Four military recruiters hastily fled a job fair Tuesday morning at UC Santa Cruz after a raucous crowd of student protesters blocked an entrance to the building where the Army and National Guard had set up information tables.
Members of Students Against War, who organized the counter-recruiting protest, loudly chanted “Don’t come back. Don’t come back” as the recruiters left the hilltop campus, escorted by several university police officers…
Here is a Quicktime movie of the recruiters being forced off campus.
More from the Chronicle:
…University officials had been aware for weeks that Students Against War planned a protest to prevent military personnel from participating in the school’s biannual job fair held for students…Universities that receive federal funds are required to allow military recruiters on campus. But campus officials had worried that Tuesday’s protest would get out of hand as it had last April, when Students Against War protesters surrounded the table where military personnel sat, and hundreds of other demonstrators engaged in an angry protest outside. Some of the recruiters reported that their tires had been slashed and one employee at the career center was injured.
Wimpy UC Santa Cruz officials hoped the weather would save them:
David Kliger, campus provost and executive vice chancellor, said the school was most concerned Tuesday about safety issues, but also wanted to preserve access to the recruiters for students who wanted to speak with them, while still allowing protesting students their right to free speech. Kliger said officials had tried to engage the anti-war student group in discussions in the weeks leading up to the fair. But when talks broke down, officials began privately hoping for rain and brought in extra police.
The rain probably accounted for a decidedly smaller turnout — about 100 students compared with about 300 a year earlier.
Still, the Army’s Griffin said he sensed that some of the students were “looking for action” and decided to pack up their table before things got out of hand and someone got injured. Students Against War members said they were pleased that their counter-recruiting effort forced the military personnel off campus, at least for the time being.
“We’re saying it’s not OK to recruit on high school campuses, it’s not OK to recruit on university campuses,” Marla Zubel, a UC Santa Cruz senior and member of Students Against War, said. “In order to stop the war, you have to make it more difficult to wage war.”
The Santa Cruz Sentinel has additional details of the ambush:
At first, the recruiters vowed to remain stationed at their tables set in a secluded, private room next to the job fair’s main hall, even while protesters outside blocked the entrance. However, when a delegation of 10 female students was allowed in to speak with recruiters, protesters tried to force themselves through the line of police guards.
“The recruiters thought the crowd was getting out of control,” said campus Vice Chancellor David Kliger.
The public, including the press, were not allowed in the job fair because of security concerns. The recruiters could not be reached for comment after the event.
UC police had lined up extra officers in anticipation of Tuesday’s event from UC Berkeley. The extra officers, though, were not needed and stayed out of sight to avoid intimidating the protesters, Kliger said.
Meanwhile, the victorious thugs at Indymedia continue to gloat and have posted photos of their assault. Look at what they are doing:
The man on the right in the photo below is Capt. Will Griffin, combat veteran and commander of regional Army recruiting activities.
Moonbat sympathizer Bob Fitch posted more photos on Indymedia, including one of tolerant left-wing radicals blocking access to military recruitment tables and another of Capt. Griffin being escorted out of a campus building by university police.
The unhinged group behind the anti-troops movement at UC Santa Cruz is “Students Against War.” The leaders on campus, according to a SAW press release, are:
Sam Aranke – 714-458-2471 – [email protected]
David Zlutnick – 805-698-6228 – [email protected]
Janine Carmona – 707-496-3530 – [email protected]
UPDATE: SAW has removed the contact information from its press release and is now lying about the fact that it made the info publicly available on the Internet. I am leaving it up. If you are contacting them, I do not condone death threats or foul language. As for SAW, my message is this: You are responsible for your individual actions. Other individuals are responsible for theirs. Grow up and take responsibility.
UPDATE II: SEE HERE NOW.
