Luce Lady and Polemist Ann Coulter To Be Fearless and Informative at UCLA

There’s nothing better than hearing Ann Coulter speak and educate the Youth about the evils and woes of liberalism.

Provocative, insightful, and fiery, Coulter is a magnificent orator and communicator. She simply says it all, and without any hesitation in doing so. Liberals hate her, conservative rave about her, and consumers readily read/buy her books, allowing her to climb the ranks of the New York Times Bestseller’s list every time she comes out with a new book.

My family and I had the pleasure of seeing her at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, Ca back in February 2009, and could not have asked for a better event! She was magnificent, inspirational, funny, and charming. This was when she first came out with Guilty, which I basically read and divulged a lot from after she signed my family’s copy. I had the chance to chat with her too for the second I could as curators were rushing us to move forward so others could have her sign their copies. I told her a funny comment, and prior to that, she enjoyed the fact that I, as a young conservative/Republican, was out there to come to her event along with my sister. That was a day I could never forget, the day that one of my many dreams came alive. Hopefully, there will be more opportunities where I could talk with Ms. Coulter in the future if afforded the chance.Interestingly enough, when I applied to UCLA and attempted to fill out a scholarship essay, I was asked which individual I would like to have a lunch/dinner with. I replied: Ann Coulter. Hence,  why I didn’t get in there…Now, UCLA allows her the chance to speak, even with its entrenched liberalism? Interesting…

Conservative heroine Ann Coulter is to grace her presence in Southern California on March 31st, 2010 at UCLA at a lecture held by the Bruin Republicans. Following her presence at the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute’s Western Women’s Summit at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, March 26-27th, 2010, Coulter will make her awaited appearance at the UC campus, and wow audiences.

If you are interested in seeing her speak at UCLA, go to:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=logo#!/event.php?eid=366074341099&ref=mf

The event is free, runs from 7-9pm at the listed room at UCLA. I encourage you to go, you will seriously be moved!!!!

Note: Ms. Coulter has fallen ill today and will reschedule her appearance for April 14th, 2010 tentatively.

Conservative and Nowhere to Go During Spring Break? Why Not CBLPI’s Western Women’s Summit?!?

http://www.cblpi.org/events/detail.cfm?ID=130

The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute is a conservative think tank geared towards building and training top female conservative activists. Whether political, business, etc., they influence all types of girls and make them strong. Speakers include Ann Coulter, Kate Obenshain, Bay Buchanan, and Hannah Giles. Also, there’s a seminar for student activism, book signing, a trip to Reagan Ranch in nearby Santa Barbara, and other opportunities. Be sure to spread the word to other conservative girls or at any other schools or if your parents are affiliated with politics to spread the word to their groups.

It’s free to attend, they are extending the deadline until March 18th. I believe rooming for students is free, but if you’re weary about this, be sure to call the Luce Policy Institute at 888-891-4288 about housing. Or find a local hotel for a reasonable deal.

Hope to see you there!

Gabriella

Date: Friday, 2010/03/26 – Saturday, 2010/03/27 Speaker: Location: Reagan Ranch Center, Santa Barbara California. Space is limited. Register early.

The Quad- Young America’s Foundation Collegiate Blog: With Yours Truly

http://www.yaf.org/freespeechUCSD.aspx

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Report from the Trenches at UC-San Diego

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UCSD LogoFrom sunny and charming La Jolla, California, I bring rather daunting and implicating news about the attack on free speech at UCSD. For the past several weeks, UCSD students have faced ramifications of a situation taken way too far.  From the Compton Cookout to the Associated Students of UCSD’s injunction on cutting media organization funds to the hanging of a noose in Geisel Library to the display of a Ku Klux Klan hood on the Theodor Seuss Geisel statue, a lot of things have transpired on my campus for the worst. Yet, the only media outlet at UCSD exposing the truth behind these calamities is The California Review, the conservative paper whose editor-in-chief, Alec Weisman, is attributed for such excellent and fair reporting of the incidents.

The controversy began with the Compton Cookout party, which was held off campus in mid-February and hosted by DJ Jiggaboo Jones, and was intended to mock Black History Month. The event called for guys and gals to wear gold teeth and “ghetto” fashion. The drive-by media fails to account for the fact that the host, Jones, was black, stating that “racist” members from various UCSD fraternities were instrumental in causing the Compton Cookout. Yet, the university made a big deal about the event, sending out several e-mails denouncing the incident. Nevertheless, matters only got worst as the Associated Students went after our infamous satiric paper, The Koala, and subsequently imposed a collective punishment on all UCSD student-run media organizations.

The Koala, which is a publication that mocks all groups, is known for its outrageous material. The Associated Students of UCSD first got on The Koala’s case after they mocked the death of a UCSD pole-vaulter in early fall quarter. Furthermore, The Koala mocked the reaction to the Compton Cookout by praising it and calling members of the Black Student Union, “ungrateful n——,” on student run television where The Koala broadcasts a show that follows the same style as their paper.

