The full University of California Board of Regents has voted this morning in favor of a plan that will increase tuition by 5 percent each year for the next five years.
“The fight is not over,” protesters chanted following the vote.
Following the 14-7 vote, state Assembly Speaker John Perez said the vote was unnecessary and undermines the investment in higher education.
Perez said there is no immediate crisis that requires a tuition hike.
“It’s really not a good way to move forward,” Perez said.
“It’s a sad day for education,” Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said following the vote.
Prior to the vote, dozens of student protesters gathered outside of the regents’ meeting at UC San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus this morning for the third and final day of meetings.
Joshua Kang, an 18-year-old freshman student at UC Berkeley studying civil engineering, said he spent Wednesday night with roughly 200 students at UC Berkeley’s Wheeler Hall protesting the proposed tuition hike.
Kang, a native of Rancho Palo Verdes, said that while the tuition increase won’t impact him directly, he felt it was important to stand up for his fellow students.
He said he knows some students who are working numerous jobs and even sending money back home to family members in need.
In response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal Wednesday to cut costs by potentially reducing undergraduate programs from four years to three years, Kang said he already has a very heavy workload and that the curriculum would need to be greatly adjusted.
Kang said he was present outside the Board of Regents meeting Wednesday when a large glass door shattered and a UC Berkeley student was arrested.
Kang said police were on one side of the door and the protesters were on the opposite side trying to enter the building.
Kang said that with police and protesters both putting pressure on opposite sides of the door, the glass was under too much pressure and shattered.
UCSF police Capt. Mike Denson said that the student arrested Wednesday has been identified as 21-year-old Jeff Noven.
Noven, who is enrolled at UC Berkeley and lives on campus, was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism and inciting a riot, Denson said.
The captain said Noven was one of the students at the front of the group at the door.
Denson said no serious injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News