Word From Westwood - Oct. 16, 2012
Oct. 17, 2012
Much of the UCLA community has turned its attention to the opening of New Pauley Pavilion. This momentous occasion is now less than two weeks away, and the first activity associated with it, the unveiling of the John R. Wooden statue, is just days from now (October 26).
All of the activity around Pauley is the culmination of several years of hard work by countless people associated with the university, both inside the athletic department and elsewhere, and each of them deserves the kudos they will receive when the doors open.
Until then, be rest assured that they will all be working as hard as they can to ensure that the ultimate experience will be had by each of the visitors who enters the arena.
Football Defeats Utah, Takes 5-2 Record into Bye Week
Following their bye, the Bruins travel to Arizona State for a Pac-12 South Division matchup against the Sun Devils on October 27. 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
The game time for the Arizona contest will be announced by the conference on Monday. Tickets start at just $19 apiece and are available by visiting UCLABruins.com or calling 310-UCLA-WIN (825-2946).
UCLA Student Event in Pauley to Kick-off Parents Weekend
This is an event for students, put on by students. The funds generated through ticket sales will be used by the Recreation Department and student organizations to fund the costs of the festival, event production, and event night operations.
More details can be found here.
Dribble for the Cure Registration Remains Open
Two UCLA Teams to Play BCA Games This Week
UCLA's women's soccer team will be holding its Breast Cancer Awareness game on Sunday (Oct. 21) against Utah. The team will be in pink jerseys, and all fans wearing pink will receive free admission. Following the match, the team plans to auction off the jerseys, with proceeds going towards breast cancer research.
Olympic Sports Report
Last weekend, I had the distinct pleasure to partake in two very different events -- one that put me in the room with many great Bruins from the past and the other that put me close to our current Bruins.
My fondest recollection of the Grand Ballroom in Ackerman Union prior to being there last Friday night was as an undergraduate at UCLA, attending free concerts by Carole King, just prior to her landmark album Tapestry being released, and Sha Na Na, that zany rock and roll group from the "Streets of New York." On Friday night, I attended another unforgettable event in the Grand Ballroom as we honored the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2012: Ron Ballatore (men's swimming coach), Dr. Julie Bremner Romias (women's volleyball), Jack Hirsch (men's basketball), Fred McNeill (football), Stacey Nuveman (softball), Charles Pasarell (men's tennis), Coralie Simmons (women's water polo) and Stella Umeh (gymnastics) and Dr. Gerald Finerman, UCLA's team physician inducted for his extraordinary service to the department.
There were more than 500 people in attendance as we feted these great Bruins, and the stories told in the room were absolutely amazing. Many of those who attended, including a host of former Bruin swimmers, were there to honor five-time Olympic coach, Ron Ballatore, who enjoyed a glorious 16-year career here in Westwood as the men's swim coach. His wife Ann spoke wonderfully on behalf of Ron, who passed away earlier this year, expressing in her remarks why Ron was such a special person, as well as a wonderful coach, in a way that only a spouse could convey.
The next morning, I shifted gears, went back in time a few decades, and joined with current UCLA students on the bus ride to the Rose Bowl, to get a taste of the student game day experience. The day began when I jumped in the student bus line on Bruin Walk around 9:30 am with Dominic Sandler, a junior at UCLA, presently interning in the athletic marketing department.
We continued on the 26-mile ride to the Rose Bowl, with Dom running me through the pre-game paces upon arrival at the Arroyo. While at the Rose Bowl, I had a chance to meet with many students and absolutely loved their energy and enthusiasm for the team and the campus. Sitting in the stands with the students for the first half of the Utah game was also a blast. Taking part in eight claps, chanting cheers like "DE-FENSE" and doing the Bruin spell out made me feel, shall I say, "young again." I enjoyed every aspect of the experience and will work with our department and The Den to seek more ways to enhance game day for our students at all Bruin sporting events, including football.
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