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Meanwhile, at the Board of Trustees...

Boards of Trustees (or Regents, Visitors, etc.) are as old as American colleges themselves. The University of Virginia's initial Board of Visitors included two Presidents —Thomas Jefferson and James Madison — and a host of local and national politicians. 

The grievances that have spurred the strike are specific to higher ed, but the general line of attack from UC administrators is one that workers experience everywhere.

UAW President Bob King

Last Friday, workers at Volkswagen's factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee voted 712 to 626 against unionizing with the United Automobile Workers. There are more than a thousand unionization votes in the U.S. every year, so what made this vote particularly important? What can students learn from their failure?

Edward L Gleaser loves him some unpaid internships, because capitalism.

Edward Glaeser, an economics professor at Harvard, lays out the case for working for free.

Well, free for your employers, not for you, because you should really just take out a few more student loans while you're at it:

Former UC Davis cop John Pike, made infamous when cameras captured him casually pepper spraying dozens of peaceful protesters, is now receiving $38,059 from the university. But it gets worse.

Yesterday, in the middle of a packed auditorium at SUNY's Binghamton University, President Obama laid out a number of proposals aimed at reforming the U.S. system of higher education. Here's why they miss the mark.

National Student Power Convergence

Below is a reportback from Sara Fitouri, Denver-based organizer with COSPA, the Colorado Student Power Alliance.

From August 1st - 5th more than 300 youth from around the nation converged in Madison, Wisconsin for a weekend of radical thought, workshops including anti-oppression and direct action trainings, and reporting back on a year of work in their home states.

To great establishment fanfare, the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act has now passed both Houses of Congress, and should be signed by President Obama shortly. Here's precisely how screwed students are. UPDATE: President Obama has signed the bill.

Today we learned that current Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will be tapped as the new President of the University of California system. In many ways, the UC red carpet has long been rolled out for her.

Look, anyone who reads this blog (or follows me on Twitter, hint hint) knows I'm not a big fan of diverting organizing capacity toward legislative vehicles, let alone elections. We can't legislate or elect our way to a more democratic society, nor to a stronger student and youth movement.

That being said...