Liberals on campus are arguing that The Koala’s “offensive speech” which pokes fun at groups on campus should have their speech restricted because this form of speech threatens their “well-being.”  The Koala follows the same satirical style as many shows on Comedy Central, but do you see liberals calling for its shutdown? On February 18, 2010, the Associated Students placed a moratorium on funds for media organizations, which has spurred many on campus to fight to protect free speech. Basically, all the student-run newspapers suffered collective punishment from the action of the Associated Students regardless of their past actions. Assistance from FIRE and the ACLU has successfully encouraged Chancellor Marye Ann Fox to reinstate funds for media organizations. Both FIRE and the ACLU have noted that the UCSD administration will face subsequent legal action with the help of consul if they do not reinstate funding.

As a response to the Compton Cookout and The Koala’s exercise of individual albeit controversial opinion, the Black Student Union drafted a list of 32 demands for the university to adopt. They called for Chancellor Marye Ann Fox to implement various “racial improvements,” along with citing their concerns about their well-being. Other demands included a separate space for black students to convene peacefully, the necessity for an African-American and Chicano studies minor, and a “holistic approach” when it comes to university admissions (a.k.a. racial preferences), among many other demands. As of March 3rd, 2010, the UCSD Administration has acquiesced to pressures from the Black Student Union and is working to implement their demands.

Conservatives, liberals, and apathetic students at UCSD I talked with in various classes and gatherings were appalled by this list, which gives great preferential treatment to one group of students. Higher education should emphasize merit, initiative, and talent, not promote preferences based on one’s race. There are plenty of minority students here at UCSD who do not rely on the color of their skin to get ahead.  Enough of this manufactured racial divide which divides us and creates lowered standards.

To fellow conservatives college students: I urge you, as a fellow activist, to not let liberals dominate your campus, tell you lies, and undermine you because you hold  conservative ideas. Keep a copy of the Constitution in your pocket, and put it to use when someone tries to infringe upon your rights. There has to be a variety of opinions expressed on college campuses, and not just liberalism. Expose the truth, and do not let anyone deter you from preserving America’s values. If the American laws are so racist and unjust as the Left would have you believe, then why do people flock to our nation from all around the world—legally and illegally? This fine nation has afforded equal opportunities to everyone regardless of their nationality, race, gender, and viewpoints to pursue their own personal goals, dreams, and aspirations. Please do not forget that!

Gabriella Hoffman is a conservative student activist at the University of California – San Diego

“Cat in the Hood” Talks UCSD Troubles

I received this comment on my blog from a certain “Cat in the Hood.” She or he presents some interesting scenarios, but I’ll let you be the judge in that. I am not endorsing or condoning this letter found below. You are to decide for yourself if this individual has credence to their argument or if they are just insinuating the problem more. Although, from what I gather, there is the issue of “diversity” presented that I think people need to see into.

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Dear Chancellor Fox:

I am writing to you concerning the continued racial controversies at various University of California campuses. Since the noose left at the UCSD library has been removed, I’m contemplating to send you a new one. Why? Because a good old-fashioned lynching is in order.

Before you rush to conclusions, let me explain.

The current episode of turmoil began with a local party whose theme poked fun at stereotypes supposedly representative of South Central LA. Any reasonable person would readily perceive this approach as satire, a longstanding literary and dramatic device. Was it offensive? As with most satire, it definitely was – and that is good.

You see, when we are offended, we are likely to react. Unless that reaction is simply a knee-jerk response (such as that by your office), a reaction requires activation of one’s brain. You may agree that activating our brains is infinitely preferable over mindlessly swallowing whatever b.s. we happen to be served.

One particularly unpalatable piece of b.s. that is shoved down our collective throat is “diversity.”

In its original form, diversity is highly desirable. In nature, biologically diverse ecosystems are less vulnerable to diseases and more productive than monocultures. On a university campus, opposing (or even merely different) viewpoints spur lively debate, which in turn fosters creativity and innovation. Without question, humanity collectively benefits from the contributions inspired by a large variety of backgrounds and experiences.

Why has the University of California chosen to adopt race/ethnicity as the single decisive factor in furthering diversity? Are you ensuring UCSD receives a balanced mix of Republicans and Democrats? Gays and heterosexuals? Opera lovers and metal heads? Meat eaters and vegans? How about students who prefer the writings of Ayn Rand versus those of Karl Marx? Perhaps a proper mix of students interested in quantum physics and aspiring poets (and those writing poetry about quantum physics)? Folks that can appreciate Dr. Seuss on a subversive level, and those who can’t? I’m virtually certain that more diverse viewpoints will result from any of these arbitrary traits than the color of someone’s skin.

I assumed that college application essays served to differentiate students beyond grades and test scores. It appears that with all the budget cuts, there is no staff to read them. Therefore, instead of treating students as the unique individuals they are, it seems easier to simply lump them into categories with emotionally charged labels.

Sure, race and ethnicity, along with height, weight and gender, are the most obvious traits we notice about people we meet, before they have a chance to open their mouths and let us glean some insight into more substantial aspects of their personas. But isn’t that precisely the sort of simpleminded superficiality higher education is supposed to eradicate?

Throughout history, people with their own agendas have used arbitrary traits to unite, divide and discriminate against people. Each time, they applied a nice, shiny euphemism. “Preserving family values” – sounds like a good thing, right? How about “preserving the pure blood of the Aryan race?” It gives us cold chills today, but it sounded perfectly benign, even laudable, during the Nazi era.

