[xmca] Expose 'radical' UCLA teacher, get $100

From: David Daniel Preiss Contreras (davidpreiss@puc.cl)
Date: Thu Jan 19 2006 - 18:24:19 PST


I guess you might have seen this. Just in case... No worth of any additional
comment.
David

Expose 'radical' UCLA teacher, get $100

Friday, January 20, 2006 Posted: 0156 GMT (0956 HKT)

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LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- A conservative alumni group dedicated
to "exposing the most radical professors" at the University of California at
Los Angeles is offering to pay students $100 to record classroom lectures of
suspect faculty.

The Web site of the Bruin Alumni Association also includes a "Dirty Thirty"
list of professors considered by the group to be the most extreme left-wing
members of the UCLA faculty, as well as profiles on their political
activities and writings.

UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale on Thursday denounced the campaign as
"reprehensible," and school officials warned that selling or distributing
recordings of classroom lectures without an instructor's consent violates
university policy.

News of the campaign prompted former Republican congressman James Rogan, who
helped lead impeachment proceedings against former President Bill Clinton in
the U.S. House of Representatives, to resign from the group's advisory
board.

"I am uncomfortable to say the least with this tactic," Rogan, now a lawyer
in private practice in California, said in an e-mail resignation made public
by the Los Angeles Times. "It places students in jeopardy of violating
myriad regulations and laws."

At least two other members of the group's advisory board, which consists of
more than 20 individuals, also have quit over the group's efforts to have
students record their professors.

The group, which is not affiliated with UCLA or its official alumni
association, is the creation of Andrew Jones, a 2003 UCLA graduate who said
he runs the organization mostly on his own with $22,000 in private
donations.

Jones told Reuters that he is out to "restore an atmosphere of respectful
political discourse on campus" and says his efforts are aimed at academics
who proselytize students from either side of the ideological spectrum,
conservative or liberal.

"We are concerned solely with indoctrination, one-sided presentation of
ideological controversies and unprofessional classroom behavior," Jones said
on his Web site.

Jones' site describes his campaign as "dedicated to exposing UCLA's most
radical professors" and his list of the university's "worst of the worst"
singles out only professors he says hold left-wing views.

Jones said he would accept recordings only from students whose professors
consented in writing to have their lectures taped. And students would be
paid $100 only if they furnished complete recordings of every class session,
as well as detailed lecture notes and all other teaching materials from the
class.

Jones, who also is offering to pay $50 for only notes and materials, said so
far one student has signed up to participate and two others have expressed
interest.

UCLA spokesman Phil Hampton said the university planned to send Jones a
letter warning him that faculty hold copyrights to all their course
materials and that his campaign encouraged students to violate school
policy.

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David D. Preiss
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