UCSD Stories

UCSD cash speaks with loud Voice

$20,000 deal with nonprofit news site guarantees good coverage

UCSD, which has traditionally enjoyed red-carpet treatment from local media, has encountered a bit of turbulence of late. Word that the school has been the target of its own auditors' public safety critique, first noted ...

UCSD's almost-million-dollar man

Fall of cancer institute, sex case mars tenure of pay-boosted hospital chief

Someone at UCSD just got a $21,600 raise, and it wasn't chancellor Pradeep Khosla. The school's top-dollar pay boost belongs to Paul Viviano, whose title is associate vice chancellor and health systems chief executive officer ...

Violent crime and bad records plague UCSD

Audit finds safety and security jeopardized, risking fines from feds

Increasing crime on UCSD's sprawling campus is dangerously under-policed and inadequately monitored, placing its students and faculty at growing risk for life-threatening incidents, not to mention stiff financial penalties from the federal government, based on ...

Ché OK ... for now

The Ché Cafe, the music venue and cafe collective at the University of California at San Diego, will remain open until a full hearing can be held. On July 10, a Superior Court Judge issued ...

In search of the perfect buzz

Despite calls for moderation, UCSD’s Sun God Festival turns deadly

Based on the legend built by real estate mogul Douglas Manchester's U-T San Diego in cahoots with UCSD’s PR department, the university is a happy, well-heeled place, full of high-tech researchers spinning off reams of ...

Menacing and comical Journey

Teatro Máscara Mágica offers three angels against a god and his jaguar.

Memo died five years ago. He wants to visit with his living relatives on “the Day of the Dead.” To do so, he must trek through the Underworld, where Mictlantecuhtil, the cruelest of the Aztec ...

Adiós, Ché?

Attorneys for UCSD café question motives for eviction

University of California San Diego administrators are wasting no time in shutting down its Ché Café, a student-run cooperative. The school says that the popular music and arts venue and hangout is run down and ...

UCSD undocumented

UC San Diego is looking to hire a new “undocumented student support services coordinator,” to be “responsible for the planning, development, implementation, and assessment of programs and services to engage and support undocumented undergraduate and ...

No author better served

Beckett, Schneider, Sledgehammer, and San Diego

On May 15, Scott Feldsher and Sledgehammer Theatre mount their first production in several years — and IT’S ABOUT TIME! Their choice, Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days, has a legendary San Diego connection. In 1962, Alan ...

UCSD and SDSU Engage in Social Drinking Contest

ALL HANDS MANNING THE STOMACH PUMP, LA JOLLA — The battle between established party paradise SDSU and the upchucking upstart UCSD has officially gone public, thanks to the social networking platform Twitter. Two weeks ago, ...

Champagne and free BMWs

UCSD wants to build a costly new biology building, but the state hasn’t yet given it the cash, so University of California regents have said it’s okay for the school to start working on a ...

Molecular biologist learns to brew

Post Title: About Me My name is Sarah and I am currently a student of UCSD Extension’s Brewing Certificate Program. I am a part of the first cohort of students in this brewing program, and ...

Grabby god of sun

The recently released University of California report on the “campus climate” at UCSD warns students to be on the lookout for mashers at the upcoming Sun God festival. The document relates that 94 of those ...

Exit Through the Gift Shop's Brian Cross to launch opening night of Filmatic Festival

UCSD's four days of media exploration and creation runs April 24–27.

ArtPower! at UC San Diego is poised to debut their first annual Filmatic Festival later this month in Atkinson Hall, headquarters of the Qualcomm Institute on the UC San Diego campus. The event, billed as ...

UCSD’s god of debauchery

In the crosstown rivalry between UCSD and San Diego State University, one thing has always been seen as certain: SDSU is the town’s premier hard drinking party school, as attested to over many years by ...

Flexibility Stigma

UCSD study sees envy among 9-to-5ers

Recent trends toward allowing employees more flexible work schedules to care for children or address other life needs may be backfiring, according to a new study jointly published by Rice University and UC San Diego. ...

