Former UCI basketball star Scott Brooks ’87 is a big believer in the power of scholarships to change lives – for good reason. Without a scholarship offer from then-UCI coach Bill Mulligan, Brooks said, he wouldn’t be where he is today: "I would not have been an NBA player or an NBA coach. I was the youngest of seven kids, and I would not have been able to go to college without an athletic scholarship." Brooks made the comment to the Daily Pilot and other media Sept. 21 at Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, where he participated in a golf tournament in his name to raise money for (wait for it) UCI scholarships.
Interviewed by the Los Angeles Times during a performance at a retirement community in downtown L.A., saxophone player and UCI music lecturer Charles Owens had some interesting things to say about growing old and teaching. “A dirty mind is a good thing at any age,” he said, before introducing an R&B number called “Funk It” to the seniors. “We ain’t dead yet!” Owens, who directs the UCI Jazz Orchestra, also said: "Teaching is really cool. It's taken the place of the club jam session. For a long time, I didn't think you could learn jazz in a college situation – I thought it was bullcorn." And now? "I've had four or five students that I would put up against anybody."
Protestors in the grassroots movement born of frustration with big banking – Occupy Wallstreet – showed some media savvy by sparking arrests when attention to their cause started to lag, at least according to UCI’s David Meyer, a professor of sociology at the University of California at Irvine and author of “The Politics of Protest: Social Movements in America.” He was interviewed by Bloomberg Businessweek about recent arrests: “This gets you into the prime time. The question activists face is ‘How do you do something that generates news, which doesn't implicate you for being at fault?' And I guess New York City police were really helpful in this regard.”