“This is one of the cultural and intellectual hubs of the campus, and it’s impossible to quantify what the university would be losing by closing this space.” – Scott Ferreter of Sacramento
[ Lya Aghaseyedjavadi works the counter at Stevenson Coffee House. January 12, 2016. Photo by Raine Villa. ]
At UC Santa Cruz, a shift to UC Dining across campus is being perceived as part of a plan to privatize the UC. That’s according to a comment by Grace Shefcik on a petition called Save Stevenson Coffee House.
John Hadley, Manager of Stevenson Coffee House for over 30 years, typed a letter to patrons and taped it on the cafe informing them of the news.
“It is with great sadness, I must inform you that in June at the end of Spring Quarter, Stevenson Coffee House will be closing for good and my time as Manager will be ending too.” -John Hadley
The coffee house is a cultural institution whose history and significance extends beyond the university. Hadley explains, “Stevenson Coffee House is the oldest cafe on campus, over 40 plus years of service. When it opened, it was one of few places in Santa Cruz County to have an espresso machine.”
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The counterculture cannabis celebration brought people of diverse backgrounds together for an afternoon under the hot sun.
On Saturday, April 20, 2013, thousands of people participated in the annual 420 pilgrimage to Porter Meadow at UC Santa Cruz. Once again, the counterculture cannabis celebration brought people of diverse backgrounds together for an afternoon under the hot sun.
This year there appeared to be more spectators and fewer spectacles. Similar to 420 in 2012, many people stayed under the forest canopy bordering the meadow due to the high temperature. In addition to smoking cannabis and socializing, people were face painting, relaxing in a hammock strung up in the redwoods, listening to live and recorded music, juggling, hula hooping, and taking pictures with friends.
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The 10th annual Practical Activism Conference at UC Santa Cruz, organized by students at colleges Nine, Ten and Oakes, was held on October 20, 2012 at the College Nine & College Ten Multipurpose Room.
The 10th annual Practical Activism Conference at UC Santa Cruz, organized by students at colleges Nine, Ten and Oakes, was held on October 20, 2012, at the College Nine & College Ten Multipurpose Room. The student-led conference featured keynote speaker Angela Davis, ten workshops, various on- and off-campus organizations, performances, and a variety of hands-on activities.
In addition to Angela Davis, this year’s conference featured spoken-word artist Terisa Siagatonu. Terisa, born and raised in San Francisco, graduated from UCSC’s Community Studies program and also participated in Youth Speaks, the premier non-profit organization in the country targeting spoken word literacy art education for youth.
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The Davis Dozen returned to the Yolo County Courthouse for a pre-trial conference. The mood was upbeat and positive inside the courtroom.
In January and February of 2012, just months after multiple police officers at the University of California at Davis sprayed a military-grade chemical weapon into the faces of seated students during a protest against university privatization and police brutality, dozens of UC Davis students and other community members demonstrated in a hallway outside a branch of US Bank which was located on the UC Davis campus since 2010.
In response to the successful protest, the the Minnesota-based US Bank branch indefinitely shut its doors on February 28th. On March 30th, at the apparent behest of UC Davis administrators, Jeff W. Reisig of the Yolo County District Attorney’s office filed charges of obstruction and conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor against eleven UC Davis students and one professor — renown poet and writer Joshua Clover. The twelve individuals have become known as both the “Davis Dozen” and the “Banker’s Dozen”. The twelve stand accused of the “willful” and “malicious” act of protesting in front of the US Bank branch located on their UC Davis campus.
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Four Twenty in Porter Meadow at UCSC is an unorganized annual tradition.
On Friday, April 20th, thousands of people descended upon Porter Meadow at UC Santa Cruz for Four Twenty (420), a counterculture holiday observed in cities throughout the world, where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis.
Cannabis is recognized as medicine by the state of California, 17 other states in the USA, Washington DC, and a growing number of people and governments all over the world. Cannabis is typically ingested through smoke or foods made with cannabis-infused cooking oil or butter.
Four Twenty in Porter Meadow at UCSC is an unorganized annual tradition. Last year, rain caused people to seek shelter under the forest canopy. This year, it was the hot sun which drove people to the shade provided by the trees.
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