November 10, 2003
Santa Cruz (SSC), in collaboration with the UCSC Theater Arts Department,
will present a newly commissioned world premiere of The Emperors
New Clothes for its annual holiday show, running from November 21
to December 14. Based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, this
production is directed by Risa Brainin and stars UC Santa Barbara professor
and SSC alum, Irwin Appel, as "The Emperor." For ticket information,
visit the Shakespeare Santa
Cruz web site or call the UCSC Ticket Office at (831) 459-2159.
The campus drive to collect money and food for the Second
Harvest Food Bank is under way. The campus goal this year is to collect
50,000 pounds (2 tons) of food.
Food Bank provides food to 120 local agencies serving more than 45,000
people every month, 45 percent of whom are children. For every dollar
donated, Second Harvest is able to distribute more than $10 worth of food.
A $15 cash donation provides over 63 meals to hungry families.
Students are active participants and will do their annual Give-A-Meal Student Hunger Day on November 21. On this day, they will give up a meal in the dining hall, and the cost of the meal will be donated to Second Harvest.
Collection barrels are being placed in highly visible locations around
campus and collection bags are being distributed at mail stops. The drive
concludes on December 17 when a bus at the base will be loaded with the
decorations and gifts will be available from the UCSC
Arboretum at the annual Dried Flower and Succulent Wreath Sale on
Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16. Exotic dried flower arrangements,
living succulent wreaths, rare and unusual succulent plants, and materials
for making your own gifts are among the offerings at this year's sale.
Sale hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
on Sunday. The sale will be held at the Horticulture Building in the Arboretum,
located on High Street (Empire Grade) between the two entrances to the
Many different kinds of wreaths will be available, some featuring featherlike
and conelike flower parts from plants in the protea family and others
made of colorful dried perennials and herbs. The Arboretum's extensive
collections of South African and Australian plants provide a variety of
unusual dried plant materials for use in wreaths and arrangements. Dried
flowers and foliages will be available singly, by the bunch, and in arrangements.
There will be living wreaths planted with succulents that will last three
to four years. Dish gardens, landscaping plants, cacti, and gift books
round out the selections.
The Dried Flower and Succulent Wreath Sale is an all-volunteer effort
featuring materials grown at the Arboretum or donated by volunteers. All
proceeds benefit the Arboretum.
The University of California has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Emergency Response Center project at the base of the UCSC campus. A Public Hearing on the Draft EIR for the project will be held on November 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Barn Theater, located at the main entrance to the campus.
The project would include the construction of 1) an Emergency Response Center Building, with 7,920 assignable square feet of space, within the UCSC Corporation Yard, and 2) an Equipment Storage Building, with 3,210 assignable square feet of space, on the old UCSC "LPG" site off of High Street.
The Emergency Response Center Building would provide dispatch facilities,
offices for emergency service personnel, public police areas (e.g., a
report-taking room and a form-processing area), a records office, interview
rooms, a laboratory for evidence preparation, and space for data/communications
systems. The Equipment Storage Building would provide space for the storage
of emergency equipment. Other project elements include parking, fencing,
landscaping, utility extensions, and storm drain improvements.
At the Public Hearing, campus planners will provide a description of
the project and its environmental effects, and members of the public will
be invited to give oral comments on the Draft EIR. Written comments on
the Draft EIR can also be submitted during the public review period, which
closes on December 29, 2003. Copies of the Draft EIR will be available
for review at the McHenry Library and at the main branch of the Santa
Cruz Public Library. Copies of the Draft EIR may also be purchased from
the UCSC Environmental Assessment Group for the cost of duplication. Call
Christine Aldecoa at (831) 460-3573 for additional information or to request
accommodations for persons with disabilities.
The UC Santa Cruz Academic Senate recently passed a resolution demanding
that a Dutch publisher of scholarly journals negotiate reasonable rates
with the University of California or face a boycott by UCSC faculty.
Elsevier, one of the largest publishers of academic journals and the
largest supplier of online journals, began negotiations with the university
seven months ago. The company has warned that access to online journals
could be lost January 1 if an agreement is not reached, said Ben Crow,
associate professor of sociology, who authored the resolution.
As publisher of Science Direct Online, Elsevier controls Internet
access to the content of about 1,200 journals. The popularity of Internet
access has set the stage for publishers to accumulate near-monopoly
profits by increasing rates for Internet access much faster than
the consumer price index, said Crow.
The resolution, which passed unanimously, urges faculty to seriously
consider cutting ties with Elsevier by refusing to sit on its boards,
referee its journals, and submit papers to the publisher.
Join OPERS on Saturday, November 15, for an evening of slides, stories, and video by the world's best rock climber, Chris Sharma. The presentation, titled "Climbing as a Life's Journey," includes slides and stories from his travels around the world, including video footage of the world's hardest rock climb, Realization, in Ceuse, France, and his pilgrimage to India. Explore the idea of self-discovery and meaning through climbing.
Sharma's presentation is a benefit for the Recreation Program and is
in conjunction with the Western Regional Outdoor Leadership Conference.
This event will be held in Classroom Unit 2 beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets
are $4/students, $6/general, available in advance at the UCSC Box Office
(831) 459-2159, or at the door. For more information, contact the Recreation
Office at (831) 459-2800.
The 2004 Benefits Open Enrollment period began November 1 and concludes
at midnight on November 30. All changes to benefit plans will be made
on the web this year at the UC
At Your Service web site.
Medical plan premiums have increased significantly this year, although
co-pays and deductibles remain the same. Detailed open enrollment information,
including plan costs, is available at atyourservice.ucop.edu/
The annual Benefits Fair will be held on Wednesday, November 19, from
noon to 3 p.m. in the lobby of the Baskin
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