Tuesday, March 31, 2015

UCLA History: Chavez (continued from 2012)

Today is the actual Cesar Chavez day although UCLA celebrated it last Friday to avoid losing a day on the first week of spring classes. Three years ago, this blog ran the photo on the right of Chavez talking at UCLA in 1979. Since that time, UCLA has posted a set of audio recordings of various speeches given by famous persons on campus. 

One such posting is a recording of Chavez speaking at UCLA in 1972:

UCLA's Sound Policy

From KPCC: {excerpt}

Last June, Clinton Clad-Johnson joined his fellow stressed-out UCLA students, peeled off his pants and participated in a beloved tradition: the "undie run."

"Everybody knows that finals season can be very stressful, right? So everybody goes running, kind of half naked in their underwear," he said. But this undie run was different. As Clad-Johnson and other students were sprinting through campus, they heard an incredibly loud noise. "It was kind of reminiscent of the sounds you hear in war movies," he said. Campus police had turned on a Long Range Acoustic Device - the same type of sirens used in Iraq to break up crowds with ear-splitting tones...

Full story at

The campus police siren call:

Monday, March 30, 2015

Survey coming

According to the Daily Bruin, nonrepresented staff employees at UC will soon be surveyed:

The University of California will conduct a survey this week asking its non-unionized employees about their views on working at the University. The survey aims to help the UC gain perspective on the experiences and needs of its non-represented workers, according to a press release by the University on March 23. The survey will include questions related to career development, performance management and workplace collaboration, among other topics. UC Human Resources will compare the new survey results to those of another survey from 2012 to examine where the UC has made progress and where the University should improve. This week, about 20,000 of the 50,000 non-represented workers at the UC will randomly receive an email inviting them to take the survey...

Full story at

Wouldn't it be better to do it by phone or in person than by email? For example, here is a sample oral question:

A story with legs

The story of the ill-fated Peevey dinner to raise funds for the public policy school at Berkeley - about which we have previously blogged - seems now to be walking from one newspaper to another. Our most recent post on this affair included an excerpt from the San Diego Union-Tribune.* Now the LA Times has picked it up:

A scandal at the Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco has reached across the bay to UC Berkeley.Money raised by a $250-a-plate retirement dinner for Michael Peevey, the former president of the California Public Utilities Commission, has become too hot to handle for the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. The school was designated as the dinner's charity. But after PUC critics condemned the dinner and criticized the school's role in it, Goldman's dean announced that the school would not accept the contributions generated by the Peevey affair...

Full story at

We don't want our friends at Berkeley to feel we are picking on them. Just to show our goodwill, we reproduce below a gift to UCLA that had to be turned down amid another scandal.**

UPDATE: The story is also in the San Francisco Chronicle [but you'll need a subscription to read it]:

Sunday, March 29, 2015

UCLA Artwork

"Spanish Mirrors" by Guy Dill (1987) sits on the first floor of the "A" building (Collins building) in the Anderson complex.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

What the (Private) Competition is Doing

Good news for brainy but cash-poor applicants to Stanford University: Tuition will now be waived for families earning up to $125,000, up from $100,000, the university said Friday. Stanford also announced that families with incomes below $65,000 (up from $60,000) won’t even pay room or board. Total savings for the lowest-income undergrads next year? $59,836. Undergraduate tuition in 2015-16 at Stanford, considered one of the world’s best universities, is $45,729. Room and board is $14,107...

Full story at

Friday, March 27, 2015

The not-so-happy ending to this program

Days before he stepped down as the state’s top utility regulator, Michael Peevey called an assistant dean at his alma mater, the University of California, Berkeley, to say that a recognition dinner was being held in his honor, and net proceeds would benefit the Goldman School of Public Policy. “Mike asks that you join the host committee,” assistant dean Annette Doornbos wrote to her boss, Dean Henry Brady, on Dec. 15. “He would like to know at your earliest convenience.”

The request appears on the first of 327 pages of emails to and from university officials related to the $250-a-plate tribute dinner that was held Feb. 12 at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. The records show the school struggled with how to react to a barrage of criticism from alumni and supporters, who urged Brady to reject the donations as a public-corruption investigation encircled the utilities commission in general and Peevey specifically.

The university’s emails were obtained by the San Diego advocacy group Citizens Oversight, which sued the school earlier this month after officials failed to release documents in response to several requests under the California Public Records Act. They show Brady and others defending their decision to honor Peevey, who not only graduated from the institution but was an important donor and longtime advisory board member...

[As blog readers will know, in the end the School had to turn down the money.]

