Friday, September 21, 2018

IVC's Misogyny Club strikes again!

Perhaps the Misogyny Club needs to get their own flier. 
It's been quite a week for misogyny, toxic masculinity and sexual assault and harassment and Rebel Girl is not just talking about whatever is going down in D.C. 

To cap off this week (which eventually will go down in some history book even if she has to write it herself) as she left campus on Friday after failing to download or upload the PDFs she had come to campus expressly to work on (something about a password need to open up Acrobat Adobe, a password she didn't have today and didn't have to have the last time she opened up the documents), anyway, that was all water under the bridge or perhaps spilled milk or maybe the broken eggs an omelet needs, whatever, anyway, on her way out of the L.A. building she spied this flier on the second floor bulletin board and noticed that someone, a male, she surmised, had taken exception to the newly formed Feminist Club.

You can read it for yourself.  (Click on the photo for a larger image.)

It was, she thought, as she stood taking a photo, perhaps the perfect punctuation mark to end this week at the little college in the orange groves. 

But, just when she was writing the disappointing end to a challenging week, this happened: While she was taking this photo, two female students came by, paused and watched her.

Rebel Girl quipped, "This makes me want to join the club!"

They nodded and one of them said, "I already took a photo and sent it to campus police."

Rebel Girl congratulated her. Then the three women stood for a moment in the sun bright hallway and talked about the very vital need for a Feminist Club. 


Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Endorses Local Politician Accused of Peddling “Racist Conspiracies” 
(Mother Jones)
Once again, the Republican congressman associates with an alt-right activist criticized for anti-Semitism.
…On Tuesday, Rohrabacher posted a photo on Instagram of him with Gracey Larrea-Van Der Mark, a candidate for a school board seat in Huntington Beach, California. Rohrabacher endorsed her and called her a “patriot.”
     The Republican Party of Orange County also endorsed her candidacy, according to Larrea-Van Der Mark’s Facebook page.
     Last month, OC Weekly, which covers Orange County, California, published a story on Larrea-Van Der Mark that makes these endorsements seem odd. The story chronicled her known associations with alt-right activists and white nationalists and previous remarks that have been criticized as racist and and anti-Semitic. The headline: “Gracey Van Der Mark, peddler of racist conspiracies, runs for school board in HB.”
     In April, Larrea-Van Der Mark ran into trouble when it was reported that after joining an alt-right protest in summer 2017 against a local workshop about white privilege, she posted a YouTube video from the event with this comment: “This meeting was being ran by the elderly Jewish people who were in there. The colored people were there doing what the elderly Jewish people instructed them to do.” OC Weekly also reported at the time that “one of her YouTube channel playlists dubbed ‘Holocaust hoax?’ includes half-a-dozen anti-Semitic videos.”….

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Betsy DeVos again

DeVos Gets Another Chance on Obama Loan Rule
(Inside Higher Ed)
Andrew Kreighbaum
     The Department of Education has until Oct. 12 to offer a stronger justification for delaying an Obama-era student loan rule issued to help defrauded borrowers [i.e., graduates of unscrupulous for-profit institutions]. If it can't do so, the rule will take effect, a federal judge said Monday.
     U.S. District Court Judge Randolph Moss ruled earlier this month that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos unlawfully delayed the rule, known as borrower defense, because the decision did not include an adequate rationale. After the delay, consumer groups and Democratic attorneys general sued the department.
     DeVos in July issued an overhaul of the rule with tougher standards for defrauded borrowers to get loan forgiveness. Moss's ruling could mean the department must carry out requirements of the much more generous Obama borrower-defense regulations until the expected effective date of the DeVos rule next year.
Alexander: Congress Shouldn’t Pass Campus Free Speech Law 
(Inside Higher Ed)
Andrew Kreighbaum
   Senator Lamar Alexander, the chairman of the Senate education committee, said Monday that Congress shouldn’t attempt to attach federal funding to a college’s protection of free speech rights on campus.
     Higher ed leaders should instead promote campus speech themselves by taking steps like refusing the heckler’s veto and adopting the Chicago principles of freedom of expression, Alexander said.
     “It doesn’t work,” he said of a potential federal mandate.
. . .
     President Trump himself warned last year that the federal government could withdraw federal funds from the University of California, Berkeley, after leftist and antifascist protesters blocked right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking on campus amid sometimes violent protests.
     Alexander, like many fellow conservatives, claimed both that college students today are too coddled and that college administrators have caved too easily to the heckler’s veto, where students use protests or other tactics to block appearances by controversial speakers. And he argued that promoting underrepresented points of view -- especially conservative opinions -- should be as important to colleges as promoting a diversity of student backgrounds on campus….

