Students at the University of California, Berkeley, are upset that Chancellor Nicholas Dirks has installed a series of measures so he can avoid having to deal with the constant sit-ins and protests special snowflake students keep launching.
The chancellor has even added a new back door to his offices that some are dubbing an “escape hatch.”
The door was installed at a cost of $9,000, according to TheCollegeFix.com, but it was only part of the student avoidance system put in place at UC-Berkely.
Along with the new “escape hatch” the school also erected new fencing around the chancellor’s campus residence to keep people away.
The barriers and back doors show that “administrators on this campus operate in a near-constant state of fear of its students,” the Daily Californian, an independent student-run newspaper, noted in an editorial.
“Protests on this campus are commonplace, and they frequently occur around the chancellor’s office and residence. We acknowledge the chancellor’s right to safety and security, but we fear that many of these ‘safety’ measures are coming at the expense of accessibility to students and faculty,” the editorial stated.
Still, according to CollegeFix, a spokesman for the chancellor insists he didn’t ask for the “escape hatch” to be installed.
“He was not actually aware that it was being built,” said Dan Mogulof, UC Berkeley’s executive director for communications and public affairs. “This came about in response to staff concerns after a number of occupations of that particular floor of the administration building. And our police department thought it would be beneficial just to have one extra door, which is all that it is, that will provide staff, if need be in the future, another way of getting out of the building.”
Mogulof also claimed police had raised the installation as a safety issue. “There was really only one way out. The police thought it would be a good idea and it was really in response to staff concerns,” Mogulof said.
A member of the Associated Students of the University of California, though, says there must be a better way to deal with constant student protests other than just “avoiding them.”
In any case, it appears the special snowflakes at Berkeley are upset their near daily whine-fests are being avoided.
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