Friday, March 6, 2015

Returning Stories

Two stories about which we have blogged in the past have returned to the news. One is recent.*  The other last appeared in this blog in 2011.**

The recent story's return is from the New York Times:

In U.C.L.A. Debate Over Jewish Student, Echoes on Campus of Old Biases

It seemed like routine business for the student council at the University of California, Los Angeles: confirming the nomination of Rachel Beyda, a second-year economics major who wants to be a lawyer someday, to the council’s Judicial Board. Until it came time for questions. “Given that you are a Jewish student and very active in the Jewish community,” Fabienne Roth, a member of the Undergraduate Students Association Council, began, looking at Ms. Beyda at the other end of the room, “how do you see yourself being able to maintain an unbiased view?” For the next 40 minutes, after Ms. Beyda was dispatched from the room, the council tangled in a debate about whether her faith and affiliation with Jewish organizations, including her sorority and Hillel, a popular student group, meant she would be biased in dealing with sensitive governance questions that come before the board, which is the campus equivalent of the Supreme Court...

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The story that last appeared in 2011 is from the Daily Bruin:

Former UCLA researcher James Enstrom reaches settlement with UC

A former UCLA researcher who filed an unlawful dismissal lawsuit in 2012 will be paid $140,000 and have his termination rescinded as part of a settlement reached with the University of California Board of Regents on Wednesday. Dr. James Enstrom’s lawsuit claimed UCLA officials wrongfully dismissed him from his position because of political motivations in response to his controversial research about certain air pollutants. UCLA has previously denied the allegations and said it is committed to protecting academic freedom. As part of the settlement, Enstrom will have access to university resources for his researchand will have the title of “retired researcher,” said Carly Gammill, Enstrom’s lawyer...

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