Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Principle of Moments

Crane: "It should come as no surprise that the legislature refuses to confirm someone who points out the elephant in the room: that it is the California Legislature that's privatizing UC. This year the Legislature voted to cut UC three times while boosting spending on favored special interests. For Californians seeking affordable college educations, that must change."
see: Clock Runs Out For UC Regent

scorched Earth to the end
now, he will be working on other stuff...
btw-- we will keep his tab up-and maybe even update it a li'l until the end of the year, in his honor.

UC's tempestuous relationship with K-12 and everyone else-see:
AWOL At The Kvetching By Peter Schrag
it prompted this commentary:
Commentary: Deepening California Education Crisis

and this on UC Regent Chair Sherry Lansing:Three Regents Meet with UCLA Students - "During the meeting, UCLA student leaders asked the regents to publicly support a tax increase proposed by Brown...Lansing said to student leaders that while she cannot speak for the entire board, she would be willing to take a public stance in favor of the proposed initiative…"

The UC Regents are going to have to figure out what they support and fast- no more sitting on the sidelines.
Remaking the University has another very, very interesting new post.
Carlos Santana had an interesting speech at his induction into the CA Hall of Fame. He may have had this next story in his mind...
Cesar Chavez' grandson at OccupyLA photo- the visual is really surreal,sad, beautiful- he looks alot like his grand dad -left wonderin' have any of the Kennedy, MLK, X progeny been at Occupy nationwide?
The Principle of Moments-always wanted to hear Santana play with RP on this-
Happy Christmas Percy. -and Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year -- to you. PS yes, Happy Hannukah, Kwanzaa,Festivus, Solstice and, well -always have to go back to the ol' standard- HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

VC Wilton On UC's 'Fifth Source'- sort of

Wilton,VC Admin and Finance- gives a twenty minute presentation on the state of UC funding overall and Cal and hints at future plans for other sources of revenue (his presentation to the Deans a few weeks ago may have been more comprehensive- but light on those add'l details for staff and regular folks, ya think?)
Finance and IT at Cal
watch from the roughly 3:20 minute mark to the 24 minute mark esp.
the high number of views is the result of the failure in recent months of the Cal Mail system that students rely upon, you also might want to watch the full presentation for some disturbing comments about the state of student systems at UC Berkeley.

It is like they are just now finding out they are running a university system.

Hellman Hollow

that's the name- would have preferred Hardly Strictly Meadow...
this story has some info on UC contained in it as well--the (financial and otherwise) relationship chart type of stuff: Warren Hellman, financier and philanthropist, dies at 77
(His daughter Frances, a current Cal professor, was married to former UC Pres Robert Dynes. Dynes is now married to his former UCSD Associate Chancellor Anne Parode.)

Bay Citizen (his newspaper) has much more coverage.

"Amid these developments, the UC Davis administration has now announced the composition of a new Chancellor’s Advisory Board, which, we are told, will help to guide our university into the future. This board includes the CEOs of Bechtel and of Chevron, as well as the senior vice president of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. It also includes the principal of McGill University, who, twice in November 2011, ordered riot police onto that campus — police who also used pepper-spray against peaceful protesters. And it includes M.R.C. Greenwood, former UC provost, who left her post at the UC amid a scandal over improper hiring practices and conflicts of interest."

wholly moleeeee:

Op-ed: Reviewing the case for Katehi’s resignation
By Nathan Brown
Whoever picked these folks might try to feign ignorance of the corporate side-- but here is some UC background on one portion of the appointments that they surely should have been aware of:
UC Pres. Dynes Appears To Have Violated University Policy By Quietly Granting M.R.C. Greenwood A $125,000 Cash Payment (2005)

UC shocker: Greenwood resigns as system provost as improper-hiring probe under way

Conflict of interest found for UC provost-Despite violations, she got paid leave and offer of new job

(not sure if Dynes and Birgeneau went to McGill - think they went to McMaster and U Toronto)
who picked these folks?!...if Katehi did it -- well, add it to all the other reasons she should resign. Now, we don't just have present day dirty UC laundry to deal with-- no, we get to double down and bring the scandals from less than a decade ago back up too ....
let's just bathe in the muck--YUCK!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Because it's happened doesn't mean you've been discarded...

Barbara Ehrenreich The Making of the American 99%

On Corruption: 5 Questions with Lawrence Lessig

Santa Monican to serve as UC regent (one of the toothless ex-officio)
Christopher Hitchens, going to miss that voice (6:30 mark esp.).

xo Stuart Adamson xo

And in a big country, dreams stay with you,
Like a lover's voice, fires the mountainside..

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Video: CA Legislative Hearing on CA Univ Campus Police Policy


Legislative Hearing on California University Campus Police Policy (1 of 3) begins with ACLU representative, Emeritus UC Police Chief Calvin Handy, and Barbara Attard a policing expert. At the 1:09 mark UCOP Mark Yudof and UCOP Robinson and two CSU administrators Ben Quillian (at 1:22) and Nate Johnson Chief CSU Law Enforcement Officer at 1:28 mark.
Legislative Hearing on California University Campus Police Policy (2 of 3) At the 7:00 mark UCD Chancellor Linda Katehi (pay special attention to comments at 22:00 and 40:00 mark) and John Welty CSU-Fresno, who made very few remarks. at the 26:00 mark "the system needs to make sure that chancellors are trained to be chancellors.

Student Panel begins at the 42 minute mark -includes Claudia Magana, UCSA and

UC Grad student Charlie Eaton (he begins at the 48:00 mark) and two CSU students.

Tom Hayden discusses the question of safety of pepper spray at the 1:32 mark.

Bob Samuels remarks are in public comment at the 1:48 mark.
Legislative Hearing on California
University Campus Police Policy (3 of 3)

this section closes out the public comment -multiple details about the CSU meeting (including some less than glowing comment about Roberta Achtenberg included)- and ends the hearing.

UC Tuition Increases Secret Compact?!

(Since Birgeneau and his conference table of concerned senior admins say that the winter break is when) students and their families huddle together to talk about tuition and plans for the coming school year- just suggest they "pay attention puhleez!" to this:

Another Hint of Discussions with State Behind Closed Doors on Multiyear Tuition Increase Deal

But where did it come from? Update on UCR.

Update: this from UCR --UCR Chancellor White Withdraws New Campus Protest Guidelines

"We were in error to post guidelines that neither comport with our values nor reflect the realities of how the campus exercises the right to free speech."

"I regret any confusion and discontent caused by the document. The document and its posting were not worthy of this great university."

but how did such an error happen?

Changing Universities has more on UCR and the leg hearing. btw Bob Samuels comments to the legislature with regard to how there are stricter regulations on how the prison population may or may not be pepper sprayed -certain distance required, certain amount of time the spray can fall etc.- and contrasting that with how the student population can basically be treated with much less stringent regulation - how this makes sense since there is more money for prisons and less money for higher ed -- it was necessary to make that particular point to the legislature.

The University Should Hire Chancellors Who Know How To Be Chancellors

That's what Assemblyman Block said yesterday during the hearing in an exchange with Katehi (she was telling him she was just a l'il ol' engineer-- oh yeah, and an educator-- and these issues are beyond her or something like that, she said she needs to be trained -- it was like watching a sad performance review)-unbelieveable.

