Stu­dent pro­test­ers close most of cam­pus

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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.

Mrs. Estes says Xavier’s Leap Day birth­day was a co­in­ci­dence, but the

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.

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