* Police Officer Pulls Gun on Student Protesters

The Council of UC Faculty Associations endorses this call for an investigation. This incident took place on Wednesday, November 17th during the protest at the UC Regents’ Meeting at UCSF-Mission Bay. Students were protesting an additional 8% tuition hike. Dear Mr. King: You are cited by the NPR station KALW as stating that UC campus police officer Kemper, who drew a gun today (Wednesday, November 17, 2010) and pointed it at students, “was beaten with his own baton and drew his weapon in self-defense”(click here for more info.). KALW points out that KTVU video conflicts with this statement: “in the video, Kemper seems to lose his baton while trying to push through a crowd of sign-wielding demonstrators and draws his […]

* Meister’s Open Letter to UC President on Tuition Increase

Open Letter from CUCFA President Meister to UC President Yudof on This Year’s Tuition Increase TO: UC President Mark Yudof FROM: Bob Meister, President of the Council of UC Faculty Associations, and Professor of Political and Social Thought, UC Santa Cruz SUBJECT: Your Open Letter to Californians of November 8, 2010 DATE: 11/15/2010 CC: Governor-Elect Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Lieutenant Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom, and all UC students So, you’re raising tuition again—reluctantly, and because you feel you have no choice, but, still, you’re doing it. You raised it last year by an amount that would largely offset what the state had cut from UC’s appropriation during the financial crisis. And this year you are raising it despite the fact that […]