There were many, many important sections to the meeting. The CSU administrators testimony should be viewed in its entirety for UC folks and everyone else, some wild testimony there!- they were part of the panel with Robinson, Yudof (CSU should acquaint themselves with Yudofspeak).

The comments made to Katehi by Block during her panel were noteworthy.

Cal's Charlie Eaton is a "must see" during the student panel.

The public comment in large part was very illuminating on events that transpired at CSU trustee meeting and Gavin Newsom also came up-- wonder if he has communicated with the higher ed committee on what he saw at that meeting -- Reed and he had a difference of opinion on what happened. Reed did not attend the meeting, just like Birgeneau...

will post the video when available. It was a five hour meeting and the full video is the best way to watch cuz you can speed through the canned stuff.

This picture pretty much captures it--all the handlers barking at the student in a hoodie:
Confrontation Between Katehi and Pepper-Sprayed Student Steals Show At Capitol

Apparently AG Harris has handed things back to Yolo:
One of the probes was being handled by the Yolo County Sheriff and District Attorney, who asked Attorney General Kamala Harris to take it over to avoid a conflict of interest. Harris' office handed the matter back to Yolo County authorities, who said they will now conduct their own investigation despite limited resources.

some video of the hearing is available here-- this promise to research is the result of Tom Hayden's testimony (he also had some history on Jackie Spier and Tom Lundgren on this issue):
UC Davis pepper-spraying spur pledge for research

State legislators question university officials about November protests

UC Davis Chancellor: I Didn't Tell Police to Use Pepper Spray

Not surprisingly, Yudof did not stick around to hear the student panel. Message sent, message received.

Cobbler,Children, Shoes

Cognitive dissonance-- that was the term Jerry Brown could not let go of earlier this week.

At UC Berkeley, recyclables end up in the landfill, outdoor plazas are drowning in litter, and gardeners spend their days collecting garbage. Welcome to the world's greenest university.

Cleanup effort removes 780 gallons of fuel after 1,650 gallons of diesel fuel spilled at UC Berkeley's Stanley Hall Dec. 10

this from earlier: Study: UC Berkeley is world's greenest university

and there is this to top it off - we know that Berkeley has the greatest income inequality in the east bay, and we know Berkeley High is spitting distance from the Cal campus (literally down the block): Berkeley High School's Teen Prostitution A Growing Concern

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

No More Words

We will post the Cal Channel video of today's legislative hearing on pepper spray etc. once it is available.

Yudof Responds To $100 Million Dollar Cut

Press Conference: Senate Pro Tem Steinberg on Free Digital Text Books

Hush, Hush Keep It Down Now --Voices Carry

UC Berkeley announces new financial aid plan for middle-income families and, here is: more info

it was either that or ...

Birgeneau was no where near Sacto or Katehi today...did you notice?

"UC is in talks with the state Department of Finance to try to work out a multiyear agreement in which the state would stop cutting the universities' budgets every year in exchange for a steady, predictable schedule of tuition increases."

why is SF Chron making this the headline:
State budget: Trigger cuts hit community colleges

of a story that discusses important developments at CSU, UC and community colleges?

UCLA Fac Blog noticed it too

also see this earlier story from them..

and also this story

Flashback, for all of you who attended the Nov Regents meeting and had the senior admins, PR people and Regents basically patting you on the head and saying calm down, calm down- no tuition hike discussion or votes were scheduled for this meeting- REMEMBER THAT?! well--

"UC is in talks with the state Department of Finance to try to work out a multiyear agreement in which the state would stop cutting the universities' budgets every year in exchange for a steady, predictable schedule of tuition increases."

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Update: Legislature to hold hearing on UC Davis pepper-spraying On Dec 14th

Legislature to hold hearing on UC Davis pepper-spraying

The hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Dec. 14, 2011 in Room 4203 of the State Capitol.

Rehypothecation and Extraction

this is happening: Gov. Brown announces about $1 billion in state trigger cuts
Anyway, here are Governor Brown's comments in full- it runs about 38 minutes.

but- remember 'Cal is becoming a federal university' and UC is becoming an online for profit -so this should not matter much...oh, wait:

"Since state revenues fell more than $2.2 billion short of projections, Brown was forced to initiate “trigger cuts” to education and social services, based on the state budget enacted in June. Both the UC and CSU systems will lose $100 million as a result of the cuts.

Already battered by previous cuts, UC Berkeley will cover the funding reduction by dipping into reserves, campus Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance John Wilton said in a Nov. 4 interview with The Daily Californian Senior Editorial Board. Student tuition, which was already increased this summer, is expected to rise in order to meet the shortfall."

or maybe some rehypothecation needs to happen?

b/c then the Daily Cal updated their story and had this:

"The cuts to the UC, however, will not be passed on to individual campuses and will be absorbed by the UC Office of the President, according to UC spokesperson Steve Montiel.

“We’re using short term bridging strategies — asset management,” Montiel said. “We’re taking certain steps in the short-term basis to move funds from one pool to another.”

In order to avoid a mid-year tuition hike, the university will look to reserves from its employee health care services. The UC will begin to draw from its employee health care reserve fund — which is used to provide for a possible substantial increase in the cost of health care — to account for the cuts, according to Montiel."

(bold emphasis is ours)
'absorbed by the UCOP'-- as if...
Blackwater is now called-- fittingly-- Academi... maybe inspired by recent UC campus events...they say they were inspired by Plato-- get it-- Plato, plutocrats...
a UC Irvine RA is pissed off at events at a Chick Fil A...something about some former UCLA student's words on a receipt.
Just stuff on the mind- including what US Senator Pat Roberts calls "35 cent words"
What Is Re-Hypothecation, And Does It Explain Why So Much MF Global Money Is Missing?
and Dylan Ratigan has some stuff on extraction- watch it while thinking about higher ed.

for certain types of students there will be a physical campus for others an online experience- and there will be research PhDs for certain types of students and other doctorate degrees for other certain types of students- none of this will be based on race, gender, socio-economic factors-- but will be decided on by some fair final arbiter in the sky...
Cummings is requesting compensation info from the for profits by Dec 23rd.

Religion in the race.

Finally, Newt on UC Berkeley's Bain: “I would just say that if Governor Romney would like to give back all the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain Capital, that I would be glad to listen to him.” that quote is so Operationally Ex--

Wilton Talks Cal's Budget With Faculty and other items


Vice chancellor presents campus budget challenges to faculty

you might recall Wilton's earlier presentation to faculty- you can view that here.
and the ACLU raises more concerns about procedures at UC Berkeley
on the online for profit model UC covets read:

For-Profit Colleges Evade Stricter Rules By Courting Powerful Allies In Washington

HuffPo Analysis of Campaign Finance Data Related to For Profits in Higher Ed

Profits and Questions at Online Charter Schools

“A look at the company’s operations, based on interviews and a review of school finances and performance records, raises serious questions about whether K12 schools — and full-time online schools in general — benefit children or taxpayers, particularly as state education budgets are being slashed. Instead, a portrait emerges of a company that tries to squeeze profits from public school dollars by raising enrollment, increasing teacher workload and lowering standards.”

Professor Wendy Brown, UC Berkeley: When The Public University Can No Longer Afford Itself: The Impending Crisis in UC Graduate Programs

online for profits conservatively rake in 20 Billion in revenue each year- they are beginning to spend tens of millions in lobbying to keep their pie...

