Monday, February 27, 2017

UC Regents Meetings lately, more

Unknown what happened at:
GOVERNANCE AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE
Date: February 23, 2017

http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/


G1(X) Discussion Review of Misconduct Cases and Due Process Procedures
Closed Session Statute Citation: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]
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And on upcoming UC Regents committee salary increases for admin also see :

http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2017/02/why-are-these-folks-smiling.html

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And on UCLA also there was:
http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2017/02/buried.html includes:
"Some graduate students teach undergraduate courses outside of their departments because of a shortage in teaching assistants.
There has been a teaching assistant shortage in divisions like life sciences and physical sciences because the undergraduate student population has increased faster than the graduate student population over the past few years, said Victoria Sork, dean of the life sciences division."

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And:
"As University of Wisconsin students call on administrators to expand their diversity efforts, a UW System task force gathered Thursday to hear from a speaker on the importance of investing in diversity programs.

Presenting strategies to ensure Wisconsin universities work toward improving campus climate, Mitchell Chang, a professor of education at the University of California, Los Angeles, spoke to the Board of Regents Task Force on Campus Climate about how to advance campus diversity efforts."
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"The task force is in charge of recommendations for UW institutions to assess and improve the campus climate. Co-Chairs Eve Hall and Edmund Manydeeds described a uniform assessment that would be administered at all UW System schools.

A dozen of the 18 members who responded approved of a uniform survey, but would also like the option to customize some questions to address campus-specific issues. Three respondents said they would like just the uniform assessment while three others opposed the survey."
See the full article at:
https://badgerherald.com/news/2017/02/24/uw-system-task-force-looks-at-ways-to-expand-diversity-efforts/

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Points back to the cause....

Gary May confirmed as UC Davis chancellor, permanent ...
http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article134603904.html

UC regents unanimously approve Georgia Tech dean as new ...

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-uc-davis-chancellor-20170223-story.html


Lots of the coverage points back to the cause:
http://www.kcra.com/article/new-chancellor-named-at-uc-davis-after-uproar-last-year/8973736

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Why Immigrant Students Are Changing Their Minds About Janet Napolitano ...
https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/02/janet-napolitano-champion-of-daca/517539/


Includes this link to conference in Jan she spoke at and more

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Dirk's writes this Op Ed:

Top universities must enroll more low-income students
http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Universities-must-enroll-more-low-income-students-10955279.php

Includes:
"The United States today ranks near the very bottom among industrialized nations in both income equality and social mobility. This should serve as a wake-up call: While the American Dream — the notion that those who possess talent and diligence should have an equal opportunity to rise to the top — is resilient, it is now more attainable abroad than in America itself.

Many factors have contributed to this alarming trend, and it will no doubt be difficult to counter. But the institutions that will play a uniquely important role in doing so are our nation’s top colleges and universities.

College graduates now earn around $1 million more over the course of their lifetimes than those with only a high-school degree, and this gap will only increase as the global economy continues to restructure in favor of innovation economies and knowledge workers.

Furthermore, we know well that those who attend better schools go on to get better jobs. Yet our system of higher education reflects our country’s wealth divide, and many highly gifted students from low-income families simply never get an opportunity to succeed at the best colleges and universities this country has to offer.

Consider: "...

And, he seems to be on an Op Ed roll, he also wrote: this

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

In depth on the 'for now'

See:
Are California's jeopardized Middle Class Scholarships worth saving?
Davis Enterprise - http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/are-californias-jeopardized-middle-class-scholarships-worth-saving/

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Trump's sweeping immigration plan leaves DACA in place — for now | News for College Students | USA TODAY College
http://college.usatoday.com/2017/02/22/trumps-sweeping-immigration-plan-leaves-daca-in-place-for-now/
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Court won’t let aid to be taken from immigrant UC students
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Court-won-t-let-aid-to-be-taken-from-immigrant-10952578.php

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UC President Janet Napolitano blasts Trump immigration crackdown ...http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-essential-education-updates-southern-uc-president-janet-napolitano-blasts-1487802340-htmlstory.html
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UC President Janet Napolitano to speak to Senate Democrats
http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article131350964.html

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"a $2 billion higher education bond bill to improve facilities across University of California and California State University campuses was introduced Thursday."
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/02/22/state-sen-glazer-introduces-2-billion-higher-education-bond-bill/

IX and Guidance?

Trump revokes Obama guidelines on transgender bathrooms | Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-lgbt-idUSKBN161243



http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/alleged-draft-letter-rescinds-justice-department-s-transgender-student-policy-n724071

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Meant to break it?

