12/13/09 SF Chronicle
Much of the mistaken belief around campus that the people who marched past the Chancellor’s residence attempted to torch the building appears to have stemmed from Henry K. Lee’s 12/13/09 story in the San Francisco Chronicle. Both comments from this article that state that the marchers threw torches at the building and at police officers list Mogulof as the source of information. Mogulof may also have planted the idea that marchers “surrounded the building,” but that might just be an erroneous assumption of the author’s. We cannot tell from the article. Mogulof’s statements:
“Several hurled their torches at the building, said campus spokesman Dan Mogulof.”
“Most of the protesters ran away when police arrived, but some of them threw torches and other objects at officers and patrol cars, Mogulof said.”
We are left to speculate about the source of Mogulof’s information. We are guessing that he was not there at the building or standing by the police officers who according to his story arrived at the scene to be met by a veritable volley of projectiles. Who then did witness these actions? Apparently not even Robert Birgeneau, who was not awakened by the noise outside, but by his wife, also according to Mogulof in Lee: “Birgeneau was sleeping at the time and was awakened by his wife, Mary Catherine, Mogulof said.” According to eyewitness reports, the march scattered almost immediately after reaching the building, and never surrounded it. We wonder if the Chancellor was even out of bed by the time everyone dispersed.