Monday, December 12, 2011

Easy Listenin'- Prof. Terada's Talk

You can listen to the fifteen minute talk here:

Remaking will also be posting the text from Debt, Democracy, and the Future of the Public University. If you have good quality audio clips from that event you might also leave them with Remaking in the comments section so that there is a library.

Berdahl In At University of Oregon

Robert Berdahl, former Chancellor at Cal is now named interim University of Oregon President
he was hired as a consultant by the guy he is replacing...
there is some drama in the sports program there...

-- so convenient how new chancellors can come to campuses and say that all sorts of new Operational Excellence needs to be brought in for beaucoup bucks b/c so much stuff is messed up -- and then out of the other side of the mouth --'oh, the previous folks did wonderful, wonderful things, a model really'-- and the formers ride that wave to new places- never mind the undertow...which one is it?!
Is this the guy with the cat named Obi? Silent UC Berkeley protester detained. Is the cat named for Wan Kenobi?
A li'l karma for the BP deal?
Diesel fuel spill at Stanley Hall-scary cuz the chem labs are just across the lane and other stuff, too much goin' on in that section of campus. Right on the hills of the ASUC contentious meeting there--can the new Stanley get some good headlines?
Cal has some folks who found the largest black holes in space and some folks based out of Moffett Field found a planet like earth- back in the day..watching Blue Angels take off from the tarmac there-afterburner Heaven-and a beautiful lunar eclipse!
The O'Jays -- "smile in your face --all the time they wanna..." -- no, really, it wasn't like that...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dixiecrats of Higher Ed? and “Under no circumstances would I ever threaten a U.S. senator.”

Three things:
1- we already know about Dianne Feinstein - Mrs UC Regent Blum- and those stories on Mr Blum and his major investments in for profit schools and loans UC has made in support of it...oh yeah, and some concerns raised (and we know about the "unusual partnership" UC has with UC Regent Chair Sherry Lansing venture in on line education.)

2- we already know that Di Fi has friends 'on the other side' like fellow US Senator Olympia Snowe and her husband's major investments in for profit online schools and some troubles on that front...

3- and we already know about the many many Dems who voted in support of less regulation of online for profits...

University Diaries had this post on a story in the New York Times and
the NYT article includes this --it stayed in mind:
"Anita Dunn, a close friend of President Obama and his former White House communications director, worked with Kaplan University, one of the embattled school networks. Jamie Rubin, a major fund-raising bundler for the president’s re-election campaign, met with administration officials about ATI, a college network based in Dallas, in which Mr. Rubin’s private-equity firm has a stake.

(is this the same Jamie Rubin who used to be in the State Dept and who now works for Bloomberg News and is married to ABC News' Christiane Amanpour?)

A who’s who of Democratic lobbyists — including Richard A. Gephardt, the former House majority leader; John Breaux, the former Louisiana senator; and Tony Podesta, whose brother, John, ran Mr. Obama’s transition team — were hired to buttonhole officials.

And politically well-connected investors, including Donald E. Graham, chief executive of the Washington Post Company, which owns Kaplan, and John Sperling, founder of the University of Phoenix and a longtime friend of the House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, made impassioned appeals.

In all, industry advocates met more than two dozen times with White House and Education Department officials, including senior officials like Education Secretary Arne Duncan, records show, even as Mr. Obama has vowed to reduce the “outsize” influence of lobbyists and special interests in Washington."

and Clintonista Lanny Davis also has lobbied for less regulation of online for profit higher ed...

Back to the article- now there is this very disturbing section:

"The battle got so testy that Senator Tom Harkin, the Iowa Democrat who has led Congressional hearings into the colleges, got into a heated exchange with Mr. Stein, the Education Corporation investor.

The senator said that during a hallway conversation after lunch in the Senate dining room, Mr. Stein promised to “make life rough for me” if Mr. Harkin kept up his attacks.

“I took it as a threat — it was one of the most blatant comments ever made to me in my years in the Senate,” Mr. Harkin said."

If you support Senator Harkin's efforts you have to pay attention to the ongoing details of this story. The quotes about possible threats made to him over his proposed legislation are disgusting! Dems who voted against these regulations need to come out with their version of legislation that would address their concerns over the whole gainful employment rule - the safeguards for students should be first on their minds, so...
-and they need to make clear that any behavior that Harkin says was threatening was, and will always be, unacceptable.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Katehi: "We are waiting to learn if the California attorney general's office will also investigate. It has been asked to do so by the Yolo County sheriff's department and district attorney's office."

All this time passing with no outside agency conducting its own investigation...

Our Students Are Not Protesting in a Vacuum

less concerned with vacuums - more concerned about shredders and missing hard drives and ...

what is the term -- 'white wa--'

HuffPo: "University Of California Campus Police Have History Of Excessive Force Against Protestors"

HuffPo University Of California Campus Police Have History Of Excessive Force Against Protesters -- UCPD has no choice but to make very clear to the community the exact details of administrative failures that occurred- it seems they are being thrown under the bus-- administration has a private police force and like it, but don't understand what that means or the responsibilities that go along with it -- and a group of 'volunteer out of the goodness of our hearts' regents who like to dabble.
There are also these headlines floating around: "Campus Police Violence Is Nothing New In California" -- but it's about the administration who are overlords of the police- market rate and above salaries for people who have no clue on how to run higher ed or a public research university.

Trying to pass the blame around by saying Sacramento made this happen or it was a confusion of different practices when using 'mutual aid' is not going to work.
a UC alum has this story:
Democratic Mayors Lead the Way on Cracking Down on Occupy Movement
also see video here:
Antonio Villaraigosa likes to talk about how much power and influence the Mayors have
"Just six members of Walmart's Walton clan are worth as much as the bottom 30 percent of all Americans"
That’s according to a new analysis by Sylvia Allegretto, a labor economist at the University of California at Berkeley’s Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics.

The insane wealth of Walmart’s founding family

for all those focused on how to get more money for higher ed and 'the kids'- ruminate on this old story-- you have to consider your target audience:
California Child Support: Non-Custodial Parents Owe $19.2 Billion

and this important new report:

Why PPIC’s New Wealth Gap Report Matters
also vexing--

'The Honorable Jon Corzine' (that was the tent card at the US Congress yesterday)

and there's always 'Professor Emeritus Jerry Sandusky' (yep, he still has that title)

on Cal-- just keep going back to: "Two weeks after the Wheeler Hall protest, Mr. Birgeneau awoke to find dozens of protesters surrounding his home on campus. Some hurled torches at his windows and smashed lights in his yard.

“I know that stung for him,” Claire Holmes, associate vice chancellor of public affairs at Berkeley, said. “He was terrified.” Ms. Holmes said university officials became concerned after watching developments at other Occupy protests, including Oakland, which at times degenerated into violence and vandalism.

Ms. Holmes said she sympathized with those who questioned whether the university had betrayed its history with its crackdown on the encampments.

“I can completely understand that people are upset and that they see it as a conflict with our traditional values of free speech,” she said. “But it is a practical consideration to keep things going here on our campus.”

--don't remember hearing about smashed lights and windows having torches hurled - remember seeing a photo of a big cracked planter on the portico.
so-- it (that previous event) was in Birgeneau's mind but no not really he was incommunicado on a junket in China-and it was in the mind of administrators who were in town but were out sick/not well- some things just don't add up...
and the Niners and Raiders are going to play in the same stadium?!
ok, got it all out...

