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Military Recruiters Abandon Post at UCSC Career Fair
by Vinny Lombardo
Tuesday Apr 11th, 2006 2:49 PM
Military recruiters left early from a UCSC job fair today, after being disrupted by noisy protesters.
Despite heavy rainfall, some two-hundred students and others marched across campus to protest the presence of recruiters from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marines, and the CA National Guard at the UCSC Career Fair.

UCSC Administrators say they are bound by the Supreme Court's recent ruling on the Solomon Amendment, which forces school's to accomodate military recruiters. After past protest actions at the bi-annual job fair, UCSC officials decided to seperate the military personel from other job recruiters, but protestors still managed to block access to that area. Police escorted one man in to speak with military recruiters but all media access was restricted.

After negotiations with UC officials, 10 female liasons were allowed in to dialogue with the military reps. Once inside, the women liberated many of their pamphlets and DVDs! A struggle ensued after UC Police officers tried to forcably remove the women from the building. Though no arrests were made, two women were assaulted by UC Police Officer Stevens, and a UC administrator in seprate incidents. The UC admin, Dan Woods, later publicly apologized.

As recruiters drove off, a rock was allegedly thrown at their SUV. An officer began to persue the alleged rock-thrower, and a legal observer with a camera also took chase. Kot Hordinski, the legal observer, was then arrested for "obstruction." He was released after about fifteen minutes.

Students Against War organizers, and most participants agreed the action was a success. For the third time in a row, military recruiters were confronted by large protests. The goal of getting military recruiters off campus, was reached yet agian. Many are now left wondering if military recruiters will dare to return in the fall for the next UCSC Career Fair.


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by AC Sandino II
Tuesday Apr 11th, 2006 3:04 PM
AD Samuels or something like that....

Mr. Handlebar mustache with an attitude. I thought it was that guy.
by Vinny Lombardo
Tuesday Apr 11th, 2006 3:10 PM
Thanks for the correction. His name is officer Samuels, badge no. 60. He was an African-American man.
by SR
Tuesday Apr 11th, 2006 4:44 PM
Correction: one student was arrested
by A Reader
Tuesday Apr 11th, 2006 5:36 PM
As Vinny's story says;
"As recruiters drove off, a rock was allegedly thrown at their SUV. An officer began to persue the alleged rock-thrower, and a legal observer with a camera also took chase. Kot Hordinski, the legal observer, was then arrested for "obstruction." He was released after about fifteen minutes."
by Loudog
Tuesday Apr 11th, 2006 9:11 PM
Just because someone personally don't agree with the war, doesn't give them the moral right to interfere with free speech in America.

These students are adults and they have the right to learn about a military career and make their own decisions.

The recruiters have the right to make their pitch.

Other people have the right to provide an oppossing point of view.

There's a reason why the "heckler's veto" isn't legal in the United States. It's called "free speech."
by Noam
Tuesday Apr 11th, 2006 9:45 PM
Loudog, it wasn't just about the war.
The military openly discriminates against queer recruits, something many of us at UCSC find unacceptable.
Our university is allegedly committed to being a safe, supportive environment for GLBT students.
Hosting military recruiters at our job fair violates that.
The SAW protest was as much about forcing the administration to put their money where their mouth is as it was about our objections to America's military involvement.
by me
Wednesday Apr 12th, 2006 9:56 AM
The only violence that occured was instigated by the police.
by JVoss
Wednesday Apr 12th, 2006 11:52 AM
Congress determines who can join the military.
The ban on homosexuals is political. Clinton could have and should have gotten this done away with.
by You can see them foaming
Wednesday Apr 12th, 2006 8:03 PM
Keep up the good work Indybay! You know you're doing good when you have the right wing nuts panicking.....Kudos.
by they can't keep up
Thursday Apr 20th, 2006 8:24 AM
Protest Warriors--I've spoken to them. They truly couldn't keep up. Their knowledge of both current events and history is poor. Their interpretations, philosphies were overly simplistic, shallow. When it came down to it, they ended up having to say stuff like, "maybe you're right". They are clearly victims of a primarily conservative/sound bite filled media and just need some teaching.
by Jwingate
Friday Mar 7th, 2008 7:03 AM
I am unsure if I undertsand the point of all of this. Driving the recruiters off campus makes it difficult for them to recruit a broad spectrum of college educated potential officers. The officer corps is usually filled with MA grads who are usefull enough as the junior leadership but the military is attempting to balance its ranks with officers and NCO's from a more diversified pool of people. They have plenty of hard charging citizens who's only goal is to protect our nation, even misguided attempts. They want and need people fom all walks of life, even peacenik 2008 hippie crack pots like a lot of the anti military protesters I see. I served with a modern day hippe who was a medic. He never would shut up about his disagreement with the war in Iraq. Any war for that matter. The difference with him and the otrhers is that he new what was appropriate and what wasnt. There are times in life where you just have to shut up, take a shower, comb the lice out of your beard, and get to work. He treated many wounded soldiers, civilians and enemy cowards. He even treated me after I got caught on the wrong end of a few AK-47's. He didnt care that I supported the efforts of the allied forces in Iraq. We were able to disagree without name calling and as much as he could be irritating, he was dependable and I always made sure he was the last guy to get shot at. So the the people that always agree at the end of your teaching sessions, who are they? What type of educatin do they need? Another one sided argument not based on any facts? How about a debate, thats all any of us really want. Sharing ideas, opinions and FACTS. No need for the type of display we see on campus toyday.