Several Cal Poly faculty members and students picketed on campus in front of the President's Administration building Thursday morning.
They voiced concerns over the number of administrators hired in recent years at the rally. Dr. Belinda Morril is a temporary lecturer and serves as the Academic Senate Representative for part-time faculty. She said that something needs to change.
"We had people there who have been here for 30 years. They're ready to retire. They're not going to get anything out of this, other than to say...this is not the 'Mustang Way,' " said Morril.
California's Secretary of State Alex Padilla will be at UC Santa Barbara Thursday to speak with students about the importance of voting.
Padilla said that he and a lot of others in the political world were dismayed by 2014's record low voter turnout in California.
He said that getting more people involved in the political process is important. With a school like UCSB, where there are thousands registered to vote, he said their participation, could really shape an election.
He said that getting people to participate is the tough part.
An instructor at Arroyo Grande High School will no longer teach creationism in his science class, according to a spokesperson for the Lucia Mar Unified School District. The swift action comes following a parent's complaint and a request to fix the problem voiced by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
The District says the teacher was using the evolution versus creationism argument as a teaching tool to get students engaged. But, at least one student didn't find the creationism focus appropriate for the subject matter.
Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong held a listening session with faculty members Thursday afternoon in an effort to stem growing anger over wages, and what's referred to as "administrative bloat."
Armstrong said the session went well, and that he heard a lot of "pent-up emotions" coming from faculty members who have not received salary adjustments for years. He did note that situation has now changed.
In the fall of 2014, KCBX News interviewed nearly every leader of the colleges and universities on the Central Coast. Our goal was to hear their visions for the campuses, find out what's new and on the horizon, and discover how they plan to deal with ongoing challenges.
The presidents of (from north to south) Hartnell, Cuesta, Cal Poly, Allan Hancock, and Santa Barbara City College all participated in our interview series. Use the interactive map to hear each one.
We were unsuccessful in our efforts to book an interview with UC Santa Barbara's Chancellor Yang.
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A controversial art display at Santa Barbara City College last month will be the topic of a campus discussion on cultural sensitivity. It's scheduled for Tuesday, April 7.
Native American students were offended by a wooden teepee, constructed on campus by art students.
Representatives from the various sides met last month, resulting in the dismantling of the teepee a couple of days ahead of schedule. SBCC President Dr. Lori Gaskin said that decision was made entirely by the students.
The union representing teachers in the Lucia Mar School District now have authorization to initiate a strike, should negotiations reach that point.
The Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association (LMUTA) announced the support from teachers following voting on Friday.
The teachers are asking for an increase in wages to bring salaries closer to those of their colleagues working in neighboring districts, including San Luis Coastal and Santa Maria-Bonita. Lucia Mar School District leaders say they can't afford the level that's being proposed, and have made their own offer.