35 years later, the faculty senate acquiesced to academic tradition and instituted letter grades. After the senate's decision, however, angry student demonstrators rallied, displaying placards reading: "Grades are a method of sorting vegetables."
UC chancellor Richard Atkinson agreed; such placards, he declared, "neatly sum up the position of both sides."
[The difference between a fruit and a vegetable, according to a US Supreme Court ruling in 1893? Only plants (or parts thereof) eaten during the main course should be considered vegetables.]