My sculpture, Untitled 2008

Elise graduated from UC Davis with a B.A. in both Art Studio and Dramatic Art (Theatre). She was one of the first major contributors to the Davis Wiki as it was forming. She worked at The California Aggie for three and a half years, first as a staff photographer (winning the CCMA Best Features Photo in 2005) and later as a copyreader and Features Editor. She was always all over town with camera in hand and sometimes a giant 300 mm lens balanced on her shoulder as she biked. It's very likely you might have seen her covering sports alongside her friend and fellow photographer, Wayne Tilcock, photo editor of the Davis Enterprise. She might be one of the few citizens of Davis to have been granted access to the Crocker Nuclear Lab in order to photograph the Cyclotron for a California Aggie story.

She was a good friend and neighbor of Rob Roy, and the two were likely seen in the '05-'06 school year filming a music video at The Grad, Rob wearing the infamous giant teddy bear suit. They also attended Rock It back in the day and sang a pivotal duet of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" at G Street Pub among the likes of Ravenous. They also went to Cantina (aka Mantina) one night and sang with Lamar Heystek. She was seen photographingJason Webley and Rob at their performance in Central Park in 2006 and seen with Webley at The Bomb Shelter, sewing a whisker and/or fin back onto his stuffed catfish doll. She was later seen with Webley and friends in 2010, eating at Fuji's, Elise having hosted some of Jason's friends overnight at her house venue at the time, The Greenhouse, after they played in town.

For two years, Elise served on the editorial board for Produce (Book). If you had walked through the Art Building circa 2006 and observed real produce hanging from all over the ceiling, it was Elise's doing. In 2007, she and 200 others participated in the Davis Undie Run. The same year, she and 822 others participated in Davis' World's Largest Bicycle Parade.

Elise directed and acted in two short plays as part of the Dept. of Theatre & Dance's 48-Hour Theatre Festival. In 2007, you might have seen the wizard battle that she and some friends staged while in line for the midnight premiere of Harry Potter V at the F Street Regal Cinema. You might have seen her as a spectator of the first Epic Quad Battle and been charged by her, a friend, and an inflatable crocodile at the second Epic Quad Battle.

She wrote the play Ghost, Bathtub, Windmill, which was performed in the Wyatt Pavilion in 2008 as part of the ThirdEye Theatre Festival.  She acted in the American premiere of Nights at the Circus, also at Wyatt, and would've appeared in the play Antics had she not fallen ill. She has done voices for Davis Radio Theater on KDVS and was an announcer for the Picnic Day Parade in 2009 with Dr. Andy Jones. She appears in the 2009 and 2011 KDVS Fundraiser videos. She is responsible for The Bathtub Experiment. She was a participant in Delta Lambda Phi's annual Davis Is Burning in 2008 (as Eli MeDown), in 2009 (as one half of Death Cab for Penis), and 2010 (as a tattooed, happy trail-ed male glam rocker). She occasionally read poetry at Poetry Night while it was still being held at Bistro 33 and read a few of her poems on Dr. Andy's Poetry and Technology Hour on KDVS.

Elise helped paint a small portion of the Uncle Vito's Slice of N.Y. outdoor mural. She has a permanent mosaic panel in Nature's Gallery Court, located at the far west end of the Arboretum. The "gallery" was created as a project under the hospices of the Art-Science Fusion Program and features ceramic depictions of drought-resistant flora and their companion fauna. Elise's panel features a rose and a butterfly and is the only panel featuring a mammal, a Corgi enjoying a sniff of the rose. A less auspicious "public art" creation of Elise's is a small octopus drawing on the wall of Studio A at KDVS. She hosted "The Pharmakon" under the DJ name "The Drag Queen of Hearts" on KDVS for the Spring 2009 quarter. Retaining her DJ name, she co-hosted "Skinny Dipping" on KDVS in Summer 2009 and hosted live music acts at The Pink House, The Greenhouse (alternately called the House of Dog), The Attendance Office, and over the airwaves of KDVS.

