Do You Know What Safety Services UCI Provides?

Contributed by: Nikki Sherman, Verano Place Housing Assistant


It’s after midnight; it’s dark, cold, and maybe a little spooky. You’re leaving your lab or office, and all you want is to be back in your Verano Place apartment safe and sound. If you’re feeling like walking alone that late at night might not be a good idea, the Campus Escort service might be just for you! UC Irvine offers a wide range of safety programs, among them, an escort service that provides rides at the low cost of free for UCI students.


  • Run by the Community Service Officers, the Safety Escort program only requires a phone call to (949)824-SAFE


  • This service is available any time between 6:00pm-1:00am during the winter, and 7:00pm-1:00am in the Spring/Summer.


  • The Safety Escort program will escort you anywhere to/from main campus to all campus housing areas.


  • Wait times are generally under 10 minutes.


  • Escorts are usually given by foot, and the Community Service Officer escorting you is equipped with a radio for contact with the UCI Police.



The UCI Police also have a variety of services available for Verano Place residents, which may be useful to take advantage of to keep yourself and your property safe.


  • UCIPD can register/license bicycles, free of charge at the UCIPD front counter. While this may not protect your bike from being stolen, it can assist in returning a bike if it is located.



Looking for something for your kids? Check out the radKIDS program, a safety education program that teaches children resources and knowledge to recognize and respond to potentially dangerous situations. Check out this link for more information

Verano Residents’ Council Representative Elections!

Do you want to run for the Verano Residents’ Council? Do you have ideas on how to improve the community for everyone? Want more information on how to make that possible?

Announcing the 2015-2016 Verano Residents’ Council Election!

We will be holding two information sessions next week for all interested parties. You will have an opportunity to meet the Election Commissioner, learn about the election process, and ask any questions you may have regarding running for the VRC. Attendance at one of these information sessions is a requirement to run in the election, and ensures that the election can proceed in a fair and unbiased manner.

First Information Session: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 6:30pm in the Verano Commons.
Second Information Session: Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 1:00pm in the Old Rec Center.

Candidate Statements are due by Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm.

An open forum where residents can meet the candidates is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 6:30pm.

Elections will be held June 13 – June 20.

If you have any questions, contact the Election Commissioner, Archie Delshad, at:

You may also direct questions to Jennifer Martinez at:

Maintenance Monday: Are You Moving Out?

There are a few key things to keep in mind when preparing to move out of your apartment. Don’t forget to:

1. Turn in keys to the Verano Place Housing Office: It is your responsibility to return your front door, mailbox, and bedroom keys to the housing office when you leave. Do not leave the keys in your apartment or ask a friend or neighbor to return them for you. If you are turning in your keys after hours, please complete the key return form located outside the front door of the housing office and drop it in the After Hours Drop Box. You will be charged for any unreturned keys.

2. Clean the Apartment: You (and your apartment mate(s) when applicable) are responsible for the standard of cleanliness of the common areas. If these areas are not cleaned by the final inspection, each tenant including the vacating resident will be billed equally for any damages and/or cleaning charges.

3. Remove all your items: There is a charge on move-outs for removal of any items left behind by vacating residents.

Make moving out as smooth as possible and utilize the cleaning checklist provided by the Verano Place Housing Office!



Outstanding Maintenance Items?

Have you noticed any maintenance issues lingering in your apartment that you haven’t gotten around to reporting? Take care of anything that might seem small now to avoid any bigger problems. The Verano Place Housing Office will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 25. Contact maintenance immediately to ensure everything is working properly over the holiday.

Don’t forget to take care of any administrative tasks before the office closes on Friday, May 22.




VRC Meeting, 5/14 at 6:00 PM in the Commons

Hello Verano Residents!


Please join us Thursday, May 14 from 6pm-7pm at the Verano Commons for our Verano Community Meeting.


Come with your concerns, comments, feedback and suggestions to share with your VRC members. Let us know what new things you want to see from your VRC and ways we can improve your living experience in Verano Place.


The Verano Residents’ Council (VRC) is elected to advocate for your needs, and to create programming/events that benefit the entire Verano community. We are working hard to provide opportunities for all community members to get their voice heard and connect with the greater community!


Additionally, the VRC has a Facebook group where you can get the most up to date information on events, meetings and issues. Please join at:


We look forward to see you at our events!




Tickets to the Annual Black Leadership Advancement Coalition (B.L.A.C.) Avaiilable

Dear Verano Place Residents,
Two tickets to the 13th Annual Black Leadership Advancement Coalition (B.L.A.C.) Night of the Stars Scholarship & Awards Banquet are available to the Verano Place community on a first come, first serve basis (only one ticket per household).  This event will be held at the UCI Student Center on Friday, May 22, 2015 beginning with a reception at 5:30 pm. Please respond only if you are interested and can commit to attending by sending an email to Beverly Chaney  immediately. Read below to learn more about this organization.


The Black Leadership Advancement Coalition (BLAC) at the University of California, Irvine is comprised of faculty, staff, alumni, and student leaders who are committed to enhancing the overall experience of African Americans at UCI.


The goals of the BLAC are to support academic achievement, promote cultural awareness, unite the various African American centered organizations, serve as an informational sharing opportunity for members of the respective organizations and to link resources that are available to maximize our efforts on campus and in the surrounding community. BLAC believes that the community has etched a place on the UC Irvine campus — and will continue supporting the success of African American faculty, staff, students and alumni at the University of California, Irvine.


BLAC is an organization whose main goals are to offer a platform for excelling students, alumni, faculty, and staff to be recognized by the community. For the past 12 years, BLAC has successfully raised nearly $70,000 in scholarships, recognized numerous faculty and staff, and hosted hundreds of students at our Annual BLAC “Night of the Stars” Scholarship and Awards Banquet.


Please join BLAC’s commitment to bring recognition and honor to the hardworking students, faculty and staff of the African American community at UC Irvine.






Beverly Chaney

Director, Verano Place Housing


Reminder: Keep Those Pipes Clear!

All it takes is one moment to accidentally put the wrong item into your garbage disposal to cause problems for the rest of the night, or longer. Take caution and follow the tips below to keep things running smoothly:

Never Put These Things Down Your Disposal or Drain:

  1. Fibrous foods like asparagus, corn husks, artichokes, carrot or potato peels or any other vegetables that have any kind of stringy qualities to them
  2.  Grease, oil, and fat
  3.  Pasta and rice, it expands when it contacts water and swells up
  4.  Eggshells, coffee grounds, pits and seeds
  5.  Bones of any kind

Regular cleaning is very important! Here are a few good tips to try:

  • Run hot water through the sink after each use. Hot water keeps oils in food products running down the drain, rather than building up on the interior surface of pipes, which can make drains sluggish and lead to clogs.
  • Throw a handful of baking soda into the drain and follow it with hot water. Baking soda is a terrific cleaning agent, and it’s also great for absorbing foul odors and leaving your drain pipes smelling better.
  • Pour 1 cup of vinegar down the drain and let it sit for 30 minutes; then chase it down with very hot water. Vinegar is a wonder cleaner. It contains acetic acid, which acts as an excellent organic solvent in removing organic buildup of crud in pipes.