UCSD Stories

Innovative spending

UCSD, otherwise known as a university, is looking to become a high-dollar wheeler-dealer in the world of high technology. The tax-funded school is seeking an associate vice chancellor for “innovative alliances.” The new hire will ...

Gods don't take sides

UCSD Theatre & Dance's well-done Burial at Thebes pits daughter against father against media.

Sophocles’ Antigone begins with the unthinkable: two brothers kill each other in battle before the gates of Thebes. Their father, Oedipus, prayed they would die this way. Etiocles fought to continue ruling the city; older ...

All surface

Performance and design can't redeem shallow The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

The Phantom meets Les Miz on the belfry of Notre Dame. Victor Hugo titled his 1831 novel Notre Dame de Paris. When the English translator changed it to The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hugo blew ...

Eye-eye-eye

UCSD ophthalmology dept. chief accused of bullying and more in lawsuit

It looks like federal court will be hearing a case centered around harassment charges at the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of California San Diego. This month, Leah Levi, M.D., professor emerita in the ...

So-called "Booty Bug" has San Diego college kids on high alert

Students at UCSD, SDSU, USD, PLU, CSSM, Palomar College, and other schools throughout San Diego are reporting high levels of anxiety this week following multiple hospitalizations caused by the deadly meningococbloccal bacteria. The disease, which ...

Making lluvia 101

UCSD is looking for a new chief for its Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies. “The Director will design, plan and execute a strategic vision for the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies,” says a recent online job notice, ...

UCSD’s Canadian alien

UCSD has hired its very first “vice chancellor and chief financial officer,” according to an October 6 message from chancellor Pradeep Khosla, and the new employee is from Canada. Pierre Ouillet, formerly vice president of ...

Are you out of your gourd?

UCSD Pumpkin Drop supplier turns down $400 offer

Jon Berndes, a telephone repairman by trade, decided that he wanted to try and grow the world’s largest pumpkin when he read a newspaper article 20 years ago about…the world’s largest pumpkin. Last month, Berndes ...

Rage against the University

On October 10, attorneys for the Ché Café, UCSD’s student-run music venue and organic-food co-op, will fight an order to vacate the space after 34 years. The directive was delivered in July of this year ...

DiscriminAsian

UCSD writing instructor sues school for not addressing harassment charges

A UCSD writing instructor is suing the university for failing to stop sexual and racial harassment that she reported against her boss. Grace Aspiras, hired in 2007 to work in the basic writing program to ...

Appeals court knocks out UCSD student

Undergrad suspended for sending a colleague to the hospital

The Fourth Appellate District late last month upheld a lower court ruling that Daniel Berman, a University of California/San Diego (UCSD) undergrad who punched out a colleague, was appropriately punished when suspended for two quarters. ...

Drug-fueled Sun God chomps into UCSD budget

Task force says another committee needed for more study

How much did it cost to stage this year's Sun God, the annual drug and alcohol-plagued rock festival at the center of an ongoing internal controversy at UCSD over the May 17 drug overdose death ...

Where's the monster?

Red Planet Respite 's appealing premise falls mostly flat.

GlobalCom Venture Capital’s “first interactive resort on Mars” is still a work in progress. So is the script for Circle Circle dot dot’s slow, spotty tale of corruption and greed in far-away places. The premise ...

Diversity guru still sought by UCSD

Search to fill controversial — and lucrative — post launched after long delay

It may have taken a bit longer than expected, but taxpayer-funded UCSD has finally launched a national search for another pricey vice chancellor of "equity, diversity, and inclusion." "The desired outcome of these efforts," according ...

Culture-war questions

The teens wear “purity rings” and know that “true love waits” until marriage.

Now, this was more than 50 years ago, but maybe times haven’t changed. The wife of one of Mississippi’s largest landowners wanted more culture in education. So, she circulated a petition to have French taught ...

Drunken Sun God quelled by 15 cop shops

Heavy police response said to have cut UCSD drinking and drugging

The May 17 drug-overdose death of UCSD undergraduate computer-science student Ricardo "Ricky" Ambriz continues to quietly shake the foundations of UCSD, with administrators in a behind-the-scenes struggle over the fate of the Sun God Festival, ...

UCSD employees lack criminal checks

Audit finds omissions that could spawn theft and violence at the university

How certain is UCSD that its employees and volunteers aren't ex-convicts? Not as sure as it should be, according to a report by the school's audit and management services department critical of lapses in university ...

TEDx to take heat in desert symposium

Joshua Tree will host conversations about the "infotainment" giant's policies.

In a recent TEDx talk in La Jolla, UCSD professor Benjamin Bratton criticized the popular, worldwide forum’s integrity, garnering the attention of publications such as Slate, Gawker, and Huffington Post. Bratton asserts that TEDx has ...

Sun God kills, baby

Autopsy on student’s overdose death adds to UCSD drug woes

The post-mortem on a UCSD computer-science student who died hours after this year's controversial Sun God festival has finally been released, confirming widely held suspicions that an illicit drug was responsible for the fatality and ...

Hip-hop U

While much attention has been given to the plight of the Ché Café, the larger Porter’s Pub (550-person capacity) has been proceeding with little fanfare, presenting national artists, often to a packed house. In the ...

Ché Café digs in its heels, lawyers up

Attorney Bryan Pease says UCSD colluded to decertify the on-campus co-op.

The attorney who helped stopped the removal of the seals from Children’s Pool in La Jolla, has signed on to halt the removal of live music and healthy food from the Ché Café, UCSD’s 34-year-old ...

Please don't read this if you are a terrorist

Rapiscan Secure 1000 full-body scanners not 100 percent secure

Beyond creating controversy over the lifelike nude body images they generated, the Rapiscan Secure 1000 full-body scanners deployed at airports nationwide were susceptible to missing various contraband, researchers from UC San Diego, the University of ...

The effect of Ether

La Jolla Playhouse as surgical theater

Just about every patented discovery has either multiple claimants or someone who got to the patent office too late.

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 ...

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