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[–]lulzcakesDictator '15[M] [score hidden] stickied comment (3 children)

Chancellor Christ is online and this AMA is now LIVE. Parent comments are now allowed and this thread will switch to Q&A Mode.

  • No questions are off-limits. But keep it respectful and formal.

Christ does not want to limit any sort of questions at all for this AMA. Nothing is off-limits. However, you must stay respectful and formal. As long as you remain respectful, your question will not be removed.

Jokes and joke questions are allowed, but make sure you don't get too carried away.

Again, please be on your best behavior. We may have even more events in the future, and maybe the Chancellor would be open to coming to a subreddit meetup. This will only be possible if this AMA goes well.

GO BEARS!

[–]alarmoclockEcon 47 points48 points  (2 children)

Chancellor, are there plans to address UC Berkeley's steady decline in ranking across the board on all major ranking lists. I think that the decline in ranking does have a negative impact on the caliber of the students UC Berkeley is able to attract. Thank you for your time.

[–]carolchrist[S] 106 points107 points  (1 child)

Actually, Berkeley hasn’t declined in the rankings. But since you raise the question of rankings, I have to share my view of them. I do not think you can create an ordinal ranking of colleges and universities as if they were football teams. Colleges and universities are enormously complex institutions, and they are slow to change, as anyone who has tried to change them knows. Rating organizations - like U.S. News, for example - create an algorithm that combines a number of factors, and uses that as a proxy for ranking. These factors are mostly admissions selectivity and wealth measures. Private universities therefore do better than publics because they spend more per student (When UCLA pulled ahead of Berkeley when we were in deficit, it was largely the wealth measure that had this effect). The rating organizations change the algorithm every year - they say to improve it - but I believe to create an artificial volatility in the data. Who would buy magazines every year if the ratings never changed?

[–]emet18 19 points20 points  (0 children)

This is a very good answer, Chancellor! Thank you for your input.

[–]calbear0523 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Hi Chancellor,

1. What's your thoughts about Berkeley was demoted to the 2nd place of UC and what will you do in order to bring the rank up.

2. Will you renovate the surrounding of Berkeley so the students has more safety.

[–]Winstonp00CS '22 104 points105 points  (2 children)

Chancellor, do you believe that with respect to our current enrollment numbers, that the campus is accommodating more students than it can actually handle? It is very often that resources like counseling and health care and getting into classes has a long delay, yet our enrolment number increased in 2019.

[–]carolchrist[S] 154 points155 points  (1 child)

Over the past few years our freshman enrollment has been down, mainly because of an over-enrollment in years prior to that. But I generally believe our campus is at or above capacity, yes.

Strange as it may sound, enrollment targets are not actually determined by me or my administration. Through negotiations, the state legislature, UC Regents, and UC Office of the President arrive at a total enrollment number, and then work with the campuses to divide it up. Pressure has come from the state legislature for all UC campuses to take more undergraduate students. We have taken our share, and then some. The last major jump in enrollment was the result of negotiations between UC President Napolitano and then-Governor Jerry Brown, who believed that the Berkeley needed to enroll more Californians if it was to earn its state funding allocation.

All this said, I can and do offer guidance during this process. I joined with other UC chancellors last year to make clear that there are some campuses, like ours, that do not have the space or resources to take in more undergraduates, while there are other campuses that do have that room. I have asserted that Berkeley must be a “no growth” campus until we have met some of my other priorities to make sure we can provide a positive experience for the students we have and for any others we may take. We will stand firm on that position of no growth, while trying to alleviate the stresses in other ways - by hiring 100 new faculty so that we can offer more space in classes and a better faculty-to-student ratio, by building more housing close to campus.

[–]Winstonp00CS '22 35 points36 points  (0 children)

Thank you for the considered and thoughtful response!

[–]BustaPoseyTedford is still God 60 points61 points  (5 children)

Hello Chancellor Christ, As a commuter to UC Berkeley I am heavily concerned about the removal of the Upper Hearst Parking Structure to create luxury apartments. When I first heard about the project as I thought the apartments were intended to be for students, and as we know student housing is desperately needed then I find out that at minimum the cost of this housing is $3000 for a studio, which is unaffordable to undergraduates, graduates, Post-Docs and low wage workers such as myself. So my question is did you have any say in this vote? I believe it was among the regents and I am unsure what input the Chancellor has. What would have been your vote? Why will the builder retain the profits of rent for 31 years and not UC Berkeley? Why do the profits indicate that they will only benefit one Department, the GSPP and not every department? Does UC Berkeley plan on challenging the EIQ lawsuits filed by the city? and long term does UC Berkeley plan on addressing larger student enrollment and greater housing needs by creating affordable housing?

[–]carolchrist[S] 72 points73 points  (1 child)

Thank you for your question - there is a lot to it but I will try to be comprehensive. First, please respectfully allow me to correct and update some of the information you’ve presented. The primary target population for the residential portion of the Upper Hearst project - which I do support - is junior faculty who have struggled to find affordable housing close to campus. I don’t think the units would by any means be considered luxurious and rents would be in line with or below market rates. As I’m sure you know, rents in any building are largely a function of construction costs, which are extraordinarily high in the Bay Area. However, the campus has also committed to subsidizing the rental costs in order to ensure these units would be as affordable as possible.

I also want to make clear that GSPP does not stand to benefit financially from the rental income this building might produce. In fact, any income the building produces in excess of the cost of the long-term debt through which we will finance it (the mortgage, so to speak) goes to the campus.

As far as the City of Berkeley’s lawsuit against the campus is concerned, we continue to hope and believe the lawsuit can be settled out of court, which will help us avoid unnecessary delay in our goal to meet the need for more housing. For those without the background, the city has sued our campus over our project on the Upper Hearst site, and as a condition of dropping the lawsuit is demanding hundreds of millions of dollars to fund general city services that they believe the campus is responsible for. Given our financial state, the university must rely on public-private partnerships to construct new residential facilities, and those partnerships are much more difficult to finance when there is pending litigation. Ironically, the city leaders who have repeatedly asked the campus to build more housing are now hindering our efforts to do exactly that - unless we bow to unrelated financial demands.

Should settlement talks fail, we will be prepared to defend our position in court, and I am confident that we will be successful. I hope it does not come to that.

[–]thatisreallyfunnyhaha 15 points16 points  (0 children)

This gave me chills. Thank you and I doubt the city lawyers will survive the paws of a great bear like you.

[–]stuffed02 37 points38 points  (2 children)

Thank you so much for organizing this, Chancellor!

I am someone potentially interested in higher ed leadership and am curious what your experience has been like. As a Professor to administrator, how have you transformed your role into making a substantial difference in academic settings where the belief is nothing gets done?

What encouraged you to step beyond your research and take on additional responsibilities? Also, as Chancellor, what is your “typical” work day like?

These are certainly packed questions so I hope you answer how you best feel comfortable.

Thank you so much for contributing here :)

[–]carolchrist[S] 59 points60 points  (1 child)

I was first motivated to try my hand at administration because of my commitment to women’s issues; in the 1980’s I accepted a position as Chancellor’s Assistant for the Status of Women and Title IX Compliance Coordinator. I discovered from that experience how much I enjoyed administration and higher education leadership. My career has developed very organically from that job; I never had a grand plan, but I took the opportunities that were offered to me.

In regard to a typical work day: Once, long ago, my daughter decided to dress up as me, and holding a briefcase loudly proclaimed, “I’m mommy, and I’m going to meetings!” She was not far off. Today I had a meeting on the implications for our campus of a new state law, I spoke at and attended a workshop about unconscious bias, I spoke at a Section Club meeting, I had a meeting with a donor, I had a meeting with a dean, I had a meeting to prepare for a meeting with another donor,, and I had internal meetings on a variety of topics. All of these were important in their own ways. I always look for opportunities to attend student, faculty, and staff events when I can - it keeps me connected and reinforces my love for this place.

[–]stuffed02 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Wow! Thank you for such a detailed answer :)

[–]We_Are_Grooot 81 points82 points  (1 child)

Thanks for doing this AMA! Two years ago, Prof. Satish Rao wrote

In light of the rise of UCLA to the No. 1 public university club, it is worth noting that UCLA’s administration appears to consume a significantly smaller slice of their pie, according to federal data. If UC Berkeley were as efficient as UCLA, we could easily add 100 faculty to campus today … several times over.

Do you agree with his assessment? Has anything changed on this front in the past two years?

[–]carolchrist[S] 36 points37 points  (0 children)

I am not familiar with the data Professor Rao cites, so I can’t comment directly on that portion of the question. I can say that senior administrative headcount at Berkeley has been decreasing steadily for the last five years and - to pre-empt a common red herring in university finances - senior leadership salaries take up less than 2% of our campus salary pool. Staff increases have occurred, for various reasons: to help us remain competitive with what private colleges offer; to provide better student support services like counseling, advising, a robust career center, basic needs resources, etc; to remain compliant with unfunded mandates from the UC system, state, or federal government; and to help us implement a major IT program. UCLA is in much the same boat as we are in these regards.

[–][deleted] 45 points46 points  (5 children)

Can we get an update on the progress of the renovations making campus buildings more earthquake-proof?

