Archive for July, 2011

Who are those People?

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Coming up Bruin walk, have you noticed the barricades and people hanging onto them waiting to catch a glimpse of…heck, I don’t know? I noticed them last year, but didn’t report on it because, I am not a football follower. Not NFL football, but football or “soccer,” as we Yanks call it.

UCLA is providing the north soccer field for Real Madrid, one of the world’s premier “football,” clubs. Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaká , and Iker Casillas are just some of the “stars,” that on campus may not gather a lot of attention, but in their home countries, they are royalty!

Click here to read the footastic article by Lee Witbeck courtesy of the Daily Bruin.

Walter L. Gordon, Jr./William C. Beverly, Jr. Collection

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

In the first half of the 20th century, the well-known African American attorney Walter L. Gordon had his office next to the African American newspaper, the California Eagle. The photographers for the paper often shot pictures of Black social life in Los Angeles, and once printed these photos were often discarded. Gordon saved many of these photos and began collecting the images, which often depicted leading members of the Black community in Los Angeles. His collection made its way to UCLA, and their digital collections group digitized over 800 of his photographs. Here visitors will find images of black resorts such as Val Verde, local political figures, and a range of jazz legends, such as Count Basie and Billie Holliday. Currently, visitors can view almost 300 of these items, and they can browse the photos by language, name, subject, or type. There are some real gems in here, including a great photo of Lionel Hampton on the stage and a cast photo of the members of “Carmen Jones” at an informal gathering. The image viewer here is quite impressive, as visitors can add a grid of select photos for comparative viewing and also manipulate each image as they see fit.

Click here to go to the website!

Football Summer School

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

While other new UCLA summer school students are easing into the life of incoming freshmen, school and practice for incoming collegiate football players go hand in hand. Though they are only a few weeks out of high school, the new team members have already begun their student-athlete careers here by attending both daily classes and workout routines in preparation for the upcoming season. Since official team practice doesn’t begin until August 8, players are coached by their peers in techniques and running drills.

Click here to read the article by Jacob Ruffman courtesy of the Daily Bruin.

FREE LIVE MuSIC!

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Also I Like to Rock: Grouplove + Milo Greene

Thursday, July 21, 2011
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum – Courtyard

The Hammer Rocks!

The Hammer courtyard turns electric in July, when Also I Like to Rock returns for a series of free concerts featuring today’s top emerging bands. Presented in partnership with KCRW 89.9 FM and curated by Buzz Bands LA, two bands per night will perform, with KCRW DJs spinning between sets.

New L.A. pop quintet Milo Greene came together when former UC Irvine classmates Robbie Arnett, Andrew Heringer and Marlana Sheetz reunited for songwriting sessions and, finding common ground in the harmony-laden pop of the ’60s and ’70s, emerged with a batch of undeniably engaging material. They’ve since expanded their circle by adding Curtis Marrero and Graham Fink and are currently recording songs for their debut release.

Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6:00pm.

Click here to read the terrific article by Shannon Cosgrove courtesy of the Daily Bruin.

Did I mention this event is FREE?!

From the UCLA Library (405 Closure)

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

This is yet another reminder of the complete closure of all northbound and south bound lanes of the I-405 during this weekend (July 15-July 18).

For your information, the Library will observe its normal posted hours of operation during this weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday).

Real-time traffic conditions:

http://sigalert.com  (freeways)

http://trafficinfo.lacity.org  (surface streets)

http://www.metro.net/projects/I-405 has the most current information about the project itself.

Click here for the UCLA Library hours.

The 405 Closure (July 15 – 18)

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

As a reminder, a complete closure of all northbound and southbound lanes of the I-405 will occur within the Sepulveda Pass during the weekend of July 15-18, 2011 to accommodate the demolition of one-half of the Mulholland Bridge. Sepulveda Boulevard will remain open throughout the weekend, but is intended as an alternate route for local resident access only and will be heavily impacted.

On Friday, July 15, ramps along the 10-mile closure will begin to be shut down as early as 7pm, and closure of freeway lanes will begin at 10pm. The freeway is scheduled to reopen at 5am on Monday, July 18. Ramps and connectors are scheduled to reopen by 6am. The specific freeway closure boundaries are as follows:

  • Northbound I-405: 10-mile closure between I-10 and U.S. 101
  • Southbound I-405: 4-mile closure between U.S. 101 and Getty Center Drive on-ramp

To be prepared in the event of an emergency, the campus Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be staffed throughout the freeway closure so that the campus may respond in the event of an emergency. In addition, UCLA traffic control officers will be monitoring traffic conditions to ensure accessibility to the campus.