Another shiny euphemism is “diversity.” If we add more “blacks” (however you may define that label), we will create a student body that is more balanced and representative of our society – so goes the reasoning du jour. Are we going to assume that “blacks” … come from challenged socioeconomic backgrounds? Are more conscious about human rights? Have rhythm? Jump higher?

I am not privy to UCSD’s list of stereotypical “black” traits. Make no mistake, that list exists, even if it is only implied – because every time we attempt to force a group of diverse (in its original meaning) individuals under a labeled (or red and white striped) hat, we give birth to such a list. Such a list, while perhaps not offensive at first glance, is far more damaging than the list of attributes used by the Compton Cookout as the recommended attire, behavior and attitude of its attendees. Because any list that is born under the auspices of a prestigious institution such as UCSD will automatically be imbued with a sense of legitimacy.

The characteristics we choose to identify others and ourselves mark the dividing lines between social groups. By focusing on race, we are furthering this broken model of diversity.

If we allow racial definitions to divide us, if we allow the fear of symbols to control us, if we allow the threat of persecution to silence us, our race – the human race – will succumb to the worst form of slavery.

This is my call to hunt down and publicly execute the ignorant and racist notions that have hijacked the concept of diversity. What better place than a library, a place of learning and organized knowledge? Let’s hang these ill-conceived ideas from the rafters and let their rotting corpses remind us that if we want to vanquish racism, we must start by treating all people equally.

For if we allow misguided preconceptions to live, we are bound to witness the death of the accomplishments brought by the Civil Rights Movement, of free speech, and of our human dignity.

Yours sincerely,

The Cat in the Hood

An Alternative to the 32 Demands

Alec Weisman, Editor-in-Chief

As you know, we’ve been closely watching the recent antics of the BSU and their allies, and we’re deeply disheartened by how thoroughly they’ve lost sight of Martin Luther King’s ideals. So many of their demands push not for color-blindness, but for explicit race-based favors.

In response, we’ve compiled a list that reflects our view of what UCSD would be like under Dr. King’s dream.

This is not a slate of demands. We will not occupy the Chancellor’s office, or plant a noose, or otherwise disrupt campus life, if our quiet voice of reason gets lost amidst the opportunistic aggression of the race-baiters. We’ll live in a world that’s a bit more racist, we’ll have a bit less pride in our alma mater, and our best potential successors will be a bit less likely to come here… but life will go on.

And this is not the work of a disembodied intelligence; you’ll see the stamp of our individual life experiences. One of our staff members is an economics student, frustrated by the disconnect between “pay people to dig ditches and refill them” Keynesian orthodoxy and the complexities of the real world. Others have sat in philosophically or politically biased classes, wondering about (and sometimes discovering) the consequences of articulating a coherent dissenting perspective. And most of us have grappled with that eternal mystery, “Why?”… in the context of the meal point system, at least. But we understand that our pet peeves are not as important as universal issues like maintaining academic standards. It’s okay if some items receive much more attention than others.

With that said, here’s what we wish to see:

• a school that hires the best and brightest of academia, regardless of race or creed or politics.

• a school that continues to respect the spirit of Proposition 209, admitting students on the basis of academic merit and personal accomplishments without any reference to race. This is in the interest of all parties; the black graduation rate at UCSD doubled after the proposition’s passage.

• a school that helps minimize exploitation by informing students of their legal rights. Perhaps a list can be provided to every student during Welcome Week.

• a school that applies its standards of taste to its own buildings, not just its off-campus parties or rogue publications. For instance, the name “Che Café” is, at best, of questionable propriety; “Revolutionary Cafe” preserves the theme without giving too much sanction to a mass murderer. (Yes, we realize it doesn’t rhyme. On the other hand, it is good enough for an etude. Anyway, we’re open to other suggestions.) It can be repainted with a mural of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mohandas Gandhi, and Henry David Thoreau.

• a school that does not withhold funding from student organizations following the rules. We believe the Koala should be socially sanctioned for its inflammatory and vulgar response to recent events. But it should not be forced to shut down, unless it actually broke the law.

• a school with transparent student government. Transparency is a powerful enemy of organized favoritism. All Associated Students meetings should be open to the public; and we believe it is also now practical and desirable to film and broadcast them live on the A.S. website.

• a school that provides funding and resources to ethnic groups in an equitable manner. There’s room for debate regarding what that entails; quite a few of the BSU demands can be accepted under this principle (and we’re okay with that). But certainly not all of them.

• a school that fosters a racially integrated community by hosting inter-group dialogue and activities.

• a school that offers more humanities classes with a neutral point of view. We believe in intelligent diversity of thought on campus, not just diversity of color.

• in the same vein, a school providing an economics education not any more wedded to Keynes than the facts justify.

• a school that minimizes the financial burden it places on its students by taking advantage of digital books and other cost-effective technologies.

• a school that enforces financial discipline on its programs. Departments and organizations should not be allowed to disproportionately drain UCSD’s resources by accruing massive debts; that hurts everyone, regardless of color.

• financial transparency of the UC Regents, the University of California, San Diego, and the Associated Students of UCSD.

