Volume 25 · Number 3 · Spring 2008
I read the “Alums — Exercise Your Options” article [not available online] from the winter 2008 edition of the UC Davis Magazine, and . . . I understand that both the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and ARC are making an effort to encourage more alumni to join the ARC. I am certain that many alumni are interested in joining the ARC and utilizing the excellent services and facilities; however, it seems that the parking situation is not conducive for alumni/CAAA members to make use of the ARC.
I understand, from calling TAPS, that the only options available for nonstudent/staff is 45-minute parking at the meters or the $6 per day visiting parking permit. It is certainly not feasible for alumni, in the middle of a group class, to switch parking spaces or pay the $6 visitor parking fee every time they visit the facility. For alumni members who live further away from the ARC and have to utilize cars instead of bikes, joining the ARC is most hindered by the parking situation. I would like to make a request for staff from the ARC and CAAA to look into this matter if you truly want to encourage alumni to utilize the ARC.
TAPS Director Clifford Contreras responds: TAPS recently launched a pilot program that provides any campus parking patron (alumni included) an opportunity to purchase an in-vehicle parking meter, the Comet, to pay for only the time they are on campus, rather than pay the $6 daily campus parking fee or feed the short-term parking meters. TAPS and the ARC believe that this new program, which was launched on Dec. 3, will address many of the short-term access needs of ARC users. More information about the Comet can be found here.
I was waiting for my plane and catching up on my reading when I turned to the last page of the [fall] issue of the UC Davis Magazine and saw the “Aggies Remember” essay by Larry Fogg. I went out with one of Larry’s other roommates and remember very well the motorcycles in the apartment. But his essay prompted more vivid memories of Larry and how he patiently helped me with my Physics 1 homework. After he listened to me explain how I didn’t understand anything about the problems, gradually the solutions worked themselves out in my brain. Without his help I would have changed my major from bio sci to anything that didn’t require passing physics. I’m sure he is a great teacher, and I wish him well in his retirement activities. And by the way, he looks the same in his current photo as he did 30 years ago. Only his hair is a little shorter.
Please pass on my fondest regards and thank him for the wonderful essay. It brought a smile to my face all day.
Suzanne Sheetz ’75
I was so pleased to see the photograph and short article on Gunrock [fall 07 issue, page 10], the Remount stallion that used to stand at UC Davis. I was fortunate in 1943 to be able to purchase a Thoroughbred yearling gelding from the Farm.
He was by the current Remount stallion Final Appeal, but his dam was one of their brood mares named Roxalyce, who was by Gunrock, out of a mare called California Alice, who was one of a band of brood mares donated to the university by “Lucky” Baldwin (of Rancho Santa Anita fame) to assist in the start of breeding stock at the new University Farm.
My horse, registered name Rocks Own, barn name Junior, was my pride and joy and a loved family member for some 20 years. Thanks for bringing back some happy memories.
Dorothy Flynn ’45
In the photo of Emmy-nominated alumnus Robert Frye on page 33 of our winter ’08 issue, we misidentified the individual standing with him. The person shown (on right) is Production Designer John Janavs, who was also nominated for work on the television program Hell’s Kitchen.