University of California

Alex Morgan

Nickname: Baby Horse (x)

Age: 26

Position: Forward

College: University of California

First Cap on Nt: 2010

Number of NT Caps: 100

NWSL Team: Orlando Pride

Current Status: Playing for NT and NWSL

Family: Married to Servando Carrasco (x)

What You Should Know: Came up big in the 2012 Olympics (x). One of the first female players to appear on the cover of a FIFA video game (x). Hs been recovering from an ankle injury. Has one Gold Medal and one World Cup.1/3 of Talley (Tobin, Kelley, and Alex). Is good friends with Tobin Heath (fandom calls them Talex). Has a pre-game handshake with Sydney Leroux (x). Endorsed by Tampax (x).

College Confession #23

My roomate and I got into a vicious pillow fight and I was chasing her around the apartment and we were making quite a bit of noise. Apparently, we were making much more noise than we thought because around 10 p.m. the cops showed up at our door because someone reported some noises that sound like domestic violence in our building. 

It wasn’t until we were half way through talking to the police that we realized the complaint was about us so we kept a straight face and continued to lie to the police.


Remember this guy? Turns out, he’s going to be collecting just over thirty-eight thousand dollars in workers’ compensation, as part of a settlement with the University of California, due to anxiety, stress and death threats that have plagued him since the incident that made him (in)famous. For those who may have forgotten, that’s eight thousand more than was given to the students that Pike was suspended for spraying. The settlement has already been approved by an administrative law judge. (Photo via Wayne Tilcock / The Davis Enterprise) source

Edited to reflect the fact that, while Pike was put on paid leave for his actions, his former supervisors can’t legally reveal the circumstances of his departure from UC Davis.


How Power Makes People Selfish

In 1942 a young African American Ph.D. in mathematics, David Blackwell, interviewed for a teaching job at Berkeley. He was hired, but not for many years.

When finally invited to join the statistics faculty in 1952, several of Blackwell’s new colleagues told him there was a backstory to his failed application a decade earlier. It had been decided to offer him a position in mathematics, they said, but the wife of the departmental chair, who sometimes invited the faculty to dinner, insisted she would not have a black person in her house — and the offer was squelched.

Blackwell, who eventually became the first tenured black professor in the University of California system, shares this vivid memory in a 10-hour interview with the Bancroft Library’s Regional Oral History Office (ROHO). His life history is part of a recently completed oral-history series on 18 pioneering African American faculty and senior administrators, hired before the advent of affirmative-action policies in the 1970s, who broke barriers and laid the groundwork for those who followed.

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Ucsd students demonstrate against a conference celebrating 20 years of nafta called “Mexico moving forward: 20 years of nafta and beyond”. This conference features capitalists, politicians, and academics who have made millions off of the exploitation of the poor as a result of free trade agreements and land privatization. Speakers included Janet napolitano, Luis tellez, and Jesus vizcarra.

The students marched in solidarity with the zapatistas, showing the 20 years of indigenous struggle, before occupying the institute of the Americas building and the center for Iberian and Latin American studies, a school at Ucsd that receives funding from the CIA and has produced studies used to legitimize neoliberal policies.

¡Ya basta!
¡Todo el poder al pueblo!

Update: as details of the event unfold I’ll upload them, this event just happened this morning so a lot of the details aren’t out. Here’s the press release the coalition of student groups that organized the event posted:

edit: CILAS and institute of the America’s were not in fact occupied, but were “ghost” occupied. 

UC President Janet Napolitano announced a major University of California initiative intended to marshal resources across the UC system to address global challenges related to food.

The UC Global Food Initiative grows out of a commitment by Napolitano and the 10 UC campus chancellors to work collectively to intensify and expand the efforts of the world’s premier public research university to support healthy eating, sustainable agriculture and food security. Napolitano says the goal is far-reaching.

It is to do all we can to help the world learn to feed itself in ways that are healthy and sustainable in the use of resources. Our starting blocks for this initiative are our 10 campuses, our Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. That power of 10-plus makes UC well poised to take on this challenge on a scale not possible by any other higher education entity in the world.

Read more about the initiative.

Variations of University of California's "Let There Be Light" Motto

UC Berkeley - Let there be protests and organic, locally-grown foods for all.
UCLA - Let there be stuck-up pretty bitches and construction.
UC Davis - Let there be cow tipping and hundreds and hundreds of bikes. 
UC Irvine - Let there be Asians. Many Asians.
UC  Santa Cruz - Let there be pot and a forest to smoke it in.
UC Riverside - Let there be diversity and cum trees.  
UC Santa Barbara - Let there be non-stop partying.  
UC San Diego - Let there be Sun God and Triton Eyes.
UC San Francisco - Let there be… WAIT what the fuck, there’s a UC here.
UC Merced - Let there be something. Dear God. Let there be something to keep these kids from being bored to death. 


anonymous asked:

Do you have any tips in excelling in community college?

