Nov. 16, 2023
UCI Digest
Cartoon of bear holding a telescope
Anteater Time Machine: In 1965, this bear Mariner was one of six potential school mascots proposed by UCI administrators. Scroll down to see the other candidates.


Trustee donates $5 million to boost STEM diversity

Stacey Nicholas
A $5 million gift from UCI Foundation trustee Stacey Nicholas (above) to The Henry Samueli School of Engineering will endow a campus program that supports the recruitment, retention and graduation of students to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in science, technology, engineering and math. With the gift, the newly renamed Stacey Nicholas Office of Outreach, Access and Inclusion will create the Women and Engineering Program to provide leadership training, mentorship, professional development and other services to promote the success of women in engineering. The program is open to all students committed to this mission.

Students learn hands-on archaeology in ‘I Dig UCI’

I Dig UCI undergraduate students and instructor Ian Straughn
Every Saturday, upper-level undergraduate students cluster around three boarded-up farmhouses near the ARC. They're here for Anthro 148, colloquially referred to as “I Dig UCI.” The class is an introduction to archaeological fieldwork in which students participate in a real excavation of the oldest structures on campus–and some of the oldest architecture still standing in this part of Orange County. Their findings have yielded surprising insights into the history of UCI and the ranchland it stands upon.


UCI Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday, 8 p.m. (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

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The UCI mascots that might have been

(clockwise from upper left) a swashbuckling Mariner, a bear Mariner, an Explorer (who looks suspiciously like the first mariner, except in a different costume), a Dolphin, a Clipper and a Toro
In 1965, UCI administrators dreamed up six possible mascots for the new campus. The nominees were (clockwise from upper left) a swashbuckling Mariner, a bear Mariner, an Explorer (who looks suspiciously like the first mariner, except in a different costume), a Dolphin, a Clipper and a Toro. Instead, students drafted the cartoon anteater from Johnny Hart’s popular “B.C.” comic strip (below).
BC Anteater illustration
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