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Lost & Found

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

On Wednesday May 5th, I “lost” my beloved Samsung Mythic cell phone which I only had for three months. “Lost” because I’m absolutely sure someone found it and decided to keep it for themselves since it was not in the place I last had it within an hour and a half timespan. My friends and family called and texted it multiple times and I backtracked and scoured my surroundings. Originally I left Young 198 at 11:35, bought a fowl chicken jalepeño bagel from the CoHo, took a bathroom break in South Hall, and arrived for my next class around 12 in Olson 106. It’s a very localized part of campus:


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Anyways, I found out that calling my phone and hearing it ring didn’t mean that the SIM card was still in place in the phone . It made sense because it still rung on Friday and I doubt my battery would have lasted on its own for 2 days. I have another phone now but still deeply miss that phone especially for its tools – calculator, alarm clock and especially audio recording (reporter necessity for conducting interviews!). So I want to share with you where to go if you happen to lose something of your own:

Lost & Found

1) MU Games Area – downstairs located behind the air hockey tables is an office where they keep anything that is lost in the MU. You can fill out a lost item in a binder at the shoe check out desk.

2) Unitrans – in the basement of South Hall is Unitrans headquarters and anything that was lost in one of their buses ends up here.

3) Police Department – after a while everything from the MUGA lost and found that hasn’t been claimed ends up here and important things like cell phones from Unitrans are sent here too. The police department has a kick ass website where you can see a list of items that were turned in and organized by category (keys, cell phone, jewelry etc.). You can also easily report a lost item. It’s so convenient because you don’t have to constantly go to their building and check if anyone turned in your stuff. I even called them about a found item listed as “samsung att phone” for further description and they are really nice about helping you out. Found items are kept for 90 days and you need a valid identification and a proof of ownership to claim the item. Unclaimed items are eventually auctioned off.

Usually if you left it in a classroom someone leaves it up at the front. Ask around in the building you think you lost it. There are many little unofficial lost and founds everywhere. Call if it’s more efficient than asking in person. A bit more advice here. If you ever lose something on campus I hope you’ll feel more equipped to take action. It was a bit comforting to see the list of other cell phones that were lost and to know that I wasn’t alone. Good luck!

Davis I Love You #1

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

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!

Melanie - May 17, 2010 - 3:01 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed Departures. I can’t wait to watch Easy A with you!

<3

You could be a part time model

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

Karin asked me if I could be her model to take photos of the new compost bins in the CoHo. I thought it was just going up for the new sustainability website Russ is designing but Sam pointed out it was on the homepage when we were working today!

Behind the scenes (Thanks Russ for taking the photos!):

It was fun being on the other side of the lens and there was much less pressure when I found out they’ll probably just use the hand shots. We took some shots of me dropping it too. Hard work! 😉

aubrey - May 2, 2010 - 7:57 pm

i know you’ll probably be frightened at how quickly i respond to this since you JUST posted it but i have the same dress fr forever! haha =) ALSO… my google reader changed from zero to 1 so i knew something new was up w/one of the blogs!! i hope you use it too now!

Rachel - May 2, 2010 - 8:00 pm

hehe not yet…maybe eventually but i mostly get email subscriptions of my friends blogs and get updated that way. yessss, that dress was such a steal!!

chris - May 2, 2010 - 10:57 pm

but you’ll probably have to keep your normal job…

did you have to do the dropping shot only once? or did you have to take the orange peel out of the garbage? :/ ewwwwww

Rachel - May 3, 2010 - 10:35 pm

we did the dropping shot three times…i broke the peel in three parts to do it :)

Melanie - May 13, 2010 - 9:11 am

GREAT BLOG RACHEL! KEEP UP THE AMAZING STORIES :)

anuraman - May 13, 2010 - 1:29 am

You would be such a good model! 😀 YAY for being on the homepage! 😀

Rachel - May 13, 2010 - 11:02 am

Yes! I love reading other students blogs :) I actually stumbled upon yours a couple weeks ago! So amazing you got to go to Bryant Park 😀 We should have lunch some time <3

Christina - May 13, 2010 - 3:55 pm

COOL! Another fellow UCD blogger!

-Christina

Seizing Opportunities

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

Carpe Davis is the theme of this year’s Picnic Day. For our internship at University Communications, my friend Samantha and I were assigned to cover UC Davis’ annual open house for the UC Davis homepage along with the other interns. This was a wonderful opportunity because annually thousands of visitors will be visiting the site to learn more about planning their day.

