Friday, September 30, 2016

Free Speech Incubators, Confused Cal Chancellor Speech, Cal Athletics Funding, more

One more item:Disability program’s closure troubles UC Berkeley students


Janet Napolitano writes this:
"Not necessarily. “The times,” to quote Bob Dylan, “are a-changin’.” And so are our students — not to mention the challenges many have overcome just to gain admittance to a university. The University of California is the largest and best public research university in the country. In the 1960s, when the Free Speech Movement began, our student body was 55 percent male and overwhelmingly white. Today, 53 percent of UC students are women, 42 percent are the first in their families to attend college, and nearly 40 percent of this year’s entering class identified themselves as either black, Latino/Latina, or a member of another historically underrepresented ethnic or racial group. Moreover, sexual identity was hardly on the radar in the 1960s. Today, students self-identify in myriad ways.

Students, therefore, come from a much broader range of backgrounds, and they often benefit from gathering with others of similar backgrounds to share experiences and support one another. At UC we have many different types of student centers and student activities; some of our newest are for undocumented students. You can call these “safe spaces,” but I call them a good idea.

The more difficult issues arise when students seek to shout down speakers or attempt to prevent them from appearing at all. If one believes in the value of free speech and its place in the modern university, these types of actions are antithetical. I personally disagree with many of the sentiments expressed in the public spaces on our campuses. But the way to deal with extreme, unfounded speech is not with less speech — it is with more speech, informed by facts and persuasive argument. Educating students from an informed “more speech” approach as opposed to silencing an objectionable speaker should be one of academia’s key roles. After all, these students will graduate into a country where objectionable speech is the current coin of the realm.

This does not mean that all speech is permissible. That which is designed to personally intimidate or harass falls outside First Amendment protections, as outlined by the Supreme Court."

-She gets into faculty enforcement of professional standards and the humanities...coddling and trigger warnings also come up...

See SJ Merc with in depth article on:

Cal athletics’ $20 million question: Will sports need to be axed?

"Although the books for the 2016 fiscal year have not been audited, the Bears are projecting a single-year loss of $21.76 million, according to documents obtained by this newspaper.

That’s approximately 15 percent of the universitywide budget deficit of $150 million.
And the projections for 2017 are nearly as dire for the Bears: An $18.8 million deficit."

And 'interims all over the place' comes up ..


-Dirks had a confused FSM message last year, now he has a confused message on Clinton college plans

He tried to clarify to Daily Cal:

And now, his comments being received by various groups and interpreted as:

"Forbes, George Leef also asserts what Dirks observed: that Hillary Clinton can’t “fix” college with more federal interference and control. Leef notes that Clinton’s objective of launching more low-income students into college contains “two mistaken beliefs”: “that"...and mention of scholarship approaches and UNCF..

And gets into Chelsea Clintons assertions about her mother's plans on Higher Ed

And that article included video clips of Clinton's election opposition comments on higher Ed in this speech


Davis Enterprise with an update on Chancellor search:

Online surveys seem to be a tactic:

Online input sought
* UC Davis is gathering information via a survey, “What do you want to see in our new chancellor?” The site,, is collecting responses of 1,000 characters or less by Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.
* Executive search committee Isaacson, Miller is accepting chancellor nominations at

At Berkeley with students as well:

... that student voice will come from the priorities and concerns that students indicate in the survey and forum. By presenting survey data to the search committee, Morrow intends to represent students’ viewpoints in a way that “can’t be dismissed” as his own personal opinion, he said.
The initial round of survey data will be presented at the first committee meeting Oct. 6. The survey will remain open and continue to be presented at meetings throughout the selection process, Morrow said, ending in March with the committee’s planned final recommendation.

But what is done with the data afterwards?

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