Lauren Keene

Flipping the switch on UCD’s solar farm

On an appropriately sunny day, UC Davis on Friday dedicated its 16.3-megawatt solar power plant, which sits on a 62-acre piece of campus property south of Interstate 80. The solar farm was built in partnership with San Jose-based SunPower, and UCD expects it to generate about 14 percent of the campus’ yearly electricity needs. The university […]

November 22, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

State Senate candidates meet in first debate

The three Democratic candidates for the 3rd state Senate District faced off Wednesday night at UC Davis in their first debate of the campaign. Bill Dodd, Mariko Yamada and a student representative for Gabe Griess, Justin Kaplan, discussed their positions in front of about 50 people, almost all college students, at the event sponsored by […]

November 19, 2015 | Posted in State government | Tagged ,

Are we there yet? Never take no — or yes — for an answer

After 12 years of writing a column for The Enterprise, and three years before that in Pullman, Wash., I’ve finally come to terms with an issue I’ve grappled with for so long: Calling my family members by name. To somewhat protect their anonymity — as much as is possible in a small town — I’ve […]

November 15, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

UCD protests support students, decry debt

A convergence of issues took the form of two protests at UC Davis on Thursday.

The Million Student March was timed to coincide with a national movement regarding student debt that had been scheduled for weeks by UCD students.

But the recent incidents at the University of Missouri — beginning with a muted handling by school administration of racist episodes on campus, which culminated in forceful protests and the resignation of both the university’s president and chancellor — inspired students to hold a “Solidarity with Mizzou Students” rally ahead of the debt-focused march.

Female veteran offers support, inspiration to others at UC Davis

Megan Kennedy walked into a Houston U.S. Army recruiting office in 2002, right after high school graduation.

“I went with one of my friends to a recruiter,” she recalled, “and I don’t know what came over me. I walked in the office, and said ‘you know what? I’m ready to join.’ ” Ironically, the friend she accompanied for moral support didn’t enlist that day.

More than a decade later, Kennedy, 31, works at UC Davis as an undergraduate admissions analyst and adviser, while also serving as a staff adviser to the Davis Student Veteran Organization and as an officer of the newly formed Veterans Constituency Group that supports all veterans and military on campus.

Vanderhoef remembered: ‘Thank you for the gifts, Larry’

The Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall was filled with praise and warm remembrances for UC Davis Chancellor Emeritus Larry N. Vanderhoef at a celebration of his life on Wednesday morning. Vanderhoef died Oct. 15 of complications from successive ischemic strokes. He was 74. During a slide show that reflected many moments from Vanderhoef’s 25-year career at UCD, the […]

November 05, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Are we there yet? Scorched-earth decor is all the rage in our house

* Editor’s note: Tanya Perez is taking the week off. This column was originally published in May 2012. Last weekend my husband and I were browsing Ikea for a new bed frame for our younger son. We always end up buying bed frames there because they are made in such a way as to not […]

November 01, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

I spy with my little eye a penguin with cataracts

Rey sits on a Ziploc bag filled with ice to keep her well-insulated, feathery body cool on Tuesday while she awaits her eye exam at the UC Davis Companion Exotic Animal Medicine & Surgery Service.

The 18-month-old African penguin from the Monterey Bay Aquarium has been sedated, so she is fairly mellow as a team of veterinarians buzz around the exam room, preparing to anesthetize Rey and test her cataract-ridden eyes.

To see if she is a good candidate for the surgery, Dr. Lionel Sebbag said, Rey will undergo an ultrasound, followed by an electroretinogram, which will check the functionality of her retinas in response to light.

Suspect arrested for DUI after crashing into PG and E yard

A Davis man is facing drunken-driving charges after crashing his car into the PG&E yard at Fourth and L streets in Davis early Saturday morning, Davis police reported. This was one of five DUI arrests between Friday night and Saturday morning, police said. (The Enterprise reports only DUIs that result in property damage or injury.) Benjamin […]

October 25, 2015 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged , ,

Campus tomorrow: UCD sketches vision for growth

Some visitors congregated around the yellow sign boards to get a sense of housing plans, while others gathered at the green boards to learn about sustainability and transportation, and still others studied the blue boards to understand the academic expansion.

At Thursday’s Long-Range Development Plan open house, UC Davis made its first official pitch to the campus and community in a very open way; in fact, campus planners are practically begging people to weigh in on the plans thus far.

At the first of four open houses at Nelson Hall there was even an “Ideas” jar on a table in the corner to solicit thoughts and comments on what is being proposed.

The U.N. celebrates 70 years with new, ambitious goals

Learn more What: Celebrate the United Nations’ 70th anniversary and the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals Who: Josette Lewis, associate director of UC Davis’ World Food Center; Micah Spangler, U.N. Foundation’s Better World Campaign When: 3-5 p.m. Sunday Where: International House, 10 College Park, Davis How much: Free; an informal reception with refreshments will […]

October 22, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Nail by nail, a house is carefully deconstructed

If you watch enough HGTV, you will have seen the demolition process that a house undergoes as it is remodeled. Sledgehammers fly at structurally sound kitchen cabinets, and toilets are thrown haphazardly into Dumpsters, presumably heading toward landfills.

Enter The ReUse People of America, headquartered in Oakland and doing business all over the country, with a project happening now in Davis.

The ReUse People perform “deconstruction” on buildings being remodeled, salvaging as much of the reusable materials as possible — typically, doors, windows, cabinets, lighting and plumbing fixtures …

Friends, colleagues recall Vanderhoef’s impact

Humble, strong, nurturing, decent … these words were used repeatedly by students, colleagues and friends who shared their thoughts and memories about UC Davis Chancellor Emeritus Larry N. Vanderhoef, who died Thursday of complications from successive ischemic strokes.

Vanderhoef, who led UCD as provost/executive vice chancellor from 1984 to 1994, then as chancellor from 1994 to 2009, impacted many individuals, as well as UCD and the city of Davis. To honor Vanderhoef’s importance to Davis, City Manager Dirk Brazil has ordered that city flags be flown at half-staff this week.

Are we there yet: Applying for college is way worse than leaving for it

We saw some friends this week who have a high school senior going through the college application process. I had vivid flashbacks of all of last year’s horrors again … kind of my own PTSD. My angst about college amped up pretty quickly during the summer heading into my son’s senior year at Davis High […]

October 18, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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