Anyway, that's how it happened:

Listen to the Regents Meeting of March 19, 2015

The meeting led off with the apology of the UC prez.  Then came public comments on fossil fuel divestment, student mental and physical health clinics (including union issues and budget), the planned Richmond campus of UC-Berkeley, staff retention and pay of nonunion UC employees, tuition, and training regarding sexual assault.

There was a report on the Dept. of Energy (DOE) labs including the contract dispute regarding financial penalties imposed by DOE. The indication was that the dispute is still underway, but perhaps with a resolution in sight. That session was followed by passage of a proposal to waive out-of-state tuition for veterans (in accordance with a federal law that would otherwise make UC ineligible for GI Bill funds). There were other reports on UC services for veterans.

Finally, there was a report by the UC prez on various awards received by faculty and approval of proposals from the various regental committees.

The audio is at the link below:

All I know is what I read in the papers

Chinese students: Have we got a deal for you!
From the LA Business Journal:

On any given day, sometimes with as little as 20 minutes warning, a bus will pull up to the Beverly Center and let out dozens of Chinese tourists eager to drop thousands of dollars on luxury clothing, electronics and accessories...

Courtney Saavedra, director of marketing and public relations for retailer Kitson, said it hired a Mandarin-speaking sales associate at its Beverly Center boutique several months ago to meet the demand. The Beverly Center also takes things a step further with an exclusive partnership with USC and UCLA to target Chinese students. The mall offers free shuttle services for back-to-school shopping events and, more recently, partnered with Pasadena’s East West Bank to host a job-readiness and networking event at the mall...

Full story at

That's all I know.  If you know more about the reported partnership, please add a comment to this post.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Framing the Issue

The latest Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) poll is out and it includes a question about higher ed funding and tuition. Also included in the poll is a regular survey of Gov. Brown's popularity ratings. More than half of "likely voters" view him favorably, even a third of Republicans. Given that circumstance, and the "nudge" of the pollster reminding respondents of their favorable view of Brown, it should not be surprising that when asked about the more-funding-for-UC-if-tuition-frozen proposal of the governor, voters (and the general population) tend to favor it. Note that the question is framed explicitly as a Brown proposal. See below. [Click on image to enlarge]. There could have been questions that were introduced with language something like "if Gov. Brown and UC president Napolitano reached an agreement that said..." and then gave various choices. But there weren't such questions. The full poll is at:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The governor is right when he says tuition cannot go on rising "forever"

Physicists predict the universe is primed for a “cosmological collapse” that will cause the universe to stop expanding at its current rate and ultimately collapse in on itself to wipe away all known matter. Physicists Nemanja Kaloper at the University of California, Davis and Antonio Padilla at the University of Nottingham proposed the “imminent” collapse – which on the cosmological scale is a few tens of billions of years from today...

Full story - the ultimate story - at

And the governor agrees:

The Campus Construction Bandwagon

The Bandwagon at 200 Medical Plaza
From the LA Times:

...UC Merced officials last week pitched to the UC regents a plan to increase its student body to 10,000 from 6,200 over the next five to seven years and construct many buildings to double the school's physical capacity. The regents seemed nervous about the details of financing, which could approach $1 billion, but were receptive to accommodating more eligible applicants who are feeling shut out of UC. UC Berkeley is advocating a major new satellite campus on the underused 130 acres it owns seven miles away on the Richmond waterfront; leaders envision new programs there in partnerships with international colleges for as many as 10,000 faculty and students within 40 years. And state Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) recently attracted attention for proposing a new UC campus, possibly near Silicon Valley or Los Angeles, devoted to technology, science and some arts. Gatto's legislation would push a feasibility study for "a public version of Caltech" and provide $50 million for land acquisition and initial building...

Full story at

Can we just settle this year's budget/tuition issue conflict first? Just asking:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Santa Monica Bus Fares May Rise

It was cheaper back then, at least in nominal terms.
The sticker price bus fare on the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus (which serves UCLA among other locations) may rise to $1.25. The transportation powers-that-be at UCLA subsidize the fare during school days. What the net price will be will depend on what subsidy is provided under the BruinGo program:

From the Santa Monica Daily Press:

To keep up with the incoming Expo light-rail line, Big Blue Bus wants to boost its service hours by 11 percent. The augmented service will necessitate a fare hike starting in January, BBB officials said in a report to City Council this week. Regular fares would jump a quarter, from $1 to $1.25. Fares for seniors and riders with disabilities wouldn’t be impacted. “BBB’s new proposed cash fare, $1.25, is still one of the lowest in the County as most Municipal Operators are at $1.35 – $1.50, and much lower than Metro’s cash fare of $1.75,” BBB officials told council. “Senior and Disabled fares would be unchanged at $.50 and BBB passes would be increased incrementally.” BBB is projecting a 4-percent increase in passenger revenue with the coming of Expo. Plans for the fare increase and route changes were scheduled to be presented to (the Santa Monica city) council on Tuesday, but city officials are asking council to push it back to April 28 because a significant item pertaining to the future of the Santa Monica Airport is scheduled for that night...

