Tanya Perez

Yard sale offers a tough lesson

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 […]

September 24, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bodega Marine Lab: UCD is poised to lead in aquaculture

* 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 […]

September 20, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged , ,

Are we there yet? ‘Pudding guy’ tells his Hollywood tale

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 […]

September 20, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

UCD’s Bodega Lab is a ‘marine powerhouse’

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.”

Despite slight dip in ‘Best Colleges’ rankings, UCD ‘proud of reputation’

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 […]

September 10, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Cheer on Old Glory during its coast-to-coast relay Sunday

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 […]

September 09, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Are we there yet? Why Instant Gratification Monkey and Panic Monster rule my world

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 […]

September 06, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

KDVS DJ posts photo of lynching

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 […]

September 03, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged

UCD Extension: ‘Just what you need’

Did you know that about 62,000 students take courses via UC Davis Extension each year? And it’s not just those popular classes in brewing and winemaking.

Instead, people turn to Extension to improve their skills in a current job, prepare for a promotion or to change careers, said John O’Neill, director of marketing.

Since 1960, he said, “People (have) come to us as working professionals,” who after five to 10 years in a career are asking themselves, “What’s next?” …

Be an Aggie Tradition-keeper

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 […]

August 28, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Are we there yet? When going solar, you need to know about the true-up

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 […]

August 23, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Are we there yet? ‘Social’ plus ‘obligation‘ is no longer OK in my book

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 […]

August 16, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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