Metro is mitigating the closure by detouring much of the I-405’s regular weekend traffic to routes outside of the Sepulveda Pass and by placing traffic control at major intersections in the vicinity of the construction area. However, significant congestion and delays are expected both within the Sepulveda Pass and on streets in and around UCLA and Westwood. As was shared in the initial May 31 campus announcement, if you expect to have employees, students, patients or other visitors traveling to or from the UCLA campus during the weekend of July 15-18, please advise them to expect major delays and include additional travel time in their schedules. Metro strongly encourages those who need to travel throughout the L.A. area to use public transportation, and is offering free rides and additional service on some Metro Bus and Metro Rail lines.

Click here for specifics on routes and schedules. For information on bus routes/transportation options from your commute area, you may also contact the Commuter Services & Information Center at 310-794-7433 Monday through Friday during regular business hours.

Culture Fix

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm, Fowler Museum – Galleries

Jake Jamieson

Jake Jamieson, a graduate of UCLA’s M.A. and B.A. programs in ethnomusicology, will illuminate the roots of jazz, the circumstances that led its creation, and the cultural significance of the interactions that are highlighted in Jam Session.

Free and open to the public.

UCLA Sustainability – Quick Facts

Friday, July 8th, 2011
  • A least 20% of the department’s purchases of janitorial paper and trash bag products, cleaning products, disinfectant, and hand soaps are certified sustainable cleaning products and materials.
  • The Green Cleaning policy covers purchase, use, and disposal of cleaning materials to ensure sustainable use of our resources.
  • UCLA has purchased recycling distillation equipment and is recycling alcohol from the clinical labs. In 2006, 2,424 gallons of alcohol were recycled.
  • 1.9 million vehicle trips are saved each year from UCLAs investment in transportation which equals nearly 5,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions
  • 38% of UCLA’s fleet are alternative fuel vehicles
  • UCLA’s Bruin Green Cleaning program includes policies that address sustainability in three areas: cleaning, purchasing, and equipment.
  • UCLA’s hospital cafeterias replaced all Styrofoam cups with biodegradable, paper-insulated cups, which will save hundreds of thousands of pounds of waste material every year.
  • Over the last 6 months, UCLA’s purchases of copier paper with post-consumer product has increased from 26% to 80%
  • UCLA’s energy consumption per sq. ft. has continued to drop over the last 8 years
  • UCLA is switching to only environmentally preferable cleaning products (Green Seal certified, Environmental Choice, and/or items made from renewable-resources).

Click here for more information on UCLA’s contribution to a cleaner California!

Red Folder Initiative

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

UCLA is a huge campus and a community where sometimes we don’t know whom or where to turn in times of crisis. The office of The Dean of Students in partners with UCLA Student Affairs has developed a Red Folder Initiative where faculty and staff have at their fingertips important safety tips and contact information in a wide variety of emergency situations.

The Red Folder Initiative was first started last summer and ready to go by the first of the year, but then Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot along with 18 others at a public event and since the safety of everyone in the UCLA community is of utmost importance, the guide had to expand to include student’s activities that raise concern.

The folder goes onto list items dealing with disturbed students, stalking behaviors and sexual assault.

Click here to read the article courtesy of UCLA Today and Jessica Nazar.

Chancellor Message…

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block released this statement on June 29 in response to the 2011–12 budget approved by the state Legislature and expected to be signed by the governor: 

 To a large degree, research-driven innovation and an affordable college education have been the foundations of California’s post–World War II vibrancy, driving both economic growth on a large scale and socioeconomic opportunity for countless individuals. As a leading public research university, UCLA has played a major role in the state’s success. 

 The dream of a public higher education system in service to the state has been severely hampered by the 2011–12 state budget expected to be signed in Sacramento. Not only does the spending plan reduce funding to the University of California system by $650 million in the fiscal year starting July 1 — a cut of about 24 percent — but it also leaves open the possibility of additional reductions in January if state tax revenues fall short of projections. This comes on top of reductions over the past two decades that have brought state funding to a level below what was provided in 1998–99, when the UC system had 73,000 fewer students, more than halving per-student funding levels

 While the severe fiscal challenges facing the state are undeniable, this is nothing less than an abrogation of the state’s responsibility to fund public higher education. While helping to solve a short-term budget crisis, it does a disservice to the state’s long-term future by disinvesting in the research and the workforce that California needs to prosper. 

 At UCLA, we continue to take steps to save money, increase efficiency and generate new revenues through a campuswide restructuring effortdesigned to adjust to new funding realities. While we planned prudently and budgeted conservatively to absorb an anticipated $96 million reduction in state support in 2011–12, the state’s new spending plan may necessitate additional measures. The exact amount of additional reductions in campus funding is not yet known. To generate revenue necessary to ensure the educational experience that students and their families deserve and expect, the UC Office of the President and members of the Board of Regents have said additional tuition increases may be inevitable.

 The severe fiscal challenges facing the state are undeniable; however, further reductions in state support for higher education are unconscionable and unacceptable. I encourage students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of UCLA to continue advocating on behalf of the university. Please visit UC’s advocacy website to make your voice heard.