From the Desk of
Andrew Jones, B.A. '03
and Founder, Bruin Alumni Association
Letter from the Bruin Alumni Association
Like me, you care
deeply about what happens at UCLA. And thanks to your support in
the past few years, we’ve changed our world for the better – in
medicine, in science, in athletics, and a hundred other ways.
You stood by UCLA while we weathered some major scandals – healthy
football players using handicapped placards, the Medical Center selling
body parts for money, and worse.
But UCLA is currently threatened by a different kind of problem…
…and it’s a big one.
Very simply, we’re facing an exploding crisis of political radicalism
on campus. It’s endangering the very core of UCLA – the
undergraduate experience. One aspect of this radicalization, outlined
here, is an unholy alliance between
anti-war professors, radical Muslim students, and a pliant
administration. Working together, they have made UCLA a major
organizing center for opposition to the War on Terror.
This booklet is the first step in our campaign to save UCLA for the
next generation of students. Read it,
and then if you can, send the link to others. More people need to
hear this important news.
you’re disturbed by these developments on campus, you’ll also want to
learn about UCLA’s
outrageous ‘diversity’ politics, and how the
university’s admissions office has been practicing backdoor affirmative
action in defiance of Proposition 209. We've also produced
over 30 in-depth profiles of
UCLA's most radical professors and launched this information at UCLAProfs.com.
Before graduating from UCLA in 2003 with a political science degree, I
was a three-year Daily Bruin columnist, and a student leader. My
prominence as a campus activist and journalist made me subject, on a
daily basis, to political harassment, violence, intimidation, and
biased teaching. But I wasn’t the only one. In fact, my
experience was entirely typical for any student who didn’t embrace
The indicators of a troubling decline in the quality of UCLA’s
undergraduate education and campus culture are only too clear:
- Professors who use lecture time to attack President
Bush, the Republican Party, multi-national corporations, and even our
fighting men and women;
- Undergraduate majors, academic programs and centers
of study that by their very founding principles are irreparably
anti-American and anti-capitalist;
- Students who use undergraduate student government
fees to conduct radical political activities and divide the campus
along racial lines…
- And the administration, led by Chancellor Albert
Carnesale, that smiles on this whole mess, telling the alumni and the
public that UCLA’s “excellence” has never been higher.
Chancellor Carnesale and I want the same things for UCLA. But
with all due respect to the Chancellor, ignoring these problems won’t
make them go away.
fellow UCLA supporters, I think we can agree – regardless of personal
politics – that it’s time for reform when a Chicano Studies professor
cancels lecture and orders his students to attend a campus anti-war
rally. And it’s clear that something needs to change when the
Southern California ACLU’s executive director is hired to teach
propaganda in the guise of a Political Science course – with the
blessing of the department chairman.
early 2005, after several years of monitoring UCLA’s continued slide
into political partisanship and indoctrination, I decided to fight
back. I founded the non-profit Bruin Alumni Association as the
collective voice for UCLA alumni, Los Angeles residents, and all
The BAA has a three-part plan to turn our campus around:
Fully document the
overwhelming policitization of the undergraduate experience – by
professors, radical student groups and leaders, partisan academic
centers and majors, and the administrative offices which tolerate these
abuses. It’s not going to be enough to talk in anecdotes.
Only methodical, comprehensive documentation can fully pinpoint the
problems and their solutions.
Publicize the problems, and our proposals for solving them. While
it’s tempting to keep UCLA’s problems ‘in-house,’ we’ve tried that, and
it doesn’t work. Instead, we will take our case public – to
alumni like you, to Los Angeles residents, and to all Californians,
whose tax dollars are directly supporting UCLA.
After enlisting the
support of concerned alumni and members of the public, we will…
Undertake a reform campaign. Several issues – politicized
undergraduate education, campus anti-Semitism, and a corrupt
undergraduate student government – are already being documented and
attacked. However, the majority of the campaign will be based on
issues pinpointed and clarified during the initial research
phase. In addressing these issues, we expect cooperation, not
condescension, from UCLA’s decision makers. If the issues are not
addressed on the campus level, we will take our case to the University
of California Board of Regents and the State Legislature.
The Bruin Alumni Association’s plan is reasonable, and desperately
needed. But it faces an entrenched set of status quo
interests. As an intelligent and generous supporter of UCLA,
you’ve already made at least one financial commitment to UCLA’s
future. Now that you know what’s really happening on campus,
we’re asking for another investment.
count on you for a donation? Any amount you could give
would make a huge difference in pursuing our common goals, and would be
Thanks again for your consideration, and please don’t hesitate to
contact me with any questions you might have.
Andrew Jones, B.A. '03
All donations are fully tax-deductible and, per IRS regulations,
are kept strictly confidential. Please give today!