Sunday, February 19, 2017

Recent reader comments about IVC: heads in sand

Anonymous said...
     So much of this manner—arrogant dismissiveness, aristocratic self-entitlement, deliberate enemy-making, absconding of truth and integrity and dismissal of disciplinary expertise and recklessness from the Trump-ocracy—is also so reminiscent of the hell we endured for years in the SOCCCD under the tyranny of a few past Boards and their love affair with a former IVC President, later Chancellor. Today at IVC is only marginally better than it was because, once again, the SOCCCD Board's pernicious 'head in the sand' response to IVC's issues. Clearly they remain shamefully Saddleback-centric in their concern for the environment of the college. I suspect this accreditation visit will result in a grandiose white wash and ignoring of the low morale of the college because they too have historically proven to [be] knee-pad nellies of administration['s] narrow view of truth. And if one speaks out—watch out under this administration—retaliation remains a regular event at IVC.
     ☽ 5:16 PM, February 19, 2017

Anonymous said...
     I was chatting with a friend in school of arts recently. Apparently they are unhappy with their doofus Dean. [The friend] said [the Dean] does not advocate for them, seemingly works hard to do as little as possible, is difficult to find, smiles a lot while digging for dirt but not sharing anything and ignores the Chairs while talking and listening to only a couple of people in the school. They seem to think he may just be a plant from our former VPI, while the President smiles and looks the other way. Anyone else hearing anything from any colleagues in this beleaguered school?
     ☽ 5:30 PM, February 19, 2017

Anonymous said...
     The School of the Arts is "beleaguered"? More so than any other IVC school? Really?
     Glenn's ability to smile and look any way that is best for him is how he survives.
     If you see echoes of Trumpocracy here is SOCCCD you should know that many in admin at the college and district level voted for Trump. Hence their weaselly lukewarm post-election statements.
     ☽ 6:15 PM, February 19, 2017

Anonymous said...
     Why would a dean be a plant for a former VPI? Makes no sense. Fine Arts has never had a dean they liked.  
     ☽ 10:41 PM, February 19, 2017

Anonymous said...
     The faculty in FA all too often focus on their various deans as the problems when they should really look to the larger IVC admin structure as the real obstacle (access to resources, etc.) and their own colleagues who cut special deals with Glenn and Davit based on traded favors form long ago. We're not even in their school and we can see that. The TWINS.
     ☽ 11:01 PM, February 19, 2017

The finely tuned machine whirs

New York Times
‘Last Night in Sweden’? Trump’s Remark Baffles a Nation 
     During a campaign-style rally on Saturday in Florida, Mr. Trump issued a sharp if discursive attack on refugee policies in Europe, ticking off a list of places that have been hit by terrorists.
     “You look at what’s happening,” he told his supporters. “We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?”
     Not the Swedes.
     Nothing particularly nefarious happened in Sweden on Friday — or Saturday, for that matter — and Swedes were left baffled.
     “Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound,” Carl Bildt, a former prime minister and foreign minister, wrote on Twitter.
. . .
     Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a White House spokeswoman, tried to clarify the president’s remarks on Sunday, saying Mr. Trump did not mean to suggest that a particular attack had happened the night before, but rather was talking about crime in general in Sweden.
     On Sunday, Mr. Trump offered his own clarification, writing on Twitter: “My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.”
     In that story, the Fox News correspondent Tucker Carlson interviewed Ami Horowitz, a filmmaker who asserts that migrants in Sweden have been associated with a crime wave….
     Mr. Horowitz said, “Sweden had its first terrorist Islamic attack not that long ago, so they’re now getting a taste of what we’ve been seeing across Europe already.”
     It was not clear what he was referring to. In 2010, a suicide bomber struck central Stockholm, injuring two people. The bomber, Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, 28, was an Iraqi-born Swede who had developed an affinity for Al Qaeda. But that attack occurred long before the current wave of migrants fleeing war and deprivation….

McCain: how dictatorships begin

Thursday, February 16, 2017

More horn tootage: Rebel Girl's book makes a kinda big splash

Orange County in a box. 
Rebel Girl thinks she has been having a better week than the new President.  Check it out.

First, in the wake of  publication of her sabbatical project, now a handsome trade paperback co-edited with her husband, titled Orange County: A Literary Field Guide, book events have been SRO and sales have been strong.

Second, UCI News profiled Rebel and Red, with a photo shoot and an interview and everything. Check it out here.

Then, the OC Weekly published a version of Gustavo Arellano's terrific foreword with the modest title, "Why Orange County: A Literary Field Guide Is the Greatest Collection About Our Wacky OC."

Then today Rebel Girl and Red started hearing from folks about how the UCI Chancellor bragged about them in his Monthly Message from Chancellor Howard Gillman, delivered to faculty, staff, students, parents of students, alumni, etc.  It's nice to finally make one's alma mater proud. Here's what Gillman has to say:
Influential alumni
A big selling point for UCI, aside from outstanding academics and an adorably quirky mascot, is our proximity to pristine beaches, rolling foothills and stunning canyons. Taking in the region’s beautiful landscape is sure to inspire creative minds. This month, two inspired alumni of UCI’s renowned M.F.A. Programs in Writing, Lisa Alvarez ’92 and Andrew Tonkovich ’93, published an anthology that offers a literary tour of Orange County from past to present. Orange County: A Literary Field Guide showcases the works of 21 UCI alumni, faculty and former faculty, including award-winning writers Michael Chabon and Yusef Komunyakaa. Andrew Tonkovich, who also is an English lecturer at UCI, said he hopes the tome will help build a sense of solidarity and appreciation for the region.

