People of Davis, Meet Ed Ju

They say a photo is worth a thousand words, and for photographer Ed Ju, 171 photographs have made the past four years worthwhile. “Four years ago, I was terrified of people, to the point that I was even afraid to ask for a glass of water from a waitress,” said Ju, a fourth year Managerial Economics major. Four years ago he stumbled upon the “100 Strangers” photography project, which encourages participants to photograph strangers and learn their story. Although he had no prior experience in photography and no formal training beyond what Google had to offer, Ju picked up his … Continue reading People of Davis, Meet Ed Ju

Let’s Talk About Sex(ual Violence): Campus efforts to finally put an end to rape culture

Rape and sexual assault are not only one of the most underreported crimes on UC campuses, they are also one of the most violent. However, a majority of sexual violence cases on campus do not result in the suspension, dismissal or probation of perpetrators. Of the 88 sexual violence reports received by UC Davis Title IX Office from June 1, 2014 to July 1, 2015, 28 were investigated. Of these 28 investigated cases, only 15 respondents (17 percent of 88 cases) received some form of disciplinary action. This has been the norm across university campuses for far too long. In … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Sex(ual Violence): Campus efforts to finally put an end to rape culture

Get the Best Bank for your Buck

Banks make serious bank. In all seriousness, banks make a lot of money, but they’re making this money off of you. According to an analysis by SNL Financial and CNNMoney, America’s three biggest banks – JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo – collectively earned more than $6 billion through ATM and overdraft fees in 2015. This is essentially the same as receiving $25 from every adult in the United States. That can really add up. Of the $6 billion that the 3 biggest banks made on these fees, $5.1 billion was earned through overdraft fees. According to the … Continue reading Get the Best Bank for your Buck

An Appeal for Moderation

At 12:30 p.m. on February 13th, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead at Cibolo Creek Ranch, a remote Texas property more than two hours outside of any major town or city. Just hours later, GOP leaders in the Senate called for the seat to remain vacant until “we have a new president.” At 6:27 p.m. that same day, Senator Ted Cruz tweeted that the next president – and only the next president – should nominate Scalia’s replacement. At 7:09 p.m., former republican candidate Marco Rubio echoed this sentiment in his own unoriginal statement. Unfortunately, it seems polarity in … Continue reading An Appeal for Moderation

#BlackUnderAttack: A Movement Forms at UCD

At 3 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 15, an African American female student was assaulted outside her home at the UC Davis housing community, West Village. The assault, which police classified as a hate crime, was the catalyst for the Black Under Attack movement at UC Davis. The Black Under Attack campaign was launched via social media at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16. “This movement seeks to shed light on the recurring perpetuation of violence and apathy towards Black Lives,” reads the statement on the Black Under Attack Facebook page. “We do not only strive to see a culture change that … Continue reading #BlackUnderAttack: A Movement Forms at UCD

UC Davis Ranks Highest Amongst UC Campuses in Mental Health Services

The University of California Student Association (UCSA) announced February results of their most recent study on mental health services provided across UC campuses, which graded each campus on an A-F letter grade basis. Amongst all nine campuses, UC Davis Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) came out on top with a B- score for its mental health offerings, based on a rubric of seventeen questions asked to campus CAPS representatives. The average campus grade was a C, with UC Merced at the bottom of its class receiving an F+ scoring. As part of the UC-wide #HowAreYou campaign, the UCSA study ranked … Continue reading UC Davis Ranks Highest Amongst UC Campuses in Mental Health Services

Millenials Seek Change; Need Responsible Free Speech

In the face of unprecedented political, racial, and social tension, student rally cries have resounded nationwide. In November, students at the University of Missouri, or Mizzou, created “safe spaces” and organized protests in response to several alleged racist events in weeks prior. In the days to follow, Mizzou President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor Richard Bowen Loftin stepped down from their posts, taking responsibility for the on-campus incidents and causing a stir throughout the nation. Less than a week later, the Million Student March took to more than 100 campuses nationwide demanding free tuition, increased minimum wage and the cancellation of … Continue reading Millenials Seek Change; Need Responsible Free Speech