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SRC expansion leads to alternative parking lot access

Alternate parking options will be made available to students in order to alleviate ongoing traffic caused by the expansion of the UCR Student Recreation Center (SRC). From the beginning of February to March 11, the south portion of parking lot 25 will be closed for maintenance. The center will only be accessible from the side of Aberdeen and Inverness (A&I) Drive and not from Linden Avenue.

Before 4 p.m. on weekdays, students with Gold permits can park in Lot 26, Blue and Red permits can park in Lot 24 and Pay-By-Space permits in the A&I horseshoe. The same parking lots are also accessible after 4 p.m. on weekends.

On Jan. 21, the construction fence was moved north, leaving only a five-foot wide pathway along the south side of the building for pedestrians to enter the Recreation Center. Construction crews are now excavating holes in Lot 25, which will impede the entrance to the SRC from Linden Avenue. The SRC expansion will be completed by winter quarter of 2015 to accommodate UCR’s student population of over 21,000.  

36th annual Writer’s Week begins in February

UC Riverside’s creative writing department presents the 36th annual Writer’s Week, the longest-running literary event in Southern California, which will take place from Feb. 4 to 8.

The weeklong event brings together an assortment of aspiring writers, known authors and other and will be located in the CHASS Interdisciplinary Building South, Screen Room 1128. An event on Monday and Friday will take place at the University Village (UV) and Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts, respectively.

The event is directed by UCR Creative Writing Professor Tom Lutz, who is also editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB)—a non-profit, literary and cultural arts magazine.

On Monday, Davan Marahaj, the Los Angeles Times editor, will deliver the 45th Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture. The annual series was started in 1966 by the late Howard H. Hays, former editor of the Press-Enterprise newspaper. The lecture will address the battle to save journalism and will take place at 7 p.m. in the UV.

The events was also made possible by support from the UCR College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and the L.A. Review of Books.

English graduate student and University Writing Program instructor Daniel Ante-Contreras expressed optimism about the event. “One of the best ways to improve your own writing and thinking is to experience the writing and thinking of others—to share in that community of ideas,” he said. “An event like this can expose students to new ways of thinking and writing, two processes which are strongly connected, while also giving them an opportunity to explore and be involved in UCR’s very diverse and robust intellectual community.”

The event will also consist of panel discussions and readings by award-winning authors Jamaica Kincaid, Jayne Anne Phillips, David Shields and Juan Felipe Herrera, a creative writing professor at UCR and current California poet laureate.