UC Irvine Disorientation Guide 2009


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UC Irvine Disorientation Guide 2009




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What’s Wrong With Education
Revolt of the Students


Campus Issues

Disorganization Chart

Animal Rights

UCI Food System

American Indian Student Association
Campus Workers

Feminism/Sexual Assault

Who is Teaching Your Classes?
UAW Local 2865

Undocumented Students
Free Speech

Campus History

History of the Anteater
Activism and Protests

OC in the 1960’s: US Military Spied on UCI Student

Irvine Meadows



Caesar Sereseres: The Bloodiest Hands on Campus





What’s in a Name?




The OC




Donald Bren


The Safest City in the Whole World?

Community Spaces, Organizations, and Health Care



Campus Vendors




Corporate UCI

John Wayne: Orange County’s Racist Laureate?


UC Irvine Farm School

UCI Police


Military UCI

Medical Scandals




Who Lived in Orange County Before You?


Locally Owned Businesses


OC Farmers’ Markets


Tips & Tricks

What to do if you’re stopped by the police


Composting in Confined Spaces


Planting in your Dorm or Apartment


Dumpster Dive!







A: Glossary of Terms


C: Campus Organization and Resource Directory


B: Alternative Media


D: Suggested Reading




Welcome to the

What’s up people, let me be the first person to say welcome to UCI, the only UC behind the Orange Curtain.
If you got that joke, then keep reading, this pamphlet just might be for you. If you didn’t, keep reading any way
there might be something to peak your interest. What you hold in your hand is an energy saving, mind tripping,
rocket propelled opening into the college campus you have stepped on. It’s filled with the stuff that makes you
wonder: A.) Why you choose this place B.) What does this mean to you C.) what are you going to do about it now
that you’re here and D.) Seriously, why the hell did you chose this place. Let me just say that I wish I received a
pamphlet like this when I was going to UCI, it could have saved me a lot of time and effort. Between these covers
you have a guide into the belly of the University. Use it wisely. But don’t let this be your only map of this place,
add your own experiences into the mix. Just remember what you don’t see is probably more interesting and important than what you do.
In compiling and writing this year’s Disorientation Guide -- the first ever! -- we recognize that it’s not perfect.
Some of the definitions in the glossary are inadequate, there’s groups that we left out, and many other sections
that we would have loved to have included but couldn’t because of lack of volunteers and/or space. Despite the
shortfalls, we wanted this to be a starting point both for our editorial collective and for students, faculty, and workers on the UCI campus -- we hope it opens your eyes to the dark side of Orange County and UCI life while giving
you avenues to pursue a more complete education alongside participation in subversive organizations, and we
hope in the coming year to build off of what we have started in order to craft a better Disorientation Guide for next
fall. Let us also quickly say just how fucking amazed we are at all of the Disorientation Guides that have been
published across the country for Fall: University of Houston and UC-Santa Cruz put out awesome Guides while
we were editing ours, and we’d encourage you to check out the UCSC one especially because it has a lot of good
info about the budget crisis that’s fucking over the entire UC system: disorientationguide.wordpress.com.

Statement on copyrights: We have borrowed extensively from a wide variety of sources without their consent,
under the philosophy that intellectual property is theft. OK, so we plagiarized quite a bit. Even in this paragraph.
We did cite a few things when it seemed like a good idea. What we have produced and distributed is anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-patriarchy, anti-state: Anti-Copyright.

To contact the Disorientation Guide editorial collective, you can email DisorientUCI@riseup.net. We gladly accept art, articles, and hate mail.


Whats Wrong With Education?

During your educational tenure at UCI, you may get an overwhelming feeling that something is seriously wrong with the
education you’re receiving. Here we present you with two essays from the book ”Toward the Destruction of Schooling” by Jan D.
Matthews, available free of charge through the Radical Student Union. Endnote citations available in original text.

The Role of Schooling in Society
Most people don’t like being told what
to do. Any institution that aims to structure
and regiment a person’s life is, to a certain
extent, in conflict with that person. The
interesting thing is that that person is not
always in willful conflict with the institution. Those who are obedient and fulfill
their role as students understandably try to
ignore the negative effects their schooling
is having on them. But who would honestly deny that these effects are quite visible?
Students are taught, through the process of
schooling, to be conformist, unimaginative, docile, and a great many other things
that are by and large considered virtues
in the working world. Stay this way and
you may never feel good about yourself,
but you will be congratulated by authority
figures for the rest of your life. I think that
the antagonistic feelings that people have
toward school reflect what schools are trying to do to you. Our present situation in
which compulsory schooling appears to
be so natural has a historical context; the
forces at work and reasons why we spend
so much of our lives in school can only
be adequately explained from a perspective that looks at schooling historically in
terms of the means employed and the ends
desired and looks at where these institutional designs leave the individual caught
up in school. Such a perspective can be
revolutionary only if it identifies with the
individual caught up in school—with their
needs and desires, their anger and frustration. We must look at how schooling fits
into the whole of society and what sort of
social relationships and institutions are
hinged upon keeping this individual—you,
for all practical purposes—acquiescent.
The problem, namely, that most people do

is deeply ingrained in the modern psyche.
Implicit in the acceptance of any modern
political ideology is the assumption that
the individual exists to serve the common
good or some higher principle exterior to
personal subjectivity–in fact, this seems
to be the basis of all ideology, all political
systems, all forms of rule. So, proceeding from this assumption, the sufficiently
schooled person–the university student,
for example–assumes the thinking of a
social planner with regard to all political
questions. Critical thinking is so discouraged that many are virtually incapable of
taking an anti-political stance against all
the moral baggage of formal ideology,
against the totality of “mental production”.3 Alexander Inglis had the following
to say about this aspect of schooling: “It
must be recognized that in American society each individual must be not merely
a law-abiding citizen but also to some
extent a law-making citizen.”4 In a democratic state, social stability rests principally on the internalization of the values
behind the rules, the morality behind its
reification in law. One can dislike school
and still believe in its mythology–most
people do. The stereotypes of good students, bad students and every other category of student conceal the question of
the desirability of systems of grading and
categorization. “Banalities, due to what
they conceal, work for the dominant organization of life . . . words will not cease
to work until people do,” wrote Mustapha
Khayati.5 The mythology of this dominant
organization of life consists of myths such
as the necessity of being schooled in order
to learn, the detached objectivity (and in-

in fact do what they are told, is a problem
with the totality civilized social relations.
Schooling is a fundamental process of
our society. It can be understood as the
ensemble of techniques by which a society instructs the young in the knowledge,
values, and attitudes necessary for becoming responsible members of society, reproducing the dominant social order. The
bells, the classes, the rules, the discipline–
all are important aspects of a controlling
process aimed at molding the individual
into a form more desirable to others–to
authorities. Schooling, like work, is based
on coercion. Generally speaking, one
does not do schoolwork because the experience itself is rewarding. One does not
do schoolwork on one’s own terms. Also,
there is a carrot or a stick guiding your
progress–usually both. Max Stirner had it
right when he said that “the school question is a life question.”1
The most important life-skill taught in
schools is subservience. It is absolutely
essential to all hierarchical social systems.
Education, as William Torrey Harris (U.S.
Commissioner of Education at the turn of
the century) once defined it, is “the subsumption of the individual.”2 Nobody is
absolutely free of social pressures, material forces, outside influences. But it does
not follow that we should submit to the
ideal of the individual’s “adjustment” to
the social terrain: behavior modification
administered by the guardians of the Republic. There is an essential tension here:
the tension between unique individuals
and the social institutions
that prevent their self-deter- “When examined,
The necessity of schools

answer with questions”
-Graffiti Paris, 1968


tain rules to be followed and the student
is watched at all times to make sure she
is conforming. Discipline is essential, but
it does not explain all aspects of schooling. Knowledge, the commodity that the
school deposits in you or showers you
with is something exterior to the student,
who accumulates knowledge in a process
beyond her control. Knowledge is power,
most commonly to the extent that one can
serve the interests of power and secure a
comfortable or powerful place in the social order. Foucault pointed out that power
necessarily produces knowledge: “. . .
power and knowledge directly imply one
another . . . there is no power relation without the correlative constitution of a field of
knowledge, nor any knowledge that does
not presuppose and constitute at the same
time power relations.”9 Highly specialized knowledge of the type that schools
impart reflects complex power relations
hinging on extensive hierarchy and division of labor. The increasing importance
of schooling in modern society reflects
society’s increasing totalitarianism, in the
sense that more and more human activities

are subordinated to and conditioned by the
advanced techniques of a technological
society whose driving force is Capital.10
It is obvious that any critique of schooling must have within it a critique of the
social order of which the schools are a part
and vise versa. Schooling seems to be a
positive feedback system: more and more
people go through schools, capitalism
advances, and more schools are needed
to keep people subservient to the bosses.
Education is such an important “right” for
all people that it “shall be compulsory” according to Article 26 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.11 Education seems to be something that all the
ideologues can agree on. It is obviously
helping people to adapt to the insanity of
modern society. We become automatons,
docile bodies–boring, dumb, and monotonous from doing schoolwork with the
same characteristics. By and large, students submit to their behavior modification and faithfully reproduce the current
social order.

Notes on the Poverty of Student Life

life is subordinated to the imperative to
accumulate commodities that affirm the
student’s chosen identity within the social
group—so much so that it is possible for
the student to ignore much of the substance
of schooling. Entertainment is organized
around (sub)cultural identity—a dead
world of media swill with an appearance
vaguely reminiscent of actual life (which
has been vanquished by modern capitalism). Sexual activity, long repressed, is
now tolerated within the context of relationships which could only be described
as masturbatory. If it had any meaning, if
it opened up new realms of communication, sex would be a force antagonistic to
schooling—instead it is a safety valve. In
Civilization and Its Discontents, Freud
said that civilization uses sexual energy
for its own purposes (displacing it through
work, for example). We are now so alienated from each other that it is difficult
to conceive of a world in which our energies and desires are not systematically
controlled and manipulated—a world in
which meaningful communication is commonplace. Our capacity for self-regulation
and autonomy has been schooled out of
us; we are left with a character armor (the
colonization of Capital) which protects us

telligence!) of the intellectual, and many
others, all reflecting capitalist values–the
most salient of which is Progress.
The student, like society, is continually
making progress. The student’s progress,
like that of society, is fundamentally a domestication of the human animal. When
Derrick Jensen asked himself why schooling takes so long, the answer he came up
with was straightforward and truthful:
“It takes that long to sufficiently break
a child’s will. It is not easy to disconnect children’s wills, to disconnect them
from their own experiences of the world
in preparation for the lives of painful employment they will have to endure.”6 A
few centuries earlier, Immanuel Kant put
it more succinctly: “Man must be disciplined because he is naturally wild. . . .”7
Discipline is at the heart of the educational
enterprise. Schools are obviously not organized by the students–they are the population that is to be controlled, monitored,
measured, and disciplined. Discipline is
“what the factory and the office and the
store share with the prison and the school
and the mental hospital.”8 There are cer-

The university is the training grounds
for the future ruling class and their most
dependable lackeys. Most university
students–after being constantly adjusted
throughout their youth–are already well
adjusted to subservient roles. They are
model consumers, if not always model
students. The students who are content
with their social role as students have accepted passivity. Some accept passivity by
ignoring all politics, others by becoming
politically active. The result is the same–a
useful citizen–useful to others. “Modern
capitalism and its spectacle allot everyone
a specific role in a general passivity. The
student is no exception to the rule. He has
a provisional part to play, a rehearsal for
his final role as an element in market society as conservative as the rest. . . Meanwhile, he basks in a schizophrenic consciousness, withdrawing into his initiation
group to hide from that future.”
Students are vaguely conscious of why
universities exist and what is expected of
them–most simply don’t care. To be (a)
pathetic is to be fashionable. When Nietzsche said that the idealism of humanity was on the verge of deteriorating into


nihilism and meaninglessness, he couldn’t
have been more prophetic. Instead of the
transvaluation of all values that Nietzsche
called for, however, we have experienced
a further devaluation (Nietzsche saw nihilism as the devaluation of the highest
values—a condition at once regrettable
and full of possibility). Money, too, is
fashionable–how could it not be? Wilhelm
Reich’s middle-class reactionary dominates the radio, the television, and popular culture in general. He is a person who
gives the appearance of independence, of
rebelliousness, while being Capital’s most
faithful servant. He is a person who has
been yelled at, disciplined, and brutalized
during the socialization process only to
grow up with no greater desire than to do
the same to others. Often he is the hero of
high school, the well-trained athlete, the
well-trained imbecile. What Max Stirner
said of college students in general clearly
applies: “Trained in the most excellent
manner, they go on training; drilled, they
continue drilling.”
The modern student thrives in a milieu of privileged consumption. All social

from expressing ourselves freely.
“Politics, morality, and culture are all
in ruins–and have now reached the point
of being marketed as such, as their own
parody, the spectacle of decadence being
the last [hopefully] desperate attempt to
stabilize the decadence of the spectacle.”
Religion is a perfect example of this. It
is now often marketed as spirituality, an
admission of some vague need to retreat
from reality and be enriched by assorted
mystical beliefs. Any justification for the
present madness will do. Depression is
endemic. Drugs and alcohol help out as
much as possible, setting the stage for all
social interaction. But is it enough? Consumer goods help fill the void, but are they
sufficient? So far, it seems to be. The life
that gets away from us can always be sold
back to us by the mass media in the form
of images. All that once was directly lived
has become mere representation. “For in
the mass society, individuals have a tendency to withdraw from each other more
and more. Their relationship is only artificial; it is only the product of the mass
media,” wrote Jacques Ellul.
The student often finds more meaningful forms of escapism–ideological escapism. Students are for justice, Che Guevara
t-shirts, and affirmative action. And the
socialist organizations are waiting to recruit. The student’s “rent-a-crowd militance for the latest good cause is an aspect
of his real impotence.” The student serves
the cause and the cause serves to justify
the student’s subservience. The student
activist consciously aligns their thinking
with what they perceive to be that of an
oppressed group (which they may or may
not be a member of). Now they can speak
for that group and articulate the desires of
that group, usually phrased as demands
made of the authorities. Every person,
every group, must be represented. Representation is at the heart of the logic of
modern politics, and its so-called enemies
uphold this logic better than anyone. Such
thinking is institutionalized among the academic Left, who are proud of their broad
curriculum which includes all sorts of
women’s studies, queer studies, African-

American studies, etc. As long as students
learn to demand “justice” for everyone,
the possibility of revolutionary change
can be ignored. Through appeals for justice or equal rights within the system, the
academic Left perpetuates the system and
its moralistic logic. And since academia
is virtually defined by the dissociation of
thought and action, no revolutionary theory could possibly thrive in this context;
conversely, it is here that revolutionary
ideology is at home, an object of passive
The university gives the appearance
of fostering learning on one’s own initiative. Indeed, many of the controlling aspects of high school are absent–but only
because they are no longer necessary. The
university student is self-oppressed, a
beautiful example of modern schooling’s
hegemony. Her only hope is to stop identifying with the university and its myths.
The student must commit the sin of pride
(non serviam–I will not serve) just as Stephen Dedalus did: “I will not serve that
in which I no longer believe whether it
call itself my home, my fatherland, or my
church. . . .” Perhaps the student read this
in high school but thought nothing of it.
Perhaps, too, they read of the Combine
in Kesey’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s
Nest but did not recognize the similarity
to their teachers. As long as knowledge is
looked at from afar as one views the world
of commodities, whatever truths it may reveal remain concealed.
The fact that universities serve the interests of power is all too obvious. As Fredy
Perlman observed, students are taught to
be innovative when it comes to the sciences and the physical universe, but their
approach must be adaptationist in regard
to the social world. Every academic field
must be focused toward progress where it
is needed and apologetics when it comes
to the effects of such progress. Every individual must fit themselves into institutions, jobs, and the whole social network
without ever thinking twice about what is
lost. As Michael B. Katz put it, “We live
in an institutional state. Our lives spin outward from the hospitals where we are born

to the school systems that dominate our
youth through the bureaucracies for which
we work and back again to the hospitals in
which we die.”
The university is a perfect representation of our institutional reality. The university is an impersonal bureaucracy even
when it tries to be something else. Alexis
de Tocqueville clearly described the techniques through which such institutions
function: “[Administration] covers the
surface of society with a network of small
complicated rules, minute and uniform,
through which the most original minds
and the most energetic characters cannot
penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The
will of man is not shattered, but softened,
bent, guided; men are seldom forced by it
to act, but they are constantly restrained
from acting; such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not
tyrannize, but it compresses, extinguishes,
and stupefies a people, till each nation is
reduced to be nothing better than a flock
of timid and industrious animals, of which
government is the shepherd.”
The university purveys an advanced
form of schooling. It is advanced mainly
because the university is the schooling
institution most directly in the service
of Capital. But haven’t the students had
enough of schooling by the time they get
to the university? They are most likely
tired of it. It is not easy to have your will
systematically softened, bent, and guided
by authoritarian social structures. Opposition to work itself must now be the basis
of any radical opposition to Capital (which
recuperates all forms of partial resistance).
Opposition to schooling is now a necessity
for those who resist the domestication of
capitalist society. “Schools function as the
organization of the passivity of the soul,
and this is true even when active and libertarian methods are used; the liberation
of the school would be the liberation of
oppression,” wrote Camatte. It is all too
apparent that schooling breaks your spirit.
And while it is not easy to resist, it is well
worth it. Only through resistance to this
society can life become worth living.

“I suspect God of being a Leftist intellectual”

–Graffiti Paris, 1968





“Founded in 1965, the University of California, Irvine combines the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern
California location. With a commitment to cuttingedge research, teaching, learning and creativity, UCI
is a driving force for innovation and discovery that
benefits our local, national and global communities
in many ways.

Campus Issues:


Faculty walkouts? Furloughs? Tuition Hikes?! All of the above? Confused about what the hell is going on? We are here to help! Here
are a few ‘borrowed’ articles to try and help explain the issues and what is being done of them. To put this section in context, the average income in the city of Irvine (as of 2005) is $111, 455 while income in Santa Ana averages at $44,505. An excellent resource to find
out more information is to read all of the posts and articles on http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/

With more than 27,000 students, 1,100 faculty members and 9,200 staff, UCI is among the fastest-growing campuses in the University of California system. Increasingly a first-choice campus for students, UCI ranks among
the top U.S. universities in the number of undergraduate applications and continues to admit freshmen with
highly competitive academic profiles. Orange County’s largest employer, UCI generates an annual economic
impact on the county of $4.2 billion.”
- uci.edu

Campus Issues

While much of this Disorientation Guide is
meant to provide you with a critical framework with
which to examine your education and the world
you’re about to graduate into, it is also important to
know what is happening on campus. We are providing the following information so that you will
be knowledgable about the various issues affecting your classmates. If you are concerned enough
about any given action that you want to take action (and we hope you are!) there is information in
this section, and in the Campus Orgs & Resources
section on page 62, so that you can get in touch
with like-minded students and make a difference on

“The state of California has no business
subsidizing intellectual curiosity.”

-- Ronald Reagan


UC Proposing 32 Percent Fee Hike
By Matt Krupnick
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 09/10/2009 03:17:34 PM PDT

The University of California may raise
student fees 32 percent by next fall, boosting annual undergraduate tuition over the
$10,000 level for the first time ever.
UC regents next week will discuss the
phased increases, which for most students
would include a 7.5 percent hike for the
upcoming spring term and then a sharper
increase for the fall 2010 term. The decision, which would bring UC tuition to
$10,302, would cost undergraduates an
additional $2,500 per year.
Most graduate students also would pay
about 32 percent more in fall 2010.
The board also will consider for the first

time the possibility of charging more for
undergraduate business and engineering
students, much as it does for graduate students in those fields. Undergraduates in
those departments would pay up to $1,000
more than other students.
A student leader called the fee increases “staggering.
“It’s really coming out of left field,”
said Victor Sanchez, president of the UC
Students Association and a UC Santa Cruz
undergraduate. “What you’re going to see
is an astronomical drop in the number of
students able to attend.”
Regents also will consider reducing
enrollment by 2,300 for a second straight
year, and possibly for several years thereafter. And the university warned that the
state may not be able to raise the maxi-

mum Cal Grant to cover the midyear fee
UC leaders have long predicted a midyear fee hike this year and an additional
increase fornext fall. With hundreds of
millions of dollars cut from state funding,
raising fees is the university’s only choice,
leaders said.
The 10-campus university is laying off
nearly 1,900 employees.
“Obviously a fee increase would be
painful for students, we understand that,”
UC spokesman Ricardo Vazquez said.
“But the kind of quality that students expect is being threatened.”
California State University trustees,
also facing severe cuts, raised fees 32 percent this year. The UC board is scheduled
to vote on its proposal in November.


To bring you up to date,

below is an adaptation of an electronic letter sent from Judith Stepan-Norris, current UCI
Academic Senate Chair to the Members of the UCI Academic senate.
jeopardizes the livelihoods of the most vulnerable university employees,” but it is yet to articulate an alternative
vision of how to balance the budget.

