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  • Gunman stabbed 3 to death before spree

    05/25/2014 8:57:41 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 40 replies
    New York Post ^ | Kathianne Boniello, David K. Li, Laura Italiano and Linda Massarella
    Only when cops entered Rodger’s nearby apartment did they find his first victims: three multiply-stabbed men whose names were withheld Saturday night, pending family notification. It remained unclear Saturday night if any of the three were Rodger’s two roommates. He had written in the manifesto that he would “have to kill” them so he could turn the place into “my personal torture and killing chamber.” “I will start luring people into my apartment, knock them out with a hammer, and slit their throats. I will torture some of the good looking people before I kill them, assuming that the good...
  • 7 dead in drive-by shootings, including attacker, in Santa Barbara area

    05/24/2014 6:10:03 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 108 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/24/14
    A gunman went on a drive-by shooting rampage in a Santa Barbara student enclave and at least seven people were killed, including the attacker, authorities said. Investigators believe a gunman driving a black BMW acted alone in the shootings late Friday night near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • 7 Dead in "Mass Murder" Drive-By Shootings Near UC Santa Barbara

    05/24/2014 9:29:58 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 108 replies
    NBCLOSANGELES.COM ^ | Saturday, May 24, 2014 Updated 8:50 PDT | Christina Cocca and Samia Khan
    A gunman in a black BMW opened fire on crowds of people Friday night in a Southern California seaside town near UC Santa Barbara, killing six people and injuring seven others in what investigators described as a "mass murder" rampage. The gunman was later involved in at least one shootout with sheriff's deputies and died of a gunshot wound to the head, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said at a Saturday morning news conference. He could not confirm whether the gunshot was self-inflicted. Seven victims were hospitalized and at least one of them had undergone surgery for life-threatening injuries,...
  • UC Irvine Hillel Forces Cancellation of Pro-Israel Speaker

    05/06/2014 12:04:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 5/6/14 | Nichole Hungerford
    On the heels of Brandeis University’s controversial decision to rescind an honorary degree to women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, organizers of a week-long pro-Israel event called iFest, which is currently underway at the University of California, Irvine, say they have been forced to cancel a scheduled speech by Nonie Darwish, a prominent pro-Israel speaker. Lead iFest organizer Daniel Narvy, president of the campus group Anteaters for Israel (AFI), who will be joining the Israeli Defense Forces this summer, says Orange County Hillel was primarily responsible for the cancellation and that the incident is another example of Hillel’s marginalization of...
  • The Pornified Professor Versus Pro-Life Youth

    03/19/2014 11:47:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    The other day, this story hit the New Media. It's one the Old Media will simply never report. Two sisters, 16 and 21, and members of Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, were holding a pro-life sign while demonstrating at the University of California, Santa Barbara. A choppy cell phone video caught the scene: Students hurl obscenities at the young girls while a large, imposing woman, with two accomplices in tow, march off with the sign, having ripped it from one girl's hands. The girls follow the thugs to the elevator, and as the video continues recording, the intimidating woman...
  • UC to spend up to $6m on mansion for new president Janet Napolitano...

    09/18/2013 3:57:32 PM PDT · by matt04 · 49 replies
    When former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano takes over as president of the University of California later this month, she will live in leased accommodations that the college system is renting for nearly $10,000 a month. While the price tag is several thousand dollars less than what the university spent leasing her predecessor's home, some university officials say it might be more cost-effective in the long run to fix up a vacant mansion that housed previous university presidents. A committee of the University of California's governing board agreed Tuesday to spend $620,000 toward the multi-million cost of renovating the historic...
  • Is Janet Napolitano Best The UC Regents Can Do?