AAUP Condemns Trump's Tweet on Hurricane Study
(Inside Higher Ed)
Colleen Flaherty
 The American Association of University Professors on Tuesday condemned what it called President Trump’s “disregard for and assault on science,” this time in relation to Trump’s comments about the credibility of a study by George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health. AAUP’s statement says that Trump has "falsely claimed that the study, which found some 2,975 excess deaths in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria" in 2017, was politically motivated. It cites a recent tweet by Trump saying, "This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!" 
     While the AAUP takes no position on the accuracy or inaccuracy of this or any other study, reads its statement, “such research can be properly evaluated only by qualified experts through open channels of review and debate. Studies of this sort must not become political footballs. For the president of the U.S. to accuse scholars of political bias, without a shred of evidence, is an unacceptable assault on independent research and the academic freedom of scientists.”…

Friday, September 14, 2018

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

What happens when the college shuts down the student newspaper but doesn't care enough to ever remove the racks. It would be funny if it wasn't so damn sad and angry-making on so many levels.

Who remembers the IVC Voice?

Who remembers sportswriter and editor Nicolas Sandoval who was killed nearly 24 years ago while riding his bike home after putting the paper to bed late one night? His family came from Colombia to toss his ashes into the Pacific on a foggy day, the deck of the boat crowded with weeping IVC students.

The college made promises to his family and friends and took their money to set up a scholarship in Nick's memory.
Rebel Girl cannot come up with another sentence to finish this piece. She hopes you understand.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

B&W 4 U

A fine little girl, she waits for me
Me catch the ship across the sea
Me sailed the ship all alone
Me never think I'll make it home

     "[Influential 'We Five' singer] Beverly Ann Bivens was born in Santa Ana, California on April 28, 1946. ... Beverly attended Santa Ana High School (attended also by Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, as well as members of the Chantays and actress Diane Keaton, who was her contemporary) and Orange Coast Junior College, where she majored in liberal arts." (From Wikipedia)
     Evidently, despite her obvious talent and charisma, she decided to drop out of the business in about 1967. See a live performance of this song here. She briefly reemerged in 2009 (here).

Monday, September 10, 2018

Quotes for dolts

Trump Attacks Woodward by Citing Interview on Cable Channel Known for Conspiracy Theories
(Mother Jones)
…In [one] tweet, Trump attempted to bolster his case by quoting Katelyn Caralle….
…The quote comes from Caralle’s Wednesday appearance on The Daily Ledger…. [a “conservative cable TV show”] that analyzes political news of the day.” This obscure show is part of the One America News Network, a pro-Trump cable channel….
…In April, … [The Daily Ledger] ran a segment making the bogus claim that the California legislature was considering a bill that would ban Bibles. The network has actively promoted conspiracy theories about Seth Rich, a staffer for the Democratic National Committee who was killed during an apparent robbery in Washington in 2016. Last year, the network offered $100,000 for information relating to Rich’s death. The channel was popular with US Senate candidate Roy Moore, whose 2017 campaign in Alabama was derailed by accusations that he’d molested underage women. OANN defended Moore in a number of segments and on election night reported falsely that Moore had won the Senate race in a landslide…
Acadia Fires Professor Who Called Multiculturalism a Scam
(Inside Higher Ed)
Colleen Flaherty
     Acadia University in Canada fired Rick Mehta, associate professor of psychology, following an investigation into comments he made on social media and in the classroom, CBC News reported. Mehta has said that multiculturalism is a scam, that there is no wage gap between men and women, and that Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has created a victim narrative regarding those who attended Indian Residential Schools….
U.S. News revamps formula for its latest college rankings
     U.S. News and World Report is changing the formula for its widely read college rankings to reward schools that enroll and graduate more students from low-income families — a year after a POLITICO report showed that the rankings promote economic inequality on campuses….
Aliso Niguel High School Football Program Sponsored by Anti-Sanctuary Mayor
(OC Weekly)
     …It’s true that racism coming from high school bleachers in Orange County is a sin long predating the current Pendejo-in-Chief occupying the White House–look up the Weekly’s archives on everything from Foothill students holding a “#Chunti” sign during a basketball game against Tustin rivals to blackface at El Modena–but Friday night’s hate fest definitely bears the imprint of Trump. The Wolverines count among their 2018 sponsors Aliso Viejo mayor Dave Harrington. His wannabe Trump logo slides across the team’s website “Thank You” page. Better yet, the failed Orange County Sheriff candidate tried to up his name recognition earlier this year by enlisting the city in the anti-sanctuary state revolt that backed Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ lawsuit against California over such laws....

