Week Update


  1. UC Berkeley Drops Charges against some students

May 5, 2010

After months of pushing charges against students involved in a campus demonstration last fall, more than 30 students who were arrested on December 11 will no longer face charges. But there are remaining protestors who are subject to being charged and in response, student groups at Berkeley have been holding protest including a hunger strike demanding the drop of charges against these students as well as in protest against the recently passes Arizona immigration law

http://bayarea.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/05/u-c-berkeley-drops-charges-against-some-students/

http://www.dailycal.org/article/109392/hunger_strike_continues_as_protest_enters_its_four

2. Judges rules California can take $2B from local funds

May 5, 2010

The governor won the right to raid local redevelopment funds to help pay off the state’s budget deficit on Tuesday this week. These funds which are generally used to promote public works project and rehabilitate downtowns are to be used for education.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jjiTR2ZqYOCNMZGPlV3Tr4Y3e1EwD9FG7KDO1

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2 responses to “Week Update

  1. On April 14, 2010, UCLA issued a press release declaring that UCLA “remains the most popular campus in the nation.” Since about that same time, an Internet search with any of the three major search engines—Google, Bing, Yahoo—puts the website ucla-weeding101.info at the top of the first page of many thousands of results when “unethical UCLA” is typed into their search boxes (though Bing then prompts us to “show just the results for ‘unethical ucla'”).

    The ucla-weeding101.info website offers the public (and UC students and faculty) University documents and UCLA faculty statements on a UCLA student termination, where the shortest of these faculty statements is: “This [termination] is a wrong to right.” The website also declares that this UCLA student termination is in fact unethical.

    This ongoing event raises profoundly important questions, the most obvious of which is: How does “the most popular campus in the nation” terminate its students? In fact, given the ample news reports on how the University of California admits its students, we may easily conclude from this ongoing event that the seemingly total absence of UC student investigative reporting on UC student terminations raises still more crucial questions about how UCLA is actually operating behind its rapidly growing production of ultra-slick corporate-style marketing campaigns.

    And given that these marketing campaigns rely heavily on UCLA’s trumpeting its commitment to the highest of academic and ethical standards, then how can it be that there is no UC student reporting on a story declaring that UCLA has terminated one of its students unethically, by dismissing facts and violating the University’s own academic and ethical codes?

    UCLA’s own students’ silence on the facts of this student termination can allow UCLA to transform itself from a reputable public university into a quasi-private institution of quasi-religious status, wherein the University’s students do not speak out on how the University is operating on their classmates because these “True Bruins” are working instead to tie their own status to that of a “brand-name” university which provides diplomas for often significant material advancement.

    I urge all UC students to carefully examine the documents, letters, and material on each of the site’s webpages. And I especially urge them to carefully consider the UCLA faculty members’ conclusive statements, found on the website’s homepage. For when UCLA faculty members make these statements on a student termination and this student nevertheless remains terminated, extremely serious questions arise about academic freedom at UCLA and how the public University of California is operating on all its students.

  2. UCB Chancellor Birgeneau Loss of Credibility, Trust
    The UCB budget gap has grown to $150 million, and still the Chancellor is spending money that isn’t there on expensive outside consultants. His reasons range from the need for impartiality to requiring the “innovative thinking, expertise, and new knowledge” the consultants would bring.

    Does this mean that the faculty and management of a world-class research and teaching institution lack the knowledge, impartiality, innovation, and professionalism to come up with solutions? Have they been fudging their research for years? The consultants will glean their recommendations from interviewing faculty and the UCB management that hired them; yet solutions could be found internally if the Chancellor were doing the job HE was hired to do. Consultant fees would be far better spent on meeting the needs of students.

    There can be only one conclusion as to why creative solutions have not been forthcoming from the professionals within UCB: Chancellor Birgeneau has lost credibility and the trust of the faculty as well as of the Academic Senate leadership that represents them. Even if the faculty agrees with the consultants’ recommendations – disagreeing might put their jobs in jeopardy – the underlying problem of lost credibility and trust will remain.

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