She worked at the SPCA Thrift Store from July 2007 through August 2008. She worked as a graphic artist for The Davis Enterprise from April 2011 through January 2012. In 2011, she helped with what was called the Community Build, the revitalization of The Domes when they were under threat of demolition. In addition to digging new hugulkulture garden beds across from Domes 8 and 9, she did some planting and boulder arrangement in front of said domes. She also helped prepare the pathways in front of Domes 10 and 11 for compaction and did interior as well as exterior window washing. Also part of the project, she helped put the finishing layer on the Domes Bench, next to the Domes' yurt. Additionally, you can see the double rainbow mosaic she created on the back lefthand side of the bench. It features colorful stones, bottle caps with a mountain motif, and broken glass from her car window when it was vandalized in Midtown Sacramento not long before the Domes build occurred.

Though she no longer lives in the area, a piece of her heart remains in Davis.

Elise's contribution to the cob bench at the Domes.


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2007-01-20 02:33:44   Elise is in the list of Top Three Girls I've Met in Davis. —ElisaHough

2007-02-15 14:09:22   I think the co-op idea is the best route, as the decision to close has been made. Right now we are working on getting the cash to get it off the ground —AndrewPeake

2008-04-01 21:37:37   Yes! I was so in love with that Sadler lecture today as well. Thanks for reminding me of the rad quotes from earlier. By ttthhhhheee way, are you in the metals class or no? (Mr. Professor Billsss called your name with no luck of an answer) It's going to be a cool class I'm fairly sure... —JasonDunne

2008-04-16 15:16:32   Hey, I dunno if you've taken tom before, but he's no fan of structure, so we're working on whatever we wish. I'm all over a messy-wire-copper-bike cable-coil semispherical ball right now. It's so fun and tedious. My friend Julia is doing an indddepenendndnent study with him; she comes in after her class ends at 11 and it seems to work out just fine. Hey it might be too late - but if you want my notes for Sadler's class (I type them on the computtter) email me at jbdunne ATTTTTTT UCDAVIS DDDOOOT EDU. I'm stoked 25 times/minute at each lecture. —JasonDunne

2008-05-12 01:56:12   How about if you put those pictures of the Coffee House and Freeborn Hall facilities on their respective pages or on one and link it from the other? The name of that page is pretty long so editors of the wiki are unlikely to remember it or link it by accident. —NickSchmalenberger

2008-11-06 20:52:16   Can you post the letter from Student Housing regarding the Bike Church? —JonathanLawton

2008-12-18 18:27:39   Why did you remove the thing about MarieHuynh from Fry's Electronics? It had a link in it and I think more links that aren't spam are probably a good thing. —NickSchmalenberger

2009-01-12 17:06:53   So I did a bit of research in Shields about the history of the building that now houses the Bike Barn. I found a map from October 1911 that showed that the building that is now the Bike Barn did not exist. However, the building that is now the Silo is on the map and it is labeled "Cow barn." The map has the call number G4364 D3:2U6 1911. I also found a map from 1923 that does have the building that now houses the Bike Barn. It is labeled "Stock Judging Pavillion." The call number for that map is G4364 D3:2U6 1923 M3. It sounds like whoever told you that the Bike Barn used to be a dairy confused the main Silo building, which could have been built in 1910 (since it shows up on a 1911 map) with the Stock Judging Pavillion, which could have been built in 1916 (since it shows up between 1911 and 1923 on the maps). —WilliamLewis

2009-02-26 04:45:18   Tribute to Midjo is quite cool, thanks for posting the picture. —NickSchmalenberger

2009-06-08 23:05:39   elise recommends a slippery-silver soldier sword, wandering off on a ziggurat-tremor and never to rely upon any sleeping pillow pills again. —JasonDunne

2009-07-02 08:48:43   Now wait a second... you can not create an entry about a house whose color is in dispute and not put up a photo of it. ;-) —JabberWokky

2009-10-14 15:08:37   Hey, Elise. I added the dates/times for the House of Dog shows that I got from the websites you posted, but maybe you can check it out to make sure I posted the right dates. They sound great. —robinlaughlin