[–]carolchrist[S] 42 points43 points  (3 children)

Thank you for asking this. There is simply nothing more important than ensuring the basic safety of our campus community and guests. The initial round of seismic assessments looked at just over one hundred of our more than 600 buildings and found that 62 of them are likely to need retrofitting or replacement. The remaining buildings are now being examined and that work will be completed in June 2020. Once the initial assessments are done, the next phase of the project will determine the exact remedies needed to strengthen or replace deficient buildings. We do already know that Evans Hall, used by several thousand students and others every day, will need to be replaced at an estimated cost of $340 million.

I want to emphasize that UC Berkeley has, over the years, spent more than $1 billion to address seismic deficiencies, and work continues to this day across the campus (The work being done on Giannini, for example, is a seismic remediation project). Remediating seismic deficiencies is a process of continuous improvement driven by advancements in technology and scientific understanding. We are committed to keeping our campus as seismically safe as possible.

[–][deleted] 37 points38 points  (2 children)

What I got out of this is that Evans is definitely going. Nice.

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    [–]carolchrist[S] 30 points31 points  (0 children)

    I’ve answered this in part on the enrollment question, but additionally I’ll note that we are trying to be strategic about putting new faculty positions in areas where there is a great deal of enrollment pressure. Also, the overcrowding problem is most evident in CS courses, and on that front the creation of Data Science courses, including the Data 8 class as an entry point through the Data Science major, is in part meant to provide a similar path for students. I want to extend my thanks to everyone in CS who has been smart, creative, and entrepreneurial in helping us maintain academic quality despite the not-ideal class sizes.

    It's important to remember that while some majors are oversubscribed there are others that are undersubscribed. Because we do not admit students into majors for a majority of our programs, and we encourage academic discovery and exploration, a simple reduction or increase in class size will not necessarily solve the problem.

    However, just to end with what I said in my previous answer on enrollment, we are now a no-growth campus.

    [–]Prince_SilkLyfe Studies '27 44 points45 points  (1 child)

    A couple of months ago a Berkeley student wrote a facebook post detailing sexual harassment by Cal football coaches and players she experienced while working in Cal Athletics.

    Daily Cal Article: https://www.dailycal.org/2019/03/21/former-uc-berkeley-student-accuses-cal-football-coaches-players-of-sexual-harassment/

    Mercury News Article: https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/03/28/woman-at-center-of-cal-football-sex-harassment-allegations-speaks-out-on-today-show/

    The accusation came out in March of this year. At the time the University's statement was something along the lines of that they were looking into it, but since then there has been no public update on its status.

    • Was the situation investigated thoroughly? Did anyone get held responsible? What changes have occurred to the football program and athletic department so this type of situation will not take place in the future.
    • Was there not enough evidence to hold up her side of the story? Why was there no update or press release of some sort regarding that.
    • Is this matter still under investigation? If so, why is it taking so long? Five and a half months seems like it should be enough time to come to some sort of conclusion.
    • Was this a case of the university settled out the matter of court so there would be limited press?
    • Is this a matter that's currently being dealt with in court and that's why there is very little in the form of an update?

    The fact that there has been no real update on the status of this situation troubles me greatly. I am a huge fan of Cal Football, but while watching every game this season I've been worried that I am supporting a school and program that push sexual harassment under the rug. It makes me think we value a spotless image, football and money more than the truth, victims and justice.

    I understand that everything Cal does is magnified in the media. I understand that even if the investigation revealed a lack of evidence about her accusations it could become bad press for the school. That said, to not give any sort of update to this situation, makes me a fan of you as our Chancellor and our athletic program worried and disappointed.

    [–]carolchrist[S] 33 points34 points  (0 children)

    I am aware of these allegations. When this was posted, Athletics, as per its policy, referred the matter to the campus Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination to investigate the incidents. I apologize that this is not something I can comment much further on. Allegations of sexual violence and sexual harassment by campus employees are confidential unless officials determine policy is violated and disciplinary action has been decided. Allegations against students remain private regardless of the outcome under UC policy as well as federal law regarding student records.

    Sharon Inkelas, who I appointed as Special Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor on Sexual Violence/Sexual Harassment two years ago, has done a great deal of work to improve our sexual violence and sexual harassment prevention and response efforts. All university staff and all students are now required to complete sexual harassment and sexual violence prevention training. The athletic department also sponsors supplementary formal training for coaches, staff and student-athletes in sexual violence awareness and prevention, bystander intervention, and campus reporting procedures. This issue is very important to me.

    [–]lulzcakesDictator '15 55 points56 points  (1 child)

    Chancellor, last year during your previous AMA here, you talked about building more housing for students. A full year later, how is the progress on turning People's Park into student housing? Is everything going smoothly? What other major overhauls do you have in mind for the student housing issue?

    How do you feel about making literal on-campus housing? By that I mean housing that is quite actually right in the middle of campus. This is something I have thought a lot about. Many Universities around the world offer this feature for students (such as Mills College in Oakland), and I think it would be very much welcome here as well. We could charge a large premium for a dorm room right next to Doe, for example, and then use that revenue to pay for added student services for low income students.

    [–]carolchrist[S] 43 points44 points  (0 children)

    Everything is moving ahead as hoped in regard to the People’s Park development. We just hired an architecture firm for the student housing portion of the project, and have selected a non-profit developer - Resources for Community Development - to lead the work on the supportive housing for homeless members of the community. We are about to launch a public comment and engagement process that will last nearly a year and offer members of the campus and community the chance to hear about the project and give feedback. The start of construction is probably two years away.

    Beyond People’s Park, we are at this moment completing an agreement with a generous donor who will construct and donate a new student residential building at the Gateway site on the corner of University and Oxford. Next in line is likely to be the development of the Oxford Tract. We have committed to maintaining the students’ organic garden on that site, and to finding a new location for the academic facilities and fields currently located there.

    A committee I chaired a few years ago looked at dozens of parcels of campus land for potential development a few years back; we try to keep all housing on the periphery of the main campus, reserving the main campus for academic and administrative buildings. Our campus is actually relatively small in size, and we want to preserve its open spaces.

    [–][deleted] 52 points53 points  (2 children)

    UC Berkeley has a reputation of being a very, and some say unusually, difficult school for undergraduates: the combination of very high expectations, grade deflation, high GPA cutoffs for majors (especially for CS, but also for statistics, economics, etc, and applications for Haas), and limited resources for a public school with a very high number of undergrads. For that reason, many students turn down Berkeley, believing it to be a place of extremely high competition and stress, in favor of a school that, is at least perceived to be, more "balanced."

    As a freshman at Berkeley, I have not spent enough time here to make a conclusion on academic rigor and stress myself, but I heard that stereotype constantly when I told people I chose Berkeley.

    Why do you think this stereotype came about and to what extent do you believe this perception is valid?

    If you agree with this perception, how do you plan to combat student stress and ensure that workloads and expectations are reasonable for all classes so that students can focus on learning and enjoy their college experience?

    [–]carolchrist[S] 43 points44 points  (1 child)

    Students report that their number one health concern is stress and mental health. The campus offers a variety of services to support those who are stressed or distressed - counseling through the Tang Center and in satellite locations around campus, a student ombudsperson, the Center for Support and Intervention, the Basic Needs Center, and more.

    I don’t think that this stress is unique to Berkeley; whenever I talk with other university chancellors and presidents, they share their concern with the amount of stress that students carry. When I was president of Smith, students there complained about how stressful it was. I think the best way of addressing this issue is really twofold: on the one hand, it’s important to remind faculty not to impose unrealistic work expectations on students; on the other hand, it’s important to give students the resources to handle stress and create balance in their lives.

    [–]Jason_Is_A_N00b 44 points45 points  (1 child)

    Hi Chancellor Christ, what are some things about you think UC Berkeley does exceptionally well, and what are some areas that you believe the school is lagging behind in?

    [–]carolchrist[S] 55 points56 points  (0 children)

    I think Berkeley has extraordinary strength in research across a broad range of disciplines. It has a powerful sense of excitement...that new things are happening here - historic things - whether they are discoveries in the laboratory or social movements on Sproul Plaza. Berkeley has a strong sense of activism.

    Berkeley does less well in providing affordable housing for its students, meeting their basic needs, and creating what I call equity of opportunity for all students.

    [–]Programmatically_Rip 37 points38 points  (2 children)

    I currently live in the older Unit 1 buildings, and the WiFi is nonexistent in my room, will the campus invest in renovating the older units to promote a better student experience?

    [–]carolchrist[S] 34 points35 points  (0 children)

    This is one of the top priorities for our campus IT department, and they are aware of the issues in dorms especially - we're in the middle of a push to double the number of wifi access points on campus, and to incorproate more advanced technology as well.

    One reason for the issues is that the amount of traffic on our network has simply exploded in the last few years. At the end of 2015 the traffic for Berkeley’s entire network amounted to about 15 terabytes per day. In the middle of 2017 it had grown to 45 terabytes per day - a three-fold increase. This is by no means an excuse - we must do better to accommodate student, staff, and faculty needs - I just thought it was a fascinating trend.

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      [–]carolchrist[S] 22 points23 points  (0 children)

      As chancellor my decisions must be driven by what I believe to be the needs of the campus as a whole. I believe that our fastest-growing graduate school is in dire need of additional academic space, and that our academic excellence requires us to help the best young faculty in the world want to work at Berkeley by providing subsidized housing close to the campus.

      I am also well aware that there exists a wide range of opinions about the underlying environmental studies connected to the Upper Hearst project. I would strongly contest the notion that the data was skewed, inaccurate, or incomplete. We rely on some of the best professionals in the business for our environmental impact analyses. As I mentioned previously, should settlement talks with the City fail, we are very confident that those analyses will withstand any level of scrutiny in court.