Wednesday, September 5, 2018


I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration
I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.
Dumb Yankee?
     …The dilemma — which [President Trump] does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.
     I would know. I am one of them.
. . .
     The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.
     Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright.
     In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the “enemy of the people,” President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic…. Continued
From Woodward's book:
     "This guy [Jeff Sessions] is mentally retarded," Mr Trump reportedly told staff secretary Porter. "He's this dumb Southerner. He couldn't even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama". 
From Politico:
...Trump’s reaction [to the anonymous Times letter] was swift and harsh, suggesting that the author committed treason and then demanding that “for National Security purposes” the Times “turn him/her over to the government at once!”  [Turn him/her over to do what?]

Thursday, August 30, 2018

IVC President Glenn Roquemore seriously oversteps his authority

     As you know, IVC President, Glenn Roquemore, has long had a troubled relationship with the college faculty. In general, he and his regime perennially operate in a manner that leaves faculty, represented by the IVC Academic Senate, with little meaningful voice in important governance issues, even when, by law, they are given special authority.
     Over the years, we’ve discussed these issues on this blog.
     Rumors have been swirling that Roquemore recently overstepped his authority in promoting the curriculum of one of his curious hobby horses, the "Laser" or Photonics program.
     I have made inquiries. Here’s what I’ve learned—from very reliable sources.
     The curriculum specialist is the (non-faculty) employee at IVC who assists the Office of Instruction and faculty in creating and approving curriculum. Supervised by the VPI, he works closely with the (faculty) Curriculum Chair, managing curriculum at the College. (The specialist has permissions in the curriculum system [CurricuNet] at a high level, able to move programs and degrees through the system.)
     The Laser Technology (Photonics) program at IVC, a program in which President Roquemore seems to take a keen interest, recently lost its only full-time faculty member, Desiré Whitmore; unable to make load due to low enrollment, Whitmore took a job elsewhere. The program has few students, and, in truth, there are few or no laser tech jobs in California. Meanwhile, California Ed Code now requires Career Technical Education programs, such as Photonics, to demonstrate, with Labor Market Data, that they are educating students for an actual job. (Such data should be presented to the board.)
     I should mention that the current Curriculum Chair, who was appointed in Spring, is new and untenured. The Academic Senate is presently working with him to fix a very confused and troubled curriculum process.
     Over summer 2018, Roquemore emailed the Academic Senate president, asking about the curriculum status of the Laser Technology Associates degree. The Senate Prez responded, saying that she would check. Summer was a busy time for curriculum because of AB 705 and other pressing curriculum matters. The curriculum chair was alerted to the President’s concern.
     Later this summer, the college president asked the curriculum specialist for an update on the Laser Technology curriculum. The specialist informed him that the curriculum was then at the board level and would not be moved forward—not until a process was developed in collaboration with Saddleback College for how Labor Market data should be presented to the Board.
     Roquemore said he would look into the process and get back to the specialist.
     A few weeks later, Roquemore informed the specialist that he had spoken to Saddleback and that the requirement to show Labor Market data was waived for this program; hence, he said, the specialist should move the Associate degree forward.
     Is Glenn once again helping one of his worthless pals?
     The specialist believed he should comply with Roquemore's direction and did so.
     Education Code gives academic senates (i.e., faculty) primary responsibility for making recommendations regarding curriculum. The Curriculum Chair was not part of this action and was not consulted. Beyond the summer email, neither was the Academic Senate President.
     In our system, no administrator may touch curriculum; it is the faculty’s purview. Roquemore has clearly overstepped his authority. This, at any rate, is the view of many faculty and others at the college.
     The Saddleback Senate has been alerted to the situation. They too are alarmed.
     It is my understanding that IVC's Academic Senate President is now pursuing an appointment with the Chancellor to discuss the matter.
     Some members of the IVC Academic Senate are discussing the possibiity of at long last pursuing a vote of no confidence in Roquemore.
     Stay tuned.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Shoveling shite against the tide

