UCSD Stories

Ché Café okay to stay

“It was always lower-level administrators who had an axe to grind.”

Thanks to an intervention by UCSD chancellor Pradeep Kholsa, the Ché Café has been saved. A lease has been signed by members of the Ché Café Collective that will allow the all-ages venue to reopen ...

UCSD jazz haters prompt Brian Ross to move on

"I felt the administration was really coming down on me."

After more than 13 years of bringing concerts to UC San Diego, program and events manager Brian Ross called it quits on June 23. Ross collaborated with students to bring many pop and hip-hop acts ...

UCSD’s big bang-bang theory

San Diego police testing gunshot detection on campus

Those scary noises heard around the University of California San Diego last week were just the first shots in another advance of the surveillance state, according to a June 15 memo meant to reassure campus ...

Wait — UCSD planning for 45,000

5,500 new dorm beds crowd La Jolla, University City

People who live around the UCSD campus — both in University City and in La Jolla — say the coming addition of more than 5,500 dorm beds came as an unpleasant surprise. "They tell you ...

At UCSD William Morris discovers the smallest band they've dealt with

Lightning Cola — via an obscure Vietnamese music blog

As major record labels decline in relevance, getting well-connected managers and agents on your side has become more important for so-called “baby bands” that are struggling to get a national foothold. Consider the plight of ...

The doctor is late

UCSD travel and entertainment reimbursements not always submitted in a timely manner

Travel and entertainment spending by the department of surgery at UCSD billed to so-called Express Cards handed out to employees for official spending has caught the attention of California state auditors, resulting in the implementation ...

UCSD literature majors — why they exist

I read. And I know things.

As a sophomore at UC San Diego, I went home for the summer to get a cavity filled in at the dentist’s. I lay there, saliva ejector hanging out the side of my mouth like ...

The value of Stanford vs. UCSD

Silicon Valley far ahead of San Diego in every way except biotech

What makes the Silicon Valley economy tick and other California metro areas — San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco — lag behind? One factor is that Silicon Valley recruited engineering talent as a result ...

UCSD refuses to reveal Padres medical discounts

University spurns records act request for high-dollar sponsor data.

The San Diego Padres, perennial laggards on the playing field, are getting millions of dollars in cash and a secretive deal for discounted medical care from UCSD as part of a costly endorsement and promotional ...

UCSD students achieve something important in Spring Awakening

Who says kids are too checked out to sit through an entire play without Snapchatting something?

In no particular order, here are five things that struck me at closing night of UCSD’s 2017 Muir Musical, Spring Awakening: One, I didn’t see a lot of cell phones flashing in the darkness, which ...

Trumpeter Stephanie Richards keeps it bicoastal

Six-hour commute worth it, she says

“It’s kind of like living a double life,” says trumpeter Stephanie Richards, who arrived in San Diego two years ago to become an assistant professor of music at UCSD while still maintaining a Brooklyn residency. ...

U.S. audit rebukes improper UCSD spending

Costly Apple picking and post-dated five figure trip claims

Last-minute purchases of high-end Apple computers and a host of other questioned expenses has gotten UCSD into hot water with auditors for the National Science Foundation's office of Inspector General, who have called out the ...

Discover a hidden treasure on the UCSD campus

The short-leaf dudleya occurs nowhere else in the world.

Nestled on the north end of the UCSD campus, the trail through the Ecological Park is a true hidden treasure. The trail meanders through sections of the university’s planted Eucalyptus Grove and the Ecological Reserve, ...

I'm from California, don't blame me!

Composer Anthony Davis on Black History month and the Central Park Five

During Black History Month there did not appear to be huge rush to present the works of African-American composers to the San Diego classical music audience. UCSD professor/composer Anthony Davis did see two productions of ...

Dalai Lama causes a stir at UCSD

Chinese students don't want him as commencement speaker

According to the publication Inside Higher Ed, Chinese students at the University of California/San Diego are complaining that the university is having the Dalai Lama as this year's commencement speaker. Lhamo Dondrub (the Dalai Lama) ...

Philippines' violence may spare UCSD grad

Former student facing deportation gets new hearing

Nearly two decades after receiving his initial deportation orders, a UC San Diego grad will have his immigration case reopened. Mark Farrales first came to the United States in 1990 after his father, a lawyer ...

Status Ché

The latest from the UCSD campus collective that was on the brink of expulsion

Jorge Arriaga, guitarist with hardcore band Frontside, is a volunteer with the Ché Café Collective, which oversees UCSD’s food café and music venue. He attends the Monday-night meetings when the Collective decides which shows get ...

Alzheimer's patients to time-travel in Chula Vista

Day-care to rely on T-birds and jukeboxes for memory retrieval

The Glenner Center is breaking ground on a new kind of adult day-care center that could help change the way patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia are treated and also to prepare for what CEO Scott ...

