uc_color_logo.jpgUniversity of California at Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau announced today that the university will eliminate its baseball team and three other varsity sports teams in a move aimed at saving $4 million a year.

The other sports being cut are men’s and women’s gymnastics and women’s lacrosse.
In addition, the men’s rugby team will be reassigned to “varsity club” status.

In a letter to the campus community, Birgeneau said he decided to make the cuts because “the costs of delivering our Intercollegiate Athletics program have been rising dramatically, requiring growing financial support from the campus budget that now exceeds $12 million annually.”

“This is not sustainable for our campus in a time of drastic state budget cuts to the university that are affecting all of our faculty, staff and students,” he said.

Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News

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  • Cal Cal

    Absolute transparency for University of California Berkeley. UC Berkeley’s budget gap has grown to $150 million, & Chancellor Birgeneau is spending money that isn’t there on $3,000,000 consultants. (A world-class East Coast University is doing the same as UC Berkeley without consultants: $0 cost). His reasons range from the need for impartiality to requiring the consultants “thinking”.
    Does this mean that the Faculty & management of UC Berkeley – flagship campus of the greatest public system of higher education in the world – lack the thinking, integrity, impartiality, innovation to identify savings? Have they been fudging their research for years?
    The consultants will, by the way, get their recommendations from faculty & staff interviews; yet $150 million of inefficiencies could be found internally if the Chancellor & Provost Breslauer did the WORK of their $500,000 jobs (This simple point is lost on Breslauer, Birgeneau).
    The victims of this folly are Faculty, Students & taxpayers.
    There is only one conclusion as to why inefficiencies are not volunteered by faculty & staff: Chancellor Birgeneau & Provost Breslauer have lost the credibility & trust of Cal Faculty & Staff. Even if the faculty agrees the consultants’ recommendations – disagreeing might put their jobs in jeopardy – the underlying problem of lost credibility & trust remains.
    Contact your representatives in Sacramento: tell them of the hefty self-serving $’s being spent by Birgeneau & Breslauer.
    Make a difference…speak your opinion 925 942 6082, 916 651 4007. Let there be light!

  • Cal Cal

    Absolute transparency for University of California Berkeley. UC Berkeley’s budget gap has grown to $150 million, & Chancellor Birgeneau is spending money that isn’t there on $3,000,000 consultants. (A world-class East Coast University is doing the same as UC Berkeley without consultants: $0 cost). His reasons range from the need for impartiality to requiring the consultants “thinking”.
    Does this mean that the Faculty & management of UC Berkeley – flagship campus of the greatest public system of higher education in the world – lack the thinking, integrity, impartiality, innovation to identify savings? Have they been fudging their research for years?
    The consultants will, by the way, get their recommendations from faculty & staff interviews; yet $150 million of inefficiencies could be found internally if the Chancellor & Provost Breslauer did the WORK of their $500,000 jobs (This simple point is lost on Breslauer, Birgeneau).
    The victims of this folly are Faculty, Students & taxpayers.
    There is only one conclusion as to why inefficiencies are not volunteered by faculty & staff: Chancellor Birgeneau & Provost Breslauer have lost the credibility & trust of Cal Faculty & Staff. Even if the faculty agrees the consultants’ recommendations – disagreeing might put their jobs in jeopardy – the underlying problem of lost credibility & trust remains.
    Contact your representatives in Sacramento: tell them of the hefty self-serving $’s being spent by Birgeneau & Breslauer.
    Make a difference…speak your opinion 925 942 6082, 916 651 4007. Let there be light!