September 11, 2009
Dear Members of the UCI Academic Senate,
By now you are aware that the summer months have been a time of rapid decision-making and reaction in
the UC system. This e-mail provides background information and updates on the issues involved. You have
been called upon by various groups to make decisions regarding your views on these issues. The UCI Academic
Senate is designed to represent its members and has formal responsibilities and input in running UCI and the UC
system. I want to make sure that all of your voices are considered when the senate arrives at a position on these
Below I provide a brief summary of the issues as I see them. In addition, I have provided links to the organizational charts of the UC1 and UCI2, a summary of shared governance at UC and UCI, and links to various
advocacy positions on the issues at hand.
Brief Summary of the Issues
In early summer, the Academic Senate at UCI voted to endorse the inclusion of instructional days in furlough days3, as did the system-wide Academic Council4. Subsequently, President Yudof, after consulting with
the Chancellors and EVC/Ps from the ten campuses, members of The Regents, and members of the legislature,
decided and announced through Interim Provost Pitts that instructional days may not be taken on furlough
days5. Interim Provost Pitts followed this with an open letter to the faculty which describes his reasoning for his
decision6. UC Berkeley has proposed an alternative plan*, which changes the last few instructional days of the
semester into “non-podium” days of review and reading (with the maintenance of faculty-student contact)7, and
this proposal has been ruled to be within compliance of President Yudof’s and Interim Provost Pitts’ decision8.

The other position, fostered by the administration and the leadership of the Academic Council views the crisis
as a dilemma that the senate and the administration must work together to solve. Both are partners in running the
system, and must devise solutions that protect the interests of the UC system as a whole while doing its best to
protect the individual interests of its constituents. In fact, the UCI Budget Work Group and the Academic Planning Group (both of which have substantial senate representation) have been working on these issues all of last
academic year and throughout the summer.
Something all of us can do to fight the larger threats to the future and quality of the UC system, is contact our
state representatives as citizens to encourage them to restore UC funding. A useful website to help with this is
With regard to whether or not the administration’s decision to exclude instructional days from furlough days
violates the spirit of shared governance, the first set of voices has argued that it does. These include the open
letter by the group of 16 system-wide faculty members which is supported by several campus-based unions10,
and one by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP)11. The letter by 16 faculty members
is a petition that calls for a strike on the first day of classes (September 24th). As of this morning, 588 faculty
system-wide and 72 from UCI (approximately 4 to 5% of full-time UCI instructional faculty)** have signed in
support. Voices representing the other position argue that while disappointing, it is the President’s prerogative
to decide this issue and given the views of other constituents, along with the considerable Senate input on many
other issues, it doesn’t violate the spirit of shared governance. Prominent among these is the letter of support for
the administration by former Academic Council Chair Croughan and others12 , and the Academic Council Chair
Powell and Assistant Chair Simmons’ letter in response to the AAUP letter13.
Judith Stepan-Norris
Academic Senate Chair

It is clear that the President has the authority to make the decision to exclude instructional days from furlough
days. To understand the distribution of powers between the UC Regents, the administration and the Senate, past
UCI Senate Chair, Arnold Binder’s summary statement “The Question of Shared Governance”9 is useful. In
particular, Standing Order of the Regents 100.4 (h) states “The President shall fix the calendar of the University,
provided that no session of instruction shall be established or abolished except with the advice of the Academic
Senate and the approval of the Board.”
As we all know, the UC budget crisis is rooted in the current California state crisis, and more generally in the
context of declining state support for the UC over the last decade. This is a pattern that has already manifested
itself in other state university systems, and one that the UC clearly must address. There are two contrasting views
on how to proceed.
Several groups on UC campuses and a system-wide faculty initiative have called for a response to the UC
administration’s decision on furloughs because it is directly at odds with the expressed will of the Academic
Council. It argues that decisions have been made “in a manner that flouts the principle of shared governance.”
This view focuses on the UC response to the state’s budget cut, and identifies the UC administration as making
unfortunate and unnecessary cuts over the summer. For example, the system-wide faculty initiative laments the
“program of tuition hikes, enrollment cuts, layoffs, furloughs, and increased class sizes that harms students and


* UCB planned this change before the announcement of the furlough as a permanant pedagogical decision. It was not devised as an
alternative to instructional days on furlough days.
** A handful of UCI signers are non-senate UCI faculty.

LIST OF DOCUMENTS (these can be found at http://www.senate.uci.edu/SenateChair/index.asp as of 9/15/09)
1. The University of California Academic Senate Organizational Chart
2. The Irvine Division Academic Senate Organizational Chart
3. Letter from Irvine Division Senate to Academic Council Chair: Furlough Plan Implementation (7/28/09)
4. Letter from Academic Council to Provost Pitts: Implementation of Furlough Days on Instructional Days (8/5/09)
5. Letter from Provost Pitts to Chancellors and Academic Council Chair Croughan: instructional days may not be taken on furlough days (8/21/09)
6. Follow-up Letter from Provost Pitts: Open Letter to Faculty (9/10/09)
7. UC Berkeley’s Announcement re Changes to the Fall 2009 Academic Calendar (8/20/09)
8. Letter from Provost Pitts to Divisional Chairs: Non-Podium Instructional Days (9/8/09)
9. The Question of Shared Governance, Arnold Binder, Chair, Academic Senate, 1995-1998
10. Open Letter to UC Faculty: A Correction: From Shared Governance to Collective Action (8/31/09)
11. An Open Letter to UC Faculty from American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
12. Letter from Academic Council Chair Croughan and others to UC Colleagues in support of the Administration (8/31/09)
13. Letter to AAUP from Academic Council Chair Powell and Council Vice Chair Simmons regarding An Open Letter to UC Faculty from the AAUP (9/9/09)


Execs still get
raises as UC cuts
staffing, pay

Average Salary

-Stolen from SFChronicle.com

Nanette Asimov, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, August 7, 2009
On the same July day that the UC
Board of Regents cut $813 million from
UC budgets - setting in motion pay cuts,
layoffs and campus cutbacks - the board
quietly approved pay raises, stipends and
other benefits for more than two dozen executives.
University officials were quick to characterize the increased pay in a positive
“It’s really a story about cost savings,”
said Barbara French, a UCSF spokeswoman, adding that three people on her campus
who won hefty pay increases took on new
duties and deserved to be compensated.
French said they are all filling in for
Chief Operating Officer Tomi Ryba, who
left in January and was not replaced, hence
the savings. She earned $547,600.
But critics - from janitors to physicians,
whose salaries have all been slashed - said
that people earning between a quarter million and half a million dollars can afford to
take on new duties without extra pay. After all, they said, they themselves are now
paid less money for more work.
“These are outrageous actions, taken
at the same time as UC has been pleading
poverty, giving layoff notices, forcing staff
and faculty to take furloughs and hinting
at more student fee increases,” said library
assistant Kathy Renfro, chairwoman of
the UC Berkeley Labor Coalition.
At UCSF, the three employees in question are getting yearly stipends - periodic
payments above their salaries that are
meant to compensate them for additional
UCSF’s chief financial officer, now the
interim chief operating officer, is getting
a yearly 6.5 percent stipend, boosting his
salary this year to $500,763.


An idea for fixing UC & CC education
There are a number of issues facing the UCs, CSUs, and Community Colleges:
- No money for lecturers
- No money for teaching assistantships and graduate funding
- Large class sizes
- Class cuts
- Top-notch faculty teaching intro classes
and doing it halfassed
- Crappy lecturers gaming the system while half-assedly teaching
multiple classes
- Undergraduates not receiving a critical or meaningful education

Doing this would provide funding for graduate students at a
critical point in their education, right before they dissertate. It
would also give them teaching experience above discussion sections, meaning that their future students will be better instructed.
It would mean that both schools could save money on lecturers,
while being able to open more and smaller classes. And because
most graduate lecturers could only teach one class, they could put
more attention into that one. Finally, because graduate students are
less interested in career preservation and tenure, they can introduce more radical and diverse ideas into the classroom rather than
maintaining a sterile, valueless, dehumanized presentation.

What’s a solution for all of these problems?

So why hasn’t this been done already? Because of the last part,
and administrators’ fear that students will receive any education
other than mere job training and that students will begin to question and criticize their leadership.

Hiring ABD or advanced graduate students as lecturers at these

Top 10 Salaries of 2008

*It is essential to note that ABM Custodians are not hired directly by UCI, but subcontracted through an outside company
(ABM Industries). Consequently, the University can avoid giving these workers higher wages, vision and dental insurance,
retirement benefits, and vacation time. Currently ABM workers receive $8.25 an hour while Fat Fuck Yudof STEALS $828,000
a year from students and workers.

UCSF stipends

The new interim chief financial officer
will get a 25 percent yearly stipend, bringing her salary to $293,125 this year. And
a nursing chief with new duties will get
a 15 percent yearly stipend, for a total of
$287,500 this year.
New positions have also been created
at UCSF - “chief quality officer” and “vice
chancellor of research” - with potential
salaries between $239,700 and $420,100,
plus benefits.
On July 16, the regents also approved
requests from other campuses to pay new
deans and vice chancellors higher salaries
than their predecessors had earned, on
grounds that this was needed to attract the
brightest leaders. The regents referred to
the changes as “re-slotting,” rather than as
“The timing of this is atrocious,” said
Dr. Warren Gold, chairman of the UCSF
Faculty Association. “The day before,
(UC President Mark) Yudof requested the
entire university community to take a pay
Salaries above $240,000 were cut by 10
percent. Yudof had rejected a recommendation by Gold’s group to cut those salaries by 15 percent to ease the burden on
lower-paid employees. “That’s why we’re
so upset,” he said.
“If there really is a financial crisis at
UC, why do they have all this money for
top administrators?” asked Tanya Smith,
president of the University Professional

and Technical Employees at UC Berkeley.

Limits on using funds

UC typically gets $3 billion of its $19
billion budget from the state. The state is
cutting $813 million, and critics say UC
should use more of its substantial remaining budget to find ways to avoid cutting
salaries and jobs. Yudof has declined,
saying that UC could find itself in legal
trouble if it used funds for purposes they
weren’t intended for.
Meanwhile, campus officials defended
the pay increases, saying they were in line
with what other universities, including top
private schools, pay for such work.
At UC Davis, social sciences dean
George Mangun will earn $278,500. As
acting dean, he earned $275,000 - his salary plus a $28,401 stipend.
“His salary reflects the remarkable
academic breadth over which Mangun
presides as dean of the Division of Social
Sciences at UC Davis,” said spokesman
Mitchel Benson, noting that the increase is
a modest one after including the stipend.
At UC Riverside, the vice chancellor
for university advancement will earn 6
percent more than his part-time predecessor would have earned full time.
“Setting Peter Hayashida’s salary at
$265,000 was in keeping with an external
market survey that showed a salary midpoint of $300,000 for comparable positions,” spokeswoman Kris Lovekin said.

1. Nittin Bhatia - $664,253.24
Asst. Professor, Medical School

6. Mark E. Linskey - $566,419.58
Assoc. Professor, Medical School

2. Ranjan Gupta - $652,276.04
Professor, Medical School,

7. Gregory Evans - $564,325.06
Professor, Medical School

3. Philip J. Disaia - $609,070.43
Professor, Medical School

8. Maureen Zehntner -$553,813.34
CEO of the UCI Medical Center

4. Neil Jones - $599,596.75
Professor, Medical School

9. Baruch Kuppermann $529,413.29
Professor, Medical School

5. David N. Bailey - $532,500.12
Vice Chancellor

10. Alpesh N. Amin - $510,896.15
Professor, Medical School

Your Deans, and what they earn.

Alan Terricciano - $147,007.84

Biological Sciences

Health Sciences


Dr. Frank Meyskens - $481,575.68

Erwin Chemerinsky - $263,334.46

Albert F. Bennett - $249,999.96

Vicki L. Ruiz - $221,300.04



Business | M.B.A.

Information & Computer Sciences

Physical Sciences

Andrew J. Policano - $300,900.00


Rafael L. Bras - $193,410.00

Debra J.Richardson - $195,200.04

Dr. Ralph V. Clayman - $439,507.73
John Hemminger - $248,092.34

Social Sciences
Barbara Dosher - $195,900.00



The UCI Administration

Disorganization Chart

Campus Issues:

Flora & Fauna

The Green Initiative Fund

In Spring of 2009, students voted to create the Think Green Initiative Fund (TGIF). TGIF
is an exciting grant that will raise over $300,000 annually for sustainable projects through a
$5 quarterly tuition fee. Any student, faculty, or affiliate of UCI with an environmental project
will be able to apply for this funding -- that means YOU! Where it has been established at
many other UC’s, TGIF has provided waterless urinals, reduced greenhouse gas emissions,
and educational workshops to name a few.
Students For Sustainability and the UCI Student Sustainability Coalition worked to pass the
fund and are involved in many other environmental and sustainability campaigns on campus.

The Situation

The UCI Food System

Our food system is broken. From food riots abroad, to rising rates of diabetes and obesity at
home; from the carbon emitted by agriculture to the human rights abuses in the fields; it’s clear our
food system is in need of major change. Government and big business have failed to step up to the
challenge, with business-as-usual prevailing over the health of our bodies, our communities, and
the Earth.
What We Can Do
Colleges and universities spend over $4 billion each year on food. This figure represents a significant portion of the national food system - one that young people can directly influence. Students
are making a difference! There is a growing movement of college students working to address food
issues on campus. At least 300 institutions already have college farms, fair trade initiatives, or farmto-cafeteria programs, and the number is growing every day. If we act together we can amplify our
voice and our power. Real change will come from the grassroots and students can lead the way.

We are all animals. However, we have made the social decision to call ourselves humans and use the word “animal”
to indicate non-humans, thereby setting ourselves (as well as our preferences, tastes and desires) apart from other
animals. This semantic twist provides us with peace-of-mind when we make decisions to objectify, control, slaughter, ingest and torture other animals. The idea that we, as a species, deserve more rights than other animals is called
speciesism. Those who reject speciesism as a violation of the rights of other animals understand that the mistreatment
of non-human animals is akin to racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism and classism—it is just another way for those in
power to justify the abuse they exert on those they claim are inferior.
Those who believe in animal rights, or animal liberation, reject the use of non-human animals for the benefit of
human animals. An animal rights agenda maintains that non-human animals have a right to life that includes freedom
from pain, torture and fear. As such, those with an animal rights orientation refuse to kill animals, eat animals, wear
animals, experiment on animals or treat animals as property. They also avoid purchasing products or participating in
systems that involve such treatment. The ultimate goal is to create a shift in society such that all animals are liberated
from oppression—meaning no animal is treated as property under the law, confined and tortured in laboratories or
slaughterhouses or defiled and objectified as an aesthetic accoutrement to be worn by humans and labeled as fashion.
Animal welfare is an agenda sometimes confused with animal rights and animal liberation. Animal welfarists are
those who accept the use of non-human animals to fulfill human desires but seek to minimize the pain and discomfort
they experience.
For those who believe in either animal liberation or animal welfare, whether they are simply ideologically committed or also oriented to activism, college campuses can be very hostile places. Many venues on campus sell meat or
leather. Food establishments on most campuses buy the cheapest food possible, which leads to buying from companies
that have bad labor and animal practices. As such, the decision to consume food on a college campus can mean supporting a food system that relies on the exploitation of the poor, the politically disenfranchised, non-human animals
and the environment. There are vivariams hidden in various buildings throughout campus. Vivariums are rooms that
house non-human animals that are being used in experiments and classroom exercises while still alive. (Experimenting
on live animals is called vivisection). The campus has policies that ban certain species of animals from sharing our
space, limiting the campus to live animals only if they have a very explicit use for humans (i.e. service dogs, animals
being experimented upon).
To add to the insult perpetrated against the lives of animals, college campuses (UCI in particular) have a number of
policies in place that restrict those students and community members who want to speak up in defense of animals from
doing so. See page Free Speech on page 26 for more information.


The Real Food Challenge at UCI has worked to change how and where campus food is fed to us.
To get involved, email ucirealfoodchallenge@gmail.com


Irvine Queers (IQ) is an undergraduate club at UCI for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and
Ally students. We aim to provide a safe space for queer and ally students, education about queer issues from oppression to
safer sex, and opportunities for political participation. We hold weekly meetings on Tuesdays at 7PM which are usually a
mixture of social, educational, and political activities. Meetings may also be used as a planning space for our major events.
In previous years we have sponsored a quarterly on-campus dance called Club Q, an annual Kiss-in held to protest heterosexual privilege, an annual Queer Culture Festival celebrating all forms of queer art, an open mic event entitled “Say It
Out Loud”, and casual bonfires at Corona del Mar. We also march in the Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Pride parade every
year in May, and attend the annual LGBT Western Regional Conference. Many Irvine Queers members also participated
in the protests surrounding Proposition 8.


In 2009-10 we look forward to repeating many of these events as well as adding some new ones. We are always looking
for new ideas to make the the queer community more visible and more welcome on campus. Please join us for meetings
Tuesdays 7-9PM. During Fall Qtr 2009 we will be meeting in Crescent Bay C-D in the Student Center. Find Irvine Queers
on Facebook or email us at irvine.queers@gmail.com for weekly meeting reminders and event updates.

Quick Fact:
In 1972, UCI’s Gay Students Union arranged to for a showing of a gay porn film called “Seven in a Barn” as part of an educational panel. Orange County police seized the film from a GSU meeting, preventing the screening. With support from the Southern California ACLU, the GSU then filed a suit against the Orange
County District Attorney and Sheriff in the US District Court. And won.


Campus Issues

Campus Issues:

American Indian Student Association
Founded in 1974 and making up one of the Umbrella organizations at UCI, The American Indian Student Association was founded with the initial purpose of promoting the academic/social education of American Indian Students at UCI and supporting native
issues; providing a comfortable environment for Native students
and faculty while promoting awareness to the campus community. A.I.S.A continually looks to strengthen the Native voice and
presence on UCI’s campus through events such as the month-long
celebration of American Indian Heritage Month in November, the
annual powwow held in the spring, the Dreamcather Workshop

during winter quarter, and at least two fry bread sales throughout
the year. We also work with the American Indian Resource Program at UCI with their outreach program to native youth as well
as helping tutor and outreach to native youth across the Southern
California area.
You can find AISA located in the Cross-Cultural Center on Ring
Road. Our website is clubs.uci.edu/aisa and our office number is
(949)824-2223. Our meetings are on Wednesday evenings at 4

Campus Workers


UCI workers need your support!

UCI currently subcontracts (through ABM Industries/OneSource) 150 custodians that work
to keep the campus looking beautiful and clean. They work very late and early shifts, do the
difficult job of removing trash and recycling from campus, and clean almost all UCI buildings,
classrooms, labs, libraries, and offices. Yet the custodians are not hired directly by UCI, but
subcontracted through an outside company. This means they do not receive the job benefits
of UCI employees: higher wages, vision, and dental insurance, retirement benefits, and vacation time. Even though they do the same work as other UC custodians and workers, UCI’s
subcontracted custodians are not treated equally. Custodial workers need the support of UCI
students in this struggle to end subcontracted poverty wages, exploitation, and inequality at
our campus.

The Worker-Student Alliance has been on the forefront of the fight to insource ABM workers. For more information and to get involved, contact WSA at workerstudentalliance@yahoo.

Do you know where and how your UCI apparel is made? Student activists in the late ‘90s pressured their
universities and brands like adidas and Nike to publicly disclose where university apparel is produced, and
under what conditions. Students around the country have done a lot to fight the horrors of sweatshop conditions, but companies still abuse workers all too often in their quest for ever-greater profits. But we can stop
it! Schools like UCI have control over the lucrative university-logo apparel market because we own the
logos--Peter the Anteater on your t-shirt, for example--and students demand that companies respect human
rights in their factories. After all, we want to be proud of all the values that the UCI logo represents, and we
don’t want that image tarnished by unspeakable labor practices committed on its behalf.


Last year, the Radical Student Union began a campaign in coordination with activists at other UC schools
and United Students Against Sweatshops to pressure the UC Regents to cut our contracts with Russell Athletic. Russell was involved in numerous labor violations at a factory in Honduras, where workers were
fired and denied legally-required severance pay after forming a union in the factory. This factory, Jerzees
de Honduras, produced clothing for a number of universities. In April, due to student pressure at each of
the campuses, the Regents decided to sever business ties with Russell, and the UCI Bookstore concurrently
decided to stop carrying Russell-produced apparel! As of September 1, 2009, 98 universities have cut their
Russell contracts, including Duke, Georgetown, Michigan, North Carolina, and Stanford.

To get involved in the fight against sweatshops, contact RSU at irvineradicalstudents@riseup.net



Campus Issues:


1 0 T h i n g s M e n C a n D o To E n d M e n ’s Vi o l e n c e A g a i n s t Wo m e n
(taken from www.acalltomen.com)

“UCI doesn’t give a shit about sexual assault or feminist issues.”
However, that doesn’t mean that we don’t!

1. Acknowledge and understand how sexism, male dominance and male privilege lay the foundation for all forms of violence
against women.

2. Examine and challenge our individual sexism and the role that we play in supporting men who are abusive.

3. Recognize and stop colluding with other men by getting out of our socially defined roles, and take a stance to end violence against

4. Remember that our silence is affirming. When we choose not to speak out against men’s violence, we are supporting it.

5. Educate and re-educate our sons and other young men about our responsibility in ending men’s violence against women.

6. “Break out of the man box”- Challenge traditional images of manhood that stop us from actively taking a stand to end violence
against women.

