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November 15, 2012
Re “ UC Merced's new course ,” Nov. 11 While I appreciated the report from UC Merced, I was confused at the inclusion of what seemed the too-easy detail of its lack, of all things, of a football team. By my count, exactly one of the students profiled expressed a presumed desire for one at a university that she knew, when she was accepted, did not have one. I teach at UC Irvine, which has had no football team, happily, for all of its nearly 50 years. As a teaching assistant and then lecturer for two decades, I've never once heard a student or faculty member complain.
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April 19, 2014 | Larry Gordon and Carla Rivera
California high school seniors faced a tougher time winning a freshman spot at most of the UC campuses for the fall, with their chances at UCLA and UC Berkeley now fewer than one in five, according to a report released Friday. Six of UC's nine undergraduate campuses accepted a smaller number of California students than last year even though the number of applicants rose. Competition was fiercest at UCLA, where only 16.3% of state students were admitted, down from 17.4% last year, and at UC Berkeley, where 18.8% were accepted, compared with 21.4% last year.
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October 13, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
Carol Tomlinson-Keasey, who became the first female founding chancellor of a UC campus when she was named to head UC Merced in 1999 before the university broke ground, has died. She was 66. Tomlinson-Keasey, a distinguished developmental psychologist, died Saturday at her home in Decatur, Ga., from complications related to breast cancer, a university spokeswoman said. UC Merced Chancellor Steve Kang, who succeeded Tomlinson-Keasey in 2007, said in a statement that "UC Merced would not exist were it not for her visionary leadership, her tireless determination and her remarkable gift of persuasion."
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March 27, 2014 | Diana Marcum
The audience members stepped off buses waving red UFW flags. Some came straight from the fields. Those from Salinas and Madera and farther away had given up a day's wages to attend. The first feature film about Cesar Chavez had been screened in Los Angeles and at the White House. On Tuesday evening, "Cesar Chavez" played outdoors and in Spanish for the farmworkers Chavez represented. "From the beginning, we said we have to go back and give it to the people," director Diego Luna said.
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May 17, 2009 | Larry Gordon
First Lady Michelle Obama on Saturday urged the first full graduating class at UC Merced to help solve society's problems with the same creativity and persistence they showed in wooing her to be their commencement speaker and in pioneering the 4-year-old campus in the San Joaquin Valley. "Why did I chose the University of California Merced to deliver my first commencement speech as first lady? Well, let me tell you something, the answer is simple. You inspired me.
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May 10, 2009 | Larry Gordon
They were the trailblazers, this first full class about to graduate from the University of California, Merced. And like most pioneers, they had to create their own traditions amid adversity and attrition. When they arrived as freshmen in the fall of 2005, classroom buildings weren't ready on the fledgling campus, a former golf course surrounded by cow pastures in the San Joaquin Valley.
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May 20, 2005 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
Nearly 1,000 students have sent in deposits to attend the new University of California campus near Merced this fall, to the quiet relief of school officials who had worried that too few students might enroll at the campus in its first year. UC Merced officials said the figure surpasses the target for freshmen, with 867 who have now submitted statements of their intent to enroll in the fall, along with deposits of $100 each to hold a place.
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January 18, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The University of California Board of Regents on Wednesday unanimously named Steve Kang, a dean of engineering at UC Santa Cruz, to become chancellor of UC Merced, the newest campus in the university system. Kang, 61, a professor of electrical engineering, has served as dean of the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz since 2001. Addressing the regents after the vote, Kang said the opportunity to build a new research university was "a dream come true for me."
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November 8, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
An appellate court here has denied a request by environmental groups to block construction of the new UC Merced campus. The 5th District Court of Appeal on Wednesday denied a request for a stay from the San Joaquin Raptor Rescue Center, Protect Our Water and the Central Valley Safe Environment Network. The groups hoped the court would temporarily halt construction after a Merced County Superior Court judge said last month that plans for the campus met state environmental requirements.
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February 20, 2002 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three environmental groups based in the San Joaquin Valley filed suit against the University of California campus planned for Merced County and others Tuesday, seeking to stop or slow the construction of a new UC campus near Merced. Last month, the university's regents approved the project's final environmental impact report and plans for its central facilities, setting the stage for a groundbreaking in May.
