Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sac State Student protest ends in the early morning


The sit-in that brought dozens of students to a Sacramento State administration building, continuing through Friday, ended at about 3:30 this morning.
By Rick Daysog

Saturday, Apr. 16, 2011 - 10:52 am

Students protesting budget cuts and tuition increases at Sacramento State University ended their sit-in this morning.

The students, who had occupied the college's administrative building since Wednesday, left the campus at about 3:30 a.m. today, said Kim Nava, campus spokeswoman. No arrests were made.

The sit-in began when students and employees at California State University's 23 campuses statewide participated in protests against budget cuts and tuition increases. The protests were organized by the California Faculty Association, the union that represents professors.

Campus officials said students voluntarily left the building. But Amanda Mooers, a student who participated in the demonstration, said the sit-in ended after campus police "in riot gear" told students that they had to leave.

University officials had expressed concerns about the student's health and safety, saying the building was not equipped to handle a large number of students for several days. Up to 50 students took part in the demonstrations.

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