Monday, October 2, 2017

Austerity and those FSM stunts; UC Regents' 'power to effect statute' ;and students' representation

"Supreme Court shuts door on challenge to UC policy on immigrant tuition"

"Because the regents are not state legislators, Judicial Watch argued, they have no power to enact state laws."

Then this week on a UCSD case, this dev:
..."Specifically, she contends the complaints at issue implicated violations of the Regents' conflict of interest, near relative, code of conduct, whistleblower, and nondiscrimination policies, which have the effect of statutes."...


"New law punishes people who interfere with state audits"
"In June, the regents hired former state Supreme Court Jusice Carlos Moreno to investigate the alleged tampering. No findings have been released, and the president’s office did not respond to a request for an update. Nor did the office respond to a request for comment about the new law."

"Laws Against Audit-Tampering by State Workers Tightened"
"Napolitano’s staff wasted weeks of the auditor’s time by delaying production of documents and accurate figures, Howle said. When auditors finally got the documentation they had requested, Howle said the work was inaccurate and that UC accountants did not even know how much money was reserved. It was through investigation of these errors that the slush fund was discovered.

The misstep that brought one California legislator to call for Napolitano’s resignation and led to several pieces of legislation – including AB 562 – dealing with obstruction of audits, since Napolitano’s staff was also accused of doctoring surveys sent to the UC campuses requesting feedback about the efficacy of the president’s office.

While the campuses were directed to send responses to the auditor, Napolitano’s office instead collected them. Some campuses followed the auditor’s request, but final versions of the surveys sent by the Napolitano’s office contained altered responses – including changes of responses from “dissatisfied” to “satisfied”."

Grad students served as UCSA leadership representation to UC Regents last two years and also as UC student regent representation-- now a splintering off, leaving Undergrad representation on the UC Regents board in a sorry/unrepresented state?:

- current student regents,over past few years and currently, are exclusively from the professional schools at UC campuses'...
- Undergrad pop now relegated to solely student advisors roles and marginalized statement to regents at the tail end of UC regents meetings?

Undergrad students advanced forward : these professional and grad school level student regent and designates...
And then the grad students leave UCSA.
.. and then: claiming their interests are marginalized or is it more about Independence, or power grab?

But maybe there's common cause on some issues:

And there's:

Student Workers Decry ‘Large’ UC Employee Pensions

Are UC admin FSM stunts an effort to distract attention away from their austerity moves?
Don't miss:
"Berkeley Disconnect"
"One classic case of the damage brought about by privatization-driven austerity was revealed amidst the hubbub over free speech week at Berkeley. While most attention was focused on the spectacles of Shapiro and Yiannopoulos, the Daily Cal reported that the Christ administration is proposing to end the funding for the tremendously successful Berkeley Connect program as part of its budget cutting plans.

Berkeley Connect is an innovative program that provides academic mentoring to undergraduates and fellowship support to graduate students. Undergraduates who join the program are linked with a graduate student adviser who helps them navigate their academic experience. Students take part in small discussion groups and workshops, and pursue a specially designed curriculum. Students overwhelmingly praise the program and it has been shown to improve their academic performance. Over 10,000 have participated. Even though the program had its campus support cut last year from $2M to $1M dollars it still was able to support 1200 undergraduates while providing 29 graduate fellowships."..."To be sure, the particular brutalism of Berkeley's imposition of austerity is not due to the campus leadership alone. UCOP is demanding the pace of deficit reduction and therefore making it more difficult to balance the budget without affecting innovative educational programs. But when the campus announces that they have decided to exclude fellowships from the chopping block and then turns around and makes a decision that will cut nearly 30 graduate fellowships, one has to wonder about how believable the administration's claims really are."...

Then there's this 'my boss is great' and not gonna talk about the full financial costs of those recent events , an op ed from the new Berkeley Law Dean here

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