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UCSC Faces $31 Million in Budget Cuts

In a letter sent to UC Santa Cruz community on Feb. 7, Campus Provost Alison Galloway announced that Gov. Jerry Brown’s cuts to the UC budget would result in a $31 million cut for UCSC, about 6 percent of the total UC cut.  Because UCSC anticipated the cuts and adjusted the budget last year instead of using reserved funds, the actual loss in budget totals approximately $19 million.  In her letter, Galloway exhorted UCSC students and families to “envision a ‘new normal,’” and assured that UCSC will approach the budget cuts with the academic needs of students as their top priority.  “We face a monumental challenge as we seek to develop new ways of delivering services in an era of diminishing resources,” wrote Galloway.  In March, Chancellor George Blumenthal will present UCSC’s plan for the upcoming year in response to the budget cuts at the UC Regents meeting.  Until then, Blumenthal and Galloway will hold two town hall meetings to address concerns from the students and staff at UCSC.  The time and place for these town hall meetings has not yet been released.

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Heart Me Up

In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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