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Date Added Thursday, March 4, 2010 | 2:30 pm
Last Updated Friday, March 5, 2010 | 3:57 am
Category: News > University > Higher Education
This is a live-blog of the Daily Cal's updates about today's protests at campuses other than UC Berkeley. If the main Daily Cal Web site does not load, check the Daily Cal's Twitter or Facebook for updates.
About 30-40 people refused to leave Murphy Hall at UCLA until police issued a warning at 6:30 p.m., according to campus spokesperson Phil Hampton. The warning dwindled the crowd down to about 20, and all protesters have left after additional warnings. The hall houses various offices for the campus's chancellor.
At least 500 protesters at UC Santa Cruz took over the intersection of High Street and Bay Street-the main entrance to the campus-about an hour and a half ago, said Erin Ellison a graduate student of psychology. Though blocking traffic, the protesters are peaceful and there have been no police confrontations, she added. According to Ellison, the purpose of the assembly is to reflect upon the events of the day and discuss further action.
About 32 Fresno State students are still inside the office of the campus vice president of student affairs; the occupation is not over. "There is music right now. They're just sitting." said Brian Maxey, editor in chief of The Collegian.
About 300 students, faculty, administrators from Humboldt State University, as well as k-12 workers have convened in Downtown Eureka to form a picket line which will last until 6:00 p.m. tonight.
Jamie San Andres, a senior at Fresno State University, said between 30 and 40 people have reportedly occupied the office of the vice president of student affairs at Fresno State. Police are reportedly outside of the building.
About 100 more people have joined the group in front of the Berkeley Unified School District's administrative offices, raising the number to around 400 and stretching the demonstration along Martin Luther King Jr. Way from Center Street to Allston Way. The group consists mostly of students, teachers and faculty.
A sit-in at Sonoma State's Financial Administration Building ended after two hours of occupation. Approximately twenty students participated, demanding that the the university start thinking of students as students, rather than as customers, said Kia Kolderup-Lane, a leader for Students for Quality Education.
There are roughly 300 people, from kindergarteners to retired staff members, lining the street in front of the Berkeley Unified School District's administrative offices on Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Demonstrators are holding picket signs and banging drums as passing cars honk in support.
Close to 150 people are lining up in front of Berkeley Community College, which has provided the demonstrators with a bus and 50 BART tickets to go to San Francisco.
About 30 minutes ago "a large crowd of people" gathered around the Cesar E. Chavez Monument at San Jose State University to protest budget cuts, said junior Ellie Harris, a business administration and hospitality management major.
Protesters in Riverside have reached Downtown Pedestrian Mall and are outside the office of Sen. Robert Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga).
About 150 protesters are standing on the I-80 on-ramp in Davis, with about 150 people looking on, according to Lauren Steussy, campus editor of The California Aggie, UC Davis' student newspaper.
According to Audrena Redmond, CSU Northridge field representative for the California Faculty Association, about 2,000 campus protesters are holding a "funeral service for education" on the Oviatt lawn in front of the library.
About 1,000 demonstrators are nearing Downtown Riverside.
A group of about 150 protesters in front UCLA's Powell Library are participating in a teach-in and listening to speeches. The atmosphere is calm.
About 800 UC Riverside protesters are moving downtown. They are waiting to join with other groups from CSU, community colleges and high schools.
"As we speak, students are boarding Muni and BART to assemble en-masse at the (San Francisco) Civic Center," said Phil Klasky of San Francisco State University. "We're calling for not just stopping the cuts but restoring all the cuts that have been made. If California wants to get out of this recession they need to increase funding to public eduction. Otherwise it's what's called 'suicide economics.'"
Things are calming down at UCLA. People are going in and out of the chancellor's office. A protester has announced that reinforcements are on their way and that students must show their solidarity.
Protesters and the California Highway Patrol have halted near the on and off ramps of I-80. CHP, UCPD and Davis City Police are urging protesters to disband. Pepper balls have been fired at the ground, according to UC Davis spokesperson Pat Bailey, who is on-scene. Tear gas has not been used.
Close to 600 protesters have blocked off University Drive in Irvine and are heading towards Route 73.
The hallway to the UCLA chancellor's office in Murphy Hall is packed with about 70 people reading a letter aloud. The demonstrators are chanting, "Everything that good about UCLA, I see right here in this hallway. They are the problem and we are the solution right here."
According to San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer Justin Berton, protesters from San Francisco State University blocked 19th Avenue near Holloway Avenue about three hours ago.
According to Susan Green, a professor of Chicano studies and American studies at CSU Chico, there were no rallies on the campus today. Students plan on protesting the fee increases on March 10 during an event they have been planning for the majority of the school year. Thirty individuals--both students and faculty--went to Sacramento to protest and are now on their way back to Chico, she said.
Green said the Sacramento event was "a tightly-scripted, choreographed two hours" with a wide range of speakers.
"Everyone had the same message--that public education is a public good, that the investment of education benefits everybody (and) not just the particular individuals," she added.
Between 50 and 100 students at CSU Fullerton protested outside the campus humanities building starting at noon today. A busload of these students left at 2:00 p.m. for the governor's Los Angeles office.
About 200 protesters in Davis are moving on Old Davis Road toward the I-80 on-ramp. The California Highway Patrol is blocking Old Davis Road as protesters proceed to I-80. Protesters are now confronting CHP.
Hundreds of students protesting at CSU Northridge have stopped traffic and entered classrooms to chant and encourage students to join the protest, according to Lilianna Oustinovskaya, editor-in-chief of the Daily Sundial, the campus' student newspaper.
