Alex Chazen’s recent opinion piece, ‘ZOA’s Strategy is the Wrong One,’ printed last week in the New University, reflects a perhaps understandable but definitely misguided wish that something short of a civil rights suit can significantly alleviate the harassment, intimidation and discrimination faced by many Jewish students here at UC Irvine. This is understandable since nobody wants to create an uncomfortable scandal; nobody wants to embarrass their own school. But it’s misguided because years and years of experiences and frustrations prove that the UCI administration won’t or can’t address these problems on their own.
What Chazen’s article leaves out is that Jewish students have been petitioning the UCI administration for help against harassment, intimidation and discrimination for many years. This isn’t an intentional oversight on his part