2009-10-22 13:22:26   RE: An Evening with Olaf: I don't have that information. I suggest calling the DPNS and hopefully you can find someone that knows. There is a poster on the Davis Food Co-op Bulletin Board. If you come to the DavisWiki BBQ this weekend, I'll give you one. p.s. your sculpture, and it's shadows, rocks... —SteveDavison

2010-02-01 08:57:39   Elise, I would like to feature you in Davis Life Magazine, seen at Contact me at Thanks so much! —CaryArnold

2010-05-21 18:11:03   If you want to use # in a page title, you can use either small number sign (﹟ unicode 0xFE5F) or fullwidth number sign (# unicode 0xFF03). You could also use a music sharp symbol (♯ unicode 0x266F) or a viewdata square (⌗ unicode 0x2317), but those technically mean other things. —WilliamLewis

2011-02-14 17:10:16   In my opinion, your name is the second coolest in all of Davis, after Dagon Jones of course. —ScottMeehleib

2011-02-15 13:38:00   I like your name because of its phonetic structure. Your first name sounds gentle, but it's also very elusive. Like the many florid, feminine names such as Elizabeth or Alicia, one expects yours will flow on to further syllables. But no! Your name refuses to conform to such boring standards, and it instead abruptly terminates, leaving the listener disoriented and in a mild state of shock. And then, when you least expect it, you are struck by the mightiness of KANE: beginning with the hard slap of the consonant, thus birthing the powerful drag of the long A-sound, in turn fading away with the resonant hum of the N.

In conclusion, I'm pretty sure that the secrets of the universe are locked up inside your name. Or maybe I'm full of it, as people often tell me, and it just has a really nice ring to it. —ScottMeehleib

2011-05-11 07:21:37   Yay photos! Thanks for adding all those. —TomGarberson

2011-06-10 12:53:36   Great photos of the Yolo Fruit Stand! —JabberWokky

2011-07-13 09:20:00   More great photos and gnoming! Thanks! —TomGarberson

2011-07-18 21:30:37   Thanks for the edits to Lily Starling Massage Therapy! Looks great :) —LilyS

2011-07-22 03:02:06   ??? —StevenDaubert

2011-07-22 15:27:31   (the mystery photo) —StevenDaubert

2011-07-26 16:02:45   Heya, whats The Cake House? —TomGarberson

2012-01-01 22:42:22   Great menorah pic and Hanukkah page! —CovertProfessor

2014-01-12 16:22:58   You posted a picture of room 185, of Hickey Gym, would you happen to know how a club could reserve that room? —DanielPfister

2015-03-21 03:42:16   Elise, I have bad news: unfortunately, nobody's added an auto-draft save function yet, so if you haven't saved the page then the in-progress edits are lost. Some browsers save this on a crash, though, so you may want to explore that. I hope someone will add auto-draft saving in here soon! Im really loving all of your stuff here lately! It makes me want to bust open my old photo collection and see what unposted historical bits I have laying around. —PhilipNeustrom

2015-03-26 22:47:16   Zac of All Gone. —JabberWokky

2015-03-27 17:02:46   While I've found the new software much harder to navigate and follow changes on -- which I'm hoping is purely due to my being used to the old way -- I have been very intrigued by the change in what kinds of spam and oddness appears on the wiki, and in what format it now takes. It seems to be much easier to create pages for people, judging by the new silliness tending to be new pages. —JabberWokky

2015-03-29 13:46:16   Thanks for your continued amazing gnomeage —StevenDaubert

2015-04-20 05:04:47   Hello. Thanks for reorganizing, though I don't see the neccessity of 'categories'.

You know, this took me hours to select all these photos and cut them out of my movie clips. I don't agree with your "kid" remark, all my Picnic Day 2015 clips are on YouTube, the kid is in the one with the Parade, more than 20 minutes. I can mention the source and the exact time the kid is in sight. 

