The Dig: University Head’s Housing

The money spent on the house came from a private endowment. It was a relatively small sum for a $20 billion, 180,000-employee public university that supports 10 campuses, five medical centers and a national laboratory. But the lavish spending and the numerous hours spent by university officials managing Mr. Yudof’s personal affairs have caught the attention of the NYT.

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9 responses to “The Dig: University Head’s Housing

  1. Here’s a $3,000,000 expenditure that should chaf President Yudof and his UC and the UC Berkeley team. Sorry Tale of 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)

  2. I just have a few questions for you.

    Do you ( as a UC student, UC community participant, as a designated UC Regent representatives of UC students, and as a taxpayer of the state of California) feel completely satisfied with the reasoning and ‘rebuttal’ provided by U-COP, so much so that you would be willing to put it on your blog to disseminate?

    Do you feel that it is fair to allow the UC student judicial system to blindly and unconstitutionally strip students of their fundamental rights to due process, and convict us ‘felons’ erm… i mean students of committing acts of vandalism to the property of the UC system through the use of direct action tactics, more commonly Occupations?

    Do you feel that it is fair to blindly call for justice by unfairly adjudicating the nonexistent evidence and indicting innocent students of whom many were not involved with Occupations that occurred last school year?

    Do you feel that it is fair to impose hefty fines and other academic, social, emotional, and fiscal damage to already financially indebted students, many of whom were indicted with heinous charges with little to no evidence?

    Do you feel that it is fair for these students, as well as other non-politically affiliated students to accept paying for the fiscal consequences bestowed upon us by the UC President’s incapacity to leave his residence in a careful manner?

    Do you feel that using the above pattern of logic of our ‘perfect’ UC judicial system, that the UC President should use HIS OWN MONEY to pay for the damages he incurred with the aforementioned ‘crime’ and be indicted with the charges of the UC Community Judicial Regulations, due to the damage that he personally inflicted upon UC PROPERTY?

    Do you still feel that you, being the ‘representative’ of the student population of the UC system, should be trying to convince us students that what Yudof has done to UC Property is justified?

    Are you, as the UC regent student advocate, implying that U-COP has enough money to pay for any and all damages incurred by those belonging to the UC community, of which those performing the actions to cause the damages should not be held accountable under any circumstance?

    Are you, as the UC regent student advocate, willing to pay UC tuition/student fees to pay for Yudof’s errors?

    Are you, as the UC regent student advocate, performing your duties as a STUDENT ADVOCATE?

    Thank you for your implicit representation of me as a UC student. I couldn’t be more disgusted to see such a justification on your blog. I am appalled beyond words.

    -Amrit Sidhu

  3. So, a couple of thoughts on this post – we posted this not to state an opinion in any sort about the situation. We’d like this blog to be a source of information about higher education in California, and about the University of California. We posted the original article because it was an article published in a major newspaper about the UC, and we thought it was thus relevant to post on the blog. We posted the rebuttal from UCOP because it was a rebuttal to the article, and we also thought thus relevant to post on the blog. We’re not trying to imply anything, however, we recognize that the release of particular information does come with bias and implication. I try my personal best to understand the implications of my actions, and try and account for them. I understand that I fail often, and I apologize to the readers and the students of the UC, and will continue trying. The goal of this blog is for readers to have as much information as possible, from all sources, to be well-informed of all opinions, and to be able to thus be empowered to advocate for their interests.

    This is is also not a rebuttal to the previous post. I think questioning my validity as a student advocate is completely valid, and always will be completely valid. People should hold accountable their leaders, and I think there is a lot to hold me accountable for in my position, a lot of mistakes I have made, and much for me to improve upon. I want to say that I take the comments above to heart, am thinking about them seriously, and will work to reflect them in my future actions.

  4. Yeah republishing UCOP talking points is pretty gross, especially in this case.

  5. But, freedom of speech mang. Don’t feel guilty about posting it but don’t be surprised about the reaction.

  6. Thank you for your response, I feel somewhat relieved that you do hold your position to a respectable degree. People should be held accountable, however as a student regent, you really should reach out and interact with the everyday student who is not entirely involved in any leadership position. You might be surprised what you learn and discover by talking to these individuals on a simple student to student position. You hold a lot of power with your position, it is up to you what you choose to do with it. All it takes is to think about how 1 student regent turned down the proposal to increase tuition by 32%…. and the other regents outnumbered you. However, looking from a UC community to UCOP level, students by far outnumber those making decisions for us. That decision in November was made irregardless of the fact that the majority did not agree… it was imposed upon us. However the fact that the student regent disagreed and voted the proposal down was a sense of hope that you do want to advocate for students. I am a firm believer that it not necessary for a student to be in a position of power to be heard, there are other ways. There are many students throughout the UC system who are suffering and it is quite sad to see the children and futures of California being treated in such an inhumane way. I have yet to see a student leader in an approved position of power (as per the Regents) reach out to the average every day student. That is why I question the people who claim to be advocates of students, when they themselves have removed themselves from the role of being a ‘student’ and have become a ‘leader’. At the end of the day, if you don’t know who you lead and how your decisions impact the every day person…. are you really leading?

  7. Hey! So thanks for your response, I really appreciated it…I think your original comment was correct (and Ricardo’s comments were correct too) so I’ve changed the post to try and reflect that.

    I think it’s important to put due mention where it’s due – I actually wasn’t the voting Student Regent when the 32% fee increase happened – Jesse Bernal was the student who voted against it. I was the “student regent-designate” – and so I was the student regent who didn’t have a vote last year. I do have a vote this year, so definitely that logic can still be applied to me this year. But Jesse Bernal in this case was the Student Regent who stood up against the fee increase, and I don’t wanna swaggerjack.

    I also think that a student in a position of power isn’t really a position of power in the first place. true power and true influence lies in the students working and uniting together, a lot like what we saw across last year. I don’t know if I should say that I am really a person who can claim to be a leader, or in fact a change agent, and again, I recognize that so much of the work done for the movement last year was by students on the ground, and not so much students in leadership positions.

    that being said, I also agree that as a student regent, it’s important for the position to outreach to students…I’m not going to try and label or say that any students is “an everyday students”, but yeah, i think the student regent should definitely outreach to students. I’ve tried a couple things, including the blog/twitter, going to student summits/unconferences, but i totally understand it’s something that i need to focus more energy on. I think it’s right to question the people who call themselves student advocates – because of the disconnect, and i’m going to continue to try and work past that disconnect to serve the students.

    last thought – so i think i’m trying very hard to work on student issues in my term. i dunno if i’d refer to the student regent (or myself) a student advocate – i think the students advocate for themselves, and it is their empowerment that is key. i try and serve students with information, the position, and whatever else i can try and bring to the table. but i also dunno if i’d say i’m a student leader, at least, personally. definitely never been picked out for my leadership abilities or anything like that, i don’t think the student regent is so much here to lead students. i think the student regent position is here to serve students, to help students out with their movements, campaigns, interests, needs, however we can. but i don’t think we’re leaders, and i don’t know if we’re really leading. you know? but i think we’re here to help and assist and support and serve, and i think we’re trying, you know?

  8. This has been quite interesting for me, because we are currently breaking down some sort of barrier ( at least on my end). I am really thankful for your clarifications. =]. And as a student who has been part of protests, I will most definitely be in touch with you .

  9. Makes no difference where the $ came from…when public officials like Yudof spend hindreds of thousands of $, they must behave like professionals, leaving no doubt decisions are based on merit rather than personal needs.
    Is this the only poor decision that Yudof has made or is just the tip of the iceberg!

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