    07/13/2013 8:55:27 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    Cronyism: Homeland Security honcho Janet Napolitano announced she'd quit her cabinet post on Friday to take a $750,000-a-year job as president of the University of California system. Is this the best the regents can do? Instead of appointing a world class scientist, leading medical expert, respected academic or distinguished public servant — such as the truly qualified Condoleezza Rice — to lead the great University of California system, the UC regents opted for a political hack of no academic merit whatsoever. Their pick, Janet Napolitano, has presided over one disaster after another at the Department of Homeland Security. Dubbed Big...
  • Cal Logo 2.0: Let There be UC Lite

    12/13/2012 3:53:30 AM PST · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-13-2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    When you think about it, it's amazing that the high-minded swells at the University of California didn't unveil a new logo sooner. The old logo, which will continue to appear on diplomas and official letters, features the school motto, "Let there be light." Ancient. An English translation of a Latin phrase. And a book. Dead-tree lit. 1868? Dead white guys. Under a star. Too militaristic. But it wasn't political correctness that relegated the old UC seal to the dusty top shelf reserved for weighty documents only. The new logo, explained UC spokesman Steve Montiel, is "an operational thing." The seal...
  • University of CA Student Association condemns entire country of Israel of ‘racism’ in secretive vote

    10/01/2012 12:21:59 PM PDT · by oliverdarcy · 27 replies
    The University of California Student Association (UCSA) secretly passed a resolution last month which condemned the nation of Israel of “racism.” The resolution, passed through the student organization with unanimously support, claims there is a “wealth of scholarship and legal opinion” that exists affirming “racism” on behalf of Israel. The resolution was in response to HR 35, a California Assembly resolution condemning anti-Semitism in higher education.
  • Pepper-spraying California taxpayers

    09/30/2012 6:26:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/30/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    UC has reached a $1 million settlement with UC Davis students who were pepper sprayed at an Occupy-inspired Nov. 18 demonstration to protest rising tuition. UC will pay student plaintiffs $30,000 each, and the ACLU will pocket up to $250,000. Everything that is wrong in California resides in this story. For $30,000, I'll get pepper sprayed. Students think tuition costs too much, so what do they do? Sue the university - it has deep pockets. This episode began because students know that if they stood around smoking pot and demanding more money from Sacramento, the administration would be tickled pink....
  • UC to pay nearly $1 million in UC Davis pepper-spray settlement

    09/26/2012 3:46:29 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9-26-12 | la times
    The University of California will pay damages of $30,000 to each of the 21 UC Davis students and alumni who were pepper-sprayed by campus police during an otherwise peaceful protest 10 months ago, the university system announced Wednesday. The agreement, which must still be approved in federal court, also calls for UC to pay a total of $250,000 to the plaintiffs’ attorneys and set aside a maximum of $100,000 to pay up to $20,000 to any other individuals who join the class-action lawsuit by proving they were either arrested or directly pepper-sprayed, a university statement said. A video released online,...
  • UC to pay $1 million to pepper-sprayed Occupy protesters

    09/26/2012 1:18:31 PM PDT · by South40 · 25 replies
    Orange County Register (AP) ^ | 9/26/2012 | TERENCE CHEA (AP)
    SAN FRANCISCO – The University of California has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by demonstrators who were pepper-sprayed during an Occupy protest at UC Davis last fall, according to a preliminary settlement filed Wednesday. The Nov. 18, 2011, incident prompted national outrage, angry campus protests and calls for the resignation of Chancellor Linda Katehi after online videos shot by witnesses went viral.
  • UC Berkeley and the 'Islamophobia' Lobby

    05/26/2012 10:14:37 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Campus Watch ^ | 5/25/2012 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    The Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project (IRDP)—a program of the University of California, Berkeley's Center for Race and Gender (CRG)—recently held its third annual conference, "Critical Discourses on Islamophobia: Symbols, Images, & Representations." As in previous years, speaker after speaker decried an imaginary racist, imperialist, Orientalist Western juggernaut, while disregarding the very real predations of Islamism. The first day of the conference brought in approximately eighty people at its peak, including a number of women in hijab (head scarf), typing furiously on laptops. Others sported keffiyehs and dreadlocks; a smattering of Arabic and French could be heard; and a scruffy,...
  • U.C. police clear out Albany Occupy protest