Twenty-three percent at UCSD experienced "exclusionary" conduct, survey says

Those defined as "genderqueer" reported highest harassment rates.

The results are in and UCSD has received a generally passing grade in the University of California's recently released "Campus Climate Assessment Project" survey, though there are some downsides. "The purpose of the survey was ...

High-pressure sales job

How to get students to attend UCSD? Get the professors to work the phones. That’s according to a memo last month by executive vice chancellor Suresh Subramani. “Research indicates that faculty interaction is a key ...

Strike called off at UCSD hospitals

Four percent raise, limits on contract workers.

An eleventh-hour settlement has averted yet another strike on the University of California's medical campuses, including hospitals in Hillcrest and La Jolla. The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees union local 3299, which ...

Frat Spat

Newly formed UCSD Muslim fraternity Alpha Lambda Mu came under administrative scrutiny this week after reports surfaced that the organization was incorporating controversial practices sometimes associated with Islam into its pledge initiations. First, pledges were ...

As new fee imposed, university exec gets a raise

UCSD to California State University transfer pays off for administrator

While SDSU prepares to levy its new $200-per-semester "student success fee," yet another highly paid university administrator from San Diego is going on to even bigger money at the California State University system's headquarters in ...

Profound effects of social media overstated?

May be “more marketing than mobilization,” says UCSD professor

While social media may have been the catalyst for launching such events as the "Arab Spring" uprisings, most rumblings of civic activism birthed on the web tend to birth much less tangible end results, a ...

Oliver Goldsmith: the “Inspired Idiot”?

Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer plays in a wonderful production through this weekend at UCSD. The 18th century comedy has such a light and tender spirit you’d think the author knew only sunny days. Not ...

What beliefs

The Critic’s Code says we can’t talk about endings. But the final scene of Ayad Akhtar’s otherwise involving comedy-drama, The Who & The What, doesn’t feel right at all. Up to that point the play ...

Hands out

How many fundraisers can a university use? An army, more or less, at least based on the latest job announcement from UC San Diego Health Sciences. “The current needs for campaign recruitment include four seasoned ...

She Stoops to Conquer at UCSD

Oliver Goldsmith is proof that writers come in all shapes, sizes, and temperaments. His detractors said he couldn’t hold his life together. Their proof: he wrote thousands of pages of hackwork to pay for gambling ...

UCSD = UC Seeking Diversity

TIRED OF THE SAME-OLD SAME-OLD, LA JOLLA — In 2012, UC San Diego hired Wisconsin-based law professor Linda Greene to fill the newly created position of Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Now, after ...

Dean in UCSD money "laundering" case to step down

Email discussed using mayoral candidate Fletcher to raise cash from billionaire Jacobs

UCSD dean of social sciences Jeffrey Elman, whose widely publicized email about using ex-assemblyman and mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher to raise money to pay for his own part-time professorship first came to light here in ...

Yet another $450,000 man arrives at UCSD

New vice chancellor getting almost a half million dollars in first year, document shows

California taxpayers are footing the bill for yet another demi-millionaire over at the University of California San Diego, already home to a bevy of high six- and seven-figure administrators. Latest to join the ranks of ...

Scott Peters at UCSD to support campaign finance reform

"My race last year was one of the most expensive in the country."

A group of UC San Diego students and activists gathered Tuesday (January 21) to commemorate the four-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling and to renew demands ...

Conflicted interests

Last year wasn’t the best in the ethics department for the University of California San Diego. The nadir was reached with release of an email by the university after a public records act request. It ...

UCSD computer program to ID "urban tribe" members

Only a 48 percent success rate, but work continues

Computer-science researchers at UC San Diego have announced progress in developing an algorithm that can be used to classify someone as a member of an "urban tribe" — such as a surfer, hipster, goth, or ...

UCSD, where majors are more impressive than wardrobes

A whole lot of sweatpants

On a recent visit to UCSD I was much more impressed by the students' majors than their wardrobes (as it should be). There were a whole lot of yoga pants and sweat pants ensembles going ...