• a school that respects voluntarism, not just “official” forms of social work.

• a school that encourages active citizenship by promoting involvement in student media. (Granted, since we are a student media organization, this request is self-interested.)

• a school that honors greatness, regardless of its source. We think a showcase of student, alumni, and faculty achievements, at a central visible location on campus, is a good way to do this.

• a school that demonstrates its commitment to economic efficiency by allowing students to opt out of purchasing meal points.

• a school that properly disciplines any student who violates another student’s rights.

• a student government structured to defend student rights. We recommend renaming the A.S. position of Associated Vice President of Student Advocacy to Vice President of Student Rights; this would confer voting privileges on the position, allowing its occupant to be an effective force for respect of student rights at UCSD.

• and finally, an administration and A.S. committed enough to peaceful inquiry to consider this list, despite our lack of threats.

Young Americans for Freedom’s Sharon Statement (A Must Read for Conservative Activists!)

As a member to YAF, I am grateful to work in defense of conservative values best proscribed by William F. Buckley, Jr, father of the modern-day Conservative Movement. Be sure to read it and embrace this message in its entirety!

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Sharon Statement

“Adopted in Conference, at Sharon, Connecticut, on September 11, 1960.”

IN THIS TIME of moral and political crises, it is the responsibility of the youth of America to affirm certain eternal truths.

WE, as young conservatives believe:

THAT foremost among the transcendent values is the individual’s use of his God-given free will, whence derives his right to be free from the restrictions of arbitrary force;

THAT liberty is indivisible, and that political freedom cannot long exist without economic freedom;

THAT the purpose of government is to protect those freedoms through the preservation of internal order, the provision of national defense, and the administration of justice;

THAT when government ventures beyond these rightful functions, it accumulates power, which tends to diminish order and liberty;

THAT the Constitution of the United States is the best arrangement yet devised for empowering government to fulfill its proper role, while restraining it from the concentration and abuse of power;

THAT the genius of the Constitution – the division of powers – is summed up in the clause that reserves primacy to the several states, or to the people in those spheres not specifically delegated to the Federal government;

THAT the market economy, allocating resources by the free play of supply and demand, is the single economic system compatible with the requirements of personal freedom and constitutional government, and that it is at the same time the most productive supplier of human needs;

THAT when government interferes with the work of the market economy, it tends to reduce the moral and physical strength of the nation, that when it takes from one to bestow on another, it diminishes the incentive of the first, the integrity of the second, and the moral autonomy of both;

THAT we will be free only so long as the national sovereignty of the United States is secure; that history shows periods of freedom are rare, and can exist only when free citizens concertedly defend their rights against all enemies…

THAT the forces of international Communism are, at present, the greatest single threat to these liberties;

THAT the United States should stress victory over, rather than coexistence with this menace; and

THAT American foreign policy must be judged by this criterion: does it serve the just interests of the United States?

Free Speech, Fee Protests, & Deception

Alec Weisman, Editor in Chief

On Wednesday, March 3rd, the California Review organized a free speech protest in opposition to the funding freeze. KUSI San Diego covered the protest, and wrote a great article explaining the situation. The Campus Freedom Network picked up on our protest and urged people to attend.

Click this link to view our photographs of the rally.

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Other media sources have finally began to turn their attention to the free speech aspect of the controversy. The Orion, the independent student newspaper at Chico State, wrote in opposition to the funding freeze while arguing that the student-run media organizations should acquire “financial independence … for dire times such as these.” The blog of the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) explained that even the statements of the Koala have been shown to be protected speech by the Supreme Court. In fact, even the Huffington Post has weighed in with a condemnation of Utsav’s actions, explaining that “When Gupta is allocating funds collected by the state for state purposes, he’s acting as an agent of the government. That means that the State of California, not Utsav Gupta, gets to decide when speech should or should not be funded. Of course, the State of California’s discretion is limited here, too, by its participation in the United States of America and the latter’s Constitution.”

The San Diego News Network wrote a summary about the controversy, while attempting to look at the situation at UCSD from a more balanced perspective. Youth for Western Civilization also weighed in, critiquing the reaction of the media and political correctness. Also, Adam Weinberg from the Leadership Institute visited UCSD last week to cover the free speech controversy.

Later that night, a community forum was held at a San Diego church. Ironically copies of the new issue of the Koala were distributed to attendees by members of the Black Student Union.

On March 4th the Guardian released several more articles regarding the free speech controversy. Aside from featuring an editorial by past editors of the Koala which frankly informs Utsav and the AS that they will fail at defunding the Koala, they also provided an in-depth discussion of the funding freeze, and an editorial board article which attacks King Gupta and the AS Council for the funding freeze. By the way, check out the cartoon in the Guardian’s editorial by Stefany Chen to see my First Amendment visor on one of the characters.

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Thursday, March 4th was a day of action where students, faculty and staff were supposed to walk out of class in protest against the fee increases. Strangely enough however, these protests had the support of the administration of UCSD so it appears that this was a lobbying method to gain funds, rather than a real protest. The Coalition for Educational Justice which claimed to be organizing the rally also had a list of demands for the state government.

