The Cal Alumni Association Presents a CALIFORNIA Live! Event, Can Cal Afford Athletics? During Homecoming 2010

The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) will present Can Cal Afford Athletics? A conversation with Sandy Barbour, a frank discussion about the future of sports at Cal. San Francisco Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius will engage Cal Director of Athletics, Sandy Barbour, in a conversation about the value of intercollegiate athletics and the cost of being competitive at the highest levels. The event will take place on Friday, October 8, 2–3 p.m. at the Bechtel Engineering Center.

Open to those registered for Homecoming weekend, the presentation is part of the California Live! series of lectures and discussions that brings to life the themes of CAA’s award-winning magazine, California.

After the Berkeley Academic Senate passed a resolution last fall to end campus subsidies to intercollegiate sports, California magazine ran a story entitled “The Price of Excellence: Can Cal Afford Athletics?” Remarks California magazine editor Wendy Miller, “It’s not a question to warm the hearts of Bears fans, to be sure, but in a time of sharply rising student fees, furloughs, and hiring freezes, neither is it a question we can afford to ignore.”

Sandy Barbour began her tenure at UC Berkeley in September 2004. As Director of Athletics at Cal she oversees a 27-sport program, involving more than 800 student-athletes and a budget in excess of $60 million. Under her leadership, the Golden Bears have captured ten national team championships and 43 individual titles.

C.W. Nevius has been a columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle for more than 20 years. Currently a metro columnist at the paper, he also covered sports for many years.

The California Live! series began in 2009, attracting alumni of all ages and the general public to further explore thought-provoking topics presented by the quarterly magazine. Three times per year, expert speakers are brought together in a live forum that encourages candid discussion on a variety of issues.

Since 1897, California magazine has served to inform, involve, and inspire readers, connecting them to each other and the University through timely yet contextual writing and art. Its circulation of more than 95,000 includes alumni from all walks of life as well as leading researchers and California elected officials.

To attend this event, you must register for Homecoming weekend. The registration fee is $15 and entitles registrants to this lecture and a variety of others during Homecoming October 8–10, 2010. Please note that lecture seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Homecoming is open to all. Please register at »

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