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The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 4, 2017
A Free-Speech To-Do List for College Administrators
Howard Gillman, chancellor of UC Irvine, and Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Berkeley, write, “During the past year appearances by controversial speakers on college campuses have led to a string of tense, sometimes violent, incidents. As students return to school, administrators will again face the challenge of protecting freedom of speech while ensuring safety for their students, staff and faculty. We offer this checklist to help them prepare for the difficult issues that are sure to arise.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Los Angeles Times, Sept. 5, 2017
UC President Napolitano calls DACA decision ‘backward-thinking’
Napolitano, who crafted the original Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy when she was U.S. Homeland Security secretary in the Obama administration, said the 10-campus UC system would continue to offer services for students who are in the country illegally. About 4,000 such students — also known as Dreamers — attend UC schools, with the largest number at UCLA and UC Irvine.

Newsweek, Sept. 1, 2017
The Undemocratic Intentions behind Trump’s Savage Attacks on the Press
David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and a clinical professor of law at UC Irvine School of Law writes, “The primary victim of Trump’s campaign against independent news is the American public. He may see it as valuable politically, but it’s wrong, and it risks doing long-term damage to a core value – a core human rights value, and a core American one.”

Orange County Register, Sept. 4, 2017
UCI sanctions student Palestinian group for disrupting Israeli event on campus
A UC Irvine student Palestinian-support group begins the school year this month with a two-year probation for disrupting an event on campus featuring young veteran Israeli soldiers.

Reuters, Sept. 5, 2017
From Ebola to mudslides, Sierra Leone learns painful disaster lessons
Climate change likely played a role in the Sierra Leone mudslide as warmer air can hold more moisture, increasing rainfall – but human factors are also to blame, said Richard A. Matthew, professor of international and environmental politics at the University of California, Irvine. “The area received three times its normal rainfall in July, creating a lot of mud in the hills,” he said by email.

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