Details scarce in death of Nobel Prize–winner

Death and an un-taxing salary

UCSD’s big-budget public relations department, charged with playing up good news at the taxpayer-financed school, doesn’t always do as well relaying the solemn aspects of university life and death. Such was the case last month ...

Being served, unforgettable

Electronics forensics enter the battle of the universities

The costly legal battle between UCSD and the University of Southern California over a disputed Alzheimer’s Disease research program that could ultimately be worth billions of dollars in pharmaceutical patents, may come down to a ...

Opposition remains for La Jolla Jewish center plan

The ball's been rolling for nearly 14 years

A 2002 Reader article detailed Hillel of San Diego's attempt to build a new facility adjacent to UCSD. In 2011, the Reader revisited the issue. Almost five years later, the project still has not advanced ...

Pre-nursing home billionaires ante up for UCSD naming rights

Geriatric emergency-room sponsorship yields major cash for university fundraisers

While rollout of a billion-dollar-plus fundraising campaign remains in limbo following the abrupt departure of UCSD vice chancellor of advancement Steve Gamer following a six-figure settlement, the school has been employing its public relations arm ...

Gamer’s costly rise and fall

UCSD was in as much of a hurry to get rid of Steve Gamer as it had been to hire him

In January 2014, University of California regents thought they had a hustler in Steve Gamer, so much so that they hastily agreed to pay him the princely annual salary of $455,792 to become UCSD’s new ...

Drug firm charges UCSD with fraud

Academic scam swept "under the rug," says company

Nippon Zoki Pharmaceutical, a Japanese drug company, on April 1 charged the Regents of the University of California with fraud, claiming that UCSD defrauded the company and then engaged in "a whitewash campaign to sweep ...

Big Khosla is Watching

UCSD chancellor joins board of Canadian high-tech surveillance outfit

Facial recognition software, one of the latest frontiers in big-money high-tech security, is not without its controversies, both local and national. Last summer, Democratic senator Al Franken of Minnesota said he was worried about privacy ...

UCSD and USC battle in court

Pricey legal fees, unforgettable

The costly legal battle between taxpayer-supported UCSD and private Los Angeles–based University of Southern California continues to slowly wind its way through federal court here, as lawyers for both sides run up more billable hours. ...

Give up the keys, drunkie

Bill would mandate server training to recognize intoxicated drivers

Dozens of UC San Diego medical students gathered with California assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez on Friday (February 19) to promote Gonzalez's proposed Assembly Bill 2121, which would mandate participation in a program that provides education to ...

The fresh and weird Anya Marina

One-time San Diego DJ and coffee-shop-pop singer makes good in the big city

Anya Marina is a singer/songwriter who got her start in San Diego but has moved on. On to releasing four studio albums and opening for national acts such as Chris Isaak, Jason Mraz, and Paolo ...

Deal gives UCSD "read only" rights to Alzheimer's data

Legal war between San Diego university and Los Angeles's USC continues

According to a newly lodged agreement in federal court here, USC will be holding on to a Bitbucket load of data it controls in the school's bitter court battle with the University of Southern California ...

UCSD's ethics conundrum continues as backstage deals loom

Alzheimer's legal settlement pending, physicist's criminal case to follow

As yet another academic scandal emerges at UCSD, court records show that the school is on the verge of cutting a deal with the University of Southern California, sued last summer by UCSD over the ...

UCSD's wild, wooly, unforgettable case of Alzheimer's

Brain cancer surgery for USC defendant’s son casts shadow over big money court battle

The first Monday of the new year is shaping up to be a confrontational one for UCSD versus the University of Southern California, the possibly precedent-setting legal battle of the universities over the future of ...

UCSD's $516,000 temporary executive

Interim health system shoe-filler collects retroactive six-figure cash

The intrigue surrounding the saga of UCSD Health's departed top man Paul Viviano continues, with a lengthening search underway to fill the vacancy, and approval by U.C. regents of a $516,000 interim appointment. As previously ...

Viewpoints ricochet in The Cherry Orchard

Schtick abounds, unfortunately, in UCSD Theatre's take on Chekhov classic

How many plays have the rent past due, foreclosure banging down the door, a way of life on the ropes? Hundreds? Thousands? Ah, but how many display the event through countless pairs of eyes, and ...

La Jolla Playhouse gets Indecent

Immigration assimilation

The biggest problem with Indecent may be that there's too little of it.

Flying first class? Better have a note from your doctor.

UCSD’s ailing ethics

UCSD’s ailing ethics When a purportedly sick UCSD professor and his researcher assistant fly first class with taxpayer money, auditors may later ask to see the prescription. So says a recently released University of California ...

