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UC Regents meeting ends early due to protesters

Students affiliated with the Occupy movement disrupted a meeting of the Board of Regents of the University of California yesterday. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, at least one student expressed dissatisfaction with the way the university was run:

“Honestly, I am not interested in a false dialogue with a body, the UC regents, that is not democratically accountable to the students or any members of the community,” said Robin Marie Averbeck, a graduate student at the University of California at Davis. Meetings like this, she said, were meant to “make us feel like we’re being heard, when the fact that we are here on teleconference shows how absurd it is.”

The meeting ended early, as chanting protesters drowned out the regents’ meeting, following the public-comment session.

Meanwhile, protesters at several UC campuses continue to gather. Inside Higher Ed reported that the Berkeley and Davis campuses were drawing the biggest crowds:

  • The University of California Board of Regents was attempting a teleconference, with regents meeting on several campuses, but the regents were forced to move to other rooms when students at several locations started chanting protest slogans, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. After the regents left the rooms (and finished their official business elsewhere), students took over the room and declared that they would act as “people’s regents.”
  • Several hundred students held a “general strike” at the university’s Davis campus, but many other students appeared to be going to class as usual, The Sacramento Bee reported.

The College Fix previously reported on the protesters’ activities at Berkeley–and the administration’s response–here.

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