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VPAC hosts conference about the future of the CSU


Students rally outside the Valley Performance Arts Center during the CSU: The Next Fifty Years conference. Chancellor Charles Reed was the keynote speaker at the conference. Photo Credit: Herber Lovato / Assistant Photo Editor

3:27 p.m. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Harry Hellenbrand closes the conference with a speech about the future of education, students and teachers.

1:58 p.m. Panelist Dr. Gerard Haney, executive director of MERLOT, an online collection of learning materials and provider of faculty support services, discusses the importance of “understanding the personal needs of the learner.” Teri Yamada, CFA president at CSU Long Beach questions our relationship with the virtual world and how instruction can be monitored through cyberspace.

1:44 p.m. Second panel sessions begin in a few moments at the University Club.  They are Serving the Student, Serving the State and Instruction, Technology and the CSU.

1:13 p.m. CSUN Vice President of Administration and Finance  Thomas McCarron discusses funding models for the CSU and how they might change.

1:03 p.m. Students protest outside CSUN’s Orange Grove Bistro, which is hosting discussion panels about the future of education.  CSU Chancellor Charles Reed and CSUN President Jolene Koester have left, accompanied by campus police.

12:36 p.m. The question and answer session between CSU Chancellor Charles Reed and students has ended.  Reed answered questions about education, state budget cuts and other student concerns.

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CSU: The Next Fifty Years conference adjourns for lunch.

12:04 p.m. Students are headed to Kurland Hall for the a question and answer session with CSU Chancellor Charles Reed. CSUN President Jolene Koester and campus police are present.

11:49 a.m. Students shout while Chancellor Reed addresses their issues about the question and answer session at Kurland Hall at VPAC.

11:36 a.m. Students’ demands are met. Chancellor Reed and State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-San Fernando Valley) will have a question and answer session with students in Kurland Hall at VPAC.

11:15 a.m. Students take their seats when Chancellor Reed leaves the podium.

10:50 a.m. CSU Chancellor Charles Reed is addressing the conference.

10:20 a.m. Students wearing T-shirts that read Student Q&A Demanded are standing in the the audience while everyone else is seated. Protesters outside VPAC are calling for Chancellor Charles Reed to resign.

10:15 a.m. Faculty and student groups are in attendance at the conference.

10:00 a.m. CSU Chancellor Charles Reed has arrived at the Valley Performance Arts Center for CSU: The Next Fifty Years, a conference that will consider how public higher education, especially the CSU, can best serve the state and nation in the years ahead in a time of diminishing resources.

CSUN President Jolene Koester and officials from other CSU campuses are also present. They will address issues that affect education in conferences and panels throughout the day.


Reporting by: Brian De Los Santos / Staff Reporter and Reanna Delgadillo / Senior Reporter


  1. Marlon Stern Apr 24, 2011

    2.5 GPA? Are you basing that on the fact that most of the protestors were not of Anglo Saxon heritage? Could it be that someone advocating for hierarchy and plutocrats is a racist? No it couldn’t be. Vlad or CSUNowhere or whoever t(he)y may be, clearly knows a large number of these protestors IRL. They clearly take a stand and actually go out to meet these people. T(He)y don’t just sit behind a desk taking cheap shots at people over the internetz. That would just be pretty sad, wouldn’t it?

  2. Marlon Stern Apr 24, 2011

    Vlad, 2.5 GPA? Are you basing that on the fact that most of the protestors were not of Anglo Saxon heritage. Could it be that someone advocating for hierarchy and plutocrats is a racist? No it couldn’t be. Vlad clearly knows a large number of these protestors IRL. Vlad clearly takes a stand and actually goes out to meet these people. He doesn’t just sit behind a desk taking cheap shots at people over the internetz. That would just be pretty sad, wouldn’t it?

    1. Vlad Apr 24, 2011


      I wasn’t the one who originallly referenced GPA. I responded to someone else’s post.