7. Accept and own our responsibility that violence against women will not end until men become part of the solution to end it. We
must take an active role in creating a cultural and social shift that no longer tolerates violence against women.

8. Stop supporting the notion that men’s violence against women is due to mental illness, lack of anger management skills, chemical
dependency, stress, etc… Violence against women is rooted in the historic oppression of women and the outgrowth of the socialization of men.

9. Take responsibility for creating appropriate and effective ways to develop systems to educate and hold men accountable.

We live in a rape culture -- 1 in 4 women are sexually assaulted in their lifetimes, and sexual assault is also
frequently committed against queer and trans people. Almost all rapes and sexual assaults are committed by an
acquaintance. During your college experience, it is likely that you or someone you care about will survive a sexual
assault or rape. Therefore, it is important to learn about consent and make every effort to apply it to our everyday
lives. Consent is about more than “NO” and it’s about more than just sex; it’s about creating a society in which we
are all held accountable to each other. It is about paying attention to and supporting one another, while understanding and challenging our location in the systems of oppression that dominate our present society.


10. Create systems of accountability to women in your community. Violence against women will end only when we take direction
from those who understand it most, women.


W h o i s Te a c h i n g Yo u r C l a s s e s ?

reminds us that collectively, together, workers have the power to
make decisions themselves about at least some of the conditions
of their labor. This is to say further that power is not a bad thing,
By Andrew Tonkovich
despite the anxiety some people feel about it, or claim to feel, and
Lecturer, Department of English
the frequent message that it is something to be feared. Read comPresident, UC-AFT Local 2226
munity activist Saul Alinsky’s classic Rules for Radicals, a kind of
how-to book about politics, activism and intellectual self-defense
When undergraduates enter a UCI classroom, they might not which helpfully redefines common words and phrases often misknow who, exactly, is teaching them. To be fair, nobody has told understood, in part because these words and phrases are misreprethem, and they might assume that their instructor is a “professor.” sented, frequently by bosses and those opposed to workplace jusThat’s why I always proudly introduce myself as a Lecturer, a non- tice for workers. (By the way, Alinsky was an advisor to Chavez
Senate adjunct faculty member, a professional, but not that variety and King.)
of university worker that students might expect. That’s right, I said
Let’s consider UCI, then, as not only a school, but as some“worker.”
body’s work- place,
I am indeed a worker. Sure,
namely the workplace of
I have an advanced degree and
Librarians and LecturI work in a classroom on the
ers, as well as classified
campus of a prestigious restaff, Academic Student
American Federation of State, County and
search university, but I am still
Employees (“Teaching
a worker. I am not a manager
Assistants”), facilities
Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
or an owner or a chancellor or
support, lab technicians,
a CEO.
police officers and many
California Nurses Association (CNA)
more. Full-time tenured
And, as other Lecturers, I
and tenure-track inCoalition of University Employees (CUE)
am a union worker.
structors (“professors”)
are actually a minority
The labor union to which
F e d e r a t e d U n i v e r s i t y P o l i c e O f f i c e r s A s s o - of workers on our camI belong, and which I reprepus. In fact, Lecturers as
ciation (FUPOA)
sent at UC Irvine, is hardly a
myself, and ASEs, teach
“radical” organization, except
most of the undergraduInternational Association of Firefighters
that it is, sort of, at least in the
ate courses offered at
context of both recent history
the University of Cali(IAF)
and a workplace environment
built on a model of decisionMy own union is the
State Employees Trade Council (SETC)
making dominated by nonUniversity
unionized Senate or “ladder”
American Federation
U n i v e r s i t y P r o f e s s i o n a l a n d Te c h n i c a l E m faculty, administrators, the
of Teachers (UC-AFT),
Regents and the California
exclusive representative
ployees (UPTE)
Legislature. That is a medieval
of 3,000 non-Senate
system which predates modern
faculty and professional
U n i t e d A u t o Wo r k e r s ( U AW )
struggles for labor justice you
librarians employed at
might know about (or should)
all ten UCs. We work
University Council – American Federation
from reading about Mother
together to advocate
Jones, Cesar Chavez, Joe Hill,
better salaries and worko f Te a c h e r s ( U C - A F T )
Eugene Debs, Martin Luther
ing conditions, benefits,
King and other labor heroes.
security of employment,
And, no, although you will
not see obvious reminders of that struggle (certainly no monu- workplace rights, academic freedom, legislative solutions to eduments, statues or commemorative plaques) at the pristine, lovely, cational policy issues, and full access to quality public higher educorporate-style campus of UC Irvine, the struggle for the right to cation for students. Our union has been helping its members to
control one’s own working conditions here has --- as across the fight for fair treatment by UC for almost a quarter of a century.
United States --- indeed been a radical struggle. It’s been a hard UC-AFT was founded following the passage in 1978 of the Higher
fight, with opposition almost always from bosses, including in Education Employer-Employee Relations Act, which for the first
the UC system by some administrators and anti-union elected of- time allowed formation of unions in the UC system. We won elecficials.
tions to represent non-Senate faculty, or Lecturers (Unit 17), in
Today most teachers, at least at public elementary, middle school 1982, and Librarians (Unit 18) the next year. The union went on
and high schools, at community and trade technical colleges and at to negotiate collective bargaining contracts for both “units.” The
public universities have unions looking out for them, to negotiate original 1986 contract, called a Memorandum of Understanding
on their behalf for what is called collective bargaining.
(MOU), made major improvements for non-Senate faculty by reThere’s an old song, “There is Power in a Union.” This song placing the former “8-years-and-out rule” of temporary “adjunct”

UC Irvine Campus Unions:


employment with a system of renewable 3-year appointments (after a review process) that has allowed hundreds of excellent Lecturers and other non-Senate faculty to have actual UC teaching
careers, all to the great benefit of students.
The adoption of this contract was a very big deal, as it prevented the university from letting go of Lecturers who’d gotten
raises and then replacing them with new ones at lower salaries.
It provided for a grievance process and layoff and termination
protections, as well as stronger benefits and rights. The librarians’
contract provided for recognition and support of professional activities. Librarians are current negotiating with UC to renew and
improve their MOU.
University Council is made up of nine locals, one from each
campus, with San Francisco members belonging to the Berkeley
local. Our newest local was chartered at UC Merced in 2006. As
the name suggests, my local “council” is part of a network, one of
two large teachers’ unions, the California Federation of Teachers,
which is part of the larger AFT, and affiliated with the AFL-CIO.
All of this to say that when you walk into your UC classroom,
especially if you are an undergraduate, you are quite likely to be
taught by a university worker represented by a labor union.
Remember, there is power in a union, in working together, so
that when our brother and sister workers --- whether campus law

enforcement, ASEs or janitorial staff --- struggle with the UC,
you’ll find members of a big union family marching with them,
in solidarity.
What’s solidarity? It’s exercising the right and responsibility
to empathize with fellow workers, and to support them in their
struggle for labor justice, a struggle which trade unionists argue is,
ultimately, everyone’s struggle.
That’s really important now, as the California budget crisis is
used as an excuse to further reduce the emphasis on teaching undergraduates, to privatize and corporatize the once-great California
state university system, to obscure a history of funding priorities
which subordinate instruction and pay out millions to chancellors
and presidents. And, as in another famous labor anthem, it’s important to ask which side you are on.
You might begin by asking your instructor who she or he is,
exactly. Chances are they are union workers. No? Ask them why
And for an analysis of and response to budget decisions made
by the UC, see the blog maintained by my own union president.

Since we figure that if you are reading this student guide you are a most likely a student,
we have included some basic information about the union that would represent you.

UAW 2865 Irvine Office

UAW Local 2865 – Irvine
4500 Campus Drive #516
UAW Local 2865
Newport Beach, CA 92660
UAW Local 2865 is the union that represents Academic Student Employees (ASE’s) at Phone: (949) 476-0100
the UC who are TA’s, Readers, or Tutors on campus. The UAW represents both graduate Fax: (949) 476-2489
students and undergraduates who hold one of these positions. UAW 2865 currently repre- irvine@UAW2865.org
sents over 12,000 Academic Student Employees at the 9 UC campuses. The union works to
protect the wages, benefits, hiring procedures and workload of all TA’s, Readers and Tutors
on campus. Through collective bargaining we have a strong voice at the UC, which allows
us to have a real say about our lives and working conditions as employees of the UC.
Currently, we are represented by our 5th contract with the UC, which was negotiated
over the summer of 2009 and managed to preserve all of our current wages, protections
and benefits, at a time when many UC employees are facing pay cuts and furloughs. UAW
2865 is a democratic, grassroots organization, run by elected student workers and dedicated
volunteer activists at the UC. We work hard to protect the rights of ASE’s at the UC and
consistently have won groundbreaking contracts, which have been models for other student employee unions around the country, including the recently recognized postdoctoral
employee union at the UC, PRO/UAW and UAW Local 4123, which represents over 6,000
ASE’s at the 23 campuses of the California State University system.
To find out more about our union, visit http://www.uaw2865.org/home/home.php, where
you can get information about our current contract, read about the history of UAW 2865,
find out who your elected union officials are, and get involved! The union is only as strong
as our members make it, which means participatory democracy and activism on campus.
For more information, contact the Irvine office, or the UAW 2865 statewide office in Berkeley, CA.

UAW 2865 Statewide Office
UAW Local 2865 - Berkeley
2855 Telegraph Ave, Suite 305
Berkeley, CA 94705
Phone: (510) 849-1628
Fax: (510) 549-2514


The mission of DREAMS at UCI is to support and advocate for the
rights of immigrant students (1.5 Generation) of all nationalities by educating the UCI community about the struggles and adverse experiences they
face on a daily basis.

In the U.S. there are 1.7 million undocumented
youth under age 18, with approximately 1.3
million having lived in the US for 5 years or
more and enrolled in K-12 schools in the year
1.5% of all children PK-5th are undocumented,
and 3% of youth grades 6-12 do not have legal
immigration status.
About 80,000 undocumented immigrants turn 18
e a c h y e a r. 1 6 - 2 0 % o f t h e m f a i l t o c o m p l e t e h i g h
Only 1 out of every 20 (5%) of undocumented
high school seniors attends college.
Of undocumented high school graduates who have
lived in the U.S. for at least 5 years, only 20%
enroll in post-secondary education.
Those who graduate from college cannot work
legally in the U.S.

In a 9/16/09 online poll sponsored by the OC Regist e r, 7 3 % o f r e s p o n d e n t s b e l i e v e d t h a t c h i l d r e n b o r n
within the US to undocumented parents should NOT
re c e i v e U S c i t i z e n s h i p . C u r re n t l y, a n y c h i l d b o r n i n
the US, regardless of parents’ immigration status,
automatically receive US citizenship.


Undocumented Students

Undocumented Students

Q: Who is a part of the 1.5 generation?
A: 1.5G refers to people who immigrate to a new country before or during
their early teens. They earn the label the “1.5 generation” because they
bring with them characteristics from their home country but continue their
assimilation and socialization in the new country. Their identity is thus a
combination of new and old culture and tradition.
Depending on the age of immigration, the community into which they
settle, extent of education in their native country, and other factors, 1.5
generation individuals will identify with their countries of origin to varying degrees. However, their identification will be affected by their experiences growing up in the new country. 1.5G individuals are often bilingual
and find it easier to be assimilated into the local culture and society than
people who immigrated as adults.
Many 1.5 generation individuals are bi-cultural, combining both cultures - culture from the country of origin with the culture of the new country.
Unknown to most Americans, many of those in the 1.5 generation are

Q: What is AB540?
A: AB540, signed into law on October 12,
2001, authorizes undocumented students
who meet specific criteria to pay in-state
tuition at California’s public colleges and
universities. Any undocumented student,
except a person in nonimmigrant status,
who meets the requirements, shall be
exempt from paying nonresident tuition
at all public colleges and universities in

Q: Who are undocumented students?

Q: What is the DREAM Act?

A: Undocumented students include those born outside of the United States,
many of whom have lived in this country for a significant portion of their
lives, and who reside here without the legal permission of the federal government. They are American in every way except on paper. Undocumented
students often feel isolated from society because even though they grew up
in America, they feel like second-class citizens because they cannot legally
work, vote, or drive in the country in which they call home.

A: The DREAM Act is a one time solution intended to provide a path to a permanent legal status for persons brought
illegally or legally to the United States
by their parents or guardians as children.
This includes individuals whose parents
attempted to immigrate legally but were
then denied legality after several years
in application, thus deriving their illegal
status solely from their parents as well
as those initially brought here illegally.
In most versions of the DREAM Act immigrants with current legal status brought
here as children would also qualify.

DREAMS (Dedication for the Realization of an Education and Always Motivated for Success) and MEChA (El Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de
Aztlán) have been working to support and defend undocumented students
at UCI.



Campus Issues:

Free Speech

Maintaining a balance between free
speech and academics in a university setting can be tricky; however, time and time
again, UCI administration has shown contempt for student speech and activities
which run contrary to the political and
business interests of UC elites.
Campus policy places restrictions on the
time and location of certain free speech activities such as those using amplified sound.
Any protests, for example, that wish to use
amplified sound must seek prior approval
from Scheduling & Conference Servicies,
and are restricted to use of the Flagpole
area between noon and 1pm. Besides limiting protest activity conveniently to Chancellor Drake's lunch hour, this approval
process gives Administration an excuse to
restrict protests and deny students use of
tools to be heard. Advertising by groups is

only there to make sure Muslim and Arab
students didn't do anything illegal. And
this past Spring quarter, a lecture by former
Green Party presidential candidate and UC
Congressperson Cynthia McKinney saw
police in partial riot gear stationed throughout Crystal Cove auditorium, as usual carrying clubs and guns. They stood idly by
as someone began yelling during her opening remarks--think they would have been
so lenient if Muslim students disrupted
a pro-Israel speaker? During that same
week, a protest for workers' rights outside
Aldrich Hall was disrupted by police, who
threatened to arrest ANYONE--whether involved in the protest or not--who stepped
foot inside Aldrich Hall. Aldrich--home of
the Registrar and Financial Aid--was shut
down for most of the afternoon with motorcycle cops blocking the main entrance.

“the entire campus is a free speech zone”
Manuel Gomez, UCI Keeps a Balance Between Free Speech and Academics,New University, 1/10/2003

limited to the bridges along ring road and
some bulletin boards, but these venues are
inadequate. Some students have resorted
to chalking on the ground, but police have
stopped and even threatened to arrest students for doing this.
Additionally, despite UCI's claims that
it addresses free speech issue in a neutral
manner, and respecing Constitutional rights,
administrators' and police actions have
shown otherwise. Police routinely monitor
protests--of course with loaded sidearms
and riot clubs--in order to "protect" the
rights of protesters. Protests against animal
testing have seen more police than protesters. Muslim students are routinely attacked
by Zionist students and Minutemen in front
of police. In 2004, a display put up by the
Society of Arab Students supporting Palestinian resistance was pushed down and
later completely burned, with little investigation by police. In 2005, in a protest
against "Torture Memos" author John Yoo
on campus, even as Muslim students were
physically assaulted by counter-demonstrators, police told students that they were

Administration has also taken active
steps to quash speech opposed to their interests. During Palestine Awareness Week
this past Spring, the Muslim Student Union
properly submitted events to be listed in
the Anteater Weekly email and on the electronic marquees. Despite being one of the
largest organizations on campus and having ten other groups co-sponsor the events,
the week's events were left out of the email.
And the marquees announced the events
for only four days before being rescinded
by Administration, with Drake announcing
that submissions for the marquee could not
include the word "Israel." A display of a
bloodied Israeli flag, previously approved
by the University, was taken down midweek. Even the allocation of Ring Road
took on political overtones. MSU reserved
the entirety of Ring Road between Aldrich
and Social Science in accordance with UCI
policies. On Monday of the week, Food
Not Bombs set up a table on Ring Road in
front of Aldrich Hall for their weekly serving and put out pro-Palestinian literature,
and was harassed by Scheduling staff, de-

spite getting the OK from MSU. Yet later
in the week, Anteaters For Israel set up a
table in the middle of Anteater Plaza, the
main area by the Flagpoles which was reserved by MSU, and Scheduling said they
could stay there!
But the free speech policies at UCI are
not unique. Free Speech Zones have been
set up at many other universities in order
to prevent student activism from disrupting
the functioning of the university--in other
words, to give students the appearance of
a voice while denying them the power to
be heard. In a report released this year, the
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has found that 77% of public
universities maintain unconstitutional and
restrictive "free speech" policies. Even
apart from activism, location and time restrictions, like here at UCI, weaken the
role of the University as a marketplace of
ideas. Thor Halvorssen, executive director of FIRE, said, "By creating zones, the
administration is saying that free speech
does not exist in the areas of campus
outside the zones." Many believe that
these zones are unconstitutional, and
student groups at West Virginia University
and New Mexico State University have
recently won lawsuits which have greatly
rolled back time and location restrictions on
speech. In 2004, U.S. District Court Judge
Sam Cummings struck down Texas Tech's
free speech zone policy: "According to the
opinion of the court, campus areas such as
parks, sidewalks, streets and other areas
are designated as public forums, regardless of whether the university has chosen to
officially designate the areas as such. The
university may open more of the campus as
public forums for its students, but it cannot
designate fewer areas... Not all places within the boundaries of the campus are public
forums, according to Cummings' opinion.
The court declared the university's policy
unconstitutional to the extent that it regulates the content of student speech in areas
of the campus that are public forums." In
August of 2006, Penn State University revised it's policy, effectively making the entire campus a Free Speech Zone.

"These Policies and campus regulations in no way constitute prohibitions on the right to express
political views by an individual in the University community."

Campus History
The history of the Irvine campus begins in the early 1950s
when the Regents concluded
from University-wide enrollment projections that three new
campuses must be in operation
by 1970, one of which should be
located in the east Los AngelesOrange County area. Twentythree locations in this area were
examined and in March, 1959,
a site on the Irvine Ranch, a
few miles inland from Newport
Beach, was tentatively selected
by the Regents.
The Campus
Situated at the center of a
large urbanizing area and connected with metropolitan Los
Angeles by a network of freeways, the site was on gently
rolling land, with an inspiring outlook over the Santa Ana Basin. Among principal reasons for its choice was the
great potential for development of an integrated and interrelated campus and community, an opportunity provided
through mutual agreement with the sole owner of the surrounding land, the Irvine Company.
In July, 1960, the Irvine Company offered 1,000 acres as a gift and the deed was recorded on January 20,
1961. The Regents purchased an additional 510 acres adjacent to the original site in January, 1964. Coordinated
planning of the ranch, the university community, and the campus was achieved by the University and the Irvine
Company, hiring Pereira and Associates as master planners.




Activism and Protests
With the selection of Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr., as first chancellor on January 19, 1962,
Irvine was cast in the role of carrying forward the spirit of the land grant colleges and
universities in meeting the needs of a new era.
As a soil scientist with the University for 20 years, Chancellor Aldrich was imbued
with the land grant spirit and practice through his association with the University
Division of Agricultural Sciences and Agricultural Extension. He was serving as University dean of agriculture at the time of his appointment as chancellor.
A “Provisional Academic Plan for the Irvine Campus” was issued in April, 1963;
it outlined a core academic organization consisting of a College of Arts, Letters and
Sciences, with Divisions of Social Sciences, Humanities, Fine Arts, Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences, and a Department of Physical Education. Also proposed
at the outset were a School of Engineering, a Graduate School of Administration, and
an Institute of Environmental Planning, which in 1965 was broadened into the Public
Policy Research Organization. University Extension also became an integral part of
the academic plan. Irvine’s first catalog, issued in July, 1965, followed this outline.

Administrative and
Academic Development

The opening of UCI coincided with the politically-charged climate of the
1960s. Despite its small size and its location in a relatively remote suburban
area, the campus was not immune to the strong sentiments and activism that
were so prevalent at large metropolitan campuses such as Berkeley and UCLA.
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), a left-wing radical organization started
by students in Michigan in 1959, had an active chapter on campus. They led protests of the Vietnam War and fought for racial equality and academic freedom.
The University Moratorium Committee, a group that consisted of students, staff
and faculty, joined together against the Vietnam War, staged a large “live-in” in
November 1969, and called for campus walkouts to protest the draft.

Chancellor Daniel Aldrich addresses protest rally against
Clark Kerr firing, January 23, 1967.

History of the Anteater

The anteater was chosen in 1965 when students were allowed to submit mascot
candidates, which would be voted on in a campus election. An undergraduate named
Schuyler Hadley Basset III was inspired by “Peter the Anteater” from the Johnny
Hart comic strip, “B.C.” and designed a Peter knock off accordingly. Before the
voting took place on campus, the men’s water polo team highly encouraged the students to vote for the anteater as the school mascot, which is said to have increased
student’s interest in voting for the anteater. The “original and slightly irrelevant”
anteater became the official mascot of UCI after barely edging out the choice “none
of the above” in the election. The word “zot” is the noise Johnny Hart’s “Peter the
Anteater” made while eating ants.

