• The Story behind UCI’s Mascot Zot! is the sound that Peter makes when eating ants—Peter is anteater and a comic character from Johnny Hart’s B.C. comic. In case you weren’t aware, the mascot of UCI is an anteater, and was actually inspired by “Peter the Anteater” from that same comic. Yes, our mascot is also named Peter. UCI is all […]
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    2 min read December 3, 2015
  • UCI’s Nuclear Reactor So, for the sake of science, UCI actually has a nuclear reactor. It’s true. If you’re already concerned about radioactivity, then that’s another reason to get your act together to graduate as quickly as you can. Regardless of if it’s scary or not, the nuclear reactor at UCI helps chemistry students learn about themselves. It’s […]
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    1 min read July 9, 2015
  • UCI Arboretum: A Hidden Gem One of the five Mediterranean ecosystems of the world, is here at UCI. The UCI Arboretum is a 12-acre botanical garden located next to the 200-acre San Joajquin Marsh on the UC Irvine North Campus, dedicated to the conservation of endangered plant species from California and South Africa. The UCI Arboretum had its origins in […]
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    2 min read July 4, 2015
  • Legends of UCI’s Underground Tunnels The legend goes that a subterranean tunnel system was built beneath Ring Mall during the 1960s as an escape route for faculty and an entry point for the National Guard in case of student protests. What was the purpose? When was it built? Where are they? Are they still in use? Where is the entrance? […]
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    1 min read June 30, 2015
  • Exploring UCI’s Underground Tunnels Do these tunnels exist? Well, you’re never alone in UCI, up top or down below. Prof. Herbert of the Art department once commented that there exists a subterranean system of tunnels under the ring mall. Supposedly, these tunnels are not lonesome tracks, for graffiti dots the tunnels. Some graffiti are just random pictures, others some […]
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    2 min read February 25, 2015
  • Dark Secrets of Aldrich Park The green oasis of Anteaters, or as we know it—Aldrich Park—has a lot of dark secrets. Have you ever finished crossing the park, getting to your class a little out of breath, cursing that hilly Aldrich Park? Well, good—the hills are there on purpose. When UCI was founded, in the 1960’s, it was a time […]
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    2 min read December 28, 2014
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