University mandates stronger passphrases
Aug. 2 – UC Davis is urging students, faculty and staff to update their university passphrases to comply with new federal standards.
The new Kerberos passphrases differ primarily by being at least 12 characters long. They can also use spaces, a series of dictionary words and other characters.
The university hopes to have all account holders using the new standard by Dec. 6.
For more information on the passphrase changes, visit security.ucdavis.edu/passphrase.cfm. To change your password or to test a new passphrase, visit computingaccounts.ucdavis.edu.
– Originally reported by Leslie Tsan
Unitrans introduces revamped schedule to Davis riders
Aug. 9 – The Unitrans schedule for the 2010-2011 academic year includes a number of key changes, such as regular Sunday service for the first time.
A new “A-Limited” line will run between the Silo and downtown Davis to provide more frequent service to and from the Amtrak station.
Unitrans aims to relieve congestion by increasing frequency for the A and J lines, as well as making minor time changes of the H, L and P lines. Unitrans also purchased 35 new buses through Federal and State grants.
UC Davis undergraduates will continue to ride for free and bus fares for the community remain the same: $1 per ride, $6 for a 10-ride ticket and $25 for a monthly pass.
– Originally reported by Ehsun Forghany
Charges dropped against Mrak protestor
Aug. 9 – Charges were dropped against Brienna Holmes for allegedly resisting arrest and battering during the occupation of Mrak Hall last November.
On July 26, the 12 members of the Yolo County jury gathered to deliberate the misdemeanor counts against Holmes. They reached a 10 to 2 vote for acquittal on the battery charge and deadlocked 6 to 6 on resisting arrest. The case was declared a mistrial.
On Aug. 6, the District Attorney’s office decided against re-filing the case and dropped all charges.
Originally reported by Noura Khoury
Sodexo and CIW sign Fair Food Agreement
Sept. 6 – After months of protests, student groups across campuses saw the fruition of their efforts when Sodexo became the ninth corporation to sign the CIW Fair Food Agreement.
The agreement establishes a new partnership between the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and Sodexo to improve farm worker wages and working conditions in the tomato fields of Florida.
The Student/Farmworker Alliance is working on a new campaign, bringing its fight for fair food practices to the supermarket industry. With the construction of a Trader Joe’s in Davis underway, the SFA Davis team is already organizing its members to encourage the UC Davis student body to act out against the grocery store’s apparent unethical labor standards.
Originally reported by Ehsun Forghany
CAMPUS NEWS SUMMER DIGEST was compiled by JANELLE BITKER. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.