New Counter Cultured Article: UCSD Professor Makes Students Strip for Final Exam

I’ve penned a new article at Counter Cultured today about the latest controversy transpiring at my alma mater involving a leftist professor. Here’s more about it:

UC-San Diego professor Ricardo Dominguez is coming under fire for requiring his students to strip for a final exam.

Dominguez, an associate professor of visual arts at our alma mater, is being rightfully criticized for subjecting his students to partaking in erotic behavior. Dominguez has taught a course called Visual Arts 104A: Performing the Self for nearly 11 years. Additionally, he was hired by UCSD in 2005 and awarded tenure in 2009. According to the class syllabus, students are required to perform eight gestures including  “a gesture that traces, outlines or speaks about your ‘erotic self(s).’ ” One student’s mother – who wishes to remain anonymous – helped bring this class to light according to 10News:

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

New Counter Cultured Article: Glad UCSD is Evicting Ché Cafe From Campus

This is one of the rare times I offer some praise to my alma mater, UCSD. Kudos to the administration for following through with the Che Cafe’s eviction from campus. You can read about it at Counter Cultured today. Below is an excerpt:

On Tuesday, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) allowed the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to seize the Ché Cafe. The co-op was handed an eviction notice on March 17, 2015, after more than a decade of back-and-forth over the building’s decrepit state.

The controversial cafe- which pays homage to communist Ché Guevara and is a backronym for “Cheap Healthy Eats” – first opened in 1980 and is considered a “hip” concert venue among UCSD students. However, not all of us who attended UCSD hold that same view.

When I attended UCSD from 2009 to 2012, I viewed that place as a worn-out, shabby communist compound. Many campus leftists had congregated there. Admittedly, it was a scary place to stumble upon (especially at night). More importantly, few of my classmates questioned its very name and corresponding tribute to communist thug Ché Guevara.

The proposed eviction, which was tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, has generated a lot of attention. Though outrage has been placed on the eviction, it’s greatly misplaced. Students and community members should be outraged by what the Ché Cafe stands for.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

University of California Further Embarrasses Itself By Divesting From America

It was recently brought to my attention that my alma mater, the University of California (UC) system, voted to divest from America.

The University of California Student Association Board (UCSAB), which represents over 233K students in the respective university system, approved the “Resolution Toward Socially Responsible Investment at the University of California.” It calls on leaders of UC to financially divest from the United States, citing our nation as an “evil” and “racist” country. The UCSAB voted in favor of this resolution by 11-1-3. The same board also voted to divest from Israel. (Not surprised.)

The University of California comprises 10 campuses and is considered the top public university system in the country. I’m proud to have graduated from the University of California at San Diego. Apart from some political correctness and a few questionable professors, I had a decent college experience and thoroughly enjoyed my time in La Jolla. I, like so many other California residents (though I call Virginia home now), chose to go to a UC school because of its prestige and name recognition. The political science department I graduated from is said to have the third highest return on investment (ROI). Sounds great on paper, right? In reality, UC’s good name is being tarnished by those who have tainted higher education with their leftist agenda. UC is no exception; it’s sadly leading the charge.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement – which targets Israel and equally castigates Jews – has plagued UC since before my freshman year at UCSD. (I entered college in September 2009 and graduated in June 2012.) BDS wants to impose sanctions on companies that deal with Israel; now its advocates want to push the same ludicrous campaign against U.S. companies. Below are some of my writings on BDS at UC, specifically at UC-San Diego.

I hope UC administrators, bureaucrats, and students relinquish their pensions, tenure, financial aid/scholarships, respectively, if our magnificent country is too barbaric and hateful for them. Why bite the hand that feeds you? To the students comprising UCSAB: if America is so evil and oppressive, why are you attending the University of California and receiving taxpayer-funded education? Why not be consistent and reject all American resources provided to you? Oh right, milking the system is perfectly acceptable in your view.

These hypocrites need to be excoriated, so I feel obligated as an alumna of the University of California to call them out.

