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still in shock

Originally posted in UC Davis Student Affairs Blog | I Live UCD.

While on Facebook I saw my friend Andrew Tran’s profile picture changed to this:

I was even more shocked to find out that it happened Friday night. On MY campus. I know that this past week was Intersex Awareness Week so that may have prompted the vandalism. Andrew said this time around last year their flag was stolen.

More photos courtesy of Cameron de Leon

A message was sent through the LBGTRC FB group from the director Sheri Atkinson Saturday night:

To the Campus Community,

We will take what was intended to hurt us

On the night of February 26th the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center experienced acts of vandalism. The entrance to the LGBTRC was defaced with derogatory and hateful words that target the Queer community.

This vicious hate crime demonstrates the need for community centers like ours to exist in order to offer a safe space on campus and combat the homophobia, discrimination, and hate that is still prevalent within our society.

As a center we wanted not to immediately remove the vandalism in order to ensure that this hate crime does not go unnoticed by the campus community. Facilities and administration offered to clean it up immediately but we wanted to take this opportunity to educate the campus about struggles that our community continues to face. We feel it is easier to erase physical representations of violence than to heal from the ongoing impacts of this hatred. Erasing it makes it possible to avoid believing these things happen on our campus. We want to work towards a healing resolution.

The center will resume regular hours on Monday March 1st, from 9am -5pm. We will also be offering a town hall for the community to come together and express any concerns to collectively decide what actions should take place in the future.
The town hall will take place Monday, March 1st, at 5:30 pm at Regan Main (in the Segundo Dorm area). *Now ARC Ballroom

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center is here to provide a large range of services for the campus community. In times like these, our presence on campus continues to be of the utmost importance. We have staff available to provide support, including a community counselor, who students can speak to. We know that homophobia is still common in our society and our role is to continue to provide the necessary support and education on campus and in the community. Check our website for a full listing our resources:lgbtrc.ucdavis.edu

I am glad to say Ericka So was able to report this incident after corresponding around midnight with my AggieTV teammates. The news never sleeps.

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I am just in disbelief that stuff like this still happens and I am glad that they did leave it up so it would not go unnoticed. I hope to see in my lifetime an end to this.

Honey Walnut Prawn

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Check out my friends in a Best of the Bay segment featuring China Paradise in Dublin,CA.

I’ve been craving Chinese food today and this seals it! Totally suggesting to my family we try Shanghai Town as Melanie recommended when they come up to visit Sunday.


Originally posted in UC Davis Student Affairs Blog | I Live UCD.

What up free press tickets!

Team Sparkle!

galaxy + mental rotation task font = major flyer love

(via Perry Sanesanong)

Can’t really see the battery pack belt for the night light I was wearing. That thing is heavy! Got to film a bit…In the final edit my contribution is the red lights that appear towards the end. Yay for B roll!

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Stay tune for more Team Sparkle action!

thank you technology


I adore my friends. This pretty much demonstrates our dynamic. I really want some boba now. Special news was shared, or should I say breaking news? I shall update come Tuesday 😉

BTW, know of any good FREE multivideo chat sites besides Tokbox? It gives us horrible echoing.

Cooking Japanese Curry

Ever since my Auntie Maria cooked this dish on our visit to Las Vegas a couple years ago, it has been added to my family’s meal rotation. I totally did not realize it was Japanese curry until last summer, when I ordered curry noodles in Japantown wanting to try something new and realizing, “Hey! I cook this all the time.” When I looked back at the Golden Curry box I noticed the kanji. Anyways, it’s one of my favorite meals to prepare because it’s quick and warms my tummy.

The Ingredients!

1 small box of Golden Curry Hot

red bell pepper

4 or 5 stalks of celery

a bunch of baby carrots

1/2 onion

2 T garlic

a pack of chicken thighs

black pepper

garlic powder

You can get the Golden Curry at the Asian aisle at Safeway or local Asian mart. I got mine at Kim’s Mart for only $2.25 which surprisingly cheaper than back home in the bay. It also comes in other heat level but I’ve never tried them. There’s also ones that come with vegetables in it already and solely microwaveable. The box on this one also has microwave directions but cooking it on the stove was already so easy to me. So just chop everything! I get very particular when I first write a recipe for myself like chopping the celery 1/4 in wide or the bell pepper in 1 square in. Since I’ve cooked this so many times my parents advice always comes to mind – just think about how you’ll end up eating it. Think bite size! I also usually peel and chop potatoes to add but mine began to sprout after sitting on top of my fridge since we moved here back in September. They did get used to make this same dish last quarter though! One example of how buying in bulk is not always wise especially now that I don’t have a family of four to feed.

Be careful of salmonella! Always keep your workspace clean.

I pretty much follow the directions starting off with cooking meat as per usual. Put in the oil, sautee garlic, onions then chicken, sprinkle on the garlic powder and dash of pepper. When it’s boiling in just water & I use the downtime to wash up the cutting board and other dishes used to prepare. My dad always emphasizes the importance of cleaning as you go.

I really enjoy breaking up the curry blocks. (Brown thing sticking out.) It’s fun adding them to the pot and magically having curry sauce form after a few minutes. Test if the veggies are cooked with a handy dandy fork. I like my carrots to be a little firm.