The administrations over-the-top reaction to the peaceful student sit-in this past week is just further proof of relationships between student and staff being pushed to the breaking point. Now is the time to reassess how we react, and more importantly, how we can depend on one another.
A year ago, UC Santa Cruz administrators might not have guessed exactly how passionate students could be about studying. They were reminded on Monday, as approximately 100 students held the second study-in of the year at the Science and Engineering Library (SEL), leading the campus to close both the Science and Engineering and McHenry libraries at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor (EVC) David Kliger released the campus budget reduction plans on April 1 for the 2010-11 fiscal year. The plans detail how UCSC will distribute cuts of approximately $8.2 million, or 4.5 percent of the university’s overall budget, a cut that is substantially lower than the $19.5 million reductions last year.
Cuts to academic support are eroding promises of a research university.
Facing a $780,000 cut, the UCSC library is putting together a list of what online subscriptions to cut.
A 24-hour study-in occurred at the Science & Engineering Library last Friday to protest the reduced service hours. Despite logistical problems, students and administrators cooperated to host a peaceful occupation.