A Berkeley-Born Bruin Dishes on Why UCLA Is Better
I grew up a mile from Cal campus. My mom is a bear. I went to the Lair for years, I went to all the home football games, Cal sports camps, and even UC optometry. I went years where I couldn't wear red, and I hate Stanford as much as any Cal student. Somehow, however, I ended up a Bruin, and I love it.
My mom has always hated USC, so I grew up hating USC. We would shake our keys at the fans during games and boo the band. She taught my brother and I to refer to U$C as the University of Spoiled Children or the University of Second Choice. Our hatred for USC even exceeded that of Stanford—at least the trees are smart, was our thinking.
I would go to at least a few UC Berkeley football games every year, with my parents or my friend, who were even bigger Cal fans than I was.
Last April when it was college decision season, it came down to Cal and UCLA. I chose to be a bruin, to move to Southern California, and to wear light blue.
It was the right call
I was so ready to be a Bruin (Bruin born, Bruin bred, Bruin ‘till the day I’m dead, and all that), because UCLA is so similar to Cal, but also so different. Both are amazing schools with amazing professors, both bleed blue and gold, and both have terrible football teams.
To be honest, UCLA has better food, more fun at basketball games, and friendlier people, not to mention more applicants and less debt. In short, UCLA rocks.
UCLA, however, has the number one food in the nation. Our campus is gorgeous and brick (that wouldn’t last long in Berkeley, being so close to the fault line). The light blue is a welcome change up from the dark blue and gold uniforms I wore for soccer, lacrosse and every other sport my entire life (so many teams here use hand-me-down Cal jerseys).
The Rose Bowl may be a bit farther from Westwood than Memorial Stadium is from Cal, but the bus ride is actually pretty fun. It’s a good time to rest before the game, get your head in the zone, and save your voice for the many eight claps to come.
Also, Oski is pretty creepy looking, especially compared to Joe and Josie Bruin.
The amount of eight claps that happen in Westwood is insane. The other day, I finished a puzzle with friends and we were so proud we had to eight clap. It’s rare that a day goes by when you don’t here the “aaaaaaahhhhh” of an eight clap starting.
(In this picture, my mom is wearing a Cal hat, at the Rose Bowl, at a UCLA game that doesn't involve Cal.)The UCLA vs. Cal game this year falls on Thanksgiving weekend, which is perfect, because I’m be home in Berkeley to root on the Bruins, an away game for them, but a home game for me.
Tomorrow, when we walk to Memorial Stadium, I'll be decked out in light blue, ready to eight clap in the Away section (sorry, Mom). It may be Bear Territory, but go Bruins.
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With the difficult and novel world we face today, it’s been hard to find a comforting safe space to relax and find solace in. Phi Delta Epsilon has provided me with that space with our commitment to philanthropy, deity and equity and we hope to do the same for you.
Our vision of supporting aspiring medical physicians still holds strong even throughout virtual learning and we work to ensure that we can provide adequate resources and support to members within our fraternity. Despite being online, I and my wonderful staff have been working hard to provide the proper programming to ensure this still happens, whether that is through workshops or guest speakers to help us along our medical journey. Beyond professionally, we continue to be there for each other interpersonally and lend a shoulder at all times for anyone in need. We are each other’s pillars of support and strength during these times.
The most valuable gift Phi Delta Epsilon has given to me is the opportunity to form connections and bonds with the actives. From the bottom of my heart, I believe that Phi Delta Epsilon’s true value shines from the heart and eyes of our active body, with their diverse interests and passions. I hope that you all can feel that same energy when you come out to meet us during our recruitment!
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Bobby’s a Born and Bred Bruin
By Lindsay Daly, Media Relations Intern, BostonBruins
It’s a hard task for anyone to live their dreams without forgetting who they are.
Anyone but the Black & Gold's Bobby Allen, that is.
By now, you have all heard of Bobby, the Bruins resident hometown hero. But what you probably don’t know is just how "hometown" he is.
