I graduated from UCLA in 1995. I met my wife - also a Bruin - at UCLA. Some of the best memories that still rattle around my head involve UCLA - both from my education as well as the athletic programs. My kids will go to UCLA. My grave in Cayucas will have a UCLA Bruin on the top with its ass facing the single trogan located in that prime resting place. Bottom line - I love UCLA - always will.
I found BN some time ago. I had heard about BN and was curious about the people that posted here as well as opinions other than my own with regards to the athletic programs at UCLA. I explored other sites including the pay sites. I have found BN to be an outstanding destination for people to voice their opinions, concerns, experiences, humor, anger and confusion. The moderators are tough but fair. I have met a few BNer's in person and we have taken discussions off-line a number of times to try to remedy disagreements or coordinate activities we hope will benefit UCLA. BN is special to me and the people I interact with on BN are more so.
In typical Taz form.....enough of the rosy shit. I read BN everyday. I post often....usually stupid comments...but I am here all of the time (ask Mrs. Taz and see the frying pan scars on my noggin). What I have noticed is that most people on BN like to bitch and complain about the challenges we face in UCLA Athletics especially with the leadership. I agree with a good portion of these people, their posts and support griping. But bitching and complaining lacks any "industriousness" that is part of the Bruin DNA that is in each of us. No matter how valid an argument or complaint may be in a post, the administrators, coaches and boosters to which these arguments should be directed - simply ignore or do not read them or could care less. I come back to the questions I repeatedly ask....what can we do to affect change and what are we prepared to do?
I don't know how many people are part of BN. I figure it is more than a handful. We have lawyers, doctors, lawyers, teachers, lawyers, faculty, business people, lawyers, students....people from every walk of life that love UCLA, are part of BN and are passionate about their convictions with regards to UCLA athletics. How do we harness that passion, conviction and common love for UCLA to influence the UC leadership (includes regents, administrators and boosters) and affect changes that enhance our academic and athletic programs at UCLA? BN has the potential to have significant influence - whether that is the intention of the creators or not. BN is very well known across the country for their content, the intelligence of the members (despite my best efforts to move the curve down) and the blunt and logical criticisms that are posted. But these are words that are not often translated to actions.
My fellow Bruins - it is not in our nature to just sit and bitch (I can't find it in the Wooden Pyramid). Our professors, mentors, fellow students, alumni and our school has always expected more from us and anyone who has been nurtured in the hallowed halls of UCLA. We are expected to lead when others cannot or will not. I understand that individually we have limited time and funds. Collectively - together - we are a force that would need to be dealt with and can affect change. I like reading the posts. The content is great. BNer's are terrific. I guess I am asking so what are we going to do about it?
I don't pretend to have the answers. That is why I am posting this because I know that the creative citizenship of BN likely does. On my own in such an endeavor - I will not succeed. It really depends on whether we are content with what we are doing or if we want to do more.
Thanks, BN. Go Bruins!