5:57 p.m. – Knitting circle and discussions around the University of California Annual Financial Report, 2008 – 2009. Things have been so chill today, studying, drinking tea…
University of California Annual Financial Report, 2008 – 2009
4:49 a.m. – Videos complete! Check out what some students have to say about the extended weekend hours at Shields:
3:30 a.m. – Things are finally winding down for the day, just a few folks still up talking but many have tucked away in various corners of the stacks. What a day! We’ve got some really interesting footage to share that was taken by some student organizers who interviewed folks using this wonderful library’s resources after weekend closing hours. Stay posted for more workshops tomorrow and an evening debrief.
11:00 p.m. – Dance party plans are under way! We’ve moved a sounds system into the basement and are getting ready to make things happen! Of course, the whole idea of turning off the lights in this one small room has apparently caused some concern in the administration because The Gong has been called in ….
2:45 p.m. – About 15 people are attending the Civil Disobedience and Violence workshop upstairs.
12:00 p.m. – Coffee and tea urns are set up downstairs and plenty of students are using taking advantage of the free beverages. We’ve gotten a lot of questions and a lot of intrest from students who weren’t aware of the study-in when they arrived and lots of folks are planning on being able to come in early tomorrow / stay late tonight. Sleeping over is going to be so nice. I’ve got my nail polish collection at the ready.
10:30 a.m. – Folks are up and about, it’s great to have access to the library before NOON on the weekends! Students who would have otherwise been forced to study in the 24-hour reading room last night were comfortable, content, and had access to library materials last night.
10:07 p.m. – Bob Ostertag is speaking, highlights and video coming soon!
8:47 p.m. – Shields Library sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to Oki!
8:33 p.m. – At this point we’ve all settled in to enjoying some Woodstocks pizza and rice and beans. Folks have been left with a lot of interesting and thought provoking ideas from professor and UC AFT President Bob Samuels and Michelle Villegas and Chris Servera, two undergrad students from MEChA de UC Davis, who spoke from about 6:30 – 8:15.
Villegas and Servera brought up issues faced by students of color, underrepresented, and low-income students. Villegas emphasized the importance of reaching out to and empowering non-college tracked youth in surrounding areas through high school and middle school outreach programs and through incorporating students at all levels of school into the fight for education equity.
With student fees reaching nearly $11,000 next school year, students who already struggle financially to manage the costs of attending a UC will be forced to increase the hours they work jobs, take out additional loans, and be pushed further into debt. Servera explained that financial demands lead to students who spend 80% of their time and energy on being able to afford college with only 20% of their time remaining to spend on course work and grades.
Villegas also highlighted the importance of acknowledging the ways in which undocumented students, who cannot receive financial aid and are pay out-of-state tuition rates, are particularly affected by fee increases.
5:15 p.m. – Banner reading “WE ARE THE CRISIS” goes up above the main staircase, students welcome each other to the library and then continue chants and begin a march around the different floors of the library.
5:00 p.m. – We’re in the library!