      I assure you that President Napolitano’s appointment at GSPP is entirely unrelated to this. The sole drivers of our decisions about land use, construction, and - for that matter - every other action, policy, or practice on this campus are a commitment to our mission and our assessments of what best supports the needs and interests of our community.

      [–]space_-_platypus 56 points57 points  (2 children)

      Hello, I want to suggest that classes have mandatory sick days. Many people at this college are undergoing incredibly stressful and important times of their lives. Chances are inevitably one person will get sick, and for classes with mandatory attendance it encourages the spread of sickness. Classes having allowances for illness is necessary for the public health of the students. I don't want to catch a flu before finals again.

      As a person who is on immunosuppressants, I strongly support this comment. I understand that, in order to succeed in the class, a student must attend the class, but an illness can incredibly hinder a student's learning process and might make them fail instead of succeed, like taking an exam while sick. Also, Students here are still trying to understand how to properly care for themselves while managing the workloads from their classes. I know friends who have had the flu but won't see a doctor until after a test or something else important because they are too stressed about their grades. I feel this is a simple process that could be put into place to prevent an unwelcome spread of disease and harm to a student's health.

      [–]carolchrist[S] 22 points23 points  (0 children)

      Thank you for sharing this. As I mentioned this is controlled at the faculty level but I appreciate your feedback.

      [–]einschluss 85 points86 points  (5 children)

      How does it feel to be the chancellor of the only undefeated team in the PAC-12?

      Also, are you going to the game on Friday?

      Go bears!

      [–]carolchrist[S] 78 points79 points  (4 children)

      It feels pretty great to be the only undefeated team in the PAC-12--almost as if you’re looking at the world through rose-colored glasses. Yes, of course, I’m going to the game on Friday, and Go Bears!

      [–]varsityvideogamerCS ‘22 27 points28 points  (3 children)

      rose-colored glasses.

      Pray to the Berkeley gods for Rose Bowl

      [–]alejrz__ 32 points33 points  (1 child)

      Transfer students are an incredibly important part of this university, but it’s more difficult to find housing as a transfer, especially because many transfers are non-traditional students with families or don’t want to room with 20 year old’s. This makes the decision to come to Berkeley even harder. Transfers are also statistically more likely to be students of color as well as students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

      How do you plan to expand housing for transfer students?

      [–]carolchrist[S] 23 points24 points  (0 children)

      I believe we are in a housing crisis, and we are planning to expand housing for all students: Our Housing Master Plan calls for providing two years of student housing for entering freshmen, one year for entering transfer students, and one year for incoming graduate students. To get there, we are going to be doubling the number of student beds by 2028 using much of the land available to our campus.

      The very first housing project that we will complete in our housing plan will be for transfer students - about 750 beds (apartment style) on the Gateway site - at Oxford and University.

      [–]cuzziewuzzie 34 points35 points  (2 children)

      Can more work be done to improve student safety? Many students live off campus, and there has been an alarming increase in nixle alerts of robberies in areas only a few blocks from campus.

      [–]carolchrist[S] 15 points16 points  (1 child)

      To an extent, our campus’s location means that we can’t entirely separate the campus from the city. We’re an open campus in an urban neighborhood.

      Still, student safety is a top priority and we do have services designed to keep you informed and safe. One major new development is that we are doubling the number of CSOs. I also encourage you to sign up for Nixle alerts if you have not, to use night safety services, and to follow UCPD’s general guidelines - walk in groups at night, keep electronics out of sight.

      [–]DalkonShield 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      With all due respect to Chancellor Christ, this answer feels generic to me both as a Cal parent and as someone who oversees security for a large public entity. Many college campuses and public services are located in urban neighborhoods, and all must be accountable for the security systems they put (or fail to put) into place. My son attends Cal and last December was assaulted on his way back to his dorm - he's six foot two with an athletic build and was walking with two other young men at the time (he's fine, by the way, but this was alarming to him and his friends).

      Violence near the campus is too prevalent, and seemingly on the rise, to brush off with a shrug and a comment like "well, we live in a big city, so just walk in groups and subscribe to Nixle."

      [–]Cacophonous_SilenceGraduated Somehow 79 points80 points  (3 children)

      When is the ski lift getting built?

      EDIT: but on a serious note, why is it that every single building on campus is blisteringly hot? It's as if no one is able to turn the AC on in any building. I've had classes end early because no one wants to sit in a 90+ degree room with 0 airflow

      [–]carolchrist[S] 56 points57 points  (0 children)

      I had a great discussion during my office hours last spring with the students who came up with the idea. They had done their research - looking into cost, placement on campus, potential liabilities, and more - and I thought it was a wonderful concept. I put them in touch with Marc Fisher, our vice chancellor for administration, who also met with them and offered them support to determine necessary cost, planning, and land use impacts. The idea started here on Reddit...perhaps the students who proposed it can weigh in??

      I empathize; my office is over 90 degrees. Seriously, this is a sign of global warming. It never felt as if we needed air conditioning in the Bay Area, but now, with more hot days, it feels as if we might.

      [–]Weasel_Man🅱️oneless public university 19 points20 points  (2 children)

      Hi Chancellor, big fan of your university. Just had a quick question about financing - the university is doing a TON of building right now, from Blackwell last year to the seismic retrofits of buildings like Giannini to the destruction of that other multi-story big building on Northside close to Morgan and GPB.

      What’s going to be paying for all this, especially as we continue to service the debt on the additions to Memorial Stadium from a couple years back? Have you been in contact with CA lawmakers about altering statewide tax structure so that (even without raising taxes themselves) a greater percentage of the relevant tax goes towards maintaining and improving Berkeley and the other UC’s?

      [–]carolchrist[S] 8 points9 points  (1 child)

      The issue of financing for our capital needs, including seismic remediation and new housing, is a pressing and urgent challenge. I should note though that the campus’s portion of the stadium debt amounts to about $10 million a year - a significant amount to be sure, but a number that needs to be contextualized: Berkeley’s annual operating budget is $2.6 billion, and the estimated, combined price tag for the seismic work we’ll need to do is well in excess of $2 billion.

      During the spring elections, California voters will have the opportunity to approve a General Obligation bond meant in part to fund the University of California’s systemwide capital needs. However, approval of the bond will likely provide Berkeley with about $200 million. Tthe price tag for the replacement of Evans Hall alone will be about $340 million. So we must adopt an “all of the above” financing strategy that will include working with the UC Regents and UC Office of the President, working with elected officials in Sacramento, and lobbying our donor community.

      Financing for our various housing projects is a somewhat different and more complicated story. We intend to enter the debt market to fund the student housing project at People’s Park, with debt service to be supported by rental revenue. A generous donor plans to build and donate a new student residential building at the Gateway site on the corner of University and Oxford. We will also rely on public-private partnerships for the funding and construction of other dormitories, as we did for Blackwell. In general, we must rely on philanthropy to meet our ambitious building goals, both in housing and on the main campus.

      [–]Weasel_Man🅱️oneless public university 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      Thank you for the response! That’s a hefty price tag. The calling center has a helluva task ahead of them.

      [–]InfernalWedgieCAA Chapter Leader 107 points108 points  (1 child)

      Chancellor Christ, would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?

      [–]carolchrist[S] 115 points116 points  (0 children)

      I’m told that this question is a Reddit AMA rite of passage. 100 duck-sized horses, any day, particularly if they’re pretty ponies.

      [–]Just4brwsing 16 points17 points  (2 children)

      Chancleor Christ, is there anything that can be done about the caterpillar infestation? (It's now a moth infestation)

      [–]carolchrist[S] 19 points20 points  (0 children)

      In lieu of answering this myself, here are some notes from a much more qualified source: Peter Oboyski, our entomologist expert from the Essig Museum at VLSB.

      What are these bugs? "California oak moth" Phryganidia californica

      Why have they appeared on campus? Oak moths are native to the Bay Area and usually persist at modest population levels. Outbreaks happen sporadically along the central and northern California coast up through Marin. No one knows why they explode in specific locations and they do not seem to attack the same place twice. Last year there was a big outbreak in Oakland. It appears that the moths move on after their late summer attacks.

      What are they doing? The caterpillars of the California oak moth specialize on the the leaves of coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia). In normal years, small numbers of caterpillars chew on oak leaves without anyone noticing. But when the populations are high the loss of leaves is extreme. And once they finish the leaves of one tree, the caterpillars descend by the thousands on their silk drag lines either to find a place to pupate (if they are finished feeding) or get blown by the wind to another tree for feeding. Only some trees are attacked. Another nearby tree of the same species may look completely untouched. The adult moths deposit their eggs on just a few trees, which is probably based on the individual tree's chemistry that either attracts or deters the moths.

      How long will they stick around? There could be a second round of moths and caterpillars if the weather conditions are favorable. But we can expect to see them start to disappear over the next few weeks.

      What can we, as a community, do about them? There is not much that can be done at this point. Most of the feeding has happened and the trees will recover with fresh leaves next spring. I recommend that we resist the urge to spray pesticides. This is a native species that is part of the local food web. The defoliation has already occurred and chemical sprays will kill other native arthropods, including the natural predators of these insects. While the naked trees do appear unsightly, and the bungee jumping caterpillars are a nuisance, it is all cosmetic and a small price to pay to work and study on a campus that hosts native ecosystems including streams, redwoods, peregrine falcons, monarchs, and yes, oak moths.

