UCLA Magazine October 2021 Cover: Illustrator Brett Affrunti envisions Westwood as a thriving hub. Photographer Adam Amengual captures the thoughts of students and community members about returning to the village and campus. Writer Virginia Postrel looks at the challenges and opportunities inherent in renewing the village.

 

 

COVER STORY

A New Day

Bruins are back, enlivening campus this fall. Can their spirit of renewal invigorate Westwood Village?

VIRGINIA POSTREL  |  ILLUSTRATIONS BY BRETT AFFRUNTI


 

Signs of Hope: Bruins Are Out and About

The UCLA and Westwood communities are again enjoying campus and the neighborhood.

PHOTOS BY ADAM AMENGUAL

 

 


FEATURES

Champion for Justice

Tennis star Arthur Ashe spent his life fighting for the oppressed. A new oral history collection tells his story.

DELAN BRUCE AND MARY DAILY  |  COLLAGE BY PETER HOVARTH

 

 


Supporting a Movement

The UCLA Labor Center contributes students, energy and research to dozens of unions in Los Angeles.

JIM NEWTON  |  PHOTOS BY SAM COMEN

 

 


To Go Far, Go Together

UCLA’s Academic Advancement Program provides Bruins with community and a sense of belonging.

CHERYL CHENG 02  |  ILLUSTRATIONS BY JON STICH

 


The Cheerful, Wacky Art of Greg Clarke

While at UCLA, he discovered the illustrators of The New Yorker. Now he’s one of them.

MARY NADLER

 

 

DEPARTMENTS


 

Damion Thomas, a curator at the largest museum dedicated to African American culture, explores Black history through sports.

CHANGE AGENT

Triple Bruin Examines Black History Through Sports

Damion Thomas, a curator at the largest museum of African American culture, uses sports to tell the story of race relations.

DELAN BRUCE  |  PHOTOS BY JARED SOARES


FORWARD THINKER 

Art as a Means of Getting Outside Ourselves

Charlene Villaseñor Black teaches her students that art can inspire empathy toward others, such as the immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border.

MARY DAILY  |  PHOTOS BY CLAUDIA LUCIA


LIFE SIGNS 

A Quick Guide to Post-Pandemic Reentry

How to minimize anxiety as we emerge from isolation.

DAN GORDON ’85  |  ILLUSTRATION BY BLAIR KELLY


HAIL TO THE HILLS 

A Village on Campus

Architect Harry Cobb designed the UCLA Anderson complex to enhance university life.

MARY DAILY


AT ISSUE

Coming Back Together

UCLA and Westwood Village need each other in order to to be at their best.

UCLA CHANCELLOR GENE BLOCK

 

QUICK TAKES


The Benefits of Drinking Natural Wine

Alum John Stanley advocates drinking vino that’s more expressive and ‘alive.’

DELAN BRUCE  |  PHOTOS BY NOAH WEBB


Sparks: UCLA's Influential Musical Duo

After blazing their own musical path, Ron and Russell Mael are at the heart of two very different movies.

JOHN HARLOW


Eric Jager’s Long Road to Hollywood

The professor’s true crime tale set in medieval France was finally turned into a film 15 years after publishing.

WENDY SODERBERG 82


Volunteers Create Paintings for COVID Victims’ Families

The canvases contain the fingerprints of those who have died.

JOHN HARLOW


Two Professors Co-Direct Film About Harsh Border Crossing

Águilas documents hope and loss in the Arizona desert.

WAYNE LEWIS