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Bruin Tracks: Blue & Gold Week


By Mark Davis

Published Oct 1, 2008 8:10 AM

Illustration by Alicia Patel

Excitement comes early this year for UCLA fans. Blue and Gold Week, UCLA's modern tradition celebrating the Bruin spirit, happens Oct. 13-19, including UCLA Football taking on Stanford at the Rose Bowl.

Blue and Gold Week combines the tradition of Homecoming with the legacy and enthusiasm of being a member of the UCLA family. A weeklong celebration of Bruin pride, Blue and Gold Week brings together students, alumni, faculty, friends and neighbors.

Last year's event marked the debut of the first new UCLA Bruin Marching Band uniforms in more than 20 years, and this year, "the anticipation is already building," says project manager Angela Scales '03.

"We've got a great new coach, a team that's been building heat for the last few years and a great track record of beating Stanford," adds Scales, who works with the UCLA Student Alumni Association to present the week of activities.

The UCLA Bonfire and Rally, one of UCLA's oldest traditions, is the cornerstone of the week's activities, and the entire UCLA community is invited to join the celebration on Thursday, Oct. 16.

"We really want alumni to enjoy this timeless event," Scales says. "Getting excited for a big game isn't just about athletics; it touches on what it means to be a Bruin and how that spans an entire lifetime. Students really look forward to the chance to rub elbows with alumni."

With the Bonfire and Rally happening the night before UCLA Parents' Weekend, Scales says there are more good reasons for alumni to come.

"It's perfect for alumni with kids at UCLA," she says. "They can come for the rally and stay for the whole weekend of activities."

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The evening also offers plenty of opportunities for alumni to share their great UCLA experiences with parents who are new to the Bruin family, Scales adds.

And there's a lot more than just a pep rally for Bruins of all ages, with entertainment designed to appeal to a wide range of tastes from the more traditional UCLA Spirit Squad and UCLA Bruin Marching Band to special dance troupes and surprise guest speakers.

"UCLA is an amazing place," Scales says, "and this is a great chance for alumni to stoke their Bruin spirit and see the UCLA of today."

Blue and Gold Week Bonfire and Rally. Thursday, Oct. 16, 8 p.m. Intramural Field. Parking available on campus for $9. For more information, call (310) 206-2426 or log on to