    05/14/2012 8:47:51 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/14/12 | Michael Cabanatuan
    Police cleared out Monday morning the small group of protesters who had set up an urban farming camp in a patch of UC Berkeley agricultural research land in Albany. University police officers in riot helmets gave the protesters 1o minutes to leave the Gill Tract before they marched across the fields near Marin and San Pablo avenues at about 6:15 a.m. The handful of protesters who had not obeyed the police order were sent scurrying off the property and onto San Pablo, which is closed to traffic. Two protesters were arrested for trespassing after they disobeyed police orders to leave...
  • Protesters will end UC farm encampment

    05/12/2012 3:26:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/12/12 | Nanette Asimov
    Occupy the Farm protesters agreed Saturday to end their three-week encampment on UC Berkeley property in Albany, but rebuffed an invitation from the university to discuss how area can be used for both urban farming and for research. Instead, the several dozen protesters set up ladders to scale the fence UC had erected around the area along San Pablo Avenue known as the Gill Tract and said they will continue to tend the vegetables and fruit trees they've planted on two of the five disputed acres. As a result, the UC Regents said they won't drop the civil lawsuit they...
  • Occupy's farm goal pales against research effort

    05/11/2012 9:22:15 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/11/12 | Chip Johnson
    Message to the Occupy the Farm folk. Don't fence us in. Because when you trespass on another person's land and claim it as your own, you leave the rest of us law-abiding folk with very few options. The property owners can ask police to throw you off the land, they can throw you off themselves or present a legal argument to have you removed and barred from ever returning. UC Berkeley officials chose option three earlier this week, filing a lawsuit seeking an injunction to have more than a dozen protesters removed from the university's Gill Tract, a 10-acre research...
  • Berkeley Law 2012 Graduation Tomorrow: More Protest Against Torture Lawyer John Yoo

    05/10/2012 10:23:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 5/10/12 | The World Can't Wait
    Protesters will denounce torture, and the University of California’s continuing connection to torture, outside tomorrow's commencement ceremony at UC Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall). As in previous years’ graduation demonstrations, protesters including those costumed to represent prisoners at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and other sites where the U.S. currently manages a regimen of illegal rendition, detention, and torture, will gather outside the commencement before and during the ceremony. They will call for an end to, and accountability for, this illegal program wherever it has been operating. Berkeley Law professor John Yoo is on the list of Bush Regime officials who they say...
  • UC sues Occupy farmers for Albany takeover

    05/09/2012 6:38:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/9/12 | Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer
    A standoff between UC Berkeley and Occupy activists who planted renegade crops on university land is headed from the farm to the courts. The University of California Board of Regents filed a lawsuit Wednesday against 14 protesters, claiming they and others conspired to cut through chains that secured gates and trespass onto the Gill Tract, a patch of land along bustling San Pablo Avenue in Albany. The activists, who call themselves Occupy the Farm, moved onto the tract April 22. They are pressuring the university to preserve part of the tract, which has been the subject of development debates for...
  • Occupation of UC Berkeley Land Continues for 17th Day

    05/08/2012 10:05:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 5/8/12 | Jeff Shuttleworth
    A standoff between protesters and the University of California at Berkeley over a 10-acre plot of university-owned agricultural land in Albany continued into its 17th day today. Anya Kamanskaya, of the group Occupy The Farm, said the ball is in the university's court after protesters issued a response late Monday to the university's proposal to resolve the standoff. UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said the university planned to respond to the protesters' letter later today. Occupy the Farm activists moved onto the site, which is known as the Gill Tract and is located near the corner of Marin and San...
  • UC Berkeley adviser fired after affair

