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THE DOWNLOAD: Voting, Veterans, Violet Blooms

By Cody Kitaura/Dateline on November 6, 2018 in University News
A "vote here" sign outside the Memorial Union.
A sign directs voters to a polling place on the second floor of the Memorial Union. (Chris Nicolini/UC Davis)

Voting has more benefits than just a feeling of having done your civic duty: That little white "I Voted" sticker is good for a discount at the Aggie Reuse Store and Aggie Surplus. Voters will get 18 percent off at Aggie Reuse and half off any item priced at $25 or more at Aggie Surplus.

Haven't voted yet? First, find your polling place on the Yolo County Elections Office website. There are polling places in the Memorial Union, Russell Park Apartments and elsewhere in Davis. End up at the wrong polling place? You can still vote provisionally, and your vote will still count after a delay.

If you need help getting there, Unitrans is free all day today (Nov. 6) (see routes and schedules on the Unitrans website). Or, rent a ZipCar between 6 and 10 this evening and receive a $20 credit for the service. Read more about that promotion on the goClub website.

Ribbons on the quads

A bicyclist passes a yellow ribbon around a tree.
Yellow ribbons adorn trees on the Quad and the Vanderhoef Quad this week. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

UC Davis’ yellow ribbon tradition dates back to 2011 when a student veteran-led effort adorned the main Quad’s 100-plus trees with ribbons as a symbol of remembrance of men and women serving far from home. In 2015, the ribbon project expanded to Vanderhoef Quad at the south entrance to campus.

Read more: Saluting the Veterans Among Us

Interactive map shows arboretum history

Shoppers at a plant sale in 1982.
The interactive map features this photo from a 1982 plant sale on campus. (UC Davis)

Have you ever walked the paths of the UC Davis Arboretum and wondered what it looked like 80 years ago when it was first planted? Have you ever imagined all of the special moments that the plants have witnessed?

Ella Groff, a museum education co-coordinator for the arboretum's Learning by Leading program, did, and created two interactive maps to showcase its history and the memories people have for specific parts of the arboretum.

Read more about her process on the arboretum's website, and see the interactive maps online.

A woman walks across a bridge with violet flowers behind her.
The history of the Warren G. Roberts Redbud Collection is just one item explored on the website. (Katie Hetrick/UC Davis)

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