Press Release from April 15

We have organized some 1,500 students, faculty, and staff to rally in support of quality education. We then claimed a space from the admin for the purpose of promoting sustainable education. We were able to respectfully maintain that space to educate others, and ourselves and to develop leadership in a communal environment. Through these methods of direct action we were able to force administration to meet with students to hear their demands. Gonzalez was cooperative with students in developing a webpage discussing both student demands and his response to them on the CSUS website. Our efforts have been supported by the actions and shows of solidarity on an international, national, and statewide level.

We have reclaimed this space to bring attention to the three demands we have asked of President Gonzalez. Since then, we have been able to maintain our peaceful and nonviolent atmosphere with no property damage. While we’ve reclaimed this space, we have invited classes to use the area for learning and advocacy.  Hundreds of students have been engaged with the issue of budget cuts, shared their personal stories, and shown their support for our continued occupation, including a group of high school students during an orientation. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members from other campuses have joined us in our efforts. Legislators have reached out to students as well, including Assembly member Dr. Richard Pan, and Senator Leland Yee. Students have also used this space to symbolically convey their concerns about the budget cuts through artistic expression including drawings, design, musical performances, and a spiritual cleansing of the administration building. In addition students have properly cleaned the area as well.   

In response to President Gonzalez’s statement, we the students have not asked for the passage of these propositions, but for the public support of President Gonzalez. This is and always has been a fiscal issue. Despite the consistent tuition increases that students have been forced to endure, irresponsible spending and bloated administrative salaries have lead to the degradation of the quality of our education. Although President Gonzalez ambiguously stated that he would raise an unspecified issue of ours to the board of trustees of the next meeting, we will continue to hold him accountable for the lack of quality of our education as well as fight for his support in our cause regarding affordable, accessible and transparent CSU.

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4 Responses to Press Release from April 15

  1. Matt says:

    To all you miss guided soles that are occupying a campus building and think what your doing will make a change, your wrong. Yes, you brought attention to the campus and its issues, along with issues that are system wide. But what you fail to realize is, or you haven’t and choose to ignore it, is that the current economy we are in is ultimately to blame. We grew too big and when the world as we knew it went to hell in hand basket, there was no way to stop the growth to match the funding. I read what Gonzales wrote, and I agree with him. Now here’s the kicker, I am a student at Sac State.
    Yes, UEI is a money pit, but who is to blame for that, not Gonzales because he didn’t create it, it’s always been there in the system of higher education. How can you hold the figure head of the campus, the person that is supposed to be raising funds for the campus, oh and this is what he supposed to be doing along with leading the school, accountable for the reduction in school funds. If you really want a challenge, then go to the state Capital, and challenge those people there to meet the public good. They control the big purse strings, ultimately not Gonzales. Yes, he and a committee of people have to decide how to split that money, so hold him accountable there, but not the share of state funding we get from, oh wait for it, that’s right the State. Stop trying to fight the system and swim against the stream.
    Become part of the solution by actually getting involved in the campus by getting on a committee and trying to help make change from within. You have now become the problem; just wish the remedy for you just as easy. Where’s this turnout when it comes to student government, there is none. Your now a part of the 24 hour news cycle, little by little, there will be less reporters until you just become a countdown on the nightly news for 15 seconds, and all they say is, they’re still there, enough said. Have fun waiting your time trying to the campus that does not care about you. And too the professors, shame on you for stirring the pot. You too are a part of the problem. You like to bitch and moan, but where is desire to want to help the problem of funding. In the end, we all lose, and you’re just making the campus look worse than it needs to be.

  2. Ren Hudson says:

    I feel sorry for you Matt. You dont even understand why they are there occupying the building in the first place. There not their to blam or make Gonzalez try to fix a dwindling budget that is not his fault but they are their to get his support in oppertunitiess with the SB8 and AB1326 bills that could bring more money to the CSU schools for instruction. All they want is the president to support them and he won’t. There is no blam on Gonzalez and there is understanding by how much he could do. So asking for him to say to the students hey I suport you trying to get the board of trustees and Chancellor Reed to listen to how they are not properly allocating funds. I am positive that everyone there in that build does march to the capitol like the hundreds of other sutdents who march. Also if you actually went to that build to find out more information instead of hiding behind your computer, you would have seen all the letters students were writing to chancellor Reed and all the reasons why they are there. The faculty are amazing for supporting these students who only ask that where “leadership begins here” actually begins here with Gonzalez. I support all you students occupying the building. Quality Education! Because if you can’t get quality education you get more people who dont want to find out all the information which in turn they become puppets to an opinion that is not backed up by fatcs.

    • Ren Hudson says:

      I feel sorry for you Matt. You dont even understand why they are there occupying the building in the first place. The’re not their to blame or make Gonzalez try to fix a dwindling budget that is not his fault but they are the’re to get his support in oppertunities with the SB8 and AB1326 bills that could bring more money to the CSU schools for instruction. All they want is the president to support them and he won’t. There is no blame on Gonzalez and there is understanding by how much he could do. So asking for him to say to the students hey I suport you trying to get the board of trustees and Chancellor Reed to listen to how they are not properly allocating funds. I am positive that everyone there in that build does march to the capitol like the hundreds of other sutdents who march. Also if you actually went to that build to find out more information instead of hiding behind your computer, you would have seen all the letters students were writing to chancellor Reed and all the reasons why they are there. The faculty are amazing for supporting these students who only ask that where “leadership begins here” actually begins here with Gonzalez. I support all you students occupying the building. Quality Education! Because if you can’t get quality education you get more people who dont want to find out all the information which in turn they become puppets to an opinion that is not backed up by facts.

      • Matt says:

        So by reposting your message, does that mean you fixed all your errors? Good! First, yes I know why they are there. Second, I do not care because their view is narrow and does not encompass the macro side of things, only the micro. Third, by asking Gonzales to support those bills, you are asking him to go against the other presidents and the chancellor. He is just a figure head; he cannot come out for anything without approval from the board of trustees and the chancellor. Unless you want him to then he runs the risk of being replaced with someone who won’t be campus friendly, well less than what Gonzales is now.
        Good they kicked them out of the building; maybe some actual business can get done in an administration building. Oh and if you guys really wanted change and more press, you would have gotten yourselves arrested to do it. Berkeley students you are not! Do it right, or don’t do it all.

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