2864100241_feed13692c_mRalph Nader — failed presidential candidate and political activist. We at the Clog were sitting in the audience, dying to ask him questions. Well, mainly one: Why did you run in 2000? But alas, this forum was about … college sports? Nonetheless, we were interested to hear what this contentious former candidate had to say.

The event, held today at Soda Hall, was part of a larger guest lecture series for a class who’s name is too long to mention. We have to admit, Ralph Nader looks a more normal, albeit a lot less presidential, in the flesh. Nader’s topic was “big time” college sports, which Nader had to clarify as only Division I sports. read more »

Impromptu karaoke

Impromptu karaoke

The impact of school athletic programs on the U.S. education system continues to be a popular topic of debate. Does it clash with traditional academics or is it important for funding? Ralph Nader, political activist and previous U.S. presidential candidate, will be offering his insights on the issue of intercollegiate sports in a talk titled “What’s the matter with big time college sports?”  in 306 Soda Hall from 1-2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Nader is a guest speaker for the “Priorities Under Pressure: Critical Assessment of How the University’s Core Mission is Affected by Intercollegiate Athletics” freshman seminar. Taught by Professors Brian Barsky, Margaretta Lovell and Laura Nader, the seminar aims to evaluate the impact of intercollegiate sports on the University of California’s core mission of “undergraduate education, graduate and professional education, research and other kinds of public service.”

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If the name doesn’t ring a bell, we’re talking about the third-party political activist who described himself as “a watermelon – red on the inside, green on the outside.” Peter Camejo helped found the California Green Party in 1991 and ran three times for governor of California.

He also ran as Ralph Nader’s vice presidential running mate in the 2004 presidential election and for president in 1976 as the Socialist Workers Party candidate. Camejo said that he never expected to win, but wanted to help elevate the Green Party to the mainstream political stage. read more »