Sunday, December 1, 2013

“class-based affirmative action”, and UC and Building

The UC Berkeley Memorial stadium (built and rebuilt on top of a major active fault line)-- has generated this Sac Bee op ed - it includes this:
Comprehensive review emerged after the passage in 1996 of Proposition 209, which banned race preferences in public education, employment and contracting. It was to be one way of fostering “diversity” in UC enrollment. Some regarded it suspiciously as a way to get around Proposition 209. In any case, its passage never really ended the bitter divisions about affirmative action associated with it.

In a widely circulated five-page paper defending Berkeley’s intercollegiate athletics program, Vice Chancellor John Wilton uses the word “diversity” seven times. Berkeley now practices “class-based affirmative action” a former member of a Berkeley faculty admissions committee told me. And some UC people make no secret of the fact that one reason they value “revenue sports” athletes – black football and basketball players – is that they raise the racial diversity numbers.

The dismally low graduation rates seem to be confined to men’s sports. Some 80 percent of women athletes graduate within six years, compared to 92 percent for all women. For males the comparable figures are 55 percent and 88 percent.

NYT The Troubles of Building Where Faults Collide

“We are concerned about the list being utilized in a way that causes unfair alarm and affects property values in a way that might not be justified,” said Jack P. Moehle, a professor of engineering at the university. “We don’t want to cause public alarm.”
Thomas H. Heaton, the director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, noted the long history of owners vigorously resisting any attempt by the city to force them to retrofit their buildings.

“Unfortunately there is almost no one representing the building occupants,” he said.

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