciences at UC Davis.          die with there are other stres-
   DiTomaso described the life       sors — like drought — in the          MADELINE McCURRY-SCHMIDT can be
cycle of a mistletoe plant. First,   ecosystem.                            reached at science@theaggie.org.


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        Downtown Davis lights
         holiday tree tonight
                             Holiday season hits city streets
             By CARLY HAASE
               Aggie News Writer

  Downtown Davis kicks off the holiday sea-
son in style tonight by honoring over 40 years
of tradition with its annual tree-lighting cer-
emony and festive activities at the E Street
Plaza.
  “We’re very excited because it is our first
year using a completely sustainable holiday
tree,” said Kelly Stachowicz, deputy city man-
ager of Davis. “In the past we’ve trucked one
in from the Sierras, but this year’s tree was
grown just outside the city limits near Putah
creek.”
  Mayor Don Saylor will light the tree in the E
Street Plaza at 6:30 p.m. Members of the Davis
city council will be present to partake in the
community celebration.
  Festivities for the evening will begin with
the Children’s Candlelight Parade. The parade
will depart from the Davis Food Co-op at 6
p.m. and end at E Street Plaza.
  Parade participants of all ages are wel-
come and can meet at the Co-op at 6th and G
Streets at 5:30 p.m. The Food Co-op is block-
ing off half of its parking lot to accommodate
preparation.
  “We’re donating candles and glow-sticks
for children to carry during the parade,” said
marketing coordinator of the Davis Food Co-                                                          Evan Davis / Aggie
op, Melanie Madden. “We encourage people           The holiday tree, standing in E Street Plaza, will
to walk or bike in the parade but there’s also     be lit up at 6:30 tonight by Mayor Don Saylor.
parking at the G Street parking garage.”
    The Food Co-op will be accepting do-           from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
nations for the Wallace-Vannucci Shelter              Free horse-drawn carriage rides will also be
Program, which offers support for victims of       a fixture in this year’s event. Rides will be de-
sexual assault and domestic violence in Yolo       parting every 10 minutes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
County.                                            outside Alphabet Moon Toys and Treasures at
  Other parade participants include the Cal        605 2nd St.
Aggie Band-uh! and the Davis High School              The Avid Reader at Second and G Streets will
Madrigals and Jazz Choir. Santa Claus and Mrs.     be hosting an intimate and free in-store con-
Claus characters will lead the parade.             cert with four local teen cellists, Cellos Galore,
  Roads will be closed from 5 to 7:30 p.m. be-     from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
tween Second and Third Street. Revelers are en-       “Downtown is a year-round communi-
couraged to dress warmly and prepare for the el-   ty gathering place, so it makes sense that it’s
ements. The parade will continue rain or shine.    where the city and students come together to
  “The tree-lighting ceremony originally start-    celebrate the holiday season,” said Joy Cohan,
ed as a way of placing the spotlight on the        director of the Davis Downtown Business
downtown area,” said Stachowicz. “We want          Association (DDBA).
to encourage people to shop downtown for the          “DDBA hopes shoppers will enjoy the ac-
holidays and support our local businesses.”        tivities and then return to make purchases
  Musical performances from the North Davis        during the more relaxed ‘Share the Joy’ ex-
Intermediate Chorus will perform under the         tended-hours shopping nights on Dec. 9 and
direction of Mandy Manville on the stage ad-       16.”
jacent to the E Street Plaza at 6:00 p.m.             The city expects several thousand residents
  After the tree-lighting ceremony, How the        to turn out for the event.
Grinch Stole Christmas will be shown for free         “This is such a great community event,”
at the Varsity Theater. Showings are at 6:40,      Stachowicz said. “It really gets everyone in the
7:20 and 8 p.m.                                    holiday spirit.”
  The Grace Valley Choir will be performing
traditional holiday carols outside the theater     CARLY HAASE can be reached at city@theaggie.org
                                                                                                                                    this week in davis 
6   volume 4, number 58                                         the california aggie’s arts and entertainment magazine                                                          thursday, december 2, 2010



                                      Theater/dance department interprets the soul
            Robin
            Migdol
                                             in radio/stage play Hinterland
Vacation                                                                         Artist-in-residence Lucy Gough directs last production of the quarter
education                           By BRITTANY PEARLMAN
                                            Aggie Arts Writer



A
       h, winter break. Time           When you hear the term
       to spend half the day        “radio drama,” your mind
       sleeping and the oth-        may stray to a 1940s block ra-
er half being slowly eaten by       dio with old character voices
your couch in front of “Jersey      streaming out of it. UC Davis
Shore” reruns, right?               has a much more visual and
   Not so fast. It may be tempt-    modern interpretation of that
ing to spend those three glori-     concept.
ous weeks in a vegetative state,       The UC Davis department
but the holiday break actu-         of theater and dance pres-
ally allows you the chance to       ents Hinterland, a play in
earn an education in some-          two parts, tonight through
thing other than the fine art       Saturday at 8 p.m. and ad-
of Doing Absolutely Nothing         ditionally on Saturday at 2
‘Cause After 10 Weeks of            p.m. in Wright Hall’s Main
Working My Ass Off I Deserve        Theater.
It, Dammit.                            Artist-in-Residence     Lucy
   I’m talking about an edu-        Gough, who originally wrote
cation in culture. No school        the play in the United Kingdom
means you have time to              and later adapted it into a ra-
broaden your horizons in            dio drama, is directing the
art, books, travel, whatever.       play. Gough will return to her
It means you have time to in-       native Wales when the quarter
teract with people who don’t        ends.
spend 90 percent of their days         The plays Hinterland and
either in classrooms or in          Mapping the Soul, though sep-
their bedrooms hunched over         arated into two distinct sub-
homework. Try a couple of the       plays, center around one main
following activities and you’re     struggle — the search and def-
guaranteed to start off the next    inition of the human soul.
quarter feeling refreshed, re-         As if that were not compli-
fined and, dare I say, a little     cated enough, Gough insisted
more grown up.                      that the most rewarding way
   Visit a museum. If the last      for audiences to experience                                                                                                                                      courtesy of Matthew Dunivan
time you went to a museum           the play was to not just view it,   darryl Paltao, Johnathan stanford-Carey, alyssa Murray and Jorge Morejon star in hinterland, playing tonight through saturday.
was the planetarium field trip      but to hear it as well.
in third grade, it’s definite-         The play will be broadcast         “It will be an interesting ex-     things, watching a drama and        wife Eve, an 18th century sci-          The characters featured in
ly time for you to try it again.    live on KDVS 90.3 FM during         perience because it’s not just a     also seeing how that drama          entist and his assistant, and a      both plays adhere to essen-
There is a museum for virtu-        the performances. The actors        drama taking place but also a        is created. On top of that, the     soul. Though played by com-          tially the same plot: Adam
ally anything: art of all medi-     will stand in front of a micro-     radio drama being created, so        whole debate of the soul going      pletely different actors in each     denies the existence of a soul
ums, historical artifacts, cin-     phone throughout the whole          you see how the sound effects        on as well; quite an exercising     play, and supplemented by a          and finds himself lost and
ema, music, famous authors,         play, using their voices and        are created, and its not what        evening I hope.”                    gang of outrageous characters        searching for a soul, while the
even candy. It’ll remind you        very little movement to com-        they would expect,” Gough               Both plays feature a simi-       in the second, this familiarity
how fun it can be to learn          municate the story.                 said. “There are constantly two      lar set of characters: Adam, his    helps glue the two together.                see hinteRLand, page 10
something new. The best part?