Jerry Brown to Congress: Protect California’s private retirement program
http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article132862844.html

And also see:
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/15/jerry-brown-urges-california-delegation-to-vote-no-on-gop-attempt-to-block-state-auto-iras/

Earlier this month:
The Pension Monster that Devoured Education
http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2017/02/pension-monster-devoured-education/

Recall:
(Trying to) Take a Load Off Public Pensions
http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2016/09/trying-to-take-load-off-public-pensions.html


And,
http://capitalandmain.com/uc-retirement-plan-under-threat-0609


Stories circulating this week (on unfamiliar retirement pension industry sites so no link here) on "Layla Suscavage, a former employee of the University of California San Diego Health division, argues in a new lawsuit that she was “forced to ..."

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Coverage on patent battle on CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing latest news

See Cal's: Appeals board clears way for UC Berkeley to receive patent on CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing
http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/02/15/patent-office-determines-uc-broad-institute-patent-claims-on-crispr-cas9-genome-editing-are-separately-patentable/

Includes:
"thereby moving the Doudna/Charpentier group’s application closer to issuance as a U.S. patent.

More particularly, the PTAB ruled that the use of CRISPR-Cas9 systems in eukaryotic cells, such as human cells, as claimed in the patents and applications filed by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, is a separate invention from the general use of CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology in any type of cell, as claimed in the pending U.S. patent application filed by Jennifer Doudna, Emmanuelle Charpentier and their research teams at UC Berkeley and the University of Vienna.

In its ruling, the PTAB justified its finding of “no interference in fact” by stating: “Broad has persuaded us that the parties claim patentably distinct subject matter.” As such, the patent board ultimately determined that they will “enter judgment of no interference-in-fact, which neither cancels nor finally refuses either parties’ claims” (emphasis added)." ...- see the full article.

And Daily Cal has:
Both parties in CRISPR-Cas9 technology lawsuit can maintain patents, board rules
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/02/15/us-patent-trial-appeal-board-ruling-allows-parties-crispr-lawsuit-maintain-patents/
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But then see LA Times: UC Berkeley loses epic fight over patent for CRISPR gene-editing technique
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-crispr-patent-decision-20170215-story.html

Broad Institute wins bitter battle over CRISPR patents
Nature.com
http://www.nature.com/news/broad-institute-wins-bitter-battle-over-crispr-patents-1.21502


Harvard and M.I.T. Scientists Win Gene-Editing Patent Fight - The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/15/science/broad-institute-harvard-mit-gene-editing-patent.html?_r=0


And related,
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/us-scientists-urge-serious-consideration-of-gene-editing-in-human-embryos_us_58a48664e4b03df370dc6fcf

UnChartEd...

See on UC admissions- a local not wide issue , but interesting:
"UC letter threatens Livermore charter students admissions"
East Bay Times

http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/02/14/livermore-uc-admission-at-risk-for-charter-students/


In light of these recent accounts:

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-essential-education-updates-southern-trump-devos-and-spicer-addressed-1487102754-htmlstory.html
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http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/22/politics/charter-schools-controversy-enrollment-trump/

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http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/01/betsy-devos-christian-schools-vouchers-charter-education-secretary
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/12/08/a-sobering-look-at-what-betsy-devos-did-to-education-in-michigan-and-what-she-might-do-as-secretary-of-education/?utm_term=.764f90945487

Monday, February 13, 2017

"though it may look like -Write it?- like disaster."

Update
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/15/oroville-dam-repairs-continue-as-trump-approves-relief-for-state.html

https://www.yahoo.com/news/if-trump-wants-to-make-america-great-again-he-can-start-by-fixing-the-oroville-dam-032117316.html

And,

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/14/trump-supporter-evacuated-oroville-dam-sikh-temple-shelter

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Original post:
See:
http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article132360534.html

A failure of that magnitude likely would cause billions of gallons of water to cascade down a wooded hillside that sits below the lip of the emergency spillway.

“You look at 30 feet times the area of the reservoir,” said Nicholas Sitar, a civil engineering professor at UC Berkeley. “That is how much water is going to come out. That is a huge volume of water.”

