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01 Jun 2023

What is Primer?

Welcome to Primer 2020! City on a Hill Press’s annual back-to-school publication is a collection of guides, news stories, and profiles aimed at informing incoming students and giving space to the voices of the UCSC and Santa Cruz community.


This marks the first issue in CHP’s 55th volume, and its first fully digital one. We head into the 2020-21 school year on a wave of uncertainty, but we will work to continue upholding our mission statement — watchdog the UCSC and UC administrations, tell the underreported and underrepresented stories, and serve as a platform for change.

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Your Guide to UCSC’s Reopening Plan

On Aug. 7 2020, UCSC issued their twenty-page COVID-19 resumption plan for the fall quarter. Here’s what you need to know.


Grad Student Strike Moves Online

In the periphery of a global pandemic and wildfires affecting much of western U.S., the COLA4ALL movement founded at UC Santa Cruz, which gained traction across the UC system, continues to fight for a cost of living adjustment (COLA) and the rehiring of teaching assistants….


Campus Resource Centers Team Up For Remote Learning Accessibility

As UC Santa Cruz moves into an almost entirely online format for fall 2020, several campus resource centers have begun working to ensure that the needs of disabled students are accounted for.  “Considering the needs of disabled students up front isn’t just easier for everyone…


Spring Election Update: Ballot Measures and SUA Officers

The May 2020 campus elections saw the appointment of new leaders to the Student Union Assembly (SUA). But low voter turnout resulted in the failure of all ballot measures, which would have funded campus programs and made an amendment to the SUA constitution.  May 2020…


UC-AFT Lecturers Start School Year Under Expired Contract

After almost two years of bargaining, UC lecturers are working under a contract that expired on January 31. UC Santa Cruz lecturers are slated to teach the majority of first year core classes this fall, creating an important bridge between incoming students and faculty. As…


Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Introduces Black Studies Minor

Amid nationwide protests in support of Black Lives Matter, the UC Santa Cruz critical race and ethnic studies (CRES) department unveiled a new minor — Black studies.  The CRES department welcomed Professor Xavier Livermon to teach for the Black studies minor and the feminist studies…


Michael Drake Announced New President of the UC

The UC Board of Regents has named Michael Drake, former president of Ohio State University, the new UC president on July 7. Drake started the new role on Aug. 1.  Before his time at Ohio State, Drake was the chancellor of UC Irvine from 2005…

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