Skip to comments.UC Santa Barbara guide urges return to student radicalism
Posted on 10/10/2005 7:51:26 AM PDT by SmithL
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Leftist leaders at the University of California, Santa Barbara have begun distributing a profanity-sprinkled "Disorientation Guide" that calls for a return to the activist spirit of the 1960s.
The guide, which came out last week, features interviews with the college's "most politically active" professors, a directory of local liberal organizations and commentaries on subjects including feminism, corporate media, proper "queer" terminology and the value of blogs.
It also chronicles the history of UCSB activism, including the infamous 1970 burning of the Bank of America in Isla Vista.
"A lot of people have passion for certain issues, but never direct it to work on campus because UCSB has this reputation for being apathetic," said Tanya Paperny, one of eight current and former students who created the guide.
Critics lament its use of raw language and suggest it's inappropriate for some professors to help pay for printing costs.
Will Parrish, a former University of California, Santa Cruz student who brought the guide idea to Santa Barbara, defended the language.
"One of the things we were trying to do is appeal to students in a way that they don't think we're part of the establishment, or what we're doing is watered down in any way," he said.
Sociology professor Dick Flacks, who contributed to the guide, said he can donate what he wants when he wants.
Other colleges that have similar print or electronic guides include the University of California campuses at Santa Cruz and Berkeley as well as Stanford, Columbia and the University of Texas at Austin.
On the Net: http://www.sbdisorientation.org
Information from: Santa Barbara News-Press, http://www.newspress.com
Somehow, someway the universities have got to be cleansed, they are cesspools of hatred and anti-Americanism.
Isn't that the home of the fighting Banana Slugs?
I'm not really worried. Students/youth have a natural urge to rebel against authority. What the left doesn't understand is that at universities, the left is the "authority" that students will rebel against. Stuff like this literature will only make it worse for them.
Nope - you're thinking UC Santa Cruz (or, as the locals put it, "Uncle Charlie's Summer Camp").
Memo to freakjobs: the '60's are over.
How nostalgic...60s radicalism. And yet, like Frankenstein's monster or even Freddy Krueger, it refuses to die. Some children will be poisened, wasting decades of their lives in the freaky violent underground.
Being a college professor means never having to admit you were wrong.
Don't be angry (or envious) with the kids at UCSB just because they can surf Campus Point in the am before classes. I sure did - and managed to get a good education by hitting the library in the evenings.
Except for "Incense and Peppermints."
Really dug your gun range post, however. Seems like you're making a difference. Of course, a California republican is about as much a charicature as a California democrat, I might think. (visions of parolees with chips under the omnipresence of the goverment satellite tracking...)
Yep, I'm a UCSB grad. There was always the potential for distractions, but I managed to stay focused.
I attended the graduation of a friend's daughter there some years back and it was like being at a Communist Party rally. The young lady in question, whose parents are fine conservatives, was totally radicalized by her professors and peers and still spouts Marxist dogma. She's smart and will eventually figure things out, but what a waste! She's a reliable Rat vote for the next 10 years or so.
As in any competitive institution you HAVE to stay focused of your studies at UCSB or you will end up somewhere else. Many don't understand that the difference at UCSB is that you can go from work to fun quickly there (since the campus is on a beach), rather than spending time travelling to go do what all undergrads do - play a bit from time to time.
Sorry to hear about your friend's daughter - but that can happen anywhere. I do know that there are conservatives on campus and they are not holding their fire. The UCSB GOP club is hosting Ben Stein at a lecture this Thursday night. That ought to shake things up a tad!
Nope. The banana slugs are found much further north, in the Santa Cruz area.
Get more students to attend conversative colleges and universities.
I was there as a grad student, but there were 10 or so grad students in the program when I got there who had been there already as long as 10 years when I got there!!
Burning bank buildings, drinking and sex parties. One out of three.
Great news -- and a change from when I was there.
Take a look at http://www.sixteenseven.com/ucsbgop/.
Ping to 26!
Ventura and Santa Barbara County Ping!
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It's a work in progress, but we ARE making inroads. Heh. The kids are great and it is very rewarding to spend some time with them. I ran into one young friend of mine at the shoot who is in ROTC and spent his summer getting his jump wings at airborne school. Danny is a very serious young man and I count it a pleasure to know him. He had to leave early because he had color guard duty at the UCSB Men's soccer game that evening. Conservatives are there at UCSB and making a difference. Say a prayer for Danny sometime. He is likely going to Iraq when he graduates this year.
Great picture - thanks.
Yes it can, but I wish you'd been at that "graduation ceremony." It could have been taken from the Red Chinese sequence in the movie "The Red Violin." I'm glad to hear there are now some active conservatives on campus.
That graduation was what woke me up as a conservative and convinced me quiet disapproval wasn't going to do the job. It would take money -- mine! -- and as much political effort as I could put into stemming the stealthy subversion that's radicalized American campuses since the 1960s.