Eldridge Cleaver speaks at UCI, 1968

Eldridge Cleaver, Information Minister for the Black Panthers and 1968
Presidential candidate of the Peace and Freedom party, became a central figure in UC history when Governor Reagan spoke out against Cleaver being
hired as a lecturer at UC campuses. Students throughout the state protested
against Reagan and the UC regents for trying to silence a controversial voice.
At UCI, English professor Steve Shapiro had invited Cleaver to lecture to a
series of classes. This did not prove popular with Hazard Adams, Chair of
the Department of English and Comparative Literature, which may have lead
to Shapiro’s firing a few months later.

In a communique received by the North American Animal
Liberation Press Office, members of the Animal Liberation Front
claim to have sabotaged the property of a UC Irvine vivisector,
who turns out to be Michael Selsted, involved in the killing of not
only mice and rats, but non-human primates including baboons
and macaques. Selsted recently took a leave of absence from UCI
to work at the University of Southern California, but continues
to reside in the University Hills area of Irvine. The action was
confirmed by the UCI police department.
The communique, by an anonymous author:
“On July 10, 2009 3 vehicles and the home of a UC Irvine vivisector were hit by the ALF.
1 of his cars (the fanciest of the 4 in front) was doused with paint
stripper. 2 others had red paint poured all over them. More red
paint was splattered across his driveway, and “KILLER” was
spray painted in huge red letters across his garage door so that all
his neighbors could see what a cruel, sick person they live near.


To the vivisector:
The red paint on your cars and home is a reminder that these
things were purchased with the blood of tortured, innocent animals that are subjected to your sadistic experiments. We know
this action was just a minor inconvenience for you, but we hope
it makes you realize that your actions have consequences. We can
only hope that one day someone will make you suffer as much as
the animals in the laboratories you work in. Make the ethical decision (if not for the innocent animals, than for your own good.)
Stop vivisection. --ALF”


OC in the 1960s: US Military Spied on UCI Student Activists
Rumors to the contrary, Orange County
was not just a rightwing conservative stranglehold in the 1960s. A small but active
SDS -- Students for a Democratic Society
-- formed on the new campus to oppose the
Vietnam War. According to declassified
documents released under the Freedom
of Information Act by U.S. Naval Intelligence to UCI librarian Dan Tsang, UCI
SDSers and other protesters came under
surveillanec by federal authorities when
they mounted a May 21, 1966 protest at the
nearby El Toro Marine Corps Air Station
[which eventually closed in 1999]. Military
surveillance team members took photos,
filmed protesters, taped the speakers, and
recorded the license plates of rally participants.
The base behind the Orange Curtain was
an important target for anti-war demonstrators at the time. Just months earlier, in
1965, the 9th Marine Expeditionary Force
had landed in Da Nang, South Vietnam,
“marking the beginning of large-scale Marine involvement in Vietnam,” according
to a Marine history Web site (http://www.
More than 13,000 Marines died and 88,000
were injured in the war, the longest in the
Marine Corps’ history.
The base’s 6th Counterintelligence
Team report of May 27, 1966, runs some 66
pages and includes transcripts of speeches
and copies of handouts given at the rally
six days before, as well as copies of surveillance photographs of the protesters.
On paper, counterintelligence teams
spent the Cold War hunting possible Soviet
spies that infiltrated Marine Corps installations such as El Toro. They also monitored Marines suspected of being Soviet
agents. By the 1990s, declassified Marine
Corps documents released by the Federation of American Scientists show the El
Toro counterintelligence team was one of
only three teams nationwide that specialized in locating and countering “technical
surveillance”—Defense Department jargon for high-tech spy gadgets and such.
But monitoring and observing civilians—
even civilians gathered around the base—
were never part of any counterintelligence
team’s legal mandate.
The El Toro counterintelligence team
noted that its “investigation” was to determine the extent of military personnel participation; the extent of the rally’s influence
on the personnel; the rally organization and


its nature; and the identity of personnel participation, if any. However, the remainder
of the report is devoted to identifying the
“civilians” who participated in the demonstration. Nowhere does the report indicate
any active personnel involvement.
The report states that instead of watching the base, a “surveillance team” was stationed at the Irvine train station to observe
demonstrators parking there. The spies dutifully recorded the license-plate numbers
of a tan-and-gray Volkswagen bus parked
there and began taking down the license
plates of another 19 vehicles, including two
more Volkswagen buses, two Volkswagen
“sedans,” a Morris Minor, a Volvo, a Fiat
and a Renault. There were more Fords than
any other make. The spies gave up after the
area became too congested.
At 2:16 p.m., the 37 demonstrators
formed a straight line and marched from
Central Avenue in Irvine toward Trabuco
Road. The report identified UCI student
Patty Parmalee as an “obvious leader” of
the group. It noted that the Marines had a
file on her already. By 2:56 p.m., the group
had reached the main gate to the base and
began passing out literature along Trabuco
The literature the SDSers passed out,
which was preserved for history in the file,
included an untitled SDS leaflet (about
rights under the draft law), another titled
“Victims and Executioners” and a “National Vietnam Examination.”
At 4 p.m., Parmalee introduced the first
of two speakers. If the Marines were expecting a couple of bomb throwers and communists, they would be disappointed. Reading
the transcripts, their speeches appear rather
tame, even reasonable. Greg Hofmann,
identified in the files as representing the
UCI SDS, explained to the gathering that
“demonstrations of this type are about the
only method of political expression left to
us,” but he cautioned that “as we march,
it’s very easy to think that I am moral and
these guys are all misguided.” He suggested that “it is easy to be antagonistic toward
people who disagree with you” and called
for dialogue: “Talk with them; try and reason things out.”
The other speaker, Bill Timmerman,
who was from the SDS regional office in
Los Angeles, continued in the same vein.
“What brings 40 or 50 people out to a Marine base carrying signs that read, ‘The
U.S. should leave Vietnam’ and, ‘Thou

Shalt Not Kill’?” He suggested that the
Marines know the brutality of war “better
than we do because they have the experiences that so far none of us has. But I don’t
think, however, this justifies anyone telling
us that we should experience it first before
we disagree with it. The more important
problem, as I see it, is whether or not what
the U.S. government says about the war
in Vietnam is supposed to protect us from
Communism is the truth or not.” He even
criticized totalitarian governments. He
concluded: “Before we give up and say the
only alternative is war, we better be sure
there aren’t any others. And that I think is
why most of us are here today.”
Parmalee then spoke, according to a
transcript in the released files, criticizing
the draft for making the U.S. more “totalitarian” but endorsing a suggestion from the
audience of a “universal draft” in which
“draftees will have the opportunity to decide whether to work for warfare or peace.”
She asked folks to write to then-President
Lyndon Johnson and their congressmen.
The demonstrators encountered only
one person who raised objections to the
speakers “during the entire program”: an
unidentified Caucasian, aged 25 to 30, with
a black crew cut, according to the surveillance report.
Reached in Manhattan, where the
59-year-old now lives, Parmalee said she
did not know the Marines had spied on her,
although she was well-known: the local
media covered her activities.
  Of the 1966 demonstration, she confirmed, “Yeah, I organized that.” The goal
was to educate the draftees about the war
since the base was “so close.” “People told
us we were crazy . . . the Marines will kill
us,” she said, attributing the warning to the
SDS regional office in Los Angeles. She
thought the Marines would throw rocks
at her, but the ones they passed along the
march route were more shocked than angry; they “ogled” in amazement at the first
anti-war demonstration at El Toro.
Her FBI file (which she had received
under FOIA) didn’t indicate the Marine
surveillance, although it mentioned the protest. A comparative-literature teaching assistant at UCI when the school first opened
the previous fall, Parmalee and Hofmann, a
freshman student of hers, started the local
SDS because “there was nothing else going
on” in Orange County, which was “such
a conservative place.” “Everybody was

Angela Davis speaks at UCI, 1969
shocked that we would stick our necks
out,” she said. “We had to take on all the
issues” with a group of about 20 active
students. Her students were “politically
naive,” largely freshmen from the first
class to attend UCI.
Parmalee said she and her dedicated
comrades were “the smart people” who
worked together during SDS’ heyday,
before ideological splits tore the national
group apart.
Hailing from Salt Lake City, Parmalee and her parents never talked politics
at home, and UCI was really where her
radicalism flourished (she had organized a
teach-in in Salt Lake City). The UCI SDS
also helped start a mimeographed underground paper, Oscar, at local high schools
in Orange County and distributed the Vietnam War Examination leaflet throughout
the county, sparking news coverage. Parmalee said the FBI came around campus
asking about her, telling her department
head, English professor Hazard Adams,
that she was a “bad seed.”
Adams stood up to the FBI, she recalled, but her teaching-assistant con-

tract was not renewed. Adams, who was
reached at the University of Washington,
where he now teaches, could “vaguely recall” that an FBI agent may have come to
see him about Parmalee. “I can’t remember what transpired,” he said. “If Parmalee’s [contract] was not renewed, I doubt
if it had anything to do with that. . . . I
can’t imagine the FBI matter having any
effect on what we would do.”
But other radical UCI faculty members
who had supported SDS also got fired,
according to Parmalee. And SUNY Press
recently published Adams’ novel Many
Pretty Toys, which is about a faculty firing
circa 1970 in which “some of the events . .
. are influenced by what went on at UCI,”
he said.
The El Toro protest led Parmalee to anti-war work with GIs in Berlin, where she
lived for a year. On her return, she helped
start the Green Machine, a radical coffeehouse outside Camp Pendleton. She is
still politically active; she is now engaged
in Nicaraguan solidarity work, the Marxist School in New York and the Union of
Radical Political Economists.

Hofmann, whose name is misspelled
as Gregg Hoffman in the surveillance file,
doesn’t remember the El Toro demonstration. Reached in San Jose, where he now
lives, Hofmann, a graduate of Newport
Harbor High School, does recall his undergrad days, when he co-founded the SDS
chapter at UCI with Parmalee. He recalled
it as an idealistic, turbulent if politically
naive time, and he has especially fond
memories of SDS’ guerrilla theater group,
which staged skits and political theater in
Orange County, including protesting Marine Corps recruiters on campus. After being reminded that at one such 1968 event,
a recruiter was hit with a water balloon,
Hofmann took pains to deplore the occurrence, saying it wasn’t a part of the skit.
But the liberal administration under UCI
chancellor Daniel Aldrich agreed with
protesters’ demands that future Marine recruitment be held indoors, where students
had to seek them out. (Today, the Marines
recruit in the open at UCI.)
In a 1969 Los Angeles Times profile on
UCI political activists preserved in a FBI
file, Hofmann is quoted as being unsure
what he would do after college. Criticizing corporate capitalism, Hofmann told
the Times: “There just aren’t many jobs
today that let you be a human being. Everything contributes to the kind of society
we have now—the hypocrisy and preoccupation with material possessions that
victimize everyone who doesn’t define
success and happiness in terms of money
and status.” These days, Hofmann limits
his political activism to donations to such
liberal causes as Amnesty International.
An English major then, he didn’t graduate with his comrades who entered UCI’s
first freshman class; instead, he came back
about 10 years ago to finish his degree—
this time in philosophy—amazed at how
the campus had transformed itself from
four buildings to a major university. After
editing guitar and graphics-design magazines, he now works for a major computer
The report claimed that many participants were “obviously not students,” suggesting they could be from the Committee
for a Sane Nuclear Policy. The report concluded that no military personnel were involved and that there was no evidence the
rally influenced any such personnel. “The
departure of the participants at 4:24 p.m.
was orderly and without incident.”
According to the El Toro base commanding general’s July 19, 1966, cover


memo accompanying the report, the protesters “failed to obtain
the desired publicity,” which he attributed to the military’s ample
warning of the pending demonstration, thorough briefing of military personnel as to the aims of the demonstration, Orange County
law enforcement’s “cooperation and control,” the protest’s restriction to a remote area with limited contact with military personnel,
“no visible concern” on the base, the remoteness of the base from
populated areas, and the “local conservative press.”
By conservative, it undoubtedly meant the then-Santa Ana Register, which published two front-page photos on the demonstration
but with no story beyond a brief caption: “Pickets at El Toro.” One
photo showed a protester holding a sign reading, “We Americans
Want Peace.” Right below one photo was a headline about another
protest 3,000 miles away: “NYC Vietniks Sit in Path of Armed
Forces Parade.”
Spence Olin, then a young faculty member who was also assistant vice chancellor for student affairs at the time of the El Toro
demonstration, does not remember that protest, but “I presume my
picture is in there,” he said in reference to the military dossier.
[The photocopies released do not clearly identify anyone.]
Olin, who was subsequently promoted to dean of humanities at
UCI before retiring, recalled Parmalee as a “bright” graduate student. A historian who co-edited the now defunct Journal of Orange


The Military Industrial Complex, the
idea that connects the U.S. military, corporations and the civilian government into
one gigantic unholy trinity slowly eating away at your soul until you become
a mindless zombie, wandering the streets
at night searching for brains in a county
where most people are missing theirs .
However when most people hear about it
they tend to forget one important aspect,
the University. Though you may not notice it, but U.S. universities, like UCI, are
a hotbeds for future of U.S. military dominance. No we don’t have ROTC roaming
the campus (there are members but they’re
usually shared with other colleges around
the area) What I’m talking about is R&D,
Research and Development, that pathway
to the Future! Even current chancellor
Drake tells us about this important part
of college life, “At UC Irvine (UCI), we
have nearly 26,000 students, and we conduct research in a wide range of the sciences that are supported by the National
Institutes of Health (NIH), the National
Science Foundation, the Departments of


County Studies, Olin views that initial UCI class as exceptional.
“Unlike any subsequent period in UCI history at least, there was
a substantial proportion of the students who were prepared to be
activists on behalf of what could be called radical causes . . . never
a majority, but certainly several hundred,” he said.
He attributed the radicalism to the Vietnam War and the “general tone of the times.” About the FBI, Olin said, “I remember they
were on campus, but I don’t believe they ever talked to me. Hazard
[Adams] is a man of real principle. . . . He wasn’t on the side of
the student protesters, but he’s a man of conscience, so [what he]
would not want to do is undercut them.”
Olin believes that period of student turmoil was “influential in
the long-term thinking,” even of those “opposed to what was going
on” in the area of democratization of university decision making.
“What the students there now don’t realize is the sort of battles that
were waged in opening up the process . . . and many departments
have abandoned those,” he noted.
[An earlier version of this essay appeared in: “The Few, the
Proud, the Spies: Spying on civilians was part of El Toro’s mission,” OC Weekly, 15 July 1999, by Daniel C. Tsang: http://www.

Defense and Energy, NASA, NOAA and
several other federal research agencies.”
(Role of the public in promoting economic growth) That’s right, right here on the
sleepy little Irvine campus are developing the technology and weapons that will
scare families of civilians in impoverished
nations. Grants, scholarships and programs are given live at UCI thanks to the
military and military contractors. Thanks
to this trio, new research for technology is
being rolled out like:
• New armor for soldiers, so that if they
get hurt on the battlefield someone can
find them quicker so they can fix em up
and go right back to killing people;
• The understanding of large scale social
networks, so that the government can
find out how to “friend” you;
• A type of technology in order to interpret signals from peoples minds, i.e.
reading peoples minds for the purpose
of god knows what crazy and horrifying plans the military has.
Going along with new R&D, professors
here at UCI have been called on by DARPA, Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency and huge military contractors like
Boeing, with former company McDonnell
Douglas (in fact we have one building in
engineering named after the company), to
become consultants and directors at these
firms. This isn’t to say all research at UCI

is bad, even though lots of it is. But really, the military? The people who’s job it
is to kill thousands of people in a foreign
country because we want something they
have and usually the didn’t do anything
to us. And lets be real, no matter how
smart a bomb is suppose to be, why does
it kill children and everyday people hiding in their homes? Either we need better
R&D or someone is putting those bombs
there on purpose. So if you want to help
kill people like you or someone you may
know in a place far away for reasons you
don’t really understand, why not do some
Research and Development here at UCI.

Medical Scandals
Shortly after Chancellor Drake took office in a pomp-laden
ceremony attended by the U.S. surgeon general, UCI officials
confirmed to the Register that federal prosecutors have begun a
criminal investigation into possible fraud connected to UCI’s liver-transplant program.
But that investigation is just the latest in a string of bad news
connected to UCI. In the decade leading up to Drake’s arrival, UCI
Medical Center was linked to some of the most bizarre and highprofile medical scandals in recent American history.
In the mid-1990s, UCI fertility doctors fled the country after
being accused of stealing human eggs and implanting them in other women. The university paid nearly $20 million to settle legal
In 1999, the facility fired the director of its donated cadaver
program amid suspicions that he had improperly sold spines to an

What’s in a name?
School of The Arts

Claire Trevor - The award winning
film noir actress. Also, Donald Bren’s
step-mother. The school was named in her
honor after a 10 million dollar gift from
her well known son. 

School Of Business

Paul Merage - The man who invented
hot pockets. That’s right. You heard me. I
can almost taste the  sodium tripolyphosphate now. He eventually sold the recipe
to Nestle, but thats not what matters. The
school was named in his honor after a $30
million dollar donation. UCI’s biggest
single donation ever. 

School of Information
and Computer Sciences

Donald Bren – The CEO and majority stock holder of The Irvine Company.
From his website:

Berkeley students stand off against
National Guard troops in People’s Park

Arizona research program.
In 2003, UCI hired Jagat Narula and Mani Vannan as the chief
and division chief of cardiology. Neither was board certified in internal medicine nor cardiology, and neither had a California medical license. Narula then allegedly forced out electrocardiologist
Michael Brodsky, and hired David Cesario, the son of med school
dean Thomas Cesario, to take his place.
In 2005, it came to light that 32 patients had died while waiting for liver transplants at UCI. The livers were available, but, for
two years, UCI did not have a full time surgeon to implant them,
in contravention of federal regulations. UCI’s surgeon was actually on staff at UC San Diego, 70 miles away. A patient at UCI,
Elodie Irvine, filed a lawsuit which brought scrutiny upon the hospital. Ms. Irvine, who had liver and kidney disease, had 95 organs
offered for transplant by the United Network for Organ Sharing
during her stay at UCI. The hospital allegedly told the patient that
they were waiting for organs, when in fact they rejected every organ offered to them. Only one UCI physician advised her to look
elsewhere for a transplant.

“Long supportive of Republican candidates, he has played major finance roles
in the campaigns of Presidents George
H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, former Governor Pete Wilson and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Bren is a
founding member of the New Majority
in Orange County, California, an organization that has raised millions for Republican candidates supportive of free
markets and fiscal responsibility.”

School Of Engineering

Henry Samueli - A first rate criminal.
The Engineer who started Broadcom, a
company who also has their worldwide
headquarters at UCI’s research park.
Broadcom provides the video processors for Apple’s Ipod products, from the
5th generation to the newest iPhones. Mr.
Samueli also owned the Anaheim Ducks
for a period of time until the NHL suspended him due to a criminal investigation. On June 23, 2008, Samueli pleaded
guilty for lying to SEC for $2.2 billion of
backdating. Under the plea bargain, Samueli agreed to a sentence of five years probation, a $250,000 criminal fine, and a $12
million payment to the US Treasury.  On
September 8, 2008, U.S. District Court
Judge Cormac Carney rejected a plea deal
that called for Samueli to receive probation, writing: “The court cannot accept a
plea agreement that gives the impression
that justice is for sale.”The school was
named in his honor after a $20 million
dollar donation. 

School of Law

Donald Bren (haha whoops!) Mr. Bren
didn’t want to put his name on anything
that was run by someone who wasn’t in
his pocketbook.  From The Chronicle Of
Higher Education:
“The University of California at Irvine is hiring Erwin Chemerinsky as
its law dean after all. In a news conference that is still going on, the university’s chancellor, Michael V. Drake,
is announcing that Mr. Chemerinsky, a
professor at Duke University, will become the law school’s inaugural dean,
less than a week after Dr. Drake drew
an avalanche of criticism for at first offering Mr. Chemerinsky the job, then
withdrawing the offer because he was
“too politically controversial” — which
many critics viewed as code words for
“too liberal.”
Since word of the hiring controversy
broke last Wednesday, Irvine has had
to deal with questions about whether
conservative activists or the chief donor for the new law school had tried to
sink the appointment. Critics wondered
if any high-caliber candidate would
want the job if it had been tarnished by
what they characterized as an attack on
academic freedom. The episode played
into the image of Orange County, Calif., where Irvine is located, as a bastion of conservativism that is every bit
as politically correct as, say, a liberal
bastion near Boston.”


UC Irvine Farm
Ever wonder what those green houses are next to the
ARC? Originally housing ranch hands on the old Irvine
Ranch, these were the home of the UC Irvine Farm School
between 1969 and 2007. The Farm School was founded by
Social Science faculty who wanted to encourage children to
become free-thinkers while allowing faculty and students
to study child behavior and develop educational materials.
Undergraduates could also earn course credit for assisting
teachers in the classroom. Zack de la Rocha and Tim Commerford of Rage Against the Machine met while attending
the Farm School.

