UC Santa Cruz Yields To Four Demands After Students Occupy Administrative Offices . . . Students Then Add Three More Demands

The_University_of_California_1868_UCSC.svgWe have been discussing Black Lives Matter and other protests on campuses where students have demanded changes in everything from exam grading to tenure decisions to housing.  Many of these demands raise troubling questions about the academic integrity of academic institutions as well as free speech and other countervailing concerns.  

University of California Santa Cruz has yielded to four demands from protesters after they occupied Kerr Hall.  The school now faces demands for three additional demands and has been given Chancellor George Blumenthal  four months to comply over face “more reclamations.”

Kerr Hall was occupied by the Afrikan/Black Student Alliance, which described the action as a “reclamation” of the structure. The Hall houses many of the administrative offices, including Blumenthal’s office.  The organization has declared opposition to “anti-Black racism and colorism; sexism and misogynoir; homophobia, transphobia, and queerphobia; or heterosexism and patriarchy.”   Their site proclaims:

We are pushing back against the language of “occupation” in recognition of the largely white-centric and fairly recent “Occupy Movement”. We are pushing back against the language of “occupation” in recognition of the very real settler occupations that are hxstorical and ongoing, such as the European colonization and occupation of “The Americas”, as well as the current context of occupation in Palestine. We move in solidarity with Black people all over the world who are occupied by liberalism and neoliberalism’s devastating socioeconomic and political policies and materialities. This includes folks on The Continent, Palestinian people, and other Black and Brown people all over the world. While the actual actions during this Reclamation may appear the same as other “occupations” on campus and off-campus, we know that language does matter as do intentions.

For us, the language of “reclaiming” is about highlighting the fact there were things promised to ABC students that have gone broken and thrown away, like the four-year guarantee for housing in R.PAATH. We mean to reclaim those things.

george-blumenthalAfter three days, Blumenthal agreed to guarantee all  black and “Caribbean-identified students” four years of housing in the Rose Parks African American Themed House.  He also promised to restore the building’s lounge and to paint the exterior in “Pan-Afrikan colors” of red, green and black.  Finally, he agreed to require all new students to go through mandatory “diversity competency training.”

Blumental however now faces three more demands.

  1. We demand the University purchase a property located at or near the base of campus (High Street)  to serve as a low income housing cooperative for historically disadvantaged  students. We demand this property have 4 bedrooms with appropriate furnishings.  This property will then be student ran and student operated by the Afrikan Black Student Alliance. We demand a written agreement  to fund this project by beginning of spring quarter.
  2.  We demand the University allocate an additional $100,000 to the  SOAR/Student Media/Cultural Arts and Diversity (SOMeCA for the hiring of advisor who has personal and professional  experience handling African/Black/Caribbean student issues) permanently. We demand A/BSA has a final decision on who is hired for this position.

Additionally, there was an earlier demand for the creation of a Black Studies department on this campus. The Administration has not agreed to the creation of a Black Studies department, and has instead agreed to the creation of a Black Studies Minor or Major. While some may want to commend this Administration for their seeming agreeance, the truth of the matter is that what they have agreed to has not come into existence, as it still only exists in “white man’s promise”, and as of today, the program, whether a Minor or a Major, has not been established at UCSC.

If these new demands are not met, the group is promising more “reclamations” and, if the school refuses, “there will be more Reclamations as you force us to have to take what we know to be in our best interest to Reclaim.”

I have a serious problem with demands for the establishment of academic departments based on threats of campus unrest or occupation.

What do you think?


77 thoughts on “UC Santa Cruz Yields To Four Demands After Students Occupy Administrative Offices . . . Students Then Add Three More Demands”

  1. Don’t fear the students. Fear New America, a think tank that self-anointed, with the goal “To start from Scratch for a New Vision of Higher Ed.” It’s run by a former executive in Hillary’s State Dept.
    According to Wikipedia, the funders are Gates, Lumina, Eric Schmidt of Google and, the U.S. DEPT. of STATE!

  2. The University of California is not a college. It’s an insane asylum for truant leftists. The inmates there know nothing, learn nothing, and are nothing. They then eventually “grow up” (physically, not mentally) and get PhDs in social justice, racial harmony, leftist authoritarianism, and radical islam. They then get jobs working for the University of California system or become social activists

    1. Ralph, not all the UCs are the same. I have friend at UC Davis pre vet program. It’s a very tough program – maybe fewer snowflakes there.

