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Friday, April 18, 2014
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How did the Aggies get their name?

UC Davis students have always been “Aggies,” from the university’s beginnings as a farm extension for UC Berkeley, to the present where cows graze across the street from the Tercero Dorms. But UCD students are not the only Aggies around. It turns out that many universities created under the Morrill Land-Grant Acts either are Aggies […]

From micro lending to micro businesses

Oly McKiernan has a business — “Just the Joe, Jack.” “It’s a coffee cart — I started three years ago,” McKiernan explained at an event  promoting businesses owned by people with disabilities, held at the Veterans’ Memorial Center in Davis several weeks ago. “My cart is in the lobby of an office building over by […]

What’s in a name? Specifically, who are the Aggies?

UC Davis students have always been “Aggies,” from the university’s beginnings as a farm extension for UC Berkeley, to the present where cows graze across the street from the Tercero Dorms. But UCD students are not the only Aggies around. It turns out that many universities created under the Morrill Land-Grant Acts either are Aggies […]

Fighting his own battle with illness, he works to help others

How to help What: Fundraiser for Ben Davis’ health care needs When: 4-6 p.m. Saturday Where: Sudwerk Restaurant & Brewery, 2001 Second St., Davis Donate: Visit www.youcaring.com/fundraiser_details?fundraiser_id=8747&url=bendavisfundraiser Ben Davis, 31, can’t walk; he uses a wheelchair. He can’t hold his children. He can’t feed himself. But he’s not a man who believes in “can’t”s. Davis […]

Glass art: Make it or break it (literally)

The woman gently turns the spinning wheel and guides a fluff of fiber into yarn. While this would be an ordinary scene at a craft fair, here the venue is a Smithsonian museum and this spinning wheel is made of glass.

The Renwick Gallery, part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., is hosting a “40 under 40: Craft Futures” exhibit to celebrate the gallery’s 40th anniversary. Among the featured artists is Andy Paiko, 35, who grew up in Davis but now works in Portland, Ore. The exhibit opened July 20 and closes Feb. 3.

Watching his glass spinning wheel work for nearly nine hours during the opening days of the exhibit made Paiko a little nervous.

Food for thought: Eating on campus is a regular smorgasbord

Students looking for a bite to eat on campus have chain restaurant options like Taco Bell Express and Starbucks, as well as some more unusual fare options including gyros, fresh crepes and pho. Employees at the UC Davis Coffee House, affectionately called the CoHo, do an estimated 7,500 transactions a day and serve about 5,500 […]

Now we can book a date with an e-book

Curled up with a good e-book lately? Many of your neighbors have, although they still prefer the real thing by a large margin.

At the Stephens Branch Library in Davis, about 2,000 e-books and audio stories are checked out each month. That seems like a lot of books, but it’s only about 1 percent of the total number of titles that pass through the library’s check-out system each month, said librarian Crista Cannariato.

Many readers don’t know e-books are an option. A Pew Research Center report released in June said 62 percent of those 16 and older don’t know if their libraries offer e-books.

Fewer teachers, larger class sizes in Davis schools this fall

Classrooms are more crowded across the Davis school district this fall — in large part because the district has about 45 fewer full-time teaching positions due to state budget cuts. That was the gist of an enrollment presentation by Assistant Superintendent Matt Best at Thursday night’s meeting of the Davis Board of Education. There are […]

Cinematic homecoming: DHS grads film in Davis

It started with a high school film class. As sophomores at Davis High School, Alex Michael Harris and Brent Pella enrolled in Ted Fontaine’s video and filmmaking class. Six years later, Pella and Harris, both 22, are working together again — this time on a film with a $10,000 budget that includes scenes shot in Davis.

“It’s going to be a pretty big spectacle considering Davis doesn’t have a lot of film production,” Harris said.

Harris and Pella have done projects together before. In August 2011, they co-founded …

Davis Adult School’s new name reflects its expanded responsibilities

On Thursday night, the Davis school board added new anti-bullying language to district policy, the board discussed the broader use of technology in the classroom, and the Davis Adult School got a new name, an expanded mission and a full-time principal. While adult schools in school districts across the state are closing due to reductions […]

Paper clip chain record-seeker needs volunteers

Remember Jester Jersey, the man who wanted to build the longest paper clip chain ever created in 24 hours? He is challenging the Guinness Book of World Records starting at 3 p.m. Monday and ending at 3 p.m. Tuesday.  In order to break the record, Jersey has calculated he will need to link 37 to 38 […]

Lots of free-wheelin’ fun at the Yolo County Fair

WOODLAND — At opening night of the Yolo County Fair on Wednesday, a Davis agriculture teacher introduced her twin sons to a steer, an 8-year-old won a fish and an antique engine owner recounted how he learned he was meant to be a farm mechanic.

As the fair buildings opened to the public for the first time, the Yolo County Bounty Gala gave visitors the first glimpse of the fair’s agriculture and horticulture exhibits while they sampled local food, including tomatoes, peaches, olive oils and wines. People from across Yolo County shared their produce, including David Neilson, who sells blueberries at the Davis Farmers Market.

“We’re from Yolo County and this is supposed to be a taste of Yolo County, so we thought we would give them a taste of blueberries,” Neilson said.

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