Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Former UC Regent On FSM and Students, and more

Berkeleyside Op-ed: UC profits from the fossil fuel industry
While they gave lip service to include students in an ongoing process by the Committee on Investments to consider divestment, they ignored the student Regent’s (Sadia Saifuddin) efforts to add specific language that would commit the Regents to including students in the process.

The Task Force over the summer was a frustrating process for Virginia Fernandez and Alden Phinney, the students who were appointed to it. Meetings were sometimes held without much advance notice and the third meeting was held without the students present.

University of California Students Had Better Wise Up and Learn Their Constitutional Rights By Velma Montoya - it starts off on UCSB poster incident then goes into that June 2014 Mark Yudof retrospective views then offers some interesting suggestions for UC course offerings.
Brown line-item vetoes $50 million in UC funding Saturday

and this on Brown veto that involves Affordable Care Act

and this too on unemployment

and Minding the Workplace on CA Leg the Gov and Pres of UC Regents signed off on
William Deresiewicz and the Public University:

Each ruling class, it seems to me, is always in danger of devolving into a patronage system regardless of the nature of its original legitimation. The middle class Barbara Ehrenreich discussed in her 1989 classic Fear of Falling has been hollowed out but her analysis of a certain psychology applies to today’s elite. They do not want their children to have to experience a lower standard of living than they enjoy. The impulse to rationalize advantages and even game the system when people you care about are involved is irresistible for many. The fight against this—what Deresiewicz refers to as “self-overcoming”—is never-ending.

It’s not just parents with kids. I see it at the departmental level. People from relatively modest backgrounds who got into Stanford and Harvard and are now Professors of English or Cultural studies will push hard to hire friends or family. They not only don’t see a problem with this but they see themselves as doing something compassionate by championing the people they know over the people who are as yet words on a page. The ever-flawed striving for some modicum of objectivity—the holding at bay of connections and kinship—doesn’t come easily to any of us, no matter our personal trajectories. If we desire a fair society, though, we are doomed to repeatedly breaking up patronage systems—even patronage systems generated by meritocracies.

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