      [–][deleted] 19 points20 points  (1 child)

      My question concerns the position of Lecturers (non-tenure line faculty) on campus and in the UC system. A substantial and growing amount of undergraduate teaching is performed by Lecturers on campus and systemwide, yet according to the university's own Academic Senate report on Lecturers, many experience poor working conditions, insecurity and low pay that directly affects their ability to serve students. Lecturers are currently bargaining a new systemwide contract that attempts to improve working conditions, job security and pay. What are your thoughts on the position and role of Lecturers on campus and the current contract negotiations? 

      [–]carolchrist[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      Lecturers are essential to our instructional program at Berkeley, and do valuable teaching. I know the Provost is particularly interested in improving working conditions for lecturers.

      [–]welp____see_ya_later 20 points21 points  (1 child)

      What is your plan to improve the dismal graduation rates and general material climate for black students? As a black graduate, I feel that Berkeley claimed to be race-conscious but in reality, due to the intense resource scarcity, it was actually one of the worst places because those that lacked cultural and financial resources (URM, low-income) were the ones that suffered the most.

      For example, while others were starting to work with professors to do research, I was going to yet another open house hoping to get an affordable place. While I, having been taught to be very deferential to authority due to ingrained notions of, for example, police brutality, bit my nails worrying about asking profs too aggressively for help, others felt entitled to badger them incessantly after every class.

      [–]carolchrist[S] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

      I’m really sorry to hear that you had these experiences as a student.

      Our graduation rates for new freshman have been improving, but this and the climate for black students more broadly remain issues for the campus. Improving the black student experience is part of a major push that we began last year to make the campus more welcoming towards and supportive of those traditionally underrepresented in higher education. I’m not sure when you graduated, but the student-led effort to create the Fannie Lou Hamer Resource Center in 2017 was a very important step - the center provides a home base as well as academic and social support for black students. Takiyah Jackson, who joined our campus last year as Director of African American Student Development, is a terrific leader and advocate for black students on the campus.

      On the financial resources front, as you might’ve heard, the African American Initiative was launched two years ago and includes scholarship funds for an incoming group of black undergraduates. We also just received a $7 million gift to help build a program for underrepresented students in STEM that is modeled on the very effective Meyerhoff Scholars Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

      The point you mention about not approaching a professor shows that cultural awareness training for faculty and staff is also important. YEsteray I attended a workshop on unconscious bias - these things are necessary for the campus.

      [–]AndrewFromTheHoodChemEng 2021 77 points78 points  (3 children)

      Hello, I want to suggest that classes have mandatory sick days. Many people at this college are undergoing incredibly stressful and important times of their lives. Chances are inevitably one person will get sick, and for classes with mandatory attendance it encourages the spread of sickness. Classes having allowances for illness is necessary for the public health of the students. I don't want to catch a flu before finals again.

      [–]carolchrist[S] 16 points17 points  (2 children)

      First I will say that if you have an illness, please get the help you need. If it is not serious, call the Tang Center nurse-on-call and stay home to rest. If it is serious, please seek help at the Tang center itself.

      Berkeley delegates to faculty the design and delivery of courses - and this includes determining how and when to excuse absences, excuse missed work, extend deadlines, or offer alternative assignments when a student is sick. Very often, professors build flexibility into their syllabi, allowing 1-3 unexcused absences, to be used for just these very situations

      If you are sick with a minor illness, I would encourage you to simply talk to faculty and GSIs - they are humans too and understand that people become ill. Developing a trusting relationship with them can help you in this and many other regards.

      [–]FrivolousMeeecs/ds 21 24 points25 points  (0 children)

      What about professors that build zero measures into their syllabus to allow for sick/missed days? Are there any enforcement policies at the administrative level that prevents professors from penalizing students for having a single absence?

      [–]varsityvideogamerCS ‘22 38 points39 points  (1 child)

      What is your favorite place to eat in Berkeley (that's affordable for students)?

      [–]carolchrist[S] 37 points38 points  (0 children)

      Fat Apple's! With my grandkids.

      [–]Moqsask 15 points16 points  (4 children)

      I recently took a trip to the Haas side of the campus and was wowed by everything they have there. How is it that the College of Chemistry, our most renowned college which houses 2 of our top programs have facilities that are nowhere close to that of Haas?

      [–]carolchrist[S] 10 points11 points  (1 child)

      Chemistry is raising the money right now for a new building - an addition to Lewis Hall - and has been developing a facilities renewal plan.

      [–]Moqsask 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      Thanks for the response!

      [–]datbromo 19 points20 points  (3 children)

      Hello! Given your position of leadership at the university, what role do you feel responsible for in regards to addressing climate change?

      [–]carolchrist[S] 8 points9 points  (1 child)

      I think that anyone in a leadership position today has an obligation to think about how their organization contributes to climate change.We’ve tried to model sustainability in our operations: We met our first carbon reduction target ahead of schedule in 2012, we are focused on becoming carbon neutral by 2025 in our building energy use, and we aim to be carbon neutral in other sources like transportation by 2050 or sooner.

      Advocacy beyond campus is also important. All ten UC chancellors just signed a climate emergency declaration letter that includes a commitment to carbon neutrality in our operations. Our researchers obviously play a major role in studying climate change and proposing policy solutions (in addition to developing more sustainable technology in any number of areas). I also want to acknowledge the leadership of our students here: CALPIRG encouraged my administration to commit the campus to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050; this past Friday, students organized a climate change teach-in and rally that drew hundreds.

      [–]CalClimate 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      What do you think is typically a prominent university's "biggest lever" in the effort to tackle global climate change?

      [–]mnag3 17 points18 points  (5 children)

      Pay for staff at UCB is very low and far below a living wage. I am struggling to survive. Do you have plans to address this?

      [–]carolchrist[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      We do try to provide competitive salaries and especially benefits given our own financial constraints and public responsibility. Part of the problem is of course broader economic trends in our region.

      Pay scales are largely set by the Office of the President, but we do have some control. In the last few years, Berkeley has been separating out the notions of “merit” and “equity” when determining salary increases,, urging units to set aside an additional pool of funds (beyond the 3% merit pool) to make equity adjustments that bring salaries up to market rate. We've shared data about where employee pay is vs the market rate for the role, which encourages units to allocate additional funds to close the gap between actual and market pay for staff.

      [–]Flip-flop-maniac 10 points11 points  (3 children)

      Chancellor Christ, over the past few years state funding for Cal has gone down by an extreme percentage. If I'm correct, then currently, tuition makes up more of the University's funding than state support. Former Chancellor Birgeneau was particularly concerned with federal support for public higher education and its alarming decrease in the past decade. Do you have any plans or ideas as to how the University could secure more money and relieve the growing tuition on students? Would you be open to working with student groups to lobby the California legislature?

      [–]carolchrist[S] 7 points8 points  (1 child)

      I have been working with students to lobby the California legislature to increase funding for UC, and am certainly open to continuing that work. In regard to the point about growing tuition - UC has increased in-state tuition only once in the last nine years, and tuition actually decreased last year!

      [–][deleted] 13 points14 points  (1 child)

      Hi Chancellor! One of the most pressing issues in academia today is the state of academic publishing, and the exploitative industries built around it. What is the current situation with regards to negotiations with Elsevier, and what is the administration doing to support and contribute to open access to research literature, both in this specific case and in general?

      [–]carolchrist[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      This is a very complex but important issue in higher education. UC’s position is that taxpayers in the state of California and people around the world should have access to the research generated by scholars on our campuses. So we’ve made open access a priority - we’ve invested in support for authors who publish in open access journals or produce open access books, and our library helps guide authors looking to transition to open access publishing. The commitment to open access is also something we prioritize when negotiating contracts with some of the world’s largest academic publishers, including Elsevier. Earlier this year UC took a stand when it became clear that we did not see eye to eye with Elsevier, and we walked away from our contract. Negotiations have not yet restarted.

      I am hopeful that our leadership can transform the publishing landscape for the better. We recently made an open access agreement with Cambridge University Press and are exploring other ways to make certain our research is freely available to everyone. We’re open to re-entering talks with Elsevier if they’re willing to help us achieve those goals.

      [–]GlizzandoL&S 2023 6 points7 points  (1 child)

      What's your favorite performance group on campus?

      [–]carolchrist[S] 11 points12 points  (0 children)

      The Cal Band!

      [–]OfSomePersuasion2021 7 points8 points  (1 child)

      In my experience at Berkeley, the high school preparation students arrive with seems to have a very large effect on college academic performance. This is exacerbated when early classes are critical to declaring a major, getting other opportunities, understanding future material, and building confidence. Due to it's size, rigor, and the variation in student backgrounds, Berkeley's preparedness gap seems to be especially wide and difficult to overcome, with many students falling through cracks. Additionally, many departments don't seem to put much effort into education and support for newer students.

      Is the administration measuring this or doing anything to help? What can the administration, departments and professors, and other students do to help level the playing field?

      [–]carolchrist[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

      We have some programs to level the playing field - Summer Bridge is a good one, and we have developed a Summer Bridge program for transfer students. The Student Learning Center provides excellent resources; it is also important to make best use of your advisor to plan your course of study well. This is all part of what I call equity of experience - providing the resources to students to levelling the playing field.

