Feng Shui Expert Coming to UCR

Shelley Sparks, a Feng Shui expert and licensed landscape architect, will discuss how to make practical, easy and beautiful additions to your garden and how they can help bring harmony to your life on April 13 at the UCR Botanic Gardens.

Sparks, who owns a business called Harmony Gardens, believes people live happier and healthy lives when environments are brought into balance. She is the author of “Secrets of the Land, Designing Harmonious Gardens with Feng Shui” and an ebook, “Keep Plants Healthy, Monthly Actions for Beautiful Gardens.”

Her talk is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to noon on April 13. The cost is $25 for members of Friends of the UCR Botanic Gardens and $30 for nonmembers. Reservations are required; email amyucrbg@gmail.com or ucrbg@ucr.edu or call (951) 784-6962.

Tobacco Website Now Up

Do you have a question about the UC’s tobacco policy but didn’t know where to find answers? Fear not; the  website www.tobaccofree.ucr.edu is now accessible and has everything you need to know about UCR’s nonsmoking policy and how it will be implemented and enforced.

Save the Date: 2013 Community Partner Fair

The third annual Community Partner Fair will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. onWednesday, April 24, at HUB 302.

The event, sponsored and hosted by the Staff Assembly, provides businesses in the local community to connect with the entire campus—students, faculty and staff. As the date of the event draws near, additional information will be provided.

How to Present to Investors

The Office of Research and Economic Development will host a panel of investors who will discuss how to make a presentation to investors, what investors are looking for, and common mistakes that people make, on March 25 at 4 p.m. in HUB 367. The panelists will include Molly Schmid and Michael Napoli from Tech Coast Angels, and Jay Goth from Redtail Capital. Interested parties may attend by sending an RSVP to Gloria Gallego at gloriag@ucr.edu.

Lot 25 Closed

Due to the ongoing expansion of the Student Recreation Center, Parking Lot 25 will be closed for all automobile parking until approximately Monday, April 1. This closure is necessary to conduct critical utilities infrastructure work on the electrical and chilled water lines beneath Lot 25. Alternate parking is available in Parking Lots 24, 26 as well as the Aberdeen and Inverness “horseshoe”; please adhere to all posted parking policies at those locations. The Student Recreation Center will remain open for business during this period.

Well-attended Homecoming

According to Assistant Chief of Police John Freese, this year’s Heat was UCR’s biggest, with 11,400 attendees. Allison Tavaglione, director of constituent programs at the Office of Alumni & Constituent Relations, also reported that 400 parents attended this year’s Parents’ Day — another record.

The Harlem Shake Craze Reaches UCR

You know the Harlem Shake meme. It begins with a single person dancing alone to DJ Baauer’s “Harlem Shake,” while others around the dancer pay no attention. Fifteen seconds into the video, the beat drops and the camera cuts to everyone else in the room dancing wildly. Usually only 30 seconds long, the viral video has spawned versions around the world, from airplanes to offices to underground mines  since February.

UCR has not been immune to the craze; several videos have been created on campus. The biggest was a gathering of more than 300 students at the bell tower,  organized by members of Associated Students Program Board and Campus Housing to promote Homecoming. The groups used Facebook to invite students to the event; more than 300 showed up and performed on Feb. 13. The video has been viewed more than 20,000 times.

Some claim the meme obscures the origins of the actual Harlem Shake. “It is telling that the comic who recorded the dance, and the Australians who then made the first hugely popular recording, appear not to have close links to African-American heritage,” said Toby Miller, professor of media and cultural studies. “This is the way that Black popular culture is appropriated elsewhere, and sometimes with minimal attribution or reward.”

“On the other hand, it is in the nature of music, like speech, that its point of origin is often quickly obscured or mythologized,” he added.

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