This past Tuesday, the leaders of the Golden Bear Advisory Committee reconvened for our spring kick-off meeting. We started out with a delicious dinner as always and quickly jumped into our favorite icebreaker, the Wagon Wheel. We all get in a circle and rotate around asking questions about each other. Nick Forbes of the football team and Jake Schulz of the baseball team came up with the best elbow handshake while also sharing some hilariously intimate facts about their childhood.
After this bonding activity, we quickly got focused and Mark Stuhr, the director of IT, walked us through the use of the new campus technology and how to stay ahead of the game in the classroom for this semester. Then our officers explained our new initiative to have members take more leadership positions. This semester we wanted to create a new culture in the GBAC community and make sure that everyone has the ability to be a leader and make the positive impact that we believe they can.
At Berkeley, we are so fortunate to have an abundance of international students. Those that were at the meeting came up with the brilliant idea of having an international potluck where all of us students from the States will get to try delectable treats from around the world.
In mid-January, Jack Austin of football and Emi Lawson of women’s soccer represented the Golden Bears at The Apple Conference, which promotes student-athlete wellness and substance abuse prevention. The shared a report with us, and with their help, we are starting a new campaign called “Stay Golden” in hopes of sharing tips and information with the student-athlete population about general health, drugs, sex, and alcohol.
Students rallied around the men’s basketball team with full support for their Bear Day game against Stanford next Wednesday and baseball’s game against Texas on Feb. 16. In the upcoming weeks we will be gearing up for the Spring College Sports Day on March 2nd which will be held in the Haas Pavilion. It will have representation from all of the phenomenal sports that we are lucky to represent. Also coming up is the Suicide Prevention Campus walk on March 9th and Jog for Jill on March 16th. The entire community is invited to run with some of Cal’s top student-athletes to support important.
Our meeting ended a little early on Tuesday so that we could all go support women’s basketball player Mikayla Lyles and fellow student-athletes at the We Are Pride event held at the Field Club at California Memorial Stadium. This was an incredible event where Stanford and Cal were able to set aside our rivalry in order to come together and support equality within athletics.