title 9 problems at UC berkeley

title 9 problems at UC berkeley

Post by g » Wed, 10 Nov 1999 04:00:00

 from the Cal paper.

>BEARS Initiative Result of  Reduced State Funding

>            The Bridging Equity,  Athletics and Recreational  Sports

referendum, which  students are scheduled to  begin voting on today,
> stems from a series of  budget cuts to the athletic  department

beginning in 1989, university  officials said yesterday.

>            UC Berkeley lost a total of $49.9 million in state  funding

during five years of budget cuts in the    early 1990s, said Marie
Felde, a university
> spokesperson. Some registration fees, which  had previously gone to

athletics, were returned  to central campus funds and used to support
other student services, Felde added.

>            Mike Weinberger, associate director of budget and finance

for the athletic department, said the   university needed to cut
athletic funding to save  programs in other areas. The campus was
scrambling to maintain
> academic excellence, so it reallocated other  (funding) sources,

including student fees (which  had previously funded athletics), he

>            Weinberger said rising costs, particularly the  price of

adding three new women's sports in the  early 1990s, have also
contributed to the deficits  the department seeks to eliminate through
passage of the BEARS initiative.

>            The attempts of the athletic department, which  does not

receive any money directly from the  state, to pursue other funding
sources have so
> far proved unsuccessful,said officials.  There?s been increasing

difficulty trying to  fund our sports, Weinberger said. Besides  trying
to get more corporate sponsorships, we  have been pursuing increasing

>            Weinberger said the athletic department  expected the new

Haas Pavilion to be the  solution to the department?s financial
> but construction delays turned the building into  another financial

>            ?Haas Pavilion was a strategic decision to try to  find a

way to earn enough revenue to make it all  work, he said. ?Haas was
supposed to open in   1998. The delays brought the budget to a crisis
situation. It took away revenues we were  expecting, and it increased
costs because we
> had to rent the Oakland Coliseum.

>            Even though proponents of the referendum cite  gender

equity as a central part of the measure,    UC Berkeley is already close
to compliance with
> Title IX, Weinberger said. The law requires the  university to fund

men?s and women?s sports in  proportion to the campus gender makeup and
also requires the proportion of men and women  participants to reflect
the school?s gender ratio.

>            ?Adding three women?s sports has really helped  our

participation ratio, said Weinberger. ?But in terms of financial aid,
we?re off.

>            Men received 62 percent of athletic scholarship money at UC

Berkeley in the 1998-99 academic   year, though they only made up 56.8
percent of  student athletes, according to athletic  department

>            The addition of the three women?s sports  increased the

athletics department?s financial  difficulties, Weinberger said. He
estimated the
> three additional sports cost the department   approximately $500,000
per year.

>            ?We?re more in compliance, but more out of   balance

financially, said Weinberger.   The chair of the Committee on Student
Fees  said the athletic department needs more money  to remain in
compliance with the law and to
> retain a quality athletic program.

>            ?Title IX says you have to provide equitable

opportunities, said Sean Unger. ?We are in   compliance now, we just
don?t have the funds
> to continue at this level. So the decision is   between maintaining

this level of sports, or  reducing men?s sports.