UCI News

The New York Times, March 19, 2019
The Best College Basketball Team in California Probably Isn’t the One You Think
This year the best college basketball team from California is not U.C.L.A.; it is not Stanford, or San Diego State. No, this year, the best college basketball team from California might just be the University of California, Irvine. Yes, you read that right. The Anteaters. (Zot! Zot! Zot!) “We’re one of the top teams on the West Coast, and we have proven we’re probably the best team in California,” Ryan Badrtalei, an assistant coach at U.C. Irvine, said in a telephone interview on Monday. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

The Washington Post, March 19, 2019
Who watches ISIS beheading videos in the U.S.? Men, Christians and the fearful, say psychologists.
Roxane Cohen Silver began trying to understand how graphic images pollute the human psyche in the terror-struck days after the 9/11 attacks, when sights and sounds of the twin towers crumbling flooded newspapers, television and radio. The latest work by the professor of psychological science at the University of California at Irvine arrives in the midst of a reckoning with another terrorist attack. … Her results, published late last month, hold clues about what sort of people are drawn to these images of destruction, as well as the psychological toll the gruesome material may take. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Variety, March 18, 2019
The Problem of Toxicity in Esports (and Two Solutions)
For Matthew Knutson and Amanda Cullen of UC Irvine, preventing toxicity in games begins with being prepared. The pair represented UCI’s esports program at GDC, and their half of the Diversity and Inclusion in Esports panel outlined their efforts to cultivate a welcoming environment. “We’ve been studying esports for a few years now on campus,” Knutson said, “and been involved with community play, and studying fan participation…UCI is the first university to have an officially-recognized esports program.” Underlying the program is an official code of conduct ….

Daily Pilot, March 13, 2019
Irvine tightens restrictions on boarding houses, despite opposition from UCI students
Councilman Anthony Kuo said he was sympathetic to students who need roommates to afford a place to live …. “I hate to throw them under the bus, because things have improved significantly. But the root problem is UCI wants to admit more and more students, and that’s a great thing, but they don’t plan for what happens afterward,” Kuo said. “They’re really, really good at educating students. They’re really not good at land use and planning and community building.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Broadway World, March 18, 2019
UCI & Santa Ana High Symphony Collaboration Results In More Saints Than Ever Applying To Be Anteaters
“This collaboration has never been about developing musicians, it has always been about developing young people who have been valued and encouraged in a way that they can now see themselves going to college, continuing their education and taking advantage of opportunities. Music is how we are connecting with them, but this is bigger than music,” said Dr. Stephen Tucker, conductor of the UC Irvine (UCI) Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) Symphony Orchestra.

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