UCSC Protesters Plan to Close Down Campus Thursday

A protest over rising fees and budget cuts is expected to close the UCSC campus and back up traffic.

University of California at Santa Cruz student protesters plan to close the campus and set up an alternative university Thursday as part of a day-long protest of rising fees and declining services throughout the UC system.

"We will put forward a Tent University, an alternative vision of education to counter the agendas imposed by the UC Regents and other corporate elites," protesters said in a release harkening back to the 1960s.

"This alternative Free University will include outdoor classes, educational workshops, music, poetry, speeches, food, world cafe discussion, and a space to have conversations about ways forward. The Tent University will be an open setting at the base of campus for students, teachers, and community members to peacefully teach and learn together."

The action is part of a national movement spearheaded by the groups Occupy Education and Occupy Education California. The protests will continue on March 5 in Sacramento.

"This is a call to work together, but it is up to each school and organization to determine what local and regional actions—such as strikes, walkouts, occupations, marches, etc.—they will take to say no to business as usual," the groups say on their Facebook pages.

We have the momentum, the numbers, and the determination to win. Education is not for sale. Let’s take back our schools. Let's make history."

The protests are scheduled to begin at 4:30 a.m. and continue through the day.

Chancellor George Blumenthal and Provost Allison Galloway put out a release criticizing the protests.

"We respect that students, instructors, and staff know more about the impact of budget cuts than anyone else, as they have borne the impact of fee hikes, course reductions, and layoffs. We wholeheartedly support advocacy in support of education. However, we take issue with a protest that simultaneously denies students access to those classes for which they have paid."

They also asked students to voice their concerns in Sacramento March 5, "to the audience that most needs to hear the call for greater state investment in public higher education."

Campus officials have set up a website to inform staff and students about transportation issues and developments throughout the day.

They also ask people to check these sources for more information:

• Recording information on the campus's communications hotline, 459-INFO (831-459-4636).

• Relaying information on a regular basis to KZSC Radio (88.1 FM) for broadcast.

• Sharing information via Twitter (twitter.com/ucsc).



Jeanie March 01, 2012 at 02:03 PM
It's stupid, university is right. I'd rather be in class I actually paid for than being prevented from it by silly people who rant, and want everything for free.
Willow March 01, 2012 at 03:15 PM
January 9, 2012 ACADEMIC SENATE CHAIR COLLEGE PROVOSTS DEANS DEPARTMENT and PROGRAM CHAIRS DIRECTORS UNIVERSITY LIBRARIAN VICE PROVOSTS RE: 2011-12 Thresholds for Faculty Salaries Dear Colleagues: The new 2011-12 thresholds for campus approval of faculty salaries are now in effect. The Indexed Compensation Level (ICL) has been raised from $281,000 to $291,000 for 2011-12. Accordingly, the new thresholds for faculty salaries that require approval by the UC Provost and Executive Vice President – Academic Affairs (UC Provost) have been adjusted as follows: Faculty Ladder Ranks Scale Thresholds Faculty Ladder Ranks Scale – Academic Year $291,000 Faculty Ladder Ranks Scale – Fiscal Year $337,300 Faculty Ladder Ranks Scale – Bus/Engr/Econ – Academic Year $318,800 Faculty Ladder Ranks Scale – Bus/Engr/Econ – Fiscal Year $369,800
Willow March 01, 2012 at 03:22 PM
The point of the above post is that there are other ways to cut expenses. I do agree with Jeannie that it is must better to attend classes in the classroom, taught by the professors/teachers, then to resort to a "tent university." But the protestors are making a point, and while I do not agree with everything they say or do, I do maintain that there is definitely something wrong when a university will pay such high salaries and at the same time cut where it hurts students. Yes, I know, this is supposedly on par with other universities, but two, three or a dozen wrongly structured salaries do not make a right. I don't mind people earning high salaries at all, because, after all, that is part of a mark of success. However, there comes a time when salary structure at a state-sponsored university should be re-evaluated.
Brian March 02, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Yeah people who studied hard, did research, worked there way up the ladder and got a phd deserve to be paid. Students that partied hard, got mom and dad to pay, might get a degree, but cant find a degree because they majoried in history and want to live in santa cruz, or worse yet community studies and refuse to relocate to afghanistan, and are competing with thousands of like minded 'hipsters' are now becoming professional protesters and pac people, while others end up doing construction or labor jobs . Meanwhile there blocking access to the university to the hard working people that want to go to school and do there research. meanwhile our lovely santa cruz police are helping them block the entrance instead of doing there job and arresting these malcontents for playing in trafick.


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