Elsewhere: Two arrested after protest at SFSU Student Center ABC7, 2 arrested in S.F. State building takeover Chron, SFSU Students Under Arrest Following Protest KCBS,


11:42 AM: Two women were arrested this morning after protesters apparently attempted to take over a building on the San Francisco State University campus, a university spokeswoman said.

At about 4 a.m., custodial staff called police to report that a group of people had broken into the Cesar Chavez Student Center, university spokeswoman Ellen Griffin said.

Officers responded and found about 19 protesters at the building. They took two people into custody–both women who are not SFSU students–and the other protesters scattered, Griffin said.

Griffin said the group was apparently protesting disciplinary actions taken against 11 demonstrators involved in the Dec. 9 occupation of the Business Building on campus.

The 11 students went through the university’s student judiciary process, and 10 signed a letter stating responsibility for the occupation. Part of the agreement included paying restitution to the school for damage caused by the protest, Griffin said.

She said she believes today’s protest was a response to the restitution amount, $744, that the university is seeking from each of the students.

Griffin said there was an initial report that a window had been broken this morning, but an inspection of the building revealed no damage.

Investigators are still trying to determine how the students entered the building, she said.

7:59 AM:Police arrested two people this morning after protesters apparently attempted to take over a building on the San Francisco State University campus.

University spokeswoman Ellen Griffin said custodial staff called police at about 4 a.m. to report that a group of people had broken into the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Officers responded and found about 19 protesters at the building.

They took two into custody and the others scattered, Griffin said.

“The persons who dispersed were protesting and chanting outside of the building for a short period of time, but that dispersed as well,” she said.

She said she had heard the group may have been protesting disciplinary actions against demonstrators involved in the takeover of a building on campus in December.

Griffin said there was an initial report that a window had been broken this morning, but an inspection of the building has so far revealed no damage.

6:37 AM: Police are responding to a rally at San Francisco State University this morning.

Officers went to the campus at 1600 Holloway Ave. at around 4:45 a.m., according to San Francisco police.

San Francisco State University police requested assistance with a reported student gathering, police said.

Further information was not immediately available.

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  • PhilD
  • Eve Batey

    PhilD, I’m not explaining how “breaking news” works again, not just for us but for every news organization on the planet.

    If you don’t like it, don’t read it. But your pissy comments are only making you look “old-fashioned and fallacious,” as, per your reference, the “Five W’s” were considered by 1940.

  • PhilD

    Well Eve, maybe try screening the wire postings before you post them? To call the initial post I read (6:37 update only) breaking “news” is a stretch.
    (though for some reason my comment posted after the first update, which I did not see)

    “If you don’t like it, don’t read it.”
    Generally, I see an interesting headline and I click on it to read the article. How was I to know before clicking the headline that there was not, in fact, any article, but rather an uninformative wire snippet?

    And if the 5 W’s are old-fashioned, then snap my suspenders and call me Francis! I like some information with my news, please and thank you!

  • Eve Batey

    PhilD, we do screen wire reports before they go up, as we do all content. And I stand by Bay City News’ report!

    I don’t know what to tell you — this is how it works. When there’s news that might be of interest to people, be that a wire report or enterprise (that is, internally created) content, media outlets publish it, and add details as they emerge.

    What was uninformative to you is useful to others. In this case, I got emails and IMs asking if we knew why there were sirens in the area, and I happy to be able to tell those folks that we had some idea of what was going on. If we had waited until we knew every W we would not have been serving those readers.

    No updatable media (that’s radio, broadcast, or online) waits for all 5 of the Ws before they get started making people aware of a story, and I believe they shouldn’t. I’m not going to use the “all the kids are doing it” argument, because we proudly do a lot of things the other kids aren’t, but the updates we published were apace with the updates at every other local news outlet. Again, this is how it’s done, and I think it’s a better way than waiting around.

    Perhaps you should read your news in print? I’m not saying that to be mean, but at least then you can be sure that every story’s built all the way out. It just seems like it really bothers you when the first story isn’t the complete one. Since that’s not practical in the swift world of online, (or even in radio or broadcast!) maybe that’s the way for you to get what you need?

    We’d hate to lose you as a reader, of course, but your happiness is worth more to me than than petty pageview concerns.