Sept. 2002 - April
The world of intercollegiate athletics at UC Berkeley
In this edition of Bear in Mind, UC Berkeley's ongoing series of webcasts about campus issues, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau talks to Cal student athletes, coaches, and educators to get an insider's view of intercollegiate athletics at America's top public university.
the first time, Bear in Mind is immediately available on Google
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viewing. The links below to the three individual segments
are streamed in the RealPlayer format. (Don't have RealPlayer?
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A full transcript of the episode has been posted.
Athletic Director Sandy Barbour joins the chancellor for a discussion about the university's recent achievements in athletics, such as Berkeley's Top 10 placement in the NACDA Directors' Cup and the outstanding overall GPAs of its athletes; what the planned Student Athlete High Performance Center (Phase One of the Memorial Stadium Renovation Project) will include; and how her own experience as a field-hockey and basketball player informs her role as an administrator.
Birgeneau sits down with basketball guard Omar Wilkes, soccer goalkeeper Anna Key, and sprinter Francesca Weems to discuss the challenges and advantages of being a student-athlete at an elite university like UC Berkeley. He also chats with Weems about her difficult childhood in the foster-care system, with Key about her efforts to help AIDS orphans in Malawi through soccer, and with Wilkes about why he chose to transfer to Berkeley.
Women's Basketball Coach Joanne Boyle, Athletic Study Center Director Derek Van Rheenen, and Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education Christina Maslach tell the chancellor about the infrastructure that helps Cal's student-athletes manage their time and not only pursue excellence on the athletic field, but also in the classroom.