UC Irvine hasn't always been characterized as a politically active campus. Unlike UC Berkeley, which for many years was known as a hotbed of political demonstrations and activists' antics, UCI seemed the sleepier and less radical campus in the University of California system.
That all seemed to change in the 2009-10 academic year.
In the nine months that spanned that school year, UCI's student body faced budget cuts, fee increases, racial tensions and student arrests, spurring students to hold up signs, grab microphones and make their opinions known.
On Sept. 24, 2009, students celebrated their first day of classes by shouting "Lay Off Yudof!" The state had directed the UC system to cut $800 million from its budget, resulting in fee hikes and furloughs. At the time, UC President Mark Yudof's annual salary was reported to be $591,084.