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Bunche's Tall Tales

From the files of the UCLA History Project

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Published Apr 1, 2006 12:00 AM


If you picked the second item, you know your lore. That stilts story is hooey - a bit of mischief shamelessly stolen from the UCLA Freshman Orientation Tour. The real reason for the stilts is that when a subsequent expansion of Bunche Hall blocked the line of sight from the north to the central area of campus, then-Chancellor Franklin D. Murphy decreed that the foundation of the western end of the building be raised up onto huge piers. The expansion would have also blocked access to the chancellor's sculpture garden.

A Path to Peace

To learn more about Ralph J. Bunche, visit the lobby of the James West Alumni Center on campus and browse through "Where It All Began For Me": A Tribute to Ralph J. Bunche '27, a display exhibit that details the life of the late Nobel laureate, from his days as a UCLA student until his death in 1971. The exhibit will be on view through August at the West Center. Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free; parking on campus is $8. Call (310) 825-2586 for information.

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