Protest UC Berkeley Cutting Baseball
Original post made by American, Danville, on Feb 12, 2011
The Athletic Director at UC Berkeley needs to be fired! She falsely told supporters of the baseball team that they needed to raise money for all 5 sports that were being cut, not just baseball, or all 5 programs would be cut. Baseball supporters then went out and raised over 10 million dollars in a very short time, to be used for all 5 sports. She then said since very little money was ear marked just for baseball, they would save rugby and the woman's sports, but get rid of baseball and gymnastics! If baseball supporters were selfish, they would have ignored the other sports, and simply ear marked their money for baseball. Instead, they believed the Athletic Director was acting in good faith, and agreed to share their fundraising with all 5 programs. It appears that the Athletic Director's real reason for cutting baseball is to take control of the baseball stadium and field, which is one of the rare green areas on an urban campus, and use it for some other purpose, possibly connected to the expensive new football stadium. She lied to supporters of the baseball team, has not acted in good faith, and needs to be fired immediately. I would hope all UC Berkeley alumni and supporters would immediately stop donating any money at all to the school, until they fire the Athletic Director. Contact the Chancellor and regents, and let them know your views, and hit them in the pocketbook. Use that internationally known protest spirit and do not let her get away with this injustice!