Fall of 2011 will be remembered as a dark time for the students of the University of California. The regents approved a controversial second fee increase on July 14, adding a 9.6 percent increase to the previously approved 8 percent increase. Student protesters at UC Berkeley were met by police wielding batons and bean bag guns, and police use of pepper spray at UC Davis on Friday, Nov. 18 drew outcry from across the nation. At the same time, Congress began pushing through legislation that would change the Internet on a fundamental level, allowing copyright holders the power to dictate which websites could be or could not be reached, despite near unanimous opposition from technology companies.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney beat former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum in the Iowa caucus last Wednesday by a razor-thin 8 votes. Undoubtedly, the common saying that “every vote counts” holds true in this case. While the event was historical due to Romney’s slim margin of victory, one needs to consider a couple of facts before referring to it as “unpredictable” and “unexpected” as some news pundits and analysts have dubbed it to be.
The Federated University Police Officers Association’s Response to Recent Incidents at UC Berkeley and UC Davis
Letter to the campus community from Federated University Police Officers Association (FUPOA)
The Penn State scandal is a story about one man whose legacy has been tarnished because of his failure to report his knowledge of his defensive coordinator’s alleged rape of a 10-year-old child. Joe Paterno is a man who claimed to put integrity and character above the game of football. A seasoned champion of the game like what John Wooden was to college basketball. Now his career is tainted and the reputation of the Penn State Nittany Lions lies in question. This is the story right?
UC Irvine students weigh in on the Occupy movement.
Fueled by an Occupy Davis rally Tuesday, Nov. 15 that drew approximately 2,000 protesters, students at UC Davis shifted their focus to occupying campus buildings. After being foisted out of their one-night stint in Mrak Hall, UCD protesters regrouped Thursday night, setting up camp in the Quad in protest of the 81 percent four-year fee hike. The news of what happened next has been splashed across front pages, covered by national news outlets, editorialized on our Facebook newsfeeds, retweeted, reblogged and viewed on YouTube millions of times.
Facebook’s importance in the day-to-day lives of millions of people is no trifling matter. Although there are numerous other social networking and media sharing sites, Facebook occupies a singular place in the Internet’s collective imagination. Twitter, WordPress, Youtube, Flickr, Blogger and other social networking and media tools are all open for anyone to use, but they each occupy a specific place and serve specialized functions.
Here at UC Irvine, we are truly lucky not only to study and work at an eminent university campus, but also to have the opportunity to actively participate in many of the local democratic processes that help to govern this country as a whole. News media’s relationship to government is one of the most fundamental of these democratic processes, dating back to Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense,” which helped to light the fires of revolution in Colonial America.
Smart leadership: It’s what student government should be about, right? Putting the money where it needs to be and advocating for what the people want. However, in light of recent events, it’s hard to be sure whether student fees at UC Irvine are going toward the right institutions, and whether the guidance of our Associated Students is really what it was promised to be.
For the last couple of weeks, thousands of Orange County citizens have been making their way to the Irvine Civic Center to be a part of Occupy Orange County CA, a branch of the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York City.