We met Nicole and Chris to decide what topics to be covered. It was cool meeting the other students that also work at UComm. Nicole would cover how alot of the events would be moved to Vanderhoef Quad where alot of our new buildings are and Chris would do music.

Sam had the idea of going around and interviewing students about their favorite parts of Picnic Day in the style of what she worked on for last years graduating classes. I also wanted to interview as many of the Board of Directors as possible especially since they are students as this is the largest student run event in the nation. I have always wanted to create an interactive Google Map ever since I saw how easy it is but never found a topic that would be fun and also that other people besides myself would find useful. Picnic Day would be a perfect topic and I envisioned using the videos of students we filmed and including that in the map so when you click on a point that is about the Chemistry Magic show there would be a student raving about it, a photo and the schedule included all in one place. I knew that it would not be possible unless we had the final schedule of events.

So we stuck with Plan A since our deadline was Thursday April 8th and fast approaching. We spent morning and afternoon filming for three days and lucky us it was beautiful sunny weather. We shot the Board of Directors at the arboretum and approached students around the quad and outside the MU to see if they would like to give their opinion. It was a lot of fun and we got comfortable with talking to people we had just met. We were so grateful that Monica, Megan and Missy took the time from their busy planning schedule to help us out!

Filming Chair Monica Lindholm talking about the bus shuttles and the parade.

Best partner ever – Sam!

Yours Truly.

Finally, the night before our deadline we received the schedule of events via email – exclusive press access before the final version was designed and released to the public. I was editing the clips that we filmed from the first two days filming because I wanted that done first if a map was not possible which I finished close to midnight, went home and stayed up until 5AM creating the first draft of the map. I wanted it to be as complete as possible before pitching the idea to Susanne our web editor we work with to show that it could be done pretty quickly and see if the deadline could be pushed a bit more.

The next morning…or well a few hours later, I showed Sam what I created and then asked Susanne if she’d come take a look and to my delight she loved it and commended me for my initiative. In fact the whole department was excited about it. Laurie, the design manager, gave me a hug and told me that this was the most useful thing created for Picnic day ever. I was so elated that we got the green light to continue. By the afternoon, Russ, one of the graphic designers, had already created the first image that would go up for the Spotlight on the homepage using a screenshot of the map. I remember it said something about Google-ize your Picnic Day, I giggled because it reminded me of googly eyes. We finished up filming Megan & Missy that day and I helped choose pictures from the archives that should be uploaded to Flickr to use to embed into the map. Every day up until the end of the Monday before Picnic Day Sam and I worked on the map. A lot of it was having to redo work because sometimes the Youtube videos would disappear when switching to Rich Text mode from HTML mode such as adding a photo after a video. We learned how to work the system like remembering to add the photos before adding videos and lots of little details like that. Renaming videos and having to re-embed them after the edited descriptions was also doubling and sometimes tripling our work.

I was in class when Sam texted me that it was up Wednesday morning and I flipped out. It’s very satisfying seeing your work displayed for the public to see. In the end, all our hard work payed off. It was a great collaborative effort. Since the map went live it has neared 45,000 views and we’ve received compliments from students, staff and visitors.

Spotlight of Picnic Day on the UC Davis homepage

The feature (Click photo)

The map (Click to interact!)

For the future I would love include stock footage of the event. I know AggieTV filmed almost all of Picnic Day 2009 that could be edited for an updated map which would enrich and entice people to come up especially if they’ve never been. This year our campus photographers Karin and Cheng took more shots that could also be included. This assignment was definitely an opportunity seized!

glassknob - April 26, 2010 - 8:57 pm

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studystudystudy

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

One of my favorite spots to study, weather permitting, is the arboretum. It’s so nice to spread out on the grass, watch the ducks waddle and runners go by. The library is very close by so if you need to check out books you can easily walk over and read at the arboretum instead and return them through the outdoor slots. Of course I don’t just go here to study, it’s a great place to grab a blanket and eat alone or with friends and connect with nature.

chris - April 25, 2010 - 6:10 pm

you kind of look like tiger woods in the first picture. you can interpret that however you want to… haha

Rachel - April 25, 2010 - 9:27 pm
glassknob - April 26, 2010 - 8:59 pm

LOVE the first photo! except chris kind of ruined it now lol

Priya - May 2, 2010 - 3:24 pm

Great photos…

Rachel - May 2, 2010 - 7:30 pm

thank you miss priya 😀