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Photographs of the 1997 Rainbow Festival and Conference from the Afrikan Student Union November 26, 2009

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Black Student Union (formerly the Afrikan Student Union) Records, University of California, Irvine. AS-098. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Students of the 1997-1998 Afrikan Student Union (currently the Black Student Union) were active participants in UC Irvine’s Rainbow Festival and Conference in November 1997. These photographs were included in scrapbooks created by the organization to document events and activities during the academic year.

The festival was founded in November 1984 as a campus wide celebration of cultural and ethnic diversity and has remained one of UC Irvine’s most festive traditions. The popular multicultural program has served as a model for numerous other colleges and universities.

Pereira’s Early Campus Plans November 13, 2009

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William L. Pereira, the UC Irvine architect went through several proposals for the UCI campus before a plan was finalized.  Some of the initial proposals in 1962-1963 added a bell tower in the center of Campus Park.   The tower, which was never built, was named “centrum.”  Several lakes in campus park were also part of an early campus plan.  These designs did not go through as proposed, but imagine how different the landscape would be if they had?  The University Archives has numerous photographs of  Pereira’s architectural models and campus plans.  Pereira’s project workbooks ( Collection # AS-127), which document the various phases of campus planning can also be found in the University Archives.

AS-061.  Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Greek Songfest November 9, 2009

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Greek Songfest, which began at UC Irvine in 1980, unites members of Greek system for the largest student-led philanthropic event on campus. The friendly competition features Greek fraternity and sorority members performing twelve minute renditions of Broadway musicals. The event has provided more than $230,000 for local non-profit organizations.

Over 2,300 students and 43 chapters make up the fraternity and sorority community at UC Irvine. The Greek community consists of 23 sororities and 20 fraternities that represent a wide range of ethnicities and cultures. Programs, videos, and other materials produced for Songfest can be found in AS-131, Greek Life records, University of California, Irvine.

Greek Life Records, University of California, Irvine. AS-131. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Other Mascots Considered November 3, 2009

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The Anteater was elected as the official UCI mascot on Monday, November 29, 1965, gaining more student votes than others on the ballot. The ballot results were: Anteater (559 votes); None of these (121 votes); Sea Hawks (113 votes); Centaurs (47 votes); Roadrunners (42 votes); Toros (37 votes); Bison (31 votes); and there were 49 Write-in votes. The options on the ballot were suggested by students through a petition process, where proposed mascots needed to have a minimum of 100 supporting signatures. Prior to this process, the UCI administration had suggested possible mascots, and even went so far as to have a local designer produce these designs for Mariners, Explorers, Toros, Clippers, and Dolphins —

The University of California, Irvine Collection on the Anteater Mascot and Other University Symbols. AS-144. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

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