Let's get the weekend started (and by started, I mean for those of you, like me, waking up after sleeping in on this sunny California Saturday morning) with a quick run-down of happenings throughout the UCLA-iverse:
- One of the brawlers from this year's UCLA-U$C rivalry game at the Rose Bowl has taken a plea deal for his role in the fracas that left two men stabbed. Arthur Cisneros pled no contest (which is treated the same as a guilty plea) to felony assault by means of force likely to cause great bodily injury (Penal Code Sec. 245(a)(1) for you law junkies out there) and was sentenced to a year in county jail. His brother, Anthony Cisneros, is facing a trial on charges of attempted murder for stabbing one victim eight times and assault with a deadly weapon for a stabbing of a second victim. Pelican Bay awaits.
- Meanwhile, football head coach Rick Neuheisel has been hitting the links, participating in Drew Brees' Cox Celebrity Championship golf tournament. Apparently, Rick is quite the golfer. Now, if he can somehow get our quarterback situation squared away (can we put Drew in blue-and-gold and just call him "Nick Crissman"?), that'd be nice.
- On campus, UCLA opened up a state-of-the-art $32 million bio-lab designed to test infectious diseases. Clearly, UCLA "gets it" on the academic front. Why isn't that translating over to Morgan Center? But I digress. On the lab, as KABC noted, the global bio-lab will be a key tool in identifying where infectious diseases originate and a useful weapon in the fight against possible bio-terrorism. The official press release from the university is here.
- Moving back to sports, the six-seeded UCLA women's tennis team defeated eleventh-seeded Virginia to advance to the NCAA championship quarterfinals, where they'll get an opportunity to avenge last year's third round exit to the Duke Blue Devils. Good luck ladies and bring home another championship banner to Westwood!
- Finally, the Orange County Register put together a profile of the budding rivalry between UCLA's Patrick Cantlay and U$C's Jeffrey Kang on the golf links.
There's your Bruin Bites to kick off the weekend. Fire away with your thoughts.