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Sit-in at CSU Monterey Bay Library
by Concerned Student
Thursday Nov 29th, 2012 3:15 AM
Sit-in at CSU Monterey Bay for extended library hours on Wednesday, November 28th. Another sit-in will occur on Thursday, November 29th.
On Wednesday, November 28th a group of students refused to leave the library at midnight. The library cafe is not an adequate study space at this time in the semester, and the extended hours for the full library are not occurring soon enough.

Eventually, the university police arrived and told us that we were trespassing (for being in our campus library!) They threatened to arrest us and take us to the county jail in Salinas. One cop claimed that we would be "locked up with people who do drugs or have stabbed someone." We were given until 12:30am to leave.

Faced with this uncertain situation the several dozen students who were still there decided collectively to leave at 12:30am.

We also decided that we cannot rest until the extended library hours occur sooner. So we're going back again! On Thursday at 11pm we will gather again in the library. We encourage anyone who needs to use the library to stay as long as they need to.

But this is about more than library hours. This is about the budget cuts that have constantly reduced funding for student services over the past decade. And this is about decision-making on our university. Why do the administrators and cops get to decide how we use our own university's resources?

Together, we can make some space for ourselves to study. Collectively, we are the university.