Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Those moments of public comment at last week's UC Regents' meeting...more.

Over the weekend LA Times covered:
Candlelight vigil, memorial walk to mark anniversary of Isla Vista shootings

Veronika Weiss is in the photo accompanying that story- her dad's efforts covered: here and in his comments about UC in this next story by

Thousand Oaks Acorn: “They literally have money that is going to companies that make weapons and ammunition,” Weiss said. “We feel that they can find a way, with all their financial clout, to require that the funds they invest in are free from weapons industry businesses.”

He also spoke, directly to the UC Regents in public comment last week - you can watch at at the 00:41:40 time stamp at : this link.
My name is Bob Wiess. A year ago Saturday my daughter was walking from her dorm room to her sorority house and she was with two of her friends and all three of them were shot. Two of them were killed. My daughter was shot from her side- it traveled first through her left lung, then her heart, then her other lung. If this body is invested in the gun industry that means you're in the gun business and if you're in the gun business then I'm in the gun business - and I don't want to be in the gun business. I don't know how any of you can sleep at night with all the students who have been killed and be in the gun business. Thank you.

The secretary to the regents called the next speaker after him. The next group was called to speak on the topic of food security. The person who followed Mr. Weiss let it be known that she is a UCSB student and was a student there last year- and she seemed to choke back tears and, with great difficulty, went on to make her public comment on her scheduled topic -the impact of last year's tragedy also evident.

More coverage here at Daily Nexus: Final Regents Meeting Addresses Tuition Hikes, Divestment, Food Security

If you continue watching that same morning public comment section...there's also:

at the 00:13:40 mark
A new UC alumnus who told the UC Regents:

UC Grad students face myriad academic and student roles and there are particular and distinct experiences when reporting sexual violence.

These barriers include lack of information surrounding student or professional roles, responsibilities, or rights; fear of retaliation for reporting a faculty member or research advisor; and lack of consistent information and messaging in our professional capacity.
Some grad students are protected by collective bargaining and labor agreements -while simultaneously covered by student anti-discrimination policies such as Title IX --and the distinctions can be confusing.
As well, ten percent of graduate students are parents and there are unique barriers to seeking support.
My colleagues and I recommend that each grad student attend three mandatory small group sessions of evidence based practice training. These trainings should include, but not be limited to: graduate student rights; resources and options; reporting obligations; clear and readily available whistleblower and anti-retaliation policies; considerations of power dynamics; coercion and fears related to adviser-advisee relations; clear information regarding graduate student survivors reasonable accommodations when sexually assaulted or harassed by research advisers, undergraduate, or other professional or affiliate colleagues; rights, resources, and options for graduate student parents and their families.

That student was then followed by another new UC alum's public comment to the UC Regents - the recent grad gave her personal account as an undergraduate- at the 15:09 mark:
She is an alum of UCSD and also attended UCLA. She detailed her undergraduate experience where she alleges she was sexually harassed by a graduate student instructor and she also discusses how the faculty role and issues around diversity played negatively into that situation...

Later, during the UC Regents afternoon session the UCSA leadership referenced the above public comments in their scheduled presentation to the UC Regents and delved more in to detail on current problems they see system-wide and the system-wide training they would like to see implemented across UC- and the significant additional work that still has yet to be done - it leads off at the beginning of the video: here.

And Daily Cal gets into the training details in this op ed:

University Must Implement Anti Sexual Assault Training

-The links in this next section raises for the Cal-centric the question of.. 'What part of Columbia admin leadership is now at Cal?- do they share the views and approach of some Columbia admin. leadership detailed in the links below'?

