Is Title IX working?

Jennifer Doyle begins her article with a comparison between police brutality and sexual assault on campuses. She simply states that “we have remarkable access to the details of the details of police violence, when that violence happens on a public university” (Doyle 12). She goes on to say that the “rape victim, in contrast, is an anonymized figure, a rumor and an abstraction… the rape victim is rendered into an anywomen who might as well be every women” (Doyle 12). She then goes on to tell a story of a nonviolent protest at the UC Davis campus. This nonviolent protest had caught the attention of the campus police for some reason and they were there in full force. An officer had pepper sprayed a seemingly innocent demonstrators. After this show of police brutality a public external investigation by Kroll Securities was launched to see what the campus police were doing there in the first place. The investigation had shown that the Chancellor of the University, Linda Katehi was the reason why the police were there. She had said that her reasoning behind this was because she did not want off campus “non-affiliates” to enter protesting camps and have “’older people from outside’ interacting with ‘very young girls’” (Doyle 16).  Katehi also talks about how they were worried about sexual assault. Doyle goes on to comment that isn’t the whole college career having older people interact with younger ones. I would have to fully agree with Doyle Katehi’s reasoning was misguided at least. Doyle mentions a Rolling stone article titled, A Rape on Campus, the article took the side of the alleged victim and neglected any other information or opinion that contradicted the accused. The article was later investigated and proved false. This brings to mind what has happened recently on the news to the Duke men’s lacrosse team. All those accused were “proven” to be guilty of brutally raping an exotic dancer at a party without much investigation in 2006. It was only recently that everyone proven guilty was in fact innocent, the accusing lawyer had fabricated all the “evidence”. Throughout the rest of the article Doyle goes on to talk about the enforcement of Title nine, what is means on campus and what it should really mean to these colleges. The main goal of title nine is to make an equal campus for both genders, male and female, not only that but to provide a safe environment for all students. After reading this article I can’t help but wonder how do schools actually enforce title nine? How effective has title nine been at promoting a “safe” environment for all on campus? Do you believe that title nine is working and do you think that those who are put in charge to enforce title nine have done a good job?

Big words:

Adjudication: noun, the act of a court in making an order,judgement, or decree

sanction: authoritative permission or approval, as for an action.



Changes in higher education

In the article “creative destruction” had a main message to let its audience know that higher education has gotten much too expensive and the “revolution” of online courses will take over. The author describe the current higher education system as having Baumol’s disease “the tendency of costs to soar in labor-intensive sectors with stagnant productivity”. As well as being diseased the higher education system has “risen 1.6 percentage points more than inflation every year”.  Not only were the costs for students rising, the government has cut their student funding down by twenty seven percent from 2007-2012. Their proposal for a new method of higher education is a MOOC or “Massive Open Online Course”. An example of this MOOC is a program provided by the Harvard Business School, giving students the opportunity to earn a “pre-MBA” through Harvard’s online course which only costs $1500. With the presence of the appealing MOOC’s universities will be pressured to reinvent themselves or cease to exist. With many towns and cities relying on universities, how will the increase of MOOC’s affect the town’s economy? How big will this MOOC “revolution” be?

Big Words:

Baumol’s desease (n): the tendency of costs to soar in labor-intensive sectors with stagnant productivity

Ambitious (adj.): eagerly desirous of achieving or obtaining success, power, specific goal, etc.


Santa Cruz is a quiet college town that resides on the base of a mountain range in Cali’s central coast. The University of Santa Cruz and its community is known for its alternative lifestyle and its liberal tendencies. But recently the community as a whole has come to national attention for the debates over student debt, generational divides, and the efficacy of certain protest tactics. Six students from UCSC were charged with two misdemeanors and face 30 days in prison after protesting the recent hikes in their tuition. “I’ve been here for 35 years and I’ve never seen this level of punishment for civil disobedience that was nonviolent”. These students blocked a major thoroughfare in the area. UCSC is a part of the uniform UC system, this collegiate system has more than doubled its tuition over the last decade. On campus activism has intensified and revolved around tuition hikes ever since the systems president has announced an annual increase of 5% on tuition. What can we do to change this steady increase of tuition, not just in UCSC but in the whole nation? How can we do this peacefully and within the confines of the law?

Big Words:

Misdemeanors (n): a criminal offence defined as less serious than a felony

Endowment (n): the act of endowing