Monthly Archives: April 1980

1980.04.22: Increased Minority Programs (The Issue, UMass-Boston)

The Issue [UMass-Boston]
April 22, 1980

INCREASED MINORITY PROGRAMS
[By Michael Letwin]

UMB is supposed to serve and educate people who are barred from private colleges because they don’t have the money, family ties and/or prior access lo quality education in basic skills. One of the groups most affected by this bar are those people whose first language is not English.

This group is not limited to foreign students. By 1990, Spanish ­speaking people will make up the largest single minority in the US. Literally tens of millions of people in this country are included in this group. Nevertheless, the university’s efforts toward recruitment from this population, and for providing the necessary programs to keep them here is dismal.

Despite the fact that there are already many Latino ESL as a Second Language students at UMB, the ESL program has only two tenured teaching positions. The courses offered by the Spanish Department are extremely limited in their scope, and the university offers few courses in basic skills (e.g. writing or math) in Spanish, making it necessary for ESL students to learn everything in English at once.

This burden discourages non-English speaking people from attending the university, and for those who do attend, it increases the drop-out rate and makes it even harder to function positively. This is not only extremely discriminatory and harmful to ESL students, but it also deprives the entire university community of the diversity of background, culture and language that can play a role in breaking down racial and ethnic divisions between students at UMB and throughout the community.

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1980.04.22: Free At Last (The Issue, UMass-Boston)

The Issue [UMass-Boston]
April 22, 1980

FREE AT LAST
[By Michael Letwin]

After a week of procrastinating, the Student Organizing Committee succeeded in forcing Corrigan to agree to withdraw all charges against the UMB 29.

Corrigan only agreed to withdraw the charges after nearly a week of meetings with the Demands Committee of the SOC, during which time he claimed that he lacked the power to withdraw the complaints. When the SOC representatives finally got Corrigan to admit that the decision to withdraw the complaints was his, Corrigan then attempted to set his own preconditions. He demanded that the SOC keep news of the agreement to drop the charges from the press. He also tried to get the SOC to agree that it would carry out no further occupations.

However, once the SOC refused his demands, Corrigan, realizing the pressure from the entire UMB community to remove the threat of 10 days in jail and a $75 fine (each), finally announced that he would proceed to withdraw the complaints anyway. The lesson was again clear that the administration can be made to back down by calling its bluff.

Now, Corrigan is attempting to make it appear that he always planned to withdraw the charges and that the move had nothing to do with pressure from below. Nothing could be further from the truth. Corrigan only gave in because he had to, and when students again take direct action at UMB, we can expect that Corrigan will again try to intimidate them with arrest and penalties.

198004.22: Corrigan Breaks Off Discussions (UMass-Boston Student Organizing Committee)

1980.04.22 -- Corrigan Breaks Off Discussions -- ML flyer -- UMB_Page_1 1980.04.22 -- Corrigan Breaks Off Discussions -- ML flyer -- UMB_Page_2

1980.04.22: Why Occupation (The Issue, UMass-Boston)

1980.04.22 -- Why Occupation -- ML article -- UMB The Issue 1980.04.22 -- Why Occupation -- ML article -- UMB The Issue-001

1980.04.20: Letter of Commendation for UMass-Boston Occupation

1980.04.20 — Letter of Commendation for UMB Occupation

1980.04.16: Corrigan Orders Arrests, Sit-in Ends (UMass-Boston Mass Media)

1980.04.16 — Corrigan Orders Arrests, Sit-in Ends — ML in article — Mass Media

1980.04.09: Anti-War Movement at Crossroad (UMass-Boston Mass Media)

Anti-War Movement at Crossroad (UMass-Boston Mass Media, April 9, 1980), by Michael Letwin
1980.04.09 — Anti-War Movement at Crossroad — ML article — UMB Mass Media (1)

1980.04.09: Williams v. Kennan: The Great Debate (UMass-Boston)

1980.04.00 -- Williams v. Kennan, the Great Debate -- ML -- UMB_Page_01 1980.04.00 -- Williams v. Kennan, the Great Debate -- ML -- UMB_Page_02 1980.04.00 -- Williams v. Kennan, the Great Debate -- ML -- UMB_Page_03 1980.04.00 -- Williams v. Kennan, the Great Debate -- ML -- UMB_Page_04 1980.04.00 -- Williams v. Kennan, the Great Debate -- ML -- UMB_Page_05 1980.04.00 -- Williams v. Kennan, the Great Debate -- ML -- UMB_Page_06 1980.04.00 -- Williams v. Kennan, the Great Debate -- ML -- UMB_Page_07 1980.04.00 -- Williams v. Kennan, the Great Debate -- ML -- UMB_Page_08 1980.04.00 -- Williams v. Kennan, the Great Debate -- ML -- UMB_Page_09 1980.04.00 -- Williams v. Kennan, the Great Debate -- ML -- UMB_Page_10 1980.04.00 -- Williams v. Kennan, the Great Debate -- ML -- UMB_Page_11 1980.04.00 -- Williams v. Kennan, the Great Debate -- ML -- UMB_Page_12 1980.04.00 -- Williams v. Kennan, the Great Debate -- ML -- UMB_Page_13 1980.04.00 -- Williams v. Kennan, the Great Debate -- ML -- UMB_Page_14

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1980.04.09: Anti-War Movement at Crossroads (Mass Media, UMass-Boston)

1980.04.09 -- Anti-War Movement at Crossroad -- ML article -- UMB Mass Media

1980.04.07-1980.04.13: Student Occupation of UMass-Boston Administration Bldg.

1980.04.07: UMass-Boston Student Occupation, April 1980

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