You have removed two photos where a trumpet is hanging in the air, one the overall picture, the second the detail with the trumpet. You removed almost all my conductor photos. Didn't you notice Band Uh had a lot of different conductors this year? I have selected a pic of them all, not to choose one. And there is more reasoning behind all this.

You removed photos where the Band Uh students are lying on the ground, playing their instruments. It seems to me, you choose the more formal photos, thus killing all the spontaneity in this overall image of Picnic Day.

I am planning to restore my photos, and if somebody has a real valid reason to remove one or more, just give it.

But not this, just killing them.

If this is the way my effort is treated, I am going to reconsider contributing photos every year like this.

You just took the ax and killed most of my photos. They were not random, they were picked carefully and all had to be made suitable in size etc.. So no, I am not happy with what you did. —ConstantiaOomen

2015-04-23 10:41:48   Thank you. Oh, but you did leave your mark. I don't see the necessity of categories as this is a 'wholesome' event and not that much a factual summary of species or something like that. People can see for themselves who are animals and who are not, I think they will notice anyway. ;-) But hey, I guess it makes the appearance neater, so thank you.

And I left a part of your text. Furthermore, I did leave out some images now, I guess you didn't even notice. One of the same people ("Sigma Alpha"), one of a Lake Tahoe explanation, one of a blackboard, one more panoramic photo, one of the Quad...

I don't understand why somebody would make a problem out of this. Especially to people not living in Davis and loving Davis very much, I would have assumed they would have been pleased with many photos, not just the calibrated ones.

And people wouldn't have known about the many conductors, if I wouldn't have showcased it. Some things, like the trumpet hanging in the air, add that sparkling moment to the report, and to me, that's what Davis's all about. Of course, you can leave the sparkle out, but why should you? This is the first time somebody objects to my ("many?") photos, I got the impression, people liked them and some people even thanked me for it.

These are not my "babies" as you put it, these are my contributions while living in Davis. I would like photos of other people too, but the last two years, people are less assertive in this way. I don't think it's a good idea to set rules and regulations to their photo uploads, I think this will scare them away, and like I just said: they are not coming anyway at this moment, and that's a real shame. If a photo turns out to be a problem, editors can help the uploader(s) afterwards; that's the way I see it.

I hope you are aware of the fact that I myself now feel less spontaneous about contributing photos. Next time (Whole Earth Festival this year?), I will think: " Oh, what will Elise think of all this, will she remove my photos again?" You just did, without warning, without consulting others and me.

This is a big event, and a big event deserves a lot of photos. Not five photos every year, and that you see the same thing on them every year. Now people can look at some details, more photos = more information.

Because of heel pain this year, I missed the evening Battle of the Bands. I regret that very much, that's the biggest party and maybe I would have uploaded photos of that too. Now that part is missing on the Davis Wiki.

As I see it, I offer some choice in photos, and especially people who are not living in Davis (anymore) or people who do live in Davis but unable to attend, can still enjoy the event, a little. So I hope you can live with these photos, they were meant as a happy contribution, and only that. —ConstantiaOomen

2015-04-24 00:19:47   I strongly dislike the IP login, but it does serve one interesting purpose: I was able to send that particular IP through a search engine and pull up a confirmation of a New York location. I like giving people the benefit of the doubt, but once there became multiple content-free pages from it, my tolerance for poor behavior went way down. On a happier note, I appreciate what you're doing with band history pages--that's a scene I haven't gotten into. —JudithTruman

2015-05-06 22:46:03   The "they state that" awkward wording was either mine, or somebody copying my wording. I never liked it, but it was a quick and easy way to turn first person promotional text into a reasonable wiki writeup about the subject. Your "subject's belief is that" is a much more pleasant method. —JabberWokky

2015-05-06 23:01:14   Greater than and less than signs typed in comments seem to silently disappear -- or, more likely, just become HTML. I had typed (subject), only with "angle brackets", the greater than and less than signs. —JabberWokky

2015-05-19 00:45:35   Hey Elise! I have a question about the Ag Effort at UC Davis! If you could please reply as soon as possible that would be great :) thank you so much! —1975savannah