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Introducing University Life - A New Feature on SantaCruzWire.com

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SANTA CRUZ  (August 2010) - Love it or hate it, Santa Cruz is a university town, and our university campus influences everything from who sits on our City Council to who lives on your street. In recognition of our University neighbors, SantaCruzWire.com is introducing our new University Life section, featuring essays, opinions and reporting from and about our City on the Hill.
While most tourists come and go in a matter of hours, UC Santa Cruz brings in a new crop of wide-eyed newcomers every fall, many of whom will stay for four years and pursue unique paths toward becoming Santa Cruz locals. Our first two University Life contributors are Cameron Lee and Zack Feigenbaum - students with markedly different takes on the Santa Cruz lifestyle.

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Independence Day Santa Cruz - Freedom's Free-For-All

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By Zach Feigenbaum, Special to SantaCruzWire.com
SANTA CRUZ (August 2010) - I come from the Mecca of all that is not Santa Cruz—Orange County, in particular Irvine, or “the bubble” as we affectionately call it. Irvine was designed from the ground up as a model planned city. It was sectioned off into villages, each with its own aesthetic. Mine, for example, known as the jewel of Irvine, was designed after a New England coastal town, complete with its own fake lakes. So what has the switch to quirky Santa Cruz been like for me?

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Salty Meals for Vegans, Orphans and Prisoners

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By Cameron Lee, Special to SantaCruzWire.com
SANTA CRUZ (July 2010) - Keep in mind that there are two different kinds of people at UC Santa Cruz: Vegans, and Everyone Else. The dining halls are under the impression that Everyone Else can eat Vegan food, which usually isn't the case. There's nothing like groggily wandering into the dining hall at eight in the morning and accidentally piling your plate with powdered eggs and seitan sausage, instead of the real deal. Apparently Vegans like eating chemicals more than animals. The dining halls do have non-Vegan food as well, but then the dining halls are also under the impression that Salt is an excellent substitute for Nutrition.

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Go Slow

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Signs at UC Santa Cruz warn cyclists not to become a statistic.
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Bike Wrecks Spur Campus Concern

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Written by Maria Gaura

SANTA CRUZ (November 2009) - The bike path that trisects UC Santa Cruz’s Great Meadow offers spectacular views of Monterey Bay, and an exhilarating free-fall on the downhill ride. But a rash of serious accidents in recent months has campus officials trying to slow cyclists who blast downhill at speeds as high as 40 miles per hour, and sometimes end up in the emergency room.
This month, shortly after another cyclist was carted away in an ambulance, UCSC’s department of Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) posted informational signs along the path, Burma-Shave style, showing some chilling statistics.
“13 solo crashes on bike path in two years,” read one sign. “7 by ambulance, 4 by helicopter, 2 walked away,” read another. Further along, at the top of the final downhill run, a third sign said “Please slow down.”

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