Last Saturday, on the French national television station France 5, in the prime time of 20:50, a 90-minute travel show about Croatia was shown. The show “Echappées belles”, or in free translation “Beautiful Sanctuaries”, presented Croatia as the youngest member of the European Union with an incredible natural heritage, rich culture, a number of protected monuments on the UNESCO list, but also as a country of extremely hospitable people.It is a show that shows well-known tourist destinations through unknown facts about the lives and customs of the local population, while special emphasis is placed on active tourism and gastronomy. The recording of this show, which is estimated to be watched by more than two million viewers, was also supported by the Croatian National Tourist Board.Thus, many French spectators had the opportunity to get to know Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar in more detail, and Hvar, Dugi otok, Pašman, Brtonigla, Buzet, Pula, Gorski kotar, Kuterevo, and the national parks Paklenica and Brijuni were also presented. The show talked about the connection of Croatian man with the sea, ie the rich maritime tradition, trends in the production of local organic agricultural products, but also about the valuable historical heritage evoking life and historical events. Thus, Dubrovnik is presented through the artistic vision of Igor Hajdarhodžić and his studio in which he makes models of old ships and through the original works of Croatian artist Lena Kramarić who adorns the interiors of some of the best Croatian hotel buildings.Istria was presented in the show as a gastronomic oasis through the testimonies of famous Istrian olive oil producers, truffles and restaurateurs. As part of the original tourist offer, illuminated cranes of the Pula shipyard, better known as the “Shining Giants”, were singled out. Presenting life on the islands, French host Raphael de Casablanca, during the filming of the show, met with many islanders who live and work in the traditional spirit. The beautiful shots of the protected landscape on the island of Hvar delighted the Frenchman Olivier Grinberg a few years ago, who in May this year opened a luxury boutique hotel on Hvar with his sister, which is also recommended by the prestigious French magazine Vouge. The Croatian hotel in the hands of French hoteliers was the reason for the arrival of the French camera crew on Hvar.Leader Raphael de Casabianca said that he was so delighted by the sight of a lavender field on Hvar, not far from a small white chapel surrounded by millennial olive groves, that he would surely return to Croatia in October. “I am amazed by the richness of the country, the many influences we find in architecture, gastronomy and the Croatian temperament. It feels like a country at the crossroads of Central Europe and the Mediterranean. Slavic temperament, Latin culture and Mediterranean style. At first the contact may seem cold, but from the moment you gain trust, the human heart speaks”, Concluded de Casabianca.The show can be viewed in its entirety below in the attachment.
Tailgating will be prohibited on campus for this Thursday’s football game against the University of California, Berkeley, but Undergraduate Student Government, with the support of the administration, Athletic Department and the PAC-12, is hosting a tailgate for students in Exposition Park.The tailgate will take place from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in Jessie Brewer Park within Exposition Park. It will be open to students, parents, faculty members and other fans. The tailgate will feature food vendors, inflatable obstacle courses and a beer garden for attendees that are over 21.USG President Andrew Menard has taken the lead in planning the tailgate.“We wanted to create this opportunity for students to have a place to go to have fun with their parents and have everything — for the most part — be free,” Menard said.Restrictions to on-campus tailgating for Thursday night games went into effect last year. Tailgating was instead concentrated in other areas off-campus, particularly The Row.Vice Provost for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry spoke about the issues the administration faced last year as a result of the Thursday night football game.“A number of people came to The Row and started tailgating there,” Carry said. “It just became overcrowded. There were more people than The Row could handle. So when we met with the [Interfraternity Council] leadership right after the game, they indicated to us that they had no more options. They had no more places to send all of the guests that came that were expecting to tailgate on campus.”On the night of last year’s Thursday game, several people were transported to the hospital due to excessive alcohol consumption, and a female student from Loyola Marymount University was seriously injured after falling off a platform at Sigma Alpha Epsilon. That weekend, later labeled the “worst weekend of the semester” by Student Affairs, has in part led to the new restrictions on tailgating.The primary motivation behind the new restrictions, however, is the desire to preserve the academic integrity of the university, according to Carry.“As an academic institution, it’s Thursday. It’s a class day, so we’re not going to surrender the campus to tailgating,” Carry said. “Our decision is first to respect the academic mission of the institution and to focus on classes.”Carry also said there still will be opportunities for students to tailgate, just in a different way.“Tailgating is available, but it’s just not available in front of classrooms and on campus,” he said.Assistant Provost for Student Engagement Monique Allard has worked closely with student groups to plan the Thursday tailgate in Exposition Park.“We’re really excited about putting on an activity that will be student-focused, so there will actually be something for students to do, in terms of tailgating,” Allard said.Panhellenic Council President Katherine Grabar has helped lead the Greek community’s involvement in the planning of the tailgate and the implementation of new restrictions.“Originally, PHC was going to be part of the Expo Park tailgate, but now most chapters have decided to forgo a Thursday night tailgate or dinner with the parents,” Grabar said. “Most chapters are instead, to kind of break bread with the parents, doing more of a Friday night open house and BBQ.”Reactions to the new tailgating restrictions have been mixed, particularly due to the fact that the Thursday tailgate takes place during Trojan Family Weekend.“I think, at first, it came as a huge shock because everyone thought, ‘Why would we pick Parents Weekend to do the tailgate?’ but then you look at the football schedule and holiday conflicts, and there wasn’t really a good Saturday game to do it,” Grabar said. “No one is pleased with it, but we’re moving on.”USG leaders are hoping that the tailgate in Exposition Park will alleviate some of this discontent. Menard, though disappointed that students won’t be able to tailgate on campus, is trying to make the best of it.“I understand why they’re restricting on campus [tailgating], but regardless, I’m appreciative of the fact that we have the opportunity to hold this tailgate off-campus,” Menard said.Students can find more information about Thursday’s tailgate on the USC Trojans website.