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2007-2008 Disorientation Guide
by Disorientation Guide Collective
Saturday Sep 29th, 2007 12:35 PM
This Guide is:
- An introduction to issues that affect our campus and communities
- An attempt to strengthen local activists
- A call for direct action and radical change for social justice

It includes:
- Articles by students/activists
- Radical campus history
- Tools for rockin’ the boat
- And even sex advice!!!

The Disorientation Guide was created by a small collective of folks. It has been produced for the past 5 years, although it first hit the scene in 1977, 1982, and 1984. Disorientation Guides have also emerged at UCSB, UCD, UC Berkeley, MIT, Yale, U of Texas at Austin, and many other campuses across the nation.

We are trying to write and share our own history of the university. In other words, this is an introduction to the side of this school that you might have heard about but won’t find in your glossy orientation materials. The guide is important to us because we realize that there are many difficult issues and challenges facing new UCSC students and we’d like to offer some information and inspiration. After all, we have experienced (and continue to experience) these same things.

This guide is designed as a resource, lubricant, and catalyst for you as you discover and get involved in the creative, radical communities and projects that thrive here in Santa Cruz.

So, this is the Disorientation Guide. What’s it all about, and why does it now occupy your hand, floor, bookshelf, or closet?

Well, that is an excellent question, so before you start using the guide as a coaster, let’s try to get some answers.

This Guide is:
- An introduction to issues that affect our campus and communities
- An attempt to strengthen local activists
- A call for direct action and radical change for social justice

It includes:
- Articles by students/activists
- Radical campus history
- Tools for rockin’ the boat
- And even sex advice!!!

Here are some things you might want to keep in mind while you read:

- Don’t feel overwhelmed. The guide is not meant to be read straight through.
There is simply too much in it to be able to process one article after another.
Take your time, flip to a section that sounds good, and really think about it for a few hours, days, or as long as it takes before starting another.

- The guide is not necessarily in the correct order because there isn’t one.
None of the issues discussed are self-contained. Ideas, problems, and philosophies all overlap.

- This is in no way a complete publication about the UC system or anything else we discuss. It is simply part of a much larger body of thoughts and ideas.

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by rink
Sunday Sep 30th, 2007 5:47 PM
Hey - anyone here who is good with Santa Cruz legal issues (and I know there are several), are you familiar with this question. I was looking in a pamphlet in the latest Good Times with was a guide for students. It wasn't as useful as this one, and just said 'go to these restaurants'. It had an ad in it from the Santa Cruz police dept. that said "don't have a loud or unruly party. Fine $1000-$4000. This is 100-400 hours of work at a campus job. Think twice".
I was thinking, holey moley. This almost makes it impossible to actually call the police when there is trouble, because you'd fear seriously harming someone or receiving anonymous retaliation when they get a fine. Alternatively, someone would wait for a small gathering at a neighbor they dislike for other reasons and claim it is horrible. Finally, one can easily judge that this law is subject to biased policing. Yuppies with a loud christmas party aren't going to receive the fine, only students.

Anyway, googling this, articles from two years ago say the first strike was $250, second strike $500, third $1000. The fines they cited here are higher, so my question is whether they quadrupled the fine. They do claim $4000. What do you have to do to get that level of fine.

by di festa fallo
Sunday Sep 30th, 2007 9:25 PM
The cops will probably cite you for other "crimes" like serving alcohol to minors, disturbing the peace, or maybe they'll find someone with drugs at your party, and try and get you for that as well. Or if there is a fight they may add charges, i.e., fines... The whole judicial system is a revenue scam.
by Dan O'Kelly
Tuesday Oct 2nd, 2007 7:31 AM
Is it possible to have a smaller file which is easier to download? The current one is 45 MB which is only accessable via broadband so you're excluding anyone with slower connections or dial-up which smacks of elitism.
by x
Tuesday Oct 2nd, 2007 9:59 AM
elitism because they spent hours making a big, beautiful guide? just go to the library and download it if it's taking you too long...
by kilo
( kilo [at] riseup.net ) Tuesday Oct 2nd, 2007 1:26 PM
good job y'all!
by Disguide
( disguide @graffiti.net ) Friday Oct 19th, 2007 12:26 AM
We're all glad that you folks are reading the guide and finding it positive. We put a lot into it because we love it and because we hope it makes it out to people. More feedback is always really appreciated: what articles did you like? why? what's missing? what's shitty or outright fucked up? We have so many more questions for folks, but more importantly: It's your guide too, and you can help us keep radical student print media alive on campus and in the community. Feel free to e-mail us @ disguide [at] graffiti.net. We do print media all year, plus we start preparing for next year's guide this year, and we want to meet all you radical folks, hang out and do rad shit.
Sorry about the huge file size; it's not our intention to cut folks out, which is why we print the guide. It wasn't really meant for the net; it's just nice to be able to put it out there. Unfortunately, we've pretty much run out of guides this year, so we're gonna try and print more soon, but we need to raise money (the inverter of all things). Meanwhile, see if you can't find some leftovers on campus, or borrow a friend's!
Looking forward to more dialogue,
Disguide Collective