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Awesome UC San Diego Professor Leads Protests

san_diego I really like this guy. The stuff he is doing might actually make a difference and change people’s attitudes.

Via Los Angeles Times Local:

When protesting students spilled into University of California campus courtyards in March, Ricardo Dominguez took to the streets in his own way — digitally — leading a march to the online office of the UC president.

The bespectacled associate professor triggered a software program that continuously reloaded the home page of UC President Mark G. Yudof’s website.

"Transparency," hundreds of protesters wrote, over and over again, in the search box of the home page.

The jammed website responded with an error message: "File not found."

The protesters’ message: Transparency doesn’t exist in the UC system.

It was a virtual sit-in, an oft-used tactic from Dominguez’s academic specialty at UC San Diego: electronic civil disobedience. Another project last year took as inspiration the debate over illegal immigration. Dominguez, a new media artist, unveiled a prototype for a modified cellphone that he called a "mobile Statue of Liberty." He said phones like it would provide immigrants with directions and inspirational poetry readings during arduous desert crossings.


R.I.P. Leon

Rest in Peace Leon

Rest in Peace Leon

A pole vaulter from my old alma mater, the University of California San Diego, died a few days ago. Obviously, I don’t know him… but I hope he is resting in peace.

Via SignOnSanDiego.Com…

LA JOLLA: A University of California San Diego pole vaulter has died after he missed landing on padding and hit his head on concrete, the Medical Examiner’s Office said.

Leon Roach, 19, of Huntington Beach was injured about 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the accident on campus. He was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla and was declared brain dead about 5 p.m. Saturday.

A school spokeswoman issued a statement about the accident Friday but did not release any details.

“A tragic accident involving one of our talented scholar athletes occurred on campus during a track and field workout,” the statement said. “Words cannot begin to express our sorrow. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of this remarkable student.”