UCSD Students Take Over Chancellor’s Office
According to Union-Tribune:
SAN DIEGO — Student protesters have taken over the offices of University of California San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox as a third racially charged episode has brought a new wave of outrage.
Students are protesting atop desks and countertops throughout Fox’s suite, except for her own sanctum. They are chanting, “Real pain, real change.” Some are playing drums.
Fox has twice addressed students today, once outside the library where a noose was found last night and once in a eucalyptus grove outside her office. Students remain upset with the pace of the administration’s response to their demand for action over ongoing racial strife.
“You can’t imagine how pained we are, we are heartsick,” Vice Chancellor Penny Rue told the students on a bullhorn.
Earlier Update: UCSD campus police and president of the regents have reported that the woman student said she had two accomplices.
Some professors have called off their classes for the day and have called for a strike and “disruptive demonstrations” at the campus in protest of the now three racial incidents.
Old UPDATE: The discovery was posted on the UC Regents Live(blog) and was soon the late-night talk of the campus.
Students, wearing black, gathered Friday morning for a silent protest outside the Chancellors office, 10News reported. The number of protesters grew to thousands by about 10 a.m.
By Karen Kucher / Union-Tribune / February 26, 2010
Campus police at the University of California San Diego are questioning a student who admitted she hung a noose on the seventh floor of the university library Thursday night.
The incident is the third racially charged episode on the campus in two weeks, and has spurred a new round of rallies.
“This is truly a dark day in the history of this university,” Chancellor Marye Anne Fox told students gathered along Library Walk. “It’s abhorrent and untenable.”
The noose was found hanging from a bookcase of the Geisel Library at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, and the student called at 9 a.m. Friday to confess, according to vice chancellor Gary Mattews.
“It’s someone who didn’t think that leaving a noose was an issue,” he said.
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Note: Here’s something that just came to my attention:
Earlier this month a group of UC Santa Barbara students hosted a “Gangsta Party.” Hosts distributed fliers depicting a monkey dressed in baggy jeans and a do-rag and explained that women at the party would be dubbed with “ghetto” names.