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    Light at the end of the tunnel?

    After the despair of Zona game, and discussing "big issues" with a classmate at the game, as well as flight buddies on Southwest, I suddenly see the world as a Bear in an optimistic light. We for once have a Chancellor who seems "to get it," the administration seems to want to improve Cal sports in the latest committee report, both in terms of on the field performance and academics, the football team, while still a work in process, at least seems headed in the right direction, the stadium looked just wonderful on beautiful East Bay fall day, the basketball team shows promise and recruiting potential, Cal NCAA champions represented awesomely at the Game, still good as always at the country club sports, still have all those Noble prize winners in our parking lot, Top Dog on University still selling awesome dogs, and except for my license plates holders, which will be changed to "Cal Alum" after the Big Game, the world seems to be a better place these days. Go Bears!

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    This season is bound to be about high highs, and low lows. Pretty much how it goes for a team with an insane offense and a mediocre defense without any depth. Hopefully enough to get some of the on-the-fence/potential flip recruits to see it as tangible progress cough*Isaiah Langley*cough. We'll need to make a jump in talent pull to pad our depth chart and really compete at the top, sooner rather than later. The speed and skill of UCLA's special teams makes me weep a little.

    Still, I'm most excited about the behind the scenes changes, like the stuff going on with Dirks/Wilton/ + the whole "we should probably treat our students-athletes better" epiphany, GO FIGURE! This is going to be huge. We already know that if we win, Cal can recruit at a very high level, but getting that talent to actually stay here and making their experience at Cal wonderful will pay dividends down the line, in many ways. It certainly seems like Mr. Unibrow got his message across, the undergrad experience is of paramount importance to this university as a whole.

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    We've got the past 60-70 years to make up for Cal's indifference to how athletics can be a positive force to complement the university's academic excellence. Dirks can see how Furd, bruins, Notre Dame, and Michigan, have leveraged their athletic success to enhance their academic brand. It's about time Cal unleashed its potential as a force in both academics and athletics.

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    yeah
    But will the SF Chronicle report our success?

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    we will go down down down if we make catering to undergraduates rather than overall academic excellence our goal.

    do not under any circumstances imitate the Furd.
    'Been a Bear So Long...'

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartofthebear View Post
    yeah
    But will the SF Chronicle report our success?
    If the SF Chronicle reports on our success, and no one reads it, then did they actually report on our success?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bearacious View Post
    we will go down down down if we make catering to undergraduates rather than overall academic excellence our goal.

    do not under any circumstances imitate the Furd.
    Improving the undergraduate experience is not at all incompatible with academic excellence, on the contrary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cal88 View Post
    Improving the undergraduate experience is not at all incompatible with academic excellence, on the contrary.
    Yep. We've just been conditioned to think it is.

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    Who is this SF Chronicle and why do we care what she writes about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartofthebear View Post
    yeah
    But will the SF Chronicle report our success?
    Only with back handed compliments.
    "Cal stumbles its way to Number 1."

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    Never understood our efforts toward academic excellence but not sports. Why limit excellence?

    Go Bears!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brobrobro View Post
    Never understood our efforts toward academic excellence but not sports. Why limit excellence?

    Go Bears!
    Shortsightedness. A generation that grew up with fully funded state schools, didn't have to rely on donor relations to the degree we do now, or will have to in the future. The public schools which have been effectively cultivating donor relations (which starts in undergrad) will be best equipped going forward. We have a lot of catching up to do. Fortunately, we have an affluent base to work with, should they warm up to us.

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    Maybe Cal Band can arrange this Andrew Loyd Webber tune.....Play before game, and Lights Outs


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    Quote Originally Posted by volleybear View Post
    If the SF Chronicle reports on our success, and no one reads it, then did they actually report on our success?
    good one lol

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    "It certainly seems like Mr. Unibrow got his message across, the undergrad experience is of paramount importance to this university as a whole."

    I don't think any BI poster should underestimate just how much of a cultural shift this will require at the University. As my 30 year faculty member father used to proclaim (with a tongue firmly in his cheek but thus the joke ran true) "Cal would be just about perfect if it wasn't for the undergrads crowding up the place" ;-) When the university starts giving out step increases (faculty gets raises based upon peer review of their work and is expressed in "steps") for teaching as much as for publishing then we really will be in a new era.

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