News in Brief

UCI Chapter of PHR Flexes their Muscles for Haiti

After being hit by an unprecedented 7.0 earthquake, multiple aftershocks, looting, raiding and chaos, the already fragile country of Haiti is in ruins.

As a result, millions have quickly mobilized to help in any feasible way; from texting the word “Yele” to donating $10 to actually flying to Haiti to rebuild, many Americans are playing a part.

The UC Irvine chapter of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is also doing their part to reach out, but this time they are really flexing their muscles.

On Friday, Jan. 29, the UCI chapter will be holding a friendly arm wrestling competition on campus to raise money and increase awareness of the travesty overseas.

Tommy Hand, founder and president of PHR at UCI hopes to “stand to raise thousands of dollars for disaster relief efforts in Haiti.”

To enter the competition, students form groups of six according to gender and arm strength, while donating from $10 to $15 per person.

Everyone is welcome to attend this charity event, although payment is encouraged by all. Spectators are expected to pay at least a base fee of $5 to aid the effort.

AWCJN’s First Annual Benefit Concert Held

On Wednesday January 27, 2010, the Women and Criminal Justice Network (WCJN) at UC Irvine will be hosting their first annual benefit concert at the Crystal Cove Auditorium.

Through this event, WCJN hopes to raise $4000 to help sponsor a bus for the Get on the Bus (GOTB) organization, which offers children transportation to visit their incarcerated parents for Mother’s and Father’s Day.

Performing at the benefit concert will be Astrophel, David Sides and Neo-Nephilim Theory.

Pre-sale tickets are $10 and can be purchased on Ring Road from  the WCJN organization’s booth, the  performers in Astrophel or performers in Neo-Nephilim Theory. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $15.

While doors do not open until 6:30 p.m., food will be served in the lobby of the Crystal Cove Auditorium starting at 5:30 p.m. for the first 200 people to arrive.

Additionally, WCJN will be hosting a raffle. Each ticket holder to the event will receive one complementary raffle ticket. Additional tickets can be purchased at two for $1.

Raffle prizes are AMC movie tickets, Knott’s Berry Farm Tickets and Disneyland Tickets.

For more information on the event visit their Facebook group or email

Student Efforts to Engage in Activism Praised by Irvine City Council Member Beth Krom

On Tues. Jan. 19, CALPIRG (California Public Interest Research Group) students at University of California, Irvine held a Kickoff meeting to launch into campaigns to fight global warming, end poverty and make higher education more affordable.

The Kickoff meeting run by student interns working to solve society’s most pressing social problems gave students at UCI a chance to take part in student activism.

Irvine City Councilmember Beth Krom was in attendance to address students about the importance of student activism in politics.

CALPIRG students were dressed as Greek gods and goddesses in relation to their campaign and large props for each campaign such as a large Textbook costume and a sun and the earth will be present to show all of the projects on which CALPIRG students work to solve.

Exploration of Acupuncture Lecture Held at UCI

Students for integrative medicine will be welcoming John Longhurst, M.D. and Ph.D., as the next speaker in their lecture series.

Longhurst’s background includes his positions as Professor of Medicine, Chair of Department of Medicine, Associate Dean of Programs and Development at the School of Medicine at UC Irvine, and Director of the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine.

Longhurst’s lecture, “Exploration of the Science Behind Acupuncture,” will be held on Monday, January 25 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event will take place at Tamkin Hall F110 on the medical school campus.

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