Rally-goers in the Quarry Plaza cheered in support for speakers holding signs that said everything from “Chop from the Top” and “Save Community Studies” to “UC System — by CA? Or for CA? Public Education Now.” The goals of this event were as varied as the signs. While students and faculty met in the Quarry Plaza to protest the budget cuts, other faculty members showed their support by holding classes outside in a teach-out.
Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel once said, “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” Indeed, protest has always been part of the fabric that makes our society unique. From the radical beginnings of the Boston Tea Party to the [...]
Large-scale budget cuts now loom over UCSC’s Division of Social Sciences like a dark cloud of uncertainty. As it stands now, the division faces $1.3 million in cuts as the entire university confronts a $13 million state funding cut, adding to the $6 million in cuts left over from last year. “When it comes time to cut the budget, people always cut services, clubs, anything that isn’t the bare bones,” Sebastian said. “They cut the social sciences. When you do that, you cut what makes the UC different. You’re cutting away what makes this community different.” The budget cuts to the social sciences are the largest core budget reduction campuswide, and will affect every program within the division.
Drs. Susanne Jonas and Guillermo Delgado, UC Santa Cruz lecturers for 23 and 20 years respectively, are battling the university for their jobs.
On Wednesday, April 22, Jonas and Delgado joined various UCSC community members in Quarry Plaza to speak out against the university’s attempts to cut integral programs. The group then marched to Kerr Hall to redress executive vice chancellor David Kliger for his lack of transparency with regard to the budget cuts.