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Campus Currents May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

College Chatter

Sixth College
Acclaimed science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson, Ph.D. ’82, was the keynote speaker for the college’s commencement ceremony June 13. Robinson gave an inspirational speech that highlighted how students can help find the solution to global climate change—what he predicts will be the “story” of the 21st century. 

Thurgood Marshall College
Thurgood Marshall College is turning 40 and celebrating with an array of fall events including a one-man show on the life of Thurgood Marshall performed by celebrated television, stage and screen actor James Avery, Marshall,’76. Avery returns often to his alma matter as a featured guest speaker and has also established the James Avery Scholarship for underrepresented students.

Revelle College
Revelle rocked the campus with its first “Revellution” headlined by the alternative band Story of the Year, who gave an energetic, fist-pumping performance at Revelle Plaza. The April 1 event kicked off with Quietedrive & Terrible Things, a screamo band that revved up the crowd of hundreds.

Earl Warren College
Professors Ellen Comisso (Political Science), Gerald Doppelt (Philosophy) and Samuel Rickless (Philosophy) were honored for their dedication to the advancement of undergraduate teaching at Warren during the commencement ceremony June 13. They were presented with the Warren Awards, before a crowd of 9,000 guests on RIMAC Field, for their leadership in developing and enhancing Warren’s foundation course, Ethics and Society.

John Muir College
This year, Muir College’s evergreen campus added “Wilderness and Human Values,” a new course inspired by naturalist John Muir, which teaches students the meaning of wilderness and nature today. Muir’s Environmental Studies minor was established nearly two decades ago, and this year the number of students enrolled doubled to 60. 

Eleanor Roosevelt College
Every spring, ERC has given students the life-changing opportunity to serve communities abroad through the Community Outreach Efforts CORE Spring Breakaway trips. This year, 15 students went to San Ignacio, Belize, to build homes for disadvantaged residents. To date, students have traveled to Russia, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Peru, Guatemala and other international destinations through CORE’s Spring Breakaway.

—Christine Clark, '06