Sunday, December 27, 2009

A Recap for 2009

Perhaps the biggest story of 2009 for the UC system is the way a fake fiscal crisis has been used to consolidate the president's powers and impose austerity plans worthy of an IMF or World Bank takeover. Using the state reduction of $600 million (out of an operating budget of over $20 billion), the Office of the President has suspended most forms of shared governance and has a spent a great deal of money and time on circulating false and misleading budgetary information. This lack of transparency coupled with an authoritarian imposition of furloughs and fee increase has led to a new protest movement composed of students, faculty, workers, and unions.

President Yudof has already signaled that more of the same is coming in our future. By asking the state to come up with an additional $913 million in funding for the UC system, Yudof has guaranteed that the state will not deliver. Once the state fails to give the UC system the university’s requested amount, Yudof will feel justified to impose further draconian cuts to workers' salaries and vital educational services. Instead of looking at how the university can save money by reducing its ever-expanding administrative class, Yudof seems intent on making students pay more for less.

While students, faculty, and unions will be striking and protesting on March 4th to protect public education in the state of California, we will also be working on our local campuses to hold our schools accountable to their public mission. Thus, after students return back to the campuses and find that their increased fees have resulted in an expansion of class sizes and a reduction of class offerings, there will be a renewed spirit of protest.

We should also expect further discussions of how the police acting during the protests of 2009, and the use of tasers, pepper spray, and batons will be investigated and protested. The fact that the university can only run its operations by relying on violence and propaganda shows that the current administration is morally bankrupt and only represents the interests of the people at the top of the system. If the majority of students, faculty, and workers ban together and demand a more just and equitable university, we can defend high quality public higher education in the state of California.

41 comments:

  1. Thank you, Bob, for your spirit of protest during 2009.
    I have a New Year's resolution: run Schwarzenegger and Yudof out of town.
    See you at the barricades.

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  2. You are a hero to the silent and silenced workers and students of UC. Keep up the good work!

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  3. Thanks for your efforts and accomplishments, Bob. I'd like you and your readers to take a glance at http://oxtogrind.org/archive/364 (TOSCA). We have the imprimaturs of Howard Zinn and a host of high profile figures worldwide (See http://oxtogrind.org/archive/336 for a short list) in our effort to BECOME THE REGENTS for the UC system. Among other things... which should please "Zen" (who was on the same DNow! episode which featured you. I expect to meet with the UC-Berkeley Coordinating Committee on the 10th... and I'd like feedback from one and all prior to that. Blessings in solidarity, The Ox at tosca.2010@yahoo.com

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  4. The behavior of the security during the campus protests were absurd. Officers were hostile to student, even ones that were not actively protesting.

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  5. It's good to see that the students, faculty, and unions are working together to bring down the administrative powerhouse. I think that with teamwork, we can overcome our current economic crisis.

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  7. I'm appalled to see the lack of concern from Yudof. He's more concerned with administrative details than the actual education received by UC students. His apathy does not flow too well with me. Does he not have children for which he will have to pay tuition for in the future? It seems to me that he is pretending to care and "trying" to remedy the situation when in reality he could give two cents about the issue at hand or the ever increasing fees and reduction of faculty salaries. I agree with those above me and I'm glad to see students and staff have banded together to get things done about it (protests). Success begins when we work together. Keep the protests alive!

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  8. Since the previous protest, which looked more like a dispute between the violent police and angry students, was not successful, the idea of majority of the students, faculty, and workers banning together seems like the only solution.
    I will help to raise the awareness of the expansion of class sizes and a reduction of class offerings so that the students can renew a different level of fight and spirit to protest.

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  9. One would think that the increase in fees would cause the opposite of what is occurring now. The class sizes, rather than becoming bigger, should be smaller and the educational quality at the UC system should be improving. But just the opposite is occurring . The increase in fees makes me wonder where this money is going.

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  10. How can the police get away with the wrong treatment of students during the protests of 2009?

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  11. This has been a sad year for the UC system. What are we without education? Instead of taking change head on, those in power seek to harm the future of the state with their cuts. The entire student body of the UC system needs to let Yudof know that further cuts will only damage our future and that there are better solutions if those in charge only took the time to implement some.

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  12. I think it is a very interesting point that Yudof is setting himself up for ‘failure’. How conniving and clever of him, although not in a positive way. He is making it seem as though it is entirely the state’s fault for a decrease in funding for undergraduate education when really he is the one to blame. Well it is about time that we start to take note of his scheming ways. His top priority should be the students and their education. It is getting out of hand how much he is taking advantage of them, making them pay more for a lesser education.

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  13. It is great that students, faculty, and others grouped together to fight for education, but the lack of concern and contribution from administrators truly shows how disconcerned they are with student matters. Administrators, Yudof included, care more about their work load and pay checks than the fact that students need a proper education and that is why they attend UC campuses.

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  14. I'm glad people like you have taken the time to investigate exactly where our money is going and expose the dishonesty of the UC system. I think with the support of enough students, faculty, and unions, we can ban together, fight back, and turn the injustice around.

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  15. One problems is indifference from students. Everyone complains about tuition increases, budget cuts, etc...but most students dont really want to do anything about it. Also, its not most of those students' fault because budget cuts and tuition increases dont directly affect them because their parents are paying for college.

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  16. I think that it is especially important for the treatment of the UC protestors by police to be more heavily scrutinized. It is concerning that protesting is viewed and treated so oppressively; especially, because protesting remains by no small stretch the students only means of communicating their opinions in such matters. The budget is kept out of the hands of those who experience its effects the most.

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  17. I definitely agree that if all students, faculty and workers band together change can be done! It is ridiculous that tuition has increased so significantly, yet what we have received is less than what was given before the increase.

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  18. This definitely has happened and it's very unfair for the students, employees, and faculties at UCLA. We can only hope and protest in order to receive a higher education. While students are paying a large amount of money for their tuition, in return we receive less.

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  19. Yudolf is just setting himself up to fail. The UC system hasn’t had a good year and it seems like its only going to get worse with his ideas. Pay more for less? We need education; there are very few people who have made a living with out education

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  20. Thank you for exposing the financial gimmickry and dishonesty practice by the UC system. If more people are informed about this state of affairs, unfair fee increases and service cuts can be prevented in the future.

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  21. This spirit of protest and desire for change inspires me. Although most of us don’t want to hear this, I feel it should be said: The article describes the fact that increased fees have resulted in larger classes and less classes being offered. Nevertheless, students have already paid their tuition for the most part and most will continue to do so, so therefore I don’t think the UC system will care too much about the protests, just as they didn’t during the fee-hike protests a few months ago. The only way to make a statement would be to stop attending (paying tuition) or organize a mass walkout. Also, if one is to stop attending because of the fee hikes, there will be 10 more students who would be happy to fill those shoes, and thus you would be sinking your own ship just to spite someone who doesn’t care. Having said that, the only way for this protest to work would be to have nearly every individual participate.

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  22. Let us all join arms in protest for our education! Despite the excuses the administration has for hindering our education, it is not justified to let us suffer

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  23. Do you know if UC Berkeley's fees were increased too, by any chance?

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  24. UC's aim to provide quality higher education yet students are not happy with it. Shouldn't that be enough for Yudof to know that hes doing something wrong?

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  25. The UC system used to be about education. Now the students are going to be paying more money for less of it. It is hard to believe that all the money from the tuition increase is not enough to satisfy Yudof.

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