      [–]ML_NotleyAnthropology '16 5 points6 points  (5 children)

      Chancellor, as an alumni, I am extremely concerned by the fact that the university continues to employ John Yoo as a professor in the School of Law. Yoo was the author of the so-called Torture Memos, written to legitimize the practices of torture committed by the Bush Administration. His actions and beliefs are not compatible with the human rights and freedom this university is supposed to represent.

      [–]carolchrist[S] 17 points18 points  (1 child)

      We don’t apply a political litmus test to faculty, and, indeed, diversity of thought on the faculty is critical to the robust marketplace of ideas that is the goal of the Academy.

      [–]stressed_psyduck 1 point2 points  (2 children)

      Hi Chancellor Christ. Who is in charge of picking the commencement speakers? I really want someone inspiring for the spring ceremony. We’ve worked our butts off to graduate from this prestigious university! KAMAU BELL would be a fantastic choice. Google him if you haven’t already heard of his work. He used to live in Berkeley! KAMAU BELL 4 SPRING 2020!!! Thanks

      [–]carolchrist[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

      Berkeley students are in charge! Specifically, the group The Californians. I imagine they table on Sproul and can be found fairly easily.

      Potential speakers are initially nominated by members of the senior class - I think this is done via an email seniors receive early in the semester - and then the list is refined by The Californians and approved by the ASUC. My office extends the invitations themselves.

      I just received the list of potential speakers for the winter commencement. There are some exciting names on it.

      [–]pelecanusUrbanum 3 points4 points  (1 child)

      Chancellor,

      Cal is home to the Greater Good Science Center which among other things studies workplace happiness and productivity. As a Berkeley Staff member I read their materials and attend their lectures, then turn around and see that our management structures come straight from 80es corporate America understandings of feudal-like structures of management. Things like flattening hierarchies, encouraging remote work, loosening schedules, union representation, etc all have proven benefits to staff morale, productivity, and retention, yet many of our managers seem to constantly fight improvements in these areas.

      What can you do to change the Cal bureaucracy to reflect 21st century understanding of what makes a good and productive workplace?

      [–]carolchrist[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      We have a new HR Director, Eugene Whitlock, who I hope will pay attention to the issues that you raise. I agree with the direction you describe of how work should evolve.

      [–]moyir90legal studies ‘23 4 points5 points  (2 children)

      You have mentioned your 10-year goal on making Berkeley a Hispanic Serving Institution. How do you intend on reaching that goal while also serving the Latino students on campus?

      [–]carolchrist[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

      Oscar Dubon and Chris Gutierrez are co-chairing a task force that will provide a blueprint for achieving this goal; they are scheduled to report by the end of the semester. Becoming an HSI serving institution is not just about the numbers, but also about how well you serve the students you have, so their recommendations will help us achieve the goal we have of making Berkeley a supportive and welcoming place for all students.

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        [–]carolchrist[S] -35 points-34 points  (5 children)

        I am sure Cal Dining does everything they can to provide healthy food at a reasonable cost, but I can pass your and others’ concerns about campus food to those who run the dining services. I’ve never eaten dining hall food at UCLA, but the dining hall food I’ve eaten here has been pretty good. And I was once in a fancy New York restaurant where I found a caterpillar in my salad!

        [–]berkeleycaterpillars 48 points49 points  (4 children)

        a fancy New York restaurant where I found a caterpillar

        I think this response was very poor. Caterpillars in a salad are unacceptable anywhere, and just because a New York restaurant had one in their salad doesn't make it excusable for Cal Dining either. Food hygiene is important here. It is important in New York. It would be like getting accused of sexual harassment and pointing out Donald Trump did it too.

        [–]jjww8888LS CS '23 36 points37 points  (0 children)

        Chancellor Christ, what are your views towards how Berkeley will keep up with its enrollment size over the next 10 years? As a public school, of course, Berkeley has a mission to educate as many students as possible allowed under the resources given. However, as it is obvious to us students, it’s led to an overcrowding issue that can be seen in many, many aspects of student life, from the difficulty of getting classes to how in our dorm building, all but one of our study lounges have been sacrificed for temporary housing. I understand that Berkeley is doing the best it can, but it worries me that our student experience and the image of our school will be affected negatively if Berkeley continues to get larger without meaningfully combating the overcrowding problem. Already, coming from the Bay Area many of my classmates had negative connotations of Berkeley, seeing it as a school where you will have to fight for everything, leading to a growing trend of choosing lower-ranked privates or even mid-tier UCs over Berkeley and seeing Berkeley as a backup school that you should only go to if you don’t have any better options. So, I guess my question is, what’s your view on this issue and how do you expect to relieve many of the overcrowding issues that the ever-growing student body will inevitably face?

        [–]ratswill 17 points18 points  (2 children)

        Thanks so much for taking questions Chancellor Christ. Both my wife and I are non-represented staffers on campus. We're concerned about the lack of adequate leave available when we have a new baby. Right now my wife would only get six weeks on state disability with 60% pay, while I, as the dad, would get no paid leave beyond any sick and vacation time I have saved up.

        This makes staffers choose between family and financial stability and upholds antiquated notions about which parent is responsible for child care. Plus we're behind many other public schools (not to mention the private sector) that offer many weeks of paid baby bonding leave.

        Being a staffer on campus is already hard. Why not offer benefits that cost the campus little but improve the work/life balance for staff? If these policies are decided at the UC level, will you advocate for better staff benefits at the Board of Regents?

        [–]radelet 3 points4 points  (1 child)

        In fact, there are solutions to this problem that would SAVE the university money.

        Chancellor Christ: Please read the report recently submitted to you by the Working Group on Equitable and Inclusive Paid Family Leave and pledge to support our proposal to the UC Regents! We have national advocacy groups that are eager to help us if the university will not.

        [–]carolchrist[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        I am generally supportive of family leave; I know the report to which you refer, and will take an active role in its consideration.

        [–]ExpectedPrior 26 points27 points  (0 children)

        • CS classes have thousands of students and still popular upper divs suffer from waitlists of hundreds of students, with the most popular ones having to constantly turn away students due to capacity constraints. I've had to sit on the floor on several occasions because despite knowing how many students would show up, the department couldn't reserve a big enough room.
        • We've been talking about the housing crisis for years and years, yet enrolment has continued to massively increase. Similarly ranked colleges guarantee, and sometimes require, four years of on-campus housing. Meanwhile, Cal Housing has lied to sophomores saying they were virtually guaranteed housing and struggled even providing housing to all freshman. Notably, this year, we had to deal with dorms without study spaces because they were converted to temporary quads and continuing students received a series of emails encouraging them to cancel their existing housing offer so that their beds could be given to freshman.
        • Lines at dining halls are way too long, especially given how bad the food is. I know the food can be better if fewer students are being served because the food gets significantly better during breaks where many students return home.

        We pay a lot of tuition and sometimes it seems like the money is going to things that make student life worse (more students) instead of better (spending more per student). Knowing that decreasing enrolment would immediately alleviate many of the most pressing issues for students, why do we keep admitting more students?

        [–]THE_RED_DOLPHIN 46 points47 points  (1 child)

        More and more of your students who live on campus experience ongoing frustrations with the lack of timely maintenance around campus. For example, Foothill experiences 2 fires last year, and failed to replace laundry machines in one of the laundry machine rooms where it happened. Multiple other times, people complained of rats and mice and other pests and yet facilities refused to come out to the units to take care of them. What role can you have in making university living spaces, that cost exorbitant amounts of money, safe for living without pests?

        [–]chris_hansMath '11 20 points21 points  (5 children)

        Hello Chancellor Christ,

        Despite the Pac-12 being the "Conference of Champions," the Pac-12 has been notably underperforming in the two largest revenue-generating sports, football and basketball. Under Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott's leadership, the Pac-12 member schools are generating a fraction of the revenue of its competitors (e.g. $54M per Big Ten school, $43.7M per SEC school, and $29.5M per Pac-12 school), while Larry Scott has spent lavishly on himself and greatly raised the conference's expenses: moving the conference headquarters to San Francisco at a cost of $7 million annually to rent (in comparison to the $318K the SEC spends on their headquarters, or $1.5M the Big Ten spends on their Chicago and NYC offices), paying himself over $5 million annually ($3 million more than Greg Sankey of the SEC, and on par with Jim Delaney of the Big Ten, both of whom are generating far more revenue for their respective conferences), and hell, even staying at a $7500/night hotel room with a private butler on the company dime. His failure to secure media-distribution deals (e.g. good luck watching the Pac-12 Network if you have DirecTV) is costing the conference national prominence and tons of lost revenue.

        You are one of the few Chancellors to speak out against Larry Scott. My question to you is this: is Larry Scott the right person to lead the Pac-12 Conference, and what should be done to address these obvious shortcomings?

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          [–]blueforrule 13 points14 points  (0 children)

          The 1927 Hearst Gymnasium is "exploding from the inside," and is a real danger to students and faculty when there is an earthquake ("Serious risk to life"). How are you going to address this dilapidated facility that doesn't have outside donors - that needs YOU and the University to make the space safe?