      GPA hierarchy? How is that racist? Is the grade structure based on a racist premise? Are grades structured to suppress minorities?

      Why are/were more protestors not of Anglo Saxon heritage? Are they not “equally” impacted by budget cuts and rise in tuition? Do they exert “privilege” because of their angloness? Or, is it just that they have less a sense of entitlement than non-Anglo’s?

      Interestingly, Ana piped in and talked about her plight, and then indicated that the entirety of her obligation was covered by scholarship. How many of the students protesting pay but a paltry portion of the current tuition?

      I have been interacting with Ankur Patel on his wordpress site for the past couple months. Found him to be a full-blown Marxist. Sadly, as a naive young person, I believe he’s being manipulated by your professor’s and advisers.

      I would be more than happy to meet with “students” and try to impart some “non-Academic”, “real-world”, “non-Marxist” wisdom on you/them. If you only hear Leftist garbabe, every problem presents itself as an opportunity for more Leftist solutions. California is in the position their in, for no other reason than Progressive Leftism, and the Incestuous relationship between the Teachers Union and Democratic Politicians.

      I wasn’t able to make CSUN on April 13th, but was able to actively counter-protest at CSULB. Was an interesting experience. Found many of the SQE students fairly closed minded. I blew their mind with the booklet that I handed out. Sent the same booklet to the Chicano/a studies program at CSUN. You might ask to have them share it with you.

      Peace, out!


      1. Vlad Apr 24, 2011

        garbage (sp)

        They’re (sp)

      2. Ankur Patel Apr 25, 2011

        Being anti-capitalist is not being a “full blown marxist” — we had this conversation earlier: We don’t live in a world of ideology, neither capitalism nor communism have existed in their purist forms on this planet.

        The reason I am anti-capitalist is because it concentrates wealth into the hands of a few. Thos few can obtain that wealth through whatever actions they see fit, at the expense of whomever.

        [Back to solutions, above]

    2. GET-REAL Apr 25, 2011

      Anglo-Saxon implies the heritage of the English race. In what world is it accurate to classify all Caucasians as descendents of the English? Obviously, you are excluding other Caucasians: Polish, Germans, Armenians, Swedes, Italians, French, etc. with your ignorant comment.

  3. CSUNowhere Apr 23, 2011

    We should enforce that a 2.5 GPA or higher is needed for these protests…OOPS! Just lost half of the protesters!
    Stay in class, do the work, get scholarships….quit being ingrates.

    1. Brian Apr 23, 2011

      Look at this fool channeling Chancellor Reed. Relax with your privilege, homie!

      1. Vlad Apr 23, 2011

        2.5 GPA isn’t privilege, it’s effort. Frankly, not very much effort. Or is there a grade-buying racket going on at CSUN that we’re not aware of.

        NOBODY at CSUN is there because of privilege. If one had privilege they would go to UCLA, or Pepperdine.

    2. Ana B. Apr 23, 2011

      what do you based your answer on? I know most of these people and they not only have very good grade, but they are also involved in other extracurricular activities…

      i dont miss class, i always do my work, and im paying college with scholarships only… but these is not enough, if tuition keeps increasing, higher education will become less available and exclusive for the people who would find it impossible to pay for tuition…
      I personally have a 3.8 GPA, and i still have time to protest and fight for quality education.. I wish you could realize, recognize, and appreciate all the hard work that people have put into this.. They are fighting for YOUR education, why are you not fighting???

      1. Vlad Apr 24, 2011

        Ana honey, let me paraphrase for you.

        (W)hat do you base your answer on? I know most of these people, and they not only have very good grade(s), but they are also involved in other extracurricular activities… (Extra points for correctly spelling extracurricular)

        (I) don(‘)t miss class, (I) always to my work, and (I)(‘)m paying (for) college with sholarships only… but (this) is not enough, if tuition keeps increasing, higher education will become less available and exclusive(ly) for the people who would find it impossible to pay for tuition…

        You have a 3.8 GPA?

