Monday, March 17, 2014

Long Time ILC Supporter Passes

Judge Henry Ramsey, Jr. was a long time supporter of The Ivy League Connection and served as a panelist to select many of the ILC scholarship recipients.

Aside from being a fervent advocate for The Ivy League Connection, he was also the father of ILC Co-Founder and administrator Charles Ramsey.

On Friday March 14th, 2014, Judge Ramsey succumbed to a stroke suffered several days prior.

Judge Ramsey will be severely missed.
Below is an obituary from the San Francisco Chronicle of March 16th:
Henry Ramsey Jr., a distinguished legal scholar who served as an Alameda County judge, member of the Berkeley City Council and dean of Howard University‘s law school, died Friday at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley. He was 80.

Mr. Ramsey suffered a stroke last Sunday at his Berkeley home, family members said.

Mr. Ramsey believed that “justice should be a reality for everybody,” said former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, who served as co-counsel with Mr. Ramsey on a number of cases “when we represented those who couldn’t get representation, like the Black Panthers. Henry was so dedicated and so forceful. He was just a joy to work with.”

Mr. Ramsey pulled no punches, Brown said. “He caused everyone to be conscious of their own conduct. He was such a scholar that he would let you know when you used a verb instead of an adjective. And somebody coming from Rocky Mount, N.C., you wouldn’t think he would be so equipped,” said Brown, laughing.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Brenda Harbin-Forte called Mr. Ramsey a “warrior for justice and fairness and equality in our court system. I want him to be remembered as a mentor, as a wonderful role model, as a courageous judge who made courageous and fair decisions.”

Civil rights attorney John Burris said Mr. Ramsey was a noted philanthropist who took time to help seniors and youths.

“He was a person who gave of himself to the community at large,” Burris said.

His son Charles Ramsey, president of the West Contra Costa Unified School District board, said he took his father’s advice to heart. “My dad always said, ‘You’ll be measured as a man not by what you did for yourself but what you do for others.’ “

Another son, Ismail “Izzy” Ramsey, a former federal prosecutor who now works as a defense attorney, said his father strove to help those in need. “In addition to being a great father, he was committed to helping others get equality and justice,” he said.

Mr. Ramsey celebrated his 80th birthday in January at a party at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley that included many well-wishers and friends, including state Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Mr. Ramsey graduated from UC Riverside in 1960 with a degree in philosophy and earned his law degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. He then served as a Contra Costa County prosecutor - helping to integrate the office - and as a trial lawyer in private practice.

He was a member of the faculty at Boalt Hall from 1971 to 1980. During his tenure there, he served on the Berkeley City Council from 1973 to 1977.

He served as an Alameda County Superior Court judge from 1981 to 1990 before serving as dean of the Howard University School of Law for the next five years.

Besides his sons Charles and Ismail Ramsey, Mr. Ramsey is survived by four other children and his wife, Eleanor. His first wife, Evelyn, died in 2010.
And from the March 14 edition of The Contra Costa Times...
Henry Ramsey Jr., a politician, lawyer, judge, professor and law school dean, died Friday at Alta Bates Medical Center after suffering a massive stroke five days earlier at his Berkeley home, his son Charles Ramsey said. He was 80.

“He was a man who came west from the segregated South and built a life based on community services and tried to make the world a better place for as many people as possible,” said Charles Ramsey.

Henry Ramsey was born in Florence, S.C., and came of age in a segregated Deep South.

Before the 1965 Civil Rights March in Selma, Ala., Ramsey was jailed with a group of 60 others after they tried to demonstrate in one of Selma’s white neighborhoods, according to a 1997 profile in the Contra Costa Times.

Ramsey came west to settle into his life and career.

He received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from UC Riverside and his law degree from UC Berkeley’s School of Law. He was a member of the law faculty at Boalt Hall from 1971 to 1980 and served on the Berkeley City Council from 1973 to 1977.

