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Yesterday marked the first day of finals and of course my hardest one was scheduled bright and early for 8AM. Thanks to Campus Unions and Campus Recreation I was able to celebrate right after with some delicious free pancakes. I thought about going at 7AM but I’m the type who likes to study up until the last second.
The lovely servers.
Hit the spot. The school has been taking good care of us this week. Campus Unions in partnership with the Student Academic Success Center, Health Education and Promotion, Student Recruitment and Retention Center, ASUCD Coffee House, University Dining Services and the UC Davis University Library are providing 24 Hour study space and support programs through Friday in the MU. My friends appreciated the free coffee they were giving Monday night. Well, I best be off to study for one last final. Best wishes to you all and have a fun and relaxing spring break!
My bike seat was loose – moving every time I got off. After a week of annoyance I finally decided to stop by The Bike Barn for help. They referenced me to The Bike Garage over at the parking lot next to the MU bus stop. Who knew there was a place on campus where you could learn how to repair your bike for free?
I looped around the parking lot mystified of its whereabouts and ended up asking a bus driver. I hope these photos will help you out!
Everyone was really nice and encouraging. It was sorta like a tutoring center but for do-it-yourself tuning up.
To check out a wrench to tighten the bolts on my seat I just traded my student ID.
I even learned how to pump air into my tires & more importantly when to stop. Now I happily ride my bike worry free. Check it out for all your bike repair needs.
In true Aggie style I was able to create my own lunch yesterday at the Salad Bowl Garden right on campus – for free!
Last spring I heard about their harvest celebration before they were to start planting for summer. I wanted everyone to know about it and contacted Margaret Lloyd who founded the garden to see if she would do me the honor of being my first interview for AggieTV.
More from my interview with Margaret:
Check it out – it’s right across Freeborn near the MU bus station. There’s still a bunch of basil, sage, tomatoes to be picked before they clear it out for fall planting! To stay updated for when they have plantings and salad bowl lunches contact email@example.com
It was really nice having The Buzz start at an earlier time this year. Having it on the quad felt like it was a mini Picnic Day! Since I got out of class at 5 I hung around while everyone was setting up. The plus side to being there half an hour earlier meant no lines for booths that were ready – free hot dogs, nachos with deliciously melted cheese, brownies, cookies, and drinks galore. Starbucks and Papa Murphy’s handed out samples. Various organizations were armed with swag: Campus Rec with bags, Tandem Properties with Sprinkles cupcakes. For entertainment there were poker tables, inflatable games and live performances including The Cataracs! Even though long lines can form, the down time is great for catching up with friends you haven’t seen for a while and making new ones.
Free Cinnabread mmm
Glass blowing demo for the Craft Center There were also spinning, pottery demos + a place to mold your own clay! I use to volunteer at the Craft Center freshman year and it totally rocks.
My favorite part besides the free food was of course the photo booth. Roomie love!
What was your favorite part of The Buzz? Win any raffle prizes? Post your photos on their FB page.
One of the things I love about going to Davis is there are free/frugal movie screenings almost all the time. Whether it’s films shown through Entertainment Council or the multitude of film festivals , there is always an opportunity to enjoy the latest films (sometimes even before they’re released in theaters), student films and films that you cannot even find on Netflix.
Last night I finally got to watch one of the films the Asian American Association was showing for their 7th annual film festival. The theme for this year is Meet Me Halfway which has to do with the struggle of asian americans’ (or any other bicultural person’s) self identity. The tug of war of feeling not asian enough, too asian around some friends, or like you don’t want to be labeled at all. So because there are not many asian americans out there in mainstream media, AAA’s goal is to showcase movies that have asian actors in non-stereotypical (i.e. non-ninja, quiet nerd, bridesmaid) roles – which I absolutely love.
I watched 2009′s Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Departures:
We all laughed at Daigo’s awkward first day on the job and cried during the more heart wrenching casket ceremonies. The film helped me reflect on the mortality of my own life and got me thinking about how I would want to be remembered when I pass away in addition to how I would want to be prepared (which I still don’t know – maybe cremation?). It also touched on topics career and self identity, unconditional love, and forgiveness. I don’t want to talk more without giving it away but other favorite parts his amazing cello playing and how cute he and he wife were as a couple. Though the movie is partly about death there is alot of laughter and heart in it and you must watch it if you ever get the chance. If you also saw it last night and want it for yourself (or if you love it already from the trailer) you can buy the DVD here.
I’m excited to watch tonight’s film All About Dad:
If you’re interested in getting involved with next year’s AAA FilmFest in a big way I know they are accepting officer applications right now!