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.