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SIX BRUIN PIONEERS, RETURNING TO CAMPUS AWAKENS VIVID MEMORIES OF
WHEN BOTH THEY AND UCLA WERE VERY YOUNG
quick stop at Founder's Rock.
Marina Dundjerski '94
Photography by Jilly Wendell
A CITY!" Harry Zide, his eyes open wide, tells
his best friend, Hy Goldman, as their bus rumbles along Charles
E. Young Drive. It's a warm summer's day and the campus is bustling
with activity. "There are so many people walking," he
programs are in session, and there are groups of prospective students
taking campus tours, but Zide and Goldman are not here for a freshman
they very well could be. For the souls of the six Bruins taking
a guided tour of their alma mater are as young and curious as in
the days when they were students wandering about what was then called
the Southern Branch of the University of California. These are Pioneer
Bruins, UCLA alumni who spent at least one year at the old Vermont
Avenue campus (now home to Los Angeles City College) before the
Westwood site opened in 1929. And on this day in late June, some
are touring the sprawling, 419-acre university grounds for the first
students today might walk right past without noticing, a stop at
Founder's Rock, just north of Murphy Hall, brings back vivid memories
for the Pioneers. The 75-ton granite boulder was hauled from Perris,
Calif., for the formal dedication of the chaparral-covered Westwood
campus on October 25, 1926.
rock was the only thing here," says Sherman Grancell '30, president
of the Pioneer Bruins, who piled his classmates into his Model-T
Ford to witness the dedication ceremony 76 years ago. "There
was dirt and weeds and Founder's Rock."
in Holly Halsted Balthis '29 the oldest living Rose Queen
"Has it been defaced by USC yet?"