Huntington Middle School visits UCLA’s Fowler Museum

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Last Friday, some of the lucky Huntington Middle School 7th graders had an opportunity to visit Fowler Museum in UCLA as part of their History education.

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What made it even more fun is that a San Marino graduate currently attending UCLA and her friend gave a personal tour of UCLA’s highlights.

The kids had an opportunity to learn about the Bruin Bear -a statue of a bear that has to be touched for good luck before the finals. They learned more about the rivalry between UCLA and USC and the history of the inverted fountain built built by a UCLA dropout, but USC graduate rumoured to resemble a toilet when viewed from a certain angle – the ultimate revenge!

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The 6th step that has to be skipped over because the ashes of one of the Janns step builders are buried under it. Major bad luck!

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The bomb shelter and tunnels underneath UCLA that are strictly forbidden for students to go into.

Let’s not forget the Royce Hall with its imperfections and amazing stature. The kids were totally awed!

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And, of course the wonderful food court with all the goodies including Panda Express, Jamba Juice, 31 Flavors and more.

By the time, the kids hit the Fowler Museum, they were full of energy and enthusiasm to learn more. They were not disappointed! San Marino kids were given a special tour of the Intersections Exhibit which explores the roles that art plays in creating meaning and defining purpose for people across the globe. They even had a chance to sketch an artifact during private activity time.

All in all, the San Marino trip to UCLA was a major success!

More photos for your viewing pleasure:

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One Response to Huntington Middle School visits UCLA’s Fowler Museum
  1. eric
    November 18, 2010 | 4:35 pm

    According to news reports, the University of California in Los Angeles yielded to media pressure and agreed to allow a graduating student to thank Jesus in her personal statement. UCLA student Christina Popa claimed the school’s Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology was denying her freedom of speech when a faculty advisor told her that she could not mention “Jesus” in her graduation remarks.

    “Public universities don’t get to censor student speech just because the speech is religious. That’s called viewpoint discrimination, and it’s unconstitutional. Let’s hope that UCLA’s biology department knows more about biology than it does about constitutional law,” said Luke Goodrich, legal counsel to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

    According to email exchanges that Popa posted on Facebook and that were reported by the press, UCLA Biology Professor Dr. Pamela Hurley deliberately censored Christina’s proposed speech, and emailed Christina saying: “UCLA is a public university where the doctrine of separation of church and state is observed,” and the professor proposed a censored version of Christina’s proposed speech, deleting any reference to Jesus Christ.

    When Christina objected, Dr. Hurley threatened, “If you prefer, Christina, I can read none of what you wrote. I am very sorry that this is a problem for you.”

    “The Becket Fund will defend any graduate from a public institution who wants to exercise his or her First Amendment right to engage in religious speech,” added Goodrich.

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