On October 2, William I. Robinson, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Barbara, sent a detailed letter to UCSB administrators, protesting their booster mandate for all students, faculty and staff.
Having got no reply, Prof. Robinson posted his letter on NoCollegeMandates, and also sent it to some colleagues on his campus. That led to a larger group of faculty within the UC system to attempt to reach a wider readership, since that mandate is in force at all the UC schools; and, since it affects not just the faculty (and staff) but all the students, too, they contacted the editors of UC’s nine student papers, to see if they might want to run the letter. Certain of those editors were most receptive, asking only for a shorter version of the letter Robinson had written; and so the signatories cut it to 900 words, and sent that in.
But now the students wouldn’t run it—a change of heart induced (no doubt) by pressure from on high, where the interests of Big Pharma, and its all-powerful affiliates, matter far more than the welfare of the students, faculty and staff who keep those schools afloat as schools.
Here, then. is the letter that UC’s administrators wouldn’t answer, and that those student editors (a different breed from those who flourished in the days of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement) decided not to run.
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Author: Mark Crispin Miller
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