Budget cuts protested on U of California campuses
Students, faculty and staff members on all 10 campuses of the University of California system staged walkouts and rallies Thursday to protest cuts in the state’s budget for university support, employee furloughs and rising tuition, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported.
The largest of the protests was at the Berkeley campus, where an estimated 5,000 people gathered to demonstrate against the cuts, according to the school’s student newspaper, The Daily Californian.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported Friday that “several dozen UC Santa Cruz students and workers” were still barricaded in the Graduate Student Commons after taking over the second floor of the building at 5 p.m. Thursday.
State support for the university was reduced by nearly 20 percent in the last year, according to the Chronicle, “leading to furloughs, enrollment reductions, and tuition increases that are likely to approach 50 percent over a two-year period.”
Kansas basketball and football teams brawl
A series of public altercations between the basketball team and the football team at the University of Kansas have left the school’s athletic director confounded.
A source told the Kansas City Star the first incident, which took place Tuesday night, was sparked by an argument over a woman between football cornerback Anthony Davis and basketball guard Tyshawn Taylor.
The second altercation took place on campus, and began after a basketball player pushed a football player down some stairs, according to The University Daily Kansan.
Football coach Mark Mangino has indicated that he would not suspend any players, while basketball coach Bill Self said Thursday afternoon that the situation was “very, very serious” and that he would handle disciplinary actions privately, according to the Star.
Tufts bans dorm sex when roommate present
Tufts University officials modified the school’s residence hall guest policy to prohibit sexual acts in dorm rooms when one’s roommate is present, according to The Tufts Daily. The stipulation also forbids any sexual activity that interferes with a roommate’s study habits, sleep or privacy.
Carrie Ales-Rich of the Office for Residential Life and Learning at Tufts told The Tufts Daily that the policy change was brought about after the department received many complaints regarding roommates’ sexual behaviors last year.