Full story at

Monday, March 23, 2015

Listen to the March 18, 2015 afternoon session of the Regents

At the March 18 afternoon session of the Regents, there was a continuation after lunch of the Committee on Long-Range Planning, essentially statements by the governor and the UC prez about the results so far of their "Committee of Two."  Their Committee is officially looking at the "cost structure" of the university but is also where the current negotiations between UC and the governor over tuition and state funding of UC are taking place. Since this report was interim, only general statements were made. UC prez Napolitano said the discussions had been "far reaching." She said the legislative leaders of both houses had been "engaged" but it was unclear whether that meant they were actually taking part in some way in the Committee of Two. There were staff meetings reported between UC and the Dept. of Finance. Among items Napolitano mentioned were social and economic mobility and access, graduation rates, STEM programs, and the effect of UC research on the economy. Gov. Brown said the Committee "works very well," indicated an interest beyond economics, etc., in humanities, history, and political science, said everything is costly and he will say no if he has to, tuition can't rise sharply indefinitely, students debt is going up fast, and noted that he was getting pure intellectual pleasure from the exercise.

The governor in particular expressed an interest in "activity based costing" applied to university activities. It seems to be an accounting technique for spreading overhead which you can read about at Yours truly urges caution about any technique that attempts to treat fixed costs as if they were marginal costs.

After the Committee of Two report, the president of the UC Student Assn. urged more mental health funding, more involvement of students in UC funding/tuition issues (of the type currently being discussed by the Committee of Two), divestment from guns, fossil fuels, and "human rights" abusers. The last seemed to be a reference to the Association's resolution passed after those pushing for anti-Israel divestment - to answer complaints about singling out a particular country - enlarged the resolution to encompass a wider range including the U.S.

The Committee on Educational Policy at the urging of Regent Kieffer had a presentation by UC-Berkeley chancellor Dirks on the history of undergraduate education. His presentation was followed by a presentation by Berkeley Prof. Panayiotis (Panos) Papadopoulos on undergraduate programs at his campus. Most of the Regents' discussion after these two presentations ended up on admissions standards. Regents noted that parents asked them how come their kid with a brilliant record didn't get admitted. There was then discussion of "holistic" admissions which consists of more than test scores and GPA (but then makes it difficult to tell someone how come their kid didn't get in).

It might be noted that there were audio difficulties with this session. Audio volume seemed to vary and at one point Regent Lansing's comments were not picked up properly. There are also short losses due to streaming. As yours truly has noted many, many times, the Regents "archive" their recordings only for one year. To preserve them, he has to play the recording and record it in real time, i.e., one hour of meeting = one hour of recording time. Live-streaming sometimes leads to gaps when the streaming "hangs."

You can hear the session at the link below.

Slow Going or Maybe No Going

This blog has from time to time reported on the erosion of the old Master Plan's division of labor between the three segments of higher ed. According to the agenda of CSU's Board of Trustees, it appears that offering doctoral degrees is not going smoothly, at least at CalState-San Diego.

Listed under the heading "Campuses have requested that the following projections be removed from the CSU Academic Master Plan" are two doctoral programs: DNP Doctor of Nursing Practice and PhD Information Systems. See

It appears from the document that removal from projections means essentially that there are no active plans to implement the programs.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Google search

The quotation "I don't care what the newspapers say about me as long as they spell my name right." is widely cited in journalism, public relations and advertising books where it is variously meant to reflect the importance of the media, the power of publicity, and/or the arrogance of celebrities...