Born and raised in Hull, Allen does everything that normal South Shore residents do, from watching the Red Sox and sitting in traffic on And the best part is, he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Hull is the seaside town just 40 minutes from Boston that is responsible for many of Allen’s great childhood memories.
“I remember days where I’d never leave the beach when I was a kid,” reminisced Bobby, recently. “In the summer, for me it would be Little League Baseball and Nantasket Beach.
"I can’t tell you how many times I was there when I was a kid.”
Some things never change.
Bobby has lived in Hull nearly his entire life. It was his home base throughout boarding school and college, and his parents still live in the same house he grew up in.
And when Bobby first went pro and bought himself a condo -- you guessed it -- the condo was in Hull.
Now he and his wife Natalie have a house in Scituate, yet another seaside town in the cluster of Boston’s South Shore.
“When you grow up here it gets in your bones,” he says. “I stayed wherever I was for the hockey season, and then I’d come home for the summer.
"It was tough for my wife. She’d be at home and I was in Edmonton and Toronto and Albany.”
But, just like in the movies, things quickly turned around for Allen when he was picked up by Boston. Then, on January 17, , Bobby got the call -- after several years of playing in the minors, with only the briefest moment on the NHL stage, he would be stepping onto the ice as a Boston Bruin.
Ever since then, he’s enjoyed living the dream, and being home.
“This year I get to live in my house in Scituate, and it’s even better than I imagined,” he laughs.
Except for the traffic, right?
“Oh, traffic going into Boston from the South Shore is the toughest thing!” Bobby complains. “But I still wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.”
Due to the close proximity to the city, it’s hard for any resident of the area not to be infected by the sports bug, and Bobby is no exception.
He loves all of the Boston area teams, and is really excited about the Sox this season.
“I like Dice-K, and I’m curious to see what the atmosphere will be (like) with all the reporters.”
And though it’s hard to get to Patriots and Celtics games during the year, Bobby does his best to sneak in to Fenway every once in awhile.
“I try to get into the Sox games as much as I can,” he says.
Clearly, however, the Bruins have always been number one to Bobby, who grew up idolizing #77, Ray Bourque.
“I got to watch his whole career," he said. "As a kid, I’d go out to play street hockey with my buddies and I always wanted to be Ray Bourque.
"He’s definitely the guy I’ve tried to emulate.”
But believe it or not Allen almost didn’t play hockey past elementary school.
“I hated it when I was a kid,” confessed Bobby, who, due to a family history of hockey players, began skating at age four. “It took a little while.
"I wasn’t having a lot of fun (early on), but the more I practiced, the more I started to like it.
"Eventually I got hooked,” he said.
Getting hooked on hockey led Bobby to a stellar high school career at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, with whom he won the prestigious John Carlton Memorial Award, given by the Bruins to the top player in Eastern Massachusetts high school hockey.
“I got to come to the Garden to watch the Bruins play, and meet some players,” Bobby recalled. “Getting to see the Bruins locker room gave me a little taste of what it would be like, and it planted the seeds for my dreams of playing in the NHL.”
Known around the locker room for his composure, Bobby admitted to being “starry-eyed” that day, but remembers the Bruins being nothing but welcoming. But before he could join those pros, college came calling and it was off to another local hockey stop: Boston College.
“I always wanted to play for BC," Bobby explained. "That was the college team I followed growing up, so it was dream to play there.”
Bobby had an amazing four years there that culminated with the Eagles National Championship win -- their first National Title since
And now, after several professional stops and two stints with the B's organization, he is home.
“There’s nothing like playing for the hometown team,” he says.
As such, Bobby fulfills his dream every night out on the ice, and he still gets to go to his favorite South Shore spots and live the normal life he’s used to.
For those fortunate enough to drive down Routes 18 and 53, you know you can’t travel one block without seeing a Marylou’s Coffee; it’s a South Shore staple.
