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Serving the UC Davis campus and community since 1915, The California Aggie is the official campus news source. Its coverage includes UC Davis campus news, Aggie sports, science and technology, city of Davis and local news and the local arts scene. Between March 2014 and September 2016, new articles have only been released online. Beginning in September 2016 -- at the start of the 2016-2017 academic year -- The Aggie resumed its print publication, and the paper is published 10 times per quarter. The weekly print edition, published each Thursday, complements The Aggie's unique digital content, which is updated daily on the paper's website.
In February 2016, The Aggie's staff successfully campaigned to pass the "Print the Aggie" initiative, which appeared on the ASUCD Winter Quarter 2016 election ballot. The initiative, supported by 61.53 percent of the students who voted, raised student fees by $3.73 per quarter and allocated this money to The California Aggie. The measure will last for five years, beginning in 2016-2017, and its passing returned The Aggie to regular print publication for the first time in three years.
There is an opinion page that includes editorials authored by the Aggie editors, guest opinions, political cartoons and letters to the editor. The Aggie also publishes columns, a daily calendar of events, classified advertising, and of course, the crossword and sudoku puzzles, which may be the paper's most popular feature (especially in boring lectures).
It can be found in every corner of campus, in front of most major lecture halls, and even in a lot of community locations outside of campus. The Aggie is a self-sustaining unit of ASUCD, meaning that it generates its own income (entirely through advertising sales) and does not rely on a yearly operating subsidy. The paper is distributed for free, and up until recently, was the last student newspaper in the UC system to publish daily. They have since reduced their circulation numbers and are only printing on Thursdays, although they do publish articles, columns and news briefs throughout the week online.
You can read the current issue of The Aggie at theaggie.org in pdf format. Their online archives only goes back to 2008-03-31. The Aggie also has a twitter feed for breaking news updates, links to Aggie articles and links to other items of interest to Aggie readers.
Over 125 students work in various capacities for The Aggie, including managers, desk editors, photographers, writers, copy readers, layout artists, graphic artists, sales clerks and advertising representatives. The Editor in Chief holds the highest position at the Aggie, overseeing the operations of the entire organization. The Campus Media Board appoints a new Editor in Chief once a year.
The Editorial Board
The Aggie publishes editorials that represent the collective opinion1 of the editors on a range of topics. The California Aggie editorial board is made up of the Editor in Chief, the Managing Editor and the news editors.
Editor in Chief - Scott Dresser Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Managing Editor - Ellie Dierking Email: email@example.com
Campus News Editor - Alyssa Vandenberg Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
City Editor - Samantha Solomon Email: email@example.com
Opinion Editor - Eli Flesch Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Features Editor - Emilie DeFazio Email: email@example.com
Sports Editor - Bryan Sykes Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Arts Editor - Amanda Ong Email: email@example.com
Photo Editor - Jay Gelvezon Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Media Manager - Chiara Alves Email: email@example.com
Social Media Manager - Liz McAllister
Website Manager - Veronica Vargo
Newsletter Manager - Madeline Ong
Copy Chief - Olivia Rockeman
Copy Chief - Emily Stack
Advertising Manager: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: see The California Aggie Staff History for archived staff lists.
The Aggie's operating budget for 2009-2010 was approximately $208,000. This budget covered stipends for editors and managers, printing costs, and the costs of running an office five days a week. Until 2016, all of the Aggie's income came from advertising sales. The Aggie had for the past few years been running a deficit due to a national trend away from print media advertising. This, however, has been reversed in 2010-2011. Between 2011 and 2014, however, The Aggie continued to run large annual deficits.
In 2015, editor in chief Scott Dresser drafted legislation for an initiative that would, if passed, bring in $1.2 million to The Aggie over a five-year period. The legislation became the "Print the Aggie" measure, which passed in February 2016. The Aggie now operates with an annual budget of over $300,000. Around $230,000 of The Aggie's revenue comes from student fees.
