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UCI Libraries Zinefest! Oct 26, 12-4pm October 18, 2016

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Last year, we brought UCI Libraries Zinefest to UC Irvine! Zines are short for “fanzines”, which are DIY mini-magazines that allow anyone to express their opinions in a fun and cost effective way. Zinefest combined educational and creative aspects to form an engaging event open to students and the public, allowing them to express their unique opinions, ideas, and concerns in the form of a zine. Attendees were also able to listen to three guest speakers. These speakers were educational, bringing attention to resources available to the public to express themselves and research further into zines.

Uncultivated Rabbits represent their zine, Uncultivated Underground

The student organization Uncultivated Rabbits represents their zine, Uncultivated Underground.

Zinefest succeeded in reaching out to and educating the UCI community about zines as well as the UCI Libraries’ collections, and how anyone can express their ideas and thoughts easily through creating a zine.

Students creating zines.

Students creating zines.

After the success of last year’s Zinefest, the UCI Libraries will continue this fun tradition of public outreach to the Anteater Community. There are fun and new things in store for this year’s event, which is held during International Open Access Week, an international celebration of public access to information. One of UCI’s contributions to this international event is Zinefest, allowing free access to information and viewing of zines, along with showcasing the information resources that UCI’s libraries have to offer.

In addition to the previous year’s activities, including DIY zine making, guest speakers, and presentations on resources UCI offers to the public, 2016 brings the opportunity to contribute to a community zine. This will provide a format for the community to work collaboratively on zines, inviting participants to come together and express their opinions with their fellow Anteaters.

We'll also have buttons! And the button maker, so you can make your own.

We’ll also have buttons! And the button maker, so you can make your own.

This year, attendees will be able to create their own DIY zines and buttons, encouraging the UCI community to be creative and expressive. The event is free, and if you choose, you can donate your zine to the UCI Libraries’ zine collection. Plus, you will even be able to meet Peter the Antreader!


Peter the Antreader getting his zine on!

Zinefest 2016 will host even more guest speakers than the year before. Attendees will get the opportunity to hear from speakers with a wide variety of focuses. Speakers include returning speaker Professor Jeanne Scheper from the Gender and Sexuality Department. This year there will be new speakers, including zinesters Ziba Perez Zehdar and Jon-O Gazdecki of ZebraPizza Zine (http://threeamigospress.tumblr.com/). Alison Regan of the UCI Libraries and Tamara Austin of the Cross Cultural Center will also speak to audiences. In addition, the public will get the chance to see an exhibition of the UCI Libraries’ collection of zines. This exhibition will be curated by Laura Uglean Jackson, Assistant University Archivist of the Special Collections Archives.

Combine all of these fun opportunities that Zinefest has to offer, and the event this year is sure to be one for the books! Zinefest 2016 is on October 26th, from 12-4 PM, so make sure to bring your friends and stop by the Gateway Plaza next to Langson Library for one of the most fun and educational events hosted by the UCI Libraries of the year. The UCI Libraries can’t wait to see you there!


Program information and updates are available on the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1600629183570288/


UCI Stories exhibit opens Monday, May 23 May 20, 2016

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Ready for 50+ anteater antics told through conversations between former and current anteaters? Zot zot! Anteaters come together to share memories, events, and changes throughout UC Irvine’s 50 years of history.

The UCI Libraries announce the opening of an exciting new exhibit called UCI Stories: 50th Anniversary Oral History Project, on Monday, May 23rd at 6:30PM in Langson Library, UCI. RSVP here: http://partners.lib.uci.edu/ucistories/rsvp

UCI Stories

Inspired and imprinted with words spoken during the filmed oral histories, UCI Stories highlights the bright past and brilliant future of UCI through the memories, reflections, and predictions of its community. Artfully curated quotes of campus leaders, innovators, alumni, faculty and staff, document how over the past 50 years, UCI has given birth to generations of community-oriented difference-makers driven by a pioneering spirit that has permeated the campus long before a physical building ever stood on the land. UCI Stories captures how this spirit glues UCI together, and often after graduation calls Anteaters back home. Every great story has three main parts: characters with whom you can identify, a memorable and imaginable setting, and a plot based on the unexpected experiences of protagonists. This is UCI Stories.

Opening night speakers are Robert Cohen (UCI Claire Trevor Professor of Drama, Emeritus/Founding Faculty), Jenny Doh ’91 (UCI’s First Student Regent/Past President, UCI Alumni Association), Elizabeth Toomey (Daughter of Founding Chancellor Aldrich/Retired UCI Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community and Government Relations), and Joseph L. White (UCI Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry), will engage in a fascinating conversation on UCI’s history and thoughts for the future; with panel moderation by Krystal Tribbett, UCI Libraries 50th Anniversary Project Historian.

The program will be followed by a light reception and exhibit viewing in Langson Library, UCI. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited; reservations are first come, first served.

UCI Stories Program, May 23

UCI Stories Program. May 23, 2016.

Please go to http://partners.lib.uci.edu/ucistories/rsvp to make an online reservation. For further information please call 949.824.4651 or email partners@uci.edu.

The UCI Stories Project is a unique oral history project, launched by UCI Libraries, that pairs over 100 UCI affiliates for dynamic conversations to commemorate UCI’s 50th Anniversary. The reminiscences collected offer first-hand perspectives that tell the multifaceted story of UCI’s intellectual contributions, key turning points, and unique legacy. The UCI Libraries’ 50th Anniversary Exhibit, “UCI Stories” is a product of this effort.