Later, Ramsey became a Superior Court of California judge and then dean of Howard University School of Law from 1991 until 1996, according to his online biography.
Henry Ramsey Jr., a politician, lawyer, judge, professor and law school dean, has died after suffering a massive stroke at his Berkeley home. He was 80 years old. 
Friends remember Ramsey for his quick wit, towering height and presence, and his dapper style, which typically included a dark suit and bow tie.

“Henry was always dapper, always entertaining and always inspiring,” said Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia, who studied under Ramsey at UC Berkeley’s Law School in 1979-80. “He made learning fun.”

Jim McMillan, a former Richmond councilman and Ramsey’s friend for more than 50 years, said he was fiercely principled and always passionate about civil rights.
Henry Ramsey Jr., who later became an Alameda County judge, prepares to leave on the march from Selma, Ala., in 1965. 
“He wasn’t that suave when I first met him,” McMillan chuckled. “He walked around with an Afro and old army combat jacket and combat boots back then.”

McMillan said Ramsey was the lead attorney for a group of African-American Richmond police officers who successfully sued the city for discrimination in the early 1980s.

“The officers really celebrated him, really revered him,” McMillan said.

Ramsey was in good health before his stroke, his son said. His 80th birthday party was held at the Claremont Hotel in Oakland and included guests such as state Attorney General Kamala Harris. Ramsey and his wife had recently returned from a vacation in Cambodia.

Charles Ramsey said his father was one of two African-Americans, along with Eugene Swann, to integrate the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office in the 1960s.

Ramsey leaves a lasting legacy in the East Bay. Charles is a longtime member of the West Contra Costa School Board. The Henry Ramsey Jr. Law Academy at De Anza High School bears his name.

“Henry was someone who really lived in many worlds: academic, foundation, political, legal. This was a man who impacted many worlds,” Gioia said. “The common theme is he cared about people who were most in need of a voice.”

Tutorial Sessions 1 & 2

On Saturday March 15th the ILC held the first two of their four tutorial sessions where 18 of our 36 ILCers learned something about how to blog, take photos, post their photos and numerous details about being a part of the ILC.  They also learned more about what to expect in coming months.

If you scroll down below this blog you can read some of their first blogs. 

But first, we thought we would post a few photos from the day.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

From Stephanie Ny

Dear ILC students,

One of the most important lessons I've learned - and that I learned a little too late - is that you must take every opportunity to participate in internships and other field work. There is currently a discourse about college graduates being overqualified for low-skilled jobs but under qualified for entry-level positions due to lack of experience. I think the key solution to this is internships, through which you receive the chance to sharpen your intellectual and strategic skills while gaining work experience that is necessary for entry-level jobs. I don't know if this is really the case, but to me, it appears to be a very important step that many college students - including myself - often fail to take.

Aside from this, and on a more general note, I'd recommend that you all actually visit the schools you plan on attending before agreeing to enroll. Go at a time during which students are actually present and hanging around. You get a real feel for the school, the student body, and the school spirit. If you don't like the people there, it is likely you won't enjoy yourself! The academics and scenery are important, but visiting a school can finalize (or the opposite!) your decision to attend it.

I'm currently a rising senior at Northwestern University, so if any of you have questions, feel free to e-mail me!

Stephanie Ny
Northwestern ‘14

From Julia Maniquiz

Dear ILC,

I am in the summer before my senior year at UC Berkeley and I was a part of the Freedom and Justice program at Cornell University back in 2009. Because of my AP classes and the units I collected from this ILC course, I have enough units to graduate a semester early. I am still contemplating whether to do so, as I've learned there is no other experience like college and it goes by far too quickly.

For me, one of the best parts of college has been getting to take any type of class I desired. My advice to you all is to take advantage of this freedom and venture out of your comfort zone. I have always strictly been a humanities person; I'm a rhetoric major here at Cal. But many of my favorite classes I've taken have been outside of my department. For example, I was completely enthralled with a Molecular and Cell Biology class. To this day, it is one of my favorite classes. When I was in high school, I never would have anticipated liking or even choosing to take such a course - but college is all about testing your boundaries and moving beyond your comfort zone. Take chances, with classes, on-campus clubs, etc. College is such a wonderful experience and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. College is challenging. It is completely different from high school due to the intensity of the academic work combined with the change of scenery. But no doubt, you will be much more prepared than the average high schooler because of the exposure the ILC has given you to higher level courses, college campus environments, and out-of-state independence.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any specific questions. Take care and good luck.

