Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fable, fairy tale references. Dialogue, solutions?

See:

Campus budget issue prompts concern from EECS faculty, students over enrollment


http://www.dailycal.org/2016/08/24/campus-budget-issue-prompts-concern-eecs-faculty-students-enrollmen


"We haven’t even substantiated the fact that there are a significant number of EECS students who can’t get seats,” Mogulof said. He added in an email that Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Carol Christ wrote an email in response to Rao saying that the financial documents he appeared to be relying on did not paint a “full or adequate picture” of university finance and funding practices.


In addition, in her response to Rao’s email, Christ promised to provide more detailed information about the allocation of TAS funding within a few days but implied that available funds for this semester have been already been allocated.


“As I said to you in our very first email exchange, unlike Rumpelstiltskin, none of us can make gold from straw,” Christ said in her response email.



Correction(s):

A previous version of this article stated that campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof said waitlisted-class issues are not as severe as some argue. In fact, he said the waitlisting is a complicated issue.



The same article also stated Mogulof said in an email that electrical engineering and computer sciences professor Satish Rao lacked a full picture of UC finance and funding practices. In fact, Mogulof said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Carol Christ had written in an email that the financial documents Rao appeared to be relying on did not paint the full picture"


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Dirks’ New Student Convocation speech praises community, omits campus controversies

http://www.dailycal.org/2016/08/23/dirks-new-student-convocation-speech-praises-community-omits-campus-controversies/

"But some new students were disappointed that Dirks did not take the opportunity to open up conversations about some of the serious issues UC Berkeley will face this year such as addressing the multimillion dollar annual budget deficit or sexual harassment cases.


Sofia Guo, an incoming freshman who was at the convocation, said that while she has heard about the campus controversies and Dirks’ plan to resign, she wished she could learn more from the campus administration’s perspective.


“I thought it was kind of expected (that) he didn’t talk about any issues up front,” Guo said. “But I think as a good chancellor or honest chancellor … it would have been a great platform as a first impression, and he was very vague."


The speech was guided by what Dirks believed was appropriate for the occasion, campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof said in an email, adding that it was meaningful for new students and was in line with “the needs and interests of the campus he serves.


While her respect for UC Berkeley remains unchanged, incoming freshman Katherine Yen said Dirks’ omission does not bode well for a chancellor who had once touted himself as a man of the students just three years ago,


“As he was speaking, there was this voice in my head going, ‘Yeah, but you’re not mentioning all the problems that we are facing,’ ” Yen said. “He definitely could have done a better job there, since the student body knows — we’re an informed group of students."

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