Yeah, that’s right. “You’re just a student” is not only insulting to you, but more importantly, such sentiments betray an attitude, especially if coming from someone in a position of power, which can seriously undermine your rightful opportunities to fully participate in the college experience. You need to take note.
Depending on the situation, “You’re just a student” can really mean any and/or all of the following:
1) You’re just a child who should know his/her place, which is to politely and obediently comply with our commands.
2) I am unwilling to show you the respect that I would give to another adult.
3) You don’t really know anything, but we do.
4) Okay, maybe you know a few things, but not nearly as much as we do. Just keep quiet, listen and learn.
5) Let us adults handle the really important issues. Run along and play now.
6) You’ll have to ask our permission if you want to do that.
7) You’re unqualified to challenge us since we are the authorities and you certainly are not.
8) You are fragile and might break if we treat you like an adult.
9) We can easily manipulate you. You won’t even notice that we did it.
10) You are too immature to talk about certain things, like sex, for example.
11) We can make rules up on the spot. Who’s going to know the difference, you? Ha, ha, ha, ha…
12) Why don’t you just wait until you get out of school to ask those kinds of questions? Hmmm? Now go away.
13) We’re not really going to give you the tools to be fully-empowered now. Are you kidding? What, you think we want 30,000 students who know and assert their rights on our campus. As if!
This is what happens when the remedies of the system are exhausted and inadequate to the task. You go outside of the system. And now the participants in the Office of Student Life – Assistant Dean of Student Life Deyna Hearn, Student Activities Advisor Benny Blaydes, and the Associated Student Board of Directors…plus others – have received a five-page notice about their obligations under the law from the office of the Los Angeles District Attorney. In the unfortunate event of further violations, it’s unlikely the D.A.’s office will limit their involvement to a letter. Violations of the Brown Act are a misdemeanor.
JUNE 6 UPDATE: Today, The Siege had a wonderful meeting with Dean Judith Penchansky (SMC Disciplinarian) and student Nehasi Lee in response to a false police report that described me as a “disruptive student” at the May 18 event detailed below.
The dean and I had a frank and honest exchange of ideas regarding my encounters with SMC’s police and her office’s duty to follow-up on any complaint lodged by any SMC staff against a student. She came across as reasonable, a good listener and ultimately acknowledged there was nothing for her office to take action over. Hopefully, as a responsible member of the SMC administration, she will relay to others in a position to care and take action, the concerns expressed about pervasive police misconduct at the college.
NEWS: Truly there are many officers of the law, everywhere, who operate day after day as heroes and defenders of the people, protecting our civil and constitutional rights and liberties. They deserve our continual thanks and appreciation for standing between us and the lawless chaos which would ensue without them. This author, on many occasions, has had reason to express appreciation for an officer’s help, especially those from the Los Angeles Police Department.
But there are others who, putting on a badge, believe themselves to be set apart to bully and abuse (click to witness SMC cops in action), at their pleasure, the very citizens they’ve sworn to protect. Usually this bullying happens to those who remain the most unempowered, either by economic class or by education. Students fit in here perfectly. It’s this small percentage of badge-wearers, committing crimes under the color of authority, who deserve our profound contempt and need to be held accountable under the law.
You drowned me down to a spinning haze,
a cloud that hurricaned
with little fizzles of flashes in blue,
a single vicious notion that the number
of two was one number too many
and must be destroyed.
Skin soaked in with twisted grins,
a head of wine
and fingers panged
with a hunger for a new secret fold
of flesh and fluids and solid bone.
And your tongue,
it talked to tame the ends
of nerves that twitched in freckled sparks,
electric silk that wove in me
a soft handed song
with a muscled arm
that I could not help but bite
my teeth into.
Where are the local demonstrations of outrage over the war crimes presently being perpetrated by the Israeli Goliath against the Lebanese people? Go to Save Lebanon to find out when and where demonstrations will be staged in your community.
And since the Western mainstream media (MSM), particularly in the United States, is compromised in its ability to report the facts regarding the Middle East, truth-seekers must dig elsewhere to find reasoned and detailed information untainted by Cheney Administration-friendly bias. An excellent blog covering the issues pertaining to Israel’s irresponsible reaction to Hezbollah’s killing of eight Israel soldiers and capturing two can be found at Lebanese Blogger Forum.
There’s so much deception, confusion and nonsense spewed forth in the popular media which undermines the notion that global warming is a reality, it’s little wonder that many people remain unconvinced of its immediate threat. Such intentionally-sown confusion allows George W. Bush and those he services (that’s not you and me, by the way) to postpone the critical actions our government so desperately needs to take.
Public relations hacks working for the U.S. auto industry, oil and coal interests; compromised scientists who’ve sold out and will forever lack any credibility amongst their peers; congressmen, senators and presidents who operate by accepting legalized bribes and then paying off those debts by violating the public trust; and certain large corporate interests at odds with life on this planet are just some of those you can thank for the muddying of waters about facts regarding the ecological catastrophe quickly coming our way.
On the other hand, over in the rarefied (and under-reported) world of truth, there is virtually universal agreement amongst credible scientists that global warming is indeed occurring, and to an extent and with rapidness absolutely guaranteeing much more extreme planetary consequences unless we take serious action NOW!
The Union of Concerned Scientists, in an article titled “Global Warming Facts” (which includes many links for the sceptic and the seeker wishing to investigate further), include the following list of the “20 Hottest Years on Record:”
Notice a trend? And 2005 – hottest year on record.
Still not convinced? You’re right, there’s so much more to it. And the rebuttals, you’ve heard ‘em – these things are cyclical, it’s happened before, it undermines the troops, there’s no proof, it’s just progaganda from environmental extremists, the whole thing’s overblown, it’s a ruse by the homosexuals to distract good Christians from the gay-marriage issue, not everyone agrees, If your so smart, how come it’s not in the Bible?, it’s nothing new, Dubya will protect us, blah, blah, blah.
Well, do yourself (and the rest of the planet) a favor and go see the recently released “An Inconvenient Truth,” a film that will blow your mind and bring you up to speed. This documentary, featuring Al Gore delivering an impassioned, funny, fact-filled, and sobering presentation which he has shared thousands of times with audiences across the globe, will fill in all the blanks and put to rest the myths that keep this issue from being tackled in the political arena.
Become informed and help pressure the politicians to exercise their political will to take the necessary actions. We need to come together on this growing peril, and fast!
All you Santa Monica College students who want to transfer to UC Berkeley, want to do some advance reconnaissance, beyond just reading the contents of their website, before you get there? Now you can at iTunes via the progressive reach of this stellar university. Go to Berkeley on iTunes U and you can download to your iPods a vast assortment of information about the college.
You can find downloadable courses in:
Arts & Humanities
Or check out their events in:
Journalism & Media
Science & Technology
Politics & Public Policy
Listen to pieces on “Berkeley’s Nobel Tradition” or “Research at UC Berkeley.” Want to know more about their campus life? Download a four-part walking tour of the university.
What if you could be go beyond RateMyProfessor.com and actually hear professors on a variety of fascinating topics? From professors Michael Pollan on “Journalism,” Tim White “On the Trail of Our Human Ancestors,” or to “Power in the Information Age” by Steve Weber, there are growing numbers of audio presentations worth listening to.
he gave me a riddle
I couldn’t solve
a koan a puzzle of pretence
of desire and intent
he touched my arm in the dark drunk bar he
le let me lead him to my house he
let me look as his back was turned he
let me touch his head but not my bed he
licked his words to confuse my verbs
and he refused
the rubix cube
only a simple square of squares
only a string of numbers and signs
only a simple path to the end