In the news

Los Angeles Times‎ - 2 days ago

Crap” – a term once considered too vulgar to print in a newspaper – is now common in print ...‎ - 2 days ago

Zero Hedge‎ - 2 days ago
·  Los Angeles Times
3 days ago - UC President Janet Napolitano publicly apologized Thursday for describing a disruptive student protest as "crap" the day before.
·  San Francisco Chronicle
3 days ago - University of California President Janet Napolitano apologized Thursday for referring to a student protest as “crap” during a meeting of the UC ...
3 days ago - University of California President Janet Napolitano remarked to a fellow regent that they “didn't have to listen to this crap” as students protested ...
3 days ago - University of California President Janet Napolitano publicly apologized Thursday for referring to a UC student protest as 'crap' the day before
·  WorldNetDaily
2 days ago - (KPIX-TV) University of California President Janet Napolitano remarked to a fellow regent that they “didn't have to listen to this crap” as ...–-janet-napolitano-s...
·  Zero Hedge
2 days ago - University of California President Janet Napolitano wants students' voices to be heard — unless it means "listening to their crap."
·  The Daily Caller
3 days ago - University of California (UC) president and former Obama Cabinet member Janet Napolitano was caught in an embarrassing situation ...

·  Inside Higher Ed

3 days ago - University of California System President Janet Napolitano was caught on video at a Board of Regents meeting calling a student protest "crap," ...
 ·  Napolitano on Protestors: 'We Don't Have To Listen To This ...

·  Cybercast News Service
3 days ago - University of California President Janet Napolitano remarked to a fellow regent that they “didn't have to listen to this crap” as protesters ... 
·  UC President Janet Napolitano Apologizes For Calling ...
·  The Huffington Post
3 days ago - After being caught on camera calling a student protest "crap," University of California President Janet Napolitano apologized Thursday for her ...

·  UC President Janet Napolitano Calls Students' Protests 'Crap'
·  Crooks and Liars
3 days ago - I sure hope Janet Napolitano doesn't think she's running for office again, because her tenure in California as UC President has been an ...

·  VIDEO: Napolitano apologizes for 'unfortunate' use of 'crap ...
The Sacramento Bee
3 days ago - UC President Janet Napolitano apologized Thursday for dismissing student protests as “crap.” An open microphone caught Napolitano's ...

·  Janet Napolitano calls anti-tuition-hike student protest 'crap'
·  RT
3 days ago - Former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano forgot that rule ... regents meeting, calling a student protest against tuition hikes "crap.

·  Napolitano apologizes for calling protest at UC Regents ...
·  Daily Bruin
3 days ago - University of California President Janet Napolitano apologized Thursday for calling Wednesday's student protests “crap,” a remark caught on ...

·  UC President Janet Napolitano calls protests 'crap' when ...
·  The Daily Californian
3 days ago - UC President Janet Napolitano was recorded Wednesday saying that she did not “have to listen to this crap” in response to demonstrators at ...

The Daily Californian

3 days ago - The worst part about Janet Napolitano's offhanded remark Wednesday was not that she called a student demonstration “crap.” It's that she said, ...

·  Breitbart

2 days ago - Napolitano was caught on a hot mic, reacting: “Let's go. We don't have to listen to this crap.” She later apologized. Napolitano and Brown are ...

·  Janet Napolitano gets slammed after getting caught on hot ...
·  2 days ago - Janet Napolitano apologized for referring to University of California students' protest as "crap": (via @SFGate).

·  UC President Napolitano apologizes for 'crap' comment ...
·  3 days ago - UC President Janet Napolitano tells UC Regents Chairman Bruce Varner "we don't have to listen to this crap" during a student protest at a UC ...

·  Janet Napolitano apologizes for calling student protest "crap ...
University of California President Janet Napolitano has apologized for calling chants by students protesting tuition hikes "crap," a remark picked up by an open ...

·  UC's Napolitano: Sorry I Called Student Protest 'Crap' - KQED
·  3 days ago - University of California President Janet Napolitano apologized Thursday for calling chants by students protesting tuition hikes “crap,” a remark ...

·  Napolitano Sorry About That “Crap” | Los Angeles Business ...
·  Los Angeles Business Journal
2 days ago - The University of California President Janet Napolitano now says she's sorry for calling a student protest against tuition hikes “crap,” the San ...

·  Janet Napolitano To Tuition Protesters: "We Don't Have To ...
·  3 days ago - It's getting more expensive to go to college — and that's not "crap." ... Regents on Wednesday morning, Janet Napolitano, the president of the ...

·  Janet Napolitano Calls Protest 'Crap,' Later Admits She ...
·  2 days ago - University of California President Janet Napolitano is apologizing for a comment she made after a student protest broke out during a regents ...

·  Janet Napolitano Says “We Don't Have to Listen to This Crap”
·  3 days ago - Before I get to the meat of this post, let me provide a little background. Late last year, I covered how the former head of the Department of ...

And so it goes: