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FOOD DISTRIBUTION BY CFA STANISLAUS: The Stanislaus CFA Chapter made it possible to distribute food boxes to hungry students in need this week.

Stanislaus CFA President Steven Filling reports:

“Last year CFA Stanislaus made the founding donation for the Stanislaus Campus Cares Fund, which provides both funding for the campus student food pantry and a student emergency loan fund.

“This year, CFA Stanislaus is augmenting that donation by providing resources to enable our local food bank, United Samaritans Foundation, to prepare and distribute boxes of food to our students. 

“Twice each month, the Foundation will provide 50 food boxes to hungry Stanislaus students. At the September events, all food boxes were distributed within 30 minutes; students who didn’t receive a food box were invited to the Warrior Food Pantry so that nobody left empty-handed. 

“We are very proud of this project, which epitomizes our commitment to the well-being as well as the education of our students.”

‘PROSPECTOR PETE’ IS RETIRED: Today, Cal State Long Beach is known as “The Beach.” But the mascot Prospector Pete has stuck around—until now. As those who study California history know, slavery of and genocide against indigenous people was legal policy in Pete’s time. But times have changed.

“As our diversity grew and more voices were heard, we came to know that the 1849 California gold rush was a time in history when the indigenous peoples of California endured subjugation, violence and threats of genocide,” President Jane Close Conoley said in a statement. “Today, the spirit of inclusivity is reflected in our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community. Today’s Beach is not connected to that era.”

The Prospector Pete statue is being moved to a new Alumni Center. Other voices on campus are finding new ways to mark history by educating the campus community about the Puvunga Tribe’s village, on which the campus is built.

Craig Stone, director of the American Indian Studies Program at Long Beach, told the Los Angeles Times he welcomes the college’s desire to be inclusive. “It’s been an issue for the last 50 years, and now we’re in a moment in time when the culture is receptive to making a change.”

See a related CFA resolution on eliminating racialized mascots in the CSU.

AAUP BUSY DEFENDING FREEDOM OF ACADEMICS: The American Association of University Professors has been standing up for us. In early  September, AAUP issued a statement on “Unacceptable Attacks” by Pres. Trump on GWU researchers who found that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria. “For the president of the United States to accuse scholars of political bias, without a shred of evidence, is an unacceptable assault on independent research and the academic freedom of scientists,” the AAUP asserts.

Then there is an AAUP survey on the Impact of For-profit Online Education Contracts that are being signed by university managements across the nation. A report will provide insights into whether privatization contracts such as these can compromise educational quality, student privacy, the reputation of the institution, and faculty governance.

Finally, the AAUP legal department has filed an amicus brief in a federal court battle arguing for the right of faculty at Duquesne, and at all religious colleges, to join a union.

CFA members can join AAUP for free, but you have to express your interest. Click here to learn more about AAUP membership and click here to join.

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