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Daily Bruin front-cover story on the BAA

            For UCLA’s radicals, the days and weeks leading up to March 5, 2003 had been entirely too calm.  But things were about to change.  As the clock struck 11:15 a.m., the campus came alive. Protesters roamed the halls, throwing open doors and screaming exhortations to professors and students alike.  Other lectures were interrupted by radicals who briefly attended classes in which they were not even enrolled, and then made symbolic – and disruptive - exits.   This was the big day – the “National Moratorium to Stop the War on Iraq,” in which students would protest by walking out of their regularly scheduled classes.  The protest’s student organizers watched the spreading chaos with a rush of pride. ... (more)

           UCLA student radicals had been organizing from the first time that the Regents discussed ending affirmative action.  And while they were sent reeling from SP-1 and SP-2, and suffered the crushing blow of Proposition 209, they just as quickly began to turn the tide.

            On May 16, 2001, the Diversitistas forced the symbolic repeal of SP-1, and quickly followed that with their defining triumph, the November 15, 2001 passage of a new “comprehensive review” admissions system. The process, still ill-defined at the time of its passage, broke so many precedents that its full effect would not be understood for many months. ... (more)

            University of California Regent Ward Connerly did two utterly inexcusable things in his lifetime.  He committed his first sin in 1995, when he led the Regents in ending, throughout the UC system, affirmative action in admissions, hiring and contracting.  He sinned again the next year, spearheading the successful passage of Proposition 209, which altered the California Constitution to outlaw affirmative action in all state business.  Student radicals, most with a personal stake in a system of racial preferences, were outraged, and expressed their displeasure in typical fashion – protests, building takeovers, and violent confrontations at Regents meetings. ... (more)