UCSD Stories

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 ...

Dr. Paul Aisen and USC contersue UCSD over claims of denied access

Flack-wielding flacks

UCSD’s war with the University of Southern California over the future of a national Alzheimer’s research program is costing taxpayers plenty in legal fees. Besides lots of lawyers, the state-funded school has also deployed its ...

It won’t solve America’s tobacco epidemic

UCSD study suggests Chantix smoking-cessation pill ineffective

A heavily advertised smoking-cessation drug that's been on the market since 2006 has no discernible effect on decreasing cigarette use among adults, researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine are reporting. The main ...

EcoNauts rejoice

High marks in environmental friendliness survey for UCSD

The Sierra Club is getting into the college rankings game, on Tuesday morning (August 11) releasing a list of top universities nationwide based on their eco-friendliness. UC San Diego finds itself among four schools in ...

UCSD loses Alzheimer's research contract

Pharmaceutical giant Lilly shifts to USC, new home of alleged staff/data poacher

The financial repercussions of a controversial move by one of UC San Diego's top researchers to the University of Southern California appear to be surfacing. Eli Lilly and Company, a global pharmaceutical giant, announced Tuesday ...

Theodore Geisel statue weeps tears of purest gold as posthumous book is published

Seuss: Estate "Maybe you can't get blood from a stone…"

On July 28, Random House published What Pet Should I Get?, a parable about the paralyzing effects of endless choice in a wealthy consumer society written by beloved children's author Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. ...

UCSD Professor petitions APA to Remove Narcissism from DSM

Prominent UCSD Professor of Psychology Rafe Lection announced today that he is formally petitioning the American Psychological Association to remove Narcisssitc Personality Disorder from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, or DSM. "Times ...

UCSD flunks sex crime disclosure 101

California universities audited for Clery Act compliance faulted for errors and omissions

The University of California at San Diego, already beset by myriad high-profile troubles, has another black mark to deal with, although this time the taxpayer-funded school isn't alone. "Our review of six California institutions found ...

UCSD's costly ad switch: Chargers to Trolley

$1.3 million football deal eclipsed by $27.7 million MTS contract

With the Chargers appearing on the brink of leaving town, the University of California at San Diego is casting about for a new way to spend its prodigious pile of promotional cash. As first reported ...

Judge says "regret" at root of rape case

UCSD student exonerated of sexual assault charges

Administrators at the University of California San Diego failed to properly investigate sexual assault allegations against a male student and increased sanctions against him for appealing their decision, ruled superior court judge Joel Pressman on ...

Can Ché stay?

UCSD chancellor agrees to meet with Ché Collective on Wednesday

In what could be a major development in keeping the Ché Café alive, UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla has for the first time agreed to meet with key members of the Ché Collective 2 p.m. Wednesday. ...

Viviano abruptly departs UCSD in turmoil’s midst

$10 million in Las Vegas losses, body parts audit, and researcher rebellion hit university

The announced departure of Paul Viviano, who currently enjoys the lengthy title of chief executive officer for the University of California, San Diego Health System and associate vice chancellor for UC San Diego Health Sciences, ...

UCSD finally gets body parts oversight board

As FBI lurks, shadowy human tissue acquisitions undergo review

Under fire from a year-old audit for mishandling human body parts in its research and teaching operations, UCSD has finally announced creation of a new high-level committee to help clean up its act. "As many ...

Fleeting utopia

In Come From Away, a group of people withdraw from the world — for a time

When’s the last time a musical began not with a Carillion-style fanfare of intent, but with the crisp, insistent pounding of a hand drum? Then a fiddle slashes in and things go Celtic — tight, ...

Little less conversation, please

Wrenegades: An Ecological Adventure at Circle Circle dot dot has a lot of show but insists on tell

The latest offering from Circle Circle dot dot peeks into the world of San Diego's coastal habitat and the Sisyphean struggles conservationists face when industry moves in. We meet doctoral student Ed Leopold (Michael Nieto) ...

UCSD's questioned body business

Audit finds problematical use of cadavers and parts from outside sources

The question of who has the body parts at UCSD and where they came from has drawn the attention of university auditors, who say that the increased use of anatomical materials from commercial sources has ...

Ché has a pulse

Campus collective staging shows until the goon squad shows

When UCSD administration had an eviction notice posted on Ché Café in March, images of supporters getting hauled off by sheriff’s deputies drove four TV crews to the 35-year-old food co-op and music venue to ...

Israeli drone pioneers get Jacobs backing

Will billionaire Democrat rejoin costly Balboa Park battle?

What is Democratic billionaire Irwin Jacobs up to next? That is the question making the rounds at San Diego’s city hall in the wake of a state appellate court ruling against superior court judge Tim ...

