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Word From Westwood - Oct. 23, 2012
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  10/24/2012

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Oct. 23, 2012

There is plenty of buzz on campus about everything going on in the coming days at New Pauley Pavilion, and there should be, but that is not all that has fans talking. Jim Mora and his staff have put together a football team that is 5-2, and headed to Tempe this weekend.

ASU Awaits Football Team on Saturday
After a bye last week, the 5-2 UCLA football team hits the road for an important contest at Arizona State this Saturday. The game will be played at noon and will be televised LIVE on FX and broadcast on radio on the IMG UCLA Sports Network, including flagship station AM 570, FOX Sports LA.

Next Football Home Game - November 3 vs. Arizona
After returning from Tempe, the Bruins will host the Arizona Wildcats in the annual homecoming/parents weekend game at 7:30 pm on Saturday, November 3 at the Rose Bowl. Tickets start at just $19 apiece and are available by visiting UCLABruins.com or calling 310-UCLA-WIN (825-2946).


Wooden Statue Unveiling Kicks off Pauley Events
This Friday afternoon at 2:30 pm, "Welcome Back Pauley Week" will officially kick off with the unveiling of the statue of former UCLA Basketball Coach John R. Wooden, an event that is open to the public outside the venue's North entrance.

The "week" is really more than two weeks' worth of activities, culminating with the Nov. 9-11 opening weekend of men's and women's basketball games, UCLA Athletics' Celebration of Title IX, and men's volleyball coach Al Scates' retirement party. For more information on the week, please click here.

Kareem to be Roasted by His Friends
Speaking of statues, as many UCLA fans may already know, Bruin legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is receiving his statue at the Staples Center on November 16, when the Lakers face the Phoenix Suns.

The next night, Kareem's Skyhook Foundation will be putting on a celebrity roast for him, hosted by George Lopez and featuring several celebrities, including Earvin "Magic" Johnson, many of the "Showtime" era Lakers, and numerous comedians, actors and politicians. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Skyhook Foundation. Please visit the foundation website for more details or to purchase tickets.

Bruin Varsity Club Event Connects Current Student-Athletes with Mentors
This week, the Bruin Varsity Club and the Bruin Athletic Council will host a networking night for student-athletes in the Hall of Fame Press Room. The event, now in its third year, invites mentors from various careers and fields to speak to the student-athletes about professional development in a roundtable discussion format.

The Networking Night begins with a period of social networking, where the student-athletes are given the chance to practice their professional etiquette skills with each mentor. The event will then move on to roundtable discussions led by the BVC Mentors.

For additional information on the Bruin Varsity Club Mentor and Networking programs, please contact Courteney Cosso, Director of the Bruin Varsity Club, at (310) 206-4458 or ccosso@athletics.ucla.edu.

Olympic Sports Report

  • The #2-ranked men's water polo team defeated UC Santa Barbara (10-5) and UC San Diego (13-6) on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, and will return to the pool on Thursday to host #8-ranked Pepperdine at 7 pm.
  • The #2-ranked women's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to 24 games with victories over Colorado (2-1) and Utah (2-0), and hosts #21 California on Friday at 3 pm and #1 Stanford on Sunday at 6pm. Both matches will be televised live by the Pac-12 Networks.
  • The #6-ranked women's volleyball team swept both Utah and Colorado, 3-0, last week to improve to 14-4 and will continue their four-match homestand on Friday against Colorado at 7 pm at the John Wooden Center on the Pac-12 Networks.
  • The men's and women's cross country teams had yet another impressive performance Friday at the Titan Invitational, as the #24-ranked women and #15-ranked men each took second overall in the team category. Next, both teams will host the Pac-12 Championships in Santa Clarita this weekend.
  • Following a week off, the #7-ranked men's soccer team travels to the Pacific Northwest to take on Oregon State on Friday, Oct. 26 at 1 pm and Washington on Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 pm. Both contests will be Pac-12 Networks telecasts.
  • The #4-ranked men's golf team placed second at the U.S. Collegiate Championships (hosted by Georgia Tech) and posted a 54-hole score of 875 (+11), one stroke behind host Georgia Tech, which won the event. The women's team finished with an 879 (+27) at the Stanford Intercollegiate over the weekend, which was good enough to tie for eighth in the tournament. Next, the men will head to Monterey, CA for the Stanford Classic at the Cypress Point G.C. on Oct. 29-30, while the women will travel to the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational on Oct. 28-30.
  • A pair of UCLA men's tennis players advanced to the finals of the USTA/ITA Regionals at UC Irvine, with sophomore Marcos Giron defeating Dennis Mrktchian and Giron earning a trip to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, which will be contested Nov. 8-11 in Flushing Meadows, New York, site of the U.S. Open. Meanwhile, on the women's side, another sophomore, Robin Anderson won the USTA/ITA Southwest regional crown and will also compete in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. The entire women's team returns to action at the USTA Collegiate Invitational from Nov. 2-4 in Portland, OR, and the men (sans Giron) will return to action in the So Cal Intercollegiate Championship from Nov. 7-11 in Los Angeles.
  • Over the weekend, the men's volleyball team had a strong showing with exhibition wins over USC (2-0), Pacific (2-0) and Stanford, but fell to UC Irvine (2-0) and CS Northridge (2-1) at the USC Tournament. They will be off for the next three weeks before hosting the annual Alumni match on Nov. 11 at New Pauley Pavilion. First serve is 2 pm.

Thoughts from the Athletic Director

After 33 months of construction in Pauley Pavilion, campus recreation and athletics recently received our long-awaited certificate of occupancy for the building.

With that in hand, one of the first orders of business was to gather all the individuals (and groups) involved in a typical Bruin game day to participate in a comprehensive orientation to the building. This task began on Monday night as everyone from the event production team to the spirit squad, from the ushers to the campus police, from the stats crew to the PA announcer, came together to work through logistics in transformed Pauley Pavilion.

At the end of this exercise, the sentiment was overwhelmingly positive. From an operations standpoint, as well as an aesthetic one, Pauley is outstanding in every way. However, that is not to say that the pavilion won't have the growing pains that any new arena goes through during its inaugural season. Over the next couple of months, we will continue to work hand-in-hand with the contractor to work on "punch list" items, as is customarily the case when new buildings are first opened. Tweaks, adjustments and modifications will no doubt occur as systems, lights and other parts of the arena are tested, both in game and non-game environments. We will also rely on you, our fans, to provide constructive feedback on your experience in the arena.

It's a great building, but you'll have to see it to believe it. Please join us over the next two weeks for our "Welcome Back to Pauley" events and following that, be sure to support your Bruin student-athletes at their matches, games, and meets as they return home to the one of the country's preeminent collegiate arenas.

Go Bruins!

Dan Guerrero
UCLA Athletic Director

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