The capitulationist chancellor’s contact info:
Denice D. Denton
Office of Chancellor
200 Clark Kerr Hall
University of California
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Assistant to the Chancellor:
Jessica Fiske Bailey
Phone: (831) 459-2058
Email: [email protected]
FACT: UC Santa Cruz received approximately $80 million in federal funds last year alone, according to a news release cited by the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Here is reader Douglas M.’s letter to the chancellor:
Dear Madam Chancellor,
You must be so proud of your students taking up their righteous indignation and hatred of all things American to drive out the hated military imperialists.
As a proud veteran of the United States Navy I am deeply disturbed and disgusted by the thuggish behavior displayed those whining children you call “students”. It might be prudent to inform them that the only reason they can demonstrate the way they have is because of generations of US service members have sacrificed to ensure that they have that right.
If they do not want to support the military, or their country, that too is their right. But their rights end when they infringe upon those of others, be they in uniform or not. To hinder these soldiers in the lawful performance of their duty or interfere with those seeking information the soldiers may provide is unconscionable. And for your institution to not prevent this assault is equally unconscionable.
It appears that one of the things these “students” have learned at your fine institution is that it is perfectly acceptable to silence those with whom you disagree.
It is funny; I always thought that freedom of expression, the free exchange of ideas, and freedom of association were some of this country’s basic rights. What happened to the rights of the recruiters or those possibly seeking them? Or is it that their rights are trumped by those of the protestors? Is it because the students feel so strongly that they are in the right that they can stifle any opinion they do not agree with simply because they know it to be wrong? Are the sentiments of Voltaire no longer taught or applicable at UCSC; “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” (while the actual quote is “Monsieur l’abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.” the sentiments are the same)?
It is an absolute disgrace that members of the military were forced to leave a place within their own county for their safety. That UCSC allowed these students to do this twice is even more of a disgrace. The students were bragging about “liberating” the recruiters’ pamphlets and DVDs, and even throwing stones at their vehicle (see Santa Cruz IMC at http://www.indybay.org/news/2006/04/1814637.php for the protestors report). Is respect for the law and the rights of others so passé at UCSC that this is condoned? Is this the type of behavior and these the action you want your institution known for?
I hope for your sake that the answer to the last question is yes, because that is rapidly becoming part of your national reputation.
Another note from UC Santa Cruz alum Kira Z. to the chancellor’s aide:
Dear Ms. Bailey,
Please forward my outraged email to Chancellor Denton, staff, faculty and other interested parties. I am a graduate of UCSC (2002), now working in Washington, D.C. I find the disrespect diplayed towards our troops by UCSC students, and undoubtedly their professors, disgusting and despicable.
An obvious line has been crossed by your institution when the representatives of the U.S. military need to be physically separated and then removed for security reasons. It is outrageous that those men and women who put their lives on the line to fight real enemies (those recruiting are simply on rotation) are insulted and assaulted by UCSC faculty and students. This is a direct consequence of the environment created at UCSC…
I attended UCSC for four years and graduated with Honors in a double major. The most important thing I learned there was the power of indoctrination. The campus did NOT foster an environment of free exchange of ideas. Instead, the professors (minus the few exceptions) impressed their predominantly left-wing ideologies on impressionable and vulnerable minds. Because dissenting opinions are rarely tolerated, the UCSC environment can be accurately described as one of militant liberalism.
Your students may one day realize that the bubble that is UCSC is not the real world and that their intellectual development had been sacrificed in favor of ideological brainwashing. Then, like me, they may regret the four years and thousands of dollars wasted at UCSC.
In the mean time, the outrageous behavior displayed this week is what happens when adults convince children that its their way or the highway, when illegal actions(physical assault) go unpunished and unquestioned, when an environment is so intolerant to opposing ideas that students and faculty brand uncivilized behavior towards others acceptable and justifiable.
I hold you and your faculty responsible for creating an ignorant and
militant environment at a public institution of higher learning. UCSC is not worthy of the title or the millions in tax money that is wasted there. I hope you are embarassed. I know I am.