The UCI Pig Department is, like most things at UCI, extremely hypocritical, useless, and, above all else, exasperatingly fascist.   The


Irvine Meadows
UCI’s recreational vehicle residential trailer park opened to
students on November 15, 1979. Known as Irvine Meadows, the
park was built to accommodate the many students who had already
been camped out across the street from campus for 6 years. When
the City of Irvine passed an ordinance that made it illegal for the
students to remain in their makeshift quarters, UCI set aside a parcel of land, marked off 12 spaces, and made them available for
rent. Just a year later, school officials moved the park across campus and made 80 spaces available with sewer lines and electricity.
It was the first university housing of its kind in the country.
Irvine Meadows’ off-beat charm made it a kind of oasis in the
otherwise uniform look of Irvine. Over the course of the park’s
existence, residents brought their own tastes and creativity to the
look of the park. Trailers were painted in an assortment of colors,
plants and flowers abounded, and a park and community garden
were built. Residents praised it for its funky, bohemian surroundings and strong sense of community, but most importantly, as an
alternative to the high rents in nearby cities. When the park first
opened, rents were $70.00 a month. In 2004, rents were still a
mere $130 a month, a fraction of the cost of a one-bedroom apartment in Irvine or any other city in the area.
While campus administration always considered the park a
temporary measure, residents grew increasingly attached to it. In
1999, the university announced that it would close down Irvine


“The UCI Police Department provides our community with the highest level of public safety and police services. We are committed to respecting human dignity and to understanding the needs and
values of our community. We support and assist
the University of California in its mission of providing excellence in education.” – UCIPD Mission

Meadows in 5 years. The announcement met with much protest from residents, but the closure was inevitable, given campus
growth and the demand for building space. In July 2004, trailers
were auctioned off and residents’ belongings were moved out. All
residents were off the grounds by August 3rd. The land is slated
to become a parking lot – evoking the Joni Mitchell song from the
1970s, “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”

1. The UCI Pigs do not provide students and workers with the highest level of public safety.  Rather, they protect the rich capitalist
fucks (e.g. Chancellor Drake) from students and workers.  UCI
Pigs routinely deny students the freedom of speech and the freedom to speak with their own Chancellor.  Prime example: In
May 2009, UCIPD prevented students and workers from entering their own Administration building by holding the doors shut
and threatening to arrest any student/worker that entered Aldrich
Hall.  Scared that the students would occupy Admin  or, even
worse!!, meet with Chancy Drake, UCI Pig Patrol created a cute
‘motorcycle unit barricade’ to close off the main doors.
2. The UCI Pigs enjoy harassing students and professors.  Classy
example: In 2005, UCIPD handcuffed a professor for “failing
to stop at a red arrow”.  In the words of the Prof, “Two young
police officers stopped me after I had crossed the street and harassed me by lecturing over and over about the danger of what I
had done.”  Thanks to the Pigs, a serious crime was successfully
dealt with and human dignity respectfully upheld.

3.   The UCI Pigs enjoy seeing students harassed (or nearly
killed) by the FBI.  In 2007, an FBI Agent attempted to drive
into several Muslim Student Union students near the Social
Science Lecture Hall.  The FBI was conducting surveillance
on a vehicle used by the MSU students.  When the students
tried to ask the driver why he was following them, the driver
attempted to physically move the students out of the way with
the car.  Then, when a student attempted to take a picture of the
car’s license plate, the car revved its engine and aggressively
drove toward the crowd.  (Un)Fortunately, UCIPD was there
and was able to stop the car.  Downside: The officer lied to
MSU, saying ‘he stopped the wrong car’.  The next day, Chief
of the Pigs Paul Henisey confirmed that the vicious car driver
was, indeed, FBI. And, the Agent’s identity was held a secret!
4. UCI Police are Deadly.  These Pigs are trained in AR-15 assault rifles (a semi-automatic rifle derived from the M-16 series assault rifle currently in use by the U.S. Military) and ballistic shields, traditionally the fare of heavily armed Special
Weapons units.  Moreover, UCIPD, along with the UCLA,
UCSD, UC Riverside, UC Merced, and UC Davis Police Departments, use the taser to send 50,000 volts of current into the
body in order to ‘temporarily paralyze’ victims.

The Pigs’ Salaries for 2008:
Chief of Police Paul Henisey: $143,029.13 (A whopping $34,800
increase from 2006, budget crisis my ass. That’s more than the
median salary of a groundskeeper!)
Assistant Chief of Police Jeff Hutchison: $134,030.22 (An
increase of $21,500 from 2006 – which is more than the annual
income of ABM workers)
Police Lieutenant Baltazar De La Riva: $120,859.74
Irvine Meadows trailer park, 1989.

The total UCIPD Budget
is roughly $3.5 million.

Average Police Sergeant Salary: $103,205


Caesar Sereseres:

The Bloodiest Hands on Campus
Some of you have had the distinct “privilege” of meeting Caesar Sereseres, the Associate Dean of
Undergraduate Education in the School of Social Science, here at UCI. Sereseres bills himself as
an expert on “foreign policy strategy and formulation in Mexico and Central America, revolutionary guerilla insurgency, and civil-military relations in Latin America”.
But where does his expertise originate? Aside from his doctorate from UC-Riverside in 1971, he
worked in the U.S. State Department’s Office of Policy Planning in the Bureau of Inter-American
Affairs from 1985-1987, and was a consultant for the RAND Corporation in national security

In the early 1980s, he helped devise a counterinsurgency (read: state terrorism) program for Guatemala, along with Colonel George Minas, who served as military attache to Guatemala in the 1980s.
Under their program, according to a State Department report, “military, civil patrols and police
continued to commit a majority of major human rights abuses, including extrajuridicial killings
torture and disappearances.” Their plan included the use of means of “population control such as
Vietnam-style military-controlled strategic hamlets and civilian defense patrols” (McGehee 1999;
Covert Action Information Bulletin, Spring 1994). Essentially, he organized a program to help a military dictatorship maintain power
after it overthrew a democratically-elected president, and then massacre the Guatemalan people who resisted. Even more unnerving,
the counterinsurgency campaign waged in rural Guatemala looks suspiciously like an ethnic-cleansing campaign, as entire villages of
indigenous peasants were massacred without even a suspicion of insurgent activity.
“The strategy of control was also characterized by a litany of human rights crimes that stand out not only in the region but in the world.
The violence was so severe in the early 1980s in Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchú’s home department of Quich, to cite but one example, that the entire Catholic archdiocese shut down and withdrew, with all its priests, nuns, catechists, and many parishioners. The
situation there and in other departments by 1982 led Guatemala’s Conference of Catholic Bishops to conclude: Not even the lives of old
people, pregnant women or innocent children were respected. Never in our history has it come to such grave extremes” (Smyth 1995).
As an indirect result of Sereseres’ counterinsurgency program, Guatemala has become a central location for drug trafficking, as the
military leadership he helped install are now heavily implicated in the drug trade.
It is unknown what role Sereseres has played in other civil wars, mass killings, and large-scale acts of repression in Central and South
America, but given his clout as a regional counterinsurgency expert and his involvement with the U.S. State Department, C.I.A., and
RAND Corporation, it is likely that he is at least partially responsible for many more deaths than those in Guatemala. Where else has
Sereseres-induced acts of genocide occurred? Honduras? El Salvador? Mexico? Peru? Chile? Each of those countries has seen similar
mass killings in the years that he was active as an advisor.
Even on campus, his counterinsurgency efforts are felt. Through his involvement in finding sources of funding for student organizations,
he is given some ability to marginalize and demobilize activist groups on campus. Additionally, his efforts to help students “get ahead”
in college through independent research can also be seen for their ulterior motives: to bring potentially dangerous students -- those
coming from poor backgrounds who have begun to see the flaws in capitalist society -- under his wing and totally dependent upon him,
thus again marginalizing and depoliticizing them. By systematically institutionalizing students and student organizations, Sereseres is
partially responsible for the widespread apathy and apolitical nature of the UCI campus.
McGehee, Ralph. 1999. CIA Support of Death Squads. http://www.serendipity.li/cia/death_squads1.htm
Covert Action Information Bulletin. Spring 1994. p28-33
Smyth, Frank. 1995. Guatemala’s Gross National Products: CocaDollars, Repression, and Disinformation. http://www.hartford-hwp.


Corporate UCI
Think we are at a school? Wrong. We are a business. After
all if we are going to have to change the way we do business
that means we are doing buisiness in the first place.
What kind of business is this?
Since we are a business we do business with some other big
name people. If you take a look around you might have noticed
that there are quite a few corporations here on campus. Don’t
like Starbucks coffee? Too bad, they probably wonít listen to
you if you tell them that you want to try a different type of fair
trade certified bean.
Almost all of our food service is provided by nationwide
corporations: Wendy’s, Quizno’s, Starbucks, Einstein’s, Jamba
Juice. Hell, over the summer we moved up the corporate ladder, and went from a Rice Garden to a Panda Express, and from
a Tortilla Express to a Wahoo’s Fish Tacos; an escalation of
chain heirarchy. And whatever business these guys don’t get is
handled by our food overlord Aramark.
It isn’t just food either. Who do you think stocks our phys-

Of The
When American colonists declared independence from England in 1776, they
also freed themselves from control by
English corporations that extracted their
wealth and dominated trade. After fighting a revolution to end this exploitation,
our country’s founders retained a healthy
fear of corporate power and wisely limited corporations exclusively to a business
role. Corporations were forbidden from
attempting to influence elections, public
policy, and other realms of civic society.
Initially, the privilege of incorporation was granted selectively to enable activities that benefited the public, such as
construction of roads or canals. Enabling
shareholders to profit was seen as a means
to that end.
The states also imposed conditions
(some of which remain on the books,
though unused) like these:
* Corporate charters (licenses to exist) were granted for a limited time
and could be revoked promptly for

ics labs with all of that new equipment? Johnson & Johnson and Carl
Zeiss give out a few dollars in grant money, of course then we are
in their pocket. A $300,000 laser to find out what will soak up little
Billy’s piss the best.
Student Housing you ask? American Campus Communites operates and owns Vista Del Campo as well as Vista Del Camp Norte. And
if you don’t like them you are welcome to chose one of the various
off-campus communities owned by the Irvine Company.
Insurance? United Health Insurrance
Janitors? ABM Industries
Keeping the campus skinny? Health Management Resources Corporation
It looks like we are in the business of selling our students to multinational companies. This place is ‘Magret Thatcher’s Wet Dream.’
For some context on corportaions move on over to The History Of
The Corporation.

violating laws.
* Corporations could engage only
in activities necessary to fulfill their
chartered purpose.
* Corporations could not own stock
in other corporations nor own any
property that was not essential to fulfilling their chartered purpose.
* Corporations were often terminated if they exceeded their authority or
caused public harm.
* Owners and managers were responsible for criminal acts committed on the job.
* Corporations could not make any
political or charitable contributions
nor spend money to influence lawmaking.
For 100 years after the American Revolution, legislators maintained tight controll of the corporate chartering process.
Because of widespread public opposition,
early legislators granted very few corporate charters, and only after debate. Citizens governed corporations by detailing
operating conditions not just in charters
but also in state constitutions and state
laws. Incorporated businesses were prohibited from taking any action that legislators did not specifically allow.
States also limited corporate charters
to a set number of years. Unless a legis-

lature renewed an expiring charter, the
corporation was dissolved and its assets
were divided among shareholders. Citizen
authority clauses limited capitalization,
debts, land holdings, and sometimes, even
profits. They required a company’s accounting books to be turned over to a legislature upon request. The power of large
shareholders was limited by scaled voting,
so that large and small investors had equal
voting rights. Interlocking directorates
were outlawed. Shareholders had the right
to remove directors at will.
In Europe, charters protected directors
and stockholders from liability for debts
and harms caused by their corporations.
American legislators explicitly rejected
this corporate shield. The penalty for
abuse or misuse of the charter was not a
plea bargain and a fine, but dissolution of
the corporation.
In 1819 the U.S. Supreme Court tried
to strip states of this sovereign right by
overruling a lower court’s decision that
allowed New Hampshire to revoke a
charter granted to Dartmouth College by
King George III. The Court claimed that
since the charter contained no revocation
clause, it could not be withdrawn. The Supreme Court’s attack on state sovereignty
outraged citizens. Laws were written or
re-written and new state constitutional
amendments passed to circumvent the


Dartmouth ruling. Over several decades starting in 1844, nineteen
states amended their constitutions to make corporate charters subject to alteration or revocation by their legislatures. As late as 1855
it seemed that the Supreme Court had gotten the people’s message
when in Dodge v. Woolsey it reaffirmed state’s powers over “artificial bodies.”
But the men running corporations pressed on. Contests over
charter were battles to control labor, resources, community rights,
and political sovereignty. More and more frequently, corporations
were abusing their charters to become conglomerates and trusts.
They converted the nation’s resources and treasures into private
fortunes, creating factory systems and company towns. Political
power began flowing to absentee owners, rather than communityrooted enterprises.
The industrial age forced a nation of farmers to become wage
earners, and they became fearful of unemployment--a new fear
that corporations quickly learned to exploit. Company towns
arose. and blacklists of labor organizers and workers who spoke
up for their rights became common. When workers began to organize, industrialists and bankers hired private armies to keep them
in line. They bought newspapers to paint businessmen as heroes
and shape public opinion. Corporations bought state legislators,
then announced legislators were corrupt and said that they used too
much of the public’s resources to scrutinize every charter application and corporate operation.
Government spending during the Civil War brought these corporations fantastic wealth. Corporate executives paid “borers” to
infest Congress and state capitals, bribing elected and appointed
officials alike. They pried loose an avalanche of government financial largesse. During this time, legislators were persuaded to
give corporations limited liability, decreased citizen authority over
them, and extended durations of charters. Attempts were made to

keep strong charter laws in place, but with the courts applying legal doctrines that made protection of corporations and corporate
property the center of constitutional law, citizen sovereignty was
undermined. As corporations grew stronger, government and the
courts became easier prey. They freely reinterpreted the U.S. Constitution and transformed common law doctrines.
One of the most severe blows to citizen authority arose out of
the 1886 Supreme Court case of Santa Clara County v. Southern
Pacific Railroad. Though the court did not make a ruling on the
question of “corporate personhood,” thanks to misleading notes of
a clerk, the decision subsequently was used as precedent to hold
that a corporation was a “natural person.”
From that point on, the 14th Amendment, enacted to protect
rights of freed slaves, was used routinely to grant corporations
constitutional “personhood.” Justices have since struck down
hundreds of local, state and federal laws enacted to protect people
from corporate harm based on this illegitimate premise. Armed
with these “rights,” corporations increased control over resources,
jobs, commerce, politicians, even judges and the law.
A United States Congressional committee concluded in 1941,
“The principal instrument of the concentration of economic power
and wealth has been the corporate charter with unlimited power....”
Many U.S.-based corporations are now transnational, but the
corrupted charter remains the legal basis for their existence. At ReclaimDemocracy.org, we believe citizens can reassert the convictions of our nation’s founders who struggled successfully to free
us from corporate rule in the past. These changes must occur at the
most fundamental level -- the U.S. Constitution.
Thanks to our friends at the Program on Corporations, Law and
Democracy (POCLAD) for their permission to use excerpts of
their research for this article.

Corporate Headquaters in Irvine and Orange County

Fortune 500
Ingram Micro
First American Corporation
Western Digital
Pacific Life
Fortune 1000 
Edwards Lifesciences
Standard Pacific
Sun Healthcare Group
Beckman Coulter
Apria Healthcare

Gateway Inc.
Activision Blizzard
Pleaser USA
St. John
Wet Seal
Parker Hanifin
Capital Group Companies
Braun Medical
Freedom Communications (eek! Libertarians!!) 
Pac Su
Rickenbacker International Corporation
Shimano USA
And this doesn’t even scratch the

Fast Food
Del Taco
Wahoo’s Fish Tacos
Taco Bell
El Pollo Loco
In-N-Out Burger
Claim Jumper
Marie Callender’s
Carl’s Jr.
Regional Offices
Kia Motors
Verizon Wireless
Parker Aerospace
General Electric

A little information about our o n c a mp u s ‘v e n d o rs :’
UC Irvine is the last UC campus that subcontracts its food
services. In summer of 2004, UCI signed a contract with Aramark, a food services corporation, granting it control of nearly
all residential dining facilities and restaurants on university
property. This includes UCI’s three dining halls (Brandywine,
Pippin Commons, and Mesa Commons) and three on-campus
restaurants (Phoenix Grille, B.C.’s Cavern on the Green, and
Bistro by the Bridge). ASUCI, which is partially responsible for negotiating UCI’s food services contract, has justified the decision to
offer Aramark its business with the argument that Aramark has pledged to invest millions of dollars into the university’s food service
Critics argue that offering one corporation the university’s food services contract is a de facto monopoly. It is also argued that the
management of food services by Aramark leads to low-quality food and poor customer service, and that support of Aramark condones
its poor employee relations record. Many full time Aramark employees qualify for public assistance and rely on Medi-Cal, low-income housing, and other social programs. Though these workers prepare and serve food on the UC Irvine campus in residential dining
halls, they are not afforded the same rights as UC service employees. Aramark Corporation prohibits its workers from unionizing to
fight for higher wages.

Despite its attempt to create a socially responsible image, Starbucks' failure to meaningfully embrace Fair Trade coffee has left coffee farmers and their children teetering
on the brink of starvation in the Global South. In Starbucks cafes, baristas are paid a
poverty wage and the company insures a lower percentage of employees than Wal-Mart.
Starbucks baristas are organizing a union (www.starbucksunion.org) with the Industrial
Workers of the World for a better life on and off the job. In response, the company has
waged a fierce and relentless anti-union campaign that tramples on workers' rights. In
this union-busting operation unburdened by the law, Starbucks routinely retaliates against
baristas for supporting the union. In addition, Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz recently broke the union of roasting plant employees, and was accused of illegally obstructing the unionization of Starbucks employees. Furthermore, Schultz (an active zionist)
has expressed staunch support for the "noble cause" of Israeli soldiers, and donates percentages of Starbucks annual profits to the country of Israel.

Pepsi has a long history of labor violations, including denying overtime
pay to workers and spying on, harassing, and firing union leaders. Pepsi has
also fallen significantly short of its promise to use 25% recycled materials in
its bottles, and has militantly opposed deposit programs such as the one in
California, despite these programs leading to recycling rates of over 70%.
What can you buy for $1.50? For about $1.50 for a Pepsi product, there
is also the bonus association of stealing water from already economically
burdened farmers and laborers in India and Mexico, to name a few places,
and ten billion virgin plastic bottles discarded in one year!



By 1878, one man owned nearly one quarter of Orange County,
about 110,000 acres stretching from
the Pacific Ocean to the Santa Ana
Mountains. James Irvine was that man, and more than 43 square
miles of his ranch is now part of the city that bears his name. James
Irvine came to California from New York during the Gold Rush of
the mid-1800s and struck it rich without ever swinging a pick axe.
Irvine made his first fortune selling supplies to miners, a profitable
and less-risky venture than gold hunting; he used the money to buy
land in Southern California.

Irvine lost the use of his prized bean fields at the start of World War
II when the Navy purchased 3,918 acres for two bases, the Tustin
Lighter-Than-Air Base and the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.

When James Irvine died in 1886, he left his estate to his wife
and to his 18-year-old son, James Harvey Irvine, who gained full
control of the ranch when he turned 25. James Harvey Irvine
turned the Irvine Ranch into a profitable agricultural center by digging hundreds of wells and producing large quantities of oranges,
strawberries, walnuts and asparagus. During the 1920s, the Irvine
Ranch also became the world’s leading producer of lima beans.

The City of Irvine and some surrounding areas are unique in
that while houses may be bought and sold, the land still belongs
to the Irvine Company and is offered to homeowners in 99-year
leases, thus extending the American Dream to upper-middle-class
America while maintaining the land monopoly that keeps our rent
and cost of living so ridiculously expensive.

Irvine is best remembered for creating The Irvine Co., which
still exists as the city’s major land holder and developer. William
Pereira, a consultant to the University of California, worked with
the Irvine Co. to create the city’s first master plan. It envisioned
a community centered around a new university campus. Development continued according to the Irvine Co.’s master plan until
residents voted to incorporate the city on Dec. 28, 1971.

Donald Bren

In 1977 Donald Bren, rich from the development of the failed state Mission Viejo, purchased the Irvine Company with a group of
investors. By 1996, he had bought out all outstanding shares to become the sole owner. The development of the Irvine Ranch area propelled Bren into the position of the wealthiest real estate developer in the US. However, the actual extent of his wealth is viewed to be
a company secret. Bren is engaged in an ongoing child support lawsuit against his two children. Under California law, child support is
supposed to be 19.2 percent of the parent’s annual income. Bren shelled out something in the neighborhood of .0001 percent of his purported income while the children were raised by their mother. Donald Bren hired famed O.J. Simpson civil case lawyer Daniel Petrocelli
to help hide his actual income as it might damage the Irvine Company’s ability to negotiate with municipalities. Donald Bren has a
wealth of about $12 billion, making him the 26th richest man in the world and enabling him to be the #2 contributor to John McCain’s
2008 Presidential campaign.

Donald Bren: “I
make more money
every time I take
a shit than you’ll
make in your life!



