CACHE:

As higher education activists, we all need to sit down and take some time to understand the economic realities of our academic institutions as well as the lenders and guarantors of our debts. We’re ever thankful to the Student Union of Michigan for their work in university economics. And lest we turn away from the fine print of our own university budgets out of the rampant fear of indecipherable joylessness, we should remember what David Foster Wallace says about boredom (and that there’s something superhuman on the other side of it): “The underlying bureaucratic key is the ability to deal with boredom. To function effectively in an environment that precludes everything vital and human. To breathe, so to speak, without air. The key is the ability, whether innate or conditioned, to find the other side of the rote, the picayune, the meaningless, the repetitive, the pointlessly complex. To be, in a word, unborable. It is the key to modern life. If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish.”

Originally posted on Student Union of Michigan:

This is part of an ongoing series of printable pamphlets designed to explain how money flows through public research universities in general and the University of Michigan in particular. The pamphlets are intended to clarify arguments and push back against pervasive and seemingly “common sense” narratives about the crisis of public higher education that impede, rather than advance, meaningful political action. We hope tactics and strategies will emerge from these counter-narratives—after all, we can’t fight what we don’t understand. Download the printable version of this pamphlet here and see the Resources page for the entire series.

In November 2013, the University of Michigan launched its new capital campaign, “Victors for Michigan,” which aims to raise $4 billion from private sources primarily to be deposited in the endowment. If successful, it will be the largest in the history of public higher education, topping U-M’s previous campaign which raised $3.2 billion between…

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At this point in the higher education crisis, if you’re not full of rage, you’re choosing to ignore the situation (which makes you part of the problem). Some adjuncts have learned (or are still learning) to transform our anger into productive action, either directly or behind closed doors. Those of us who’ve been jostled awake by our late comrade Margaret Mary Vojtko’s unfortunate death last September are newer to the game. Wherever you are in the great losing relay race of academic contingency, if you’re an adjunct, you’re stressed. To the max.

And while you may not be able to actually flog a #badmin, as the femme dom is doing in the picture above, you can certainly post your anonymous tales of the more infuriating, heart-breaking, scream-inducing or worrisome day-to-day situations we find ourselves in as we navigate the wreckage of higher education and our broken lives.

So whenever you’re having a typical adjunct day (read: clusterfuck), use the Adjunct Sounding Board as a safe space to air your grievances. We know they are many. We know you can be loud. We ask you to join @Madjuncts and @AdjComplaints in collecting and sharing the realities of adjunct lives. Many of us are still afraid to come out of the supply closet, and because silence equals acceptance this late in the game, please make use of this safe, anonymous space to keep spreading the word about our working conditions. As the ASB asks us to remember: without us, higher ed would crumble.

 

CACHE:

To edit: Marc Bousquet will be a featured speaker during our fall panel on Academic Freedom on Thursday, September 18 – not at the kickoff party.

Originally posted on The Academe Blog:

The following is a message from Diana Vallera, president of P-Fac, the Part-Time Faculty union at Columbia College Chicago, and a member of the Illinois AAUP State Council:

You are invited to join P-Fac and UIC as we kickoff our new Pursuit of Truth Campaign to build a coalition of Chicago colleges and universities.

Pursuit of Truth

Kick Off Campaign

Friday, July 11

5:00 PM

600 S. Michigan, 8th Floor

* Light Refreshments and beer and wine provided

RSVP:

PfacAtColumbia@gmail.com or Diana@studioera2.com

We are excited to announce that Marc Bousquet, author of How The University Works and associate professor at Emory University ,will be a featured speaker, along with other academic freedom experts.

Come join the movement to reclaim the college’s original mission of serving the public good and pursuing truth. In coordination with  the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), in conjunction with AAUP’s One Faculty Campaign, Coalition of Contingent…

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Originally posted on Student Union of Michigan:

This is part of an ongoing series of printable pamphlets designed to explain how money flows through public research universities in general and the University of Michigan in particular. The pamphlets are intended to clarify arguments and push back against pervasive and seemingly “common sense” narratives about the crisis of public higher education that impede, rather than advance, meaningful political action. We hope tactics and strategies will emerge from these counter-narratives—after all, we can’t fight what we don’t understand. Download the printable version of this pamphlet here and see the Resources page for the entire series.

Since the 1970s in the United States, there has been a shift from industry to finance as the driving force of the economy. Instead of investment in productive capital, money has been increasingly invested in the financial sector, seeking speculative profits. This money always seeks profitable outlets, namely projects, institutions, or individuals to which…

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The Montreal Student Movement Convention is a gathering of students from 5 continents that has been in the planning for nearly a year. From June 19-22, students will converge at the University of Quebec at Montreal to meet fellow organizers and learn from organizers all over the world about building student unions, creating intersectional movements, and taking a crucial step towards uniting as a global movement. 

The good news is that registrations have been pouring in, and more students than originally expected will be attending the convention. The bad news is that this has led to unexpected costs with UQAM and other logistical issues coming up at the 11th hour, which is why

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE THIS CONVENTION A REALITY. 

Because of the larger participant pool, the University has decided to charge more for room reservations beyond what was originally intended. In addition, hard fought for union regulations that protect the wages and rights of university workers must be honored. So, we need you to help get this link out to the world. 

EVERY DOLLAR MATTERS. EVERY PLACE YOU POST THIS LINK INCREASES THE POSSIBILITY OF MORE MONEY.

Sending this link to every student you know, every professor that supports the student struggle, every union member that believes in solidarity – it all matters. Posting in Facebook groups, sending emails, soliciting your second cousin you met once at a family reunion – it’s all valid. 

It’s up to us to make this conference a reality now. We can’t rely on just a few people to lead the way and solve this problem. If we’re going to overcome this deficit, it’s going to take all of us mobilizing in a real way over the course of the next 2 weeks. As student organizers, we believe that another world is possible, and that radical generosity can create a new reality. In attending this convention, we are taking a tangible first step toward building real international solidarity and a global student movement that is connected and powerful. Let’s practice what we preach. Let’s unite in solidarity. Let’s create one fist. As the student revolutionaries of May ‘68 said, LA BEAUTÉ EST DANS LA RUE. Let’s make it a reality. 

ALL POWER TO THE STUDENTS!

In solidarity and love,
The Montreal Student Movement Convention organizing commitee

 
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