An update to yesterday’s entry… In a 3-2 vote, the college trustees decided to eliminate the journalism programs for both Ventura College and Oxnard College for the upcoming school year. The two campus newspapers, the Ventura College Press and Campus Observer, will be closed. (This will be the first time VC hasn’t had a paper since 1925.) Finally, my mom will be laid off.
She e-mailed me at 2am this morning:
It’s over. They killed the program. It was one of the most gut-wrenching evenings — students speaking so passionately, I spoke with my students around me. The board members voted 2-3 to kill the program. My students sobbed their eyes out as they cut their program… Gary sobbing, me as well.
These people have no hearts. If you could have heard these people. We are going full on press — tomorrow a sit-in in the president’s office. I will be on AM 1520 live at 8 am with my student Karina Gonzales. I’m filing a lawsuit through the union; the kids are filing a first amendment violation lawsuit.
We are in the newsroom now — the kids are putting a paper out by morning. Should be interesting.
I worked at the VC Press for two semesters while I was there, and it laid the foundation for my passion for media and my future Communications degree at UC Berkeley. It gave me a voice, and it gave a voice to the students that worked with me. The shortsightedness of these people just kills me. The trustees would have been better off firing themselves and keeping the paper.