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Police Start Breaking Up UCLA Encampment
UCLA Encampment Cleared,
With 130-Plus Arrests

UCLA Encampment Cleared, With 130-Plus Arrests

Hundreds of officers moved in on protest camp before dawn

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new developments. After hours of threatening arrests over loudspeakers, police began breaking up a pro-Palestinian protest encampment on the UCLA campus before dawn on Thursday. The AP reports that the sound of flash-bangs could be heard as hundreds of officers moved in and started...

Riot Police Respond to Clashes at UCLA

Objects thrown, pepper spray used as counter-protesters confront pro-Palestinian movement

(Newser) - Violence erupted on the UCLA campus early Wednesday after the university declared its pro-Palestinian encampment unlawful. Shortly before midnight, counter-protesters in masks began trying to dismantle the encampment while protesters held firm, some donning goggles and helmets. Several fights broke out over the ensuing hours, the Los Angeles Times reports,...

Suit: Barbie Maker Reneged on Promise of Big Donation

UCLA Foundation says Mattel should pay the full $49M that was pledged

(Newser) - The UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital bears the name of the company that donated $25 million to support the hospital's construction in 1998. But Mattel and the UCLA Foundation are now at odds over what the latter claims is the toymaker's decision to renege on a much larger...

LA Tests $1K Monthly Payment to Prevent Homelessness

Early data suggests pilot program using artificial intelligence to identify those at risk is working

(Newser) - While some fear artificial intelligence will steal their likeness, work, and jobs, Los Angeles hopes the technology will prevent 20 net people from falling into homelessness each day. "On average, for every 207 individuals who exit homelessness daily, 227 more enter," reads a report cited by KTLA . To...

UCLA Pauses Dorm Project Over 'Worrisome' Room Size

Board questions mental health effects of putting three students in 265 square feet

(Newser) - Regents like the idea of low-cost housing for students at UCLA, but they're questioning what the residents of a proposed dorm would be getting for their money. The plans call for triple-occupancy rooms of 265 square feet, which would include three beds, desks, closets, and a refrigerator. Plus, somehow,...

UC to Pay $243.6M Over Gynecologist's Alleged Abuse
Ex-UCLA Gynecologist
Convicted of Sexual Abuse

Ex-UCLA Gynecologist Convicted of Sexual Abuse

Dr. James Heaps was found guilty on some counts, not guilty on others

(Newser) - Update: The former UCLA gynecologist embroiled in a sexual abuse scandal was on Thursday convicted of some of the 21 counts he faced, which involved accusations from seven women. Dr. James Heaps, 65, was found guilty of five counts of sexually abusing female patients and not guilty on seven other...

UCLA Advertises Teaching Job With $0 Salary

It sought candidates with PhDs and extensive experience

(Newser) - In what academics say is just one example of a much bigger problem, UCLA recently advertised an assistant adjunct professor position that required extensive qualifications in return for a salary of nothing. "Applicants must understand there will be no compensation for this position," said the ad on an...

Suspect Arrested After UCLA Mass Shooting Threat

Boulder police say Matthew Harris also threatened violence in that city

(Newser) - This story has been updated with news of Harris' arrest. A former University of California, Los Angeles lecturer accused of threatening a mass shooting is now in custody. Police in Boulder, Colorado say Matthew Harris barricaded himself inside his home but was taken into custody peacefully after around three hours,...

iPhones of the Future May Keep Tabs on Your Mental Health

Apple has teamed up with Biogen, UCLA to study depression, anxiety, cognitive decline

(Newser) - We rely on our devices for practically everything these days, and Apple apparently hopes we'll soon check our iPhones to get a better handle on our mental health. The tech giant has previously teamed up with UCLA on mental health research, and with pharmaceuticals company Biogen on studying cognitive...

UCLA Coach Sentenced in Admissions Scandal

Jorge Salcedo, who collected $200K in bribes, told judge he couldn't afford his house

(Newser) - A former UCLA men's soccer coach was sentenced to eight months behind bars Friday for pocketing $200,000 in bribes to help applicants get into the school as bogus athletic recruits. Jorge Salcedo told the judge that he joined in the college admissions bribery scheme because he was desperate...

