The votes are in and the students have said very loudly and very clearly that they want to keep their seats along the sideline. Now, assuming that Dan Guerrero and the Morgan Center are going to hold up their end of the bargain by "restoring the previously established student section," we will see the Den right up along the sideline when Pauley Pavilion reopens in the fall of 2012.
It's been a long 37 days since the Morgan Center announced on March 30 that the students would lose their sideline seats and a lot of people have done a lot of work that have helped the Den get their rightful spot back. The first of these people is MexiBruin, whose petition resulted in 1,133 signatures, including former letterwinners and basketball national champions. Mexi stood out at the football spring game and did the leg work. He had a member of the Morgan Center tell him he was wasting his time and still, he did not stop. Mexi took initiative and put the work in, something we are all thankful for.
Of course, as Mexi continues to point out, students approached him about the idea of putting together a petition and were involved every step of the way. We don't know exactly who those students are so while we cannot recognize them by name, we can give a huge thank you to them. Their initiative and work with Mexi did a lot of good that not only helps the current students, but whose work will be a major part of the student experience at UCLA for thousands of future students.
One person who has been working with BN every step of the way is Sean Wang. A graduate student, Wang helped bring attention to the issues students had with being moved and helped push for the advisory vote to be put on the ballot. Instead of just shrugging his shoulders and saying "this sucks," Wang went to work.
Additionally, all of the alums and fans who have supported the students this entire time deserve a ton of credit. This vote didn't come about because four people wanted it. It came about because Bruins recognized how important this was and applied pressure. This is the recent alums, the self-labled "geezers," those from north campus, those from south campus, those who won national championships, those who never made it out of the stands and all of the fans who may not be alums, but are true blue Bruins. Individually, the pressure may have been small and insignificant, but as a whole it was fantastic and played a part in all of this.
Most of all, a big thank you to the students who voted. You went out and voted not just for yourselves, but for all the future students. You voted for the history of the students at Pauley Pavilion and for the betterment of future Bruin teams that will be able to benefit from a true home-court advantage created by a raucous Den along the sidelines.