Was this what you thought of? Wrong BAMN!

Was this what you thought of? Wrong BAMN!

Unless you were locked in your room these past few weeks with only instant ramen and soda for company, you probably heard of (or witnessed) a recent sensational event at Cal that once again made affirmative action a hot topic of debate.

One of the common critiques we heard from our fellow humanities compatriots was that coverage of the bake sale became more about the spectacle than the issue of affirmative action itself. If you support affirmative action or you are looking to gain insight on either side of the issue in a more comprehensive way, BAMN will be hosting a forum entitled “UC Berkeley: Case for Affirmative Action and Overturning Prop 209” on Tuesday Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in 102 Wurster Hall. read more »

4261182609_fed4dbaf07What are the odds that, whilst some students are suing the UC for giving minorities the proverbial shaft, Berkeley would end up on the receiving end of a donation promoting multiculturalism to the tune of $16 million?

The timing of the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund in aiming to “make minority students feel more welcome on campus” could not, in at least this regard, be more oddly appropriate. Intended toward sponsoring diversity studies and investigating just how attending a UC impacts students at the lower end of the economic ladder, the Haas family’s gift provides an interesting counterpoint (or, depending on how you look at it, supplement) to the argument behind the civil rights suit filed yesterday in San Francisco.

At the very least, it’s got Birgeneau all kinds of excited. To begin with, it’s money in the bank—at a point when private donations are no small potatoes (read: the ONLY potatoes) for public universities. Furthermore, the Chancellor isa longtime advocate of increasing the number of black and Hispanic students on his campus,” doncha know.

AND we get new classes, teachers, scholarships, etc. Mazel tov.

*Correction: The image that originally ran with this post featured Robert Haas, poet laureate, rather than Robert D. Haas, foundation trustee and the benefactor in question. The Clog apologizes to both Robert Haases for the confusion.

Image Source: Monica’s Dad under Creative Commons
Haas family gift to boost UC Berkeley diversity studies [Contra Costa Times] via Mercury News


Do y’all even remember Proposition 209? Some of you must have been such small fries when it was voted into effect in 1996. For a little refresher on your California history, said prop. is responsible for the statewide ban on affirmative action—and it’s got at least one group of people pretty riled up.

Enter a federal lawsuit. Backed up by (deep breath now) read more »