University of California

The Brave the Cage challenge at the University of California Berkeley was an amazing success! Many college students felt first hand what life is like for 95% of  hens on egg farms. We passed out pro-veg lit, encouraging kinder food choices. Eager students were ready totake the egg-free challenge! This was a great day to educate the public about the cruelties of the egg industry. 

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The UC's Personified as Brothers
  • Note:My friend and I wondered what the UC's (University of California) would be like in real life. This is the result.
  • Berkeley:The eldest. Very "hip" and beatnik. Wears thrift store clothes, listens to vinyls and can quote anyone from Ginsberg to Vonnegut. Always carries a camera and hides his science books from his friends.
  • Davis:Has so-so hygiene habits, mostly from riding bikes all the time. Is very hard working and loves to garden.
  • Santa Barbara:Very laid back and chill. Surfs a lot and has a relaxed vibe all the time. Can throw a hell of a party.
  • Los Angeles:Studies way too much. Always has his nose in a book and can come off as very intimidating. Hates Santa Cruz's hygiene habits.
  • Riverside:The often forgotten, but very accepting brother. Everyone avoids him for his looks, but he is fairly intelligent and nice.
  • San Diego:The "coolest" of the nerds. Wears glasses and has a calculator in his pocket, but he pulls it off. At night he's a party animal among his fellow hip-geeks.
  • Irvine:Nobody really sees him much. He hangs out in the background a lot which causes his achievements to often go unnoticed (though he can sometimes be smarter than his older brothers).
  • Santa Cruz:Into free love and long hair. Never wears shoes and is willing to accept anyone. Thinks LA is uptight.
  • Merced:The runt little brother that everyone forgets about.

Remember this guy? Turns out, he’s going to be collecting just over thirty-eight thousand dollars in workers’ compensation, as part of a settlement with the University of California, due to anxiety, stress and death threats that have plagued him since the incident that made him (in)famous. For those who may have forgotten, that’s eight thousand more than was given to the students that Pike was suspended for spraying. The settlement has already been approved by an administrative law judge. (Photo via Wayne Tilcock / The Davis Enterprise) source

Edited to reflect the fact that, while Pike was put on paid leave for his actions, his former supervisors can’t legally reveal the circumstances of his departure from UC Davis.


How Power Makes People Selfish

In 1942 a young African American Ph.D. in mathematics, David Blackwell, interviewed for a teaching job at Berkeley. He was hired, but not for many years.

When finally invited to join the statistics faculty in 1952, several of Blackwell’s new colleagues told him there was a backstory to his failed application a decade earlier. It had been decided to offer him a position in mathematics, they said, but the wife of the departmental chair, who sometimes invited the faculty to dinner, insisted she would not have a black person in her house — and the offer was squelched.

Blackwell, who eventually became the first tenured black professor in the University of California system, shares this vivid memory in a 10-hour interview with the Bancroft Library’s Regional Oral History Office (ROHO). His life history is part of a recently completed oral-history series on 18 pioneering African American faculty and senior administrators, hired before the advent of affirmative-action policies in the 1970s, who broke barriers and laid the groundwork for those who followed.

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Ucsd students demonstrate against a conference celebrating 20 years of nafta called “Mexico moving forward: 20 years of nafta and beyond”. This conference features capitalists, politicians, and academics who have made millions off of the exploitation of the poor as a result of free trade agreements and land privatization. Speakers included Janet napolitano, Luis tellez, and Jesus vizcarra.

The students marched in solidarity with the zapatistas, showing the 20 years of indigenous struggle, before occupying the institute of the Americas building and the center for Iberian and Latin American studies, a school at Ucsd that receives funding from the CIA and has produced studies used to legitimize neoliberal policies.

¡Ya basta!
¡Todo el poder al pueblo!

Update: as details of the event unfold I’ll upload them, this event just happened this morning so a lot of the details aren’t out. Here’s the press release the coalition of student groups that organized the event posted:

edit: CILAS and institute of the America’s were not in fact occupied, but were “ghost” occupied. 

In 1987, more than 400 protesters marched at University of California, Berkeley, to call for the creation of a graduate program in African American Studies. November 6, 1987.