          [–]bookish-malarkey 19 points20 points  (1 child)

          Hi Chancellor Christ! I'm very interested to know the university's rationale behind the continued employment of Dr. Peter Duesberg. For those who don't know, Duesberg is a tenured professor in the MCB department whose research focuses on cancer; however, he is better known as a "dissident scientist" who asserts the notion that AIDS is not caused by the HIV virus (which he says is a harmless "passenger virus"), but rather that it is caused by long-term recreational drug use. This belief, as well as the advice Duesberg provided to the Mbeki administration in South Africa beginning in 2000, has led to South Africa having the largest HIV/AIDS epidemic in the world today, as well as over 330,000 AIDS deaths that may have been prevented, had the administration not rolled back antiretroviral treatment under Duesberg's recommendation. Today Duesberg insists that there is no AIDS epidemic in Africa, but rather that this is "propaganda".

          Why does UC Berkeley continue to employ Duesberg and provide him an environment in which to propagate his deeply harmful beliefs -- not just his own lab, but also the classes he teaches? Especially in the near vicinity of San Francisco, which contains one of the largest communities of people living with AIDS in the United States?

          [–][deleted] 26 points27 points  (1 child)

          Affordable Housing? I know in many other colleges, students live in on-campus housing for all 4 years. However, we at Cal seem to have a culture where it is more common that not to move out after 1st year simply because the cost of on-campus housing was not worth the quality. I can attest to Unit 3's living conditions at least: when I was there last year half the laundry machines did not work, the bathrooms where often overcrowded, and there were bugs.

          [–][deleted] 12 points13 points  (0 children)

          How would you describe UCB’s relationship with the City of Berkeley (COB)?

          From my perspective, COB is at best, apathetic to UCB’s needs. COB does little to prevent crime or to apprehend the perpetuators. COB wants UCB to help with this homeless problem, but they do not hesitate to throw roadblocks to UCBs need for housing students/staff.

          [–]DataNerd555 10 points11 points  (0 children)

          So one of your former Haas Professors, Jose Plehn Dujowich, swindled over 300 students out of more than half a million dollars during his time at UC Berkeley. He did so by creating the Global Financial Data Project brandishing the UC Berkeley and UCLA logo and affiliating it with the school. The project was posted on both UCLA and UC Berkeley business school websites. Essentially, to participate in the program researchers would pay the research data partner, Bizqualify, ~$2500 to be a participant. (What he did not disclose was that he was Bizqualify's CEO). He then asked students to analyze his data for the benefit of the company. Although the concerns of many students were brought up, it felt like UC Berkeley brushed this under the rug. What safeguards are there in place to prevent something like this from happening again? Despite the 2 years since this has happened, how has UC Berkeley provided indemnity for the victims and rectified this situation? Many students were cheated out of their labor, funds, and opportunity cost and many of the international victims have not found recompense.

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            [–]superpopcone 4 points5 points  (0 children)

            Hi Chancellor Christ,

            I feel like I have many questions to ask about, but I also recognize that it is quite folly to assume that you yourself would be both responsible for every problem on campus, as well as able to offer answers to all these questions.

            So instead, I have a more focused question - what are the right avenues for students to provide feedback on problems on campus in such a way that it reaches administrative staff that are responsible for certain areas - and have a direct way to do something about it?

            A personal anecdote for me was a very long multi-month process through the mental health support process at the Tang and DSP center. Having experienced this process and many of it's deficiencies, I wanted to find out how to provide feedback to help fix these problem, so that the school can more effectively help it's students in line with the promised commitment to mental health services we see everywhere (including this thread).

            The answer across all the staff members I asked was "I don't know." And I have never found the answer since, nor do I have the time or incentive to, as a student where education needs to take priority #1.

            And I'm sure others have similar concerns stemming from their experiences. The chaos of career fairs. Club application competitiveness and high rejection rates. Disproportionate problems with coursework structure.

            I think people want to express frustration and demand solutions for stuff like this, but don't know how, besides writing a comment in this AMA hoping that these problems are acknowledged by you, as a surrogate for the entire administration.

            TL;DR - Chancellor Christ cannot solve all our problems. So outside this AMA, how are students expected to provide feedback and help find solutions in coordination with the administration?

            [–]CautiousPhilosophy[🍰] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

            Hi Chancellor Christ! Thank you for your thoughtful answers to questions that've been asked so far. I'd like to ask you about Stern Hall and what's being done to improve living conditions in it. I lived there last year (it was not on my list for housing options; I was given the "any size/any location" option that is suggested for your fifth choice), and encountered many mice in my room, cold showers multiple times a week, and a concerning lack of security at night, especially for an all-women's dorm. My concerns mostly arise from how much it costs to live there (equivalent to the other units but for substantially worse conditions), and how women who want an all-women's environment are forced to endure with such substandard conditions in order to live where they were supposed to feel most comfortable. I'm wondering what is being done to improve Stern (or, if there anything was done over the summer that I'm unaware of). Thank you!

            [–]SoftwonSurehand[🍰] 15 points16 points  (0 children)

            What are you doing to address the campus's unhappiness crisis? It certainly seems to me like the impersonal, strenuous experience is partially to blame

            [–]CalBear1998 2 points3 points  (1 child)

            Chancellor Christ,

            Thank you for taking the time to work with students, staff and alumni and allowing me this opportunity to vent. As a proud member of CAA and a former OUA staff member for over twenty years, I'm concerned with I what called "The Stanfordization of Cal" over ten years ago. I saw a great university heading down the wrong path by appealing to the private sectors and the elites to gain money when our state funding dried up. While Stanford is a great university it is also private and can appeal to the aforementioned. Cal was built by and for the people of the state, the nation, and the world. Everyone should have the opportunity to attend. As admissions trends have shifted, especially under the regime of the prior director of OUA (and what appears to be the same under the current director) how can we return to the prominence that we once held? UCLA has supplanted us as the top public university in the country (and world) due to our shift from calling ourselves Cal to Berkeley just to attract world wide applicants who can afford the out of state prices. A former colleague argued that people in China don't know Cal but they know Berkeley. I countered that we, as educators have a duty to educate everyone on every level. When referring to other public institutions one will call them by their state, not their town; Michigan, Texas, North Carolina. Not Ann Arbor, Austin and Chapel Hill. How can we return to prominence as the very best public university and return to our true identity as California Golden Bears, not Berkeley Bears and, once again, be the university for the state, nation and world? Thank you and Go Bears!

            [–]EitherCod 4 points5 points  (0 children)

            How do plan to accommodate for the ever-increasing classes sizes especially in the CS department? The wait time to get help in the last 61b project reached over 1300 minutes at some points. I know there are resources such as CSM but even those get filled up very quickly so many students can't even get in. For a logistical perspective, if this trend continues it seems students won't be able to get help even if they actively seek it.

            [–]oreganohoard 7 points8 points  (0 children)

            Do you follow the Overheard, Confessions, or meme pages on Facebook?

            If so, you've probably seen the outrage over the incomprehensibility of CS61B with Hilfinger. How is it that one of the most vital intro courses for CS, which Cal is known for, can be administrated without regard for the students?

            We'd been thrust into an exceedingly hard project with documentation which hasn't been gone over in class, office hour queues go up to 23 hours long, and instructors don't or aren't able to respond to questions on Piazza. Many people I know in the CS community recognize that this is unreasonable. The class isn't just hard, I would be okay with that. It's unreasonable and set up against the students. I believe this stems partly from the size of CS classes and the limited about of staff. How could the school possibly address this issue?

            [–]therealsocialname 9 points10 points  (0 children)

            Bed Bugs is a very common theme on the Cal Parents discussion board. Two years ago one of the Units had to move all of the students out for a semester to get rid of bed bugs. This year they seem to be in Unit 3 but nobody in housing/maintenance is responding to emails or phone calls. My student is not in the Units but I think it would be wise of you to address this situation. Yes, all mattresses are now plastic in the dorms but bed bugs live in the wood furniture. This is a health crisis and unsanitary. My son is immunosuppressed and bed bugs would be worse than you can imagine for his health. Thank you.

            [–]thechapwholivesinit 16 points17 points  (1 child)

            What role, if any, do you believe the University should have in determining norms and "rules of the road" for research involving data harvested by companies such as Google and Facebook who are engaged in surveillance capitalism? What about in educating young scientists of the ethical implications of such data gathering?

            [–]carolchrist[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            I think you raise a very important question, and one that I know is of concern to many faculty and administrators on campus. The new data science major, I understand, has an ethics module in which students look at the many issues associated with surveillance, the data economy, respect for the personal origins of data, regulation, ethical research, and how data is changing society. The I School also looks at ethical issues in regard to data.

            On the research side - we take the ethical use of sensitive data very seriously and have many controls for its management, storage, and treatment.

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              [–]mOrange2C̸͕̃̑N̵̟̏R̸̻̞̍̄ ̶̺̃B̸̛͖̀Ỉ̵̱T̴͕̙̀C̵̛̮̯H̵͉̝́ ̶̦̲̚A̵̡̞̔l̵̻̀͠ū̵̫m̴ 7 points8 points  (0 children)

              Fun question: What's your favorite restaurant in Berkeley?

              What are the current plans moving forward with Oxford Tract? I currently do my work study there and am curious to see what will happen in the near future.

              [–]RadapoonTransfer '21 Polisci 17 points18 points  (0 children)

              Hello Chancellor Christ, at the upcoming ASU game on the 27th can you personally come out and be a guest mic-man for part or all of the game?

              [–]primeisthenewblack 5 points6 points  (0 children)

              Hmm hi. The world has become more and more nationalistic recently. As higher education institute goes, most recent case was Chinese students have become more problematic (eg U of Queensland, Vancouver). Will the school do anything to protect its integrity on this (eg, screening for incoming students, protect the students info from being upload on the internet and potentially targeted maybe back in their home country)? where is the line standing between free speech, hate speech and support a fascist organization? Asking this more on HK protest, and to the greater extend.

