Links of the Week

How Gov-Elect Gavin Newsom could shape California’s future
The San Jose Mercury News
Governor Brown wanted to make sure students graduated in four years, but in our view,  he didn’t think about what infrastructure needs to be in place to make that happen,” said Jennifer Eagan, president of the California Faculty Association, which represents CSU professors. “I think Newsom has a much clearer sense of the experience our students have.” Eagan said faculty will be watching in January to see if Newsom proposes a state budget that avoids further student fee increases.

‘Unprecedented’ Turnout by College Students in Midterm Elections
Inside Higher Ed
College-age citizens appear to have voted at record levels and influenced multiple close races.

More Students Are Being Treated for Mental Health Issues
Inside Higher Ed
College students increasingly are being diagnosed and treated for mental health issues, according to a new study published by the American Psychiatric Association. …survey data from 155,000 students at 196 college campuses found the rate of respondents being treated for mental health issues in the past year increased to 34% in 2017 from 19% in 2007, while the percentage of students with lifetime diagnoses increased to 36% from 22%. Depression and suicide risks also increased, according to the study. But the stigma of being diagnosed with a mental illness decreased, which could explain some of the increases.

As Sonoma State Recovers from a Wildfire, Another California Blaze Begins
The Chronicle of Higher Education
One year later, CSU Chico faces similar devastation while the Camp Fire burns outside its campus.

Families mourn as first California fire victims are named; at least 42 confirmed dead
Sun Sentinel
At the Neighborhood Church in Chico, counselors, chaplains and nursing students from CSU Chico were available to help.

Majority of Veterans Eligible for Loan Forgiveness Are in Default
Inside Higher Ed

No Big Raises for CSU Presidents: Faculty Union Rejects Proposal

CSUF presidential search committee hosts open forum
The Daily Titan (CSU Fullerton)
“I would like a president that is on campus a lot, has an open door policy for the most part and someone who listens to students and faculty and staff,” said Andrew Flores, a fourth-year psychology major and Students for Quality Education member.

Pioneer Pete gets the boot
The Pioneer (CSU East  Bay)
Say goodbye to CSU East Bay’s mascot, Pioneer Pete. The academic senate made the decision to remove [it]. …. SQE helped bring awareness to how the mustached figure can be seen as “culturally insensitive” to their organization and to CSUEB’s diverse campus.

Court Upholds Injunction Keeping DACA in Place
Inside Higher Ed
Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw wrote the court’s opinion … The case was brought by the UC, which issued a statement. “Today’s decision is yet another strong message from our nation’s courts that the government’s attempt to rescind DACA was unlawful.”  The battle may soon be headed to the Supreme Court.

Cal State starts new era, ending no-credit remedial classes

California teacher pension fund pulls money out of immigrant detention
Sacramento Bee
… out of two private prison companies that have contracts to house immigrants detained at the Mexican border.

San Diego hotel workers end 35-day strike with new contract
San Diego Union-Tribune

Anaheim’s ‘living wage’ initiative is expected to pass
Los Angeles Times
A ballot initiative that requires some hospitality businesses to pay workers at least $15 an hour, with 51.5% of ballots counted as of Monday cast in favor of the measure.

An About-Face for House Science Committee
Inside Higher Ed
Democratic takeover promises sharp change in direction for science committee, whose GOP leaders had promoted climate change denialism, meddled in federal grant making and badgered researchers.

Scientists: Wind, drought worsen fires, not bad management
Associated Press
Both nature and humans share blame for California’s devastating wildfires, but forest management did not play a major role, despite President Donald Trump’s claims, fire scientists say.

The American civil war didn’t end. And Trump is a Confederate president
The Guardian
Rebecca Solnit: We never cleaned up after the civil war, never made it anathema, as the Germans have since the second world war, to support the losing side. We never had a truth and reconciliation process like South Africa did.

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