As a 2012 graduate of UCSD, I feel incredibly embarrassed for my alma mater and its nine sister campuses comprising the University of California. The buffoonery that continues to emanate from UC undermines the institution and makes it less credible. Historically speaking, UC is one of the top institutions of higher learning in existence. Now it takes the cake for being a great perpetrator of stupidity and hypocrisy. Truly sad…

To my fellow UC graduates: I implore you to withhold any donations to our respective alumni associations. Until UC returns to its mission statement of being a light on truth (fiat lux), your donations will be directed to causes that undermine this country.

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My Thoughts on UCSD Passing Divestment in The Daily Caller

My alma mater – UC-San Diego – was center stage for the Arab-Israeli conflict last week after the Associated Students passed a divestment bill condemning Israel for “so-called human rights violations.” It was passed by a secret vote 20-2. (What every happened to transparency?)

Here are my thoughts in The Daily Caller:

Student government meetings are no place for parsing out the Arab-Israeli conflict, said one recent graduate.

“Universities shouldn’t become center stage for the Arab-Israeli conflict,” said Gabriella Hoffman, a 2012 UCSD graduate, in an email to The Daily Caller News Foundation. She added that passing divestment resolutions gives legitimacy to anti-Semitic viewpoints on campus.

During her time at the university, Hoffman worked to prevent the ASUCSD from approving such resolutions.

“Many pro-Israel and Jewish students and community members–including professors and activists–worked together to ensure that divestment wouldn’t pass,” she wrote. “As a result, they were always rejected.”

Sister campuses UC-Riverside and UC-Irvine also passed divestment bills in their respective student government bodies. Although defeated in previous years, the passage of divestment at the University of California is a very troubling trend in higher education.

UCSD still won’t be receiving any alumni money from me.

Attend Maryland Conservative Action Network’s “Turning the Tides” Conference- January 12, 2013

TTT2013All conservatives and libertarians in the DC metro should attend Maryland Conservative Action Network’s “Turning the Tides” conference in Annapolis, MD.

Here’s what will transpire on January 12, 2013:

Join us for frank discussion about where we go from here. Topics will include what to expect from both Washington, DC and Annapolis, improving our ground game, national security, the left’s war on the suburbs, how “green energy” schemes are hurting our national and state economy, and more.

Yours truly will be a youth panelist. I will give a talk about my activism coupled with my family history. Hope you come and hear from me and countless other speakers:

  • Dan Bongino
  • Brad Botwin
  • Brandon Cooper
  • Myron Ebell
  • Pamela Geller
  • Gabby Hoffman
  • Stanley Kurtz
  • Steve Milloy
  • Mark Newgent
  • Neil Parrott
  • Richard Rothschild
  • Jim Rutledge
  • Ken Timmerman
  • Blaine Young
  • and more.

Registration details:

Sponsorship opportunities and vendor tables are available. Please contact for details.

If interested in media/blogger credentials (space is limited), please contact

The DoubleTree Hotel has set aside overnight rooms at a special conference rate of $99/night for Friday and/or Saturday.If you would like to book a room, please call 1.800.222.8733, and ask for the Conservative Action Network block (group code: CAN).

Online registration is being handled through ShowClix.

Register by December 12 and get the discounted early bird rate of $50!

After December 12 the regular price of $75 takes effect and walk-in registration on January 12 will be $100.

A student rate of $25 is available for anyone with a current high school or college ID!

Visit for more details.

Support Jewish Students at the University of California

StandWithUs recently launched an online petition drive in support of a July 9 report on Campus Climate at the University of California highlighting campus anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism.

In response to the report, entitled “University of California Jewish Student Campus Climate Fact-Finding Team Report & Recommendations,” some anti-Israeli students and community members – ironically, some Jewish students –  decried the report’s findings and said that it’s not representative of the Jewish community at large. They created an online petition denouncing criticism of anti-Zionist sentiment in the UC system.

Unfortunately, this report fails to meet minimum standards for accuracy and sound methodology and offers only a partial view of Jewish life and culture on UC campuses. The report excludes the experiences and values of many Jewish students who are connected to and critical of the state of Israel; it misrepresents support for Palestinian rights and inquiry into Israeli policy as anti-Israel and anti-Semitic acts; and it suggests, in marked contrast to all available campus life surveys / quantitative evidence, that UC campuses are hostile environments for Jewish students. In short, the report distorts campus life, and it includes recommendations that threaten free speech on campuses.

