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UC Santa Barbara guide urges return to student radicalism
AP ^ | 10/10/5

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.


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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: academicbias; campusbias; culturewars; education; educrats; oldhippies; schoolbias; ucsb; universitybias
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To: SmithL

Gaucho ping (class of '90)

41 posted on 10/10/2005 10:25:52 AM PDT by No.6 (
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To: Mase
Your assessment is right on target - I got out in '78 myself. Flacks and other of the "radicals" came out to the dorms when I was a freshman and gave a multi-media presentation on the bank burning. All I saw was a (poor) attempt to justify criminal behavior. And yes it is a VERY hard school to get into these days, and it takes effort to stay in. And yes the rebuilt B of A became a bar. I still live in SB so it is a pleasure to watch the changes - in particular to see the aging hippies turn irrelevant.
42 posted on 10/10/2005 10:31:49 AM PDT by RKV ( He who has the guns, makes the rules.)
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To: SmithL

G-r-e-a-t.... they can create more little Joe Wilsons. Just what we need.

43 posted on 10/10/2005 10:57:51 AM PDT by calcowgirl
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I got out in '78 myself.

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

44 posted on 10/10/2005 11:22:12 AM PDT by Mase
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To: SmithL
Being in my last year at UCR (well, it better be my last year. :-P), I can tell you that, for the most part, even with a few VERY leftist teachers, most students here are apathetic towards politics. Sure, we get the occasional anti-war protest here, or a Free Palestine display, but for the most part, most don't care about politics. Heck, when we had an anti-war protest (with a few professors attending) the College Republicans out numbered them in the counter protest!

If the students at UCSB are anything like ours, then they will be sorely disappointed. This isn't, after all, Berkeley.

Of course, even so, we do have a huge number of FAR left groups. No, no Democrat groups (officially, we have two. But right now, they are currently dead with no members. Though I heard someone was trying to resurrect one...), all our leftist groups are socialist, communist, Free Palestine, etc. Go figure.
45 posted on 10/10/2005 11:23:59 AM PDT by Simmy2.5 (There are more conspiracies at DU then there are on Coast to Coast AM.)
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they have some of the same leftist disease that infects most colleges and universities.

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.

46 posted on 10/10/2005 11:33:35 AM PDT by Bernard Marx (Don't make the mistake of interpreting my Civility as Servility)
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To: pepperdog

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.

47 posted on 10/10/2005 11:48:47 AM PDT by foofoopowder
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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.

48 posted on 10/10/2005 12:30:57 PM PDT by Rabid Dog
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To: Bernard Marx

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.

49 posted on 10/10/2005 12:45:46 PM PDT by RKV ( He who has the guns, makes the rules.)
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To: Rabid Dog

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.

50 posted on 10/10/2005 12:56:09 PM PDT by RKV ( He who has the guns, makes the rules.)
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To: SmithL

There is really a moonbat prof named Dick Flacks? How appropriate.

51 posted on 10/10/2005 12:58:47 PM PDT by atomic conspiracy (Islamo-terrorists: Strike force of the MSM)
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To: foofoopowder

I agree, it's the government money first and foremost subsidizes these creeps. Take away the money and tenure and it would be a whole new ball game. Ward Churchill is a prime example of what is wrong with present day, government subsidized, universities.

52 posted on 10/10/2005 2:06:42 PM PDT by pepperdog
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I spent Saturday afternoon at a local gun club teaching 26 UCSB undergrads how to shoot trap. We had a great time and introduced about half that number to shooting sports for the first time. We had so much fun that we ended up (about ten of the kids) at the pistol range

I've been thinking about finding a pistol range in the SB/Ventura area (I work in the former, live in the latter). Any suggestions? I guess I would need to buy a handgun, too. The old Mossburg might be overkill.

53 posted on 10/10/2005 3:27:42 PM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee (const tag& constTagPassedByReference)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

If you live in the Ventura area then you might like Shooters Paradise of Oxnard, 1910 Sunkist Cr., Oxnard, CA 93033 805-486-1177 Also check out I belong to the range in SB You might give Far West Guns on State Street a try if your are in the market. There are MANY good shops around.

54 posted on 10/10/2005 3:37:26 PM PDT by RKV ( He who has the guns, makes the rules.)
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I'm a UCSB alum as well. It was fascinating to surf the internet from one of the first 4 nodes ever put on it -- in engineering 1.

UCSB will become a top notch school by virtue of its weather. When I went there, my professors had the world's fastest BJT, world's fastest and smallest diode, world's smallest (and probably fastest) FET, my TA developed the first blue laser in North America, and the lab I worked in had the most advanced VCSELs. All of those professors were world class, could teach anywhere and chose Santa Barbara because of how nice it was. If you could have a $50million lab & teach anywhere in the world, would you live in Chicago? Detroit? Taipei? New York?

55 posted on 10/10/2005 9:51:03 PM PDT by Kevin OMalley (No, not Freeper#95235, Freeper #1165: Charter member, What Was My Login Club.)
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To: Rabid Dog

Thanks for the ping and the good work RD;-)

56 posted on 10/10/2005 10:00:32 PM PDT by HangFire (I'm only wearing black until they come up with something darker...)
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