The California Aggie is a unit of ASUCD, but is not 'governed' by the organization in the way that other units are. ASUCD delegated control of the Aggie to the Campus Media Board through an amendment to the ASUCD constitution. The Aggie does not receive any direct financial contributions from ASUCD, but does get its space in Lower Freeborn Hall for free. The Aggie also pays ASUCD for its accounting. In the event that the Aggie's reserves run out, ASUCD would be responsible for paying for any deficits that occur out of its own capital reserves.
The Aggie runs three special issues every year.
- The Orientation issue is geared toward new freshmen and transfer students and runs on the first day of Fall Quarter.
- The Best of Davis issue features the "people's choice" for best business establishments in the city of Davis. UC Davis students, faculty and staff are eligible to vote. This issue runs mid-Winter Quarter. Best of Davis winners are listed on Davis Wiki for 2007, 2008, and 2009.
- The Grad issue is geared toward graduating students and includes many "end of the year" features. It runs with the last issue of Spring Quarter.
Former Distribution Points
- Art building
- ASUCD Student Services Office on the third floor of the MU
- Bainer Hall
- Center for Companion Animal Health
- 194 Chemistry
- Coffee House
- Every Dining Commons
- Dutton Hall
- Everson Hall
- Freeborn Hall
- Hunt Hall
- Hutchison Hall
- Kemper Hall - Outside main entrance
- Kleiber Hall
- Memorial Union - several locations inside, as well as the covered bus stop.
- Meyer Hall - Located at the building entrance nearest to the Media Lab
- Music Building
- Olson Hall
- Physics and Geology
- Roessler Hall
- Science Laboratory Building and Lecture Hall
- Storer Hall
- 1100 Social Science
- Tupper Hall
- VMTH - Outside the CCAH reception.
- Wellman Hall
- Ali Baba
- Anderson Plaza
- Cafe Roma
- Common Grounds
- Davis Food Co-Op
- Delta of Venus
- Greystone Apartments bus stop
- Mr. Chan's - On corner of A Street and 3rd Street
- The Posh Bagel
- Redrum Burger
- At the Unitrans stop at Cowell and Drew in South Davis
The California Aggie was originally called The Weekly Agricola, back when UC Davis was still known as the University Farm School. The Weekly Agricola (If you're a Latin geek, "The Weekly Farmer") was first published on September 29th 1915.
The paper moved to using standard broadsheet in 1974; before that they used a tabloid format. The Aggie used to publish a Spoof edition at the end of the year (or April Fool's day). The spoof edition was not published in 2004, due to unusually poor taste in the 2003 edition. However, the spoof edition was revived in 2005 and was received with much acclaim by readers.
The paper went from occasional color to daily color under the direction of then editor in chief Andrew Whelan in the spring of 2004. It went back to occasional color in Fall 2007 in an effort to stop the growing deficit in their budget. In 2009, The Aggie cut color altogether, and in Fall 2010, it began to print in color only when advertisers already purchased color ads. Beginning in 2016, The Aggie began publishing in full color.
Like any large long-lived organization, the Aggie has had its share of controversies.
At the close of the 2006-2007 school year, The Aggie faced another consecutive year of deficit, this time approaching $120,000. The two Aggie staff members responsible for overseeing The Aggie's finances at the time were business manager Mia Szmuch and advertising manager Christina Chin, who was responsible for the newspaper's lack of advertising sales. Nevertheless, incoming editor in chief Eddie Lee and managing editor Caitlin Kelly-Sneed selected Christina Chin to again serve as advertising manager for the 2007-2008 school year.
Starting in January 2009, they no longer printed Friday editions of the Aggie in order to save costs. In of April 2013, they cut down to only printing on Thursdays in order to save costs and increase quality and length of content. Due to financial troubles, editor-in-chief Elizabeth Orpina decided to cancel print publication and cut all staff pay in March 2014. The Aggie resumed its weekly printing each Thursday in September 2016.
Previous Editors in Chief
- Scott Dresser — 2015-2016
- Muna Sadek — 2014-2015
- Elizabeth Orpina — 2013-2014
- Janelle Bitker — 2012-2013
- Jason Alpert — 2011-2012
- Mark Ling — 2010-2011
- Adam Loberstein — 2009-2010
- Richard Procter — 2008-2009
- Eddie Lee — 2007-2008
- Peter Hamilton — 2006-2007
- MattJojola — 2005-2006
- Daniel Stone — 2005-2006 (Resigned in February) — the first editor in chief to ever be successfully ousted in The Aggie's nearly 100-year history.
