Events Of This Week

Alec Weisman, Editor-in-Chief

Protest The UCSD Crackdown Against Free Speech

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2010
There will be a protest on Wednesday, March 3rd at 12pm beginning at Chancellor Fox’s Office at the Chancellor’s complex and then we will be walking to the Associated Students offices (4th floor PC East) regarding the student government’s decision to close down funding all 33 campus media organizations.

We will not be emotional, we will not cause mass disruptions, but we will gather to calmly attempt to discuss with the Administration how the situation has gotten out of hand.

We intend to present both the Chancellor and Utsav (or whoever is present at the AS offices) with the ACLU & FIRE letters. If you have your own letter to present to Utsav and the AS then bring them, or if you have suggestions for other documents to present to the Chancellor, send me a message at aweisman@ucsd.edu.

NOTE: This event is not intended to be solely sponsored by the California Review. If your student organization would like to sign on, I will make your organization a sponsor and the president/editor of the club an administrator for the event as well.


BSU Events
Monday, Mar. 1, 2010

• 9:00am: Rally in front of Chancellor’s complex to follow up on their response to the BSU’s demands.
• 2:00-4:00pm: Ethnic Studies Dept. Town Hall on Campus Racial Emergency (NOTE: LOCATION HAS BEEN CHANGED TO GREAT HALL, ELEANOR ROOSEVELT COLLEGE), Description: The Department of Ethnic Studies invites you to attend a town hall meeting to continue the discussion that you have initiated on the degrading racial climate on campus.  We applaud the paradigm-changing protest that you have waged this past week and want to work with you to make sure that the momentum that you have built will result in  meaningful and lasting change on campus.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

• 12:00-2:00pm: SPACES will be holding an informal hangout titled “Reclaiming our University” wherein they plan to “continue the amazing and Powerful Active Community momentum that was felt on the great day of action Feb. 24. 2010” although they claim this is NOT a protest. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.
• 7:00-9:00pm: Asian & Pacific Islander Student Alliance (APSA) Forum on the current racial emergency (Cross Cultural Center, 2nd Floor, Price Center East).

Thursday, MARCH 4, 2010!!!
Let’s continue the momentum. March 4 is the National Day of Action for Education. We will be demanding that the state government and the UC administration provide true accesibility and educational funding for all. Join us on our struggle to reverse the privatization and corporatization of our public university.
Why March 4 connects perfectly with last week’s struggle against racism/sexism/homphobia at UCSD:

1. The administration’s current plan to solve its partly self-made economic crisis is to import more out of state wealthy students willing to pay out of state tuition (they want to raise the amount of out of state students from 5% up to 20%). This means less accessibility for students that are already underrepresented (including even less black and brown students in each entering class). There is nothing that Chancellor Fox can say or do to increase diversity at UCSD if this happens.
2. Higher fees (+32% this year and +300% in the last ten years) means that even less working and middle class students will be able to afford an UC education.
3. It’s going to be even harder to hire more faculty and staff of color with the current total hiring freeze and defunding.
4. UCSD is already cutting programs that were set up to increase diversity on campus and there are people in positions of power that are looking into the possibility of closing down departments. Guess which departments are first in line to be nixed?
5. Budget cuts also mean less classes which means that you are getting less of an education for your money and it might take you longer to graduate to satisfy your requirements, meaning more $$$ or more student debt. This is especially difficult for 1st gen. students from underrepresented groups.
6. We want the UC to do more to educate about diversity and foster it. That means that we need them to put more money into making this happen. With the state taking money away from the UCs and with the UC admin’s reluctance to spend its own money on things that matter, that’s going to he hard. We need to show Sacramento and the UC administration/regents that we want them to spend money on education, including not just on instruction on how to make money but an education that teaches people to be critical thinking, compassionate, and understanding human beings.
7. Also, if we want all UCSD students to take at least one mandatory Ethnic Studies class, we need to hire more professors and teach more course. Right now, ES has been forced by the budget cuts to cut down on their classes and freeze hiring of new professors.
8. If we also want UCSD to build up the African American Studies program, they’re going to need more investment as well.
9. Finally, we must all step out and protest on March 4 because an almost fully privatized university that cares more about making things for private corporations than about teaching people how to be productive, creative, critical thinkers is not good for anyone. The only way that we’re going to be able to stop the UC from fully becoming this type of place is by protesting. That’s the only thing that’s worked in the past, and it’s the only remedy for our current crisis.

