University administrators don’t envy Mark Yudof these days. The UC president has been under heavy fire for tuition hikes and faculty pay-cuts stemming for California’s fiscal insolvency; he’s had to written letter to the entire university system promoting diversity after that “Compton Cookout”; and he’s still dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—at UC Irvine.
Last week, a day before massive protests at Berkeley and UCLA, Orange County Jewish leaders brought their concerns about the climate at UCI to Yudof’s Oakland office. According to a press release from the group—Shalom Elcott, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation Orange County; Gerald Solomon of the Samueli Foundation; and Jeff Margolis and Dr. Jim Weiss of the Jewish Federation’s Rose Project—Yudof told them he was unhappy with the way students involved with the Muslim Student Union repeatedly disrupted a recent speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren and that:
These students should be prosecuted for violating the student code of conduct and breaking the law.
He agreed that, pending an investigation with full due process, the Muslim Student Union (MSU) should be disciplined for their violations of campus codes of conduct.
As for the future of the University of California and my tuition of $40,000 next year ...