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Come Home to Play

UCR Homecoming Brings a C Change

Events and activities invite alumni to come home to play

(February 20, 2007)

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Fraternity members paint the "C" blue and gold.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — This week is homecoming at UC Riverside, and observant Riversiders might notice that the giant concrete “C” on Box Springs Mountain has changed its stripes, courtesy of UCR fraternity members.

The week will also include a bonfire and fireworks on Friday night, as well as a homecoming basketball game Saturday against UC Santa Barbara, followed by a party around the bell tower, which will be bathed in blue and gold lights.

A high-profile and especially spirited homecoming week will last through Saturday, Feb. 24, when basketball players will take the court for a matchup against UC Santa Barbara. The women will play at 2 p.m. and the men will play at 5 p.m., both games in the Student Recreation Center. An afterparty featuring popular hip hop artists will start after the games, turning the bell tower mall into an outdoor dance club.

On campus, UCR’s mascot, Scotty the Bear, will be racing behind a piled-high book cart down the sidewalk in front of the library during the day. In the student Commons, the mascot will challenge students to a quick tournament of “Dance, Dance Revolution.”

A bonfire and fireworks show will be visible at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 in parking lot 30, at the corner of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Canyon Crest Drive. The week also includes a barbecue, a tribute to long-time volleyball coach Sue Gozansky, guided tours, a hike to the “C,” and a variety of other events. Current UCR faculty members will even offer all comers a taste of college instruction:

• Toby Miller, director of Film and Visual Culture, will teach on “What Sort of Media Do We Want in Our Future?”
• Donald Cooksey, executive associate dean of the Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension, will talk about “A Century of Agricultural Innovation at UCR;
• Andrew Jacobs, professor of religious studies, tackles the Da Vinci Code in “Gospel Thrillers: Popular Culture and Earliest Christianity;”
• Richard Cardullo, professor and chair of the biology department, talks about “Bringing Research Alive: Technology in Today’s Learning Environment.”

All events are open to the public, although parking costs $6 per day.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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