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April 8, 2002
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Two UCSC students, hitchhiking on campus on Thursday afternoon, were robbed by a driver who stopped to pick them up at the Porter bus stop.
According to information provided to police by the two male students, they were driven to a local gas station and then to a residential area near campus, where the driver threatened them before making off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
A 25-year-old man who police believe was the driver, Derek Belt, was later arrested at a house in Watsonville and booked in county jail on suspicion of robbery. The victims were uninjured.
Santa Cruz city and UCSC police were distributing information on the case Friday in an effort to remind people of the inherent dangers in hitchhiking. They also were trying to determine if the incident was a repeat offense. They described Belt as 5-feet-11, 155 pounds, with blond hair; and the vehicle he was believed to be driving as a black 1994 Toyota 4Runner, with a California license plate of 3KVU405.
Anyone who has information about this or related cases is encouraged to call the
Santa Cruz Police Department (831) 471-1131) or UCSC Police Department (831) 459-2231).
"Getting Out and Staying Out/Saliéndote para Afuera y Quedándote
Afuera" is a group of bilingual UCSC students dedicated to helping women in
jail prepare for successful re-entry into the community. The group is collecting
clothing (women's, men's, and children's), small furniture, and kitchenware on Tuesday,
April 9, and Friday, April 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the corner of Bay and
High Streets. For more information, or to make a financial contribution, call (831)
The Recreation Department is taking registration for its spring activities. Call
(831) 459-2806 to register by phone. Hip Hop Dance classes are offered on Thursdays
at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. at the East Field House. Cost
is $18 for students and Wellness Cardholders for a six-week class.
Graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit essays about some
aspect of information technology for the new Eileen
and Michael Tanner Award. The essay contest, which will become an annual event,
is designed "to spur UCSC students to think about the vast changes that will
be wrought by information technology in the 21st century." Three UCSC faculty
members will judge the essays, and the winner will receive $500. Application
forms and more information are available online.
Join OPERS staff for a week of activities during "Wellness Week" April 8-12. For more information, call Cindi Mori at (831) 459-5781.
Monday: Sign-ups for activities. Information table. Yoga/Pilates 12 to 1 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room.
Tuesday: Chair massages by Jamie Birch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Health Net skin care screenings at the Wellness Center. Yoga with Don Bard in the Martial Arts Room 12 to 1 p.m. Deep-water aerobics with Tami Chinn from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at the pool.
Wednesday: Stability-ball class with bands and hand weights with Cindi Mori at noon in the Multipurpose Room.
Thursday: Blood pressure checks with information flyers and giveaways sponsored by PacifiCare. Body-fat testing sponsored by Aetna. Deep-water aerobics from 12:15 to 1 p.m.
Friday: Odwalla tasting. Snowboard giveaway. Recreation yoga from 12 to
1 p.m. in the Martial Arts Room. Weightlifting contest with Selene from 12 to 1 p.m.
Santa Cruz city workers recently installed a "contraflow" bike lane on High Street between Storey Street and Highland Avenue. The route is popular among bicyclists riding to and from campus. But the ride home on that section of High has been illegal because it was against traffic.
The lane--the first of its kind in Santa Cruz--was approved by the City Council on a six-month trial basis. With the specially marked lane in place, eastbound bicyclists are able to travel against the one-way westbound flow of motor traffic, said Cheryl Schmitt, the city's bicycle/pedestrian coordinator.
"To make this project a success and advocate for its continuation,"
it is important that users abide by the following rules: stop at Storey Street before
proceeding eastbound in the contraflow bike lane; be aware that motorists may cross
the contraflow bike lane to park on the south side of the street; stop at the new
stop at Highland Avenue; yield to all pedestrians in crosswalks; and walk their bikes
on the pedestrian bridge over Highway 1.
Guests, visitors, and others in search of short-term parking in the Science Hill area now have 19 new parking spaces for their use on the second level of the Core West Parking Structure. These spaces are available for up to two hours.
When you park in any of the 19 designated "stall" spaces, note your space number, and then visit the pay station located by the elevator at the Steinhart pedestrian entrance. Payment can be made with coin, cash, or your MasterCard or Visa credit card. Once payment is made there is no need to return to your vehicle to place a validation on your dash; the pay station records your payment electronically. The pay station also makes change for $5, $10, and $20 bills.
Departments located near the Core West Parking Structure will want to be sure
to inform potential guests and visitors of this new parking option offered by TAPS.
Please note that A and B permit holders need to pay the fee at the pay station to
park in these spaces, as is required of permit holders when parking at meters on
Currents provides regular updates on construction projects that have an impact on campus transportation and parking. Construction update story