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Posted on June 25 at 9:08 a.m.


June 24, 2009.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. Nearly five months after opening an investigation of University of California sociology professor William I. Robinson for alleged faculty misconduct, university officials abruptly announced today that it has dismissed all charges and terminated the case.
In fact, an Ad Hoc Committee set up by the Academic Senate to investigate the allegations had already reached the conclusion on May 15 that the charges against Robinson were without merit. The Committee is "unanimous in finding that his sending the email is in accord with the principles of academic freedom, especially when teaching a class whose content is the sociology of globalization," stated the report.
Yet, remarkably, the top-level administration kept these results secret for six more weeks, dragging Robinson deeper into public scrutiny and further tarnishing the university's own image. It was only on June 24 that executive vice chancellor Gene Lucas informed Robinson, without any explanation for the delay, that he "accepted the findings of the Charges Committee" and terminated the matter.
"Why did the administration wait six more weeks before ending this case," asked Yousef Baker, of the Committee to Defend Academic Freedom. "The professor faced six more weeks of harassment and disruption of his teaching, and research, while the sense of intimidation among faculty and students only deepened. They owe us an explanation."

(This is only a part of the long press release that was issued yesterday.)

Hopefully, UCSB will also apologize to Prof. Robinson and commit once and for all to Academic Freedom without surrendering to external political pressures

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Posted on April 26 at 10:19 p.m.

China liberating the Tibetans from the Dalai Lama? Please! China has a communist government who tells their people what to say, what to do and how to do it. Tells them how many kids they can have and punishes people if they don't do what the're told.

Chinese people could not travel around in their own country until very recently and their government monitors and determines what they can watch on TV and what they can't.

Chinese men and women work 7 days a week and their living conditions are quite undesirable, as anyone who has been in China would be able to tell. Even as a tourist you get the impression that you've been watched.

When you ask questions about their way of living to random people on the street, at stores or in hotels, everyone gives you the "official version" that they've been given by the government, and only a few daring ones will give you more of a hint of what it really means to live in China.

A life of servitude could be understood when it is a choice and not an impossition by a totalitarian regime.

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Posted on March 16 at 3:57 p.m.

Very informative! It is also good to know that we have professionals with a high sense of duty.

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Posted on February 5 at 1:16 p.m.

It is true that Pedro Nava has never served the public's insterest. He seems more inclined to serve his own and that of those who can help him along the way. It is also true that our Supervisors have sacrificed the county's finances and well being in maintaining Mike Brown for reasons unknown to the people.

The point is that when the community and the public opinion come together and our politicians don't respond supporting our will or when they sabotage our efforts to accomplish a greater benefit, we should just not support them in their pursue of a higher political career, either with votes or with money.

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