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SQE member and organizer Krystal Brooks, history major, speaks to students and faculty at the sit-in which took place in University Hall. They protested against the CSU Board of Trustees and called for the resignation of CSU Chancellor Charles Reed. Photo Credit: Armando Ruiz / Senior Photographer

Students and faculty across CSU campuses rallied, marched, and participated in sit-ins at administration buildings to protest against CSU Chancellor Charles Reed and other Board of Trustees officials. CSUN students and faculty joined the CSU effort.

Students for Quality Education (SQE), a student advocacy group, organized the protests to raise awareness of what they say is “corruption” among CSU officials on Wednesday. The California Faculty Association (CFA) also came out in support of the protests.

According to SQE, students and faculty from 12 CSU campuses joined the protests and assembled at university buildings to demand Chancellor Reed’s resignation among other demands.

Daniel Santana Hernandez, SQE member, said in contrast to the March 2 Day of Action education protests, where atendees voiced their disapproval of fee hikes, Wednesday’s day of action was against CSU administration.

“Even though we would have appropriate funding for the CSU, as long as we have administration who will not guarantee that the funding will go where it needs to go, such as Chancellor Reed, then what’s the point in protesting against budget cuts?” Hernandez said.

There were two protests against budgets cuts on March 2, held across UC’s, CSU’s, and community colleges and March 14, when students rallied at Sacramento’s Capitol building.

Although the CSUN CFA was not present at the March 2 protests, the CFA came out in support for students in Wednesday’s events.

“The CFA is supporting in any way necessary to be with our students today,” said Theresa Montaño, president of the CSUN CFA chapter and Chicano studies professor. “(Students at the protests) across the CSU are saying ‘you better pay attention, this is about our future, and this is not game.’”

Other student organizations such as the LGBTA, BSU, MECHA, CAUSA and others came out to support the student led protest.

Senior Josh Thompson, 20, who represented BSU and his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi at the day of action said it is important to attend events such as education protests to fight for the future.

“Our brothers and sisters in middle school and high school, who are trying to make it to higher education, wont have a chance (at college),” Thompson said.

Dr. William Watkins, vice president of Student Affairs and dean of students, was present at Wednesday’s protest. He said students can be heard when they peacefully assemble.

“(Students are heard because) I think that we have been able to stave of the reductions in funding to higher education in part because students have been very vocal in expressing their demand for college-going opportunities.” Dr. Watkins said.

The day of demonstrations began after 11 a.m., where a rally took place in front of the Oviatt Library. Students, teachers and members of the CSUN community rapped, sang, voiced their concerns and presented their testimonies before the public.

Dr. Daniel Ratcliff, Pan-African studies professor, was the keynote speaker at the rally.

“It’s not going to happen the first time, like Egypt… maybe we need to create our own Tahrir Square, our liberation square,” Dr. Raticliff said.

After the rally in front of the library, SQE members led the crowd of about 100 people in a march around campus.

Students and faculty carried signs and banners and chanted in unison with phrases like “Don’t stand around, come join the fight, CSUN unite!” and “Hey hey ho ho Chancellor Reed has got to go!”

SQE leaders were dispersed at various locations on campus throughout the day to inform other students about their cause and demands for the Board of Trustees.

Their final stop, at 12:45 p.m., was at University Hall. Students went up the stairs and entered the side of the building that housed CSUN President Jolene Koester’s office.

Students from other CSUs also planned to “take over” the administration buildings of their campuses as well.

Some onlookers, like Freshman Dustin Melgar, 18, public health major were puzzled with Wednesday’s activities.

“I would protest with them but I do not know what it’s about,” Melgar said. “(Next time) they should spread the word more and go around and tell people. There is a lot of people (at the protest) but there could be more.”

SQE posted small fliers around campus and used social media to promote the day’s events weeks leading to the protest.

SQE reported an attendance of about 200 to 300 people at the rally, however numbers changed throughout the day.

CSUN police was present throughout campus at Wednesday’s protest.

