At a recent yard sale in Davis, someone got the deal of a lifetime. Sarah Walker’s family unknowingly sold two paintings — a gift to her grandfather — for about $20 each. The paintings were by Native American artist Percy Two Gun Plainswoman, a Canadian Blackfoot Indian. Although Walker said the two paintings “aren’t worth […]
* Editor’s note: This story is the second in a two-part series about UC Davis’ Bodega Marine Laboratory. Last Sunday’s article looked at the history of the facility, how it is being used and by whom. Today, the focus is on the lab’s function as a leader in aquaculture, agriculture of aquatic species. BODEGA BAY […]
I recently had a brush with celebrity that’s pretty up there for me. I met the “pudding guy” from the 2002 movie “Punch-Drunk Love.” If you’re not familiar with the movie, well, it’s a weird one. I personally love it and have seen it at least five times. Caveat: I wouldn’t recommend it to someone I […]
BODEGA BAY — Five deer — two babies, two adolescents and a mother — are grazing on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Below, seals sunbathe next to a tide pool that fills, empties and refills with frothy seawater. A few offshore whitecaps add some contrast to the varying shades of blue that can be seen for miles.
And this is UC Davis.
Gary Cherr, interim director of UCD’s Bodega Marine Lab, admits it’s a pretty fantastic view from his office, where he sees gray whales migrating, blue whales offshore and “orcas this last spring easily within sight of the offices. The last five years, we’ve had humpback whales in the area.”
The always-anticipated U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings were released on Wednesday, and UC Davis has slipped a few spots for 2016. UCD is ranked 41st overall — tied with five other universities — and now is in a three-way tie for the 11th-ranked public university. For 2015, UCD was 38th overall (tied […]
On Friday at sunrise, a relay begins in San Francisco, with the goal of making it to Washington, D.C. on Nov. 8. The object being passed off along the relay route? The American flag. The second annual Old Glory Coast to Coast Relay is a fundraiser put on by Team Red, White & Blue: Its […]
Procrastinators often think they are “best under pressure” or need deadlines to do their best work. In fact, to quote myself from a column I never got around to finishing (irony alert), “I wouldn’t say ‘enjoy’ is the right word to describe my feeling of always working against deadlines … it’s more that I couldn’t […]
On the heels of well-publicized racially offensive incidents at UC Davis — including a photo in May circulating on social media of women’s lacrosse team members dressed as stereotypical Chicanos; swastikas being painted on a Jewish fraternity in January; and the May 2014 “Cinco de Drinko” party that was canceled when protestors complained — a […]
Sneaking out of their dorms in the middle of the night way back in 1912 to welcome UC Davis alumni for Homecoming weekend launched the tradition of Pajamarino. Today, that tradition lives on as students and community members — joined by the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh and Spirit Squad — gather at the Davis Amtrak […]
As I was just starting to write this column about solar power for our house, I swear I had to answer my cell phone(!) about converting to solar. At least it wasn’t another solar purveyor knocking on our door, asking if we had considered switching to solar … at which point we walk out to […]
In January I did something liberating: I quit my book club. It felt momentous, because I’d been in this club for 10 years; before that, I was in a book club in Pullman, Wash., for nearly four years. But more than the time investment, obviously, there was the people investment. I truly loved my fellow […]