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The California Aggie
Stories on divestment: Mandy Losk

May 22, 2014
Stories on divestment: Mandy Losk

Being both an Israeli-Jewish student and a Middle Eastern and South Asian (ME/SA) major, the past few months have been quite an experience for second-year student and Aggies for Israel member Mandy Losk. “I kind of signed up for it. I thought it would be a less Israeli-friendly major than others, so I expected...

The California Aggie
Stories on divestment: Eran Zelnik

May 22, 2014

At the May 8 ASUCD senate meeting, UC Davis history Ph.D. student and former Israeli soldier Eran Zelnik is part of the small population of Jewish-Israeli students who affiliate with the pro-divestment side. “I care about people from that region. That is my place, that is where I come from,” Zelnik said. “I want...

The California Aggie
Stories on divestment: Nitzan Bluvstein

May 22, 2014

As a born and bred Israeli, third-year psychology major Nitzan Bluvstein delivered heartfelt accounts of her experiences living in Israel. “I breathe Israeli through and through,” Bluvstein said. “I grew up in an open-minded community.” Bluvstein and her family moved to America in 2001, mainly in an attempt to distance themselves from the violence...

The California Aggie
Stories on divestment: Reem Fatayerji

May 22, 2014

For Reem Fatayerji, a second-year international relations and economics double major, dealing with divestment on campus has been far from relaxing. “I knew that there was some type of injustice going on from when I was a little kid,” Fatayerji said. “I knew it wasn’t a religious thing, because I wasn’t raised religiously. All...

The California Aggie
Stories on divestment: Jessica Reiter

May 22, 2014

When SR #20 was presented to senate, second-year political science and international relations double major Jessica Reiter sat among her Jewish and Israeli peers, proudly representing herself as anti-divestment. Reiter is a German Irish Catholic student. Although the majority of the anti-divestment side of the conflict identified as either Jewish or Israeli, Reiter was...

The California Aggie
Stories on divestment: Sohail Morrar

May 22, 2014

As the vice president of the UC Davis Students for Justice of Palestine, fourth-year international relations major Sohail Morrar wanted Senate Resolution (SR) #20 to bring awareness about Palestinian human rights violations to campus. “Although there are the people in the opposition that say it divides the campus, I feel like it created solidarity...

The California Aggie
Divestment resolution fails to pass ASUCD senate

May 21, 2014
Divestment resolution fails to pass ASUCD senate

At the ASUCD senate meeting on May 8, Senate Resolution (SR) #20 failed to pass in a 5-5-3 vote. SR #20 called for the UC Regents to divest from “corporations that aid in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and illegal settlements in Palestinian territories, violating both international humanitarian law and international human rights.” The...

The California Aggie
Critically acclaimed writer Yiyun Li teaches at UC Davis

May 21, 2014

Whether a hobby or an academic pursuit, creative writing calls for inspiration, and award-winning writer and UC Davis English Professor Yiyun Li has been inspiring her students since she began teaching here in 2008. Among her many achievements, Li has won numerous awards for her writing, including the Whiting Award, the Lannan Foundation Residency...

The California Aggie
UC Davis holds 45th annual Whole Earth Festival

May 21, 2014

From May 9 to May 11, UC Davis celebrated its annual 45th Whole Earth Festival. This year’s theme was “Curiosity Connects.” The festival featured live performances, speeches and a variety of vendors selling artwork, clothing, jewelry and accessories. There were also service and education booths and spaces designated for activities like hula-hooping, workshops and...

The California Aggie
UC Davis hosts Pride Week

May 21, 2014

From May 5 to May 9, UC Davis celebrated Pride Week on campus. Put on by the LGBTQIA Resource Center, the theme of this year’s Pride Week was “R.O.A.H.R,” an acronym that stands for Redefining, Open-Hearts, Active, History and Revolution. “I think Pride Week is important to campus because it sheds light on the...

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