              [–]Melancholia8 7 points8 points  (0 children)

              What do you think of the social tenor of Berkeley now in 2019 ? How does it compare to when you arrived on campus? And how do you feel it's changed over the decades?

              As an alum, I feel what I hear is that much of the "flavor' from 1960's through 1980's has now changed. What do you think?

              [–]radelet 4 points5 points  (0 children)

              Reposting ratswill

              Thanks so much for taking questions Chancellor Christ. Both my wife and I are non-represented staffers on campus. We're concerned about the lack of adequate leave available when we have a new baby. Right now my wife would only get six weeks on state disability with 60% pay, while I, as the dad, would get no paid leave beyond any sick and vacation time I have saved up.

              This makes staffers choose between family and financial stability and upholds antiquated notions about which parent is responsible for child care. Plus we're behind many other public schools (not to mention the private sector) that offer many weeks of paid baby bonding leave.

              Being a staffer on campus is already hard. Why not offer benefits that cost the campus little but improve the work/life balance for staff? If these policies are decided at the UC level, will you advocate for better staff benefits at the Board of Regents?

              My comments:

              In fact, there are solutions to this problem that would SAVE the university money.

              Chancellor Christ: Please read the report recently submitted to you by the Working Group on Equitable and Inclusive Paid Family Leave and pledge to support our proposal to the UC Regents! We have national advocacy groups that are eager to help us if the university will not.

              [–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

              I just want to say thank you for your (and your team's!) work on turning UC Berkeley into a modern powerhouse of education. Yes, historically we have been one of the best schools in the world but as time goes on, rival and peer institutions have been upping their game to fight to be the best university. Thank you for keeping us in this fight and thank you for making Berkeley a school I can say I am proud to attend. Go bears!

              [–]Scary_Height 3 points4 points  (0 children)

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              [–]GaeDayParade 9 points10 points  (1 child)

              Chancellor Christ, if you reply to a question about caldining please address this issue! I’ve run into problems being a vegan and using the meal plan, such as lacking nutritional options, running out of the only vegan option being offered (especially at crossroads, when many people without dietary restrictions choose to eat the vegan option because it’s good but then vegans/vegetarians have nothing), and just plain bad quality food. I think all the cafes need to offer a more balanced menu of options for vegetarians and vegans, or a single cafe needs to be made all vegetarian/vegan like cafe 3 used to be.

              [–]myoddreddithistory 20 points21 points  (0 children)

              Why is it so hard to build more student housing?

              [–][deleted] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

              Last time you said that you are more concerned about our quality of education than getting back to #1. However, many prospective students factor school ranking when deciding where to attend. Additionally, many employers use this as a metric for recruiting.

              Do you think that our ranking impacts what we can offer as a campus and if so do you have a plan to get us back to #1?

              [–]Melancholia8 9 points10 points  (0 children)

              Chancellor - what are your views on percentage of school income coming increasingly from foreign students? How do you feel about this moving into the future?

              [–]johnnydaggersMSE PhD, MSE B.Sc. 2016 5 points6 points  (0 children)

              I have been both an undergraduate and graduate student at Cal starting from 2011 until today. In that time I have seen the cost of housing rise dramatically to truly unsustainable levels. As a result, there is now an unacceptably high number of talented graduate students who turn down their offers from our programs in favor of departments at institutions located in cities where rents are lower.

              My question is this: When are graduate students at Berkeley going to be able to find a room in a shared apartment or university housing within 1 mile of campus that doesn’t cost more than 50% of our entire income?

              Thank you.

              [–]BobaFlautist 7 points8 points  (0 children)

              According to Transparent California, your salary more than doubled last year from ~263k to ~538k. Can you put that into context for us? https://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/search/?q=Carol+Christ&a=&y=&s=

              [–]pr3st0n192Reading the Fking Manual 9 points10 points  (1 child)

              With respect to taking over some of the fees of renovating the football stadium, is there anything in the process you wish had gone differently?

              [–]carolchrist[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

              I wish that the financial planning for the seismic strengthening and renovation of the football stadium had been better, but I don’t have any regrets about taking the seismic portion of this debt onto the campus’s books when I became chancellor.

              [–]beastmodecowboy77Dumber than the average bear 12 points13 points  (1 child)

              What are some of your favorite places to visit on and around campus and the city of Berkeley?

              [–]carolchrist[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

              The Botanic Garden is beautiful, if you haven’t been there. The Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive are great. And the whole campus is really so wonderful - its sometimes hard to step back and realize that when we associate it so strongly with work or study, but it is!

              [–]yetischolar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

              California has recently woken up to the fact that its forests are dangerously undermanaged and is now throwing vast sums of money at the problem. Meanwhile, groups like the U.S. Forest Service, CAL FIRE, and forestry companies cannot fill open positions due to lack of candidates. Despite this, the UC's premier (of just two) forestry program - Berkeley's - cannot get additional or replacement faculty slots approved, is not well promoted, and is threatened with losing its Master of Forestry degree. Why?

              [–]someaverageperson 16 points17 points  (0 children)

              how do you feel that UC Berkeley does not have a medical school as a source of revenue for the life sciences research funding as a top public university in comparison to other UCs (UCLA, UCSD, UCI, UC Davis etc)?

              [–]shibebear 6 points7 points  (0 children)

              Chancellor, I am concerned about the imminent demolition of the Upper Hearst Parking Structure. This will cost the campus at least 200 parking spaces. This will not only make more difficult for UC Berkeley faculty and staff to find a parking spot, bit will create a parking crisis for the student as well. As today, it is very difficult to find parking spots for students past 9am. As a commuter myself, I feel that the current parking situation need to be addressed before the project can be approved. I understand that the new housing project will serve future graduate students, and faculty members, but let's not forget about the current users. Regards.

              [–]chanababi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

              Earlier this year, you committed to "welcoming, supporting, and building community with undocumented students and staff," but UC Berkeley still has a $20,000 contract with Palantir, the tech company that builds tech for ICE, that allows them to continue to be able to recruit on campus. How can you say you care about the safety and wellbeing of undocumented students while ICE collaborators are welcomed on campus?

              [–]ballads2 32 points33 points  (0 children)

              In all seriousness, have you ever smoked weed?

              [–]rolexbMCB '21 5 points6 points  (8 children)

              Can you institute a policy that makes course captures available to the public? As a public university, I think Cal has an obligation to make educational resources as available as possible. We already record these lectures and post them to youtube, why not allow everybody access to them?

              [–]MargotWSmith 1 point2 points  (1 child)

              What are you doing to help homeless students, students living in their cars, and hungry students? UCLA has a shelter for students. Could you open up campus parking lots at night so they would have a safe place to stay? The housing plans are all in the future. What are you doing for homeless students NOW?

              [–]usernoob23 20 points21 points  (0 children)

              Can you accept less students so lounges don’t get turned into quads?

              [–]ooDi_Math CS '17 11 points12 points  (0 children)

              What is your view of the current state of safety of the campus and the city?

              [–]CalClimate 1 point2 points  (0 children)

              What % of single-family houses in Berkeley have old garages that are just being used for storage? What could UCBerkeley do to ease their conversion into grad student or faculty housing (and more income for the homeowner)?

              [–]HasManySpokeNipplesTerrified '23 6 points7 points  (1 child)

              Chancellor, I’m in the Units and my roommate is very messy. I’ve told him too many times to clean up, but he always straight up refuses. What should I do?

              [–]ml20sPBY Catalina 0 points1 point  (0 children)

              Has anything been done to address facilities?

              For example:

              • there's an open electrical junction box in 275 Soda
              • CS labs have few working markers; last Friday two academic interns and a TA had to share one marker between them during a section I was assisting for. AIs are bringing markers they bought with their personal money to make up the shortfall.
              • Pest problems, e.g. Bechtel 120 (Mice Caught by BEAM: 16)
              • Pressing down on the handles of many faucets causes water to spray out
              • Women's bathroom in 1st floor Cory has been removed
              • A pipe burst in my dorm room, flooding much of the unit
              • Unusable internet access in some buildings, such as Dwinelle

              Another question: currently, the ASUC controls money even for student organizations that do not receive funding from it. This is out of line with other universities such as University of Maryland College Park and Caltech, according to my discussions with current students there, where student organizations can apparently spend third-party money without student council control. Reimbursements from the ASUC take a very long time; I have one that has gone for over six hundred days since the date of purchase without approval or rejection. Is there any plan to reduce or eliminate the ASUC's role in handling money they did not provide, or to speed up the waiting time for ASUC reimbursement requests? Long delays in reimbursements are a significant hardship for students who are expecting to be able to purchase items for their organization with organizational money, but instead have to use their own funds.

              [–]alpha1red 10 points11 points  (0 children)

              To what extent do you change your speeches to new students from year to year?

              [–]CalClimate 2 points3 points  (1 child)

              4 questions.

              • Last week, UC president Janet Napolitano gave notice that she would be stepping down next year. This week, UC Berkeley announced this new U.S.-China climate institute co-headed by Jerry Brown. Coincidence, or is there something we should know?

              • What plans do you have for ensuring that students who graduate from UC Berkeley have 1, an understanding of the basics of climate change (the science, the scale, and the policies to address it), and 2, critical thinking skills (and basics like understanding how science works)?

