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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Protest Links-Delayed by Our Day Jobs Edition (Updated Below)

At Monday's Regents meeting, Mark Yudof holds a giant copy of the ReFund California Pledge. It is apparently too big for the UC Regents to sign. But they were able to give some administrators pay raises.

While the Regents were meeting and being protested on Monday, the UC Berkeley Academic Senate passed resolutions demanding non-violent police responses to protesters-occupiers and condemning administrative policy. The vote was 336-34. The Daily Cal's story has some sound links, and here is a much longer recording of the meeting. UC Irvine professor Jon Weiner blogged on it at the Nation when it was still a no-confidence resolution.

On the police front, Governor Brown has requested that the relevant state agency review use-of-force guidelines regarding  political protest.

On the budget front, the Regents did approve Mark Yudof's proposal asking for $400 million or so in restored state funding

At the Regents' divided-into-four meeting: UCLA coverage from the LAT and KPCC.  UCSF and Davis were covered by the SFC.  The Washington Post has an overview of the protests and the UC Davis strike. UCSB had a sympathy protest

The Regents meeting was interrupted by protestors.  Here are some pictures. (Hat tip for meeting links to Bob Samuels.)

The protestors challenged the legitimacy of the Regents.

Jennifer Doyle has a powerful piece on California's war against students.

Which reminds me, on November 22 Cambridge University students occupied a talk given by the UK Tory government's university and sciences minister and privatizer-in-chief David Willetts.  Hang in for the auditorium recitals in the video here. Arrest methods injured five protesters.

The Chronicle of Higher Education's coverage of the "uneasy spot" in which university presidents find themselves received a rejoinder from higher education scholar and activist Gary Rhoades: the deeper problem, he said,
is the pattern of university presidents seeing themselves more as CEOs of individual firms than as academic leaders of universities that have a social responsibility to serve the broad public interest, of the 99%, not of the 1%.  Rather than commiserating about the difficulty of the university presidency, and how protesters should be "handled," it is time to change direction and open a broader, genuine dialogue about university policy and practice in ways that truly include the views of students, faculty, and staff. 
 Members of the UC community are starting to scrutinize their individual campus police procedures manuals.  Here's a post on UC Irvine's with a link to the manual.  UCLA Faculty United has a follow-up on their Open Letter on police procedures, and links to other campus manuals.

And the MLA announces a 5% uptick in literature jobs this year - leaving the profession still deep in the hole.

Update: Millions of Public Sector Employees Strike in Britain to protest austerity.

Update: UAW President Cheryl Deutsch demands that Regents join Refund California  and actually defend the University.

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