UC Berkeley Classrooms Occupied By Tuition Hike Protesters

BERKELEY (CBS / AP) – Police say that a demonstration involving dozens of student protesters who had occupied a building on the University of California, Berkeley campus has dispersed.

UC Berkeley police Lt. Marc DeCoulode said late Thursday that the majority of the crowd left after police responded when some of the protesters began throwing rocks. He said the heavier police presence “stabilized” the situation.

DeCoulode said one protester was arrested, but the charge was not immediately clear.

Demonstrators upset about tuition hikes and state budget cuts held a noon rally on Sproul Plaza on Thursday before entering Tolman Hall.

Organizers and university police said there has been one confrontation between police and protestors involving pepper spray.

Callie Maidhof, a Cal student speaking for “Resistance Social,” the group that organized Thursday’s protest, said she saw police spray at least four students with pepper spray Thursday afternoon.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

University police said that one university police officer was “penned in” by students blocking the building’s doors and used pepper spray to escape the situation.

Protesters say the University of California is becoming increasingly unaffordable as the 10-campus UC system raises tuition in response to state cuts to higher education.

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  • Milan Moravec

    Wage concessions and not salary increases for Faculty at University of California Berkeley arrest tuition increases. I love University of California (UC) having been a student and lecturer. But today I am concerned that at times I do not recognize the UC I love. Like so many Alumni, Donors, Legislators, and Californians I am deeply disappointed by the pervasive failures of UC senior management and Regents.
    Californians are reeling from 19% unemployment (includes those working part time, and those no longer searching), mortgage defaults, loss of unemployment benefits. And those who still have jobs are working longer for less. Chancellor/Faculty wages must reflect California’s ability to pay, not what others are paid.
    However we also understand that there need to be reasonable limits that reflect economic realities. UC Berkeley (Cal) planned pay raises for generously paid Faculty is arrogance.
    UC Berkeley (ranked # 70 Forbes) tuition increases exceed national average rate of increase. Chancellor Birgeneau’s leadership molds Cal into the most expensive public university in the USA.
    Can we do better with a spirit of shared sacrifices by UC Faculty, Provosts, and Chancellors?
    (17,000 earn more than $100,000)
    No furloughs.
    18 percent decrease UCOP salaries, $50 million budget cut.
    18 percent prune chancellors’ salaries.
    15 percent trim tenured faculty salaries, increase teaching.
    10 percent non-tenured faculty pay decrease, increase research, teaching.
    100% elimination of Academic Senate, Academic Council budgets.

    There is no question the necessary realignments with economic reality are painful.

    UC Board of Regents Chair Sherry Lansing can bridge the public trust gap with reassurances salaries reflect depressed California wages. With UC’s shared financial sacrifices, the sky above UC will not fall.

    Yours is the opinion that can make the difference, email UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu

  • Ed Callender


  • Reality Check

    Pay more in taxes and maybe they will not raise the tuition. Wait, no they will do that anyway. Stop being a bunch of whiny biotches!

  • Davey

    You kids voted for the democrat, so enjoy the higher fees. Stop crying, it is your own fault. I thought you have higher education, but I think it in not enough, because you are still being fooled.

  • Michael Aschoff

    Graduated in 2000, paid $2500 a semester … it’s 5x that now!

  • http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/09/23/2-arrested-in-combative-fee-increase-protests-at-u-c-berkeley/ 2 Arrested In Combative Fee Increase Protests At U.C. Berkeley « CBS San Francisco

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  • Milan Moravec

    University of California Berkeley: the need for transparency has never been so clear. Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) displaces qualified for public university education at Cal. instate Californians for a $50,600 payment and a foreign passport.

    UC Berkeley, ranked # 70 Forbes, is not increasing enrollment. Birgeneau accepts $50,600 FOREIGN students at the expense of qualified Californians.

    UC Regent Chairwoman Lansing and President Yudof agree the policy of discriminating against instate Californians for foreigners. Birgeneau, Yudof, Lansing need to answer to Californians.

    Your opinion makes a difference; email UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu

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