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21st century promises great challenges and opportunities for UCLA.
Success, says Chancellor Albert Carnesale, will depend on bolstering
student diversity, strengthening the university’s ties to
the community and continuing the achievements of Campaign UCLA.
3½ years at UCLA, Chancellor Albert Carnesale is very much
at home. His office has a comfortable, informal air to it now, filled
with such Bruin mementos as a game ball from the 66-3 victory over
Texas in 1997, a team-signed basketball and photographs with legendary
basketball Coach John Wooden, quarterback Cade McNown and the Spirit
Squad. On a tabletop there is a new centerpiece of which he's proud:
a large, laminated acrylic sphere by internationally known sculptor
and UCLA Professor of Design Mihich Vasa.
campus not only is where he works; it is where he lives. From The
Residence off of Sunset and Charles E. Young Drive, the chancellor
takes a brisk walk on weekend mornings to Drake Stadium for a jog.
"I pretend to exercise," he says with a laugh. "Mostly it's walking
with a small circle of people who show up at the same time, a little
bit of jogging and a lot of talking. It's very good for my jawbone."
He has yet to attempt the knee-jarring run up and down the Drake
he has a chance to relax during the workday, he might linger at
the Inverted Fountain between Schoenberg Music Building and Knudsen
Hall. "That's my favorite spot. The combination of the water flowing
over the rocks and listening to what sounds like a babbling brook
makes it a wonderful place." Other favored spots on campus are Royce
Hall and the top of Janss Steps with the view across the athletic
fields to the residence halls. "Those are the places I like to take
visitors to," he says.
reading these days is voracious and eclectic. Recent books have
included California: The Great Exception by Carey McWilliams ("A
terrific book," he says, one that has helped him to gain fresh perspectives
on his adopted state) and The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden
Dimensions and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene,
a somewhat weighty tome on physics that nonetheless managed to make
it onto the best-seller lists. On deck is Angela's Ashes by Frank
the hectic start of a new academic year, Chancellor Carnesale was
a tireless man on the run, meeting with student journalists, faculty
leaders, union representatives, foreign dignitaries and a steady
stream of visitors. He took time out to talk with UCLA Magazine
Editor David Greenwald and Associate Editor Cynthia Lee about issues
ranging from the role of a research university in today's society
to the extraordinary success of Campaign UCLA.