Saturday, May 24, 2014

Napolitano Comments On UCSB, IV Tragedy -and Also Protested As Commencement Speaker

Napolitano: Rampage very tough to predict, prevent

University of California President Janet Napolitano says a mass shooting in the community around UC Santa Barbara is "almost the kind of event that's impossible to prevent and impossible to predict."
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Napolitano issued a statement saying she's "shocked and deeply saddened" by the shooting and sending thoughts and prayers "to the victims of this tragedy, their families and the entire Santa Barbara community."

She says she's working with UCSB to help students and families.

Her full statement is available here via UCOP.
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On the events in IV - many point to lots of similarities: UD pointed out some earlier, and at Remaking's twitterfeed pointing out this- "so the second #IslaVista mass murderer is also the son of a Hollywood director? #ElliotRodger #DavidAttias". Other similarities also include: the video in advance like what happened at UCB Haas a few years back, and the Aurora multiple similarities. Don't find any intrigue or comfort in similarities - but hope for community solutions.
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also on UC Pres...Napolitano gave the commencement at Laney College, part of the Peralta system, campus situated in a very high immigrant population - it was protested in advance of the event and during: Laney College Students Protest Commencement Speaker UC President Janet Napolitano
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SF Chron Laney College students heckle UC president's address
"He said Napolitano was invited to speak by the president of the college"

a suggestion...presidents etc. of colleges should work with the graduating class to pick a commencement speaker.
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Awful headlines this weekend, could we just go back to dealing with privatization of public higher ed, admin failure trends etc.?
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Remember Memorial Day. Peace.

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