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Open Letter: Restore Funding To Media Organizations At UCSD

In Higher Education on December 3, 2015 at 8:05 am

Attached below is the open letter calling for the UCSD student government to reverse its decision to defund student-run on-campus media organizations as sent to the UCSD Chancellor and the UCSD Associated Students President on Dec. 3, 2015 (followed by the text as formatted on WordPress).

If you would also like to add your name to this letter, please feel free to sign and include your UCSD affiliation as a comment at:


UCSD Open Letter Final


Dear Chancellor Pradeep Khosla and AS President Dominick Suvonnasupa,


As UCSD alumni and former campus leaders, we have an obligation to speak out and defend the vital role that media organizations have historically played on UCSD’s campus. We are deeply concerned by the Associated Students at UCSD’s recent decision to vote to defund registered media organizations on campus. 1


Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are critical to maintaining an open, healthy, and free society. At UCSD in particular, on-campus media organizations have a long and rich history of holding those in positions of power accountable, including the administration and the student government. Pledging to fund academic publications—as Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Life Gary Ratcliff has done—is insufficient and fails to maintain funding for creative and news media organizations on campus, many of which have existed for decades.


We remember when ASUCSD voted in 2010 to stop funding all on-campus registered media organizations in a well-intentioned—but misguided—attempt to prevent the publication of offensive content and silence dissenting voices. 2 After months of sustained pressure from passionate UCSD students and San Diego residents, the student government restored funding, realizing that the effects of trying to censor speech were ultimately more detrimental than the speech itself. 3


Five years later, UCSD is again at a crossroads.

Freelance Work Sept. 2014- Jan. 2015

In Domestic Policy, Foreign Affairs, Industry on January 13, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Since LIGNET was closed down in October I have been tutoring and looking for steady work. However, I have done some freelance writing for StrategyPage and VR World.

Jan 13, 2015 – ISIS Ally Hacks US Military’s Central Command Social Media Accounts

Jan 11, 2015 – Sony Freezes Planned Chinese Release of PlayStation 4

Jan 8, 2015 – US Moving Closer to Using Commercial ‘Space Taxis’

Jan 5, 2015 – Israeli Startups Warily Seek Opportunities In Chinese Investment

Sept 28, 2014 – Counter-Terrorism: ISIL Seeks Some Action In Australia

Unpublished LIGNET Clips 2012-2014

In Foreign Affairs on September 16, 2014 at 3:05 am

These are an assortment of the clips I wrote while working for for Newsmax Media’s Langley Intelligence Group Network (LIGNET) between June 2011 and September 2014 that were never published.

Accidental duplication of a topic by other analysts was the most common reason that these stories were not released on the site.

However, my interest in peripheral issues meant some of the less relevant Briefs were not posted to the site.

Unused Articles (4)

2014 – 1


2013 – 1


2012 – 2


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