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By Stephen Ceasar | February 25, 2014
UC Irvine's plan for a massive, $2-million commencement ceremony in a baseball stadium -- possibly with President Obama delivering the address -- has stirred anger among some of those it's meant to celebrate. The Orange County campus has asked Obama to deliver the school's commencement address on June 14 at  Angel Stadium  in Anaheim. The university is scheduled to send about 10,000 invitations from students, alumni and staff to the  White House  this week. But to accommodate the event - - which is also a 50th anniversary celebration for the campus -- the university has canceled the smaller ceremonies traditionally held by individual schools, angering students and families who have sent invitations, booked travel and wished to walk across the stage.
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SPORTS
February 21, 2014
UC Irvine Pregame Vs. Cal State Northridge Saturday 7:30 p.m. at Cal State Northridge The Big-West-Conference-leading UC Irvine men's basketball team has won five straight and 11 of its last 13 heading into Saturday's contest with the Matadors. UCI (18-9, 9-2 in conference) maintains a one-game lead over UC Santa Barbara, and a 1.5-game edge over Long Beach State. UCI earned an overtime win at Hawaii to open the road trip on Thursday and will be trying to maintain its perfect record in six February games.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | February 20, 2014
Whitney Cummings has her friends to thank for her career as a comedian. Oh, and a slew of failed relationships. Born in Washington D.C., Cummings spent much of her youth complaining - basically, screaming - about heartbreak and injustices. Many who repeatedly found themselves listening to her anger suggested seeking therapy or becoming a comic. "They were just trying to figure out a way to get me to stop yelling at them all the time," she recounted, laughing. "Someone said to me, 'You should be a stand-up comedian - you should try that.' And I remember thinking in my head, 'Oh, yeah, that's right, I'm a stand-up comedian.' I didn't have to think about it - it was like I had found something I'd lost.
NEWS
By Larry Gordon and By Larry Gordon | February 19, 2014
Five years ago, UC Merced students successfully persuaded First Lady Michelle  Obama  to speak at their commencement ceremony that spring. They had bombarded her with hundreds of valentines and pulled every possible political string between Central California and Washington. To their delight and surprise, she accepted and addressed what was the new school's first graduating class. Now,  UC Irvine  is hoping similar tactics will work with her husband. The Orange County campus has asked President Obama to deliver the school's commencement address on June 14, possibly at  Angel Stadium  in Anaheim.
SPORTS
February 18, 2014
UC Irvine junior Zack La Cavera was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week in men's volleyball after leading the Anteaters to a pair of home wins over top-five opponents last week. The 6-foot-4 opposite recorded 17 kills, three digs, three blocks, and one ace in a five-game win over then-No. 5 USC. He pounded five kills in both the second and third set to put UCI in position to win the match. La Cavera had another 17-kill night against then-No. 3 Pepperdine, nine coming in the opening set. He hit .448 against the Waves, adding two aces, two digs and two blocks.
NEWS
February 15, 2014
A UC Irvine doctor is looking for volunteers to participate in a clinical trial of a drug meant to fight some affects of in Parkinson's disease. Dr. Neal Hermanowicz needs volunteers from the Irvine area who would help test the affects of rasagiline tablets on mild cognitive impairment that can come from Parkinson's, according to a news release. Participants in the trials need to meet specific requirements including being between the age of 45 and 80. The study is recruiting participants through March.
SPORTS
February 15, 2014
Junior right fielder Gabrielle Jackson was a combined five for six with six runs batted in and two doubles, as host Vanguard University swept Embry Riddle in a nonconference softball doubleheader Saturday. Vanguard claimed an 8-0 victory in the opener. Junior catcher Breanne Gomez and junior shortstop Haley Croce each were two for two, while sophomore starting pitcher Taylor Doyle scattered five hits in four shutout innings, striking out five to improve to 3-0. Freshman Taylor Wilson and junior Taylor Hallahan each had two hits and scored twice as Vanguard won the second game, 9-1. Sophomore Alexandra Olvera allowed one earned run and six hits to improve to 2-0. Vanguard is now 9-2, while Embry Riddle is 1-3. — WOMEN'S BASKETBALL UC Riverside 87, UC Irvine 75 RIVERSIDE — UCI senior forward Camille Buckley had 28 points and 15 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season in Saturday's Big West Conference game.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | February 8, 2014
At several key instances in the Big West Conference game against visiting UC Davis on Saturday afternoon, the UC Irvine women's basketball team uttered a collective groan when one of its shot attempts bounded or swirled in-and-out. But, thanks in large part to the third double-double of the week for a UCI player, the Anteaters were able to prevail, 79-73, in overtime to complete a two-game home conference sweep for the week and inch up the congested Big West standings. Junior Methlyn Onomoguho loaded up on the stat sheet for the winners, producing 20 points and 13 rebounds for her second double-double of the week.
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