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Uncooperative behavior by staff in the BSC

Dear members of the Berkeley Student Cooperative,

At about 1:30 am on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, Cloyne members sent to Cloyne’s Facilities Manager (Alex Webb) and their supervising staff a memorandum about their uncooperative behavior. We took this step because past attempts to communicate our concerns diplomatically had proven ineffective. Almost unanimously approved by an absolute majority of our 140-person house during Finals week, the memo enumerated our grievances and demands, including but not limited to the following actions by Cloyne’s Facilities Manager:

  • Called the police during council, when no one was in imminent danger, without the knowledge or consent of members
  • Without the members’ consent:
    • Closed the house’s Free Pile multiple times
    • Ordered a dump run with 1-800-got-junk, which threw away the entire contents of the Free Pile
    • Threw away the entire contents of the furniture room
  • Illegitimately threatened members with unappealable fines, without having a policy basis to do so
  • Criticized and imposed demands on managers without realistic consideration of managers’ material and emotional capacity to respond

We sent this memo in good faith, with the intention of fostering cooperativity and repairing our relationships with staff. We cc’ed the BSC’s Cooperative Experience Manager (Victor Saldivar), Executive Director (Kim Benson), and Operations Manager (Marie Lucero). Several of our new managers were even in the same room as these staff members during training this last week. In spite of all this, staff did not agree to our reasonable demands. Even after a one-week extension for good faith, staff members haven’t even given us the slightest acknowledgment of having received the memo. This is simply insulting.

These experiences lead Cloyne members to question the commitment of the BSC’s staff to the cooperative aspect of our organization’s mission. We said in our memo that we would refuse Central the use of Cloyne for training in the case of an adequate response, and Central responded by simply moving training to Rochdale. Those of us experienced in university organizing recognize this tactic as one that the University of California relies so much upon: wait just long enough for agitated students to graduate, and then institutional turnover will scatter any remaining energy for collective action. This approach leads us to believe that not even an unconditional agreement to Cloyne’s original demands would be a sufficient response: we require and deserve more than that.

We therefore write this letter as a rallying call to all BSC members. We are tired and angry with staff for constantly refusing to adopt cooperative solutions proposed by members, and instead for resorting to uncooperative actions that punish rather than support members. We desire and know that we are capable of achieving a clean and habitable BSC — not in spite of our commitment to cooperativity, but because of it. We believe that a BSC built upon goodwill, mutual aid, and anti-oppression is also the model that operationally will work best for us now and in the long-term. Which is to say: we are willing to work with all staff in a friendly and cooperative manner, so long as they are willing to align the BSC with a cooperative organizational model. We just don’t see that happening without further pressure from members.

If we want a chance at pushing back against Central’s growing uncooperativity, members from every co-op need to come together in solidarity. Central is happy and able to brush aside these concerns when they only come from the “vocal minority” — but not when we have strength in numbers. The Board of Directors is the highest-level decision-making body of the organization, to which staff ultimately must answer. And each co-op elects and may recall its own Board Rep(s). Therefore, it is imperative that a cross-co-op coalition of BSC members form, in order to discuss the issues that afflict us and organize around ways of co-creating a more cooperative BSC.

In the coming week or so, some co-opers will be putting together a petition for other BSC members to sign. The scope of the petition will encapsulate these points and more, and the goal is to demonstrate the support from a substantial portion of the membership for a more cooperative BSC. If you would like to be involved, please reach out to ourbsc33@gmail.com. With the signatories, we can then organize a meeting for discussing these issues in further detail. Everyone will be welcome, including those who are unfamiliar with the BSC’s policy and/or organizational structure, and especially members from the BSC’s target demographics. Until then —

Cooperatively submitted, and in solidarity,

Some Clones

Cloyne Memorandum Spring 2019

Cloyne Rocket.chat Intro

Hi Clones,

[tl:dr] Go to chat.cloyne.org and set up your Cloyne Rocket.chat account. You can log in with Facebook or Google, or create an account with username and password. There’s an iOS app and and Android app, or you can just run it in your phone’s web browser.

A couple of weeks ago Ellie, your network manager sent out an email announcement about Rocket.chat.

Why?

Because we are collectively trying to move from email to a chat platform for the bulk of our house-wide communication.

Why?

In attempt to simplify our communication. Do you ever experience overwhelm with the volume of Cloyne list-serve emails in your inbox (or filtered inbox)? Do you get frustrated by one-liner back-and-forth discussions over email? Having a house chat room might alleviate some of these concerns.

What is rocket chat?

Rocket.chat is communication application similar to Slack. Members can create and contribute to “channels,” i.e. group discussions.

As Ellie mentioned in her email it is free and open-source, meaning the code for the entire application is available to anyone to make a copy for themselves and customize it. We have our application hosted on one of our servers in the Cloyne network closet.

How to get started?

Go to https://chat.cloyne.org and click-on create an account.

From there, you can choose to log in with Facebook or Google, or create an account with username and password.  Or go to your app store and download the app on your phone.

Viewing and Joining Channels

Once logged in, on the left side-bar you have a list of existing channels. To see more, click on the directory button  in the top left .

 

You can view a channel by clicking on it,  but in order to chime in you need to explicitly join, by clicking on the box at the bottom of the page

Once you have joined, write your message in the dialog box

You can also leave and/or hide a channel, by hovering over it in the side bar on clicking on the three white dots.

On your phone, the process depends on the platform your using, but the options of searching, joining, and hiding channels remain the same.

