Week 10 Faceoff (this ain’t over folks)
Lots of things happened last week. Students didn’t do their homework for two weeks, battling the university on two fronts: (a) about the issue of diversity and a hostile campus climate, and (b) organizing to reverse fee hikes, budget cuts, and the privatization of the university.
March 4 was a big date for both fronts. That morning, the BSU signed an agreement with the university administration (see post below). Later that day, UCSD saw thousands of people protesting against the corruption and privatization of our university (for more on that, see the UCSD Coalition for Educational Justice).
Although we should all be celebrating the near-spontaneous upsurge of student and faculty movement we’ve seen this quarter, we all need to realize that this is fight is just getting started.
Here are some of the big things happening on campus this week. It’s critical that people stay informed (via this blog) and on top of this.
1) Ward Connerly is coming to town. Ward Connerly (crusader against affirmative action in CA and in the US) is coming to campus this week to contest the legality of the UCSD – BSU agreements. For more on this, see:
For info on who Ward Connerly is and why this is a really big deal, scroll down or click HERE.
2) Christopher Edley, the Dean of the UC Berkeley Law School, is also coming to campus this week. He’ll be sitting with the Chancellor and with students to iron out the details of this accord. For more on this, click HERE. Could this be in response to Ward Connerly’s planned visit?
Stay tuned for more developments about these things. – J.F.