Students Protest Tuition Hikes, ‘Occupy’ Crackdown During UC Meeting

WESTWOOD (CBS) — More than 100 students, angry over rising tuition fees and the pepper-spraying of peaceful protesters by University of California police, converged on the UCLA campus as UC regents held a meeting for the second time this month.

The meeting attracted overflow crowds to the James West Alumni Center at the south end of the UCLA campus in Westwood, prompting school officials to take their meeting elsewhere and send in the police.

“We could not do it, we could not talk,” said one of the regents.

Later on, two regents and UC Chancellor Gene Block came back and met with students to discuss their concerns.

“It’s not the regents who are increasing the fees — they’re only increasing the fees because there’s a reduction in state support,” Block said.

Protester Kyle Arnone believes UC officials haven’t explored all options.

“If it’s true that the regents’ hands are tied then why don’t they sign this pledge – pledging to support finding resources of public tax revenue to refund public higher education,” Arnone said.

UC students typically pay $12,000 a year, but, if there’s another increase, tuition could double by the time a first-year student graduates.

Some students said the tuition hikes have forced students to drop out.

“At least seven people who I know have dropped out of UC Irvine because they couldn’t afford it and that doesn’t make sense,” said UC student Arwan Liwana.

UC regents say they are listening — and have asked the state for $2.7 billion for next year’s budget. If the funds aren’t approved there will be an 8 percent tuition increase.

“I think we made progress but students aren’t satisfied at this point,” Arnone said.

Earlier in November, UCLA students blocked the busy nearby intersection of Westwood and Wilshire boulevards.

The UC system has also been rocked by amateur video of UC Berkeley police using batons against limp protesters, and a UC Davis police officer releasing large quantities of pepper spray into the faces of sitting students who refused to move.

Students protesting at the UCLA campus said they would not be silenced, emphasizing this point by placing duct tape over their mouths.

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  1. ILLEGALS says:

    it’s too bad the US Government rather fund Billions each year to ISRAEL, AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN, INDIA, KUWAIT, OMEN, YEMEN, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA, ETC…

    Btw, the BIG OIL gets $5 billions each year from our Government..

  2. Everyday Guy says:

    Hey students, let this be a lesson on how the democrat party functions. No matter how much you pay, they want more.

  3. DonHonda says:

    And yet the Regents backed AB 131, giving Illegal Aliens $40 Million of Legal Students’ State aid and further impacting education budget with no ROI (return on investment). This will only become larger every year. Say goodbye to YOUR higher education. Middle Class Students are seeing their aid reduced or nullified, Tuition costs increased, and have to resort to lifetime Loan Debt. Sorry if the truth hurts.😦

  4. marina greeen says:

    I AGREE WITH THE COMMENT THE DEMOCRAT PARTY ARE MONEY HUNGRY THE MAJORITY COME FROM THE LOW. LETS MAKE A CHANGE AND VOTE FOR REPUBLICAN PARTY THE EXAMPLE IS THE BACASPIGS POOR BEFORE AND NOW WEALTHY LET’S STOP THIS CORRUPTION. OUR STUDENTS ARE THE FUTURE(CITIZENS) THEY NEED HELP TO COMPLETE THEIR EDUCATION PLUS THE HELP BELONGS TO OUR MONEY TAX PAYERS THIS MONEY DON’T BELONG TO THE POCKETS OF CROOKS. POINT OF VIEW.

  5. Joe says:

    Everyone knows that eventually, tuition fees will be raised because the government funds is dwindling. The politicians better stop putting out wasteful programs out there that do not benefit the citizens of this country.

    The students of this country that are children of citizens and legal residents are the ones that should be helped. I have been paying taxes for more than two decades and I have never received a single cent of educational assistance from the government.

    Are we a country that abide by the law or are we a country that is afraid of enforcing the law?

  6. Common Sense says:

    This is simple: the UC system is eventually morphing into a private institution. And when it goes completely private (which it will), our well-beloved Asian foreign national students, who have recently increased their presence on American campuses by 123%, will simply ‘buy out’ all the available seats.

    Listen – America has lost its soul and visionary bearing a LONG time ago, and these latest developments are merely manifestations of the ‘corporatization’ of American public universities.

    Move aside US citizens, the foreign ‘global citizens’ are a-coming now for your universities.!

    Welcome to corporate America….

    1. No money no talk says:

      Let’s hope they will hire us to carry their backpacks to class.

  7. John says:

    They don’t like the fees? Let them go to a Cal State at half the cost. Or do two years at a JC before transferring. There are plenty of options that don’t involve wasting everybody’s time. How many of these idiots will be begging the same corporations they are protesting for a job the second they graduate? Give me a break.

  8. Milan Moravec says:

    UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau’s campus police report to the chancellor and the campus police take direction from the chancellor. University of California (UC) campus chancellors vet their campus police protocols. Birgeneau allowed pepper spray and use of batons to be included in his campus police protocols.

    Chancellor Birgeneau’s campus police use brutal baton jabs on students protesting increases in tuition. UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau and UC Davis Chancellor Katehi are in dereliction of their duties.

    Birgeneau and UC Davis Chancellor need to quit or be fired for permitting the brutal outrages on students protesting tuition increases.

    Opinions? Email the UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu

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