                                       Local band competes for                                                                          Campus offers two
Knowing you won’t be tested
on it, so you can wander, skip
over boring exhibits and linger
over your favorites as long as


                                       spot in Live 105’s ‘Not So                                                                   opportunities to experience
you like.
   See an indie movie. It’s al-
ways fun to see the latest
blockbusters, but it can be


                                       Silent Night rock’ concert                                                                     visual and sonic music
even more gratifying to dis-
cover a smaller film that’s not
playing at the local multi-
plex. This season, look out for
Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere,
Ryan Gosling and Michelle                                                                                                                            Mondavi presents Kronos Live! and
Williams in Blue Valentine and
the animated French film The            Bassist for indie-pop Finish Ticket is first-year at UC Davis                                             free screening of Sigur Rós film, Heima
Illusionist. For these filmmak-
ers movies are still an art form                                                                                                             By UYEN CAO                       “We love the Kronos Quartet because
and watching them requires                                                                                                                   Aggie Arts Writer                 they are musical explorers — they
considerably more brain cells                                                                                                                                                  never stop finding new parts of music
than the latest from Michael                                                                                                         Can you imagine deeply saturat-           to uncover and perform.”
Bay.                                                                                                                              ed images of atmospheric clouds and             During their program next Thursday
   Cook a delectable dessert.                                                                                                     vast sonic landscapes inching closer?        night, Kronos Quartet is sched-
Nothing combats the stereo-                                                                                                       There’s something about the works of         uled to perform music by Sigur Rós,
type of the ramen-guzzling
                                                                                                                       courtesy   Kronos Quartet and Icelandic band            Bryce Dessner of The National, Clint
college kid like a delicious,       UC davis first-year Michael hoye and his band his band Finish ticket are competing            Sigur Rós that amplifies human emo-          Mansell (Requiem for a Dream) and
home-cooked dessert. Find           for the chance to open for Live 105’s “not so silent night” rock concert.                     tion on an immeasurable scale.               Café Tacuba. This diverse and relative-
easy recipes for cookies, fudge,                                                                                                     For this year’s Director’s Choice se-     ly contemporary repertoire treads the
gingerbread, cannoli and more            By ELENI STEPHANIDES                     the band off the ground, they decided           ries at the Mondavi Center, Don Roth,        fine lines of ambient and instrumen-
at foodnetwork.com and oth-                     Aggie Arts Writer                 to call it quits.                               the executive director for the Mondavi       tal rock. The program will take audi-
er cooking sites. Conquering                                                         A few days after that Brendan asked          Center, personally chose the Kronos          ences on a vivid adventure through
a new recipe and feasting on           Alameda-based band Finish Ticket,          members of Garren’s band if they want-          Quartet. On Monday, the Mondavi              sound instead.
the (sometimes literal) fruits of   whose bassist, Michael Hoye, is a first-      ed to do a jam session together.                will also screen a documentary about            Speaking with Kronos Quartet’s
your labor is just one of those     year student at UC Davis, has made it            “We ended up meshing well. We                Sigur Rós, called Heima, as a forward        David Harrington on the phone as
simple pleasures you don’t          to the final 10 out of 94 bands compet-       were getting stuff done,” Brendan               to the Kronos Quartet concert.               he makes his way to a meeting on
have to be a professional chef      ing for the chance to open alternative        said. “Within our first month, we had              Known for their range in musical          a city bus, one can sense that there
to appreciate.                      rock station Live 105’s “Not So Silent        a Myspace and a few songs. It’s that            versatility, Kronos Quartet has been         is nothing more satisfying to him
   If you must study, bring         Night” concert extravaganza. The show         chemistry we have that’s making us              exploring different styles of music          than crafting music from a raw ar-
your laptop to a coffee shop.       will be held on Dec. 10 at San Jose’s HP      all try to get stuff done even now that         through string compositions.                 tistic realization.
Have you ever stopped by            Pavilion.                                     we’re all at different schools.”                    “Often [the Director’s Choice pro-          “It was started in 1973 when I heard
Starbucks and wondered what            Voting for the contest started Sunday         Brendan jokes that stylistically, Finish     grams] are programs that many                Black Angels,” said Harrington. “It
all those business-type peo-        and will close on Friday at 3 p.m.            Ticket’s music would be the offspring           Mondavi Center patrons might not be          was written during the Vietnam War
ple working away while sip-            Other bands performing at this             of a three-way between The Killers,             familiar with, but that I think are very
ping their lattes (in the middle    rock music extravaganza will include          Coldplay and Death Cab for Cutie.               special and interesting,” Roth said.                             see kROnOs, page 9
of the day!) are doing? Turns       Smashing Pumpkins, Phoenix, The                  “In regards to our self-proclaimed
out you actually don’t have to      Black Keys, My Chemical Romance and           ‘indie pop’ status, I know that indie
be locked away in your room         Broken Bells.                                 and pop sort of contradict one anoth-                            kronos Live!                               heima
or the library to get some             In addition to Hoye, Finish Ticket         er, but for us it applies,” Brendan said.                   Thursday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m.               Monday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.
work done — just charge up          consists of Brendan Hoye (vocals, keys,       “Especially because my initial band —
                                    first-year at Cal Poly Pomona), Alex          before we blended with Garren’s — was                     Jackson Hall (Mondavi Center)             Vanderhoef Studio Theatre
your laptop, pack up your
books and head to the near-         DiDonato (guitar, vocals, sophomore           more pop-y while theirs was more rem-                    Regular: $49.00 / $37.00 / $25.00              (Mondavi Center)
est coffee shop with WiFi to        at UC Santa Cruz), Chris Arellano (gui-       iniscent of Radiohead. I think us blend-
                                    tar, keys, first-year at Berklee School of    ing together made way for all of us into
                                                                                                                                           Student: $24.50 / $18.50 / $12.50                    Free
feel like Donald Trump while
you work. It may sound sil-         Music) and Garren Orr (drums, first-          this more eclectic, unlikely genre of ‘in-
ly, but simply surrounding          year at Emerson College).                     die pop.’”
yourself with energetic, mo-           “We’ve seen a lot of support from             While Garren and Alex’s music was
tivated people can make you         fans over the last few days and it’s great    more about the lyrics and the meaning,
feel smart and accomplished         to know that even after going around          Brendan said that when he listened to
yourself.                           two months without a live show we still       music, it was more for the hook. When the
   Read a book. Sure, it’s what     have support out there,” Michael said.        two bands joined, they combined their
you dreaded hearing your par-          Brendan said that winning the con-         fortes to make for music that at once has
ents say whenever you com-          test and getting to perform with some         catchy hooks and meaningful lyrics.
plained about being bored as        of today’s biggest acts would be an un-          “We try to combine the originality
a kid, but old-fashioned Mom        forgettable experience.                       and authenticity of ‘indie’ music with
and Dad may have actually              “It would be a dream come true for         the memorability and catchy-ness of
been on to something. If you’re     every one of us,” he said.                    modern popular music,” Alex said.
not into novels, try a comic           A self-defined indie-pop group,               Their latest album, Shake a
book, memoir, political exposé      Finish Ticket has performed at venues         Symphony, consists of six tracks, many
or even a travel guide. As long     such as San Francisco clubs Bottom of         of which touch upon the theme of
as it sparks your interest and      the Hill and Rickshaw Stop. Members           hopes and aspirations.
doesn’t feel like homework, a       of the band came together in March               “This draws from my high school ex-
book can be a relaxing and en-      2008 while attending Alameda High             periences where I was trying to balance
lightening way to spend a few       School.                                       school with music,” Brendan said.
hours.                                 They had initially started off as two         “Her Way Out” starts the album off
   Go to the beach. For wash-       separate bands — Brendan, his broth-          as a song about a princess being forced
ing away the stresses of the        er Michael and guitarist Chris in one         into royalty even though she wants to
past quarter there is simply        band, and Garren and Alex in the other.       live her life as a normal citizen. The al-
nothing better than a day at        Brendan said that the band he was in at       bum ends with a track about a failed                                                                                    courtesy of Zoran Orlic
                                    the time practiced a lot but “wasn’t too                                                      the acclaimed kronos Quartet will perform a concert inspired by icelandic
             see MiGdOL, page 7     serious.” Since no one was really taking                           see COnCeRt, page 7        band sigur Ros next thursday night at the Mondavi Center.
                                 Hinterland                                                                    University Chorus                                                “Sticky Business: Art of
                                 Today through Saturday, 8 p.m.                                                Friday, 8 p.m., $8                                               the Honeybee”
                                 and Saturday at 2 p.m., $14                                                   Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall                                     Now through Dec. 23, free
                                 Wright Hall, Main Theater                                                                                                                      Pence Art Gallery, 212 D St.



thursday, december 2, 2010                                                                                                                                                                                       7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “The Beginner’s Ear” with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ian Howell, countertenor


  What to do when the malls outside are frightful
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Today, noon, free
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Music 115
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ian Howell, countertenor, Karl Wohlwend,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      guitar and John Cozza, piano, present a unique
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      program of seemingly unrelated songs that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      actually blend together perfectly. The audience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      is encouraged to actively listen and allow
                                                      Finding the perfect gifts for your entertainment-loving friends                                                                                                 the music to transport them in a meditative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      experience.