The Safest City in the Whole World?
For those of you who believe the Police can Protect you from
Crime, and believe in the Tooth Fairy. Just ask someone who has
been, or knows of someone, who’s been Robbed or Murdered.
The Good News is, assuming your body is available, the Coroner,
eventually will be along, and will stick a Meat Thermometer into
your Liver, in effort to determine the approximate time of your
Generally, Affluence, and Demographics, [NOT] Big Expensive Police Departments, make Cities Safer! The City of Irvine is
Listed in FBI Crime Statistic Reports as One of the Safest Cities in
America for Many of the Following Reasons.

Factor [ In order of importance ]
Residential Population & Population Density

When the Mayor of Irvine, Beth Krom, tells you that the low
crime rate in Irvine is because, they spend almost half of the entire
City budget on the Police Department, she’s perpetrating a Fraud,
and you’re the Victim of it, because that statement is completely
false and reckless.
As a general rule, readers should consider the following factors when gauging the relative safety of any city, neighborhood, or
business district. Most of these factors are provided by the FBI in
its Uniform Crime Reports:

General Effect
High population leads to higher residential crime rate (residential burglaries, larcenies from motor vehicles, domestic assaults, auto theft). High population density
also leads to a higher residential crime rate.

Commercial & Educational Population, number High commercial population leads to more “business” crimes (commercial burglar& type of commercial establishments and educa- ies, shoplifting, larcenies from buildings, forgery) and to more crimes against the
tional institutions
person often committed in commercial areas (larcenies from the person, larcenies
from motor vehicles, larcenies of bicycles, street robbery, auto theft).
Age composition of population

A higher population in the “at risk” age of 15-24 leads to a higher crime rate.

Stability of Population

Stable, close-knit populations have a lower overall crime rate than transient populations. Neighborhoods with more houses and condominiums (generally signifying
a more stable population) have a lower crime rate than neighborhoods with mostly
apartments (generally a more transient population).

Street Layout
Proximity to Public Transportation

Areas with major streets offering fast getaways and mass transportation show more
crime clusters than neighborhoods with primarily residential streets.
Criminals are often indigent and cannot afford cars or other expensive forms of
transportation. Areas near public transportation, and particularly subways, witness
a higher crime rate-particularly robbery and larceny-than more inaccessible areas

Economic conditions, including poverty level Again, criminals are often indigent. Areas afflicted by poverty show higher burand unemployment rate
glary, robbery, and larceny rates than Middle-class or wealthy neighborhoods.

Family conditions with respect to divorce and Larry J. Siegel, author of Criminology, says: “Family relationships have for some
family cohesiveness
time been considered a major determinant of behavior. Youths who grow up in a
household characterized by conflict and tension, where parents are absent or separated, or where there is a lack of familial love and support, will be susceptible to the
crime-promoting forces in the environment.”

Warmer climates and seasons tend to report a higher rate of larceny, auto theft, and
juvenile-related crime, while cold seasons and climates report more robberies and

Operational and investigative emphasis of the Problem-oriented, informed police departments have more success controlling cerpolice department
tain aspects of crime than other departments.

Attitude of the citizenry toward crime, including Populations that have “given up” on crime and the police experience an exacerbaits reporting practices
tion of the crime problem.


John Wayne: Orange County’s Racist Laureate?
The Santa Ana Airport is named after John Wayne, who lived for
some time in Newport Beach. He was best known for his acting
career, but we’ll let him tell you more about himself:
“I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from
them if that’s what you’re asking. Our so called stealing of this
country was just a question of survival. There were great numbers
of people who needed new land the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.... I’m quite sure that the concept of
a Government-run reservation... seems to be what the socialists
are working for now — to have everyone cared for from cradle to
grave.... But you can’t whine and bellyache ‘cause somebody else
got a break and you didn’t, like those Indians are. We’ll all be on
a reservation soon if the socialists keep subsidizing groups like
them with our tax money” (Playboy Magazine Volume 18, issue #5
“John Wayne:The Playboy Interview”, Richard Warren Lewis p.
78, May 1971).
“I believe in white supremacy until blacks are educated to a point
of responsibility. I don’t believe in giving authority and positions
of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.... The academic community has developed certain tests that determine whether
the blacks are sufficiently equipped scholastically.... I don’t feel
guilty about the fact that five or ten generations ago these people
were slaves. Now I’m not condoning slavery. It’s just a fact of life,
like the kid who gets infantile paralysis and can’t play football
like the rest of us” (Ibid. p. 79).

The most flattering image we could find of that asshole.

Who lived in Orange County before you?
A Thriving Nation: 12,000 BC - 1542 AD
California has a rich Native American heritage. Hundreds of
tribes call California home, more than any other state. The native
inhabitants of San Juan Capistrano and all of Orange County
belong to the Acjachemen Nation. For more than 10,000 years,
the Acjachemen (A-ha-che-men, also called Acagchemem or
Juaneño) occupied the pristine coastline, vast valleys, and majestic mountains which spanned from Long Beach to Oceanside,
as far east as Lake Elsinore, and westward to Catalina and San
Clemente Islands. The Acjachemen possessed an intricate social
structure based on clans. Villages were governed by male and
female clan chiefs called Nu and Coronne who oversaw hunting
and gathering expeditions, migrations to seasonal settlements,
tribal councils, and ceremonies. Villages contained populations
of about 50 to 250 people each. Women and men wore grass
skirts and animal skins with elaborate jewelry made of shells,
seeds, and beads. Within the village, Acjachemen families lived
in ki-chas, dome-shaped huts made of willow and tule, and ate
wi-wish or acorn meal, fish and roasted deer or rabbit meat.
Hunting was performed with bow and arrows, snares, and throwing sticks. Elaborate stone bowls, grinding stones, and tools were

ingeniously made by the Acjachemen as well as intricately woven
baskets. The Acjachemen were a deeply spiritual people who
celebrated their religion in sacred ceremonies of dance and song.

An Inflicted Nation: 1543-1834
Spanish exploration of Alta California began with the voyage of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542. This would be the first
contact between Europeans and Native Californians. In 1769,
Gaspar de Portola’s expedition of Spanish soldiers and Franciscan padres would be the first recorded contact in Orange County
between the Acjachemen and Spanish. WIth the advent of Spanish occupation of California in 1769, the native peoples were integrated into the mission system. By 1776, Father Junipera Serra,
charged with establishing missions in Alta California, founded
the seventh mission known as the Mission San Juan Capistrano.
The Acjachemen were forced to adapt to a new way of life and
system of beliefs which were foreign to them. The newcomers
also introduced diseases which inflicted a loss of over 60% of the
Acjachemen population. The Mission San Juan Capistrano was
established upon an Acjachemen sacred site and was the basis
for a new identity for the Acjachemen who were then named San
Juaneños by the padres.


A Transformed Nation: 1835-1940

A Sovereign Nation: 1941 - Present

In 1821, Mexico achieved independence from Spain leading to
the liberation of the Juaneños by Mexican Governor Figueroa in
October 1833. With the Mexican occupation of Alta California,
the Acjachemen/Juaneños became transformed into citizens of
Mexico overnight and thus adopted Mexican culture, names, and
a second language. The Mission San Juan Capistrano became
dismantled, secularized, and abandoned. The Mission San Juan
Capistrano was placed on public auction in 1845 by order of
Mexican Governor Pio Pico. Don Juan Forster, and English settler, then purchased the Mission San Juan Capistrano for $710.
By 1848, Mexican and American troops were at war over the
western territory. Having defeated the Mexican army, American forces negotiated the surrender of California to the United
States via the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Thus, the Republic
of California was established in 1850 and California became the
31st state in the American Union. This opened the flood gates to
American immigrants into southern California. The Acjachemen
were forced again to adopt another foreign culture and a third language -- English. American Indian Agents sent Native children
to far-away boarding schools, while their parents learned the new
rancho occupations. Native Americans would remain foreigners
to the United States until the passing of the Federal American
Indian Citizenship Act of 1928. The California Mission Indian Federation was founded during the early 1900s to fight for
California Indian Native rights and recognition. Acjachemen
representation within the Federation was in the form of traditional
clan leaders called Capitane.

Clarence Lobo became the first Acjachemen leader to formalize a government to government exchange between the Acjachemen Nation and Washington, D.C. The Acjachemen were one
of hundreds of tribes across North America to be overlooked as
living tribes by Washington. And thus began the pursuit for Federal Recognition of the Acjachemen Nation. Clarence Lobo led
this charge until is death in the 1980s. During the 1980s, formal
governmental structure was established and elected Tribal Council was inaugurated. An official petition for Federal Recognition was submitted to the U.S. Bureau of Acknowledgement and
Research (BAR) in August of 1982. All Federal requirements
were finalized and submitted in September 1999. The Acjachemen Nation currently waits on a Ready for Active Consideration
list for BAR’s attention and then finally Federal Recognition.
The Acjachemen Nation today is an organized, democratic body
comprised of a membership of over 2,300 members. Elected
Tribal Council Members serve 4-year terms and direct the affairs
of the Tribe. Various Tribal duties are delegated to Committees
including Culture, Archaeology, Education, Community Events,
Basketweavers, and others. The Acjachemen culture and language lives on in ceremony, traditional songs, and history.
[from juaneno.com]

Community Spaces & Organizations
El Centro Cultural de Mexico
310 W 5th St, Santa Ana www.el-centro.org
El Centro seeks to be at the forefront of creating a strong ideological and cultural bridge to support a variety of cultural projects
from Mexico, Central and South America.
Santa Ana Food Not Bombs
Santa Ana Food Not Bombs shares fresh healthful food every Sunday @ 3pm across from the Santa Ana Library at Ross and Civic
Center. The food is usually vegan and/or vegetarian.
Santa Ana Infoshop
BASE Collective and SAFNB are working to open an infoshop/
social center in the coming months. Check with the Disorientation
editors (disorientuci@riseup.net) for more info.
East Side Café
5469 Huntington Dr, El Sereno
The Eastside Café Echospace is a cultural and educational space
founded by El Sereno residents for the evolvement of sustainable
self-reliance through education, cultural awareness, health and the
Chuco’s Justice Center
1137 E Redondo Blvd, Inglewood, CA
Chuco’s Justice Center is a radical art space/community center,
charter school for youth organizing, and office for Youth Justice
Coalition, and Critical Resistance.

Health Care

Planned Parenthood
621 W. 19th St., Ste. B, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 - (949) 646-4002
Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties provides confidential, affordable, high-quality reproductive health
care and fights for your fundamental right to determine your own
destiny. We believe that respect and value for diversity in all aspects of our work are essential, and enable you to make responsible and informed choices through comprehensive, honest sex
education and health information.
Share Our Selves Free Medical and Dental Clinic
1550 Superior Ave., Costa Mesa, CA - (949)650-0640
Medical Services include: Depression screening, crisis intervention, prenatal education, dental services, primary medical care,
onsite pharmacy, and lab services.


SELA Infoshop
2520 Long Beach Blvd, Lynwood, CA
A radical community space in Lynwood. Southeast LA Infoshop
aims at providing the community with alternative educational resources and safe space for the purpose of creating a sense of community amongst the residents of South East LA and to empower
community members to seek alternative and radical ways to help
their communities thrive.
OC-RAP - Orange County Recruitment Awareness Project
Opposed to the militarization of public schools and seeks to provide the truth about enlistment. Pamphlets, Articles, etc. available
at above website.
Bicycle Tree
2204 N. Main St. Santa Ana, CA
The Bicycle Tree is offers bicycle repair workshops on the last
Saturday of every month from 11 am - 4 pm at The Road Less
Traveled store at 2204 N. Main St. in Santa An. Learn how to fix
your bike with their volunteers. $5 suggested donation per bike.
No one turned away for lack of funds. If arriving by car, please use
parking on the opposite side of Main Street. That is the east side
of the street.

Lestonnac Free Clinic
1215 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, CA - (714) 633-4600
Our Mission is to ensure that there are no closed doors for those
seeking primary healthcare at our clinic in Orange County.
With no county hospital or public primary health care system in
Orange County, Lestonnac Free Clinic is acutely aware of how
critical the shortage of affordable health service is. We recognize
that low-income patients are often forced to make the difficult
choice between paying a $10 healthcare co-payment or applying
the money toward rent, food, and other necessities.
Our 30 year history of providing free healthcare service to those in
need both alleviate the patient’s stress of having to make this kind
of decision and increases the efficiency of local hospitals. For this
reason, the clinic continues to expand our volunteer pool.
Medical Services include: vaccinations, prenatal care, primary care,
comprehensive dental care, and smoking cessation programs.


Independently Owned Businesses
Bike Shops
Peregrine Cyclery
1224 Village Way Unit B Santa Ana, CA
Fixed Gear Shop. They can order parts for other types of bikes, but
if you have a fixie go here first. It is owned by two recent alumni
of UCI.
Bike Religion
On Campus
These guys have a super small shop on campus, but they are
knowledgeable and have ok prices. They also have other locations
in Newport Beach that have more inventory.
The Path
215 West First Street Tustin, CA
The best bike shop this author has found in Orange County. They
have a HUGE selection and what they don’t have in stock they
might have in their discounts room for cheap. They are also super
helpful, almost over the top. So good.

Phnom Penh Noodle Restaurant
1644 Cherry Ave, Signal Hill
Cambodian cuisine
202 S Bristol St, Santa Ana
Real Mexican food and Mexican seafood!
Taqueria de Anda
1029 E 4th St, Santa Ana
1106 S Bristol St, Santa Ana
2610 W Edinger Ave, Santa Ana
Affordable Mexican food, open 24 hours.
El Gallo Giro
Bristol and Edinger, Santa Ana
Taqueria and panaderia, damn good aguas frescas!
Open 24 hours, and if you go in late, make sure you can at least
fake Spanish.

Bicycle Tree
If spending a ton of money on getting your bike fixed doesn’t
sound like a great idea flip to page 45 to learn more about The
Bicycle Tree.

Los Primos Cantina
488 E 17th St # A106 Costa Mesa, CA
This place has good and cheap Mexican food. And a burrito so
serious it is name Mr. Serious. It is so big it requires two tortillas,
and it fed one girl for four days.


Taco Loco
640 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach
“hippie-influenced” Mexican food...at a yuppie location...

Veggie Grill
4213 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA (Across from Campus, in University Center)
Delicious, Casual Vegan Food. (Many Organic options as well)
Native Foods
2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA
Completely Vegan, Gourmet Ethnic Fusion
The Stand
238 Thalia St, Laguna Beach
‘Natural food’ restaurant. Healthy Vegan/Vegetarian food.
Avanti Cafe
259 E 17th St, Costa Mesa
Delicious but pricy vegetarian/organic food.
Locally grown produce basket exchange you can sign up for.
Wheel Of Life
14370 Culver Dr., Suite 3G, Irvine, CA
Vegan Chinese/Thai Cuisine.
India Cookhouse
14130 Culver Drive #M, Irvine, CA
Includes many vegetarian dishes.


Alta Coffee
506 31st St Newport Beach, CA
Local coffee roasters, live music and open mics, local artists displaying their work, lending library, coffee’s only 50 cents if you
bring your own mug (which you can keep there), great food, super
friendly folks.
Pannikin Coffee & Tea
510 N Highway 101, Encinitas (other locations in La Jolla)
Family-owned coffee shop selling organic and fair trade coffee
and tea.
Viento y Agua Coffeehouse
4007 E 4th St, Long Beach
Coffee shop, music venue, and art gallery
Haus of Pizza
1500 Adams Ave, Costa Mesa
Family-owned, inexpensive Italian restaurant. OC’s #1 Hole-inthe-wall restaurant.


Thrift Stores & Swapmeets

One Dollar Bookstore
8520 E. Chapman Ave. Orange, CA
Lots of books! dig!

Orange County College Swap Meet
Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Sat & Sun 8am-3pm

Open Bookstore
2226 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA
Used books, music, art, magazines, venue

Golden West College Swap Meet
15744 Golden West Street Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Sat & Sun 8am-3pm

Sound Trolley Records
440 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa
Buy Sell Trade: Vinyl, Cd’s Tapes, Books, and supplies

Dee Lux
1500 Adams Ave. Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Vintage Store that buys & sells used clothes.

Dr. Freecloud’s Record Shoppe
18960 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley

Food Markets

Bionic Records
16101 Bolsa Chica St., Huntington Beach, CA

The Road Less Traveled
2204 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA
Environmental store providing eco-friendly lifestyle products. Run
by good people and they even give up their parking lot to Bicycle
Tree once a month.
814 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa
Boutique/Event Space/Art Gallery
Pro Photo Connection
17752 Fitch, Irvine, CA
Photo developing for better prices and they process 120 film!

Mother’s Market
Irvine (2963 Michelson Drive)
Costa Mesa (225 E. 17th Street)
Santa Ana (151 East Memory Lane)
A small chain of health food stores that provide quality organic
products along with other goods unavailable at large chain supermarkets. The stores also have a restaurant and fresh juice bar (not
all of which is organic, but much of it is--the Limeade Cooler is
Trader Joe’s
4225 Campus Dr, Irvine, CA
Located across from campus in the University Center.
Many vegetarian/vegan/organic food options at reasonable prices.
They are also locally owned. (Pasadena, CA)
Whole Foods
2847 Park Ave., Tustin, CA
Fairly expensive organic/vegan/vegetarian options. However,
sells many hard-to-find/specialty food items. Be warned: CEO is a
capitalist fuck. Google it.

OC Certified Farmers Markets
Historic Park at the Irvine Ranch
13042 Old Myford Road, Irvine
9 AM - 1 PM (rain or shine)

Corner of El Camino Real and 3rd St.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (rain or shine)
Westminster Mall, Goldenwest and Bolsa, adjacent to Target Store
12 - 5 p.m. (rain or shine)


Costa Mesa
Orange County Fairgrounds, 88 Fair Dr
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (rain or shine)
The Village at Orange,
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (rain or shine)
Laguna Hills
Laguna Hills Mall, I-5 and El Toro
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (rain or shine)
Huntington Beach
Pier Plaza, Main Street & PCH
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. (rain or shine)

Laguna Beach
Next to the City Hall
8 a.m. - Noon / 8 - 11 a.m. July and August (rain or shine)
University Center (across from UCI)
8 a.m. - Noon (rain or shine)
Laguna Niguel
Plaza De La Paz Shopping Center on the
Corner of La Paz and Pacific Park
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (rain or shine)


What to do if you’re stopped by the police
(adapted from www.aclu.org)

• Stay calm and in control of your words, body language, and
• Don’t get into an argument with the police -- you won’t win.
• Remember, anything you say or do can be used against you.
• Keep your hands where the police can see them.
• Don’t run. Don’t touch any police officer.
• Don’t resist even if you believe you are innocent.
• Don’t complain on the scene or tell the police they’re wrong
or that you’re going to file a complaint.
• Do not make any statements regarding the incident.
• Ask for a lawyer immediately upon your arrest.
• Remember officers’ badge and patrol card numbers.
• Write down everything you remember ASAP.
• Try to find witnesses and their names and phone numbers.
• If you are injured, take photographs of the injuries as soon as
possible, but make sure you seek medical attention first.
• If you feel your rights have been violated, file a written complaint with the police department’s internal affairs division or
civilian complaint board.
1. What you say to the police is always important. What you say
can be used against you, and it can give the police an excuse to
arrest you, especially if you bad-mouth a police officer.
2. You don’t have to answer a police officer’s questions, but you
must show your driver’s license and registration when stopped
in a car. In other situations, you can’t legally be arrested for
refusing to identify yourself to a police officer.
3. You don’t have to consent to any search of yourself, your car,
or your house. If you DO consent to a search, it can affect your
rights later in court. If the police say they have a search warrant, ASK TO SEE IT.
4. Do not interfere with, or obstruct the police -- you can be arrested for it.

If you are stopped for questioning:
1. It’s not a crime to refuse to answer questions, but refusing to
answer can make the police suspicious about you. If you are


asked to identify yourself, see paragraph 2 above.
2. Police may “pat-down” your clothing if they suspect a concealed weapon. Don’t physically resist, but make it clear that
you don’t consent to any further search.
3. Ask if you are under arrest. If you are, you have a right to know
4. Don’t bad-mouth the police officer or run away, even if you
believe what is happening is unreasonable. That could lead to
your arrest.

If you’re stopped in your car:
1. Upon request, show them your driver’s license, registration, and
proof of insurance. In certain cases, your car can be searched
without a warrant as long as the police have probable cause.
To protect yourself later, you should make it clear that you do
not consent to a search. It is not lawful for police to arrest you
simply for refusing to consent to a search.
2. If you’re given a ticket, you should sign it; otherwise you can be
arrested. You can always fight the case in court later.
3. If you’re suspected of drunk driving (DWI) and refuse to take
a blood, urine or breath test, your driver’s license may be suspended.

If you’re arrested or taken to a police
1. You have the right to remain silent and to talk to a lawyer before
you talk to the police. Tell the police nothing except your name
and address. Don’t give any explanations, excuses or stories.
You can make your defense later, in court, based on what you
and your lawyer decide is best.
2. Ask to see a lawyer immediately. If you can’t pay for a lawyer,
you have a right to a free one, and should ask the police how the
lawyer can be contacted. Don’t say anything without a lawyer.
3. Within a reasonable time after your arrest, or booking, you have
the right to make a local phone call: to a lawyer, bail bondsman,
a relative or any other person. The police may not listen to the

call to the lawyer.
4. Sometimes you can be released without bail, or have bail lowered. Have your lawyer ask the judge about this possibility. You
must be taken before the judge on the next court day after arrest.
5. Do not make any decisions in your case until you have talked
with a lawyer.

without a warrant.
3. If you are arrested, the police can search you and the area close
by. If you are in a building, “close by” usually means just the
room you are in.

