UCSC administration says Kerr Hall protest done

This from the UC Santa Cruz administration.
November 22, 2009

To: UCSC Community
Fr: Chancellor Blumenthal and Campus Provost/EVC David Kliger
Re: Kerr Hall protest ends; cleanup may take days

Early Sunday morning, the occupation of Kerr Hall by students and others that began Thursday ended peacefully when approximately 70 individuals inside the building at that time left voluntarily. Their departure followed a demand from UC police that they vacate the premises or face arrest for unlawful assembly and trespass.

There were no arrests. Students who participated in this incident face possible criminal and/or student judicial sanctions.

Certain areas of Kerr Hall, particularly the second floor, were left damaged and in disarray. It will take much of today to document and assess the damage. The building will not be ready to be occupied on Monday; the second floor may remain closed for days. You can view some images of the damage.

Police reported one injury to a bystander who apparently fell as a crowd of onlookers on the Kerr plaza was dispersing at the request of police.

We want to express appreciation to Student Affairs staff and University police for displaying extraordinary poise and restraint in dealing with such a volatile situation; to Bill Ladusaw, professor of linguistics and vice provost of undergraduate education, and Peggy Delaney, professor of ocean sciences and interim vice chancellor of planning and budget, and others who participated in hours of dialogue seeking a peaceful, non-confrontational end to this incident; and to several other faculty, including Professor Bettina Aptheker, for their efforts this morning to persuade protesters to leave Kerr without further incident.

Most of all, we want to express appreciation to the vast majority of UCSC students, faculty, staff and others who continue to so patiently cope with continued campus disruptions by a relative few. This great university, now more than ever, needs and deserves our collective constructive efforts, not destructive acts.

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One Response to UCSC administration says Kerr Hall protest done

  1. alex says:

    while a ‘relative few’ showed up to protest, and while their actions may have been less than completely constructive, there is no reason to talk them down like they are simply a violent group of immature (and probably poor by your standards) students.
    I did not show up to protest because I did not want any trouble with my record, but I firmly believe that the news coverage and attitude towards protesters is ever more immature and incomplete than their actions ever were, DAMAGE OR NOT. Maybe those people felt like the UC could spend a little money fixing a room with all the other campus building projects that our new tuition is being used for indirectly through bonds. Everyone needs to grow up or things will get a lot uglier.

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