Thursday, December 8, 2011

"Mr. Rodgers is the only tenured African American business professor in the entire University of California system"

read that sentence again and feel the need to make this story its own post:

UCR Denies Professor Fellowship

the entire system?!!!
UC Berkeley releases its final enrollment data: UC Berkeley Enrollment Data

will they release a similar multi year table on staff demographics? Does one exist?

will they release a similar multi year table on faculty demographics? Does one exist?

Counter-Intelligence, Disinformation? On Student Loans

Want to highlight a string of student loan stories that were a bit eyebrow raising- most found in the NYT Economix blog:
Student Loan Debt: Who Are the 1%?
also see: How Worrisome Is Student Debt?
Reader Response: Using Pell Grants to Estimate a School’s ‘Economic Diversity
also this story featured a Cal student's struggles:
The Other Student Loan Problem: Too Little Debt
are some of these stories doing the bidding of Wall Street? or?...
the decentralize-then centralize-then decentralize over and over again game gets played again:
Report recommends reforming Cal Grant distribution - this would be a UC system-wide change.
They want to rename Speedway after Hellman- they should call it Bluegrass Meadow or Hardly Strictly Meadow or Meadow Soprano-- not Hellman-- fugetaboutit. There's enough- so to speak- billionaire p!ss marks in the Bay Area already.

Mr. Spock Of 'Star Trek' A Woman? -not so wild...

"As much as one-third of the total gains of after-tax income for people making more than $7 million a year is the result of benefits they have received in the form of lower taxes,"

Paul Pierson, professor of political science at UC Berkeley,

Sylvia Allegretto, deputy chairwoman of UC Berkeley's Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics said...

And Ann Stevens, director of UC Davis' Center for Poverty Research, sought to debunk the notion that...

Read more: Government Gets Blamed For Widening Wealth Gap
Progressives Take on The Governor over Taxes
free UCR from oppression sign the petition

btw there is this drama at UCR right now: UCR professor alleges mistreatment by administration

UCR Denies Professor Fellowship

and there is this from a fac at UC Davis: Cloudy with a chance of pepper spray

Birgeneau Bunker Brewin'

for a long while now...just really quickly -the bunker mentality has been present on a number of occasions for years-- these come to mind:
At an ASUC Meeting:
Chancellor's Statement Cut Short At ASUC Meeting
he just wanted to make a statement, no public comment
saidChloe Chloe Hunt
#ASUC President Vishalli Loomba says there will be no public comment for Chancellor Birgeneau.

-the student govt also had to change their meeting room suddenly to accomodate him.
At a panel discussion on the future of higher ed guess he doesn't want to hear questions either. Questions are dangerous things?:
dailycal Daily Californian
RT @jordan_bl: Cal Chancellor Robert Birgeneau leaves after last speaker, will not stay for q&a session which is starting now
His response to grad students:
Birgeneau cancels appearance with Graduate Assembly
the staff interactions:
Only 50 Staff Members Show Up For Chancellor Birgeneau At Cal! -- but he/the administration operatives wanted it that way - with only 50 people , that was supposed to be a good thing??!!
it goes way back:
Union protest pre-empts chancellor's annual meeting with staff (2008)
the comment that keeps being made on resignation is "well, we don't know if his replacement would be worse"
that is not a ringing endorsement!
(and then of course you have Brady bringing up-- Nixon, oy!)
--bailing on discussion/exchange with students and only sticking around for faculty is no way to be a chancellor of any university - especially a university that is supposed to be "the greatest public university in the world." This is a sad untenable situation- if there were some truly legitimate governing body to step in on this situation - now would be the time - but we don't have anything like that kind of leadership framework in the UC system. When the students are calling it a bunker mentality and upset with the Chancellor for leaving after a minor disruption - well...

--is Katehi hiding out too?
A recent Daily Bruin editorial hits the nail on the head

but UCOP takes the photo op route instead -- they posted Sherry Lansing sitting with some students supposedly engaged in deep dialogue-- a photo op for the home page...any word on actual dates of her one woman/regent listening tour?

Monday, December 5, 2011

vendre des canard à moitié

Remember a while back when Breslauer said that the lack of democratization of UC Regent appointments was a "canard"? The UC Regents actually are the bosses of the chancellors and the chancellor cabinets...

Well, it seems Chancellor Birgeneau's cabinet was out sick during the "let's make em crunchy" project: Birgeneau can be heard here at the 1:10mark he seems to be saying each cabinet member's name who was out sick while he was on a junket in China, here are the folks he listed by name as best we can hear:
Beata Fitzpatrick 'out sick': $174,999.96
John Wilton 'out sick': $375,000
George Breslauer 'not well': $297,409.32
Claire Holmes 'also not well': $230,000.00

and a few million more in the Chancellor cabinet apparently also not available...hopefully the final reports will give more explanation on all of this...

So, a question: what about when you pay quadruple for a duck and you don't even get the duck? Do they have a french expression for that?
on something that didn't happen today:
EDITORIAL: CSU trustees can't just cancel their meetings

and there is this at Cal:
First online degree program at UC Berkeley to address public health workforce need

Chilean student-protest leader speaks at Berkeley

then see: This is What the Privatization of Education Looks Like

Yudof appoints members to task force investigating UC Davis pepper spraying incident -includes list.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Heavy On The Ex Cathedra? -Yudof's Speech To SF Chamber Of Commerce...

So, Yudof gave a speech talking about silly "grand narratives" and "canards" (Cal's Breslauer is big on the canard word too, more about that in the next post). He seems to think he could not possibly be wrong, --infallible...ugh. Much of it reads as half truths (like, yes, the middle class is hurt more but it is also UC policies that caused this to happen; and the playing with SMG numbers etc.)

You can read it here: A Baker's Dozen Myths About Higher Education President Mark G. Yudof California Chamber of Commerce Board Meeting San Francisco, CA Dec. 2, 2011

Recall, this earlier post and Yudof has an interesting past history with the Chamber of Commerce in CA.

Also, the UC Hospitals enterprise is doing Viva Las Vegas great, no shortage of resources, so much so they have branched out to other states: The Nevada Cancer Institute is being acquired by the University of California, San Diego Health System.

Big on the ex cathedra term right now after seeing it used in this story.

if you scroll to the bottom of the home page you will see we took note a long while back of the use of the term 'grand narratives' to try to just dismiss contrary opinions based in fact...

Saturday, December 3, 2011

UC- Siempre Como Una Telenovela

It is fitting that Remaking the University chose to employ the use of soap opera titles for links to stories on Higher Ed -- afterall, true public higher ed is going down the same path of extinction as some of the most beloved soap operas. So, decided to go big on that idea- couldn't resist- we contribute our set of titles as well below-
start with the more positive stuff first:
Search for Tomorrow
Newsom Seeks to Harness Energy of Student Protests
(his new digs, wonder if that Russian billionaire friend will visit him there?)

The Young and the Restless Innovative
UC and Stanford rank high in earnings from business spinoffs

Guiding Light
Daily Cal journalists point out the pros and cons of developments in the DREAM Act
Ryan's Hope 'Birgeneau's Nope' to Grad Students
but evenso a former Academic Senate Chair tries to offer some support.
Edge of Night
Pepper-Spray Cop's Money Troubles

some are so passionately annoyed by the 200 faculty (a fraction of the total faculty) who signed in support of Katehi-- so passionate in fact, well, they posted their salaries! --but they should focus that kind of ire on the senior administrators...