“I am a Marylou’s fan!” Bobby smiles. “I do Hazelnut-French Vanilla, and I get that funky iced coffee drink in the summertime, too.”
One must assume that he means the “world famous" Funky Fanabala, an iced coffee drink so delicious that Marylou’s will not divulge any of its ingredients to anyone.
And just like most of the other Bruins, Bobby finds himself “addicted” to golf.
“I like playing Pinehills and at Waverly Oaks in Plymouth. They’re easy to get to and fun to play.”
Another local place Bobby loves is Jake’s, a seafood restaurant right on Nantasket Beach.
“Jake’s is still one of my favorite restaurants,” Allen said, adding that he goes to Jake’s every summer.
And speaking of the beach, Allen and his wife still spend plenty of time there, too.
“I don’t know if I could live in a place where I couldn’t see the ocean,” he said. “I want to see the ocean everyday, and I love being surrounded by it.
"Now, in Scituate, I’m only about 30 seconds away from the beach.”
The breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean are just part of what makes living on the South Shore so desirable to Bobby and to its many happy residents. The area is rich on character and quirks, and its location makes Boston easily accessible.
“Maybe it’s because it’s the only thing I’ve ever known, but I feel really comfortable here and I love the people," said Allen. "I love the towns too. Each town is so unique. I love anywhere on the South Shore. It’s just such a great area.
"And I love the city of Boston. I think it’s one of the greatest cities in the world."
Mulling his last statement over, Allen laughed and said, "(But) maybe I’m a little partial.”
And why shouldn't he love Boston -- all of Bobby Allen’s wildest dreams have come true here, from winning a National Championship with the BC Eagles to wearing Bruins Black & Gold every night.
Success like that could get to anyone’s head, but beneath his pads and behind his helmet, you’ll find that Bobby Allen is a humble guy, and actually, a lot like you and I. He loves his life, his family and he loves where he lives.
“There’s just something about the South Shore,” said Bobby. “I don’t want to live anywhere else.”
I think it’s safe to say that Bruins fans don’t want him going anywhere either.
Lindsay Daly is an intern in the Boston Bruins media relations office. She is a student at Emerson College.
Canadian ice hockey player
Canadian ice hockey player
Douglas Bradford "Brad" Park (born July 6, ) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. A defenceman, Park played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings. Considered one of the best defencemen of his generation, and named to the all-star team several times, the best years of his career were overshadowed by superstar Bobby Orr, who was briefly his teammate. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in In Park was named one of the ' Greatest NHL Players' in history.
As a youth, Park played in the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Scarboro Lions and with the Toronto Westclairs and Toronto Marlboros (until ). He was drafted by the New York Rangers in the first round (second overall) in the NHL Amateur Draft and, after a brief stint with the minor-league Buffalo Bisons of the AHL, began playing for the Rangers in
New York Rangers
Park quickly became the Rangers' best defenceman and drew comparisons with the great Bobby Orr, as both were credited with revolutionizing the "offensive" defenceman. Park's offensive skill, stickhandling and pugnacity attracted much attention from fans. Park and Orr occasionally fought each other on ice, and fans and sportswriters fueled the rivalry by making frequent comparisons, not least as the Rangers and Boston Bruins were bitter opponents. Years afterward, Park remarked "I saw no reason to be upset because I was rated second to Bobby Orr. After all, Orr not only was the top defenceman in the game but he was considered the best player ever to put on a pair of skates. There was nothing insulting about being rated number two to such a super superstar."
Park was made the alternate captain of the Rangers and briefly served as their captain. In , despite the loss of leading team scorer Jean Ratelle with a broken ankle, Park led the Rangers in defeating the defending champion Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs. The Rangers advanced to the Stanley Cup finals where they lost to Orr and the Boston Bruins, and Park finished runner-up for the Norris Trophy. When the upstart World Hockey Association tried to lure Park away, the Rangers re-signed him to a $,a-year contract that made him, briefly, the highest-paid player in the NHL.