African American students at University of California, Berkeley, demand a graduate-level program in the Afro-American/Ethnic Studies department. Despite a concurrent weakening of institutional support for affirmative action in higher education, UC Berkeley students pressed forward on a multicultural agenda. In 1986, a student-led movement successfully convinced the Regents of the University of California to fight apartheid by divesting three billion dollars in their endowment and retirement stock portfolio of companies doing business with South Africa. A Ph.D. program in African Diaspora Studies was approved for African American Studies until 1996.

anonymous asked:

Do you have any tips in excelling in community college?

  1. Do go to class. Unless that class is so freakin’ easy, going to class would be a waste of your time (and the instructor doesn’t care)
  2. Do extra credit. The only reason to skip out on it is if you’re cruising with 95% or higher. This thing called ‘math’ says that they’re worth more than you think they are. In some classes, “extra credit” is actually required if you want to get a solid A, the instructor just doesn’t tell you.
  3. Don’t buy textbooks first thing, ESPECIALLY from the overpriced school bookstore, unless your professor demands physical copies or it’s not available anywhere else. Search for them online first, especially if content is public domain. If you are concerned about the legal ramifications of PDF hunting, buy a used copy of the textbook or reading.
  4. Don’t choose your project partners at random. People are not to be trusted. Some of them will drop the class, in fact, so they won’t even be there to cuss out. Create a pre-screening application if you have to. (Half joking on the last one.)
  5. Don’t take more than 7 classes/22 units in any one semester, you’ll mess yourself up, even if the classes are easy.
  6. Do take advantage of summer and winter sessions. They’re great ways to either get ahead on your coursework, or to lighten the load during fall and spring semesters.
  7. Do cross-enroll between community colleges, especially if it’s a class you really need, enjoy, or have to take for completing major preparation.
  8. Do be proactive. Pay a visit to the transfer center and meet a college representative. Meet deadlines. Stay on top of your game while you’re at community college.
  9. Do visit your professor during office hours. They can clarify in-class materials. If you just want to talk about interests or other things, that works too! Highly recommended if you want to ask for a solid letter of recommendation.

There are at least 91 more tips, but you can probably look for some of them online; additions to this list are welcome and accepted.

Pepper-spraying UC Davis cop gets $38K worker’s comp

Former University of California, Davis policeman John Pike, who stirred public outrage by pepper-spraying peaceful student protestersduring a 2011 sit-in against tuition hikes, has been awarded just over $38,000 in worker’s compensation from the university for what Pike called psychiatric damage.

The ex-officer said he suffered mental distress after receiving more than 17,000 angry or threatening emails, 10,000 text messages and hundreds of letters when the video of the pepper-spraying went viral.

Pike, then a campus police lieutenant, came to symbolize law enforcement aggression against Occupy protests such as the UC Davis demonstration after video footage widely aired on TV and the Internet showed him casually dousing demonstrators in the face with a can of pepper spray as they sat on the ground.

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Photo: Brian Nguyen/Reuters/Landov

When we talk about basic research, we are not talking about finding a cure for malaria. We are talking about exploring the chemistry and physiology that underlie how mosquitoes smell. In time, this may lead to scientific pathways that allow us to outwit mosquitoes and save millions of lives.

University of California President Janet Napolitano urging the nation’s leaders to increase government funding for basic research.

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Variations of University of California's "Let There Be Light" Motto

UC Berkeley - Let there be protests and organic, locally-grown foods for all.
UCLA - Let there be stuck-up pretty bitches and construction.
UC Davis - Let there be cow tipping and hundreds and hundreds of bikes. 
UC Irvine - Let there be Asians. Many Asians.
UC  Santa Cruz - Let there be pot and a forest to smoke it in.
UC Riverside - Let there be diversity and cum trees.  
UC Santa Barbara - Let there be non-stop partying.  
UC San Diego - Let there be Sun God and Triton Eyes.
UC San Francisco - Let there be… WAIT what the fuck, there’s a UC here.
UC Merced - Let there be something. Dear God. Let there be something to keep these kids from being bored to death.