Metaphor of the Day: UC-Berkeley Builds Escape Hatch for Chancellor

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The University of California at Berkeley has just finished construction on an extra door—dubbed an "escape hatch" by some—that will allow the chancellor to leave his office without encountering student-protesters.

Note that Chancellor Nicholas Dirks did not personally request the door, which cost $9,000, according to The Daily Californian. Other staff members, as well as the police, thought public safety would be improved if the administrative building had a second exit.

But some students are annoyed—now administrators will be able to enter and exit the building, even during sit-ins. According to an editorial in the student newspaper:

"Protests on this campus are commonplace, and they frequently occur around the chancellor's office and residence. We acknowledge the chancellor's right to safety and security, but we fear that many of these 'safety' measures are coming at the expense of accessibility to students and faculty," the editorial continued.

The students are actually raising a valid point: public safety is often used as a pretext to limit speech and activism on college campuses. It's a funny mental picture, though.

Hat tip: The College Fix

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  1. +1 Safe Space

  2. They acknowledge his right to safety, just not safety from them.

  3. *sneaks out side door and comes up behind protesters*

    What is UP, my negros? Are we having a protest? By golly, that sure is swell! STICK IT TO MEN! ….fuck… THE MAN! YEAH!

    *runs from crowd as Yakety Sax plays in the background*

  4. public safety is often used as a pretext to limit speech and activism on college campuses

    This particular instance isn’t limiting activism though. You have a right to speak, but you do not have a right to force people to hear you. Administrators are just exercising their right to walk away from stupid tantrums.

    1. This, I like.

    2. When “speech” and “activism” involve trespassing and threats of violence (if not actual violence), then public safety isn’t necessarily a pretext, is it?

  5. If someone has the right to block a road in protest, do I have the right to run them over in protest of their protest?

      1. So right to protest is above right to pursue happiness. Sounds legit.

  6. So the critics are saying that the better way to deal with protesters who imprison university officials in their cars, etc., is not to built better escape routes, but simply to arrest and expel the disruptive students?

    I certainly agree with that.

    The problem with these protests isn’t that there aren’t enough escape routes. The problem is that they aren’t promptly arrested and expelled for their illegal disruption.

    Lay down the law and suddenly, we will stop seeing students interfering with campus officials’ freedom of movement. There will be no need of “escape hatches” – officials can leave by the front door and go wherever they want unmolested, because the leftard students know that if they obstruct anyone’s freedom of movement they’ll be thrown out on their asses and hopefully put in prison.

    I suppose that’s the point those campus editorialists are making, right? /sarc

    1. By Jove, Eddie, something I agree with!

      Assuming the /sarc tag wasn’t meant for the whole post, that is.

      1. The sarc tag was just for the last paragraph.

        1. Oh shit, I thought it was for your entire canon.

  7. Also, is this one of those colleges that gives students class credit for protesting?

    1. It’s UC Berkley, so probably.

      1. I think at UC Berkeley, its probably more giving students protest credits for going to class.

  8. “When we talk about academic freedom, we aren’t talking about the right to move freely around the campus, dude, get with the program!”

  9. “Haha, the joke’s on you, Professor. This IS my chemistry final.”

    BOOM

    1. I’m imagining some idiot who is suddenly left-handed and a professor eye-rolling.

  10. An escape hatch? What a Dirk!

  11. How about an ejector seat at his desk that will launch him through a strategically placed skylight directly over his desk?

    1. “For the love of God sir, there’s two seats!”

      “I like to put my feet up.”

  12. But some students are annoyed?now administrators will be able to enter and exit the building, even during sit-ins.

    Wow, something that decades of student protests never considered… a back door.

  13. We acknowledge the chancellor’s right to safety and security, but we fear that many of these ‘safety’ measures are coming at the expense of accessibility to students and faculty,” the editorial continued.

    I don’t understand where the “expense” is.

    How is a second door impeding access?

    1. I’m betting there’s a sign that says Authorized Access Only. A SIGN! Going past that sign would be breaking the rules.

    2. None of this affects the accessibility of students and faculty.

      Now, it made impede their access to administrators, but that’s not “accessibility of”, is it?

  14. Unless this back door exits to somewhere students can’t go, why can’t they just block both doors? Are they complaining because they don’t have enough people at these things to string folks across more than one door.

    1. Are they complaining because they don’t have enough people at these things to string folks across more than one door.

      In my experience seeing protests at UCB, this is exactly the case. It’s rare for there to be more than about a dozen people. Although it’s been a while, so things may have changed.

  15. It’s only fair the chancellor gets a safe space, too.

    Or would the protestors prefer to be arrested for false imprisonment?

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  17. How is there an office building on campus that had only one exit, anyway? Surely California has fire marshals.

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