"It would take money -- mine! -- and as much political effort as I could put into stemming the stealthy subversion." I couldn't agree more. Conservatives can either send that check in to the Alumni Association for more of the same BS, OR they can get involved, and support on-campus conservatives directly. Campus conservative/Republican clubs can do a lot and working with the college kids is rewarding in and of itself.
An astute observation. You're very right.
I am one of the "hippie generation" who went to a "hippie" college in a "hippie" city. As a matter of fact, I was a hippie myself. (I got better.)
Over the years, as my hair got shorter and grayer, I have grown more and more impressed and pleased by the high levels of courtesy, respect and genuine politeness shown by my younger associates. They're a better group than my cohort was.
The only exceptions known to me are what Cartman called the "College Know-It-All Hippies." But I know from experience that most of these are losers who will spend the rest of their lives in dead-end jobs and locations provided they don't straighten up.
When one or two these leftist professors get snagged by some long arm there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth.
But the others may get the message and shut up.
I also donate to organizations that stand up for ALL free speech on campus -- and sue universities that think only liberals have the right to speak up or have "special rights." One such is F.I.R.E. as well as David Horowitz's efforts toward an academic bill of rights.
F.I.R.E. recently took on "Cow" Poly at San Luis Obispo over a student's right to post material on a campus bulletin board and forced the administration to backtrack from a very unfair Leftist ruling.
Thanks for what you do. Organizations like FIRE do make a difference. Turns out I also have a degree from Cal Poly (SLO). I certainly sent President Baker a pointed note, rather than my usual check to the Alumni Association over the harrassment of Steve Hinkle. Glad Poly figured out that the First Amendment applies to them. Too bad it took so long. Poly is generally noted as a more conservative campus than UCSB, but they have some of the same leftist disease that infects most colleges and universities.
Me too. I was there in '78 & '79 and, even though the school still seemed stuck in a 60's time warp, the education was rigorous and the quarter system was pretty unforgiving.
I do remember that every quarter a new set of BMW's, complete with surfboards on the roof, would come into Isla Vista and I'd wonder just how long this new group would last.
The last time I visited UCSB was in the late 80's and it seemed to have changed a great deal. Entrance requirements had been significantly increased and many of the students I spoke with said the school was much more conservative than in years past. Del Playa was still the place to go on Saturday night but much of the party school image had been lost. IIRC, the Bank of America had been turned into a bar?!!
Gaucho ping (class of '90)
G-r-e-a-t.... they can create more little Joe Wilsons. Just what we need.
Now I'm getting nostalgic. I didn't see their canned presentation but I do remember being force fed a film called Don't Bank on America in some required social studies class. It romanticized the burning of the bank and martyred that poor kid who was shot and killed then.
I loved living there and had more fun than I should have. I spent a lot of time surfing, chasing skirts and playing on Del Playa. It's a wonder I was able to keep up with academics. UCSB, during those times, offered way too many temptations. I, still to this day, try and explain what Halloween was like in Isla Vista back then. Words never seem to paint an accurate picture of what went on there. Luckily, I have some photo's and articles from the Daily Nexus to help explain.
I left in early '80 and transferred to Berkeley. Big mistake. After two quarters there, I transfered again. This time to Cal Poly Pomona--as in where the hell is. This was a good move. Nothing to do in Pomona other than school work. The 60's never happened there and I was glad to be in a more conservative setting after my previous choices.
Always wanted to stay in SB, but the poor job market and housing costs were too much. Unbelievable what's happened there since. I hear the median price for a home is something like $1.6 million now. I do miss going to Fiesta and the Summer Solstice - if they still hold it.
I wonder if that guy who talked to flies still hangs out in the I.V. park? LOL
Do you remember the tunnel?
The Banal Beached out Bleached out Blonde's of UCSB
How well I know! I used to live in the SLO area with two Cal Poly English professors as neighbors. Both would have aced the KGB entry exam without cracking a book.
Parents should tell junior and sis, I'm not paying for schools that are anti-American and anti-capitalist. I'm not paying tuition for Colorado (Ward Churchill) or Columbia (anti-Semitism) etc. etc. etc...... The education business would eventually meet consumer demand.
Federal subsidies to universities and colleges should be completely eliminated. Let the education business compete for students without Federal government help. Congress, of course, is not likely to cut welfare payments to higher education, unless voters get busy and rattle the politicians'cages.
Great picture! Do you go to the UCSB GOP meetings regularly? Let me know the next time you are going and I'll try to meet you there. I'm a UCSB alumnus as well and a member of their club.
My mom is a Cal Poly graduate and my family lived in SLO in 1969-70 when she finished up her masters degree. It was Cowboys vs. Hippies on campus at Poly then (and the Cowboys had the numbers then). Not now apparently.
We should get together and go to the meeting sometime. Regular Meetings are Tuesdays in Girvetz 1116 at 8:00pm.
SPECIAL NOTE to you Freepers who are local to the SB Ventura area - the UCSB Republicans have scheduled Ben Stein Thursday, October 13, 2005 in Corwin Pavillion at 8 pm. Ben Stein will be speaking on the hot seat issue of military recruiting and patriotism.