- Ryan P. Fuller — 2004-2005
- Andrew Whelan — 2003-2004
- Fitz Vo — 2002-2003
- Rebecca F. Emmerich — 1999-2000
- Margaret J. Berry — 1998 - 1999
- Camille R. Brill — 1987-1989
Aggie editors before the position of Editor in Chief was created
- Kris Kahn, 1965-1966
- Judy Green, 1964-1965
- Charles Conrad; Dan Halcomb, 1963-1964
- Dixie Jordon; Margaret Jewett, 1962-1963
- Dick Draper, 1961-1962
- Jerry Remmers; Jim McCullough, 1960-1961
- Mike Payne; Karen Beland, 1959-1960
- Michael Boardman; Manny Machado, 1958-1959
- Bob Valine; Jerry Remmers, 1957-1958
- Gene Farmer; Helen Geer, 1956-1957
- Nancy Elliott; Allan Deutsch, 1955-1956
- Arlie Toulouse; Beverly Whitaker, 1954-1955
- Jacquelyn Aubin, 1953-1954
- Frank Rumsey; Richard Ortega, 1952-1953
- Doug McMillan; Helen Paunton, 1951-1952
- Sidney de Kadt; Elyse Rued, 1950-1951
- Mark Clevenger; Jack Boyer, 1949-1950
- Horace Hampton; Evelyn Rowe, 1948-1949
- Roger Chandler, 1947-1948
- Bill Allewelt — 1946-1947
- Jean Agers; Max Fisher, 1945-1946
- (None), 1942-1945
- Richard Harris, 1941-1942
- Gale Preitauer, 1940-1941
- Robert Allard, 1939-1940
- Ernie Taronem 1938-1939
- Ed Stoeckle, 1937-1938
- Clark Starr; Bill Snitzer, 1936-1937
- Marie Olsson; Ben Taylor — 1935-36
- George Reismann — 1934-35
- Roy W. Crouch; Eric Johnson — 1933-34
- Robert Thompson; Robert Howie; — 1932-33
- Marshall Dopkins; Clarence King — 1931-32
- Elwood Carr — 1930-31
- Harry Caldwell — 1929-30
- Paul Rinn; Kermit Schmidt — 1928-29
- Dean DeCarli — 1927-28
- H.Clifford Jackson; Lee Landerman — 1926-27
- Charles Burr; John B. Merriman — 1925-26
- George E. Stanley, 1924-1925
- Alan M. Charvoz — 1923-24
- Thomas T. Laughlin — 1922-23
- H. Temple — 1921-22
- Carl H. Spurlock; C.H. Kensley, 1920-1921
- Alfred C. Marris, 1919-1920
- Stuart V. Hoffman, 1918-1919
- Louis B. Rowland — 1917-18
- Tom Judkins — 1916-17
- W.J. Duffy, Jr.; Bill Morgan, 1915-1916
- Arthur H. Rivett, 1915-1916
The reason the website doesn't have a very extensive archive is that the website was moved to The College Publisher Network in 2005. That edition, operated by y2m networks, essentially used the Aggie's content to generate revenue for their youth marketing division. It promoted web advertisements over the articles, leading you to have to scroll down before you could read any real content. That version of the site made its debut on Friday, December 2, 2005; however, it did not feature any archives and broke all links to the old story urls. When they changed to the current version of the site back with Creative Media, College Publisher refused to give the Aggie a copy of the electronic archive, because they're a bunch of dicks. The new site, which came online in 2008, has much less advertising and links to AGTV stories included. It also broke a bunch of wiki links again.
The Aggie had a long standing feud with ASUCD. The two formerly hashed out their differences at the end of the year with a sloshball game, but a few years ago, ties to ASUCD have become so strained that the Aggie played KDVS instead. In 2007, The Aggie staff played itself. The game picked up again in in 2009, where the Aggie beat ASUCD in softball-sloshball. In Fall 2010, the two played kickball-sloshball at ASUCD's request. The Aggie still won.
