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UCLA Alum Op-Ed Piece

Not everybody who contributes to this community is a UCLA alum. But for those who are, I found the above article really refreshing. And this is what makes the continued ineptitude and don't give a damn stance of Block and Guerrero so frustrating.

I live in the Bay Area, and I root for the Niners, the Warriors, the A's, the Giants and the Sharks. But my loyalty is not personal. I want the teams to do well, but if they go through long stretches of irrelevance, like the Warriors and A's did, I can detach pretty easily.

I can't detach from UCLA. It is my school. I learned, as the op-ed writer learned, both inside and outside the classroom. Any success I have had professionally is due in no small part to the lessons I learned at UCLA.

When Block and Guerrero drive our teams into the ground, I can't turn it off like I can pro sports. I can stop contributions, I can avoid away games in the Bay Area, but I can't stop the sense of wanting to be engaged, and caring about what is happening on Block and Guerrero's watch.

They clearly (a) don't understand the importance of providing a product which alums can be proud of, and/or (b) don't care. But read Ms. Mendoza's piece, and you can see why we are loyal. I just wish Block and Guerrero had the same ability as Ms. Mendoza to articulate and carry out what it means to be a Bruin.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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