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UCI ART LOVERS’ HIDDEN TREASURE Off Ring Road, hidden in Claire Trevor School of the Arts, lies the Art Media Center, a little-known treasure trove of music and media open to all. features PG 13 KIM ENDS YEAR AT NCAA REGIONALS Big West Player of the Year David Kim placed 20th in the NCAA Regionals to conclude a successful 2016-2017 campaign. sports PG 14 N EW U NIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE Volume 50, Issue 29 /thenewuniversity @ NewUniversity @ NewUniversity Tuesday, May 23, 2017 UC Regents Discuss Audit and Place Cap on Nonresident Enrollment to authorize a budget for UCOP for the 2017-2018 school year, and placed a cap on nonresident enrollment in the UC. The board also heard a variety of public comments from students to divest from the fossil fuel industry and also to roll back tuition in light of the state audit. Numerous union workers By Roy Lyle and Nicole Wong also spoke in public comments Staff Writers urging the UC to create better conditions for workers, The University of California including better hours, Board of Regents assembled increased pay, better benefits last week from May 16 to May and ending layoffs. 18 at UC San Francisco for its bimonthly meeting. UC Students Advocate for The Board held a UC Divestment from Fossil thorough discussion Fuels of the state’s recent audit of the UC Office of the President, voted UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis The Board of Regents held its bimonthly meeting, wherein it discussed the state audit, nonresident enrollment caps and campus building projects. NEWS students addressed the UC Investment Subcommittee on the issue of the UC’s involvement in the fossil fuel industry. UCSC student Alexia Daoussis called it an “immoral, unethical industry responsible for spewing carbon emissions into the atmosphere, worsening the current climate crisis. A $2.65 billion endowment in the fossil fuel industry harms students across the UC immensely.” UCD students Evan Steel and Kevin Horng spoke about the effects of the fossil fuel industry on marginalized communities. “Supporting the fossil fuel industry is supporting the displacement and killing of millions of innocent people around the world and forcing American soldiers into unnecessary conflict,” said Steel. “I am here to represent those marginalized and oppressed voices that cannot be here, literally, due to safety reasons, health reasons, and just the fact that they have to be working all these hours to survive,” said Horng. The students also directly called out UC Regent Richard Sherman, who they recognized as the Regent most responsible for the fossil fuel investment. “You have the obligation to use your position to make a political statement to change the environmental situation for the better and to listen to the students you should be representing,” said UCSC student Laretta Johnson. UCSC students Martin Genova and Sam Weinstein noted that students and faculty have all taken action in the fossil fuel issue and questioned why UC regents are not doing their part. They also stated the regents should be doing more for its students. Both asked Regent Sherman, “Whose side are you on?” The Regents thanked students for their remarks and noted how important student feedback is in their decisions. They also recognized that student voices have been the catalyst for change in the fossil fuel issue, before moving on with the meeting. SEE REGENTS , PAGE 4 Summerlands Drops the Ball UC Union Secures A UC faculty union, UC-AFT, fought for the reinstatement of a summer lecturer retirement policy after UCOP announced its revocation on March 9. By Megan Cole Staff Writer Summer Retirement Benefits for Lecturers since 2001. According to a UC-AFT statement, regardless of Academic Senate status, “faculty who work during summer session have been eligible for 7 percent savings (3.5 percent employee contribution, 3.5 percent employer match) directed into a defined contribution plan.” The union notes that in past years, the policy has been applied sporadically; last summer, only four campuses — UC Irvine, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara and UC Los Angeles — applied these retirement benefits to select lecturers. After UCOP announced that the UC would cut its summer retirement benefits for lecturers, UC-AFT bargainers attempted to open negotiations to bring the program back to “some of UC’s most vulnerable and precarious faculty,” according to a statement. UCOP was initially hesitant to negotiate, but bargainers revisited the conversation in April, when California state auditor Elaine Howle released a scathing audit of UCOP, noting that top UCOP administrators have themselves received up to $2.5 million in retirement benefits over the past five years. Additionally, over the same period, the audit found that UCOP had spent over $21.6 million on employee benefits including supplementary retirement contributions. In early May, negotiations between After weeks of negotiations, a UC union confirmed the reinstatement of a system-wide policy requiring summer retirement contributions for UC lecturers, as well as the possible increase of the number of lecturers eligible for such benefits. The UC Office of the President (UCOP) first announced the revocation of the lecturer retirement policy on March 9, and the union, UC-AFT, Courtesy of Photo Intern Wanyue An confirmed its reinstatement last CONCERT ASUCI Summerlands headliner and electronic DJ Illenium performs in Aldrich Park for a Monday, May 15. crowd of students. Student performers included DJ Fook, The Millennial Club and Common Souls. The UC-American Federation of Teachers, which represents By Caitlin Antonios Summerlands website, “the circle in Aldrich Park. The first over 400 librarians and 5500 Staff Writer goal of Summerlands has performers, The Millennial non-tenure-track faculty across For those with the foresight always been to provide a quality Club — this year’s winner of the UC system, began advocating to skip UCI’s 2017 Summerlands outdoors music festival that the Best Band award at UCI’s for the policy’s reinstatement festival, here’s what you caters to all of the UCI students Soulstice talent competition — soon after learning of its missed: one of the main in order to create a space for finished their set with, at most, revocation in March. Bargainers headliners cancelling, terrible diversity and school pride.” 80 students actually inside hoped not only to reinstate sound engineering, Aside from the poor grammar, the enclosure due to security the policy, but to increase the and so much trash at they must have forgotten the checks. Those security checks, number of lecturers eligible the end of the night it “quality” on the drawing board. by the way, were a joke of a for benefits and to apply the looked more like the morning The music began promptly at search. It’s no wonder a few benefits more consistently. after a frat party than a summer 4 p.m., despite that also being The policy on summer concert. the time when attendees were retirement benefits for UC According to the ASUCI allowed into the closed-off SEE SUMMER , PAGE 8 lecturers has remained constant NEWS A&E SEE UC-AFT , PAGE 4

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