Former UC regent Ward Connerly accused of mishandling funds

Former University of California regent Ward Connerly, best known for his efforts to end affirmative action in California and across the nation, has been accused of mishandling funds by a former employee. In addition to facing allegations of excessive compensation by former employee Jennifer Gratz, the nonprofit American Civil Rights
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Two arrested, plastic pellets fired during Thursday Riverside protests

Police officers arrested two protesters and struck several others with plastic pellets during a demonstration Thursday surrounding the UC Board of Regents meeting at UC Riverside. The two individuals arrested — identified as Kenneth Ehrlich, 39, and Humberto Rivera, 25 — were booked on suspicion of felony assault on a
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Despite possible cuts, regents remain optimistic about Brown’s budget

Though the possibility of future tuition increases and a $200 million cut in state funding loomed over Thursday’s UC Board of Regents meeting at UC Riverside, the board’s tone was cautiously optimistic during budget talks. The stated goal of the meeting was to consider alternative, nontuition sources of revenue, but
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Lobbyists from UC spoke to lawmakers about Internet bill

Months before controversial Internet legislation ignited a national media frenzy, University of California lobbyists approached legislators about the bill, a UC report states. According to the UC Lobbying Disclosure Report — which outlines lobbying activity from July 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2011 — three UC lobbyists spoke with legislators
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Riverside faculty member dismissed

The UC Board of Regents voted to dismiss a UC Riverside faculty member in a closed session meeting Wednesday, according to a statement provided Thursday by UC spokesperson Dianne Klein. Though the meeting agenda item referencing the decision leaves the professor unnamed, the Los Angeles Times names the faculty member
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Regents meeting halted again by protests

Protests sparked by Thursday’s UC Board of Regents meeting at UC Riverside stalled proceedings for almost an hour and also later resulted in the detainment of at least three protesters. The initial protest marked the second consecutive time that demonstrations have held up a board meeting. During the public comment
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Regents will meet in Sacramento in May

After months of urging students, faculty and other University of California community members to call on the state for increased support for higher education, the UC Board of Regents announced that it will relocate its meeting to Sacramento and hold a rally at the state Capitol this May. Board Chair
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Regents’ vote on dismissing professor still undisclosed

The fate of a tenured UC Riverside professor, who the UC Board of Regents was scheduled to consider dismissing and potentially stripping emeritus status from, remains unknown after the board’s meeting Wednesday. The vote occurred during a closed session of the meeting, and UC spokesperson Dianne Klein declined to comment
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Bill could request restrictions on salary increases for UC officials

A state senate bill introduced earlier this month could prohibit salary increases for University of California and California State University executives within two years of either tuition increases for students or state budget cuts. If passed, the bill, authored by state Sen. Leland Yee, D–San Francisco, would also restrict salary
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Upcoming regents meeting spurs plans for student demonstrations

The UC Board of Regents will meet at UC Riverside this week to discuss finances and other issues facing the University of California while protesters will hold demonstrations at the Riverside and Berkeley campuses urging students to act against potential future cuts. Throughout the Wednesday and Thursday meetings, regents will
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