Student protesters close most of campus
David and Louise Estes’ daughter Jade was born Wednesday morning in Provo. The birth comes four years after their son Remington was born Feb. 29, 2008, and eight years after their son Xavier was born Feb. 29, 2004.
The Daily Herald of Provo reports the Estes’ are now tied with the Henriksen family of Norway, which set the record with Leap Day births in 1960, 1964 and 1968.
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SAN FRANCISCO | Student protesters at the University of California, Santa Cruz, shut down most of the campus Thursday as part of statewide demonstrations against budget cuts to higher education.
Hundreds of students blocked all entrances to the coastal campus and prevented vehicles from entering, said Josh Brahinsky, a graduate student and union representative who helped organize the action.
The protest at Santa Cruz is part of demonstrations being held by college students at about 30 campuses in California and was scheduled to coincide with state budget negotiations, organizers said. Rallies, marches, teach-ins and walkouts to call on lawmakers to restore funding to higher education also were planned.
The campus protests are a prelude to a major “Occupy the Capitol” rally in Sacramento on Monday. Dozens of students and faculty members plan to march roughly 100 miles from the San Francisco Bay area to the state capital in the next few days.
The protesters are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, to reject any budget deal that includes higher education cuts or tuition increases. They also want the governor to support a ballot measure that would raise taxes on millionaires to pay for education and social services.
“We’ve destroyed our tax base and we stopped funding the most important parts of our society,” said UCSC’S Mr. Brahinsky. “We’re calling on the state to tax the wealthy and use that money to build services for all of us.”
The demonstrations were coordinated by Refund California, a coalition of student groups and labor unions that organized a series of sometimes rowdy campus protests during the fall.