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Hundreds Demonstrate at UC Santa Cruz Against 32% Fee Hikes
On November 18th, hundreds of students rallied at the two entrances to the UC Santa Cruz campus, shutting them down for several hours. The demonstration was in conjunction with statewide actions against a 32% increase in undergraduate student fees, effective fall 2010, which was approved the same day at UCLA by the Committee on Finance of the UC Board of Regents.
A group of approximately 300 students entered the Kresge Town Hall at UCSC to create an organizing space around the budget cuts. Students at the entrances eventually joined the others in the Kresge Town Hall to plan further actions.
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Days of Action November 17-19 to Defend Public Education
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The UCSC Administration and UC Police appeared to be almost bending over backwards to help facilitate the demonstration, including re-routing traffic away from the main entrance and also directing car drivers away from the west entrance to campus.
While the UC Police and Administration were friendly with big smiles throughout the day, there was also at least one plainclothes police officer engaged in photographic surveillance of students protesting.
Students decided that drivers attempting to enter campus to pick up a child from daycare would be allowed through. Campus workers were also given the green light.
Students trying to drive onto campus to attend a class were denied entrance and told to turn their car around.