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August 8, 1985
A number of high school and community college students this fall will take part in a program in which they will complete two years of lower-division UCLA requirements at West Los Angeles College. Students with a 3.0 grade point average will enter UCLA as juniors. West Los Angeles College offers more than a dozen majors that are transferable to the University of California.
March 31, 2014 | By Chris Foster
When UCLA opens spring football practice at the crack of dawn Tuesday - 7 a.m. - the Bruins can be thankful the sun has not set on quarterback Brett Hundley's college career. It makes things a little easier. "You think?" Coach Jim Mora said, laughing. Hundley's decision to put off the NFL draft for another year has UCLA gearing up for a Heisman Trophy campaign rather than a quarterback competition between Jerry Neuheisel and Asiantii Woulard. "Hundley For The Heisman" will be a well-used phrase around Westwood this year.
February 8, 1990
Ten students of the UCLA Extension Writers' Program were honored at the third annual Diane Thomas Screenwriting Awards in Westwood. Chris Gallagher of Los Angeles won the $5,000 first prize for his script "Halfway There," a romantic comedy. The $3,000 second-prize winner was Penelope Wong of Oakland, who submitted the drama "The Shanghai Cafe." Los Angeles resident Joe Garza received third prize and $1,000 for his futurist script, "Defender."
March 28, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Moving the UCLA basketball program forward is going to be tricky. The Bruins had a good season, reaching an NCAA regional semifinal for the first time since 2008 and pushing top-ranked Florida to the final minutes. For two days in Memphis - pregame and postgame - Coach Steve Alford talked about the "foundation" that was built. Less than 24 hours later, though, that foundation already had a crack. Freshman guard Zach LaVine will declare for the NBA draft, his family said Friday.
June 29, 1995 | EMELYN CRUZ LAT
A UCLA program will be launched next month to help parents who have learning limitations keep their children healthy and safe. The $1.5-million program, designed by the university's Neuropsychiatric Institute, will show these parents how to identify their children's health problems early so they can decide whether to provide care themselves or seek medical help.
When Eugene Volokh was 9 years old, his father sought out Michel Melkanoff at UCLA. "My son's a genius," Vladimir Volokh told the UCLA professor. "I've heard that before," Melkanoff replied. "He's studying differential equations on his own," the father said. "Now that's interesting," Melkanoff conceded. Eugene Volokh was 12 when he matriculated at UCLA in 1980.
January 9, 1988
Why is it every time I read about UCLA basketball I have to be reminded that they don't compare to the awesome teams of long ago? Lots of things change in sports. Why must the current team and fans be subjected to silly references and comparisons to past years? It is time for all to let go of the past, smug in the knowledge that the UCLA program is still the best in history and the banners a reminder in Pauley Pavilion. They may even have a losing season this year. So what!
December 1, 1985
The article by Jerry Payne, "Learning the Fun Way at Cambridge" (Nov. 3), creates an erroneous impression of the Cambridge/UCLA program. I participated in the program in 1980, 1984 and 1985, and I can assure you that it is not a travel experience. It is in all respects a serious educational experience. . . . The article with its supercilious approach does a great disservice to UCLA inasmuch as the Extension Division is trying to develop the Cambridge program as a serious educational experience.
December 9, 2011 | By Chris Foster
UCLA has reached an agreement to hire former Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks coach Jim L. Mora, according to a person familiar with the situation who is not authorized to speak on the subject. UCLA is expected to make a formal announcement on Saturday, and he is to be introduced next week at a news conference. Mora and Athletic Director Dan Guerrero were not available for comment. Mora was born in Los Angeles and his father, Jim Mora, was an assistant coach at UCLA in 1974.
March 10, 1990
In four years at UCLA, all Walt Hazzard did was win two Pac-10 championships, including the first Pac-10 tournament in 1986, win the NIT championship in 1985, and average 19 wins a season with significantly less talent than the current team. Walt was never reprimanded by the Pac-10 for berating officials, his players were not known as whiners and he never lost five games in a row. You can't blame Coach Hazzard anymore for the ills affecting the program. If he had had a team with this much talent that consistently played this poorly, the media and the boosters would have hung him in effigy.
