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Up Front May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Welcome to your magazine’s new look. We have been listening to you over the last year, and the restructuring and redesign ­reflect what you have been telling us. We hope you enjoy it.

One of the main features in this issue is about a very different kind of restructuring, the result of the dire budgetary straits facing the UC system. It is a hard story to cover, but editing it reminded me of a lesson I learned when I was a 12-year old in Northern Ireland. MORE

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A c c o l a d e s

Excuse this brief interruption while we take a moment to congratulate ourselves. The UCSD Alumni Association was recognized in three different categories by the Council for the Advance­ment and Support of Education (CASE) at the CASE District VII conference in San Francisco, in November.

The Association won three Awards of Excellence for its creative use of technology, new programs and general interest magazine. It received a gold medal award for its innovative “AlumnIdea” crowdsourcing microsite that allows alumni to give interactive feedback; a gold medal award for the “Discovery Ambassador Initiative,” a program that reconnects alumni with the University; and a silver medal award for the magazine, which we hope you are happily perusing.


I have enjoyed periodic returns to campus to appreciate itsphysical changes (believe it or not, there wasn’t always a Sun God) as well as noting the progressive elevation of UCSD’sacademic reputation to the rank of seventh in national public universities by U.S. News and World Report.However, the pride of being an alumnus is immediately dampened by the same magazine reporting an alumni giving rank of 200 with only 4.7 percent of graduates making a donation!

That is the lowest of all listed universities—and that is pathetic! My assumption is that the UCSD graduate is intelligent and thus has a decent chance of financial success. With the current California economic crisis, the onus to step up and support our University has arrived. Please consider a contribution the next time you remember the eucalyptus grove, Black’s Beach, or (even) the Sun God.
 Jay Mersch, Muir ’72

I was interested to read the letter in the September issue re: old memories. It mentioned Heavy Palcic. I was his girlfriend then and we are still in touch. He was HHH, “heavy heavy heavy,” and I was LBJ, “LittleBitJaffe” (Hubert H. Humphrey and Lyndon Baines Johnson!).

One of my oddest/fondest memories is when they finished building Muir. The center of the buildings was just dirt, not yet landscaped. So one night we had a big bonfire with, I assume, construction debris. I remember big parties, few rules and lots of dogs on campus.

Also the “fornicatorium” on Revelle quad, in response to some draconian pronouncement regarding the limitations of “24-hour visitation.” And Jef Raskin’s maze! He ended up doing documentation for Apple. He was a true visionary and genius. I took two independent study computer classes from him.

Is there still an “Anomaly Factory” in one of the old Marine base buildings? I think not, I toured there with my own son in 2004 and hardly knew the place.
Betsy (Jaffe) Wilson, Muir ’72

Editor: As far as we know there is no longer an “Anomaly Factory.” In fact, there are very few Marine base buildings left.


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