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More students apply to go to UC Merced

The University of California at Merced has received 10,180 applications for this year's fall semester, a 15.4 percent increase over a year ago. It marks the highest number of applications the school has received since it opened its doors in 2005. UC Merced received 9,084 applications for freshman enrollment and 1,096 applications for transfer enrollment. Student enrollment in fall 2007 was reported at 1,871. The entire UC system received 121,005 applications for the fall semester. The report states 95,201 applications are for freshmen, and 25,804 are from transfer students.

Amgen Tour seeks event volunteers

Organizers for the 2008 Amgen Tour of California, a Tour de France-style cycling race that will roll through Modesto next month, are seeking volunteers. They will hold orientation Thursday at 7 p.m. at Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 K Street, in the Arbor Room. Volunteers must be available on race day, Feb. 20, from 7 a.m. to noon. For more information on Thursday's meeting, or if you would like to volunteer but are unable to attend the orientation, contact Susan Dion at 404-1083 or reach1@sbcglobal.net.

Yesteryears

50 YEARS AGO: The speech and hearing department of Modesto City Schools began an experimental study of 1,000 elementary and junior high school students. It was done to determine if hearing could be measured using a simple transistor audiometer that weighed less than one pound. Testing began at El Vista and would continue until mid-March.

25 YEARS AGO: The Modesto Junior College women's 1,600-meter relay team was one of five quartets to qualify for the Foot Locker Indoor Track Meet (formerly called the Examiner Games) in Berkeley. The Pirates squad was the only junior college team in the field of four-year college teams.

-- Karen Aiello

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