Monday, November 14, 2016

Tuition and Sex

UC and Cal State to consider the first tuition hikes in six years

"The proposed hikes, which could amount annually to $270 per student for Cal State and $280 for UC, would be covered by financial aid for most students, officials say."

"UC officials have told campus chancellors to assume a 2.5% tuition increase, about $280, in their budget planning for next year. Tuition for out-of-state students could rise by 5%.

The Board of Regents will discuss next year’s budget this week but is not expected to vote on any tuition hike.

UC President Janet Napolitano has said she does not plan to make a public recommendation on tuition until January. But she told UC student leaders at a meeting last month that a modest increase would be needed to make up for insufficient state support, according to Michael Skiles, graduate chairman of the UC Council of Presidents, who attended."

"Nathan Brostrom, UC chief financial officer, said in an interview that any tuition hike would be covered by financial aid for three-fourths of UC's 252,000 students. And despite the past hikes, tuition at UC and Cal State remains lower than at comparable public universities around the country, according to state Department of Finance data.

But such assurances have not headed off a backlash.

Shocked and angry about news of a possible hike, Cal State students are rallying their classmates to protest at the board of trustees meeting in Long Beach on Tuesday. They also are reaching out to faculty groups, alumni associations and the business community to push for more state funding. Many worry that ending the tuition freeze would make annual increases the new normal.

David Lopez, president of the California State Student Assn. and a second-year graduate student at Cal State East Bay, said students are saddled with many more costs than tuition. Students in high-rent cities are particularly burdened. He said his housing rose by about $1,000 this year.

As an undergraduate, Lopez worked 40 hours a week to make ends meet.

“It's not just tuition that we're paying for…. There's a housing fee, there's a gym fee, and there's just so many other fees that just keep adding up," he said. "When you put everything together, it's a lot of money."
New at UC Berkeley a IX case where questions around 'grooming' and what looks like other patterns emerges:

Investigation: UC Berkeley professor sexually harassed student

"The conduct “can be seen as an attempt to ‘groom’ (the student) for the possibility of becoming a romantic or sexual partner,” wrote lawyer Eve Fichtner, an independent investigator hired by the university."


"AlSayyad already was married. He’d recently separated from Nadia Anis, who had been a student when he was a teaching assistant at Cairo University."

"Jean-Pierre Protzen, a former chairman of the architecture department, said colleagues told him about the student’s complaint at the time. They decided: “We should really tell him to stop.”..

"He and his second wife, Ananya Roy, had separated that summer, court records show. They married in 1997, when she was a doctoral student in UC Berkeley’s department of City and Regional Planning."

And then this section:

"Adams said she helped her research assistant file a written complaint with the architecture department. The UC Berkeley Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination, where Hagberg Fisher filed her complaint, would not exist for another 18 years."


"Adams subsequently lost her bid for tenure and said she believes that speaking up was the reason. She said Fichtner, the investigator on Hagberg Fisher’s case, contacted her this spring and expressed interest in looking into that possibility."
The Daily Mail has picked it up:

And, Tyann Sorrell returns to campus, alleges retaliation by administrators

By Failing to Hold Their Own Accountable, UC Regents Set Poor Standard on Sexual Crimes
The comments made by UC Regent Norman J. Pattiz – and the passive apology offered last week – should be neither condoned nor neglected by the Board. In order to set a standard for addressing sexual harassment and assault, students need administrators who follow the policies they implement.

"These unspoken policies and mishandlings created by UC officials are unacceptable. UC officials are allowing a man who has a proven track record of harassing women to make vital and important decisions regarding our education. The UC system cannot continue to allow its affiliates to act in this manner. If the UC Office of the President looks to take a firm stance against sexual harassment and assault, then it must be tough on those exploiting their positions of power in their own office. By staying silent, UC officials are encouraging victims of sexual harassment and assault to stay silent as well. The UC system needs to be a voice for what is right for the sake of its students, faculty and staff."

If you need a reminder of details see prior and:

Ponder this during Super Duper Moon...

At the end of September- as the Natl politics/Election was center stage -this bit of news broke:

This statement is the response from Geoff Marcy's attorney.

In response to this content (CNN points to link in rebuttal where they say 'Read Sara Ganim's report on harassment in the field of astronomy here'

 which results in  an error message:

But found it here:

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