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article132360534.html

For some good in depth that goes back to Reagan early days, see:
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/oroville-dam-in-crisis-raises-alarm-in-california-874905667526


At the state sen.?: "Aggressive protests that forced the cancellation of a right-wing speaker at UC Berkeley last week generated heated debate in the Senate."
- on another bit of nostalgia involving the pres of the UC regents and a former US pres from CA:
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article130711149.html

But interaction with the current one of most pressing concern now:
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/11/gov-jerry-brown-asks-potential-nemesis-president-trump-for-aid/


Recent health reports
http://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2017/01/jerry-brown-to-undergo-further-treatment-for-prostate-cancer-109139

have some folks jumpy, even with the good prognosis, and asking:
http://www.abc10.com/news/local/california/where-is-gov-jerry-brown/407942586

Well wishes for good health to so many this V Day , with lines from E. Bishop that feel apropos- where it is an exclamation not a question mark...
"though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster."


Finally, don't miss this new post:
http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/2017/02/dissent-at-berkeley_12.html

Thursday, February 9, 2017

At the Home of UC PATH...

See IHE: Jury Awards $2.5M to Former Counsel at Riverside
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2017/02/09/jury-awards-25m-former-counsel-riverside

Then see this archive at UCR Highlander:
Retired UCR Provost Rabenstein faces gender discrimination charges - Highlander
https://highlandernews.org/27294/retired-ucr-provost-rabenstein-faces-gender-discrimination-charges/

And consider the detail in that coverage in light of where UC HRIS is now housed :

UC Riverside Announces Location for Cost-Saving Human ...
https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/9966

University of California Personnel Center to Come to Riverside
https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/5853

And also take into account this is also currently underway but not much talked about:
https://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/scope/2016-130


https://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/scope/2016-125
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BTW, it appeared Robinson was not fielding/ answering UC regents questions at the UC regents meeting in Jan so this might explain why he was not there as usual and instead his staff were answering their questions during important sections of open forum.
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Here is some more coverage:
LATimes has the:

http://documents.latimes.com/gender-discrimination-complaint-against-uc-riverside/

And this update:
Jury awards $2.5 million to former UC Riverside counsel fired after alleging sex discrimination by campus officials

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-essential-education-updates-southern-jury-awards-2-5-million-to-former-uc-1486607974-htmlstory.html

CHE has: Jury Awards $2.5 Million to Ex-Employee at UC-Riverside in Gender-Bias Case
http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/jury-awards-2-5-million-to-ex-employee-at-uc-riverside-in-gender-bias-case/116836

And- another update- more details on other faculty cases in this 2 page article , see:
UC Riverside's gender bias case is not an isolated one
http://m.pe.com/articles/gender-825278-case-ucr.html

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Dirks interview, comments on Trump and recent events

Audio of extended interview (20+ minutes) with Dirks by KQED reporter here:
https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/02/07/uc-berkeley-chancellor-trumps-threat-to-cut-federal-funding-ill-informed/

He also mentions a piece he wrote -on the same topics -for NYTimes to be published in coming days...

More angles...

See: Questions remain at UCSC , some answers scheduled for next week..

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And at Berkeley on this other news:

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/UC-Berkeley-looking-into-staffer-s-role-in-Milo-10912523.php
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There is the question of whether or not there is the will and way to transcribe and permanently archive video and audio of UC Regents meetings
While these other efforts launch:
(Ex officio UC regent Newsom is part of this effort)
http://money.cnn.com/2017/02/07/technology/digital-democracy-new-york-california-transparency/

And at Cal there is:
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/02/06/uc-berkeley-students-create-news-app-response-trumps-federal-funding-threat/
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And this latest on that NLRB decision:
http://www.espn.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/18612851


Monday, February 6, 2017

Cal Chancellor Position- floats or leaks? More.

See 'Matier and Ross':
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/UC-has-a-front-runner-to-replace-Cal-s-10909324.php

"Former Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory chief Paul Alivisatos has emerged as the front-runner to replace UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, who plans to exit by the end of May after a bumpy 3½-year tenure.

UC President Janet Napolitano has promised to name a new chancellor in time for the Board of Regents’ meeting in March. Right now, all signs point to the 57-year-old Alivisatos, vice chancellor for research at UC Berkeley.

“He will have immediate credibility with a whole swath of people on campus, and if the goal is protecting our core mission — run by the hard sciences — then they got their guy,” one administration insider said after the hiring sweepstakes, speaking on condition of anonymity because the selection process isn’t public.

Getting someone who will protect the “core mission” took on added importance when President Trump questioned in a tweet whether the university should continue to receive federal funds after Wednesday night’s violent protest kept right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking on campus.

Napolitano is expected to interview a handful of finalists for the chancellor’s job within the next couple of weeks. Candidates have been drawn both from within and outside the UC system.

Alivisatos would definitely be counted as a Cal insider — which many on campus view as a real plus, after Dirks’ uneasy transition from the private environment of Columbia University.

