March 15, 2004
Faculty and staff are invited to a farewell reception for Chancellor
M.R.C. Greenwood on Thursday, March 18, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the University
Center. This is an opportunity to thank Chancellor Greenwood and wish
her well in her new position at UCOP. The event is being organized by
Alison Galloway, chair of the Academic Senate, and Rachel Huff, chair
of the Staff Advisory Board.
University Police, responding to recommendations from the University
Transportation Advisory Committee, have changed campus traffic statutes
to ban gas-powered motorized scooters--including mopeds--from the bike
path through the Great Meadow. Interim Police Captain Nancy Carroll reported
the change at the advisory committees March 10 meeting.
"We felt that due to concerns raised about exhaust emissions and
noise, that gas-powered scooters should not be allowed to operate on the
bike path," Carroll said. "This change will also make our policies
more consistent with the city of Santa Cruz."
Emissions and noise were among the reasons bicycle advocates had asked
the Transportation Advisory Committee to examine the issue. Electric bikes
will still be allowed to use the bike path under the provisions of the
UCSC student Brandon Ruiz was struck by a campus shuttle bus on Thursday,
March 11, at approximately 1:50 p.m. The accident occurred on Heller Drive
near Kresge College. Mr. Ruiz was taken to Stanford Medical Center in
the Life Flight helicopter with a head laceration, broken leg and scrapes.
He was released in time to return to class activities on Monday, March
The cause of the accident is being investigated. There also was a minor injury to a passenger in the shuttle, requiring treatment at the scene.
Psychologys Craig Haney, an expert on super maximum-security prisons,
was interviewed by the producers of the upcoming television special, Engineering
Supermax Prisons. The program will air March 18 at 10 p.m. on the
Learning Channel, and again March
19 at 1 a.m.
Haney, who specializes in the psychological aspects of prison incarceration,
spent several hours with the producers and appears briefly on the program.
Designed to hold the most violent criminals, supermax prisons confine
high-profile felons, those who belong to prison gangs, and prisoners who
have killed fellow inmates or prison guards.
But conditions inside supermax facilities can lead to long-term psychological
disorders--and advance the suffering of mentally ill individuals, says
Haney, who has studied inmates in supermax prisons in more than a dozen
states. Haneys testimony in a Texas case was influential in a judges
landmark declaration that supermax prison conditions constituted "cruel
and unusual" punishment.
The Life Lab Science Program is
offering a new After-School Garden Days program. It will take place from
3:30 to 5 p.m. on five consecutive Tuesdays beginning April 13.
Children ages 7 to11 will work alongside garden staff, tending to the
hens and honey bees, sowing spring seeds, and cooking in the garden kitchen.
The cost is $20 per class or $85 for the series (Members of Life Lab pay
Work is nearly complete for interior alterations in the Communications
Building to accommodate the expanded needs of the Film and Digital Media
and Information Technology Services departments, and people are moving
into the facility. The new Communications Building will be dedicated during
Banana Slug Spring Fair on April 17.
Construction update story