If I Had a Quarter for Every Semester

“Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed, I just remind myself that I don’t want to be working at my job forever,” said my roommate as we shared weekend plans of homework, studying, working, and more homework. Or at least, I think that’s what she said – I wasn’t really listening. I went right back to studying. We are both junior transfer students, already with some college under our belts—championship belts. We did quite well at our respective junior colleges. Our motivation for going back to school – as I am sure it is for many transfer students – was a … Continue reading If I Had a Quarter for Every Semester

The Boba Boomers: The Rise of Bubble Tea Amongst Millennials

The line, a procession of UC Davis students wrapped around the block, resembled a snake after a feeding, bulbous at certain points. They awaited a “Buy One, Get One Free” deal at the grand opening of Sharetea Davis, a new bubble milk tea establishment on 3rd and A. Two things stood out as I observed the serpent-like mass across the street—most people in line were Asian, and all were under the age of 25. What about this chilled tea has made it a youthful craze in progressive cities around the nation? The answer is the boba, or starchy cassava root … Continue reading The Boba Boomers: The Rise of Bubble Tea Amongst Millennials

On the Issue of Sex and Science

On Oct. 14, world-renowned astronomer Geoff Marcy resigned from his position at the University of California, Berkeley following a sexual harassment controversy. This past June, Nobel prize winning scientist Tim Hunt resigned from his position after he faced scrutiny for delivering what was considered to be a sexist and insensitive joke during a world conference in science journalism. Matt Taylor, a scientist widely considered responsible for the success of the Rosetta Mission’s Philae Lander, was criticized for wearing a shirt depicting half nude, animated women and forced to apologize for his behavior about a year ago. The past two years … Continue reading On the Issue of Sex and Science

A nationwide protest demands free tuition, minimum wage increase

On November 12, students took to the UC Davis campus, marching in a campaign dubbed the Million Student March. The march’s goals: to protest, educate, and bring awareness to the tuition crisis students in the U.S. “This is very action orientated,” said Sam Alavi, the director of ASUCD Office of Advocacy & Student Affairs, (OASR), during her teach-in event days before the march. “If you’re angry, if you care, if you’re impacted by student debt, if your friends are, if you have a sibling that you want to be able to afford a UC five years from now, there are … Continue reading A nationwide protest demands free tuition, minimum wage increase

Attention All Undergrads: Your AP Credits Don’t Matter

In mid October, the UC Davis Office of the University Registrar blasted an email to the undergraduate population, notifying us that our Advanced Placement, AP, and International Baccalaureate, IB, credits from high school will no longer be a contributing factor when determining pass times. What is the reasoning behind this decision? “Some high schools don’t offer AP or IB classes,” states the email. “This change ensures every student has equal access to available seats in courses.” While it sounds like the university is doing its best to level the playing field, this is a rash decision that actually makes little … Continue reading Attention All Undergrads: Your AP Credits Don’t Matter

Support animals on campus help students reduce stress

Emily Adams*, a second year mechanical engineering student, placed her Indian Runner duck, Biddy, into his nightly bath. “Taking care of him makes me stay on track,” she said. Across the campus, support animals like Biddy are raising spirits and lowering stress levels. While some students who own support animals simply enjoy the comfort of a fuzzy friend, for many, support animals can ease the pain of mental and emotional issues like stress, depression, and anxiety. However, housing policies across on-campus dormitories and city-wide apartment complexes are often strict in regard to owning animals. Although the management of some housing … Continue reading Support animals on campus help students reduce stress

Tipsy taxi partners with UCD police, provides safe rides for drunken undergrads

The UC Davis ride service Tipsy Taxi recently partnered with the UC Davis Police Department, eliminating ride fees and increasing access among students. Tipsy Taxi runs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night from 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. as a service that provides rides for students at off-campus locations who may – or may not – have consumed alcohol and need an alternate way of getting home. “I wouldn’t trust myself to get home, “ said one Tipsy Taxi passenger. “I’d probably end up in the forest.” In contrast to the UC Davis ride service Safe Rides, provided by UC … Continue reading Tipsy taxi partners with UCD police, provides safe rides for drunken undergrads

The Crash and How to Move Forward

In last issue’s editorial, “Cut to the Chase,” we discussed the multitude of emails we receive from UC Davis administrators, and the problem we have with their well­worded, euphemistic explanations leading to no action. Just last month, however, a group of UC Davis athletics seniors dressed up as “Los Seniors,” in flannel shirts, mustaches, and baseball hats, leading the Chican@/Latin@ community to demand action. Unfortunately, it took this culturally insensitive and ignorant incident to spark the dialogue that we believe needs to happen on our campus. The actions being proposed by the UC Davis administration–more “effective” GE courses and improvements … Continue reading The Crash and How to Move Forward

Free to Disagree

Let’s talk about the freedom of speech that we don’t like. On a campus like this one, let’s talk about the pro­lifers with large, graphic banners or the zealous religious demonstrators. And while it is expected for college students to disagree with these opinions, what I find interesting is the argument that labels universities as close­minded. Now more than ever are there accusations and instances of campuses favoring agendas of preferred speech versus true, unabridged freedom of speech. While limiting conflicting speech can be construed as maintaining a healthy campus environment, in actuality, the privileging of certain speech ends up … Continue reading Free to Disagree

Fighting the Hate: Discrimination at UC Davis

The appearance of a swastika on the UC Davis Jewish interest fraternity AEPi marks the third incident involving an anti semitic vandalism on the UC Davis campus in the past five years. With repeated acts of discrimination and hate crime, many students question why these acts continue to occur. Campus authorities, including the Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Program (HDAPP) and the UC Davis Police Department, are charged as responsible for investigating the incidents and crimes that occur on the UC Davis campus. During the winter and spring of 2014, 48 incidents of discrimination were reported to HDAPP, according to UC … Continue reading Fighting the Hate: Discrimination at UC Davis