Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Don't let Berdahl make an ass of himself and ruin student activities in the process.

In case you hadn't heard, in a last-ditch effort to make it appear as though he's accomplished something spectacular before his retirement, Chancellor Bob Berdahl plans to have Upper Sproul re-paved. This is a great idea in May. But not in March. Starting construction now would mean completely curtailing student group tabling, publication distribution, election campaigning, and basic foot traffic during the thick of the semester. Be a pal and sign a petition to prevent the construction until May. It only takes about 15 seconds, unless you still haven't memorized your SID and need to pull your ID out of your wallet, in which case it will take 25 seconds.

This plan will certainly end all student activity on the Plaza during construction and could cut off foot traffic altogether. Furthermore, it will render Cal Day ineffective as our campus's major recruitment tool by not presenting a complete, unified, whole campus to attract prospective students. Finally, and most importantly, it would cause a major hindrance to academic life in near-Sproul buildings as the hubbub normally confined to the Plaza as well as significant construction noise will spill out onto the campus to disrupt classrooms.
These problems can easily be prevented by postponing the project until after instruction ends on May 11, 2004.
Please take 1 minute to sign the online petition against this proposal located at
Also please forward this link to any Cal students you know because the current plan, if let stand as is, will prove a detriment to our campus life and to us all. When thousands of students speak up, the administration will listen and place student interests first!
Thanks so much and GO BEARS!

Misha Leybovich
Senator, Associated Students of the University of California

Yes, that's Misha of Bookswap fame.


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