UCI News

Polygon, March 30, 2016
University of California, Irvine announces a League of Legends scholarship
“We think esports is growing quickly,” [Mark] Deppe said. “We expect other schools to follow our lead. UCI is excited to be a leader.” … “We did a survey on campus with over 1,200 respondents,” he said. “Seventy-two percent said they identify as a gamer. If we are the number one school for gamers, we’re going to be attracting a lot of people. We want to be a first-choice school, and I think if we’re the best gaming and esports school out there, then we can attract a lot of fantastic students.”

The Daily Dot, March 30, 2016
UC Irvine is the biggest school yet to launch esports, League of Legends scholarship program
It’s also the first school ranked in the Top 100 of the U.S. News college rankings to launch such a program. … The program will focus on four main “pillars,” as [Mark] Deppe calls them: competition, community, entertainment and education. He believes esports has the potential to bring those facets together on the Irvine campus. … As for education, UC Irvine is the first public research university to add an esports program, and it’s one known for conducting extensive gaming research.

Southern California Public Radio, March 30, 2016
UC Irvine’s new e-sports program includes scholarships and a video gaming ‘arena’
“We hope to attract the best gamers from around the world,” Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Thomas Parham said in a press release. … The school has a large gaming community. College Magazine ranked it the top school for gamers last year, with the largest computer game science major in the country. … Parham said that the school’s esports team would be built on “competition, academics, entertainment and community.”

Los Angeles Times, March 31, 2016
Don’t mock or ignore students’ lack of support for free speech. Teach them
Howard Gillman, chancellor and professor of law, political science and history at UC Irvine [and] Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean and a professor at the UC Irvine School of Law, [write]: Teaching a freshman seminar on freedom of speech on college campuses has made us aware of the urgent need to educate the current generation of students about the importance of the 1st Amendment.

Time, March 29, 2016
Twitter can help you quit smoking: Study
“Because of the low cost and high scalability of social media, Tweet2Quit has tremendous potential to deliver low-cost tobacco treatments on a global scale,” said Cornelia Pechmann, professor of marketing at UCI, in a press release.

The New York Times Magazine, March 30, 2016
What happened when venture capitalists took over the Golden State Warriors
[Joe] Lacob has fantasized about owning a team since he was 9 …. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, as the first in his family to attend college …. As an undergraduate at Irvine, Lacob took a calculus class from Edward Thorp, whose 1962 book, Beat the Dealer, proved that a blackjack player could gain a slight edge on the house by counting cards. … His purchase of the Warriors, I realized, was the same way. He counted the cards and played the odds. And he won.

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