Alec Weisman, Editor-in-Chief
Contributions by California Review Editorial Board
So here are the updates over the last few hours.
First, a petition has started to try to defund the Koala. Most of the names don’t even belong to students at UCSD, and many are anonymous because people were too cowardly to write down their names. Apparently the petitioners for this were out on library walk as well, but I never saw them.
Next, we uncovered the Facebook group for the 2009 UCSD Students of Color Conference. Their concluding remark: “SOCC 2009 has been met with great enthusiasm here on the UC San Diego campus. We have the support of progressive student organizations, resource centers, faculty/staff, and outside community members” If the campus environment was welcoming in 2009, what is so drastically different in 2010 that the same groups are asking for the protection of the National Guard?
Then, at noon today, a rally was held by students at the UCSD School of Medicine. I have a few comments on this rally. For one, why were they wearing their UCSD lab coats? Also, since graduate student fees do not go to the Associated Students, why were they able to state that “We stand in complete solidarity with the BSU and the demands which they have made.” Their money has nothing to do with this situation or with media funding, but apparently they are just as demanding and self-centered.
*Editor’s note* This video was filmed sideways.
More “sensitivity training” occurred today at the “Revelle College Council – Open Forum Regarding Student Concerns” (emailed to Revelle students) and the Muir “Honest and Open Dialogue on Campus Climate”, at 4 and 5 pm respectively.
Also, in response to the controversy at UCSD, UC Riverside decided to get its share of the spotlight by highlighting some new figures showing that black students at UC Riverside graduate at a higher rate than the university’s overall student population.
Also, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has been tremendously helpful fighting for the media organizations at UCSD. Aside from sending letters to Chancellor Fox and AS President Utsav Gupta, FIRE also discovered a very similar incident to the Compton Cookout called the Ugly Woman Contest. A previous court case upheld that racial and offensive parties thrown by students in colleges are protected under the First Amendment.
The media has begun to improve its coverage of the controversy. Our articles continue to be cited by other news sources. Today the San Diego Union-Tribune referenced our blog (because the Koala refuses to comment to professional media unless the media outlet obeys Koala protocol).
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