Cultural acne cure-all

Name-changing has become a busy business at San Diego’s two state-sponsored universities. At UCSD it’s been announced that the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies is being renamed the UC San Diego School of ...

UCSD's $100,000 National Geographic adventure

Tax-funded university helps pay for Fox channel's SeaWorld hype, but not foreign junkets

How much does it cost to get a lengthy plug on the National Geographic Channel, a partner of Rupert Murdoch's international media empire? In the case of the University of California, San Diego, it was ...

No Sun God class-dodging, professors told

Faculty warned Snoop Dogg's UCSD blowout shouldn't have day of recovery

Rapper Snoop Dogg is set to come to UCSD next month to headline the school's controversial Sun God festival, noted for alcohol poisonings and drug overdoses, and officials there are already plotting ways to keep ...

No "jobs killer" here

UC-San Diego even offers a class on how to get work with the university

Looking for a new job is no picnic, but UCSD is the only employer in the county that offers a class on how to get hired. “We tout that,” said Michael Yates, director of talent ...

Drug snooping at UCSD's Sun God

Will California cops boycott Snoop Dogg photo ops?

As a corps of well-paid cops from around the state converge on UCSD's drug-and-booze-plagued Sun God music festival next month, their minds may turn to this year’s happenings at a famous Texas music blow-out. Years ...

Local university brokers historic corporate partnership

Coke is it?

Just two weeks after The Onion reported that the majority of the planet's uncontaminated water is contained in Coca-Cola products, SD on the QT has learned that the beverage giant has been working with genetic ...

Jazz camp dream team

“It’s a small camp by design,” says Dan Atkinson, founder of the UCSD Jazz Camp, an annual workshop open to students aged 14 and up. “We can take a maximum of about 55 students ­— ...

What did the bacteria say to the cigarette?

"Don't make me get aggressive" — study finds that smoke strengthens bad bugs

Researchers at UC San Diego and the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System have found a population whose health actually improves when exposed to cigarette smoke: deadly, antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, commonly ...

UCSD bombshell

Last July, auditors for the University of California dropped a bombshell on the San Diego campus. Following the May death of undergraduate computer science student Ricardo “Ricky” Ambriz after a Sun God Festival drug overdose, ...

No penalty for Sun God drugging

Official beer garden and drug testing advice mark UCSD blowout

In yet another attempt to tame a nasty run of drug and alcohol poisoning at its annual Sun God rock festival, UCSD is setting up an official beer garden, to be ringed with double fencing, ...

Last gasp for Ché Café

Could disconnect between UCSD and student collective lead to forced eviction?

Insiders say they expect Ché Café’s eviction notice will be posted as soon as St. Patrick's Day. Once it’s up, the Ché Collective and its supporters will have five business days to get out. If ...

Agent Snickerdoodle takes San Francisco assignment

Mysterious cookie dealer cuts short what was reportedly a growing business

”It's been an amazing four years, but all good things must come to a close...over and out...,” Agent Snickerdoodle posted on his Facebook page on February 25. He no longer responds to texts, emails, or ...

Sound science

Music of a different stripe

The creative-music scene at UC San Diego has long been a magnet for adventurous musicians from all over the globe. There is a singular sense of exploration and an emphasis on the new that separates ...

Million-dollar Annie

Word that Ann Spira Campbell, formerly number two at the San Diego Opera, has become the senior executive director for principal gifts at UCSD has tongues wagging among local rainmakers. The ex-wife of former opera ...

End of days for Ché Café?

Letter from UCSD administration suggests campus collective gets out before they're put out

The Ché Café Collective must get out or the sheriff’s will lock them out. That was the bottom line of a letter sent to the collective and distributed Tuesday evening from UCSD Vice Chancellor of ...

When one door closes...

"There’s definitely not enough venues, especially with the closing of the Ché [Café].” Singer/guitarist Joshua Kmak laments the fact that while the scene is plumping up — thanks in part to garage-rock combos such as ...

No one else on Earth

The Darrell Hammond Project at La Jolla Playhouse is truly a one-man show.

The night I saw his one-person show, Darrell Hammond had a cold. He’d squelch a cough and sniffle enough to warrant a night off. Bundle up, maybe a toddy or twain, and give the understudy ...

Humble charmer

San Diego I Love You 3.0 at Circle Circle dot dot rough around the edges but rewarding

Performed indoors, Catherine Harroff and Circle Circle’s site-specific “walking adventure play for the romantic in us all” might lose something in the translation. Six scenes at a university follow the breakup of two relationships and ...

Last of the red hat ladies

Ex-UCSD chancellor Marye Anne Fox has resigned from the board of directors of Red Hat, Inc., an open-source software outfit based in Raleigh, North Carolina. A member of Red Hat’s compensation committee and nominating and ...