Thursday, December 1, 2011

Chancellor Birgeneau rebuked by UC Berkeley Academic Senate

The UC Berkeley Academic Senate delivered a stinging rebuke to Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau for ordering police to remove Occupy Cal demonstrators from the front of Sproul Hall on Nov. 9.

A packed gathering of faculty members passed a bloc of four resolutions condemning the administration. The stern language of the resolutions was nothing compared with the harshness of the speeches delivered during the hour-and-45-minute special session Monday afternoon called to discuss the role of protests at UC Berkeley. The attacks on Birgeneau were more personal and more pointed than I've ever heard leveled against a chancellor by his colleagues in my 28 years as a UC professor. Not a single soul spoke to defend him.

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