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Tanya Perez

Success story: STEAC program helps job seekers suit up

Michelle never imagined she’d be homeless, living in her car with her three children. But after 16 years in North Carolina, she returned to her home state of California last year. “Part of the reason I moved back to California,” said Michelle, who asked that her last name not be used, “was I was coming […]

Are we there yet? Davis culture shock, in a good way

The Carpentier family, our friends from France, flew home Monday night after a fun-filled two-week stay with us. We all had a wonderful time together, and they would say it’s the best vacation they’ve ever had. Much of why they enjoyed themselves is that they were in awe of Davis … the bike trails, the […]

UCD professor’s ‘#HowIQuitSpin’ is compelling story told compellingly

Without giving too much away, the hashtag “HowIQuitSpin” on Twitter is a must-read tale of trying to get fired from a pretty good job, life in Paris, music reviews, terrorism and corporate “scare tactics” … all with edge-of-your-seat plot twists. The story, by UC Davis English professor Joshua Clover, is told in a burst of […]

UCD mountain lion photo

UCD mountain lion.jpg: Humans directly caused more than half the known deaths of mountain lions in Southern California, a 13-year study by UC Davis confirms. UC Davis photo

Are we there yet? Regrets? I’ve had a few … actually just one

* Editor’s note: Tanya is taking the day off. This column originally ran in July 2005 and has been edited for length. A while ago I heard a guy on the news talking about having no regrets over a situation that, by most standards, should have caused some regret. I can’t remember exactly what it […]

Girl power: Tech Trek STEM campers learn at UCD

“Is ‘CSI: Miami’ realistic?” asked one Tech Trek camper. The panel of UC Davis students laughed, saying that in some ways, yes, but that the timeline of solving crimes on the television show is way too fast. Such was the vibe during Thursday’s session of “Crime Fighters of the Future,” one of the interactive workshops […]

UC unveils easier route to transfer from community colleges

Calling it a “significant day,” University of California President Janet Napolitano unveiled UC’s new Transfer Pathways program on Tuesday at the Sacramento City College Davis Center. UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi echoed the sentiment, saying it’s a “great day for us today.” She pointed to evidence of UCD’s commitment to transfer students, saying it was the […]

UCD becomes even more selective

Fewer than four in 10 freshman applicants to UC Davis this year were accepted for admission, University of California officials reported Thursday. The 38.2 percent of applicants admitted represent a decrease from the 40.6 percent who were admitted in 2014. Compared to 2014 numbers, UCD admitted almost 11.2 percent fewer California freshmen, while increasing offers to […]

UCD’s new process: ‘A perfect use of recycled water’

Continued drought conditions in California have prompted many clever minds to think about how best to use one of our most precious resources: water. Thanks to some ingenuity and $20,000, UC Davis has just begun using clean wastewater to cool its buildings. UCD, with its own campus wastewater plant, has a steady supply of recycled […]

July 01, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Celebrate America’s birthday, Davis-style

Is it possible to do every single thing on the calendar for Davis’ Fourth of July celebration?

The highly ambitious among us might be able to accomplish the whole slate of activities, but most of us will have to choose among them.

The day kicks off at 7 a.m. with pancakes at the Davis Little League Fields — Yes! At the fields! — followed by lots of youth baseball. Soon after, at 7:30 a.m., the Davis Bike Club’s annual criterium gets rolling in downtown Davis, followed by a kiddie parade — a Kiwanis tradition dating back to the 1930s — and a kids’ fun (bicycle) ride put on by DBC.

Davis couple featured in Clinton campaign video

Ellen Pontac and Shelly Bailes have become nationally known for continued fight for marriage equality. So much so that when someone from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign Googled “gay marriage, our names kept popping up all over the place,” Bailes said. “I have to speak to these women!” the campaign representative told them. This is how […]

June 30, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis reacts to gay marriage ruling

“I could tell you a story,” Shelly Bailes said Friday, a few hours after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage throughout the nation.

“Years and years ago — in 1984 — when the Davis civil rights issue was on the ballot, we went around knocking on doors to get people to vote ‘no’ on (Measure) D,” Bailes said.

“Three young women came to the door,” she explained, and when Bailes asked that they vote against the measure, one woman said …

Are we there yet? Got old baseball gear? Let’s send it to France!

My friend Laurent and his family are coming from France in July. You remember Laurent, right? (Insert harp music indicating traveling back in time.) In the spring of 2011, Monsieur Carpentier and a group of 30-plus of his teenaged students arrived in Davis to experience a baseball-themed cultural exchange. It was an enriching experience for […]

June 28, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Frozen chocolate bananas have a lot of A – PEEL

Indulging in a frozen chocolate banana gives you the feeling that you’re at a seaside resort or a fun amusement park. And it’s one of the only foods-on-a-stick that is pretty healthful. But you might not know they’re a cinch to make with only a few ingredients. It’s true! With only minutes of effort, you […]

July 01, 2015 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,
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