        If your college is being paid for with scholarships, doesn’t that mean that [YOUR] not actually paying for college. I am!

        There is not enough money in the State, to pay for ALL OF YOU TO GO TO SCHOOL.

        California is one of the heaviest taxed states in the country. Raising taxes is a death sentence.

        What do you propose to bridge the state’s budget gap.

        1. Ankur Patel Apr 24, 2011

          1) Health Care not health insurance
          2) Less money to prisons
          3) Reform proposition 13 (property tax)
          4) Invest CALPERS responsibly (and locally), not in wall street’s fictitious financial instruments
          5) Increase revenue through sustainability and clean energy technology
          6) Taking away legislatures’ vehicles was symbolic, but there are many more administrative perks that can be done away with [not just in the legislature, but things like the $300/month that Chancellor Reed receives for entertainment]
          7) Stop “pension spiking”
          8) I don’t have any specifics on debt management, but better debt management

          I would continue to list some more peripherally relevant ways, but I expect a response…

          1. CSUNStudent Apr 24, 2011

            2) So you favor the release of violent criminals? Other than minor marijuana-related offenses, most people who are in prison belong in prison.

            3) No offense, but no way. California needs to cut spending, not raise taxes.

            5) I agree and disagree with you on this one.

          2. Ankur Patel Apr 25, 2011

            2) Source?

            3) Cut spending where? Reforming Proposition 13 does not mean raising taxes. Proposition 13 has allowed large commercial entities to pay the same dollar amount in property tax since it was instituted. It was designed to keep people in their homes, but when you refinance your mortgage, proposition 13 doesn’t protect you… proposition 13 requires a robust discussion, not on discussion boards, but in editorials, presentations, conferences, and in person debates.

            4) The issue of CALPERS requires a full discussion.

            5) Energy is THE most important industry in the world today. If we can’t come up with a way to turn it into a profitable enterprise, we, as a country, have lost our ability to innovate.

            6) I am not complaining about $300/month, I am just pointing it out as a [comedic] example of unneccessary administrative spending. The Prison Gaurds Union deserves our attention as well, turns out that it is one of the most powerful lobbying organizations in the state.

          3. Vlad Apr 24, 2011

            1) Health Care is legally mandated to be provided to anyone who needs it.
            2) I agree. Why do we spend 3 times the other states for the same prisoner ($46/Yr). Keep the same number of violent criminals, give them 2 times fewer luxury services.
            3) What do you suggest?
            4) Divest CALPERS.

            5) What is your “revenue model” for sustainability and clean energy technology? Clean energy costs significantly more per BTU generated than Coal, Gas, & Electricity? You can have a ideology based on clean energy, but there isn’t a “revenue model” that can be supported, economically.
            6) You’re complaining about $300/month. Did you see what Jerry Brown just contracted to give the Prison Guards Union? The REAL MONEY is in State Worker (including Professors) pay, and Pension reform. The Dem’s and the Unions have slept their way to unsustainability.
            7) Concur
            8) Here’s the specifics. Spend less than you bring in.

            Peace, out!


      2. CSUNStudent Apr 24, 2011

        I would like to see what majors the protestors have declared, because a 3.8 in some majors at CSUN (i.e. ethnic studies) is NOT equal to a 3.5 in others…

      3. CSUNStudent Apr 24, 2011

        I would like to see what majors the protestors have declared, because a 3.8 in some majors at CSUN (i.e. ethnic studies) is NOT equal to a 3.5 in others…

  4. Vlad Apr 22, 2011

    According to a recent study, California is the 51st worst State in the country to do business, because of exhorbinent taxes, and regulations. (District of Columbia)

    We have a simple problem. We have too many, who want too much. Impetuous students demanding “more” is kinda comical, given current circumstances. Shouting down the Chancellor as he tries to address your concerns, classy. Is this what you learned in Reverend Lawson’s “civil discourse” program?

