UCI News

USA Today, March 21, 2019
UC Irvine and its anteater mascot: ‘We’re unique. We’re fun. We get people’s attention’
For only the second time ever, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will include an anteater. That would be Peter the Anteater, mascot of 13th-seeded UC Irvine, which on Friday will play the pedestrian-named and fourth-seeded Kansas State Wildcats in a first-round matchup. … “There are no other Anteaters anywhere,’’ UC Irvine coach Russell Turner said. “We’re unique. We’re fun. We get people’s attention, and I love that because I feel like our university could use more positive exposure.’’

Orange County Register, March 20, 2019 (Video)
Fans send off UC Irvine Anteaters to NCAA tournament
The UC Irvine basketball team was sent off to the NCAA tournament, as fans gathered to wish them well on their way to San Jose. The Anteaters, seeded 13th in the South Region, will take on the fourth-seeded Kansas State Wildcats at SAP Center on Friday. “We’re not just happy to be here,” UCI forward Jonathan Galloway said. “We’re here for a reason, and that’s to advance in the tournament. We’re all just excited, and cherishing the moment.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

ESPN, March 19, 2019
Ranking 2019 NCAA tournament coaches as players, 1-68
33. Russell Turner, UC Irvine Anteaters — Turner was a two-time All-American at Division III Hampden-Sydney, establishing a school record with 2,272 points and leading the school to the first two NCAA tournament appearances in its history. Turner was inducted into the Hampden-Sydney Hall of Fame in 2002.

Peterson’s, March 20, 2019
How Today’s College Campuses Approach Drinking and How You Can Stay Safe
Doug Everhart, Director of Student Health & Wellness at the University of California, Irvine, gave an overview of the recent history of approaches to youth drinking and drug use. … Overall, the message became more positive and is now used as a tiered message approach …. UC Irvine, as well as other schools, take the approach of coupling these messages with supportive environments in order to validate them.

Metropolis, March 20, 2019
Scaling Up Performance: Integrating Resilient Thinking Across Campuses, Districts, and Cities
Wendell Brase, associate chancellor for sustainability at the University of California, Irvine, underscored the importance of scalability. He illustrated this notion through the unit of the building, which “often [embodies] worst-case design thinking,” he said. Like laboratories, buildings “tend to be over-designed because they have so many systems and use so much energy”—in the case of UC Irvine, they represent two-thirds of the campus’s energy consumption and CO2 output. By using CO2 and light sensors, Brase and his team have been able to fine-tune energy use campus-wide.

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