Admissions to graduate school used to be done in a Saturday meeting by the whole faculty.
In recent years this democratic and collegial procedure has been stripped down and finally eliminated.
Some claimed that the passionate pleas and special pleading were "violent."
The new system replaces the public special pleading with behind the scenes special pleading.
And--the final vote of the committee has been kept secret as of today from the rest of the faculty.

Gossip mongerers: Berkeley is quiet and under control. Send us your excellent sheep.