    Tax increases produce diminishing returns. (google: The Laffer Curve).


    YOU ARE BEING DUPED, by your professors and advisers.

    Peace, out!


    1. Here’s a link to a piece this week in the Wall Street Journal about businesses fleeing the state. Will any of the protesters read it? http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704570704576275051374356340.html

      I haven’t heard exactly what the plan is after they convince Reed to resign. It might be a nice gesture for him to voluntarily take a salary cut but what else will be accomplished by Reed leaving? Maybe they’d like former Obama administration staffer and self-identified Communist Van Jones to take his place?

  5. Dakota Lopez Apr 22, 2011

    I hate to admit it but Chancellor “(g)Reed” is right. Why would he support any tax on anyone? Do those students realize that gas is almost $4.50 a gallon. If you tax the oil companies even more, gas prices will skyrocket again. It’s no accident that 48 states have cheaper gas than we do. It’s because taxes on oil companies in CA are high enough already. I can understand raising taxes on oil companies if gas was $1.60 a gallon like it used to, but prices are too high now.

    If you want real revenue sources, a renovated football stadium is recommended so that fans will be enthusiastic to go to football games if CSUN ever had a team. That will increase school pride and fresh revenue for CSUN. The reason why there was a lack of fan support in 2001 was because the stadium was horrible and the demographics were different (more anti-football people at the time)

    Props to Chancellor Reed and President Koester.

    The kid with the dodger hat does not know what he’s talking about. He’s so nervous every time he speaks that all you can pay attention to is his stuttering.

    1. Vlad Apr 23, 2011

      Can’t see a business model where adding a Football team covers its startup costs, and provides net positive revenue to the school.

      There are many athletic programs on campus. Want school pride, go to a baseball, volleyball, soccer game, or some other in-season sport. There are many opportunities to show pride in your school.

      Increasing TAXES is a stupid idea. Cut enrollment by the 20-50% that won’t graduate anyway.

      How many college students are at school to party, and to not have to get a job?

      Peace, out!


    2. Most people haven’t a clue that government brings in more money by taxing gasoline than oil companies make by selling it.

      Bring back football? Really? There’s low attendance at most of the sports we have now. I think you’re dreaming that this would somehow be a boon to CSUN.

      1. Ankur Patel Apr 24, 2011


        1. Typical oil-company profits are around 8 to 9 percent. Some years it’s less. This puts oil companies somewhere in the middle of the pack when compared to other industries. http://www.api.org/statistics/earnings/upload/earnings_perspective.pdf Try comparing that to Apple’s profits last year of around 40%(!) http://www.macrumors.com/2010/10/18/apple-reports-q4-2010-profit-of-4-31-billion-on-20-34-billion-revenue-best-quarter-ever/

          Per your request, here are several sources with regard to the tax vs. profit issue: http://www.taxfoundation.org/publications/show/1168.html ; http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2005/10/gas_taxes_excee.html ; http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2010/sep/03/ron-johnson/ron-johnson-says-gas-taxes-exceed-oil-company-prof/

    3. Ankur Patel Apr 24, 2011

      Dakota’s understanding of energy and tax policy is overly simplistic and uninformed.

      There are ~84,000,000 barrels of oil produced per day in the world. California produced ~550,000 barrels per day in 2009 [http://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/hist/LeafHandler.ashx?n=PET&s=RCRR10SCA_1&f=A]. At $100 a barrel, the oil industry is worth more than an $8,000,000,000 a day. A few million dollars in annual tax would not do anything to the real market dynamics.

      The factors that go into the cost of such a valuable, taxed, fought over, regulated commodity like oil [–>gasoline] is something that can’t be discussed without a broad understanding of the entire oil [and energy] industry. Kilowatt or kilowhat?

      To prove that football is going to make money in Northridge isn’t as simple as saying the demographics are different now.

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