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Maria and Vanessa Bailey

Episode 12, November 24, 2003

Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl interviews Pamela Burnett, Director of Undergraduate Admissions; Berkeley juniors (and mother and daughter) Maria and Vanessa Bailey; and law professor Jesse Choper. At the end of the program, Berdahl talks about what's on the Top of his Mind: UC Berkeley's admission policy.

The audio-only interviews below are in RealOne Player format (see these links for downloading the free version of the software). Have a suggestion for a topic or a guest? E-mail bearshow@uclink.berkeley.edu.


Hear the entire episode from start to finish ...
44:23 minutes

audio Introduction
1:16 minutes
audio The Pamela Burnett interview
12:23 minutes

Pam Burnett, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, reveals what UC Berkeley is looking for when it selects its incoming freshman class, and discusses the comprehensive review process — which looks at not only SAT scores, but also grade point averages and life challenges — that has garnered so much attention lately.
Pam Burnett

The Maria and Vanessa Bailey interview
11:45 minutes

Junior transfers Maria and Vanessa Bailey share a laptop, a car, and more than a few genes. Maria is Vanessa's mother, and both have wanted to go to Cal for years. Here, Vanessa talks about why she turned down Ivy League schools in favor of UC Berkeley and just how competitive her mother is, while Maria tells how her college experience differs from Vanessa's.

Maria and Vanessa Bailey
audio The Jesse Choper interview
13:33 minutes

Boalt Hall professor Jesse Choper, an expert on constitutional law and freedom of religion issues, discusses the history of the phrase "one nation under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and why the U.S. Supreme Court will soon be scrutinizing whether its recitation in public schools represents a violation of the separation of church and state.
Jesse Choper
audio Top of Mind
5:24 minutes

Chancellor Berdahl shares what's foremost on his mind these days: UC Berkeley's admissions process — including how the university's original charter admonished the school to look for "students of good moral character," and the challenge of being able to accept only one in four applicants.
Robert M. Berdahl

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