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Swedish Science Prize
The Measure of a Woman
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Hurt Locker Robots

Up Front May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

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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.


Remembering Ché
Thank you so much for the great article and photos on Ché Café. I was a part of the original 14 and a friend of Scott Kessler. Some
of the other members were Ruth Rominger, Marsha Vdovin, Kim Higgs and others whose last name I don’t remember; Krista, Diana, Marcus. We had meetings where we would sit on the floor in a circle and discuss our agenda with decision-making only happening using a consensus formula. We’d always end the evenings with some Reggae, Ska, Talking Heads or David Bowie on the boom box and dance like crazy. None of us ­really knew how to cook. As you can see from the chalk board menu in one of the photos our foods were very simple. Salads, burritos, soups, smoothies and stir-fried veggies with brown rice. Ché Café, and the students that were a part of it, hold wonderful memories for me.
Joy Every, Third/Marshall ’83

I cannot recall any “groovy x-rated trash flicks” being presented at the “The Ché” during my time at UCSD but we did have Marx Bros. (Groucho, not Karl) film nights, on-going Flash Gordon serials, and ultimately a weekly movie night. But x-rated, I think not. Also, music was a constant on the weekends, and I can recall the A.S. paying Jack Tempchin (among many others) the ungodly sum of $50 for performing nine sets on many of those weekends.

Ernest Mort remembers it being “…a place where the more militant students were comfortable.” I have similar memories, but it was the militant right wing who had a hand in its operation. In any event, it was the only place on campus to get a bite after the cafeterias closed.
Dan Spellens, Muir ’72

Ché Correction
One small correction to your article on the Ché Café. Jesse Alm writes that the buildings were “Constructed in 1922 on U.S. Army Land that is now Thornton Hospital,” but the land near Thornton Hospital never belonged to the U.S. Army. The land was part of Camp Matthews, which was part of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot and where all rifle training for San Diego-trained marines took place prior to 1964. The U.S. Army did have a camp near the present day Muir and Eleanor Roosevelt Colleges named Camp Callan, where Coast Artillery and Anti-Aircraft Artillery training took place from 1941 until 1944. From 1944 until 1945, Camp Callan was used to train elements of the 86th and 97th Infantry Divisions in amphibious operations. After WWII, Camp Callan was closed and the buildings were recycled to build post-war neighborhoods such as Allied Gardens. Camp Matthews remained as a USMC facility until 1964.
 Ian Kotchian, ERC ’01


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