All the best,
Julia Maniquiz
University of California, Berkeley ‘14

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

From Malcolm Carson

Hello ILC,

I hope you are happily anticipating this year’s summer courses/trips, if they have not begun already. My name is Malcolm Carson and I am a recent graduate of Columbia University.

I know my submission is a little late for this semester’s entry but as a recent graduate I wanted to wait a little bit longer until graduation and then give a more holistic view of my entire college experience.

The past four years have been quite a journey to say the least. From struggling through my freshman writing class all the way up to somehow completing last year’s quantum physics course. Attending, and more importantly, completing college is no small task, no matter what school you attend, and, as you can imagine, this is no different at an Ivy League school like Columbia.

However don't ever let any of the hardships you encounter break your spirit. As a member of the original class of ILC students and a Columbia graduate, I have a unique outlook on both the ILC experience and the actual Ivy League college experience. I can not tell you how important it was for me to participate with the ILC, as it prepared me for the academic rigors of college and it also helped to prepare me, a California high school student, for the social and physical environment that exists on the East Coast.

Those few weeks spent at Brown and Cornell definitely helped me to realize that I was able to keep up with highly intelligent students similar to what you are sure to encounter during your ILC summers. Although it didn't quite prepare me for those harsh winters that you are also sure to encounter, should you choose to attend college on the East Coast, I will be the first to tell you that once you make it through your ILC experience you will undoubtedly be adequately prepared for the intensity that exists at the college level.

I would be lying if I told you that your high school education and your ILC summers will prepare you for every single thing that college and life in general will throw at you. However, I can confidently tell you that both have given you more than enough of a foundation to survive and flourish in today's competitive world. In order to survive this though, one must have the fortitude to never give up no matter what your exam scores may say, no matter how small or unintelligent you may feel with respect to some of your peers, or no matter how homesick you may become. You must remember that you are worthy and able. Never let anyone—especially yourself—tell you that you can't do something or are unable to live up to the challenges that will be thrown at you. Just keep in mind that you are only ever competing against yesterday's version of you and every day is an opportunity to beat your old self. If you keep these things in mind you are sure to achieve whatever goals you set for yourself.

That being said I also want to say that both the ILC and the college experience is not simply about academics. Do not kill yourself by only hitting the books. Once you have done an adequate amount of studying for the day and you are confident that you have grown from yesterday's version of yourself, remember to take some time out for yourself and have a little fun. Go explore whatever city you are fortunate enough to be living in for the next few weeks. The ILC is not just about academic exposure but also about exposure to new environments, climates, and most importantly people. Be sure not to waste any of these aforementioned aspects. Keep balance within your experience and good luck to you all in your ILC endeavors and your college experiences as well.

Malcolm Carson
Columbia ‘13

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The ILC is Welcomed by the Hercules City Council

The Hercules City Council graciously welcomed those ILCers who live or attend schools in Hercules.
ILC administrator and School Board member Charles Ramsey introduced to the Council, those in attendance and those watching at home on TV The Ivy League Connection.  Mr. Ramsey explained some of the history of the ILC and especially the history of the ILC and the City of Hercules.
Charles Ramsey
The eight Hercules ILCers then rose to tell the Council where they had attended schools in Hercules, how the ILC has affected their own lives and how they plan to bring back to their community what they've learned.
Rochelle Yee
Cornell University
Hotel Management
Christian Abraham
Cornell University
Freedom & Justice
Anmol Randhawa
Columbia University
Presidential Powers
Damian Wong
Yale University
Grand Strategies
Tamilyn Chen
Cornell University
Freedom & Justice
Jenna Lee
Cornell University
Freedom & Justice
Johnny Ko
Brown University
Jay Fan
Brown University
The penultimate speaker of the evening Hercules teacher and Cornell chaperone Alfredo Chan-Law spoke.  Capping off the evening was School Board President Madeline Kronenberg.
Alfredo Chan-Law
Chaperone~Cornell Cohort

Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Tale of Two Cities: the College Edition.