Police Capt. Scott Vanscoy said the organizers worked closely with law enforcement to create a peaceful event.

Jorge Moraga, 23, SQE member, said police were “very cooperative” with the protest and kept in close communication regarding fire codes and security.

At University Hall, students, accompanied by faculty members, greeted each other, chanted and shared personal stories regarding their education at the sit-in, which was named “the people’s assembly.”

They covered the halls’ walls with yellow paper and wrote their opinions about the situation of higher education.

One of the comments on the piece of paper read, “My education is important!”

Students occupied the building’s floors, interacted with others and ate snacks. Staff members passed by them, trying not to step on them. Office employees were still on shift, while the students rallied outside the offices.

However, the commotion outside the walls did not bother some.

“We are not bothered,” said Rosemarie Martinez, EOP office employee. “Some of our students are out there involved.”

SQE planned to prolong the sit-in until an administrator would talk to them. They wanted to hear from Koester and Reed.

“We are not leaving until we feel like we have to,” said Hernandez.

While they waited, protestors tweeted and called Reed and Governor Jerry Brown to raise awareness of the protest.

According to SQE members, at around 4 p.m., an administrator talked to students and told them to stop the demonstration. The administrator said Reed would come to the CSUN campus on April 22.

Students and faculty agreed to meet on Thursday in front of Bayranium Hall and dispersed from University Hall before 5 p.m.

Sophomore Elizabeth Quintero, 20, who participated in the Sacramento protest as well as Wednesday’s protest said she will keep fighting for her rights even though turn-outs at protests are low.

SQE is planning another event on April 22 when Reed is present.


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  • Vlad

    Liberalism, Black (and Brown) America’s greatest threat.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/04/liberalism_black_americas_grea.html

  • Marlon

    I don’t expect a real reply. I am just glad that my side can now be immortalized in the comments page of the Sundial newspaper. Someday the truth may be known

    • Erwin

      you waited like barely 5 minutes..

    • Vlad

      “I am the truth, the way, and the life” Jesus

      • Erwin

        hey Vlad, incidentally although i wrote my name as Erwin, my name is also Vlad, and am also Christian. send me an e-mail at renassault@yahoo.com if you want :-))

  • Marlon

    I want to add in response to Vlad that higher education cost next to nothing 40 years ago and we had none of the debt problems that we have today. The higher incarceration rate for drug offenses and all sorts of misdemeanors is part of the problem. Education spending was 4 times prison spending in the 70′s. That has been completely reversed by a ruling class that wants you in jail. The prison industry needs more prisoners to generate profit. Fat cat Maybach driving Wackenhut stockholders have enough lobbyists to make sure their interests will be met. So the line dividing criminal and legal has been moved. Infractions are now misdemeanors and misdemeanors are now felonies. Low level offenses generate money in the form of fines, and the media tells us that we are in an economic crisis so that when we get a speeding ticket we say, “good thing, the government needs my help. The richest nation in the world needs my help. Bill Gates needs my spare change for a Frappucino.”

    An elderly man finds himself charged with felony vandalism for putting stickers on a wall, and it costs us. Fallen adolescents get a state vacation for an 8 ball and intent to sell and the DA gets an erection because Wackenhut AKA CCA is gonna give their campaign a stipend now that their quota has been met. Big business is government and the interest of the nation has shifted from people to big business. Human rights for corporations but not for Mexicans (SB1070)

    Businesses that are very profitable are looked at like Mother Theresa. Empathetic, wonderful, untouchable, unparalleled. They create jobs and provide benefits. It is never mentioned by people who prefer private sector benefits and employment, that those organizations not only operate with a bottom line of profits before people, (fired on Xmas-eve, forced to work a day after a loved one dies) but that the organizations themselves all act as small totalitarian governments. Disneyland will not allow women to wear pants or have long hair. Wal Mart controls economies.

