christopher-edleyWe’re writing from the Steinhard Courtyard of Boalt Hall, where a in collaboration with UCMeP (UC Movement for Efficient Privatization)-organizedSave Our Dean (SOD) just concluded a Solidarity Rally for Law School Dean Christopher Edley, complete with catchy slogans,  a remote-controlled car, barf bags, well-dressed law students, and healthy doses of equal parts hope, idealism and passion.

Drums punctuate the chants of “No pensions, no peace!” and ”Executive pensions are under attack! What do we do? Stand up and fight back!”

A law student takes the microphone to say, with a straight face, “You, sir, turn the epithet, ‘craven scum,’ into an honorific. We’re all craven scum!” as rally-goers erupt into cheers.

The rally is in response to a recent letter co-signed by 36 UC executives to UC President Mark Yudof and the Regents arguing against the establishment of pension benefit caps and the Dean’s decision to be amongst the signatories.

And what does that have to do with remote-controlled cars and barf bags?

The little bright orange car maneuvering between the forest of students’ legs is the future Tesla vehicle Dean Edley will be able to afford with the pension benefits the fictitious Apollo Group representative is offering him, while the barf bags are actually BARF bags, the Bereft Administrators’ Relief Fund’s fundraising containers.

(Note: Post edited for accuracy)

Image source: Save Our Dean web banner

Guess a few dozen somebodies let their spoons get a little too big, know what we mean? No? Well, basically, those (self-described) “craven scum” UC executives — the ones who thought that NOW would be a good time to dredge up some unimplemented pension increases based on ASUC-esque technicalities — have been common sensibly shot down. Officially, this time. Sort of.

At least, as of Tuesday, we know that the UC Board of Regents Chair Russell Gould and UC President Mark Yudof jointly intend to formally put the issue to bed … to the best of their abilities … at the regents’ next meeting. They’ll get there soon enough.

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