         By ANNETA KONSTANTINIDES                                       breed whose heart races at the sight of a new book,                  Amazon), as well as a Greatest Hits CD, The Hits
                     Aggie Arts Writer                                  CD or movie. The trick is choosing the right gift out of             Collection: Volume I ($16 on Amazon) this month.                         Elders, Foales, Wreck and
                                                                        the often-overwhelming possibilities.                                  Box sets are also very popular during the holiday                      Reference, Body Swap
  You’ve seen the scene a million times before, but                       Anna Chalmers, a sophomore art major, suggests                     season. They’re a great way to show someone that                         Friday, 8 p.m., $5
you always forget just how bad malls are during the                     buying a friend or family member the biography of                    you really know them personally, rather than settling                    The Bombshelter, 720 Anderson Ave.
necessary Christmas shopping period. The parking                        their favorite band.                                                 for a generic iTunes gift card. Box sets are usually                     The Bombshelter welcomes four indie bands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      from Davis, Sacramento and San Francisco
lots are full, the lines are long, kids are screaming as                  “I suggest Anthony Kiedis’ autobiography Scar                      very pricey, but Amazon is a great place to find sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      for a last show before those pesky finals.
they wait to sit on Santa’s lap.                                        Tissue ($17 on Amazon). Even if someone isn’t a fan                  and good deals. The Beatles box set (the most gifted                     The bands provide little information about
  But the worst part of holiday shopping is just try-                   of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, it’s an awesome rock n’                box set on the website), which contains 16 CDs, is on                    their styles of music on their respective
ing to figure out what to get your friends and family.                  roll book,” she said.                                                sale for $150. If you’re on more of a budget, there is                   Myspaces and websites, so come and be
  There are a number of options when trying to shop                       For friends who prefer hip-hop, Jay-Z has also                                                                                              surprised.
for your entertainment-loving friends. They are the                     released his first memoir, titled Decoded ($35 on                                                                  See GIFTS, page 10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Graves Bros. Deluxe, San
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kazakgscar, Doc Holler

             Studio 301 holding Spring Awakening auditions                                                                                                                                                            Friday, 8:30 p.m., free
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Delta of Venus, 122 B St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Delta of Venus welcomes three unconventional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bands to the stage on Friday night. All three


                          today and tomorrow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      draw inspiration from a variety of eclectic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sources, such as bluegrass, Bollywood and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New Orleans.




                                                             Student theater group seeking new talent for edgy play
   By ANASTASIA ZHURAVLEVA                        ing or being a part of Spring Awakening,              “Spring Awakening attracted me be-
             Aggie Arts Writer                    come out to auditions and see what hap-           cause the conditions mirror the con-                                                                              Heima
                                                  pens,” said Ulysses Morazan president             ditions [of sexual education] today,”                                                                             Monday, 7 p.m., free
   Calling all actors and aspiring actors:        and senior dramatic arts major in an e-           Vanlandingham said. “There has been                                                                               Mondavi Center, Vanderhoef Studio
Do you have the talent to star in Studio          mail interview. “It’s taking that first jump      a general commoditization of sex, but                                                                             Theater
301’s upcoming rendition of Spring                to audition that can lead to an amazing,          there is an unwillingness to talk about                                                                           Icelandic band Sigur Ros is beloved around
Awakening?                                        theater-filled winter quarter.”                   it.”                                                                                                              the world for its ethereal, haunting sound,
   The student-run theater group’s win-              Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening                  This will be Vandlandingham’s UC                                                                              but few fans know much more about its
ter show will be auditioning actors start-        is set in provincial Germany in the lat-          Davis directorial debut, and the soph-                                                                            members than the music they make. Heima
ing today from 5 to 10 p.m. in the Wyatt          ter half of the 19th century. The contro-         omore couldn’t be more excited to get                                                                             documents two of Sigur Ros’ concerts and
Pavilion. Additional auditions will be on         versial play deals with adolescent angst,         the process started. Previously he has                                                                            gives a rare peek into the inner-workings
Friday at the same time with callbacks            sexuality, suicide and ineffectual par-           been involved in Studio 301’s produc-                                                                             of the band.
on Saturday.                                      ents. Capturing the bizarre and inimita-          tion of Hair and the Dead Arts Society’s
   “We’re looking for people who are              ble comic spirit that comes with the tri-         spring 2010 showcase. Most recently,
comfortable with difficult language,”             als and tribulations of coming of age,            Vandlandingham performed in the the-
said Mitchell Vanlandingham, director             Spring Awakening is an unrelenting-               ater and dance department’s production
and sophomore linguistics and French              ly tragic play. In 2007 it inspired a wild-       of Gallathea.
double major. “Also, I want the actors au-        ly popular musical of the same name,                  “I had a brilliant time working with
ditioning to be able to take risks.”              which won eight Tony Awards.                      Studio 301,” said Anna Kritikos, first-                                                                           Hinterland
   There will be seven to nine roles                 “Every quarter Studio 301 puts on a            year undeclared major, who performed                                                                              Today — Saturday, 8 p.m. and Saturday
available, depending on the talent                play that undergoes a voting process              in Studio 301’s rendition of Rumors.                                                                              at 2 p.m., $14
pool present.                                     with all members involved,” Morazan               “Everybody was so talented, capable                                                                               Wright Hall, Main Theater
   Both male and female actors are need-          said. “Our members have selected Spring           and funny. Spring Awakening will be an                                                                            Fall Artist-in-Residence Lucy Gough directs
ed for the play and auditioners are asked         Awakening (the play) for its 2011 winter          amazing show, Mitchell Vanlandingham                                                                              this unique show, which is part radio show
to prepare a one to one-and-a-half min-           show.”                                            seems like a very passionate and talented                                                                         and part stage performance. The show is
ute classical dramatic dialogue along                Studio 301 Productions is the only stu-        director and he’s working with Gordon                                                                             made up of two parts: Mapping the Soul
with a headshot, resume and their work            dent-run production company on the                Martin Meacham, who is a very delight-                                                                            and Hinterland, and will be broadcast live
and class schedule for winter. The sign-          UC Davis campus. The company is stu-              ful and talented person as well.”                                                                      courtesy   on KDVS 90.3 FM. It’s sure to be a one-of-a-
ups for the 10-minute auditions are in the        dent-directed, student-designed, stu-                                                                       Studio 301 is holding auditions for its next            kind show. See preview in today’s Muse.
main office, located in the Art Building.         dent-produced and provides a hands on             ANASTASIA ZHURAVLEVA can be reached at arts@theaggie.     play, Frank Wedekin’s Spring Awakening: A
   “If you’re at all interested in audition-      experience for young people.                      org.                                                      Children’s Tragedy                                      UC Davis Symphony
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Orchestra: Chamber
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Orchestra Works
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight, 7 p.m., $8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Esteemed conductor Christian Baldini leads our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      own Symphony Orchestra in a concert of works
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      written for chamber orchestra. Pieces include
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Elgar’s Sospiri, op. 70, Mahler’s Adaggietto from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Symphony No. 5 and Schubert’s Symphony No.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 in D major.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      University Chorus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Friday, 8 p.m., $8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Artist-in-residence Ian Howell, countertenor,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      joins director Jeffrey Thomas and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      University Chorus for a rousing end-of-quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      concert. On the program are two works by
           Deerhunter                                                            Kanye West                                                            Various Artists                                                Bernstein, Chichester Psalms and Missa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Brevis, and a new work by music professor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pablo Ortiz.
                Halcyon Digest                                                     My Beautiful Dark                                                        Burlesque Original Motion
                    4ad Records                                                     Twisted Fantasy                                                            Picture Soundtrack                                     Alexander String Quartet
                                                                                                                                                                     RCA Records                                      Sunday, 7 p.m., $22.50
                12345                                                                      Roc-A-Fella                                                                                                                Mondavi Center, Vanderhoef Studio