More information is available here: http://news.lib.uci.edu/events/spring-2016-exhibit-opening-uci-stories

November 29, 1965 — Anteaters mascot triumphant ballot winner! December 1, 2015

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On Monday, November 29, 1965, the Anteater was elected as the official UCI mascot, gaining more student votes than others on the ballot. The 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, proposed mascots needed a minimum of 100 supporting signatures. Prior to the vote, the UCI administration had suggested possible mascots, and even went so far as to have a local artist produce the designs below for Mariners, Explorers, Toros, Clippers, and Dolphins. The idea of anteaters as a possible mascot was conceived in the summer of 1965 by Pat Glasgow as he sat in the sun, working as a Newport Beach lifeguard. In the fall, Glasgow and three other Camino dorm residents — Schuyler Bassett and the twins Bob and Bill Coleman — promoted the idea through buttons and cheers at water polo and basketball games, such as “Give ’em the tongue, give ’em the tongue, give ’em the tongue, where? Right in the ear, right in the ear, right in the ear, Zot!” and a deafening “Zot” after every score. Happy 50th, Anteaters!













Peter the Anteater turns 50! November 29, 2015

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Happy Birthday, Peter the Anteater! There’s no other mascot quite like you, and we’re so proud to have you represent our campus spirit!

You are our joy, our inspiration, and we look to you with endearing pride. You’re fierce, snuggly, and the handsomest in all of UC Irvine history.

For your birthday, we made you an album of 50 photos from our 50 years together. Happy birthday! Hope you celebrate with the biggest ant-cake! Zot Zot Zot!


Photos from University Communications [AS-061]; Spectrum; Collection on the Anteater Mascot [AS-144]; UCI Libraries photographs

The UCI Medal July 23, 2014

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Many of you probably saw President Obama receive the UCI Medal during commencement recently, and some may have wondered what exactly is the UCI Medal? Well, the UCI Medal was established in 1984 by then Chancellor Jack Peltason to recognize people, both from the university and the community, whose dedication and generosity have significantly contributed to the spirit and vision of UCI. Honorary  degrees have not been awarded by the University of California since 1970, and the Medal was designed to substitute as the highest honor bestowed by UCI to an individual. The UCI Foundation, a non-profit corporation established in 1967, manages private donations on behalf of UCI and also oversees the annual awarding of the UCI Medal. The first medal was awarded to founding Chancellor Daniel Aldrich in 1984. The next was awarded in 1987, but since then the medal has been awarded annually. The two-sided design of the Medal combines the academic tradition of the University of California with the vitality of the UCI campus. The front reflects the unique circular design of the campus, depicting the vertical facade of Langson Library shown against the sun, symbolic of light and learning. The eucalyptus and coral tree leaves represent the more than 11,000 native and exotic trees that make up Aldrich Park. The Medal was designed and cast by noted Southern California artist Inez Owings. The verso of the medal carries the seal of the University of California with its motto “Let There Be Light.”

So, who has received the UCI Medal? A list of past recipients is available here.   Enjoy and celebrate… Zot! Zot! Zot!

The front of the UCI Medal.

The front of the UCI Medal.




Get Ready for Celebrate UCI! April 18, 2013

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This Saturday, April 20th, the UC Irvine campus will hold its annual Celebrate UCI event in Aldrich Park. This campus-wide celebration includes live entertainment, carnival games and rides, lots of food, arts & crafts, performances, the annual car show (15 years running!), and Wayzgoose, one of UCI’s oldest traditions. The festival also features an Open House, where many campus services will remain open in order for prospective students and the community to learn about the UCI campus. All events are free and parking is complimentary!

This celebration has been a campus favorite for decades. Here are some photos of Celebrate UCI and Wayzgoose festivals from the 1980s:

These photos and more are available to view in our reading room at Special Collections and Archives, on the 5th floor of Langson Library. They will soon be available online via the Online Archive of UCI History, which documents the first 50 years of the campus in photographs, videos, audio recordings, publications, the New University newspaper, and other publications. Check back often, as new materials are continuously being added.

Check out this video of last year’s celebrations, and get ready for another great year of Celebrate UCI!

Photos from AS-061, UCI Communications Photographs Collection.  Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Discover UCI April 12, 2013

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We’d like to give a warm welcome to the newly admitted freshmen and their families who are visiting UCI this week! Here is a slideshow of students discovering the new UCI campus in the 1960s (looks a bit different now, doesn’t it?):

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These images, along with thousands more, are available at the Online Archive of UCI History. The site also features videos (like the quirky Wot ZOT?), interviews with founding faculty members, and the New University student newspaper, with more coming soon!

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!

Anteater Sculpture at Bren Events Center September 28, 2012

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The Bren Events Center opened on January 8, 1987, when the men’s basketball team beat Utah State 118-96 in front of a sold-out crowd. Current NBA Head Coach Scott Brooks (Oklahoma City Thunder) scored 41 points for the Anteaters that night.

The Graduating Class of 1987 commissioned artist Billy Fitzgerald to design and cast the 430-pound bronze sculpture which stands in front of the Bren Events Center.  Fitzgerald also designed the statue of the UCLA Bruin on the UCLA campus.

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

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.

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