State Investment Vital for Campus Repairs, Renovations, Replacements

Young Research Library has been identified as a top priority of deferred maintenance work for this year, along with numerous other projects. (photo by Jonathan Van Dyke)

During the Los Angeles winter, it’s not uncommon for UCLA students looking to study at Young Research Library to be left in the wet and cold.

The issue is one of many facing the university, as administrative officials hope that state legislators approve more money for deferred maintenance — i.e. repair, replacement or renovation projects required to keep campus facilities operationally efficient and modernized.

As for Young Research Library, Kelly Schmader, assistant vice chancellor for Facilities Management, said he and his team identified it as one of the most pressing repair projects on campus.

“During rainy weather, the students can’t sit on the west or south side of the stacks because the windows leak like sieves,” he said, noting it’s been that way during the six years he’s held his position at UCLA. “With growing enrollment, our students need adequate places to study.”

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UCLA and The Atlantic partner to recognize the American divide

Attendees were encouraged to write down their American Dream. (photos by Melanie Leigh Wilbur)

‘Recoding the Republic’ event provided realism and optimism through conversation and insight

Article by Rebecca Kendall, UCLA Newsroom

There’s no question that the 2016 presidential election left an indelible mark on the United States, unearthed deep-seated attitudes, amplified critical national conversations and influenced America’s reputation on the global stage.

The subjects of who Americans are, what America represents and how the country might begin to bridge the current political chasm and alleviate internal dysfunction were on the minds of audience members and speakers alike at The Atlantic’s “Recoding the Republic” conference, held Thursday at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center.  

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Autocrats are on the rise and democracy faces multiple threats, Rep. Adam Schiff says in lecture

Rep. Adam Schiff, right, answered questions from Kal Raustiala, director of the Burkle Center for International Relations, at the Bernard Brodie Distinguished Lecture on the Conditions of Peace. (photos by Todd Cheney/UCLA)

Article by Stuart Wolpert, UCLA Newsroom

These are dangerous times, California Rep. Adam Schiff said Thursday afternoon on campus.

“The autocrats of the world are on the rise,” posing a serious challenge to liberal democracies, said the Democratic congressman, who represents Los Angeles County’s 28th District. Schiff delivered the Bernard Brodie Distinguished Lecture on the Conditions of Peace, sponsored by UCLA’s Burkle Center for International Relations.

As examples, he cited recent political changes in Europe, including Hungary and Poland, as well as Turkey and the Philippines — and said the threat to democracy from within is greater than the external threats. Schiff told the audience that the United States is led by a president who refers to the press as an “enemy of the people” and who does not respect his own Justice Department or the country’s system of checks and balances.

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VIDEO: UCLA’s NCAA Champions Honored at State Capitol

Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove hosts the UCLA champions on the floor, with Assemblymember Jose Medina helping hold the hardware. (photo courtesy UCLA Athletics)

2017-18 NCAA Championship teams were recognized by members of the California State Assembly and Senate

Article by Liza David of UCLA Athletics.

Senior Alex Roelse and associate head coach Jason Falitz represented the men’s water polo team, which won its 11th and UCLA’s 114th NCAA title in December. Seniors Christine Peng-Peng Lee and Rechelle Dennis and associate head coach Chris Waller represented the gymnastics team, which won its seventh and the Bruins’ 115th NCAA title in April. First-time champions and UCLA’s 116th champions, the beach volleyball team, was represented by juniors Megan McNamara and Nicole McNamara and assistant coach Jenny Johnson Jordan.

The champions were treated to a VIP tour of the Capitol building, which included a visit to the governor’s office and a climb to the top of the Rotunda for a view of the city, led by UCLA alumnus and Assembly Member Vince Fong.

To view the video, click through.

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Advocacy Trips Solidify Student-Administrator Partnership on State Budget Priorities

The advocacy team enjoyed meetings with a number of legislators including Sen. Holly Mitchell. (photos by Ramona Cortes Garza and Nicole Madani)

Chancellor Gene Block and a group of students took an urgent message to Sacramento in April.

UCLA educates more undergraduates now than it did in 2010, yet total state funding has decreased significantly. To maintain the quality of a UC education, more funding is critical.

“My biggest concern was, where do students come into this conversation, who is voicing our concerns?” USAC president Arielle Yael Mokhatarzadeh said. “When it became clear that there was an opportunity for students and administrators to come together, I felt like it was important to try to forge that relationship and network as early as possible.”

Mokhatarzadeh, transfer student Dayshawn Louden, and Community Programs Office Student Association Chairperson Elizabeth Lizardo ended up forming the student coalition that brought this message to state legislators with Block.

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UC Statement regarding federal court ruling on DACA; UCLA offers legal help

The following two items address recent news in regards to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program:

The University of California issued the following statement today (April 25) in response to a federal court ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

We are buoyed by the ruling of a third federal judge that the administration broke the law when it tried to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The ruling of U.S. District Court Judge John Bates, a George W. Bush appointee seated in Washington, D.C., mirrors the January decision in the University of California’s successful suit that unwound the administration’s attempt to rescind DACA, and a similar ruling by a court in New York. All three rulings found the rescission of DACA to be “arbitrary and capricious.”



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