   Halcyon is defined as tranquil, peaceful and care-
free. In this sense Halcyon Digest seems like it should
                                                                                      12345                                                                       12345                                               Theater
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Alexander String Quartet has traveled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the world for the last 30 years, performing
be a musical volume that exudes calm. But despite                       It doesn’t matter whether you hate him or love him,                  For a film whose cast includes legends such as                           classics by Beethoven, Mozart and more.
its optimistic name, dark undertones ride many of                    no one can deny that Kanye West knows how to make                     Christina Aguilera and Cher, this soundtrack is, to be                     At the Mondavi Center on Sunday they will
                                                                     a stellar record. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is                                                                                           play seven works by Beethoven and remain
the songs on Deerhunter’s fourth album.                                                                                                    polite, underwhelming.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      after the concert for a Q&A session with the
   In “Helicopter,” Bradford Cox sings of devils com-                gorgeously produced and excellent from beginning to                     Not only does Cher sound like a robot (sorry, Cher fans!),               audience.
ing to take him while helicopters circle the scene.                  end. The first tracks soar with fairy tale likeness, and              but Aguilera, who co-wrote several of the songs, loses her
The musicians perpetuate an air of melancholy                        bring you down to the darkest of depths. Kanye’s un-                  charm after the first song. Yes, she does her usual trilling,
in “He Would Have Laughed,” which is dedicat-                        apologetic arrogance is full force on this album, but it’s            belting and ooh la la’s that we all have come to love and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mariachi Los Camperos de
ed to the deceased Jay Reatard (former member of                     really hard to hate because what he says he does so                   identify her with, but the majority of the songs have one                  Nati Cano
Deerhunter). “Sailing” takes on a nautical, dreamy                   well, he really does. The rhymes are witty, the music                 essential element lacking: a melody. A musical soundtrack                  Sunday, 7 p.m., $12.50
sound, while “Memory Boy” — memorable for its                        is full of power and emotion and his feelings are raw.                really does require a melody in order to feel like a musi-                 Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall
                                                                     West’s turbulent two years have led him to this grandi-                                                                                          The holiday season doesn’t really begin until
refrain “It’s not a house anymore” — notes the dis-                                                                                        cal. Otherwise it falls short of expectations, does nothing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      you hear your first Christmas song interpreted
mantling powers of a past love. In “Earthquake,”                     ose composition, full of self reflection and beyond just              for the plot of the movie and loses the attention of the lis-              in full mariachi style. Luckily for us, the
the voices are obscured by soft guitar riffs and the                 “good beats”                                                          tener, which is exactly what happened here.                                acclaimed Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano
sound of feet scuffling. Finally, “Desire Lines” clev-                  When an artist releases half of the tracks online                    There is one redeeming exception. Christina’s solo,                      is coming to the Mondavi Center for a special
erly touches on the theme of being young and hav-                    and still sells exceptionally well, there has to be a                 “Something’s Got a Hold on Me,” really shows her range as                  holiday concert that will include dancers in full
ing your “excitement line” show. All in all, it’s an in-             reason. MBDTF is deeply creative and keeps push-                      an artist in a light she generally does not allow herself to               regalia in addition to the band. See preview in
telligent, experimental album.                                       ing the envelope.                                                     shine in.                                                                  today’s Muse.

Give these tracks a listen: “Sailing,” “Earthquake”                  Give these tracks a listen: “Dark Fantasy,” “All The                  Give these tracks a listen: “Express,” “Burlesque”
For fans of: Miike Snow, Animal Collective, Interpol                 Lights”                                                               For fans of: Christina Aguilera, Cher, Moulin Rouge
                                                                     For fans of: Jay-Z, Kid Cudi
                                 — Eleni Stephanides                                              — Anastasia Zhuravleva                                                               — Brittany Pearlman

                                   beach town you’ve never                                                                 stered by hopes but grounded                 giving up.”                                   “Coming Together in Difficult
mIgDOL                             been to before. After pok-
                                   ing around the art galler-
                                                                                cONcERT                                    in realism.
                                                                                                                             “’Rivers is my favorite track
                                                                                                                                                                          You can vote for Finish Ticket
                                                                                                                                                                        in the “Not So Silent Night”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Times: Farmworkers’ Lives in
Cont. from page 6                                                               Cont. from page 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Photographs”
                                   ies and sampling the local                                                              because it reminds me of                     competition on Live105.com.                   Tuesday through Dec. 17, free
the beach. Bring a dog             fare, school will be a dis-                  songwriter, titled “Rivers.”               what I don’t want to be do-                  Shake a Symphony, which they                  Tsao Gallery, Davis Art Center, 1919 F St.
if you have one, fami-             tant memory. For a little                       Finish Ticket ended the al-             ing,” Brendan said. “The song                released in August of this year,              Davis Art Center’s December exhibit examines
ly, friends or just yourself       while, at least.                             bum on this note to give it a              writer is trying to leave his                can be purchased on iTunes or                 the lives of farmers in Yolo County’s Knights
and soak up the crash-                                                          more meaningful structure. By              mark on the world but fail-                  on their website, finishticket.               Landing. Photographs were taken by residents
ing of the waves, beauti-          ROBIN MIGDOL plans to follow her own         beginning with high hopes on               ing to succeed. Although I                   com.                                          and their children, and the exhibit shows the
ful views and laid-back at-        advice and partake in all of the above       track one and finishing with re-           don’t want to end up like that,                                                            everyday lives and struggles in this local, rural
mosphere. For even more            activities over the break. Tell her what     ality dose on track six, the mu-           at the same time I do want to                ELENI STEPHANIDES can be reached at arts@     town.
of an adventure, explore a         your plans are at arts@theaggie.org.         sicians send out a message bol-            pursue my dreams instead of                  theaggie.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “Sticky Business: Art of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Honeybee”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Now through Dec. 23, free
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pence Art Gallery, 212 D St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You may not have noticed, but the honeybee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      population is in decline, and conservationists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      want to know why. This exhibit at the Pence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gallery combines conservationist messages
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      with art of all mediums inspired by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      honeybee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ROBIN MIGDOL can be reached at arts@
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      theaggie.org.
8 ThursDaY, December 2, 2010                                                                                                                                                                       The california aggie




           Health center, police encourage winter break safety
                                                                              Impaired driving among risks students face
           By ASHLEY NEWMAN                          ing driving while impaired can have lifelong            party emergency or unwanted party situation.            urged to travel safely over the holidays. One
               Aggie News Writer                     consequences,” said Tom Ferguson, UCD med-                  “Students shouldn’t be afraid to interrupt or       concern of student traveling is sleep depriva-
                                                     ical director of the Student Health and Wellness        make a scene to get out of an unwanted party            tion, another leading cause of auto accidents.
   A 2009 UC Davis National College Health           Center. “I don’t think our students always think        situation,” said Li. “Both the UC Davis and City           Students may not realize how dangerous it is
Assessment survey randomly surveyed 8,000            about what can happen to their lives.”                  of Davis Police Departments are a resource to           to drive while tired, yet many students still drive
UC Davis undergraduates about their alcohol            To prevent driving while impaired, UC Davis           the party goer and party thrower.”                      home sleep deprived after finishing finals or
consumption in the previous 12 months.               Chief of Police Annette Spicuzza recommend-                As far as legal ramifications go, both depart-       from home to campus after break, according to
   “Of the students,” said Mandy Li, Alcohol,        ed designating a driver, calling a taxi, not being      ments encourage students to be familiar with            Ferguson.
Tobacco and Other Drug Risk Reduction coor-          the last one at a party and making sure that you        state and local rules regarding alcohol and par-           “Our campus police chief and I both have
dinator, “13 percent physically injured them-        leave with the friends you came with.                   tying during the holidays.                              concerns and know of fatal accidents that have
selves, 2 percent physically injured another           The Student Health Center and the UCD                    Students are always subject to local, state and      occurred from our students driving while tired,”
person and 2 percent got in trouble with the         Police Department also urge students to “be             national laws and when it comes to alcohol, po-         Ferguson said.
police.”                                             smart” during their partying. They recommend            lice officers in any area can report misbehavior           To avoid fatal accidents due to sleep depri-
   The Student Health Center and UC Davis            eating and drinking water in between alcoholic          to UC Davis Student Judicial Affairs (SJA).             vation, students are encouraged to get seven
Police Department said they urge students to         drinks to decrease the effect of alcohol, having           “UC Davis SJA has jurisdiction over students,        to nine hours of nighttime sleep before driving
avoid continuing on with these practices during      a buddy system and letting family and friends           even when they’re not in Davis,” said Li, “SJA          and avoid driving long hours, at night, alone or
the holiday break. One of their biggest concerns     know where you are going to be before heading           can put students on probation or other conse-           on monotonous freeways.
is the risk of driving while impaired.               to a party.                                             quences upon their return to Davis.”
   “The consequences of a bad decision regard-         They also encourage the use of 911 in case of a          In addition to partying safely, students are         ASHLEY NEWMAN can be reached at campus@theaggie.org.


