Open Forum with Chancellor Drake

UCI students don’t miss out!

A student coalition at UC Irvine has organized an open forum with Chancellor Michael Drake. This is an opportunity for students and workers to discuss the recent changes resulting from the budget crises.

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: HIB 100

Tuition has risen 32%, faculty and staff have been laid off and furloughed, classes have been cut, and the library hours have been reduced.

We all have questions about our futures in the UC system: How will the cuts affect us? How will we continue to afford UCI? What job prospects will we have after we graduate?

Chancellor Drake has agreed to hold an Open Forum with students and listen to our concerns. He will also be sharing with the campus community what he has done to alleviate the pain caused by these cuts.

We encourage you to bring your questions and ideas for the Chancellor!



Black Student Union
American Indian Studen Association
Asian Pacific Student Association
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA)
Alyansa ng mga Kababayan
Radical Student Union
Worker Student Alliance
Muslim Student Union
Women and Criminal Justice Network
Incite Magazine
Defend UCI
Executive Vice President’s Office of ASUCI
University Council-AFT, Local 2226,
UPTE and AFSCME Local 3299
Alud, The Grad Student Journal of the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese
Black Queer Collective
Uncultivated Rabbits


One response to “Open Forum with Chancellor Drake

  1. Chancellors need to overview decisions that cost students at UC Berkeley $3,000,000. A legacy of waste in UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Office: easily grasped by the public, lost on University of California’s President Yudof.
    The UC Berkley budget gap has grown to $150 million, & still the Chancellor is spending money that isn’t there on $3,000,000 consultants. His reasons range from the need for impartiality to requiring the consultants “thinking, expertise, & new knowledge”.
    Does this mean that the faculty & management of UC Berkeley – flagship campus of the greatest public system of higher education in the world – lack the knowledge, integrity, impartiality, innovation, skills to come up with solutions? Have they been fudging their research for years?
    The consultants will glean their recommendations from faculty interviews & the senior management that hired them; yet $ 150 million of inefficiencies and solutions could be found internally if the Chancellor & Provost Breslauer were doing the work of their jobs (This simple point is lost on UC’s leadership).
    The victims of this folly are Faculty and Students. $ 3 million consultant fees would be far better spent on students & faculty.
    There can be only one conclusion as to why inefficiencies & solutions have not been forthcoming from faculty & staff: Chancellor Birgeneau has lost credibility & the trust of the faculty & Academic Senate leadership (C. Kutz, F. Doyle). Even if the faculty agrees with the consultants’ recommendations – disagreeing might put their jobs in jeopardy – the underlying problem of lost credibility & trust will remain. (Context: greatest recession in modern times)
    Contact your representatives in Sacramento: tell them of the hefty self-serving $’s being spent by UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau & Provost Breslauer.
    Let there be light!

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