Alivisatos earned his doctorate in chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1986 and joined the school’s faculty two years later. After holding a series of jobs at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, he was named in 2009 to succeed lab Director Steven Chu, who headed off to Washington to be then-President Barack Obama’s energy secretary.

Alivisatos ran the lab until 2015, when then-Vice Chancellor for Research Graham Fleming resigned amid allegations that he had sexually harassed his top assistant — and Alivisatos was brought in to calm the waters.

And he doesn’t lack for intellectual cred. The National Academy of Sciences just announced that Alivisatos, an expert in nanochemistry, will be one of five people honored in Washington, D.C., this spring for “extraordinary scientific achievements.”

Impressive as they are, Alivisatos’ scientific successes don’t exactly make for the star power of, say, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich , currently at Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. Despite urging by fellow faculty, however, Reich has not applied for the chancellor’s job, according to sources in the know.

Reich did not return calls for comment, and Alivisatos declined to be interviewed “out of respect for the integrity and fairness of the process.”

The only other in-house candidate being mentioned is Reich’s boss, Henry Brady, dean of the Goldman School.

Many believe Brady has plenty more charisma than Alivisatos, but he lacks the science pedigree that may be needed to protect the school’s all-important research dollars.

“My candidate is (interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost) Carol Christ, and I hope they choose her — she would be fabulous,” Brady told us last week. “And it’s time they had a woman chancellor.”

It’s true that no woman has ever been at the top of UC’s flagship campus. But Christ — a former Smith College president who was pulled out of retirement to come to Cal — has told colleagues she doesn’t want the job.

Put it all together, says one UC insider, and Alivisatos is the one candidate standing who meets most of the criteria considered important — namely, “someone from inside who knows Berkeley, who has been a CEO and someone who the faculty will accept.”

- the UC Davis chancellor search is also experiencing leaks about candudates...
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Dirk's assoc chancellor tells grad students: "Gilman also said at the meeting that the decision to make UC Berkeley, or any UC campus, a “sanctuary university” will be up to the University of California’s Office of the President, adding that it is unclear how the policy would take shape legally and that the policy could ultimately lead to people targeting the campus.

Active dialogue, however, has begun about how the UC system will represent itself on the topic, according to Gilman, who also serves as Chancellor Nicholas Dirks’ chief of staff.

“There is going to be every effort on the part of this university to maintain our status as an increasingly international university,” Gilman said at the meeting." ...
See article:
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/02/05/uc-berkeley-graduate-assembly-talk-national-politics-at-1st-meeting-of-semester/
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..."and non-discriminatory access to higher education,” Brown said in his State of the State. “We may be called upon to defend those laws and defend them we will.”

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article130934804.html


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"But the reality is that burden on students and their families has increased considerably.
Access has also been a real problem. Community colleges have had a difficult time offering key classes and CSU has had to turn away thousands of qualified applicants. At UC, even many of the most gifted students are denied access to the campus of their choice. California’s public colleges and universities are among the best in the nation in serving first generation students and those from families at every rung of the economic ladder. They are literally engines of opportunity."

http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2017/02/higher-education-state-responsibility/

Sunday, February 5, 2017

This dud's for you...

see this article - it has a dàte stamp for postbowlsunday/tomorrow:
The NFL Still Won't Tackle Brain Trauma at the Super Bowl
Sean Gregory
Feb 06, 2016
time.com/4210564/nfl-super-bowl-brain-trauma-cte/
Includes:
"According to a report from ESPN, the NFL's donations for brain trauma research are often directed to league-affiliated doctors. And at a Feb. 4 event Dr. Mitchel Berger, a neurosurgeon at the University of California, San Francisco and a member of the NFL's Head, Neck and Spine Committee, was asked by Toronto Star columnist Bruce Arthur if there's a link between football and degenerative brain disorders. "No," Berger said, in a response that harkened back to the NFL's pre-2009 League of Denial days, when a league medical advisor refused to acknowledge that multiple head injuries sustained in football were linked with depression, dementia, or other cognitive problems.
Berger's refusal to admit a link between football and brain disorders was especially surprising, since "

-Pretty remarkable the number of both liberal and conservative (whatever those terms mean these days)  news outlets and reporters- esp political reporters - who this week mentioned the bowl and their pick but to the exclusion of the policy topic above-- that fact also has a great deal to do with how the coverage went, was spun,  for the 2016  US election...

But the above article content also raises real questions around UC research
Remember important UC Davis research here:
http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/ucdavismedicine/issues/winter2015/features/impact.html

-That Will Smith movie remember??..