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March 20, 2014 | By Jason Song and Larry Gordon
Students at UC Irvine say they are excited about having President Obama speak at their commencement this year after the news was announced Thursday. “I feel it to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Alex Liao, an international studies major who is scheduled to graduate. The president will deliver the address at Irvine's 50th anniversary ceremony in June. Liao had been worried there would be only one large ceremony that would deprive students of the chance to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas, but having Obama and smaller ceremonies was the “optimal solution,” he said.
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March 16, 2014 | By Jason Song
The nearly two-minute UC Irvine video looks like an appeal to prospective students, featuring a montage of undergraduates walking around campus, dancing in classrooms and celebrating big basketball victories. But the target audience becomes obvious at the end, when 7-foot-6 freshman center Mamadou Ndiaye looks directly into the camera while towering over a cardboard cutout of Barack Obama and says: "Mr. President, we should play ball together. " The video is the latest and perhaps most visible attempt by a university to attract a high-profile graduation speaker.
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March 4, 2014 | By Jason Song
UC Irvine officials have decided to hold a series of smaller graduation ceremonies, in addition to one at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, at which they hope President Obama will be the keynote speaker.  Administrators have invited the president to give the main address at the baseball stadium on June 14. A UC Irvine vice chancellor visited Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to deliver about 10,000 letters from students and alumni, asking Obama to attend....
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February 18, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
Five years ago, UC Merced students successfully persuaded First Lady Michelle Obama to speak at their commencement ceremony that spring. They had bombarded her with hundreds of valentines and pulled every possible political string between Central California and Washington. To their delight and surprise, she accepted and addressed what was the new school's first graduating class. Now, UC Irvine is hoping similar tactics will work with her husband. The Orange County campus has asked President Obama to deliver the school's commencement address on June 14, possibly at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
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January 14, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
The fall quarter at most UC campuses will start a week later than usual and winter break will be a week shorter in the 2014-15 school year as the schools seek to avoid beginning their terms during Jewish High Holidays. Most UC campuses will start fall classes Oct. 2 and the fall quarter will end Dec. 19, giving students two weeks of vacation before the winter quarter begins Jan. 5. Officials said the schedule change was in line with a policy that was issued in 2007 in response to complaints from Jewish families that “move in” days at UC dorms had been held on the Jewish High Holidays.
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November 6, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
An unusual effort by the UC system to raise scholarship money through online crowd-funding tactics -- including promises by faculty and students to lead hikes, wash cars and wear kooky costumes -- has garnered $1.3 million, officials said Wednesday. The formal part of the six-week Promise for Education campaign ended Oct. 31, and about 4,000 people donated to it via social media. “We are really pleased. In addition to the amount of money raised, just seeing the visibility for scholarships was important,” said Jason Simon, UC's executive director of marketing communications.
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August 14, 2001 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Taking another step toward creation of a UC campus in the San Joaquin Valley, the University of California and Merced County on Monday released documents suggesting ways to limit environmental damage to the area's sensitive lands and species. The proposed campus near Merced, the first phase of which is to open in 2004, has long been bedeviled by environmental troubles. These include concerns about fragile wetlands and the endangered fairy shrimp.
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March 28, 2008 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Leo Kolligian, a San Joaquin Valley attorney, developer and former chairman of the University of California Board of Regents who championed the construction of the first new UC campus in 40 years, UC Merced, died March 20 of leukemia at his Fresno home. He was 90. Kolligian was appointed a UC regent by Gov. George Deukmejian and served from 1985 to 1997. He was chairman in 1988, when the Legislature authorized the Merced campus, the 10th in the UC system.
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March 14, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
UC Merced, the newest addition to the University of California system, wants to dramatically alter its expansion plans by constructing taller and more densely placed classroom buildings and dorms on less acreage and move some offices off campus, officials said Wednesday. In a presentation to the UC regents, Merced administrators said the proposal could save at least $500 million that otherwise would be spent extending electricity, water and sewage lines under grazing lands that comprise the bulk of the university's unused property.
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November 15, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Two UC campuses received important endorsements Thursday for long-stalled projects: a new medical school at Riverside and a major classroom building at Merced. The UC regents included a proposed $15 million to help run the medical school and $45 million for the Merced building in their 2013-14 budget request to the governor and Legislature. The regents said they were more optimistic than in the past about their chances since state tax revenues are improving. Meanwhile, about 60 student protesters - demanding that any new UC revenue be used to freeze tuition or roll it back - blocked an intersection for several hours near the UC San Francisco facility where the regents were meeting.
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