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Up Front May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Sally Ride Passing

"Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, died July 23 at age 61. Ride joined the UC San Diego faculty in 1989."

I had her for physics in 1993. She showed us her personal videos from the space shuttle. After the final there was a long line of students who wanted to tell her how amazing she was, and I'm happy to say I was one of them. It's a very sad day.
Christina Hovland, Marshall '96

I had her too in '93. She was great and I was honored to be in her class.
Rod Mina, Warren '96

Skateboard Protest
At the Chancellor's inauguration in 1996 (Dynes) I was forcibly removed from the building by two police carrying me out arm and arm for holding a protest sign. At UCSD, I skateboarded to school, and as there were no lockers or storage for skateboards, I carried mine around all day. Little did I know that my old school wheels and all other skateboards were deemed to be protest signs. ...Very strange. I actually felt honored by that. Hope they aren't as strict, but I doubt it. By the way, Dynes also made us remove a memorial for a friend who died skating on the hill next to Central Library. I kind of get that as I am older, but I don't think I would kick out a skateboarder for carrying his board—just felt like adding that story from the '90s.
Dylan Hollis, Muir '99

Why do you think prospective students should choose UC San Diego?

Because the environment at UC San Diego as a whole is great. The weather is energizing, the scenery seems to be straight out of magazines and the curriculum is challenging.On top of that, based on a variety of factors like academic reputation,
graduation/retention rates, student selectivity, graduate rate performance, etc.—UC San Diego is in the top 10 best public universities in the nation.
Peter Syravong, Marshall '07

I know the Communications major prepares you better than UCLA's for a career in marketing/advertising... and you can live next to the beach! Never underrate that!
Parham Nabatian, Muir '08

What three words would you use to describe your undergraduate UC San Diego experience?

"Sent my son." Meaning that I thought so much of the place that my son Michael also went there for his undergraduate degree.
Robert Jackson, Revelle '72

What five words would you use to describe UC San Diego?
Challenging, memorable, unique, academic, fun.
Michele Snow, Revelle '00

Ideal location, opportunities abound.
Michelle Molko, Marshall '05

Editor's note: See the interview with the chancellor for his three words describing UC San Diego.

What's your favorite Alumni Weekend moment?

I attended a concert at the new chamber music space a few years ago—we took a moment to enjoy complete silence in an acoustically perfect space. It seemed so appropriate to experience music in such a well-engineered space, at a school known for its innovative arts and engineering programs. That building in itself is worth the visit if you haven't been back to campus recently!
Sarah Lenigan, Warren '01

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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.

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