Students who have occupied the lobby outside the office of UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi for five weeks have decided to end their sit-in protest at noon Friday, although that does not mean an end to their efforts to get Katehi to resign.
In an email to The Sacramento Bee late Thursday, protester and graduate student Emily Breuninger wrote that the students had decided to end their occupation of the fifth floor area of Mrak Hall, the campus administration building.
“We are planning on leaving Mrak and ending the sit in tomorrow at noon...,” she wrote.
The decision comes exactly five weeks to the day after students marched across campus from Memorial Union, rushed up five flights of stairs and began their effort to oust Katehi over revelations in The Sacramento Bee that the chancellor had accepted seats on private corporate boards.
Since then, The Bee also has revealed that the school spent at least $175,000 to scrub negative references from the Internet about UC Davis and Katehi and the 2011 pepper spraying of students by campus police. Seven lawmakers also have called for Katehi to resign...