March 20, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SAN DIEGO - He's been on the job nearly a full calendar year, leading a young basketball team to a conference tournament championship while filling a dormant program with energy and hope. Yet Steve Alford's career as UCLA basketball coach doesn't officially begin until right now. Friday night, Viejas Arena, NCAA tournament, opening game, Tulsa waiting. Despair waiting, relief waiting, ghosts waiting. "This is when the UCLA coaching hot seat gets really hot," said Tracy Murray, former Bruins star and current team radio analyst.
October 2, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA nose tackle Seali'i Epenesa remembers his visit to Utah as a sophomore in 2011. "I saw snow for the first time in my entire life," he said. Utah won, 31-6, on an icy field that became a slippery slope for the Bruins. UCLA defensive line coach Angus McClure recalls a field trip to Salt Lake City in 2007. "We went up there highly ranked; we were undefeated," he said. Utah won, 44-6, in game that had neither snow nor a UCLA touchdown. The Bruins return Thursday to open Pac-12 Conference play at Utah.
August 10, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Running back Malcolm Jones lowered his shoulder and charged through players for a big gain Saturday. Later, he burst through a hole and chewed up more yardage. The 2009 National Gatorade player of the year is doing all he can to wedge himself back into the UCLA program. Jones walked away from UCLA after one game a year ago, forfeiting his scholarship. He considered transferring to San Diego State, but then changed his mind last winter. He returned to the Bruins as a walk-on for his senior season.
June 27, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Debate continued Thursday over the upcoming switch that will end any state funding for UCLA's MBA program and make it dependent on tuition and donations. UC system President Mark G. Yudof this week approved the plan with some measures to ensure the program remains under UC control.  The proposal for financial "self-support"  was advocated for nearly three years by leaders of the UCLA Anderson School of Management, but critics contend it is a step toward privatization of a public university.
April 27, 2013 | By Chris Foster
How good is UCLA punter Jeff Locke? He was the first punter taken in the NFL draft and only the 22nd punter drafted in the last 10 years. Locke was picked in the fifth round, the 115th selection overall this week, by the Minnesota Vikings. Only eight punters have been drafted higher since 2003. Locke's versatility adds to his appeal. He is effective at kickoffs and can handle field goals if needed. He is also one of the most intelligent players to pass through the UCLA program.
April 24, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA football is embracing a high-tech future. The Bruins unveiled a new gizmo Wednesday: the CoachComm Tempo, a system that includes two Led Zeppelin-ready speakers and that can run the clock and scoreboard, simulate crowd noise, play music and be used to amplify the instructions of coaches. "A lot of teams around the country are using this," Coach Jim Mora said. "Oregon uses it; Chip Kelly bought one when he went to [coach] Philadelphia. We talked to five or six coaches and they all said it would help practice efficiency.
May 5, 2007
Was the NFL draft a reflection of the UCLA program? No Bruins (except kicker Justin Medlock). All-Pac-10 defensive end Justin Hickman has to walk on with the Redskins, while players from Coastal Carolina, Troy, Elon, Central Connecticut State and Alabama A&M are drafted. Be glad the Bruins didn't play Elon in a bowl! Spring practice news is a repeat of last year's: quarterback controversy, injured running backs, offense can't score on defense. Do something, Coach Dorrell, there's nothing to lose.
March 30, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Dr. Paul H. Crandall, a UCLA neurosurgeon who pioneered now widely used techniques for diagnosing the source of epileptic seizures in the brain and removing the offending cells, died March 15 from complications of pneumonia at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. He was 89. Crandall, who founded the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery, "was the father of UCLA's epilepsy program," Dr. Neil Martin, the current chairman of neurosurgery at UCLA's Geffen School of Medicine, said in a statement.
March 18, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
A piece of what's left of UCLA in this year's NCAA tournament can be found in the middle row of the Bruins' 1995 national title photo. Seated between assistant Steve Lavin and head coach Jim Harrick is a young assistant. Lorenzo Romar? No, Romar was on that staff, too, seated in the picture on Harrick's left. The coach is Mark Gottfried, who on Sunday led No. 11 North Carolina State to a 66-63 upset victory over No.3 Georgetown in the Midwest Regional. North Carolina State, in its first tournament since 2006,  advances to next week's round of 16 in St. Louis.
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