"I've taken my bows": a fine "opening session" for the SOCCCD
Chancellor (Kathleen F. Burke): a vision in red.
Pledge of allegiance: “ready, begin,” said the student trustee.
I was transported to grade school, 1961
Introduction of the Powerful and Clueless: they each stood and smiled
• Trustee Prendergast
• Trustee Whitt
• Trustee Lang
• Trustee Milchiker
• Trustee Jay
• Trustee Wright
• Trustee Jemal
Then everyone else in the room, which was pretty full. It took a while.
Lots of applause.
Board Prez Prendergast speaks
Blah, blah, blah
New budget from governor.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you” to everyone
"Have a great start of the year"
IVC Prez Roquemore (Good Lord!) comes up to introduce new hires, I guess
Blah blah blah
Saddleback Prez Elliot Stern is next. (I like him, so far.)
Bah blah blah
Again, lots of applause
Vice Chancellor (HR), Dr. Cindy Vyskocil, comes up for district services. Seems like a good egg.
75th Anniversary of D-day. I love travelling. Been to Normandy beaches. Life-altering experience.
My father is an immigrant. Immigration in the news these days. Immigrants make a tremendous contribution!
50 years ago: the moon landing.
Day after moon landing, “Abbey Road” recorded. Last album recorded by Beatles together. “Come together.”
Something about a “Mindset List.”
GUN VIOLENCE. 254 victims as of August 8 – gun violence, mass shootings. (Anything involving 4 victims or more.)
Naturally, we’re concerned, afraid. I’ll do everything I can to support you, she said.
Inclusivity. Her theme. Talked about the current student generation’s assumptions, notions (based on surveys and such).
1995-2012 generation: “iGen” or “plurals”
Inclusivity (diversity, etc.) is appealing to this gen
Poll taken: they value it, man
Ideal: equal attention paid to students by professors
Protect students from attack, harassment
Student’s job to be open and respectful
Social segregation a hindrance
Characteristics of this gen:
Diverse, driven, open-minded, altruistic, creative problem-solvers
High levels of anxiety and depression (!)
What has influenced these characteristics? Over-parenting, etc.
Students think professors should protect their comfort. “This feels uncomfortable, so something must be wrong.”
Faculty (in the classroom, and elsewhere): two faculty recently lost. She honors mentor lost.
New slide show. Plays Queen’s “We are the Champions,” a much misunderstood song, she said. (Yeah, I guess it champions the underdog, like Freddie, not the “winners.”)
He's taken some bows.
During the part of the slide show that shows IVC’s Prez Roquemore, we hear Freddie sing: “I’ve taken my bows.” — Ha ha ha. (See Let’s compare IVC’s Prez Roquemore with Saddleback’s Prez Stern!)
Very nice [END]
Musical offerings: Saddleback College “Chamber Singers”
“I’m the one who can make the difference.”
“Against all odds,” etc. Pretty professional.
Keynote speaker: Michelle Deutchman: “free speech on campus: new challenges”
Iconic pic: Berkeley free speech, 1964? Berkeley 2016: “out of Berkeley, Nazi sum!” (Oops)NEXT came what I like to call the annual pinning of the tail to the donkey—i.e., the distribution of service pins.
Today’s challenge on campus:
Polarization, lack of civic knowledge, increased use of heckler’s veto, misunderstandings about hate speech, impact of anti-bullying campaigns….
Polarized incoming class
Most politically polarized group in the 51 year history of the survey
Can you name specific freedoms that are protected by First Amendment? Few can.
Heckler’s veto is not protected speech; it infringes on the rights of speakers and of the audience
Protest and disruption: where do you draw the line?
Hate speech IS free speech
48% of students think the 1st Amendment should not protect hate speech!
Voltaire’s famous remark: I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it
Many Americans think defending hater’s free speech is contrary to free speech. Nope
Those targeted by white supremacist groups, which are on the rise,
Highest number of incidents are in Cal
Impact of social media.
Free speech Is not free. Marginalized communities pay a high price
What can we do?
Historical context, etc.
Cleveland State U flier. Encouraging members of the LGBT community to commit suicide!
Yes, but: protected speech!
Can’t stop that speech. But you can speak out against it. (Not against right of speaker; against content of speech)
You have a right not to speak, too.
Speech codes have been struck down; counterproductive
Create, review and update policies, include feedback by campus stakeholders
Make sure people are aware
Institute clear, time place and manner policies and permitting requirements
Amplified sound is permitted in designated campus outdoor locations from noon to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday
Where do we go from here ? [END]
C’mon, man. Ray got the biggest one. The biggest pin for the biggest asshole.
I noticed that, once again, my service (I was hired in the middle of the Reagan years: 1986) was not listed in the program.
What’s up with that, Glenn?
Overall, it was a fine opening session. Notably absent were descents into anti-intellectualism and patriotism (leaving aside that pledge thing) or any reference to idiotic buzz words and harebrained initiatives.