I was deluded. You can't beat fake news with science communication
Jenny Rohn (Guardian UK)
     …I believe, like many, that we are living through a dangerous era of untruth, one that will be recognised in the history books as a dark blight on our civilisation. Fascists, charlatans and propagandists are as old as time, but never before have they been mobilised with today’s powerful tools, which can coalesce forces globally and amplify messages in a flash. Ne’er-do-wells formerly had their village pub, their back-alley rendezvous, their circus stall – an influence confined by geography to a small canker.  Newspapers reached more widely, but still they were binned each evening to yellow with irrelevance. Even the terrible dictators of the past who managed large-scale atrocities were constrained by the limitations of an internet-free world.
     Scientists are human too, so why are we shocked when they fall short?
     Now, it’s a free-for-all, and we’ve all witnessed the shocking spread of lies and the way their sheer frequency has numbed us into impotence. Any one of Donald Trump’s dodgy dealings would have brought down any other president, but the creeping paralysis of untruth-overload has de-sensitised the population to his many scandals as effectively as “aversion therapy”– as when an arachnophobe is thrown into a pit with a thousand spiders and soon cured. Even definitive proof that the Russians have been meddling in the elections of Western states and sowing general discontent via social media has met with a collective shrug from the inured populace – while individuals might get riled up, each bit of fake news is just another defused spider to the collected whole.
     I think writers like me, who specialise in evidence-based communication, have been deluded as to the power of our pens in the face of this inexorable tide. We write our polite pieces in mainstream outlets and expect to change the world. We brace ourselves for the inevitable trolls in the comments sections and on social media, but we feel cheered and bolstered by the praise and support from like-minded members of the audience. We convince ourselves we are doing good, that we are shining a light – no matter how dimly – on an accumulation of evil disinformation. We feel smug when we get a thousand retweets – until we notice that the anti-vaxxers, the racists and the nutters are getting hundreds of thousands more.
     I am now starting to think that none of this makes much difference. When does any of our evidence, no matter how carefully and widely presented, actually sway the opinion of someone whose viewpoint has been long since been seduced by the propagandists?....

Monday, August 27, 2018

What else is new?

Top student loan official at consumer agency quits over Trump policies
     The top official overseeing student loans at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau resigned on Monday in protest of Trump administration policies that he said were harming students and families.
     Seth Frotman, the student loan ombudsman at the CFPB, said in a letter to acting Director Mick Mulvaney that political leadership at the consumer bureau over the last 10 months had repeatedly undermined efforts by career employees to take action against abuses by student loan companies and for-profit colleges.
     "It is clear that current leadership of the bureau has abandoned its duty to fairly and robustly enforce the law," Frotman wrote in the scathing resignation letter, which was obtained by POLITICO. "The Bureau's new political leadership has repeatedly undercut and undermined career CFPB staff working to secure relief for consumers."
     Frotman has served as the consumer bureau’s top student loan official since 2016. He initially joined the CFBP when was being created in 2011, working on military service member issues as a senior adviser to Holly Petraeus.
     Frotman’s resignation, which is effective Sept. 1, underscores the growing frustration by consumer advocates and Democrats that the Trump administration is dismantling protections for the nation’s more than 42 million student loan borrowers who collectively owe $1.5 trillion….
The Incredible, Rage-Inducing Inside Story of America’s Student Debt Machine
(Mother Jones)
     Why is the nation’s flagship loan forgiveness program failing the people it’s supposed to help?

IVC's Misogyny Club strikes again!

Perhaps the Misogyny Club needs to get their own flier.  It's been quite a week for misogyny, toxic masculinity and sexual assault a...