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UC After Cruz

UC After Cruz is the collaborative blog by UCSC alum.
Some Contributors are in the arts, some in the sciences.
Some stay local, while others go global. www.UCAfterCruz.com
Aug 21 '14

A Banana Slug’s Journey: From Dreamer to Published Author

A Banana Slug’s Journey: From Dreamer to Published Author

One of the greatest public intellectuals and writers of our time, Christopher Hitchens, said “alcohol is a professional deformation of the scribbler.” He was speaking to the relationship between many aspiring young writers and the bottle, which is prone to develop when their authorial expectations are flattened by the merciless hand of reality. But in a broader sense, Hitch (as his fans knew him)…

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Aug 19 '14

Uncertainty Can Kiss My Educated Butt!

Uncertainty Can Kiss My Educated Butt!

Ever since I moved to the United States at the tender age of six, I’ve lived in pretty much the same area for all of my life up until I went off to UCSC. It was a small town located in the south bay of the Silicon Valley, nestled between the Adobe Creek and Stevens Creek.

Incorporated into the Santa Clara County in 1952, my hometown witnessed its greatest growth between 1950 to 1980; it was an…

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Aug 16 '14

5 Ferguson Related Multimedia Better Than Hearing a White Person Rant

5 Ferguson Related Multimedia Better Than Hearing a White Person Rant

Ferguson troubles me beyond words. Maybe I’ll start this next sentence with the worst of qualifiers: As a middle eastern man, I can not help but misunderstand the drama affecting my black friends, that community as a whole. So instead of ranting on justice, or what’s to be done or who’s right, I want to turn your attention to the fantastic work which offers a lament better than I could. Sometimes…

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Aug 10 '14

25 Things We Learned After College

25 Things We Learned After College

Today, 5 of our writers each share 5 things they learned after college.

Timothy Timothy Irvine

Timothy Irvine

1. You have plenty of time to keep learning after college.

Don’t believe that you’ve got four years to cram in “the best time of your life” and everything you’ll ever know. Undergrad is just a foundation for continuing to teach yourself!

2. There really is a huge difference between technical job skills…

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Jul 28 '14

Happy 100th Post!

Dear readers,

It’s official: UC After Cruz has hit it’s 100th post in the 15 months that we’ve been online! It’s been a very fun journey. We have learned a lot of lessons from all sorts of people, from spouses to travelers, from comedians to theater geeks. We look forward to what the next 100 posts will bring us.

Here are our top 5 posts from the past 15 months.

How To Survive Your First Year…

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Jul 17 '14
Jul 17 '14
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So, hypothetically… if I could take a bunch of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and read books at Barnes and Noble all day… and then be able to display my knowledge and understanding of the subject on an equal, if not higher, level than a college student… then, hypothetically… why is everyone paying for college again?

(Answer: Because a college degree isn’t about education, it’s a class marker. If we cared about everyone being educated, we would accredit free online courses and allow people to achieve intellectual growth and success without going into debt. But that’s not what college is for. I mean, yeah in college you can travel and learn from amazing professors and start your own anything and have access to facilities and resources and money, yeah, college is all that. And I’m not discrediting anyone who loves college but… college, at the end of the day is a business. College is just one more big way to perpetuate the system. But I say f**k the system, man.) #FreeEducationForAll #LearnRadically

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Jul 17 '14
aljazeeraamerica:

Study: Student debt worst at universities with highest-paid presidents

Student debt and the hiring of relatively low-paid adjunct faculty rather than full-time professors have grown fastest at public universities with the highest-paid presidents, a new report found.
University president pay has risen dramatically in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, according to the report, which focuses on 25 state universities that pay their presidents almost double the national average. Released Sunday by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a progressive Washington D.C.-based think tank, the study is called The One Percent at State U — referring to the financial gains made by executives after the 2008 recession.

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aljazeeraamerica:

Study: Student debt worst at universities with highest-paid presidents

Student debt and the hiring of relatively low-paid adjunct faculty rather than full-time professors have grown fastest at public universities with the highest-paid presidents, a new report found.

University president pay has risen dramatically in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, according to the report, which focuses on 25 state universities that pay their presidents almost double the national average. Released Sunday by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a progressive Washington D.C.-based think tank, the study is called The One Percent at State U — referring to the financial gains made by executives after the 2008 recession.

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Jul 17 '14
Jul 16 '14
ucresearch:

While walking around the Prelinger Archive in San Francisco, we did and did not find this cat…

ucresearch:

While walking around the Prelinger Archive in San Francisco, we did and did not find this cat…