                                      “[The students] are the life-      “There are some really big,                                                  The sale features a variety of      necessities.
BrAiN                              blood of not only our compa-
                                   ny but also our industry, so we
                                                                      challenging problems that we
                                                                      as a species face, and we are
                                                                                                             CrAft                                 handmade holiday gifts at a wide
                                                                                                                                                   range of prices. Glover said gifts
                                                                                                                                                                                             “It’s really heart-warming
                                                                                                                                                                                          to see young children donate
Cont. from front page              need to promote the pursuit        going to need some really ex-          Cont. from front page                 can cost anywhere from $20 to a        gifts or money to the STEAC,”
Dr. Michael Karasick, vice         of excellence in this domain       traordinary problem solving               “[The anniversary] is a good       couple hundred dollars.                Glover said.
president of strategy and          space in order to inspire peo-     skills to be able to go and tackle     pat on back for the committee,           “We have ceramics, jewelry,            In addition to the secret
technology at IBM Software         ple to pursue excellence in the    these really challenging prob-         because most people who work          wood carpentry, textiles, hand-        store, the art sale has a room
Group in a statement. “The         field,” Heintzman said. “We        lems,” Heintzman said. “It’s re-       on the sale have been there           knit scarves and sweaters,             where patrons can paint a plate
amount of talent that we have      frankly need them and we hire      ally important that we shine a         from the beginning,” Glover           hand-dyed silk scarves, paint-         or an ornament and a hallway
the opportunity to witness         extensively not only from the      bright light on what these stu-        said.                                 ings, mosaics, olive oil, home-        with a silent auction.
each year is truly impressive      world finals but also from the     dents are working toward and              Diana Coss, the holiday sale       made organic chocolate and a              “In a hallway, we have a silent
and a testament to the value       regional competitions around       recognize the substantial re-          co-chair and UC Davis alum-           bunch of really random stuff.          art auction which raises mon-
of this competition.”              the world.”                        sponsibility that they face as         na, designed the new vibrant          Students can afford to shop            ey for a scholarship fund which
   Along with providing stu-          However, Heintzman said         they enter the workforce and           decorations for this year’s           here,” Glover said.                    gives money to kids going to art
dents with challenging and         that the true benefit of the       become hopefully part of the           anniversary.                             The center also has con-            schools,” Glover said.
stimulating problems to solve,     competition lies in the cultiva-   solution.”                                “It’s a big celebration as a       verted a dance studio into the            Because of the free admis-
the Battle of the Brains also      tion of smart, resourceful stu-                                           success. We have all new dé-          Children’s Secret Store, which         sion, patrons can enjoy the so-
provides companies with pro-       dents who will someday be our      HANNAH STRUMWASSER can be reached at   cor, just hung nine-foot ban-         sells over 7,000 pieces priced         cial atmosphere, see artwork
spective future employees.         future world problem solvers.      campus@theaggie.org.                   ners that hang down. It gives it      $1 to $6. Parents give children,       from local and regional art-
                                                                                                             a new facelift,” Coss said.           ages three to 12, a list and a         ists and enjoy coffee catered by
                                                                                                                There are over 200 volun-          volunteer helps them to shop,          Davis’ own Cloud Forest Café.
                                                                                                             teers to service as many as           pick out and wrap each pres-              “It’s a real social spot. It has
                                                                                                             7,000 patrons in one weekend.         ent they select. Children return       become a place where people
                                                                                                             This year, UC Davis’ Alpha Phi        to their parents with all of their     come and love to shop and hang
                                                                                                             Omega, a co-ed community              wrapped presents and an enve-          out with friends,” Coss said.
                                                                                                             service fraternity, is volunteer-     lope of change. The secret store          The Davis Art Center’s hol-
                                                                                                             ing to help the art center with       helps children feel included in        iday sale includes both func-
                                                                                                             their sale.                           the holiday shopping.                  tional and fine art for a wide
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          MEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW                                                                                WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Key games: UC Davis at UCLA;      NCAA Champion UCLA fin-              Dakota State on Dec. 16, UC           Key games: UC Davis at Kansas State; at                win for us.”
at Cal State Fullerton; at Cal    ished with a 14-18 record,           Davis will head back to the           Sacramento State; vs. Cal State Fullerton; vs. Cal       Later in December, the Aggies will have a show-
State Northridge                  capped by an 85-72 loss to           Pavilion to take on Southern          State Northridge                                       down with rival Sacramento State.
Where: Pauley Pavilion —          Cal in the Pac-10 semifinals.        Utah on Dec. 21. The Aggies           Records: Aggies, 5-1; Wildcats 8-0; Hornets 1-6;         Despite the Hornets’ early-season issues,
Los Angeles; Titan Gym               After the 2009-2010 cam-          will then hit the road to open        Titans 3-4; Matadors 0-6                               Simpson knows the Aggies have had trouble when
— Fullerton, Calif.; The          paign, UCLA lost                              up conference play           Where: Bramlage Coliseum — Manhattan, Kan.;            making the trip across the Causeway in recent
Matadome — Northridge,            three seniors, but                            at Cal State Fullerton       The Hornets Nest — Sacramento; The                                years.
Calif.                            picked up four                                on Dec. 28.                  Pavilion                                                              “We’ve struggled in Sacramento,” he
Records: Aggies, 3-4; Bruins,     freshmen — each                                    Cal State Fullerton     When: Dec. 12 at 5 p.m.; Dec. 19 at 2                             said. “We haven’t played our best in the
5-2; Titans, 3-5; Matadors, 3-4   one at least a three-                         has a 2-5 record, and        p.m.; Dec. 31 at 2 p.m.; Jan. 2 at 2 p.m.                         Hornets’ Nest, and we need to change
Who to watch: For the first       star recruit.                                 will play five games,        Who to watch: Senior Heidi Heintz has                             that.”
time all season on Saturday,         Senior        guard                        including one against        been a versatile part of the UC Davis                                 A key for the Aggies in this matchup
a player not named Payne          Mark Payne has                                Arizona, before host-        team.                                                             will be the strength of their bench.
or Harden led the Aggies in       been looking for-                             ing UC Davis.                   The Spokane, Wash. native ranks in                                 “[The Hornets] like to run up and
points.                           ward to the chal-                                  The Titans will         the top three on the squad in points,                             down the court,” Simpson said. “Our
  Junior Eddie Miller scored      lenge,     classifying                        test what has shown          rebounds and assists.                                             depth should help us stay fresh and keep
a career-high 20 points in the    the game at UCLA Eddie Miller                 to be a strongpoint             “She does some of everything,” said                            up with the pace.”
Aggies 80-58 rout of Seattle.     to what he consid- junior                     for the Aggies thus far      coach Sandy Simpson. “She’s the glue Heidi Heintz                     UC Davis will finish the month with
Did you know? The last time       ers to be the most                            in the young season          that holds the team together. She’s a senior                      their first Big West Conference game of
the Aggies matched up with        competitive games                             — the defense.               Jane of all trades.”                                              the season against Cal State Fullerton.
the Bruins was in 2007. UC        in the Big West.                        While UC Davis held Seattle        Did you know? Although UC Davis                                   The Titans handed the Aggies a loss in
Davis lost 76-48 to a UCLA           “Those are definitely good        to just 58 points on Saturday         trails the all-time series against Sacramento State    their first Big West contest last year in Fullerton,
team that made it to the          games,” Payne said. “It’s what       afternoon, Fullerton has aver-        22-27, the Aggies have found success against           and Simpson believes his team will face another
NCAA Division I Final Four.       it’s going to be like when you       aged 69 in its first seven con-       the Hornets in recent years, going 5-2 under           tough matchup this time around.
Preview: After a 74-62 loss to    play at UC Santa Barbara —           tests — good for fourth in            Simpson.                                                 “They’re a good team,” he said. “They’ll be in
the Golden Bears at California    those kinds of games — where         league.                               Preview: UC Davis will begin winter break with         the top three or four in the conference this season,
Wednesday night, the Aggies       there’s a lot of energy and a lot       For some success over win-         their most difficult matchup of the month.             and if they’re clicking offensively, they could chal-
now have four games to pre-       of people there. You’ve got to       ter break, UC Davis looks to             The Aggies will have a chance to get their first-   lenge for a Big West title.”
pare for Big West Conference      figure out how to stick with it,     maintain a high level of inten-       ever win against a Big 12 opponent when they face        Regardless of their opponent, UC Davis
competition.                      stay focused, and not let ad-        sity on both sides of the ball.       Kansas State on Dec. 11.                               knows that Big West games are rarely decided
  One of those contests will      versity or the crowds get to            “You’re going to have to be           The Wildcats defeated the Aggies 73-59 in the       with tactics.
be played in Pauley Pavilion —    you. Those games are a great         very efficient in all facets of       matchup last year, and Simpson knows that UC             “These teams know each other so well that
on the home court of UCLA on      test for that kind of setting in     the game,” coach Gary Stewart         Davis will face a tough test in this year’s contest.   there are no surprises,” Simpson said. “These
Dec. 13.                          league.”                             said.                                    “Kansas State is a power program,” he said.         games aren’t about scheme, they’re about
  Last season, the 11-time           After traveling to North                         —Grace Sprague         “They’ve got a nice team. That would be a great        execution.”

