News In Brief

UCI Care-A-Thon To Raise $25,000 for Newborn Health

Students aim to raise $25,000 to support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UC Irvine Douglas Hospital through UCI Care-a-thon, a 12-hour dance marathon starting at noon Friday, April 23, in Crawford Hall. UCI Care-a-thon has secured more than $4,500, with another $10,000 pledged by individual donors.

Under the umbrella of the Student Alumni Association, the planning committee also has launched its Web site, The committee projects 500-600 students will participate, and each must raise at least

It will cost $25 to enter.

UCI Care-a-thon will include bands, deejays, free food, giveaways, celebrity appearances and visits from children who have benefited from NICU care. In recognition of the battles faced by NICU patients and their families, dancers are expected to stay on their feet for the event’s duration without using any boosters such as sugar, caffeine or energy drinks.

“UCI Care-a-thon is a fantastic example of the caliber of students at UCI,” said Manuel Gómez, M.A. ‘78, Ph.D., vice chancellor for student affairs. “These students created this initiative with the goal of raising money to help fight infant mortality. UCI students are creative, compassionate and interested in bettering our community.”

ASUCI Amendment Contested

Last Friday, the ASUCI Judicial Board issued a preliminary restraining order on the ASUCI Constitutional Amendments appearing on the Spring 2010 election ballots. The ruling aims to prevent the constitution amendments from appearing on the ballot because Article X of the ASUCI Constitution requires that the full text of the Amendments be published in various student media the week preceding the election, which Judicial Board notes did not happen.

ASUCI President Megan Braun maintains that the ballot language was locked at the end of the business day last Friday by NACS and cannot be changed, and will appear with the constitutional amendments when balloting opens at 9 a.m. Monday.

According to Judicial Board Chair Jeremy Dircks, the full text of the amendments were not adequately available and the proposal was only available to students prior to this week on Facebook and a link on a subsidiary page of the ASUCI Web site, not in the student media as required.

The full text of the ASUCI Constitutional Amendments is included in this week’s (Week 3) issue of the New University on pages 31-34.