    People on all sides realize that you can fight this by not putting money into the war machine. Don’t pay tax, and don’t give money to large businesses that may or may not pay tax. (corporate tax rate is very low in America despite what Obomba may tell you)
    You can do this by reclaiming the land and living rent free. growing your own food and helping each other out in the community
    There was a farm in South Central where people achieved this briefly. People who were part of it could potentially work less, thus paying less taxes to fund wars, and consume less food from big businesses like McDonalds or supermarkets filled with food grown by huge behind the scenes companies such as ConAgra.
    Do you realize that scientists have genetically modified corn so that the seeds are barren. Soon it will take trained farmers to fertilize the crops. This is all an attempt by big business to control people by making it so they can not grow their own food and therefore need to work to make money to earn the privilege to eat. The yeoman farmers of America would see this as the face of evil.

    Businesses and government work together to control your wage and retirement age. And image is very important on all sides. Noting evokes power like the prevalence of an entity that is recognizable on any shore of the globe. Whether it be golden archs or the 101st airborne. Or Golden Arches put up after the presense of the 101st airborne. Try and tarnish that image literally or figuratively and you can bet you will be followed, attacked, sued, harrassed, murdered, you name it. Put a fuck McDonalds sticker on a Golden Arch and say hello to Mickey D’s law firm. Pass out fliers in protest of McDonalds treatment of cattle to get back at them, and then the Federal Government, by and for the corporations, steps in. Now they’re angry. Challenge the legitimacy of factory farming and you challenge brutality and profits at it’s bloody core. The imperial McDonalds needs to continue untarnished as part of the agreement between the US and oligarchies around the world so that people in El Salvador can buy Mcpusas with American dollars thus funding two shades of ruling classes at once. McDonalds, the United States and the burgeoning burgeouSCAMMED of all the “up and coming” nations need to have a consistent appearance of control and unchallenged authority. Authority to kill billions of cattle at the expense of the environment and untold acres of arable land that could be used to feed humans directly. Authority to push peasants off their land to attain resources for consumption and to sell the products back to peasants worldwide at various levels of inaccessibility. Down payment on a house, boat, TV, schoolbook, snickers bar? The goal is to get you to owe, into the afterlife, so that you can pay and at the end of the day a few people on the board of trustees of Mickey D’s, CSUN, or the good ole USA can sit in their fancy ass cars in their big ass mansions while many people actually think that they give a shit about their hunger.

    Don’t believe it read John Perkins The Confessions of the Economic Hitman…he admits buying enterprises to push peasants off their land for profit. This happens on all levels.

    • Erwin

      40 years ago offenses were much stricter than they are today.. part of the reason why there is so much more crime in the first place, which might explain why infractions and other LOwered offenses are becoming more strict. No ruling class exists that wants to put anyone in jail, since for one, it’s much more profitable to have a person working on the outside than to be paid for in jail, where the state has to take care of them. Debt has always existed, and 40 years ago there were probs with the economy too (1971 recession).

    • Vlad

      Marlon,

      P1 – I want to add in response to Vlad that higher education cost next to nothing 40 years ago and we had none of the debt problems that we have today.

      The Department of Education was created in 1979. Medicare costs 10X what it was scheduled to cost when it was established in “the Great [liberal] Society”

      Statism is today’s problem. The Collectivization of ever-more aspects of our society has resulted in a monopolization of Education, Prisons, Agriculture, Petroleum, now Healthcare. As Government has expanded their reach, with “free ice cream”, they’ve placed you in bondage.

      P2 – Human rights for corporations but not for Mexicans (SB1070)

      SB1070 has nothing to do with Mexicans. It addresses “illegal immigrants” Mexicans (and other foreigners) come here for the opportunities. Those opportunities are the DIRECT RESULT of our “Constitution” and “the rule of law”

      Would you want to abandon our way of life, to embrace those who are efforting to leave that very type of society that that abandoning of the “rule of law” would create?

      P3 – Businesses that are very profitable are looked at like Mother Theresa.

      Profitable businesses subsidize 2/3rds of your Educational expenses. Over-spending, and now Over-taxation of same businesses are driving those businesses out of state.

      What are your plans following graduation? Eliminating profitable businesses limits your opportunities.