  1. Do go to class. Unless that class is so freakin’ easy, going to class would be a waste of your time (and the instructor doesn’t care)
  2. Do extra credit. The only reason to skip out on it is if you’re cruising with 95% or higher. This thing called ‘math’ says that they’re worth more than you think they are. In some classes, “extra credit” is actually required if you want to get a solid A, the instructor just doesn’t tell you.
  3. Don’t buy textbooks first thing, ESPECIALLY from the overpriced school bookstore, unless your professor demands physical copies or it’s not available anywhere else. Search for them online first, especially if content is public domain. If you are concerned about the legal ramifications of PDF hunting, buy a used copy of the textbook or reading.
  4. Don’t choose your project partners at random. People are not to be trusted. Some of them will drop the class, in fact, so they won’t even be there to cuss out. Create a pre-screening application if you have to. (Half joking on the last one.)
  5. Don’t take more than 7 classes/22 units in any one semester, you’ll mess yourself up, even if the classes are easy.
  6. Do take advantage of summer and winter sessions. They’re great ways to either get ahead on your coursework, or to lighten the load during fall and spring semesters.
  7. Do cross-enroll between community colleges, especially if it’s a class you really need, enjoy, or have to take for completing major preparation.
  8. Do be proactive. Pay a visit to the transfer center and meet a college representative. Meet deadlines. Stay on top of your game while you’re at community college.
  9. Do visit your professor during office hours. They can clarify in-class materials. If you just want to talk about interests or other things, that works too! Highly recommended if you want to ask for a solid letter of recommendation.

There are at least 91 more tips, but you can probably look for some of them online; additions to this list are welcome and accepted.

Ten Tips for Writing a 1337* UC2 (University of California #2) Essay

As a reminder, here’s the UC2 prompt:

Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?


TIP #1:
Don’t simply write about some abstract quality you possess. Why? The essay will probably wander all over the place and it may turn out horrible.

TIP #2: Choose a specific experience that shows several awesome qualities you possess. Why? Because writing about a specific experience will help you focus the essay, plus it’ll be more interesting to the reader.

TIP #3: Consider writing about the extracurricular activity that you’ve spent the most time doing or that you care about most. Why? Like it or not, UC readers want to know what you’ve accomplished.

TIP #4: If you have to choose between a few activities, pick the one that’s the most impressive. Why? Like it or not, UC readers want to know what you’ve accomplished. Oh wait, I said that already. That must mean it’s important.

(Maybe you designed a robot horse, for example.)


TIP #5: Jot down answers to these three questions:

1. What have you done? Literally, what were your actual tasks? How did you/have you spent your time?

2. What did you learn?

TIP #6: Save discussing this until almost the end of the essay.

3. How will you continue this work?

TIP #7: Discuss specifically who you’d like to help and how. 


TIP #8: Use the Narrative Structure (tell a story), OR

TIP #9: Use the Montage Structure (jump around to different moments).

TIP #10: Look at the other supplemental essays before you start to see if there is another prompt you can also use this topic for and write your essay so that it answers both prompts at the same time.

Example: The University of Texas supplemental essay is this:

Choose an issue of importance to you—the issue could be personal, school related, local, political, or international in scope—and write an essay in which you explain the significance of that issue to yourself, your family, your community, or your generation.

It’s possible to write an essay that answers both the UC2 prompt AND this prompt at the same time, and guess what? Both essays will be better for it.

ALSO: Keep the length of your UC1 essay in mind. Both essays should be a combined 1,000 words and not a word more!


(*1337 is old school hacker/internet slang for “Leet” or “Elite.” The More You Know.)

Pepper-spraying UC Davis cop gets $38K worker’s comp

Former University of California, Davis policeman John Pike, who stirred public outrage by pepper-spraying peaceful student protestersduring a 2011 sit-in against tuition hikes, has been awarded just over $38,000 in worker’s compensation from the university for what Pike called psychiatric damage.

The ex-officer said he suffered mental distress after receiving more than 17,000 angry or threatening emails, 10,000 text messages and hundreds of letters when the video of the pepper-spraying went viral.

Pike, then a campus police lieutenant, came to symbolize law enforcement aggression against Occupy protests such as the UC Davis demonstration after video footage widely aired on TV and the Internet showed him casually dousing demonstrators in the face with a can of pepper spray as they sat on the ground.

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Photo: Brian Nguyen/Reuters/Landov

What does carbon neutrality mean?

You’ve probably been hearing that term quite a bit lately during the UN Climate Conference in Paris. Many companies and organizations, including University of California, are pledging to become carbon neutral. But what does it mean?

Prior to the Industrial Revolution, the amount of CO2 naturally expelled into the atmosphere naturally balanced the amount absorbed by the ocean and plants.

That is all part of the Earth’s biological carbon cycle process.

But as the Industrial Revolution era began, we started tipping the carbon cycle out of balance. We dug up additional hydrocarbons out of the ground to power our society. We tore down forests for wood, fuel and agriculture.

And burning all those fossil fuels is expelling CO2 at a rate that’s beyond the Earth’s natural capacity to absorb it, causing an over-accumulation in the atmosphere and destroying our natural carbon sinks at the same time.

And now we’ve reached a point where this surplus of CO2 is causing climate change that may soon be irreversible if we don’t bring the concentration back toward net zero.

So when you hear the terms carbon footprint neutralization, carbon neutrality, carbon sequestration, carbon offset, climate neutrality, etc. these are all different ways of talking about the same core issue.

Reaching carbon neutrality means taking action to reduce and offset the amount of CO2 (and other greenhouse gasses) we create in order to achieve a net zero anthropogenic carbon emission, and of course avert a potential catastrophe.

Check out this video to understand what it’ll take to reach carbon neutrality: