Cal State Fullerton sit-in enters second day

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Students camped out for the second day in the lobby of Cal State Fullerton's administration building to call attention to drastic state budget cuts.

Sophomore business major Cameron Mahdad said students have drafted a Universal Declaration of Education to pledge support for higher learning.

“We have sleeping bags, pillows, tons of food, tons of water, a lot of bags … ” said Mahdad. “ … to show the students, faculty and staff, even the administration, that we’re to stay and we’re here to get what we want. We want President Gordon to work with us. That’s his job as president, to work with the students, faculty and staff.”

Mahdad said Cal State Fullerton President Milton Gordon hasn’t sought students’ opinions on budget cuts.

A university spokeswoman said that’s not true because Gordon has met with the protesters, and the campus elects student representatives who have a say the budget cutting process.

All 23 Cal State University campuses have absorbed multi-million dollar budget cuts in recent years. The university system has made up for the cuts by raising student tuition and cutting enrollment.