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October 11, 2012
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September 30 “Not a Town Hall” Workshop Minutes

Newfield explained that UC is now in a third cycle of cuts. The first cycle was seen as a complete anomaly by virtually everybody, including faculty. The second cycle of cuts was treated as an anomaly by UCOP but not by faculty who began to argue, in a systematic way, for the need to rebuild public funding for UC. Then this last crisis really mobilized everyone, but was so severe that responses have been uncoordinated. They haven’t really converged so that everyone is mobilized about the issue at the same time. The good news is, these protests have created a level of paranoia and a desire to explain what is going on. And these important issues are no longer being simply brushed aside at Regent’s meetings or in private conversations the way that they were six or seven years ago. Continue reading