Student Committee Calls for Katehi Resignation

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DAVIS --

From the pepper spraying of students on campus to wiping the web of that incident to sitting on outside boards for pay - student council groups are now adding their voice to the chorus of those calling for U.C. Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi to go.

"We basically voted on a resolution that was passed on to us from a group of students, organized students, who are really in favor of our Chancellor Katehi resigning," said Tony Flores, external affairs commission member for the associated students of U.C. Davis.

"I feel good. It passed unanimously," said Harley Litzelman.

He's a third year history major at UCD and a member of the 'Fire Katehi' group that's been protesting on campus for weeks and advocating for the chancellor's departure in other ways.

"What is right is right and what is wrong is wrong and we want that to be reflected from the administration," said Flores.

"When you contract $175,000 to quote unquote eradicate references online to pepper spray that hurt the chancellor and UC Davis' reputation...you're turning history into a commodity and you are selling it hoping that it goes away. Search optimization is nothing new, but when you're trying to eradicate it..that's not okay. When you spend the time that tuition and taxpayers dollars pay for you to be our chancellor...and be off on boards filling your own pockets that research shows doesn't demonstrably help the university of which you are a chancellor - or any other administrator - that's not okay," said Litzelman.

"Yes we do know no one here on campus or any assemblymember or senator from the state of California can make her resign. However...like by bringing up more support from students or student leaders and teaming up with legislators...we're able to present a more strong foundation toward her resigning," explained Flores.

The ACUSD's internal affairs commission is due to consider the resignation resolution next Tuesday.

The full student senate could back the measure next Thursday, sending it on the U.C. system President, Janet Napolitano.

Though she has declined comment throughout the string of recent scandals facing her, Katehi plans to speak directly to students Wednesday with 'Katehi's Closet.'

Through what's being billed as an interactive display and discussion, the chancellor is promising to air her 'dirty laundry' in front of students and make them privy to see the 'skeletons' in her closet.