Not too late to contribute:

Daniel Geri 09 July at 19:22Dear Friends and Supporters,The Cal Gymnastics Forever Foundation will be meeting with the Chancellor of UC Berkeley NEXT WEDNESDAY, JULY 14TH. We will be submitting our Business Plan for financial viability, including ALL your letters and pledges.PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR LETTERS AND YOUR PLEDGES NOW so that your voice will be heard. Pledges will only be collected after the University guarantees our program beyond the 2011 season.We have made it easier to submit your letters, and even designed an ONLINE auto-create letter system so all you have to do is enter your name and contact information and click a button! It will take you LESS THAN 3 MINUTES!just go to have already received 25% of our annual operating budget and over 100 letters, but there are 1200 of us in this Facebook group alone!If you truly support Cal Gymnastics, now is the time to act.Thanks to all who have already submitted, and to all of you for your ongoing support,Sincerely,The Cal Gymnastics Forever Foundation

One Response to “Not too late to contribute:”

  1. Milan Moravec Says:

    When UC Berkeley announced its elimination of baseball, men’s and women’s gymnastics, and women’s lacrosse teams and its defunding of the national-champion men’s rugby team, the chancellor sighed, “Sorry, but this was necessary!”
    But was it? Yes, the university is in dire financial straits. Yet $3 million was somehow found to pay the Bain consulting firm to uncover waste and inefficiencies in UC Berkeley, despite the fact that a prominent East Coast university was doing the same thing without consultants.
    Essentially, the process requires collecting and analyzing information from faculty and staff. Apparently, senior administrators at UC Berkeley believe that the faculty and staff of their world-class university lack the cognitive ability, integrity, and motivation to identify millions in savings. If consultants are necessary, the reason is clear: the chancellor, provost, and president have lost credibility with the people who provided the information to the consultants. Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau has reigned for eight years, during which time the inefficiencies proliferated. Even as Bain’s recommendations are implemented (“They told me to do it”, Birgeneau), credibility and trust problems remain.
    Bain is interviewing faculty, staff, senior management and the academic senate leaders for $150 million in inefficiencies, most of which could have been found internally. One easy-to-identify problem, for example, was wasteful procurement practices such as failing to secure bulk discounts on printers. But Birgeneau apparently has no concept of savings: even in procuring a consulting firm, he failed to receive proposals from other firms.

    Students, staff, faculty, and California legislators are the victims of his incompetence. Now that sports teams are feeling the pinch, perhaps the California Alumni Association, benefactors and donators, and the UC Board of Regents will demand to know why Birgeneau is raking in $500,000 a year despite the abdication of his responsibilities.

    The author, who has 35 years’ consulting experience, has taught at University of California Berkeley, where he was able to observe the culture and the way the senior management operates.

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