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Also see:

"Note: The NLRB covers private universities and therefore not UC. However, its counterpart for public employees in California - PERB - could decide to follow NLRB practice. Indeed, it could decide to do what the NLRB does now, even if NLRB policy is later changed by Trump appointees.NLRB Chips Away at Athlete Amateurism"

http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2017/02/chipping-away.html
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Instead, the media, with their own $ interests in all of it, only wants to lament this:
Budweiser's Super Bowl Ad And The Great Debate Over What It Means To Be An American
NPR

- um, oh yeah, and there's the lib left's half time acts...

One with everything..

http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2017/02/04/48-college-presidents-send-trump-protest-letter.cnn



The rebuttal:
http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/30/opinions/trump-travel-ban-christians-swain-opinion/




http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2017/02/04/swain-colleges-ban-protest-astonishing-hypocrisy.cnn

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Then UC Merced highlighted in :

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/03/education/edlife/daca-undocumented-university-of-california-merced-fiat-lux-scholars.html?_r=0

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Some UC expertise in:
http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1702/04/cnr.09.html

"I would like to bring in Rory Little, who is with UC Hastings, who can give us a little bit more of an idea of what it is that's going to happen next in this next movement. "

And on SCOTUS
“I actually see that as a no-brainer,” said UC Hastings law professor Rory Little
https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/01/31/supreme-court-pick-whats-at-stake-for-california/

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On Cal:

http://www.californiagoldenblogs.com/2017/2/5/14510746/uc-berkeley-protests-anarchists-california-golden-bears-ucpd-university-chancellor-dirks-milo

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/02/03/berkeley-republicans-vp-university-worked-tirelessly-to-protect-our-rights/?utm_term=.81d1621b6a2e

https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/02/03/berkeley-mayor-uc-police-union-criticize-campus-over-plans-for-milo-yiannopolous-protest/


In
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-milo-berkeley-20170203-story.html
university spokesman, “not a proud night for this campus, the home of the free speech movement.”
That was Mogulof  quote in that S. CA Op Ed and  he said  that comment all over TV on the night of,...and he's wrong.
1500 peacefully, and many who cleaned...But he did not present that view?
Need new Cal Hall leadership and new PR team, approach asap.
And btw can't there be a variety of Republic.   views  presented- or only one guest gets a yearlong focus as a book launch??
And aren't there rules around dark money payments to student groups for events expenses $$ ?
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This one stop compilation of background on the lead pick for that higher education taskforce pick:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/02/politics/jerry-falwell-jr-donald-trump-education-task-force/

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/13/politics/liberty-university-jerry-falwell-jr-donald-trump/

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/15/politics/jerry-fallwell-jr-erin-burnett-out-front-dream-team-trump-cabinet-cnntv/
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And don't miss this article by a Cal Bear alum:
http://www.teenvogue.com/story/sofie-karasek-betsy-devos-end-rape-on-campus

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Everyone Talkin 'bout Berkeley-Birthplace and Home of FSM ....

UC would lose $9 billion for research, healthcare, education if Trump cut federal funds
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-uc-federal-funding-20170202-story.html

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Can Trump Block Money as Punishment for UC Berkeley Protests?
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/can-trump-block-money-punishment-uc-berkeley-protests-n715901

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Trump threatens U.C. Berkeley after protests stop far-right speech
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-ucberkeley-protests-idUSKBN15H1R5
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"Can Trump pull funding from UC Berkeley? Not likely, experts say"
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/02/02/trumps-threat-pull-federal-funding-uc-berkeley-empty-one-experts-say/97401818/
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"California's members of Congress deride Trump idea to cut UC-Berkeley funding after violent protest"
http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-california-s-members-of-congress-deride-1486055617-htmlstory.html

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"What's at Stake for Berkeley After Trump Warns University Over Canceled Speech"
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/stake-berkeley-trump-warns-university-canceled-speech/story?id=45227163
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http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-uc-berkeley-federal-funding-milo-yiannopoulos-incident/
"Could Trump yank UC Berkeley funding"
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"Could Trump really cut funding to UC Berkeley? It would be very difficult"
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-trump-berkeley-20170202-story.html
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"Trump threatens UC-Berkeley’s funding after violent protests shut down a speaker"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/trump-threatens-uc-berkeleys-funding-after-violent-protests-shut-down-a-speaker/2017/02/02/2a13198a-e984-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html?utm_term=.1eaac31d5d62

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"Trump update: Protest at UC Berkeley prompts funding threat"

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Trump-update-Protest-at-UC-Berkeley-prompts-10902945.php
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https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/02/02/after-violence-at-uc-berkeley-trump-suggests-ending-federal-funding/

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"President Trump Threatens to Yank U.C. Berkeley's Federal Funding Over Protests"
http://time.com/4657688/trump-milo-yiannopoulos-breitbart/

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"Trump, UC Berkeley, and the Federal Funding Whip"

https://www.cato.org/blog/trump-uc-berkeley-federal-funding-whip

UC's "organizational culture"...