      You (and your peers) are being manipulated by your Marxist advisers. Research the totality of Marxism and its disastrous results.

      P4 – You can do this by reclaiming the land and living rent free.

      Marlon, put down the bong. The only people in our country that ever lived for free, were slaves.

      P5 –

      Too much nonsense to even attempt a rebuttal.

      Here’s a couple books to consider. The 5,000 Year Leap, The Naked Communist – Cleon Skousen. Liberty & Tyranny – Mark Levin. Basic Economics – Thomas Sowell. The Road to Serfdom – F.A. Hayek

      I truly care about you. I believe that you are naive and being mislead. Marxism has NEVER succeeded. Enjoy the blessings of Liberty that you have.

      Peace, out!

      Vlad

      • David the small-L libertarian

        That was great, Vlad! I’m glad to see I have some real competition on the Sundial comment boards.

  • Marlon

    Vlad, the fact that you compare our government to Charlie Sheen sounds to me like you would view revolution in a favorable light. Welcome to our side, brother.

    • Vlad

      Marlon,

      I’m comparing Progressive Liberalism to Charlie Sheen. Did you read the link that I posted. It refers to, not only blacks, but ALL who have bought into the ideal of a Progressive Statist society. California, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin – historically Liberal bastions of Progressive Liberalism, and look what they’ve wrought. Misery and despair.

      You cannot accept “goodies” from the government, without the shackles of bondage that come with it.

      Revolution is sexy, no doubt. That Marxist are pulling the puppet strings of the student movement (see SQE fist), gives me cause for concern.

      The Bolsheviks successfully revolted against the Czar, and 70 Million people died as a result, from starvation and “discipline.”

      I’m on your side, but, only if allows me the opportunity to smack you across the back of the head, and recognize the BLESSINGS that you have as a citizen (presumably), of the greatest society ever devised.

      There are too many students attending CSUN. The gravy train has left the station.

      Peace, out!

      Vlad

  • David the small-L libertarian

    I’m pretty sure I heard a brief “tax the rich” chant out on the Oviatt lawn. I also was irked by the gall of the self-identified “undocumented” student who stood up on the steps demanding that the taxpayers pay more for his education.

    I’ve said it many times before that these people are ingrates. I’d like to hear just one to get up there and give thanks to the taxpayers for what they’ve given them.

    • CSUNStudent

      “I’d like to hear just one to get up there and give thanks to the taxpayers for what they’ve given them.”

      I would, but I have too rigorous a class schedule to participate in these protests–not to mention that I disagree with much of what the protesters had to say.

  • CSUNStudent

    1) I had difficulty studying for an exam because of the yelling from this protest yesterday.
    2) To whoever wrote “My education is important!”, what about Californians’ tax dollars?
    3) I guess there was no reporting about the flyer near Magnolia Hall that had a swastika drawn on Chancellor Reed’s forehead? Way to keep it classy, fellow students.

    • Brian

      So tax dollars for prisons make sense, right?

      • Vlad

        California spends 3 times the amount for inmates than other states in the country.

        The problems that plague Education exist throughout the state.

        Further, applying the same Liberal attitudinal (sp) policies to Education as Prisons is producing unserious, unprepared students, and non-rehabilitated inmates. FAIL

        Here’s a good Op-Ed from a “black author”

        Liberalism, Black America’s Greatest Enemy

        http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/04/liberalism_black_americas_grea.html

        Peace, out!

        Vlad

      • CSUNStudent

        I take it you don’t want to incarcerate murderers, child molesters, and other violent criminals? Tax dollars for prisons and for national security make sense.

        • Brian

          So let’s get rid of all of our schools and replace them with prisons. We don’t have enough prisons to house all the rapists and violent criminals in our country. Oh wait, we do.

          We have the highest incarceration rate in the world. If you mean to tell me we that have the most violent criminals in the world, then you’re listening to Fox news and watching too much Cops. Our prisons are businesses. Prison industrial complex. Read more please.