One Investigation To Live
Investigation of UC Davis Wall Street Ties

it's funny, all the quotes from Lynn Tierney- remember her from this story: U.C. Regents Boot Documentary Filmmaker Ric Chavez From Meeting


she sounds a lot like Claire Holmes at Cal


folks like Debra Saunders think there a too many going- but she doesn't understand that some of them are for CYA purposes...
Another World
there is this post on the 'specialness' of UC Regents -widely read -- The Regency

Santa Barbara - this from the Daily Nexus
Regulating the Regents: Why it’s Your Job
this section is a l'il bit deep inside baseball/in the weeds, but a good read:

General Hospital- cuz- in the mind of UCOP
--UC is primarily- first and foremost- a $10 Billion dollar hospital system--
they don't care how the non hospital side operates, or fails to operate but they like the tuition $$$ from the non hospital side:

more evidence of the Operational Excellence debacle-
The Adobe project and its implications for future OE-related IT efforts

and The Bold and The Beautiful: "Nearly two months later "things" which are inhibiting deployment are still being worked out. This does not strike me as being particularly "operationally excellent"."

- these problems have been around forever but now? the movers and shakers of OE will start to start to think about how to start addressing these long standing issues... (yes, wrote that sentence just like that- read it slowly over and over again if you must.)

Peyton Place Patents
Apply This 1% Solution to the Affected Areas…

Sad about the soaps but the Telenovelas are muy popular! -- Maybe Carlos Slim can pick up the hobby of other billionaires and start his own Future of CA and UC committee-(call it the 'Think Lavar CA Committee' or 'Gobernar CA' or 'Valor CA') and step in to save the day for the soaps and CA higher ed?!- The classes could be in Baja- technically keeping it U. of 'California' and Jerry "I Don't Want To Step On My Own Story" Brown could visit on vacations to give the convocation!
Habla Espanol Erica Kane Martin Brent Cudahay Chandler Roy Montgomery Marick Montgomery?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Yolo DA and Sheriff Ask CA AG Kamala Harris To Run Investigation At UC Davis

Sac Bee has: this

"The sheriff and district attorney, in a letter to Katehi dated Tuesday, said they are requesting that the state attorney general's office handle the investigation.

"In light of the significant statewide issues involved in these events, we join in asking you to bring the full resources of the state of California to bear on these events so that the public will have full confidence in the outcome," the letter states.
Is UC Davis's Pepper Spray Investigation Truly Independent? The Atlantic

And, in the way of things, Altegrity has a corporate owner, Providence Equity Partners, which has investments in the Education Management Corporation, the second largest for-profit college company in the United States after the University of Phoenix. Any love for affordable, high-quality public education that exists at Providence Equity Partners would certainly run counter to the firm's financial interests.
Will Calif. AG Investigate Pepper Spray Incident? KCRA Sacto

Audio: November 28th, the UC Berkeley Academic Senate

Please listen asap:

Audio: November 28th, the UC Berkeley Academic Senate

--there are a number of issues with what Birgeneau and Breslauer state, will blog later on that-- but wanted y'all to be able to listen asap.

Raises and Capital Projects Chug Along...


UC Board of Regents approves raises for campus administrators, lawyers

Regents approve funding for Lower Sproul renovation

recall this earlier story:

Student government officials held up their end of the plan by submitting names for the committee, but administrators did not respond in a timely manner. Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Erin Gore took “full responsibility” for the delay, stating that she had been working long hours and had been concentrating on other aspects of the renovation project.

-- Gore came to Cal from Bank of America Securities Division-and her division at Cal has apparently shrunk (no more Business Technology Solutions unit etc.)- is higher ed more challenging than BofA?
Commentary: Mark Yudof Remains Oblivious To the Rest of the World

"We consider these retention efforts to be essential," he said. "I understand it's not a great time, but we can't really close down shop and say we're not going to make any effort to retain our best people."

The Sacramento Bee came forward with the details:

Two vice chancellors at UC Irvine and a vice chancellor at UCLA got raises of 9.9 percent. That brings salaries for Wendell C. Brase and Meredith Michaels at UC Irvine to about $247,000, and the salary for Steven A. Olsen at UCLA close to $317,000.
Joseph I. Castro was appointed interim dean of the graduate division of UC San Francisco and given a 7.5 percent raise, bringing his salary to $252,625.
Steven A. Drown, chief campus counsel at UC Davis, got a 21.9 percent raise, bringing his salary to $250,000.
Diane F. Geocaris, chief campus counsel at UC Irvine, received a 14.3 percent raise, bringing her salary to $255,000.
Carole R. Rossi, chief campus counsel at UC Santa Cruz, received a 13.9 percent raise, bringing her salary to $215,000.
Michele Coyle, chief campus counsel at UC Riverside, received an 11.4 percent raise, bringing her salary to $215,000.
Marcia J. Canning, chief campus counsel at UC San Francisco, received an 8.9 percent raise, bringing her salary to $255,000.
Daniel Park, chief campus counsel at UC San Diego, received a 6.4 percent raise, bringing his salary to $250,000.

UCOP reflexively says oh well that is just a little smidge of the overall budget - it is not going to solve the larger problems -- blah blah

it is not just the raises the UC Regents approve - it is the raises for those in administration already earning over six figures receiving quiet raises-- yet, the system is not ending up with such great results- as evidenced by the never ending scandalous headlines --see a small sampling in the right hand column.
Some of the students would like to receive an apology from Birgeneau that is not a mere audio clip from O'Hare. A face to face apology. Imagine that.
This is another contribution UC makes to the state- but they don't like to talk about it:

Berkeley Has Bay Area's Largest Wealth Gap, Say Numbers
Cal frequently like to b&%tch at students on behalf of landlords -- but what does Cal do for students in these situations?
The Governor was in Baja?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bratton Is Katehi's OE Consultant On Campus Police?

is this all just an Operational Excellence exercise?!
that seems to be the role of Bratton and the Task Force:
recall earlier--
"The task force will review the report and make recommendations to Ms. Katehi on steps that should be taken to ensure the safety of peaceful protesters on campus. She will present her implementation plan to Yudof."
they don't plan to see her go - this is a management exercise to them...
see this latest commentary.

Other links:

(VIDEO) UC Davis' Nathan Brown: We Must Rethink How We Approach Civil Disobedience

UC Students Faculty, Staff Protest Board of Regents

Protesters shut down UC regents' teleconferenced meeting

The University We Are For?
Flashback-- our old post on Yudof and the First Amendment-- Quartering of Soldiers, Letters of Marque and Reprisal hahahaahaha lol so funny--Mark Yudof's Problem With The First Amendment
Daily Cal Has A Story On How A Star Wars Creator Faced the corporate corruption of movie making...

And Daily Cal had a thing on Above The Clouds

Another story for the library ;-) on the ethics of Star Trek
UC speaking up at the UC Regents meeting-- you did indeed look/sound "Fucking Beautiful!" right up there with Aug 2011 Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA - check it out:

Monday, November 28, 2011

Gov. Crusty Takes On 'Crunchy' and Fried


Gov. Brown requests review of police use of force guidelines

Cal Buzz sometimes affectionately (?) calls him Ol' Crusty or something like that -- anyway, glad he is back home and has his eyes on this issue.

