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is these qualities, after all, that make eastern archetype universities
such as Harvard and Princeton so engaging; by comparison, UCLA is
a mere stripling. Yet it is fast achieving maturity -- thanks in
large measure to the enlightened leadership of Chancellor Charles
E. Young over the past nearly three decades. "We're not an island,"
says Oakley, "though we're often seen as one. We do have some of
the qualities of utopian town planning. Our center is still vibrant,
in contrast to many cities, and we are more unified than most places."
goals are widely shared by students, faculty and staff. The problem
is that money and space are in limited supply, and every administrator
and department head has a different set of priorities. "This isn't
a single community, but several," observes Jack Powazek, director
of Facilities Maintenance. "Day and evening students, faculty and
visitors, performing-arts audiences and those attending athletic
events -- all have competing needs."
the numbers: Of the nine schools in the UC system, UCLA has the
largest student body (34,000) and the largest building program ($1.3
billion spent or committed over the past 10 years), even though
its 419-acre campus is among the smallest in the system. UCLA also
lays claim to the world's largest extension program, with an annual
enrollment of about 110,000 students.
boundaries of UCLA are elastic. Student and faculty housing is widely
scattered on and off campus, as is office space. The university
owns the Doolittle Theater in Hollywood and the Geffen Playhouse
in Westwood, and manages the Armand Hammer Museum. These and other
venues allow UCLA to reach out to the community.
the majority of sporting and arts events take place on campus. More
than 12,000 fans flock to Pauley Pavilion for a big game, and an
estimated 500,000 a year visit the Fowler Museum, Schoenberg Hall,
and a dozen other theaters and galleries. Traffic -- and revenue
-- from outside is boosted by sales of Bearwear at the UCLA Store,
by tours, school visits, seminars and lectures. (It will rise dramatically
again when Royce Hall reopens at the end of the year). Add to the
mix the 300,000 patients for whom care is provided by the Medical
Center. All this activity makes UCLA one of the most intensively
used and frequently visited communities in Southern California,
putting demands on the campus that its founders could never have