    05/06/2012 6:31:54 AM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/6/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    A former UC Berkeley assistant vice chancellor who doubled the salary of a male subordinate during a 15-month affair has been fired from the university. Diane Leite, 47, who had already been bumped from her assistant vice chancellor's job, was dismissed from the six-figure-salary adviser's job where she had landed, UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof confirmed Friday. Leite's relationship with purchasing manager Jonathan Caniezo, who is 17 years her junior, was detailed in a whistle-blower letter to her boss back in August. Records show that Caniezo's pay grew from $57,864 in late 2008 to $120,000 in 2010.When the scandal went...
  • Albany: Activists raise stakes with renegade farm {UC BERKELEY}

    04/23/2012 8:32:59 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/23/12 | Benny Evangelista,Carolyne Zinko
    A tussle between preservationists and UC Berkeley over a decadelong development project in Albany erupted into a pitchfork protest Sunday, when activists planted a renegade farm on a plot of land known as the Gill Tract in an effort to keep it agriculturally pristine. Timing their action to Earth Day, about 200 members of Occupy the Farm to Take Back the Gill Tract broke a lock on a gate, rototilled the soil and planted carrot, broccoli and corn seedlings on part of the 10-acre site at Marin and San Pablo avenues. The Albany tract is owned by UC Berkeley, which...
  • Which is worse — pepper spray or ignorance?

    04/14/2012 1:28:13 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    SFGate: Token Conservative ^ | 4/14/4 | Debra J. Saunders
    My Sunday column is on the Reynoso report on the UC Davis pepper spray incident. You can read the Reynoso report here. . . . The Reynoso report confirms some of the CAS findings. A professor offers extra credit to students who attend the Occupy UCD rally and write a report on it. Another professor tells students they are the law. The problem with professors who see it as their job to promote “social justice,” is they’ve forgotten that their job is to educate.
  • Ron Paul says he won't quit race

    04/06/2012 2:19:26 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/6/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, on a three-day campaign swing in California that has attracted overflow crowds, said Thursday his withdrawal from the race is "not going to happen" - and he isn't certain he'll support Mitt Romney should the former Massachusetts governor win the party's nomination. The Texas congressman, in a meeting with The Chronicle's editorial board, said there may be some "excitement" ahead, including the possibility of a "brokered" convention. Paul, asked whether he would back Romney if he secures the 1,144 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination, said, "We haven't gotten that far yet. I have...
  • Prosecution of UC Davis protesters sparks anger, occupation

    04/06/2012 9:18:31 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/6/12 | Darrell Smith
    Several dozen UC Davis students are protesting the upcoming court date of the "Bankers' Dozen," the 12 students linked to demonstrations in January and February that shuttered an on-campus U.S. Bank branch. About 400 students rallied Thursday afternoon at the university's Memorial Union to speak out against allegations of conspiracy and blocking access filed against the dozen in late March by Yolo County prosecutors. The event was peaceful and no incidents were reported. Students and supporters then marched across campus to Mrak Hall, chanting "Drop all charges," occupying stairwells and the building's lobby. Some students quickly set up tents and...
  • Leftism at UC leaves many with unbalanced education, study says

    04/03/2012 1:53:30 AM PDT · by blueplum · 6 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | 01 Apr 12 | Larry Gordon
    The University of California is a hotbed of leftist faculty and politically correct thinking where many students are receiving a weak and unbalanced education, according to a report by a conservative organization of professors and administrators. The study by the California Assn. of Scholars repeats objections conservatives have had for decades over what they see as an overwhelmingly liberal academia that stifles dissent. Especially in UC humanities departments, study of classics and rigorous analysis have been replaced by advocacy of a leftist agenda and teaching about the grievances of various minorities, the report says. "It has reached an extreme where...
  • Occupy Protesters Arraigned, Ordered to Stay Away from Berkeley Campus