StandWithUs, on the other hand, supports the report and is asking past/current UC students, faculty, and community members to sign their petition. Here’s a brief description of it:

On July 9, 2012, a report entitled “University of California Jewish Student Campus Climate Fact Finding Team Report and Recommendations” was presented by Alice Huffman, president of the California NAACP, and Richard Barton, national education chair of the Anti-Defamation League, to the University of California (UC) President’s Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion. The report was commissioned in June 2011 by the advisory council in order to identify both the challenges faced by, and positive experiences of, Jewish students attending UC campuses and to recommend steps needed to make UC campuses more inclusive and welcoming for Jewish students and the community at large.

The report followed a fact-finding process from October 2011 to May 2012, which involved a team visiting six UC campuses–Santa Cruz, Davis, Irvine, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and San Diego. The researchers interviewed students, faculty, and community members to paint an overview of the diversity within these campuses, especially within its significant Jewish student population. It outlined the many nuances and at times diverse political views within the Jewish community on these campuses. The report concluded with a list of recommendations, inviting the UC system to develop model institutional protocols that will ensure that bigotry, intimidation, and undue bias are marginalized, that Jewish students, faculty, and community members’ rights to free speech are protected, and that the university sets clear guidelines for responsible, reasonable debate.

It is extremely unfortunate, but not surprising, that a petition has surfaced recently within the UC system denouncing the validity and veracity of the Huffman/Barton report and calling upon the UC President’s Advisory Council to dismiss the report. Students, alumni, faculty, and parents are invited to sign a petition denouncing the claims and the recommendations articulated in the report. It is absolutely essential that this dismissive, opposing petition be countered effectively and immediately.

The opposing petition reflects the very problems that the report describes: bias and an effort to silence or deny the experiences of many Jewish students, faculty, and community members. Only the report on Jewish students is being criticized for its methodology, even though it used the same methodology as the report on Muslim and Arab students, which was not criticized. The report documented what many Jewish students, faculty, and community members described as their experiences, but opponents are trying to deny the validity of these reported experiences. The opposing petition denies that criticism of Israel can cross the line into anti-Semitism by rejecting the EUMC working definition of anti-Semitism, even though the U.S. State Department and the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education both adopted the EUMC working definition.

As someone who identified with the Jewish community during my time at UCSD, I lend my full support to StandWithUs’s petition and the UC Campus Climate report. Please sign it and share it.

Prager U Post on Why Israel Isn’t an Apartheid State

Good news: I will be guest blogging for Prager University.

In my first post, I debunked the claim that Israel is an “apartheid” state.

Below is the entire post, as found on the Prager University Facebook page:

By: Gabriella Hoffman, Contributor and College Senior


This past week, my university – UC-San Diego – played host to “Israel Apartheid Week.” The Muslim Students Association (MSA) and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) clubs unveiled an “apartheid” wall that displayed alleged human rights abuses in Israel. The wall—which can be found on college campuses—claims Israel oppresses non-Jews, commits genocide, and behaves like Nazi Germany. Moreover, the organizers of this week-long event invite notorious anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist speakers to advance their cause. Without a doubt, it’s the most hostile week on campus each school year.

Supporters of the Palestinian cause are keen to undermine the Jewish state by painting it as an “apartheid” state. While this comparison is illusory and illogical at best, it’s imperative to counter it with the truth.

The MSA’s and SJP’s use of the word “apartheid” is misleading and offensive, says the Vanguard Leadership Group – a coalition of black students that supports Israel’s right to exist and defend itself. In an article in, the group said: “We request that you immediately stop referring to Israel as an apartheid society and to acknowledge that the Arab minority in Israel enjoys full citizenship with voting rights and representation in the government.” (

Additionally, if Israel were an apartheid state, Arabs wouldn’t hold the same rights as Jews and Christians. Arabs vote, practice their religion, hold office, and live peacefully in Israel much to the chagrin of the MSA and SJP.

Dennis Prager’s video about the subject further illustrates why Israel is not an apartheid state:

(Note: you can follow Ms. Hoffman on Twitter at @gabby_hoffman)

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