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Chancellor Bad, Learning (Only if It’s What We Want to Learn) Good

Posted By Christine Borden On Oct 27, 2008 @ 11:49 am In News | Comments Disabled


Last week, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau issued a letter skirting around the icky-ness of Proposition 8 [1]. But some students aren’t so happy about the chancellor meddling in such affairs.

If passed, the proposition would eliminate the right to marry for same-sex couples and, as Birgeneau argued, would undermine Berkeley principles. Birgeneau did not outright stump against the proposition, but he concluded his letter with:

Although you must judge for yourselves how to vote, as you consider your ballot on November 4, 2008, I would urge you to take into account the impacts that passage of Proposition 8 would have on our campus community.

Today’s Daily Cal article [2] speaks to the response Birgeneau’s letter received, specifically of its opponents … who weigh in at one person?

Josh Curtis, president of Berkeley College Republicans, represented the angered side. He argued:

Centers of learning should be places for learning … schools should teach not what to do when it comes to politics, but it should provide the tools for students to figure it out.

And keep your damn inclusive policies out of my backyard!

Image Source: crimfants [3] under Creative Commons
Chancellor Speaks Out On Divisive Proposition [Daily Cal [2]]
Chancellor Birgeneau informs campus of likely impacts of Proposition 8 [NewsCenter [1]]
Earlier: Breaking News: Universities Love to Attract Top Faculty, San Francisco Supports Equality [4]


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[1] skirting around the icky-ness of Proposition 8: http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2008/10/22_propeight.shtml

[2] Today’s Daily Cal article: http://www.dailycal.org/article/103277/chancellor_speaks_out_on_divisive_proposition

[3] crimfants: http://flickr.com/people/crimfants/

[4] Breaking News: Universities Love to Attract Top Faculty, San Francisco Supports Equality: http://clog.dailycal.org../2008/10/24/breaking-news-universities-love-to-attract-top-faculty-san-francisco-supports-diversity/

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