    03/20/2012 2:21:46 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 3/19/12 | Jeff Shuttleworth
    Four Occupy Cal protesters were arraigned today on misdemeanor charges for their involvement in a demonstration at Sproul Plaza at the University of California at Berkeley campus on Nov. 9. At the request of the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, Superior Court Judge Paul Seeman issued orders which require that the protesters stay away 100 yards from all UC property, except for when they go to and from class and work. Attorney Ronald Cruz, who represents three Occupy Cal protesters but not the four people who were arraigned today, attended today's hearing and said Seeman made it clear that the...
  • UC Berkeley professors condemn light punishment for administrator

    03/16/2012 7:50:14 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/16/12 | Matt Krupnick
    BERKELEY -- A growing chorus of voices is calling for the firing of a UC Berkeley administrator who helped triple her secret sex partner's pay over five years. Calling Diane Leite's punishment "an affront" to the university, several UC Berkeley professors have asked the school's provost to investigate how the matter was handled. They are aghast that, instead of firing her, the university reassigned Leite from her assistant vice chancellor post and will still pay her $175,000 a year. "It's an outrage," said engineering professor Samer Madanat, one of at least 13 professors who signed the letter to Provost George...
  • UC Berkeley administrator hiked pay for employee she was seeing

    03/12/2012 8:01:32 AM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies · 2+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/12/12 | Matt Krupnick
    A longtime UC Berkeley administrator has been demoted and docked in pay for improperly giving several raises to an employee with whom she was having a sexual relationship -- but she will still make $175,000 a year. Diane Leite, a former assistant vice chancellor, "should have known better" than to push through five raises in two years for a purchasing manager, university investigators concluded. The scandal in UC Berkeley's office that provides administrative services for campus research is detailed in a report obtained by the Bay Area News Group using the California Public Records Act. Jonathan Caniezo, 30, who earned...
  • Student protesters shut down most of UC Santa Cruz

    03/01/2012 1:25:37 PM PST · by SmithL · 27 replies · 3+ views
    Student protesters at the University of California, Santa Cruz, shut down most of the campus Thursday as part of statewide demonstrations against budget cuts to higher education. Hundreds of students blocked all entrances to the coastal campus and prevented vehicles from entering, said Josh Brahinsky, a graduate student and union representative who helped organize the action. The protest at Santa Cruz is part of demonstrations being held by college students at about 30 campuses across California and was scheduled to coincide with state budget negotiations, organizers said. Rallies, marches, teach-ins and walkouts to call on lawmakers to restore funding to...
  • UC Davis students sue over pepper spraying

    02/22/2012 12:51:07 PM PST · by SmithL · 43 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/22/12 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    UC Davis students who were pepper-sprayed by campus police during a sit-down protest in November sued the officers and university administrators in federal court today,claiming excessive force and suppression of free speech. Police, acting at the orders of UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi and other officials, decided to forcefully break up a peaceful assembly "because of the demonstration's message and who was delivering it," lawyers for 17 students and two graduates said in papers filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento. The students sat in the campus quad Nov. 18 to protest recent tuition increases and the use of force...
  • Berkeley gobbles up .xxx porn domains

    02/08/2012 4:05:56 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    SFGate ^ | 2/8/12 | Will Kane
    UC Berkeley, in an apparent attempt to stave off any association with, well, sexy co-eds doing naughty things on camera has bought a handful of .xxx domain names that could link to the school. In other words, domains like goldenbears.xxx, uc-berkeley.xxx and calbears.xxx won’t offer any titillating bits, just a dark screen that says “this domain has been reserved from registration.” “We wouldn’t want to be associated with the kind of industries that would use that domain name,” . . .
  • Occupy UC Davis set to decamp for winter break

    12/09/2011 5:12:59 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/9/11 | Bee Metro STaff
    Three weeks after a national controversy erupted over the pepper spraying of Occupy UC Davis protesters by campus police, the demonstrators are apparently calling for the dismantling of their tent city for winter break.
  • Truth behind UC Davis pepper spray of Occupy protestors