                                                                                                                                               sive and beautiful, and frag-         ing in a new and assumingly

 WOMEN’S SWIM AND DIVE PREVIEW                                                                             KRONOS
                                                                                                           Cont. from page 6
                                                                                                                                               ile, and so many things at the
                                                                                                                                               same time. What happened
                                                                                                                                               was we got in touch and pret-
                                                                                                                                                                                     younger audience,” Eash said.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Kronos Quartet performed
                                                                                                                                                                                     at the Mondavi Center nearly
Event: Texas Invitational a GPA requirement in order to               the morning and to come back         by George Crumb. When I first       ty soon we were meeting up.           three years ago. For Harrington,
Record:         Aggies,      6-2 compete. Though some of the          and swim faster at night.”           heard it, I didn’t know what in-    We went to their studio and           performing in Jackson Hall is
Where:         Doug      Russell long distance swimmers sur-             Though up against stiff           struments were playing. It was      several members came to the           definitely a treat.
Swimming Pool — Austin, Tex. passed both of these qualifi-            competition, Jahn believes           a string quartet and it was just    mixing session of our album.             “We have a wonderful audi-
When: Today through                        cations, their coach-      there will be plenty of expe-        this incredible sonic adven-        It was one of those moments           ence at UC Davis,” Harrington
Saturday, all day                          es felt tapering them      riences to take advantage of.        ture. For me, that piece kind of    where music just transcend-           said. “And it doesn’t get any bet-
Who to watch:                              for this meet could           “This is an all-around diffi-     answered a lot of questions I       ed. The feelings that were in         ter than that — it’s always a de-
Heidi Kucera is                            be detrimental to          cult, but high-quality meet,”        had about music and life. Since     the air at the moment were so         light to go there because of how
primed for a big                           their chances at the       Jahn said. “The competition          these past 37 years, I’ve been      beautiful. I felt really close to     great the acoustics are. And the
weekend as she is                          Mountain       Pacific     will be good, but the girls know     keeping my ears open to that        them and as a quartet.”               Mondavi Center is a wonder-
in her first compe-                        Sports     Federation      that they have to get the job        kind of experience which is            The acclaimed Sigur Rós            ful place. You should realize
tition since injur-                        conference meet in         done in the morning or they          kind of special and fills up the    documentary Heima will pro-           how lucky you are and fill your
ing her shoulder.                          February.                  can’t come back at night.”           vacancies in life.”                 vide background on the reclu-         imagination with sound which
   Head          coach                     Preview: Everything           Because         the      Texas       Harrington (violin) is joined    sive band so Kronos attendees         vibrates.”
Barbara Jahn said the                      is bigger in Texas.        Invitational goes all week-          by John Sherba (violin), Hank       can fully appreciate the music           As for how seriously we
Atherton, Calif. na- Heidi Kucera             This      weekend       end long and finals begin            Dutt (viola) and Jeffrey Zeigler    and its homeland.                     should take this director’s
tive’s fierce competi- senior              is sure to make a          next week, Jahn said the 11          (cello) to make up the Kronos          “Jeremy [Ganter, program-          choice? Let’s leave on this note
tiveness can be seen                       splash as eight com-       swimmers will be studying            Quartet.                            ming director for the Mondavi]        from Roth:
when she finishes                          petitive teams swim        during their plane rides, in            Kronos Quartet has worked        introduced me to Heima — the             “Here’s what I really think: if
her races.                        head-to-head in the grueling        between races and at night.          with a large range of art-          amazing documentary about             there are any students out there
   “She’s aggressive, deter- Texas Invitational.                         “After their finals, the whole    ists and composers includ-          Sigur Rós—which takes in all          who don’t think they will enjoy
mined,” Jahn said. “She lays         As much as Jahn wants to         team will stay in Davis and          ing Terry Riley, Allen Ginsberg,    the wild, weird and wonder-           a string quartet concert, I chal-
it all out on the line.”          see UC Davis come away with         train hard,” Jahn said. “For the     Tom Waits and Clint Mansell,        ful landscapes of Iceland to ac-      lenge them to attend Kronos
Did you know? The Aggies a couple wins, she’s hoping for              first nine days of winter break,     of whom they recorded the           company their music,” Roth            and to let me know if they don’t
are only taking 11 of their some improvement within the               we will be having double days,       famous score from the film          said. “So we got the idea of          think it is an amazing experi-
28 swimmers to the Texas meet.                                        working to improve our times         Requiem for a Dream. But            showing the film for free in our      ence. These four instruments
Invitational. Athletes going to     “We should have a lot of sec-     for conference.”                     perhaps one of the most im-         Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, be-        (two violins, viola and cello)
the event had to meet sum- ond swims,” Jahn said. “Our                                                     portant      collaboration    for   cause it is beautiful, and also       create a sound world that is
mer training criteria as well as goal is to have a great swim in                 — Caleigh Guoynes         Harrington was hearing the          to provide background to the          grounded in some of the best
                                                                                                           unique sounds of a unique           Kronos concert.”                      alt music around today! I only
                                                                                                           band of Iceland — Sigur Rós.           Tyler Eash, a senior land-         picked three director’s choices
                                                                                                              “It was probably 10 or more      scape architecture student, has       this year and this had to be one
                                                                                                           years ago when I first heard of     been a fan of Sigur Rós for the       of them.”
                                                                                                           Sigur Rós,” Harrington said.        past four years and is very ex-        For more information and to
                                                                                                           “I couldn’t believe what I was      cited about the event.                purchase tickets, go to monda-
                                                                                                           hearing. It sounded like a             “I am grateful for the gratis      viarts.org.
                                                                                                           string quartet but played on        show and I agree with the idea
                                                                                                           different instruments. Jónsi        of exposing the campus to in-         UYEN CAO can be reached at arts@theaggie.
                                                                                                           [Birgisson]’s voice is so expres-   ternational artists, and bring-       org.
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                                                                          Despite its challenges, the actors and ac-                                                                                   in a while, you could burn a              and tweens are pretty easy
hinterland                                                             tresses have gotten a lot out of this experience.
                                                                          “I loved being involved in the artistic process of
                                                                                                                                                    Gifts                                              compilation of the recipient’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                       favorite songs! It’s cheap and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to please, here are some gift
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ideas for the brothers and sis-
cont. from page 6                                                      adapting a work from either a radio or stage play                            cont. from page 7                                  thoughtful,” he said.                     ters you love to hate.
the scientist tries to find the exact location of a                    into a hybrid of the two. The rehearsals were an                             a Michael Jackson box set                             You could also burn your                 For the tween sister who
soul within the brain.                                                 open environment, and I feel that we all contrib-                            (four CDs and a DVD) for $36.                      friends and family a CD with              hangs posters of the Jonas
    The extensive plot added on top of this basic                      uted to the final product,” Tremaine said.                                      Kevin Cappa, a first-year                       artists similar to the ones you           Brothers and Justin Bieber on
linear explanation delves into deep metaphysical                          Director Gough also got something unexpected                              engineering major and a dra-                       know they like (kind of like              her wall, buying her the new
questions, questions that took a lot of preparation                    out of the experience.                                                       ma minor, also suggests the                        Pandora). This way, you’re in-            Justin Bieber nail polishes,
to present in a comprehensive play.                                       “Its been hugely rewarding working with                                   new “Glee” set.                                    troducing them to exciting                with names such as “One Less
    “The long rehearsal process was something I                        the students and staff here, they’re really hard-                               “It has every single song                       new music.                                Lonely Glitter,” is sure to get
am not used to. I’m used to four weeks or so of re-                    working. And to be able to study my work in                                  from the first album, and it                          Blank CDs can be found at              you on her good side.
hearsal, in and out,” said Elizabeth Tremaine, who                     such detail with everyone has been really en-                                has over 100 songs. It’s about                     any drug store or Target in                 And no teenage boy has ever
plays one of the assistants. “We spent almost the                      lightening from a director’s point of view,”                                 $100, but it’s worth it. I would                   small and large packs, for no             said no to a new video game,
entire quarter putting this together, finding the                      Gough said.                                                                  buy it if I didn’t already have                    more than $10 to 15.                      which usually sells for about
pieces that worked, excluding the pieces that did                         For Gough, the enlightening aspect of the play                            all the songs,” he said.                              For the entertainment and              $30 to 60 based on the console.
not, and forming the final piece.”                                     is the most important feature of it. Through the                                Another unique idea —                           art lover, gift-giving seems to           The new Call of Duty game
    Because Hinterland was originally done on the                      adaptation process, Gough was able to express                                something that entertain-                          be a bit more of an enigma.               Black Ops, which released
stage, and Mapping the Soul was written specifi-                       the controversial nature that the soul inspires in                           ment lovers always appreciate                      Do you buy them a painting?               about a week ago, might make
cally for radio, Gough and the actors have had to                      people.                                                                      — is “The Music Tee.” This is a                    A DVD?                                    a great gift. Just make sure to
create a fluid hybrid between the two pieces, mak-                        “The play is a challenge for the audience. It’s                           shirt that on the front contains                      One idea, Ting said, is to             sneak a look at his collection
ing them cohesive and effective.                                       hard work, it demands attention and thought,”                                a screened image of a band’s                       buy them something that re-               while he’s away so that you
    “My plan was to combine them when I came                           Gough said. “ [We are] trying to explore things                              CD cover, and on the back                          minds them of their favorite              don’t buy any repeats.
here, but they are so tightly within themselves that                   that are very hard to discuss, and open those a                              displays the album’s track list.                   movie.                                      Roy Werner, a DJ for KDVS
it didn’t work so I kept them separate, which is bet-                  bit.”                                                                        The shirt comes with a digi-                          “I think movie posters                 90.3 FM, suggests Singamajigs
ter, because it’s so complex. It works better to hear                     The cast rose up to the challenge. Sarah                                  tal code, which can be used to                     would be a great idea for film-           for younger kids.
it twice,” Gough said.                                                 Birdsall, a senior drama major who plays Eve                                 download the digital version                       lovers,” he said.                           Singamajigs are plush, col-
    Of course, one can see the potential challenges                    in Mapping the Soul, researched biblical and                                 of the CD on the shirt. The va-                       Movie posters, depending               orful, stuffed toys that sing
this mission created.                                                  historical texts in order to prepare for her role.                           riety of Music Tees, which in-                     on how vintage they are, can              both individually and in har-
    “The hardest part was the static nature of the                        “The play touches on several subjects, there’s                            clude artists such as Mos Def                      be found for a range of pric-             mony when brought together
blocking for a radio play that is going to be viewed                   religion, science and love, that you can see in my                           and the Cold War Kids, can be                      es on Ebay and various other              with other Singamajigs. They
by an audience,” Jorge Morejon said, who plays                         character,” Birdsall said.                                                   found online on themusictee.                       websites on Google.                       are said to be one of the hot-
the mysterious soul in Hinterland. “From where I                          Because of the universal nature of the play’s                             com and sell for $45.                                 For the artist friends,                test toys this Christmas, and
am, I can’t see anybody and yet I have to interject                    subject, the soul, Gough has instituted a talk                                  If you’re on a much smaller                     Chalmers suggests buying                  many believe they will sell out
my lines without any visual or physical cues.”                         back at the end of every performance, in which                               budget, you can get never go                       arts supplies.                            fast. You can still find them on
    Beyond working out the performers’ cues and                        the audience as well as the cast will enter into a                           wrong with a mix CD, accord-                          “Brushes are really good               Amazon for about $15 each.
the sound effects, the set design was entirely dif-                    debate.                                                                      ing to Phillip Ting, a sopho-                      gifts for artists, we could al-             Christmas is exactly 23 days
ferent hurdle to jump over.                                               Tickets for this highly unusual and thorough-                             more exercise biology major                        ways use more. And an art set             away. So what are you doing still
    Scenic designer Kourtney Lampedecchio, who’s                       ly stimulating performance are on sale now for                               who loves music and poetry.                        is a really great idea for little         reading this? Get shopping!
a first-year graduate student, said, “It was so im-                    $12 with student ID card.                                                        “If you know the recipient’s                   kids,” she said.
portant to take into consideration how the scen-                                                                                                    favorite music artist, but he/                        You can’t forget about those           ANNETA KONSTANTINIDES can be reached
ery sounded. Moving anything was a big deal.”         BRITTANY PEARLMAN can be reached at arts@theaggie.org                                         she has not had an album yet                       little siblings. Although kids            at arts@theaggie.org