Unfortunately, most of the “protests” across the state of California ended up hijacked by various leftist organizations marching for their pet projects. A hoax resignation letter was promoted on various websites claiming that UC President Yudof had stepped down so he could study the history of social movements. At UC Irvine, the protests were hijacked by the Muslim Student Association and their support for the Irvine 11. UCSD’s own protest was taken over by the BSU, their allies, and the Ethnic Studies Department.

Watching the protests was like watching a Who’s Who of the BSU, MEChA, and other affiliated groups and advocates.

There was a good deal of graffiti at UCSD leading up to the March 4th Protest, including on the Muir Bio Building, on UCSD stop signs, windows of the Warren Lecture Hall, the Cognitive Science Building, and Pepper Canyon Hall, as well as on all of the new Guardian “Troll Huts” News stands.

I went out to mock the anger and the excessive seriousness of the event. My sign brought smiles to a lot of faces and allowed people to relax and laugh just long enough for some cute girls to slip me their numbers. You know who you are. ;-)

Other students were out protesting the demands of the BSU as well.


(Note, her face has been removed for her protection)

However, to really understand where the BSU is coming from, read “The Do’s and Don’ts of Being a Good Ally” or “So You Think You’re an Anti-Racist.” These lists will shock you (unless you already buy into their agenda and that of their TAs and professors in more liberal or “tolerant” departments).

After all of the controversy and race baiting however, almost all of the demands of the Black Student Union were accepted by the administration anyway. During the protest the BSU and the administration released a signed agreement to move forward.

“The campus community will put into action the following recommendations, among others:
Admissions:
• Fund for three years BSU-initiated yield programs to increase the diversity of the undergraduate student body; work to diversify the graduate student applicant pool and induct more members into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, which promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate.
Curriculum :
• Fund the program coordinator position for the African American Studies Minor and Chicano/a Latino/a Arts and Humanities Minor; review requests from the Colleges to establish campuswide diversity curricular requirements for undergraduates, to supplement the requirements already in place in the Colleges.
Culture :
• Identify appropriate places on campus for the display of outdoor and/or indoor, permanent and/or rotating art representative of underrepresented minority communities; extend the exhibition of the Chicano Legacy mural so that it can be made permanent.
Faculty :
• Create a task force to promote the recruitment, support and retention of underrepresented faculty; make sure that all faculty searches adhere to best practices on diversity considerations; as funding becomes available, reactivate six unfilled faculty positions dedicated to African Diaspora, Indigenous Studies or California Cultures; allocate three new faculty positions over the next three years for hires that will enhance diversity.
Resources :
• Match funds from student fees for Student Promoted Access Center for Education and Service (SPACES), where students collaborate to achieve greater educational equity; meet with students to determine details for African American, Native American and Chicano Resource Centers, and assess patterns of use for these resources; ensure continued supplemental funding for the Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS), a learning center at UC San Diego, for the 2010-11 academic year; establish a new Campus Climate Commission to examine the campus climate and the university’s diversity-related efforts, and make additional recommendations for future action; consider additional resources for diversity efforts as part of the Campus Climate Commission that is being established.
Research, Student Conduct and Other Actions :
• Work with interested faculty members to establish an Organized Research Unit (ORU) or Center related to African American, Chicano and Native American-indigenous communities; rewrite the Student Code of Conduct, requiring students to adhere to the Principles of Community to the maximum extent permitted by the First Amendment; identify suitable naming opportunities for colleges and buildings, and review the naming processes; continue to engage both the Kumeyaay Cultural Repatriation Committee, the U.S. Department of Interior, and the UC San Diego faculty in seeking resolution to the disposition of human remains found as a result of University House excavation efforts.
These actions are only part of the university’s numerous on-going efforts to promote diversity on campus and ensure an open and welcoming environment. Students, staff, faculty and the San Diego community will continue to work together to rebuild and restore the university community.”

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The biology department released a statement in condemning the recent racist actions at UCSD and states that “It is our sincere hope that we can and will come together as a single community. We are ONE UCSD”

The provosts of the various colleges sent out an email suggesting ways to help students maintain their grades or withdraw for the rest of the quarter.

Grading Options

The library staff also sent out their own email announcing that “To help maintain a high level of safety, the Libraries have increased patrols throughout Geisel and have increased security staffing.”

libraries email

Also a racial incident has occurred at CSUSM. It seems highly suspicious, and appears to have been staged. Look for yourself.

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Media outlets have begun mocking the outrage and the controversy at UCSD. Gawker mocked the cycle of victimization by the BSU followed by the UCSD administrations’ reaction.

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And now on to the real scandal.

Do you remember our earlier comments about the Collective Voice? Well, they printed their own issue on Tuesday, March 2nd. However, they are not a registered media organization through the UCSD Center for Student Involvement (as they are run through SPACES), and they lack the disclaimer that all student media organizations have to print “The publication may have been funded in part or in whole by funds allocated by the ASUCSD. However, the views expressed in this publication are solely those of , its principal members and the authors of the content of this publication. While the publisher of this publication is a registered student organization at UC San Diego, the content, opinions, statements and views expressed in this or any other publication published and/or distributed by are not endorsed by and do not represent the views, opinions, policies, or positions of the ASUCSD, GSAUCSD, UC San Diego, the University of California and the Regents or their officers, employees, or agents. The publisher of this publication bears and assumes the full responsibility and liability for the content of this publication.”