Rebel Girl is teaching from the text in her WR 1 classes and today a student told her what she had been hoping to hear: "It's neat to read about where we live."

Yes. A good week!

Plus there are fields of California poppies on the hills in canyons.  Take a look at Modjeska Canyon in its glory.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

OCC student suspended, made to write apology, essay

OCC student suspended after filming teacher saying Trump's election was 'an act of terrorism'
(OC Reg)
     An Orange Coast College student who secretly videotaped his instructor making anti-Trump statements was suspended from school and told to write a letter of apology as well as a three-page essay about the incident.
     The college suspended Caleb O’Neil for the current semester and the summer term, saying he violated a Coast Community College District policy prohibiting recording someone on district property without that person’s consent.
     “It is my hope that this experience will lead you to truly think through your actions and the consequences of those actions when making decisions in the future,” Victoria Lugo, interim dean of students, wrote in a Feb. 9 letter to O’Neil, whose video clips of instructor Olga Perez Stable Cox in December went viral.
     William Becker, an attorney representing O’Neil, said the sanctions are excessive and the student’s legal rights have been violated. O’Neil, 19, plans to appeal and can continue to attend classes during that process, Becker said.
     “This is an attack by leftists in academia to protect the expressive rights of their radical instructors at the expense of the expressive rights of conservative students on campus,” said Becker, president of Freedom X, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving religious and conservative freedom of expression.
     O’Neil, who campaigned for Trump, couldn’t be reached for comment on Tuesday….
. . .
     Three other students, all leaders with the school’s College Republicans, which posted the video clips, received letters saying there was insufficient evidence to proceed against them, said Joshua Recalde-Martinez, one of the three….
. . .
     To be allowed back in school, the letter says, O’Neil’s essay is to be three pages and double-spaced and must discuss why he videotaped the professor. Also, the essay is to cover his “thoughts and analysis” on why he decided to share the videos, what he thought would happen to Cox and “the impact of the video going ‘viral’ and the ensuing damage to Orange Coast College students, faculty and staff.”
     O’Neil videotaped Cox as she called the election of Donald Trump “an act of terrorism” and declared that those “leading the assault are among us.”
     O’Neil took the video to leaders from the school’s College Republicans, who, joined by attorney Shawn Steel, complained to the campus administration. A week later, saying they were frustrated that the administration had not acted on their concerns of a teacher using her classroom as a bully pulpit, the campus Republicans posted video clips online, where they quickly became national news.
     The attention led Cox, 66, an instructor at the school for 42 years, to temporarily leave her home following an onslaught of angry, sometimes threatening mail.
     In an interview with the Register last month, Cox said her comments to students – made in all of her three human sexuality classes – were meant to comfort those who were upset about the election of Trump and offer resources should students feel discriminated against….
SEE ALSO Trump-hater California college prof. Olga Cox has a sex slave (Fellowship of the Minds [a Christian conservative site, aka fake news])

Sunday, February 12, 2017

"Can students record a teacher, as a study tool or to ward off politics?"

New signs went up in classrooms at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa:
 (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register/SCNG)
The Orange County Register asks:
Can students record a teacher, as a study tool or to ward off politics?
And gets many different answers.

In our cell phone world, where particularly the young feel compelled to document every move on social media, is it so bad if a student just wants to record an instructor’s lesson as a study tool?
Or to show others when a teacher, in the student’s view, is getting too political?
Of the 20-plus colleges, universities and large school districts contacted across Southern California, all said students may not record in the classroom without the teacher’s permission.
That stance is backed by state law, with one exception: Instructors must permit students with a disability to record if that helps them learn. Any violator could be disciplined by the school.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Someone's Bottom Line

from Forbes:

Trump's Immigration Ban Could Cost U.S. Colleges $700 Million

Sahab Masoumian, a 22-year-old engineering student at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif., hasn't been able to think of anything but President Donald Trump’s ban on visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries since his academic term began on Monday. "If I tell you I'm not fearful, I'd be lying. I'm scared," he said.
Masoumian was born in Tehran, Iran, and lived in Turkey for about one year while his family sought asylum in the U.S. Now a permanent resident, Masoumian hopes to transfer to California State Polytechnic University-Pomona and take up aerospace engineering. He dreams of landing a job at Boeing Co., the world’s largest plane maker. But since Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration, Masoumian has been questioning whether he wants to remain in the U.S. after he graduates college.
It's the opposite of what Republican Party leaders used to hope for. Mitt Romney in 2012 said he wanted to "staple a green card" to every foreign recipient of an advanced degree.
U.S. colleges stand to lose as much as $700 million in annual revenue if Trump’s ban on visitors from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen becomes permanent, according to estimates by College Factual, a higher education research website.