Creating a Channel and Sending a Lengthier Post

Click  on the pencil and paper icon to create a new channel. There will be an identical icon if you are using your phone.

 

You can optionally make a private or public channel

 

 

 

 

 

If you make a post and realize that you made a mistake, (which I did several times) you can however over the message and three vertical dots will appear on the top right of the message, giving you options to edit, delete, pin, star, +more. Here is my post in edit mode:

One important tip while writing from your desktop/laptop is to use SHIFT + RETURN/ENTER to create a new line. Simply pressing enter will send the message. (Though you can still edit the message after its been sent).

Done!

Notification Settings and Other

I actually don’t know what the current status is with desktop notifications, but mobile push notifications are available, and they will be set to default for each channel. Here is  guide on how to change them, however the specifics will change base on your mobile platform:

  1. Click on the channel for which you would like to change  your settings
  2. Clicking on the channel name at the top will bring up the following menu
  3. Look for an option for Push Notifications
  4. Change to your preferred settings

One last tip is keyboard shortcuts for your desktop/laptop. By clicking on the vertical dots on the top right of the page, you have the drop-down menu option “Keyboard Shortcuts” which may save you some time.

There is a lot more to explore on your own, but hopefully this guide is enough to get started!

How to use PeerMind

Hi house,

Here is a simple intro to resetting your password to Cloyne’s PeerMind, and how to use some of the basic features.

First though, what is PeerMind? It is online application where we hold discussions about house issues, which typically extend from agenda items brought up at council. We can also use PeerMind for online voting if we so choose in the future.

How to log in

If you have created an account at some point while living at Cloyne, but can’t remember your password follow these steps to reset and login. If you have never created an account, you will have received an email on February 24 to “rest your password”,  and can skip to step 4.

  1. Go to Cloyne’s PeerMind homepage and click on sign in 
  2. Click on forgot my password 
  3. Enter your email that is registered with the BSC
  4. Look in your each of your inbox filters for an email from “admin”, subject PeerMind. If you don’t see it immediately, check your spam folder
  5. If you still can’t find it, try using your email search bar with the key word PeerMind
  6. Follow the link in the email to reset your password
  7. If you encounter any problems, post in the comment section below! If you have never created an account, you should have received an email February 24, so can you can start at step 4.

How to use PeerMind

Currently, PeerMind is being used for online discussions on house matters. Once you are logged in, you may add view and comment on ongoing discussions or begin a new one.

Viewing a discussion
  1. After signing in, you can view ongoing discussions
  2. Let’s take a look at Online Voting Bylaw Change
  3. If you have a comment to make
  4. To create a new discussion, click on the plus sign on the Discussions page
  5. Create your discussion topic!

 

This concludes this short intro to PeerMind. If you have questions email the house president or network manager.

Time Jump

Hey y’all!

We haven’t posted on this as a house for about a year and a half–but I’m going to change that!
I personally don’t know much about this website, the web, or pretty much technology at all. But I have some great people by my side who are helping me learn as I go–and grow.
So I think it’d be cool if we started using this platform again, so we can show the outside world how truly cooperative we are. This house is special in a way I cannot altogether describe.

Welcome home.

Isabel, Cloyne Prez spring 18,

Open Mic Fall 2016!

Throwback…Sunday! I’m sure many of us Cyclones remember the awesome open mic event organized by our social managers extraordinaire: Ellie and Dafna <3. We have so much talent in Cloyne, and it was incredible to see so many people come out to share their music, words, or Rubik’s cubing skill!

Please enjoy the photos below!

Style Animal’s musical stylings

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Josh’s cubing wizardry

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Rayna’s spoken word

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Jennifer’s 20 Questions

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Trish’s prose reading

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Logan’s fun story!

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House members enjoying the evening :)

Estefania                                                                          Trish

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NIko and Meital’s string duo

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Jo(e)’s poem

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Phil’s musical performance

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“Those Days” performed by Niko, Meital, MIke, Zach, and Jonathan

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8 Ball’s guitarist, Agustin

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If you have footage from Open Mic, please share it so that I can add it in the blog post!

 

Unit next time,

Jordan

 

Murals of the First Floor!

Hi fellow Clones!

Your Fall historian, Jordan Sullivan here :)

Ever noticed how Cloyne has hella murals? In fact, many of the coops do (and you can fulfill your HI hours by making one!) Tom, over at Quirky Berkeley, created a wonderful blog post on the first floor murals of our beautiful home <3 I’ve linked it below.

http://quirkyberkeley.com/the-murals-of-cloyne-court-part-i-first-floor/

Quirky Berkeley in Berkeley, Calif. on August 5th, 2016.
Quirky Berkeley in Berkeley, Calif. on August 5th, 2016.

Peter Makepeace comes back after 30 years to touch up mural

Peter touches up the mural he started in 1985
Peter touches up the mural he started in 1985

I come home to see a stranger painting on the walls. With a house this meticulously democratic, I wondered how the heck this random man was let to vandalize one of our oldest murals. After an exciting and nostalgia filled conversation – I learned of Peter’s past in Cloyne. Peter lived here his sophomore year at Cal, in 1985; he spoke fondly of his year here and swore if he didn’t decide to transfer schools to study film (a field not offed at Cal at the time) then he would have stayed at Cloyne until they kicked him out.

Scratches, smears, dings; quick glances, stares of admiration, and casual walk by's...Peter's mural has withstood a wild life in Cloyne.
Scratches, smears, dings; quick glances, stares of admiration, and casual walk by’s…Peter’s mural has withstood a wild life in Cloyne.

To the many, many fond memories this home hosts.