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The First UCI Men’s Basketball Game: December 1, 1965 January 28, 2013

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It’s basketball season! The very first UCI basketball game was held over 47 years ago in December, 1965. The Anteaters played the Highlanders of UC Riverside in Campus Hall (now Crawford Hall), where Chancellor Dan Aldrich and UCR Chancellor Ivan Hinderaker tipped off to begin the game.  The ‘Eaters went on to win the game with a score of 85 to 71! ZOT ZOT!

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Good luck to the men as they play Cal Poly this Wednesday January 30th, and to the women as they play Pacific on Thursday January 31st!

Country Joe and the Fish at Crawford Hall on Nov. 1, 1968 October 1, 2012

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Almost forty-four years ago, a sold-out concert with headliner Country Joe and the Fish, along with the Steve Miller Band and Things to Come, took place at UCI’s Crawford Hall (then Campus Hall). Tickets for the November 1st, 1968 concert sold for $2 each.

AS-061. University Communication Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Box 128.

“New” Cross Cultural Center dedication on April 18, 1989 July 26, 2012

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The original Cross-Cultural Center (CCC) was founded on October 16, 1974. It was the first multicultural center at a University of California campus. The purpose of the CCC was “to create Third World interaction, student outreach, and provide necessary information to the minority community on campus.” The first CCC was located in a temporary facility across Ring Mall from the School of Humanities. The “new” Cross-Cultural Center opened on April 18, 1989, in a 3,400 square foot space, almost twice as large as the first space.  The original mural, dedicated in 1976, was moved and is displayed in the current lounge. In 1993, a mural conceived by the well-known muralist Judy Baca was installed in the ‘Cross’ conference room.  Below Lori White cuts the ribbon on opening day in 1989.

AS-061. University Communication Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Box 144.

Streaking in the 1970s July 26, 2012

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Streaking, which reached a peak of popularity on college campuses in the 1970s, was probably more popular in Southern California than anywhere else. Below some streaking Anteaters, from that period.


AS-061. University Communication Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Good Luck with Finals! June 8, 2012

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Student studies for finals ca. 1968, same as it ever was….

AS-056. Early Campus Photograph Album, 1959-1969. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

UCI Bridges May 30, 2012

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Below are photographs of a number of bridges on the UCI campus. Do you recognize them? Are there other campus bridges that are not included here?

AS-061. University Communication Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Learning by Doing at the Farm May 25, 2012

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The opening of the exhibit “Learning by Doing at the Farm” will take place on June 7, 5-8pm, at the UCI Contemporary Arts Center Outreach Gallery (Room 3100A) and will run from June 7th to July 20th. The gallery will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3pm-8pm. The exhibit will include a wide variety of material from University Archives in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the UCI Libraries.

The exhibit documents an absolutely fascinating, little known part of early UCI history. From 1968, UCI was host to an experiment in intercultural exchange and artistic and social scientific learning through practice. It brought indigenous people from Guatemala, Mexico, and Samoa to an undeveloped plot of land on campus known as Social Sciences Farm, a space for those visitors to demonstrate their crafts, as well as a laboratory for new methods in education and research. The experimentation and creativity which occurred in the development of academic programs and curriculum on this campus in the 1960s, especially in the Social Sciences and the Arts, was inspiring and will be reflected in this exhibit. The curators have been working with a wide range of materials in University Archives, e.g. correspondence, memos, policy documents, photographs, film and video. They have brought together these sources in new and very creative ways.  This will be an outstanding exhibit, and we hope you will be able to attend or encourage others to do so.

Willie Brown on campus in 1973 January 20, 2012

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Former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown gave the Dr. Joseph L. White lecture on January 19, 2012. He spoke on “California and Our Nation” as part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium. The first time Willie Brown spoke on the UCI campus was probably in 1973 when he was the Assemblyman from San Francisco’s 18th District and Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. The poster publicizing his speech on November 28, 1973 is below, and the article about his talk from the New U.  Always a powerful, dynamic and direct speaker, Willie Brown’s speeches at both events were very well received.

                                Poster Collection, University of California, Irvine (AS-050)

Christmas Choral Concert 1977 December 22, 2011

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Various photographs from the Christmas Choral Concert on campus in 1977.

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AS-061. University Communication Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

The Early UCI Student Newspapers November 18, 2011

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UCI’s student newspaper went through several changes before becoming The New University in September 1968. The first student paper was Spectrum, which lasted from October 20, 1965 to January 27, 1966. Without University support, students formed a non-profit corporation to publish the paper. Next was the rival publication, Tongue, which published five issues between February and May 1966 and used the motto “The Windy Satisfaction of the Tongue” – a quote from The Odyssey of Homer. In the second year of the University came a third student newspaper called Anthill, which lasted for 32 issues published between October 6, 1966 and May 31, 1968. The New University continues to this day, housed in the same offices where it started in September 1968.

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