- 2004: Honorable Mention, Newspaper of the Year:
- 2004: Second Place, General Excellence, — note 2003-2004 CCMA awards can be found using the wayback machine.
- 2004: A whole lot of photo awards
- 2005: Third place, General Excellence
- 2005: A whole lot of photo awards
- 2005: Third place, Best Breaking News Story
- 2005: Second and third place, Best News Feature
- 2007: Third place, Best Sports Column, written by 2006-2007 sports editor Peter Ng, from April 2007
- 2007: Honorable mention, Best News Series, written and edited by 2006-2007 campus news editor Talia Kennedy from April 2007
- 2008: First place, Best Editorial
- 2008: First place, Best Features Photo
- 2008: First place, Best Cartoon
On November 27, 2007 the leading headline of the Aggie was "Generation Sex Week kicks off, promotes AIDS".
Also see Orgasmatron for more Aggie art.
- Spotlight in UC Davis Magazine (2006)
- Read a story about how this student-run newspaper is produced each day in Davis Life Magazine.
2010-02-19 13:46:23 I have found the California Aggie's "Best of" annual event to be incomplete and not a very good guage of what is good or bad in Davis by any means. For example, this years best of did not include nearly 60% of the businesses located in Davis at all, save for one spot where you could write in a vote on the Bookstore section. Another fault of the Aggie's best of is the cover of the actual award insert. They photographed many establishments yet placed non-winners on the cover of the article such as placing Dimple Records photo on the cover (the second place winner) over Armadillo Music (the actual 1st place recipient).
It seems to be a very tunnel-vision style view on this fine city and it's commercial locations. —WesOne
Try reading some of the articles. Maybe I expect too much from students, but I find most of the articles to be very shallow and dull. —hankim
- I agree 100%. The articles, while sometimes interesting, most often remind me of shallow, plastic self serving drivel on the part of the individual writers. — WesOne
2010-05-24 17:05:56 The unfortunate fact is that the Davis Aggie is inferior to some high school papers and is an embarassment for an otherwise outstanding University.
The reporting is shallow in all areas. Even something as mundane as sports leaves much to be desired. Why, for example, did a number of the women's volleyball players decide not to come back this year? Perhaps not the most earth shattering question, but something beyond the rehash of the athletic department press release. Aspiring future journalists should learn to ask questions which provide some enlightenment.
The columnists are also an embarassment, with much of the focus on their respective drunken escapades or embarassing behavior. One would think, for example, that their might be an attempt to encourage debate over issues of broader interest. For example, should the University continue with Division I sports at the present level? Should it cut back? Or should it discontinue them all together? And the Aggie should report on how much is spent, how many are involved, graduation rates, how many athletes were below Davis's admission standards (and wouldn't be here otherwise.) —RMS
2011-02-07 22:59:42 Tough crowd. —RichardProcter
2011-08-20 12:08:58 This is a great newspaper. I have never seen the student body so interested in reading news, that's for sure. I don't read it as often as I should though. I have had some friends who have been staff for the Aggie. They were dedicated to every aspect of their jobs, and really put out 100 percent to make sure the paper was as good as it can be. I know for some of you, the articles may not be to your liking, or the comics may not seem too funny, but this is a daily effort. These guys put in a lot of work, and try to please one of the largest UC populations in the state. So, I think we all need to give them a hand for their hard work. Thanks Aggie! —davisaggie1
2014-03-15 21:04:38 I find it very interesting that the financial problems for the Aggie started about the time that Lamar Heystek stopped writing for them. I suspect that if he was still writing columns about Safeway, we might still have 5 issues a week. —BrentLaabs
1. The process by which the board decides what stance to take is based on majority (not unanimous) opinion of the board, though they try to integrate differing opinions. However, the Aggie reads "Editorials represent the collective opinion of the Editorial Board," despite the fact there may be disagreements and editors might not be present. The Editorial Board acts collectively in their decisions.