Wednesday, October 1, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Prop. 30′s passage doesn’t stop student protests

By
From page A1 | November 09, 2012 |

By Henry K. Lee and Nanette Asimov

Public university students in the Bay Area staged protests Thursday against possible tuition hikes, saying the passage of Proposition 30 provided only a temporary reprieve from cuts to higher education.

At UC Berkeley, about 200 students and faculty members braved a steady rain at noon on Sproul Plaza to rally against the specter of increased fees. They brought out a giant No. 2 pencil reading, “Kids R No. 1″ and a sign that said, “We got the money, we want the power.”

“Hey, rain or shine, the cuts are coming — stay here,” a woman who helped organize the event said on a speaker, imploring fellow students not to let the weather stop them from taking part in the protest.

Speakers demanded tuition rollbacks, saying that because Prop. 30 guaranteed only that tuition will not rise this school year, cuts in the future remain likely.

“I’m glad that Proposition 30 passed, instead of not passing, but it doesn’t actually do anything more than at most delay or defer plans to raise tuition,” said Geoffrey O’Brien, an associate professor of English. “We understand that we have, unfortunately, a permanent struggle.

“Without raising a stink and raising some noise, we’re not going to do anything except passively watch burdens increase for undergraduates.”

Ridhima Vemula, 19, a sophomore double majoring in public health and economics, huddled under an umbrella with Madhavi Muralidharan, 18, a freshman economics major as they watched the demonstration.

“It’s a really important dialogue to have right now, especially now that Prop. 30 has passed,” Vemula said.

Muralidharan said she never fully understood the struggles facing public schools until she found herself having to “take out huge loans to try to get to Berkeley.”

“I’m here because I think this is really relevant to all of us here right now,” Muralidharan said.

The UC Berkeley protest was one of several demonstrations on UC campuses Thursday in advance of a university regents meeting next week in San Francisco on whether to raise fees for seven professional degree programs.

California State University students also staged protests, with Bay Area demonstrations at Cal State East Bay, San Francisco State and San Jose State.

CSU trustees will vote next week in Long Beach on a proposal to impose hefty new fees on thousands of students who repeat courses, take far more credits than they need to graduate and take more credits in a single semester than strictly necessary.

CSU officials said their proposal is actually beneficial to students because it is designed to free up thousands of classroom seats so that fewer qualified applicants, as well as students who are currently enrolled, will be turned away or shut out of courses. CSU says it has turned away 20,000 students a year since the state’s budget crisis began four years ago.

But protesters call the proposal “student fee extortion” and say there are legitimate reasons why many students need to take additional credits or repeat courses.

— Reach Henry K. Lee at hlee@sfchronicle.com and Nanette Asimov at nasimov@sfchronicle.com

Comments

comments

San Francisco Chronicle

.

News

Jury: Marsh legally sane during murders

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Undocumented Student Center offers help to immigrants

By Julia Ann Easley | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Rairdan supports more inquiry-based learning

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Standing In: Don’t write? I may as well stop breathing

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A2

 
Woodland man convicted in domestic violence case

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

Apply soon to be a Master Gardener

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

 
Katehi will address Rotarians on Monday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Mondavi Center hosts all-star lineup of classical, jazz, dance and more

By Enterprise staff | From Page: C3 | Gallery

Willett students sensitized to those who are different

By Maria Clayton | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Friends of the Library host biggest book sale of the year

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Give blood and get a free movie ticket

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Pedal around Davis on weekly bike ride

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

‘Edible City’ discussion planned

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
TSA bomb training may be noisy

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

AIM testing dates set this fall, winter

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A4

 
Tour Honey Bee Haven on Friday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Woodland City Cemetery tours planned

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
 
‘ADHD — Myth or Reality’ addressed at UCD talk

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Quotes from the Marsh double-murder trial

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
UCD athletics have break-from-work entertainment for everyone

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: C5 | Gallery

Quad abuzz with students

By Tanya Perez | From Page: A7 | Gallery

 
Wetlands visitors may see ducks arriving

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10 | Gallery

Boy Scouts host family event in park

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10

 
How did the Aggies get their name?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: C12

.

Forum

Hey, it’s free childcare …

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Will you open your heart, and your home?

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
The right vote for education

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Just what Davis schools need

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

Nolan’s a calm voice of reason

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
.

Sports

DHS girls tennis team tames Lions

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Devil girls play dynamite pool defense

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Davis volleyballers finish strong at Franklin

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
Hard-working Blue Devil boys get a water polo win

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

A’s fall as AL wild-card game lives up to its name

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Legacy roundup: Milliennium takes Manteca tournament

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

AYSO roundup: Beans, Capay can’t shake each other in U19 play

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Alliance roundup: Los Azules, Italia win tourneys

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Sports briefs: Real Salt Lake has too much for Republic

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8

 
.

Features

From the ground up: Rediscovering classic cheesecake

By Ann Evans | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

Leonard D. Blackford

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Anne Elizabeth Elbrecht

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Comics: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

By Creator | From Page: A8