Justice Reynoso,Chair Task Force on Pepper Spray Incident, Gives Phone Interview - Davis Vanguard

Former Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso Named to Chair Task Force on Pepper Spray Incident

"The task will not be to investigate, the task will be to review the report that will be made and to give our own reactions," the former Justice told the Vanguard.

The task force will review the report and make recommendations to Ms. Katehi on steps that should be taken to ensure the safety of peaceful protesters on campus. She will present her implementation plan to Yudof.

a student comment in that story:
The Vanguard spoke with Eric Lee, one of the student protesters who did not know much about Cruz Reynoso, but was strongly opposed to William Bratton being named to head up the investigation.

"The fact that Bill Bratton is on that committee is terrifying," he told the Vanguard. "This is a man who led militarized police on working class neighborhoods in Los Angeles to round up indigent people under the assumption that they would be committing criminal acts."

"He is the father of one of the most classist political theories... the broken windows theory," he said. "If this guy is on the task force, I frankly don't care who else is."

"More importantly it doesn't matter who is on the task force, because the task force itself is a joke. We don't want a task force - we want Chancellor Katehi to resign. Anything less than that is not anything that we're interested in being a part of."

Mr. Lee is not the only one with deep concerns:
CUCFA Letter to President Yudof objecting to hiring William Bratton to investigate UC Davis pepper-spray incident

Coverage Of Nov 28th Roundup

just a few pieces:
UCSC students rally in solidarity with UC Davis protesters

Occupy protesters at UC Davis settle in for long haul

Students protest Occupy crackdowns at UC meeting

UC Students Protest Police Actions, Soaring Tuition As Regents Meet

Protesters Demand Accountability at U.C. Board of Regents Meetings

Students Protest at UC Regents Meetings

Students shut down UC regents meeting

Protesters gather at UCLA for UC regents meeting

Students to Speak Out at Regents Meeting

Hundreds protest UC Regents meeting at UC Davis

Why We Occupy: Because College Used To Be Virtually Free In California

On Birgeneau...

see @amrutatrivedi
should also be a story soon at DailyCal

also it is funny - he asked for it-- but:
State senator requests public meeting with Chancellor Birgeneau on Sproul Plaza

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Academic senate meeting adjourned. Passed 4 resolutions
42 minutes ago
1. Opposes all violent police responses to non-violent protest, whether that protest is
lawful or not.
2. Condemns the UC Berkeley administration’s authorization of violent responses to nonviolent
protests over the past two years.
3. Demands that Chancellor Birgeneau, Executive Vice Chancellor Breslauer, and Vice
Chancellor LeGrande take responsibility for and repudiate such policing as it occurred
over the past two years.
4. Demands that these administrators develop, follow and enforce university policy to
respond non-violently to non-violent protests, to secure student welfare amidst these
protests, and to minimize the deployment of force and foster free expression and
assembly on campus.

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#berkeley division vote of the sending mail ballot defeated
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to clarify, four resolutions have passed in body present but now voting whether mail ballot should be sent out to all faculty.
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Now voting on whether to send the resolution as mail ballot to faculty not present
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Now counting no votes
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Those in favor of 4 resolutions asked to stand up. Staff hand counting
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Hand counting votes of faculty members in favor of 4 resolutions.
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Berkeley division mtg ends debate and moves to vote
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Wendy brown: "each resolution addresses a part of what can stop police violence"
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Law prof's comment "this is a campus that is famous for free speech because it is regularly violated," met with laughter from faculty
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Speaker: "senate/faculty need a committee on demonstrations on ground to talk to students"
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Langan: "I can have no confidence in chancellor that stands by assertion that linking arms is not non-violent"
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UCB english prof. Celeste Langan: "will use my two minutes of free speech to talk about arms"
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speaker: "I am disappointed because (resolutions) are too weak."
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A prof during public comment calls for initiative to inform UC parents about contact info for state legislators "who raise tuition"
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Another speaker says senior admin has treated student protesters, not as allies, but as adversaries
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Speaker: "Resort to violence is systemic, ingrained"
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Prof. Speaker: "we have to recognize what police violence means for witnesses"
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Ananya Roy: "apology is fine for isolated event. But patterns require more than an apology"
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AAVP Julia Joung addressing faculty: "I am here to ask for your support of the fundamental issues of the #occupycal movement "
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Graduate Assembly Pres. Bahar Navab: "students not hit for encampment, they were batoned for peaceful expression...of frustration at UC"
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VC Le Grande: "I want to be advocate (of students) and improve student experience"
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Breslauer said senior administration is open to holding meetings with student representatives of #occupycal GA
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Breslauer calls for need of actionable ideas for how to address relevant socioeconomic issues
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Breslauer: "tactically, it would have been better to wait until middle of night to avoid confrontation when there were less people"
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EVC&P Breslauer said admin thought of people's park, tree-sit, Zuccotti park and occupy Oakland when enforcing policy of no encampments
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Birgeneau: "process (of clearing encampment) went as well as it could have" on nov. 15
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Birgeneau: "as chancellor, I was more disturbed than possibly other people in room" at police action of nov. 9
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Birgeneau said he told UCPD chief Celaya before nov. 9 he did not want "repeat of tear gas or pepper spray"
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Chancellor addresses @ucberkeley faculty members
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Speaker: "this academic senate mtg is a vehicle through which we can bring halt to police violence "
2 hours ago

"While students were calling the protest “non-violent,” the events on November 9th were anything but nonviolent."

that quote comes from this story:
UCLA Faculty Association UC-Berkeley Policy Statement

there are other links to read during the audio blackout of the UC Regents meeting:

Defending the Indefensible

Live blogging regents as best we can

Changing Universities Open Letter to President Yudof

Calbuzz What Jerry Brown Should Have Said About UC Davis

UC San Diego Statement on Police Responses to Protests

Several stories at California Progress Report
here are the titles of most interest:
Student Activists Deserve Our Thanks and

How Students Landed on the Frontlines of Class War and

Schrag's take on the Think Long Committee (which includes Cal's Laure D Andrea Tyson and G. Parsky, former Chair of the UC Regents.)
on UC Regent meeting, this update:
FYI @ 1pm PST :
dailycal Daily Californian
RT @daortellado Police carrying riot helmets seen leaving building #UCregents
1 minute ago

dailycal Daily Californian
RT @daortellado #UCregents meeting has been resumed via teleconference in a smaller, blocked-off room.
2 minutes ago

The Regents end the meeting with Blum asking to end in the memory of Chancellor Heyman- and Blum gives his often used line of "just what the university needed" - someone other than Blum should have said it-(he has said it about others and then later on said how someone new was needed)- and it is a shame that this is the meeting it was done at- this meeting was an aberration of -- EVERYTHING.
The public comment statements were the only thing legitimate about it- everything else, as one commenter said was "false dialogue" .
they adjourned - Yudof tells another unidentified regent they deserve the medal of valor and they all take off (Lansing had to beg them not to leave early) for other destinations --laughing and giggling as the audio cuts off...

here is: some of the audio from the meeting.
and also see
Proceedings Conducted Openly

WTH Is Happening @ The UC Regents Meeting?!

update II 12:35pm the audio for the Regents meeting has been taken down and it says "there are no upcoming events" for the past ten minutes...

update: the audio is coming in and out now on UC Regents meeting - they are playing with the mute buttons at various locations and saying the internet is up the internet is down-- regents who were not present during the roll call for public comment are now suddenly present for votes on the finance committee-- it would be nice to see an actual vote sheet of who voted and how and who was present for public comment...
-- there are going to be a lot of questions about how this public meeting is going down- esp. after the CSU backroom vote a few weeks ago...
Original post:
if you are listening on line - and that is what you are asking- you are listening to dead air for the past twenty minutes

We are left wondering -- if the regents meeting is continuing at other locations -- Why isn't the public being provided with the audio?

you can follow some of what is going on in the room by @dailycal
you must see the updated tweets!!! un be frickin lievable!

