Letters to the Editor

Spring 2017: “The Literary Issue”

I just turned the last page of the spring 2017 edition of UCI Magazine – so thoughtful, so lovely and a gift for those who receive it. Thank you for this wonderful focus on the storied UCI M.F.A. program and its mentors and alumni and their creative works. Some of the magazine’s stories took me down memory lane. Others had me eagerly looking up the availability of novels. The poetry made me quiet in wonder of those magical words on the page. “Facing It,” by Yusef Komunyakaa, is amazing. It’s almost like I’m in front of the memorial with him – and the closing sentence is so haunting, so quietly sad.

Thank you again.

Elaine Minami ’81, MBA ’86
Trabuco Canyon

Winter 2017: “Let the Gaming Begin”

Following up on your winter 2017 eSports issue, I’d like to fill in readers on some exciting updates (all in line with our four program pillars of competition, academics and research, community, and entertainment).

First, we have rebranded our program to UCI Esports. We’ve followed the debate on the capitalization of the word “esports” since our founding and believe that for “esports” to become a regular part of our lexicon, we should treat the word normally.

In addition to continuing our “League of Legends” scholarships, we’ve formed a scholarship “overwatch” team for the 2017-18 year and are continuing to support student-run club teams. During the last season, UCI’s “League of Legends,” “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive,” “Heroes of the Storm” and “Super Smash Bros. Melee” teams all placed in the top four in their respective national tournaments.

On the research front, one of our favorite projects at the arena has been renewed. Stark Labs will continue exploring the relationship between 3-D video games and memory. And over the summer, we hosted our first girls’ summer camp, in which 17 high school students joined us to learn about inclusivity in esports and potential gaming careers, from game development to content creation to professional play.

We can’t wait to continue learning from our community and creating awesome experiences for students and local gamers. Here’s to another great year at UCI!

Kathy Chiang ’16
UCI Esports Arena coordinator

Winter 2017: “Let the Gaming Begin”

I was distressed to read in the winter 2017 UCI Magazine the article entitled “A Bold New Sports Franchise.”

While a university must be up-to-date, resorting to games on government funds is a poor choice. UCI is merely succumbing to declining social mores by electing to teach computer games over real life.

Bruce Brewer ’78
Tulsa, Okla.

Editor’s note: No public funds were used to construct the UCI Esports Arena or pay for scholarships. The arena, scholarships, staff salaries and all other costs are paid through a combination of corporate sponsorships and arena revenue (fees charged to gamers who use the venue).

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