    12/06/2011 3:50:50 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Halfway to Concord ^ | 12/6/11 | Adam Castle
    Most of you have heard of the controversy surrounding the UC Davis Police who pepper sprayed Occupy protestors. Unfortunately, the story has not been presented in its proper context and, as a result, has subverted the truth and misdirected the public’s opinion. We need your help in making known the other side of what transpired on Friday, November 18, 2011. The links to our YouTube videos (above and HERE) offer detailed footage of the events as they occurred, as well as an article in Accuracy in Media, one of the few outlets to carry our side of the story. So...
  • Pepper-Spray Used at UC Davis Becomes 'Hit' on Amazon (Defense Technology 56895 MK-9 Stream)

    11/29/2011 4:58:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    IB Times ^ | 11/29/11 | Shailesh Shrivastava
    Pepper-Spray Used at UC Davis Becomes 'Hit' on AmazonBy Shailesh Shrivastava November 29, 2011 5:56 AM EST Since a campus policeman pepper-sprayed Occupy protesters at the University of California, Davis, the campus has been witnessing protests almost every day. **SNIP** The pepper spray Lt. John Pike used has become famous since the brand name and product id have now been registered in people's mind. Amazon users have posted many creative pictures under the product "Defense Technology 56895 MK-9 Stream, 1.3% Red Band/1.3% Blue Band Pepper Spray." The sarcastic comments as the product review also show that people are in no...
  • An Open Letter to UC Berkeley Students, Faculty, Administration & Regents . . .

    11/28/2011 7:37:18 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 11/28/11 | Mary Jo Rossi, UC Berkeley Police Officers’ Association
    An Open Letter to UC Berkeley Students, Faculty, Administration & Regents from the UC Berkeley Police Officers’ Association It is our hope that this letter will help open the door to a better understanding between UC Berkeley police and the University community. The UC Berkeley Police Officers’ Association, representing approximately 64 campus police officers, understands your frustration over massive tuition hikes and budget cuts, and we fully support your right to peacefully protest to bring about change.  It was not our decision to engage campus protesters on November 9th. We are now faced with “managing” the results of years of poor...
  • Flash: U.C. Berkeley Faculty Senate Registers 10-1 Vote Condemning Administration...

    11/28/2011 7:32:19 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Flash: U.C. Berkeley Faculty Senate Registers 10-1 Vote Condemning Administration Response to Occupy Berkeley ProtestersThe Berkeley Division of the University of California Faculty Senate endorsed, by a 10-1 margin (336-34), a group of four resolutions expressing, with varying degrees of specificity, their lack of confidence in the way Berkeley administrators have handled student protests. Three U.C. Berkeley executives, Chancellor Robert Birgenau and two of his subordinates, attempted an explanation of their actions on November 9, when students and faculty were clubbed by police. They were greeted with stony silence by the faculty members in the front of the International House...
  • Students shut down UC regents meeting

    11/28/2011 2:29:40 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/28/11 | Jill Tucker, Carolyn Jones,Kevin Fagan, Chronicle Staff Writers
    Hundreds of students and faculty members temporarily shut down a University of California Board of Regents meeting being held simultaneously today at campuses in San Francisco, Davis, Merced and Los Angeles by standing in the conference rooms and chanting slogans so loudly the regents could no longer conduct business. The meeting was going smoothly until the public comment portion ended at 9:30 a.m. and several demonstrators began yelling the Occupy movement's familiar "mic check!" call, signalling the desire to have a protest meeting. There were about 50 students at each campus' regents meeting, which was being conducted by speakerphone. "We're...
  • Add Occupy Cal to our protest fatigue

    11/13/2011 3:13:07 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/13/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    The Bay Area has come down with a serious case of Protest Fatigue. The 99 percent of Northern Californians who want to go about their business are being jammed with protests and forced to pay for shutdowns imposed by the 1 percent of activists who don't know the difference between free speech and free camping. There are so many protests here that the group No Justice No BART had to call off a planned demonstration on Nov. 2 in order to accommodate activists planning to take public transit to the Occupy Oakland general strike. When President Obama came to San...
  • Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (VC EDI)UC San Diego

