FROM Nanette Asimov
Do alt-right provocateurs deserve to be heard at UC Berkeley? Conservative writer Ben Shapiro is speaking at UC Berkeley tonight, and the campus is bracing for more violent protests. Shapiro’s visit comes ahead of Berkeley’s Free Speech Week that begins Sept. 24. More than a dozen speakers are scheduled to make appearances, including Steve Bannon, Ann Coulter, and Milo Yiannopoulos. Berkeley has already suffered clashes between far-right groups and the left. A lot of people would like to see these speeches cancelled by the university. But the University’s new chancellor, Carol Christ, says she believes “very strongly in Ben Shapiro’s right to speak on campus.”
UC Berkeley becomes hub for violent protest movement during Trump era Conservative author Ann Coulter was supposed to give a speech at UC Berkeley next week. But campus authorities asked her to reschedule after admitting they didn’t have the security to protect her. Berkeley also cancelled a speech from conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos in February after violent protests broke out on the campus. Just last weekend, 21 people were arrested when a pro-Trump rally was crashed by anarchists.
Criticism of Israel: When Does Free Speech Become Anti-Semitism The so-called BDS movement — to Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel — has growing support on college campuses, especially since last year's conflict in Gaza. On all campuses of the University of California there have been verbal clashes. Harsh rhetoric has led to accusations of anti-Semitism, and now a group rabbis, faculty and alumni are making demands on the Board of Regents.
UC Committee Moves Forward with Tuition Hike The new President of the University of California, Janet Napolitano, has said she doesn’t want a “shoot out” with Governor Brown, but they do have “different visions.” Today, those visions were in stark conflict as a committee of UC regents voted to increase tuition over the next five years despite Brown’s opposition.
Occupy Protests and Higher Education The University of California's Board of Regents had canceled meetings just three times, most recently for the invasion of Iraq in 2003, on September 11, 2001 and in 1989 because of the Loma Prieta earthquake. That was until today, when a meeting in San Francisco was cancelled by what UC police called " rogue elements intend on violence and confrontation ." At the campus in Long Beach today, the Cal State University Board of Trustees raised tuition by nine percent and denied faculty raises promised for next year by their current contract.
UC Regents Consider Years of Tuition Increases The University of California once was the nation's leading public institution of higher education, available at a cost any citizen could afford. This year, for the first time, UC gets more money from student tuition than it does from the state; and the Board of Regents is being asked to increase tuition by at least 8- and as much as 16 percent every year until 2016. Nanette Asimov writes about education for the San Francisco Chronicle .
State Budget Cuts Threaten Community College Students The breakdown in state budget talks may mean that as many as 400,000 students could be turned away from California's community colleges next fall. According to Community College Chancellor Jack Scott, the state could cut funding by as much as 10 percent, which he says would be a deep blow to California's economy. Student fees, which are already going up to $36 per unit, could go increase further if a budget compromise is not reached. Nanette Asimov is education reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle .
UC Regents Decide on Fee Increase amid Protests On the campus of UCLA today, a committee of the UC Board of Regents approved a 32% increase in student fees. Fourteen protesters were arrested and removed from the committee room while scores of others chanted outside the building. The full Board of Regents is expected to approve the fee increases tomorrow. Meantime, the Cal State University system has seen a 53% increase in applicants over last year, the same time that staff is being cut and fewer courses are being offered---all to save money.
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Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.