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California Leadership Gets It; Berkeley Faculty Does Not


Students and faculty advisers are trying to create the Sixties all over again at Berkeley in response to tuition rises in the University of California system, according to a report in the New Yorker (abstract here). But administrators and state leaders have seen the light of reality. Mark Yudof, at whom the protests have largely been directed, replies: “You can protest. You can put up signs — at Berkeley they like to occupy trees and run nude — but the answer is I still don’t have any money.”

Yudoff keeps a photograph of Winston Churchill on his desk and remarked last year that “being president of the University of California is like being manager of a cemetery: There are many people under you, but no one is listening.” 

Other realists include Diane Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, who wonders: “If you tell me some union janitor doesn’t understand it, okay, but I don’t understand why the Berkeley faculty doesn’t understand that the problem is Sacramento.”


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