Bruin alums - Baron Davis and Brandon Ayanbadejo - have started a new project. Here is Adande from the LA Times today:
The numbers demand words. Loud words, angry words. For the fall 2006 freshman class, less than 100 African Americans enrolled, the fewest in more than 30 years. Twenty of them were on athletic scholarship, which means we're getting dangerously close to making a fact from the stereotypical assumption that a black student on campus is an athlete. A ranking of African American student admissions in the fall of 2005 put UCLA 29th among the top 30 colleges and universities.
There is one thing that still burns in my heart when I think of Ayanbadejo. From the same Adande article linked above:
In any event I do think the project undertaken by Ayanbadejo and Davis is pretty interesting. In today’s world of spoiled athletes who only care about their own self interests or are preoccupied with how to get on Sports Center through showboating - high light dunks or cute prancing around the end zone - it is refreshing to see former Bruin stars getting involved in issues that transcends beyond the world of sports. At the very least I like the fact they are plugged in to issues concerning our alma mater. Good for them.
This is a very difficult issue. I wanted to bring it up here because it involves two former Bruins I have a lot of respect for. I'd imagine there are arguments, thoughts involving all angles to this issue, and I urge while you share your pov on it you remain respectful to your fellow Bruin in the comment thread.