UCD comes up in:

http://www.davisvanguard.org/2017/02/uc-davis-ends-shared-management-fire-department/

"never accepted the leadership of the university is at the root of the “differences in organizational cultures” and probably played a much larger role in the university decision to pull out from the agreement."

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Also,

UC Davis and UCLA events were highlughted in relation to coverage of UCB event last night in video here - relatedly, read the descriptor line CNN puts under video to describe that speaker's view of/approach to the "ivory tower" presented.

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And UCOP has put this out today:

https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/trump-s-policies-will-affect-four-groups-undocumented-immigrants


- it might be helpful to hear a Sacto view on all the above ...

1500 assembled peacefully, about 125 didn't -'n other important things..

This is how HuffPo's "morning top headlines roundup" crew characterized last night:
 "MILO YIANNOPOULOS SPEECH CANCELED AT BERKELEY AFTER VIOLENT PROTESTS Over 1,500 people had started fires, taken down light poles and thrown items at officers before the event, forcing the school to cancel the speech by the right-wing provocateur. Trump then tweeted that the school’s failure to allow “free speech” could mean no federal funds. [HuffPost]"

-But 1500 -one thousand five hundred-assembled peacefully, --about 125 didn't ...around 125 -one hundred twenty five people did NOT do that...
Seems important to note.
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In a similar vein, there seems to be some highlighting of the importance of student newspapers, student press:
Trump Supreme Court Nominee's College Newspaper: Don't Use College Writings Against Public Figures | The Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/neil-gorsuch-college-newspaper_us_5892324ee4b00b0542adb4de
Also some think now is the time to remember:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/01/what-neil-gorsuchs-old-college-newspaper-columns-say-about-trumps-supreme-court-nominee/?utm_term=.8efe399fd834

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/10/19/liberty-blocks-its-student-paper-publishing-column-critical-trump

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/jerry-falwell-donald-trump-liberty-229964

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/10/12/liberty-is-not-trump-u-students-protest-donald-trump/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/18/jerry-falwell-axes-anti-trump-story-from-liberty-university-s-student-newspaper.html

https://thinkprogress.org/evangelical-university-president-accused-of-censoring-anti-trump-articles-in-school-newspaper-ef55fd1aec9#.1cuvl1oy7


http://www.mediaite.com/election-2016/jerry-falwell-jr-demanded-liberty-university-student-paper-cut-anti-trump-article/

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2016/10/19/liberty-universitys-jerry-falwell-jr-censored-student-who-wrote-anti-trump-column-for-school-newspaper/

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Those items could become important: in light of :this other "DC higher education task force reform" news yesterday...

Seems an important time to pay attention to important things and cover them or read them accurately...

For more last night coverage see items at: http://www.dailycal.org

It was a busy news night but did Chris Newfield become UCSD  faculty? nope don't think so, still Gaucho/SB -but see this coverage on :
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/02/01/campus-admin-uc-professor-discuss-future-public-university-system/
"In light of state budget constraints and UC tuition hikes, the Berkeley Faculty Association hosted a talk and panel discussion Wednesday to discuss the future of the public university system.
UC San Diego professor of literature and American studies Christopher Newfield opened the event by discussing his book, “The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them” — his most recent title on the relationship between public universities and state funding. His talk was followed by a rebuttal from UC Berkeley interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Carol Christ, who spoke about the difficulty of achieving free tuition for state universities, pointing to state tax structure as the ultimate hurdle.
“The idea was to have a public discussion about the way the university is envisioning their future,”"
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"The learning is the other way around — you raise tuition, we cut funds,” said Newfield. “University leaders misinterpreted these cuts — administrators didn’t see that they caused part of the cuts.”

Additionally, Newfield advocated for a return to free tuition for all in-state students. Total undergraduate tuition would cost the state 300 million dollars a year — less than 10 percent of total tuition revenue, according to Newfield.

According to Christ, this argument is “false and dangerous” because the burden of tuition has been passed down from government to families, resulting in greater inequality. Christ argued that free tuition is an unrealistic goal to strive for within the current California tax structure and that the conversation should instead revolve around the proportion of those who can and cannot pay tuition.

