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UC Merced Offers Something for Everyone

March 14, 2008

UC Merced Offers Something for Everyone

All work and no play makes for a very dull existence. But life at UC Merced is hardly dull - especially if you know where to look for fun.

For instance, the academic quad has been busy today with students, faculty and staff taking advantage of the
Math Society’sfree pie giveaway in honor of Pi Day, which is celebrated every March 14 by math enthusiasts around the world.

Last week, the
Dining Commonscourtyard had about 250 students rocking out to the sounds of Calsius, who performed in honor of Rock the Vote. The concert, sponsored by the
Office of Student Life, included a barbecue dinner and lots of giveaways.

The Office of Student Life is busy right now, making plans for the annual Fairy Shrimp Festival, which will be April 19. The campus fair, which honors Earth Day, is an all-day affair that attracts people from all over to campus for fun, food and entertainment.

Off campus, UC Merced is making an impact in the local arts community.

Psychologymajor H.D. Southerland and staffer

Regan Pope, who works in the
Office of Admissions, have roles in the Playhouse Merced production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

Southerland portrays Stanley, and Pope plays his wife, Stella, in the Tennessee Williams play. Both Southerland and Pope are veterans of Playhouse Merced, though this is the first time they’ve been cast together.

Both of us have great roles, Pope said. But it’s hard for some people to separate us from our characters. My colleagues, friends and family have a tough time watching me portray an abused wife.

This is the final weekend for A Streetcar Named Desire. Shows will be tonight, Saturday night, and a Sunday matinee. The theater is at 452 W. Main St., in Merced. For ticket information, call the box office at (209) 725-8587.

A partnership with the Gallo Center for the Arts will allow the university to offer students the opportunity to expand their cultural horizons without breaking the bank.

The university will take a chartered bus of students and community members to see performances at the Gallo Center. Break!, an urban funk spectacular, will take the stage
 of the Modesto center in April, and the national Broadway tour of CATS will make its stop in May. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Mason, Robbins, Gnass & Browning, UC Merced students will be able to see shows on April 26 and May 5 for $10 apiece, which includes transportation via charter bus.

As part of the partnership, Break! will be on campus April 23 to present a street-dancing demonstration, which should further inspire students to attend the April 26 show in


It’s an opportunity to expose students to the arts community in a way that’s both fun and convenient, said

Charles Nies, associate vice chancellor of Student Affairs.

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