This Date in UCSF History

[Originally published in Synapse - The UCSF student newspaper, Volume 17, Number 3, 20 October 1972.] The campus is about to lose one of its oldest structures. A seismic study done during the summer at the Chancellor's request resulted in the finding that the 610 Parnassus Residence Hall "would not perform satisfactorily in even a modest earthquake."
[Originally published in Synapse, Volume 27, Number 6, 14 October 1982] Medical students at UCSF who failed part I of the national medical board exam have filed a formal grievance with Acting Dean Robert Crede — protesting a school policy which could hold them back from entering third-year clinical clerkships.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is picture.

The UC Board of Regents renewed five-year contracts for two highly controversial nuclear weapons laboratories on Sept. 18, 1987.

Dr. Haile Debas launches the teach-in with a video presentation in May 2007.

Capping off several weeks of intense debate and deliberation in the House and Senate over continued funding for the war and increasing reports of civilian and military casualties, the UCSF campus bore witness to a teach-in entitled "The Health Effects of the Iraq War," that sought to reconcile the conflict's daily occurrences with the state of the American economy and healthcare and research infrastructures through a series of detailed presentations and speeches.

March 1991 image of Rodney King beating.

After two days of rioting in Los Angeles in response to the Rodney King beating verdict —and a night of unrest in San Francisco in which a curfew and local state of emergency was declared by Mayor Frank Jordan —members of the campus community voiced their reactions at a standing-room only meeting in Cole Hall on Frida, May 1, 1992.

A photo of a packet of birth control pills circa 1960s.
This week, Synapse proudly resumes the historical column, This Date in UCSF History, where we take a look at the issues making campus news throughout the newspaper’s 60-year existence. We start with a headline from 50 years ago.
Photo of President Jimmy Carter circa 1977.

Despite President Donald Trump’s assertion that “Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated,” it has, in fact, been a thorn in the side of presidents for decades.

On this day 23 years ago, Synapse featured master’s and doctoral nursing students receiving prestigious research awards, scholarships and recognition for their studies and exemplar work in the field of nursing.

On this day in 1998, in the seemingly not-so-distant UC past, the Synapse front page read, “One Year After Merger, UCSF Stanford Faces Unexpected Problem”.

Aerial view of UCSF parnassus campus in 1980.
Today, we have grown accustomed to fees increasing on an annual basis, to perpetual meetings with UC officials, and to student groups protesting against the outrageous cost of public education, a commodity that was once free to all Californians.