The Golden Bears softball team, one of the winningest programs in the nation, won the NCAA title in 2002. The team was led by coach Diane Ninemire, who is now entering her 29th year at the helm of the perennially powerful squad. This was the first NCAA championship for a Cal women’s team, although rowing won a title in 1980 in the AIAW, which governed women’s sports before the NCAA. Since 2002, Cal has won seven additional NCAA women’s team titles — three in rowing and four in swimming and diving.
Softball wins first NCAA championship for Cal women’s teams in 2002
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In 1874, Berkeley’s fledgling library was housed first in South Hall, then moved to Bacon Hall in 1881. Yet as the collection continued to grow, so did the need for a bigger home.
On our rugged eastern foothills,
Stands our symbol clear and bold,
Big C means to fight and strive
And win for blue and gold.
— Excerpt from the song “Big C,” written in 1913 by Harold P. Williams and N. Loyall McLaren
While elite Eastern universities such as Yale and Columbia waited to admit women until the late 20th century, the University of California began admitting women two years after its founding.
The University of California began on March 23, 1868, when Gov. Henry Haight signed an act catalyzing the audacious idea that California should have a great public university — one that would serve equally the children of immigrants and settlers, landowners and industrial barons.
The university colors of blue and gold were chosen in 1873 by a committee of representatives from each class. Blue was considered because it reflected the sky, student cadet uniforms, and Yale, from which many of the university’s founders and early administrators had graduated.
“America has brought the nation and the world to an awe-inspiring threshold of the future … And yet we have not learned the simple art of walking the earth as brothers and sisters.”
If Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, had lived today, his nonstop outpouring of observations on American life might fit neatly on a medium-size hard drive.
“He had this great talent for making things appear simple. … That is the ultimate best thing in mathematics, if you have an insight that something seemingly complicated is really simple, but simple after the fact.”