Monday, April 07, 2008

Lil' Punks!

Question: Where did the (oversized and obnoxiously charming) pictures in the lobby go?

Answer: After multiple vandalism incidents, they were removed to a safe place.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What kind of vandalism?

4/07/2008 9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


4/07/2008 9:34 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...


My favorite law school administrator, whose profile (shockingly!) does not appear on the website.

4/07/2008 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So they're never bringing them back?

And is it a general policy to remove things vanalized at Boalt to a 'safe place'? Like, if I vandalized a certain professor, would s/he be removed to a safe place, too?

4/07/2008 11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's like Harry Potter and Sirius Black's attack on the Fat Lady!

Except, I'm not suggesting that any of the men (or women) in the portraits were fat.

4/07/2008 11:24 AM  
Blogger matt said...

In other news: first tree sitters, and now this?

4/07/2008 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Harry Potter reference to this is why I love Boalt.

4/07/2008 11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why did people vandalize the pictures in the lobby, but not the pictures in the hallway 20 feet away?

4/07/2008 12:13 PM  
Blogger McWho said...

The better question is why would people vandalize any of them? Gotta love being near frat row.

4/07/2008 2:39 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

I do not know the nature of the activities -- maybe it was even a much needed addition to the photos, like *cough* mustaches?

4/07/2008 2:47 PM  
Blogger tj said...

McWho: I think Berkeley has plenty of other crazies nearby - enough so to not be able to target a particular group.

4/07/2008 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I second the love for the Harry Potter reference.

4/07/2008 9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm sorry, which photos were these? who was in the photos?

4/07/2008 11:04 PM  
Blogger tj said...

By the time I saw the wall today the staff had already removed the brackets that once held up the photos. Now there's just holes in the wall where the brackets once were. My guess is that they never get put back up. Oh well- I never liked them much anyway.

The hall pictures, on the other hand, were a beneficial addition. Hopefully they can make updating those photos a regular feature.

4/07/2008 11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they put some of those photos up in the Dean's Office.

Frankly, I think it's better without the photos. They were obviously just promotional shots. They look good in an admissions brochure, but they're just not classy enough for a lobby.

4/08/2008 12:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:32 - you make an absurd comparison.

4/08/2008 12:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the benefit of those who no longer roam the halls of our fine institution on a daily basis, can someone please describe these pictures and the nature of the vandalism?

4/08/2008 3:23 AM  
Blogger tj said...

Essentially there were 5 or so large mounted photos in the lobby outside the locker room. Maybe 3' by 1.5' each. The administration stuck them up when they decided to repaint over the summer.

And to my knowledge, nobody knows exactly how those photos were vandalized. And I dont think I noticed the exact day within the past week the photos disappeared. Now there's just holes in the wall where the brackets holding the photos were located.

As to my earlier post: the administration also had put up a number of photos in the hallway outside the 120's classrooms. Maybe 15 or so all the way down the hall. Unlike the mounted matte ones in the lobby, these ones are framed in a silver frame and considerably smaller (maybe 1' by 2'). All of the photos discussed are candids - primarily taken at one or two events last year.

4/08/2008 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that sucks. i actually really liked the pictures in the hallway. i can't remember who/what was in the ones hanging in the lobby, however.

4/08/2008 7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is nothing new. In the seventies when I was a student there, the law school had removed all the portraits in the hallways, so all you could see was discolored areas where the pictures had once hung. I suppose they wanted to emphasize the gulag feel of the place. Were they ever put back up? Of course, back then we also had holes kicked in the walls, silverware stuck in lecture hall ceilings, and smashed-in student lockers on the first floor.

4/09/2008 12:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hm, in the lobby, of the 4 (I think there were 4), one was of Dead Edl*y and another of Pam Samu*lson.

4/09/2008 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of the photos discussed are candids - primarily taken at one or two events last year.

Well, some of the photos would stretch the definition of "candids." They were glossy promotional-style shots: students trying to look very happy and engaged for the cameraman who is obviously right in front of them.

To be honest, I find them slightly embarrassing, because of their overt politics. At some point, someone effectively decided to ONLY put up pictures of women, non-Asian minorities, and Chris Edley.

4/09/2008 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really 9:09? Did your eyes train you not to see the picture with a white law student and his kid at graduation? What about the line of graduating students that included more than just women and minorities. Sheesh. Talk about seeing what you want to see.

4/09/2008 12:42 PM  
Anonymous Jenna, formerly featured in a happy photo said...

For the record, I was the subject of one of the photos in the lobby that has since been moved/taken down. It was a close-up shot of my face, and I had absolutely no idea I was going to be featured in the lobby or even that my picture was taken at that particular time.

You cannot imagine my horror when my email and facebook wall exploded with emails from 2Ls and 3Ls who know me to report about the appearance of my photo in the lobby. I do not generally consider myself to be a photogenic person, and I have not been pleased with some of the pictures in the past that the photographer who is ubiquitous at Boalt events has taken of me. When I finally visited my picture, I didn't think it was that bad (but "not classy" 12:17? ouch!), although some advance notice of it would have been nice.

While I couldn't speak to the selection of the photos for diversity reasons, I can say that mine was definitely not a posed shot taken only for Boalt promotional reasons. Believe it or not, law students really are genuinely happy sometimes.

4/09/2008 3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got to say, those pictures irked me as well because they really were completely unrepresentative of the population. Not one person seemed to be playing Scrabulous in any class room picture. Outright scandal, I tells ya. Good riddance to such propaganda.

4/09/2008 3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to 12:42--

There are two photos of graduating law students. The first shows seven women walking. The second shows five women standing (or sitting). No men are shown in either photo, apart from the top of a man's haircut in the first photo's background.

There are a few men in some of the other photos, but they are always in the background, out of focus, generally outnumbered.

In fact, male law students were the subject of only two photos: "Parent" and "Physically Disabled." The latter was taken down when the student objected to be defined entirely by his disability.

Don't get me wrong: I like the idea of candid pictures, showing a wide and diverse range of students. There are more female Boalties, so you'd expect them to be in more photos. I'd even be willing to err on the side of of inclusion. But it was taken to an extreme which was ridiculous (and somewhat insulting).

I mean, "Hijab-wearing Muslim Woman of South Asian Heritage Thoughtfully Reading Colorlines Magazine" is a little over the top, don't you think? We get it--Boalt cares about diversity.

4/09/2008 3:42 PM  

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