I won't argue with the fact that I got very, very lucky this year.  A lot of people never get the chance to apply to college, let alone get packages of financial aid that makes attending actually feasible. After looking at my choices of 7 schools, 3 of which were UCs, I narrowed my list down to 2- NYU and American. With the ILC's help, I had the opportunity to attend admitted students days at both of these colleges.

NYU's Admitted Student Welcome!
NYU's "Weekend on the Square" took place on Sunday, April 21. I woke up with enough time to shower, dress, eat breakfast and still arrive early, but due to an elevator's technical difficulties I shot out of the hotel doors with only enough time to grab a taxi. With a freshman class of about 4,800, it was no surprise to see that the line to get into the arena was horridly long. I forgot all about the wait, however, when I stepped inside Cole's Sports Arena. It almost felt like a concert, or TED talk- a huge stage, spot lights, a giant screen were all incorporated into the presentation. After the welcome speech, I went over to the College of Arts and Science, where I was accepted to study economics. They had a separate welcome video there, with more specific information on the college, like its alumni and its job placement rates.

After the CAS session, I had the opportunity to talk personally with my financial aid officer. They even played Disney's Beauty and the Beast while I was waiting! I really appreciated being able to talk to someone in the financial aid office, and I'm really grateful for the package that I received. 

The gate at Washington Square park. Most of NYU's
campus is centered around this area.
New York University is proud that they are "in and of the city". But for someone who's from the opposite coast, having no campus is rather intimidating. I definitely felt better after a campus tour, however,  seeing as the majority of the buildings were centered around Washington Square Park. The park almost functions as a quad for NYU, and plenty of students were out studying during the gorgeous Sunday weather. The hustle and bustle of the city is extraordinarily alluring to someone like myself, who always likes to have something to do. At the same time, it's slightly scary to feel that you can't retreat from all the noise and people.

Some ofAmerican University's campus. Too bad I just
missed the cherry blossom festival!
On Monday I woke up early and ready to catch my train to Washington DC.  American is just outside of DC, a 20 minute bus and metro ride to the Washington Monument, which is an enticing factor as I'm deciding between the two. In any case, I arrived at American an hour early to Check-in so I took the chance to walk around the more traditional campus. The weather was a little colder than New York, but still sunny and crisp. I returned back to McDowell Hall, where the admitted students overnight would start, and introduced myself to a few other students who had also arrived early. People were from all over, though I had travelled the farthest. 

AU at sunset is a gorgeous sight to see! 
I had another "Admitted Students Welcome", though less ornate than NYU's, and then a campus tour. American's campus has an "academic quadrangle", where the all the buildings surrounding the quad have classes in them. I applied to the College of Arts and Sciences, again for economics. American has a gorgeous campus, one that also prides itself on being almost entirely environmentally self-sufficient, which I think is really cool. After dinner at TDR (Terrace Dining Room) we were all assigned our hosts. Unfortunately, my host, Sam, had a final and an essay due the next day so I went with the group to see the monuments.

The Lincoln Memorial is gorgeous, especially at
night. Watch out for those marble steps though!
The last time I was in DC I was in 8th grade, and significantly less mature than I am now. This time around, especially after taking AP US History, I got to more thoroughly enjoy the history behind each monument. After walking back from the Lincoln Memorial (see how casually I said that? It'd be an everyday trip if I decided on American!) I got to meet up with my host Sam. She was really fun and really nice- you have to be nice to agree to have a complete stranger in your room for a night. We went to sleep decently early, as I was exhausted from a full day of travelling and she was in the ROTC and had training in the morning. The next day I had to say goodbye to the friends I had made because I had to run to the airport to get home. 

I'm so glad that the ILC gave me this opportunity to see both the campuses that are options for me. I honestly don't know what I would have done without being able to see them. I've been struggling for a while about where I want to spend the next few years, and loving both of the schools didn't really help. Even after just a day on campus, I remembered how much I loved living like a college student while I was at Brown. I know I can't wait for next year, wherever I end up!