    11/12/2011 11:32:45 AM PST · by motivated · 7 replies
    UC San Diego ^ | None noted | UC San Diego
    Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (VC EDI) The proposal for the creation of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (VC EDI) follows the “portfolio model” in which the VC EDI has direct responsibility for a range of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and offices and the individuals in those areas with responsibility for the initiative. The VC EDI will be a direct report to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, with an indirect reporting to the Chancellor. This reporting relationship is advanced as the most financially viable and cost-effective organizational structure. A...
  • Why the Berkeley College Republicans are Wrong

    09/26/2011 6:17:37 PM PDT · by SmithL · 79 replies
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 9/26/11 | Thomas Lord
    The Berkeley College Republicans have taken a strong stance against a proposed law that would allow, among other things, race to be taken into consideration during the admissions process. They say on a Facebook event page: "The Berkeley College Republicans firmly believe measuring any admit's merit based on race is intrinsically racist." In this note I'll show that their belief is wrong. Not only is the use of race in admissions not intrinsically racist - the failure to consider race and other similar factors is intrinsically racist. This is not some subjective interpretation of histories of oppression. This is not...
  • UC Berkeley student senators respond to bake sale

    09/26/2011 9:33:00 AM PDT · by SmithL · 40 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/26/11 | Nanette Asimov, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Berkeley student senators voted Sunday to condemn discriminatory behavior on campus - even if done in satire - in response to a Republican student group's plans for an "Increase Diversity Bake Sale," with pastries labeled according to race and gender. The 19-0 vote, with one absence, came during a special meeting of the Associated Students of the University of California, as the debate over affirmative action reignited in Berkeley. "Sure, it came off as discrimination," said Francisco Loayza IV, the treasurer of the Republican group, at Sunday's meeting. "People are being judged by their skin color (in affirmative action policies)....
  • BERKELEY: Racially heated posting sparks outrage at UC

    09/23/2011 6:47:36 PM PDT · by SmithL · 64 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/23/11 | Nanette Asimov, Chronicle Staff Writer
    A Facebook post announcing plans by a UC Berkeley Republican group to sell baked goods priced according to race, gender and ethnicity - "White/Caucasian" pastries for $2 and "Black/African American pastries for 75 cents, for example - has drawn outrage on campus. "I'm ashamed to know that I go to the same school with people who would say stuff like this," responded student Skyler Hogan-Van Sickle on Facebook. "I'm really trying to figure out how someone can be this hateful." The campus Republicans, who expect to go forward with their "Increase Diversity Bake Sale" on Tuesday, say the event is...
  • BERKELEY: UC students protest funding cuts

    09/22/2011 5:38:33 PM PDT · by SmithL · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/22/11 | Nanette Asimov, Chronicle Staff Writer
    BERKELEY -- The protest season began with a near bang at UC Berkeley this afternoon as hundreds of chanting, fist-pumping students angry about tuition hikes charged into Tolman Hall after a raucous noon rally. They filled the ground-floor hallways and jostled police officers. One student grabbed an officer's .40-caliber magazine, sending the ammunition clip flying. Officer Donna Chapman, who had been trying to order students to clear the building entrance, ran to pick up the clip before protesters could grab it. Around her, students shouted "No cuts, no fees, education must be free" as they flooded into the building. Classrooms...
  • Goodwin Liu had a hand in Bush v. Gore

    08/31/2011 3:09:57 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 8/31/11 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Senate Republicans were irate at Goodwin Liu's opposition to President George W. Bush's Supreme Court candidates. Imagine their indignation if they'd known that Liu had a hand in a Supreme Court opinion that, if it had prevailed, might have kept Bush out of the White House. The information comes from Herma Hill Kay, a law school colleague of Liu's at UC Berkeley. She wrote to the state Commission on Judicial Appointments in support of Gov. Jerry Brown's nomination of Liu to the California Supreme Court, after President Obama's choice of the 40-year-old academic for a federal appeals court seat in...
  • Berkeley chancellor seeking funds for undocumented students

