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Feb. 17, 2015 — A leading indicator stands idle in Berkeley

Today was supposed to have been the opening day of spring workouts for the University of California, Berkeley field hockey team.

Only problem was that there was no place for them to practice. The La Loma temporary facility not being ready, the Cal players did what any good Berkeley student would do: stage a protest.

It’s not as though the Cal program isn’t used to a peripatetic lifestyle. Last fall, the team played its entire season on the road because the university gave over the field hockey team’s home site, Maxwell Family Field, to the football team as a practice field.

But the fact that there has been repeated foot-dragging on the part of the school has done little to affect the perception that the University of California Board of Regents and the school’s athletic department have been engaging in a campaign of disrespect and dispossession.

I’m surprised that nobody had figured out, in the months before the agreement to have the facility ready, that somebody had to roll out a rug on the La Loma tennis courts. It really isn’t that hard, and it is just one of many in a series of spectacularly boneheaded episodes that leave the university system liable to a federal Title IX lawsuit.

One which is easily winnable by the players.


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