Title IX post titled: "It's safer to be quiet": Cultures of retaliation~Cultures of sexual violence

There is an extensive back story to Sulkowicz's experience which is marked by administrative ineptitude that has never been explained or accounted for. Columbia should be apologizing to Sulkowicz but instead the university president refused to shake her hand* at last Tuesday's Senior Day ceremonies

(Is the Cal leadership that just arrived from Columbia like that too? Or different?)

in that post they also link to points made in : this anonymous piece from Jezebel

and it also points to this experience at Stanford University:
"My only chance to protect myself was to participate in the same Title IX process that had made me a target in the first place.
I knew that any decision I made would affect not just me, but the culture surrounding reporting on campus. I am a victim of harassment and retaliation, and this experience has been among the hardest I have ever had to deal with. I cannot imagine what it must be like for victims of violence and assault. Given the retaliation I faced for merely being thought to have reported harassment, I don’t know if I could face actually reporting a case of assault. And I am not willing to become a cautionary tale, an example of the reasons why people shouldn’t report."
Salon had this from a UCSB former student, teacher : “We fostered something chaotic and irresponsible”: Elliot Rodger, Isla Vista & the echoes of a tragedy- One year ago tomorrow, a young man opened fire in southern California. In the time since, has anything changed?
by Ellen O'Connell, includes:

But what has changed on the ground? Isla Vista, an unincorporated community, doesn’t belong to either the city or the university, and therefore can’t be governed or regulated by either. Kum-Kum Bhavnani, chair of UCSB’s Academic Senate, said the university’s efforts to protect its students is mainly up to its good will. “UC Santa Barbara has for many years voluntarily contributed significant resources (several million dollars annually) to the County for safety efforts in Isla Vista, and contributed additional resources to add more lights, sidewalks and recently a fence along the bluff. The safety of our students is our highest priority, including in Isla Vista, where the university’s influence is limited.”


A biz article claims 'UCSB alone can’t fix Isla Vista safety woes', includes:
What has not yet happened at Isla Vista is a comprehensive agreement – by Santa Barbara County, UCSB, the City of Goleta and other stakeholders – on a more robust governance system for Isla Vista. The state has a role here, too, as Isla Vista remains the largest population center in California without local government oversight.
A panel put together by UCSB’s governing board of trustees made important recommendations last fall about the need for better governance at Isla Vista. Perhaps now that Isla Vista again is in the headlines, Santa Barbara County, the state Legislature and others will take a closer look.


Surreal, this other story from MSNBC and HuffPo
-that story also has an awful UC connection.

Then, further in that topic thread, there's OC Register: had a letter on the tragedy and 'Brady': here--
also served as a reminder of Sarah Brady, and all of her work, she passed away earlier this year.

SF Chronicle: On another father of Santa Barbara shooting victim who also wants reforms

and with more on that same Dad of a UC Student, there's
NBC San Diego: Isla Vista Victim's Dad Devotes Life to Curbing Gun Violence

Sometimes turn to
Berkeley, 1968 - that 'jumps out' every time
- it starts off:
"Human reason is beautiful"
it includes that line though:
"Giving us the estate of the world to manage"

The SB oil 'spill'

There's the history of Santa Barbara 1969

and Yahoo- present day- on SB: Tally of oil-soaked wildlife, alive and dead, mounts in California

Columbia and SB come up : here at HuffPo too- it starts off:
"Cleaning up the oil spilling into the ocean by Santa Barbara will cost much more than preventing the leak would have cost. But of course, preventing the leak would require more"...

and today Cal Buzz: is covering The Hunting Ground- which could be a good sign because politics is all over the issue- in myriad ways...Hopefully coverage of 'the politics of Title IX implementation over the past forty years' (what got us to today's circumstances) gets more coverage.
A memorial paddle out scheduled...

A Month of Remembrance Events

That earlier piece mentioned at the top includes:Sometimes they feel her energy. A cousin who was close to Veronika said she was searching for her phone when a track on a U2 album released for free to iPhone users last summer started to play on its own, Weiss said. The song mentions Santa Barbara, grief and Zuma Beach, where Veronika’s ashes were spread.

The full title includes CA:
“(California) There Is No End to Love”

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