Protest activities have ended on CSU Channel Island, said John Yudelson, the CSU Channel Island chapter president for the California Faculty Association. About 40 people are now boarding buses bound for CSU Northridge where they will congregate with other schools for a rally.
At UCLA, a group of 25 protesters with drums and signs are heading to Murphy Hall, with 6 officers on bikes trailing behind.
The Black Student Union of CSU Northridge hosted a teach-in at Sierra Hall, according to Audrena Redmond, CSU Northridge field representative for the California Faculty Association. The students and teachers participated in an impromptu walk-out, she said. About 150 students were protesting on the four corners of Nordhoff Street and Reseda Boulevard, according to Redmond. Another rally will begin at 2:30 p.m. today, she said.
Demonstrators at a small rally at Cal Poly Pomona are getting on a bus to go to Downtown Los Angeles and will join students from Mt. San Antonio College, according to Aaron Castrejon, managing editor of The Poly Post, the campus' student newspaper.
Several hundred students, faculty and staff are rallying in the main quad of Sonoma State University, according to Susan Kashack, campus associate vice president for communications and marketing. She added that the campus is in support of the action.
A crowd of 300 protesters at UCLA are marching toward Powell Library. A separate group of protesters are already near the library.
A UC Davis spokesperson reports that there are between 250 and 300 protesters blocking the main entrance to campus and the main bus terminal, preventing further bus entry. The crowd gathered at about 12:50 p.m. chanting, "Ain't no power like the power of the people."
There are 200 people marching in the UC Riverside protest, according to organizer Lindsay Curtis.
A few hundred people are gathering at a teach-in at CSU San Bernadino, according to Marcia Marx, president of the California Faculty Association at CSUSB chapter. There was a march at about 11:30 a.m. and the events on the campus are expected to end around 1 p.m. today, she said. Classes are still in session, according to Marx.
Close to 350 protesters are demonstrating at UC Santa Barbara's Arbor, a central area on campus. A statement from Chancellor Henry Yang was read, and other speeches were made. The protesters plan to march to Isla Vista and ride buses to Downtown.
The crowd at UCLA is waning as a UC Berkeley graduate student--the second-to-last speaker at the noon rally--begins his speech.
500 people have reportedly walked out at Sonoma State University and California Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo
"They're supposed to be gathering around 11 a.m. at the Bell Tower for picketing. There's a teach-in at noon, and then they will be marching around the campus a little bit-they're supposed to be starting that at around 1. At around 1:30 they'll be marching to downtown Riverside. They'll be stopping at a park and connecting with students and faculty and staff from Riverside Community College and then marching downtown where there will be more demonstration. There's supposed to be bands and I don't know what else." Bettye Miller, senior public information officer at UC Riverside
At UC Riverside, about 450 students have gathered at the Bell Tower at the center of campus. Protests have been peaceful with no reports of vandalism, according to Alex Maduena, news editor for The Highlander, the campus newspaper.
"They'll be moving towards downtown Riverside to be joined by groups from local CSU, Community College, and grade school campuses. About 3,000 are expected to participate there," he said in an e-mail.
No protests have been reported at UC Irvine.
According to Kat General, a fifth-year student at San Francisco State University, there are pickets all over campus featuring giant puppets built by the creative arts department. One puppet is in the likeness of a skeleton, she said. She estimates that there are about 400-500 people picketing, many of whom will head toward the San Francisco Civic Center at 5 p.m.
UCLA: 200 people in Bruin Plaza are chanting "tell the people we have a story, what, tell the whole damn word this is student/union territory".
Employees at UC Santa Cruz are being advised to not report to work on the main campus due to safety concerns.
"Earlier this morning, protest activity at both campus entrances rendered our main campus inaccessible to vehicle traffic. Reports of protesters carrying clubs and knives, smashing a car windshield with a metal pipe, denying a resident of faculty/student housing the right to exit the campus, and keeping a campus health care worker from getting to work, escalated this morning's protest into behavior that is disruptive, intimidating and destructive," UC Santa Cruz Provost David Kliger said in a statement. "Behavior that degrades into violence, personal intimidation, and disrespect for the rights of others is reprehensible, and does nothing to aid efforts to restore funding to the university."
Several hundred students, faculty and staff are rallying at Laney College in Oakland, according to Peter Tucker who works for the college.
At UCLA, about 30 students are walking through Bruin Plaza chanting "walkout shut it down". A walkout is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. with a rally to follow at noon. Posters in support of the rally are posted around campus, but demonstrations have still not materialized.
The campus at UC Santa Cruz has been closed since 5 a.m., said Carol Hernandez, a sophomore at UCSC. At that time, there were about 100 people blocking both the east (main) and west entrances, Hernandez said, and since then the crowd at the east entrance has grown to about 200. There is a rally scheduled for noon and a general assembly at 5 p.m., Hernandez said. She said that more than 2,000 people pledged in a March 4th strike campaign held earlier this year, to attend the assembly.
"As of 9 a.m. protest activity in the area of both campus entrances has rendered the campus inaccessible to vehicles. Due to the potential safety concerns, people, including employees scheduled for work, are advised not to come to the main campus. There is currently no campus shuttle service," according to a recorded message on the UCSC Communications Hotline.
A statement from UC Santa Cruz warns people to avoid campus entrances. "Please avoid both campus entrances due to safety concerns," the statement reads. The Santa Cruz Sentinel is reporting that campus entrances are blocked off by protesters and some cars have been vandalized.
Mihir Zaveri is the assistant university news editor. Contact him at [email protected]
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