  3. We need to have four dead in O Hi O. This summer I hear them coming. They don’t have condoms either. They are probably on the way.

  4. When Santa was on his cruz here in the midwest we often waved and said Hi. A flying sled is above the mindset of most adults. When you build a university around it then you build a new world for todays Snowflakes.

  5. Aren’t any of these officials parents? Not giving in to tantrums because it encourages more of them is Toddler 101.

    1. I suspect they got by with manipulative and time consuming disciplinary methods that only seem to work for professional-managerial types.

  6. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”
    –Amelia Earhart

  7. “Officials this week arrested a Brooklyn vendor suspected of importing the illegal snakehead fish, a rapidly reproducing predator with such a voracious appetite it can wipe out entire schools of fish and destroy an ecosystem.”

    Maryland doesn’t have to import them. A few escaped or were let go. Now major waterways are dedicated to the comfort and reproduction of the Snakehead.

    Some say they are delicious – just avoid the teeth, if possible.

    BTW, eradication of Snakeheads is a practical impossibility – Maryland tried to no avail.

    When all waterways are populated with Snakehead, at least we will have something to eat – if they don’t eat us first.

  8. Doesn’t everybody love a good “reclamation” project? Wonder if they had to wrestle the Indian students for the right to take over the admin.building. How 60s? I love a “good monster turns on creator” story, btw.

      1. Nick – I think they still sell lava lamps and puka shells at head shops.

  9. As long as the university folds and gives in to their demands, the students will continue to protest and make demands. Because it worked! The university just emboldened the students.

    Unfortunately, this kind of ‘activism’ is exactly what Barack Obama is going to be training young people to do through his ‘Alinsky U’ community organizer training wing of his new presidential center in Chicago. What a way to give back.

  10. University Administrators have a nasty habit of responding with attention and pandering to militancy, and backpeddling on reforms brought up through “normal order”. In this manner, they are “training” students to adopt militant tactics. If they had any sense, they’d point out the process to use for whatever request, and threaten militants with expulsion and arrest for any lawbreaking.

  11. So who are the flower-power generation professors that are encouraging this student behavior? You know these kids aren’t smart enough to come up with these ideas on their own.

  12. And speaking of college, this was sooo kewl, I am posting my comment on this thread, too!

    Oh, and another thing! Being a Black Thug is now the basis of a college degree! Witness: Trayvon Martin – – – Thug, and Aeronautical Scientist!

    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – A South Florida university awarded an honorary degree to Trayvon Martin, Saturday.

    Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, took the stage at Florida Memorial University’s commencement in Miami Gardens to receive a posthumous bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science on their son’s behalf.


    I guess Trayvon pioneered new techniques in skulls flying into concrete??? maybe Michael Brown can pick up a degree in Tobacco Logistical Transport Systems???

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    1. Squeeky – I would have thought his degree would have been from the college of pharmacology, he did seem like a street corner pharmacist to me. 😉 However, aeronautical science might be short-hand for ‘airhead.’

      1. LOL! Of course, it could also have been a Degree in Statistics, because “what are the odds?” the innocent victim, George Zimmerman, would have had a gun???

        But seriously, I look for more of these dead black thugs to get honorary degrees.

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

      2. Hey, PaulCS, you will probably appreciate this! I just got in the final book in Joseph Campbell’s Masks of God series! The Creative Mythology one, Sooo, I am starting now on Primitive Mythology, and maybe in a month I will be through all of them. But, I have all four of them now, in hardback!

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

        1. Squeeky – I got thru all Campbell’s books, but after a while I began to find him too Jungian for me. It was like he found Jung and could not move on. How are you finding him?

          1. About the same, but I like Jung, sooo that is not a problem. I think that maybe when you have a frame of reference, the framework can be useful even if the framework is flawed, or flat out wrong. Kind of like if Karl Marx wrote an analysis of the 2008 financial crisis. You know you are going to get a ton of anti Capitalist Cant, but you are also going to get a good analysis.

            Jung’s framework of Archetypes, Individuation, Collective Subconciousness, and belief in Myths being a manifestation of our inner psychic structures may be wrong. Or may be Not-wrong. Or may be partly wrong. But they do provide a framework to both organize and analyze the Myths.

            Because I can’t read this stuff without getting a strong scent of something tying them all together, too. Like there’s something just beyond what we can’t see that has patterned it out.