    08/25/2011 10:18:04 AM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 8/25/11 | Matt Krupnick
    BERKELEY -- UC Berkeley is asking some of the country's largest foundations to help undocumented immigrants afford college. Buoyed by a new state law that allows public colleges and universities to offer private scholarships to students who came to the United States illegally, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau said Wednesday he has spoken to major organizations such as the Carnegie and Ford foundations about helping the university. "One was nervous about the political impact," he said in an interview after his annual back-to-school media briefing. "The other said, 'This is fantastic.' " Birgeneau has been a vocal supporter of undocumented...
  • Gun ownership, carrying a gun linked to heavy alcohol use

    06/20/2011 9:11:22 AM PDT · by drypowder · 86 replies · 2+ views
    UC Davis Health Systems ^ | 6/14/2011 | UC Davis Health Systems
    Gun ownership, carrying a gun linked to heavy alcohol use Large, multi-state study shows certain gun owners more likely to drink excessively June 14, 2011 (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Gun owners who carry concealed weapons or have confronted another person with a gun are more than twice as likely to drink heavily as people who do not own guns, according to a study by UC Davis researchers. Binge drinking, chronic heavy alcohol use, and drinking and driving were all more common among gun owners generally than among non-owners, even after adjusting for factors such as age, sex, race, and state of...
  • Going Hungry in Berkeley for Ethnic Studies

    05/04/2011 1:23:32 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 5/4/11 | Jonah Most
    Hungry students and their supporters sit for the seventh day in front of University of California at Berkeley’s California Hall, after a futile meeting with University Chancellor Robert Birgeneau. The students asked Birgeneau yesterday to reinstate fired ethnic-studies staff members. “We're still here, we're still fighting and basically, we're not going anywhere," said a weary-looking, third-year Native American studies major, Zoila Lara-Cea. They are protesting cuts resulting from a comprehensive audit of university operations conducted by the consulting firm Bain and Company. The auditors recommended trimming two-and-a-half staff positions from the Ethnic Studies Department. Even though cuts are distributed university-wide,...
  • BERKELEY: Ex-Cal doctor accused of sex assaults of patients

    04/28/2011 12:34:08 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/28/11 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    A doctor who worked for UC Berkeley's health center for more than 20 years has been charged with sexually assaulting patients, authorities said today. Robert Martin Kevess, 52, of Oakland assaulted at least six male patients since 2006 while working at the Tang Health Center at 2222 Bancroft Way just south of the campus, according to Alameda County prosecutors. . . . A 19-count complaint filed Wednesday accuses Kevess of sexual exploitation of numerous patients, along with several charges of sexual battery with false professional purpose and sexual penetration with a foreign object. If convicted, Kevess could face a lengthy...
  • Feds probe anti-Semitism allegations at Santa Cruz

    03/16/2011 1:41:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/16/11
    The U.S. Department of Education is investigating a faculty member's complaint that a series of pro-Palestinian events at the University of California, Santa Cruz have crossed the line into anti-Semitism and created a hostile environment for Jewish students.
  • BERKELEY: Students walk out on a ledge against cuts

    03/03/2011 5:02:57 PM PST · by SmithL · 27 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/3/11 | Mihir Zaveri, Chronicle Staff Writer
    UC Berkeley police arrested one of nine people who walked out on a fourth-story ledge of UC Berkeley's Wheeler Hall at around 1:45 this afternoon, protesting budget cuts to higher education and campus layoffs. Police said the protester left the ledge and entered a classroom, but protesters claim police pulled him down. Some of the remaining eight protesters continued to be chained to the building's stone pillars as hundreds of students gathered on the steps below shouting the now-familiar mantra, "No cuts, no fees, education must be free!"