In your home:

Just as you do not have to incriminate yourself, you do not have to
incriminate others. If police ask questions about another individual, do not answer. If you find yourself in a situation where you are
compelled to answer, you can always claim you don’t remember.
Lying to the police will just get you in more trouble, and ratting out
a comrade will get them in more trouble. And remember, answering police questions or allowing police to search your property or
person will only make things worse for you and others.

1. If the police knock and ask to enter your home, you don’t have
to admit them unless they have a warrant signed by a judge.
2. However, in some emergency situations (like when a person
is screaming for help inside, or when the police are chasing
someone) officers are allowed to enter and search your home

Everyone hates a snitch!

Planting in your dorm or apartment
Trader Joe’s is no substitute for homegrown
produce. And even if you don’t have an
acre of land or are living in an apartment,
you can still grow your own food. Some
fruits and vegetables are easier to grow
than others, and while you get the hang of
growing plants, some suggestions to begin
with are tomatoes, jalapeños, and lettuce.
Passionfruit is also easy to grow, but be
careful because it tends to grow quickly,
and vines can quickly overtake your apartment complex.

by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen (Process

Finally, you’ll need to take sunlight into
consideration. Most apartments around
UCI are built so that there is ample sunlight
on their porches; however, the amount and
direction of sunlight changes throughout
the year. Dorms, while limiting, give you
a little more flexibility if you have several
windows. Before you plant, see where the

sun shines at various times throughout the
day (i.e. 10am, 2pm, and 5pm). Place your
plants in accordance with your findings and
their need for sunlight.
Planting in your dorm or apartment can be
a very rewarding activity. You may kill
a few plants, but through trial and error
you’ll grow a green thumb and lots of tasty

You also have the option of planting from
seed, or using pre-sprouted plants. The
second is easier of course, but seeing plants
grow from seeds is much more rewarding.
Tomatoes are the easiest to grow from seed;
just go to your local grocery store and buy
an organic tomato, and cut the seeds out.
Nursery pots work the best for sprouting,
but anything that’s 3” deep will work; just
keep each seed separate or else you’ll run
the risk of killing the plants when you try to
pot them. Once they get a few inches high,
transfer them to a bigger pot (for tomatoes,
it should be about 6” in diameter). As they
get bigger and start flowering, you’ll need
to stake or cage them, as this will help the
plant support the weight of its fruit and will
help it grow more. Before too long, you’ll
be amazed at the number of red tomatoes
growing on your porch!
Another option is building a self-watering
container. This can be done rather easily.
For the sake of space we’ll direct you to an
excellent tutorial in The Urban Homestead


Composting in Confined Spaces
Vermicomposting (or worm composting in a bin) is the easiest
(and cleanest) way to start composting on a small scale, especially if you live on campus. Vermicomposting uses worms to break
down your leftover food into worm castings, also known as ‘black
gold,’ a more potent and concentrated version of your regular pile

Why compost? Our practice of burying biodegradable waste with
non-biodegradable waste contaminates groundwater and increases
the occurrence of greenhouse gas emissions. You should already
know why this is bad news. Compost is also a safe way to fertilize
any plants you have.
Composting is nature’s way of recycling. It is the process of biodegradable materials breaking down back into nutrients in soil,
from whence it came. A combo of microorganisms, nitrogen-based
(brown and dry) and carbon-based (green and wet) biomass work
together in your compost bin, leaving only nutrient-rich soil and a
satisfying feeling that you’re helping the environment.
Around 30% of what we throw away can be composted. We can
reduce use of trash bags as well as dumpster trips to the landfill.
Whether you are save-the-planet type of student or a save-a-tripto-the-dumpster kind of person, composting is an easy way to reduce the amount of trash in landfills.

Here’s what you need to get started:
• Prepare a bin: A bucket, old garbage can, wooden bin, or other
container with a lid; wide and shallow works best. You can
also buy a “composting bin” at a hardware store or online.
• The worms and microorganisms will need access to air,
so drill or cut holes in the sides, bottom, and the lid.
• Place your bin in an airy spot, without direct sunlight. If
you manage your bin properly you can keep it under the
kitchen sink, or in a pantry.
• Make bedding and add some worms: Make a 6 inch bed of
moist shredded newspaper and spread your worms on top.
Certain species are more suitable for apartment style worm
bins, such as the Red Wiggler and the European Nightcrawler.
These can be found locally at www.vermipro.com in Orange
County or www.redwormproducts.com/ in Escondido. You
can also collect them from matured compost piles and they
reproduce in your worm bin, so borrow some from a friend.
• Start adding food waste:
• All fruits and vegetables, with high acid fruits in moderation.
• Avoid meat and dairy, it stinks.
• Tea bags, coffee grounds, and egg shells.
• Stuff will break down faster the smaller it is, so cut up
large pieces before you add them.
• Use that compost: After 3 to 6 months, your food material
should transform into nice dark brown material. After awhile
the castings become a bit much for the worms to handle so
you can sort out the compost you will use from the worm bin.
You can also let the worms sort it out for you. Just feed your
worms on one side of the bin for a month. The worms will
migrate to the side with the food, and the worm castings on the
other side can be easily removed!
• Use it: You can use the compost by mixing it with soil for
growing plants or add a layer of compost at the plant base to
prevent weeds.

Dumpster Dive!

In our current consumer culture, so much goes to waste. Products are routinely thrown out for damaged packaging and produce
is tossed if it no longer looks impeccable. For many of us, it makes
sense to dumpster, because we can often get food and other things
that we need but can’t afford to buy -- for FREE! And dumpstering
is good for the environment: by reclaiming food, we’re reducing
our consumer demand, meaning that less energy is spent shipping
and growing additional food; and when food goes into the landfill,
it breaks down differently than in compost and releases methane
and other harmful gases.
Where to dumpster: Anywhere! Some businesses lock their
dumpsters or use trash compactors, and you’ll really just have to
go out back and see. Stand-alone businesses will usually have
their dumpsters behind the store, but businesses in strip malls may
share dumpsters or have a common dumpster area. Organic food
stores throw out their food frequently, and some fill up 2 dumpsters
a day.
When to dumpster: It’s recommended that you go at night after
the store has closed, and you should give the employees sufficient
time to leave. Some people have had luck during the day, but that
can be really sketchy. Use your judgment.
What to bring: Definitely bring a headlamp, these are often
available at Target and other stores which carry camping supplies.
They’re fairly inexpensive, but you can get them for free. Gloves,
if you’re squeamish about dumpsters and germs. If you’re lucky
enough to find a big haul of food or goods, you’ll also need a car
or a bike with a rack.

Because dumpstered food is further along in its life cycle, it presents some challenges for its use. Here’s some suggestions for how
to use dumpstered foods:
• Go through your food that night. Some foods, especially berries, may already be moldy, but usually there will be some good
fruit in the batch. By getting rid of rotten food right away (see
composting article), you’ll help save the rest.
• Most fruit, like berries, apples, bananas, and mangos, can be
frozen and reused later. Don’t expect them to look like fresh
fruit after thawing, but you can use them in smoothies, apple
sauce, and baked goods. Vegetables like tomatoes or basil can
also be chopped and frozen.
• Chili, tomato sauce, apple sauce, jams, smoothies, aguas frescas, and lemonade are good ways to use a variety of commonly
dumpstered foods.
Other tips:
• If there are two dumpsters and one or both are full, you can
get the useful things off the top of the less-filled one, and dig
down in both by moving bags and bigger items from one to the
• Many restaurants and groceries will have stacks of plastic crates
by the dumpster; these are perfect for standing on as you dig
around. Just put them back where you found them.
• Go with a buddy! If you’re worried about security guards, one
can be a lookout. With some dumpsters, especially fenced-in
ones or ones with guards, one person can wait in the car while
the other climbs in and loads up boxes. Once you’ve found as
much as you want to or are able to take, you can signal your
driver to come over, quickly load up the car, and take off.
• Take care of the dumpster. Generally if you leave the dumpster
cleaner than it was before you got there and respect the space,
management won’t give you problems. After all, if you’re not
making a mess and you’re taking their garbage, it saves them
some work and money! If there’s consistently a mess, management is much more likely to lock or fence the dumpsters or just
get a trash compactor.

Reduce & Reuse

The two forgotten R’s (probably due to consumerism, fuckers!)

consumerism: the theory that an increasing consumption of goods is economically beneficial



5 Easy Steps to make Wheatpaste
1. Heat 250ml (~1 Cup) of water in a medium sized pot.
2. Measure out 45 ml (3tbsp) of Organic Locally Grown & Processed all-purpose or wheat flour into a separate bowl. Add just enough
cold water from the faucet to make a milky-white paste. Use a fork to beat out the clumps.
3. Start stirring the water in the pot while slowly pouring this mixture in. Bring to a boil. Don’t stop stirring. Once it has come to a boil
add 15 ml (1tbsp) of sugar or corn syrup to make it more effective.
4. Remove from stove and let it cool.
5. Put it into an old dish soap or similar squirting bottle for ease of use. (See the article on Reusing)
3 Easy Steps to use Wheatpaste in a completely legal way
1. Using a paintbrush or roller, apply a thin layer of wheatpaste to an area slightly larger than your poster.
2. CAREFULLY place your poster on the wheatpasted area, making sure there are no wrinkles or bubbles. Press firmly on all parts of
the poster to make sure it’s adhered to your surface.
3. Coat your poster with another thin layer of wheatpaste, making sure to completely cover the edges and corners.



1. First, you’ll need to make an image. You can either hand draw it or photoshop it,
but it’ll need to be two-tone (black and white). Until you get really comfortable
cutting stencils, simpler is better. An easy way to photoshop pictures is to convert
it to greyscale, then play around with the threshold until it looks good. Print out
your image in the size you want.
2. Before you start cutting, you’ll need to search for islands. If you’re printing out a
black image on white paper, look for any white areas that are completely surrounded by black. Use a red marker or highlighter and draw lines connecting islands to
the white background, and make note of them for when you start cutting, because
if you don’t leave bridges the islands won’t show up in your stencil!
3. Pick a stencil material--probably the two easiest are thin cardboard and transparency paper. If you’re using cardboard, tape your image on the top; if you’re using
transparent materials you can tape it underneath. The more rigid yet thin the material, the better, but it’s a matter of preference, cost, and availability.
4. Start cutting! Use an exacto knife, and cut on top of a cutting mat. Go slowly
and use short knife strokes--pretend you’re doing surgery, the faster you go the
more likely you are to mess up have to start over. Again, keep in mind islands and
5. When you go to spray your stencil, hold it firm against your surface or tape it on. If
the stencil rises up at all, it will end up looking blurrier. Hold your spraypaint can
about 12-18” away from the stencil, and spray quickly over it so that there’s a thin
layer. Too much paint leads to drip lines. Spray another thin layer if needed.
6. Run!

Stickers are a way to get up your name, message, or art all over,
very quickly, and with much less risk than stenciling, tagging, or
wheatpasting. You can conceal stickers in your palm and slap
them onto any surface you can reach, including poles and other
non-flat surfaces. To make stickers on the cheap, you have two
good options.
First, is to buy or appropriate mailing label paper. Make sure
you buy the 8 1/2x11 sheets. Avery make good stickers, but experiment with different brands to see what works best for you. You
can also buy sticker paper, although it’s considerably more expensive. You can draw your stickers, stencil them, or print on them
with a laser or inkjet printer using computer graphics. Obviously
this gives you a lot of options for what you can make.




The Ankle Express is the oldest form of transportation. It is a
good way to meet the people around you; the best way to explore
the neighborhoods where you live and the cities that you visit. At
UCI Ring Road is design so you can walk to any quadrant in under
10 minutes. We also have pedestrian friendly businesses at University Center and around Albertson’s. It is natural, healthy (even the
US Surgeon general recommends it daily), and nearly impossible
by design in the city of Irvine, except for certain areas like UCI.

This takes a little extra effort, but is the most sustainable, funnest, and healthiest way to tackle sprawling suburbs such as Central & Southern Orange County. Although the City of Irvine master
plan has screwed pedestrians they have left quite a bit of room for
bicycles. I would say, that out of all the cities in Orange county
that I have ridden, Irvine has the most extensive system of on and
paved off road bicycle paths.

Irvine is a master planned suburb designed and built for the
wealthy car-owning families of Central Orange County. It is large
(on a pedestrian scale) and not dense enough to support the infrastructure of walking. A walking city, such as the city of Venice,
Italy, has 1500 intersections per square mile. Irvine? Fifteen.
Irvine’s major shopping centers (not that you should support
consumerism) are also put in the middle of a sea of parking lots
that peds have to navigate through to find the businesses at the end.
These of course are also along major thoroughfares that are more
like 8 lane wide highways with interstate-like speed limits, which
no person likes to walk next to. To counter this the city planner has
designed a few walking/bicycle only paths that weave throughout
Irvine and link up with a few shopping centers, but the problem
remains, the city is too spread out for walking to be efficient.
Bottom line: Walking in Irvine is possible in certain areas, like
UCI and Woodbridge, but once you get beyond these foot travel
is difficult, and must be supplemented with another type of transport.
Since walking is out of the picture, what is the best way to get
around Irvine?

Bottom Line: Ride your bike, the best way to get around town.
Orange County Bike Map: http://www.octa.net/bikeways_map.
How to Fit a Bike: http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/fitting.htm
Where to get a bike:
Local Bike Shops: (See Page 46)
UCI Bike Yard
• Open every last Wednesday of the month.
• On the corner of Jamboree & Campus
• In my experience, when you purchase bicycles from the internet, the most important thing is to find a bike that fits you
properly. (see the section on how to fit your bike) Usually you
don’t want to waste the sellers time (and you don’t want to
hang out in their smelly house for very long) so you only ride
the bike around the block or down the street and back, which
is not enough time to ensure that you and that bike can work
well together. Of course, if you are only going to ride it once a
month downhill to class, the fit isn’t all that important anyway.
Mechanical problems can be easily fixed, but and improper fit
is near impossible to change.

Another popular option is to use USPS Priority Mail stickers
from your local post office. These of course are free, and the adhesive is stronger than mailing label paper. Most already have printing on them, you can paint white (or another color) over them, but
it’s kind of a pain and takes a lot more time. You can draw directly
on them, or if you create a stencil you can turn out a lot of stickers
really fast. Some inkjet printers may be able to print on them, but
it depends on the printer.
Once your stickers are made, you can spray clear paint on them
or wheatpaste over them for added durability. Stickers usually last
a long time, even without clearcoating or wheatpasting, on metal
road signs and other smooth surfaces.


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5 Steps to properly fit a bike:
1.) Stand Over The Bike
For most riders, the first step in getting the right size bike is to
stand over the frame with both feet flat on the ground. A properlysized road bike frame will give an inch or two clearance between
the top tube of the frame and your crotch. Not too much, not too
little. A mountain bike should have more space - maybe the width
of your hand across your fingers.
On women’s bikes that don’t have the high top tube going between
the seat and the handlebars, you can skip this step.
2.) Seat Height
You want to have the bicycle seat set to a height that allows your
leg to extend until it is almost completely straight when you are
sitting on the seat. There should be only a slight bend to the knee
when your foot is on the pedal in the bottom position. This will
maximize power and minimize fatigue.
A common mistake is for people to think that they should be able
to sit on their seat and still plant their feet firmly on the ground.
Riders should come off their saddles and straddle the bar when
stopping the bike. If you can sit on the seat and touch your feet to
the ground other than on tippy-toes, your seat is too low.
3.) Seat Position
For maximum comfort and pedaling effeciency, you want your
seat to be pretty much level, so that you can sit on it and pedal
without having to consciously monitor where you are on the seat.
Too much forward tilt, and you’ll feel like you’re sliding forward.
Too much backward angle, and you won’t be able to get any power
and you’ll have the sensation that you’re slipping off the back.
Both of these situations are distracting and uncomfortable.
When on a bike seat, your weight should be borne by the same
spots on your rear that you feel underneath you when you sit upright on a hard firm surface. In addition to adjusting the tilt angle,
you can also move the seat forward and backward in relation to the
seat post. This will help make sure you’re comfortably centering
your weight in the right places.
4.) Handle Bar Adjustment
The goal of handlebar height adjustment is to find the position
where you can ride comfortably without putting strain on your
back, shoulders or wrists. There is a lot of personal preference
here, and a fair amount of variation between body types, so don’t
be afraid to experiment until you find the setting that is best for
you. And remember, the staff at your local bike shop are always
happy to offer advice on finding the proper fit.


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Generally, the following guides may be used for different types of
• Road bike: on a road bike, the top of the bike’s handlebars
should be a bit lower than the top of the saddle, in the range of
an inch or two. This allows for a definite forwarding-leaning,
more aerodynamic ride.
• Mountain bike: on a mountain bike, the handlebars will often be set even lower, perhaps three to four inches below the
saddle. The point in this is to provide a low center of gravity, particularly if you’re going to be riding off the pavement.
so as to give a lower center of gravity. Also, mountain bike
riders often come out of the saddle to negotiate bumps, logs
and other obstacles, and the lower handlebars provide a better,
more balanced position in distributing the rider’s body weight
across both wheels.
• Hybrids and Cruisers: With these bikes, where you’re sitting
much more upright (in contrast to road and mountain bikes)
the handlebars will be raised correspondingly higher, approximately an inch or two (or more) higher than the seat. This
means much more of your body weight will be borne by your
rear, instead of your shoulders, wrists and arms.
5.) Handle Bar Height
Remember, when setting the height of your handlebars, personal
preference and variations in physique will have an important effect. You should feel free to make adjustments until you find the
position that allows you to ride comfortably for extended periods
of time. In general, the higher the handlebar is set, the more upright you will sit.
NOTE: All handlebars have a minimum insertion mark. Make sure
you don’t raise your handlebars into a fixed position so high that
you pull this mark up out of the frame. Below this point, it means
that there is less than two inches of the handlebar stem remaining
inside the frame, and the handlebars are susceptible to breaking
which will cause a mean crash.

Air pollution by vehicle
(oz./passenger mile)

Car: 10
Train: 3
Plane: 17

Traffic Principles

(From The Leauge Of American Bicyclists)
Ride on the right
• Always ride with the flow of traffic
• Do not ride on the sidewalk
• Allow yourself room to maneuver around roadway hazards
Yield to traffic in busier lanes
• Roads with higher traffic volumes should be given right-of-way
• Always use signals to indicate your intentions to switch lanes
• Look behind you to indicate your desire to move and to make sure that you can
Yield to traffic in destination lane
• Traffic in your destination lane has the right-of-way
• Making eye contact with drivers lets them know that you see them
• Signal and make your lane change early, before you need to

Directional Positioning
• Position yourself in the right-most lane that goes in the direction of your destination
• Ride in the right third of the lane
• Avoid being overtaken in narrow-lane situations by riding in the right third of the lane
Speed Positioning
• Position yourself relative to the speed of other traffic
• Left-most lane is for fastest moving traffic, right-most for slower traffic
• Yield to faster moving vehicles by staying to the right in the lane

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has established an above average bus system in northern Orange County
and barely a mediocre bus system in Southern/Central orange
county. We, unfortunately, are just a few miles south of this poor
bus system threshold, and because of this there are a few things to
watch out for. Many bus lines do not run past 10pm in our area,
or on weekends. They also do not run very often, some only every
two hours. So just make sure you know exactly which bus & route
you will be taking before you set off on a journey on the OCTA.
OCTA bus passes used to be free, but with the current budget situation, the fee has been increased to $95/year. Not a bad deal at all,
if it were a functional bus system...

ASUCI shuttles run on biofuel, which isn’t perfect but is a step
in the right direction. They also give off the slightly disgusting
aroma of french fries when you’re stuck biking behind them--if
you like fast food. We doubt that the drivers are trained for driving around bikes. The shuttles are free around campus during the
week, but during recesses, on the weekends, and on certain routes,
there is a charge.


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Closest Station: 2975 Edinger Ave, Tustin, CA (4mi from UCI)
Metrolink suffers from the same faults as the OCTA bus system, but hey, we can’t blame them for it. When we spend most of our transportation budget on roads, we suffer in other places. Metrolink’s trains are designed for commuters, so they go into L.A. in the morning,
and head out to the suburbs (like O.C.) in the evening. Unless you get a job in L.A., which you probably won’t since you are going to
college, this makes taking the train very hard.

Cars sitting in port waiting to be sold, but no one wants them. Because cars suck.

Irvine, and most of Southern California, is designed for low occupancy vehicle travel. Unfortunately. I could go on for years about
how terrible this is, but if you are reading this far you probably already understand what I mean. If you would like to read more about
this read the books under Appendix D on page 63.


