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For the week of October 26, 2009
UCLA students, faculty, union representatives, and others held a town hall last week to discuss the university’s response to the budget cuts as well as ways to move forward.
Meanwhile, activists from across the state gathered at UCB for a conference to save public education. Possibilities for future actions to support the state’s educational system include a general strike and a march on Sacramento. At UC, actions are planned for week of November 16 when the regents will be meeting at UCLA. UC Berkeley’s alliance of students, staff and faculty has already called for a three-day strike starting November 18.
The Berkeley conference kicked off a week-long series of events on that campus. The crisis of the public university will be the topic of an all-star panel on Monday, October 26, from 4-7 pm in Pauley Ballroom.
After the Berkeley conference, students and union member boarded two buses to lay tombstones near UC President Mark Yudof's house in the Oakland hills, playing on his recent New York Times Magazine interview, where he was quoted as saying "being president of the University of California is like being manager of a cemetery: there are many people under you, but no one is listening." Police watched but did not interfere as participants delivered their message.
UCSB’s Academic Senate passed a resolution last week calling Yudof’s interview “an embarrassment” and formally censuring him and the regents for mismanagement of the university.
The Daily Bruin reported on the closure of the UCLA Community Programs Office because of staff furloughs. The office houses the Student Retention Center, Student-Initiated Access Center and 24 community service projects, depriving students of services like peer counseling, writing assistance, and free late-night van rides.
Cal State Fullerton students set up tents at a 3-day Furlough Fest, holding a series of workshops while most classes were cancelled.
As the UC regents consider a 32 percent fee hike, UC has launched a $1 billion fundraising drive to raise money for students whose families earn less than $70,000 a year. The president of the UC Student Association published this editorial on student fee hikes.
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