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

            1. Squeeky – I would rather read the myths themselves and not over analyze them. I am not a fan of Jung, a little bit, and I mean a very little bit, goes a long, long, way. I want to make up my own mind, not have Campbell and Jung do it for me. 🙂

              1. Yeah, but if all you want is the bare bones myth, you can just get a LaRousse’s Mythology for $2.00 on Amazon, plus shipping. Which I have 2 of because it is sooo complete, and if one gets lost I will have a backup.

                Also, you can get Jung’s Man and His Symbols for $8.00. Which, I also have 2 of, IIRC.

                Squeeky Fromm
                Girl Reporter

                1. Squeeky – I probably have 25-30 mythology books from various regions. I used to teach both Classical Mythology (Greeks and Romans) and World Mythology.

                  1. I bet that was a fun class! I have more than a few myself, but my favorite always seems to come back to Robert Graves’ Greek Myths. I have one of those hardbacks, that is about 4 inches by 9 inches and is about 2 1/2 inches thick ones. Gee, is it ever in detail! All the little ceremonies and rites, and footnotes out the wazoo! That guy sure knew his stuff. He had another fun book, Food For Centaurs, which I stole from my father, and it is just a weird book of essays, but fascinating. His White Goddess is hard to read though, but some of those old guys had a wide ranging knowledge of sooo many different things.

                    I guess when the Zombie Apocalypse comes, I can hunker in my bunker somewhere, and read my books by candlelight, while eating Vienna Sausages and Pork and Beans. The only time I will have to stop is when I am cleaning my guns, or feeding my cats. Maybe that won’t be an apocalypse after all. Oh wait! Another damn zombie in the yard! I’ll be right back!

                    Squeeky Fromm
                    Girl Reporter

                    1. Squeaky & Paul:
                      Give me Frazers’ “The Golden Bough,” anytime. Abridged version, of course. The King of the Wood story is haunting. The White Goddess” Is impenetrable and flat out weird. Quite a feat.

                    2. mespo – I cannot bring myself to buy the abridged version of anything. It just grates my soul.

                    3. Squeeky – I have a two volume paperback of all the Greek myths by city, Graves may be the author, been a long time since I read it. Goes into each mythology set for each city. Fascinating. Our understanding of Greek mythology is based on Athenian mythology, but even they didn’t agree. There are often two or more stories for the same event.

            2. squeek, FWIW and maybe TMI, but I spent over a year with a Jungian analyst and it was truly enlightening. There are certain facets of inborn personality characteristics that both help and hinder us. Have you read any Sam Keen, Erich Fromm or James Hollis?

              1. I have read a little Fromm here and there. And Jung. And Jungians. Self-diagnosing, I think I got a bad case of puella aeternus, and I should probably go on antibiotics.

                Squeeky Fromm
                Girl Reporter

  13. Isn’t there a board of regents that can just go ahead and terminate this spineless bag of mush.

    1. UC regents, members and ex officio:

      Richard Blum – Dianne Feinstein’s husband, had profited from her Senate tenure for decades
      Monica Lozano – US Hispanic Media Board Chairman
      John A Perez – introduced Covered California bill in CA Assembly
      Richard Sherman – CEO of the Geffen Company
      Jerry Brown – speaks for itself
      Gavin Newsom – pretty boy relative of Nancy Pelosi who Dems are trying to polish up as the next Jack Kenendy
      Janet Napolitano – nuff said

      Behold the spineless bag of mush leading the spineless bags of mush.

      1. Janet Napolitano is featured with Rumsfeld at the Walton-funded Gen Next site. The Walton heirs, six of whom have combined wealth equivalent to 40% of Americans combined, have grandiose plans identified at its site, one of which is privatized public education, think tax supported Wiccan, Mormon, Scientology, Jesus schools. Oddly, Napolitano is President of a PUBLIC university. The nation’s fear should not be a ragtag group of powerless college students, it is the oligarchy.

  14. The other side of that is if you tax something, you will get less of it. So far, the California state legislature seems hellbent on the ‘taxing so they can subsidize’ side of the equation and the citizens of this state have not yet responded with a large enough voice to object. Something will have to give.

  15. “That picture shows that the greatest difficulties in fixing higher education are clearly not in the costs.

    The greatest difficulties are in our dispirited acceptance of colleges and universities for what they are: self-serving, illiberal, culturally corrosive, luxuriously expensive mediocrities that pretend to an “excellence” they do not have.”


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