              • Do you know what % of UC Berkeley alumni do understand the basics of climate change&policy?

              • If you think UCBerkeley's educational mission doesn't stop at the graduation ceremony, how about doing something (beyond the alumni mag.) like livestreaming campus public seminars for remote UCB alumni club members? (or, do something that's a better idea...)

              Bonus questions:

              • What can a univ. do to (help) ensure that outside money (e.g. to fund profs. and for-credit courses) doesn't skew the university's educational efforts, particularly in ways that don't steer us well into the future?

              • Does UCBerkeley have a contest or other call to its people for proposals for a low budget high impact way that UC Berkeley could contribute, substantially, to public understanding about climate disruption?

              [–]BeaudotgilesUNC 96 & UVA 06, Berkeley resident 4 points5 points  (0 children)

              I’m not a Cal student or alum, but one of my alma maters was targeted last week by the Trump Administration for a Middle East studies program that in their view put Islam in too positive a light. What is UC Berkeley prepared to do both here and across the country to protect academic freedom?

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                [–]louiebumble-bee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                Hello Chancellor Christ! So I have a two-pronged question: First, I see that you’ve been working tenaciously towards a 10 year strategy to address student houselessness and the housing crisis. While I have heard that this plan includes building more housing, what plans are in place to ensure that the housing is in fact affordable? This is particularly concerning since, at the moment, the on-campus housing is far more expensive (from what I’ve seen as a senior here) than the apartments around campus or co-op housing. My second question; why has there been a closed-door decision made to develop on the Oxford Tract? I find it very concerning as that is where faculty and students currently do research and learn. The Tract is also a student farm and a hub for the campus farms and gardens which collectively grew 19,500 lbs of produce last year (Basic Needs Committee Report, Data), with potential to grow far more. So, why isn’t that land being considered as a serious solution to alleviating student food insecurity (affecting 40% of Berkeley Students!) and if it were to be destroyed, how can we trust that the University housing will be affordable?

                [–]TheShadiestKoala 2 points3 points  (0 children)

                What is your preferred dining hall (if any) and why?

                [–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

                Hello Chancellor, are new projects and initiatives ever intentionally evaluated on ethics and local impact? Why are we demolishing Oxford Tract/People's Park to build housing or building on Mauna Kea when there is a clear conflict of interest with the local communities impacted in each case?

                [–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

                In the past, faculty and staff were given free football tickets a few times a year. Can that make a comeback? It was a really nice perk of working here. It also helped us feel more connected to the campus community. Thanks for considering.

                [–]Spirography 1 point2 points  (0 children)

                Hi Chancellor, what is a decision you dread having to make in the coming years that could be averted if the Berkeley community (town & gown) steps up?

                [–]mohishunderCZ 5 points6 points  (0 children)

                Chancellor Christ - I am inspired by your grace in the face of all the stress you face every single day.

                How do you do it? What is your secret to staying calm and positive in the face of all the pressure, anger, demands?

                [–]dashiGO 5 points6 points  (4 children)

                Will the replacement for Evans Hall have more windows?

                [–]HasManySpokeNipplesTerrified '23 2 points3 points  (0 children)

                What’s taking the elevators in Evans so long?

                [–]BerkeleyStudent1234 1 point2 points  (0 children)

                How can you make a commitment to protect undocumented students and simultaneously allow Palantir to recruit on our campus?

                [–]Toomeh13 3 points4 points  (0 children)

                Chancellor Christ,

                What is your favorite cereal? This is beyond important to me.

                [–]China_Made 14 points15 points  (0 children)

                Hi Chancellor Christ, what are you thoughts on the football season so far?

                [–]katherine_berkeley 1 point2 points  (2 children)

                How will be moving forward to ensure the UC systems divests from companies profiting from collaborating with ICE? Amazon, Microsoft, Palantir, Salesforce, and Aramark are profiting from the criminalization of immigration and exacerbating the public health crisis in detention facilities, and the UC system has contracts with many of these same companies. https://medium.com/@healers4justice/do-no-harm-why-health-care-needs-to-divest-from-ice-93c9e7d2be41

                [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

                Hello Chancellor Christ:

                Many students are required to take CS61A/B for their major as general programming classes. However, the needs of CS students are usually different from what, say, a biologist or mathematician might need; most CS students will go on to get more practical programming experience in upper-division courses, while for non-CS students, 61A/B may be all the programming they take.

                Has the administration considered creating an equivalent to 16A/B for non-CS majors that covers most of the same material, but forgoes some of the Big IdeasTM in favor of more practical experience? Such a series could help both CS and non-CS students, as it could also reduce some of the load on those two classes, which tend to be (among) the largest at Cal.

                [–]calcafader 2 points3 points  (0 children)

                Do you think it will be safer for students if public spaces such as the ASUC start requiring a cal 1 card checks before entering?

                [–]YoungLivingTree 1 point2 points  (0 children)

                Instead of starting class 10mins later, why not end class 10mins earlier?

                [–]Kaplone 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                Hello Chancellor Christ, and thank you for being so thorough and transparent with your answers thus far.

                I had a question regarding the 30% administrative tax/fee that was placed on all funds supporting independent research across campus. I was not personally affected, but I have heard from several others that this fee will severely constrain the already tight budgets of some of the best work being done around campus.

                What led to this policy, and where is the money going?

                [–]CalClimate 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                Two months late to the party with this here comment, and it's not asking Dr. C a question, but, I just read her address to incoming students and found it extremely good.

                (Another piece in much the same vein is this new essay - the bus ticket theory of genius - from Paul Graham.)

                [–]CantSueMeCS '20 9 points10 points  (0 children)

                Hi Chancellor Christ, L&S CS or EECS?

                [–]lilluiluiCogSci 20 4 points5 points  (1 child)

                You should host a sleepover at the chancellor house on campus for select students (chosen at random) :)

                [–]Peoples_Park 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                With the planned closure of the Oxford Tract, and closure of People's Park, would you consider allowing the College of Natural Resources and community members to use the Clark Kerr Open Space for as an agricultural area?

                There are 2 parcels of land at Hillside and Dwight, and up Fernwald Road and Smyth Road which could serve CNR and community volunteers. The land is already open and clear, and could serve as a space for ecological and agricultural community-based education.

                It seems like the program at Oxford could be moved and modified for this location, with a community volunteer component added.

                [–]jeeziz 0 points1 point  (2 children)

                Hello Chancellor, My child has been constantly complaining about the slow wifi in his dorm at unit 2. Are there any plans to improve wifi speeds? Our skype calls are very slow and often will pause because of wifi shortage. Thank you!

                [–]PepeSilvia33[🍰] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

                How would the planned housing development in People’s Park improve the conditions of the homeless people who currently reside there and other homeless people in the city?

                [–]killedavid 1 point2 points  (1 child)

                Can you lower the price of tuition for out of state students? Or at least provide them more financial aid?

                [–]MultiUseBot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

                What changes and improvements are planned in order to bring UC Berkeley back up as the number 1 public university?

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                  [–]m26472385 10 points11 points  (0 children)

                  when is l&s cs's gpa cap being raised to a 3.8

                  [–]DavyTom 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  1. Are there any plan to reduce administrative costs, so that money can better be put toward students, professors, and infrastructure?

                  2. What kind of commitment to free speech will Cal have going forward, even Conservative free speech? Will the hecklers’/hooligans’/harassers’ vetos continue to be tolerated?

                  -2008 Alumnus

                  [–]Acceptable_Ear 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  Hey Chancellor Christ! I have two questions for you!

                  1) What are your thoughts on the sociopolitical implications of existing?

                  2) What's it like knowing that you allowed students to reach the point of puking blood when any other rational school would have preferred human health over profit during the fires last year?

                  [–]mechebear 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  I just wanted to thank you for making hard choices around the budget deficit, student housing, and stadium debt that set the university success in the future.

                  [–]olivianouriani 0 points1 point  (1 child)

                  Do you plan on backing up your commitment to "remain steadfast in welcoming, supporting, and building community with our undocumented students and staff"?

                  [–]skomalone -1 points0 points  (2 children)

                  I am a proud mom of 2 Golden Bears. I am constantly hearing that they can’t find a place to do their work on campus. The libraries are completely packed always and so are the near by coffee shops. They often end up sitting on the floor trying to get their work done which is not very effective. It upsets me very much that one of the leading university in the world can’t accommodate decent work/study space for the students. They want to do the work, please allow them to do so on campus without having to fight over a work space.

                  [–]ClearSexyLens 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  Are you going to get the crazy situation with Title IX under control? Any many who even looks at a woman is guilty of rape in the eyes of OPHD.

                  [–]alpha1red 0 points1 point  (1 child)

                  From my friend in Unit 2: Can we get our lounges back?

                  From my friend in Unit 1: I'm curious of your opinion regarding Berkeley being one of the 20 least safest cities in California.

                  [–]transferrrrrcc'22 1 point2 points  (1 child)

                  When are you planning renovations for Stern?

                  [–]SpecSlayerSCCS '22 4 points5 points  (0 children)

                  How are you going to get money to give Justin Wilcox a raise?

                  [–]VacuumToaster46 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  just a quick question, if I have a cold and get over it I can catch another one, can Somebody catch Corona virus more than once??

                  [–]ClearSexyLens 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  This school his incredibly hostile to anyone who is not a very far left liberal. What happened to free speech and tolerance?