According to the Collective Voice, they are “UCSD’s progressive voice that promotes social unity, justice and awareness across the many communities that exist on the UCSD campus. [It] provides marginalized students of color the empowering opportunity to protect the representation of their identities and beliefs, and report alternative news that is not otherwise covered by mainstream media. The Collective Voice, in partnership with SPACES, allows for the creation of “an empowering dynamic…where UCSD students collaborate to achieve greater educational equity.” It is through this mission that the collective of diverse voices in one newspaper will actively demonstrate an empowering progressive community on the UCSD campus.” Strangely enough however, SPACES is funded by the Associated Students, and although there was a media organization funding freeze (which has prevented the California Review from accessing promised funds), they were able to print. However, their “Budget must be approved by the ASUCSD before funds may be released.”

So what does this imply? Although technically not quite illegal (because their funding was established by a referendum), this shows the Collective Voice is actually AS sponsored speech and shows the AS bias against student-run media organizations. I don’t know about you, but I feel extremely uncomfortable with AS sponsored speech that lacks a disclaimer and claims to represent me.

Weigh in and comment with your opinion of this.

Report From the Trenches of UCSD

From sunny and charming La Jolla, California, I bring rather daunting and implicating news. For the past several weeks, UCSD and its students have faced the ramifications of a situation taken way too far.  From the Compton Cookout to the Associated Students of UCSD’s injunction on cutting media organization funds to the hanging of a noose in Geisel Library to the display of a KKK hood on the Geisel statue, a lot of things have transpired on my campus for the worst. Yet, the only media outlet at UCSD exposing the truth behind these calamities is The California Review, the conservative paper where Editor-in-Chief, Alec Weisman, is attributed for such excellent and fair reporting of the incidents.

The Compton Cookout party, which was held off campus in mid-February and hosted by DJ Jiggaboo Jones (who is black), first triggered this insanity. The drive-by media fails to account for this fact, stating that “racist” members from various UCSD fraternities were instrumental in causing this incident. It is unanimous that the party was inappropriate in context, calling for guys and gals to dress in gold teeth, ghetto fashion, and the like. Yet, the university made a big deal about the event, sending out several e-mails denouncing the incident. Nevertheless, matters only got worst as the Associated Students went after infamous satiric paper, The Koala.

The Koala, which is an equal-opportunist offending publication that mocks all groups, is known for its outrageous material. The Associated Students of UCSD have had the inclination to get on their case after they mocked the death of a UCSD pole-vaulter in early Fall Quarter, and have found the reason to do so after the paper mocked the reaction to the “Compton Cookout” by offering praise for it. Now, The Koala’s material is quite condemnable, although even their form of written expression is protected under the First Amendment with court cases in defense of all speech. Liberals on campus are arguing that this offensive speech should be limited because it threatens their well-being, when in fact this paper has not taken initiatives to physically harm or deprive minority students of their right to existence at UCSD; or any student for that matter. The Koala takes the approach like shows found on Comedy Central, and do you see people calling for its inevitable shutdown?  On February 18th, 2010, the Associated Students placed a moratorium on funds for media organizations, causing the necessary call to battle against censorship of free speech. Assistance from FIRE and the ACLU has prompted the effort to force and demand Chancellor Fox to reinstate funds for media organizations, or have the UCSD administration face subsequent legal action with the help of consul if they fail to comply.

As a response to the incident and The Koala’s exercise of individual albeit controversial opinion, the Black Student Union drafted a list of 32 demands for the university to meet in a timely manner. They called for Chancellor Marye Ann Fox to implement various “racial improvements,” along with citing concerns about their well-being. Demands included a separate space for black students to convene peacefully (Plessy vs. Ferguson reinstated, anyone?), the necessity for an African-American and Chicano studies minor, holistic approach when it comes to admissions selection (a.k.a. affirmative action), among many other outrageous demands. Conservatives, liberals, and apathetic students at UCSD were appalled by this list of demands, which gives great preferential treatment to those with great “racial disadvantages.” Higher education should emphasize merit, initiative, and talent, not promote the easy route to an outlet like university because they are of a different skin color. There are plenty of minority students here at UCSD who do not need to rely on the basis of their skin to get ahead. Students are individuals, not those who tout a skin color or different appearance. All of us have eyes, and can see for ourselves who is who. Enough of this manufactured racial divide which puts down people and creates lowered standards. The liberal indoctrination on college campuses, as with its plaguing of culture in general, allows for real racism to be witnessed—a fact liberals hate to admit or acknowledge.

