SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Protesters who spent the night in an administrative building at Sacramento State to protest budget cuts to the CSU system are still there despite getting an audience with the school’s president this morning.
The demonstration began Wednesday when students protested inside the administration building at Sacramento State University, one of 23 CSU campuses where demonstrators held rallies, marches and teach-ins.
CSUS President Alexander Gonzales talked for about half-an-hour with the 18 students who had refused to leave the building.
Later in the morning, they were joined by dozens more.
Dozens of students and faculty peacefully occupied the structure as part of a statewide protest Wednesday afternoon that saw as many as 10,000 people demonstrating on all 23 CSU campuses.
About 1,000 marched at Sacramento State at the height of the protest.
Students continued to sit in the administration building Wednesday night to issue their demands, which include the resignation of the chancellor of the California State University system, a cut to the president’s car and housing allowance and maintaining a democratically run university.
Next semester, students will pay another 10 percent for classes as Sacramento State faces a potential $27 million deficit.