UC Santa Cruz is a school renowned for political activism and alternative thinking, but the activism of the ’60s and ’70s has not withstood today’s issues. During a time that calls for campus unity, rallies and protests often suffer from low turnout. Why don’t UCSC’s students and workers show up?
For years, UCSC has been praised throughout the country as the pinnacle of alternative education; UCSC has long been portrayed and idealized as a campus with a unique community and liberal ideology, paving the way for progressive curriculum and alternative fields of research.
But times have changed; what once began as a showcase for cross-disciplinary undergraduate education, innovative teaching methods and contemporary architecture has since evolved, perhaps unavoidably, into a public university of the highest order.