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Tuesday News Overload: UC protests continue

Jenna Johnson

Hundreds of students from across the University of California system rallied in Sacramento on Monday to urge lawmakers to increase state funding to higher education and increase diversity. Many chanted, "No cuts, no fees, education should be free" outside the Capitol while UC officials and other students met with state lawmakers inside, The Daily Californian reports. Five students were arrested after entering an assemblyman's office and refusing to leave unless he signed a letter promising support for increased funding for higher education as well as specific funding for recruiting and retaining low-income students.

Late Thursday night a violent riot broke out near UC Berkeley, involving more than 200 people, "six law enforcement agencies, runaway dumpsters, flaming trash cans, shattered windows and violent clashes between rioters and police," The Daily Californian reported.

But the largest protest is yet to come. On Thursday students across the state -- at the University of California, state college, community college and K-12 campuses -- and about a dozen other states plan to hold protests, teach-ins and walkouts, The Sacramento Bee reports. Protesters are urged to "March forth on March 4th" so teachers and other workers can keep their jobs and students will not face higher fees and tuition. A student government representative told The Daily Bruin that after similar protests last semester, "legislators know that they cannot put higher education on the bottom of their list of priorities, or they will be in trouble."

Porn for Bibles
Yesterday students at the University of Texas, San Antonio, could exchange their Bibles, Torahs, Korans and other religious texts for Playboys, Penthouses and other adult magazines at the annual Smut for Smut event hosted by the student group Atheist Agenda. The event attracted throngs of Christian protesters. The group's president defended the event and told The Paisano, "If they're defining morality by what it says in the bible, then it's okay to stone your children; it's okay to tell women they can't talk outside the church. I wouldn't want to live by what they call 'morality' in the bible."

Opps, you aren't a Hoya yet
Georgetown University's biology department accidentally e-mailed about 30 applicants, congratulated them on admission to the university and encouraged them to attend orientation sessions. Problem was, those students had not yet been admitted, The Hoya reports on its news blog. An admissions official said applicants were sent a second e-mail explaining the mistake. "Best news of all is that we have received many happy (and excited) e-mails and phone calls from these applicants and their parents thanking us for clarifying the situation in such a positive manner," she added.

Facebook firing
At East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, a sociology professor has been suspended for venting her workplace frustration on her Facebook page, The Pocono Record reports. In late January, Professor Gloria Gadsden wrote, "Does anyone know where I can find a very discrete hitman? Yes, it's been that kind of day..." Five comments followed the message, including one from a Facebook friend who said she was "ROFL" -- short for "rolling on the floor laughing." About a month later, Gadsden wrote, "had a good day today, DIDN'T want to kill even one student :-). Now Friday was a different story." Gadsden has since deleted the comments, but was put on indefinite paid leave by administrators last week.

Gay pride
The Cornell gay community hosted its fourth annual Filthy/Gorgeous Party on Saturday night. The party took 11 months to plan, cost $27,000, attracted 600 guests and aimed to celebrate the university's LGBTQ community, The Cornell Daily Sun reports. Proceeds from the event benefited Sylvia's Place, a shelter for those suffering from domestic violence, and the Metropolitan Community Church of New York Homeless Youth Services.

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By Jenna Johnson  |  March 2, 2010; 9:38 AM ET
Categories:  News Overload  | Tags: Berkeley, Cornell, Georgetown, UCLA, University of California, University of Texas  
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do California teachers have a 'defined benefit' pension or a 'defined contribution' plan?

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