UPDATE: Commenter “Zoom” has posted an excellent response to the BSU’s nine points; read the whole thing. Just a few more quick observations:

• Interesting that this is now supposed to be about “racism/sexism/homophobia” rather than just racism. What evidence is there that UCSD is noticeably sexist or homophobic? To the extent that it is, how is, say, the black community not far worse? Why isn’t the BSU working on taking the plank out of their own eye before railing against the rest of us?

Are they even trying to make sense any more? This is a cynical and utterly unjustified bid for wider support.

• They keep talking about insufficient accessibility for “minorities”… at a school where other historically oppressed minorities (consider the Chinese Exclusion Act, Japanese-American internment, and anti-miscegenation laws, for starters) are spectacularly successful, to the point that whites are not only seriously underrepresented relative to their population fraction, but they’ve even been surpassed by Asian-Americans in total numbers. What kind of pathetic dialogue on race at UCSD fails to grapple with this fact, one of the most striking sociological outcomes of the last century, at all? How can they possibly succeed, if they refuse to understand or even think about how other groups have worked their way out of circumstances not entirely dissimilar to their own?

The BSU asks for critical thinking, but could they recognize it when it hit them in the face? Or would they just tar it as “racist” because they find its conclusions inconvenient?

Advertisements

13 comments

  1. To counter the 9 assertions made by the BSU in the above:

    1. While I actually agree the current budget crisis is “partly self-made” in that the campus bureaucracy is anything close to efficient, wasting funds on unnecessary self-serving (often race-baiting) programs and a bloated, overpaid upper administration, there is no reason to believe that recruiting out-of-state students would make the campus “less accessible” in terms of specific ethnic groups. California is hardly the only state with non-white citizens. It would, of course, make the campus less accessible to all California citizens, including underrepresented white people, “brown” people, “black” people, etc. of this state.
    2. With financial assistance and loans, this is not true at all. There are plenty of more expensive universities in this nation with ample numbers of poor and middle-class students. Higher fees would make the university more immune to the inconsistencies of state funding and the wild variations of available tax monies from year to year.
    3. Hiring freezes would make it hire faculty of any color, true.
    4. Unsupported fear-mongering. But of course, programs unappealing to students should be slashed. Also, it’s inane (and somewhat racist) to assert that the programs that appeal to students of color are mainly ethnicity based (and then you bigots on the left will turn around and complain that there aren’t enough minorities in Engineering – why? because you convinced them to be Ethnic Studies majors instead). You think UCLA & UCB attracts more black students because of their African American Studies programs, or their academic reputations in various other disciplines and overall? And, of course, sports?
    5. It’s especially difficult for lower income students of any race or generational status.
    6. “More money” comes from the tax-payer, it does not grow on trees. And you have to question whether it is worth it to further cut into the dwindling, already over-burdened budgets of working families in order to award race-based entitlements and promote ineffective programs which indoctrinate rather than educate. Plus, UCSD has thrown countless dollars and endless amounts of energy into funding “diversity promotion,” with vary little gain. There’s no proof, that even with “increased diversity” as a goal, that funding amounts correlate into diversity percentages. Diversity occurs naturally when groups gravitate together.
    7. UCSD needs less indoctrination, not more. Given the irrationality displayed by the AS and the BSU in recent days, a mandatory critical thinking course would be more effective. Or a political science course explaining how liberty is the cornerstone of tolerance, mutual respect and equality.
    8. That’s a given. If (big IF) you want to build up any program, you probably need to stick more money into it.
    9. There are plenty of privatized universities that provide excellent educations and even massive heaps of the biased leftist indoctrination you crave. And, yes, God forbid we teach anyone, especially poor minorities, a useful money-making trade, rather than to bitch and whine and become a worthless dependent on the State, like say a campus Diversity officer or a professor of Ethnic Studies is.

  2. Having Koala members accompanying your protest is going to de-legitimize it really fast. But if you’re going to join forces, then good luck. I hope no one will antagonize your protest.

  3. Question · ·

    Will there be a chance for some sort of forum after the protest is over? Delivering letters for a united cause is all well and good of course, but I would like for people to be able to debate and discuss various aspects of the First Amendment and perhaps even engage some of the opponents. And while I know many students who support the First Amendment don’t want to discuss “political” points, many of the actions and speeches of the BSU and its allies indicate their firm opposition to the principle of the First Amendment and this needs to be pointed out in public.

    Seriously, would anyone who opposes the First Amendment violations but supports the BSU be willing to discuss why they feel that way? It just seems incongruous to some of the statements that the BSU and its allies have made. I’d like to see evidence that the BSU opposed the funding freeze, but if that’s provided then I will gladly tip my hat to them.