Appendix A:

Glossary of Terms
Ableism: Discrimination and oppression against people who are
not recognized as mentally, emotionally, or physically “normal.” Deeply rooted in the belief that people whose physical,
emotional, cognitive, or sensory abilities fall outside the scope
of what is currently defined as socially acceptable cannot be
productive members of society. Gives power and privilege to
temporarily able-bodied people.
Ageism: The pervasive oppression of people based on their age,
which privileges middle-aged adults over youth and seniors.
Discrimination comes from the social myth that older and
younger people cannot perform certain cognitive or affective
standards in the same way simply because they are younger or
Ally: One who actively works to eliminate the oppression and
marginalization of people within an identity group of which
they do not self-identify. This includes recognizing and challenging one’s own privilege.
Anarchism: A set of political philosophies and social movements
which advocates the elimination of imposed social hierarchy
and the establishment of anarchy as the predominant social
system. Anarchist movements have traditionally opposed the
State, Capitalism, and the Church for being oppressive institutions. Dominant schools of anarchist thought include anarchafeminism, green anarchism/anarcho-primitivism, anarcho-communism, syndicalism, and queer anarchism/tranarchism.

Theorists: Mikhail Bakunin, Peter Kropotkin, Emma
Goldman, Michael Albert, and David Graeber.

Movements: Spanish Civil War, Situationists, anti-globalization
Anarchy: Social system based upon autonomy, solidarity, and
consent and defined by the absence of imposed authority and
hierarchy. Does not mean “chaos,” in fact, anarchists believe
that anarchy provides a more cohesive social order than current society, where order is maintained by a system of physical
and mental repression. Anarchy is commonly represented by a
circled A, which means “anarchy is order.”
Autonomy: The ability to live by one’s own rule and not be governed or oppressed by others. This is not the same as independence, for an autonomous individual is still integrated into
Bourgeoisie: From Marx, the group of individuals in society who
control the means of production, or the ability to create wealth.
This class also controls access to the resources of the State, and
utilize sexism, racism, and classism to maintain power. Often
called the ruling class.

Capitalism: A socioeconomic system where social relations are
based on commodities for exchange, in particular private ownership of the means of production and on the exploitation of
wage labor. Capitalism is dependent upon classism (and often
racism and sexism) to survive. In US society, and in the university, Capitalism and economics are used interchangeably.
Cisgender: A person who identifies with their socially assigned
gender and/or sex.
Class privilege: The set of social markers and unearned advantages
given to people born into upper and middle class households.
Classism: Oppression against working class and poor people. It
is based in “meritocracy,” the idea that our society is fundamentally fair and that working class people have less wealth
because they are lazy or biologically inferior to upper class
people. Classism blames working class people for their own
oppression and creates a social hierarchy based on income,
wealth, lineage, culture, and access to education. Classism incorporates prejudice, structural oppression, and internalization
by working class people themselves.
Communism: A political and economic philosophy developed by
Karl Marx which advocates an egalitarian society with no State,
no private property, and no social classes. All property would
be communally owned. Best known for the principle, “From
each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”
While seemingly identical to Anarchism, the two philosophies
are deeply divided over strategy and organization. Communism has been associated with totalitarian regimes such as the
Soviet Union and North Korea, and to date every Communist
regime has failed to decentralize power and reduce the State apparatus, although it must be noted that early communist theory
did not provide a justification for authoritarianism.

Theorists: Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin,
Mao Zedong, and Fidel Castro.
Consent: Informed and voluntary permission for some individual,
group, or entity to act in a way that affects you positively or
negatively. Based upon consensus, which seeks to find a mutually agreeable outcome for all individuals or groups affected by
a decision. In many cases, such as the government or economic system, participation is expected regardless of consent. In
sexual relationships, such a lack of consent is often considered
sexual assault or rape. See page 20.
Contingent class/poor: People who are excluded from the formal
economic system. This group includes unemployed people and
workers in precarious or informal employment (day laborers,
undocumented workers, etc).


Direct action: A method and theory of stopping objectionable practices, creating more favorable conditions, or solving problems
using immediately available means. Action is direct when it
creates immediate change, whereas electing officials or lobbying power holders to make change at some later date is indirect.
Some examples include guerrilla gardening, opening social
centers, strikes, and civil disobedience.
Ethnicity: A group of people who are socially defined as similar
because they share a common culture, history, and/or ancestry.
Fascism: A totalitarian philosophy of government that glorifies the
State and nation and assigns to the State control over every aspect of national life. Sometimes referred to as Corporatism.
Fascists do not necessarily support Capitalism, and instead seek
to overcome class conflict through unity around the State. Fascists may use an external (or internal) enemy to build support,
often a minority or neighboring ethnic or racial group; as such,
fascism often incorporates elements of nationalism and extreme

Notable fascists: Mussolini (Italy), Hitler (Germany),
Franco (Spain), Pinochet (Chile)
Gender binary: A system of oppression that requires everyone to
be raised either male or female, masculine or feminine. Eliminates the possibility for other gender expressions, and gives
power to people whose genders do not break gender norms at
the expense of transgender and intersex people.
Gender: What a society deems “masculine” or “feminine.” Gender identity refers to an individual’s self-identification as a man,
woman, transgender person, or other identity. Gender is socially and culturally produced/constructed, as opposed to being
fixed, static, and coherent.
Genderqueer: A person who redefines or plays with gender norms,
or who refuses the gender binary altogether.
Gentrification: The socioeconomic process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle class or affluent people
into deteriorating areas that often displaces earlier -- often poorer -- residents.
Heteronormativity/heterosexism: A system of oppression that
gives power to straight people at the expense of queer people,
by normalizing heterosexuality as the only form of healthy sexual expression. Sometimes manifested as homophobia.
Homonormativity: A recreation of heterosexual, transphobic, and
sometimes patriarchal normativity within the queer community,
often closely tied to assimilation. Homonormativity reinforces
the gender binary, while creating a hierarchy that rewards those
with passing privilege and marginalizes bisexual, transsexual,
transgender, and other people who are not strictly gay or lesbian
and male or female.
Homophobia: The fear, hatred, or intolerance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people or of any behavior that is
outside the boundaries of “traditional” heterosexual roles and
Imperialism: The policy of extending the control or authority over
foreign entities as a means of acquisition and/or maintenance of
empires, either through direct territorial control or through indirect methods of exerting control on the politics and/or economy
of other countries. The term is used by some to describe the
policy of a country in maintaining colonies and dominance over
distant lands, regardless of whether the country calls itself an
Intersex: Intersex people are born with “sex chromosomes,” exter-


nal genitalia, and/or internal reproductive systems that are not
considered “standard” for either male or female as defined by
medical standards that presume the gender binary as the basis
for its analysis.
Oppression: Oppression = prejudice + power. Oppression is the
acts and effects of domination, including ideological domination and institutional control. In the US there are many forms
of often interlocking systems of oppression -- racism, imperialism, patriarchy, heterosexism, ageism, ableism, etc. -- which
ensure the the power and advantage of a few groups or one
group of people.
Passing privilege: The ability to enjoy the privileges of one or
more dominant societal groups while not identifying with or
being socially assigned to that group. Not all members of an
oppressed group enjoy passing privilege, so this may create
stratification within groups.
Patriarchy: A social system based on the domination of women by
men. Patriarchy also encompasses sexism, heterosexism, and
transphobia, although it is more subtle and complex. While
sexism is oppression of women by men, patriarchy creates a
rigid and systemic hierarchy based on gender and sex. Patriarchy often affects activist and progressive organizations, even
those committed to feminist ideals.
Power: A relationship between human beings in a specific historical, economic, and social setting. Power must be exercised to
be visible, and usually implies access to the resources of the
State. Sometimes defined as “the capacity to make and enforce
decisions,” although power also encompasses the ability to control agendas for discussion and control public consciousness.
Prejudice: A set of negative personal beliefs about a social group
that leads individuals to prejudge people from that group or the
group in general, regardless of individual differences among
members of that target group. Prejudice and oppression are
often mutually-reinforcing.
Privilege: Situations where one group has advantages that others
do not receive based on their membership in a societal group.
Privilege is often invisible to those who have it.
Proletariat: From Marx, the group of individuals in society who
are forced to sell their labor in order to survive. This class has
little or no wealth or political power. Today, the proletariat is
often associated with the working class or contingent class.
Queer: Often used in two different ways: 1) As an umbrella term
for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other people who
are marginalized on the basis of sexual orientation. 2) As a
political identity, to self-identify with a radical politics of sexuality, including by not limited to LGBT identities.
Race: A group of people who are socially defined as similar because of a socially-determined set of salient, heritable physical
Racism: Racism = Race/ethnic prejudice + power. The systematic, unequal distribution of power and opportunity in the hands
of one racial and ethnic group at the expense of other groups
and multi-racial/ethnic people. Manifestations of racism range
from denial of opportunities to extreme physical violence.
Representative democracy: While in theory democracy meets the
needs of the people, at best democracy turns into a tyranny of
the majority, which denies autonomy and consent to individuals in the minority. Representative democracy also relies on a
State apparatus to administer its control over the people. Elected representatives are given financial and political incentives to

subvert even the majority and instead support the interests of
political and economic elites, as has happened in the US.
Sex: What society deems “male” or “female.” Sex refers to an individual’s biological characteristics, defined by chromosomes,
hormones, and/or genitalia. Sex is assigned at birth, although
some individuals do not fit neatly into “male” or “female” (see
Intersex and Transsexual). Sex is not static, but is dynamic and
socially/culturally defined, similar to gender. Sex and gender
may correspond to each other, but many times they do not.
Sexism: Sexism = power + prejudice against women and people
perceived as female. Within the gender binary system, sexism
refers to the oppression of women by men in a patriarchal society.
Socialism: A set of political philosophies and social movements
which advocate social control of property and distribution of
wealth. Socialism as a philosophy and historical tradition is
very broad and extensively fractured. Some socialists identify
as or resemble Anarchists, while others as Communists. Some
schools of Socialist thought include: Autonomous Marxism,
Situationism, and Critical Theory. There have been Socialist
elements and influences in most social movements, including
the World Social Forums, the Black Panthers, and the anti-war

Theorists: Leon Trotsky, Rosa Luxemburg, Che Guevara,
Antonio Negri, Franz Fanon, and Michael Hardt.
Solidarity: The feeling or condition of unity based on common
goals, interests, and sympathies among a group’s members or
between groups. Solidarity is the affective and organic ties that
hold a community together, rather than force and power.
Speciesism: The belief that humans are superior to non-human animals, thus creating a structural hierarchy that allows humans to
demean, or treat non-human animals cruelly without remorse or
ethical reflection. Speciesism provides the moral justification
for vivisection, meat and dairy consumption, and recreational
The State: The set of institutions and people who compose the political order, including governments at all levels, police, prisons, armies, and welfare. The State regulates most aspects of
social life and works closely with the Capitalist system to maintain the current distributions of economic and political power.
According to Max Weber, the State holds a “monopoly on the
legitimate use of physical force within a given territory.”

Transgender: Umbrella term for people whose gender identity differs from the social expectations for the sex they were assigned
at birth. It is important to acknowledge that while some people
may fit under this definition of transgender, they may not identify as such. Transgender is not a sexual orientation.
Transsexual: Refers to a person who lives, plans to live, or desires
to live as the sex opposite the one assigned to them at birth.
Transsexuals sometimes undergo medical treatment to change
their assigned sex to match their sex identity through hormone
treatments and/or surgically. Not all transsexual people are able
to have, can afford to have, or desire to have surgery.
White supremacy: A social system based on the privileging of white
or European individuals at the expense of “people of color” and
multiethnic people. Occurs through institutionalized practices,
policies, and procedures as well as cultural norms, values, and
expectations. White supremacy is associated with racism, and
today is the most prevalent forms of racism around the world.
Closely tied to colonialism and imperialism.
Working class: The working class has access to socially stigmatized, hourly wage jobs. In today’s economy, the vast majority
of these jobs are in the service sector. Working class people
must struggle for financial stability and have less access to education.


Appendix B:

Alternative Media

Forest Fire

Forest Fire a news and culture quarterly from the University of
California, Irvine.
Forest Fire is a quarterly journal dedicated to novel coverage
of culture and politics in the local and global community. In a difficult time for print media, Forest Fire preserves the spirit and aesthetic of the alternative press.

The Los Angeles Independent Media Center is a non-commercial,
democratic collective of Los Angeles area independent media
makers and media outlets, and serves as the local organizing unit
of the global Indymedia network. Los Angeles Independent Media Center involves volunteer participants and allied collectives
organized along anti-authoritarian principles of open and transparent decision-making processes, including open public meetings; a
form of modified consensus; and the elimination of hierarchies.
Principles of Unity: Los Angeles Independent Media Center
1. We strive to provide an information infrastructure for people
and opinions who do not have access to the airwaves, tools
and resources of corporate media. This includes audio, video,
photography, internet distribution and any other communication medium.
2. We support local, regional and global struggles against exploitation and oppression.
3. We function as a non-commercial, non-corporate, anti-capitalist collective.
Mission Statement
• To encourage a world where globalization is not about homogeneity and exploitation, but rather, about diversity and
• To cover local events that are ignored or poorly covered by
corporate media.
• To provide edited audio, video, and print stories of the above
on the internet for independent media outlets and the general
• To facilitate the networking and coordination for the coverage
of local events as well as gather information about events to
• To provide links to alternative media, activist, and research


• To seek out and provide coverage underscoring the global nature of people’s struggles for social, economic, and environmental justice directly from their perspective.
• To offer community classes for training in internet and media
• To encourage, facilitate, and support the creation of independent news gathering and organizations.
Los Angeles Indymedia: http://la.indymedia.org
Global Indymedia (with links to other local Indymedia collectives): http://www.indymedia.org

Kill Radio
Kill Radio has a lot of good music, news, and talk shows, even
shows about bikes! Go to KillRadio.org to see the schedule and
listen in!
Kill Radio Mission Statement:
Killradio.org is a collective organization committed to using
media production and distribution as a tool for promoting social
and economic justice. We intend to promote the proliferation of
radio in whatever form is necessary in order to challenge the corporate domination of our airwaves. It is our goal to further the selfdetermination of people under-represented in media production
and content, and to illuminate and analyse local and global issues
that impact ecosystems, communities and individuals. We seek to
generate alternatives to the biases inherent in the corporate media
controlled by profit, and to identify and create positive models for
a sustainable and equitable society.
What is Kill Radio?
Kill Radio is short for Kill Corporate Radio, or Kill Monopoly
Radio, or K-ILL Radio, whatever you prefer. Kill Radio is a Los
Angeles based internet radio station run by the Kill Radio Collective, a group of 50+ activists, journalists, and DJ’s. We are a
strictly not-for-profit, non-commercial organization. We can be
heard at www.killradio.org/listen.pls (check the schedule for latest
Kill Radio is a spin-off of the LA Independent Media Center
radio affinity group which covered the D2K protests during the
Democratic National Convention in August of 2000. Kill Radio
is also a part of MicroRadio.net; a network of community based
radio stations that are challenging the corporate hegemeny of our
publicly owned airwaves. See our links page for more information.

Pacifica, the parent network of KPFK, was born in the late 1940’s
out of the (now nearly forgotten) peace movement surrounding
World War Two. Lewis Hill, a conscientious objector and Washington, D.C. newsman, was fired from his mainstream reporting
job when he refused to misrepresent the facts.
This was a time when the idea of a listener-sponsored radio
station was a new one which had never been implemented. Many
people doubted the viability of a broadcast model which didn’t
rely on some kind of corporate or government funding. But the
idea was too compelling for Hill and others who agreed with him.
Pacifica was born and in 1949 KPFA went on the air from Berkeley, California.
KPFK, in Los Angeles, was the second of what would eventually become five Pacifica Stations to go on the air. It was 1959
and Terry Drinkwater was the first General Manager. Blessed with
an enormous transmitter in a prime location, KPFK is the most
powerful of the Pacifica stations and indeed is the most powerful
public radio station in the Western United States.
One unique feature of the KPFK schedule is its Spanish language programming, which is an hour and a half on MondayThursday (9–10:30 pm) and 5.5 hours on Saturday evenings (4–
9:30 pm).
Tune in to KPFK at 90.7 FM!

KUCI started as a pirate radio station, because even back then,
there were people sick of commercial radio. There are currently
no independently owned commercial radio stations in the greater
Los Angeles area. This is the reason that if you call up a commercial station and request a song, you won’t hear it if it’s not the
flavor of the week. Public affairs shows are not immune to this,
either. There are almost no people who are willing to express a
non-politically correct opinion, because they are deathly afraid of
losing sponsorship.
We are the last bastion against crappy, sound-alike radio in Orange
County. We are the voice of freedom for all the independent music
that gets snubbed by the major labels. We are the defenders of the
faith for those who choose to express a different opinion. We are
Corporate Rock’s worst nightmare. We are KUCI.

KUCI Programming Policies
1. NO MAINSTREAM MUSIC... we will not tolerate playing
mainstream music, and even then, they better not have been
TOO famous. We are pioneers and once the world discovers
what we’ve been up to all along, we move on to the next band
that needs to be heard.
2. Our talk shows examine subjects mainstream radio won’t. Our
hosts dig deep into subjects that are interesting but somehow
not “interesting” enough to warrant being on a mainstream
station. We encourage expression of all kinds and it shows in
our diverse talk programming.
Conceived in 1968 by engineering student Craig Will and
was later turned over to Earl Arbuckle, who became KUCI’s first
Chief Engineer. In October of 1969, KUCI received test authority
from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and made
its initial broadcast. “Sugar Sugar” by the Archies was the first
song played. On November 25, 1969 KUCI was granted its official
broadcast license, transmitting 10 watts of power at 89.9 FM.
In 1972 KUCI offered its first news broadcast, while in 1974
the station began broadcasting 24 hours a day. By 1978 KUCI had
been host to some noteworthy guests, including Jackson Browne,
Ray Bradbury, Howard Baker, Cesar Chavez, Blue Oyster Cult,
The Beach Boys, and Monty Python’s Flying Circus. In the spring
of 1979, an article in Billboard Magazine mentioned that KUCI
airs jazz programming.
KUCI takes pride in setting trends, and in 1996 the station
became one of the first to broadcast its signal over the Internet,
opening KUCI up to a worldwide potential listening audience. As
KUCI enters a new decade and a new millennium, the focus of the
staff will be to continue to discover innovative and underrepresented music and information and to bring it commercial-free to
Orange County and the world.
Listen to KUCI by tuning in to 88.9FM or going to http://www.


It’s like Disorientation on the radio!
Subversity is a progressive public affairs program broadcasting
now every Monday from 9-10 am on KUCI, 88.9 fm and web-cast
simultaneously. It began its first live broadcast on September 27,
1993. It ran for 10 years. After a two-year hiatus, it resumed on-air
shows on September 23, 2005.


Appendix C:

Campus Organization
and Resource Directory

American Indian Student
Association (AISA)
Wednesdays 4pm
Athiests, Agnostics, and
Wednesdays 5pm SST 120
Black Student Union (BSU)
(949) 824-2223
Campus Assault Resources &
Education (Care)

(949) 824-7273
630 Aldrich Hall
Campus Legal Clinic
(949) 824-5547
Wednesdays 2-4pm
ASUCI Conference Room

Food Not Bombs (FNB)

Servings Mondays 11:30-1:30 Ring
Health Education Center
free, anonymous HIV testing
(949) 824-9355
G319 Student Center
Irvine Queers (IQ)
Tuesdays 7pm
Irvine Students Against Animal
Cruelty (ISAAC)

LGBT Resource Center
(949) 824-3277
G302 Student Center
Movimiento Chicano Estudiantil
de Aztlán (MEChA)
Wednesday 3pm

Muslim Student Union (MSU)

Radical Student Union (RSU)
Wednesdays 7pm
Real Food Challenge
Wednesdays 6pm
Students For Sustainability (S4S)
Mondays 5pm
Take Back the Streets
Last weekend of the month, 11pm
Worker Student Alliance (WSA)
Mondays 6pm

Our apologies for any incorrect or missing information. We did the best we could based on the information we had, and we
encourage you to check Facebook, the Dean of Students’ Clubs directory, or contact the Disorientation editors directly to
plug in with any of these groups.


Appendix D:

Suggested Reading
In no particular order...

Pedaling Revolution, by Jeff Mapes
The Urban Homestead, by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen
Ad Nauseam, edited by Carrie McLaren and Jason
How To Live Well Without Owning A Car, by Chris
The Coming Insurrection, by the Invisible Committee
The Society of the Spectacle, by Guy Debord
The Open Veins of Latin America, by Eduardo Galeano
Everywhere All the Time: A New Deschooling Reader,
edited by Matt Hern
Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James Loewen
That’s Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting
Days of War, Nights of Love, by the CrimethInc. ExWorkers’ Collective
Recipes for Disaster, by the CrimethInc. Ex-Workers’
Quiet Rumours: An Anarcha-Feminist Reader, by the Dark
Star Collective
The Monkey Wrench Gang, by Edward Abbey
City of Quartz, by Mike Davis
Endgame, by Derrick Jensen
Animal Liberation, by Peter Singer
We Want Freedom, by Mumia Abu-Jamal
No Logo, by Naomi Klein
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown
The Wretched of the Earth, by Franz Fanon
Gender Trouble, by Judith Butler
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Watership Down, by Richard Adams

The Corporation
The Take
Fourth World War
The Yes Men
Breaking the Spell
Rebels With A Cause
Blossoms of Fire
500 Nations

Fifth Estate
The Progressive
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