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                                                                             FALL ATHLETES OF THE QUARTER
                   FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE QUARTER: BETSy SEdLAk                                                                       MALE ATHLETE OF THE QUARTER: JOnATHAn PETERSOn
                                                            Every team needs that     tics were, it was her per-                                                            Junior cross country run-       Peterson is the first male
                                                         one dominating player.       formance on defense that                                                           ner Jonathan Peterson is        athlete to qualify for the
                                                            For the women’s vol-      stood out.                                                                         rapidly earning the right       Division I national meet
                                                         leyball team, that ath-         Sedlak led UC Davis                                                             to be remembered as one         since the team has moved
                                                         lete was Betsy Sedlak.       in blocks with 146 and                                                             of the greatest runners in      up to this level three years
                                                            The middle blocker out    blocks per set with 1.28.                                                          school history.                 ago.
                                                         of Pleasanton, Calif. was    Both of these totals were                                                             Peterson finished 14th at       “He was the high-
                                                         a dominant force for the     good for second overall                                                            the NCAA Championships          light on the men’s side,”
                                                         Aggies all season en route   in the Big West.                                                                   en route to being named         Wartenburg said. “Getting
                                                         to earning a spot on the        Arguably her most                                                               an All-American. Peterson       a guy up that high in the
                                                         Big West All- Conference     dominant performance                                                               became the first UC Davis       regional event and then
                                                         First Team.                  came in a home game                                                                runner since the move to        getting him to nationals to
                                                            While coach Jamie         against UC Riverside late                                                          Division I to be named an       check out that landscape
                                                         Holmes wouldn’t pick         in the season.                                                                     All-American.                   is a huge step.”
                                                         one player as the team’s        Sedlak posted nine                                                                 His    strong    running        Peterson is also going
                                                         best, Sedlak’s contribu-     blocks in the three set                                                            wasn’t only at the NCAA         to compete in distance
                                                         tions were very much         sweep including seven in                                                           Championships.                  events for the UC Davis
                                                         welcomed.                    the opening game.                                                                     This year he has won the     track and field team, which
                                                            “We were a steady team       While Sedlak’s perfor-                                                          Sacramento State Hornet         Wartenburg believes will
                                                         that got contributions       mance on the court was                                                             Jamboree, finished ninth        help Peterson improve even
                                                         from everyone,” Holmes       impressive, her demean-                                                            overall at the Stanford         further.
                                                         said. “[Sedlak] was strong   or off of it was also note-                                                        Invitational, fifth overall        The human develop-
                                                         all year and really helped   worthy.                                                                            in NCAA West Regionals          ment major hopes to one
                                                         win matches.”                   “[Sedlak] helped set                                                            cross-country and re-           day break the four-min-
                                                            Sedlak’s was an in-       the tone,” Holmes said.                                                            ceived All-Region acco-         ute mile barrier — one of
                                                         credibly efficient hit-      “She holds herself to                                                              lades from the Track & Field    the most pursued achieve-
                                                         ter, successfully kill-      high standards and high                                                            and Cross Country Coaches       ments for competitive dis-
                                                         ing the ball 39.5 percent    expectations.”                                                                     Association.                    tance runners.
                                                         of the time, which was          For her performance                                                                Coach Drew Wartenburg           The California Aggie
                                                         best in the Big West and     this fall, The California                                                          believes Peterson is a build-   would like to add to
                                                         16th best in the nation.     Aggie names Sedlak the                                                             ing block for the Aggies.       Peterson’s packed trophy
                                                         Sedlak was second on         Female Athlete of the                                                                 “Before you can get a        case by naming him the
                                                         the Aggies in kills with     Quarter.                                                    courtesy of Matt Brown team out, you have to get       Male Athlete of the Quarter.
                                Zach Land-Miller / Aggie 286.                                                          Junior Jon Peterson finished 14th at the an individual and so this
Junior Betsy Sedlak finished the year 14th in               As     impressive    as   JASON ALPERT can be reached at   nCAA Championships en route to being is a huge piece for the pro-                 RON HOOPER can be reached at sports@
the nation in hitting percentage with .395.              Sedlak’s offensive statis-   sports@theaggie.org              named an All-American.                            gram,” Wartenburg said.         theaggie.org