From there, a noose was found hanging on February 19th, 2010, at the seventh floor of Geisel Library. The culprit, a student who was not identified by name and race, apologized for the incident, citing in UCSD’s Guardian, “I found a small piece of rope on the ground earlier in the day. While I was hanging out with my friends a bit later, we tried jump-roping with it and making it into a lasso. My friend then took the rope and tied it into a noose. I innocently marveled at his ability to tie a noose, without thinking of any of its connotations or the current racial climate at UCSD. I left soon after with one of my friends for Geisel to study, still carrying the rope. After a bit of studying I picked up the rope to play with, and ended up hanging it by my desk. It was a mindless act and stupid mistake.” You would think that anyone with some sense in their brain would know what a noose is and not even cogitate making one? Apparently, she should not have toiled and even considered this idiotic thing! Legal action should be taken, minority or not, as it is a hate crime. Alas, to know when and if justice will be served is another issue in itself as investigation proceedings are looming in the future. Yet again, UCSD witnessed another racial incident, with the adornment of the Theodor Geisel statue in a KKK hood, alleged (though not proven factually yet) to be staged by supporters of improvements for the Black Student Union to get their demands sooner. Again, the benefit of the doubt should be granted as proof is not provided, but why would white students want to instigate hate at UCSD? There is no reason for racial conflict here at UCSD.  Those who attend UCSD came here by free will. Nobody forced, coerced, or made them come to study here at the UC campus.

As most of the attention has been focused on the fight against “racism,” the large majority of the UCSD community fails to acknowledge the larger problem at hand: the censorship of free speech. Members from right leaning groups and even from those from the opposite spectrum came out in support of the First Amendment and free speech at UCSD on March 3rd, 2010. To silence anyone or any group because of content is unconstitutional and unjust; it is an act of tyranny and an obstruction to one of the greatest rights provided by our Law of the Land, the Constitution. During the protest, I heard a BSU member retort that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were racist in intent, as he alleged that the Founding Fathers were racist. Slave holding was held in that time and was unfortunately accepted as the norm, but additional Amendments added to the Constitution have given greater rights to those underrepresented. Yet, I feel that those who accord themselves with liberal dogma and accord themselves with the maneuvers held by the Obama administration call for the necessary destruction of these so-called “racist doctrines.” This is unheard of and un-American. If we destroy the Constitution and are deprived of the right to exercise free speech, then chaos will unfurl and liberals will rid society of its underpinnings.

To fellow conservatives college students: I urge you, as a fellow activist, to not let liberals dominate your campus, tell you lies, and diminish you for your diversity of thoughts. Keep a copy of the Constitution in your pocket, and put it to use when someone tries to infringe upon your endowed rights. There has to be an equal-level playing field in opinions, and not just one exclusive one that is found as liberalism. Expose the truth, and do not let anyone deter you from preserving the American values that have long-stood in our nation since its establishment. If the American laws would be so racist and unjust, then why do people flock to our nation from all around the world—legally and illegally? This fine nation has afforded equal opportunities to everyone regardless of their nationality, race, gender, and viewpoints based upon their personal goals, dreams, and aspirations. Please do not forget that!!!!

Liars & Deceit: Resolution by the Associated Students on Wednesday

Alec Weisman, Editor-in-Chief

The AS is full of liars. They really are trying to defund all media organizations. How are media organizations supposed to compete with other types of student organizations, especially if they call out the Associated Students on their actions. This is just asking for lawsuits.

As for the sponsor of this bill, it is none other than the #2 LIAR in the Associated Students, Vice President of Finance, Peter Benesch.

Why aren’t you waiting for the media review board to come up with suggestions, or waiting until 10th week to reopen funds as you swore to do on paper?


Signed by Peter Benesch on 2/25/10.

I urge everyone to come to the AS meeting at 6 pm on Wednesday at the Price Center Forum (4th Floor of PC East) to oppose this madness.

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Resolution Regarding Print Media Funding Revision

WHEREAS the Associated Students of UC San Diego (hereafter referred to as the AS) recognizes that there are several fundamental institutional and structural inadequacies in the current print media funding process, as enumerated in Section 2.2 (d) and Section 2.3 (l) of the Standing Rules;

WHEREAS the AS is concerned that the current print media funding process does not advance the stated objectives of the AS, including but not limited to Article II of its Constitution;

WHEREAS the AS is concerned that the current print media funding process has allowed a small number of media organizations to monopolize a disproportionate amount of the total funding available;

WHEREAS the AS is concerned that the disclaimer it requires in all media publications is not sufficient to defeat the community’s perception that the AS does endorse the content of student media which it financially supports;

WHEREAS the budget of the AS is under increasing pressure due to the competing demands and has an obligation to allocate its limited resources to activities that in its judgment best promote student life at UCSD;

BE IT RESOLVED that the AS discontinue its current print media funding and all unexpended funds allocated for that purpose be reallocated to the AS general fund.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that nothing herein shall be construed as preventing print media organizations from applying for and receiving funding on the same basis and under the same terms and conditions as other registered student organizations.

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Attachments below:
March, 3 2010 AS Agenda

Attachment 1

Attachment 2

Attachment 3


Events That Will Take Place at UCSD in Regard to “Compton Cookout” and Resultant Mess

Protest The UCSD Crackdown Against Free Speech

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2010
There will be a protest on Wednesday, March 3rd at 12pm beginning at Chancellor Fox’s Office at the Chancellor’s complex and then we will be walking to the Associated Students offices (4th floor PC East) regarding the student government’s decision to close down funding all 33 campus media organizations.

We will not be emotional, we will not cause mass disruptions, but we will gather to calmly attempt to discuss with the Administration how the situation has gotten out of hand.

