UC Students Take to the Streets to Protest Fee Hikes
While Jr Deputy Accountant is sort of taking the day off (at least from all of this crap) to get ready for End the Fed on Sunday, there are riots in California right now. It's not angry Los Angeles this time, it's UC students and they are pissed.
I woke up to a biology professor being carried away in handcuffs this morning on Channel 2. That's all I'm going to say.
The UC regents are expected to put the final seal today on a hefty 32 percent tuition increase as students resume the protests that shut down their board meeting three times Wednesday and required campus police in riot gear to maintain calm.
Students, furious at the increase that will bring their yearly fees above $10,000 for the first time, rushed the UCLA building where the regents were meeting, throwing food, sticks and vinegar-soaked red bandannas meant to look like blood.
UC police arrested 14 people for disrupting the meeting and resisting arrest.
Wednesday's vote by the regents' finance committee was also protested at UC Berkeley, where about 1,000 students, faculty and university workers filled Sproul Plaza for a noontime rally. About 300 protesters turned out at UC Santa Cruz. The full board is to vote today.
Students at other campuses signed petitions or traveled to UCLA to oppose the fee increases and set up tents to camp out and carry on their protests today.
UC President Mark Yudof had recommended the undergraduate and graduate fee increases to help close a budget gap of $535 million this year - largely the result of reduced state funding and inflation. Yudof said UC has lost more than $1 billion in state funding since last year, leading the university to lay off some 2,000 employees, reduce faculty pay through furloughs and cut course offerings to students.
How is that "economic recovery" working out for everyone?
Go UC students! If you guys are still up to protest, there's always ETF on Sunday. Take back your fucking country already.