Side Show at La Jolla Playhouse

They say that composer Henry Krieger and librettist/lyricist Bill Russell’s 1997 musical has a cult following. If so, the cult deserves better than their “re-imagined” version at the Playhouse. Make that de-imagined. Daisy and Violet ...

Under water at UCSD

It took a bit longer than expected, but over the summer the University of California announced it had finally found someone to take control of the venerable Scripps Institution of Oceanography from controversial Australian Tony ...

How Qualcomm got a UCSD institute named after itself

Inside story of how "Qualcomm Institute" came to be at taxpayer-funded university

Millions of dollars of free publicity and good will have been garnered since cell-phone-chip-making giant Qualcomm, Inc., made the fortuitous 1997 move to pay the City of San Diego a mere $18 million for two ...

Want to out your gun-toting neighbors? There's an app for that

Guns n’ privacy

An app developed by UCSD lecturer Brett Stalbaum allows users to pinpoint exact spots of irresponsible gun ownership, storage, and use. However, it has been criticized for being unreliable and a potential invasion of privacy.

The Tallest Tree in the Forest at La Jolla Playhouse

When I see the name Moises Kaufman linked to a project I circle the date at once. He’s been involved with some of the most thorough, serious, and moving pieces in recent years: The Laramie ...

Without Walls Festival: Cornerstone and The Myth Project: Altar

Cornerstone We’ve been hired to work at the world’s most important power plant, in the center of civilization. We will be responsible not just for providing energy to the masses but also for the air ...

Without Walls Festival: Seafoam Sleepwalk and Hedda-ing

Seafoam Sleepwalk. The Scripps Institute of Oceanography has catalogued countless species of marine life. But they have never - and will never again after this coming Sunday - witnessed who emerges from the whitewater at ...

Staricide saga

A collection of local experimental musicians and physics enthusiasts will be transforming the captivating saga of “staricide” — the tale of the sun’s impending death in six billion years — into death-metal performance Our Star Will Die Alone.

Without Walls Festival: Counterweight at La Jolla Playhouse

Counterweight, An Elevator Love Play.

A preview of coming attractions at the La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls Festival (October 3-6). You could almost say the festival stages plays anywhere but in a theater. The plays are one-acts. Most run less ...

Back to the Border.

Teatro Mascara Magica’s Detained in the Desert runs through this weekend. The compelling play is about undocumented immigrants, a subject so vital they say the only way to see it fully is to be there. ...

Our Pulitzer pianist

Composer, pianist, UCSD professor Anthony Davis talks about his shot at a Pulitzer and his day with the Dead.

The Good, the Bad, and the I-5 at La Jolla Playhouse

What do the following have in common: Alan Arkin, Melinda Dillon, Barbara Harris, Peter Boyle, Joan Rivers? Can’t say? Okay here’s a clue. What do they have in common with John Belushi, Bill Murray, Dan ...

La Jolla Summerfest

Who wants to sit in Debussy's lap?

The La Jolla Music Society is taking its Summerfest to a new level of intimacy with a concert at The Loft on the campus of UCSD. Audience members will be practically sitting on the musician’s ...

UCSD flunks rabbit test

Federal regulators have sent UCSD a warning notice regarding the university’s alleged violation of federal regulations in the treatment of an animal at one of the school’s experimental test labs. On April 8, administrators were ...

Report on teacher training programs rips local universities

A report released last week by the National Council on Teacher Quality, an advocacy group founded in 2000 and boasting board membership of veterans from the former Reagan, Clinton, and George W. Bush administrations, blasts ...

La Jolla Playhouse stages John Guare's tour de farce His Girl Friday

Ben Hecht was a writer’s writer. He won the first Academy Award for a screenplay (Underworld, 1927). He rewrote the first nine reels of Gone with the Wind in seven days. He wrote 35 books ...

Gallstone special

Those with a hankering for gourmet hospital food may hope that a recent sponsorship opportunity by UCSD’s health system is repeated. According to an online fundraising flier, a $25,000 “masters” sponsorship of the health system’s ...

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