We intend to present both the Chancellor and Utsav (or whoever is present at the AS offices) with the ACLU & FIRE letters. If you have your own letter to present to Utsav and the AS then bring them, or if you have suggestions for other documents to present to the Chancellor, send me a message at aweisman@ucsd.edu.

NOTE: This event is not intended to be solely sponsored by the California Review. If your student organization would like to sign on, I will make your organization a sponsor and the president/editor of the club an administrator for the event as well.

BSU Events
Monday, Mar. 1, 2010

• 9:00am: Rally in front of Chancellor’s complex to follow up on their response to the BSU’s demands.
• 2:00-4:00pm: Ethnic Studies Dept. Town Hall on Campus Racial Emergency (NOTE: LOCATION HAS BEEN CHANGED TO GREAT HALL, ELEANOR ROOSEVELT COLLEGE), Description: The Department of Ethnic Studies invites you to attend a town hall meeting to continue the discussion that you have initiated on the degrading racial climate on campus.  We applaud the paradigm-changing protest that you have waged this past week and want to work with you to make sure that the momentum that you have built will result in  meaningful and lasting change on campus.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

• 12:00-2:00pm: SPACES will be holding an informal hangout titled “Reclaiming our University” wherein they plan to “continue the amazing and Powerful Active Community momentum that was felt on the great day of action Feb. 24. 2010″ although they claim this is NOT a protest. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.
• 7:00-9:00pm: Asian & Pacific Islander Student Alliance (APSA) Forum on the current racial emergency (Cross Cultural Center, 2nd Floor, Price Center East).

Thursday, MARCH 4, 2010!!!
Let’s continue the momentum. March 4 is the National Day of Action for Education. We will be demanding that the state government and the UC administration provide true accesibility and educational funding for all. Join us on our struggle to reverse the privatization and corporatization of our public university.
Why March 4 connects perfectly with last week’s struggle against racism/sexism/homphobia at UCSD:

1. The administration’s current plan to solve its partly self-made economic crisis is to import more out of state wealthy students willing to pay out of state tuition (they want to raise the amount of out of state students from 5% up to 20%). This means less accessibility for students that are already underrepresented (including even less black and brown students in each entering class). There is nothing that Chancellor Fox can say or do to increase diversity at UCSD if this happens.
2. Higher fees (+32% this year and +300% in the last ten years) means that even less working and middle class students will be able to afford an UC education.
3. It’s going to be even harder to hire more faculty and staff of color with the current total hiring freeze and defunding.
4. UCSD is already cutting programs that were set up to increase diversity on campus and there are people in positions of power that are looking into the possibility of closing down departments. Guess which departments are first in line to be nixed?
5. Budget cuts also mean less classes which means that you are getting less of an education for your money and it might take you longer to graduate to satisfy your requirements, meaning more $$$ or more student debt. This is especially difficult for 1st gen. students from underrepresented groups.
6. We want the UC to do more to educate about diversity and foster it. That means that we need them to put more money into making this happen. With the state taking money away from the UCs and with the UC admin’s reluctance to spend its own money on things that matter, that’s going to he hard. We need to show Sacramento and the UC administration/regents that we want them to spend money on education, including not just on instruction on how to make money but an education that teaches people to be critical thinking, compassionate, and understanding human beings.
7. Also, if we want all UCSD students to take at least one mandatory Ethnic Studies class, we need to hire more professors and teach more course. Right now, ES has been forced by the budget cuts to cut down on their classes and freeze hiring of new professors.
8. If we also want UCSD to build up the African American Studies program, they’re going to need more investment as well.
9. Finally, we must all step out and protest on March 4 because an almost fully privatized university that cares more about making things for private corporations than about teaching people how to be productive, creative, critical thinkers is not good for anyone. The only way that we’re going to be able to stop the UC from fully becoming this type of place is by protesting. That’s the only thing that’s worked in the past, and it’s the only remedy for our current crisis.

UPDATE: Commenter “Zoom” has posted an excellent response to the BSU’s nine points; read the whole thing. Just a few more quick observations:

• Interesting that this is now supposed to be about “racism/sexism/homophobia” rather than just racism. What evidence is there that UCSD is noticeably sexist or homophobic? To the extent that it is, how is, say, the black community not far worse? Why isn’t the BSU working on taking the plank out of their own eye before railing against the rest of us?

Are they even trying to make sense any more? This is a cynical and utterly unjustified bid for wider support.

• They keep talking about insufficient accessibility for “minorities”… at a school where other historically oppressed minorities (consider the Chinese Exclusion Act, Japanese-American internment, and anti-miscegenation laws, for starters) are spectacularly successful, to the point that whites are not only seriously underrepresented relative to their population fraction, but they’ve even been surpassed by Asian-Americans in total numbers. What kind of pathetic dialogue on race at UCSD fails to grapple with this fact, one of the most striking sociological outcomes of the last century, at all? How can they possibly succeed, if they refuse to understand or even think about how other groups have worked their way out of circumstances not entirely dissimilar to their own?

The BSU asks for critical thinking, but could they recognize it when it hit them in the face? Or would they just tar it as “racist” because they find its conclusions inconvenient?

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