  4. Rumors on Twitter: UCSD admin has CAVED to major BSU demands, including special funding for SPACES and minors for ethnic studies majors. Also, they’re going to make that non-political “Health Care 4 All” mural permanent.

    The Guardian from today has an apology for the student who hung the noose in the library; says it was all an innocent misunderstanding. Hmm….

  5. also, the noose girl’s statement from the Tardian, who say they have verified her identity

    the noose tier is, suprisingly, a person of color

    “I have a story that needs to be heard. I am the girl you’ve read about, the one who hung the noose in Geisel Library. Firstly, I’m writing to apologize. I don’t have an excuse for what I did, and I deeply regret it. Secondly, I’m writing to hopefully put a little bit of faith back into the UCSD campus by clarifying that it was not an act of racism. This is what happened. I found a small piece of rope on the ground earlier in the day. While I was hanging out with my friends a bit later, we tried jump- roping with it and making it into a lasso. My friend then took the rope and tied it into a noose. I innocently marveled at his ability to tie a noose, without thinking of any of its connotations or the current racial climate at UCSD. I left soon after with one of my friends for Geisel to study, still carrying the rope. After a bit of studying I picked up the rope to play with, and ended up hanging it by my desk. It was a mindless act and stupid mistake. When I got up to leave, a couple hours later, I simply forgot about it. This was Tuesday night. Three days later, on Friday morning, I found out that the noose had been found and construed as another racist act on campus. I felt so ashamed and embarrassed, and the first thing I did was call the campus police and confess. I was hoping to clarify that this was not an act of racism before the incident got a full reaction from the campus. I gave my statement around 9 a.m. They thanked me for coming forward and for trying to clear up the issue. Later, I received a campuswide e-mail saying that I confessed and had been taken into custody, which simply wasn’t true. One thing that is true is that I have been suspended. I know what I did was offensive — regardless of my intentions — I am just trying to say I’m sorry. As a minority student who sympathizes with the students that have been affected by the recent issues on campus, I am distraught to know that I have unintentionally added to their pain.”

  6. Not really all that surprising, considering this sort of thing (fake racist incidents) have been intentionally staged at other campuses in the past – and many here suggested the possibility of a non-white perpetrator days before – although this story, if true, is rather unique. But it should go to show the race-baiters that not everything is ABOUT THEM. Symbols like the noose have multiple connotations, and histories beyond simply their use in racist acts.

  7. Why is nobody is up in arms about a minority student hanging a noose?

    Her story is so unbelievable that if a white male frat kid did this, and offered this story in defense, I’m sure he would be expelled and facing criminal charges. Has her story been backed up by her friend who tied the noose? What about her other friend who went with her to the library, did she see it there? I hope somebody is perusing these questions. We need to ask, who, among all in campus, benefits the most from fanning the flames by having a noose found in Geisel, and factor that into the likelihood that this was just a “mistake”.

  8. Montana You're a moron · ·

    BSU has stated they do not support the funding freeze. But, they want to get rid of Koala, or not have their student fee’s go to the Koala.

  9. at least the leftards in SD aren’t QUITE as stupid as the ones in berkeley

    http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_14476518

    their reason for trashing someone’s private property?

    A protest leader, UC Berkeley student Callie Maidhof, defended the vandalism and said rioters targeted the sandwich shop because a second Subway is scheduled to open on campus, just across Bancroft Way.

    “There will be two Subways within 100 feet of each other,” she said.

    DEATH TO SANDWICHES!

  10. I love how these idiots don’t realize that punishing and attacking businesses and entire campuses and unrelated white people for the actions of a few frat-boys (whether right, wrong or kinda stupid) is, wow, insanely similar to generalizing about entire ethnic groups based on a few stereotypes. It’s the application of guilt and responsibility solely by association and grouping. They’re fools that have learned that racism is wrong, but seem utterly incapable of comprehending the reason why.

  11. Montana You're a moron · ·

    What pisses me off the most is the arguments BSU have been making. If you replaced BSU with Segregationists white folk from the 1950’s. Replace “White” with “Black”. And you have the south of the 1950’s. Not feeling safe(White argument in the south). Protecting the community from hate(Has the BSU forgotten their speech was “hate speech” in the 1950’s?). The BSU has basically been fighting against everything MLK Jr stood for. The 1st amendment was what brought Civil rights to America!

  12. […] Commenter “Zoom” has posted an excellent response to the BSU’s nine points; read the whole thing. Just a few more quick […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: