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March 4: Day of action against cuts to education

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Update 2:40 p.m.
“No more prisons, no more wars, schools is what we are fighting for,” said Rosa Furumoto a Chicano Studies professor during the rally.

Update 1:28 p.m.

Hundreds of protesters are now outside of Bayramian Hall chanting “furlough, hell no!”

Update 12:45 p.m.

Students are leaving Nordhoff Street and Reseda Boulevard but back on campus, screaming in buildings like Manzanita Hall banging on doors and calling for classes who are still in session to walk out.

"Bailout Education" Katt O'Neil

Update: 12:05 p.m.

All four corners of Reseda Boulevard and Nordoff Boulevard are covered occupied by CSUN students and staff. Participants of this walkout are walking down all four lights with drivers honking horns in show of support. Total of participants ranges from 150-200. Students screaming, “they say furlough, we say hell no”.

Photo Credit: Diana Mireles / Contributor

Update 11:34 a.m.

“Many people think today is the end, but it’s only the beginning,” said Professor John Kephart from the Communications Department.

On roof top of Sierra Hall. Photo Caption: Diana Mireles / Contributing

Update 11: 21 a.m.

“This is a national walkout but it is concentrated in California… It serves a purpose (and) brings hope to people, if they come together there can be change,” said Chair of Chicano Studies Department, Dr. David Rodriguez.

“Our purpose of this walkout is to make a statement, there needs to be priorities, our education is our priority. I would like to graduate on time and in order to do that we need to save CSUN,” Ernesto Cesillas, 22, junior communication studies major

Students protesting on Etiwanda Avenue.

Students protesting on Etiwanda Avenue.Photo Credit: Diana Mireles/ Contributor

Update 11:16 a.m.

At the back of Sierra Hall on the 4th floor the Black Student Union is yelling chants over a microphone. “Don’t be the man, beat the man” and “student power.” About 60 people gathered in that area.

Update 11:13 a.m.

Two professors walking out of classes. Christin Burke a teacher assistant for the Communication Studies Department, “We are marching forth for education. The more people we get the more attention we will receive, I believe we can make a difference.”

Clera Herrarte, 19, Sophomore, English major, “How can you bail (out) banks, but not schools?”

Banner hanging in Sierra Tower.

Update 11:10 a.m.

Students and professors will be running/walking down halls of Manzanita Hall yelling “walk out!”

Update 11:00 a.m.

Chicano Studies Department has confirmed that they will be protesting at 2: 00 p.m.

Update: 10:50 a.m.

Sierra Hall, a group of five students are banging pots and pans, trying to get people to get out of classroom and rally

C.O.S.T has started marching between Sierra Hall and Manzanita Hall. They are holding picket signs and bull horns. Picket signs say “Cal Sacramento this is unacceptable!”

2 Comments

  1. An outsider Mar 18, 2010

    Well written story. Great pictures. Captured my attention in a matter of seconds. Even though I do not attend CSUN and I wasn’t present that day, thanks to the story, it felt vivid and I was very well informed! Well done! OUTSTANDING.

  2. Mindy Howe Mar 4, 2010

    The pictures and video on this story are amazing. The author truly captured the essence and importance of the situation, and made me wish that I was there. Excellent story!

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