There has been a remarkable new development on our campus: the formation of a Chairs’ Forum that emerged from the various crises of the last two years. It has the support of the current Chancellor and the Senate leadership. Inspired by a similar organization at UCSD, the purpose is to create a forum for lateral discussion of common concerns and issues by the approximately 60 chairs across campus. Its first meeting took place last semester. Among other matters, this semester the Forum seeks to participate in campus strategic planning. Chairs are in the best position to judge the real impact of budget cuts and to work together in the interest of the campus as a whole. Nathan Sayre, firstname.lastname@example.org, chair of Geography, is serving as the convener of the Forum.
Last week one of our undergraduate students was detained by US Border Patrol. He is a Colombian who does not fall under DACA because he came after 2007. The campus administration and Feinstein’s office are reported as trying to lend the student support. See below.
Chair of the BFA.
A statement from UC President Janet Napolitano and Regents Chair George Kieffer was critical of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget, which calls for a three percent increase to UC funding. The statement notes the increase “is less than we anticipated under the framework we established with the governor” and that “(t)he governor’s budget plan does not include funding for UC enrollment growth.”
Discussing the budget, Brown said, “I think (UC) need(s) a little more scrutiny over how they are spending things,” arguing that extensive growth will lead to layoffs when the next recession hits, something the governor has predicted will come sooner rather than later. He added, “they’ve got to lower the cost structure and there are tools to do that and they need to step up and more creatively engage in the process of making education more affordable.”
In other news, four locals injured during the February Milo Yiannopoulos riot have sued UC and the City of Berkeley. The complaint argues the agencies failed to provide sufficient protection for those hoping to attend Yiannopoulos’s talk. In the southwest, UC’s management of Los Alamos National Laboratory has come under criticism as bidding begins on the lab’s next $2 billion-a-year management contract. As of Sunday, a Berkeley undergrad detained by ICE was still in custody.
1/10 – Statement from UC Board of Regents Chair George Kieffer and UC President Janet Napolitano on Gov. Brown’s budget plan (UCOP): The statement ends by saying, “The state budget process has just begun and we hope to continue conversations with the governor and the Legislature to ensure expanded access for fall 2018 and to restore the university to the funding envisioned in the framework.”
1/14 – Bay Area residents sue UC Berkeley, city of Berkeley for damages from February Yiannopoulos event (DailyCal): The article notes the plaintiffs claim the lax security was “intentional.”
1/14 – University of California official promises better management at LANL (AlbuquerqueJournal): UC may make a joint bid with Texas A&M.
1/14 – UC Berkeley Student Detained By ICE to Miss Start of Semester, Despite Help from Lawmakers (NBC/BayArea): Through social media, US Rep. Barbara Lee said, “I am deeply concerned by the arrest and detention…We are seeking Luis’ immediate release.”
1/13 – UC President Janet Napolitano On DACA Lawsuit (NPR): In the brief interview, Napolitano said, “What we’re trying to do is vindicate the rights of our students, and we have several thousand of them who are in DACA, who have undergone the individualized review that is undertaken in connection with being in DACA, and who are very productive and contributing members of our university community.”