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RT @daortellado: #UCregents "temporarily adjourning" meeting at UCSF. Meeting is continuing via teleconference at other campuses. #highered
3 minutes ago

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RT @daortellado: Mtg mem: "#UCregents said they canceled their mtg b/c of threats of violence. You have to admit, that's a little ironic."
4 minutes ago

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RT @daortellado: Several meeting members are parents #UCregents #highered
8 minutes ago

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RT @daortellado: Audience member: "#UCregents are good leaders, but they are not your leaders." #highered
11 minutes ago

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RT @daortellado: #UCregents audience proposal to end people's mic passes #highered
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RT @daortellado: Gavin Newsom is sitting in a circle with #UCregents audience members, listening to proposals. #highered
14 minutes ago

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RT @daortellado: Gavin Newsom says he will join #UCregents audience meeting, cheering ensues: "We have one regent!" #highered
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RT @daortellado: Gavin Newsom has not left the room. Audience members are thanking him, asking him to join their meeting #UCregents
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RT @daortellado #UCregents meeting members discussing their support for the #refundca pledge
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RT @daortellado: The meeting appears to have adjourned. #UCregents leaving the room. #highered
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RT @daortellado: Yudof has left the room #UCregents #highered
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RT @daortellado: #UCregents meeting has come to a halt due to audience member meeting. #highered
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RT @daortellado: #UCregents audience holding up banner reading "THE REGENTS ARE THE 1%" #highered
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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Reminder: UC Regent Meeting Monday Nov 28th

as if we need a reminder but -- anyway...


listen via the Internet at:

Also, if you are confused by or new to this set up on UC Regent meetings -here is: some background.

at 9:01am the link above displays this "Upcoming Events
Name Date
Currently there are no upcoming events." you have to keep hitting refresh or checking back until an "in progress" link appears and then click that link to listen. (Also the link to granicus that UCLA provided will just link to an error message- so use the granicus link above that works. These people don't even know the proper links for their own meetings with their arcane setup...)
okay it is 9:04am and the in progress link has finally appeared...

Is This Allowed Under Bagley Keene? Re Tomorrow's UC Regent Meeting

Take a close look at the instructions to media:
UC Regents meeting at UCLA and three other locations Monday, Nov. 28
By UC Office of the President November 26, 2011
Friday, Nov. 25, 2011
University of California Office of the President
(510) 987-9200

UC Regents meeting at four locations Monday, Nov. 28

The November meeting of the University of California Board of Regents, rescheduled and reconfigured after being postponed because of public safety concerns, will take place Monday, Nov. 28, at four locations: UC San Francisco-Mission Bay, UCLA, UC Davis and UC Merced. Public comment is scheduled for 9-10 a.m.

(NOTE: Contrary to misinformation circulating in the media and through social media, the UC Regents will not consider tuition increases for this academic year. No tuition action was ever planned for the November meeting. A proposed expenditure budget for 2012-13, which will serve as the basis for UC's funding request to the state, is the principal item up for action at this rescheduled and reconfigured meeting. The agenda will allow for an expanded discussion period – increased from the usual 20 minutes to one hour – in which students and members of the public may voicee their concerns and address comments to the board.)

The sites will be open to the public and connected to each other via teleconference. The public notice of the meeting, where they will take place on campuses and the agenda are available at

Those interested in the proceedings of the Nov. 28 meeting but unable to attend in person may listen via the Internet at


There are different procedures and arrangements for media at each campus. We recommend that media representatives bring credentials. Please see details for each site below.

UC San Francisco/Mission Bay

Procedures for media covering the meeting are the same as usual, although reporters are encouraged to bring valid press credentials. A press room, with a live audio feed, will be available. Parking in the 4th Street garage is recommended. Directions to the Mission Bay Community Center (1675 Owens St.):

UCSF shuttles run regularly from the 16th Street-Mission BART Station to the community center. For shuttle timetables: (red line)


Due to space considerations, working media must show a valid credential to gain access to the James West Alumni Center, where the meeting will be held. This is at the end of Westwood Plaza. A press check-in table will open at approximately 7 a.m. For security clearance, cameras must be in place in the meeting room by 8 a.m.

A press room and filing area will be available in Room 135 of the Morgan Center, directly across from the James West Alumni Center. The press room phone number is 310-267-5528. Live audio of the meeting will be broadcast in Bruin Plaza, adjacent to the Morgan Center.

The turnaround in front of the James West Alumni Center and Parking Structure 6 will not be available. Limited news van parking will be available in designated areas just north of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science building, near Westwood Plaza at Strathmore Drive. Handicapped spots in that area must remain clear. News vans may also park on the roof of Parking Structure 8. Follow the instructions of traffic officers and parking signage. Parking for passenger vehicles will be available in Structure 8. For a permit, show a valid press credential at the Westwood Plaza kiosk. Click to view parking map.

UCLA Media Contacts:
Steve Ritea, (310) 739-4062
Phil Hampton, (310) 466-8848

UC Davis

Media should proceed to the Activities and Recreation Center Ballroom on La Rue Road and park in lot #25. For free parking, members of the press should display either their business card or an official press credential on the dashboard of their vehicle. TV trucks broadcasting live will be directed to a parking area behind the Activities and Recreation Center.

UC Merced

Media should enter though the lobby in the Kolligian Library, where they will be directed to Room 232. Reporters may park free on campus if official press credentials issued by their affiliated media organization are clearly displayed on the dashboard of their vehicle. Media parking in spaces marked as reserved is not permitted.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

"UC has not punished a media adviser or other employee for protecting the free speech rights of students does not mean that university employees do not feel constrained and do not need protection,"

Read the old 2008 story on UC: Above the Law? from Inside Higher Ed
Now we are way beyond just 'feeling constrained'-- they've broken faculty members ribs, pulled 'em by the hair, knocked down their wives, made 'em 'crunchy' etc. when those professors were trying to protect students' first amendment rights. So, what do we think of what they said back in 2008 now? So much old business- warning signs, red flags- to be looked at again...

Told of the university's assertion that it has the right to opt out of the underlying free speech law, too, Goodman said via e-mail that the issue "all does come back to whether they support the protections in 66301 -- that the university should not have the authority to discipline students or engage in prior restraint of their expression when that expression would be protected by the First Amendment or the California Constitution if the expression occurred off campus." He added: " If they do agree with that, then they should have not a problem with SB 1370 as it only protects university employees from punishment for student expression that is already protected by 66301.

