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The New York Times, July 12, 2016
Scholars steeped in dead politicians take on a live one: Donald Trump
In the 1920s, fear of immigrants fueled the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and exclusionary laws aimed at European Catholics and Asians, said Ms. Ruiz, a professor of history at the University of California, Irvine, and past president of the American Historical Association. Also, about one-third of the Mexican population in this country was pushed out, more than half of them United States citizens by birth, she said. “Playing with hate has had tragic consequences throughout our history,” she said.

ABC 7, July 13, 2016
UC Irvine senior gets re-staged graduation after missing ceremony due to surgery
Sweica’s grandmother Sandra Schrader …. wrote a letter to UCI’s chancellor. … “We immediately got excited about the opportunity. We reached out, we talked to Mrs. Schrader, and the rest is history,” said UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman. Moved by the letter, Gillman and his team organized the commencement re-do, complete with speakers, a diploma and a turning of the tassels.

Orange County Register, July 12, 2016
UCI holds surprise graduation ceremony for athlete who fell ill
After more than four years as a student-athlete at UC Irvine, Christopher Swieca had looked forward to the day he would attend graduation with his fellow water polo teammates. … Just two days before the June 10 ceremony, Swieca’s doctor told him he needed another surgery. … Then on Tuesday, UC Irvine presented the 23-year-old Swieca a gift to make up for what he had missed. The university hosted a surprise commencement ceremony for Swieca in Chancellor Howard Gillman’s office.

The Washington Post, July 12, 2016
Why we should all worry about the Amazon catching on fire this year
The reason is the lingering effect of the recent El Nino event. Forecasts from NASA and the University of California, Irvine, and from the International Research Institute for Climate and Society suggest that because of how El Nino reduced precipitation in the region earlier this year, the Amazon is far drier than usual, and primed to burn once the dry season reaches its height this summer (the fire season runs from June through November with a September peak).

The New York Times, July 13, 2016
For whites sensing decline, Donald Trump unleashes words of resistance
And during Mr. Obama’s presidency, whites have increasingly seen his policies as freighted with preference toward blacks, according to data collected by Michael Tesler, a political scientist at the University of California, Irvine. Mr. Tesler used polling questions about the causes and depth of racial inequality – such as whether blacks suffer greater poverty because of discrimination or lack of effort – to classify people as either “racial conservatives” or “racial liberals.”

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