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Follow-Ups (Yes, with another Zizek/SNL update)

Hope you are all enjoying your Memorial Day weekends!  We just wanted to follow up on a few stories we’ve covered here on the blog.

"UC logo" (Public Domain)

UC Budget Crisis: Earlier this month, we wrote about how the Governator was refusing to sign a state budget that did not include substantially more robust funding to the UCs, the Cal States, and community colleges, to the tune of replenishing $848 million of the $1.7 billion taken out the higher education systems.  The go-to blog on issues related to the UC budget crisis, Remaking the University, offers a skeptical take on Gov. Ahnold’s talk about funding increases to higher ed.  In particular, Michael Meranze points out that the tuition hikes for 2010-11 are still in place.

While we’re not exactly sure what’s happening on that front, the breaking news on the budget front from the UC–surprise, surprise–is all about further cuts and not about refilled coffers.  The latest involves a streamlining of the UC system to maximize efficiencies by centralizing certain operations like payroll and purchasing (that’s my best approximation of admin speak), rather than letting each UC campus do its own thing.  The LA Times has decided it likes this move, although Remaking the University that the news only obscures the fact that the “UC’s state funding remains destructively low”.

Middlesex U Philosophy: A lot has happened since we covered the impending shuttering of the Middlesex U Philosophy department.  Four Middlesex Philosophy students and three faculty members were suspended by the university for participating in “occupation” events.  This action has triggered a response from intellectuals from Europe and the U.S.–with Etienne Balibar first into the breach–rallying in support of their colleagues and decrying the decision of the Middlesex admin.  The suspensions have only intensified efforts to defend the Philosophy dept, leading to another set of protests this past Thursday.  For more info, check out the Save Middlesex Philosophy blog.

"Slavoj Zizek" by Mariusz Kubik (Creative Commons license)

The Slavoj Zizek/SNL Campaign: This wouldn’t be an end of the week follow up without an update on the Zizek/SNL Facebook campaign.  The member roll of the Facebook fanpage has swelled to 4,760 and the effort has yielded write-ups in Inside Higher Ed and even Huffington Post.  All the attention has swept up the campaign’s originator, Alexander Hanna, who sent an email to the Facebook fans urging them to spread the word to likeminded folks and  “actually make this happen”–so we’re doing out part!  Don’t know if 4,760 viewers would exactly constitute a ratings bonanza for SNL, since it took at least (more than?) 500,000 fans to get Betty White on SNL–though, hey, 4,760 fans is nothing to sneeze at, especially when the Post Academic Facebook fanpage has been stuck on 58 members for a while now!  Maybe a reality check is in order, but 4,760 fans could probably get Zizek on Carson Daly or something?

And get this: the man himself is speaking at UCI this coming Friday, June 4.  What if we got a little hat with a “Press” tag stuck in the band and asked Zizek whether he knows about the campaign?  That might make for a more memorable academic celeb sighting than the Homi Bhabha fiasco.

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