As a UC alum, today is a sad day; Janet Napolitano, head of Homeland Security, has been appointed the new president of the University of California system. This is appalling. Twitter agrees. Here are the best responses I’ve seen so far:
Appointing Napolitano as president is basically just admitting that the UC is a military-industrial complex that also teaches students.
— Aaron Bady (@zunguzungu) July 12, 2013
What University wouldn’t want the streamlined organization of the DHS combined with the administrative rationality of the state of Arizona?
— Kieran Healy (@kjhealy) July 12, 2013
Only in America: Making Napolitano head of UC system is like asking Lt. John Pike to run the school. #PoliceState
— StrikeDebt (@StrikeDebt) July 12, 2013
For Univ of Cali, known for pepper spray & mass arrests, hiring the Secretary of Homeland Security as Chancellor is the next logical step.
— ForStudentPower (@forstudentpower) July 12, 2013
How to signal “We think students are the enemy” any clearer than appointing someone whose entire job has been brutalization of Others?
— Gerry Canavan (@gerrycanavan) July 12, 2013
UC’s values: excellence and the academic-military-industrial complex
— reclaim UC (@reclaimuc) July 12, 2013