Dragging their limbs, zombies with slack-jawed, pale faces paraded across the UC Irvine campus Thursday, protesting cuts to higher education.
The demonstration by students and faculty had more than a Halloween connotation.
In a now-infamous interview, University of California President Mark Yudof told writer Deborah Solomon of the New York Times Magazine last month that “being president of the University of California is like being manager of a cemetery: There are many people under you, but no one is listening.”
Yudof also told Solomon that the “shine is off” education, which is being crowded out in the state budget process.
Students, faculty and staff protested proposed fee hikes, cuts in academic services and furloughs and layoffs across campus.
“It’s really undermining the promise of what public education is supposed to be,” anthropology professor Victoria Bernal said.
She opted to go teach her next class with her zombie makeup still on, so she could teach the 400 students in her classroom about the proposed cuts.