“The argument for free college is dangerous argument because it implies that there isn’t a cost for college,” said Christ. “The question for us is not how make college appear to be free, but to share the costs equitably.”

UC Berkeley anthropology student Rozie Beverly, whose thesis is called “What is Education,” came to the event in order to meet Professor Newfield and take part in an open dialogue between high-level administrators and students.

“I feel more empowered now that I’ve met Chris Newfield — gives us hope,” said Beverly."

Also, for more on the same,  see:
http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2017/02/lao-on-debt-free-college.html

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The UC Academic Senate Chair said it doesn't exist, but Cal Says it Does?

That talk about that three year rule comes up in this news article
"Panel: UC Berkeley must change how it sanctions faculty accused of sexual harassment"http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/01/uc-berkeley-must-change-how-it-sanctions-faculty-accused-of-sexual-harassment-group-concludes/

And in the report which is requesting public comment, the three year rule comes up as well:
"Draft report now open for comment
The final draft of the Chancellor's Senate/Administration Committee on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment report was submitted to the Chancellor and Chair of the Academic Senate on Tuesday, January 31st. The report is available here.

We welcome public comments from the UC Berkeley community. Please submit comments to chancellorfeedback@berkeley.edu (link sends e-mail)."

http://chancellor.berkeley.edu/chancellors-committee-sexual-violence-and-sexual-harassment
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--But the Academic Senate Chair said in his November statement at the UC Regents meeting that there is no three year rule and never has been...see 1:12:00:00 mark here
So what to make of that part?!
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LA Times with:
"Here's what would it take to give California students a debt-free college education"
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-california-debt-free-college-01312017-story.html

A reform higher education regs task force...And other events

see USA Today on:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/02/01/jerry-falwell-jr-says-hell-lead-trump-task-force-higher-ed/97342356/

Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, a conservative Christian school, said he will lead a presidential task force — possibly a pair of them — charged with trimming college regulations and curbing interference by the Department of Education.

Falwell, son of Liberty’s founder, the late televangelist Rev. Jerry Falwell, said President Trump asked him to lead the effort after he declined Trump’s invitation to become U.S. education secretary, a Liberty University spokesman said Wednesday.
The White House did not immediately confirm the formation of the task force or Falwell's appointment.
On Tuesday, Falwell told The News & Advance of Lynchburg, Va., that Trump “is forming some education task forces that I’ve been asked to head.”

He told The Chronicle of Higher Education that he sees the task force as a response to “overreaching regulation” and micromanagement by the department in areas such as accreditation and policies that affect student recruitment.
“I’ve got notebooks full of issues,” he said.
Falwell said the group would also look into new federal “borrower defense to repayment” regulations that allow borrowers who have been defrauded by predatory colleges to get their loans forgiven by the federal government. The 2016 rules went into effect after the collapse of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges, The Chronicle noted."
..."Of particular interest, Stevens said, is overreach in federal Title IX regulations. The law protects "protects people from discrimination based on sex" at schools that receive federal funding — about 7,000 postsecondary institutions, at last count. The regulations cover recruitment, admissions, financial aid, athletics, and, most prominently, sexual harassment. Falwell said the regulations require universities “to be judge, jury, police officer, and many times, there’s not enough evidence” for harassment cases to go forward. “Prosecutors don’t even take the cases,” he said. But schools are required to make a public announcement of what they concluded and “ruin a student’s life, when there’s not enough evidence for a case to even go forward."
Stevens said Fallwell "thinks those tasks should be left to local police, judges (and) prosecutors. It’s not something universities are trained to do well.”"
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"He kept the task-force offer private until Tuesday, when Steve Bannon, President Trump's chief strategist, gave him the green light to discuss it, according to Mr. Falwell."
http://www.chronicle.com/article/Jerry-Falwell-Jr-Says-He-Will/239062/
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http://www.salon.com/2017/02/01/donald-trump-taps-liberty-university-leader-jerry-falwell-jr-to-lead-higher-education-task-force/
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http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/jerry-falwell-jr-asked-lead-trump-education-task-force-n715116
"Their support ran counter to the statements of other influential white evangelical Christian leaders, who said they found Trump's remarks about his treatment of women distasteful and were unsettled by his relative silence on social issues like gay and lesbian rights and access to legal abortion during the campaign.

