The University of California, Merced was specifically built in the city of Merced to help improve the area both socially and economically. As a result of this--along with the large number of homeless individuals near the UC campus--some students have been moved to try to make a difference within the community.
"Other than CORE 001, nothing else was supported as a campus-wide requirement; this meant that students who changed schools, especially students who transferred as juniors, had to meet a whole new set of G.E. requirements”. Having a campus-wide requirement meant that students who changed their major or transferred schools could have a better opportunity to finish on a set time.
UC Merced’s student newspaper, The Prodigy, could lose all of its funding from the Associated Students of UC Merced, or ASUCM, becoming the next publication on a UC campus to go head-to-head with its student government.