Theme park celebrity

Lakeside native Natalie Emmons makes it big in Japan

Natalie Emmons’s road to becoming a Japanese pop star began with a meeting of foreign-exchange students six years ago. “I always had a fascination with Japan,” says Emmons, who was raised and still lives in ...

Serve up the suffering

The Trip's inventive, clever Three Sisters takes it to a new place — Torrey Mesa

In Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters (1900), Lieutenant Vershinin wonders what the world will be like in 200 years. I wonder if Chekhov could imagine that, 115 years after it opened, a company would mount his ...

The Stage Room's ready

...for San Diego singer-songwriter Tyson Motsenbocker

A Solana Beach singer-songwriter who just wrapped up a monthlong tour with Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman will be the first local headliner at the Stage Room, the UCSD venue formerly known as Porter’s Pub. Tyson Motsenbocker, ...

All fired up at UCSD

Dorm fires and fraudulent wire-transfer requests cause concern

There haven’t been any deaths yet, but multiple fires in the dorms and residence facilities of UCSD have been dangerous and costly. So says the school’s annual fire-safety report released last week, which includes among ...

University of California's skewed take on Title IX

Judge in Northern California says officials botched sexual assault hearing

Administrators at University of California campuses throughout the state continue to struggle with following protocol while investigating and adjudicating Title IX sexual misconduct cases. On September 22, 2015, a Yolo County Superior Court judge found ...

Interpretation of death and healing

Healing Wars anchors the Without Walls Festival with the most heavy of subjects

In her multimodal piece, choreographer Liz Lerman explores the resilience of humanity amidst the fog of war. Part modern dance, part dramatic performance, and part installation art, the interactive piece tells the stories of soldiers ...

Weekend opera happenings

Queen of Carthage, Blue Monday, and — youth sacrifice!

There’s some opera happening this weekend. San Diego City Opera is performing Queen of Carthage as part of the La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival. San Diego City Opera was founded by Cory Hibbs and ...

Last Call: La Cage Aux Folles and Without Walls Festival

Two events must close this Sunday, plus a tribute to Arthur Wagner, giant of local theater

La Cage Aux Folles at San Diego Musical Theatre. You have until Sunday, says our guest reviewer Jon Reimer, to “throw on a wig, put on your best pair of heels, and head on down ...

Talking walls

La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls Festival steps outside for a "three-day arts party"

The La Jolla Playhouse’s popular Without Walls Festival begins Friday, October 9 and runs through October 11. That’s 22 events in three days, and all are “site-specific.” “The Playhouse has four theaters,” says artistic director ...

Two local lawyers disbarred

Both went to school at UC San Diego

According to the October edition of the California Bar Journal, two local lawyers, Charles Colin Cossio of Alpine and Louis Gordon Bruno of Escondido, have been disbarred. Cossio's disbarment involved moral turpitude. The state bar ...

Student dishonesty and alcohol use spiked at Sun God 2015

Snoop Dogg's UCSD festival posts boozy numbers, report says

Unlike 2014's overdose demise of student Ricardo "Ricky" Ambriz, there were no reported deaths this year at UCSD's notoriously rowdy Sun God Festival, held on campus each May. But despite attempts by administrators to clamp ...

The soul force of Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin

Successful world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse gives a hero his due

Roll the credits! Bayard Rustin (1912–1987) performed on Broadway with Paul Robeson in John Henry. As a student, his rich tenor sang blues and gospel in nightclubs to make ends meet. An exceptional athlete, he ...

Tribute to Arthur Wagner by Jefferson Mays

UCSD's indefatigable champion of the theater has passed away

Arthur Wagner, indefatigable champion of the theater, passed away yesterday morning. He was 92. I asked Jefferson Mays, one of his most devoted and accomplished students — and Tony Award-winner for I Am My Own ...

University offers to foot the bill for Ché Café repairs

With the Ché on the heritage organization's endangered list, UCSD has a change of heart

After weeks of meetings between the Ché Café collective and UCSD administration, the two sides have announced an agreement that spells out specific improvements that will pave the way for the operation of the Ché ...

San Diego universities botch sexual assault investigations

Campus police impotence — just the tip of the iceberg

“Judges are starting to realize that maybe schools shouldn’t be handling these types of sexual assault cases.”

Micro-robots released at UC-San Diego

They swim! They remove toxins! They glow red!

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have announced the development of 3-D printed "microrobots" that can be programmed to swim through a liquid, removing specific toxins found within. "We have developed an entirely ...

Bounty-hunters from L.A. bug UCSD music pirates

Hundreds of cease-and-desist notices charge unauthorized content distribution

Illegal file-sharing, long a problem at UCSD, is still going on, subjecting students and faculty to big-dollar jeopardy. So says an August 18 campus warning posted online by the school's director of academic computing and ...

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