Nia Dennis' 'Masterpiece' Sparks a Race Discussion

UCLA gymnast goes viral (again) for a floor routine celebrating Black culture

(Newser) - UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis is making a habit of going viral with her floor routines. In February, she did so with a Beyonce-inspired performance , notes CNN . But she's outdone herself with a new routine celebrating Black culture that has racked up more than 10 million views on Twitter . "...

Audit: UC Admitted 64 Students as 'Favors'

State audit came in response to college admissions scandal

(Newser) - A California state audit has found that the University of California wrongly admitted at least 64 wealthy students over the past six years as “favors to donors, family, and friends." The California State Auditor also found in the audit released Tuesday that campus staff falsely designated 22 of...

Suspended Prof Refused to Alter Final Exam Amid Protests

Gordon Klein of UCLA is no fan of 'special treatment'

(Newser) - A professor at UCLA for 39 years has been suspended—and is now receiving police protection—after refusing a request to alter final exams in response to the "traumas" of black students. Accounting lecturer Gordon Klein said he was only following his supervisor's orders when he rejected the...

Donald Trump Jr. Walks Out of Book Launch

He and girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle heckled—by the right

(Newser) - Donald Trump Jr. is making the rounds to promote his new book, Triggered, and he may well have expected to encounter protesters—but the ones that forced him out of a book launch event Sunday were from the right, not the left. KTVU notes most of the anti-Trump protesters at...

Think the World Is Mean? $20M Given to Find 'Antidote'

Thanks to philanthropic gift, UCLA sets up institute dedicated to promoting kindness

(Newser) - Life can be rough, but UCLA hopes to offer a remedy. Live Science reports that, thanks to a $20 million gift from the Bedari Foundation, the university has set up the UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute. The institute will "take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding kindness—through evolutionary, biological, psychological,...

Don McLean Slams UCLA 'Morons' Over Award Fiasco

Singer blasts university after honor is announced, then rescinded

(Newser) - The UCLA Student Alumni Association decided to present Don McLean with the George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement on May 17 in Los Angeles. But just hours after the 73-year-old singer announced Monday that he would be receiving the award, the honor was rescinded, the Portland Press ...

She Won't Stop Smiling in Perfect- 10 Routine. You Won't, Either
Watch This
Gymnast Score
the Most Joyous
Perfect 10
in case you missed it

Watch This Gymnast Score the Most Joyous Perfect 10

We're not worthy, Katelyn Ohashi

(Newser) - Looking to start your weekend off with a feeling of pure joy, awe, and maybe even a little envy? This now-viral video out of UCLA Athletics should do the trick. NBC Los Angeles reports on the routine that Bruins gymnast Katelyn Ohashi performed last weekend at the Collegiate Challenge in...

LiAngelo Ball Says It Wasn't His Choice to Thank Trump

Now the basketball player is trading UCLA for Lithuania

(Newser) - Former UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball says he wouldn't have thanked President Trump following his shoplifting arrest in China had UCLA not asked him to do so, USA Today reports. "They wanted to hear that, and he tweeted about it before my speech so I had to add...

LaVar Ball Pulls Son Out of UCLA
LaVar Ball Pulls
Son Out of UCLA 

LaVar Ball Pulls Son Out of UCLA

The celebrity dad says he can get his son ready for the NBA draft better anyway

(Newser) - LaVar Ball doesn't like people messing with his sons: not Donald Trump, not NBA superstars, and not UCLA. Ball, the father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, says he is pulling his second oldest, LiAngelo, out of UCLA in response to the school suspending him for shoplifting in...

'IT WAS ME': Trump Ramps Up Feud With UCLA Father

Calls LaVar Ball 'ungrateful fool,' takes credit for getting his son freed by China

(Newser) - The father of one of the UCLA basketball players freed by China after shoplifting maintains that he's not in a feud with President Trump over the incident, but the president may feel differently. Trump fired off two tweets Wednesday morning critical of LaVar Ball, at times referring to Ball...

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