In the Summit Series, with Orr unable to play due to injury, Park emerged as a key contributor to Team Canada's series over the Soviets, being named Best Defenceman of the series.
After opening the 76 season with its worst start in ten years, the Rangers began unloading its high-priced veterans. Park, along with Jean Ratelle and Joe Zanussi, was traded to the Boston Bruins in a November 7, blockbuster deal that also sent Phil Esposito and Carol Vadnais to the Rangers. The New York press and public had felt that Park, 27 at the time, was overweight, overpaid and over the hill, as he was facing unfavourable comparisons to Denis Potvin.
While Esposito and Vadnais remained effective players for the Rangers, the team remained mired at the bottom of the division after "the trade", and Rangers general manager Emile Francis was eventually fired. Contrary to expectations that the Rangers had gotten the better end of the trade, the struggling Bruins were instantly rejuvenated and soon again became one of the NHL's best teams, despite the departures of Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr.
Taking over the mantle of leadership from Orr, whose career was threatened by injury and who would soon leave the team, Park continued his great success under coach Don Cherry. Park had previously been an end-to-end rushing player attempting to imitate Orr, but with the Bruins he was told by Cherry to concentrate on defence. Getting over his unpopularity in Boston when he was a member of the arch-rival Rangers, Park settled in well with the Bruins, even hitch-hiking a ride from two teenagers at 1 am after his car ran out of gas, and Park later rewarded them with free tickets to the next Boston home game.
From , Cherry's "Lunch Pail A.C." captured three division titles for the Bruins. Park earned two First All-Star Team selections, while coming in second in the Norris Trophy race twice in a Bruins' uniform, with being considered one of his finest seasons. In and , Park was a key contributor to Boston's back-to-back appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals where they lost to the Montreal Canadiens both times. His last highlight with Boston came in Game 7 of the Adams Division finals against the Buffalo Sabres in the playoffs, when Park scored the game-winning goal in overtime and help Boston advance in to the conference finals — Park's career overlapped with the first four years of the emerging superstar defenceman of the Bruins, Raymond Bourque, from to
Detroit Red Wings
The following season (), Park signed with the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent. He won the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance that same year, having set a record for assists by a Red Wings' defenceman (53). After the season, still an effective player but hobbled by repeated knee injuries, he announced his retirement. The next year, he briefly served as Detroit's coach.
Retirement and personal life
In , Park was elected in his first year of eligibility to the Hockey Hall of Fame in his hometown of Toronto.
Park has resided on the North Shore of Massachusetts and on Sebago Lake in Maine for almost 40 years, with his wife Gerry. He has five children and seven grandchildren. His autobiography, Straight Shooter: The Brad Park Story, was published in August,
Honours and achievements
- Named to the First All-Star Team in , , , and
- Named to the Second All-Star Team in and
- Runner up in Norris Trophy voting in , , , , and
- Received both the most First Team All-Star nominations (other than Earl Seibert, who retired before the trophy was awarded) and was runner-up for the Norris more times without winning the Norris than any other defenceman in NHL history.
- Played in the NHL All-Star Game in , , , , , , , and
- The book 'Play the Man' (Dodd, Mead, & Co.) written by Brad Park and Stan Fischler was published in
- Retired as the leading defence scorer in Rangers' history and the second leading defence scorer in Bruins' history to Bobby Orr.
- At the time of his retirement, had played the most seasons in league history for a player never missing the playoffs.
- Currently 13th all-time in NHL history in defence scoring.
- Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in , in his first year of eligibility.
- Along with Butch Goring, one of the last two active players who had played in the s.
- In , he was ranked number 49 on The Hockey News' list of the Greatest Hockey Players.
- In the book Ranger Greats, was ranked No. 11 all-time of the New York Rangers who had played during the team's first 82 seasons
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