  • Vlad

    Incest – (Democrats / Public Employee Unions)

    ?n’s?st’ n. . . .Improper, intimate or interconnected relationship

    Democratic politicians give sweetheart deals to Public Employee Unions.

    PEU’s give money (and power) back to Democratic politicians.

    wash – rinse – repeat.

    This is counter, to both the Foundational principles of government established in our country, as well as to the Labor / Management relationship established in the private business sector.

    In a Labor / Management negotiation, both parties serve the interest of their constituents. Management represents the interests of the ownership of the business, and/or its stockholders. Labor represents the interest the workers.

    However, in a Public Employee Union arrangement, particularly when negotiating with Democratic leadership, no one is representing the interests of “the people.” Politicians, using “someone else’s money” negotiate ever-more salary, pension and benefits. In return, PEU’s spend “millions” (again, other peoples money) to elect Progressive Politicians.

    Salaries and benefits (pension/healthcare) for Public Employee’s in California have far outpaced the salary and benefits of “the people” who pay the taxes, that feed the PEU’s.

    As students, you are being DUPED!

    Under the pretext of “Free Education” you are being manipulated into rallying for the continued feeding at the trough by State Politicians and Public Employee Unions. Doubly saddening is the fact that IT IS YOU that will be on the hook for the taxes to pay back for the gluttony of today’s profligate spending orgy.

  • Vlad

    “Pounding 7 Gram Rocks”

    We’ve all seen the meltdown of Charlie Sheen. In one of his rants, he boasts of “Pounding 7 Gram Rocks.” When confronted with the prospect that he might have a problem, he scoffs at the premise. Addicts never think that they have a problem. “I’m not addicted”, “I can stop anytime I want”, “Who am I hurting.” Sadly, those that perceive their invincibility often come to a tragic end.

    California, other states, and the Federal Government have an addiction – SPENDING. It’s a simple algorithm – You cannot spend more than you produce. Like Charlie, Federal & State Legislator’s for decades have been partying like it’s 1999.
    (sorry for the bad pop rock reference)

    We, as a State, and a Country are going through an Intervention. No amount of EDUCATION will be of benefit to you (as students), if there isn’t a vibrant economy to welcome your knowledge, enthusiasm and contribution. Taking money from “the economy” to feed entitlements only feeds the addiction. State and Federal spending has to be curtailed.

    Interventions, by nature, and by design are hard. Our States’ spending intervention will touch everyone. Sadly, you as students are being asked to sacrifice, in the form of an increased [tuition] contribution. It is not personal. You are not alone!

    I encourage you to THINK about the blessings that you have; As Americans. As Californians. As Students. No other country, in history has provided so much opportunity, for so many.

    I pray for Charlie. I pray for our State. I pray for you.

  • Vlad

    Has anyone asked the SQE students if they’re aware that the raised fist on their shirts originally comes from the Communist Workers Party?

    “Useful Idiots”

    “Useful Idiots” was the term used by Vladimir Lenin to describe those who were not Communists, but who were [unknowingly] helping to advance the cause of communism through their exploitation.

    Today, students, minorities, and the poor are being exploited to serve the Communist agenda.

    Race & Class distinctions are being advanced to “divide” Americans. The “evil rich.” The “white-man is keeping me down.” These are all rallying cries for those that don’t want equality of opportunity, but who demand equal results.

    Spread the Wealth, Social Justice, Free Education, Statism, Progressivism, the Systematic Destruction of the Family, the Attack of the Church, and the Deterioration of Societal Values are all tenets of Communism.

    Sadly, your exploitation doesn’t include the “true” and complete understanding of communism in its historical context. Under Stalin, Lenin and Mao – 70 Million people died of starvation and “discipline.”

    Collectivist societies have NEVER been shown to provide more for its citizenry than the “blessings” that have been afforded you as an American, with the Liberties and “equal opportunities” protected by our Constitutional Republic, and our Capitalistic system of economics.

    Revolution is sexy, no doubt. But what follows revolution is misery, oppression and despair.

    Don’t be a “Useful Idiot!”