Thursday, March 25, 2010

EEEWWWW Factor

After the students wound up their field trip, Yudof got an "all clear" call from the police and came home. He noticed the graveyard, he told me, but "I ignored it. You can protest,you can put up signs-at Berkeley they like to occupy trees and run nude-but the answer is I still don't have any money."When I asked Yudof whether he planned to harness the students' energies in his campaign, he said, "I want to be shoulder to shoulder with them, and, if that means marching with them in Sacramento, probably so. If they're naked," he added, with a faint smile, "probably not." Protest Studies; The state is broke, and Berkeley is in revolt by Tad Friend, The New Yorker January 4, 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

March Madness! UC Berkeley Next to Last in Graduation Rates Among NCAA Participants!

Please view the video on the top of the page and feel free to leave me a comment explaining to me why Sandy Barbour, predecessors, current staff et al in Cal Athletics make the highest salaries on campus each year with these sorts of stories coming out?!...
someone explain it to me! How can it be that this went on for YEARS - six years at least-- and not much was done?! Barbour was hired as director in 2004- why wait until 2007 when the problem was staring them in the face for so long?! I would also like to know the race and age stats for the team and for those players who did not graduate, because this stinks to me. Barbour apparently has thrown this over to Mike Montgomery's lap... but how long has this problem been around?... let us also recall this memo on a commitment to the student athlete and Cal Athletics finances

AND, BTW, WHERE WERE UCB CHANCELLOR ROBERT BIRGENEAU, UC PRESIDENT ROBERT DYNES OR UC PRESIDENT ROBERT BERDAHL, THE REGENTS OR ANY LEADERSHIP AT UCOP DURING ALL OF THIS AS IT TRANSPIRED?! I wonder if UC Presidents actually work on a legacy they care about and defend -- or if they just want to "leave no fingerprints" and so they never comment on how these problems occurred-- we never hear from them again--SAD and not helpful for the future...

"Basketball Grad Rates: Pac-10
UCLA 82%
Oregon 73%
Stanford 62%
Oregon St. 58%
USC 43%
Arizona St. 40%
Washington St. 38%
Washington 29%
Cal 20%
Arizona 11%

Stanford continues to report a relatively low graduation rate, by its standards. Stanford's current 62% grad rate reflects the early departure for the NBA of Casey Jacobsen, Curtis Borchardt, and Josh Childress, none of whom have graduated yet. Also, Julius Barnes graduated outside the six-year window used by the NCAA to measure graduation rates, so he is counted as a non-graduate. This is the last year that Stanford's grad rate is affected by the Jacobsen-Borchardt-Barnes class. Stanford's grad rate should improve to 80% next year. Three of the Pac 10 schools - Arizona, Cal, and Washington - have grad rates that are among the bottom 10 for all major programs." source: http://stanford.scout.com/2/952555.html

Salary info in 2008:
Barbour, Anne Saunders (Sandy)
Head Coach-Intercolg Athletics Berkeley $453,010

Montgomery, Michael J.
Head Coach-Intercolg Athletics Berkeley $918,562

Birgeneau, Robert J. Chancellor Berkeley $445,716

DYNES, ROBERT C PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY Office of the President $421,412

Stephen Gladstone held the post before Montgomery.

source: San Francisco Chronicle and KRON -4

Erin Go Bragh people!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

More California Youth Applying to Out-Of-State Universities, Say Admission Officers

More California youth applying to out-of-state universities, say admission officers

more brain drain...

but we are supposed to be fixated on another tidal wave of new applicants as a way to get more funding- that wave will come in a few years they expect with fingers crossed

and there is this

Change your name to Hellman or Blum--seems the best way to get your point of view considered by the Commission on UC's Future-- 'cause seems like they don't want to hear from faculty..

oh and here is the list of the top 15 billion dollar club that lobbies Sacramento:
The 15 That Spent $1 Billion
1. California Teachers Association
2. California State Council of Service Employees
3. Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
4. Morongo Band of Mission Indians
5. Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians
6. Pacific Gas & Electric Company
7. Chevron Corporation
8. AT&T Inc.
9. Philip Morris USA Inc.
10. Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
11. Southern California Edison
12. California Hospital Association
13. California Chamber of Commerce
14. Western States Petroleum Association
15. Aera Energy LLC

my hunch is UCOP falls just slightly lower on the list maybe...

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Connerly, Edley, tax talk, and on it goes

The descriptions the UC Regent offers of Chris Edley and Ward Connerley are odd.
Folks, please also consider the fact that Chris Edley advocated an online university just last year, an online university which Professor Ananya Roy called "a subprime education".
Edley also has his own issues at Boalt, to name just one: John Yoo.

and Connerley, with all his warts, also: wrote this commentary about former President Dynes and the Regents.

Incomplete biographies don't help the debate or in assessing character -- and it is simple minded to simply seek out who is the proverbial "good guy, bad guy"...

Finally, why do some advocates for UC and CSU funding fail to tie that also with talk about REFORM AND TRANSPARENCY legislation?! Advocates have to talk about the reform process that Arnold Schwarzenegger VETOED at the same time, the two must be paired together --- not just always advocating taxes- consider the larger populace and the way this is received by them --not just the UC, CSU bubble!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

March 4th-Get Inspired!

In these days leading up to March 4th, consider the following:
Mario Savio Bodies Upon the Gears Speech
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcx9BJRadfw&feature=related
" We have an autocracy which runs this university. It's managed. We asked the following: if President Kerr actually tried to get something more liberal out of the Regents in his telephone conversation, why didn't he make some public statement to that effect? And the answer we received -- from a well-meaning liberal -- was the following: He said, "Would you ever imagine the manager of a firm making a statement publicly in opposition to his board of directors?" That's the answer! Now, I ask you to consider: if this is a firm, and if the Board of Regents are the board of directors, and if President Kerr in fact is the manager, then I'll tell you something: the faculty are a bunch of employees, and we're the raw material! But we're a bunch of raw material[s] that don't mean to have any process upon us, don't mean to be made into any product, don't mean to end up being bought by some clients of the University, be they the government, be they industry, be they organized labor, be they anyone! We're human beings!

[Wild applause.]

There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!

[Prolonged applause.]

Now, no more talking. We're going to march in singing "We Shall Overcome." Slowly; there are a lot of us. Up here to the left -- I didn't mean the pun. "
Mario Savio, Sproul Hall Steps, December 2, 1964

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
-- Martin Luther King Jr.

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
-- Martin Luther King Jr.

"Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But, conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right."
-- Martin Luther King Jr.

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
-- Martin Luther King Jr.

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
-- Martin Luther King Jr.

“Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak... Non-violence is hard work. It is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win.”
--César Chávez

“You are never strong enough that you don't need help.”
--Cesar Chavez

“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”
--Cesar Chavez

“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.”
--Cesar Chavez