Friday, October 24, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Bob Dunning: Shedding light on the wayward UC logo

BobDunning2W

By
From page A2 | January 04, 2013 |

LET THERE BE LIGHT … contrary to popular opinion, our friends at the University of California did their homework before unveiling that snappy new logo that was eventually rejected in favor of the tried and true version from long ago … “I was asked about the new logo,” reports Tony at sbcglobal.net without a hint of bragging … “Back in June, I received a survey from an outfit named SimpsonScarborough. The survey was targeted at UC alumni and was mostly about our opinions concerning our UC experience and our interest in remaining connected to our alma mater, probably in hopes of finding hooks to generate continuing alumni contributions.” …

Oddly, I had the opposite experience … not only was I not asked about the proposed new logo, I was actually paid handsomely to remain silent about my UC experience, lest high school seniors get the idea that UC lets just about anybody attend one of its many campuses …

Adds Tony: “At the end of the on-line survey was a special segment asking for comments regarding the proposed new logo, which was shown in several different versions, but all featuring the abstract U with the embedded C (usually fading, but not always). I did my best to give an honest appraisal, using such adjectives as ‘dull, trite, insipid, unnecessary.’ Naturally, my feelings were hurt when the university rolled it out anyway. They could have saved themselves so much trouble if they had just listened to me.” … exactly my feelings, Tony … if only the UC brass would listen to the commoners, what a better world it would be …

SCHOOL DAZE … Eric at yahoo.com asks if “anyone has considered the impact upon schools when our water rates go up five times or whatever they end up being.” … don’t think that’s been part of the discussion, my friend … “If I’m worried that my yard may cost me an extra grand, I can’t imagine what it would be for all those fields. To my knowledge, the school district has not weighed in, and if we have to lay off 70 teachers to pay for grass, this should be in the current dialogue.” … indeed … we have many issues to discuss before ballots are mailed out early next month …

NO MORE “SHARING” … my friend Steve notes that the “Wall Street Journal took over a year longer than you to conclude that ‘Zipcar may call its business car-sharing, but really it is just another car rental company.’ ” … I think we knew that all along … “I wonder if the City Council has included in its most recent contract that the favored nation terms will automatically expire upon Zipcar’s acquisition by a traditional for-profit rental company. Since Zipcar has been a publicly traded, for-profit company since its IPO in 2011, there has been no rational basis for favoring it over its for-profit competitors.” …

I think there was just something about that word “sharing” that made the council take leave of its senses and give Zipcar an unfair advantage over other Davis car rental businesses … “Is the council now going to give Avis a sweetheart deal once it completes its acquisition of Zipcar? Or if a tobacco company jumps into a bidding war for Zipcar and prevails, will Davis continue to give Zipcar preferred terms?” … as long as they promise to share, Steve, they’ll get whatever they want …

GO AGS … John on the Island Street, noting a recent news story that claims Stanford’s football success was due in part to a “friendlier climate for admissions,” wonders if the new UC Davis football regime will be similarly favored … “Will our new football coach be able to recruit players so UCD will play in the Rose Bowl?” … only time will tell, John, but let’s just say the best chance for the Aggies to play in the Rose Bowl in the near future will be to schedule a regular-season game at UCLA …

— Reach Bob Dunning at bdunning@davisenterprise.net

Comments

comments

.

News

A-Z: Downtown Davis is the place to celebrate

By Kimberly Yarris | From Page: C1

 
Courageous Thompson tapped for cycling shrine

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
UC researchers: How low-water can our landscapes go?

By Katie F. Hetrick | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Testimony begins in Winters murder trial

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Hong Kong protesters to vote on staying in streets

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Cloud business lifts Microsoft’s quarterly results

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Scientists work to save endangered desert mammal

By Kat Kerlin | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Host families needed for students and teachers from Mexico

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

 
Halloween Dance set Friday for teens

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Yoga and chanting workshop planned

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Downtown menu: coffee, boba tea, dessert

By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: C3

Can you give them a home?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Video highlights Props. 1 and 2

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

‘Homeopathy at Home’ program planned

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Celebrate origami at Davis library

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Garden sale and open house features water-wise demos

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: C4

 
Meet Poppenga at dog park Sunday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Day of the Dead folk art class set

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Flea Market planned Sunday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Enjoy A Taste of Capay at historic ranch

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Red-hot tunes set at Blues Harvest

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Learn how to fill a cornucopia with flowers

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Bay Bridge art project needs $4 million to keep shining

By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Weir honored, a year early

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Explorit: Poison-proof your home with free lecture

By Lisa Justice | From Page: A6

For a good cause

By Fred Gladdis | From Page: A6

 
Americans, internationals make connections

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

Sutter auxiliary seeks volunteers

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

 
School board hopefuls discuss homework policy

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A7

Walkers welcome to join Sierra Club outings

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Project Linus seeks donations

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

.

Forum

The magic is long gone

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Experience nature’s treasures

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

 
Subs have other concerns

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

 
What’s next with Ebola?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

More theories on the abstention

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

 
Rights beget responsibilities

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

Water returns to its source

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

 
A solution to the drought

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

.

Sports

Aggies expect a bonny meeting in Sacramento

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

 
DHS footballers take on Pleasant Grove

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

Bye No. 2 comes at perfect time for nicked-up UCD

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Shhh. Are Aggie women BWC’s best-kept secret?

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

Bump, set, playoffs: Blue Devil girls clinch spot in postseason

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
UCD roundup: Preseason awards roll in for Aggie hoopster Hawkins

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Sharks suffer from road woes

By The Associated Press | From Page: B12

.

Features

.

Arts

DMTC plans ‘My Fair Lady’

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

 
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra to perform

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

Calling all artists for upcoming show

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
‘St. Vincent:’ Quite a character

By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

Rumpledethumps to play at Village Homes Performers’ Circle

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
.

Business

 
Car Care: Five things to ask yourself when shopping for a new vehicle

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B7

.

Obituaries

Lewis Melvin Dudman

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Ann Foley Scheuring

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Comics: Friday, October 24, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B3