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Students boycott Executive Order 1100 by not purchasing anything on campus

students stand in line waiting for food

CSUN students boycotted the university on Tuesday by urging the campus community not to purchase anything on campus, and instead provided drinks and food for students.

This comes in the wake of CSU Chancellor Timothy White proposing a change in the general education requirements with Executive Order 1100. The change would end the section in the GE that requires students to take six units in comparative cultural studies.

CSUN President Diane Harrison stated her support of all cultural studies departments in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon.

“CSUN is 100 percent committed to our ethnic, gender, women’s and cultural studies departments and programs, which are points of pride for the university, vital to our institutional character and contributors to student success,” said Harrison.

She also attempted to clarify certain questions surrounding the future of some programs at CSUN.

“Any implementation proposal must retain the requirement that students complete six units of comparative cross cultural studies, ensuring that these courses remain a part of the 48 GE units,” Harrison wrote.

CSUN student Eduardo Estrada said he is motived to support the boycott because it took 50 years of continuous fighting and struggling to get people of color to be recognized on campus.

“It took a lot of struggle to get these departments Chicano Studies Department, Africana Studies Department, American studies department, and in one follow swoop the Chancellor CSU pass these orders that basically cuts our departments so we are here to do whatever we can to stop that,” Estrada said.

Estrada claims that the administration targeting certain departments is not something new, but at the moment it feels like “one big slice to the gut.”

Estrada said he believes that the boycott will affect the campuses vote on Thursday because it shows that students care and several departments are agreeing that what Executive Order 1100 is pushing is wrong.

Brittney Harvey, 21, deaf studies major, said she hopes the protest shows the chancellor that faculty and students do not support having culture classes taken away.

She wants students to use their voice to support the cause because if the culture classes are taken away history classes would not be able to offer different narratives.

“These courses were made for us to share our voice,” Harvey said.

She said if the chancellor wants to focus on student success, he should not get rid of the culture classes.

Ninangely Alomar, 20, communications and political sciences major, said that when she came to the university, she couldn’t relate to the campus until she started taking classes that offer a cultural insight.

She said that she takes the chancellor’s attempt to get rid of culture classes as an attack on CSUN because the university is the most diverse CSU. She said that since the chancellor does not know what this campus is about, then he should not take away the identity of this university.

“Every time I talk to someone, regardless of their gender, religion and color, they all think this is wrong,” said Alomar.

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  1. Deanna B. Oct 25, 2017

    A protest of 10 people. Sad!

  2. Sofia G Quinones Oct 25, 2017

    The students should file a lawsuit. The catalog describes the curriculum the students reviewed prior to applying to the institution. Any changes to that catalog violates the contract the students entered into with the university.

    Adelante ?

    Sofia G Quinones

    1. Deanna B. Oct 25, 2017

      The catalog is not a contract and nothing in the Order alters the catalog offerings. Get yourself sorted out before you comment.

      Viva La Contra!

  3. Evelyn Taylor Oct 25, 2017

    Here is the thing, students shouldnt be forced to take classes that dont enhance or assist them with their major or area of interest. They pay for their education, so let them decide. These classes are really interesting and engaging (I know I really enjoyed mine) and I bet they will find that students will take them, whether mandated or not.

    1. Deanna B. Oct 25, 2017

      There is very little demand for these “cultural studies” courses. The only way to keep them afloat is to require students to take them.

      1. Evelyn Taylor Oct 26, 2017

        So the question is, why is there little demand? We live in a diverse area, so if there is little demand, then, maybe the courses or the instructors need to be reviewed. Students will take what excites and interests them. These types of classes should definitely be offered in Education or any of the social sciences, history, political science, etc. I cant believe that students wouldnt take them, over some boring other classes. Again, since the students are paying for their education, I really believe they have a right to choose their own electives in a non-major field. Classes make it or break it based on demand and that makes sense to me.

        1. Deanna B. Oct 26, 2017

          There is little demand because:
          1) They are classes in political activism, not actual places of learning.
          2) They are not about learning other cultures, but rather about organizing around one’s own race. That’s why a class in Africana studies will be predominantly Af-Am women and a class in Latino studies will be Latino. It’s about self-worship, not education.
          3) They teach nothing of any practical value, nor anything that is of value in the job market. This is particularly important at a lower level college like Cal State.

  4. Ali Asghar Oct 24, 2017

    CSUN DINING AND THE UNIVERSITY CORPORATION MAKE SURE THAT THE $$ generated by sales goes back on campus for the betterment of all students.
    I ask that someone shows me how TUC/CSUN DINING goes to CSU CHANCELOR White’s office.

  5. Ali Asghar Oct 24, 2017

    I’m all for Ethnic Studies and Chicano Studies classes. I may not agree with everything that is spewed in those classes but every student has a right to be in those classes. FTES goes up with these classes.
    What I have a problem with is students not buying food on campus. Many students like myself are employees on campus that work at many dining locations on campus. These Chicano/Ethnic Studies students are being unfair with their fellow students who have nothing to do with Executive Order 1100.

  6. John Ostrander Oct 24, 2017

    Not forcing students to take culture studies does not mean they cannot take them. If it’s so important, by all means…take the classes and keep the enrollment high.

    Oh, since it’s not mandatory nobody will take it? Well now….

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