Falwell acknowledged the controversies surrounding Trump, but he said he believed Trump was the better choice to advance causes championed by evangelical and other conservative Christian communities."
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http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/latest-acting-head-immigration-customs-ousted-45161918
"to get the government off the backs of higher education."
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http://www.cbsnews.com/news/jerry-falwell-higher-education-task-force-trump/
He says the details of the task force are still being sorted out, but the aim will be “to get the government off the backs of higher education.”

Falwell says he is scheduled to discuss the task force with Trump Wednesday.

Falwell was an early supporter of the president. He told AP in November that Trump offered him the job of education secretary but he turned it down for personal reasons, including not wanting to relocate his family. "
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https://www.wsj.com/articles/jerry-falwell-jr-to-lead-education-task-force-in-trump-administration-1485916080
Son of Rev. Jerry Falwell has said government bureaucracy makes higher education more expensive
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The Atlantic gets into:
https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/02/the-hot-new-brand-of-higher-education/515316/

"This backlash against liberal universities comes at a time of financial pressure for colleges and universities of all sizes. Between 2004 and 2014, four-year, nonprofit colleges closed at a rate of five per year. Worse, a Moody’s study projected the closure rate will triple starting this year. And then there’s the doomsday scenario: The Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen predicts that up to half of the nation’s 4,000 colleges and universities will fail in the next 15 years.

How are university administrators and trustees dealing with this turbulent new reality? For one thing, many are realizing that individual schools can no longer be all things to all people. Consequently, some of them are attempting to market themselves better by "...
"One way to be conspicuously conservative is to forgo federal student loans and grants and publicize that decision so that prospective students are aware that it’s sacrificing what’s likely hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding to uphold its mission. "

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BFA Event Feb. 1 Event: The Future of the Public University – Christopher Newfield / Carol Christ
January 17, 2017 by admin
THE BERKELEY FACULTY ASSOCIATION
presents

THE FUTURE OF THE PUBLIC UNIVERSITY

Christopher Newfield, in Conversation with Carol Christ

Sibley Auditorium, 2-4 pm, February 1, 2017.
Open to all.

The public university is facing unprecedented challenges: mounting budgetary pressures and a more hostile political climate. Two distinguished commentators will discuss the path the public university has taken so far, and possible roads ahead.

Christopher Newfield is Professor of Literature and American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Much of his research is in Critical University Studies; his publications include Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880-1980 (2003) and Unmaking the Public University: The Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class (2008). His most recent book, The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them, focuses on the post-2008 struggles of public universities to rebuild their social mission.

Carol Christ is the Interim Executive Vice-Chancellor and Provost of the University of California, Berkeley. After an earlier period as EVCP (1994-1999), she was the 10th President of Smith College (2002-2013) and, on returning to Berkeley, she became the head of Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education. A Professor of English specializing in Victorian literature, she is Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

On the same day BERKELEY SOCIOLOGY FORUM and THE BERKELEY FACULTY ASSOCIATION will co-sponsor an author-meets-critics panel. Chris Newfield will present his new book, The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them with responses from Professors Kim Voss (Department of Sociology), Henry Brady (Goldman School of Public Policy and Department of Political Science) and Prudence Carter (Graduate School of Education). February 1, 2017, Barrows 402, 5-7:30 pm.

http://ucbfa.org/2017/01/newfield-christ-event/

Ultimately, Who Pays?

This sad and confusing story out of UC Santa Cruz:
http://abc7news.com/news/ucsc-settles-sexual-assault-case-for-$115-million/1731074/

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http://www.sfgate.com/education/article/UC-settles-sex-assault-case-for-1-15M-10898439.php
Has this detail:
"The assistant professor could not be reached for comment.
As for the student-employee, Portillo said she doesn’t know what happened to her, except that “I was always afraid that I might run into her on campus.”
The Santa Cruz County district attorney never pressed charges against either employee, said Kristensen, Portillo’s attorney. He said his own investigation revealed that the assistant professor had intimate relationships with two other students. UC policies prohibit employees from having personal relationships with students and others they supervise."
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Local coverage on it:
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/NE/20170131/NEWS/170139943
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This is the official UCSC message that went out on it:
http://news.ucsc.edu/2017/01/chancellor-message-ix.html
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At Cal there is this story that sounds like it is getting more and more expensive:
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/UC-cops-will-be-ready-for-trouble-at-Milo-10898376.php
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This other story at Daily Cal, It could be the reason UC gave, or that UCR student story on fin aid pointed to earlier in the week, or the advocacy  going back years,
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/01/31/uc-to-divest-from-wells-fargo-after-abc-advocacy/
but unclear on the extent :
http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2017/02/wells-fargo.html