Saturday, August 27, 2016

UCLA Really Wants You to Drink Tap Water

Well, it's better than not having any water at all:

Friday, August 26, 2016

The World is Flat (broke?) at least at Berkeley

RICHMOND -- The proposed Berkeley Global Campus has been suspended indefinitely due to UC Berkeley's budget deficit, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks announced Thursday night.

The announcement was made during a closed door meeting between the chancellor and a group of Richmond city officials, residents and community activists.

Dirks, who last week announced that he was stepping down from his role as chancellor of the University of California's flagship campus, blamed the school's significant budgetary challenges, but pledged to continue to explore other options for the site that "reflect new priorities for the campus around enrollment growth and housing in the near future."

"The campus is also committed to continue working closely with the city of Richmond ... and existing partnerships in workforce training, procurement, and education," the school said in a statement released Thursday night.

The news was revealed during a meeting between Dirks and the Berkeley Global Campus Working Group, formed several years ago to press UC Berkeley to hire local workers and build housing for Richmond residents as part of its community benefits agreement...

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Ain't got no options?

Thursday, August 25, 2016


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Some Information

Inside Higher Ed is running a piece today on how university boards - such as the regents - deal with, or should deal with, issues of "campus climate." The statement comes from the Association of Governing Boards. You can find the statement itself at
and the write-up about the statement at: The statement is pretty general; you probably won't find it to be controversial. However, since the UC system is a member of that Association, it's likely that its publications and views come to the attention of the regents and administrators. (Various UC campus foundations, including UCLA's, are also members.)

You can find out about the organization and read its reports at:

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Don't Take the Risk and Click

Did you receive an email today with the text below?

Good afternoon!
We wanted you to know that you received Honorable Mention as part of yesterday’s “Who’s Who in Academia” series, published by News Digest International and written by Connor Schaeffer...

It may be harmless. But the best thing to do is delete it and not click on your "honorable mention."

The Inside Story

Yours truly took a look inside the new UCLA Grand Hotel. No expense has been spared on the luxurious $150+ million UCLA Grand Hotel. Fancy artwork on the walls. Tours being held for event planners. But the word "hotel" is the one absent feature. Despite the numerous guest rooms, the check-in desk where guests register, etc., it's just a "conference center" according to the signage. Wonder why. There is that lawsuit about paying the same hotel taxes as other commercial hotels. Could that be the reason? Just asking.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Heaven at UCLA

...Dr Rajiv Parti was rushed into the emergency room at UCLA Medical Center on Christmas Eve in 2010 after complications removing his pancreatic cancer. Medics had given him a catheter to wear since he lost control of his bodily functions. But within hours, he had developed sepsis. His groin became red, swollen, sore, and he had a 105-degree fever. The next day, after being sedated overnight with morphine, he was wheeled into the operating room. It was in that moment that he witnessed what he believes was 'the afterlife'. And he has described the supposed 'details of heaven' in his new book, Dying To Wake Up...

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Lesson: The next time you check into the UCLA hospital, be sure to take your shoes: