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THE DOWNLOAD: Homecoming, Orphan Kittens, ASUCD ‘Redefined’

By Cody Kitaura/Dateline on October 15, 2019 in University

Aggies had a lot to smile about after turning Saturday’s “Battle for the Golden Horseshoe,” UC Davis’ annual matchup against the Cal Poly Mustangs, into a convincing win.

UC Davis won the Homecoming game 48-24, in front of a UC Davis Health Stadium record crowd of 11,194 people.

Pint and Danika Bannasch.
Pint, along with owner and Veterinary Medicine professor Danika Bannasch, returned for the dog’s sole kickoff tee retrieval of the season. (Dawson Diaz/UC Davis)

The football game wasn’t the only thing drawing attention, either. Pint made his only appearance of the season (his owners, Danika and Mike Bannasch, are on sabbatical in Switzerland, so he’s taking a break), retrieving the kickoff tee in perfect form.

And Maggie the Aggie (Tatum Burris, a fourth-year animal science major and president of the Western Equestrian Club) made another appearance astride Maverick, posing for photos with fans.

This weekend also marked the first Homecoming performance for the new UC Davis Marching Band, under the direction of interim assistant director Garrett Rigsby.

UC Davis has won the last three Battles for the Golden Horseshoe, and the series overall sits at 23-20-2, in favor of the Aggies. The perpetual trophy will remain in Davis.

A crowd of students cheering during a football game.
Students cheer on the Aggies during the Homecoming football game Saturday (Oct. 12). (Dawson Diaz/UC Davis)

Student group provides homes for orphan kittens

Small kittens have a better chance at survival thanks to the student-run Orphan Kitten Project. The group matches orphaned and abandoned kittens with foster homes among veterinary students and other members of the community.

Learn more about the group in the above video or on its website.

ASUCD: Not just a student government

Many already know that ASUCD stands for the Associated Students of UC Davis, but some may not know the history or true purpose of the organization. Aggie Studios, which is part of ASUCD, breaks it down in the above video.

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