In this way, ironically and deliberately, UCSD will in effect be collecting back all the money it pretends to give students as salaries. The graduate students are on a rent strike, starting April 1, Only now, two years later, has the AS said:.
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After being emailed the image by a friend, fellow UCSD student Noor El-Annan disseminated the photo of Cohen on Facebook, later describing it as offensive and culturally insensitive. Senator Cohen has opposed it. A week later in the Thursday, May 3rd issue the Guardian retracted the story, with Editor-in-Chief Angela Chen authoring a thousand word statement explaining the reasons behind the decision. El-Annan declined to publish a commentary. A lightly edited transcript follows:. Taylor Marvin: In recent years the Guardian has run numerous stories relating to the Israeli-Palestinian issue on campus; specifically, the ongoing divestment debate and the faculty open letter. It is a difficult issue to cover, but is important, emotional, and has large implications.
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As this story from the UCSD Guardian reports, the announcement came rather quickly and gave gallery staff little time to make arrangements. The gallery will be closed this summer, and the space converted into a classroom. UCSD is experiencing strong growth in its student population. The need for more classroom space is obvious. But there is a perception, based on a great many instances, that the arts are the poor cousin when it comes to university funding. Unless you have a museum on your campus, and sometimes even then, the arts are considered less than serious — certainly less vital than other aspects of college life. Does the baseball team need a new stadium? Raise the funds; donors are more likely to give to a project like that than an art gallery. The sciences are also prime attractions for donor money. UCSD is part of a new initiative to build a million dollar observatory to explore the cosmic background radiation left from the Big Bang.
The question of whether we should enforce affirmative action at the University of California — one of the most contentious and drawn-out issues of our generation — has never been more relevant. Yesterday, approximately students from the Southern California area joined in a Black Student Union-led protest to address racism on campus. Though BSU is correct in believing it must attack underrepresentation by way of changed policy, not all of their demands are fiscally feasible. However, we can more realistically attack the problem at its source by immediately tweaking our admissions process. Earlier this month, BAMN filed a class-action lawsuit to overturn Proposition — the law that banned affirmative action at all California public universities. According to the organization, because of the precedent set by Supreme Court case Grutter v. Bollinger — which declared affirmative action both necessary and legal — BAMN has a good chance of overturning Prop. The fewer minority students there are at UCSD, the more other students will think events like the Cookout are no big deal. Without a challenge to the privileged point of view, the more graduates we release to the world without a trace of cultural sensitivity.