                                                         ATHLETE OF THE QUARTER HOnORABLE MEnTIOnS
                        SEAn CREAdICk                                                                        AAROn SALIT                                                              CALvIn THIgPEn
   Every squad needs                     catches    for    147                  Defense may win                       Western Water Polo                         Calvin Thigpen was                         Thigpen’s strong
a “go-to” guy.                           yards against South                  championships, but                      Association Player of                     a major contribu-                        running wasn’t cen-
   UC Davis football                     Alabama before post-                 a team still needs of-                  the Week.                                 tor to the UC Davis                      tered at the West
team captain and re-                     ing a career-best                    fense to get there.                        He was also central                    cross-country team                       Regionals,        how-
ceiver Sean Creadick                     three touchdowns on                  Center Aaron Salit was                  to UC Davis’ strong                       all season.The se-                       ever. He finished
played that role this                    just four catches in                 the offensive catalyst                  push in the WWPA                          nior      biodiversity                   third at the Big
season.                                  UC Davis’ 35-16 win                  for the men’s water                     Championships. His                        major from Santa                         West       Conference
   The      Camarillo,                   at South Dakota.                     polo team all year.                     two     goals     against                 Rosa, Calif. was one                     Championship to
Calif. native lead UC                       The All-Great West                  Fresh from a red-                     both Air Force and UC                     of just two UC Davis                     help lead UC Davis
Davis with 66 catch-                     First-Team wide re-                  shirt year, Salit was                   San Diego contribut-                      runners to earn All-                     to its first ever cross
es for 928 yards and Sean Creadick       ceiver also scored                   huge early in the Aaron Salit           ed to the Aggies’ sec-                    Region      accolades Calvin Thigpen     country team title
eight touchdowns.      senior            twice against Cal                    season. After a loss junior             ond place finish in the                   from the U.S. Track senior               since the jump to
   Creadick      post-                   Poly — including a                   to California for the                   tournament.                               & Field and Cross                        Division I.
ed four consecutive 100-yard five-yard touchdown recep-                       Aggies’ first game of the season, Leading the Aggies with 49 goals                Country Coaches Association.         The  Aggies        couldn’t
games during the second half tion with 35 seconds left on                     Salit rebounded for an 18-goal and 18 field blocks, the native of                    Thigpen     finished     20th have won the title without
of the season, scoring seven the clock, capping the victory                   weekend that featured a ca- Mill Valley, Calif. was named to                      at the NCAA West Region Thigpen’s strong running
touchdowns over the final five for the Aggies.                                reer-high six-goal performance the All-WWPA First Team.                           Championships with a time of from the beginning.
games.                                                                        against Whittier. His monu-                                                       30:35.95 to cap off a stellar se-
   He had a career-high 12                     — Grace Sprague                mental breakout earned him                         —Matt Wang                     nior campaign.                                   — Ron Hooper


                 LISA kEMP                                                nAdIA nAMdARI
                         When the women’s                                     The UC Davis field hock-
                      soccer team was hit                                   ey team grew exponentially
                      hard by injuries, UC                                  in their second season as a
                      Davis needed someone                                  program.
                      to fill the role of scorer                               No player exemplified that
                      and playmaker.                                        growth more than sophomore
                         They found that                                    Nadia Namdari.
                      person in junior Lisa                                   After starting just three
                      Kemp.                                                 games in 2009, Namdari start-
                         The native of Eden                                 ed all 17 contests this season.
Lisa kemp             Prairie, Minn. finished            nadia namdari      She led the Aggies in goals,
junior                first on the Aggies in             sophomore          points and assists, with eight,
                      goals (five), second in                               21 and five, respectively.
                      assists (four) and third                                Those totals also placed her
in total shots (43).                                     in the top 10 in the NorPac Conference in both
  Kemp started every game for the Aggies                 points and goals.
in an injury prone season, and was the “go-                 The Escondido, Calif. native had three game-
to” player down the stretch.                             winners this season, including an overtime goal
  The midfielder created opportunities                   to give the Aggies their first ever NorPac victory
and capitalized on open looks all season                 against Pacific.
long. Arguably her most memorable goal                      Arguably her best game of the year came in UC
was the game-winning score in UC Davis’                  Davis’ final contest which came in the NorPac
upset against eventual conference cham-                  Tournament. She had two assists and a goal in
pion Long Beach State.                                   the Aggies’ 4-2 win over the Appalachian State
  Her play caught the attention of oth-                  Mountaineers.
er teams in the Big West Conference and                     Namdari’s performance this season led her
earned her a spot as one of three midfields              to receive NorPac West Offensive Player of the
on the All-Big West Conference Second                    Year and to be named to the All-Conference
Team.                                                    team.
                              —Matt Wang                                                   —Trevor Cramer


            FRESHMEn ATHLETES OF THE QUARTER
                                              RAndy WRIgHT
  Just before 2010 summer practices                                   Wright’s offensive effort, as he threw
began for UC Davis football, redshirt-                                for 302 yards and two touchdowns.
ed freshman Randy Wright was thrown                                     One week earlier, Wright threw 286
into the fire.                                                        passing yards at North Dakota, throw-
  Taking the reigns at quarterback,                                   ing for at least 260 yards in three other
Wright became the first freshman in                                   games.
a decade to start under center for UC                                    On two occasions, Wright was
Davis, making his collegiate debut at                                 named Great West Offensive Player of
California.                                                           the Week.
  The Great West Conference Rookie                                       For his impressive rookie cam-
of the Year finished the season with Randy Wright                     paign, The California Aggie names
2,432 total yards, 17 touchdowns freshman                             Randy Wright the Male Freshman
and just eight interceptions.                                         Athlete of the Quarter.
  The Aggies’ dramatic 22-21 come-
back win at Cal Poly in November highlighted                                                     — Grace Sprague


                                            JEnny WOOLWAy
  Freshman setter Jenny Woolway had                                   11.30 assists per game, ranking her
just a couple weeks to adjust to UC                                   second in the Big West and 22nd in
Davis volleyball before her first game                                the nation.
as an Aggie.                                                             Woolway showed no fear match-
  It’s safe to say Woolway is a fast                                  ing up against more experienced op-
learner.                                                              ponents. The Aggies will be in good
  The San Diego, Calif. native started                                hands with her leading the offense for
every match and played in every game                                  the next three years.
as the setter in her inaugural cam-                                      The California Aggie would like to
paign at UC Davis and put up solid                                    open up Woolway’s collegiate trophy
numbers.                                Jenny Woolway                 case and name her the top Female
  Woolway finished the year with freshman                             Freshman of the Quarter.
1288 assists, good for first in the Big
West Conference. She also averaged                                                                  — Jason Alpert

								
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