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The Library Study-in Continues to Saturday!

For details of the events check out indybay

General Assembly, 1pm Saturday, Science & Engineering Library!

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Info on Thursday 9/24

Check out the following before thursday!
SIGN THE PETITION:
http://www.ucstudentwalkout.com/petition-against-cuts/

JOIN THE EVENT PAGE:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=126233563439

JOIN THE NEW UC FACEBOOK PAGE:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=130606356278&ref=ts

MORE INFO HERE:
http://www.upte.org/

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Meeting Location Changed

New Meeting Location:

UC Santa Cruz, Kresge 321

(at 6pm Wednesdays)

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UC Chancellors Wages Increase

Yet again an example of the regents inflating executive salaries at our cost.

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Healthcare Cost Surges for Grad Students

The following is from Protect GSHIP:

…last week Lisa Sloan, Dean of Graduate Studies, officially asked that the Graduate Student Association approve concessions in the Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan (GSHIP).  These concessions will increase the cost of co-pays for doctor visits ($10 to ~$20), prescriptions, and emergency care ($50 to ~$150), as well as the limit on our yearly out-of-pocket expense ($3,000 to ~$4,000).  Essentially, your costs for basic health care will increase next year. This increase, in conjunction with significant rent increases for graduate students living in Family Student Housing and impending cuts to graduate student funding across academic divisions, marks a concerted effort on the part of the UCSC Administration to transfer a significant portion of the University’s budgetary shortfall to one of the groups that is least able to bear an increased burden. Meanwhile, the UC Regents are hiring executives with significant salary increases (at other campuses—see SF Chronicle article below); our very own EVC Kliger and Dean Sloan make $250,000 and $150,000 per year, respectively—obviously these decisionmakers are acting as if they are COMPLETELY OUT OF TOUCH with our reality, even if they entertain the burden of their own salary cut this coming year to “share our pain.” They are acting as if they are incapable of comprehending that we are, basically, already too poor to absorb higher health care and housing costs.

It is time for us to band together and take action.  If we do not speak up, the Administration will continue to ask us to make sacrifices that we cannot afford to make.  For this reason, we are calling for a “Call-In Action” to take place on Monday, May 11.  During business hours on Monday, we ask you to call the offices of EVC David Kliger and DGS Lisa Sloan to express your opposition to cuts to GSHIP.

We also encourage you to recruit your family members (parents, partners, children) to call EVC Kliger and DGS Sloan on the same day.  We need to let the UCSC Administration know that graduate students cannot afford further financial hardship.  We have attached to this email a sample script for your phone call, as well as a sample script for your friends and family members.

We encourage you to go beyond the script to share your stories with EVC Kliger and DGS Sloan.  You may want to explain how the cuts to GSHIP will combine with other recent policies to significantly increase the cost of your education.  You may want to call more than once, in order to make clear how important this issue is to you.  If you get his voice mail, leave a detailed message and try again later.  You should also consider sending an email to both administrators.  We have attached a sample template email for this purpose.  You can also find these resources through the “Protect GSHIP” group on Facebook.  Sign up via Facebook to participate in this event: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Protect-GSHIP/102843767872

EVC David Kliger:     831-459-3885        cpevc@ucsc.edu
DGS Lisa Sloan:    831-459-5905        lsloan@ucsc.edu

“My name is ____ and I am a graduate student in ____.  I am calling to urge you to make  no cuts to GSHIP.  The work I do is essential to UCSC and I (and my family) cannot  afford to pay any more for the basic right of health care.”

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UCB Professor Blasts UCOP

The UC office of the president, or UCOP, recently released a document called “UC Myths and Facts” which explains the claims leveled by critics of the budget cuts to be false and inaccurate. Physics Professor Emeritus of UC Berkeley, Charles Schwartz, recently produced this response to the UCOP’s propaganda.

What you call the “funding for per-student education at UC” is a piece of accounting fraud that I have repeatedly criticized. The numbers you use to calculate that actually cover all of the costs for faculty research work throughout the academic year as well as undergraduate plus graduate educational programs. When I disaggregate that bundle of expenses, it turns out that undergraduate student fees now cover the full per-student cost for UC to provide undergraduate education. So the reduction in state funding is really a cutback in the faculty’s research program. That is a lamentable loss, but it is totally unjustified to dump that cost onto undergraduate students (and their families).

-Professor Emeritus, Charles Schwartz

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27 UVM Students Arrested

27 Students at the University of Vermont during a sit in protesting budget cuts.

taking action in solidarity

images:

vuvox

media:

msnbc story

Vermont Cynic story

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Official Proposal about CMMU from Dean

Note: Sorry for the small image size, I’ll try to get a larger copy.

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UC-AFT to hold Teach-Out

UC-AFT (American Federation of Teachers) is holding a teach out. This was recently released:

The National New Majority Faculty Day
TEACH-OUT
Thursday, April 30th 2009
12 – 1pm, UCSC Baytree Plaza

* Fight Cuts & Defend Quality Education including Community Studies and other vital UCSC programs
* Demand Justice for Lecturers, Librarians, TA’s, and Campus Staff who are under attack by budget cuts and misplaced priorities
* Prioritize Students who are tired of paying more but getting less

On April 30th faculty members at UC will be holding classes outside to draw attention to the fact that most of the people teaching in higher education do not have tenure and have limited academic freedom and job security.

The current budget situation exposes the vulnerability of non-senate faculty, as well as students, staff, and libraries.  Students are paying more and more, but getting fewer course offerings, bigger class sizes, and decreased services.

It is time for UC to prioritize its education mission. Together, non-senate faculty, librarians, campus staff, and students will demand justice at UC.

