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THE DOWNLOAD: Women's Basketball Champions Again

By Cody Kitaura/Dateline on March 5, 2019 in University

The UC Davis women’s basketball team heads into its final two regular season games this week on a 12-game winning streak and as Big West Conference champions for the third straight year.Women's basketball team with text that reads "Champs"

The team won a share of the title with a victory on Thursday (Feb. 28), and won the title outright by winning another game two days later. Its 12-game winning streak is the longest such run in the program's Division I history and ties for the sixth-longest in school history.

“Thanks to everyone who has supported this special team,” the team posted on Instagram. “Our journey is far from over and this group is enjoying every moment!”

The team has also clinched the No. 1 seed in the Big West Conference postseason tournament, which begins next week in Orange County. As the top seed, the Aggies sit out the first two rounds of play and take on the lowest remaining seed in the semifinal round, to be played at noon on March 15. That game, in the Honda Center in Anaheim, will be broadcast on ESPN3.

The team faces off against Cal Poly tomorrow (March 6) and will play UC Santa Barbara Saturday as part of a doubleheader with the men’s team.

Student app aims to cut waste by identifying leftover food

Students pose for a photo.
Computer science and engineering students Kim Quach, Thomas George Chen, Jacob Scott Bevilacqua and Lynn Miyashita built an app to help students find free leftover food on campus. (Reeta Asmai/UC Davis)

For students looking to quiet a rumbling tummy with a stray slice of pizza or an extra pastry, UC Davis College of Engineering students Kim Quach, Jacob Scott Bevilacqua, Thomas George Chen and Lynn Miyashita have developed an app called Freebites that streamlines the process of connecting hungry students with leftover food from UC Davis campus events.Screenshot of Freebite app

As a member of the Food Recovery Network student club, Quach helps recover food from dining commons and markets on campus and donates it to homeless shelters in downtown Davis, as well as the campus Basic Needs Center. However, said Quach, the club doesn’t have the capacity to recover food from catered events.

“You see it all the time at student organization events, faculty meetings, conferences—when the event ends someone puts out a sign that says ‘free food.’ I’d been thinking about this issue for nearly a year, and was really excited to turn my idea of a food waste app into reality,” said Quach, a senior in computer science. “We knew we had a large target audience: there are tens of thousands of students on campus and they love free food.”

The Freebites team developed their app as part of computer science associate professor Sam King’s new iOS fundamentals class at UC Davis. In this class, 70 computer science and engineering seniors spent the first half of the quarter gaining a fundamental understanding of computer science principles. In the second half of the quarter, they worked in small to teams to build a new app.

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