From College News - University of California students still battling board of regents over tuition hikes.
At 2:30 p.m. Monday, approximately 150 University of California--Berkeley students and community members entered the lobby of the office of University President Mark Yudof, demanding to be heard.
According to the Daily Californian, UC-Berkeley students were so outraged by the arrests of their fellow students, 45 of whom were arrested after locking themselves on the second floor of Wheeler Hall Friday, that they took their protesting to an Oakland courthouse to fight for their fellow students. The group then decided to continue the four blocks to the Office of the President to speak to Yudof.
However,Yudof was out of the office, so the protesters agreed to meet with other University officials instead. About half an hour after arriving, Nathan Brostrom, interim executive vice president for business operations, and Larry Pitts, interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, met with the protesters.
The protesters participated in a question-and-answer session with Brostrom and Pitts for almost three hours concerning the University of California budget, financial aid programs for students, police actions during the Wheeler Hall occupation, and the role both student activism and administrative action should play in lobbying Sacramento for more funding for higher education.
In true UC-Berkeley form, the protesters and officials were able to work out a plan of action for next year. The officials said they would email Yudof the students’ requests.
Pitts said he thought better communication between administrators and students could result in a unified effort to lobby Sacramento.
“We very much appreciate this peaceful interchange,” he said, according to the Daily Californian
The protesting began last week due to UC-Berkeley school officials and regents stating that next year’s tuition would be raised by 32 percent, a significant increase for a state funded school. Students will be paying $2,500 more in undergraduate fees, bringing their totals to $16,000, after room and board is factored in.
A date for a formal meeting with President Yudof has not yet been set.
By Paige Maynard