The GBAC Report recaps the bi-weekly Golden Bear Advisory Committee meeting on campus. GBAC is a council made up of approximately 10 percent of Cal’s student-athlete population who represent their teams in decision-making about events and activities, providing feedback to administration and input on NCAA rules and regulations.
Today’s recap comes from Jeffrey Langenstein of the men's gymnastics team:
Hey Cal Fans, what a beautiful November it’s been! I definitely got a tan doing some homework before practice today up at Golden Bear Rec! Last night was quite successful at GBAC. After a quick bite and a fun icebreaker,42 members of GBAC welcomed our very own Athletic Director, Sandy Barbour, as our guest speaker for the evening. I think it is important for the AD of a University (especially of this size and caliber) to keep consistent communication amongst all parties of the department, as well as the school. Having her at our meetings is the perfect step in the right direction toward reinforcing the high expectations that is expected of all student-athletes here at Cal. Sandy started off by acknowledging Brandon Hagy from men’s golf for representing the student-athlete population at Chancellor Dirks’ inauguration, where he eloquently emphasized the long tradition of valuing both academic and athletic success at Berkeley. She concluded by reinforcing the priority of a world-class student-athlete experience, where our regular input is needed for improvement.
Taylor James from the Lacrosse team and myself then led a discussion about our Pac-12 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee meeting, where we met with all 11 other schools to discuss what each other was doing in their respective communities. Incidentally, a common theme amongst the schools was how to better involve one’s athletic director in promoting leadership activities. While I would LOVE to go into detail about each and every school’s awesome ideas, I’ll give you the top two ideas. The first was “Gold Friday,” which was inspired by the Huskies at UW, in which student-athletes actively build their fan base and school spirit amongst their peers on campus. The second was an “Athlete-Date Auction”, which was inspired by our rivals down at The Farm, to raise money for community partners.
The Big C Society created a position, asking for two representatives from the student-athlete body to join its board to give input on current student-athlete engagement. Chippy Burke and Megan Gray from lacrosse volunteered to take on that responsibility. Way to step up, ladies!
We concluded our meeting by recapping what GBAC is doing in the future; Movie Night AND Locker-to-Boardroom admission fee is canned food or other perishables for the Alameda Food Bank, to be delivered by our baseball team when they pack Thanksgiving baskets over break.
As you can see, your Golden Bears are really making an impact. I have to get to tutoring now, but, thanks for tuning in, guys. Until next time, GO BEARS!