Angry over a proposed tuition hike and hoping to stop a scheduled vote later in the day, University of California students linked arms to block the entrance to the University of California Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco Wednesday morning.
Chanting “UC regents, no more lies! We won’t let you privatize!” and “Hey hey, ho ho, Napolitano’s got to go!”, students attempted to keep enough regents out of the building to prevent a quorum, though the meeting eventually began about 20 minutes late.
While most of the regents were met with visceral anger from protesters that boiled over into minor skirmishes with security guards, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, an ex-officio regent who has expressed opposition to the tuition hike plan, arrived to moderate applause and took a picture with one student on his way in.
Caitlin Quinn, a senior majoring in political science at UC Berkeley, was among those organizing the protests. Quinn said she was there in her capacity as a member of Berkeley’s student government.
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“I don’t think I would be doing my job if I weren’t out here advocating for students to keep their tuition down,” she said.
Though most of the frustration over the tuition plan has been directed at the university, Quinn said students were also angry with the state for its falling financial support for the UC system.
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