SANTA CRUZ - More than 100 students occupied the UC Santa Cruz Science and Engineering Library Friday night in protest of budget cuts and the decision to close the library at 5 p.m. on Fridays and all day Saturdays.
According to student protester Brian Glasscock, the protesters had permission from library administration to do the overnight sit-in. As students flooded the library's lobby at closing time on Friday, Glasscock said staff told them the sit-in was not permitted.
"Regrettably, this particular activity is costing us additional resources as we have to staff the library as long as they are in there," said Jim Burns, campus spokesman. "It's going to strain already depleted library funding."
Burns denied the protesters ever had permission for the sleep-in. The first and third floors were closed to other students for the rest of the weekend as planned, Burns said. The reduced library hours were introduced earlier in the year due to budget cuts.
"We saw an opportunity to take our education into our own hands and force what we want upon the university," Glassock said. "We are no longer asking for these services, we are taking back what we want. We plan on staying the whole night until 5:30 p.m. tomorrow."