Here’s how you can participate Thursday, April 30th:

•    Come to the Teach-Out at 12 Noon at Baytree Plaza to help get our message out to the campus and the media
•    Teach all or part of your classes outside to make the valuable work of Non-Senate faculty more visible*
•    Spread the word about the Teach-Out to friends, colleagues, and students

* If your classes are M, W, F, we encourage you to hold class outdoors on Friday, May 1st (International Labor Day) instead.

for more information about this event you can contact UC-AFT field representative Allison Guevara: AGuevara.UCAFT [at] gmail.com

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Two LALS Professors to be Terminated

According to the director of the Chicano/Latino Research Center (CLRC), Dr. Gabriela Arredondo, two professors from the Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) Department are being terminated. This is the letter Dr. Arredondo released:

As a response to the current budget crisis, Social Sciences Dean Sheldon Kamieniecki is recommending the termination of Dr. Susanne Jonas and Dr. Guillermo Delgado, founding members of the CLRC, long-time research fellows, and founding members of the LALS Department.

As many of you know, they are valued and treasured teachers. Dr. Jonas joined the UCSC community in 1986; Dr. Delgado joined us in 1989. In addition to teaching successfully six courses per year, both are internationally distinguished scholars whose research is published in leading journals and presses both in the U.S. and in Latin America.

Dr. Delgado (PhD, UT Austin) is an advisor to the President of Bolivia and is currently serving on the Executive Committee of LASA. He is a specialist in Latin American comparative indigeneity; indigenous property rights; cultures of the sacred; Quechua/Andean linguistics, culture theory, and anthropology in the developing world.

Dr. Jonas (PhD, UC Berkeley) recently received a prestigious award from ALAS (Asociacion Latinoamericano de Sociologia) and is an internationally renowned scholar on Central America. She is a specialist in Central American immigration and Latino communities in the U.S., comparative Latin American politics, Central American binational organizing, U.S. foreign policy in Latin America, the Left in Latin America, and comparative peace processes in Central America.

As many of you already know, colleagues in the Community Studies Department are also facing extreme consequences under proposed budget cuts.

The CLRC invites you to join us in firmly supporting our colleagues. Please share this information widely. Your expressed support and active opposition to the termination of Dr. Delgado and Dr. Jonas is critical in these difficult times.

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The Project Released! (vol5 iss2)

The Project Newspaper/Magazine has been released. You can see a copy by clicking this link or pick up a paper copy on campus.

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newUC on KPFA

Sunday April 12th, Laura Martin, co-founder of the newUC project, was briefly interviewed about the upcoming Community Forum on KPFA Evening News. Her portion of the broadcast starts at 20 minutes in, click here for the full broadcast.

 

KPFA is a listener supported radio station in Berkeley, CA.

Special thanks to Veronica Faisant for the interview.

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April 7 Com. Studies Meeting Reportback

Meeting took place on April 7th, 2009 at 6pm. Following this meeting was another meeting that is not covered in this reportback. Note, CMMU is an abbreviation for Community Studies.

The Dean is the one pursuing the funding cuts that would demolish the CMMU department. However, the Dean cannot by himself do anything other than start the process. Afterwards, it must go through several different committees and finally the Executive Vice Chancellor has the final decision making power.

As far as students are concerned with finishing their degree; students have “catalog rights” that allow students that haven’t even declared yet to declare CMMU since it was available upon your enrollment. With that said, this may still be difficult since lecturers are not protected by catalog rights and might be shut out of teaching courses integral for the students’ success.

The department is asking for e-mails to be sent to the proper contacts (listed on their website) with a CC to the CMMU@ucsc.edu (CC is carbon copy of the email). Furthermore, they are asking everyone to contact state representatives that can put pressure on the UC administration. The department has created a flyer for organizing details and have posted that on their campaign website as well, a link is at the bottom of the article.

A student lead organization is being formed to fight the cut. You can contact them to get involved at saveCMMU@gmail.com

Many organizations came to support the CMMU campaign including e-squared (engaging education) and a Santa Cruz AIDS project. Also, on behalf of newUC, Emma announced our community forum and expressed our support for CMMU.

One issue raised about the impact of shutting down CMMU included the enormous work done by CMMU field studies into promoting health in the community that might jeopardize a great deal of volunteer work.

CMMU staff encouraged more actions and suggested one around the Alumni Reunion days (around April 26th)

The Bottom Line (as stated by CMMU chair): the UC needs more transparency in its budget cuts.

Save Community Studies Website: http://communitystudies-ucsc.pbwiki.com

Video Coverage by City on a Hill Press: http://www.vimeo.com/4073923

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Meeting This Week!

During yesterday’s spring break meeting, we decided to hold this week’s meeting at 6:30pm at Stevenson Cafe (3/31/2009). We will hopefully have a place to meet by next week as a permanent location. Furthermore, Ryan is compiling a list of schedules people have for this quarter to determine the best possible meeting time for this quarter, so it is possible that both the meeting time and the meeting location will be different starting next week. Please check your e-mail and respond to Ryan’s e-mail with your schedule/times that work for you as soon as possible. If you are not on the listserv and would like to be please contact us.

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UC Unions Speak Out Against Executive Pay

Check out this new article by CUE and UPTE in the SF Chronicle about executive pay at the UC.

The bottom line is that the number of UC executives earning more than $200,000 nearly tripled in recent years

(note: thanks john)

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Important! Meeting Location Change!

Due to unexpected circumstances, we are no longer able to meet in Humanities I – Room 200. We will be meeting in the Stevenson Cafe (same time/day… 6pm Tuesday) for this week.

update: We need help finding a permanent place to meet. We are currently considering off-campus locations as well as a few other campus locations, if you have ideas please leave a comment.

(note: We will be meeting Tuesday of Finals week)

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