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When renowned theater director Jerzy Grotowski was considering a job as a UC Irvine professor in the 1980s, the founding chair of the school’s drama department promised him perks.

"He said, ‘Well, what I really want is a barn,’” Robert Cohen, 79, recently recalled.

Luckily, the school's campus was built on a cattle range that included a barn that was being used as a storehouse.

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Classes were canceled Monday morning at Cypress College in Orange County after the school became aware of a potential threat, though police say they do not believe there is any risk.

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Political leaders in Los Angeles want the city to join the nation in focusing hard on how to prevent violence on campuses in the wake of one of America’s deadliest school shootings.

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  • K-12
  • University of California
  • LAUSD
John Ortiz addresses assembled students during the walkouts in 1968.
John Ortiz addresses assembled students during the walkouts in 1968. (H.O. McCarthy / Herald-Examiner Collection)

In and around Los Angeles:

In California:

Nationwide:

Fifty years ago, Mexican American students in East L.A. high schools walked out of class and launched a historic movement protesting substandard conditions in their schools.

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin has blocked the release of a video that shows him being heckled at UCLA, causing the initially little-noticed incident to go viral.

Mnuchin was being interviewed by Kai Ryssdal, host of the public radio show “Marketplace,” which focuses on news about business and the economy. About 400 people attended the free event Monday at the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Korn Convocation Hall, said Peggy McInerny, a university spokeswoman.

The University of California has slipped in the rankings of an annual global survey of higher education, escalating concerns that funding woes and growing international competition are beginning to erode the quality of the nation’s top public research university.

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  • University of California
  • LAUSD
Members of the Brown Berets, left, listen to a speaker on June 9, 1968.
Members of the Brown Berets, left, listen to a speaker on June 9, 1968. (Herald-Examiner Collection / Los Angeles Public Library)

In and around Los Angeles:

The school walkouts 50 years ago, now being commemorated, were the first act of mass militancy by Mexican Americans in modern California history.

New York City reportedly selected Miami-Dade schools leader Alberto Carvalho as its new schools chancellor — pulling him out of the pool of potential candidates for L.A. Unified superintendent job.

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Jesse Randall Davidson wasn’t a stranger, some mysterious threat from the outside. He was a bearded, bespectacled, 53-year-old social studies teacher and the play-by-play announcer for the football games at Dalton High School in northwest Georgia.

David Sanchez, second from left, founder of the Brown Berets, in 1968.
David Sanchez, second from left, founder of the Brown Berets, in 1968. (Los Angeles Times Archive / UCLA)

Teachers at Garfield High School were winding down classes for the approaching lunch break when they heard the startling sound of people — they were not sure who — running through the halls, pounding on classroom doors. “Walkout!” they were shouting. “Walkout!”

They looked on in disbelief as hundreds of students streamed out of classrooms and assembled before the school entrance, their clenched fists held high. “Viva la revolucion!” they called out. “Education, not eradication!” Soon, sheriff’s deputies were rumbling in.