"No provision of [Part 40] shall apply to the University of California except to the extent that the Regents of the University of California, by appropriate resolution, make that provision applicable."
In this case, Hayward and Chastain warn, the regents do not plan to let the media adviser provision apply if it should become law.

yep, read the old 2008 story on UC: Above the Law? from Inside Higher Ed


reclaim UC has this section in this interesting post:

From: Robert J. Birgeneau
Sent: Thursday, December 10, 2009 8:59 PM
To: 'Claire Holmes'; Beata Fitzpatrick'; George Breslauer'; 'Phyllis Hoffman'
Cc: 'Janet Gilmore'
Subject: RE: DRAFT text for Wheeler story

Hi Claire,
I agree with the basic message. However, we need to find a new word other than "activists" to describe the protesters; that descriptor gives them too much gravitas. I prefer: intruders, occupiers, and/or protesters. Also, assuming that everything goes according to plan, I would like a quote expressing my admiration for the very professional way in which the police managed to apprehend and remove the illegal occupiers.

And this on Davis:
'Major reforms are needed because regardless of whoever is fired or resigns, it won't mean anything if we don't change policy and the way our institutions are run,' Adam Thongsavat, president of the Associated Students of the University of California, Davis, said in an interview. 'That's what's going to affect students and campus policy and bring awareness.'
The student government passed a resolution Monday night calling on the state attorney general's office to investigate campus police misconduct.
The students are demanding police go through sensitivity training, seek more student representation and review policies on student protests.
Katehi has already asked the Yolo County district attorney's office to investigate, and Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven confirmed Tuesday that the department will look into the matter.
Attorney General Kamala Harris was deeply disturbed by the videos of the incident, spokeswoman Lynda Gledhill said Tuesday.
'She's confident they will conduct a quick and thorough investigation of the matter,' Gledhill said.

(the students have appealed to the CA AG before...)
Also-- while reading that DailyMail story kept thinking about the fact that there were at least two ASIAN officers who experienced problems at UC Davis -- perhaps not just anti gay but other issues as well.
Get better George.

Friday, November 25, 2011

The 'Moral Authority Of Political Favors' Also Known As "UC Regents"

will be meeting on November 28th--here is the agenda.


‘Occupy’ California Protesters Call For Strike To Shutdown College Campuses

According to a post on the Occupy Wall Street website, the UC Board of Regents on Monday will propose “drastic” budget reductions and a massive increase of fees. And the protesters are calling for action.

But UC spokesperson Dianne Klein tells TPM there’s no vote on Monday on budget issues or fee increases.

“There’s not a shred of truth in that,” she said. I don’t know where they got that.”

-- because, of course, students should only show up at only the meetings on the actual day of the vote on tuition increases -- how dare they remain active against tuition increases during all UC Regent meetings where staff and senior administrators lay the groundwork and continue the drum beat to increase tuition and fees...yes, indeed, how dare they?! I don't know where they got that.

on twitter--@mark_yudof aka Mark G. Yudof:
Please note: **There is no tuition item on Monday's regents meeting agenda, nor was there ever a tuition item scheduled.**

In other words... "the children/kids are hysterical, they don't even know what they are talking about!"--"go away!"

Robert Reich did a video for MoveOn a few days ago:

we went back to that ol' Moral Authority term that was so much en vogue in politics just a few short decades ago (afterall the Newtster is still hanging around)-- because of this story along with many others that make reference to morals and leaders in higher ed.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The UC Version of Omertà?

update: Remaking the University has story on another link b/ween Penn State and UC Davis.)
original post:
change the subject
vilify the press, media,anyone who speaks
pivot, fixate only on drafting new policy, cover up
blame Sacramento,Californians, the simple or stupid people
it's a term that kept coming up a few weeks ago...due to that certain crisis at a school on the east coast.
see this post specific to how higher ed operates when faced with troubles

in this moment we can't just pivot to the budget and figuring out how to get more money for UC/higher ed

we can't just divide up into the 'let's fix Prop 13' group
or 'let's hit up the service sector' 'Think Long' group
or the David Crane whatever group's yet to be formed proposals
(and there are about another half dozen m/billionaire's think tank proposals for CA that we could continue to rattle off )

without paying attention to how the place is run

sending out rah rah communiques vilifying the press coverage -- or blaming some simplified media coverage (that does not exist) and encouraging everyone to 'shut up and keep it in the family' isn't going to work-- and it is the worst thing members of middle and upper management can do- because it looks like what it is -- Omertà behavior.

some brave people are openly talking about seeing serious burn out and admin failures in front of their eyes, others are talking about the damage that happens when you turn Chancellors into 300% time effort fundraisers-in-chief and what happens organizationally as a result--and it is showing for the organization- there are officers who are either being 'thrown under the bus', not directed properly or...who knows --and there are those who have left service because they faced abuse. Those are real problems - exposing real human suffering.

You can't just look away and focus on "other fish to fry"... believing that action is for another time and place or should be focused solely on one agenda.

and there's a window right now and a lot to be learned about how the place is run in these moments...
it is an opportunity to truly stand up for UC- in a lasting way.
Grateful for those who are stronger than Omertà
Grateful for Gabriel Zimmerman getting some 'props',and Chancellor Heyman, and Walt Hazzard
Grateful for those in a Haas computer room who got out safely
Grateful for Occupiers, General Strikers, The 99, Los Indignados, and everyone who got "crunchy" or "fried" and 'threw their bodies on the machine'-- and all others who are
Wide Awake (this plays with Homecoming first, just like the old vinyl 12 inch)

and so much more! Happy Thanksgiving.
P.S. An alternative to the new extreme consumerism 'sport' called Black Friday, a Season of Sharing -if you're so inclined. and are Republicans really saying this about Mrs UC Regent Blum?:"Sen. Feinstein can have the job as long as she wants it. " What about Independents?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"The office of the president should not be investigating itself in this matter, when one thing that needs to be investigated is what role the office had,"

not gonna fly
there's no legitimacy to it
it needs to be a real panel - (not the general counsel, a Cal favorite of UCOP, and Bratton)
it needs to be picked by the regents and students and faculty groups

Actually feel sad that Yudof can't see this or doesn't care to see was one thing he could have done- deferred to the other stakeholders to pick- in order to bring some stability and confidence in the admin back- but he blew it.

UC Faculty Group Decries Bill Bratton Leading Pepper Spray Probe UC faculty group decries Bill Bratton leading pepper spray probe
University of California faculty association says former L.A. Police Chief William Bratton, now a consultant, is the wrong choice to investigate the pepper spraying of UC Davis students.

"Some faculty, however, said that history is problematic.

"This is being led by a former cop who is charging a lot of money we don't have to spend and whose experience is not promoting free speech but figuring out efficient ways to deny free speech," said UC Irvine professor Mark LeVine, who is chairman of the faculty association at his campus. "There are a huge number of eminently qualified professors and scholars in house who could suggest outside people if need be and would have the trust of the majority of the university community.""

Just the optics of Bratton and the London debacle was enough to know this would not work.

and the pols see it too- this from St. Sen Leland Yee:
“While I applaud President Yudof’s action to conduct an ‘independent’ review, his plan ignores the insight, knowledge, and leadership of UC students. Students deserve more than just a seat on a panel; they should be integrally involved in this investigation and at the forefront of any effort to change campus police protocols and policies. Simply calling on ex-law enforcement officials and university executives doesn’t cut it.

While pushing this under the rug for 30 days may lessen the media attention, it doesn’t take that long to realize that there was police misconduct and a failure of administrative leadership. Requiring over a month to hold individuals accountable for a fiasco of this magnitude is unacceptable.”

UCSD-- a very cool mic check: