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Author Archive: Cory Golden

‘Taste of Ghana’: Making ‘huge’ change in a small village

In four years’ time, the children in the Ghanaian village of Otwetiri have gone from attending class under a thatched roof to learning in a new school building with a virtual window onto the world. The changes were made possible by a Davis-based nonprofit led by one of the village’s favorite sons, Tometi Gbedema, and his Otwetiri […]

UCD admits record number; 4,284 from abroad

UC Davis has offered admission to 24,550 out of 60,536 applicants of freshman standing, both record figures, as it continues marching toward its 2020 Initiative growth goals. That includes offers to 4,284 foreign students — second-most in the UC system to only UC San Diego’s 5,080, according to preliminary statistics released on Friday. UCD expects to […]

UCD to host Global Health Day event

University of California President Janet Napolitano will join speakers from up and down the UC system when UC Davis hosts the fourth annual UC Global Health Day on April 26. Planned topics include: global health diplomacy, maternal and child health, animal health, emerging infectious diseases, economics and migrant health. “When we talk about global health, we […]

Dancers to return to Quad for 42nd powwow

The 42nd annual UC Davis Powwow will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday on the Quad. The student-organized event is free and open to the public. The grand entry will take place at noon. The powwow annually provides a showcase of Native American traditions as both a celebration and an educational opportunity for […]

My (Picnic) for a horse

Origami first enthralls Jason Lin at age 5, when his father folds a frog that hops. Jason learns shapes from books written in Chinese, then in English. By middle school, he’s designing them. He works alone. “I made my own action figures out of candy wrappers,” Jason says. “Each one had its own super powers.” […]

UCD to host premiere of autism documentary

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host the Northern California premiere screening of the documentary “Sounding the Alarm” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The film follows 12 families after their children receive an autism diagnosis. It includes an interview with David Amaral, research director of the MIND Institute, […]

UC Cooperative Extension enlisting ‘citizen scientists’

The UC Cooperative Extension plans to celebrate its centennial with its first crowd-sourced science project. On May 8 — the anniversary of the signing of the federal act creating extension services — volunteers across the state will record their observations to three questions: How many pollinators do you see? How do you conserve water? And, […]

Campaign says Dodd leads; competitors say the race is young

A pair of polls show candidate Bill Dodd leading the District 4 Assembly race on name alone — and, with 53 days left, two dueling Davis Democrats threatening to knock each other from the race. Not so fast, says the campaign of fellow Democrat Dan Wolk. It argues that a closer look bodes well for […]

Picnic Day favorites

7:30 to 9:30 a.m.: Cal Aggie Alumni Association pancake breakfast, Freeborn Hall (cost: $10 members, $15 nonmembers, $8 children) 9 a.m.: Opening ceremony at the grandstand on North Quad Avenue, across from Wickson Hall 9:30 a.m.: Parade begins at the grandstand and winds its way through campus and downtown. Other announcement stages will be at […]

75,000 visitors anticipated for 100th Picnic Day

Picnic Day returns for its 100th edition on Saturday with forecasts calling for sunny skies and temperatures topping 80 degrees.

Organizers of the event — annually the largest college open house in California and biggest student-run event in the country — are again promising more than 200 family-friendly events and activities, many of them at least a little educational and almost all fun. About 75,000 people are expected.

While the layout and schedule of the event have changed little this year, there are some new wrinkles.

Do Picnic Day like a pro

From the first hiss of pancake batter poured onto the alumni pancake feed griddle until silence returns to Lake Spafford after the Battle of the Bands, more than 200 activities will fill Saturday’s Picnic Day. The 100th edition of UC Davis’ free open house will sprawl across the largest campus in the UC system. Meaning, […]

Parade marshals put down roots here, strengthened community

Carol Sconyers’ first waves to a Picnic Day crowd came alongside her husband, Hal, atop a fraternity parade float. “It was 62 years ago that we were on that float. We were in black graduation caps and gowns. It was terribly windy — they almost had to cancel Picnic Day — so we were trying […]

TAs: UC intimidates, won’t talk class size

UC Davis teaching assistants, tutors and readers picketed on Thursday, part of a systemwide strike by student workers alleging that administrators have tried to intimidate them.

Members of United Auto Workers Local 2865 say they’ve been illegally warned not to strike — including a UCLA warning that international students could lose their visas — and videotaped by police while protesting.

The union, which represents about 12,000 workers systemwide, continues to bargain with the University of California over a new contract.

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