We're about a month from classes resuming at the university. Although most of our commenters have long since graduated, I assume that we have a fair amount of students that are either lurking or posting, and this DBD is for them, to an extent.
Picking classes at Cal is never easy, even in the 21st century. There are too many choices, too many false roads, too many distractions outside of school. It's never been harder, timewise, to be a student.
What classes are you guys and gals signed up for and why? Do you have any questions on how good/bad a professor or textbook is? And for the alumni, which classes/professors do you recommend to the younger generation from this giant Schedule of Classes?
California has been picked to finish second in the 2009 Pac-10 preseason poll of media members who regularly cover the league. USC was the media's preseason choice to win the conference title for an eighth consecutive season. The Trojans were listed in the top spot by 28 of the 32 voters participating in the poll, while Cal claimed three of the four other first-place votes. Oregon (one first-place vote) was picked third and followed by Oregon State, Arizona State, Stanford, UCLA, Arizona, Washington and Washington State.
"Next Thursday is always the most exciting day of the year for me when we reconvene again," said head coach Jeff Tedford in his comments to the media, referring to the team's reporting date for training camp. "I'm excited about the prospects of the season. I know the players are working very hard, and I'm happy with the team chemistry and how the leadership has surfaced."
Cal women's basketball schedule released!
he California Golden Bear women's basketball team has released its 2009-10 schedule. The challenging schedule will feature five opponents from the 2009 NCAA Tournament (Baylor, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Stanford, Arizona State) as well as Boston College who advanced to the Final Four of the WNIT post season tournament.
The Bears will open the season unofficially with an exhibition game at home on November 3 against Vanguard. All seats for all fans for this exhibition game will be free.
The Bears official season opener is Sunday, November 15 when they host Idaho State. On November 17, the Bears will host Saint Mary's, one of two local non-conference opponents this season. The Bears also host San Jose State on December 9.
On Sunday, Nov. 22, the Baylor Bears will come to Haas Pavilion to take on the Cal Bears. The two teams were scheduled to play one another last season at Haas before a snow storm stranded Baylor in Oregon and forced the cancellation of the game. Both Cal and Baylor advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 last year.
Cal will once again host the Colliers International Classic with another 2009 Sweet 16 team, Texas A&M, among the participants. Southern Illinois and Colorado State will also participate in the tourney.
The Bears play in two other road tournaments. They will be in Columbus, Ohio just after Thanksgiving for the Ohio State Buckeye Classic where they potentially will face another 2009 NCAA tournament team in the host school. Also playing in that tournament will be IUPUI. The Bears head to San Diego in late December for the Surf 'n Slam Tournament when they could see a rematch of their 2008 NCAA first round tournament game against San Diego. Also playing in that tournament are Boston College and Nevada.
Angie Pressey is going places. Seriously.
Former California volleyball All-American outside hitter Angie Pressey will join USA Volleyball this month for the 2009 FIVB (Fédération Internationale de Volleyball) World Grand Prix from July 31 to Aug. 23. Exclusive internet webcasts of all matches are available at www.universalsports.com. Pressey played professionally for Llaneras de Toa Baja earlier this year in Puerto Rico and was also on the Team USA roster for the Pan American Cup at the end of June.
Competition will span three weeks with the 12 participating countries separated into three different pools in three different global locations. Teams will change location each week and be placed into a new pool. Other competing nations include Brazil, China, Dominican Republic, Germany, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, and Thailand. Team USA will open play with three matches in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Americans will be a part of Pool A and take on Germany, Friday, July 31, at 9 a.m. PT. Also in the pool are host nation Brazil and Puerto Rico. The second week of competition (Aug. 7-9) takes Team USA to Miao Li in Chinese Taipei where it will be pooled with Netherlands, Dominican Republic and Germany in Pool D. In week three (Aug. 14-16), Team USA will play out of Pool I and face Thailand, Russia and Puerto Rico in Bangkok, Thailand.
Alexis Grey-Lawson one of the top 25 players in the country? Probably.
Golden Bear senior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson has been named to the 2009-10 preseason "Wade Watch" list list for The State Farm Wade Trophy Division I Player of the Year. The 25-member list is made up of top NCAA Division I student-athletes who best embody the spirit of Lily Margaret Wade according to the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.
Dana Volmer is fast becoming Cal's next swimming sensation.
Former California star Dana Vollmer won a silver medal after leading off the United States' 4x200-meter freestyle relay on Thursday night, July 30, at the 2009 FINA Swimming World Championships in the Stadia del Nuoto. The U.S. relay posted an American-record time of 7:42.56 to finish behind China's gold-medal and world-record time of 7:42.08. In her lead-off leg, Vollmer tied the 200-free personal record of 1:55.29 that she set on July 28 and gave her team a slight lead over the Chinese. This is the second medal of the World Championships for Vollmer, who won a bronze in the 200-free final yesterday.
Cal's 2009 NCAA Swimmer of the Year was a member of the U.S. 4x200-free relays that won gold medals in world-record times in the 2007 World Championships and the 2004 Olympics.
Roseanne Niven qualifies for the Women's British Open.
California Golden Bear senior Roseanne Niven will be competing this week at the Ricoh British Women's Open. Niven earned her spot in the field by winning the 2008 British Amateur.
Niven will be competing against all the top-20 professional players, and 47 of the top-50 players, in the world, including Lorena Ochoa, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer, Suzann Pettersen, Michelle Wie, Angela Stanford, Karrie Webb and Helen Alfredsson. The field will also include the winners of the first three major championships of 2009: Brittany Lincicome (Kraft Nabisco Championship), Anna Nordqvist (McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola) and Eun-Hee Ji (U.S. Women's Open).
Women's crew members in the world championships.
Former California women's rowers Erin Cafaro and Mara Allen will compete in the women's eight at the 2009 World Rowing Championships from August 23-30 in Poznan, Poland. Cafaro rowed with the women's eight that won gold at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Cafaro, who graduated in 2006, is one of five returning rowers from that gold-medal boat. This is the fourth year that Cafaro has been selected to the U.S. senior team, while this will be the first appearance in the world championships by Allen, who graduated in 2008. Both had previously represented the U.S. at the Under-23 World Championships, and they were key members of Cal's 2005 and 2006 NCAA championship teams.
Former Cal coach Kate Bertko will also be making her first appearance in the world championships. Bertko, who coached during the 2006-07 season, will race in the women's quadruple sculls