May 13, 2008 10:25 PM
Last Day to Petition
You've probably heard about the budget cuts over in the East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) Department -- maybe you read Angela's post. I heard from a few people, but I didn't know Berkeley has a site that lets me sign in with my CalNet ID to vote on the matter. Check it out: http://petition.berkeley.edu/
The last day to petition is tomorrow, Wed May 14th.
I don't know ANYTHING about the UC Budget, and I'm sure the way the dominoes fell has some logic to it. Nonetheless, it's really embarrassing! What's the point in building a new East Asian Library if we won't teach the kids how to read the books inside?
I just took a quick peek at the UC Budget. In 2006-2007, the East Asian languages within L&S spent $2.89million on salaries and wages for instruction  and read that "EALC's TAS budget is being cut by 25%" . 2.888m*0.25=$722,000. How hard is it to raise $722k so the world's top public university can offer east Asian languages classes as electives? I'm not sure, but their departmental cut is on the same order of magnitude that my department spent, in total, on instruction ($930k). I hope there aren't any cuts there, go ARE!!!
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